FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Ella Manzer repeats as the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week, while Nicholls’ Megan Landry is the Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. All Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Manzer put together an impressive week at the plate, helping the Lady Lions (6-6) to a pair of wins over Prairie View A&M and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi over the weekend. The sophomore connected for 10 hits on 15 plate appearances and a .706 on-base percentage.Landry was efficient in the circle for Nicholls (7-4) notching four wins on five appearances to go along with 21 strikeouts. The senior boosted her squad to a 4-2 record on the week with three shutout victories over Nevada, Houston and Louisiana-Monroe.Softball Hitter of the Week – Ella Manzer, Southeastern Louisiana – So. – C – Alexandria, La.Manzer continued her hot start to the season, hitting .667 with a home run, two doubles and six RBI. Her week consisted of a two-run homer against Missouri State, a go-ahead two-run double against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and a 3-for-3 showing against UTSA. Through the first 12 games of the season, Manzer is batting .679 (19-for-28) with a pair of home runs, four doubles and 11 RBI. This is Manzer’s second Hitter of the Week award of the season.Honorable Mention: Demi Boudreaux, McNeese; Cassidy Tucker, Stephen F. Austin; Kyndal Kutac, Sam Houston State; Libby Morris, Central Arkansas; Kasey Frederick, Nicholls. Softball Pitcher of the Week – Megan Landry, Nicholls – Sr. – RHP – Pierre Part, La.Landry had a strong week for the Colonels, posting a 4-0 record with three shutout wins and a 0.23 ERA. In 30.2 innings in the circle, Landry struck out 21, walked five, and allowed just one run. The Pierre Part, La., native did not surrender a single run in her four starts, tossing complete games against Nevada and Houston. Against the Cougars, Landry held UH to two hits in eight innings and retired the final 12 batters in the extra-inning victory. On the season, Landry is 6-1 with a 0.72 ERA and a .177 opponent batting average.Honorable Mention: Ashley Kriesel, Stephen F. Austin; Alexsandra Flores, McNeese; Emma Guinden, Houston Baptist.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
The 86-cap lock will be immortalised in bronze in recognition of his storied 11-year career in rugby, during which he captained both Queensland and Australia.The statue of Eales will capture him being lifted by another player in a lineout and is designed to enable fans to pose for pictures while holding his legs.It will be unveiled before Australia’s Rugby Championship Test against South Africa in September.Eales won two World Cups with Australia – one as captain in 1999 – and led Queensland to two Super Rugby championships.However, most of his rugby in Brisbane was played at Ballymore, having run out onto Suncorp Stadium only three times.He said he was honoured, if a little “uncomfortable” with the honour.”I stand here very reluctantly. If I was selecting the subject of the statue, it wouldn’t be me,” Eales said.”I played with so many great players for both Queensland and Australia and I’ve watched many others since I’ve retired – players who were far more influential on games than I was.”This is a rugby honour, far more than it is my honour.”Designed by sculptor Liam Hardy, the statue of Eales will stand at more than 3m tall and weigh approximately 300kg.It will be the fifth statue at Suncorp Stadium, with the other four – all of Queensland State of Origin icons – at the Caxton Street end.More could soon be on the way, with Queensland sports minister Michael de Brenni saying he would welcome suggestions for others – including from soccer, the other major tenant at Suncorp Stadium.It’s understood the Milton Street end, where the Eales statue will be positioned, will be set aside for statues of rugby and soccer greats.Three-time Brisbane Roar championship winner Thomas Broich and former Socceroos coach Frank Farina are among the popular choices.
Militao and Mendy begin to justify the 100 million they cost last summer (50 each). The two have responded in high games and both will have a new test next Saturday against Sevilla at the Bernabéu (4:00 pm, Movistar LaLiga). The central points to holder for the loss due to Sergio Ramos injury (sprained ankle) while the side also has options after his good performance in the Spanish Super Cup, when he started both games.Mendy, right now, can be considered a headline for Zidane: He is the tenth player who has played the most minutes in the white team. He accumulates 1,222 ’against the 825’ of Marcelo, his rival for the position. Militao, meanwhile, has established itself in the role it came to occupy: third central. It takes 632 ’against the 348’ of Nacho, the other substitute (Varane and Ramos are untouchable for Zidane) in that position. Nacho adds so few minutes because he suffered a sprained knee that had him apart for eleven games, but it is also true that much of his minutes he played as left side when the casualties of Mendy and Marcelo came together. Militao was confirmed in Getafe, a difficult field in which Madrid left the goal to zero (0-3) with a great performance of his. On the other hand, Sevilla is a rival to which Mendy already knows what it is to shine. In the first leg, those of Zidane returned with a valuable 0-1 from Sánchez Pizjuán and the French side was one of the protagonists By drying Jesús Navas, the player who puts more centers in LaLiga. It is precisely that virtue that is convincing Zidane. So indisputable is how decisive Marcelo is in attack as his defensive gaps are. The rivals took advantage of their offensive vocation to look for tickle Madrid. With Mendy the team loses danger above, but it becomes a rock behind. Therefore, if Zizou decides to protect himself against the offensive capacity of Sevilla in attack, Mendy has many ballots to be a holder …
Barcelona is not very clear about the viability that LaLiga proposes to play matches every 72 hours when they return to the competition in order to play the eleven days of the League that remain in just over a month and a half. An internal report prepared by the club’s physical training area underlines the extremely high risk of injury if a ratio of one home game is maintained for three days for 45 or more days. “It is announced that there will be a high congestion”, begins the report, “with two or more games per week”, which will imply “an increased possibility of injury and a decrease in performance”, especially since “fatigue and muscle damage can last more than 72 hours after the game”. According to the report, the risk increases because this ratio has to be maintained for a relatively long period of time, with the added mental plus that “the mental load will also be very important as the decisive stretch of the season is at stake,” so technicians will have fewer options to resort to rotations, further increasing the risk of injury by saturating the physical capacity of some players. The report also highlights that when the competition starts, only maintenance training sessions can be carried out, since they only have 72 hours between games, so they recommend a minimum time of “50% of the time that the confinement lasts” to recondition the footballer upon return from competition. This means that if the Alarm State is extended to the two months foreseen -until May 10-, it will take a minimum of one month of training to restart the activity, especially considering that the return will be made, according to the report itself, “in three phases: first it will be individual, then with small groups and finally with the entire team.” Within the report it is emphasized that “the health of the players comes first”, which explains why they will be subjected to “aer and ana metabolism controls” (coronavirus test) on a regular basis during the time that the readaptation to competition, in addition to a “correct reintroduction of specific and competitive work on the field to avoid injury”.
Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lyceum’s Mike Nzeusseu rises for a slam against a hapless Larry Muyang of Letran. —Sherwin VardeleonEight games into this NCAA men’s basketball tournament season, Lyceum remains unbeaten and St. Benilde has already surpassed its win total from all of last year. And the Blazers did not even need their marquee big man to do so.The Pirates used a strong fourth quarter to trip the Letran Knights, 87-82, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre, setting up a mouthwatering showdown between undefeated clubs with defending champion San Beda on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy 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 award View comments The Pirates dropped a 17-4 run in the final five minutes to bust out of an eight-point cage and register their eighth straight victory.Drawing firepower from several sources, St. Benilde turned back Arellano University, 70-62, to boost its bid for a slot in the top four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Rookie Justin Gutang led the team with 15 points and seven rebounds while Yankie Haruna had nine rebounds to go with his nine points as the pair helped the Blazers to their fifth win in eight outings.Last season, St. Benilde’s first under coach TY Tang, the Blazers compiled a 4-14 (win-loss) card. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ UST, Adamson battle for top spot; UP takes on FEU Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Six other players contributed at least five points for St. Benilde, which strung up two straight wins for the first time under Tang.“The team played well, we held our own in defense even without Clement,” said Tang.The production of the entire squad made up for the absence of Leutcheu, who served his one-game suspension for the two technical fouls he incurred in a win over the Emilio Aguinaldo Generals Tuesday.The Cameroonian is the team’s second leading scorer (11.9 points) and leading rebounder (9.6) and shot blocker (1.0).In another game, Jose Rizal pulled off a shock 57-55 win over Emilio Aguinaldo.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal
Dear Editor,Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, announced last December that the details of Guyana’s proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) could be released to the public as early as the first quarter of 2018; and as we get closer to the date of disclosure, I am deeply concerned that the details will be poorly designed and badly managed if left in the hands of politicians and their ‘Pet Pigeons.’Although I love my country dearly, it is an undeniable fact that it is a dangerously corrupt nation. My biggest fear is that the political corruption that has plagued Guyana for decades since Independence will infect the SWF and turn it into the biggest corruption scandal in the history of Guyana and maybe the world.Friends and families, I am not being emotional or exaggerating. The proposed SWF will be a vast reservoir of oil revenue, and this will definitely fatten the eyes of every corrupt politician and official. Even those who are not yet corrupt will be exposed to enormous temptation. I wonder how many would be unable to resist. There is an old saying: “the real reason for locks on doors is not to keep thieves out, but to stop honest persons from becoming thieves”. We need to bear that saying in mind when setting up Guyana’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.As a businessman, I see several weaknesses when I look at what undermined these failed or failing SWFs across the world. That is why I urge my fellow citizens to join me in calling on the Government to depoliticize Guyana’s Sovereign Wealth Fund and take its design, implementation and monitoring out of the hands of politicians and put it in the hands of an independent body approved by the citizens of the nation, as well as international anti-corruption agencies. We have to put powerful transparency and accountability mechanisms in place to protect the SWF from being subject to wrongdoing and poor investments. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is urging Guyana to put systems in place to ensure that the fund is not abused. These are my suggestions:1. Members of the SWF Board must not be appointed directly by Government, because this usually results in political favouritism, incompetence, inefficiency and slack oversight. The Board must comprise competent, independent professionals drawn from civic society, or even accomplished professionals from Caricom or elsewhere, to ensure that it is professionally-managed by accountable officials and is managed according to transparent policies.The board can comprise representatives from the private sector; the Chamber of Commerce; an Indo-centric and Afro- centric voted leader; a member from the Inter Religious Organisation of Guyana; a leader of the Universal Peace Federation of Guyana; a representative of Transparency International, and Mr. Christopher Ram. Trust me, the level of accountability will be tremendous. But professional politicians will bawl “Is we time now!!”2. The roles and responsibilities of the Board must be clearly defined and made public.3. There must be clear rules governing domestic/external investment, and these must be made public. Specifically, the Sovereign Wealth Fund must be protected from abuse by diverting funds to currency stabilization, or to do damage control for bad public spending or any political reason.4. There must be a national public information and civic education campaign, so ordinary citizens can understand objectives, checks and balances, and benefits of the SWF.5. There must be clear and harsh penalties for wrongdoing, and a suitable time frame for prosecution must be clearly defined. For example: life imprisonment or death for pilfering with the fund.6. The SWF Board must be made accountable to Parliament, auditors and the media, and the details of this accountability must be clearly defined and made public.I am making these suggestions now because I am worried about Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s implication at a press conference that the Government’s preliminary legislation is being patterned on Uganda’s legislation. Uganda is thought of as a corrupt nation by Transparency International (www.transparency.org). To me, Guyana’s SWF cannot succeed without public confidence, and this will not be achieved by modelling it on the SWF of a corrupt nation. That is not the way to go. Our SWF can help generate long-term economic benefits, but it must be well-planned and well-managed.I hope my letter makes other citizens think about what important conditions they would like to see in the SWF in order to produce the intended results. I know politicians as career ones, and dishonest public officials will not appreciate my views and look to hurt me economically or by hiring professional bloggers to defame me, as was done when I led the original protests against VAT on education, which aroused others and was successful, albeit slowly. Parents and students benefit today.People of Guyana, we hire political leaders. They are our servants and are paid handsomely; let them fulfil our needs and our wishes as the people. On the other hand, I encourage this Government which took the seat of power recently after 23 years: Cherish the victory!!! Serve the people well!! Do not think that the people will ever be gullible to politicians ever again (maybe a few). So create history, consult your people at all levels without political or racial rhetoric, and lead as a well-defined Government that we as Guyanese can honour and be proud of for many, many decades.As a patriot, I only want what is for the good of Guyana and for all Guyanese. To those in political control and their henchmen, The Lord my God is my Watcher………Karma!!!!!Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snr,National Patriot
– Plaintiff to receive 2,498 monthly pensionBy Shemuel FanfairFive long years after Maurice Arjoon, the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Building Society Limited (NBS), took his past employer to court, he has finally been awarded more than $79 million in outstanding payments and benefits; and the court also ruled that he should be paid a monthly pension of $372,498.The court’s computation follows the decision of Justice Brassington Reynolds, who on Thursday ruled in favour of Maurice Arjoon.Former CEO of the NBS, Maurice ArjoonArjune had sued the NBS for some $550 million in damages on the following grounds: that he had been wrongfully dismissed from his post, and that his former employer had withheld pension and other benefits due him.In its computation, the court did not award monetary damages for breach of contract under common law, but Arjoon was awarded $4.1million for pay in lieu of notice, in accordance with Clause 10 of his contract; $16.1million for severance benefits; and some $59 million for pension — which subsumes a lump sum pension of $17.4 million and reduced pension payments of $372,498 up to June 2017.The court’s computation of payments that Arjoon will receive reflected a grand total of $79,282,801. Interest has been calculated at 6 percent per annum on pay in lieu of notice and severance benefits, while his outstanding pension has attracted a 6 percent per annum rate of interest from March 1, 2008 to the date of judgment (July 17).According to the court’s declaration, the plaintiff is entitled to a monthly pension. As such, the court ordered that, effective July 1, Arjoon must be paid a monthly reduced pension of $372,498 for the rest of his life. Additionally, court costs were set at $200,000, and the NBS was ordered to foot that bill.Former NBS CEO Maurice Arjoon was fired from his position ten years ago in connection with a magistrate’s court matter wherein he, NBS Operations Manager Kent Vincent and NBS Assistant Mortgage Manager Kissoon Baldeo were all accused of conspiracy to defraud the NBS of $69 million. The court matter was eventually dismissed, and Arjoon and the co-defendants took the financial institution to court in 2011.An investigation had claimed that the fraud was committed in 2006, and the men were all fired the next year, after it had allegedly been determined that the men were at fault for dereliction of duty, negligence and/or serious misconduct.The NBS had contended that an unauthorised withdrawal of nearly $70 million had been made from an account that its client Bibi Shamina Khan held. The NBS’s issue with the withdrawal was that it was made through a Power of Attorney, and the company had implicated Arjoon for misconduct.However, in the court’s view, the NBS had failed to provide evidence that supported its claim of misconduct, whether serious or otherwise.Declaring himself sick, Arjoon has said he believes he was set-up on the fraud allegations because he allegedly had refusal to approve a loan of some $2 billion applied for in 2006. He claims the investigation into the fraud allegations was conducted later that same year, implicating him as CEO, as well as the co-defendants.Having been dragged out for more than five years, the High Court matter was listed for decision on November 29, 2016; but it was only after repeated articles in this regard had appeared in the media that the court handed down its ruling on July 17.At Monday’s decision, Justice Reynolds indicated in effect that Arjoon had suffered as a result of his wrongful dismissal from the NBS.Accordingly, he ruled that the former CEO should receive financial compensation for the damages he had suffered; and moreover, that he was entitled to his pension and severance benefits, in accordance with provisions stipulated in the laws of Guyana.
…warns Trini Govt in dealings with Guyana caretaker GovtT&T Energy Minister Franklin Khan speaking at the eventThe publication in which Charles criticises the Minister for attending the eventPro-PPP supporters protest the Government outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel in TrinidadThe presence of a Trinidadian Minister at the Guyana Government’s recent investment outreach in Trinidad and Tobago has drawn criticism from a lawmaker in the twin island Republic, who is urging his Government to maintain neutrality when dealing with Guyana’s caretaker Government.Trinidad Member of Parliament Rodney Charles, who represents Naparima, was quoted in Trinidad’s Newsday berating the twin island’s Energy Minister, Franklin Khan, for attending at the event.The event, which was picketed by pro-Opposition supporters— who held placards urging the coalition to comply with the Constitution– was held by Guyana’s Government at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port-of-Spain on Friday last. Charles pointed out to Minister Khan that a question mark hangs over Guyana’s Government following the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) rulings.The Parliamentarian was quoted reminding Khan that the CCJ ruled that the Guyana Government should operate as a caretaker government with the main purpose of calling elections as soon as possible.“The CCJ, the highest Court in Guyana, recently ruled that the present Government in Guyana led by President David Granger should operate as a caretaker government with the primary purpose of calling elections as soon as possible to determine the will of the Guyanese peoples. That is its only job,” Newsday quoted Charles as saying.According to Charles in the news report, it was doubtful whether hosting the investment outreach could be classified as a caretaker responsibility. Moreover, Charles in the news report also referenced Trinidad Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s foreign policy of non-interference.He noted that Khan was out of order for attending the Guyana Government-hosted event. Moreover, he questioned the repercussions if the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) were to win the next elections that must be held following the passage of the No-Confidence Motion.“If, in fact, a TT minister of Government attended an official function in our country last week hosted by the Government of President David Granger to raise investments… that would be entirely out of order. How will (a potential PPP Government) view our actions in the run up to the elections? Will this affect our relations with Guyana?”He pointed out in the Newsday that it is clearly not in “T&T’s national interest at this time to appear to be taking sides either with the present caretaker Government of David Granger or with the Opposition. Given all the circumstances, our national interest will be best served by being scrupulously neutral”. Efforts by this publication to reach both Charles and Khan were futile.No confidenceGuyana’s Government fell to a No-Confidence Motion on December 21, 2018, and approached the Courts soon after to overturn the vote. When the matter reached the CCJ, the regional Court validated the vote.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has always maintained that the Government should be acting in a caretaker capacity only and not be entering into large scale contracts. Jagdeo’s position was vindicated by the CCJ on July 12, when it ruled that the Government should be in a caretaker status.CCJ President Adrian Saunders had outlined that the Cabinet, including the President, should have already been resigned, thus, reaffirming that the APNU/AFC coalition is in, in fact, and should be in a caretaker mode leading up to elections.“Article 106 envisaged that the tenure in office of the Cabinet, including the President after the Government’s defeat, is on a different footage from that which existed prior to the vote of no confidence…By convention, the Government is expected to behave, during this interim period, as a caretaker and so restrain the exercise of its legal authority. It is this caretaker or interim role that explains the three-month deadline in the first instance that the Article lays down in principle for the holding of fresh elections,” Justice Saunders stated.Since the post-judgement hearing at the CCJ last month, Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) lawyer Stanley Marcus and Attorney General Basil Williams had both argued that the Article 106 (7) provision meant the President and his Cabinet had to remain in power until after a new President was sworn inBut CCJ Judge Justice Jacob Wit had also debunked this argument. He had noted that it is international practice that following a successful No-Confidence Motion, a caretaker government is usually left in place with a limited timeframe in which to carry out snap elections.He had made it clear that contrary to the Government’s arguments, a provision for a caretaker government does not have to be explicit in the Constitution as this is a standard and recognised international practice.Following the ruling, the coalition Government issued a statement in which it claimed that it accepted its “interim” status, but Cabinet has not stopped functioning.
ALTERED NEW ERA Maurizio Sarri has been linked with Chelsea for much of the summer Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 2 possible xi Latest Premier League news Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Former Napoli coach Sarri is on his way to England. 2 How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? “I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League. It is an exciting new period in my career.“I look forward to starting work and meeting the players on Monday ahead of travelling to Australia, where I will be able to get to know the squad and begin our match action.“I hope we can provide some entertaining football for our fans, and that we will be competing for trophies at the end of the season, which is what this club deserves.” Director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are delighted to welcome Maurizio and are looking forward to him bringing his football philosophy to Chelsea.“Maurizio’s Napoli side played some of the most exciting football in Europe, impressing with their attacking approach and dynamism, and his coaching methods significantly improved the players at his disposal.“He has plenty of experience in Serie A and the Champions League and we know he is relishing the chance to work in the Premier League.” possible standings Chelsea have confirmed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager, a day after sacking Antonio Conte.The ex-Napoli boss, 59, has signed a three-year at Stamford Bridge. gameday REVEALED predicted smart causal silverware who plays? How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era?