Three more groups could have their first set of qualifiers for the second round of the FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup when games are contested in zones B, C and F this afternoon.The biggest fight for places to the next round is in Zone F, where Vauxhall, Excelsior and Jonathan Grant high schools are jostling for the top two spots.In Zone F games, Vauxhall take on Jonathan Grant at Vauxhall, Excelsior play Spanish Town High at Spanish Town Prison Oval and Norman Manley High entertain Ascot High at Maxfield Park playing field.In Zone B, Hydel High face Haile Selassie High at Duhaney Park, Dunoon play Cumberland at Rockfort playing field and Greater Portmore tackle Papine High at Ferdie Neita Park in Zone B.While in Zone C, leaders St George’s College will not play until the following day, meaning Innswood, who face pointless Kingston Technical, have a great opportunity to overtake Denham Town High and join the front-runners at the top on 19 points. In the other Zone C game, Eltham face Ardenne in a game of only academic interest.Vauxhall High lead Group F with 19 points, four more than Excelsior High and Jonathan Grant, and a win for Keon Broderick’s team against one of their main challengers would cement their second-round berth.Vauxhall High have two games remaining, while Jonathan Grant and Excelsior High have three to play, which means a draw or loss for Vauxhall would keep the door open for the chasers.In Zone B, Hydel (19) hold a six-point lead and could seal a second-round spot with at least a point against Haile Selassie. If the latter fail to take full points, Hydel High will be assured of at least a place in the next round.Papine will start favourites against Greater Portmore in the group’s other game, but they need a win to stay in touch, as after today’s games, they only have one match to play, while Haile Selassie and Hydel have two games each.After dropping valuable points to Ardenne High this week, Innswood High could put themselves back in pole position with a win over Kingston Technical.The Spanish Town-based school trail St George’s (19) by three points and Denham Town (16) on goal difference. However, Denham Town play St George’s tomorrow, so this will be a chance for Innswood High to improve their chances of getting into the next round, although they have a game in hand.Jamaica College and Calabar from Zone A, Kingston College from Zone G and Charlie Smith from Zone D have already booked their places in the next round.Yesterday’s resultCharlie Smith 2 Holy Trinity 2Today’s GamesZone BHydel vs Haile SelassieDunoon vs CumberlandGreater Portmore vs PapineZone CEltham vs ArdenneInnswood vs KTHSZone FSpanish Town vs ExcelsiorJonathan Grant vs VauxhallNorman Manley vs AscotHome teams named first. All games start at 3:30 p.m.
GECOM chair appointment– points out Judges upheld legal submissionsMaking it clear that they will carry the case to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has expressed bewilderment at the ruling of the Appeals Court in the challenge against the unilateral appointment of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman.In his most recent writings, Nandlall zeroed in on the summary of the rulings of Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards and her fellow Appeal Court Justices Dawn Gregory and Rishi Persaud.Stressing his inherent right to comment on matters of public interest, Nandlall noted that the Judges acknowledged the intention of the framers of the Constitution for the President to engage with the Leader of the Opposition in appointing a GECOM Chairman… from a list of six persons ranging from a judicial category to a “fit and proper” category.“In fact, in the course of rendering the summary of their rulings, their Honours upheld almost every submission which I made and rejected almost every contention of the Attorney General and his team of Queen’s Counsel,” Nandlall observed.“Although, they recognised this intent… yet they came to the bewildering conclusion that the President acted in accordance with the letter and spirit of the Constitution when he unilaterally appointed Justice Patterson, after rejecting 18 outstanding professional Guyanese, including, a retired Justice of Appeal, a retired High Court Judge and several prominent lawyers, qualified to be Judges.”Interpretative gymnasticsNandlall described the justification for the ruling as “interpretative gymnastics and juridical ingenuities.” According to the former AG, much care was taken to absolve President David Granger from any blame in appointing retired Justice James Patterson as GECOM’s Chairman.“You will also note that the Constitution has put in place the qualifications of the persons who are to be appointed, leaving no room for the President to inject any subjective ‘characteristics’. Another said that to mandate the President to choose from a list would lead to an ‘unreasonable fettering of his discretion.”“This is the very Judge who, minutes before, enunciated that the framers of article 161 (2) intended to replace ‘unilateralism’ with ‘consensualism’ in the appointment of the Chairman of GECOM, but who now fails to recognise that the quintessence of that ‘consensualism’ is the confinement of the President’s power of appointment to the six names submitted to him by the Leader of the Opposition!”Nandlall said in short, the ruling of the Court of Appeal is that a President can reject the stipulated list of six names submitted to him by the Leader of the Opposition, irrespective of how qualified and suitable the nominees are.He also noted that the implications of the ruling are that the President can then resort to appointing a GECOM Chairman of his own choosing, from the judicial category, once he utilises the proviso.“This ruling, therefore, takes us over a quarter of a century back in time to what existed in the 1980 Constitution, whereby the President was empowered to unilaterally appoint a person of his own choosing from the judicial category! I sincerely hope that the Caribbean Court of Justice will restore those lost years.”The rulingOn Thursday, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha lost his appeal of acting Chief Justice Roxane George’s decision regarding the appointment of Patterson as Chairman of GECOM when the Court of Appeal handed down its ruling.The PPP was seeking to have the court reverse Justice George’s June 8, 2018, ruling which followed Mustapha filing his case in October last year.The Appeals Court Judges unanimously agreed that Justice Patterson’s appointment was not unconstitutional, saying the President was empowered to appoint a Judge, retired Judge or someone with the qualifications if he judged the Opposition Leader’s list unacceptable.Justice Gregory in her determination opined that the three lists as submitted did not achieve consensus. Justice Persaud said too that any move towards unilateralism is wholly unacceptable and this could lead to abuse and would not be motivated by good faith.He outlined that there was nothing to suggest that the President acted “unconstitutionally, illegally or unreasonably in appointing Justice Patterson.Chancellor Cummings-Edwards, who announced the unanimous decision, spoke extensively in giving background to applicant’s case.
1 Eliseu Tottenham target Eliseu is set to move to Benfica, according to reports.The Malaga star, who can play either at left-back or on the left wing, has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane after an impressive four year spell in Spain.But Diario Sur claim he will instead return to his homeland by signing for the Lisbon giants.A deal is said to be already in place between the two clubs, and Eliseu will undergo a medical over the next few days.
The arduous wait for rainfall continues to drag on. For coastal salmon anglers waiting to drift the Smith, Chetco or Eel, it seems like a lifetime ago when the rivers last hadenough flow for salmon to maneuver upriver. Hardly a drop has hit the ground since late October, when enough rain fell in the Smith Basin to put the Smith on the rise. Though the parched ground soaked up most of the moisture, the Smith did rise above 700 cfs on the Jed Smith gauge for a brief period of time. Since then, …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry weather today should come with less cloud cover. Yesterday clouds and pesky moisture managed to get in over parts of the state, even though we were dominated by high pressure. Today we are on the backside of the high and should see better south winds moving clouds away. No new precipitation is expected, and we should keep the dry weather in for most of the state for Saturday as well. Moisture overnight tonight into tomorrow morning is shifting farther north, and should stay in Ontario and back into Michigan, but we do see minor precipitation trying to move into the northern third of Ohio overnight tomorrow night into Sunday morning. Moisture totals will be limited to a few hundredths to perhaps a tenth from US 30 northward. The rest of the state sees nothing. Dry weather holds through Monday and early Tuesday morning.Our next system brings scattered showers for Tuesday. That should bring a few hundredths to .5” to about 60% of the state. The heaviest rains (near that half inch level) will likely show up in NW Ohio. We are going to keep a second push of moisture from midnight Wednesday night through Thursday. That wave brings .25”-.75” to about 75% of the state. That front pushes through from NW to southeast. All action is done by Friday, except down in farm southern parts of the state, near the Ohio river. There, we can see showers continue through midday and early afternoon Friday. The map at right shows combined precipitation from the two waves next week.The weekend looks cooler, and we may have trouble breaking the clouds up. We do not see a lot of new precipitation threats for Saturday and Sunday right now, but we also may be looking at a few hit and miss spits and sprinkles. The cold air really starts to drag in as the weekend finishes and we start the second full week of October.The extended forecast still has a very strong front for the 9th-11th. Data suggests that the heaviest rains and the strongest part of the system will pass by to our west and north, but this far out, we would not jump on that solution yet. This system is very strong and could have some 1-2.5” rain potential with it, if we hit the strongest part. We follow that up with another slower moving, but less heavy system for the 13th, which could bring up to half an inch of rain, slowly lifting in from the SW. Temps likely cool off quickly behind the system on the 10th and 11th.