Unbothered

first_imgDuring the protests against President David Granger on September 19, 2019, at the Pegasus Hotel, he was visibly shaken up when some concerned Guyanese inside the hall called out his government’s illegality after the constitutional timeline for elections expired the day before.While the protesters voiced their concerns within the hall and the Police intervened, Mr Granger posed with feet crossed, one hand akimbo and the other on the rostrum to wait out the period until they left.That pose has since gone viral and his supporters labelled it as him being unbothered by the proceedings. Others saw it as him being clearly shell-shocked by the incident. Whatever the view, the label of being unbothered seems apt for various reasons.At a recent rally in Linden, he re-enacted the pose, and from all reports, it sent his supporters into a frenzy. That seems to demonstrate their love for his unbothered disposition. He, himself, appears to latch on to it. It suggests, among other things, him being unbothered by the fact that the Government became unconstitutional after September 18.The day after, leading members of the international community issued an official statement alluding to that unconstitutionality. Subsequently, other international bodies did likewise. That’s aside from the Opposition and civil society organisations here in Guyana. All were common in their calls: an unconstitutional Government and the need for an election date to be named.With pressure brought to bear, he eventually, after the first attempt to not be definitive, named the election date. Subsequently, and again only after mountain pressure, he followed up with the requisite proclamation.From his actions since December 21, 2018, it appears he is totally unbothered by the expiration of the constitutional election timeline and its unavoidable consequences to both the country and people. Guyana is now with an unconstitutional Government.This situation may have its genesis in Mr Granger’s interpretation of the law; seemingly in a manner that conflicts with the Constitution. He seems unbothered by accusations of him deliberately misinterpreting the Constitution to drive a believed agenda.That snowballed and created situations where the Constitution and an order from the country’s highest court of arbitration were fragrantly disregarded, seemingly to extend his government’s stay in office. That’s clearly demonstrative of an open defiance of the rule of law to which Mr Granger appears to be— again, by his actions and the marketing of his pose— unbothered.Him being unbothered has caused much bother for Guyanese as they are faced with a situation in which the President and his Government, having taken an oath to uphold the Constitution, openly disrespect it.In reflecting on APNU/AFC’s tenure in office, unmistakably, it would reveal many other things Mr Granger and his administration seemed unbothered about. Giving his Ministers a 50% pay hike while claiming a lack of funds to increase salaries for public servants, the firing of hundreds of Indigenous Guyanese, forcing thousands of sugar workers out of their jobs by closing estates without exploring alternative employment and then withholding their severance pay, were just a few cases he and APNU/AFC seemed unbothered about.The closing of the estates has created devastating and humiliating social impacts on thousands of families. Mr Granger’s government’s implementation of some two hundred new tax measures has brought untold sufferings on the backs of ordinary Guyanese. His seeming uninspiring economic policies have led to a drastic slowing down of a once vibrant and growing economy.That economic slowdown has led to the closure of a number of businesses, forcing many workers into unemployment. There is now increasing frequency of power outages— an average of eight per day as stated by the electricity company. The disruption to production and productivity and the unbearable inconvenience it foists upon Guyanese, is inconceivable, as is the constant disruption to traffic resulting from City streets being barricaded to insulate Mr Granger from any semblance of protest action.Recently, spring tides and overtopping caused numerous communities along the coast to flood. The heavy loss to residents and farmers is still being determined. Almost immediately, the Leader of the Opposition and other members of his party were seen present in many of those communities in an effort to assess, comfort, and assist those affected.To date, the President is yet to visit any of those areas. With unrelenting crime that leads to fatalities in some instances, Guyanese live in constant fear. These scenarios show clearly who is unbothered and who really cares.It’s very possible that Mr Granger will re-enact his unbothered pose to energise his base during this election period. In doing so, since he hasn’t distanced himself from his supporters’ take on the pose, he stands to further confirm the growing belief of him, and his now unconstitutional government, being unbothered by the concerns of the citizens.Unfortunately, he is not alone, for Caricom, up to this point, appears similarly unbothered by the situation here. Their silence speaks volumes as Mr Granger’s pose.last_img read more

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Chris McCullough announces PBA arrival with smashing 47-point night

first_imgView comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption McCullough, though, didn’t regret leaving the game before the final buzzer sounded but he did complain that it shouldn’t have been him.“Do I regret the foul? No, because we got the win and I didn’t even foul him,” said McCullough who left the game with 2:24 to play. “They called it on me, it is what it is, but that’s [expletive].”After an outstanding performance, McCullough knows exactly how to celebrate.“Everybody love me, so I love everybody else I will get that Jollibee,” said McCullough who also loves the restaurant’s gravy. “They follow me on Twitter. I’m trying to get an endorsement deal with them, so if y’all want to give me that deal, hit me up.”ADVERTISEMENT Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Baycenter_img Despite getting called for six fouls, one of which he called BS, McCullough lit up for 47 points and 10 rebounds to lead San Miguel to the 109-105 victory over NLEX Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.“It was fun, we got a win, we played hard, that’s basketball,” said McCullough who replaced Charles Rhodes as the Beermen’s foreign player. “We got a win, I went out there and played hard.”AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMcCullough already had 45 points by the end of the third quarter, 23 of which came in that frame, and he had a legitimate shot of breaching the 50-point barrier in the fourth until he was called for a foul on NLEX import Olu Ashaolu.Ashaolu drove to the basket with less than three minutes remaining and forced contact with several San Miguel players, but McCullough though was just unfortunate to have been whistled for the foul. MOST READ Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Chris McCullough’s debut game in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup was nothing short of magnificent.ADVERTISEMENT Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dimaunahan encouragement brings best out of Roi Sumanglast_img read more

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Bandit shot during scuffle with Soesdyke businessman

first_img– in robbery attemptAn alleged bandit was on Thursday afternoon shot to the abdomen during a scuffle with a Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, businessman in an attempted robbery.Based on reports received, the businessman, Lloyd Thomas, the owner of Blue Mountain Night Spot at Grant Sand Road, Soesdyke, EBD had just returned home and he was about to park his car when the armed man confronted him.Thomas reportedly put up a fight during which a single gunshot was fired. Soon after, the alleged bandit started to bleed. The firearm was subsequently retrieved by the Police who were summoned to the scene.The injured man was picked up and taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where he was treated. His condition is unknown.A source told Guyana Times that Thomas went to purchase some items to complete construction at his home and as such, the workers witnessed the shooting incident but remained tight lipped when the Police arrived at the scene.Investigations are on-going.last_img read more

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The Warm Up podcast with Max Rushden – Sunday, May 22 2016

first_imgListen to Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning tackle the important – and utterly trivial – sporting matters of the day.This week, the boys build up to the Euro 2016 dice final, Kevin Pressman was the latest guest on the footballers are nice feature and much more!Listen above or, to get the Warm Up with Max Rushden podcast every week, click here and download from the iTunes store for freelast_img

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Newcastle transfer blow! United set to miss out on signing £13.5m teen starlet

first_imgRennes are confident of beating Newcastle to the signing of Metz star Ismaila Sarr.The 19-year-old burst onto the scene in France last season and he is now being chased by a whole host of clubs across Europe.Newcastle reportedly failed with a £10.5m offer in June, while Barcelona and RB Leipzig have scouted the Senegal international, dubbed the ‘new Sadio Mane’.But now, according to Ouest France, Sarr is finally set to leave Metz and join Rennes for £13.5m after a fee was agreed over the weekend.Rennes are in the final stages of talks with the forward and it is hoped personal terms can be wrapped up soon.Sarr first broke onto the scene with the Generation Foot academy in Senegal, who also brought Liverpool star Mane through their ranks. Ismaila Sarr: The 19-year-old is in ‘the final stages’ of talks with Rennes 1last_img read more

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Former NBA star: FA Chairman said reforms would get him fired

first_img The FA have come under heavy scrutiny in the last few weeks 1 Football Association chairman Greg Clarke told John Amaechi he would not risk pushing through reforms on diversity because it would get him “f**king fired”, the former NBA star claims.Amaechi, a leading psychologist and expert on organisational change, said Clarke also claimed the government would never force the FA to act on homophobia because “we have all the power and FIFA would step in and call it government interference”.These alleged comments came during a “tense but civil” meeting at Amaechi’s office in London in March and will only heighten the pressure Clarke is already under for his mishandling of the Mark Sampson scandal.Clarke contacted Amaechi to say he wanted to talk about persuading a gay footballer to come out – something the FA boss had warned gay players not to consider at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee hearing on homophobia in sport last October.The hour-long meeting, however, shocked Amaechi, as he had not expected a lecture on how “amazingly well Clarke and the FA were doing”.Speaking to Press Association Sport, Amaechi said he tried to explain to Clarke that “pinning your hopes on a player coming out and making everything OK” was not how you would make a “meaningful change”.The first former NBA player to come out publicly in 2007, Amaechi said the pair then got into a “p***ing contest” about who was smarter, before Clarke explained his hands were tied by reactionary elements on the FA Council.“He was very descriptive and dismissive about these octogenarian blazers and, reading between the lines, he was saying they are a bunch of racist and sexist old men who block progressive changes,” Amaechi said.“I told him he should do something that would have an impact and he said, ‘That’s what cost the last guy his job and and I’m not getting f**king fired for equality’.”This is a reference to his predecessor Greg Dyke, who repeatedly clashed with the council for being too male, too old and too white.Amaechi said when he told Clarke he thought the government would eventually intervene if gay people in football did not feel secure in their workplaces, the former Leicester director and English Football League chairman said, “They won’t do a f**king thing”.Clarke said FIFA would view this as interference and would suspend the FA, preventing England from playing international football.“This made me realise the FA is the Saatchi of diversity and equality – they make great posters but they don’t do anything,” Amaechi added.The FA and sports minister Tracey Crouch are yet to respond to a request for comments on Amaechi’s claims.Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn are understood to have received the qualified support of the FA board after an appearance before the DCMS committee on Wednesday that has been described in damning terms by politicians and people within the game.last_img read more

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Revelry planned without the booze

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeA fireworks display will be held shortly after midnight, marking the start of the anniversary celebration. Santa Fe Springs is among 108 cities around the nation holding First Night events. Communities in Canada and New Zealand also are participating, said Dave Sullivan, First Night International’s executive director. “This is revitalizing community togetherness,” he said. “Our objective with First Night is to bring people together.” Now based in New York, First Night International was created in Boston in 1976 to promote and coordinate alternative, alcohol-free and family-oriented New Year’s Eve celebrations throughout the world. SANTA FE SPRINGS – City officials will provide a sober, safe way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The city’s annual First Night event at the Town Center Plaza, at 11740 Telegraph Road, will feature laser tag and casino games, a rock-climbing wall, children’s crafts, live entertainment and other activities. Santa Fe Springs spent $80,000 on the event, which also kicks off the city’s 50th anniversary in 2007, City Manager Fred Latham said. Locally, festivities begin at 7:30p.m. Sunday and will continue through 12:30 a.m. Monday. Santa Fe Springs’ First Night, celebrated annually since 1998, will be free. Residents and non-residents are invited, Latham said. Latham also said the First Night concept is a good fit for his city. “We’re a very family-based community,” he said. “And we wanted to turn around and provide the community with something positive for New Year’s Eve.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Lee Clark: I’ll still be here next season even if Killie go down

first_img“There won’t be turmoil here,” he said. “We’ve got systems and structures in place hopefully for us to stay in the league.“But if the worse-case scenario was to happen we’ve got structures to come back even stronger.“So [that situation at Dundee United] won’t happen here. That was part of my negotiations with the club before I got here and why it took so long for things to get over the line.“I was well aware that games were running out and what could happen so we’ve acted accordingly and had conversations. That doesn’t mean we’re being negative. It’s being a realist. Lee Clark insists that he will still be at Kilmarnock next season even if the Ayrshire club are relegated from the Scottish Premiership.Killie face a play-off clash against either Hibernian or Falkirk later this month to save their top flight future after sliding to second bottom of the Premiership.Furthermore, relegation to the Championship would place the club under greater financial strain after “unsustainable” annual losses of £724,406 were announced last month.However, Clark has received assurances that Kilmarnock wouldn’t have to clear out his squad – much like Dundee United have – in the event of relegation. “We know we need to have things in place for next season. Our season has been extended by two games so once it’s finished one way or another, we need to hit the ground running in terms of restructuring the playing side.“I’m enjoying my time here. I’ve been welcomed by the fans hugely. I’m back enjoying my management again so no danger, I’ll be here next season. “Hopefully that will involve me building a squad to get us into the top six. But if that doesn’t happen I’ll be here to get the club back up.”last_img read more

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Graeme Murty: Rangers ‘exhilarating’ at times in Ayr rout

first_img“He was outstanding. He gives us understanding, quality and incredible work rate even though he’s not fully fit yet.“There’s more to come from him and the squad.” Foderingham’s early error left Rangers fearing a shock cup exit in Ayrshire.Murty was left impressed by the character his side displayed in testing conditions to recover from the setback.He said: “I thought we showed good patience and character.“Those are the things, allied to the weather and the crowd, that can make you freeze as a footballer, make you push a little too hard.“But we kept our discipline and composure well.“We scored the goals when we needed to score them. We’ve had games previously when we haven’t scored when we’ve been on top.“We managed to do that today which allays a few fears for the players.”Ayr boss Ian McCall missed the cup tie after undergoing an operation for a detached retina on Tuesday.Assistant manager Neil Scally felt the scoreline flattered the visitors.“I think 6-1 probably flattered Rangers,” he said. “I don’t think it was a 6-1 game so it was quite sore to take given the fact the majority of goals were scored in the last 20 minutes.“It was a perfect start for us and – although we rode our luck a couple of times in the first half – I thought we shaped up quite well.“They were causing us problems down the right-hand side which we seemed to resolve in the last five or 10 minutes and then I thought we started the second half well.“We were still in the game up until 65/70 minutes and then Rangers got their second goal and after that it obviously wasn’t great from our side.” Rangers boss Graeme Murty lauded his players for producing “exhilarating” periods of play as they cruised to victory over Ayr, but says there is definite room for improvement.The Ibrox side suffered an early scare at Somerset Park, going behind when Alan Forrest, brother of Celtic winger James, capitalised on a slack touch from goalkeeper Wes Foderingham to trundle the ball over the line.Rangers responded on the half-hour mark when Alfredo Morelos pounced on a rebound off the crossbar, moments after missing a sitter.Ayr tired after the break as snow fell, and the visitors took full advantage. Jason Cummings scored before Josh Windass bagged a double either side of Morelos’ second strike, with Jamie Murphy adding a sixth late on. The ruthless attacking display pleased Murty, who picked out Murphy for praise after the winger scored his first goal for the Light Blues.He said: “I would say parts of it were as well as we’ve played but I still think we can get better in our basics and fundamentals.“Some of our play is exhilarating as a coach. You see the tempo we move the ball at, the quality we have in the side.“I was going to give Jamie Murphy a load of stick because the only thing missing from his game was a goal.last_img read more

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Auburndale girls basketball loses at Marathon

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARATHON — The Auburndale girls basketball team was eliminated from contention for the Marawood Conference South Division championship after losing 47-38 at Marathon on Friday night.Marathon clinches at least a share of the Marawood South title, improving to 10-1 in the conference (17-1 overall) with the victory. The Raiders play at Stratford next Thursday in their final Marawood South game. They own a one-game lead over Wisconsin Rapids Assumption, which hosts Pittsville in its finale next Thursday.Auburndale falls to 14-4 overall and 8-3 in the Marawood South. The Apaches host Northland Lutheran on Thursday.Game statistics were not provided.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

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