Hamilton retires as Vettel wins SINGAPORE (CMC): Leader Lewis Hamilton retired for the first time this year as Sebastian Vettel sped to victory in the Singapore Grand Prix yesterday. He suffered a loss of power while running fourth, before dropping down the field and was told to retire. Hamilton’s championship lead was cut to 41 points by his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg who finished fourth. Hamilton, whose paternal grandparents hail from Grenada, and Rosberg ran fifth and sixth in the opening stint, unable to keep up with the Ferraris and Red Bulls ahead. Vettel took his third win of the year in dominant style, controlling the race from start to finish as two safety cars led to hectic action behind. ‘Too much too early for Holder’ PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Former West Indies Test opener Philo Wallace has disagreed with the decision to appoint Jason Holder Test captain and believes the responsibility will prove too much of a burden for the young player. Wallace said Holder had displayed leadership potential but warned that the new responsibility was a premature move by selectors. “Jason has shown good leadership qualities so far but I think to put him as Test captain at the age of 23 is just not right,” the Trinidad Guardian quoted Wallace as saying on the CRICKET360 show here. “Jason has a tremendous amount to offer West Indies cricket but we must be careful that we don’t push him too soon, which I think is what is happening here.” Holder will lead the Test squad for the first time when they travel to face Sri Lanka in two Tests starting next month. Richards gives Holder thumbs up ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Iconic former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards has hailed Jason Holder’s elevation to the Test captaincy and says it will be crucially important the 23-year-old gets the respect of his squad. And the former master batsman also rejected the idea that Holder was too young and inexperienced to carry the responsibility of the position. “Well, I have heard maybe that some folks are suggesting that he is too young, but it is better to start at that particular age,” said Sir Viv, who never lost a series as Test captain. “And if he gets lucky enough and we are successful, you have a long successful period of your captain being in place rather than the chopping and changing on a regular basis.” He added: “I believe that this individual does have the ability. Certainly, he comes over very well and you hear about the respect factor you get from other members of the dressing room and that is of vital importance because when you have that respect, it is amazing.”
Two brothers are now nursing injuries about their bodies after they were attacked and brutally stabbed by a group of men at a wedding house at Waterloo Street, Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice (WCB) on Saturday evening.The injured men are 31-year-old Khemraj Jodha and 36-year-old Jaggarnauth Jodha of Bath Settlement, WCB. According to reports, another brother of the two injured men had a misunderstanding with a man whom he claimed slapped him.He however called out to his brothers who confronted the accused, but they were greeted by four men armed with broken bottles. The younger brother sustained a stab wound to his neck while the other received several wounds about his body.The injured men were taken to the Fort Wellington Hospital where they were treated and admitted.The matter was reported to the Police and several persons associated with the perpetrators were detained and questioned. Guyana Times understands that the Police have not received any tangible information that can lead to the arrest of the actual perpetrators.The Police have taken statements from the injured men and are continuing their investigations. Earlier in the year, Surendra Nauth, 29, of Lot 43 H and J Albion Front, Corentyne was stabbed to death during a wedding house brawl at Albion.It was reported that on the night of the stabbing, the now dead man and his brother-in-law were involved in an argument at Williamsburg, Corentyne, with a man who had allegedly slashed a tyre of their motor vehicle.During the argument, the suspect attacked the men with a knife, stabbing Nauth to his abdomen and inflicting a wound to another man. Following the incident, both men were rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital where Nauth later succumbed to his injuries. The suspect, who was later arrested, had previous brushes with the law.
The essence of law is to serve as a regulator to control people’s behavior, maintain order and give an authority the power to act. Laws, customary, civil, constitutional and otherwise are formulated predicated on the assumption that they would be respected to maintain order which is a basic precondition for the rule of law to thrive and flourish.In spite of the existence of these laws, there are individuals who deliberately infringe on the rights of others regardless of the consequences of their actions. The basic law of the land, the Constitution of the Republic for instance clearly guarantees amongst others, the right of the people to change their leaders should they desire to do so through free and fair elections of course and to freely and peacefully assemble to consult upon the common good.This provision of the Constitution, Article 1, like others, has been violated with impunity in recent history beginning with the 1980 military coup which overthrew, by force of arms, the government of President William R. Tolbert. This was followed by the 1985 abortive Quiwonkpa armed invasion and subsequently, the invasion in 1990 by armed elements of the Charles Taylor led National Patriotic Front.And then again in 2003 with another armed invasion of the country by elements belonging to the Liberians United for Democracy (LURD) and the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL). All these acts have been accompanied by impunity, thus undermining respect for the rule of law. A major legacy of the prolonged civil conflict is disregard and disrespect for the rule of law.Such blatant disregard and disrespect for the rule of law permeates the entire machinery of government and indeed the entire country. Several examples can be cited in this regard. The attention of the Daily Observer is however drawn to a particular incident which has implications for the rule of law in Liberia and by extension sustainable peace and security in the country.Our Nimba County Correspondent, Ishmael F. Menkor reported on August 14, 2018 that one Joseph Saye had returned from their farm in heavy downpour of rain when members of the Poro group seized him and against his will initiated him into the Poro Society. Initiation in the Poro society, in the old days was compulsory for all male members of society.The Poro provided appropriate and relevant education to initiates and prepared them for life as functional and productive adults in traditional society. Any male not subscribing to Poro membership was considered useless, unfit and unprepared to assume duties and responsibilities as required of male members of society.Eventually, the adoption and embrace of Western type education was to push Poro education to the fringes where a male no longer needed to acquire the knowledge and skills relevant to life in a traditional setting. This divide was heightened when the government of Liberia made Western education, not Poro, Sande or traditional education, compulsory for all members of society.Under the basic law of the land (the Constitution), all citizens are guaranteed the right to freely associate or to join or refuse to join political parties or any organization. This right is guaranteed in Article 17 of the Constitution. The unfortunate developments in Kpaikpoa Town, Nimba County, while highlighting the violation of the rights of Joseph Saye by his forced initiation brings to the fore the clash between traditional and modern society in Liberia.The existence of a dual system of laws, traditional and statutory, only complicates the matter further. And modern society appears to have the upper hand in this long running battle. In this instance, our reporter noted that Poro adherents had long planned to initiate Joseph Saye who professes to belong to a fundamentalist Christian sect, The United Liberia Inland Church.This is the second time members of the Poro in that part of Nimba have forcefully initiated a member of the Inland Church. It may be recalled that in 2001 members of the Poro Society launched an attack on sect members in Leesonnon, abducted some and allegedly maltreated them in their shrine for days until fighters of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) went in to rescue the victims.This encounter, coupled with other experiences in the past, necessitated the adoption of mutually agreed upon rules binding on Poro and non-Poro members. Under the rules, the Poro Grand Master can only appear in town during the night hours when local residents have returned from their farms and retired for the night.Also, under the rules, Sundays are set aside for Christian worshippers during which time the Poro Grand Master cannot interfere except in case of an emergency affecting the general security and wellbeing of the community. Even then, a consensus has to be reached. The rules require that Christian men who are no longer associating with the Poro stay away from any of its activities to avoid conflict.Since this traditional regulation came into force there has not been any occasion on which the Poro Society has complained against sect members for infringement of the rules. We note in history that Presidents William V.S. Tubman, Tolbert, Samuel K. Doe and Charles Taylor joined the Poro society and became chief Zoes.This, however, did not subject everyone to compulsory membership of the society. In an effort to ensure that this law is upheld and enforced, Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf, a few months ago, cautioned traditional leaders to avoid forceful initiation in the Poro and Sande societies.We hope the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other stakeholders investigating the problem in Nimba County will be meticulous and unbiased to establish the facts, bearing in mind that impunity will not be countenanced.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Pandit Deonarine Liliah and his son Gopaul LiliahOrlando Douglas was on Tuesday committed to stand trial in the High Court for the murders of Pandit Deonarine Liliah and his son Gopaul Liliah.The 31-year-old man, who resides in Campbellville, Georgetown, was committed to stand trial by Magistrate Judy Latchman after a prima facie case was made out against him at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.Douglas was not required to plea to the indictable charge which stated that between July 7-10, 2018, at Craig Street, Campbellville, he murdered Deonarine Liliah and his son Gopaul Liliah. The man was represented by Attorney Melville Duke.Police Prosecutors Shawn Gonsalves and Shellon Daniels led evidence in the case against Douglas. Reports stated the Pandit and his son were found dead on July 10, 2018, in their Lot 25 Craig Street, South Half Section G, Campbellville home after tenants complained of a stench emanating from their home. When the Police arrived, detectives found the back door was left ajar. The young man’s body was found lying face down on the floor in a pool of blood with a red jersey wrapped around his head. There were three stab wounds to his back, one each to the left and right-side abdomen and two to the chest.On the other hand, his father was found lying on his back in the living room. He was clad in a pair of white long pants and a multicoloured top and his face was covered with a multicoloured jersey.However, CCTV footage collected from nearby buildings revealed that a man scaled the fence and entered the premises through a front door. After some time, he was seen leaving the house with two bulky bags and a bucket. The house was ransacked.Douglas was later arrested and slapped with the murder charges.
…after Guyanese swimmer busted in USIn light of the arrest of Guyanese swimmer, Earlando McRae at the JFK International Airport, with cocaine in false walls of his suitcase, head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Major General Michael Atherly confirmed there was a breach at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.The 28-year-old departed Guyana on November 4 at 01:30h on a Fly Jamaica flight to the USA with transit in Jamaica but was arrested moments after landing at JFK airport later in the day.CANU Head, Major General Michael AtherlyHowever, Major General Atherly explained that the drug enforcement body received the news of the arrest almost the same time as the local media and as such, a probe was immediately launched.He went on to say it is alarming that a passenger walked through several layers of security with over 2kg of cocaine and no one detected it in the suitcase.Preliminary investigations revealed the illicit substance was smuggled in a hand piece which had to be processed through a scanner and the drugs ought to have been detected.“What I can say at this time is that on the night Mc Rea left Guyana, CANU had a skeleton staff at the CJIA because most of the officers were engaged in a training programme but this does not stop the airport security and the Police to do their jobs…The drugs by all means should have been detected and as such, we will zoom in to what went wrong at the scanner,” Atherly noted.He also emphasised that after the hand piece is scanned, the security at the other end can at any time request to manually check the luggage.“The only reason why the hand piece was not checked manually is probably because no strange object was detected by the scanner… carrying this among of cocaine, it is strange that it didn’t show up,” the CANU head noted.As such, he noted the airport security and Police at the internal scanner must give account for any slippages.The national swimmer was taken into custody after it was discovered that his suitcase had false walls filled with cocaine. Based on reports received, the young man, who represented Guyana at the regional and international levels, presented a suitcase to the Border Patrol Agents upon arriving in the US and it was during a search of the luggage, it was discovered that it had false walls.The young man was arrested and subsequently charged. He was remanded to the New York Detention Centre until November 21.
It’s finally Election Day in British Columbia and the leaders of the two major parties are now focussing on the same theme…get the voters to the polls. Both are in their home ridings and this hour we have a report from CKNW’S Jordan Armstrong with Premier Campbell in Vancouver Point Grey… [asset|aid=1360|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=9ecb3f464c8562700660f1be29bd56af-Election-VCR-1_1_Pub.mp3] Province-wide the polls are open today from 8am to 8pm and once again you’re reminded here in Fort St. John you can vote at the Seniors Hall and the Stonebridge Hotel on 100th street…the Pomeroy Hotel at 11308, Alaska Road North…or, until 4pm, at the District Electoral office at 10016, 106th street. – Advertisement -Outside the city, there will be polling stations at the Municipal Office and Community Hall in Taylor…the Baldonnel Elementary School…the Buick Creek Community Club…the Cecil Lake Community Hall…the Charlie Lake Community Hall…the Montney Recreation Hall…Neighbors Inn in Prophet River…the Rose Prairie Curling Club…the Prespatou School…Sasquatch Crossing at Pink Mountain…the Toad River Community Hall…the Wonowon Post Office… and, the Pearkes Centre in Hudson’s Hope.
0Shares0000Real Madrid will be looking to a fifth trophy in 2017 at the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi having won La Liga, the Champions League, UEFA and Spanish Super Cup © AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACEMADRID, Spain, Dec 12 – Real Madrid can round off the most successful year in the club’s already glorious history by claiming a fifth trophy in 2017 at the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi this week.They won La Liga, the Champions League, UEFA and Spanish Super Cup in a thrilling fashion after hitting top form in a four-month spell between April and August, but since then the European champions have faded, understandably fatigued by a heavy schedule. Madrid trail Barca by eight points at the top of La Liga and finished second to Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League group, which proved costly as they were paired with free-spending Paris Saint-Germain in a blockbuster last 16 tie on Monday.However, traces of the Madrid that swept aside the likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona in the spring and summer were back as Real hit five past Sevilla before half-time in a 5-0 rout on Saturday.Until then Madrid had lacked the same killer instinct as last season with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema scoring a combined total of just six times in La Liga, while Gareth Bale has made just one brief appearance as a substitute since September.Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane (C) has warned against complacency and thinking ahead to a potential final with Brazilian giants Gremio in the Club World Cup © AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACE“We are improving in every sense,” said Zidane after thrashing Sevilla. “If you play well, you will create more chances. We created plenty of chances.”Ronaldo scored twice at the weekend to celebrate picking up his fifth Ballon d’Or in style and his return to form is timely, as Madrid face Barcelona in their final game of the year on December 23 once their work in the Middle East this week is done.“It is a reward just to be here,” said Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. “We have the opportunity to defend our title.“We are preparing with plenty of desire and excitement. After a great game against Sevilla we are very motivated and our confidence is very high.”– Tactical switch –Real’s return to form coincided with a change of tactics from Zidane as the pace of Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez on the wings produced an instant impact.However, if the Spanish duo are to keep their places then the French coach has to bench two of his preferred midfield diamond of Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Isco.After missing out at the weekend, Casemiro and Isco are expected to feature on Wednesday when Real take on local side Al Jazira, who have already dealt with Oceania’s Auckland City and Asian champions Urawa Red Diamonds to reach the last four.“We don’t just play as Jazira now, we play for the UAE,” Al Jazira coach Ali Mabkhout told FIFA.com.“We know Real Madrid are one of the best teams in the world and this is incentive for all the players.”Yet, after the scare of falling behind to Kashima Antlers in last year’s final before a Ronaldo hat-trick won the competition in extra-time, Zidane warned against complacency and thinking ahead to a potential final with Brazilian giants Gremio on Saturday.The newly crowned South American champions take on Mexican side Pachuca in the other semi-final on Friday.“Everyone thinks the game on Wednesday will be easy, but it won’t,” added Zidane.“We need to think about Wednesday and doing things right to try and win this trophy once again.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Balde played in Senegal’s loss to Colombia which saw them knocked out in the group stage at the World Cup © AFP/File / EMMANUEL DUNANDROME, Italy, Aug 13 – Inter Milan on Monday continued their strong summer transfer window ahead of the start of the Serie A season, announcing the return to Italy of Senegal international Keita Balde on loan from French Ligue 1 side Monaco.Ambitious Inter, who have been busy in the transfer market after finishing fourth in Serie A last season and qualifying for the Champions League for the first time since 2011, have brought in the 23-year-old former Lazio striker for a reported initial five million euros ($5.7 million). The fee will rise to 39 million euros should the Serie A club exercise an option to buy next summer, according to Italian media.“The forward Keita Balde Diao is a new Nerazzurri player. The Senegalese has signed for Inter from Monaco on a year-long loan with an option to make the deal permanent,” Inter said in a statement.Balde rose to prominence at Lazio in 2016-17, when he scored 16 goals in 31 league appearances — 10 of which were from the bench — before sinking into a contract row at the start of last season and leaving for France.Last term he scored eight goals and provided five assists in 23 Ligue 1 appearances as Monaco finished second behind champions Paris Saint-Germain.Balde joins fellow Inter newcomers Radja Nainggolan, signed from rivals Roma, promising Argentine attacker Lautaro Martinez and Dutch international centre-back Stefan de Vrij.They have also brought in right-back Sime Vrsaljko, who started in six of Croatia’s seven matches in their run to the World Cup final, on loan from Atletico Madrid.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Just before 10 p.m. June 1, she said, she heard a knock at her front door in the 7800 block of Vicki Drive. Michael had just awakened from a nap, had washed his face and gone back into his bedroom in the garage. The family’s white Shih-Tzu puppy, Buddy, began barking; Christina wondered what was agitating the dog. As she opened her front door, a man stood in her front yard. He wore dark clothing and a baseball cap. “Is Michael here?” he asked. “Yes,” said Christina. “And you are?” “James,” the man said. He grinned. Thinking he must be a friend, Christina Reynoso called her son to the door. But something did not feel right, she said. She waited in the kitchen, pressing an ear to the door and hoping a friendly conversation was going on. She wanted the bad feeling she had to subside. That’s when she heard the three loud pops. “I ran to the door. My son was slumped in the corner of the front porch,” she said. He had been shot in the face and chest. She called 9-1-1: “My son has been shot! My son has been shot!” she told a dispatcher. Then she dropped the phone and rushed back to Michael. By now a few neighbors who heard the shots had reached the young man. “You’re going to be OK, Michael. Stay with us,” they told him. Others jumped into their cars and tried to follow the fleeing gunman, who had left in an unknown vehicle. Christina Reynoso cradled Michael in her arms. He was struggling to breathe. “Michael, it’s OK. Mom’s here,” she said. As she waited for paramedics, Reynoso said she prayed to God for a miracle. She was covered in his blood. Minutes later, inside the ambulance, Michael’s heart stopped beating. Christina Reynoso has not been back to her house since. Police last Thursday said they have no suspects, only a scant description of the gunman – a man in his 20s. Investigators said Michael was not in a gang. They have no motive so far for his killing. Reynoso said her son recently got his driver’s license, his brother Noah had given him a car and he recently got a warehouse job through a temp service – all signs of a young man moving into adulthood, his mother said. On his first day of work at the warehouse, Christina woke him up at 4 a.m. He did a little shuffle step when his mom handed him a bagged lunch to take to work. He did that walk whenever he was happy, she said. Staying in shape by lifting weights and pounding a punching bag, Michael Reynoso occasionally got into fights in his neighborhood to protect his two sisters, his mother said. “He was the king of our little block,” Christina Reynoso said. “He was a very special son. He looked up to his big brother very much and had a good heart. “He was a warrior and our hero,” Reynoso added. “He will be missed beyond measure.” A memorial service for Michael Reynoso will be held at 5:30 tonight at the Sky Rose Chapel at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at The Good Shepherd Family Bible Church, 6712 S. Washington Ave., Whittier. Donations to the family can be made by calling Rose Hernandez at Good Shepherd Family Bible Church at (562) 945-5522. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST WHITTIER – Christina Reynoso remembers dancing with her son Michael one afternoon, snapping her fingers and shuffling her feet to the rap music playing in his room. She remembers how he smiled and laughed that day, his honey-colored eyes shining, as he two-stepped with her. But she also remembers the three loud pops – the gunshots that killed her 18-year-old son last week. “He loved his momma. He was the baby, spoiled from birth,” Christina Reynoso said through tears Wednesday.
LIVING THE DREAM Capello expects Higuain to join Chelsea RANKED However, Higuain’s agent and brother, Nicolas, believes his sibling can rekindle the relationship he shared with Ronaldo during their time together at Madrid.He said: “It would be fantastic if Ronaldo signed for the club and formed an attacking partnership with Gonzalo. They have played a lot of matches together and know each other well.“It would be a really great move for Juventus if they do this, it would be fantastic and spectacular. Gonzalo played as a striker and Ronaldo as a winger.“The first year when Ronaldo arrived, Gonzalo scored more goals than him. Then Ronaldo had a fantastic career.“He would feel comfortable playing alongside Gonzalo because they know each other from their time in Madrid.” LATEST TRANSFER NEWS IN DEMAND 2 REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Fabio Capello is confident Gonzalo Higuain will join Chelsea this summer after Juventus signed superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.The Italian giants smashed their transfer record, previously set by Higuain’s £75.3m arrival, to bring the five-time Ballon D’Or winner to Turin for £99.2m. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Capello knows plenty about both Juventus and Madrid 2 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star It could have a huge impact on the Argentine’s future, with a new primary source of goals at the club, and Chelsea are reportedly ready to swoop.Capello believes the potential arrival of Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge will boost the club’s hopes of signing Higuain.He told Sky Italia: “I think Higuain will leave and I think he’s heading towards Chelsea, where Sarri is waiting with open arms.“Ronaldo’s arrival is very important for Italian football, a work of genius for Juventus and for all of Italy.“It also represents an investment that will certainly improve the club on a financial level too. Ronaldo is a money-making machine and brings definite business to Juventus.” LATEST targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti