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Gary Neville urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to rest Manchester United’s key players for Manchester City clash

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has a selection headache ahead of the derby against City (AMA/Getty Images)‘If they beat City but lose to Chelsea, they are still in and around the top four.‘If they lose to City but beat Chelsea, they are in the top four.‘So if they were to win against Everton on Sunday, the game to change players around a bit would be the City game.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘That’s not them going into the City game thinking United can lose the game, they have to win.‘But with four games in ten days you can’t play the same eleven players.‘My view would be that if they beat Everton on Sunday then make two or three changes against City, whilst still trying to get the result.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Gary Neville has urged Manchester United to focus on beating Chelsea (Sky Sports)Gary Neville believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should rest Manchester United’s key players for their clash against Manchester City later this month in order to boost their chances of securing a top-four spot.After their Champions League tie against Barcelona on Tuesday evening, United are next in action against Everton on Sunday before they host City at Old Trafford the following Wednesday.United are currently sixth in the Premier League but only two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who beat Watford on Monday night.Solskjaer’s side also have Chelsea left to play and Neville believes the United manager should have his key players fully fit for that crucial clash against Maurizio Sarri’s side on April 28.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Sunday away to Everton is the most winnable of the games,’ Neville told Sky Sports. Gary Neville urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to rest Manchester United’s key players for Manchester City clash Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 16 Apr 2019 8:40 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ex-IAAF boss Lamine Diack’s trial suffers long adjournment

first_imgRelatedPosts Ex-IAAF boss bags two-year jail term Ize-Iyamu’s trial over N700m alleged fraud adjourned Ex-IAAF boss, Diack faces four-year jail term The trial of Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of athletics’ governing body IAAF, who faces charges of corruption and money laundering linked to a Russian doping scandal, was adjourned in Paris on Monday. Less than an hour after the hearing began, the trial was halted for procedural reasons and postponed until June. The trial’s opening came five years after prosecutors began their investigation into Diack, from Senegal, who now lives under house arrest in Paris. Investigators have described a web of corruption that was rife in world athletics, including bribes and extortion to cover up positive drug tests. Diack, 86, has denied wrongdoing and his lawyers said the accusations were baseless. “He is someone who dedicated almost his entire life to the public and to sport,” Diack’s lawyer Simon Ndiaye said. Diack’s co-accused include his son, Papa Massata, who worked as a marketing consultant for the IAAF, now known as World Athletics. Senegal has refused to extradite Papa Massata and he is being tried in absentia. The trial had been expected to last two weeks. But prosecutors sought the adjournment after receiving several “rather voluminous” documents on Monday from the Senegalese judiciary. They include the transcript from a November interrogation of Papa Massata and bank documents. Money laundering alone carries a jail term of up to 10 years in France. Diack, who led the IAAF from 1999-2015, was one of the most influential men in athletics. His arrest plunged the sport’s governing body into an unprecedented crisis. Prosecutors began their investigation after the IAAF’s ethics commission and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) uncovered evidence a Russian marathon runner paid €600,000 (£514,930) to cover up a positive drug test, allowing her to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Prosecutors highlighted what they described as the “extremely complacent” attitude of the IAAF toward the Russian athletics federation. Diack acknowledges discussions with the Russians, but denies sanctions were waived in return for personal benefit, his lawyer said.Tags: AdjournmentIAAFLamine Diacklast_img read more

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Murray fit for Ireland opener

first_img Fit-again Sean O’Brien is fit to face the Italians if required, though Ireland may choose not to risk the combative flanker who is finally past 14 months of shoulder problems. Cian Healy remains in line to return from a long-term hamstring injury to face France in round two, with Johnny Sexton expecting the all-clear on Thursday for the Dublin clash with Les Bleus on Valentine’s Day. “Conor Murray trained well on Friday and he progressed to full contact training,” said Kearney. “He has seen a specialist, we had an open training session in the Aviva (Stadium) on Friday and Conor took a full part in that. “There was some minor contact in that session but he came through it really well, and we would expect that Conor would be available for selection.” Munster scrum-half Murray’s fitness will be a clear boost when Ireland launch the defence of their Six Nations crown against the Azzurri this weekend. Only last week boss Joe Schmidt was sweating on injuries to both front-line scrum-halves – Murray and Leinster’s Eoin Reddan – but now both could face Italy. Racing Metro fly-half Sexton will miss Saturday’s tournament opener as he completes his enforced 12-week lay-off after a string of concussions. Conor Murray has been passed fit for Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations opener against Italy in Rome. Ireland bosses expect the Lions playmaker to receive the all-clear in time to train fully next week, in a bid to return against France on February 14. “Jamie Heaslip continues to rehab his shoulder and we are hopeful that he’ll train fully tomorrow,” said Kearney. “I would say there’s probably some small doubt about him, but he’s recovered really well. “Jamie being the professional athlete that he is, he really does look after his body extremely well and would have worked on it over the weekend. “So I suppose the next day or two will tell a lot, but there would be a small degree of doubt about him, maybe, yes. “We are hopeful Cian Healy will return to full training at some stage this week. “Depending on how he goes this week, if he comes through some tests he will be allowed to train fully for the rest of the week. “I suppose if that happens with Cian, given the athlete that he is, I would expect that he would be in consideration for the French game, yes. “Eoin Reddan is making good progress from a knee ligament injury and we’re hopeful that he’ll train tomorrow also. Jonathan Sexton is seeing his neurologist in Paris on Thursday. “I must say he’s been in camp all last week, he’s trained really well, very focused, taking a full part except for the full contact. “So he’ll see his neurologist on Thursday, hopefully he’ll get a clean bill of health and it will be all systems go for the following week.” Wing Dave Kearney is expected to be fit for selection against Italy despite suffering a nasty shoulder injury in Leinster’s 20-20 Champions Cup draw with Wasps on January 24. Lock Mike McCarthy has not been ruled out of the Italy clash despite suffering a heavy concussion in Friday night’s Ireland Wolfhounds match, while Luke Fitzgerald has recovered from illness. Ireland team boss Kearney also confirmed flanker O’Brien came through the Wolfhounds clash unscathed. “Sean came through really well, he’s a little stiff and sore as you’d expect after his first game back in, what, six months and going straight into a pretty competitive international-type match,” said Kearney. “But he came through it really well, he’s in good form and he’s really happy to be back obviously in the mix.” The British and Irish Lions scrum-half has battled neck trouble for the last month but is back in full training and ready to start Saturday’s Stadio Olimpico clash. Ireland team manager Mick Kearney admitted “some small doubt” over number eight Jamie Heaslip, who is carrying a shoulder injury. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Howard Kendall’s death dampens Wayne Rooney’s celebrations

first_img It was just his third goal at Goodison since leaving his old club, but he did not feel like celebrating. The announcement of Kendall’s death at the age of 69 before kick-off meant boyhood Everton fan Rooney was in an understandably sombre mood. “It was very sad news,” the United captain said. “I spoke to (Everton first-team coach) Duncan (Ferguson) this morning about it. It’s a sad day for Everton. “I’m sure everyone at the club feels it, and I’d like to pass on my condolences to Howard’s family.” Kendall won the league as a player with Everton and then went on to manage the club three times. In his most successful period in the mid-1980s, Kendall led Everton to two titles, the FA Cup and the Cup Winners’ Cup. The news of his death led to an understandably subdued atmosphere inside Goodison Park and that seemed to affect the home players, who went 2-0 down inside 22 minutes and never looked like coming back. Press Association Wayne Rooney fired Manchester United to victory with his first goal at Goodison Park in eight years, but his day was tinged with sadness following the death of Howard Kendall. Rooney ended his 11-month wait for a Premier League away goal on Saturday in United’s 3-0 win at Everton. The 29-year-old rolled back the years to race through the home defence and clip the ball past Tim Howard after being played through by Ander Herrera. Morgan Schneiderlin scored his first United goal after some slack marking at the back post, and the unmarked Ander Herrera nodded in Marcos Rojo’s cross to double the lead. From then on, United shut the game out, limiting Everton’s chances before Rooney killed the game off in the 62nd minute. Asked if Kendall’s death had an effect on his players, Everton manager Roberto Martinez said: “I wouldn’t want to think so. “It was the worst shocking news and everyone was really sad but we wanted to change it around and make it a real celebration. “Howard was such an iconic footballer and what he achieved as a manager will always be an inspiration.” Louis van Gaal felt Rooney had answered his critics with his second league goal of the season and backed the forward to carry on finding the net for the rest of the campaign. “You are always doubting him,” the United manager said in his post-match press conference. “He scored now. I am very happy for him. For me it is not important if he scores or not scores. “He has to be an attacking point and do his job in the defensive organisation. “I am also happy when Herrera is scoring and (Anthony) Martial is scoring. Maybe it is the start for many goals because he needs this goal, I think.” When pushed to pick out one player for praise, Van Gaal singled out Herrera, who scored the second and had a hand in the other two goals. The Dutchman said: “I have seen a lot of individual players today who are playing very good but that is also because the result is very good. “When I have to mention one name, I have to mention Ander Herrera. He played very well and had a great contribution with the goals.” Van Gaal felt the win was just what United needed following their dismal 3-0 defeat to Arsenal before the international break. “It is more than a response. That is an understatement but I cannot find another word,” he said. “It was very difficult to prepare this match because we have lost against Arsenal in a horrible way. “I have a lot of meetings, individual and team meetings, 10 or 15 between Wednesday and this match and then you have to decide who is playing because of the opponent and the state of your players.” last_img read more

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Man drives car onto pitch to halt Ranji game in Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI, (Reuters) – A man drove his car onto the pitch during the ongoing Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in a major breach of security at the Air Force Sports Complex in Palam.Some 20 minutes before Friday’s scheduled close of play, the car entered the field through an unmanned gate and headed straight to the pitch, scaring away Delhi fielders and the two Uttar Pradesh batsmen.Former India players, including the Delhi duo of Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma, looked in disbelief as the car was twice driven over the pitch.“Very disturbing to see our Ranji Trophy game being interrupted in this fashion today! Thankfully all players are safe,” Uttar Pradesh captain and India discard Suresh Raina said on Twitter.The car was on its way out when security guards stopped it near the gate and handed over the driver to police.Match referee V Narayan Kutti examined the pitch after the incident and approved it for further play.“We are treating it as a stray incident but it’s a major security breach and one would have to be very careful about such incidents in the future,” he later said.last_img read more

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Quick releases email addressing diversity issues

first_imgProvost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Quick, sent out a memorandum to the USC community on Monday in response to the various acts of bias and disrespect against minorities at USC.Titled “Access and Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion,” the memorandum comes after the Undergraduate Student Government’s resolution on campus climate that was passed Tuesday and recent demonstrations on campus urging for student voices to be heard on campus diversity issues.The resolution called for action from the University administration following recent incidents related to racial bias. It specifically asked for a $100 million fund to support underrepresented students, additional resources for cultural centers on campus, mandatory diversity training and the hiring of a vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, among other things.Quick wrote that he was touched by the student voices, both at USC and at other universities, that have stood up and called for improvement at their institutions. He argued that since its earliest days, USC has shown a commitment to diversity because of its imperative role in learning.“In the current historical context, that commitment reflects our desire to enrich learning by embracing a broad range of ideas and perspectives, our moral support for the cause of social justice, and our realization, in today’s increasingly global context, that the more diverse the community, the greater its potential for economic and cultural prosperity,” he wrote in the memorandum.When Quick became provost in April 2015, he outlined his commitment to access and opportunity as one of the four pillars he was going to focus on. He said he’s recently been brainstorming with other members of the Trojan community on ways to increase their commitment to these ideals.Quick, along with President C. L. Max Nikias and the leadership at USC, have outlined a series of steps that will improve campus climate and enhance access and opportunity.The first point said the provost is establishing a diversity task force, which will be co-chaired by Varun Soni, the dean of Religious Life, and Ainsley Carry, vice president for Student Affairs.The force will aim to gather ideas from the campus leaders on how to improve and provide suggestions to various campus units, like the Department of Public Safety and USC Housing, among others.Second, a series of open forums moderated by Professors Tara McPherson and George Sanchez will, like Quick wrote, “recognize criticism and complaint as a resource rather than as a problem.”Quick said he will be making a symposium series with community leaders sharing their stance on equity and diversity with students. In the memorandum, Quick invited students to suggest possible speakers and ideas for these panels.The task force also looks to identify diversity liaisons between the school deans and their faculty that can best address the needs of the community.“Given the breadth of this University, I believe this broad approach will be the most effective in addressing these issues,” Quick wrote.The memorandum also said a strategic planning process will chart a course for the USC community over the next several of years.USC’s Visions and Voices will also direct $100,000 of their budget per year to engage the community in diversity issues, according to Quick.Quick’s seventh point said there will be a $100,000 fund established that will go to supporting student programs and events that enhance diversity and inclusion. Another $100,000 fund will be administered through the Office of Religious Life to support programming specifically through the University’s cultural centers.The Office of the Provost will also start soliciting proposals to issue evidence-based approaches toward understanding racial bias and improving relations on campus.Quick said creating a faculty committee that will work with students and faculty to create residential diversity programs that will impact the residential college experience is another goal.Improving mechanisms that will record when unfortunate incidents do occur, so that they can be investigated and acted upon as soon as possible. A reporting button has been added to the USC LiveSafe app so that students can immediately report incidents of discrimination.Finally, Quick wrote that the leadership team at USC understands that though improving diversity is not just about the resources they can implement, taking these steps is helping USC move toward becoming a better, more inclusive school. Quick asked students to understand that the greatest form of diversity is that that comes with opinion.“We must be prepared not only to support those with whom we agree, but also respect those with whom we disagree,” he wrote. “Only in that way will we live up to the promise reflected in the faces staring out at us from those iconic photographs and create a University of Southern California worthy of them, and us.”Correction: This article previously stated that the Undergraduate Student Government’s resolution on campus climate was passed on Wednesday. It was passed on Tuesday. 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Trojans could get last laugh in Oregon

first_img“Suicide Blitz” runs Thursdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Danny at savitzky@usc.edu. Elite college football programs show unwavering class and respect in defeat and victory.For Oregon, most of its players are doing their part. In fact, all but one of Oregon’s players appear to carry themselves with an elegance appropriate for a team that has a shot to play in consecutive BCS national championship games.But running back De’Anthony Thomas doesn’t appear to be following that line of thought.“I wouldn’t want to play us right now,” he told reporters earlier this week. “We scored the most points [on No. 1 LSU], so I feel like we deserve another chance to play against them again.”Really? More so than No. 2 Oklahoma State at 10-0, with an offense just as imposing as yours?Remember, it wasn’t so long ago that Thomas coughed up the football twice in the Ducks’ season opener against LSU.It’s human nature that spurs a player to get ahead of himself like that, but it’s immaturity that prevents him from keeping it to himself. Oregon coach Chip Kelly and tailback LaMichael James, however, insisted their focus is on USC, not on LSU. Oregon has two regular season games left, including Saturday’s matchup against USC, but Thomas’ story would suggest an easy path to the BCS title game.Though Thomas characterized his team’s matchup against the Trojans as “just another game,” you can bet it’s a lot more than that to him and his once-prospective teammates.Yes, it was Los Angeles native and five-star recruit Thomas who committed to play for USC before mysteriously defecting to join Oregon in the 11th hour. If you’re a Trojan player, you’d have to be brain-dead to forget that.In fairness, Thomas is likely not concerned with the Ducks’ public relations goals, but his comments regarding LSU presuppose that he’s quick to dismiss the Trojans as a legitimate threat to the Ducks — if only to taunt them a little bit.The only redemption to be found in Thomas’ behavior is the reassurance it was the right move for both sides for him to play at Oregon.The Trojans still have a chance, however, to show Thomas what he missed.USC’s leaders show a special sensitivity to improper behavior — with a mind on the lack of control just a few years ago.It’s interesting: The sanctions that were likely the driving force behind Thomas’ departure from the university are what created the structured environment at USC that would have been great for him. And he’ll get a taste of what this discipline yields on Saturday.USC will face improbable odds Saturday, and some would say Las Vegas’ appraisal of the Trojans’ chances isn’t bleak enough, especially now that sophomore receiver Robert Woods might not play.But my downward outlook on USC’s shot of defeating Stanford last month has taught me to not be so negative this time around. Oregon, however, certainly seems to be an even better team than Stanford was.If USC can stay fresh and stop Oregon on third downs, it’s capable of anything, especially with the extra motivation to stick it to Thomas for abandoning the program.last_img read more

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Jamaica developing long term solutions for coffee industry

first_imgTwenty varieties of coffee being evaluated “Variety trials have, so far, been carried out on two farms… one in the Blue Mountain region and the other in the Jamaica High Mountain region. Approximately 20 varieties are being evaluated with quality evaluations slated to begin shortly,” Shaw said.Shaw’s remarks were read by Minister without Portfolio in the Economic Growth and Job Creation Ministry Daryl Vaz to launch Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).The MoU, which was signed by JAMPRO, JACRA and the Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association, establishes a formal framework to guide a promotional campaign and marketing strategy to support the Jamaica Blue Mountain and Jamaica High Mountain coffees.The Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day, to be observed on January 9 between Jamaica and Japan, is being held in recognition of the formidable relationship forged between the two countries since 1953 when Jamaica sent its first shipment of coffee to the Asian country.It also marks the day the largest shipment of coffee left the port of Kingston en route to Japan in 1967.More solutionsOther solutions being examined are the implementation of a coffee nursery policy to guide the way nurseries operate, in order to adequately regulate and monitor varieties that are cultivated; and the establishment of a coffee training institute, aimed at certifying the regulatory cup testers.“The (nursery) policy is currently in its draft stage and will be completed by the first quarter of the financial year 2019. The regulatory cup testers would lead the way as certified trainers for the industry stakeholders, including coffee shop personnel, coffee makers in hotels and restaurants,” Shaw said, adding that the training institute will be fully operational by September. KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Jamaica government is examining long term solutions to place the coffee industry in a better position in the future.Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw, said among the solutions suggested is the reduction of infringements on the Jamaica Blue Mountain and Jamaica High Mountain coffee trademarks on the international scene, as well as locally, through the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA).It also includes variety monitoring activities to ensure adaptability and disease resistance.last_img read more

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IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama: Start time, TV channel, live steam for 2019 race

first_imgThe 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season continues Sunday, April 7 with the 10th running of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the third race of the IndyCar season. As will be the case for most of the IndyCar races on the schedule, NBCSN is the TV channel that will broadcast this week’s race. The start time for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be 4 p.m. ET.Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, 17-turn 2.38-mile road coarse with 80 feet of elevation change, again will host the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg also can be streamed live via fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.Throughout the season, INDYCAR Pass will provide live streams of all IndyCar practice and qualifying sessions. The service also will provide same-day replays of IndyCar races, live streams of Indy Lights races and more.IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama track scheduleFriday, April 5TimeSeriesEvent9 a.m. ETFormula 3 AmericasPractice 19:45 a.m. ETMazda MX5Practice 110:35: a.m. ETPorsche GT3Practice 111:20 a.m. ETLamborghini Super TrofeoPractice 112:15 p.m. ETIndyCarPractice 11:15 p.m. ETFormula 3 AmericasPractice 22 p.m. ETMazda MX5Practice 22:50 p.m. ETPorsche GT3Practice 23:50 p.m. ETIndyCarPractice 24:50 p.m.Lamborghini Super TrofeoPractice 2Saturday, April 6TimeSeriesEvent9:05 a.m. ETFormula 3 AmericasQualifying 19:50 a.m. ETMazda MX5Qualifying 110:25 a.m. ETLamborghini Super TrofeoQualifying 110:45 a.m. ETLamborghini Super TrofeoQualifying 211:15 a.m.Porsche GT3Qualifying 111:45 a.m. ETIndyCarPractice 312:45 p.m. ETFormula 3 AmericasRace 11:50 p.m. ETMazda MX5Race 12:50 p.m. ETLamborghini Super TrofeoRace 14 p.m. ETIndyCarQualifying5:30 p.m. ETPorsche GT3Race 16:30 p.m. ETMazda MX5Race 2Sunday, April 7TimeSeriesEvent9:30 a.m. ETFormula 3 AmericasRace 212:10 p.m. ETIndyCarWarm-up12:55 p.m. ETPorsche GT3Race 21:55 p.m. ETLamborghini Super TrofeoRace 24 p.m. ETIndyCarRace MORE: Watch the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama live with fuboTV (7-day trial)Penske Racing’s Josef Newgarden will be considered the favorite for the 2019 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, and with good reason. Not only has Newgarden won the last two IndyCar races in Alabama, but he has won three of the last four, and those three wins are the most for any driver at the track.​ Newgarden won the IndyCar season-opener last month and finished second in the IndyCar Classic a couple weeks ago.Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch the 2019 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.IndyCar Grand Prix of AlabamaDate: Sunday, April 7Time: 4 p.m. ETTV channel: NBCSNLive stream: fuboTV (7-day free trial) | INDYCAR PassIndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama TV channelThe 2019 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network as part of NBC’s TV contract, which splits the IndyCar season coverage between two networks, NBC and NBCSN.Of the 17 IndyCar races on the schedule for 2019, eight will be broadcast on NBC, and nine, including Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, will air on NBC Sports Network. NBC will offer additional coverage of IndyCar practices and qualifying sessions on its NBC Sports Gold app.NBCSN’s coverage of Sunday’s IndyCar race in Alabama will begin at 4 p.m. ET with the start of the race.Below is the full NBC broadcast schedule for all IndyCar events in Alabama.Day, timeEventHow to watchFri., 12:15 p.m. ETPractice 1NBC Sports GoldFri., 3:50 p.m. ETPractice 2NBC Sports GoldSat., 11:45 a.m. ETPractice 3NBC Sports GoldSat., 4 p.m. ETQualifyingNBCSNSun., 12:10 p.m. ETWarm-upNBC Sports GoldSun., 4 p.m. ETRaceNBCSNIndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama live streamHonda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, plus the IndyCar warm-up session on Sunday, can be streamed via INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold. As for qualifying and the race itself, live-stream presentations can be found on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.last_img read more

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More judges, Full Court sittings needed – former AG

first_imgReducing judicial backlogThere is still much more that can be undertaken by way of initiatives to further reduce the backlog of cases that have crippled the Judiciary’s ability to dispense justice in an efficient, effective and timely manner.This is the position of Guyana’s former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, who on Thursday lauded the progress made over the last the ten years under the Canada-based Justice Education Society (JES) which has been providing enhanced training to judges, magistrates and policemen.He explained that the 2016 allocation of $25 million to be spent on establishmentActing Chief Justice Roxane George, SCof night court at the Georgetown Magistrates Courts was also a step in the right direction.His comments come on the heels of a statement made by acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, who highlighted the extent to which the backlog still persists, revealing that at the High Court level, between 4,500 and 5000 cases are on record. While she did highlight that cases encompass divorces, civil trial matters [and] full court matters, Justice George observed that 14 judges, included herself, are presiding over these matters.Nandlall, in an interview with Guyana Times, contended that the former PPP administration should be credited for the reduction, because of the initiatives which were implemented under successive PPP Legal Affairs Ministers and Attorneys General, which are still being undertaken by the current Government.“What we are witnessing now is the result of our initiatives which were embarked upon. Thousands of cases had to be cleared up before you could have seen the results,” he stressed.He, however, told this publication that more initiatives still have to be implemented to ensure that the reduction continues, chief of which is being to appoint additional judges to the bench.“We increased the complement of judges (and) special courts were established to deal with special matters. Perhaps the current ratio of judge to case clearly shows that we need more judges,” he stressed.The former minister, however, cautioned that while the payment package for judges is “reasonable”, the State has to be cognizant when taking on persons to fill the posts, given the nature of the profession.He called for more full court sittings in Berbice and Essequibo, saying that there is need to have more physical space to accommodate the additional judges.“We need to expand the courts in Essequibo and Berbice. What you have in Berbice is two judges sitting, one for Civil and the other (for) criminal. At any given time, one can easily double that without any hardship on the system,” Nandall stated.As with the Sexual Offences Court in Demerara, the former Legal Affairs Minister called for automated system in the courts, which would relieve Judges and Magistrates from the arduous task of writing all of what is said in court.“The voice recording equipment needs to be implemented and used. People were trained to use system and were trained to produce verbatim records within 24 hours. They need to use that system,” he urged.The Acting Chief Justice had explained to the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the High Court now operates under the Civil Procedures Rules which were introduced on February 6, 2017, as opposed to the “old High Court Rules”“There are a number of them that we call live matters in the sense that they are matters that will go to trial unless the parties agree to settle, but we also have a number of matters that will not be going to trial. Under the old High Court Rules, a judge must adjudicate to formally complete them,” DPI quoted her as saying.The acting CJ noted further that 1,500 matters are before the Court that require trials or a full hearing. The remaining, from estimation, will have to be passed through the Court for them to be formally closed. It was explained that under the Civil Procedures Rules, there are Fixed Date and statement of claim matters. For 2017, a total of 2,063 Fixed date applications was filed, and 1,452 were completed. Four hundred and forty (440) statements of Claim matters were filed, of which 54 were completed. For 2018, a total of 214 Fixed Date Applications were filed, with 95 completed. And 37 Statement of Claim matters were filed and 4 were completed. Judges are rotated to the other two counties each session for at least three months, DPI reported.When contacted on Thursday evening, Guyana Bar Association President Kamal Ramkarran was not available for comment.last_img read more

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