Dear Editor,Lying on one’s CV about one’s employment history is a cardinal sin, especially from a person who is supposed to embody the qualities of honesty, integrity and impartiality. This has now been excused by Justice Patterson as ‘a slip of the pen’.The Grenada Newsletter dated June 13, 1987 indicated that Justice Patterson was the Chief Justice in the Maurice Bishop case whereby 17 persons were convicted. The question before him then was the status of the Grenada Supreme Court. It would seem that he acted as Chief Justice is this single instance. However, this should have been stated in his resume. The CV should have indicated the period of employment and the fact whether he was acting or not in that capacity. The President should have questioned this omission; it is a grave error for Justice Patterson to simply state the he was the Chief Justice of Grenada. Furthermore, is it not strange that the newly appointed Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman could not recall when and for how long he was the acting Chief Justice? How could he fail to recall such a high profile case, as Maurice Bishop’s case?Furthermore, when Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo submitted the lists, the President would normally take weeks to ‘study’ the various CVs, but in this instance he just took a few hours to find that Justice Patterson was ‘fit and proper’ for the job. Why this insane haste to appoint and swear in Justice Patterson? Does it not seem as though the President already made his decision and the submission of the CV a mere formality?If a man is suffering from amnesia and cannot write a proper resume, is he ‘fit and proper’ to be the Chairman of GECOM? Therefore, this is not only about the unconstitutionality of the appointment but about a false CV.Two weeks after his appointment, Justice Patterson wants us to believe that his pen slipped. No his pen did not slip, it failed to write the fact that he acted as Chief Justice. He cannot even find a ‘fit and proper’ excuse. Is there a guarantee that his pen will not ‘slip’ during his tenure as the Chairman for GECOM?In conclusion, the appointment of Justice Patterson should be quashed or Justice Patterson on his own volition should do the honourable thing and resign immediately!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Six
JERUSALEM – Israel’s defense minister vowed Thursday not to let Hamas’ near-takeover of Gaza spill over into violence against the Jewish state, but decided against taking action that would complicate the volatile situation, such as launching an invasion. Officials said that when Prime Minister Ehud Olmert meets President George W. Bush in Washington next week, he will instead recommend a policy aimed at preventing Hamas from capturing the West Bank. The Israeli officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said Olmert favors cutting contacts between the two Palestinian territories, which are separated by 25 miles of Israeli territory. Defense Minister Amir Peretz convened his top security officials to discuss possible Israeli reactions to the Gaza fighting but decided, for the time being, to stay out of the conflict. He issued a vague warning that Israel would not allow the violence to reach it, participants said. “If the Gaza Strip falls into Hamas hands this will have regional implications,” he warned earlier this week.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Security officials and analysts say Israel has nothing to gain from meddling in Gaza. “It’s too late for us to get involved. There is no aim we can achieve in a military operation,” said Reuven Pedatzur, an Israeli defense expert at the Center for Strategic Dialogue. “What are we supposed to do – take over the entire strip and hand it over to (Palestinian President Mahmoud) Abbas?” Some hard-line lawmakers propose just that – despite the fact Israel withdrew all its forces and settlers from the region two years ago. “It is high time for Israel to deliver a heavy blow to the Hamas terrorist network. If this will help Fatah regain control, I don’t mind, but we have to do it for our own sake,” said Yuval Steinitz of the hawkish Likud Party. Olmert has said he fears a Hamas victory, but ruled out Israeli support for the Fatah forces. Rather, he has floated the idea of deploying an international force on the Gaza-Egypt border.
Burnley striker Ashley Barnes Burnley have suffered a big blow for their hopes of securing an immediate return to the Premier League next season, with news striker Ashley Barnes is set to miss most of the upcoming campaign after suffering a serious knee injury.The Clarets have announced that the 25-year-old sustained anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament damage in Sunday’s final day Premier League victory over Aston Villa.Barnes, who will undergo surgery next week, is the fourth Burnley player to be struck by a cruciate ligament injury in the space of 14 months, following Sam Vokes, Kevin Long and Dean Marney into long-term rehabilitation.Manager Sean Dyche said: “To say this is bad luck is an understatement. They have been innocuous incidents that have ended up with four serious injuries, and it’s an incredible misfortune.“Obviously it’s a big blow and our thoughts are with Ashley, but the irony is that our ‘preventable’ soft tissue injuries have improved year-on-year. To then have four cruciate injuries, you just can’t believe it.“However, Ashley will be looked after. He will undergo surgery next week and we know what a tough lad he is, and he will be back on the road to recovery as soon as possible.“The positive side is that we are well rehearsed now in this type of injury. Ashley has Dean and Kevin just in front of him and they all have Sam to look to as someone who has recovered and is back playing again.”Barnes limped off the pitch 34 minutes into Sunday’s game after landing awkwardly following an aerial challenge with Fabian Delph.A club statement said: “Burnley Football Club can confirm that Ashley Barnes has suffered a cruciate knee injury that is likely to sideline him for much of next season.“Scans earlier today revealed that the Clarets striker, 25, suffered anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament damage during the 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on the final day of the Premier League season.” 1
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has promised fans they WILL challenge for the Premier League title despite their stuttering start to the season.The Gunners drew 0-0 at champions Leicester on Saturday and remain winless after the opening two Premier League games, having lost their opener against Liverpool last week.Travelling supporters again turned on Arsene Wenger and his lack of spending following the match, with fans desperate for their club to sign a striker as the toothless visitors struggled to create clear chances against the Foxes.But defender Koscielny insisted the Gunners, runners-up to Leicester last season, will battle for the Premier League crown as they hunt their first title since 2004.“Always. We are Arsenal – we fight for the title. Every game we play we want to win the game,” he said.“This season will be very difficult because of the top clubs spending a lot of money on transfers, it’s unbelievable. But sometimes the collective can be better than individual players. So we want to keep our philosophy and play football.”The 30-year-old made his first appearance of the season at the King Power Stadium after returning to the Gunners late after helping France to the final of Euro 2016.Koscielny was part of the national side which lost 1-0 to Portugal and was not fit to play in last week’s 4-3 defeat to Liverpool, but said it is natural for players to need more time to recover.“You could see last week we lost Aaron Ramsey with an injury and now he’s out for one month,” Koscielny told arsenal.com.“When we have a summer tournament it’s the same for every other team, not just for Arsenal. I’m sure every other team is the same.“The players come back later and need more time to be fit, to be ready for the game. Last week [we didn’t play] because we weren’t fit and it was important to have one more week for training to be fit this week, and you can see, no one got injured.” 1 Arsenal defender and vice-captain Laurent Koscielny
Former Blackburn midfielder Steven NZonzi scored the winner 1 Sevilla moved to the top of LaLiga after narrowly beating Atletico Madrid at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.The hosts opened the scoring with just over 15 minutes left when former Blackburn midfielder Steven N’Zonzi latched onto Luciano Vietto’s lofted through ball.Atleti’s chances of finding an equaliser were dealt a blow when Koke received his second booking before being dismissed.But the hosts held out to replace Diego Simeone’s side at the top of the table and now await Real Madrid’s result to see whether they retain their lofty position.Watch N’Zonzi’s goal below….
This Monday morning on Sportsday we look back on all of yesterday’s Premier League action.Manchester City beat Arsenal 2-1 at The Etihad; there were also wins for Tottenham and Southampton against Burnley and Bournmouth.We also bring you the latest from day fourth of the fifth and final test between India and England and day four of the World Darts Championship.All brought to you by Will Gavin and the team.
In fact, Bernard Challandes’ men briefly overtook England at the top of Group A on Saturday before the Three Lions beat Bulgaria 4-0 at Wembley.Earlier that day, the Kosovans stunned the Czech Republic with a 2-1 victory to record the most significant win in their short history as a competitive nation.The team were only accepted by UEFA and FIFA three years ago, due to the ongoing political tension in the former Serbian province.Kosovo declared its independence in 2008, a move which Serbia still rejects, and relations remain tense.At the 2018 World Cup, Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka, both of Kosovar Albanian descent, performed a nationalist ‘Albanian Eagle’ gesture after scoring for Switzerland against the Serbs. Kosovo has been gripped by political tension and war following the break up of Yugoslavia on target Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Kosovar Albanians were the victims of cultural oppression from the Serb-led regime throughout the nineties, which culminated in the Kosovo War of 1998/1999.More than 13,000 people were killed and millions of ethnic Albanians displaced during a bloody civil war which brought the country to its knees and eventually saw NATO intervene.Serbia still does not recognise Kosovo as an independent nation, nor do several United Nations members – or many within UEFA.Arsenal’s Xhaka and Liverpool’s Shaqiri helped bring a petition to FIFA in 2012 asking permission for Kosovo to compete in friendlies, and 18 months later they played their first recognised match, a 0-0 draw with Haiti in March 2014.Two years after that, Kosovo were narrowly accepted into UEFA, by 28 votes to 24. There was strong opposition from Serbia and Russia, as well as countries such as Spain and Ukraine, who have their own individual states which desire independence, like Catalonia. England are expected to continue their European Championship qualification cakewalk on Tuesday when they welcome Kosovo to St Mary’s – but the visitors should not be underestimated.Despite their infancy on the international stage, Kosovo have already established themselves as worthy opponents for any nation. Kosovo are the surprise package in Group A Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Find out whether Kosovo will shock England on talkSPORT on Tuesday, as we bring you live commentary of the Euro 2020 qualifier at St Mary’s (kick-off 7.45pm) 4 4 4 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas AFP – Getty Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more deals Getty Images – Getty statement Can Kosovo continue their incredible run against England? targets BIG PRESENTS UP TOP LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship As recently as Saturday, eight Czechs were arrested for flying a banner which read ‘Kosovo is Serbia’ in protest against their UEFA membership.Kosovan football is the very product of the country’s violent recent past. Most of the squad which will line up against England on Tuesday are former refugees, raised outside their homeland, while none of them play domestic football in Kosovo.The match-winner against the Czech Republic, Mergim Vojvoda, was brought up in Belgium after his family fled from the conflict, while the team’s star player, Swansea forward Bersant Celina, grew up in Norway.Xhaka and Shaqiri have both previously suggested they would play for Kosovo, rather than Switzerland, if the team existed earlier in their careers.Who says politics has nothing to do with sport?The Kosovans now embark on their first attempt to qualify for the Euros, and unlike their disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign, this is going rather well. rookie error latest stalemate Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Shaqiri, who was born in Kosovo, sparked a storm at the 2018 World Cup Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Kosovo 4-3 Latvia (13/11/17)Kosovo 1-0 Madagascar (24/03/18)Kosovo 2-0 Burkina Faso (27/03/18)Kosovo 3-0 Albania (29/05/18)Azerbaijan 0-0 Kosovo (07/09/18)Kosovo 2-0 Faroe Islands (10/09/18)Kosovo 3-1 Malta (11/10/18)Faroe Islands 1-1 Kosovo (14/10/18)Malta 0-5 Kosovo (17/11/18)Kosovo 4-0 Azerbaijan (20/11/18)Kosovo 2-2 Denmark (21/03/19)Kosovo 1-1 Bulgaria (25/03/19)Montenegro 1-1 Kosovo (07/06/19)Bulgaria 2-3 Kosovo (10/06/19)Kosovo 2-1 Czech Republic 07/09/19) Two wins and two draws see them enter the clash with England just one point behind their hosts, although they have played a game more.But their unbeaten run extends way further than the qualifying campaign, all the way back to October 2017.Kosovo are undefeated in their last 15 international matches – a run which saw them top their Nations League group in the lowest tier of the competition.It could be argued that, on form, Kosovo represent England’s toughest opponents in Group A.Take a look at their remarkable run below: Kosovo’s incredible unbeaten run 4 AFP – Getty
The teams are in for the first of Sunday’s League Cup semi-finals.With skipper Scott Brown, striker Leigh Griffiths and defenders Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata amongst those unavailable, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has been forced to reshuffle his pack.Hearts counterpart Craig Levein is missing key men of his own after John Souttar and Uche Ikpeazu joined Christophe Berra on the sidelines.Here we run through both line-ups:Back: Kris Ajer (left) returns for Celtic, while Scott Bain is in goals for the semi-final. SNS Celtic team: Bain; Lustig, Ajer, Benkovic, Tierney; Kouassi, Ntcham; McGregor, Forrest, Rogic; Edouard.Start: Peter Haring (right) is back in for Hearts, while Steven Maclean leads the line. SNSLevein has decided to take a chance on the fitness of influential midfielder Peter Haring.The Austrian returns to start in place of teenager Harry Cochrane for the Jam Tarts despite an ongoing hernia problem.Olly Lee also takes his place in the starting 11 in the only other change from the team which swept aside Dundee.Team: Zlamal, Smith, Dunne, Dikamona, Mitchell; Lee, Djoum, Haring, Bozanic; Naismith, MacLean. Celtic have been boosted by Kris Ajer’s return from injury for the Murrayfield match.With Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata unavailable, Rodgers had looked short of options at the back.But Ajer has been passed fit to start in the centre of defence, alongside Filip Benkovic, who has also had recent injury problems.Elsewhere, James Forrest returns after missing the midweek loss to Leipzig through suspension and Tom Rogic is back as the main source of supply for striker Odsonne Edouard.
With last year’s senior-laden roster gone, the Dons are searching for a new identityBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team is one-third of the way through its 2014-15 regular-season schedule, and it is still working out the kinks.The Dons have won a one-point game, lost tight games at the Cranberry Classic and against Neillsville on Tuesday, lost by 26 at Auburndale, and then turned around and beat Gilman by 37 two days later.The Dons tied for the Cloverbelt East title and reached the WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinals last season with a senior-laden roster. This season, Columbus (3-4, 2-1 Cloverbelt East) is relying on an entirely new starting lineup and a number of sophomores and juniors that have not played many varsity minutes prior to this year.Seven games into the season the Dons are trying to find their identity.Following the loss to Auburndale, where the Dons shot 36 percent and committed 15 turnovers, the team did some soul searching. Columbus responded with a dominant performance against Gilman, using a full-court press to force 16 turnovers in the opening 7 minutes and open up a big lead early.“I wasn’t so much worried about a playing hangover as I was an attitude hangover,” Columbus Catholic coach Joe Konieczny said following the Gilman game on Dec. 11. “At practice we had some tough conversations with them about what type of people we are, whether we’re disciplined and unselfish. I think we had some good conversations and some growth from it. We saw some kids on the bench that were into it, emotional, enthusiastic and supportive, and good teammates.”The message is simple from Konieczny.“If these guys are good teammates and supportive, we can be good,” Konieczny said. “If we’re not disciplined and not 100 percent unselfish, then we’re not going to be very good.”Junior Evan Nikolai and sophomore Hunter Schultz have been the top offensive players thus far this season for the Dons. Senior Christian Payant, junior Brett Loveland, and sophomore Tyler Fuerlinger fill out the starting lineup with senior Ben Behling and junior Matthias Gouin the first off the bench.Konieczny likes to use his defense to force the tempo and get easy layups or open 3-point shots. The style has been a staple for the Dons during the past few seasons as they have won three of the past five Cloverbelt East titles. However, Columbus has not been able to consistently implement that style of play to its advantage.“We’re fast, and we have kids that can handle the ball and play fast,” Konieczny said. “We just need to do it disciplined. I think sometimes when we’re teaching kids to play fast, that turns into being undisciplined on defense and taking too quick of a shot on offense. If we can learn to play quick and disciplined, I think we can be pretty good.”Columbus hosts Colby on Friday and Granton on Tuesday in a pair of Cloverbelt East matchups as it looks to recover after suffering its first conference loss of the season this past Tuesday at Neillsville, 54-51.Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.