BCCI-Lodha hearing rescheduled for December 9

first_imgTHE hearing of the matter regarding the BCCI not implementing the Lodha Committee’s recommendations in total, as directed by the Supreme Court, has been rescheduled from December 5 to December 9. It was reported that the Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur, who is part of the bench hearing the issue, was unavailable.The Supreme Court had last heard the case on October 21, when it passed an interim order asking the BCCI to stop disbursing funds to state associations until the association gave a written resolution that it would adopt the Lodha Committee’s recommendations.BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke were also required to submit an affidavit of compliance in the court by December 3, elaborating on the recommendations already implemented by the board and the steps taken to persuade the state associations to adopt the recommendations in total.Since the previous hearing, the Lodha Committee submitted its third status report in the Supreme Court and once again recommended that the BCCI and state office-bearers who did not meet the eligibility criteria laid out in the recommendations be removed immediately.It also recommended that GK Pillai, the former home secretary in the federal government, be appointed an “observer” of the BCCI and that he oversee the board’s financial transactions.The BCCI, however, remained firm in its stance that it could not force the Lodha Committee’s recommendations on its state associations, and that a majority vote was needed to pass them.At several board meetings, the states had voiced opposition to most of the Lodha Committee’s recommendations: in particular, the one-state-one-vote policy, the age cap for office-bearers, and the limits on tenure.The Lodha Committee – comprising former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha and retired Supreme Court judges Ashok Bhan and R. Raveendran – was formed in January 2015 to determine appropriate punishments for some of the officials involved in the 2013 IPL corruption scandal, and also to propose changes to streamline the BCCI, reform its functioning, prevent sporting fraud and conflict of interest.In January 2016, the committee released its report, which recommended an exhaustive overhaul of the BCCI’s governance and administrative structures.On July 18, the Supreme Court approved the majority of the recommendations and directed the Lodha Committee to supervise the BCCI’s implementations of the same. However, despite the Lodha Committee laying out timelines and other directives, the board has not cooperated because its state associations objected to the recommendations. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Kragh Andersen wins stage 14 of the Tour de France

first_imgBy Julien PretotLYON, France (Reuters) – Denmark’s Soren Kragh Andersen timed his effort to perfection to win the 14th stage of the Tour de France, a 194.5-km ride from Clermont-Ferrand on Saturday.The Team Sunweb rider attacked with just under three kilometres to go and never looked back as Slovenian Luka Mezgec took second place and Italian Simone Consonni came home third, 15 seconds behind.Slovenian Primoz Roglic retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey ahead of today’s 15th stage, a 174.5-km mountain trek ending up the Col du Grand Colombier.Triple world champion Peter Sagan regained some ground on points classification leader Sam Bennett when he finished fourth after the Irishman was dropped early on and could not fight for victory in the finale.Bennett, who is looking to become the first Irishman since Sean Kelly in 1989 to win the green jersey, leads with 262 to Sagan’s 219.Sagan is hoping to claim a record-extending eighth green jersey but he has been far from his best this season.His Bora-Hansgrohe team set a fast tempo on an early climb to split the bunch and Bennett found himself trailing and unable to come back despite a long chase with his Deceuninck-Quick Step team mates, but Sagan could not deliver a win.There were multiple attacks in the short climb up to the Col de la Croix Rousse in the finale, but Kragh Andersen was patient and he jumped away at the right moment.“I waited for the right moment. Some riders attacked but I waited. When I saw that there was a quiet moment, I went,” said Kragh Andersen, who gave Sunweb their second victory in this year’s Tour after Swiss Marc Hirschi won the 12th stage in Sarran on Thursday.“When I saw Marc win and I win I look at the dynamic of the team, it’s great. We talk to each other and we’re developing as a team.”last_img read more

Men’s tennis eager for doubles matches

first_imgThe men’s tennis team will head to La Jolla to compete in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships beginning on Thursday.The Trojans are coming off a 5-2 loss on the road to UCLA on Tuesday.The tournament will kick off at 3 p.m. with the final scheduled to be played on Sunday. It is the 127th edition, making this tournament the second-oldest tennis event in the United States.The field of participants includes top teams in the nation, including UCLA, Stanford, Cal and Rice — all ranked in the top 30. Along with top teams, top coaches and alumni will be present. Coach Peter Smith will be partnering with former Trojan great Kaes Van’t Hof, and they will face freshman Michael Plutt and junior Oliver Welsh, the third doubles from Bryant University in Rhode Island.The Trojans currently don’t have any nationally-seeded pairs, but they have been playing constantly with the same pairs throughout the spring. The first doubles pairing will be junior captain Nick Crystal and freshman Laurens Verboven. The duo was able to upset No. 3 Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki of UCLA in their last match.“We’re enjoying playing together,” Verboven said. “We needed some time to get to know each other well, but we play a great doubles out there. In practice, we always try to play together, making the situation as realistic as possible.”Crystal shared his previous experience with the newcomer.“We played the whole spring so far,” Crystal said. “Coach has done a really good job putting us together. [Verboven is] a really good doubles player, and we matched really well together.”This tournament will allow the team to work on their doubles skills while still having the competitive stimulus.“It’s a really fun tournament. We’re going to go practice our doubles, which we can definitely work on,” Crystal said. “We can we get some much deeper practice, rest our bodies a little and get ready for the rest of the season.”Seeded fifth in the top half of the draw, Crystal and Verboven will face the third doubles from UC Irvine of seniors Jonathan Hammel and Tyler Pham.The second doubles pairing will be senior Max de Vroome and freshman Jack Jaede. The pair has currently seven wins this season. They are seeded 13th in the top half of the draw and will face junior Thomas Bennett and sophomore Jamie Malik, the second doubles at Rice University.Third doubles junior Rob Bellamy and freshmen Jake DeVine have been playing together throughout the season. They will face another unseeded pair of senior Wyatt Houghton and freshman Gunther Matta of Cal.Junior Thibault Forget and sophomore Tanner Smith are pairing up for this tournament. They will face the 10th seed in the bottom half of the draw, represented by senior Felipe Rios and junior Max Tchoutakian from Baylor. His match will feature two French players, one on each side.Sophomore David Laser teamed up with freshman Logan Smith and they will play freshman Kyle Butters and senior Toby Mitchell of Boise State University’s first doubles pairing.Following the tournament, the Trojans will take on Tulsa on the road on March 12.last_img read more

Koepka wins US Open

first_imgPhoto © – Tipp FM US Open golf champion Brooks Koepka says all the hard work’s paid off after winning his first major title.He finished on 16-under-par – four shots ahead of the rest of the field – and equalled Rory McIlroy’s tournament record score.It’s the seventh major in a row to be won by a first-time champion.last_img

Rohr Not Certain Mikel Will Make Eagles’ AFCON 2019 Squad

first_imgJohn Mikel Obi (centre) will have a one-on-one discussion with Super Eagles head Coach Gernot Rohr this week to decide his international duties for Nigeria  Reveals Uzoho may lose Number One jerseyDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr and his assistants will in the next couple of days decide on whether to extend a valedictory chance to Captain of the team, John Mikel Obi at the next Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to hold this summer in Egypt. Since after the World Cup in Russia last June, the Middlebrough midfielder has not been part of the Nigerian senior national team. Mikel played no part in Eagles qualification for the 32nd AFCON.The Franco-German tactician told top British-Nigerian reporter, Osasu Obayiuwana on phone yesterday that he was going to have a meeting with his technical assistants very soon on whether Mikel should be part of the Nigerian party to Egypt.“This is the question that I and my team will resolve. I will soon go to see him at Middlesbrough. There are many things to consider but I respect him (Mikel) and what he has done for Nigeria, he remains an important player,” observed the gaffer.Rohr however admitted that since Mikel did not play any role in Eagles qualification, it was important for him to have a heart-to- heart talk with him before making any decision.“He has been away from the team for a year but we qualified for the AFCON without him.“His absence as our captain has been evident but he has had to deal with a range of issues after the World Cup in Russia,” stressed the coach.Rohr who is a fervent believer in Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper to the last World Cup in Russia, Francis Uzoho, was however hesitant in confirming the place of the Anorthosis FC of Cyprus on-loan player in the Egypt bound team.He admitted dispatching his goalkeeper trainer to work with Uzoho in Cyprus.“I have sent Enrico Pionetti, my goalkeeper trainer to Anorthosis FC to work on him. At the moment, it is not a question of him being number one but of his being one of our three goalkeepers for the AFCON.”In line with the wishes of Nigerian ball fans calling for the inclusion of Villarreal forward, Samuel Chukwueze, in Super Eagles final squad for AFCON 2019, Rohr said he would have wished to have the exciting lad in his party.“He (Chukwueze) is a great talent and I would like him in my team, although, I don’t know if he will be an immediate starter.“The challenge, of course, is that he is also wanted for Nigeria by the Under-20 team going to Poland for the FIFA World Cup…“I have had a chat with the coach of Villarreal and they don’t want him to exhaust himself at the U-20 World Cup and the AFCON, so they want him to choose one tournament.“We shall see how best we can manage this situation but no doubt, he is a talent for my team,” concludes Rohr who warned Nigerians that Eagles are not favourites for the title.“I have a young Super Eagles team full of potential but we are not the favorites for the AFCON. We don’t have big players like Senegal and Egypt, so the Super Eagles must work collectively as a team. This is where our strength lies.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

St. Lucia Government Defends Decision to Extend State of Emergency by…

first_img“Despite our success thus far, and St. Lucia standing out as a leader in the region and the world, we cannot rest easy. As we look toward the future and our ‘new normal,’ we must remember what was effective in getting us to this point and what is needed to continue to stay the course to keep our communities and our loved ones safe.” “As a result,…this further extension of the State of Emergency is being sought to facilitate a quick response if another outbreak of COVID-19 occurs. The extension will also permit the continuance of the assistance provided by the Cuban Medical Team who is authorized to work only during the state of emergency, thereby strengthening the personnel capacities of the health sector during this volatile period,” Chastanet said, adding that the SOE would be extended from June 1, to September 30. Chastanet said the island has not been spared from this economic fallout. But he said he wanted to reassure St. Lucians locally that the decision to open the borders and to repatriate nationals from overseas has many conditions attached to it. He insisted that by extending the SOE it would allow for the competent authority to act with immediate dispatch on the advisement of our health officials, resulting in the need to declare operational necessary measures. “We have engaged the airlines and are relying heavily on them to be very robust partners to ensure that there is a contaminant-free corridor between when a passenger leaves their country of origin to their arrival in St. Lucia. “As a government, we reassure the people of St. Lucia that we will constantly scrutinize the situation and our performance with the view to reducing the time frame if we continue to see positive trends. As we have been doing throughout this crisis, we will keep you informed always of any amendments.” But he also warned that as the government strives to reopen St. Lucia under a phased approach “we are guided by the rest of the world. He said that the government has been responsible in its actions under the Emergency Powers Act, adding “every time we amended or adjusted any part of the Act, every single time we put a new measure in place, we reported and informed the people of St. Lucia. Chastanet likened the virus to a hurricane “like no other that we have faced in this region. He said the government has confidence in the five -phase approach to reopening the society. “We explained why, every step of the way. The recordings, videos and constant reporting is available for all to see. The simple fact is the State of Emergency allows us to move swiftly between phases especially as the virus evolves. This would not be possible under normal circumstances.” But he cautioned that moving from one phase to another or reverting to a previous phase would depend on key identifiable triggers. “This would not be possible under normal circumstances. We can plan and be prepared for COVID-19 but all of us who watch the international news will observe that this virus is ever changing and we need to adapt accordingly. Therefore our state of readiness today may be very different next week depending on the effects of its impact,” Prime Minister Allen Chastanet told legislators. Chastanet said that last week, the authorities having satisfied themselves that St. Lucia had met all the triggers for moving to the next phase of reopening the country, all businesses were allowed to resume and the necessary protocols were put in place. “We cannot remain stagnant. We must be vigilant in our preparation for a new normal but must also be cognizant of the risks that lie ahead. We must have the capacity to trigger quick and appropriate responses in the implementation of new protocols and guidelines of operation within all sectors of society. To achieve this, we need to have effective monitoring and enforcement capabilities.” “It has the potential to wipe out entire nations and cripple economies if not managed properly. Like a hurricane, the best chance of survival is to prepare. A state of emergency for the next four months will allow us to continue to implement and adequately monitor the effectiveness of the measures we have put in place, and to make quick adjustments as required.” CMC “With many countries in the world moving to reopen their borders and the waves of recurring infections, it is important that St. Lucia is able to react quickly by implementing the necessary measures to reduce and contain the spread of this virus. Essentially time to implement, review and react is of the essence. “The simplicity of this plan is that it is designed to remain fluid to allow government to respond to COVID-19 and its impact in a very methodical way. The foundation of this phased approach is structured on the preservation of our physical and mental health, safety and the general wellbeing of our people through robust social, healthcare, security and economic measures.” “Through the state of emergency powers this would allow the government to adequately implement measures and protocols under each phase. Currently, we are at cycle 3 of phase 3, our metrics are to be reviewed this week to finally determine whether we are on track to move into phase 4. “ “In our case, we face two fundamental threats; a pandemic and secondly the risk of a financial/economic crisis. It remains one of the most, if not the most effective mechanisms in dealing with events which pose a fundamental threat to a country and it reminds us all to remain vigilant.” Chastanet said that having examined the actions of countries in the Caribbean and internationally, it is clear that an SOE is the best mechanism in securing timely and seamless execution of protocols and guidelines. “After much deliberation, consultation, and review of available data; a decision has been taken to open our borders come June 4th 2020. Our Government is currently in discussions with key stakeholders as it relates to the repatriation of St. Lucians from overseas, in particular the United States,” he said. Prime Minister of St. Lucia, Allen Chastanet He said that a SOE “is no small matter” and comes as a result of a declaration by government in response to an extraordinary situation posing a fundamental threat to the country. “We, however, remain cautious that with such a reopening comes the dangers of possible spread of the virus. The entire world is grappling with how best to reopen. Economies are crashing, businesses are closing, thousands have become unemployed.” CASTRIES, St. Lucia – The St. Lucia government has defended its decision to seek a four-month extension of the state of emergency (SOE) saying it allows for the authorities to move swiftly between phases especially as the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus evolves. “All people coming into St. Lucia will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of travel and strict measures of physical distancing will be enforced. Further, there will be enhanced monitoring at our ports as well as mandatory quarantine measures for people arriving.last_img read more

Saints pull off road sweep to jump atop BCIHL standings

first_img“We really got solid performances from our entire line-up this weekend,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”We have a lot of respect for Trinity Western’s compete level, and I think in both games we were able to finish strong because we knew we were facing a team that wasn’t going to quit.”In the weekend opener on Friday night, Selkirk burst out to a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes and never looked back. Mason Spear opened the scoring for the visitors off a net-front scramble early in the frame and Darnell Dyck, Cody Fidgett and Connor McLaughlin added tallies of their own before intermission. J.P. Villeneuve put the Spartans on the board in the second period, but Fidgett and Markus McCrea — with his first Saints goal — capped off the scoring in the third period. James Prigione picked up the win in goal with a 19-save performance, while Harry Fredeman allowed six goals on 42 shots in the loss. On Saturday, the teams fought through a much closer first period, with Saints goals from Logan Proulx and Markus McCrea being countered by a power-play effort from TWU’s Jamey Kreller. But Selkirk blew things open in the middle frame, as Ryan Procyshyn scored the first regular season goal by a Saints defenceman before Jackson Garrett and Thomas Hardy added on to increase the lead to four. Connor McLaughlin then converted on a third period penalty shot before Cody Fidgett and Jared Seutter put the score beyond reach. Chris Hurry made 25 saves in goal for the win, while Fredeman took his third loss is as many starts against Selkirk this season after allowing eight goals. Selkirk captain Logan Proulx extended his season-long points streak to nine games on Saturday with a goal and an assist while McLaughlin and Fidgett are now tied for the BCIHL goals lead with 11 each. “Offensively, we’ve got a bunch of guys who are having success right now and that seems to be contagious,” Dubois explained.”Thomas Hardy got his first goal of the season on Saturday and had a four-point game, which was great to see. Markus McCrea had been really snakebite around the net all season and he scored in both games. So on that side of the puck we’re where we want to be, and we’ll spend some time working on the defensive side of things as we prepare for a big game against SFU next weekend.” The Saints now sit atop the BCIHL standings with 14 points, but have played three more games than an SFU squad that will be their next opponent at home on Saturday night.Puck drop against the 2013 league runners-up is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday (November 16). The Selkirk Saints sent a strong message to the rest of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League by blasting Trinity Western University by 6-1 and 8-2 scores on Friday and Saturday, respectively.The two wins erased a disappointing road swing a few weeks again when Selkirk lost in Kamloops and Burnab.last_img read more

4 Teams Protest LFA Elections, Claim Electoral Fraud

first_imgFour first division outfits, Monrovia Breweries and Keitrace, Aries and NPA Football Clubs have formally protested against the just ended elections of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) because of alleged voter fraud and have called on the Elections Appeal Committee to repeal the elections’ results.Madam Korpo Beatrice Kpoto of Keitrace FC and the Monrovia Breweries’ Samuel Ashley, Aries Lemuel Sherman and NPA’s Cyrus Wright in separate letters to the Elections Appeal Committee said the casting of ballot papers in a sealed and unobserved room violated Article 17 of the LFA Electoral Code and dimmed the fairness, transparency and credibility of the elections which inarguably robbed them of the Executive Committee membership.The protest letters prayed that the Soko Sackor’s Election Appeal Committee will give due diligence to their protests to correct the wrongs against the barbarian electioneering which took place last Saturday.They quoted Article 17 saying: “Before the start of the voting procedure, the urn – which shall be transparent where possible – shall be opened and presented to the affiliates of LFA Congress.”They said the method used for last Saturday’s elections, done in secret had the propensity of fingering of the box to replace the actual ballot papers with pre-marked ballot papers.LFA’s General Secretary Alphonso Armah received the protest letters and told the Daily Observer that they were forwarded to the Appeals Committee on Monday, March 24, 2014.Mr. Armah said the ruling was expected to be decided yesterday evening.In last Saturday’s elections, the ballot box was placed in a room where the members of the LFA executive committee were sitting, as well as officials from CAF and FIFA and were far from the electoral committee.Candidates Wilmot Smith, Korpo Beatrice Kpoto, Mustapha Raji and Adolph Lawrence and other stakeholders protested the secret casting of ballots but was rejected by the Elections Committee, headed by Malcolm Joseph.A former member of the LFA’s executive committee, Garmondeh Karnga said the secret ballot carried out last Saturday undermined the election’s credibility since it had the potential for pre-marked ballots.The 19th ordinary LFA’s elective Congress was held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in the auditorium of Grand Bassa High School in the Port City of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Handing over of report delayed

first_imgThe report on the findings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the deadly Camp Street Prison riot has not been submitted. The report was scheduled to be submitted to President David Granger on Tuesday.The CoI panel tasked with compiling the findingsAccording to information reaching Guyana Times, the report is now expected to be handed over at the Ministry of the Presidency some time today. The CoI began on March 8 and was expected to conclude by March 28, but the Commission applied for a two-month extension, which was granted. Testimonies and cross-examination were wrapped up on May 9. Retired Justice James Patterson served as Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry while Dale Erskine and Merle Mendonca served as Commissioners.After two days of rioting at the Camp Street penitentiary, 17 inmates died after fire, reportedly set by inmates, engulfed the Capital A block filled with scores of prisoners on March 3. President Granger who serves as Chairman of the National Security Committee ordered an inquiry into the fire after inmates met with Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.At the meeting, the inmates and the Ministers reached a “gentleman’s agreement” whereby some of the concerns of the prisoners were addressed. These negotiations did not sit well with some sections of society and was met with criticism.Outlined in the terms of reference, which covered the period March 2 to 4, the CoI aimed to enquire into all the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the prisoners, to report the findings and conclusions to the Minister of Public Security, and to make recommendations on any action that should be taken to avoid a recurrence. When the witness statements had concluded on May 9, Commission Counsel Excellence Dazzle noted that witnesses’ testimonies along with many other materials which the Commission had in its possession would be used to compile the report.On April 20, the Guyana Bar Association withdrew from the CoI citing time constraints in cross-examination of witnesses.last_img read more

Bartica to implement tax regime to protect poor residents

first_img…consultations to begin soonConsultations will soon commence on the establishment of a tax regime aimed at protecting the poor and at the same time, be favourable to all residents of the new municipality of Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Bartica’s Mayor Gifford Marshall, told Guyana Times that in order for the communities to truly develop at a rapid pace, its residents must play their role in tax contributions to fund the developmental programmes for the township.He underscored the importance of revenue collection for the new municipality but noted that the Bartica Town Council does not seek to place an unreasonable burden by applying excessively high rates.“What we seek to establish is a municipal tax regime that is fair, and which shares the overall burden so that those with greater ability pay more, and less fortunate residents pay only according to the actual market value of their property,” he said.Marshall added that this approach will “protect the poor”.“It will set a level playing field for businesses and it will assure the long-term sustainability of the Council, thus ensuring our capability to deliver municipal services to our residents,” the Mayor stated.He emphasised that the Town Council is committed to a transparent and diligent stewardship of all resources from both Central Government and local collections.“All that the municipality does is for the development of Bartica, so residents will in fact be contributing to their own development. And we will do so in a spirit of unity, oneness and a sense of community,” he stated.Truck tollsThe Mayor disclosed that recommendations were made for the implementation of tolls for trucks commuting the roadways within the jurisdiction of the Bartica municipality.“We have trucks patrolling the Potaro Road and some of these trucks are overload with fuel and so forth and that is causing the road to deteriorate. There is a recommendation for us to put in a toll, but we don’t want to impose a toll on the people just like that,” he explained. In this regard, he underscored the importance of widespread consultations ahead of rolling out the new tax system.“We are going to have consultations with the mining sector to arrive at a suitable rate because they already pay large sums of money to cross the various rivers and elsewhere. So it should not be burdensome,” he stated.Marshall said the Council will also look at other areas for revenue collection, such as making open spaces available to the public.He noted too that there needs to be a re-evaluation of the property value since the last assessment was done decades ago.The Mayor stressed that with increased revenue, the Council will be able to fund various developmental activities and improve the services available to the town.last_img read more