Ryan Hunter-Reay drives during a practice run for the IndyCar race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday, April 17, 2015 in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)As if IndyCar officiating wasn’t already difficult enough, Ryan Hunter-Reay has insisted on even more scrutiny.The 2012 series champion and reigning Indianapolis 500 winner said he called on IndyCar to be consistent with its calls in the aftermath of his penalty for a crash in the New Orleans race.“I went over a lot of video with them of similar situations that actually even happened at NOLA (Motorsports Park) that didn’t get even a review, one being the first lap with Will Power and Tony Kanaan,” Hunter-Reay said. “Tony tried an outside move and Will tracked (the car) out and Tony went off in the weeds.”No penalty was called. Nor was a formal review initiated by one of the three stewards overseeing the race.“I just don’t understand it,” said Hunter-Reay, who was penalized three points and put on probation for three races for essentially doing what Power did. “I kind of went through that with them and we talked about a bunch of things, and I let them know how I feel about it.IndyCar’s Hunter-Reay: Honda got a late start“I think they opened up a bit of a can of worms there because it puts them in a tough spot here in the future, and we’ll see things that are very similar to that they have to call now.”This weekend offers a chance for such a predicament. One of the best passing opportunities at Barber Motorsports Park, a 17-turn, 2.3-mile permanent road course on Birmingham, Ala.’s east side, is on the outside of a couple of left-hand corners.Kanaan (by Power in Turn 2) and Simon Pagenaud (by Hunter-Reay in Turn 3) were pushed wide trying to make outside moves approaching such a corner at NOLA, the only other permanent road course to have held an IndyCar race so far this season.IndyCar revamped its officiating process during the offseason, with any of the three stewards able to call for an official review of an incident. If a review is requested, a vote is taken and the penalty, if necessary, is applied based on handbook guidelines established by IndyCar President Derrick Walker.Brian Barnhart is one of the stewards, but as the chief he’s charged with applying the penalty, which in Hunter-Reay’s case wasn’t applicable since all three cars, including that of Sebastien Bourdais, crashed out of the race-ending incident. Walker leads the post-race review process, which is where Hunter-Reay’s beef arises.Hunter-Reay called it “a hard racing incident” but said he won’t give it much thought when the event starts Saturday morning.“I had a good talk with Pagenaud, and we put it all behind us,” he said. “(We’ve) moved on a long ways from Thursday of last week. That feels like two months ago.”Cavin: Scott Dixon still has IndyCar tracks to win atAnother Coyne driverDale Coyne is certainly getting to know a lot of drivers.This weekend, his IndyCar team will have its fourth person in the No. 18 car as Rodolfo Gonzalez, a journeyman at best, will take the seat originally intended for Carlos Huertas, a race winner last year at Houston.Huertas apparently had a financial breach in his contract, and Coyne replaced him last weekend at Long Beach with Rocky Moran Jr. Late in the Friday afternoon practice, Moran broke his thumb in an incident with Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz. Conor Daly took Moran’s place, finishing 17th as he lapped the driver of Coyne’s No. 19 car, Francesco Dracone.Coyne is in for more changes. He has said Dracone only committed to four races, and Barber will be the fourth. Assuming Huertas doesn’t return for the two races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis is May 9, the Indianapolis 500 is May 24 — Coyne has two seats to fill.Pippa Mann will drive Coyne’s third car in the 500.Defending IndyCar series champ Power in a hole after Long BeachFollowing Clauson on May 24Four-time USAC champion Bryan Clauson of Noblesville could have quite a fan club on May 24 as he attempts a rare Indiana double — racing in the 500 and the sprint car race at Kokomo Speedway on the same day.Signups are being taken to start the morning in Carmel with breakfast, a ride in a police-escorted bus to IMS for the 500, a ride on the bus to the sprint car race and and return to Carmel.The cost for three meals, tickets to both races, an event T-shirt and the bus rides is $150. See Clauson’s website (bryanclauson.com) for details.Clauson will drive a Chevrolet for Jonathan Byrd’s Racing (with KV help) in the 500. He finished 30th in the 2012 race for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.Follow Star reporter Curt Cavin on Twitter at @curtcavin.
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Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Chelsea will face Manchester City at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-finals after prevailing in Monday’s replay at Stamford Bridge. Here’s how we rated the players in their 1-0 victory.Petr Cech: 9Produced an absolutely breathtaking stop – surely one of the greatest FA Cup saves ever – to keep out Javier Hernandez’s header and preserve Chelsea’s lead. Also commanded his area very well in the all-important final stages.Cesar Azpilicueta: 6Had his hands full defensively but was solid enough.AdChoices广告Branislav Ivanovic: 8Excellent at the heart of Chelsea’s defence, where he produced several important challenges and clearances.David Luiz: 7Also solid at the back and used the ball well.Ashley Cole: 6Injured midway through the first half. Will be missed if, as is expected, he is out for at least a couple of weeks.John Obi Mikel: 7Did very well in midfield, imposing himself in an area United often control to good effect.Ramires: 7Was relentless from start to finish and gave Patrice Evra problems when he attacked down the right.Oscar: 6Was caught in possession a few times but his clever movement gave United some problems.Juan Mata: 7Was quiet in spells but showed his quality by setting up the winning goal with a moment of typical class.Eden Hazard: 8Continued his excellent recent form. Stretched the visiting defence and was unlucky not to score with a second-half effort which went narrowly wide.Demba Ba: 8Struggled to get into the game in the first half but was a different player in the second, scoring a great goal and troubling the likes of Rio Ferdinand with his strength and movement.Ryan Bertrand: 5Struggled after replacing Cole. Offered little going forward and was caught out defensively a number of times. YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== See also:Chelsea beat United to reach semi-finalsBlow for Chelsea as injury sidelines Cole
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Tags: Team Ireland Equestrian showjumpers will compete in 5 star Grand Prix classes at Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Wellington Florida (USA) this weekend. Elsewhere on the showjumping circuit, Ireland will be represented at Vejer De La Frontera (ESP), Graz (AUT), Oliva Valencia (ESP) and Vilamoura (POR). In dressage, action takes place in Wellington Florida (USA). All Irish international entries for this week’s shows are now available to view by clicking on the individual shows under ‘FEI Entries & Results’. 18 February 2015, 12:17 Home » Disciplines News » Other Disciplines » Dressage News » Two 5 star Grand Prix classes for Irish showjumpers this weekend Two 5 star Grand Prix classes for Irish showjumpers this weekend
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Preparing to renew a rivalry long known for its brutal physicality, the Ravens are already dealing with a number of ailments ahead of Sunday’s trip to Pittsburgh.Baltimore did welcome inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (knee), defensive tackle Michael Pierce (foot), and rookie tight end Hayden Hurst (foot) back to the practice field on Wednesday, but six players did not participate in the workout for health-related reasons. The absentees included linebacker Terrell Suggs (knee), cornerbacks Brandon Carr (knee) and Anthony Averett (hamstring), left tackle Ronnie Stanley (foot), quarterback Lamar Jackson (illness), and defensive tackle Willie Henry (hernia surgery). Suggs, Carr, and Stanley finished Sunday’s game against Denver without any noticeable incident while Averett and Henry didn’t play against the Broncos.Mosley’s return to practice was an encouraging sign for the Ravens defense after he sat out in Week 3, marking only the third missed game of his five-year career. Veteran Albert McClellan started in place of Mosley and shared inside linebacker snaps with weak-side starter Patrick Onwuasor and rookie Kenny Young. Mosley, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, described himself as “day by day” before Wednesday’s practice and is trying to avoid a setback with the bone bruise in his left knee.“I was pretty close [to playing], but I didn’t want any uncertainty,” said Mosley about missing Sunday’s game. “That was really the main reason. And I felt comfortable with Kenny, Bert, and ‘Peanut’ out there without me. They practiced all week without me. I prepared like I was going to play if I did play. I was comfortable with that, but as far as my knee, I just didn’t feel comfortable.”Hurst was practicing for the first time since having a screw inserted in his foot for a stress fracture on Aug. 24. It remains unclear how much practice time the first-round pick will need to be ready for live-game action again, but the Ravens are eager to have both Hurst and fellow rookie Mark Andrews on the field at the same time. Andrews, a third-round pick, has been a pleasant surprise with eight catches for 107 yards and a touchdown in the first three games.The Steelers appear to be getting healthier as safety Morgan Burnett (groin), right guard David DeCastro (hand), and right tackle Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) all practiced fully on Wednesday. Those three starters sat out Pittsburgh’s win at Tampa Bay on Monday night.Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster sat out Wednesday’s practice with an abdomen injury.Below is Wednesday’s full injury report:BALTIMOREDID NOT PARTICIPATE: CB Anthony Averett (hamstring), WR John Brown (non-injury), CB Brandon Carr (knee), DT Willie Henry (abdomen), QB Lamar Jackson (illness), OT Ronnie Stanley (foot), LB Terrell Suggs (knee), S Eric Weddle (non-injury)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: TE Hayden Hurst (foot), DB Anthony Levine (hamstring), LB C.J. Mosley (knee), DT Michael Pierce (foot)PITTSBURGHDID NOT PARTICIPATE: OT Ramon Foster (non-injury), CB Mike Hilton (elbow), QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (abdomen)FULL PARTICIPATION: S Morgan Burnett (groin), G David DeCastro (hand), OT Marcus Gilbert (hamstring)
A 25-woman provisional list of falconets has been released by Coach Christopher Danjuma ahead of the 12th All Africa Games holding in Rabat, Morocco later this year.The provisional list is made up of home-based players headlined by FIFA World Cup stars Chidinma Okeke and Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie.Rivers Angels and Sunshine Queens top the list with five players apiece from both teams while Ibom Angels and Osun Babes altogether only have two players.Club by Club: Provisional Team List of Falconets for 2019 All Africa GamesRivers Angels: Catherine Kenneth, Josephine Mathias, Cynthia Aku, Peace Efin, and Chiamaka Nnadozie.Sunshine Queens: Zainab Olapade, Akudo Ogbonna, Omowumi Oshobukola, Patricia Innocent and Rita Akarekor.FC Robo: Chidinma Okeke, Folashade Uamilusi (Florence), Esther Adeboye and Gift Monday (Nyakno).Nasarawa Amazons: Dodshima Tarnum, Grace Igboamalu (Chinyere), Mary Saiki (Atinuke), and Joy Duru.Bayelsa Queens: Rafiat Sule (Folakemi), Mary Anjor (Magdalene), Adebisi Saheed.Confluence Queens: Esther Momoh, Bashirat Amco.Ibom Angels: Uduakobong Monday Peter.Osun Babes: Christiana Obia.According to the organizers, only players aged 20 and below are expected to participate in the competition.Nigeria is drawn alongside Cameroon, Zambia and South Africa at the 12th edition of the All Africa Games scheduled to hold between late August and early September this year.Related
Sony Pictures(NEW YORK) — While comic fans buzzed about seeing Spidey alongside Marvel movie newcomer Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio in the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, the LGBTQ community had something else to cheer about. One of Peter Parker’s buddies in the movie is played by 22-year-old trans actor Zach Barack. This marks one of the first times a trans actor has been featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition, The Advocate reports trans actor Tyler Luke Cunningham is a featured extra in the same film.In Barack’s Instagram posts, you can see the actor alongside his good buddy Jacob Batalon, who plays Peter’s bestie Ned in the upcoming film from Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. Spider-Man follows popular CW show Supergirl, which cast 21-year-old trans performer Nicole Maines as the hero Dreamer. Maines knows her casting was significant for other trans actors.“If I had had a trans superhero, someone who looks like me wearing a cape, [while] growing up, that would have changed the game,” the actress recently told USA TODAY. “That would have been an entire new level of validation in myself, to think that I can be a superhero!”Venus Lux, a trans activist, entrepreneur, and adult film star, tells ABC Radio that the tide is finally turning.“I’m so proud and I’m so happy to be in this…time right now, that, you know, this can actually happen,” she says. “It’s not a dream. It is a reality.”She adds, “It just requires consistency of like pushing the envelope, and allowing more trans folks to be included and not just in a way where we’re portraying certain characters, but also having the stories behind us.” Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Khalid “Kal” Yafai (24-0 15 KOs) defends his WBA super flyweight title against Israel Gonzalez during an action-packed event at the Monte Carlo Casino, the Salle Médecin in Monaco on Nov. 24, live and exclusively on DAZN.The undefeated WBA super flyweight champion spoke exclusively with Sporting News ahead of his fourth world title defense and first appearance in the principality of Monaco, which is known for its wealth and extravagance as well as the historic F1 Monaco Grand Prix. American Michael Hunter (15-1, 10 KOs) steps in for China’s 20-0 heavyweight star Zhilei Zhang, who had visa issues, and will face Russia’s Alexander Ustinov (34-2, 25 KOs). Russian Denis Lebedev (31-2, 23 KOs) who headlines the event and will defend his WBA cruiserweight world title against undefeated American Mike Wilson (19-0, 8 KOs). Yafai’s opponent in Monaco will be Mexican Israel Gonzalez (23-2, 10 KOs) who is making his second attempt at a world title after failing against Jerwin Ancajas for the IBF world super flyweight belt earlier this year.Kal knows he’ll need to bring his A-game to the ring against Gonzalez.Join DAZN to watch Canelo vs. Fielding (first month free)“Mexican fighters are known for their aggression and I expect him to be physical and try to box in the early rounds,” Yafai said. “He’ll try to apply pressure and then I’ll go through my gears”There is a lot of hype about staying undefeated and boxers putting too much emphasis on facing lesser fighters to keep hold their zero, but Yafai isn’t putting any pressure on himself to keep his record intact as he looks to dominate the super flyweight division, which includes fellow champions Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41 KOs), Gideon Buthelezim (21-5, 4 KOs) and Ancajas (30-1-2, 20 KOs)“A lot of people think it’s really important to be unbeaten, but a lot of great fighters, not only in the past but in the present, have lost and come back even better so it’s not something I’m afraid of losing,” Yafai said. “But as long as I keep winning, I’ll do my best to keep the record going. I’m looking to dominate my division, I’m a big super flyweight, I’m fast and definitely the best, if not one of the best technical fighters in the division, so I’m looking to clean up”.Join DAZN and watch more than 80 fight nights a year (first month free)Also fighting on the same card will be: ‘Wise Guy’ Frank Buglioni (23-3-1, 16 KOs) returns to title action as he takes on China’s undefeated IBF intercontinental light heavyweight champion Fanlong Meng ( 13-0, 8 KOs).Kazakhstan’s Rio Olympic gold medallist Daniyar Yeleussinov (3-0, 1 KO) will also be in action against Nicaragua’s Marcos Mojica (16-2-2, 12 KOs) as he looks to continue his march towards conquering the professional ranks.Khalil El Hadri takes on Andrei Nurchynski and Ruslan Kupchik makes his debut against Mifodzi Pilipenak.
Related Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Ongoing back spasms is keeping Tiger Woods from competing in his next two scheduled tournaments.“My doctors have advised me not to play the next two weeks, to continue my treatment and to let my back calm down,” Woods, 41, said in a statement Friday. “This is not what I was hoping for or expecting.”Woods began suffering from the back pain last week while he was competing in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. He ended up withdrawing form the tournament before he began his second-round of play.He will now skip the Genesis Open next week in Pacific Palisades, California, and the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida the following week.“I am extremely disappointed to miss the Genesis Open, a tournament that benefits my foundation, and The Honda Classic, my hometown event. I would like to thank Genesis for their support, and I know we will have an outstanding week,” Woods said.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
Just like the last two losses to BYU at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the Utes were left to wonder what might have been after another last-second defeat Saturday.In 1998, it was a field goal try that missed off the upright. In 2000, it was a fourth-down pass that keyed an 80-yard drive filled with clutch plays that doomed the Utes.Saturday, there were several key plays that could have made the difference and turned the defeat into a Ute victory.What if the Utes had tried to put more pressure on BYU quarterback John Beck on the final play instead of dropping eight men back?What if the Utes hadn’t squandered two opportunities in the red zone, which resulted in no points because of a missed field goal and a fourth-and-inches play that came up short?What if an official hadn’t flagged Steve Tate for interference on a key third-and-24 play when the Cougars were trailing by 10 early in the fourth quarter?The Ute players and coaches pondered all that as they solemnly answered questions following the game.Ute coach Kyle Whittingham said the scheme defensive coordinator Gary Andersen called on the final play is “a very solid defense” and he backed the decision.”Hindsight is always 20-20, but you play the percentages,” Whittingham said. “You do one of two things. You either bring everybody or drop everybody.”Eric Weddle said it was a good call, but Beck just had too much time.”We brought the house, the play before, and Brice McCain made a great play on (Jonny) Harline,” Weddle said. “On that last play we covered them forever, but (Beck) just made the play after he pumped three or four times.”Whittingham mentioned the two red-zone failures, the missed Louie Sakoda field goal from 41 yards in the first half and the fourth-and-one failure on Brett Ratliff’s QB sneak in the third.He also wasn’t happy about the pass interference call on the third play of the fourth quarter. It was third-and-24 after a personal foul on Curtis Brown and a false start by the offensive line. Beck fired one for the end zone and the official on the spot called Tate for touching Harline too early. The resulting automatic first down at the Utah 30 gave BYU new life, and three plays later, Beck hit Harline for a TD pass and a 24-20 lead. Tate didn’t come right out and dispute the call but did say, “A couple of those were questionable. We played aggressive. The refs can make the call or they don’t. It was unfortunate for us.” “The pass interference on third-and-24, that was a … ” Whittingham said, his words trailing off. “P.I. was called. What can you say? We had a lot of missed opportunities.” E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Related Magic moment: BYU touchdown with no time on clock stuns the U.
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National Social Security & Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), an insurance agency of government covering workers in Liberia, has begun a major road project on 24th Street, Sinkor, where it is also erecting a 5-storey building for future use.The road is paved with concrete tar rather than asphalt, something experts say would last longer because the soil there hosts enough water that the concrete will be able to absorb.According to the experts, using asphalt would cause cracks in the pavement and the road will damage soon.The street, like the rest of the streets in the Sinkor belt, is to be paved by government, but an official of NASSCORP who spoke with this paper recently said the agency decided to underwrite the cost as part of its social responsibility to the people.According to the official, NASSCORP works for the people and it collects taxes, therefore, “The people have to get in return the benefits of their taxes as part of the agency’s corporate social responsibility.”Contractors constructing the road said earlier that the project would have stopped near the John F. Kennedy Medical Center Cholera Unit on 24th Street, but NASSCORP’s management reasoned that it should be extended downward to the beach so as to help residents in that area not to suffer from erosion and flood during the rainy season.The road leading to the beach on 24th Street is on a slope, and during the rainy season running water that enters the nearby swamp usually causes the area to be flooded.It may be recalled that in June 2014, many in the People United Community, between 20th and 24th Streets, were gravely affected by flood after long hours of rainfall.Also in 2016 there was a repeat of the disaster and scores of people were affected, leading some to even move from the area.As measurement was extended down to the community after ending the first phase of the road at the Cholera Unit, some residents were expressing delight over the development.“We are happy that the road will come down here. It will really help us, and we don’t care how the measurement will affect us. All we know is that our road should come,” James Barlea, an elder of the community said.Pains of development While some are rejoicing for extension of the road project towards the beach, there are still others who, due to roadblocks, rained insults on the workers.Some drivers living down the beach were recently heard insulting the contractors when they (contractors) lined measuring sticks and steel mats on the road in preparation of pavement.Two men, during the day the first phase was completed, were also heard insulting the workers for blocking the road to prevent passage so that the watery concrete could solidify.“I don’t know what kind of crazy people are these. Why can’t you complete one side and leave the other side for us to pass? You want to do all at once?”This ongoing road project financed by NASSCORP is among other road projects in the Sinkor belt sponsored by government.Beginning 10th Street to 18th Street, government is rehabilitating that belt with asphalt tar including the Payne and Horton Avenues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,I am compelled by every decent fibre in my consciousness to express outrage, disbelief, and utter frustration that the discourse which surrounds the unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman by President David Granger would move so swiftly into the gutter.This ought to be an intellectual discourse as it relates to the constitutional provisions, instead of an open, unbridled perpetuation of racism and a pro-black agenda by a small group of Guyanese who clearly have special interest.For the purposes of clarity, it is my belief that no race is superior to another, neither should anyone be discriminated against, or positively promoted, because of his or her race. I believe in meritocracy. A person should be judged on the content of their character, their performance, their capacity, and more importantly their integrity. All race groups have produced outstanding, distinguished and noble citizens in this country, and we have persons of all race groups on the wrong side of the law.Having said that, let me now respond to public utterances of the Rastafarian Community of All Guyana, The African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA), Pan African Group (Guyana) Branch, The All African Guyanese Association, and Concerned Citizens in the Diaspora.The Rastafarian Community of All Guyana, which I have noted are 12 citizens, as distinct from the Guyana Rastafarian Council, said these words: “Thus, of the six General and Regional Elections since the implementation of the Carter Formula, five have been chaired by a Guyanese of East Indian descent and one by a Guyanese of African Descent. For our sacred space and consciousness as a multi-racial society, we urge all Guyanese to embrace the appointment of Justice James Patterson, a Guyanese of African descent. This bodes well for ethnic relations within Guyana. We are in the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent.”This statement is:(a) Toxic and laden with a pro-African agenda, and it is an open promotion of a belief that “it’s Afro-Guyanese time now”.(b) It represents total misunderstanding of the Carter Formula, since all of the names extracted and appointed GECOM Chairman came from the various lists submitted by various Leaders of the Opposition during the 1990 to 2015 period. In every instance six (6) names were submitted, and on every occasion the President, from that first list, chose one (1) name. The PPP/C, whilst in office, had no way of installing an Indo-Guyanese as Chairman of GECOM if that name was not submitted by the then Leader of the Opposition. At no time was an Indo-Guyanese unilaterally appointed by any PPP/C President as Chairman of GECOM. Mr Doodnauth Singh S.C., Major General (Rtd) Joseph Singh, and Dr Steve Surujbally were names on lists submitted by Mr Desmond Hoyte S.C. to the then President of Guyana. Those lists included, among others, twice the name Brigadier (Rtd) David Granger.(c) The issue of the race or ethnicity of the six (6) nominated persons as required by Article 161 (2) of the Constitution was never a matter of discussion. Race is not a criterion for suitability for this post. Even if, for argument’s sake, race is to be considered in this appointment, why didn’t the President choose any of the Afro-Guyanese that were named among the eighteen (18) persons submitted by the current Leader of the Opposition?(d) The “Rastafarian Community of All Guyana” may want to consider this outlandish and ill-advised commentary, for in their above-mentioned statement they have disparaged the names and reputations of very eminent, qualified, distinguished and upstanding Afro-Guyanese. On behalf of all Guyana, I do offer these eighteen distinguished Guyanese my sincere apology for this mistreatment.This diatribe must be rejected as the views of twelve (12) Rastafarians, and not as the view of the Rastafarian community in Guyana, or the majority of Afro-Guyanese citizens.I now turn my attention to the African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA), Pan African Group (Guyana) Branch, the All African Guyanese Association, and Concerned Citizens in the Diaspora.In a very bold attempt, these four (4) groups have sought to justify President Granger’s action as constitutional by beating the drums of racism. In one statement, they have attacked, insulted and created wedges, built walls of division by coming up against every group that has spoken as it relates to the President’s action in an unfavourable manner. This is a worrying development, and can be viewed as an evil of monumental proportions.Is the Private Sector Commission comprised solely of Indians? Don’t we have successful Afro-Guyanese entrepreneurs and businessmen?Is the Guyana Human Rights Association a partner of the PPP/C? Laughable!Are all the Guyanese lawyers, businessmen, accountants and other professionals Indo-Guyanese who have benefited, according to their statement, “in a developed criminal state of money laundering, theft and embezzlement, etc.”? Are all our professionals crooks? Unbelievable!Are all the beneficiaries of lands, radio and television licences, house lots, scholarships etc under the PPP/C Indo-Guyanese? Who revoked the leases of the 41 Afro-Guyanese farmers at Seafield on the West Coast of Berbice?Are all the people who died as a result of extra-judicial killings during the vicious crime wave only Afro-Guyanese? Were they killed by Indo-Guyanese? It is time for these groups to be honest with themselves and the Guyanese people.Is it true, as stated by these groups, “that the PSC, GCCI, GMSA, bankers, Indian Supremacists, accountants, lawyers and others who have illegitimately benefited under the PPP/C showing their true colours as they continue to sabotage our ‘democracy’ with the hope of again plundering Guyana with its newfound oil wealth”?Do these organizations — which include in their leadership Mr Eric Phillips and Tacuma Ogunseye, paid employees of the Ministry of the Presidency –represent the views of the masses of Afro-Guyanese? Certainly not!This jaundiced and unsubstantiated view must not be allowed to be peddled unchallenged. Afro-Guyanese, like all other peoples, have core values, and are guided by principles that are highly elevated beyond the mere lens of racism.I call upon all my fellow Afro-Guyanese brothers and sisters, and all other Guyanese, including my respected elders from the above-named groups, to be responsible, civil, and stay within the bounds of decency as we debate and engage on this very sensitive matter of the President’s unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman.Bishop Juan A Edghill,Former Chairman,Ethnic RelationsCommission
0Shares0000Mumias based Dismas Indiza in action during the final round of the Karen leg of the Safari Tour. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, March 8 – Asked what makes the 12 man Magical Kenya Open home troops tick, Mumias long-hitter Dismas Indiza said: “It’s their willingness to die for the team. They are fully aware that it’s our duty as a group to make the country proud.”Also playing competitive golf in the recently concluded Road To Kenya Open Safari Tour series which offered local pros some attractive prize money and a priceless feel of various courses including the Karen Country Club Par 71 facility which will host the four-day golfing extravaganza from March 14-17. The greatest success of the Safari Tour is the attainment of the objective for which the Tour was set up for; which is to give our local pros an opportunity to practice and play a lot more golf to the standards of the European Tour. This has given them an opportunity to practice, learn and be resilient.Greg Snow had a fine Safari Tour.Greg Snow will alongside his Mumias counterpart shoulder Kenya’s hopes of keeping the event’s maroon jacket on home soil.No Kenyan has won the Kenya Open since inception in 1967 and Snow thinks the regular local tournaments they have played like the recently concluded Safari Tour series will come in handy.“It’s been a great five months and like I said I have put in a lot of hard work. I believe Kenyans are better prepared than ever before and this is a clear indication that we could spring some surprises in as far as the tournament cut is concerned. I have had a good Safari Tour and the plan will be to go into the Kenya Open in similar spirit and fashion.”The first nine Kenyan players, who qualified to play at this year’s Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship, were named following the conclusion of the 2018/2019 Safari Tour Golf series today at the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club. Two players tied for eighth spot – the Safari Tour Golf Series qualifying cut-off for the Kenya Open – pushing the number of players qualifying to nine.Two more Kenyans qualified in the pre-qualifier at Karen.Kenya Proffesional golfers Charan Thethy and Jacob Okello watch Yusuf Omari-Najib Balala-Peter Kanyago and Kirimi Kaberia putt at Karen Country Club. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThey were Justus Madoya of the Great Rift Valley and Royal’s Eric Ooko who beat Jacob Okello in a three home playoff at Karen.Okello, Kenya’s most decorated golfer who lost the memorable Kenya Open playoff in 1998, was later awarded a Kenya team by KOGL invitation.Snow leads the team of 12 professional player having accrued a total of 113.5 points across the six Safari Tour golf series. Greg has been dominant, taking maximum points in four of the six Safari Tour events, to take top spot on the Road to Kenya Open ranking. He has featured at the Kenya Open 11 times with his best finish coming in 2014 when he finished 10th.-Indiza-The second qualifier is Indiza who amassed 111 points after a consistent performance across the Safari Tour to finish second. Indiza has featured at the Kenya Open 19 times; with his best finish being tenth in the 2008 edition.-Charania-Riz Charania poses with the Safari Tour Golf Series trophy after emerging winner of the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club leg of the Safari Tour seriesWindsor’s Rizwan Charania booked third spot on the Road to Kenya Open ranking having amassed a total of 79 points; with his win of the Windsor leg of the tour cementing third spot. He has played at the Kenya Open 14 times; his best finish coming in 2017.-Wakhu-Golf Park’s David Wakhu follows the flight of his tee shot on the final day of the Nyali Golf Club’s leg of the Safari Tour Golf Series.David Wakhu, who won the Nyali Golf and Country Club leg of the Sadfari Tour Golf Series, finished fourth on the Road to the Kenya Open ranking, with a total of 72 points; while the Professional Golfers of Kenya Captain, John Wangai, finished fifth with 68.5 points. He has featured at the Kenya Open on six occasions.-Ngige-Simon Ngige.Thika Golf Club’s, Simon Ngige, finished sixth with 66.5 points and shall now take part at his 13th Kenya Open tournament; while Golf Park’s Tony Omuli will be taking part at his seventh Kenya Open event having finished in seventh place on the Road to Kenya Open ranking with 53.5 points.-Simwa-Kenyan Pro Nelson SimwaVet Lab Sports Club’s Nelson Simwa and Windsor’s David Opati tied for eighth with 51 points apiece to complete the list of nine Kenyan players at this year’s tournament. The Safari Tour Golf Series, which was launched in August last year, formed the qualification tournament for Kenyan players taking part this year’s Kenya Open.The nine pros join six amateur players who have already qualified to play at this year’s Magical Kenya Open Championship; these are Daniel Nduva, Samuel Njoroge, Mike Kisia, Edwin Mudanyi, Bradley Mogire and Mutahi Kibugu.About Greg SnowSnow started playing golf at the age of 6 in Kiambu inspired by his father John Snow and his brother Paul who played his golf in the UK.He became a member at Muthaiga at the age of 10 years and played there as a junior till the age of 16. From 2008 to 2012 Snow landed a golf scholarship at the Odessa Golf College and played very competitively in North and South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia prior to turning pro in Kenya 2013. Kenyan PROs: Greg Snow – Muthaiga Golf Club Dismas Indiza – Mumias Sugar Golf Club David Opati – Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club David Wakhu – The Golf Park Simon Ngige – Thika Golf Club C.J. Wangai – Sigona Golf Club Tony Omuli – The Golf Park Riz Charania – Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club Nelson Simwa – Vet Lab Sports Club Justus Madoya – Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort Erick Ooko – Royal Nairobi Golf Club Jacob Okello – The Golf ParkRegional PROs: Philip Kasozi – Uganda Golf ClubKenyan Elite Amateurs: Mike Kisia – Vet Lab Sports Club Edwin Mudanyi – Vet Lab Sports Club Samuel Njoroge – Kenya Railways Golf CLub Mutahi Kibugu – Muthaiga Golf Club Bradley Mogire – Emirates Golf Club, Dubai Daniel Nduva – Nyali Golf and Country Club0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)