Speaking following the 2-0 Barclays Premier League loss at Chelsea, Bruce said: “I think the PR could’ve handled it a bit better. I am a traditionalist. “(But) the money our guys put into Hull City, if he wants us to play in pink and wants to call us something else, then he’s entitled to do it. “I think he just wants to do away with the ‘AFC’. Why, I’m not so sure, maybe it’s a marketing thing in his department.” Asked whether supporters should have been consulted, Bruce added: “Of course. Last year Cardiff changed their colours and there was uproar. They get promoted and is there uproar now? “You’d have to ask him the reason why. I’m a bit of a traditionalist and maybe there’s a reason why. There’s obviously a reason why, maybe he thinks Hull City Tigers is the way forward.” Press Association Allam recently caused a stir when it was revealed he had dropped the ‘AFC’ suffix from the club’s official name after 109 years and would be focusing on marketing the team as the Tigers at home and abroad, leaving many supporters unhappy. Bruce is uncertain of the reason why and pointed to Cardiff’s decision to change their colours from blue to red as a successful rebranding. Hull manager Steve Bruce believes owner Assem Allam is within his rights to make the team play in pink if he so chooses after the controversial name change to Hull City Tigers.
New Delhi: The 2019 international summer is very important for England. They will be hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup and immediately after the end of the marquee tournament, they will play the five-Test Ashes series against Australia which will also be the first series played in the new ICC Test Championship. For England, this is a make-or-break season for the side that has perennially underachieved on the international stage, having won just one World T20 title in 2010 and also having lost in three World Cup finals and two Champions Trophy finals. For England, all hopes will be pinned on Ben Stokes and how he performs with both bat and ball.Stokes, however, has yet to hit the heights he showed before being acquitted of affray by an English court last year following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in the early hours of the morning. Andrew Flintoff, who was England’s talismanic all-rounder at the start of the 21st century, believes Stokes’ bowling confidence may have been set back by being hit for four successive sixes by the West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite in the last over of a 2016 World Twenty20 final in Kolkata that England had been poised to win. But Flintoff said that was partly a consequence of Stokes’ willingness to take responsibility at key stages. “With Ben, he’s just different. As a batter he can bat three, he can bat four — his bowling’s getting better all the time. The World T20 probably knocked his confidence a little bit. That can happen, bowling at the death. He’s always in the big moments of a game. He seems to be that lad who lifts the team. I think since what happened the year before last, it’s always hard sometimes. You’ve just got to find your feet again. You’re playing for the team but you’re also playing a little bit for acceptance as well — for the crowd, for the people coming to watch you. I think he has come through the other side and I think we’re about to see the best of Ben Stokes. Or I hope so because I genuinely love watching him,” Flintoff said at an event.This is the first time since 1975 that England is hosting both the World Cup and the Ashes. In the Ashes contest which was a four-match series, Australia won 1-0 with victory in the Edgbaston Test followed by three draws. In the World Cup, England lost in the semifinals to Australia with Gary Gilmour taking 6/14. Australia lost by 17 runs to West Indies in the final with Clive Lloyd scoring a brilliant century. England is hosting ICC Cricket World Cup and Ashes for the first time since 1975.Ben Stokes was charged with affray last year for a brawl outside a Bristol pub.England has lost in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup thrice. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson, has stepped down and handed in his resignation for the position, which the Caribbean Court of Justice recently found, that he was unconstitutionally holding.Former GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson, being sworn in in October 2017This announcement was made on Tuesday after Patterson met with President David Granger. The vacating of the position came days after public pressure for the CCJ ruling to be accepted.In a statement following the meeting between Granger and Patterson, Government’s commitment to accept the ruling invalidating Patterson’s appointment was reiterated. This would mean that Government has finally accepted the CCJ’s ruling that the President does, in fact, have to give reasons before he can reject an entire list of candidates.While Patterson’s stepping down was his way of formally demitting office, the step is in actuality a matter of fact gesture. This is since the CCJ has already recognised that by virtue of its ruling, Patterson was already fired from his position.According to CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders on Monday during the post-judgement hearing, GECOM, in fact, has no legal Chairman since the court ruled on June 18 against Patterson’s appointment.“In relation to the GECOM case, by concluding that the procedure was flawed and in breach of the Constitution, the inexorable result unless that result is somehow stayed, is that there isn’t a GECOM Chairman. And that process has to be re-engaged,” he had said.In addition, Attorney General Basil Williams, when questioned about Patterson’s continued presence at GECOM, had confirmed that by virtue of the ruling, Patterson was, in fact, no longer the GECOM Chairman.“Well, I am sure that question would be addressed when the time comes but you know the decision of the Court is that the appointment was void ab initio so in effect there is no Chairman,” he said.Who is instructing GECOM’s lawyer?With no meeting of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) since June 4, 2019, who has been instructing the electoral body’s lawyer, Stanley Marcus?Marcus, SC, has been leading GECOM’s case before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in relation to the No-Confidence Motion related cases.Marcus told the CCJ on June 24 that GECOM must have House-To-House Registration and that the earliest a voters’ list will be ready is by December 25, 2019 – pushing elections which ought to have been held since before March 21, 2019 – to next year.But the burning question is, how is GECOM’s lawyer arriving at these positions when the Commission has not met to deliberate on these matters. Who is instructing GECOM’s lawyer?Commissioner Sase Gunraj is also in the dark. “The Commission as a whole did not meet or discuss the appointment of Mr Marcus as Counsel for the Commission and I am not sure who is instructing him,” Gunraj told reporters.He was also astounded by the arguments being advanced by Marcus. “I sat in the Court in astonishment, as the purported, and I use this word very deliberately, the purported Counsel for the GECOM, Mr Stanley Marcus is deliberately pronouncing and expounding on the provisions of the National Registration Act and the other attendant legislation that deals with the refreshing of the list…In fact, my astonishment grows because I am not sure who is instructing him.”Patterson, a former High Court Judge who claimed he was an acting Chief Justice in Grenada in his CV because of a “slip of the pen”, was unilaterally appointed to the position of Chairman of GECOM by the President in October 2017. At the time, President Granger had already rejected, with no reason, the three lists submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. These lists comprised a total of 18 names of former judges, persons eligible to be judges and prominent members of civil society.The list of nominees had included anti-corruption advocate Christopher Ram, current Bar Association President Teni Housty, former GECOM Chairman, Retired Major General Joe Singh, Justice of Appeal BS Roy (ret’d), Justice William Ramlall (ret’d), Oneidge Walrond-Allicock, Attorney-at-Law and former Magistrate, Kashir Khan, Attorney-at-Law Nadia Sagar and Gerald Gouveia.The President was heavily criticised for his actions and it is the court challenge filed by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha that eventually resulted in Patterson’s appointment being ruled unconstitutional.Throughout his time at GECOM, Patterson was criticised for favouring the Government-nominated Commissioners with his tie-breaker vote. In one such case, Patterson used his casting vote to break a deadlock and appoint current Deputy Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Roxanne Myers, over the previous DCEO Vishnu Persaud.This is despite Persaud scoring higher marks than Myers during the evaluation process. An investigation by the Ethnic Relations Commission subsequently found that Persaud was the more qualified candidate.Additionally, more controversy soon dogged the former Chairman after the passage of the No-Confidence Motion.Despite constitutional stipulations, in February 2019 Patterson again used his deciding vote and sided with Government Commissioners – this time to pass a motion that new elections could not be held in 90 days as constitutionally mandated.On February 19, 2019, three issues in relation to elections preparation were put to a vote.The first being elections cannot be held in 90 days; the second issue had to do with funding for elections, and the third was for GECOM to return to normalcy.While there was a deadlock with the Government Commissioners voting for the motions and the PPP-nominated Commissioners voting against, Patterson used his casting vote to ensure the motions were carried. The rest is history, with Guyana now several months outside of the timeframe when elections should have been held.
They were cheering “A’s house” in McKinleyville as time expired.The Arcata High School boys basketball team handed conference Big 5 leader McKinleyville their first conference loss of the season, 76-55 in front of a raucous crowd Friday night.McKinleyville (14-6, 4-1) stormed out to an early 10-2 first quarter lead before being reeled in by Arcata (13-9, 3-2). By the end of the first, it was visiting Arcata who assumed control with a 16-12 lead just before the first quarter buzzer sounded.Arc …
Mumbai, Mar 29 (PTI) Bollywood actress Lara Dutta will be seen playing a no-nonsense lawyer in the upcoming sports -biopic “Azhar” and says her role in the film is challenging.Last seen in “Fitoor”, Lara portrays the role of public prosecutor Meera, in the biopic based on the life of the former Indian international cricketer, Mohammad Azharuddin.”Its a challenging role and I had fun playing it because its a totally fictional character but integral to the narrative,” Lara said in a statement.She will be seen as the nemesis of Azharuddin in the film as she fights the former Indian cricketer trying to prove that hes guilty of match fixing.As part of her preparation, the 37-year-old “Singh is Bling” star spoke to a lawyer friend and observed her at work to understand the body language and the finer nuances of playing the part.Director Tony DSouza, who earlier worked with her in “Blue”, thought Lara was perfect for the role which demanded a strong, stern look and someone who could act well.”She went through all the legal documents pertaining to the case. We also had regular reading sessions. She really worked very hard for the role.”Produced by Ekta Kapoor, the movie stars Emraan Hashmi in the titular role besides Prachi Desai and Nargis Fakhri. “Azhar” is slated to hit the theatres on May 13. PTI JUR DK BK
Chelsea boss Lampard tells Pulisic to fight for placeby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has told Christian Pulisic to fight for his place.Some in the USA have accused the Chelsea boss of favouritism because he is picking young English players ahead of the big-money signing from Pennsylvania.But Lampard said: “This is one of my difficult problems in this job, that I have good players and everyone has a story.“Christian Pulisic has a price-tag, Ross Barkley is an international player, Mason Mount is an international player.“Callum Hudson-Odoi has just signed a new contract, Bayern Munich wanted to buy him last summer, he is an international player.“Ruben Loftus-Cheek will come back and be an international player — and I can’t pick them all in the game, unfortunately.“All I have to demand of them is that they show me in training or show me in the game when they get the chances to play that they are worthy of their place.“That’s not to make me sound like a hard taskmaster, that’s just a brutal reality of my job. Next week I might be asked about two other names.”Lampard gave the USA international a chance against Grimsby in the Carabao Cup — and the implication is that he did not take it.Boss Lamps said: “I spoke to him two days before the Grimsby game and was very clear about the standards.“And we have to give him the fact he has moved country, moved leagues and is as young as all the young players we keep talking about. He has just turned 21.“What he needs to do is work daily and work to show within the group that he deserves to play.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
SOOKE, B.C. — One teenager has died and another is in critical but stable condition after a tree fell on at least one of them at a camp near the Vancouver Island community of Sooke, B.C.Officials with the Otter Point Volunteer Fire Department say they were called to Camp Barnard after a report that a boy was trapped under a tree.One person was seen being transported by ambulance while rescuers attempted CPR on another person on a nearby river bank.Crews battling a nearby brush fire say winds hit 80 km/h around Sooke.An ambulance helicopter was sent to the area near a hatchery and the BC Coroners Service has been contacted.Camp Barnard offers wilderness camping and a variety of programs for children and young adults. (CTV) The Canadian Press
Kolkata: In a bid to improve infrastructure for sports activities, Khel City will be developed at Dumurjola in Howrah.While addressing the administrative review meeting in Howrah on Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated the need of setting up another cricket stadium as there is only one in the state and there is demand for one more. The cricket stadiumwill also come up in the Khel City.Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, was also present in the meeting. He said: “Survey has been conducted and a plan has also been chalked out to set up the Khel City. Spot visit has also been carried out with the Mayor.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe further said: “All aspects of sports activities will be brought under one umbrella in the Khel City. There are some old buildings. Residents of the buildings will be rehabilitated to another place and HIT will be carrying out the task.””With setting up of the city, there will be infrastructure for cricket, football and other sports including swimming. Moreover, there will be a separate arena for players and sportsmen,” he said, adding that with development of the infrastructure, people from outside will also start flowing in. So, there will also be a hotel for their accommodation. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe further said that an indoor stadium is also coming up here and it is almost complete.The Chief Minister said in this connection that former captain of the Indian cricket team Sourav Ganguly, who is at present the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), came to meet her and gave proposal of carrying out sports activities.”The CAB wants another stadium and it would come up at Dumurjola. We must allow the same as there is only one cricket stadium in the state,” said the Chief Minister.It may be mentioned that the Mamata Banerjee government had given a 15 acre land at New Town to All India Football Federation (AIFF), to set up the National Centre for Excellence in Football. This came after the FIFA Under-17 Football World Cup.Hakim said that he will be holding discussion with Sourav Ganguly, to chalk out a plan to develop the cricket stadium.
There are more “copy masters” and fewer trendsetters among those playing the sarod these days, laments maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, saying the focus for performers today is the “shining, glittering” world of television and social media. “Since they have access to content and recordings especially on YouTube, it’s easy for them to imitate any sarod player. So, now we have lots of copy masters in the country. The trendsetters are very, very rare,” the 72-year-old music guru said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Globally, there are about 500 sarod players. Unfortunately, instead of learning and understanding the depth of Indian classical music, every sarod player has a very strong opinion,” he further explained being very sad about the present state. “The focus is only to perform because of the glittering, shining world of television and social media where you can post anything and say anything,” the sarod virtuoso maintained. Khan is sixth in the lineage of a family devoted to Indian classical music’s Senia Bangash Gharana. The 2001 Padma Vibushan recipient first performed when he was just six years old. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKhan, who was trained by his father, Gwalior court musician Hafiz Ali Khan, said he couldn’t think of doing anything other than playing the sarod as its sound had a global appeal. “It was my duty, my pleasure, my passion to carry on the family tradition,” he said, referring to the work of the generations before him and his ambition to take it forward. “I wanted to make the canvas much larger, much bigger, and be more expressive on the Sarod,” the widely-heard musician added. He also pointed to the differences between his learning days and the present day. “I didn’t have access to tape-recorders because there was no money to buy them. There was no television; One could only hear music through All India Radio. “There used to be a very important programme on Saturday night which I heard, called the National Programme of Music,” he recalled. On teaching his own sons, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash — themselves established names in the field of sarod — the Ustad said that it was a big responsibility.”Teaching my own sons was not my decision. They showed interest and positive signs, and then I shared everything with them,” he said. “I tried to introduce music to Amaan, my elder son, from his very early days. I tried interesting methods to teach so that he doesn’t find it difficult.” Ayaan, his younger son, soon followed in his footsteps, and as per the music maestro, both of them are on the “right track” in life. After rendering the National Anthem on sarod, they recently turned to the bhajan “Vaishnav Jan To”, which Mahatma Gandhi held close to his heart. They rendered it an an HCL concert, part of a monthly series, here last week. His association with Gandhi goes back to his 125th birth anniversary, when he played an improvised ‘Baapu Cause’ ‘raga’ at a Unesco commemoration in Paris.IANS