– 8:35 p.m.: Harbour View vs UWI FC – Harbour View Stadium Moneybags Mount Pleasant FC will make another attempt at cementing their credentials as being legitimate title challengers when they host leaders and defending champions Portmore United at Drax Hall in one of five games on today. The newly promoted team, backed by Englishman Peter Gould, got their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) journey off to a good start when they beat the defending champions on the opening day of the season. Since then, they have blown hot and cold, beating some of the better teams and falling to teams they were expected to beat at home. In their last three games, they have got the better of Waterhouse, lost to Montego Bay United away, before stopping 11th-placed Dunbeholden away. A win against Portmore United would have their horde of fans, some of whom have fallen off the wagon temporarily, believing again. Portmore United, while leading everyone else, have not been the most consistent, losing twice in their last five games. Portmore United do have the deepest squad in the league, and if their players such as captain Ricardo Morris, Jovan East, and Chavany Willis report with enough interest, then they could be unplayable. Tomorrow’s game RELEGATION HOLE At Royal Lakes, Waterhouse will seek to pile more misery on the battling Dunbeholden who, with a victory, could strengthen their chances of climbing out of the relegation hole in which they currently find themselves. Waterhouse have improved their standing to second, and a win would pull them closer to leaders Portmore United, and even ahead of them should the leaders lose to Mount Pleasant. Arnett Gardens ended their winless-losing streak with a comfortable 2-0 away win over the struggling Tivoli Gardens and should fancy their chances against Humble Lion. Of interest is the fact that midfielder Vishinul Harris and goalkeeper Damion Hyatt, both of whom were being sought by Humble Lion, played key roles in Arnett Gardens’ midweek win and should feature today. Humble Lion do have quality in their line-up, and their chances should not be written off, but in order for them to have a chance, their attackers will have to fire. Tivoli Gardens have slipped out of the top six, and with unfavourable results, a playoff spot appears to be slipping out of their hands. From their perspective, today’s home game against Montego Bay United could be exactly what the doctor ordered. They must be thinking that if there is a team for them to beat now, it must be the team rooted at the foot of the table. Montego Bay United, on the other hand, are in a battle for survival, and anything but a win today would drive another nail into their relegation coffin. The reactivation of Dino Williams, the temporary return of Owayne Gordon, as well as those of Deshane Beckford, Jacameno Barrett, and Johann Weatherly, have strengthened their squad, but they will have to start stacking up the victories. Reno have taken over from Boys’ Town as the great-escape artistes of the RSPL, and this season is continuing in that vein for them. A favourable result against Cavalier will have them believing even more that they can do it once more. A loss, however, could see them being dragged back into the relegation dogfight, especially if one or both of Dunbeholden or Montego Bay United win. – 5 p.m.: Cavalier vs Reno – Stadium East – 3 p.m.: Dunbeholden vs Waterhouse – Royal Lakes – 3 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Arnett Gardens – Effortville Community Centre – 3 p.m.: Mount Pleasant vs Portmore United – Drax Hall – 7 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Montego Bay United – Edward Seaga Complex Today’s Games
…PNC bullyismGECOM Chair Justice (retired) Claudette Singh finally ended her Hamlet-like agonising (“to announce or not to announce”) elections timelines! And allowed that GECOM will be ready to hold elections at the end of February 2020. To continue with the analogy from yesterday, she didn’t have to cut the baby of elections into two but only because the PPP, which returned democracy to Guyana in 1992, decided that democracy was more important than coming out into the streets like the PNC to protest the traducing of the Constitution by Granger and Co.Does anyone out there believe the PNC would’ve been as patient with the patently ridiculous manoeuvres they deployed to delay the 3-month NCM elections date by a full year, if it were the PPP?? We saw the PNC in 1997 unleash violence in the streets when they only CLAIMED the elections were rigged – and forced the PPP to truncate their term of office by 2 years. Now once again, the PPP has gotten the short end of the stick for observing the norms of parliamentary democracy and not resorting to PNC-type actions.This PNC Government life has now ended…but don’t expect them to act in any way different than if they had just gotten a new mandate to govern. And that’s exactly how they’ll view the GECOM Chair’s date: as a licence for Granger to go even beyond the end of Feb date and be brazen enough to proclaim elections in May 2020. Imitating Burnham’s brazen post-1968 riggings.But today is a new day, where the US and western interests are now economic with the discovery of oil. They can’t afford to encourage an undemocratic government – especially when they’ve pulled out all the stops against one usurper next door in Venezuela. So, to their credit, the US, UK and the EU finally broken their silence. They fired the following broadside against the PNC Government:“However, we deeply regret that by surpassing September 18, the Government is currently in breach of the Constitution following its failure to adhere to the decisions of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on 18 June and its subsequent orders”.This situation comes at great cost to the people of Guyana. The prevailing political uncertainty undermines Guyanese institutions, compromises economic opportunities and delays development across all areas— including infrastructure, education, health, and social services. It also hinders our ability to support Guyana’s development needs.We therefore call upon the President to set an elections date immediately in full compliance with Guyana’s constitution”.But that can’t be any old date. “Full compliance” means elections by Sept 18. But, of course, that’s impossible. The PPP Commissioners suggested November.Nothing later will do!!…and what now??The PNC Executive – the President and Cabinet – is now illegal. The “Government” – which isn’t coterminous with the Executive— continues since there are governmental functions which must be maintained for the nation’s business to continue. In Guyana, the Executive has unfortunately has dominated the Government like a colossus – ever since Burnham created the “Executive Presidency” to pander to his megalomania – and folks conflate the two.Guyanese must look at the model at Westminster where Permanent Secretaries take care of the minutiae of quotidian governance. In any case, all of this is handled through explicit “Caretaker Conventions”, which Granger and company should get familiar with. What it means for sure is that all the so call “outreaches” must cease forthwith. And all those high-priced fancy SUV’s purchased since June 18, must be returned immediately.ExxonMobil would be well advised to delay first oil until AFTER the elections, so as not to be seen as giving any advantage to the caretaker Government.Caretakers can only MAINTAIN the property – not collect rentals to be used!!… GrangerGranger has ceased to be a “de jure” President, that is, existing as a result of law, and has become a “de facto” President – i.e. as a result of fact other than law.In his case, the fact of shamelessness!!
Gang members are responsible for two homicides over the weekend, authorities confirmed Monday. On Sunday evening, a 30-year old North Hollywood man was gunned down outside his residence in the 7000 Block of Fulton Avenue. Gabriel Garcia was walking with a friend outside the apartment complex where Garcia lived, when a vehicle with several Latino men pulled up and shot him with a large-caliber weapon, Los Angeles police Detective Mike Coffee said. “It’s definitely a drive-by,” Coffee said. “There’s no doubt about that.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeIn another incident in Arleta on Friday evening, Mario Rodriguez, a 21-year-old man from Sylmar with no gang affiliation, was shot and killed after he and two friends were confronted by three individuals suspected of being gang members, police said. The shooting occurred about 11:35 p.m. in the 13100 block of Reedley Street. One of the suspects reportedly shouted an unknown gang name before pulling out a rifle and killing Rodriguez, who died at the scene, an LAPD spokesman said. Police are seeking the shooter, described as a Latino male, 17-19 years old, 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. There have now been 43 gang-related homicides in the San Fernando Valley this year, and 85 total. Anyone with information in the North Hollywood shooting can call North Hollywood detectives at (818) 623-4075; for the Arleta shooting, call Foothill Division detectives at (818) 834-3115. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!