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  • Villas-Boas backs Chelsea ground move

    first_imgwww.twitter.com/westlondonsport Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has joined John Terry in speaking out in favour of the club’s proposed repurchasing of the Stamford Bridge freehold.Blues owner Roman Abramovich wants shareholders of Chelsea Pitch Owners to approve the buy-back plan, which would pave the way for a new stadium to be built in the west London area.Opposition to the idea appears to be growing, but captain Terry – who is president of CPO – on Wednesday came out in support of the move, and Villas-Boas has followed suit.AdChoices广告The Portuguese said: “The most important thing for us it to position ourselves regarding the future. The club has made a wise decision in that sense.”Recalling his former club Porto’s success after moving to a new stadium eight years ago, he added: “If you go back to Porto now, not one single person remembers the old stadium.“Everybody is in love with the new stadium. It’s a beautiful stadium and everybody is happy with the move.“It took us into the future, brought us more revenue and made us play in a magnificent stadium. That’s my experience of the past.”CPO bought the Bridge freehold in 1993 after being set up to safeguard the club’s financial security and avoid ownership of the ground falling into the hands of property developers.Should CPO’s shareholders sell their 15,000 shares to the club for the £10m they collectively paid for them, Abramovich would own a highly valuable piece of land, the sale of which would provide a significant amount towards the building of a new stadium elsewhere.Many fans are sceptical and Trizia Fiorellino, chair of the Chelsea Supporters Group, recently told West London Sport she believed CPO’s 12,000 shareholders would almost exclusively vote ‘no’ to selling their ownership of the ground – and are going as far as to seek legal action to stop the Russian billionaire getting his way.Several supporters’ groups have united to try to convince shareholders of CPO to vote against the proposal.The ‘Say No CPO’ campaign are planning to distribute 10,000 leaflets before this weekend’s match against Everton.In return for the shares, Abramovich has offered incentives at any new stadium including exclusivity on season tickets, plus a guarantee that Chelseawould only relocate within a three-mile radius of the Bridge if they move before 2020.It is rumoured that the club have sought information on a number of possible sites, including Earls Court and Battersea Nine Elms.They have also been linked with a potentially viable plot of land in White City near the Loftus Road home of QPR, whose wealthy owners are also interested in the site.That appears to have prompted Chelsea’s board to act, which Terry alluded to when throwing his weight behind the buy-back proposal.The England defender said: “It’s not hidden that other clubs throughout Europe have gone out and bought sites for big stadiums. And we are not the only club with a rich owner. There are others, including QPR locally, who are going to look to expand in west London as well.“For us to go further, we might need to move, and we have to trust our owner. He has been amazing since he bought the club, along with our fans as well. No-one is saying it is going to be an immediate change but we need to be looking.“We have to remember that London is a hotspot, west London especially, and big development companies can build substantial flats and penthouses here, and if we’re not putting our name in the hat for these sites, then without a doubt they’ll be snapped up by developers.”last_img read more

  • Stand up for what you believe in – Cox

    first_imgIN 2016, with the aim of helping Guyana to qualify for the 2017 Gold Cup, captain Samuel Cox, made a bold choice to represent Gold Jaguars over his club (at the time) Boreham Wood FC – a move for which he was chastised, and later fired by head coach Luke Garrad, who said the Guyanese captain was selfish in wanting to play for the Gold Arrowhead instead of his employers.Boreham Wood Football Club competes in the National League of English football – the fifth tier – and Cox has made a total of 122 appearances for the club, with his longest stint being 2013-2016, after he was a year-long loan (2011-2012) from Barnet FC.Guyana came up a few goals shy of qualification, following their heart-breaking 2-4 defeat to Jamaica at the National Track and Field Centre. The Reggae Boyz would then go on to lose 1-2 in a nailbiter climax in the finals of the 2017 Gold Cup against the USA.Fast-forward two years later – March 23 to be exact – Cox was once again tasked with captaining the side against Belize in a crucial final match in the CONCACAF Nations League Qualifier.Robust defending by the 28-year-old England-based player, along with an almost perfect performance by the rest of the cast, and goals from Neil Danns and Emery Welshman, saw Guyana win 2-1 and booked their place at the June 15-July 7 Gold Cup.“If you knew my story, you would know why this moment means so much to me. This one wasn’t only for the people of Guyana … this was for everyone who’s ever stood up for something they believed in,” an emotional Cox reflected.He added: “In 2016, I lost my job at my club for choosing to represent my country. At the time people questioned me if I was making the right decision and since have asked if I regretted it … But I’ve always put my trust in God’s plan.”According to Cox, captaining Guyana to the country’s first major tournament and qualifying for the Gold Cup has proved that the decision he made in 2016 was the right one.“It was hard to see it then, but I had to remember that God was directing my steps the whole time. Sometimes you need to be bold, stand up for what you believe in, and step into the unknown … Because that’s where miracles happen. Never give up on your dream,” the Golden Jaguars captain profoundly proclaimed.Meanwhile, Cox completed his Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) A-level Licences programme last year as he prepares for life after his playing career.Also, last November, Golden Jaguars skipper picked up the ‘Ones to Watch’ Award at the annual ‘The Football Black List’.The prestigious Ones to Watch award, named after former Aston Villa defender and Tottenham Hotspurs U-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu, who collapsed and died from cardiac arrest at the ‘Spurs’ training ground last year, seeks to recognise footballers aged under 30 years, whose current activities look set to springboard them onto even greater accomplishments in the near future.last_img read more

  • Players and clubs lack common  ground in wage-cut talks

    first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – With the best paid footballers in the world, billionaire club owners, under-pressure politicians and even a millionaire trade union leader involved, it is perhaps hardly surprising that talks on a blanket wage cut in the world’s richest league have yet to reach an amicable conclusion.But what is worrying for those hoping to find an end to the deadlock in negotiations is that the two main sides — the clubs and the players, appear to be talking about two entirely separate issues.The gulf is so wide that while talks are expected to continue, the most likely outcome, sources tell Reuters, is a series of individual club deals with players rather than a nation-wide pact. In the talks, the Premier League clubs have asked for a “combination of conditional reductions and deferrals amounting to 30% of total annual remuneration.”The clubs say they need to reduce their wage-bill, temporarily, to help them cover their outgoings at a time when they have massively reduced income. It is almost a month since a ball has been kicked in the Premier League, four weeks without a broadcast game or matchday revenue and with the risk that if the season is not completed, broadcasters could reclaim up to 760 million pounds in payments to the clubs.The clubs say they want the players to help limit the damage by taking a hit to their pay-packet. Premier League clubs spend an average of around 60% of their income on salaries.The average monthly salary of a Premier League player is around 240,000 pounds with the top-earner, Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, making a reported 1.5 million a month. The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), who represent players at all levels of the game, including low-paid lower league footballers, say that the players are willing to give up some of their income — but not to let club owners keep it.“It’s not that they (the players) don’t appreciate the seriousness of what we are in,” union chief Gordon Taylor said on Monday. “It’s that if their money is being affected, they want to know what’s happening with it, and they would like to have the choice of where it goes to.”The clubs have been surprised by this response as they were not asking players to make donations, but to defer or cut their income. The league has agreed to make a 20 million pound donation to the NHS and local communities.LACK OF CONSULTATION For their part, the union were upset that the league went public with that demand without, they say, enough consultation with the players.They feel like they are being bounced into something,” said one source. The stance of the players has hardened since comments from Health Minister Matt Hancock, that players needed to take a pay cut and “play their part”, words which clearly struck a nerve.The players — and former players in the media — have been quick to point out that they are indeed “playing their part” through individually supporting charities and the NHS. After the most recent round of talks, the PFA even argued that a pay-cut for the players would actually harm the NHS as it would reduce their tax contributions.If all of this appears unseemly to the public, at a time when Britain is battling a pandemic which has so far claimed 4,897 lives and dealing with a lockdown which has wounded the economy, the decision of some clubs, including Premier League leaders Liverpool, to seek public funds to pay their non-playing staff has done little to help.Some of the players see such furloughing of staff as a way of putting pressure on them. On the other side, there is frustration with the PFA from some clubs. The union draws the bulk of its income from a share in the leagues’ television deals and the 75-year-old Taylor is reported to be Britain’s best paid union leader with an annual salary of 2.3 million pounds.The options for the clubs are limited, however — unilateral imposition of pay-cuts runs the risk of players suing clubs at some stage for breach of contract and even becoming free agents. There appears to be more willingness from the players to accept wage deferrals but, union sources say they would need to see financial information from clubs and guarantees that the withheld wages would be made up later.Localised deals have already begun to be made at lower-league levels where the salaries, turnovers and profit-margins are much lower and the risk of clubs not surviving an extended delay to the season is much higher.Whatever the eventual outcome, the public wrangling over money has done little to enhance the image of the game.“Leaving the public purse to pick up the cost of furloughing low paid workers, whilst players earn millions and billionaire owners go untouched is something I know the public will rightly take a very dim view of,” wrote Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.last_img read more

  • Europe’s Finest on Display as France Battles Belgium for Final Ticket

    first_imgWhile defensive doubts have arisen – against Argentina and Japan respectively – both have stood firm, with Belgium now enjoying their best major tournament since Mexico 1986.The Red Devils will be without a key – if less flashy – part of their puzzle against France, with Thomas Meunier picking up a second booking prior to them being wiped for the semi-finals. Les Bleus will however be buoyed by the return of Blaise Matuidi, after sitting out a suspension of his own.Belgium’s Coach Roberto Martinez may be willing to switch to a classic 4-4-2 approach, without Meunier to call upon, to adapt to the French. If so, Nacer Chadli may start on the right, with Yannick Carrasco returning on the opposite flank. The Red Devils are looking readier than ever physically, psychologically and in their football to prove that their “golden generation” moniker is justified.Les Bleus impressed against Argentina through offensive flair, and against Uruguay by their unit’s solidity.Now, they need to beat the most spectacular team of the tournament so far. Belgium’s biggest threat: Eden Hazard. France’s solution: Ngolo Kante. This clash between the Chelsea team-mates (and two of the best players of the competition) will likely be key to the result.FACTFrance haven’t met any side more often than Belgium, having played them on 74 occasions. However, they have only met twice at the World Cup, with their last meeting coming in the third-place match at Mexico 1986, and have played each other in just eight friendlies since.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram France and Belgium now have to see who will be pursuing gold and who is left searching for bronze as the first semi final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup holds this evening here at the St Petersburg Stadium.The ticket is just an hour and a half of football away from a potentially career-crowning final football showpiece on Sunday in MoscowThe pair arrived with high hopes but outsiders had their doubts about whether the two extravagant jigsaws comprised of stupendous talent could be pieced together in time for a true assault on the Final.last_img read more

  • Pulev Vows to Bust Joshua  in Front of Home Fans

    first_img“He wants to fight in London in June. We’re on the verge of making that happen now. Spurs is the front runner and that’s what he’s asked me to do. We’ll be delivering that for him.” “We’ve had offers in from the Far East, Middle East, Africa, America, Turkey,” Hearn told Sky Sports News. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram “He’s made it very clear to me, I want to come home. I want to box in London next. I’ve been to Madison Square Garden, I’ve been to Saudi Arabia, bring me home. Forget the other offers, bring me home. Kubrat Pulev has warned Anthony Joshua he is “ready to come to London” to “bust up” the world heavyweight champion.Negotiations to finalise Joshua’s next fight have hinged mainly on the location – the IBF, WBA and WBO champion’s preference is a UK homecoming after two fights abroad in 2019, and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has emerged as the “frontrunner” to host a fight in June.But Pulev has mocked Joshua, saying: “Calm down champ, I see that you are very worried to fight away from home and you are absolutely right to be, haha! Bulgaria’s Pulev has only ever lost to Wladimir Klitschko in 29 fights but has since beaten Hughie Fury and Derek Chisora. He was initially scheduled to face Joshua at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in 2017 but withdrew injured. “But rest assured, if necessary I’m ready to come to London and bust you up in front of your own fans!“Until then, tell Mr. Hearn not to get ahead of himself, we do not have a deal yet!”Promoter Eddie Hearn claimed on Thursday a deal to pit Joshua against his IBF mandatory challenger was “very close”.last_img read more

  • Poor shooting continues to ail Badgers

    first_imgStruggling to get even their high percentage shots to fall Friday night, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team’s poor shooting performance left them with another home loss, as they fell 69-51 to the Washington State Cougars.Finishing the game with a 33 percent field goal percentage, as the Cougars (2-1) took control early in the second half, Wisconsin’s inability to drain their shots limited any opportunity for a serious comeback. The Badgers (1-3) failed to score in the first seven minutes of the second half, as seemingly every ball they tossed up rolled off the rim or bounced off the backboard.With a roster full of young players on a team that returned just two starters, many of whom are still developing into their role as genuine scorers, head coach Bobbie Kelsey credited some of the shooting woes to less experienced players’ lack of confidence on the floor.“It’s a learning process because a lot of these folks have not been able to shoot or allowed to shoot,” Kelsey said. “So you see a lot of hesitation out there, and some folks are open that should be shooting and others I tell them don’t shoot too early because we don’t want everybody just jacking up shots. But it’s about getting it into your people that can really put it in the basket, or whoever’s hot that game.”Aside from turnovers, poor shooting (36.5 percent on the year) has been one of the primary concerns for head coach Bobbie Kelsey’s squad this year, an issue that perhaps hurt them more than ever against the Pac-12 opponent.Despite starting the game strong and picking up an early 12-2 lead, thanks to the hot hands of guards Morgan Paige and Taylor Wurtz, Wisconsin was unable to keep the short streak going, keeping them from picking up their first home win of the year at the Kohl Center. But with layups coasting off the rim, the low percentage wasn’t simply the result of poor shot selection.“I think tonight, I didn’t see anybody take horrible shots, it was just we couldn’t finish,” Kelsey said. “When you have post players that go two-for-11 and two-for-12, they’re getting shots, just not finishing them.”As Kelsey noted, the Badgers’ two main post threats in forwards Anya Covington (two-for-12) and Ashley Thomas (two-for-11) struggled all night, allowing the Washington State defense to focus on the outside shooters. Picking up just 20 points in the paint, the inability to get anything going inside certainly hampered Wisconsin’s shooting percentage from the wing.Kelsey pointed out that the team constantly works on shooting – and that she encourages them to practice as much as possible outside of practice – but players recognize that if they plan to soon get back on track, they have to start sinking their shots.“Making the mistakes that we’re making, trying to see those, not make those same mistakes again in the next game,” sophomore guard Morgan Paige said. “We’re starting to see a little bit of repetition in the mistakes with the offense and execution, so if we can minimize those a little bit … we should be able to come out of this positively.”Wurtz growing into role as top scoring threatAlthough the Badgers struggled with their shooting as a team against the Cougars, junior guard Taylor Wurtz had another impressive performance and solidified her role as Wisconsin’s top offensive threat.Nearly posting a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds, Wurtz did not have her best shooting night but still found a way to score. The junior helped lead a late second half attack from UW and, for the third time in four games, she led the team in scoring.In typical fashion, the selfless Wurtz gave much of the credit for her impressive performance Friday night to her teammates, but it’s clear she will be the player keeping opposing defenses awake at night for the rest of the year.“I know that I need to step up and make plays and make good decisions, but it’s easy when I have teammates that can get me the ball and also take away a lot of the pressure,” Wurtz said. “I have a lot of faith in my posts and that they’re going to finish those shots, so the inside presence makes it easier for them to do an in-and-out game.”last_img read more

  • Enzo Zidane, very close to debut on Friday with Almeria

    first_imgHis signing was the bomb of Turki Al-Sheikh when the winter window expired. Although the UD Almería publicly terminated its workforce with the assignment of Francis, the name of Enzo Zidane was last time in LaLiga, being the new media name in the Almeria of the sheikh and Guti, the seventh and last incorporation of the Almeria Despite going in second position.The son of the coach of Real Madrid has appeared today for the first time in the premises of the Stadium of the Mediterranean Games to sign his new contract. Tomorrow Almeria rests and now it will be tomorrow when Enzo is exercised for the first time under the orders of José María Gutiérrez, which has surplus in the engine room.Yes, the fact that the rojiblanco coach did not leave anything happy of the meeting that his team played yesterday at the Nuevo Los Pajaritos Stadium, with slit included, will cause that there are several novelties in the eleven type of José María Gutiérrez. It would be weird to see Enzo of the game with so few days of training, although it is not far-fetched that he enters the second half and makes his debut with the Almeria elastic. Not surprisingly, the first winter reinforcement, Kaptoum, has been indisputable So far for Gutierrez. Another of the new ones, Costas, debuted before Ponferradina just a few hours after the agreement was closed (yesterday he also played 90 minutes), while Villalba, signed last week, completed the entire meeting yesterday. It was also the debut for Barbero, so that of the seven additions, only Sivera, Francis is missing (I could do it on Friday because of Baliu’s injury) and Enzo himself.last_img read more

  • Urey Warns Against Nepotism

    first_imgIn the awake of the race to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, political and business heavyweights have begun making promises to electorates in order to secure their votes come October 2017.The latest of these, former Liberia Maritime Commissioner and chairman of one of the largest telecommunications service providers in the country, Benoni Urey, has already begun to unveil his vision of progress for Liberia.According to him, no member of his family will occupy top government position if he is elected president of Liberia.“We will tackle corruption,” he said over the weekend in Monrovia during the celebration of his newly-formed party, the All Liberian Party (ALP), which was recently certified by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to operate as a legal political institution in the country. “I’m sending a warning to all my relatives, friends and associates, no matter who you are; you will be the first I will set example on when it comes to corruption.”He noted that no member of his family will be seen in high position like in the case of other Liberian presidents. He however maintained that for his personal and family security, he would make an exception to place a close family member at the helm of the Executive Protective Security (EPS).Urey told journalists after his party was certificated by the NEC that his intention to establish a political party is to bring “unity and maturity” to the political platform.He proposed the strategy of “engagement” as cardinal factor in his presidential bid.Delivering his intention message to his supporters and well-wishers, Urey asserted, “everywhere I have traveled in Liberia, I am confronted with the needs of our people.“From Sinje to Foya, Todee, Gbarlatua, Tappita, Tchien, Rocktown, and Grand Cess; with the undying love I possess in my heart for you my fellow citizens; I will do everything in my power to move you forward. This I pledge to you. Remember, Ben cares.“This pledge is borne out of a desire to critically review ways to manage, harness and fully utilize the latent energy that is inherent in the willpower of the people.“To my fellow partisans across the length and breadth of this nation and those in the Diaspora, we are now a legal, full-fledged political party. But let this certification serve as a mandate to us to partake in this most important process [of] nation-building.“Let us view this as an opportunity to strengthen the pillars that uphold our nation. We have a lot of work to do. Cognizant of the challenges ahead, we must roll up our sleeves and tighten our belts for the battle of nation building. The task is certainly a difficult one but it is achievable.” Meanwhile, NEC has described Urey’s party as “responsible and mature” and will like to conduct business with the institution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Mustapha Raji to Win LFA Presidency in Style

    first_imgMustaphi RajiIt is always clear when the probabilities are, and not in your favor. Good example is the recent national elections: Anyone with a great sense of realism knew that since the numbers were in favor of the then Ambassador George Weah, winning the elections was a foregone conclusion.But why the other 21 candidates did not realize that or why they refused to accept that reality is for future historians to grapple with.Similarly, Mustapha Raji, president of LISCR FC and Gardnersville FC who recently declared his intention to contest for the Liberia Football Association incoming presidential elections, is favored by a majority of the stakeholders.Interviews conducted among stakeholders recently have confirmed that Raji is their choice. “He is our choice even before the elections are announced,” said a longtime supporter of the man who is adored by his players.The March LFA elections also has three other candidates, they are: Adolphus Dolo, president of Nimba United; Musa Shannon, vice president for administration at the Liberia Football Association; and Rochelle Woodson, an Executive Committee member of the LFA, who has had issues with the current LFA Administration of Hassan Bility.Without a doubt, all the contestants see something wrong with the administration of football in the country. Presently, the LFA owes its employees for the last four months.Again, due to money problems, it may be recalled that the LFA sacked several youth coaches. Sadly, on top of that, the LFA recently reported that US$600,000 fraudulently ‘disappeared’ from the its account when some false documents were presented to FIFA auditors.“Where was Musa Shannon when the money disappeared?” asked another football lover. He said problems affecting Liberian football cannot be divorced from Shannon, which will make his desire to win the LFA presidency difficult.Another said: “Shannon should learn from the past because the majority of the stakeholders are not comfortable with his role at the LFA, especially with the trend of Liberian football.”While Nimba United’s Adolphus Dolo is credited with growing Nimba United and also building a mini-stadium in Mount Barclay, he has had brushes with the LFA and even suffered a two-year suspension for fielding an illegal player in a match which is said to have dented his chances because, by his suspension, it meant that he abused the concept of fair play which is highly encouraged in the game.Ms. Rochell Woodson, a member of the Executive Committee of the LFA, was recently suspended by the same body for her failure to have responded to certain accusations against her. And whether her suspension was fair or not, that it happened has created a credibility problem for her and many stakeholders are not comfortable with her desire to contest the elections.Mustapha Raji, the favorite is the only man left standing tall.A very careful man, he has not kept silent on any issue that affects the development of soccer, the world’s most popular game.In fact, he is on record to have requested the LFA to put the US$600,000 issue as an agenda item to be discussed at the association’s Ordinary Congress, that will take place before the elections in March.Mustapha is reported to have made a huge investment in sports, starting with the youth and two other teams.Each of his teams has over 30 young players who are paid monthly, with medical incentives.“He has a vision for Liberian football,” a stakeholder said. “Raji’s vice president-designate will be Sekou Konneh of BYC Football; and so Liberia soccer will survive the hurdles that frustrate it.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Extension of GECOM chair illness a ploy designed to delay elections

    first_img– PPP commissioners say in joint statementWhile acknowledging that any illness of the Guyana Elections Chairman (GECOM), retired Justice James Patterson is regrettable, Commissioners representing the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) claim it is a ploy designed to delay the holding of elections.In a joint statement, the Commissioners – Bibi Shadick, Sase Gunraj and Robeson Benn – therefore urged that GECOM be alert to its duty and responsibilities as mandated by the Constitution and that no action be undertaken to subvert these intentionally.“…we do wish him a speedy and a full recovery, we cannot be unmindful of a possible situation existing where the said extension of illness is a ploy designed to delay the holding of General and Regional Elections within the constitutionally determined 90-day timeframe consequent on the previously referenced Resolution of the National Assembly,” the Commissioners stated.The Commissioners further stated that the holding of meetings of the Sub-Committees of GECOM should resume discussing, determining and guiding GECOM’s actions and schedules necessary for the holding of elections in the constitutionally mandated 90-day timeframe.This activity, according to them, will demonstrate that the GECOM is alert to its duty and responsibilities to be the nation as mandated by the Constitution. The commissioners have also called on civil society and the international community to take note and be vigilant with respect to the unfolding situation at GECOM, especially as it relates to a possible delay.On Tuesday, Patterson, circulated an agenda for the Wednesday, January 8, statutory meeting of GECOM slated for 13:00h. The Opposition Commissioners said they responded to the proposed agenda sent by the Chairman, requesting the inclusion of ‘GECOM Preparations for Elections’ as a priority issue for consideration at the said meeting.“The natural and obvious inclusion of this agenda item was expected as a consequence of the resolution on the no-confidence motion of December 21, 2018 in the National Assembly,” they added. However, less than three hours before the meeting the announcement was made that the Chairman was unwell and that his medical leave had been extended.“A later GECOM Media Advisory stated inter alia; “…his medical leave has been extended following a visit to his doctor on January 7, 2019”. It is passing strange that this information was not passed on to all Commissioners on January 7, 2019,” the Commissioners observed.Patterson has not been at work since November 30, 2018, and there is no clear indication as to when he could return, as a timeframe for the extended sick leave has not been provided. The last meeting of Commissioners was held on November 27, 2018.Following his appointment as GECOM chair, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has noted with concern that Patterson might not be best suited for the post given his seniority. But President David Granger had argued that Patterson who was at the time of his appointment in 2017, 84-year-old, is ‘fit and proper’ for the post, in accordance with the Constitution of Guyana.In October 2018, the PPP filed leave to appeal the October 19, 2018 decision of acting Chancellor Madam Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards and fellow Appellate Court Justices Dawn Gregory and Justice Rishi Persaud that effectively declared Patterson’s appointment constitutional. The matter is now before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).last_img read more