THE Men’s Doubles final of the ongoing Trophy Stall Tennis competition is scheduled for this evening at the Le Resouvenir Tennis Court on the East Coast of Demerara, between Leyland Leacock/Jordan Beaton against Andre Lopes/Sandeep Chand. Both pairs claimed crushing victories in the semi-finals of the competition last weekend.Leacock and top junior Beaton eased past the pair of 16-year-olds Joshua Kalekyezi and Viraj Sharma 6-2, 6-1. In the other semis, Lopes and Chand were able to get past Javed Khan and Kevin Mattai by a similar 6-2, 6-1 margin.Kalekeyzi and Sharma reached the semis after disposing of David Longe and Rafael Nunez 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinal. Khan and Mattai had defeated the father and son pair of Surendra Khayyam and Adesh Khayyam 6-1, 6-1.MIXED DOUBLES FINALMeanwhile, Ronald Murray and Fiona Bushell were able to see off the challenge from renowned squash players Nicolette Fernandes and Kristian Jeffrey in the Mixed Doubles final.According to information from the Guyana Tennis Association, the squash pair played with lots of energy, but they could not match the “big serving and superior net-play of their opponents” on Sunday afternoon.The game ended 6-3, 6-1.The win was the second for Murray in the space of two days after he had won the men’s Over-35 Doubles title with Leacock on Friday.
MEGHAN CONLIN/Herald photoDigging a hole can be quite a tiring activity, but digging yourself out of one is nothing short of exhausting. So when the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team finished unearthing themselves from the pit they dug by losing five of six games during a three-week stretch beginning in mid-January, a weekend of R&R was embraced by players and coaches alike.”For everybody to get rest is a good thing,” sophomore center Brian Butch said. “Every team is banged up in the Big Ten, but for us to get a bye late in the week really helped us out, I think. Kind of refreshed some people and that’s always a good thing.”Following UW’s 78-73 victory over No. 12 Ohio State last Wednesday, a win that now has the Badgers firmly cemented back in the conference race and riding a three-game winning streak, the team has had eight days to relax and rehabilitate before traveling Thursday to Evanston, Ill., for a rematch with Northwestern. Team members found different ways to spend the mid-season “vacation.”Junior guard Kammron Taylor decided to use the down time to watch a game for once, taking a trip to Indiana to watch his sister Krystal play for Valparaiso in her final home game of the season. Also deciding to travel was assistant coach Howard Moore, who took advantage of the break to hit the recruiting trail.Butch watched movies like “Crash,” while junior forward Alando Tucker simply tried “not to move around too much” while watching the rest of the Big Ten games on TV.It was all a worthy reward for a team that looked dead in the water just two and a half weeks ago, after being thumped by Big Ten doormat Purdue Feb 4. Now the team faces an entirely different challenge: picking up where they left off.Northwestern, at 12-12 (4-8 Big Ten), is banging on the door of the NIT, and a win over the Badgers would go a long way towards securing such a post-season birth.The game will feature the Big Ten’s top two scorers in Tucker (19.2 ppg), who missed practice Tuesday with an undisclosed injury to his lower-left leg, and the Wildcats’ Vedran Vukusic (20.1 ppg), who sat out a game last week with a sore back. Both are expected to start.At 6-foot-8, 245 pounds, Vukusic has the size to bang around inside, but also has one of the conferences most accurate jump shots, giving him one of the most diverse repertoires in the conference.”Vukusic is one of the top players in the league,” Moore said of the Split, Croatia native.”He’s just a versatile player,” said Taylor, comparing the senior forward to another European basketball star. “You kind of compare him to a guy like Dirk Nowitzki, who can go inside-outside, so he creates a tough matchup.”The Northwestern attack, modeled on the Princeton offense that relies heavily on patience with the ball and hard, back-door cuts, plays to Vukusic’s strengths and is unique among Big Ten offenses, complicating matters even further for the Badgers.”You don’t see anything like what Northwestern runs,” Taylor said. “I haven’t played against a team in the conference this year that runs [its] cuts so hard.””It’s actions and cuts that you don’t see in our conference a lot until you play Northwestern,” Moore added of the Princeton style offense.When the two teams last met Jan. 14 at the Kohl Center, Wisconsin used a 13-2 run towards the end of the first-half to cruise to a 68-52 victory.The earlier meeting with Northwestern marks the last time that either Marcus Landry or Greg Stiemsma stepped on the court for UW, as they were both declared academically ineligible soon thereafter. For Northwestern, the contest was only the second game back for guard Mohamed Hachad, the only other Wildcat averaging double figures in scoring (11.3 ppg), who had an emergency appendectomy in December.UW has lost two of its last three in Welsh-Ryan Arena, including being upset 69-51 their last visit, Feb. 7, 2004. But the Badgers are relishing in the opportunity to win their second-straight game on the road, in an environment where they have struggled.”You have to be able to win on the road in order to win the Big Ten championship,” Taylor said, adding that the team knows they have to take advantage of their position, being tied for second place in the Big Ten.Taylor and his teammates also believe that the eight-day break will have no effect on their momentum, stressing only positives came from the extended down time.”Mentally, I think we’re ready,” Taylor said. “Even though we did have that break… We’ll be ready.”
It’s another Thursday in the Daily Trojan sports section and, yet again, I’m writing about the treatment of women in sports media.I’m sorry, everyone. I don’t want to talk about this. I really don’t. If it was up to me, the phrase “women in sports” would never need to be uttered by anyone, anywhere, because female fans and reporters and athletes would receive the exact same treatment as anyone else.But that’s not how it is. As women, we can’t ignore that fact because it is something that we are reminded of every single day. Often, it’s by people we can ignore easily — random trolls in our Twitter mentions, nameless commenters on our articles.Then, on some terrible, awful, no-good, very bad days, it’s a star NFL quarterback smirking and cracking jokes about the supposed humor of hearing a woman talk about receiver routes.It was a short, simple scene. As usual, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton stood at the podium for a daily press conference after practice. Jourdan Rodrigue, the Charlotte Observer Panthers beat reporter, asked a fairly straightforward question about the routes the team had been calling for wide receiver Devin Funchess.Newton smirked as Rodrigue asked the question, then paused before responding.“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes,” Newton laughed. Then he answered her question.There are countless directions I could go from here, but first off, let’s just look at how unbelievably weird this comment is in context. Rodrigue has been the Panthers beat writer for a full year after coming onto the Observer staff last October. She’s not a new face, or a new voice, in press conferences. And it’s not like there aren’t women reporting elsewhere in the NFL. Beth Mowins called Monday Night Football weeks ago, and Jemele Hill hosts one of the most popular ESPN shows. Heck, the sports editor of The Auburn Plainsman during Newton’s Heisman-winning season was, in fact, a woman. There is no way Newton got this far without having a “female” ask him an articulate, intelligent question about wide receiver routes.So why today? Why now? Where did this random and rather embarrassing rash of sexism come from, and why did Newton let it slip in such a public format?Who knows. Who cares. Look, I’ve been a fan of Newton. I like his style, his dance moves and his physical style of play. I respect the difficulty of being a black quarterback in the blazing spotlight of the NFL, and I’ve always thought he comported himself with class, even through difficult personal and professional situations.This comment was the opposite of classy. It was abrupt and dismissive and unnecessary. And it’s just part of a broader, more pervasive issue in sports as a whole.A lot of people — mainly men — are trying to wave this whole thing off.“Why is people making a fuss about cam and the woman reporter he laughed than answered her question but it was funny first time for me to,” tweeted Roddy White, a former wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons.So let’s break this down. It’s sexist to laugh at a woman for talking about sports because you are suggesting that her gender has some inherent effect on her ability to enjoy and understand athletics. Therefore, what Newton did was sexist. There’s no argument there. No negotiation. No discussion. And if there’s anyone who should know better than this, it’s Cam Newton. As a black quarterback, he has been questioned and ridiculed and targeted for years, probably since he first started playing back in Pop Warner. He knows what it feels like to be considered less than, to be considered not good enough to fulfill the duties of his dream job.So why put someone else in the same position? Why demean another person who is attempting to do the job she’s been doing for the past year? There’s no reason for that — no excuse — and it’s not something an apology can fix overnight. I can’t imagine how Rodrigue will feel when she walks back into work at the Panthers’ training facility tomorrow. I have no idea how many days or weeks or months it takes to gain back the confidence that Newton stole from her that day. Being a woman in sports won’t be easy any time soon, but men must start actively choosing to make it less difficult. The NFL must fine Newton for his comments immediately. The Panthers must release an apology. Not a two-sentence quick hit, but something long and heartfelt and devoted to making a change. And Newton must acknowledge the full gravity of what he did, both to Rodrigue and every other woman who heard his words.We still have a lot of work to do. We still have a lot of minds to change. But today, Rodrigue will go back to work. So will I. So will every other female sports reporter in the country. And we will do that work until that joke isn’t funny to anyone anymore.A few weeks ago, I wrote about the hope of Mowins’ historic night on Monday Night Football. I wrote about the steps we are taking forward, the progress we are making, the promise that I see so soon in the future of every woman who loves sports. But Wednesday made me think that maybe all that hope, all that promise, is a lot further away than we expected. Julia Poe is a junior studying print and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, Poe’s Perspective, runs Thursdays.
Freshman quarterback JT Daniels may not start for the Trojans this Saturday due to a concussion. (Josh Dunst | Daily Trojan)On the Wednesday after another road loss for the Trojans, third-string quarterback redshirt freshman Jack Sears took all of the starting snaps at quarterback.Freshman quarterback JT Daniels had failed his concussion test, again. Wednesday marked his third day sitting out, and his third-to-last opportunity to pass protocol and in order to be cleared for Saturday’s home game against ASU. With backup redshirt sophomore Matt Fink still sidelined with broken ribs, the sprawling list of injuries has left Sears playing catch up all week. Unless Daniel’s situation improves quickly, Sears will also take his first starting snaps at the Coliseum on Saturday.“We’re keeping with what we know,” head coach Clay Helton said. “We’re not reinventing the wheel.”Up until this week, Sears took maybe 10 to 15 percent of snaps in practice, ceding most of his time to Fink and Daniels. He made up for that lack of repetition by studying the playbook, attempting to ready himself in case he was called in for an emergency. It was hard to imagine a situation where the third-string could be called up; but this season, it appears, the impossible happens on a regular basis.If Daniels does not clear protocol, Sears’ debut will be in a home game against Arizona State that is high-pressure due to circumstance, not necessarily competition. With losses to Stanford and Utah, the Trojans must win out the season of Pac-12 play in order to still vie for a spot in the conference championship in December.“This is an ultra-important game for our season,” Helton said. Preparing for the game has been a week-long process of finding the team’s balance. On the opposite side of the ball, the team has been equally rocked by the loss of linebacker and captain Cam Smith, who Helton confirmed will not play against Arizona State on Saturday. On Tuesday, Smith had his knee drained, and he received a pair of injections to help his recovery process. However, when asked about his return, Helton said that it “does not look favorable.”Smith’s injury was added to a laundry list of injuries weakening the team on both sides of the ball. Senior tight end Tyler Petite spent most of practice holding a pack of ice against his shoulder. Senior offensive tackle Chuma Edoga saw some action, but took off several periods of practice with soreness in his knee and sat out the end of the day. Senior safety Marvel Tell remained limited. Freshman cornerback Olaijah Griffin took the day off because of a shoulder injury.With the team limited, Helton is turning to his reserves for new firepower. Wednesday’s practice saw the group beginning to grow more comfortable as it adjusted to the loss of key players. With Tell out, senior cornerback Iman Marshall stepped up on Wednesday, snagging a pair of interceptions in scrimmage and excelling in one-on-one situations.Still, Helton emphasized that the defense has a long way to go in correcting for one-on-one reads and coverage, especially against the run game. After spending more time in the film room — and less on the practice field — on Monday, the team is looking to adjust for an Arizona State team that has only won a single conference game this season.
The outgoing team captain said after yesterday’s All Star exhibition match in Dubai – where he’s now based – that he can’t see himself “going home in the next two years”.However, Tipp boss Liam Kearns hasn’t given up on enticing the Moyle Rovers man back into the fold.The Kerryman, who’s manager of this year’s All Star team, used his trip to the Middle East to try and entice him home. Acheson and three other Tipp players – Robbie Kiely, Conor Sweeney and Michael Quinlivan – played in the 2016 All Star football team’s win against their 2015 counterparts.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAs president of basketball operations, Johnson had a controversial tenure, but his wide beaming smile was a natural face of the Lakers, as it had been in the 1980s when he led five championship-winning squads. In his absence, team owner Buss continues to hold the power, but there is no clear messaging about how the team will proceed into a critical offseason.It was widely expected that Walton would lose his job on Wednesday morning following the end of his tumultuous third season; instead, he conducted player exit interviews alongside Pelinka, whose security as general manager is clouded now that Johnson is gone. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Lakers had no concrete plans to have either man address the media, nor was there a plan for Buss to speak, as she had only publicly commented on Johnson’s resignation via social media.It fell to players, few of whom have a rock-solid, long-term future with the Lakers, to try to make sense of a season that fell well short of expectations. Many of them were still struggling to make sense of the ground-shaking announcement by Johnson less than a day before. Yet the prevailing sense from the locker room – perhaps colored by a 6-4 finish to the season – was one of optimism from the greenest rookie to the oldest veteran.“I still have confidence that this organization is heading in the right direction and will be heading in the right direction because they have all the pieces to do so,” 36-year-old center Tyson Chandler said. “It is just about who is going to be driving the ship, I guess at this point.”It’s the million-dollar question: Will Walton, who Buss has supported throughout a challenging tenure, return? Will Pelinka, who has helped cultivate the salary-cap space needed to land another big free agent? Could Buss clean house during a search for a new team president? EL SEGUNDO — The first Laker to speak at Wednesday morning’s exit interviews was Moritz Wagner. The last was Isaac Bonga.In between rookies, 16 total Lakers addressed the media about the stunning departure of Magic Johnson, what went wrong in a 37-45 season, and the uncertainty of the coming offseason.LeBron James, Jeanie Buss, Rob Pelinka and Luke Walton were not among them.The remaining pillars of the Lakers’ franchise didn’t appear in front of the media on Wednesday at the team training facility during what would otherwise be a very normal post-mortem of the season. It spoke to a vacuum of leadership as the organization continued to reel from Johnson’s surprise resignation on Tuesday evening. “Imagine if we just had the same team all year,” said center JaVale McGee, whose bout with pneumonia was one of many interruptions. “We would definitely be in the playoffs, meeting the Warriors in the Western Conference. Definitely.”The players who are slated to return, such as Kuzma, Ball and Brandon Ingram, pledged that they had learned lessons they would carry into next season. Ingram went so far as to say he thought the chemistry among the returning players would be “a lot better.”But who will be leading the team in that direction remains a mystery. Players said Johnson’s shadow didn’t hang over the day’s proceedings, but they made it sound as if the remaining leaders were trying simply to get by.“No sense of absence,” guard Alex Caruso said. “Obviously he’s not there, so absence in that sense, but no elephant in the room, no weird writing on the wall kind of thing. It was just an exit interview like every one would be. Just no president of basketball ops.“So it’s just two guys.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years No answers to those weighty questions were any closer after Wednesday’s media blitz.The player with the most weight in any of those conversations, James, was also not present, bound for Brooklyn in a pre-planned trip to watch the last game of his close friend Dwyane Wade. James had been scheduled to speak to the media on Tuesday night prior to tip-off against Portland, but Johnson’s impromptu sign-off upstaged him, and the team canceled the session.All available accounts agree that James was as blindsided as anyone by Johnson’s abdication, a feeling that could have been amplified since Johnson personally helped close James’ agreement to join the Lakers in a one-on-one meeting at his Brentwood home last summer. As recently as this weekend, James conducted an early exit interview with both Johnson and Pelinka, with no indications that Johnson was preparing to bolt.But no one can say for sure what James is feeling except James, whose absence allowed speculation to simmer.The remaining Lakers registered their reaction on a spectrum, ranging from matter-of-fact to still stunned. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said the locker room regrouped quickly to focus on the game, which was a season-ending 104-101 loss to Portland, but the reality had settled more in the hours since.“We really just let it sunk in and today was when it really hit,” he said. “That was really surprising that that happened. No one knew.”But if any of the Lakers felt abandoned, they held it in. No one condemned Johnson for leaving the role he had held since February of 2017. Several players, including Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, thanked him for drafting them to the franchise. They related to Johnson’s stated desire to have more control over his life.“The one thing you can do in life is to do what’s best for you, and for Magic, he’s Magic Johnson,” said Kuzma, who grew up idolizing Johnson both as a Michigan State and Lakers legend. “He doesn’t need to prove anything to anybody, and he just made the best decision for him and that’s all you can ask. That’s all anybody in this world would want to do for themselves.”One of Johnson’s hang-ups appeared to be firing Walton. Although he stressed that Buss gave him the authority to do as he saw fit, he said that he “didn’t want to put her or myself in that situation.”With an apparent stay of execution, Walton (98-148 record with the Lakers) might have an opportunity to continue on as coach. He found support from many of his players – not surprisingly from ones he helped draft and groom, but also a few veterans.Rajon Rondo said some of Walton’s habits reminded him of Clippers coach Doc Rivers, including having insight into players as a former player himself, and allowing his staff to have strong voices in the locker room.“He has a lot of great tendencies for a young coach that some coaches probably don’t develop their entire life, or their entire career,” he said. “So he was fun, he was a hell of a coach to play for and I just told him in the meeting I had a great time this year learning from him as well and the challenge that he gave to me this year.”While Johnson’s departure still dominated headlines and airwaves on Wednesday, players attempted to normalize their meetings with management. They took feedback and advice for the coming summer, during which many of them will be striving to get healthy.There was a sense of missed opportunity that’s been threaded out through the latter half of the season. Many of them pined for the team that beat the Warriors on Christmas Day, giving them a 20-14 record and a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference at the time. From there, the Lakers finished just 17-31 as injuries and other factors roiled their ambitions.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Silver is right, in that players demanding trades are nothing new, not in the NBA or even other professional sports. The Davis situation last season, however, was unusual in that the Pelicans threatened to shut down the All-Star midseason to avoid injury. The NBA countered by saying Davis had to play if healthy.But the issue of trade demands remains.”That’s an issue that needs to be addressed,” Silver said. “There’s not a simple solution there. This is a talent-driven business. Players have leverage. They have economic power of their own. But that’s what Collective Bargaining Agreements are for, to sit down and come up with a sit of rules that are sensible and fair for everyone.” If you’re a Pelicans fan still miffed that Anthony Davis demanded a trade out of New Orleans, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver feels your pain.Speaking at an NBA media conference Tuesday in New York City, Silver was asked about the issue of players under contract requesting trades, as Davis did last season and more recently, as Paul George did with Oklahoma City. Celtics’ Brad Stevens addresses losing Kyrie Irving, Al Horford in free agency “First of all, you know of course that’s nothing new in the league in terms of trade demands,” Silver said. “But it concerns all of us. I mean, it falls in the same category of issues of the so-called rule of law within a sports league. You have a contract and it needs to be meaningful on both sides. On one hand, there’s an expectation if you have a contract and it’s guaranteed that the team is going to meet the terms of the contract, and the expectation on the other side is the player is going to meet the terms of the contract.”I will say, without getting into any specific circumstances, trade demands are disheartening. They’re disheartening to the team. They’re disheartening to the community and don’t serve the player well. The players care about their reputations just as much.” Related News NBA free agency rumors: Amar’e Stoudemire taking comeback bid very seriously NBA approves coach’s challenge, instant replay for 2019-20 season Silver doesn’t like it, but admits there’s no simple solution.
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Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Abraham Lincoln · 357 weeks ago Back in my day, a flea-flicker involved a handoff to the running back, whereupon, the running back would lateral back to the quarterback (before the RB crossed the line of scrimmage) for a pass. Was Connor Phelps playing quarterback when he threw the flea-flicker pass? If he wasn’t, then would someone explain the difference between a flea-flicker and a halfback pass? I’m very confused…..potentially. Thank you. Abe Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Wellington 43 Circle 0Circle 0 0 0 0â€” 0Wellington 21 15 7 0â€” 43Phelps to Reichenberger 64 pass (Nance to Horn pass).Dunn 52 run (PAT kick no good).Nance to Reichenberger 52 pass (Reichenberger PAT kick).Dunn 59 run (Nance to Pfalzgraf good).Dunn 59 run (Reichenberger PAT kick).Dunn 2 run (Reichenberger PAT kick).Rushing: Wellington â€” Dunn 12-198, Phelps 1-2, Beard 6-2, Gilkey 3-(-7), Rusk 6-12. Total 28-207.Â Circle – 24 yard.Passing: Wellington â€”Nance 3-8-89. Phelps 1-1-64.Â Circle â€” Smith 3-12-3. Fowler 7-8-35Receiving: Well. Reichenberger 3-151. Horn 1-2. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The first quarter of the Wellington-Circle football game lasted around three hours – in what could be the longest quarter in real time in WHS history.The kickoff started at 7 p.m. The final snap of the first quarter was about 10 p.m. with the Crusaders leading 21-0.In between there was rain, and lightening, and uncertainty over when to resume action. But unlike Caldwell and South Haven and Oxford and a few other schools, Wellington has its game in the record book with a rather easy 43-0 victory.The weather was bad on Friday night. Circle’s performance may have been worse. The Thunderbirds were marred with poor tackling, unnecessary penalties, bad snaps, and overall poor execution.Â And Wellington took advantage of it â€” scoring on touchdowns of 64, 52, 52, 59, and 59. Wellington running back Austin Dunn had four touchdown runs. Colin Reichenberger had two touchdown receptions.Wellington held a 36-0 lead at the half and added one more early in the second half.It’s nice to see Wellington win in a romp – something it hasn’t done in awhile. In the end Wellington had 360 yards in total offense. Circle had 62.Wellington quickly got on the board when tailback Connor Phelps threw a flea-flicker pass to Reichenberger on a 64-yard touchdown pass. The Crusaders then added, a fake PAT kick – Trevor Nance throw to Andrew Horn on the two-point conversion pass. It was 8-0.After a three-and-out, Wellington’s Dunn would rip off a 52-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0. Everyone in Crusader red was happy until P.A. announcer Gary Fair announced that the game was going to be in a one-hour delay because of nearby lightening.That turned into a two-hour delay as Wellington got .8 inches of rain and lightening never really did let off. Finally it was announced the game would resume at 9:45 p.m. It actually started around 9:30 p.m. Everyone was ready to get a football game rolling and a Duchess candidate crowned.Both teams were rather sloppy as expected coming back out of the locker room. But Wellington would immediately add three long touchdowns to its score to make it a rout.
– cites continuous probation as pressure on independence of office holdersBy Jarryl BryanThe trend of persons being appointed to act in top positions in Guyana’s judiciary for years while their confirmation remains in limbo has attracted the attention of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).Acting Chief Justice, Justice Roxane George (left) and acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-Edwards (right) pose with President David Granger after their appointmentsThe situation is being described as unfortunate, since such office holders have to issue rulings while their confirmation hangs like a ‘Sword of Damocles’ over their heads.In particular, CCJ President, Sir Dennis Byron zeroed in on this situation in a recent address to the Guyana Bar Association. He condemned the fact that since former Chancellor Desiree Bernard demitted office, an agreement has not been reached for the substantive appointment of a Chancellor.“This has brought us to the situation today where the number one and number two officials of the Guyana judiciary have not been substantively appointed. This is a most unfortunate state of affairs,” the legal luminary stated.CCJ President, Sir Dennis Byron“This situation has moved well beyond what ought to be acceptable in a modern democracy where respect for the rule of law is maintained. The Constitution envisages the judiciary of Guyana to be headed by officials who are substantively appointed and enjoy all the legal and institutional mechanisms to secure their tenure,” he continued, bluntly adding that the delay was a breach of the spirit and intent of the Constitution.Article 127 (2) of the Constitution states: “If the office of Chancellor is vacant … then until a person has been appointed to and has assumed the functions of such office…the functions shall be performed by such other of the judges as shall be appointed by the President after meaningful consultation with the leader of the opposition.”Commenting on this, Justice Byron noted that the language of the Act suggests that the appointment was to be a short-term one, before a substantive appointment. He noted that even from a subjective analysis, the Constitution never intended for the years it has taken to fill the substantive positions to elapse.“Of course,” he admitted, “I do acknowledge that there are practical problems in identifying precisely where the liability lies in the failure to come to an agreement. It seems entirely plausible for such liability to lie with either the President or Leader of the Opposition, or both, in accordance with the mandate of section 127(1) and depending on the process that has been followed.“This naturally raises the question of whether an appropriate statutory or regulatory framework to establish agreement is in existence. If the answer to this is in the affirmative, that may be a basis for judicial intervention.”The CCJ President said that if the right framework to appoint the Chancellor and Chief Justice was not being used, now would be the opportune time to make regulatory or statutory changes. He noted that that too may be a basis for judicial intervention.“The delay in complying with section 127(1) of the Constitution has long (breached) a level of justifiability and the most appropriate authority for resolving this situation is the court system.”“Section 127(1) ascribes an obligation to the President and the Leader of the Opposition that is mandatory in nature and not discretionary (to appoint the Chancellor and Chief Justice).Any failure in fulfilling this obligation must, therefore, be regarded as a breach of the Constitution,” Sir Dennis also said.Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-Edwards was appointed by President David Granger in May of this year. Prior to that, she acted as the Chief Justice from December 2015. She was never confirmed to the substantive position.Cummings-Edwards replaced Justice Carl Singh, who retired after acting as Chancellor since 2005. On the other hand, the current acting Chief Justice, Justice Roxane George, was also appointed to her position on the same day as Edwards.
10. Mags Easy Rhythm raced with the leaders early, but didn’t keep up and wound up in seventh place. Mi Brasilia stumbled at the start and raced evenly in fifth place the rest of the way. Fruitstand Bac came on strong at the end and missed winning by a neck. Long shot: Sign Of Dawn. Best bet: Wanta Dubloon (9). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 3. Trinni was impressive in lading all the way and winning by two lengths. Push To The Top never trailed in scoring a 5 length victory as the even money favorite. Lotta Loot raced in fourth position throughout and should be a threat with this field. Long shot: Wings Of Courage. 4. Raise The Toll finished sixth after being second the previous two attempts. Hawk A Flyen raced in sixth position the entire trip and figures to show some improvement. Nip N Tuck GVL battle for the lead all the way and missed winning by a nose. Long shot: Summer Goods. 5. Rare Auld Times moves up in class after scoring a 2 length gate to wire victory. Power To Wow lost by a nose to finish in the runner-up spot for the second time in a row. Separatis All was off slowly and drifted in at the start and raced in seventh place throughout. Long shot: Love Stoli. 6. Satsang was second early, but gave way and ended up eighth place against better runners at Fresno. Jans Gunner Miss broke out and was jostled between horses while running eighth at Turf Paradise. Lila’s River finished 10th against $32,000 claimers at Fairplex Park. Long shot: Warren’s Freehouse. 7. Shirley SBL finished fourth and is picked to score in a wide open race. Sedona Jet raced in third place all the way and takes a drop in class. raced evenly while finishing in sixth place and has to be considered with this field. Long shot: Classic Chickita. 8. Flyin OUt West was in front all the way and was caught right at the wire to lose by a nose and could be graduating from the maiden ranks. Broadway Stoli bumped at the start while running seventh after being in a photo finish the previous three races. Holy Seis was off slowly and went from eighth to finish fifth. Long shot: Jess Fabulous. 9. Wanta Dubloon was third and second in a pair of minor stakes events and is ready for a winning trip. Go Love A Lark Go was a winner of the Bellflower Handicap. Diller A Dollar was a winner by a half length and could come right back with a duplicate victory. Long shot: Santispac. 1. Excesstrouble began his racing career by racing in fourth place throughout and drops several notches in class. Fuzzy Lion raced wide while staging a mild rally be going from eighth to sixth. Houston’s Desire finished 11th against much better runners at Hollywood Park in his racing debut. 2. Along Came Strawfly showed some improvement to finish third and could be visiting the winner’s circle. Relagate led briefly and wound up a close fourth and and drops a notch in class. I Gotta Lead finished seventh in back of Relagate. Long shot: Go All Rhythm.