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first_imgSome are asking how come it took more than seven hours to count just 826 votes at the PNC Biennial Congress election for the Chairman. Fifty years ago, asked a similar question at a PPP Congress, PPP AG Dr Fenton Ramsahoye gave a cryptic answer that is quite applicable to the PNC conundrum: “The party works in mysterious ways!!” He was, of course, alluding to the biblical homily on the “ways” of the Lord, which are beyond the ken or ordinary mortals like you and your Eyewitness!!Now the party we’re presently trying to divine is the PNC – which gave a whole new meaning to the word “rigging” when it used the technique to stay in power between 1968 and 1992. You’re talking about 24 years to perfect a practice during at least five general elections with scads of International and Regional Observers in close attendance. If you can earn a PhD in, say, four years, think of the institutional memory and techniques on rigging you accumulate in 24!!Problem is, it wasn’t just the PNC party that did the job. As your Eyewitness has been at pains to point out, the REGIME Burnham constructed to keep the PPP at bay (and out of Government) involved also the Bureaucracy and the Disciplined Forces. The latter was more crucial than the party on the rigging front. After playing the “overseas vote” card in 1968, the PNC couldn’t very well cash that cheque a second time. So, in 1973, they called in the Disciplined Forces.The GDF were the ones who seized ballot boxes, and the GNS “counted” the votes at Camp Ayanganna. This counting wasn’t as simple as it sounded – duplicate ballot papers had to be printed; they had to be filled in in a prescribed formula to give the PNC a two-thirds majority – but still keep the PPP alive, to show the world there was an “Opposition”! This operation, of course, was replicated in 1978 (the “house” or “mouse” referendum); 1980, and 1985.During this time, the PNC party had absolutely NO role in keeping the regime in power!! So when your Eyewitness hears that the “party” people conspired to keep out the “army” people, he wonders how come, with a historian as leader, the history of the Disciplined Forces to keep the regime in power isn’t appreciated. But that’s part of the problem with Guyanese politics, isn’t it?It isn’t “politically correct” to say parties in general are, by definition, “ethnic”…so we pretend they’re “multi-ethnic”. And with the PNC, since they won’t admit to rigging, they won’t admit the military types are more PNC than the PNC.So the party outrigged the army?!! How ironic!!…on liquorgate!!What a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!! Looks like the “liquour lie” might just be the straw to break the “camel of corruption’s” back!! After all, with sixty-five MPs having access to the MP Lounge at Parliament, surely the PNC didn’t think only teetotaller Jagdeo would spill the alcohol?!!Well, we now have confirmation that not only is liquour served during “sittings”; the servings might go on into the wee hours of the morning, when the occasions become ‘staggerings” or even “lie-ings”!!  The imbibers didn’t even have respect for the 2am curfew of their member Ramjattan, Minister of Public Security – who’s a card-carrying imbiber!!Now, most corruption is conducted in secret, so when the accusations are hurled and fingers pointed – such as in the present Demerara Harbour Bridge Design Bid – the denials may have some plausibility. In the case of Liquourgate, it’s not going to take much – just a question in the house – for the parliamentary tab on liquour to be revealed!!So who’re the lushes?…on the teachers’ strikeYour Eyewitness still believes there will be no strike. The PNC-led Government may be corrupt; they may be inept; but they ain’t stupid.They can count 15,000 teachers faster than 800 delegates!!last_img read more

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Big difference

first_img‘People evacuated on their own’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone talked about just how much of a factor exhaustion would play on both teams after coming from a PBA Governors’ Cup Finals road game in Lucena City just two nights before. But that didn’t seem true for Stanley Pringle, who erupted for 17 points in the third period to help the Gin Kings pull away and hammer out a 92-84 decision over Meralco on Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao where Ginebra snapped a 1-1 tie with conviction.“Tonight, he got loose. And when he gets loose, that’s what you see,” Cone said of Pringle, who finished with 21 points, five rebounds and four assists as the crowd darlings regained the lead in the best-of-seven duel.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “He’s really a difference-maker,” Cone added.The Kings, before a crowd of 16,001, enjoyed leads as many as 23 points before weathering a Meralco rally in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4SPORTSBlatche cramming for tough Mighty Sports stint in DubaiJapeth Aguilar was again a force on defense, registering seven blocks to go with his 23 points, which was second only to Justin Brownlee’s team-best 24. Meralco got the goods from Chris Newsome and Allen Durham, who scored 24 and 23, respectively.But what a deflated Norman Black couldn’t help but admit was just how big of a gut punch losing Raymond Almazan early was for the Bolts. Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee “We came out of the locker room [for the third period] very flat. We found out that we will miss Raymond for the rest of the night and probably for the remainder of the series,” Black said.“We lacked energy and intensity going into the third quarter. I don’t know how much we were affected by the news, but it was evident in that quarter,” he added.Almazan landed awkwardly late in the opening frame and was carried off the floor and back to the team dugout. Black said the big man, who has been a steady presence for the Bolts in the interior, will undergo MRI tests at Makati Medical Center.“He couldn’t move his leg. As a former player myself, that’s not a good sign,” Black said. INQADVERTISEMENT Five more athletics bets could join Obiena in Tokyo Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfallcenter_img US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high MOST READ LATEST STORIES More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruptionlast_img read more

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United sucker punch disarms Gunners

first_imgRooney’s strike added to a comedy own-goal by Kieran Gibbs that saw the left-back deflect Antonio Valencia’s cross into his own net after a mix-up with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who was injured in the process.Olivier Giroud, on as a second-half substitute, replied deep into stoppage time for Arsenal, but United held on to record a first competitive away win since April 5.The victory took Louis van Gaal’s side back into the Champions League places, 13 points behind leaders Chelsea.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was left to rue an afternoon of wasted opportunities and inspired goalkeeping by United’s David de Gea, as well as injuries to Szczesny and Jack Wilshere.Arsenal produced a lightning start at the Emirates and should have been out of sight in the first quarter of the match.Ex-United striker Danny Welbeck was presented with a sight of goal after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had been allowed to run in-field, but he was denied by Paddy McNair.Welbeck then headed over in the ninth minute from a pinpoint Oxlade-Chamberlain cross.Seconds later, United left-back Luke Shaw appeared to turn his ankle as he cleared the ball under pressure by Oxlade-Chamberlain.The England international hobbled on, before he was replaced in the 16th minute by Ashley Young.By then, United goalkeeper De Gea had made saves from Wilshere, twice, and Welbeck.The second of De Gea’s saves to deny Wilshere came after he had made a poor clearance, but the Spain international made amends with a smart save.– Wilshere forced off –Van Gaal’s side finally offered an attacking threat in the 21st minute, but Rooney ballooned a free-kick horribly over the crossbar.There was a flashpoint just before the half-hour mark when Wilshere was lucky to remain on the pitch after apparently aiming a headbutt at Marouane Fellaini.After pushing Fellaini in the back, Wilshere was frustrated by referee Mike Dean’s decision to award a free-kick to United.As the midfield pair squared up, Wilshere seemed to plant his head into Fellaini’s chest, but his relative lack of height in comparison to the towering Belgian may have spared him punishment.Having weathered Arsenal’s explosive start, the dust-up appeared to spur United into redoubling their attacking efforts.Angel di Maria curled a shot wide of the left-hand post, Calum Chambers produced a superb block to stop Rooney’s goal-bound effort, and Chris Smalling miscued a volley following a corner.Wilshere eventually did depart the fray, on 55 minutes, after failing to shake off an ankle injury following a fierce challenge by McNair.United took the lead within 60 seconds, and in comical fashion.Szczesny clattered Gibbs as he came for Young’s deep cross and when Valencia smashed the rebound back into the area, Arsenal’s left-back diverted the ball into his own net.Prior to the opener, United had not registered a shot on target.Szczesny was forced off after taking a blow to his side and Martinez took over the gloves.Arsenal pushed for a leveller, but they were undone on the counter-attack as Di Maria supplied Rooney, who raced clear and chipped the ball over Martinez.Giroud’s blistering late effort from the edge of the box — on his return to the side after a broken leg — set up a grandstand finish for the 60,074 spectators in attendance, but United hung on.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, November 22- Wayne Rooney led Manchester United back into the top four of the Premier League with a smash-and-grab 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.On the back of a successful week with England, the United captain secured victory with a coolly-taken 85th-minute chip over Arsenal substitute goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.last_img read more

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Reports – Liverpool slap £10m asking fee on Inter Milan target

first_imgLiverpool will demand £10m plus bonuses from Inter Milan for midfielder Lucas Leiva, according to reports in Italy.Inter have been after a holding midfielder since the summer but have failed with their bid to sign West Ham target Mario Suarez from Atletico Madrid.That means Inter boss Roberto Mancini will focus all his attention on Lucas, who has fallen down the pecking order under Brendan Rodgers.Gazzetta dello Sport claims Mancini has spoken with Rodgers and the fee has been set and it is now down to the former Manchester City boss to convince his board to complete the swoop. Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva 1last_img

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Angels invite Salmon, Weaver to camp

first_imgSalmon was the 1993 American League Rookie of the year and has played all of his 13 major-league seasons with the Angels. He compiled a .283 career batting average with 290 home runs and 989 RBIs in 1,596 games. Weaver signed with the Angels in May after holding out for nearly a year following his selection as the 12th overall pick. He reportedly received a $4 million signing bonus, $2 million of which already has been paid. Non-roster invitees are any players in the organization who are not on the 40-man roster. LOS ANGELES – Dodgers’ second baseman Jeff Kent will undergo surgery on his right wrist Tuesday to remove scar tissue and should be recovered by the early part of spring training. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Friday that hand specialist Dr. Norman Zemel will perform the operation in Los Angeles, with a projected recovery period of four to six weeks. “It’s more precautionary than anything else,” Colletti said. “Throwing a baseball, he’s got no problems. Swinging a bat, he’s got no problems. He does have some discomfort when it’s not baseball-related. The choice is to get it rectified as soon as possible. “It’s been explained to me as nothing more than a cleanup process.” The Associated Press contributed to this report. doug.padilla@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonWeaver was a combined 7-4 with a 3.91 ERA at Class A Rancho Cucamonga and Class AA Arkansas last season. Shortstop Brandon Wood, the organization’s co-minor-league player of the year, also was invited to big-league camp. Other pitchers to receive invitations include: Nicholas Adenhart, David Austen, Tim Bittner, Nathan Bland, Dan Davidson, Matt Hensley, Tommy Mendoza, Dustin Moseley, Jon Rouwenhorst, Alex Serrano and Bob Zimmerman. Catchers invited include: Ryan Budde, Michael Collins, Brent Del Chiaro, Brett Martinez and Bobby Wilson. Infielder Brian Specht and outfielder Curtis Pride also were invited. center_img Tim Salmon and Jered Weaver, the team’s first-round selection in the 2004 amateur draft, head an Angels’ list of 21 non-roster invitees to spring training. Salmon, 37, did not play this past season as he recovered from surgeries to his left knee and right shoulder. He appeared in 60 games in 2004 and batted .253 with two home runs and 23 RBIs. last_img read more

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Chelsea weigh up appeal against John Terry red card against Peterborough

first_img1 The defender was sent off after making his first start since October Head coach Antonio Conte says Chelsea are considering appealing against John Terry’s sending off in Sunday’s FA Cup third round win over Peterborough.Terry, making his first start since the EFL Cup exit at West Ham in October and first appearance since November, was adjudged to be last man when he fouled Lee Angol and was shown a straight red card by referee Kevin Friend.“You have to respect the referee decision, but in this case maybe we will do an appeal for this situation,” Conte said.“The situation is very clear and I think John didn’t deserve this.”Conte felt Branislav Ivanovic was a covering defender and that Terry did not make contact with Angol.“He didn’t take the opponent and also the second reason was because behind John there was Ivanovic to cover John,” Conte added.“It’s a pity when this happens, because the red card is not good.”Terry’s time at Stamford Bridge could be nearing an end. He was 36 last month and his contract expires in the summer.In January 2016 Terry disclosed that he had not been offered a new deal and that he would be leaving that summer.But he was later offered and then, after a period of deliberation, signed a 12-month extension last May, concluding an issue which had shrouded the second half of last season for the Blues.Conte insisted the decision on the future of Terry, who made his first-team debut more than 18 years ago, would be made with the club and was adamant he was happy with the club captain.“I’m pleased for John, because he’s showing me great commitment when I ask him to play, when he doesn’t play,” Conte added.“He’s helping me a lot in the changing room. He’s showing me to be a good player, but above all a good man.”Conte on Sunday recalled Nathan Ake from his loan spell at Bournemouth. The Dutchman provides additional competition for Terry as he can play in central defence or potentially as a left wing back.“Ake gives me important options,” Conte said.“Chelsea is his home. He’s showing he deserves to stay in a great team like Chelsea.”Conte remained coy on transfers, with the winter window open, and declined to address speculation of a move for Swansea’s Fernando Llorente, with Michy Batshuayi reportedly going in the opposite direction temporarily.Batshuayi scored his first goal since August as Chelsea took a 3-0 lead prior to Terry’s dismissal, netting between strikes from Pedro and Willian.The £33million summer signing from Marseille appeared anxious to impress and might have scored more.Of Belgium striker Batshuayi, Conte said: “Michy played a good game.“He showed me great commitment, great workrate. Also he scored a goal. For a forward it’s always important to score for confidence.“Now it’s important for him to continue in this way and to give me the opportunity to have another solution in our squad.”Conte made nine changes to the team which began last Wednesday’s defeat at Tottenham, which saw the Blues’ 13-game winning run in the league come to a halt.He was pleased with the return of Kurt Zouma, in particular.“When you change nine players it’s not easy to find quickly your idea of football. Instead it happened,” Conte added.League One Peterborough attacked Chelsea from the start, but that led to openings for the hosts which they exploited.The visitors claimed a consolation when Tom Nichols pulled a goal back, but Pedro struck his second to complete victory.Peterborough boss Grant McCann said: “The difference in the game was they were clinical, we weren’t.“I don’t think we came here and disgraced ourselves. We could’ve come here and defended deeper and tried to frustrate them.“But I thought we may as well come here and give it a go. I thought we did that.“The fourth goal just knocked the stuffing out of us. It just killed the momentum for us. We were just seeing the rest of the game out.”last_img read more

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Traffic Stop Nets Paraphernalia and Schedule Four Drugs

first_imgShortly after 11:00 pm last evening,  a trooper from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg made a traffic stop on a 1991 Nissan Frontier for driving off of the roadway.The stop was made at Slate Run Road near May Drive in Floyd County. During the traffic stop, the passenger of the vehicle, Jodi C. Schaefer, 33, from New Albany, IN, was found to be in possession of alleged drug paraphernalia. A subsequent search found Jodi C. Schaefer to also be in possession of a Schedule Four Controlled Substance.Jodi C. Schaefer was placed under arrest for Possession of a Schedule Four Controlled Substance and Possession of Paraphernalia and incarcerated at the Floyd Country Jail awaiting her first court appearance.last_img

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Sanders Arrested and Charged With Naugle’s Murder

first_imgThe body was autopsied Wednesday morning but DNA testing and dental records were sought to make a positive identification.Today around 12:30 pm today, a report of a stolen vehicle, (gold, 2007 Ford Focus), was made on East New Cut Road near the location where Sanders was last seen on Monday.A hunt for the stolen vehicle resulted in Sanders being stopped on Boatman Road and York Road in Austin, (near Interstate #65), by an Austin City Police Officer.While the hunt for the stolen vehicle was taking place, the Washington County Prosecutor, Dustin Houchin, was in the process of seeking an arrest warrant on Sanders in the Washington County Circuit Court for Murder.Indiana State Police Detectives had briefed the prosecutor earlier after obtaining enough information during their investigation to seek an arrest warrant.  Sanders was taken into custody by Austin City Police Officers and detectives from the Indiana State Police and is incarcerated at the Washington County Jail.This investigation is continuing. A 34-year-old Washington County man is in custody and has been charged with the murder of Skyler Naugle, who was reported missing over the weekend. A badly decomposed body was discovered near a house where Michael Sanders was living at 7707 East New Cut Road in Little York. Sanders has been charged with Naugle’s murder. Police say other charges could be filed as well. last_img read more

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Photo of the Week: Plymouth Community Christmas Carol Sing-Along

first_imgThough it was a gray afternoon, the clouds didn’t chase away families and friends from joining the 2015 Plymouth Community Christmas Carol Sing-Along today in downtown Plymouth, Michigan at Kellogg Park.Led by Dr. Jerry Smith, the music director at my church, First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth, I joined dozens of people for a late afternoon sing-along of of holiday carols in the almost forty-degree weather. The park was filled with members of our congregation, families with young children in strollers, and older couples singing O Come All Ye Faithful, Here We Come A-Caroling, Go Tell It On The Mountain, and other Christmas carols along with the wonderful Salvation Army band. I love sing-alongs and wish there were more throughout the year. It seems the only time families join together for sing-alongs is at church, school, or during the Christmas season. Downtown Detroit has a community sing-along at Noel Night every year, led by the Salvation Army, but I haven’t heard of other community sing-alongs in the metro Detroit area. Do you have a community sing-along in your town? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Celebrating the Holidays at Kellogg ParkWhat a wonderful afternoon for the Community Carol Sing-Along today in downtown Plymouth, Michigan at Kellogg Park. Led by Dr. Jerry Smith, the music director at my church, I joined several hundred people from the community for an afternoon of joyous carol singing. Downtown Plymouth was filled with the sounds…In “Web design & development links”A Look Back at 2014With my commitment to blog daily in 2014, I’ve written about websites, user experience, WordPress, accessibility, local web worker events, email marketing, and technology this year. And I’ve been thankful to all of you for reading along. I appreciate all your comments, tips, and suggestions. Keep ’em coming! Here’s a…In “End of year”Photo of the Week: Plymouth Ice Festival 2015With wind chills bringing temperatures to the -10 to -20 degrees (Farenheit) range, it had to be one of the coldest years for the Plymouth Ice Festival this weekend in Plymouth, Michigan. Held the first weekend of January, the Plymouth Ice Festival brings thousands of people to downtown Plymouth to…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

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