Hawks make meal of Demons

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Peoples’ power…

first_img…in US?“How sweet it is!!” some of the old activists from the Cold War 60’s still surviving must be chortling, as they note the ascent and coronation of Donald Trump as President of the US of A – and the consternation of the old elites who were their nemesis back then. The USSR was the enemy, of course, and anyone who could even remotely be a ‘fellow traveller’ was fair game for the CIA. Today, the “Agency” has come in for stinging rebuffs from their new Commander in Chief.To be fair, the FBI had done the same persecution within the US following the witch hunt of Senator McCarty in the 50’s. But while the lives of hundreds of Americans – including several in Hollywood – it could not match the thousands who were actually killed in the Third World, to “roll back the Red menace”. Today, the new President has made the normalisation of relations with Russia his number one priority… and thereby making at least half of the 17 “Intelligence” agencies redundant! Oi vey!!But there is one anomaly which is the archetypical elephant in the room that is being ignored – the foundation of the democratic order that’s the basis of America’s exceptionalism – each man counts equally with every other man. Especially when it comes to the ballot. How can government by the people stand when the votes of the people don’t have the same weight?Back in the beginning of the 60‘s, we had a constituent system for electing governments. This resulted in the popular vote not exactly matching the votes the individual parties collected. Because the supporters of the PPP were more widely dispersed in the constituents, that Party’s seats garnered were far greater than the PNC’s, who were concentrated in urban areas. So the Americans and the British changed the system to the PR we still have so that the PNC could get into office. The CIA funded some riots that persuaded the PPP to go along.But now in the US we have an analogous result – Hillary Clinton received three million more votes than Donald Trump – but yet she lost the elections! Why? Because the “Electoral College” device rewards dispersion of votes – much as our old constituency system did!! So your Eyewitness has a question: if the Establishment’s teed-off with Trump and they have the CIA on their side… Are they going to insist that America gets one-man-one vote all the way to deciding who’s President?Power to the people!!! No Dictator!!…in GuyanaReading some of the responses to Justice Chang’s ruling on who can make foundational changes to the Constitution, it’s either some lawyers don’t  keep up with developments in their field or they just want to protect the status quo.As your Eyewitness has pointed out, Justice Chang must be complimented for moving away from the old, liberal, procedurally driven perspective on interpreting constitutions – especially in Britain. There, we know, even though democracy was supposed to place sovereignty in the hands of the people, the designed procedure only places a pencil in the hands of the people to select their REPRESENTATIVES to Parliament every five years!And then makes PARLIAMENT sovereign – not the people! Well, even though Brexit has started the process of re-examining that situation in Britain, our Constitution has always insisted that substantively, we the people are sovereign. And there are certain things, only we the people can decide – not our representatives – who we know to our cost – are invariably self-serving. Remember the 50 per cent raise?But those in power will always resist this assertion of power by the people. They’d rather be our sovereign rulers!…in GeorgetownYour Eyewitness is still amazed at how these parking meters have been imposed on the people of, and visitors to, Georgetown – even though no one, excepting the Gang of Four, agrees to them.We know where sovereignty resides in Georgetown!last_img read more

Several roads, bridges in Region 2 in deplorable condition

first_imgBy Indrawattie NatramMost of the bitumen and pitch roads as well as bridges leading to almost all the villages in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are in deplorable condition which has left several residents complaining.Villagers living particularly in Suddie Housing Scheme, Anna Regina, Golden Fleece Estate, Perseverance Estate, Zorg, Affiance, Lima Housing Scheme and Red Lock are calling on the Region Two Administration to immediately execute maintenance works on the access roads and bridges.According to People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) Councillor Ranjeev Singh, the road leading to the Perseverance estate has become impassable and residents have resorted to walking. “Imagine I reported this twice at the RDC and nothing has been done, car drivers have parked their vehicles, the street has too many potholes and this is creating mechanical issues for drivers,” Singh said.Golden Fleece Estate residents have also reported several roads and bridges in their area are deteriorating. The residents reported that streets had huge potholes and motorists were finding it difficult to traverse.At the recent statutory meeting for the Region Two RDC, A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Councillor Naitram also reported the same. As such, he called on the Regional Executive Officer (REO), Rupert Hopkinson to set up a maintenance crew to repair and maintain the roads before they deteriorate any further.He also said that reports were made several months ago in relation to the condition of the roads and to date, nothing has been done. Naitram is of the view that due to the slow response from those in charge at the administrative level, it is costing the Administration more money to re-do roads given the damage accumulated over time.last_img read more

PSG star brushes off Arsenal and Tottenham transfer talk

first_img Adrien Rabiot in action for France Under-21s 1 Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot is refusing to be drawn on speculation linking him with a summer move to Arsenal or Tottenham.The 20-year-old has struggled for action at the Parc des Princes this season and voiced his concerns over the situation during the January transfer window.?The Frenchman was eventually persuaded to stay at PSG, but Arsenal and Tottenham’s interest has grown and it is thought he could leave this summer.However, Rabiot will not discuss a transfer until the end of the season and is instead focused on performing for the French champions.“I am living life in the present. I did not say anything against PSG or any individual in particular,” Rabiot told Le Parisien.“I look at my life like this in everyday. I take things as they come, maybe because I know that everything is fragile.“So I do not think too far ahead.”last_img read more

State cracks whip on schools

first_img The four other schools undergoing a similar review are Eastin-Arcola Elementary School in the Madera Unified School District; Alicante Avenue Elementary School in the Lamont Elementary School District; Lexington Elementary School in the Cajon Valley Union Elementary School District; and Compton Junior High School in the Bakersfield City Elementary School District. Antelope Valley High School’s Academic Performance Index score for 2005 was 582, down 20 points in a year and the second lowest score in the Antelope Valley for a conventional public school, state test records show. Wilsona’s API score was 704, down from 708 the year before – but still higher than about two-thirds of local schools. The state’s goal is 800. The state began monitoring the six schools not because their scores were especially low, but on account of their API scores dropping or staying the same for two years in a row. Audits of their instructional programs were conducted by outside educators. The auditors, called School Assistance and Intervention Teams (SAIT), recommended steps to improve academic performance. With the improvement plans, the schools were required to improve API scores for two years in a row between 2003 and 2005 but did not do so. That made them subject to the next level of sanctions. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley High School and Wilsona Elementary School are among the first six schools in California to face more serious sanctions because their standardized test scores failed to improve consistently. The two schools each will be visited by a state Department of Education team this month to help state officials decide among four possible sanctions to be imposed, the most draconian of which is closure. “Since we didn’t improve to the extent we are required, the department sends in a district intervention team. They will visit every classroom, meet with me, meet with the principal and make recommendations,” Wilsona School District Superintendent Ned McNabb said. Antelope Valley Union High School District officials did not respond to requests last week for comment. Targeted schools that do improve for two consecutive years exit the so-called three-year SAIT process and are no longer monitored by the state. Piute Middle School in the Lancaster School District and Shadow Hills Intermediate School in the Palmdale School District are in their second year of the SAIT monitoring process. According to state figures, Antelope Valley High School met its API target growth in 2004 but not in 2003 or 2005. Wilsona improved in 2003 but not in the two ensuing years. State law requires the state schools superintendent to do at least one of the following: Require that the school district ensure that 100 percent of the teachers at the school are highly qualified. Require the school to contract with an outside organization to provide supplemental instruction to high-priority pupils and assign to the school a management team, trustee, or SAIT team with demonstrated success at other state-monitored schools. Allow parents to apply to the state Board of Education to establish a charter school. Close the school. State education officials went before the state Board of Education in September and suggested that more study of the six schools was needed before sanctions were imposed. “We need additional information – why haven’t they gotten out of the process, what happened to each of them?” said Laura Wagner, administrator of the state education department’s intervention assistance office. There is a possibility that state education officials might find another option other than the four listed sanctions. “Each school is potentially facing one of the four options, but there is some discretion. People always jump to worst-case scenario. That’s the reason why we are doing the review, so we can identify what is the next best thing for these schools,” Wagner said. “There could be circumstances where none of the four would be appropriate.” McNabb, the Wilsona superintendent, said monitored schools must improve their API scores overall as well as among student subgroups by a specified amount. He said Wilsona had higher API scores when compared to the other five schools and in 2005 was the only one above 700 at 704. “I will say we are generally on the right course. We missed it by two to three points. Our scores were very high. Since then we have fluctuated a lot and haven’t grown a lot,” McNabb said. McNabb said some of the four sanctions would not make sense for the district. Closing Wilsona would take away one of the district’s two elementary schools, he noted. He added that 80 percent of teachers statewide are rated highly qualified, and bringing Wilsona’s faculty to 100 percent would be a challenge. “That’s kind of unrealistic. I’m not saying we can’t or don’t want to do it. It’s kind of a stretch. Recruiting for teachers is more of a challenge for us,” McNabb said. Of the 211 schools in the state pegged for monitoring under the three-year SAIT process, 41 have improved enough to leave the program, state records show. There are another 10 schools being watched by the state under a newer program called the High Priority Schools Grant Program. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarksonlast_img read more

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez suffers ‘low-grade muscle injury’ on international duty

first_imgAlexis Sanchez looks set to miss Chile’s World Cup qualifier against Colombia through injury.Chile have announced that the in-form Arsenal forward, who has scored eight goals in 15 matches for the Gunners this season, has suffered a “low-grade muscle injury”.Reports in Chile suggest the 27-year-old picked up the injury in training and it looks likely that he will play no part in Thursday’s match against Colombia in Barranquilla.It also remains to be seen if Sanchez will be able to feature in next Tuesday’s home match with Uruguay, with the Chile Football Association confirming his recovery is being monitored.A statement on www.anfp.cl read: “The medical staff of the Chile national team inform that Alexis Sanchez has a low-grade muscle injury.“The player will remain in Santiago, under treatment and being evaluated for Chile’s match against Uruguay.”Chile are fifth in their World Cup qualifying section with 16 points from 10 games, five points behind leaders Brazil.Arsenal’s next fixture is the Premier League trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on November 19. It was originally feared Alexis Sanchez had torn his calf muscle 1last_img read more

Happy Birthday Michael Owen! Former Liverpool hit-man turns 37

first_imgToday marks the 37th birthday of former Liverpool hit-man Michael Owen.The Chester-born striker spent eight years with the Reds and went on to score 179 goals in 306 games for the club.Owen picked up six trophies at Anfield and secured the Ballon d’Or in 2001 when he helped Gerard Houllier’s side complete a memorable FA Cup, League Cup and Uefa Cup treble.And what better way to mark the occasion than to watch the man of the moment’s iconic FA Cup final performance against Arsenal in that unforgettable season.Watch the video above….last_img read more

TRANSFER FIGHT! ‘Juventus ready to rival Chelsea for Fiorentina star’

first_img1 Italian champions Juventus are set to rival Chelsea’s pursuit of Fiorentina midfielder Federico Bernardeschi, according to reports.Blues boss Antonio Conte has not been afraid of admitting interest in the 23-year-old, with reports claiming the Premier League leaders will offer an annual £4.2m salary to tempt the Italy international to London.However, according to Calciomercato, Juventus are also extremely keen on forcing through a move for Bernardeschi, who is expected to leave Fiorentina in the summer.Talks between the player and his current club have stalled in recent weeks and although Fiorentina are determined to keep hold of their star asset, a move away looks most likely.Bernardeschi’s reputation has been enhanced this season after a string of fine displays in Serie A.And while Fiorentina’s hopes of qualifying in the European places this season look distant, both Juventus and Chelsea will be able to offer him Champions League football. Federico Bernardeschi in action for Fiorentina last_img read more

Manchester City threaten LaLiga president with legal action over Girona claims

first_img1 LaLiga president Javier Tebas LaLiga president Javier Tebas has accused Manchester City and Girona of trying to “cook the books” by undervaluing five players loaned from the Premier League side to their Spanish stablemate this summer.Tebas made the comment to reporters at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester, where he also accused City and Paris St Germain of “destroying football” with the state-backed spending.He then, in a remarkable twist, went to Manchester City to meet chief executive Ferran Soriano to discuss the Girona situation, which has been the subject of ongoing talks between City’s parent company City Football Group and LaLiga.At that meeting, Tebas was warned that City would take legal action if he repeated the claims, although it is understood he denied making them.Tebas’ day began with an on-stage interview at Soccerex, during which he said PSG had been caught “peeing in the swimming pool” over the Neymar transfer and “state clubs” such as City and PSG, owned by sovereign wealth funds from the Gulf, were “laughing” at UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.After that interview, he then spoke to reporters about City Football Group’s purchase of a 44.3 per cent stake in Girona last month, the same stake as City manager Pep Guardiola’s brother Pere.The two clubs were already working together, though, with City loaning the newly-promoted side five players this summer. They also played a friendly in Girona last month.Unusually for Spanish football but in keeping with City’s approach to loans, Girona paid no fees for these players – Aleix Garcia, Olarenwaju Kayode, Douglas Luiz, Pablo Maffeo and Marlos Moreno – although they do pay all of their wages.This represents a problem for the Spanish league’s own FFP rules, which control the amount clubs can spend on players by linking it to their declared revenues.The arrival of five players, worth more than £10million combined but free to Girona, clearly gives them a competitive advantage and LaLiga has queried the transaction. Tebas explained: “The problem here is not the owner, it is the practices of the owner. In the case of Girona, we have had to correct certain market values that City was reporting, via Girona, for players loaned to Girona.“For our FFP purposes, we’ve had to increase the values of these players, so the loans did not represent unfair competition within our league. Girona has accepted it and there is no problem.”When asked if City and Girona were “trying to cook the books”, Tebas said: “They were trying to but they didn’t manage to do it.”This comment provoked a fast and furious response from City.In a statement, a spokeswoman said: “Mr. Tebas’ statements are ill-informed and in parts pure fiction. As you would expect, Manchester City Football Club and the City Football Group are seeking appropriate legal counsel and will act accordingly on that advice.”It is understood that City Football Group’s relationship with Girona is a live issue, as far as Manchester City and LaLiga are concerned, but the Premier League side is adamant that it is accruing no financial benefit from the loans.It should also be underlined that Girona have not breached their Spanish spending limit even after their City loan players were revalued.The Spanish league, however, is clearly uneasy about the novel ownership structure and Tebas is convinced clubs bankrolled by countries represent a grave challenge to European football’s status quo: a position City’s owners would not necessarily disagree with, but without the sense of alarm.last_img read more

Man City and United can’t be separated in the table, but who has the best squad?

first_imgWith five games gone in the 2017/2018 Premier League season, only the alphabet can separate Manchester City and Manchester United.The rivals have both won four and drawn one in their opening matches, and the duo have scored 16 and only conceded twice.This leaves Pep Guardiola’s men at the summit purely thanks to the fact they are City, rather than United.But while the table can barely separate the two clubs, how do the two squads compare overall?Here at talkSPORT we’ve taken a look at the strength and depth of each team and which are the best set to triumph this campaign… Midfield: Manchester City – Against Everton, United may have ran out 4-0 winners but they looked a little disjointed without superstar midfielder Paul Pogba. Marouane Fellaini may not be as bad as some make out, but he’s a huge downgrade and forces the Red Devils to play in a more pragmatic style. City, though, can now call on the likes of Bernardo Silva should any of their central stars be absent, while Ilkay Gundogan is already out through injury. When the German returns it is definitely Guardiola’s side who have the strongest midfield. 5 5 Goalkeepers: Manchester United – Pep Guardiola may have signed Ederson in the summer but David De Gea remains the Premier League’s best goalkeeper and in Sergio Romero the Red Devils have an excellent and experienced backup. City, though, have to turn to Claudio Bravo, who hardly inspires confidence. 5 Defence: Manchester United – Man City may have smartened up their defence with the signing of new full-backs Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, but they still lack the kind of depth their rivals have in their backline. Jose Mourinho can call on 11 players who are at least able to do a job in defensive positions, while Guardiola can only rely on eight. It’s also arguable the Red Devils have a more reliable set of stars with questions still to be answered about the form of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi across a long run of games. Forwards: Manchester City – The Citizens currently have two elite strikers who are on form with Sergio Aguero (five) and Gabriel Jesus (four) already battering goal nets around the Premier League, with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane on hand to enable them from the flanks, or tucked in behind. United, though, while prolific this season, only have one fit centre forward in Romelu Lukaku, with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford aiding and abetting the Belgian. When Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns it’s hard to see that he and Lukaku will form a partnership, which leads us to believe the City forward line offers a little bit more than that of the Red Devils. You get the impression an injury or suspension would hit Mourinho’s men more than Guardiola’s. 5 Click the right arrow above to find out how we rate the Manchester City and Man United squads… 5last_img read more