A colossal and outrageous lie

first_imgDear Editor,In Charles Campbell’s letter dated 06.12.18 to a section of the media, captioned “Happy K&S are back promoting futsal but why is [Cliff Anderson Sports Hall] CASH being denied as host venue”, the individual in my estimation can best be described as a “confounded, consummate and an inveterate liar” to label Neil Kumar, former Director of the National Sports Commission (NSC), as: “hating football” which by extension and implication, a racist. Surely, I do hope the publication of this letter attracts the attention of the “Ethnic Relations Commission” and invites Campbell to a hearing. Wherein the individual must provide “circumstantial and supportive evidence “towards substantiating his claim”. Personally, I would advocate that Neil forgets his modesty and file a lawsuit against Campbell for defamation of character and slander. Neil, I would testify on your behalf! Editor, Neil Kumar is an individual who I’ve known for over three decades, since his days of activism as a member of the Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO). As a consequence, his “hatred for football” would have unfolded since then. During that period in the 80s while his party was in the opposition, they use to sponsor the (then) GFL-PYO Under-19 KO.The last winner was Campton FC, with Jermaine Smartt as the captain. The then (YSM) Beacons, with the likes of Andre Trotz, Jermain Scott, Mortimer Stewart and Dexter “JJ” Cort all displayed their skills, in numerous youth competitions, inclusive of the PYO Under-19 ahead of national representation; despite the YSM being associated with the People’s National Congress (PNC). Could Kumar have hated football and allowed the use of the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall for various Futsal competitions, including one being coordinated by a former PNC MP Lennox Arthur, also a former national player and coach? As a matter of fact, Arthur, the then Executive Coordinator of the Annual Mayor’s Cup benefited from Kumar’s generosity. Whereby the NSC’s 26-seater bus was made available in providing transportation for the Mayor’s Cup All Stars, return trip, from Georgetown to Moleson Creek. Previously, national football teams, along with club teams participating in the now defunct annual Kashif and Shangai KO, were also beneficiaries!Finally, years ago, while riding my cycle on the road, I had received a phone call from Kumar, inviting me to his office. Outlining my mode of dress wasn’t conducive, Neil indicated “still come”. With the security receiving the instruction, I proceeded to his office. Our discussion was the construction of an international size football ground, in the centre of the Leonora Athletic Track and Field Facility. I made my input and subsequently left. It became a reality. Could this individual have hated football? Prior to that discussion, theexact year, there were two finalists in the annual K&S KO finals at MSC, I can’t remember. But what I do know for sure, one of them was from the mining town of Linden. At that time, former President and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was the junior Finance Minister. Prior to the kick off of the finals, both Kumar and Jagdeo went on to the field of play for the introduction to both finalists.Unbelievingly, one of the two finalists from Linden, rubbed their “right hand in the muddy surface” of the ground to shake Jagdeo’s hands. After the introduction ceremony was over, both PPP/Civic MP’s upon being escorted to the VIP section of MSC sat for a few minutes before quietly and rightfully leaving. At that time, the then Guyana Football Association’s (GFA) general council meetings were held monthly. As a Georgetown Football League (GFL then) representative, my oral and written requests for disciplinary actions/sanctions to be imposed all fell on “deaf ears”; being outvoted. But Kumar and his Government still continued to assist football. The winner and runner-up prize monies and the respective trophies for the annual Kashif and Shangai KO; were compliments of the then President and Prime Minister respectively. This was extended for a significant number of years. In one instance, former Mayor Hamilton Green, in whose honour the annual Mayor’s Cup KO was being coordinated, winning prize money of $1,000,000 was sponsored by former President Bharrat Jagdeo and his Government.As a consequence, can it be construed that former NSC Director, Kumar and by extension his then government hate(d) football”? Editor, I shudder to accept that “myth, or figment of Campbell’s imagination”! In relation to the use of CASH for the four night of Futsal rivalry involving international teams representing the interest of Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname and Brazil are unfortunate that it can’t occur! But has the Sport Commission responded in the affirmative? With the concern expressed that the clock may be damaged, that is an issue I wouldn’t buy into wholesale since in the past, I can’t recall any damage. What of encasing the clock, with a protective material? Is the NSC Director, aware of the fact that “A Futsal ball, through smaller in circumference, does not bounce like the normal football? While an opposing team can be awarded a free-kick if the ball passes an unacceptable height aerially. Is it “overt politicking” being used, in the similar circumstance when there was a “clarion call” to boycott the K&S yearend tournament? Would the former NSC Director, have gone that route? What of contractual obligations and a security deposit, in the event of damages at CASH? By the way, the former NSC Director was extremely strict with the closing time of both the CASH and the gymnasium, unlike what transpires now, with the latter. Besides no alcoholic and non–alcoholic beverages could have been sold in glass bottles.Was verification sought from the letter writer of “Kumar’s hatred of football”? Is Campbell comfortable as a parent of an aspiring national footballer, of his role in (im)proper parental upbringing, with his resorting to “falsehood”!Respectfully yours,Lester Sealeylast_img read more

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Seawall confrontation lands man, fiancée in court

first_imgA man who told Magistrate Judy Latchman that he caught his reputed wife cheating on him, “which is why us men does murder them,” was on Monday released on $120,000.Forty-seven-year-old Laurel Gill of Lot 61 Cummings Street, North Cummingsburg initially admitted to unlawfully assaulting Seon Meredith at the seawall at Kingston, Georgetown.Gill told the court that he caught the woman whom he was about to marry in a compromising position with Meredith in a car at the Kingston seawall. He claimed that when he caught the two he almost “fall unconscious”. According to the man, he did attack them, but not with a knife. He said he left the scene in a shocked and stunned state.After hearing his story, Magistrate Latchman entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, however, told the court that upon seeing the two, Gill pulled out a knife, which is in evidence, and attacked them, causing both to receive injuries.He was nonetheless released on bail and expected to reappear in court on May 21.Meanwhile, the reputed wife, 30-year-old Telesha Dazzle, and Meredith were also crossed charged for assaulting Gill, and were each placed on $30,000 bail.Meredith told the court he is the son of the owner of a property where Dazzle houses her business.He noted that her husband constantly accuses him of having an affair with the woman, but he denied this accusation.The man told the court that on the day in question, he and Dazzle went shopping when she started complaining of headaches. As such, they went to the seawall to “get some breeze.” That case will also continue on May 21.last_img read more

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Roma enter race for Arsenal and Liverpool target

first_img Paris Saint-Germain star Lucas Digne 1 AS Roma are ready to move for Arsenal and Liverpool target Lucas Digne.The 21-year-old has found game time at Paris Saint-Germain hard to come by since joining from Lille in 2013.In the last two seasons he has managed just 30 Ligue 1 appearances combined and has been linked with a move away this summer.Arsenal and Liverpool both tracked the youngster before he joined PSG and are reportedly keeping tabs on his situation now.But according to sources in Italy, Roma are now lining up an approach and want to loan him for the season with an option to buy next summer.Roma manager Rudi Garcia knows all about Digne, having spent time in charge at Lille, and now wants the right-back to join him in Italy.last_img

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OUT! Martial and Rooney among FIVE Man United stars missing for Watford trip

first_img Wayne Rooney 1 Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney will be among five Manchester United stars missing for Saturday’s trip to Watford.Louis van Gaal revealed in his Friday press conference that Martial has not recovered from a foot injury picked up playing for France against England, while Rooney is struggling with illness and has been left out of the squad travelling to Vicarage Road.Both could return for Wednesday’s Champions League game against PSV but their temporary absence leaves Van Gaal with only James Wilson as a recognised striking option at Watford.”Not so long, it’s a matter of time,” Van Gaal said when asked how long Martial would be out for.“It’s not so heavy as everybody has written, but he cannot play against Watford . Maybe (he will be back for) PSV, but it’s not certain.”Wayne Rooney was also ill after the international break.”I only saw him the day after he played then he was at home yesterday so I think he can’t play (against Watford).’“But I think Rooney shall also play (against PSV) because illness is not something of many days.”Marouane Fellaini, who has often been utilised as a centre forward, has also been ruled out of the match, as have Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia.“Fellaini is injured and that’s a big blow because Rooney is ill, so we have a big problem,” said Van Gaal.last_img read more

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Sol Campbell deserves better than Macclesfield job, says Paul Ince

first_img Ince began his managerial career with Macclesfield in 2006 4 Ince also got his first shot at management with Macclesfield when they were again at the foot of League Two in 2006.He spent one season as player-manager of the Silkmen and successfully avoided relegation on the final day of the campaign.EXCLUSIVE: David Seaman warns Sol Campbell Macclesfield job a ‘big gamble’And he believes Campbell will ‘put his name on the map’ as a coach if he achieves the same feat this season, with the side currently five points from safety.“Hopefully if he does a good job there, like I did, and he might get closer to the top of the ladder. Paul Ince believes former England team-mate Sol Campbell deserves better than the Macclesfield Town job, following his appointment as manager of the League Two side.Ex-Arsenal and Tottenham defender Campbell has taken on his first managerial role with the team who are currently rooted to the bottom of the English Football League.But Ince has questioned why a player of Campbell’s quality has been forced to take a job in the fourth tier, while more recent stars are in charge of clubs at a much higher level. 4 Speaking on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Ince said: “I mean no disrespect to Macclesfield, but it’s sad that the only way someone of Sol’s calibre, who was a legend of the game and was a great player, can get his foot in the door is go to a team at bottom of League Two.MORE: Paul Ince tips Sol Campbell to take charge of TOTTENHAM one day“When people like Stevie G are going to Rangers and Frank Lampard are going to Derby, and yet Sol has got to go to the lowest club in the Football League, it doesn’t sit right with me. It doesn’t sit right with me at all.“But he’s got his foot in the door and I wish him all the best.” 4 4 Sol Campbell has taken on his first managerial job Ince and Campbell in the England team at the 1998 World Cup “If he can keep Macclesfield up, and it’s going to be a tough job, then it puts his name on the map as a manager.“That’s why I took the Macclesfield job. I didn’t want to be known as ‘Paul Ince: the player’, I wanted to be ‘Paul Ince: the manager’, but I had to go to Macclesfield and keep them up to do that.”Meanwhile, Campbell has challenged his players to produce ‘magic’ in their bid to remain in the Football League. Campbell recently spent time coaching with the national time He told Silkmen TV: “I think we can play more football to really control the games and then at the right moments I want a little bit of magic in the last third.“For me it is all about being solid, that is the kind of guy I am, but then in the last third I want players to be daring, to try thing, I want crosses, people looking for second balls, things like that.“I want the magic coming out, that is what it is all about.”Listen back to Paul Ince on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above!last_img read more

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CUTLIFFE SLAMS ELECTION CANDIDATES FOR NOT TAKING DOWN POSTERS

first_imgCommunity candidate in Letterkenny/Milford area, Peter Cutliffe has once again called on fellow candidates to remove election posters erected over the weekend.Peter Cutliffe – annoyed that some have broken the agreement on election posters.Cutliffe raised the issue a week ago over posters erected at Pole Star and Mountain Top Roundabouts.He says his understanding is that candidates who erect election posters before April 23rd are breaking the litter laws. “I’m really disappointed that these candidates appear to be again ignoring the guidelines set down by the Department of Environment. I don’t believe the public want to be overwhelmed with election posters seven weeks before an election and outside the permitted dates,” he continued.He added that he was once again calling on the candidates to remove any election posters erected. CUTLIFFE SLAMS ELECTION CANDIDATES FOR NOT TAKING DOWN POSTERS was last modified: April 7th, 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:April 23rdbanelection postersPeter Cutliffelast_img read more

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NFL notes: QB Vick is probable vs. N.E.

first_imgMichael Vick is expected to start against New England this week after an MRI confirmed Monday that he did not seriously injure his right knee Sunday in Atlanta’s victory over Minnesota. “It confirmed that it was just a mild sprain of his MCL, and he is day-to-day,” coach Jim Mora said. “That ought to put that to rest for a least two or three minutes from now when someone asks another question about it.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Report: NFL suspends Lions receiver: Detroit Lions receiver Charles Rogers will be suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, ESPN reported Monday night. Unless Rogers appeals, the suspension could be announced this week, ESPN reported, citing sources. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league had no comment. A message seeking comment from Rogers’ agent, Kevin Poston, was left Monday night. “Cadillac” hits speed bumps: Tampa Bay’s Carnell “Cadillac” Williams may be limited in practice this week because of a sore hamstring and foot sprain. Coach Jon Gruden stressed Monday it was too early to say if the rookie running back will play against the New York Jets. “If he’s ready to go, he’ll play,” Gruden reiterated. “All I can say is the doctors will let us know. Carnell’s going to let us know.” The Falcons quarterback was injured when Minnesota rookie defensive end Erasmus James knocked him to the ground and fell on his leg in the second quarter of Atlanta’s 30-10 win. “Just because I got injured doesn’t mean that my confidence level is going to go down,” Vick said. “The same thing happened to me against Seattle, and I came back and had one of my best games against Buffalo. Injury doesn’t scare me.” center_img Williams sat out the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 17-13 victory over the Detroit Lions after he “felt something tweak” in his left hamstring earlier in the second half. Saban not fine with fines: Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban took exception Monday to fines imposed by the NFL against receiver Wes Welker and safety Tebucky Jones, who were fined $5,000 apiece for penalties they committed Sept. 25 against Carolina. Welker was penalized for an illegal crack-back block, Jones for grabbing the facemask of quarterback Jake Delhomme on a sack. Infirmary: Cornerback Antrell Rolle, Arizona’s first-round draft pick this year, will miss the rest of the season because of a left knee injury. Rolle had arthroscopic surgery Monday. … Oakland center Jake Grove underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday and will likely miss three to four weeks. … St. Louis tight end Roland Williams will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. … San Diego guard Toniu Fonoti will have further surgery on his broken right hand is expected to be out two to three more weeks. 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

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Fantasia is judges’ favorite competitor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Barrino recently disclosed that she is functionally illiterate. The singer discusses her illiteracy in a new memoir, “Life is Not a Fairy Tale,” which she dictated to a freelance writer. The judges also had high praise for the new contestants they heard sing last week. “We saw a young girl we all thought was fantastic,” Cowell said. That alone was “worth the trip,” he said. The judges, who were joined by show host Ryan Seacrest, bantered affably, usually at the expense of Cowell, who was celebrating a birthday but still managed to live up to his reputation as a man not afraid to insult. After someone sang “Happy Birthday” to him, he said, “That was very nice, but you have a terrible voice.” Move over, Kelly. Take a back seat, Ruben. The judges for “American Idol” say their favorite winner is Fantasia Barrino, the North Carolina native who won season three of the Fox contest show. Kelly Clarkson was the first winner and Ruben Studdard was the season two champion. But judges Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell, who were in Greensboro for auditions Thursday, said Barrino was their favorite. “If we had to choose one American Idol to go out to dinner with, it would be Fantasia,” Cowell said. “There are no airs and graces about her. … I like her.” 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

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All eyes on Douglas Bamweyana as Maroons host Villa

first_imgBamweyana was fired at SC Villa towards the end of last season. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier League Maroons Vs VillaPrisons Ground Luzira@4pmMaroons FC host SC Villa at the Lizira Prisons Grounds in the Star Times Uganda premier League (UPL) on Saturday.All eyes will be on Douglas Bamweyana who was the former coach of SC Villa but was fired before the season ended and now he coaches Maroons.He was voted September’s best coach by the UPL after beating Villa’s Edward Kaziba and has led his club to 5th with 12 points, three points below second placed SC Villa who have 15.Bamweyana who replaced Moses Basena at Villa was not appreciated despite helping the club beat the drop and although he was sacked before the club officially beat the drop he will have a point to prove on Saturday.Team NewsBamweyana will need attackers Steven Mukwala, Pius Obuya, Solomon Walusimbi and Rashid Agau get the best results of the day.For SC Villa, Fred Amaku who suffered a lower back strain is expected to play a part after missing the last games, midfielder Davis Mayanja returns after serving his one-game suspension of yellow cards accumulation. Edgar Bwogi is also expected to return from injury as well.Match Facts Last season, Ronald Magwali scored the only goal at Luzira as Villa beat Maroons 1-0, the reverse fixture at Namboole had ended one all.SC Villa are on a five game unbeaten run, including a 2-0 win against Wakiso Giants at Namboole in their last encounter while Maroons managed to overcome Mbarara City to win 2-1 late in the game.2018/19Maroons 0-1 VillaVilla 1-1 Maroons2016/17Villa 0-0 MaroonsMaroons 1-1 Villa2015/17Maroons 1-4 VillaVilla 1-0 Maroons2012/13Maroons 1-2 VillaVilla 0-0 Maroons2010/11Maroons 0-0 VillaVilla 2-2 MaroonsComments Tags: Douglas BamweyanaEdward KazibaMaroons FCSC VillaUganda Premier Leaguelast_img read more

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Bothroyd handed challenge after dismal Sheffield Wednesday spell

first_imgHarry Redknapp has challenged Jay Bothroyd to atone for a dismal loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday by proving he can do a job for QPR.Bothroyd failed to impress at Hillsborough despite having starred for Cardiff under Owls boss Dave Jones.He is now back in west London and Redknapp could involve him in Rangers’ FA Cup clash with West Brom today.The R’s boss said: “It’s up to him. We all know he’s got ability.“He’s gone to Sheffield Wednesday and it hasn’t gone very well with Dave Jones, who knew him from Cardiff and thought it would go well.“He’s back here now. Work hard, have a go – he’s got the ability there’s no doubt about that.”Meanwhile, DJ Campbell has been told today’s game is a chance for him to secure his future at the club.Click here for our QPR v West Brom 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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