Stakeholders Engage in Good Day for Sports at Nigerian Economic Summit

first_imgStanding outside the conference hall at the Transcorp Hilton, I was handed a copy of a comprehensive 228-page report by the Oxford Business Group which detailed the key sectors the NSE had focused on. A quick scan of its contents revealed that it addressed sectors like banking, real estate, insurance, energy, utilities, industry, agriculture, ICT, capital markets, transport and more, but there was nothing on sports. “Why would you have a major report like this and not include sports?” I asked the OBG representative who handed me a free copy. A bit awkwardly, she explained that their focus was on the real drivers of economic growth.She, they, obviously did not consider sports to be one, especially when, to be fair to them, their report was mostly based on what had gone on before at the NES. So I asked her whether she realised there was a Super Eagles match in Uyo last Saturday. She said yes. I then told her that the city was packed and that many of the people were from out of town. Airlines saw business spike. Also hotels; bars; food outlets; beverage companies; local transportation; farmers; banking and more? She connected with this quickly and wanted me to meet her bosses so we could expand the issue. Sport is a huge economic driver, but many need to listen more. That is why having a session at the NSE was such a landmark event. The breakout session on sports was quite robust and revealing, but it soon became obvious that the debate needed much more than the one and half hours it was allocated. Still valid points were made as key discussants outlined what roles they thought government and the private sector should play to grow the industry. Ultimately it was agreed that the best way to deliver on the promise of sports was through public-private sector partnership. All agreed that sports need to be seen as big business first before corporate social responsibility.Among the industry representatives at the session were the top brass of the League Management Company, organisers of the Nigerian Professional Football League, and one of the sponsors of the event. Chairman of the company Mallam Shehu Dikko was one of the panelists and he argued that sports should be granted a special status. Arguing that government should provide funding for not just participations at competitions, but funding for the proper development of athletes, he gave examples of what other countries were doing. He talked about how the British government invested about £200 million to help start off the English Premier League and pointed to the success this has created. He also spoke about how in Morocco the government has taken money from the budgets of different sectors to invest in 130 football pitches around the country. He however warned that there was a need for the right people to be given charge of the sports federations and for there to be better corporate governance.Former director of BPP, Kashim Ibrahim, pointed out the need for public spaces to be provided in communities nationally for the engagement and development of talents. Giving the example of how seriously India has taken sports, he spoke how they have created ‘land banks’ for this purpose. He also spoke about how they have granted industry status to sports infrastructure and initiated a sports infrastructure summit to fast-track its development.Interestingly the Dr. Amagwu Ibeawuchi of the Central Bank of Nigerian assured that the bank could intervene by providing funding for promising sports initiatives if organisers could properly articulate their business model and value chain, as well as get the buy-in of the presidency, as was the case with agriculture. He also challenged the industry to sell itself better, arguing that if sports were as good an investment as is claimed by its promoters, proper articulation of this would also see private investors get on board as everyone likes a good opportunity.Honourable Nduka Irabor, the pioneer chairman of the LMC strongly advocated for increased government investments, arguing that even in the most advanced economies governments invested heavily in sports infrastructure. He stressed that, given the power of sports to unify the populace, national broadcaster NTA should be financially empowered to buy local sports content and beam to millions of Nigerian homes.Looking at the legal side of things, Mr. Samson Ebomhe was of the view that there was a need for policies that help to protect local sports players. He pointed to the case in the UK where since the 1960s live matches have not been aired on Saturday afternoons in order to protect the lower leagues and encourage people to go to stadiums. He also talked about how TV broadcast policies helped change the game in the USA, where sports TV rights lead the rest of the world in revenues.Progressive nations understand that sports create opportunities across several industries. The Indian sports infrastructure summit organisers capture this in their listing of participants expected on their website. Among these were architecture firms, construction and engineering companies, corporates, government representatives, public sector companies, real estate and infrastructure, sports federations and associations, sports leagues, sports consultants, sports management agencies, schools and colleges, sports investment companies, foundations and NGOs working at the grass-root level, social enterprises and start-ups in sports.That is how far ranging the power of sport is in affecting the economy of a country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram I was in Abuja last week to witness the historic debut of sports at the Nigerian Economic Summit. Welcome as the development was however, I could not help wondering why it took 23 years for such a massive industry to get a chance at a forum where jobs and wealth creation are top on the agenda. Maybe it is because those who manage our economy have not quite grasped the immense value of sports, or maybe the leading players in the industry have not been serious enough to push sports onto the front burner where it belongs.last_img read more

6 of the Best: Square in the Air’s Romilly Evans

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Share Related Articles SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Submit 6 of the Best: All-in Diversity’s Kelly Kehn October 24, 2019 6 of the Best: Prophet’s Dean Sisun and Jake Benzaquen October 10, 2019 In this week’s 6 of the Best, we hear from Square in the Air’s Romilly Evans who tells us about which book makes you question everything you ever knew, to the story behind why Romilly backed Miinnehoma to win the 1994 Grand National.Best BookMy bookshelves are worryingly light when it comes to decent novels, but Animal Farm is very manageable for those saddled with shorter attention spans. However, it’s a safe bet others have touched on George Orwell’s unflagging brilliance before. So, let’s go for Mortal Questions by Thomas Nagel. I mostly offer this in a naked attempt to make you think I have hidden depths. But the book also does some great digging around the notion of moral luck. It might just pull your preconceptions around to such a degree that you’ll be questioning everything from the value of retributive justice to texting when driving, even socially responsible gaming tools. Not bad for a work published in 1979!Best HolidayNorth Berwick, Scotland. Just a 40-minute drive from Edinburgh, too. My folks always loved a staycation. So, my brother and I would play 54 holes of golf around the Gullane links most days, before twilight tennis every evening prompted a succession of disputed line calls that taught me everything I know about love, friendship, maddening arguments and unprovoked violence. Stunning sea views, jagged coastlines, Cullen skink, and the constant threat of being kicked to death in a nearby alleyway if you mocked a local for failing to use the cancel-button as a cheat on the pub fruit machine. Salad days.Best AlbumWhile Alan Partridge made a good case for The Best of the Beatles, I beg to differ. Good albums go somewhere meaningful. Greatest-hits compilations, much like a hastily assembled playlist, ultimately leave you stuck on the ring road outside Aylesbury in the middle of winter. Still, if you ever find yourself emotionally marooned there, don the galoshes and wade through High Violet by The National. Booming baritones, coupled to rousing orchestral anthems, first summon the gathering gloom, then shatter it. Particularly if you’re in navel-gazing mood.Best Sporting ExperiencePhil Mickelson winning his first Masters in 2004. I wasn’t there, but you didn’t need to be. After so many near misses at the majors (46 to be exact) and feeding off scraps in the Tiger era, Lefty was destined to wind up a fag paper shy of greatness. Eternally gifted, eternally flawed, eternally carrying my money. We all knew how this disaster-movie ended. Then an unrecognisable Mickelson sprang from Augusta’s azaleas with five birdies to finally shake the major monkey on his back-nine. I must’ve received more texts of congratulations that Sunday night than on any of my birthdays. Even Peter Alliss boldly declaring “it’s not over” after Ph­il drained his winning birdie putt on the 18th couldn’t spoil the moment. The Voice of Golf would never have made it as a data scout.Best Film Seve – The Movie. Too easy. I can’t see anyone disagreeing with that. But any chance to improve DVD sales five years down the line from a fluctuating career in film production. This biopic is a real rags-to-riches tale of fate outstripping adversity. Succeeding against the odds is one thing, doing it in the most cavalier and stylish way is quite another. Nobody did it better than Seve, even if the worldwide box office of this docu-drama begs to differ! The independent film industry is full of people who work hard, set lofty goals and dare to dream. Only to subsequently fall flat on their faces. It’s a valuable life lesson – and one which led me into sports, gaming and betting PR!Best BetMiinnehoma winning the 1994 Grand National. Having ruptured my spleen on holiday in France, I was bedridden for six weeks in an Auvergne hospital, sharing a ward with a family of five other Brits, four of whom had injured themselves in separate accidents! With little more than a copy of L’Équipe and sole possession of the remote control (happily, the family were all hampered by limb-related injuries) to light my way, I happened upon the mount of Richard Dunwoody who gave Miinnehoma an ice-cool ride to finally lift the curse of master trainer Martin Pipe in the world’s greatest horse race. At 16-1 to boot.last_img read more

Red Wings’ Tyler Bertuzzi suspended two games for punch on Avalanche’s Matt Calvert

first_imgThe Department of Player Safety determined that a two-game suspension was fitting due to the nature of unsportsmanlike conduct and roughing, and Bertuzzi’s clean history of conduct. No penalty was given for the punch and Calvert remained in the game. Bertuzzi has nine goals and 16 points this season, which are both tied for the third most on the Red Wings. He will miss their games against division rivals Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi received a two-game suspension for his “unsportsmanlike conduct and roughing” on Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Calvert, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced on Monday.In a 2-0 loss on Sunday night, Bertuzzi and other Red Wings players grabbed Calvert’s stick while sitting on the bench. Bertuzzi punched Calvert in the head as he was trying to get his stick back. last_img read more

Stephen Curry shoots NBA three-point record in Warriors win

first_imgStephen Curry claimed a record 13 three-pointers in a single game as Golden State Warriors beat New Orleans Pelicans 116-106 on Monday.The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player had shared the previous record (12) with Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.His history-making exploits came three days after the 28-year-old had failed to record a three-pointer in a game for the first time in two years.Curry had previously gone a record 157 games with at least one three-pointer.last_img

Yu Darvish makes a big first impression with his new team

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ATLANTA >> Legend has it everything is bigger in Texas. After getting their first up-close-and-personal look at Yu Darvish, the Dodgers might believe it.“It’s impressive how big he is,” Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said after overseeing Darvish’s first bullpen session with his new team Wednesday afternoon. “He is a young man who’s put together very well – a very powerful arm and body. You can look at film all you want to. It’s another thing to see him with your own eyes.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had the same first impression of Darvish, listed at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds.“He’s more physical (than I expected),” Roberts said. “You see him on TV. You see the No. 11. Obviously he’s got a great presence about him. Then when you get in front of him, yeah, he’s very physical.” Darvish looms very large indeed in the Dodgers’ hopes to make good on their promising regular season with an accompanying World Series title. Their acquisition of the Japanese right-hander has made anything less a potential disappointment – a lot of pressure for the 30-year-old Darvish who also has to arm himself for his own looming free agency.“I try not to think about. Just focus on what I do,” Darvish said through his interpreter, dismissing the topic of pressure quickly.The only concerns Darvish would acknowledge involved a desire to fit in with his new team.“It’s an honor to be here and play for such a good team having such a great season,” he said, following his bullpen session as he met the media for the first time since the trade. “Obviously, this is my first time being traded in the middle of a season so I was worried if I could blend into the clubhouse and everything. But the guys have been great and I feel very comfortable and I’m looking forward to playing for the first time.“You join a new team in the middle of the season and just come in and do whatever you want to do? I don’t want to be that guy. So I’ll do everything I can to be a good teammate because I know it’s important.”center_img At least one teammate was preparing the way for Darvish weeks ago.“At the All-Star Game when I was talking to (Clayton Kershaw), he told me, ‘I’ll be waiting for you in three weeks,’ and it actually happened,” Darvish said. “It’s pretty amazing.”Darvish is scheduled to make his first start for the Dodgers on Friday against the New York Mets.Tipping pointDarvish has not pitched well recently – a 5.81 ERA over his past eight starts, including 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings in his most recent start last week – but Honeycutt said he did not get into that with Darvish during his bullpen session Wednesday. Honeycutt did study some video of Darvish in anticipation of his arrival.“It’s way too early to give a man with his pedigree too much advice right now,” Honeycutt said. “When he gets his pitches to the areas he’s supposed to, he’s still been dominant. He’s just been making maybe a few more mistakes than he has in the past, mainly to the left-handers with some fastballs that maybe have not gotten to the area that he wanted.“But again, when he puts the ball in the zone that he should, makes good pitches, it’s still quality stuff.”There have been reports – acknowledged by Darvish himself – that the right-hander might be compounding his problems by tipping his pitches. Roberts said there have been no discussions with Darvish about that yet. Honeycutt deferred to a higher authority.“I’ll leave that to the expert – Mr. Utley, our team expert – to break him down from that standpoint,” Honeycutt said.Utley is renowned for his abilities in baseball’s dark arts – sign stealing, pitch tipping and the like. He said he was aware of the reports about Darvish.“That’s the word on the street,” he said. “But I don’t necessarily believe everything I read.”Asked if he had done any independent research to see if he could detect something in Darvish’s delivery, Utley smiled and walked away.AlsoDodgers left-hander Rich Hill was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for July. Hill was 4-0 with a 1.45 ERA, 40 strikeouts and five walks while allowing only 19 hits in 31 innings.Outfielder Brett Eibner’s experiment with pitching for Triple-A Oklahoma City never got beyond the stage of throwing in the bullpen and it won’t. Eibner was shut down with a sore arm in June then returned to play some in the outfield earlier this month. He underwent Tommy John surgery this week.last_img read more

Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma says being discussed in trade rumors is ‘a good thing’

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — For two days as a vortex of Anthony Davis-related trade rumors have circled the Lakers, the potential brokering chips of a deal have been asked what it’s like to handle the whispers that they could be on a new team by next month.Here’s a rather Zen take from Kyle Kuzma: “It’s always a good thing when you hear trade rumors. That’s what everybody always says.”Kuzma is one of several Lakers considered to be a part of any package for Davis, one of the NBA’s most coveted two-ways stars who is now on the trading block. The Lakers are widely understood to be the most aggressive suitors for the 25-year-old, five-time All-Star, who requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.The most obvious assets they have to offer are their stockpile of 23-and-younger talent, including Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac, as well as draft picks. This has led to a flood of open discussion across the sports landscape about what combination of Lakers could net Davis by the Feb. 7 deadline, creating a potential dream pairing with the 6-foot-10 standout and LeBron James. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBy all accounts, Kuzma has been a perfect fit as a Laker so far, outperforming his No. 27 overall selection in 2017 to become the Lakers’ second-leading scorer this year (19.1 ppg). But he said he’s not bothered by the suggestion that he might get dealt.“It means you have value, and it means potentially you gonna be in this league a long time, people want you,” he said. “For us, it’s all about controlling what you can control, because at the end of the day, it’s a business. You can’t control your destiny in this league, but you can control your work ethic and how great you wanna be. You can be great anywhere.” Like the rest of the basketball world, Kuzma has heard about Davis’ trade request. But he insisted the potential consequences of that request on his own career have not haunted him this week: “Not really, couldn’t care less, honestly.”Kuzma’s attention has been directed on getting back to the court after missing the last two games with a hip strain. The injury had bugged him since an off-day session in Houston when Kuzma said “I felt like something popped” and then had a “stabbing sensation” in his left hip.He scored 32 points against the Rockets, then played against Golden State and Minnesota before the pain finally caught up with him and kept him from playing. He went through shootaround on Tuesday morning, but Coach Luke Walton wasn’t satisfied that he was moving well enough to play.On Wednesday, Kuzma participated in “most” of practice, which Walton took as a hopeful sign that he could be back by Thursday against the Clippers. He’s still officially listed as questionable.“Sometimes I’m hard-headed and I want to play and I play through things,” Kuzma said. “At the same time, you have to think about what’s best for the team. You don’t want to be out there struggling and holding the team back plus individually.”LEBRON JAMES OUT FOR CLIPPERS GAMEThough Walton suggested that the Lakers were still hoping that James could join the team for their final game at Staples Center before the All-Star Break, moments later the Lakers said James will officially miss his 18th consecutive contest with a strained groin.It should be noted that James seems tantalizingly close to a return for the first time in over a month: He went through all parts of Wednesday’s practice including five-minute scrimmage sessions, and has been cleared for contact. It seems the last milestone he needs to reach is feeling confident enough to return to games.“It’s health-wise and getting to trust again,” Walton said. “He hasn’t played basketball in a long time and it’s one of those injuries that he’s aware of and the trainers are aware of that you don’t mess around with. So when he and the training staff feel confident that he can go full go and not be at risk of re-hurting himself, then he’ll play.”Walton seemed to push the assertion that the Lakers had a “second plan” against the Clippers in case James could play before the team declared him out. The Lakers have gone 6-11 without James in the lineup.The Lakers are two games behind the Clippers in the loss column in the Western Conference standings. The season series could be an important tiebreaker at the end of the year, and the Clippers already won the first of four meetings when James could not play.In other injury news, Josh Hart (left knee tendinitis) did not participate in Wednesday’s practice, instead getting treatment. He’s questionable for Thursday’s game.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Today’s MLB DFS Picks: Advice, strategy for Thursday’s DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy baseball contests

first_imgOFJ. Winker (L)CIN@MILThu 8:10J. Nelson (R)$4100$2700$15UPGRADE 1BE. Thames (L)CIN@MILThu 8:10T. Roark (R)$4900$2700$15See above OFM. Trout (R)LAA@TORThu 7:07C. Richard (L)$5800$4800$28UPGRADE SPW. LeBlanc (L)BAL@SEAThu 10:10D. Bundy (R)$5800$6700$28UPGRADE Editor’s Note: This is a FREE preview of Thursday’s Fantasy Alarm’s MLB DFS Playbook. For full analysis every day and more ways to dominate your daily fantasy baseball competition, check out DFS site-specific advice and the rest of Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers.MORE:  Fantasy Alarm PRO tools CW. Contreras (R)NYM@CHIThu 8:05W. Lockett (R)$4500$3000$11UPGRADE SPZ. Gallen (R)MIA@STLThu 7:15A. Wainwright (R)$7300$7000$28UPGRADE SSJ. Crawford (L)BAL@SEAThu 10:10D. Bundy (R)$3400$2700$12See above Today’s MLB DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Thursday, June 20SP: Nick Pivetta, Phillies @ Nationals. The Phillies young righty has been good since being recalled, punching out six or more in four straight games. The Nats also are far better against lefthanded pitching, ranking 18th in wOBA and 22nd in wRC+ against righties. Pivetta has been slightly unlucky this year, as he’s notched a 5.00 ERA and only a .295 xFIP. He has a fair price across the industry.C: Jonathan Lucroy, Angels @ Blue Jays. Lucroy is 8-for-20 lifetime with a .450 wOBA against Clayton Richard. Richard has been awful since coming off the IL, notching a 7.53 ERA. Righties are batting .322 against Richard this year, as well.MORE THURSDAY MLB: SP rankings1B: Eric Thames, Brewers vs. Reds. I’m really digging this game, especially from the Brewers side. Tanner Roark has allowed a .305/.403/.484, a .381 wOBA and a 6.38 xFIP. Thames has hit nine of his 10 home runs against RHPs, and Miller Park ranks four in HRs on the year. He’s very expensive on DK — for no reason — but he works in a game stack and as a one-off on FD.2B: Jeff McNeil, Mets @ Cubs. The Mets 2B is rollin’ with back-to-back multi-hit games and is now batting .333 over his past 10 games. He has six extra-base hits and two stolen bases over that span, as well, which is obviously ideal. Lefties have a .321 average and .850 OPS vs. Chatwood on the year.SS: J.P. Crawford, Mariners vs. Orioles. Crawford has had a 62 at-bat sample this year, but his numbers against vs. RHP are pretty solid (.310 average). He’s also notably cheap across the industry. I know most people are going to use Chris Taylor on FD, but Crawford is the pivot off of him. CW. Astudillo (R)MIN@KCThu 8:15G. Sparkman (R)$3400$2300$8UPGRADE CJ. Lucroy (R)LAA@TORThu 7:07C. Richard (L)$3400$2500$8See above SPJ. Odorizzi (R)MIN@KCThu 8:15G. Sparkman (R)$10800$10000$50UPGRADE SPD. Bundy (R)BAL@SEAThu 10:10W. LeBlanc (L)$7600$7300$38UPGRADE 2BJ. Altuve (R)HOU@NYYThu 7:05C. Green (R)$3800$3700$17UPGRADE OFM. Kepler (L)MIN@KCThu 8:15G. Sparkman (R)$5300$4100$25UPGRADE OFM. Smith (L)BAL@SEAThu 10:10D. Bundy (R)$4300$3400$18UPGRADE SPN. Pivetta (R)PHI@WSHThu 7:05E. Fedde (R)$8200$7700$25See above 3BA. Rendon (R)PHI@WSHThu 7:05N. Pivetta (R)$5500$4500$25UPGRADE OFL. Gurriel Jr. (R)LAA@TORThu 7:07J. Suarez (L)$4500$3100$21See above 3BV. Guerrero Jr. (R)LAA@TORThu 7:07J. Suarez (L)$3500$2800$16See above OFC. Yelich (L)CIN@MILThu 8:10T. Roark (R)$5900$4700$27UPGRADE 1BA. Pujols (R)LAA@TORThu 7:07C. Richard (L)$4000$3000$20UPGRADE 3BT. Shaw (L)CIN@MILThu 8:10T. Roark (R)$3200$2500$12UPGRADE 2BJ. McNeil (L)NYM@CHIThu 8:05T. Chatwood (R)$4500$3200$10See above 1BJ. Votto (L)CIN@MILThu 8:10J. Nelson (R)$4000$3100$18UPGRADE SST. Turner (R)PHI@WSHThu 7:05N. Pivetta (R)$5500$4300$20UPGRADE 3B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays vs. Angels. For whatever reason his price on DK continues to drop, and it’s all the way down to $3.5K, which is insane. This game has a 10.5-run implied total, and the Jays are up nearly five runs themselves. I could get behind Vlad in cash based on price and how many runs could be scored here.OF: Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Blue Jays vs. Angels. He’s only $3.1K on FD, which is super appealing considering how well he’s been playing. He’s homered four times over his last 10 games. Jose Suarez has been extremely lucky this year. Despite having a 4.50 ERA, his xFIP sits at 5.57 and SIERA is over 5.00, as well.For more player recommendations and analysis, become a Fantasy Alarm subscriber today!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pos PlayerMatchupOpp. SPDKFDY! FanballAnalysisSPC. Morton (R)TB@OAKThu 10:07F. Montas (R)$11300$10500$51UPGRADE SSJ. Polanco (B)MIN@KCThu 8:15G. Sparkman (R)$4900$4000$18UPGRADE 2BK. Hernández (R)SF@LAThu 10:10M. Bumgarner (L)$3400$3000$7UPGRADElast_img read more

GOLDEN STATE JUVENILE FILLIES STAKES QUOTES (FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2016)

first_imgHOW DID HE ARRIVE AT THE NAME, HOW ABOUT ZERO:  “A friend of mine sent his kid over to me to work as an intern (in his financial business). When he asked me how much he was going to be making, I said ‘Ten dollars an hour.’ He said ‘How about 15?’  So I told him, ‘How about zero?’(Reddam also noted “the kid” was in fact hired at $10 per hour and that he “worked out fine.”) MARIO GUTIERREZ, HOW ABOUT ZERO, WINNER:  The post position was good, everything was good. She settled nicely and we had a good pace, which we thought we would. She’s a really nice filly and she proved it today.” TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTEScenter_img DOUG O’NEILL, HOW ABOUT ZERO, WINNER: “Mario (Gutierrez) did a great job with this maiden. He took advantage of the 10 post and kept her in the clear. Mario thought after the last race that maybe a set of blinkers would do the trick. She came up empty the last time, but we had a lot of confidence in her.  She showed today coming down the lane that she is still a little green. I think the blinkers made her focus more. Those Square Eddie horses really run. That’s like in baseball having the Mickey Mantle bloodline. She is a big stout filly and really mentally and physically tough. I will talk to the Reddams. I think you might see this filly in open company the next time.”PAUL REDDAM, WINNING OWNER/BREEDER: “We were high on her last time, but she was very green and she wouldn’t change leads. I was absolutely shocked we were 10-1 today. I thought she’d be 4-1, even with me betting! This was a nice way to break your maiden.” NOTES: Winning owners Paul and Zillah Reddam reside in Irvine, CA.last_img read more

The purported Charrandas “confession”

first_imgDear Editor,There is the submission to the CCJ by Guyana’s Attorney General Basil Williams of a purported confession statement made by defector Charrandas Persaud that he knew beforehand that he was an illegal occupant of Parliament, being a dual citizen. That late submission, according to him, is the proverbial smoking gun which should cause the CCJ to rule in his favour.Now, if we are to take Williams’ argument for what it is worth, then it meant that the Government side was aware of Charrandas’ as well as its other members’ dual citizenship and did nothing about it, only holding them there for “yes men” or rubber stamp purposes.That situation only became a real problem when Charrandas voted against his own party’s coalition. Had it not been for Charrandas voting with the Opposition, then this matter of dual citizenship would not have been an issue.The supposed confession statement when taken in context is saying here you have two top Government officials discussing their possible voting options at the No-Confidence Motion and one is weighing in on his option in voting but instead of fixing the glaring anomalies in their House, he is pointing to the Opposition instead, that they are guilty, because they have dual citizens also. In essence, what Ramjattan was telling Charrandas is that the law only applies to the Opposition and not to the Government.And that has been my main concern with this Government. They believe that the law should be one of convenience, crafted and suited to their own choices, whenever and wherever it seems fit. That is not how the law runs, the law is there as a blanket statement for all governments and oppositions alike. If it is good for the goose, certainly it is good for the gander.Here is where the doctrine of clean hands come into play, you cannot now feign ignorance of the law when Charrandas was a legal entity all along. What suddenly made him illegal on December 21? For over three-plus years, he voted for bills and other major matters, which were legally passed in the House by his one vote. Why is his vote shunned and disregarded now? These are questions that the Government needs to answer. You cannot cherry pick when it comes to legal issues, that is not how the law works. Charrandas was legal all along, which makes him just as legal on December 21, period, end of discussion!So, let’s for discussion purposes say that the CCJ buys into that asinine reason that Charrandas was an illegal occupant on December 21, hence his vote was null and void, then here is the real case scenario; then, the Government has to go back and change all bills and decisions where Charrandas’ vote merited passage through the House. It means that all decisions in the House involving Charrandas has to be revoked, that’s the law. Since courts cannot make retroactive rulings, the original High Court ruling stands.The summary of all of this is you cannot pick and choose how the law should apply, what is good for one is good all, you cannot arbitrarily make decisions like that. Basil Williams is just trying another delaying tactic by stalling things at the CCJ and I am of the opinion that the court should not have entertained this latest ploy. It shows how this court can be insensitive to the Guyana situation by entertaining such a ludicrous argument.As someone rightly said, it seems that the CCJ is about to throw the Guyana Constitution out of the window and grant Williams his request. I am not one to come to a hasty conclusion, however, I am somewhat concerned as to the inordinate delay.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

House Welcomes Police Report

first_imgThe House of Representatives has welcomed the official report from the Liberia National Police (LNP) which expressed a “lack of magnitude” in a complaint filed against Bong County District # 2 Representative Prince Moye on October 8, 2016.The House assenting reaction to the police report dismissing allegations of statutory rape against Rep. Moye, confirmed Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay’s assertion rejecting the allegation against his colleague, saying it had “political reasons.”Speaker Nuquay said the “allegation” lacked evidence, and was only intended to taint Prince Moye’s character.In a press statement issued yesterday by the Press and Public Affairs Bureau, it said the allegation was masterminded by Rep. Moye’s detractors to blackmail, extort and cause him political humiliation.“The Press and Public Affairs is cautioning the public against false reports against members of the House of Representatives,” the statement said.“The (Public Affairs) Bureau points out that it is aware that politicians and extortionists will use the forthcoming political season to malign the character of members of the Legislature by using wild allegations.”On Thursday, November 18, the LNP’s Deputy Commissioner for Press and Public Affairs, Sam Collins, said after careful investigation, police did not find any evidence linking Rep. Moye to the crime.The report is under the signature of Deputy Commander Toilee Menden of the Women and Children’s Protection Section/RIA Police Detachment and approved by Inspector Janet G. Fanyan, Commander of WACPS.“Facts and findings and the inconsistent and uncorroborated statements of facts, the Women and Children’s Protection Section of the LNP assigned at the Roberts International Airport office’s investigation at this time is yet to establish probable cause to charge Prince Moye, the alleged perpetrator. Until evidence important and germane to the investigation is established, the allegation/complaint filed last October by Miss Kumba Kollie, the mother of the victim (Ma Mary), is closed in accordance with the LNP SOP Chapter 7 Section 7.5.3.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more