Dear Editor,Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves is known to be anti-colonial. In fact it is not a secret that he is a leftist, being close to Cuba, Venezuela and other communist countries. A move by him in 2009 to remove the Queen as the Head of the multi island state was defeated in a referendum.However he and his son, Camilo, who is the Minister of Foreign Affairs in their own way played down Her Majesty.Legislation was passed on Tuesday where officials now swearing allegiance will no longer have to do so to the Queen, but now to the Constitution of St Vincent and the Grenadines. However, Her Majesty remains the Head.Gonsalves told Parliament that from time immemorial, the Oath of Allegiance and the oath of execution of office has been sworn, in accordance with the existing law to Her Majesty, her heirs and successor. He added that although Her Majesty is the head of state, it does not necessarily follow that you have to swear the allegiance to her. There is no constitutional provision to that effect in our Constitution. Parliament has made the law and Parliament can change the Oaths of Officials Act.The Prime Minister made it quite clear that he does not expect that in serving the people of SVG “we will not be serving her majesty. But it is just what is where sense of our primary obligation is, and that is what it is about. Simply and straight forward.Gonsalves noted that his son Camilo noted his objection to having to swear allegiance to Her Majesty when he was sworn in as a senator in 2013. The young Gonsalves, who is an attorney, is Minister of Foreign Affairs, and he did the research on the issue.Jamaicans do not have to swear allegiance to the Queen. In fact SVG took a page from reggae land.Incidentally Thursday June 2 marked the 64th anniversary when Queen Elizabeth was crowned Queen.Yours truly,Oscar Ramjeet
0Shares0000Peugeot’s driver Stephane Peterhansel and his co-driver Jean Paul Cottret of France compete during Stage 8 of the 2018 Dakar Rally on January 14, 2018 © AFP / FRANCK FIFETUPIZA, Bolivia, Jan 14 – Stephane Peterhansel won Sunday’s eighth stage of the Dakar Rally from Uyuni to Tupiza in Bolivia, a day after suspension failure dealt the Frenchman a crushing blow to his title hopes.Peterhansel, bidding for a third successive triumph on four wheels, lost almost two hours to Spaniard Carlos Sainz on Saturday when he ground to a halt after hitting a stone while trying to pass another competitor. But the 52-year-old shook off that setback to finish Sunday’s 498-kilometre run in 5hr 15min 18sec, less than a minute ahead of compatriot and Peugeot teammate Cyril Despres.Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah was 2min 12sec behind in third in his Toyota, but 2010 champion Sainz still leads by over an hour despite trailing home in fifth place.“I had trouble sleeping last night. The excitement of the day itself, the rush of adrenaline and the disappointment at the same time…you sort of go back over the moment where it goes bang,” said Peterhansel, who is third overall.“I felt drowsy this morning. Winning is always nice, but when you know you’re more than an hour adrift and you gain just a few minutes, it’s scant consolation.”Organisers have decided to cancel Monday’s ninth stage from Tupiza to Salta in Argentina, which was set to feature a 242km timed section, due to poor weather.“The stage is cancelled because there’s a lot of water in the bivouac today, and tomorrow we’re expecting some storms as well. These are not the best conditions to hold the stage,” the rally’s sporting director Marc Coma told AFP.“We prefer not to take any risks,” he added.France’s Antoine Meo powers his Ktm during on January 13, 2018 © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFELast year’s rally was also hit by weather problems after torrential rain, and then a huge mudslide, forced organisers to scrap two stages, while the opening stage of the 2016 event was cancelled after parts of the course were left flooded.Frenchman Antoine Meo won Sunday’s motorcycle special, but his compatriot Adrien van Beveren retained the overall lead.Meo, riding a KTM, won for the second time in the race after taking stage in 5hr 24min 01sec.American Ricky Brabec was second on a Honda 1min 08sec back and another KTM rider, Australian Toby Price was third.Van Beveren, who rides a Yamaha, lost 8min 44sec but remains 22 seconds ahead of Argentine Kevin Benavides in the overall standings.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000MANCHESTER, May 8- Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said that his side would make deserving Premier League champions after they swept to the verge of glory by crushing Aston Villa 4-0.City now require only a point at home to West Ham United on Sunday to secure the title, having taken their goal tally to 100 by vanquishing Villa with a second-half onslaught at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. After an Edin Dzeko brace put City in command, substitute Stevan Jovetic added a third goal before Yaya Toure brought up the century in memorable fashion with a driving run from inside his own half.“Now we can talk about the title, because if we win the next game we are going to win the title,” Pellegrini said.“I think it will be very important, not only the title, but in the way we are going to win the title, if finally we win it.“I think we have a style of play, I think we are an attractive team, I think we score many goals and we are always thinking to score more goals.“That to me has the same importance as winning the title. The way we play the whole season, I hope we will play the next game the same way. I am very happy to manage this team this way.”While nearest rivals Liverpool have themselves amassed 99 goals, third-place Chelsea — who can no longer win the title — have been criticised for adopting a reactive approach in their recent matches.Pellegrini was wary of drawing comparisons with his side’s rivals, but he said that he was proud that City have closed to within touching distance of the title by playing an effervescent brand of attacking football.“There are different ways to win titles,” said the Chilean, who would become the first non-European coach to win the Premier League.“I choose this one, with attractive football, so that the fans enjoy the season. Maybe you can win titles other ways. For me, the aesthetic part is very important.”– Toure ‘the complete midfielder’ –Toure’s goal was his 20th of the season in the league and it was a fitting way to bring up the milestone, as the giant Ivorian drove through the heart of the Villa defence before spearing a shot past Brad Guzan.“It’s an amazing amount of goals,” said Pellegrini.“I’m very happy for Yaya because maybe when we started the season, and in the middle of the season, he had a lot of criticism because he didn’t have as much power to arrive to the goal and mark (score).“I think Yaya is absolutely the complete midfielder in the way he plays. We have a very good build-up with him, he scores goals, and he plays with freedom to do what he thinks is best.”City have only topped the table for 11 days this season, but Pellegrini explained the anomaly by pointing to the fact that they have been forced to play catch-up due to their commitments in other competitions.“It is a strange season maybe, because we were never top of the table,” he said.“Everyone said we were favourites, but we were nine points behind Liverpool and eight points behind Chelsea.“We had three games in hand, but we must win all those games. Now we are top of the table and I hope we are not going to lose next Sunday, but we must win the way we did today (Wednesday).”Villa had already secured their Premier League status and manager Paul Lambert described steering the Birmingham club clear of relegation as “one of the greatest thing I’ve done in my time”.However, with American owner Randy Lerner due to issue a statement on his plans for the club in the coming days, Lambert admitted that his future at Villa Park is in the balance.“I’ll wait with bated breath for what the chairman will say,” he said.“He’ll decide. I honestly don’t know. He’ll decide when he’ll say it and what he’s going to say and I’ll respect whatever decision he makes.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic accused Chelsea’s players of acting like “babies” after the Paris Saint-Germain striker was controversially sent off at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.PSG advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals at Chelsea’s expense despite Ibrahimovic being shown a straight red card after 31 minutes, dismissed for a challenge on Oscar which was more clumsy than malicious as he attempted to pull out of the 50-50 tackle.Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers was quick to make his decision, although he was surrounded by nine Chelsea players as he pulled the card out of his top pocket.Ibrahimovic said: “I don’t know if I have to get angry or start to laugh. For me when I saw the red card I was like ‘the guy doesn’t know what he’s doing’“That is not the worst. The worst is when I got the red card all the Chelsea players come around. It felt like I had a lot of babies around me.”The Sweden striker also went on to suggest Oscar feigned injury.“I pulled out (of the tackle), because I saw him come in the tackle,” Ibrahimovic said.“I don’t know if he was acting afterwards. Doesn’t matter. We won the game, we went through and let’s see what happens.”The 33-year-old lauded the performance of his team-mates, who defied the numerical advantage to twice come from behind and progress on away goals courtesy of a 2-2 draw – 3-3 on aggregate.“It was an amazing performance because we were playing with one less (player),” he added.“They played with big hearts. It’s not easy to play with 10 guys, especially against a team like Chelsea. We showed quality and big heart.” Chelsea players surround referee before Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off
1 Arsene Wenger was hit with a misconduct charge after raging at officials over a last-minute penalty against Burnley an incident which is unlikely to occur with video referees in place Premier League referees have assembled at St George’s Park this week for training on potential new video referee technology.Secret, unofficial tests on the system have been taking place in top flight matches all this season, and it is possible the video technology could be fully implemented in time for the start of the next campaign.This latest news comes after the confirmation that, from next season, the German Busdesliga will be the first major football league in the world to use assistant video referees after successful trials.The technology was first used at a FIFA World Cup in Japan in December, and it is thought to have corrected several poor refereeing decisions.Non-live trials have been conducted in at least 12 Premier League games this term, which have flagged up between two and four decisions per match that would qualify for video analysis.The tests in England involve two officials – known as video assistant referees [VARs] – watching live feeds and practising how they might intervene were they in communication with the match referee.Football has been urged to catch up with other sports, such as cricket and tennis, and implement video technology to reduce human error in the game.FIFA have taken steps forward by using goal-line technology across the top European leagues and major international tournaments, but the Premier League could join Germany in making the next big leap by implementing a full complement of video referees.If trials in England prove successful, the new technology is likely to stop incidents such as the one which saw Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger charged with misconduct following at outburst at officials on Sunday.The Frenchman was sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss after raging over a last-minute penalty against Burnley, having also allegedly aimed verbal abuse at fourth official Anthony Taylor.Arsenal eventually went on to win the game 2-1 through Alexis Sanchez’s even-later penalty, after Andre Gray’s spot-kick had cancelled out Shkodran Mustafi’s opener.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Winkie weighs 7,600 pounds and came from Burma more than 30 years ago, according to the sanctuary’s Web site. Winkie has not been euthanized, and it was not clear if there were any plans to do so, Markham said. At her previous residence at Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wis., Winkie hurt several staffers and visitors, earning a reputation as a “dangerous elephant,” according to her biography on the site. Opened in 1995, the nonprofit refuge on 2,700 acres about 60 miles southwest of Nashville specializes in Asian elephants. The sanctuary provides a haven for old, sick or needy elephants in a setting of pastures, forests, spring-fed ponds and a heated barn for cold winter nights, its Web site says. It also tries to educate the public about elephants. Many of the sanctuary’s elephants came from performance backgrounds. Once they arrive, they no longer are exhibited but can be seen via webcam on the sanctuary’s Web site. HOHENWALD, Tenn. – An elephant with a reputation for being dangerous killed a handler and injured a trainer Friday at The Elephant Sanctuary in southern Tennessee, authorities said. Winkie, a female Asian elephant, stepped on or kicked a woman handler who was killed “on the spot,” said Doug Markham, a spokesman for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. A male trainer was injured when he tried to intervene. The names of the victims were not released. The trainer was taken to a hospital in Columbia, about 30 miles east of Hohenwald. The nature of his injuries was not available.
So there was 22-year-old, wide-eyed Howie Levine of Sherman Oaks sitting next to the Voice himself – Frank Sinatra – in the singer’s box at Dodger Stadium during a nationally televised day game back in 1977. Around the third inning, the camera panned the box just as Sinatra leaned over and whispered in Howie’s ear. And 20 guys drinking beer and watching the game on TV back in Cleveland went nuts. “We saw you sitting with Sinatra at the ballgame today,” they yelled when they called Howie later. “Man, you’re making it big out there.” “A few years later, I’m working the clubhouse door, and Frank walks up after the game with Cary Grant and Gregory Peck to see Tommy (Lasorda). “He smiles at me, and says, `Hey, kid, how you doing?’ Again, I couldn’t breathe. I just stood there smiling. These guys were my heroes. Where else can a kid from Cleveland meet his heroes like that?” Only at Dodger Stadium. Ballplayers come and go. So do owners, general managers, field managers and coaches. But the ushers, peanut sellers, cooks and organist stay – season after season after season. It’s the third inning in Wednesday’s day game, and there’s not much for Nancy Bea Hefley to do until she next plays in the bottom of the sixth. The veteran organist is in her 19th season with the Dodgers, two seasons longer than her predecessor, Helen Dell. When she got the job – after beating out two other organists in a three-inning tryout during a 1988 Valentine’s Day game – the team organist was penciled into the starting lineup every inning. Now, canned music at the stadium has limited her playing time to a few innings. Even the “Charge!” rally is taped. Nancy plays the national anthem to start the game and sits out until the bottom of the sixth – unless she’s called in for relief when one of the starting pitchers gets yanked. Then she hits the organ keys up in the press box to fill in the dead time that it takes for the manager to walk to the mound, yank his pitcher and call in a reliever from the bullpen. In the middle of the seventh, she wraps up her night with the traditional closer, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Nancy and her husband, Bill, a retired iron worker, live in Silver Springs, Nev., in the off season. During the season, they live in their fifth-wheeler in a San Dimas mobile home park. “I still love coming to the stadium every day, especially during a winning season like this,” Nancy says, warming up her fingers. “I’ve been so lucky. I had the glory years of Orel Hershiser and Kirk Gibson’s home run. So many great memories.” She looks up at the scoreboard and begins to put her game face on. It’s the third inning, and the Dodgers are already down 4-0. After 19 seasons and more than 1,500 games sitting behind this organ, she can smell a pitching change. Sure enough, Dodger manager Grady Little walks to the mound to yank his starter. “They show me on Diamondvision now during the seventh-inning stretch, so I’m getting recognized a lot more walking through the stadium,” Nancy says, continuing to play as the reliever makes the long walk in from the bullpen. “It’s nice having people stop you and say how much your music has meant to them over the years, especially the fun of singing `Take Me Out to the Ballgame.’ “I really don’t think I’ll ever quit this job.” In her 23 seasons with the Dodgers, usher Vickie Gutierrez has never missed a game. Not one, including preseason and the playoffs. “Truth is, I would have taken this job for free, it’s so much fun,” she said Wednesday, working aisle 26 on the field level leading to the visitors’ dugout. “I have other part-time jobs, but they know the Dodgers come first.” Her late husband, Ruben, worked the same aisle behind the Dodgers dugout for almost 40 years before he died of a heart attack two seasons ago. “Ruben looked across the field that first game I worked and noticed me,” she says, laughing. “After the game, he asked if it was OK if he walked me out to my car. That’s how we started.” A few longtime season ticketholders walk up to Vickie and give her a big hug. A lot of the fans in her section stopped being just row and seat numbers years ago and became friends. In 23 seasons with the Dodgers, she’s watched dozens of children in these seats grow up and return with children of their own. Veteran ushers like Vickie and Howie may never have gotten a base hit, caught a fly ball or turned a double play, but they’ve still scored a lot of runs for the Dodgers up in the stands over the years. “A handful of us always get here early before every game,” Vickie says. “We sit up in the empty stands and just watch the grass grow. It’s so peaceful and beautiful. “I’ll never quit this job. I’ll go out like Ruben.” Dave Pearson was a chef at Swallys Restaurant on Olympic Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles 38 years ago when he got the call from the bullpen. “They asked me to come over and help out cooking in the Stadium Club during the playoffs,” Pearson said while taking a break from making omelettes for the news media and Dodger employees in the press box. “They asked me to come back and cook the next season, and I told them I’d think about it. Well, I did, and I’ve been cooking here for 38 years now – 21 in the Stadium Club and the rest in the press box. “I love it,” Dave says, keeping a close eye on the growing line of Dodger employees in the front offices coming in for lunch Wednesday around the third inning. “I’ll keep going as long as this old body lets me,” he says, putting his chef’s hat back on and walking back into the kitchen. “This ain’t work, man. This is fun.” Back down on field level, Howie Levine is shaking hands and talking with some longtime friends and season ticketholders. Levine graduated from Grant High School in Van Nuys and returned to the school as a physical education teacher and basketball coach. “I was 17
The last time Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa addressed the United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley, he skipped the softball talk and threw a bomb instead. Business luncheons are normally staid affairs with platitudes about the importance of industry tossed about over plates of chicken. But Villaraigosa turned his address last year to discuss his ambitious plans for school takeover. School board member Julie Korenstein stalked out in a huff, setting off a year of acrimony between the Los Angeles Unified School District administration and the mayor. As the Van Nuys-based business group prepares for its annual meeting with local mayors Thursday at the Warner Center Marriott, organizers wonder what its most prominent guest will offer up this time around. “This year, we’re expecting something comparably explosive,” chuckled UCC chairwoman Pamela Corradi. “I think he’ll come up with a more specific direction for his plans for the schools and we’re hoping to hear more about the business team.” The Mayor’s Office was unable to provide specifics of what Villaraigosa plans to cover in his speech, but press secretary Matt Szabo said the group’s past assistance will not go unrecognized. “The mayor will thank the United Chambers of Commerce for its civic engagement and particularly for its support of the mayor’s plan to reform public schools,” Szabo said. “The mayor will also discuss his vision for smart, sustainable economic growth in the San Fernando Valley.” In addition to Villaraigosa, UCC invited the mayors of San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Westlake Village, as well. San Fernando Mayor Nury Martinez said that while smaller cities often are eclipsed by the high-wattage Los Angeles leader, she looks forward to working with him and the City Council to further economic development. While in the past, neighboring cities fought with one another to attract the same businesses, Martinez said she is more interested in planning on a regional basis. Of particular interest, she said, is the redevelopment of the former Price Pfister plant in Pacoima, which is represented by Councilman Alex Padilla. “We want to have more of a partnership with the city of Los Angeles,” she said. “We’re talking with Padilla to make sure we know who’s going into Price Pfister. The people who don’t fit there can come to San Fernando instead. There’s a good opportunity for us to both attract good stores.” Her counterpart to the north, Mayor Laurene Weste of Santa Clarita, pledged to use the event to get a better feeling for what local enterprises want from their elected officials. “I’m looking forward to hearing about people’s issues, exchanging some cards and finding out what’s on people’s minds,” Weste said. — Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 email@example.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Neymar’s return to Barcelona has moved a step closer as officials from Spain have travelled to France to discuss the transfer of the Brazilian, according to reports.The 27-year-old left Barcelona in a stunning £200million deal back in 2017, but he looks set for a return to LaLiga after telling the French champions he wants to leave. latest Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship deals LIVE on talkSPORT Getty Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January targets 2 2 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LATEST FAREWELL LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS OFF According to Sky Sports, Camp Nou chiefs are meeting with PSG on Tuesday to discuss a deal for the mercurial wide-man, and the Spanish giants are said to be willing to offer Philippe Coutinho as part of the transfer.Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is a known admirer of Neymar and has has frequently attempted to sign the Brazil international in the past.And after seemingly missing out on signing Paul Pogba from Manchester United, Perez is desperate to make one more marquee signing before the deadline, with Eden Hazard joining from Chelsea earlier this summer. Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers New job BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Neymar looks set to return to Barcelona on target Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman stalemate Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Messi has urged Neymar to snub Real Madrid What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Neymar did not feature in PSG’s 3-0 victory over Nimes on the weekend – and supporters vented their anger at the player by holding up banners telling the player to ‘get lost’.Fans also chanted, ‘Neymar, hijo da puta’, which translates to, ‘Neymar, you son of a b****’.After the game, Parc des Princes boss Thomas Tuchel, as quoted in L’Equipe, said: “It’s tricky. I don’t know what to say. I saw it on my colleagues’ smartphones because I did not hear them (the chants) during the match.“Can I understand it? Yes and no. He’s still our player, my player, and I protect all my players.“He’s in my dressing room. I can understand that not everyone has liked what he has said and done.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever. Furthermore, according to Marca, Lionel Messi has acted as a stumbling block in any potential move to the Spanish capital after ‘privately urging’ Neymar not to join his club’s bitter rivals in favour of a return to Camp Nou.The pair spent four hugely successful seasons together, winning two La Liga titles, the Champions League and the Club World Cup.Marca state that the relationship between Messi and Neymar is ‘excellent’ and Messi ‘feels a special affinity for his former teammate’. talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up this week… Salford City vs Leeds United (Tuesday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORTLiverpool vs Chelsea (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTHuddersfield Town vs Fulham (Friday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORT 2Arsenal vs Burnley (Saturday, 12.30pm) – talkSPORTSunderland vs Portsmouth (Saturday, 12.30pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich City vs Newcastle United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 5.30pm) – talkSPORTReading vs Cardiff City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2
Getty Images – Getty But Howe believes Wilson could have gone down to win the Cherries a penalty, with VAR potentially retrospectively awarding a spot kick.“I think the defender has been very cute and very clever,” Howe told talkSPORT. “I think he has tugged Callum but Callum is so honest, he stayed up and tried to finish.“I think if he had gone down, with the review of VAR, I think it would have been a stonewall penalty.“So that’s a really tough one, it hasn’t gone our way, but we created those moments. 2 Eddie Howe believes Callum Wilson was too honest and would have won a penalty thanks to VAR had he gone down in the Manchester City box.The Bournemouth striker was clear through on goal in the second half and appeared to be pulled back by the trailing defender, just before he managed to get a shot off.It mattered little in the end, with the reigning Premier League champions running out 3-1 winners on the south coast. Eddie Howe suggested Wilson could have gone down to win a penalty Getty Images – Getty 2 Wilson just about managed to get the shot on goal off “It wasn’t just Callum’s chance; it was Adam Smith’s one in the first half. There were Dominic’s [Solanke] at the end so that’s the pleasing thing from today.“Moments were there for us.”