Strategic move…

first_img…against JagdeoThe PNC-led coalition Government didn’t need the PPP to hold a Congress, or elections for the Central Committee, or for the General Secretary of the party that Bharat Jagdeo would emerge as the leader of the PPP by being the Opposition Leader and its General Secretary. The moment they filed their appeal in July 2015 to the “third term” ruling of Justice Ian Chang, the cat was out of the bag. They were running scared Jagdeo would run again!But they didn’t need political geniuses to figure that out. Why would the PPP overlook a man who already had 12 years under his belt as President of the country; is a trained economist who was able to generate impressive growth rates when the rest of Caricom languished in the doldrums, and most importantly was able to take on and defeat an armed insurrection against the State – and was still only 52 years old?? They’d had to have a death wish!!So now the PPP’s officially conferred on Jagdeo the authority to lead it into the 21st Century, we return to the PNC’s fears! Simultaneously, (coincidentally?) we get news that the appeal filed by now AG Williams and Trotman is going to be heard by the Court of Appeal starting this Friday. And as the plot thickens, we discern the hand of the PNC rising out of the fog.The Court of Appeal, after all, is comprised of the Chancellor, the Chief Justice and one or more other Appellate judges. Now, do you still think your Eyewitness was paranoid when last week he questioned the two-step tango played by a letter writer Edwards and the Chronic? First, Edwards informed the nation that the Chancellor reaches retirement age at the end of February and since he has three weeks leave outstanding, he should proceed on “pre-retirement leave” at the end of this month!!That’s right! And if you think this revelation came “out of the blue” then it REALLY was Santa who was kissing Mommy under the Christmas tree!! Then Edwards, made his main point – “…no Judge soon to vacate his office ought to commence hearing a new or fresh case, for in all probability it would be a part-heard case when he/she vacates office.” The Chronic then piggybacked on this to posit that “concerns” were raised about the Chancellor’s “impending” retirement and he shouldn’t take “new cases”!!All of this simply means the PNC wants to ensure the Appellate Court rules against a “third term” – and don’t trust the incumbent Chancellor to go along.But what does this say about their assessment of the new Chief Justice, who was just given silk?…on silkThe PNC’s ploy on the Chief Justice – for which they had to take a lot of flak from the legal community on awarding silk to a sitting judge – might now be understood, but it evokes some sad memories from the first PNC regime. The present generation mightn’t remember when the PNC moved a case against a PPP activist from Berbice for a crime allegedly committed in Berbice to Georgetown to be tried by “a jury of his peers”!! It was one of Rodney’s finest moment when he asked what this implied about the PNC’s assessment of “African Guyanese”.But the silk award raised several other nettlesome issues. One lawyer trotted out his credentials in the press and brought to the fore the question of what criteria was used to make the selection. Another suggested that the title of “Senior Counsel” might now be passé in our Republic – in setting up invidious distinctions.But your Eyewitness is worried that addressing all and sundry as “Comrade” might be the next step!…on vendors?Since the vendors were allowed to return to the Stabroek Market environs, was the expulsion more tactical than strategic?And what about all those pious platitudes uttered at the time of expulsion by the Town Clerk about “restoring Georgetown’s beauty”?last_img read more

Cignal exploits undermanned Foton to bag PSL bronze

first_imgLOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Cignal HD Spikers. PSL PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–Cignal came out too strong against an undermanned Foton to prevail, 25-22, 25-15, 25-17, Thursday and claim bronze medal in the Philippine Superliga Invitationals at Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City.The HD Spikers needed just a late-set surge to come back from 19-14 and steal the opening frame, setting the rout in place.ADVERTISEMENT Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race PLAY LIST 01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor 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 shootdown Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spider Man intruder joins Arwind Santos, other players at PBA outreach Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down The Tornadoes failed to get their rhythm after that and even their feisty rookie Eya Laure could not get through the HD Spikers’ well-placed defenses.CJ Rosario, Foton’s middle blocker, hurt her left knee early in the third and had to be wheeled away from the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4That practically broke the back of Foton which had already missed Japan-based sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat this conference.The HD Spikers thus finished in the podium twice this year after placing second in the All Filipino. Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna MOST READ LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Rachel Anne Daquis scored 10 points, while Alohi Robins-Hardy also accounted for 10 points, while dishing out 14 excellent sets.“It was awesome playing with this girls, we stick together always as team,” said Robins-Hardy, who was acquired by Cignal midway in the season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Hamilton heads Bottas in Mercedes one-two in opening practice

first_imgThe session ended in drama with three minutes remaining when Swede Marcus Ericsson crashed heavily into the barriers at the high-speed Beausset corner, his Sauber car bursting into flames on one side. He escaped unhurt.The Mercedes team’s form reflected their determination to bounce back after a disappointing showing in Canada, two weeks ago, where Vettel’s 50th career win put him back on top.In demand Australian Daniel Ricciardo was third for Red Bull ahead of Finn Kimi Raikkonen and his Ferrari team-mate four-time champion and current leader Vettel.Frenchman Romain Grosjean was sixth for Haas ahead of Dutchman Max Verstappen of Red Bull, Frenchman Pierre Gasly, Mexican Segio Perez in the second Force India and Dane Kevin Magnussen in the second Haas.The session was busy throughout, while many ticket-holders were reportedly held up in long traffic jams on blocked roads in stifling conditions en route to the track from the nearby coastal resort towns.They missed a sequence of incidents as the teams learned their way around the “new” circuit unused for Formula One for 28 years since French hero Alain Prost won for Ferrari in 1990.New Zealander Brendon Hartley spun his Toro Rosso to set the tone before Frenchman Esteban Ocon spun his Force India and both Saubers followed suit. In a separate incident, Hamilton had to take high-speed avoiding action when Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne was slow moving his McLaren on the racing line on the Mistral straight.Vandoorne, who ended up 19th in a “learning” session, had also been a spinner as he searched for the limits of the track.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Formula One driver, Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, attends a press conference at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, on May 23, 2018LE CASTELLET, France, June 22 – Lewis Hamilton topped the times ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in Friday’s busy and incident-filled opening practice for this weekend’s French Grand Prix.On a sweltering and sometimes breezy day in southern France, the defending four-time world champion – who trails rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari by a point in the title race – produced a best lap in one minute and 32.231 seconds to outpace the Finn by 0.140 seconds.last_img read more