Spurs target Fulham starlet Steven Sessegnon a month after signing twin bro Ryan

first_imgRYAN IS STEVEN’S INSPIRATIONHe can play at full back, centre half and in midfield which is why he is so highly-regarded.Brother Ryan was trailed by Spurs for years, who finally got their man just days before the current season started and paid £25 million up front.Both boys came through the Fulham academy and Steven insists he uses his twin’s success as inspiration for his own career.Latest Tottenham NewsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerHe said: “I use Ryan’s career at Fulham to push me on and try and make me do better.“Being able to support Ryan on the journey he has had has been brilliant.”Looking back on it so far he really did a lot for the club and you can only be thankful for that, and use it as motivation to go on and try and do more.”33 Tottenham swooped to sign Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon in a £25m deal in the summerCredit: Getty TOTTENHAM are trying to nab Fulham’s rising star Steven Sessegnon – less than a month after signing his twin brother.Spurs have already failed with one ‘derisory’ offer of £3 million as part of a cheeky double deal when they agreed to pay £25m for Ryan Sessegnon last month.3 Steven Sessegnon has filled his twin brother’s boots as Fulham’s next wonderkidCredit: Alamy Live NewsThat bid was instantly rebuffed but Fulham chiefs fear Spurs won’t be deterred and will be back in again soon for the teenager who is proving every bit as talented as their latest acquisition.Steven Sessegnon has been called up to the England Under-21 squad who play Turkey and Kosovo between now and next Monday.He has also started four of Fulham’s six Championship games and is playing a key role in the club’s bid for instant promotion back to the Premier League.Steven Sessegnon signed a contract with Fulham in 2017 until 2022 and the club has the option to extend that by a further 12 months.last_img read more

A sign of desperation

first_imgDear Editor,A front-page comment in the Guyana Times (May 22, 2018) should be a warning to all Guyanese who cherish free speech, that the era of censorship is now upon us.The threat that Guyana Times, its owners, management and affiliate companies will face “dire consequences” unless the newspaper company “stop publishing news items which are critical of the Administration” is real, and can be seen as a sign of desperation by the PNC-controlled APNU/AFC Government.Last Saturday, the PNCR held its General Council Meeting at Congress Place, in which the Party Chairman, Basil Williams urged members to “stand up and defend the party, the Government and the coalition”. I was informed that at the closed-door session that followed, a strategy was planned to achieve this objective. Then on Monday, May 21, the headline on the front page of the Government- owned Guyana Chronicle screamed, “Fight back – PNC chairman urges members to resist opposition propaganda.”This man has been making headlines of late, all for the wrong reasons. Readers may recall the explosive revelation contained in a leaked email, reportedly emanating from the same email address used by Basil Williams which he quickly denounced as “fake”. But this so-called “fake” email address is the identical one used in the email-chain that the Parliament Office uses to communicate with the Attorney General and other Members of Parliament.The leaked email exposed the mindset of the PNC-controlled APNU, and revealed the unscrupulous tactics this party has been using effectively for years against the PPP, and are still determined to propagate to retain power in 2020.The strategy outlined in that email encourages the APNU/AFC government to, “Keep propagandising on the issue of having inherited an empty treasury …(for) statistics show that this has resonated well with our support base as a means of justification for the (draconian) Budget 2017 tax measures. We must also continue to restate that the economy was surviving on drug money.”If indeed the treasury was empty after the PPP/C left office in 2015, where did the Administration find the money to pay themselves hefty salaries ranging from $1 million to $1.7 million monthly; buy new luxury vehicles for the President and his ministers costing taxpayers as much as $22 million each; pay between $800,000 and $1.2 million a month in house rent for some government ministers to live; reward an APNU+AFC financier a lucrative $12.5 million a month contract for the rental of a non-certified pharmaceutical drug bond. According to the Bank of Guyana, our gold reserves and foreign exchange reserves have decreased significantly since 2015. The way this government spends money, it wouldn’t be long before we’re truly bankrupt again.The leaked email also advised the APNU+AFC coalition that, “We must continue to prod favourable media houses and our social media operatives so that they further fuel the perception that the PPP is racist. … this has worked well in the past and should continue.”Well, while this perception may have worked well in the past, they will have a difficult time convincing Afro-Guyanese that Jagdeo is a racist after the warm reception he continues to receive from their own supporters in traditional PNC strongholds including Tiger Bay and the Stabroek Market Square.And despite the propaganda that the APNU/AFC peddled for years that Jagdeo and his Ministers stole billions while in Government, Minister within the Finance Ministry, Jaipaul Sharma, disclosed that 50 forensic audits into a number of State agencies had failed to unearth any evidence of fraud. SARA and SOCU can’t seem to find any evidence of that too. So they can no longer convince the people that the PPP was corrupt.The APNU/AFC is rapidly losing support, even in their hard-core base. They are becoming more intolerant and desperate, and desperate people do desperate things.I believe the mainstream thinking of the PNC/APNU is to resort to proven tactics that have served them well in the past, and have become the hallmark of the PNC for decades – fear and intimidation!Most people are now fed-up with this Government. They’re losing support and they know it. They already have SARA and SOCU doing their dirty work but that’s not enough. They were hoping to use the Sedition Clause in the Cybercrime Bill to silence their critics and the Parliamentary Opposition, but now that this is likely to be thrown out, Government needs to find new ways to muzzle the press and any attempt by their critics to excite disaffection towards this corrupt, inept and incompetent government.Guyana Times has been threatened before, however, these threats intensified over the weekend following the address given by the irate PNC Chairman and the loaded “Fight Back” headline in the Guyana Chronicle. This is no coincidence.The PNCR has retracted a press statement that quotes President Granger expressing concerns about “the daily challenges faced by the Coalition from some sections of the media”, words they claim were “taken out of context” (nobody believes that). It is said “If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words”. After reading the transcripts of his presentation, Granger is smart enough to conclude that the words spoken did not fit the image he wants to portray to the nation. Hence the statement was retracted.I hope the PNCR follows his lead and retracts the goons that perpetrated these acts of terrorism against the Guyana Times based upon the inciting speeches made at Congress Place by both the Chairman and the Leader of the PNCR.Guyana is still a democracy where the freedom of speech is enshrined in our Constitution.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Memberof Parliamentlast_img read more

No clear plan for GuySuCo’s $30B bond – GAWU

first_img…adds proposal submitted for wages and salary increases The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has flayed the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), and by extension the Government of Guyana, for not putting forward any clear plan as it relates to utilising the $30 billion borrowed for the revitalisation of the closed sugar factories.“As the year ends, the GAWU remains concerned that, so far, the stakeholders nor the public, have seen a clear plan regarding the $30 billion borrowed towards the revitalisation of the remaining GuySuCo estates. On this score, we are aware that Finance Minister Winston Jordan, in responding to questions posed to him in the National Assembly, advised that the bond is aimed mainly to acquire two co-generation plants; to upgrade existing factories to produce plantation white sugar; to build storage and packing facilities; and to contribute to two years of general operational costs. Interestingly and conspicuously absent, were any mention of investments in the cane fields to improve productivity,” GAWU Assistant General Secretary Aslim Singh noted.He made the statement at the Union’s end of year press conference on Friday at the Union’s High Street, Kingston Headquarters.Singh explained that during the first quarter of 2018, the Union has an engagement with then CEO Paul Bhim who informed them that some $11 billion would be spent on capital works across the three estates namely Skeldon, Rose Hall and Enmore with about 70 per cent of that sum being utilised in the fields.Earlier this year, the Government through the National Industrial Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Special Purposes Unit (SPU) acquired the $30 billion bond from at an interest rate of 4.7 per cent. The Union said despite being a part of the Government and having the responsibility of the sugar industry, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder seems clueless as to the happenings in the industry.“It seemed to us that apparently Minister Holder is out of the loop regarding the monies that have been borrowed which are backed by a sovereign Government guarantee and secured by the assets of NICIL – which incidentally belong to the people of Guyana. The Agriculture Minister’s tirade, as it were, is yet another demonstration of how the affairs of the country are addressed by the Granger Administration. It also, once more, brings into focus the Administration’s more than confused approach to the sugar industry generally,” Singh said, as he read from a prepared statement.GAWU said it remains supportive of plans that would secure the sugar industry and safeguard its viability.However, their support is predicated on sound, credible and well-thought-out plans adding that the seeming secrecy shrouding the plans for the bond borrowed with a sovereign guarantee is something that causes them to feel uneasy and worried.“If it is there is a plan, as the Minister of Finance says, we urge those in authority to share those plans with a view to having full discussions as all stakeholders are desirous of having a successful sugar industry,” the Union noted.Zeroing in on the responsibility for the advancement of the sugar industry, GAWU noted that there seems to be confusion in the Government’s camp in this regard. It referred to the move by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Administration to strip GuySuCo of its assets relating to the closed estates and transferring them without liability to NICIL as well as the shares.“The clear confusion regarding sugar was also manifested when we saw musical chairs being played by the Ministers of Agriculture and Finance, with both gentlemen denying they had ministerial responsibility for the industry. Then suddenly and without any forewarning, the Agriculture Minister announced he was in charge of GuySuCo though no explanation, as far as we recall, was ever provided as to how the contradictions were resolved,” the union noted.Since the SPU took over the affairs of the closed estates there have been a number of standoffs between GuySuCo and them. The major one being the issues surrounding the refurbished LBI club house in which the Corporation’s headquarters are located.“Our Union, from press reports, also recognised that there seems to be some degree of confusion within the Administration regarding the sugar industry. That, it seems, has now spilt over into the industry’s management and which will not help in confidence building and commitment, essential elements for success. At this time, the GAWU reiterates that the situation cannot be allowed to continue the way it is as it is not in the interest of anyone, especially the workers. The GAWU calls on the Government to apprehend the sad situation that is prevailing. It is time to end the tug-of-war,” the Union said.IncreasesOver the past weeks, several sugar workers took to the streets calling for an increase in their wages and salaries, adding that the last increase was over four years ago. GuySuCo announced that this year, it would be awarding its workers a bonus but GAWU has since indicated that the bonus falls under the Annual Production Incentive (API) scheme which has been suspended for a few years now.“While happy about this development, workers remain concerned that the Corporation has yet to consider the Union’s claim for a 15 per cent rise-in-pay retroactive to January 1, 2018. At the end of the day, the bonus while welcome, at the same time, will see workers in 2019 earning the same rates-of-pay that were approved since in 2014. At this time, the GAWU and GuySuCo have already concluded discussions on the non-wage benefits. Those engagements resulted in a few improvements being secured,” the Union noted.GAWU said it has since submitted a counter-proposal regarding the bonus which GuySuCo has committed to examining.last_img read more

Cyber Crime Unit continues to investigate recent UG bomb threat

first_imgAlthough a clean sweep of the University of Guyana’s (UG) Turkeyen Campus on Friday last revealed that there were no bombs or explosive devices hidden, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) will continue to investigate this matter until the culprit is arrested.University of Guyana, Turkeyen CampusThis is according to Crime Chief Lyndon Alves, who stated that the Force’s Cyber Crime Unit has just added this matter to the list of cases that it is aggressively pursuing.“As you [are] aware, the last time that we would have investigated, someone is presently before the court so we are hoping, working diligently, to get to the bottom of it. We are trying to get the source. We don’t know how long that would take us, how demanding that will be, but we will try, we need to get closure.”He also explained that the safety and security of UG’s Turkeyen Campus rest solely on the tertiary institution’s administration.“If assistance is needed and they make a request to the Commissioner of Police, Leslie James, which will be looked at to determine how best we can assist. I mean, if a crime is committed the police are mandated to investigate it as is the case now. But in terms of their security and operations and what they do to secure the campus and the persons frequenting there then they will have to make those decisions.”However, following the threats, classes at the University were suspended but the situation was returned to normalcy on Saturday morning after receiving the go-ahead from the GPF’s Bomb Unit.UG’s Vice-Chancellor, Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, in a recent statement to the media said that he is thankful that the threat was a hoax while commending the professionalism of the GPF’s bomb squad in handling the matter.The device that was sent to the media outlets“These inconsiderate and dangerous acts cause considerable physical and psychological stress and are particularly disruptive at this crucial time for thousands of students and dozens of invigilators. My hope is that we do not experience any such acts going forward,” the VC said in the statement.Additionally, the University is requesting anyone who has information regarding the bomb threat to make contact with the University’s Safety and Security Officer on telephone number (592) 623-9979 or the nearest police station.On Friday last, chaos broke out at UG’s Turkeyen Campus when news spread that someone threatened to blow up several sections of the campus by reportedly setting bombs at various locations at the tertiary institution.The threats were initially sent to a number of online news outfits and the situation was promptly reported to the police.In the threat, the alleged sender “Jack Ryan” stated “I have placed 20 bombs across the University of Guyana campus which are hidden from plain sight. Attached to this bomb is a timer which can be remotely activated/deactivated”.The sender also uploaded an image of the alleged handmade explosive device. He also stated that the timer was set for eight hours before destruction.“The bombs will be activated at exactly 15:00h unless my demands are meet,” the message stated.However, in a subsequent message, the sender related that students must leave the campus after which he will make his demands.In February, 25-year-old UG student, Sheneza Jaffarally, who is alleged to have made several bomb threats to the tertiary institution was able to secure bail to the tune of $10,000 from the High Court, through her lawyer.This was after being refused bail by two Magistrates. Jaffarally was charged under the Telecommunication Act. She pleaded not guilty to the charge, which alleged that on February 5, 2019, at Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara (ECD), she sent by means of a public telecommunication system, for the purpose of causing needless anxiety to the staff and students of the University of Guyana, a message which she knew to be false.Jaffarally, who was on remand for almost two weeks, was granted bail by Justice Navindra Singh, pending the hearing and determination of the trial. She is being represented by Attorney-at-Law Latchmie Rahamat.The woman’s family had released a statement, which read “… we wish to categorically deny the allegation levelled against her and will strive to undertake every possible means to ensure that her name is cleared of these claims”.The incident, which caused UG to shut down for a short time, also resulted in the institution beefing up its security.last_img read more

Controversy hits Local Government Commission

first_imgCity Hall’s CoI report…as Commissioner barred from meetingsBy Rupadai SeenarineDeliberations upon the recommendations which were formulated by the Commission of Inquiry into City Hall, has led to controversary with the Local Government Commission (LGC) – a body which is tasked with implementing the recommendations.Guyana Times was told that Commissioner Carol Sooba was asked to recuseCommissioner Carol Soobaherself from one of the sittings which dealt with the recommendation to have her be paid her benefits from City Hall. This publication was told that while Sooba agreed and recused herself from that particular sitting, she was subsequently asked to remove herself from all of the other meetings.After the CoI report was handed over to the Commission, the LGC was responsible for deciding and implementing the findings. Further, it was for LGC to decide whether criminal charges should be filed against employees of City Hall who were found culpable of wrongdoings. However, since November, there has been no development as to what is in store for the local organ body and the public was not briefed on the status of the investigation.When contacted on Friday, Commissioner Carol Sooba related that being a former employee at City Hall, one of the recommendations was that she should be paid her benefits. She confirmed that she was asked by her fellow Commissioners to recuse herself from a particular meeting where those discussions would be convened.While noting that the committee was disgruntled about this recommendation, Sooba said she was told afterwards that she cannot sit on the meeting to discussChairman of the LGE, Mortimer Mingoother matters upon the persistence of the Chairman, Mortimer Mingo and Vice-Chairman, Andrew Garnet. She revealed that she was instructed to remove some of the recommendations from the report as well.“They would have wanted me to take out things from the report…They told me I would have to recuse myself when they have to discuss my benefits and I said that was fine. That’s good but then the Chairman and Vice Chairman insisted that I should not sit through any meetings for the entire report,” the Commissioner explained.As tensions continue to brew among the senior officials of the LGC, Sooba affirmed that she was constitutionally elected as a Commissioner and should be able to perform her duties without any hindrance or interference.“I’m a constitutional office-holder. I am a Commissioner. If I recuse myself from my matter, there is no issue on any other matter that I should recuse myself but for some reason, they want me to recuse myself from the entire thing.”During Friday’s confrontation, there was also a division between Commissioners on whether the she should sit to hear the other matters.“They put out all the officers from the meeting to have a close-door discussion and there was a division. I’m not recusing myself from the meeting. This is not recusing me. This is you’re putting me out of the meeting. For my rights as Commissioner, I cannot function. They have no authority to put me out of a meeting,” she stated.One of the first outlines on the list of recommendations called on the Commission to enforce disciplinary measures against senior staffers of the Town Council with the Town Clerk, Royston King as the chief for gross misconduct.Criminal charges were recommended for King, since he leased lands which are owned by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).Disciplinary actions also followed for the Acting Town Clerk, Sharon Harry Munroe; Internal Auditor, Omadeily Newton; City Constable, Andrew Foo; Human Resources Manager, Paula Braithwaite among other officers at City Hall.Along with the reimbursement of monies to Bourda vendors whose stalls were destroyed, the Commission called for unfixed employees to be placed on the fixed schedule after serving seven years.Contrarily, for contractors and retirees that are owed, the Government was suggested as the way forward in clearing these debts.Pending the outcome from the Commission, King was sent on administrative leave on September 21, 2018.Commencing on September 22, the CoI hosted 15 sittings in which 50 persons testified. The hearings were completed on November 2 and the report was crafted after “herculean” efforts.Guyana Times was unable to contact LGC Chairman, Mortimer Mingo for a comment on the matter.last_img read more

Soccer Etc.

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The United States will play an exhibition game against China on June 2 in San Jose. The game, announced Monday by the U.S. Soccer Federation, will be the last for the Americans before the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean (June 6-24 in the United States), and the Copa America, the championship of South America. At the Copa America, which will be held in Venezuela, the U.S. team is an invited guest and meets Argentina (June 28), Paraguay (July 2) and Colombia (July 5) in the first round. Upcoming exhibition games include Ecuador (March 25 in Tampa, Fla.) and Guatemala (March 28 in Frisco, Texas). The U.S. Soccer Federation’s board unanimously approved an effort to bid for the 2018 World Cup. The board gave its approval Friday in Los Angeles, and the vote was endorsed by the USSF national council the following day, the USSF said Monday. The United States hosted the tournament in 1994. The British government has agreed to back a bid by England to stage the 2018 tournament. South Africa is host in 2010, and FIFA’s executive committee said the 2014 World Cup will be in South America. Brazil and Colombia have expressed interest in bidding for 2014. … Inter Milan won its 17th straight game in Serie A on Sunday, defeating Catania 5-2 … Celtic advanced to the semifinals of the Scottish Cup by edging Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2-1 on a pair of late goals. last_img read more

West Ham star confident of early return after latest injury blow

first_imgWest Ham star Enner Valencia says he is on the comeback trail – but admits he feared the worst when he injured his ankle against Everton.Valencia has already missed three months of action this season after sustaining knee and ankle injuries against Astra in the Europa League back in July.He returned in October as a second-half substitute against Watford but disaster struck in just his second match back when he picked up an ankle injury after a tackle by Everton’s Seamus Coleman.He has been told by an ankle specialist that the problem will keep him out of action until the New Year – but Valencia says he is working hard to come back ahead of schedule.He told whufc.com: “Thank God the injury isn’t quite as bad as initially thought. I hope to be back as soon as possible.“I was worried when the injury happened. When I clashed with the Everton player I feared it might be the same problem (as before) but it wasn’t, it was a minor ligament issue.“I’m following all the doctor’s advice and despite wearing a boot, my aim is to get back as soon as possible.“The first injury I suffered here was the first serious injury in my career, it was very tough but I was very impressed by how good the medical team are here.“They do an amazing job and I was able to return three weeks earlier than expected. Now more than ever I need to put my faith in them, continue to work hard and hopefully not get many injuries in the future.” 1 Enner Valencia last_img read more

DONEGAL TO FACE KILDARE ON SATURDAY AT CROKE PARK

first_imgDonegal will face Kildare on Saturday evening at 6pm at Croke Park.Details of the have just been announced.The game will be part of a double-header with Tyrone and Roscommon battling out the other quarter-final with a throw-in at 4pm. More than 15,000 Donegal fans are expected to head to the capital for the game hoping that Jim McGuinness’ side can reach the semi-final.EndsDONEGAL TO FACE KILDARE ON SATURDAY AT CROKE PARK was last modified: July 25th, 2011 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:Croke Parkdonegalkildarelast_img read more

Lim Records Career-Low To Lead The Bulldogs In Opening Round Of ODU/OBX Intercollegiate

first_img“We should have similar weather tomorrow so we are excited to compete again tomorrow and hopefully can keep it going,” said Lewis. “Tim had a great round and played well from start to finish. Jack (Kennedy) also had a solid round to help lead us,” said Drake head coach Matt Lewis. The second round of ODU/OBX Intercollegiate gets underway at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs are tied for ninth-place with Saint Joseph’s and Marshall with a score of 288. Drake is just five shots from fifth-place North Dakota State and Akron, while Campbell leads the 18-team field with a score of 270. POWELLS POINT, N.C. – Freshman Tim Lim shot a career-best in the opening round of the ODU/OBX Intercollegiate to lead the Drake University men’s golf team to one of its best rounds of the season Sunday in Powells Point, N.C. Day One ODU/OBX Intercollegiate center_img Lim fired a two-under par 69 and its tied for 10th-place to lead the Bulldogs. Story Links “It was a perfect day for golf and opportunities were there. We just didn’t make enough birdies,” said Lewis. Junior Jack Kennedy shot a one-over par 72 and is tied for 35th-place. Senior Drew Ison carded a two-over 73, while sophomore Kyle MacDonald registered a 74. Sophomore Chase Wicklund rounded the team’s day with a 76.last_img read more