first_img…up the PNC ladder?After a marathon counting exercise of just 828 votes, which took almost 8 hours, Volda Lawrence was elected Chairman of the PNC/R. While it may seem your Eyewitness is a “male chauvinist pig” for calling Ms Volda a “Chairman”, he’s only going by the designation in the PNC’s Constitution. Maybe Lawrence, as the first female Chairman, can initiate steps to make the position more gender neutral. Obviously, even though the Constitution was revised in 2009, it doesn’t appear up to then that a woman might become “chairman”.But what exactly does the Chairman do, to generate such a spirited fight for the position?  Under Rule 20, “FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES OF THE CHAIRMAN”, the PNC Constitution declares a bit sketchily: (1) “The Chairman shall preside over, and be responsible for, the conduct of the meetings of Congress, General Council and Central Executive Committee, and may (be assigned) other duties by the Central Executive Committee. (2) The Chairman shall also represent the Leader on such occasions and at such functions as the Leader may direct.”That doesn’t seem to warrant any big sturm and drang, does it? But it all becomes clear when one looks at Rule 19 (1), which stipulates: “If the office of Leader becomes vacant due to death, incapacity, resignation or other circumstance, the Chairman shall assume the functions of the Leader for the time being.” With Granger just reminding us he’s seventy-three (remember him giving away 73 bicycles for his last birthday?)…biblical-minded persons like Volda in the PNC would know he’s now exceeded his “three score and ten” allotment.But the PNC elections were interesting for other reasons than whether Granger might be kicking the bucket anytime soon – and thus raising the question of succession. There was the stinging rebuff of Attorney General Basil Williams, who received a measly 183 votes as opposed to 346 for Lawrence and 287 for Joe Harmon! Williams had used his bully pulpit to flaunt his “bully” credentials, which he obviously thought made his a “real” PNCite.Was Lawrence’s trouncing of him suggesting her less confrontational approach was more acceptable to the delegates? They remembered her implicit reprimand to “I is” Broomes’s Basil Williams-like bullyism? Personally, your Eyewitness had placed his bets on Joe Harmon, who appears to be quite a pragmatic fella – a useful quality in a fractured society like Guyana! But he was “double-banked”!!However, at long last women — always the backbone of the PNC — are insisting on some recognition for their critical party work. The first Vice-Chairman was also a woman – who trounced old-time, rough-and-tumble PNCite Aubrey Norton.Sadly, the male leader remains constitutionally paramount over all!! Next time?…to FloridaYour Eyewitness saw Andre Russel express frustration over the Tallawahs “home games” scheduled in Florida. He complained it felt like playing in Guyana!!But with 300,000 Jamaicans in South Florida, why not bring them out to the ball game??last_img read more

first_imgMasson scored late for Toronto, assisted by Alex Emerson.  HOW IT HAPPENED: The Blues opened the scoring with a goal by Darren Elliott, assisted by fellow attack AJ Masson. The Mustangs answered with 14 straight goals.  Story Links “Western dominated the draws giving them many more offensive possessions. We also had way too many turnovers, both forced and unforced. Macon Jeffreys played well in goal but the Western time of possession in our end was way too much to overcome” said Head Coach Joe Nizich. UP NEXT: The Blues will look to even their record on Sunday, September 29 at 6:00 pm at Varsity Stadium against the McMaster Marauders. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Version The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s lacrosse team travelled to London on Friday night (Sept 20) to take on the CUFLA defending champion Western Mustangs. Toronto came away on the short end of a 14-2 score. last_img read more

first_imgThat means that by the time he tees off at Merion Golf Club in the US Open in June it will be five years since he last won one of the big four titles.It also means that he will need to wait another year to add to his Masters green jackets, his fourth and most recent coming in 2005.Woods’ driving ambitions are to match and better the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus and to overhaul the record six Masters wins by Nicklaus.Starting the day four strokes behind joint leaders Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera, Woods said that he believed he had an outside chance of winning a major while coming from behind for the first time.“I thought 65 would win it outright today,” he said.“I thought that was going to be the number. Maybe eight or nine under. So who knows, if I would have shot my number, it might have been a different story.”Woods made no inroads into the lead early on, opening with four straight pars and when he dropped shots at the sixth and seventh, it looked like his chances had vanished.“I had a hard time getting accustomed to the speed (of the greens),” he said.“The speed was so much slower than it was yesterday, and that was before it rained. Then they changed pretty dramatically. I struggled hitting putts hard enough. Every putt I left short for probably the first eight holes.”But coming down the back nine, the world number one suddenly sparked into life with birdies at 12, 13 and 15. He had a chance to pick up another shot at the 16th, but narrowly missed a short putt and his challenge was over.Woods came into Augusta National on a strong high after three wins in the United States this year that propelled him past Rory McIlroy to the world number one spot and he declared himself fully-fit and mentally in tune.He was close to taking the lead in Friday’s second round when bad luck struck at the 15th hole as a perfect pitch hit the flagstick and spun back into a water hazard.He got away with a six but worse was to follow the next day when he was handed a two-stroke penalty for an improper drop, turning an unfortunate six into a damaging eight.Asked whether that had been on his mind at all during his final round, Woods said: “Absolutely not.“I got to focus on what I need to do, where I need to place the golf ball and shoot the lowest score I possibly could at that moment.”Woods will next turn his focus on Merion for the US Open in June and Muirfield in the east of Scotland for the British Open in July for his next chances to bag that elusive 15th major.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 14, 2013 (AFP) – For Tiger Woods, the long wait for a 15th major title continues.The 37-year-old American briefly threatened the leaders going down the back nine in the final round of the 77th Masters on Sunday, but he had left himself with too much to do and he eventually had to settle for a tie for fourth place.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, April 12- Haydn Porteous carded a dramatic eagle two at the first extra hole to edge out compatriot and friend Brandon Stone en route to his first professional title at the Barclays Kenya Open.It was another underwhelming year for Kenyans with Dismas Indiza summing up the dismal showing by firing a 75 that saw him drop from the top ten at the start of the day to shared 28th with five under 283 for the tournament. His prize takings were 1,620 euros (Sh 159,620.73) with compatriots Brian Njoroge (2 over 290) and Matthew Omondi (9 over 297) ranked 59th and joint 63rd on the final leader board with only three local golfers qualifying for the final two days of action at Karen.In the end, the tournament that has provided the launch pad to three past champions to the first Major of the season, The Masters that was being played concurrently at Augusta namely; the late Seve Ballesteros, Trevor Immelman and Ian Woosnam became an internal South African contest as Porteous and Stone outclassed the rest of the field to force extra holes.The 20 year-old from Johannesburg hit a sublime three wood from the tee to seven feet at the par four 12th in the first hole of sudden death after signing for a closing 68 at Karen Country Club to pull alongside Stone at 17 under par, having trailed by one overnight.Porteous who took charge of the leader board going into Day 3 before being supplanted by Stone on Saturday took home € 32,000 (Sh 3,153.001.99) for his win as the overnight principal bagged € 22,000 (Sh 2,167,688.87) after losing the shootout.-Strong start-Porteous made a strong start with two birdies before further gains followed at the fifth, 12th and 13th to cover dropped shots at the sixth and 14th.As for Stone, who made six birdies of his own on Sunday to card a 69, the turning point came when he racked up a double bogey at the par four 13th.That allowed Porteous back into contention, and when the pair both birdied the par five 18th, extra holes were required to decide a victor.The triumph fulfils the promise Porteous showed as an amateur, while it also earns him a first full season of Challenge Tour action.“It hasn’t sunk in just yet, but I am sure when I wake up tomorrow morning I will know exactly what I’ve done,” said Porteous, who was ranked the best amateur in South Africa before joining the paid ranks.“It was nerve-wracking out there today and certainly not boring. Brandon was two shots ahead, then I was two shots ahead, then we were even down the last and ended up both making clutch putts for birdie before the play-off. Then it was a once in a lifetime eagle,” he added.His next target is to have a season that will land him a European Tour card having aced the first European Challenge Tour event of the campaign.The South African pair may have taken much of the attention on the final day in Kenya, but there was plenty of exemplary play elsewhere in the closing 18 holes, not least from George Woolgar who signed for a 67 to finish one stroke back in third – the best performance of the Englishman’s career so far.Another Englishman, Sam Walker, was another shot back in fourth after the three-time Challenge Tour winner posted a 69 to close.-Material from europetour.com used for this report0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, October 18- Four young Kenyan footballers have been selected to join the Manchester United Soccer School Camp that will run from October 28 in Tanzania.Students Naim Ashraf (Nairobi Milimani), Mzee Ali (Tononoka High), Naomi Njeri (Matuu Memorial) and Emily Auma (Jara Secondary) were selected to attend the football clinic sponsored by the English Premiership champions following the culmination of the mobile communication service provider sponsored Airtel Rising Star Challenge competition. “We are excited to send our young stars to learn from the best in this program that will make a positive impact in their personal lives.” Airtel head of public relations, Dick Omondi told reporters on Tuesday.The quartet starred at the KSSSA term-two ball games held at Nairobi’s Moi Forces Academy and were selected by a panel of local coaches among them former national football team Harambee Stars head tacticians, Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee and Twahir Muhidin.Others were former national team defender and AFC Leopards assistant, Mickey Weche and Florence Adhiambo, a prominent local women’s coach.Representatives from Tanzania, Malawi and Sierra Leone will also join the camp that will run through to December 3.Bryan Robson, the long-standing captain at the Old Trafford club will be on hand to open the Tanzania camp whose training curriculum will be based on the Manchester United Academy Programme.Former United striker, Andy Cole, launched the partnership programme that also involves the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) with the English giants in Kenya when he paid the country a visit in June.– Gloria Kendi0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgENERGY: Officials are thankful that cutbacks kept usage below expectations. By Aaron C. Davis THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO – California residents and businesses heeded warnings of an electricity shortage Thursday, turning off lights, air conditioners and machinery to help the state weather an energy crunch caused by soaring temperatures and high demand. Neither alert was necessary, as the state’s largest electricity consumers voluntarily cut their use. The state’s power consumption peaked at 47,843 megawatts, well below the predicted peak of 49,105 megawatts. The state never came close to the worrisome Stage 2 emergency, which signals that its operating reserves have fallen below 5 percent. At that point, the state’s largest investor-owned utilities begin cutting power to companies that have previously agreed to be the first to lose power. The agency extended its statewide energy warning into today, marking a fourth consecutive day in which it projected high demand and urged conservation efforts. The state suggests setting thermostats at 78 degrees or higher, using fans to cool rooms, turning off unnecessary lights and restricting the use of appliances to early in the morning or late at night. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Earlier in the day, the state’s largest energy consumers were notified that they might have to go dark to help prevent blackouts. “Residents really responded, and we want to thank them,” said Stephanie McCorkle, spokeswoman for California’s Independent System Operator. “The conservation we saw today from Californians saved the equivalent of a large power plant.” The mandatory interruptions at industrial, commercial and retail businesses were not needed. Energy demand peaked at more than 1,200 megawatts below forecasts, after it appeared earlier in the day as if use might approach the state’s all-time record. Despite Thursday’s reprieve, triple-digit temperatures and high energy demand caused localized failures. Demand overloaded a distribution station in the Sun Valley area of the San Fernando Valley, triggering a rolling outage affecting about 2,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers. Throughout Los Angeles, a total of 3,500 residents lost power, spokeswoman Gale Harris said. Early Thursday, the California Independent System Operator, the agency that manages most of the state’s electric grid, warned of potential trouble in the state’s power supply. It said it planned to declare a minor power emergency at 2 p.m. and increase its alert level to a so-called Stage 2 emergency at about 4 p.m., the hottest point in the day when electricity use soars. last_img read more

first_imgA cold, “almost unprecedented” September storm is working its way toward the Southland, bringing the threat of showers, thunderstorms and snow at higher elevations from this afternoon until tomorrow. National Weather Service forecasters said the chance of measurable precipitation in the form of showers and thunderstorms in the Greater Los Angeles area stands at 30 percent today and 70 percent both tonight and tomorrow. In the Antelope Valley, it was set at 20 percent today and 60 percent tonight and tomorrow, while on Santa Catalina Island, it stands at 60 percent today, 70 percent tonight and 60 percent tomorrow. A Flash Flood Watch was to go into effect tonight in areas of Catalina recently denuded by a wildfire. Forecasters rainfall totals will be highly variable because of the showery nature of the expected precipitation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked PEP TALK LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 1 update latest Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff rookie error Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta LIVING THE DREAM Didn’t want to post these pictures but felt I had to. This is Lucas Torreira’s emotional reaction to the abuse Granit Xhaka received after his substitution, in tears and inconsolable. Absolute love and respect for his captain. pic.twitter.com/ijKOvwkYx2— Stuart MacFarlane (@Stuart_PhotoAFC) October 28, 2019Xhaka responded by cupping his ears as he walked off and appeared to tell Arsenal fans to ‘f*** off’ as he removed his shirt and stormed down the tunnel.Torreira, who failed to come off the bench at the Emirates on Sunday, was captured by club photographer Stuart MacFarlane looking visibly upset and reluctantly tweeted the pictures to show how the incident had impacted the players.“Didn’t want to post these pictures but felt I had to,” he wrote. “This is Lucas Torreira’s emotional reaction to the abuse Granit Xhaka received after his substitution, in tears and inconsolable. Absolute love and respect for his captain.” Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future center_img Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule statement Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira was close to tears as he reacted emotionally to the abuse directed at team-mate Granit Xhaka.The Gunners captain was replaced with winger Bukayo Saka in the 61st minute of the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace and his substitution was greeted with ironic cheers from the home supporters. Granit Xhaka was furious with the reaction he got from Arsenal fans appointed After the game, Unai Emery said Xhaka was in the wrong for the way he behaved when leaving the field.“He was wrong, he was wrong,” Emery told talkSPORT.“But we are going to speak to him and then inside with the club. He was wrong.”When asked if Xhaka would remain as the club’s skipper, Emery said: “We are going to speak about that with him.“He was very hot in that moment and he was rash and he was wrong.”Arsenal legend Ian Wright was also critical of the Switzerland international and said he owes the fans an apology.“I don’t like any players getting booed,” Wright said on Match of the Day. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father deals DAZN “But this is the captain. Now I think that they’re frustrated with the fact that he’s not run off.“He’s now goading them. We’re talking about fans that have watched him in the four years he’s been there have a handful of good games and he’s treating the fans like that.“He should apologise – that’s the captain. He should be apologising. He should have apologised already. That’s the guy they chose as the captain. That’s not captain’s behaviour.“Arsenal fans have showed a lot of patience to him and the performances he’s put in. He owes them a lot more and he’s acted like that.“He’s the captain and he’s got the responsibility to take that on board. He can’t go and do that. I can understand the Ozil situation but he’s the captain – the manager’s got faith in him!”last_img read more

first_imgOROROROROROROR Celtic could be less than a fortnight away from sealing the Scottish Premiership title and extending their dominance to six-in-a-row. Their 4-0 win against Inverness Caledonian Thistle last week took their consecutive wins to 22 and maintained their unbeaten status this season. The earliest Brendan Rodgers can clinch his first title with Celtic is the weekend of March 18/19 but it depends on what happens before that. Here are the important games to watch out for: Celtic will make it mathematically impossible for Rangers to catch them if they win the derby on Sunday but it’s Aberdeen who will have the bigger say in when the championship party gets started. If Derek McInnes’ men win their next two games Celtic won’t win the league before the international break, but if they do, this how it will happen.This is the earliest weekend Celtic can win the league. STVThe weekend of March 18/19 is the earliest date Celtic can be crowned champions, and it will happen if:ORlast_img read more

first_img“I have an idea what we want to do if everyone is fit next week, but certainly for today’s game he provided the spark needed and I thought he was excellent when he came on.”The Celtic boss also felt that Dembele was hitting peak form after his double.“He has that hunger back to score,” Rodgers said.“In the second half, like the rest of the team, he was much better.“It was a good header (for the first goal) and the link-up play was much better to get the penalty and he was probably unfortunate that the ball wouldn’t sit for him in the second half a couple of times to get his hat-trick.“He is in form, showed his qualities and worked very well.”Morton boss Jim Duffy was left aggrieved about the penalty decision that led to the second goal, with Dembele appearing to have been fouled by Michael Doyle outside the box. However, he admitted that the call may not have influenced the outcome too much. “When you come here you don’t want to hand victory to Celtic and we didn’t,” he said. “But class told in the end.“The second goal was a bit contentious because it looked like it was outside the box.“I am not saying we would get back into the game but it gave Celtic a bit more time to relax.“It was not much outside and I can understand why the referee has given it. I am not overly criticising him but it is a big decision.“But Celtic dominated the second half and had real quality.” “I thought he was very good,” Rodgers said. “He is a young player I rate very highly.“He can play in a number of positions. He has strength, power, he threatens in behind… he is quick but he can link the game as well.“I felt as though those two occupied their back four really well because they are both quick and Odsonne really wants to really run in behind.“He had two really good chances before he actually scored the goal so it is something that I can consider. Brendan Rodgers watched his side beat Morton 3-0 to reach the Scottish Cup semi-finals and said that young striker Odsonne Edouard had made an impressive impact.The Championship side had frustrated Celtic in the first half in Glasgow but a change at half-time saw Edouard introduced alongside Moussa Dembele.The duo scored the goals that settled the tie with Dembele hitting a double before Edouard lashed in a late goal.The Frenchman’s contribution could have played him into the starting line-up for the Premiership clash with Rangers next week and Rodgers was certainly happy with what he saw.last_img read more