For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Dhawan became the 13th Indian batsmen to hit 5000 runs.India are on course for a win against New Zealand in Napier.Dhawan has a good record in major ICC tournaments. New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan entered a very special club of batsmen during the Napier ODI against India on Wednesday. The left-hander, who had a poor series against Australia, steered a shortish ball from Tim Southee to the third man fence to reach 5000 runs in ODIs. Dhawan became the 13th Indian batsmen to reach the landmark, with Sachin Tendulkar leading the charts with 18426 runs in 463 games. His ODI opening partner Rohit Sharma also has over 7600 runs while Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli has scored over 10000 runs in ODIs. Dhawan struck a couple of boundaries to help India get their chase of 158 off to a great start after the Indian bowlers bowled brilliantly.Dhawan is the second-fastest Indian to reach the mark of 5000 runs in just 118 innings, equal with Brian Lara. Kohli is the fastest Indian to go past 5000 runs, having achieved the feat in just 114 innings while Hashim Amla of South Africa is the quickest in 101 innings.The Delhi left-hander has acquired a reputation of being dominant in major ICC tournaments in the last five years. In the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 in England, Dhawan scored two centuries and blasted 363 runs at an average of 90.75 as India won the Champions Trophy by five runs against England in the final in Birmingham, making MS Dhoni the only captain to win all three major ICC tournaments under his captaincy tenure.More glory came for Dhawan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 which was held in Australia and New Zealand. The left-hander blasted 137 against South Africa in Melbourne as India won against the Proteas for the first time ever in the competition. In eight matches, Dhawan smashed 412 runs at an average of over 50 but India crashed out in the semi-final of the tournament losing to eventual winners Australia.In the 2017 Champions Trophy, Dhawan showed his class as he smashed 125 against Sri Lanka at the Oval but India lost the final to Pakistan. Overall, it was a good tournament for him as he smashed 338 runs at an average of 67.6. Dhawan has formed a formidable opening pair with Rohit Sharma in ODIs. They are only the second Indian pair after Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar to hit over 4000 opening partnership runs. Overall, they are the fourth pair to secure this record.
USC will be spending New Year’s Eve in El Paso, Texas.On Sunday, the Trojans (7-5, 5-4) accepted a bid to the Sun Bowl as the representative of the Pac-12 against Georgia Tech of the ACC. The Yellow Jackets, who finished 6-7 on the season following Saturday’s 21-15 loss to Florida State in the ACC championship game, were granted a waiver by the NCAA to obtain bowl eligibility despite finishing under .500.“After not being in a bowl the past two years, we look forward to playing in a bowl with the tradition of the Sun Bowl,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said in a statement. “Georgia Tech is a very well-coached team and will present a challenge on both sides of the ball, especially with their great ability to run the ball.”Beginning in 1935, the Sun Bowl stands as the nation’s second-oldest bowl game behind the Rose Bowl and is held annually on Dec. 31, typically pitting teams from the Pac-12 and ACC.Because of NCAA sanctions that included a two-year postseason ban, this marks the Trojans’ first bowl appearance since the 2009 season, when they defeated Boston College 24-13 in the Emerald Bowl.USC has played in the Sun Bowl on two occasions, first in 1990 when USC lost to Michigan State 17-16 and most recently in 1998, when the Trojans lost 28-19 to TCU during then-coach Paul Hackett’s first season with the program.The Yellow Jackets and the Trojans will meet for the first time since 1973. Once the Associated Press’ preseason No. 1 team, USC stumbled five times in 2012, including three times in its final four games and losses to rivals UCLA and Notre Dame.“Although our season didn’t go as well as we hoped, we appreciate the opportunity we now have to play another game and attempt to go out on a winning note,” Kiffin said.Kiffin also said Sunday night that he anticipates senior quarterback Matt Barkley, who missed the regular season finale against the Fighting Irish, will play in the game.Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. and will be televised by CBS.
Also Read | Jeff Bezos Unveils ‘Blue Moon’ Spacecraft, Plans 2024 Lunar Landing First Published: 18th December, 2019 16:32 IST Detroit Lions – Jeff Bezos NFL investment?Detroit Lions aren’t the most fancied sides in the NFL. They haven’t made a playoff appearance since 2016 and are currently rooted to the bottom of the National Football Conference – Northern Division (NFC North) with three wins and 10 losses. While the Lions could possibly do well with a takeover, 94-year-old Martha Ford is reportedly not interested in selling the NFL franchise.Also Read | NFL Playoffs: AFC, NFC Standings After Week 15 That Witnessed Multiple Records Being MadeAccording to NFL insider Jason La Canfora, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos has built close relationships with several current owners in the NFL. He even reportedly watched last season’s Super Bowl with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. It was reported in early November that Bezos is interested in purchasing an NFL franchise but did not mention the interest in any particular franchise. However, the latest reports suggest that Bezos has earmarked the Detroit Lions as his next big investment. Reports further add that Bezos visited Detroit to talk to Martha Ford for a potential deal. The Detroit Lions are reportedly valued at $1.95 billion.Jeff Bezos: A strong fanbase demands a shrewd business head? Last Updated: 18th December, 2019 16:32 IST Jeff Bezos To Buy NFL Team Detroit Lions? Amazon CEO Has Visited Detroit For Talks NFL news: Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos is reportedly interested in buying the Detroit Lions from Martha Ford. Ford remains uninterested in any potential deal Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is apparently quite eager to purchase a National Football League (NFL) franchise. While the richest man in the world could easily buy the league’s most valuable franchise – Dallas Cowboys, multiple reports suggest he is interested in acquiring the Detroit Lions.Also Read | Jeff Bezos Donates $98.5 Million To Organisations To Help Homeless FOLLOW US Lions fans created a flag that reads “Sell the Team” with Martha Ford’s face next to it 😂 pic.twitter.com/cHFdK1XDFI— Abdul Memon (@abdulamemon) December 15, 2019 Top 5 best NFL fanbase:1) Baltimore Ravens2) Seattle Seahawks3) Atlanta Falcons4) Minnesota Vikings5) Detroit LionsTop 5 worst NFL fanbase:1) Cleveland Browns2) Pittsburgh Steelers3) Philadelphia Eagles4) Dallas Cowboys5) New England PatriotsThoughts?— y-Mo🌊 (12-2) (@LamarHeisman) December 15, 2019 Written By As a business deal, it makes sense as the Detroit fans have been calling out Martha Ford to sell the franchise for quite some time now. Although, the second least valuable franchise in the NFL, Bezos could potentially inject some financial windfall for the Lions. Having won the NFL Championship back in 1957, Detroit Lions do need a major revival to end their drought.Also Read | Amazon Doing Extremely Well In India: Jeff BezosNFL: Detroit Lions fans sure would love a takeover COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Jeff Bezos Is Reportedly Taking A Look At Buying The Detroit Lions https://t.co/sxoU1LZ7Pb— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 17, 2019 WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Sujay Chakraborty
â€œI think itâ€™s always helpful. He is a hard hitter. In the next round it will be a lefty. It will be much more of a strategic match, I believe.â€Nadal, another player who is yet to drop a set, plays another left-hander in Czech Vesely, the world number 93.Nigeria Open Tâ€™tennis Has Impacted Positively on Lagos, Says TandohIt is a known fact that ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open has continued to attract international attention to the commercial nerve center of Nigeria â€“ Lagos State in the last five years.As Nigeriaâ€™s largest urban area, Lagos is a major financial centre and the Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), Kweku Tandoh believes the staging of the annual ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open has put the state on international limelight as well as exposed its tourism potentials to the world.â€œThe ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open is indeed a unique event that started out as the Lagos International Table Tennis Classics in 2014. Just after one year of its coming into existence, the success of the event attracted the attention of the ITTF into approving its inclusion in the ITTF annual calendar of events and the event has continued to grow in leaps and bounds.The impact of the Nigeria Open on Lagos State has been huge and beneficial in many respects. For example, the event annually attracts tourists from all over the world into the State. It has helped to showcase the beneficial synergy between sports and tourism, a major area of focus for Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.â€œIn addition, many Lagos State athletes are now annually exposed to meeting, watching and playing with international players and is has helped to improve their own performances. Commerce and local business also thrive in the State during the Nigeria Open as there are increased commercial activities in and around the venues, hotels improve occupancy rates and sponsors and partners have an opportunity to market their products and make brisk sales. Of course the period of the event and its international flavour, international media exposure all help to ensure that Lagos State is in the international spotlight. Another benefit to the State is the opportunity the event offers our Sports Commission staff to build capacity in the area of sports event planning and organization,â€ Tandoh said.For 2018, Kweku Tandoh said: â€œThis year Lagos State has improved upon its partnership contribution as promised by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode during the finals of last yearâ€™s event. We are also working closely with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) to ensure that this yearâ€™s event is bigger and better in all ramifications.â€œNigeria Open offers us the opportunity to use sports/ sporting events to boost tourism. The event will also be listed in the Lagos State Tourism Annual Calendar. We also intend to incorporate bus and/or boat tours for the visiting athletes and officials and also expose them to the sights, sounds, arts and culture of the State.Many of the international players who have attended previous events have become â€œtourism ambassadorsâ€ for the state as they always look forward to coming back to Lagos.â€â€œAs the Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, my expectation for this yearâ€™s Nigeria Open is that we surpass all that has been achieved in the past regarding this event. And we will put in all the hard work that is required to enable us attain unto greater heights, working closely with the LOC, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) and ITTF,â€ he added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With all of the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s last 16 singles ties taking place, it is one of the most exciting days in the tennis calendar.Defending champion Federer faces French 22nd seed Adrian Mannarino while two-time champion Nadal plays Jiri Vesely.Seven-time winner Williams, the favourite for the womenâ€™s title, plays Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina. Three-time champion Novak Djokovic will play Karen Khachanov while Gael Monfils meets eighth seed Kevin Anderson.Karolina Pliskova, the only remaining womenâ€™s top 10 seed, plays world number 20 Kiki Bertens.Federer made serene progress through the first three rounds, extending his run of consecutive sets won at Wimbledon to 29 as he bids for a record-extending ninth menâ€™s title.The Swiss swept aside big-hitting Jan-Lennard Struff in one hour and 34 minutes in round three but said he is pleased at the variety of opponents he has played so far.â€œItâ€™s good that I faced different types of opponents I think in this first week, and was able to find a way to get through,â€ Federer said.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary has a winner for the Penobscot handcrafted classic wooden boat. Out of 1,260 tickets sold, the winning ticket belonged to Ray Keith.A native of Scottville, Michigan, Keith bought the winning ticket while visiting Alpena taking a cruise on the Lady Michigan to explore the local shipwrecks.The 14-foot boat took hundreds of hours from local craftsman to complete preserving northeast Michigan’s maritime heritage.Overall $6,300 was raised for the raffle, with $300 covering expenses like printing the raffle tickets, $3,000 donated to Heritage Coast Sailing & Rowing, Inc. (HCS&R, a nonprofit) community boat building program, and $3,000 donated to the TBNMS sanctuary education programs. The HCS&R will use the donation to cover supplies for its next community boat building project in which they will build four paddle boards. Two of those boards will be donated to the Friends of TBNMS for a raffle next year.Congrats to Mr. Keith and enjoy your boat! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local Students Wrap Up 30 Days of Peace With Art CollectionsNext Student Project Gourmet Receives a Special Visit
6 Tiago Pereira32 2nd TrainerSts John Sadler23 (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 18) 3 Edwin Maldonado18 50% 0 39% $737,340 2 3rd 54% 13% $148,631 4 J. Eric Kruljac12 3 8 8 6 9% 43% 1 $84,675 5 3 2 Jeff Bonde8 Brian Koriner14 Anna Meah5 0 15 50% 1st 10 20% 13% $56,771 Umberto Rispoli31 10% 10 1 25% 4 SMITH IS HIGH ON BRILL IN MEGAHERTZ STAKES 1 0 3 $67,782 4 0 $374,316 33% $156,451 3 43% 4 2 45% 50% 6 28% JockeyMts $86,920 Craig Anthony Lewis16 19% 74% 5 60% 3 David Hofmans8 1 $614,182 50% 14% Richard Mandella14 2 J.C. Diaz, Jr.30 40% 41% 3 5 7 21% FLAGSTAFF LOOKS ‘SUPER’ FOR PALOS VERDES 35% 6 Agapito Delgadillo26 2 2 5 Robert Hess, Jr.14 Drayden Van Dyke42 3 2 Doug O’Neill42 63% $578,214 17% 2 $307,887 Trainer Standings 40% 1st 2 Joel Rosario61 Win% ITM% $372,465 Peter Miller28 $765,782 43% 18% 36% $135,060 1 6 38% 2 1 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 10 Michael McCarthy14 George Papaprodromou17 Philip D’Amato32 Money Won 48% Mike Puype14 14% 1 Mark Glatt22 6 Flavien Prat51 100% 3rd 0 19% 1 4 62% Andrew Lerner9 $51,900 5 38% 29% BEJARANO STILL SIDELINED, COULD RIDE FRIDAY 24% 2nd 45% 0 4 $231,091 25% 43% FLAGSTAFF IN SHARP BREEZE FOR PALOS VERDESFlagstaff, a gem of consistency sprinting where he has never been out of the money in eight tries, worked five furlongs yesterday in a bullet 59.40 for Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes at six furlongs.“He looked super,” trainer John Sadler said of the six-year-old gelded son of 2004 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding male sprinter Speightstown. Flagstaff had Victor Espinoza aboard for the drill and will retain his services in the Palos Verdes.“The horse has high-class form and he’s good to go. He doesn’t have a bad race on his record.”The only time Flagstaff was worse than third came in a one-mile overnight race at Del Mar Sept. 3, 2018, when he finished ninth, coming out of the race with an injury to a hind ankle.Of the 10 nominated to the Palos Verdes, streaking Threefiveindia is among those expected to face Flagstaff. Abel Cedillo has the mount for Peter Miller on the seven-year-old gelded son of Street Hero, winner his last three starts since being claimed for $40,000 on Sept. 19, 2019 at Los Alamitos.Threefiveindia’s subsequent victories have come at Santa Anita, Del Mar and Laurel.BRILL CREAM OF CROP IN MONDAY’S MEGAHERTZ?Mike Smith is looking forward to being back aboard Brill in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature, the Grade III Megahertz Stakes at a mile on turf.The ever-young 54-year-old Hall of Fame member rode the four-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro to a front-running 1 ¾-length victory in the Lady of Shamrock Stakes at a mile in her first start on grass Dec. 28.“I’ve always thought a lot of her,” Smith said. “The Lady of Shamrock was a breakout race for her, I thought, so we’re hoping grass is what did it. She was well within herself and if she runs like she did last time, she’ll be tough.” Brill is trained by Don Chatlos for owners OXO Equine, LLC.The Megahertz, race seven of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Carressa, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Take These Chains, Umberto Rispoli 8-1; Keeper Ofthe Stars, Abel Cedillo, 7-2; Tonahutu, Andrea Atzeni, 15-1; Streak of Luck, Jose Valdivia Jr., 15-1; Brill, Mike Smith, 3-1; La Sardane, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Super Patriot, Joel Rosario, 5-2.SIMULCAST WAGERING NOW OFFERED IN SANTA ANITA SPORTS BOOKIn addition to the Grandstand Paddock Room, Santa Anita is now offering free parking and admission on Wednesdays and Thursdays for fans attending its Sports Book, which adjoins the Turf Terrace on the Mezzanine level. State of the art in every respect, the Santa Anita Sports Book features wall to wall flat screen television monitors and plenty of betting windows. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com. FINISH LINES: Rafael Bejarano, dealing with lingering effects from a head injury that occurred in a jockeys’ room shower mishap Friday, took off his mounts Sunday for the second straight day and likely will not ride tomorrow, either. “With head issues we want to err on the side of caution and give him a few days to get back to 100 percent,” said his agent, Tora Yamaguchi . . . Brazilian-bred Ghoul, who closed like a monster to win a 5 ½ furlong turf sprint Dec. 29 under the meet’s leading rider Joel Rosario, returns for trainer Peter Miller in next Sunday’s $70,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes for four-year-olds and up at the same distance . . . Cistron, preparing for a 2020 campaign, worked four furlongs this morning in 48.60 with exercise rider Jose Alvarez up, galloping out five furlongs in 1:02.80. “The horse is on the comeback trail and a bit away from a race but looked great,” trainer John Sadler said. Ollie’s Candy, pointing to the Grade I Beholder Mile March 14, worked three furlongs for Sadler on the training track in 37.20 . . .Triple Crown hopeful American Theorem breezed four furlongs for George Papaprodromou in 50.40, while Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and Eclipse Award finalist Storm the Court went five furlongs in company with Ekklesia, getting clockings of 1:00.20 and 1:01.20, respectively. Flavien Prat was aboard Storm the Court. In all, there were 171 recorded workouts Sunday, 31 on the training track . . . Trainer Dean Pederson said Fashionably Fast, who captured the Don Valpredo California Cup Sprint at six furlongs yesterday for his fifth straight victory, came out of the race in good order and “ate up good, was all bright-eyed and proud of himself this morning as he deserved to be,” adding the son of Lucky Pulpit could stretch out for his next race in the $100,000 Tiznow at one mile on March 1 . . . Merneith, a three-year-old daughter of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, makes her debut in Monday’s first race for Bob Baffert. A $600,000 purchase from the Ocala sales last March, the bay filly drew the rail–as Baffert seems to do with mystifying regularity–in the 6 ½ furlong race. She is Jon White‘s 6-5 morning line favorite . . . XBTV’s Jeff Siegel will be Tom Quigley‘s guest 11:20 a.m. Monday in the XBTV studio . . . Trainer Hector Olvera Palma is one shy of career victory 1,200, holding at 1,199. He has two horses entered today, 6-1 Norski in the fifth race and 8-1 Start a Runnin in the eighth . . . MONDAY IS DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITA, WITH ONE DOLLAR BEERS, SODAS AND TWO DOLLAR HOT DOGS.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 19th, 2020A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 2 of 2A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 1 of 2Quick Questions With Clocker Gary YoungWORKOUTS:Time to Testify (Outside) and Gorky Park (Desormeaux) 1-18-20Itsinthepost (Mullins) 1-18-20Higher Power (Outside) and Best Chance (Sadler) 1-19-20Shelbe Rose (Desormeaux) 1-18-20Mucho Gusto (Baffert) 1-16-20 22% 0 16% $332,677 3 57% 1 22% 1 Ruben Fuentes25 $618,309 2 Abel Cedillo80 16 38% 0 Bob Baffert27 25% Richard Baltas40 4 2 $343,008 12% 50% $1,006,032 2 $101,715 24% $190,280 Steve Knapp15 36% 3 15 2 Jorge Velez48 14% 2 4 13 2 1 31% 2 20% 9% 2 3 5 1 47% 15% 9% 36% 2 5 Win% 12% 100% $228,391 2 44% $122,021 1 2 Dean Pederson4 $61,080 41% Mario Gutierrez34 $291,731 63% 14% 4 ITM% $306,679 4 1 $549,142 5 75% 4 $641,620 $118,660 8 2 17% 2 $84,933 6 2 Marcelo Polanco2 $200,161 59% 6 $47,640 $85,371 2 9 5 40% 0 2 Shelbe Ruis4 2 0 2 $348,862 $147,122 Mike Smith21 7 Money Won 4 12 33% 3 6
Because, while it is true that many of those casualties are occurring due to muscle ailmentss, the last of Gayà yesterday for discomfort in the thigh. It seems that the team that has entered a spiral of bad luck. Those who suffer fiber breakage are added those that ‘break’ unexpectedly as were Soler, Piccini or Garay. And to top it off, a soccer player like Florenzi, who said Murthy himself was coming to play games like Atalanta’s, take chickenpox. Above problems between the harrow and the board, layoffs of doctors and trainers, or name transfers. The current season is being clearly marked by the injuries that Valencia is suffering. In the accumulated 7 months of competition, so just Wass, Jaume, Parejo and Correia have not gone through the infirmary, and yesterday was his own Celades who admitted not having found the exact reason.“When we recover a soccer player, another one falls or is injured“.” We have been living with the casualties all year. “It seems that we grow dwarfs “. Those were some of yesterday’s phrases from a Celades who encouraged his team “to reveal themselves” to the plague they are living. However, The technician has been looking for the specific reason that explains why a piece of equipment falls out every week, however it is not having it easy. All this causes those who are healthy have to accumulate more minutes on their legs, which, in the long term again leads to muscle injuries. Like the one Gayà suffered yesterday after having played the last month without rest.However, Celades also admitted that he has been trying for weeks to find the exact reason for so many problems in the physique of his players. The Catalan explained that he has considered all aspects, the type of training, the hardness of the grass etc. But, for the moment, it seems that it remains without a clear answer to a growing problem.
Outgoing Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) of the United States Embassy, Bryan Hunt, is of the view that there needs to be adequate conflict of interest legislation in place for Guyana to be deemed transparent and accountable.His comment comes one month after criticisms were levied over Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes’ current oversight of the mining sector, knowing that she has a history in mining and that upon taking office, she divested ownership of her mining operations to her children.The US Diplomat during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times said he believes Guyana needs to have ‘conflict of interest’ legislation that applies to all elected officials and senior public servants in order to ensure that conflicts of interest do not exist in the execution ofJunior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomestheir duties as well as to avoid perceived conflicts of interest from arising.“So I would urge the government, which has made a commitment to looking at these issues, to move forward as quickly as it possibly can, to put in place conflict of interest legislation that would apply to all public office holders, not only those in executive branch but members of the parliament, members of the judiciary, the senior public service, to make sure that we deal with this problem of perceived conflict of interests between people’s personal lives and their public responsibilities,” he outlined.Hunt went on to say that until this is done, there will continue to be problems regardless of which administration is in power in Guyana.Minister Broomes mining interests came under scrutiny last month after information surfaced suggesting she was granted another Mining Permit H43/MP/000 by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC). However, Broomes at a subsequent press conference clarified that no new mining permit was granted, noting that it was a transfer of her dredge to her daughter, whose name is also Simona Broomes.US Deputy Chief of Mission Bryan HuntWhile Broomes, who spent some 28 years as a miner, is maintaining there is no conflict of interest since her mining interests are now being handled by her children, many still believe that once she is the government minister responsible for the mining sector, her presence could influence decisions in her children’s favour.However, when questioned about these public concerns, President David Granger had told this newspaper there is no need for the minister’s removal, noting that this will be done only if a conflict of interest situation arises.“We have a draft code of conduct and if any situation (of conflict of interest) were to arise, I’m very confident that she’d either be put in another place or she would demit office but that situation hasn’t arisen at the present time,” the Head of State remarked in response to the calls for Broomes’ removal.However, while the president has said he awaits a clear case of conflict of interest involving the minister, Guyana Times was able to obtain a copy of an ‘application for permission to operate dredge or specified machinery’ dated March 4, 2016, in the name of Simona Broomes. The document contained National Identification Number 11383803.Upon investigations this publication was able to confirm that the ID number is that of Simona Judie Broomes, the full name of the Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, contradicting what Broomes had earlier said, that it was her daughter who was named in those documents.On the other hand, the US official further underscored the importance to have public disclosure legislations to enhance transparency and accountability.“We need to see public disclosure legislation that is not only on the books but is actively enforced, again not just for the executive branch officials but across the board for all public office holders at all levels, all public servants at all levels, the judiciary, etc, so that we can be confident that people are fully disclosing what outside business interests they have and that they are taking the necessary steps to either divest themselves of those business interests or ensure that their public duties do not in any way benefit their personal business interests,” Hunt posited.He added too that such legislation is just as critical for members sitting in the Opposition as it is for those in Government.According to the outgoing DCM, Guyana has had a long-standing problem with transparency and in his opinion, among the basic problems is the fact that there is no Public Procurement Commission.He said that it is absolutely critical, as the country moves forward, to see the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) move immediately to appoint the membership or to put forward the names of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition’s membership so that Parliament can move expeditiously to approve the members put forward.“Without that Public Procurement Commission, it is going to be exceptionally difficult to ensure transparency throughout the procurement system here in Guyana,” he remarked.Moreover, Hunt posited that with Guyana entering phase where it is going to have a significantly increased state resource-base that needs to be managed effectively, government should not procrastinate on putting such measures in place.“We need to see some very quick forward action on these issues especially with the sector of increased oil and gas development, increased resources coming into the State’s treasury; we can’t afford to continue to operate as if these are not serious issues in Guyana because I think they have been serious issues for a long time, and the importance of these issues are going to grow” the outgoing US diplomat stated.
Private criminal charges…as AG cites possibility of DPP trash chargesWhile it is hoping to avoid the court steps altogether, the Government stands ready to defend two sitting Government Ministers, who had private criminal charges filed against them just days ago. This was the position taken by Attorney General Basil Williams during a Saturday morning press conference. While he expressed confidence in the innocence of the two Ministers, Williams was nevertheless hopeful that the charges die a legal death at the hands of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).Public Health Ministers Volda Lawrence“Fortunately, our Constitution established the independent office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, imbuing her with total power over all prosecutions whether undertaken by her or by some other authority,” Williams said.“If charges are initiated by others, the DPP can discontinue them or take them over to continue them. In other words, of the office of the DPP has a proactive duty to patrol the corridors of justice.”According to Williams, current and former Public Health Ministers Volda Lawrence and Dr George Norton were not accused by any agency of a criminal offence. As such, he expressed confidence in their survival. “I have confidence in my Ministers. No established investigatory or prosecutorial agency said anything about them. The former Minister was charged after extensive investigation and advice from the Police legal advisor, Justice Claudette Singh. That was after much deliberation.”But Williams also threatened that Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo can also face private criminal charges. This is even though Jagdeo, a former President, is covered by immunity from prosecution.Article 182 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana states: “Subject to the provisions of Article 180, the holder of the Office of President shall not be personally answerable to any court for the performance of the functions of his office or for any act done in the performance of those functions and no proceedings, whether criminal or civil, shall be instituted against him in his personal capacity in respect thereof either during his term of office or thereafter.” However, Williams on Saturday said the DPP has been asked by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) member of Parliament Anil Nandlall to reconsider her charges against former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former head of National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Winston Brassington. In this light, he said the Government would expect no lesser treatment for the “charges she did not institute lest the floodgates open to create a festival of private criminal charges even against the Leader of the Opposition.”The Special Organised Crime Unit had recently instituted charges against former Finance Minister, Dr Singh for misconduct in public office. In addition, former CEO of NICIL, Winston Brassington was also charged.The PPP had followed suit with charges against Norton and Lawrence. The court heard that Minister Volda Lawrence, while being and performing the duties of Public Health Minister of the Government of Guyana, between January 16, 2017, and February 16, 2017, wilfully misconducted herself in a way which amounted to an abuse of public trust without reasonable excuse or justification.Moreover, Minister Lawrence was accused of authorising the unapproved single sourcing and purchase of drugs and medical supplies for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation from ANSA McAL Trading Limited, for the excessive sum of $605,962,200.Norton, on the other hand, was also accused of wilfully misconducting himself in a way which amounted to an abuse of public trust without reasonable excuse or justification, when he authorised or caused the rental, of the property known as and situated at 29 Sussex Street Albouystown, in the city of Georgetown from Linden Holdings Incorporated, a Limited Liability Company, for the sum of $12,500,000, exclusive of Value Added Tax, per month, by way of a written Agreement of Tenancy at an excessive rate of rental.Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan had granted two summonses for the respective Ministers, ordering them to appear before the court on April 24.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies will be doing the draw in their $10,000 fundraiser raffle this coming weekend.The Huskies are using the raffle to raise money for the upcoming 2018 Alberta Junior ‘B’ Provincials, which the team will be hosting next year. There are only 4,000 tickets for the raffle in total, with a grand prize draw of $10,000 taking place at the North Peace Arena on April 30th.Huskies President Mike Bacso says that there are only 1,000 tickets left for the draw, which happens this coming Sunday at 7:30 p.m.- Advertisement -Tickets are $5 each, and can be purchased in a number of ways. The Huskies will be selling tickets at both Save-On Foods and Ernie’s in the Totem Mall on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and again at Ernie’s on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..For more information, or to buy tickets, contact Huskies President Mike Bacso at (250) 794-1777, or via the Huskies’ Facebook page.