Civil society body to sue Govt

first_imgOil bonus scandal……over stashed US$18MBy Michael YoungeAn important civil society body is expected to take to court this week the Government of Guyana over its decision to stash in a special account US$18 million given by oil giant ExxonMobil as a signing bonus in 2016.Guyana Times understands that the action will be filed as soon as all the paper work is completed and the entity is satisfied that there are no loopholes in its case.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and at least one other anti-corruption body are expected to join in the action, given their concern over the move by the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government to justify its decision to illegally hold the money outside of the Consolidated Fund.People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Parliamentarian the former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, speaking with the Guyana Times on Sunday, confirmed that his party has decided this is the best course of action, given the stubbornness of the current Administration, and its apparent inability to respect the rule of law as well as the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA).Nandlall insists that this money, now sitting in a special account at the Bank of Guyana, was illegally placed there; and he has chided the Government for its double-standards and continued deception.Asked if this is the only recourse, given that his party failed in its bid to table in the National Assembly a motion to adjust the estimates of the 2018 budget, Nandlall responded in the affirmative.Nandlall has taken issue with the formal outline by President David Granger for the transfer of the money from the Bank of Guyana account into the Consolidated Fund. President Granger had said he is willing to respect any ruling of the court or credible legal advice which proves that a criminal or illegal act has occurred by the non-transfer of the funds into the Consolidated Fund.“As I said, it was put there for a reason; and if I am advised by the lawyer that we are in breach of any regulations, we would comply with the ruling of any court or legal advice… We need it there, and that’s why we put it there, but the money is safe,” the President said.Nandlall had expressed concern over the President’s statement, and is reminding him that the Opposition People’s Progressive Party has, from the onset, been pointing out the illegality.“…a number of important stakeholder organisations and financial as well as legal luminaries have already advised him to put the money into the Consolidated Fund, but he still refuses to do so,” Nandlall pointed out, before stating, “There is no alternative but to give the Government a court order”.Asked if he believes that Government would adhere to the order if it is granted, Nandlall remarked. “We will have to wait and see.”The Opposition MP also criticised the advice being given to the President on the matter by both Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams.“Having regard to motions which Carl Greenidge tabled in the last Parliament and legislation that he piloted from the Opposition benches, calling on the Government then to deposit all monies — including monies that were in the lottery fund and several other extra -budgetary funds — to place them in the Consolidated Fund, his current position demonstrates a high level of hypocrisy and duplicity”, Nandlall stated.Asked if the Attorney General was also culpable for giving poor advice on the matter, Nandlall remarked, “I don’t think the Attorney General appreciates the constitutional violation. He seems to be at sea.”President Granger on Friday refused to accept that his Government had committed a criminal act when it failed to deposit a whopping $US18 million into the Consolidated Fund. It had negotiated this fund on behalf of the people of Guyana, and had received the money from oil giant ExxonMobil as part of an amended agreement which would spell out the company’s scope of operations in Guyana.Instead, the President sought to further defend the actions of his Peoples National Congress-led A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change Government (PNC-APNU/AFC Govt) by claiming that he would not “knowingly” breach the laws of the country.“Well, I do not accept it was illegal. I will not knowingly do something that is unlawful,” he said, adding, “It has not been proven that a crime… We feel that where the money is located at the time would insulate from being misused or stolen”.He declined to guarantee that officials in his Government would not be tainted or compromised, and induced by the actions of ExxonMobil, as the company’s track record in other countries points to harrowing tales of bribery and corruption.President Granger made this statement despite his Government’s reasoning that taking a 50% salary increase just after six weeks in power would remove the temptation to steal or engage in corruption, after this newspaper broke the story about the clandestine move back in 2015.“God couldn’t confirm that His people wouldn’t commit adultery, and people are still compromised after thousands of years”, the President reasoned, before committing himself to doing everything under the law to safeguard the integrity of his Government and the future of the Oil and Gas industry.“If any maleficence is reported to me, and there are culprits, the culprits will be subjected to the process of the law,” he remarked. He insisted that he was not aware of any body in his Government being compromised.last_img read more

Q&A with Mollie McIntyre

first_imgA senior center on the Louisville High of Woodland Hills girls’ basketball team, McIntyre has averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds per game this season. The 6-foot-1 standout has committed to UCSD, where she is expected to make an immediate impact with the Tritons. DN: Although you have had quite a bit of individual success this season, your team (10-16 overall, 2-8 Mission League) has struggled to compete at times. Is it hard to remain positive while the losses pile up? – Kevin Connelly 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MM: It has been difficult at times, because those are some pretty good teams. I’ve seen double and triple teams, but I love the challenge. It has forced me to improve my game. DN: You’re considered one of the top post players in the area this season, but there are many others having impressive seasons as well. Who are the top players you’ve gone up against in your four-year varsity career? MM: Nicole Hung has played really well this year for Harvard-Westlake this year, and she’s only a freshman. Zaina Akeh from Notre Dame (of Sherman Oaks) is also very good. But the best was probably (2005 Chaminade grad) Kelly Cochran, who is now at UC Irvine. DN: You are heading to UCSD after you graduate in June. What are some of the fondest high school memories you will bring with you? MM: Last season, I hit the game-winning free throws in a triple-overtime win over Flintridge Sacred Heart (of La Canada Flintridge). That was a pretty special moment. Other than that, I will remember all of my teammates, coaches and teachers. My experience here has been great. center_img MM: I’m a competitive player, so it can be frustrating to lose. But I still go out there every night with a positive attitude, and I still enjoy the game. I pride myself on putting forth my best effort every night and doing whatever it takes to help my team win. DN: The Mission League is consistently recognized as one of the most competitive leagues in the area. This year is no different, with Harvard-Westlake of Studio City and Chaminade of West Hills both ranked in the Daily News’ top 10. Do you look forward to that challenge? last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo: ‘I’m staying at Real Madrid’

first_imgRonaldo’s declaration of intent to remain at the Bernabeu for the upcoming season comes despite rumours of his departure which surfaced last month in Portuguese newspaper O Globo.Those reports were founded on his apparent feeling of abandonment by his club over his run-in with the Spanish tax authorities.Ronaldo, 32, has been summoned to appear before a judge near Madrid on July 31 to answer four counts of evading 14.7 million euros ($16.8 million) in taxes.The four-time Ballon d’Or winner has protested his innocence with O Globo saying he had threatened to leave Real over the investigation.Since extending his contract last November until 2021, Ronaldo is the highest paid sports star in the world with $93 million (83m euro) in 2016-2017, according to Forbes magazine.On Saturday Real manager Zinedine Zidane assured Real supporters that the superstar striker “was on holiday and would be back with us on (August) 5”.Ronaldo has been given leave to miss the club’s pre-season US tour and Zidane, speaking in Los Angeles, insisted that he would be back at the club “on the fifth (of August) and I think he’ll stay for the next two or three years he’s got left with us.”In Tuesday’s Marca interview Ronaldo also looked ahead to the 2018 World Cup with European champions Portugal.“We still have to qualify but I’m hoping that Portugal can win an incredible title.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo has won three Champions League titles with Real Madrid © AFP/File / SERGIO CAMACHOMADRID, Spain, Jul 25 – Cristiano Ronaldo has told a Spanish newspaper he is staying put at Real Madrid to plunder more silverware, ending weeks of speculation about his future.“To win important trophies with my club and the personal honours last season was brilliant, to do it again would be nice,” Ronaldo told the sports daily Marca on Tuesday in an interview from Shanghai.last_img read more

Nine arrests over Bilbao v Spartak fan violence

first_imgThe officer was one of over 500 police officers deployed to the San Mames stadium in Bilbao for the high-risk return leg of the tie.He “suddenly felt ill during the serious incidents… despite being taken quickly to hospital, he suffered cardiac arrest,” the Basque government’s security department said in a statement, adding hia death was not “directly” linked to an injury he suffered in the clashes.The trouble began as Spartak ‘ultras’ arrived at the stadium.Some lit and threw smoke bombs and garbage cans towards Athletic supporters, before police charged them.Police detained five Spaniards, three Russians and a Polish man over the clashes, a spokesman for the Basque security department said. They face charges of causing a public disorder, rioting and disrespect for authority.Five police officers were injured, none of them seriously, and treated on the scene, the spokeswoman added.There was concern ahead of the match because of the reported presence of hardcore Russian fans in Bilbao, and police seized knives, bags full of rocks and brass knuckles from supporters of the two teams, the Basque security department said.Earlier Thursday, German police arrested a Russian suspected of the “attempted murder” of a British football fan during the European Championship in France two years ago. He was detained at Munich airport as he was trying to travel to Bilbao to attend the match, according to German police.But a spokesman for Russia’s embassy in Germany, Denis Mikerine, “strongly protested” the arrest on Facebook, saying it was a “possible pretext” to “politicise the theme of football hooliganism before the 2018 World Cup in Russia”.Russian authorities will be on high alert this summer for the World Cup after Russian fans were involved in pitched battles with England supporters in Marseille during Euro 2016.FIFA said Friday it “deeply regrets” the clashes in Bilbao but had “complete trust” in Russia’s ability to ensure a safe World Cup.Spartak won Thursday’s match 2-1, but Bilbao went through 4-3 on aggregate.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Police made nine arrests during violence before Thursday’s Europa League match between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow in which a Spanish police officer died of a heart attack © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMADRID, Spain, Feb 23 – Police arrested nine people, including three Russians and a Pole, during clashes in Bilbao ahead of a Europa League match between Russian club Spartak Moscow and Athletic Bilbao in which a police officer died of a heart attack, officials said Friday.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy offered his condolences for the death of the 51-year-old Basque police officer and “strongly condemned” the violence in the northern Spanish city on Thursday.last_img read more

Housing hits economy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Analysts are forecasting that sales of both existing and new homes will fall this year, perhaps by as much as 10 percent, reflecting the adverse impact of rising mortgage rates and buyer resistance to current price levels. The Realtors reported that the median price for an existing home sold in 2005 rose to $208,700, up 12.7 percent from 2004. That was the biggest annual increase since a 14.4 percent rise in 1979. But David Lereah, chief economist for the Realtors, said the days of double-digit price gains were probably coming to an end. He predicted that price increases would slow to more normal gains of around 5 percent to 6 percent this year. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average edged down 2.48 points to close at 10,709.74 as investors continued to worry about disappointing corporate earnings. The boom in housing has boosted overall economic activity over the past five years. Zandi said he believed that about 1 percentage point of last year’s estimated economic growth of 3.5 percent occurred because of the effects of the strong housing market. WASHINGTON – The five-year housing boom is showing increased signs of cooling, and that’s likely to mean slower growth for the entire national economy. The big question now is whether home prices will come crashing to earth with even more severe consequences. The National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday that sales of existing homes climbed to a record high of 7.072 million units in 2005, up 4.2 percent from 2004 and the fifth straight year that sales have set a record. However, in a sign of slowing activity, sales fell by 5.7 percent in December, marking the third straight monthly decline, something that had not occurred since early 2002. “The bloom is definitely off the housing rose. Housing peaked last summer and has been weakening ever since,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com. Housing increased employment in construction industries and boosted consumer spending, which accounts for two-thirds of total economic activity, as rising home values allowed millions of Americans to refinance their homes or take out home-equity loans to support higher spending on consumer goods. Analysts said the economy could be in trouble this year unless other forces take up the slack from a slowdown in housing. Analysts at Goldman Sachs estimated that the housing slowdown will begin to be a drag on economic growth by midyear and by early 2007 will be trimming growth by around 1.5 percentage points. Other sectors, such as business investment spending and an improving trade performance, are expected to take up the slack. “We think that housing will go from being a source of strength for the economy over the past several years to a drag on the economy over the next couple of years,” said Andrew Tilton, a senior economist at Goldman Sachs. The danger is if home sales fall off by bigger amounts than analysts are currently forecasting. That could cause investors, who have boosted sales with their purchases of rental properties and vacation homes, to start dumping homes onto the market, further depressing prices. However, analysts do not believe that is the most likely outcome. They expect sales to decline slightly, reflecting only moderate further increases in mortgage rates as the Federal Reserve wraps up its credit-tightening campaign. Analysts believe the Fed is nearing the end of its rate hikes, with possibly two more quarter-point moves at its meetings Tuesday and March 28. If the Fed does call a halt to the rate increases, analysts said, 30-year mortgage rates, currently at 6.1 percent, will only rise to perhaps 6.5 percent or 6.75 percent by the end of this year, levels that should still support home sales. Sales were down in December by 11.4 percent in the West, 7.2 percent in the South and 2.6 percent in the Midwest. The level of sales was unchanged in the Northeast. Analysts said some of the weakness last month reflected unusually cold weather in parts of the country and unusually wet weather in California and other Western states. 160Want 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

ON THE ROAD AGAIN WITH BRIAN MCDAID – IS DONEGAL WORSE THAN THE STATS SUGGEST?

first_imgMOTORING WITH BRIAN MCDAID: Is Donegal worse than the stats suggest? I was just reading an article as we were finishing off or motoring column this week, which sets Donegal with Cork following as the worst when it comes to road safety. I know that a lot of work has being done to highlight road safety with working groups and emergency services. I have attended car crashes as a member of the emergency services over the years and know that high speed collisions are still going to be the highest single factor ending in death on our roads in Donegal.I know that our facts are based on fatal accidents and now mobile speed cameras are place in these zones along our roads.I can only imagine that a weekly report in each speed camera van is filled out, andpoints accumulated by motorists on these  stretches of road will make up the next set of stats.I would love to think that the speed van would also record the speed of every car that passes by it and also could give a percentage of the cars that were driving with in the law. Maybe this way we would know what the majority of cars are travelling at and could possibly give a rating on the safety on that stretch of road and if it was improved or not.On the Bank Holiday Monday I headed down to Galway for the day. It was just one of them summer days that you just love to be out on the open road.A fill of diesel, some coffee and wipe the dust of the sunglasses and we were away.An early start and the roads did not seem that busy, road works that had stopped for the bank holiday weekend had still the traffic restrictions and lights in place along the road.We were making good headway and got tuned into one of the national radio stations.The message of how many accidents happen on these bank holidays was pumped out at prime times before and after the news all day. On the way up I don’t think I noticed one mobile speed camera on the way through Donegal from Letterkenny to Bundoran.I was putting this down to our early start on the road. As I got into Co. Leitrim I spotted the first camera.And As I headed on through Sligo, Mayo and through to Galway I think I seen at least two in each of these counties.We spent a couple of hours in Galway before heading back home to Co. Donegal. Its now about two in the afternoon of a lovely sunny bank holiday Monday and as we make our way home we can’t help but notice how little traffic is on the road. A couple of Feda O’Donnell’s busses the odd express and the odd group of camper vans travelling together.I think I noticed more speed cameras on the way home.I once loved to drive to Galway but find it very depressing going through small townswith everything closed down.There is one town or small village which I forget the name of and if you drove through it on any day of the week at 2pm you will find that there is not one business opened in it.About twenty miles on the Galway side of Sligo the volume of traffic started to increase. I seen a speed camera van sitting at a road work section where traffic lights were in operation.And I thought. Its a accident location and has to be covered even if the cars passing will be crawling or even stopped. On this side of Sligo the traffic had increased by a noticeable rate.The majority of the traffic is travelling at or below the speed limit, and from Sligo to Letterkenny 90% of the road speed limit is 100kph.So every so often this safe driving by the majority of the motorist is  disrubted by motorist that firstly want to drive on your bumper, want you to drive on the hard shoulder so they can get past, and finally overtake and cut you up in the survival space that you have left between you and the car in front of you.How do mobile speed cameras record these three offences.? What effect does this have on someone with a family in their car.This is only the tip of the iceberg. It might seem over the top to be writing about this style of driving.But this will never be recorded by camera vans parked along the road side. The locations that speed camera are recording speed were a fatal accident have taken place.They will never be recording traffic speed at the actual time of day when the accident happened which will be most likely between 8pm to 8am in the morning.I think every speed camera van should have one of these night shifts included in a weeks work.I don’t know about Cork  but Donegal is just heaven for people from  Northern Ireland, and the majority of northers will tell you about their summers as kids on holidays inDonegal.It would be very easy to park the blame with them especially on bank holiday weekends.But it’s not the case. A couple of bad drivers from northern Ireland will be the ones that we remember. There is as many and more southern registered cars driving badly on theroads of our county, but nothing is done about it.A car can travel at 109 kph along a good stretch of road and can be in control  and aware of the traffic around it, but will be recored as being over the speed limit by a SpeedCamera Van, And another  car can travel out of control at 95 kph onsomeones bumper and not break  any laws in the eyes of a machine.I think speed cameras are failing to give us a true picture of the dangers on the road, I think the Traffic-Cor had a far better assessment of the dangers on the road and thehuman eye and its judgement of the driver rather than the car wouldgive better results.On a final note on the way through the Gap at the bottom of Mc Grory’s bray on my way home from Galway the traffic lights were in operation, the Traffic Garda car was parked along side them and the line of traffic continued to follow through on the red light.I was just beginning to give up all hope when I spotted the blue lights in my rear view mirror.Running a temporary set of traffic lights might not seem like at big offence but doing infront of a Garda car on patrol sums up how little respect some drivers have for the law.Recording the speed of a car is not enough to get a picture of our behaviour on the road.The old system by Garda that also were able to have a look the behaviour of the driver of the car in missing from our stats now.And I think the only way to police traffic is the use of both the speed camera and the Garda on patrol.FUEL PRICES:Our Fuel prices are from Donegal Town this week and are increasing like the prices for the rest of the county.At 129.9 for petrol and 113.9 for diesel.FIRST AMBULANCE IN DONEGAL:While were on the road talking about the great work that emergency services do.We are very happy to show you a picture of what we believe was they first ambulance in Co. Donegal.We don’t know the make but think it may be a ford, and we only know the name of thenurse who was Sally Kelly from outside Ballybofey.When this ambulance came into service it was the only ambulance on duty in allof the county, which is amazing considering the size of the county.A ’99 from O Neill’s in Ballyshannon: Some things never change thank god. On my way down from Galway on Bank Holiday Monday I made a detour of the the by pass outside Bundoran and headed into Ballyshannon a spin.I was trying to recall old memories that I had as a boy heading to Sligo with my dad in histruck.One of his stops on a good day was for a cone in I Neill’s on the bridge in Ballyshannon.It was nice to see that shop still going well and still serving class ’99s from one of them old style cone machines, great memories.ON THE ROAD AGAIN WITH BRIAN MCDAID – IS DONEGAL WORSE THAN THE STATS SUGGEST? was last modified: May 5th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian McDaidcolumnFeaturesmotoringOn The Road Againlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho criticises Premier League for hindering Europa League hopes

first_img Mourinho is likely to field a severely under-strength team against Crystal Palace 1 Jose Mourinho has criticised the Premier League for not moving Manchester United’s final game of the domestic season to give them more preparation time for next week’s Europa League final against Ajax.The manager has made little secret of the fact his priority has long been next Wednesday’s fixture, which after the EFL Cup could secure their second major trophy of the season and qualification for next season’s Champions League.He again fielded an under-strength XI in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Southampton, omitting Marcus Rashford, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and David de Gea, as goalkeeper Sergio Romero’s performance earned them a draw.Mourinho insists the fact United will finish sixth regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s visit of Crystal Palace and that their visitors are also safe from relegation, with three teams already down, means they should instead be playing on Saturday.He also said he had made no attempt to request a change in date because he is convinced it would be rejected, adding “I hope you don’t kill me when you see my team”.“In any country in the world the match would be Saturday, because Sunday we are sixth, doesn’t matter what, and Crystal Palace are safe,” said the Portuguese. “So after the moment Palace beat Hull and Hull are relegated, and Swansea is safe, in that moment the match has to be Saturday, in any country in the world it would be Saturday. (But) it’s going to be Sunday.“It’s frustrating for me. I hope you don’t kill me when you see my team. I don’t lose time (requesting a switch I don’t believe they would grant). When I know the battle is lost I don’t fight. “The next match Joel (Pereira, United’s 20-year-old third choice goalkeeper) is playing his first match in the Premier League.“I’m here (in English football) already seven years; I never saw any detail of trying to care about the English teams involved in European competitions. I never saw. It’s just a lost battle; we have to accept the way it is.“I hope the fans on Sunday support the team, they forgive some naivety, they forgive some lack of confidence and I hope Big Sam (Allardyce, Palace’s manager) shows he’s a good friend and he goes slow. Tells (Wilfried) Zaha to go slow, leaves (Christian) Benteke at home; I hope he goes soft on us.”Mourinho dismissed injury concerns surrounding Maroune Fellaini and Juan Mata, despite the former having a “a bad feeling in the hamstring”. He also reiterated his optimism De Gea would remain at the club, having earlier confirmed he would not play again this season, and amid increasing speculation linking the Spaniard with a transfer to Real Madrid.“I don’t go with (Romero can replace De Gea) ‘if he leaves’ because I hope he doesn’t,” he said. “We need two top goalkeepers and a top young goalkeeper and this is what we have. David is David and Sergio is Sergio. Spain’s national team goalkeeper; Argentina’s national team goalkeeper; it’s amazing to have it.“I’m really happy with both of them.”last_img read more

DONEGAL STARS NEIL AND MICHAEL BRING ANGLO CELT TO GLENSWILLY – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgThis little fella knows the cup is in safe hands with Neil and Michael. ALL PICS BY KIND PERMISSION OF GERALDINE DIVER. Glenswilly U10 star Christopher swaps tips with Michael. Donegal’s Michael Murphy with Zac Gallagher at Glenswilly Club. Photo: Geraldine Diver   DONEGAL STARS NEIL AND MICHAEL BRING ANGLO CELT TO GLENSWILLY – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: August 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Anglo Celt cupglenswillyMichael MurphyNeil Gallagherlast_img read more

Enduro champion drive to raise funds for Ambulance

first_img Tags: Enduro Uganda ClubNational Mountain Dew MX ChampionshipRiyaz KurjiTendo MutaleVictoria track Launching of MX round 6/Ambulance fundraising Event organized by Enduro Club at Kabira country Club ( PhotoAbraham Mutalyebwa )The drive to improve safety in the speed game is taking shape;Enduro Uganda Club have championed a campaign to raise funds to buy an Ambulance on Sunday, September 29, at Victoria track in Garuga.Several drivers and riders have confirmed participation in solidarity at 6th round of the National Mountain Dew MX Championship for this noble cause.According to Enduro Club president, Mr.Tendo Mutale, he revealed that though the organizers, they will do everything possible to stop accidents. He added that they need ambulances to save lives and that some that are hired have missing kits for instance neck and cervical collars that are very crucial for injuries.“We don’t need the so-called Ambulance that cannot provide the required services but one that can be used as a moving hospital, said Mutale.“It is the reason why we need UGX 110 Million to have one for the motorsport fraternity which caters for drivers, administrators and the fans. It is the reason we call upon all the motor sport lovers to come and support the cause.” he added.Over 60 drivers and about  50 riders with MX 50 junior and Senior, MX 65, MX 85, MX 25,  MX1 and MX 2, have promised to power their machines to the fullest in order to give the spectators a run for their moneyThe issue of safety remains key and as a matter of fact, many spectators and drivers have been involved in accidents. On May 2, 2009, Riyaz Kurji a spirited driver lost his life in a motorsport accident.Sunday’s event has attracted sponsors that such as Mountain Dew, Vision Group, Shell, Kabira Country Club among others.Comments last_img read more

Chelsea Ladies boss challenges players

first_imgChelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes has challenged her players to prove they deserve a regular place when they face London Bees in this weekend’s Continental Cup clash.The Blues should have little trouble dispatching the Women’s Super League 2 side at Staines Town’s Wheatsheaf Park ground on Saturday.But two defeats against Arsenal this season, plus a loss against leaders Birmingham, have given Hayes food for thought ahead of her team’s upcoming return to WSL action.“We know we should beat London Bees although it will be tough and we will need to earn the win,” said Hayes, whose side are top of Group One in the Continental Cup.“But having lost last time out at Arsenal this is a chance for my players to show they deserve to be in the starting XI, not just this weekend but in the big games to come against Arsenal once again and Manchester City when we return to the FA WSL.”She added: “Of course we are expected to win, but I will be watching closely as I expect a reaction from my players following the 3-0 loss at Arsenal last time out.“We play Arsenal twice more before the end of the season, having lost in both cup games we’ve played, and my players need to show me they can find a way to win these big games as until now we haven’t shown we can.“We have underperformed in big games and the players need to remember they are only playing against another shirt – the name of the team is irrelevant. We have shown too much respect and it needs to change.“I have challenged the group to prove themselves and expect a positive reaction against London Bees.’Chelsea Ladies v London Bees kicks off at 2pm at Wheatsheaf Park, Staines. Tickets are available on the door priced £3 for children and £5 for adults, or via www.chelseafc.comFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more