Dear Editor,The Bar Council of the Bar Association of Guyana notes with much concern the comments made by the Attorney General, the Hon Basil Williams, SC, MP, on May 18, 2018. The Attorney General, in referring to the conduct of litigation by lawyers in private practice for the State, is reported to have said that criminal action needs to be taken against lawyers conducting such litigation and that he “believes that [lawyers] need to start being charged now”.These statements of the Attorney General, in addition to ignoring the fact that it is the Director of Public Prosecutions, a constitutional office-holder, whose duty it is to determine when and under what circumstances persons should face criminal charges, may give the incorrect impression to the public that there is something wrong, sinister or unlawful with lawyers in private practice conducting litigation for the StateIn reality, lawyers at the private Bar have always conducted litigation for the State in Guyana and throughout the Commonwealth, and continue to do so today. This practice is entirely proper and is used where lawyers in private practice have such skills, experience or specialist knowledge of discrete areas of law to enable them properly and successfully conduct litigation on behalf of the State.Writing in 1973, Dr Mohammed Shahabudeen, then Attorney General, noted the practice in his book “The Legal System of Guyana” as follows:In 1921 the Governor made it clear that King’s Counsel were expected to undertake prosecutions for the Crown at a nominal fee so as to free the Attorney General for more important advisory work. … Senior Counsel are probably still conscious of a special obligation to accept a brief from the state, but it is rather unlikely that they consider that they have to do it at cut rates.The fact that the Attorney General has himself retained counsel in private practice from outside of Guyana to conduct litigation indicates that the practice of the State retaining lawyers in private practice to conduct litigation is both well established and continues today.This was done by the Attorney General in relatively recently conducted matters such as SM Jaleel & Co Ltd and Guyana Beverages Inc v The Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Zulfikar Mustapha v Attorney General, and The Attorney General of Guyana v Cedric Richardson.It is clear, therefore, that lawyers who conduct litigation for the State commit no criminal conduct whatsoever by the fact of their conducting that litigation. It is also clear that it is neither improper nor unusual for lawyers in private practice to conduct litigation for the State.The Bar Council, therefore, views the comments made by the Attorney General as an entirely unwarranted attack on the professionalism and the independence of the members of legal profession, unbecoming of a member of the Inner Bar.It urges the Attorney General to strengthen methods of record keeping at the Attorney General’s Chambers, if there are difficulties in that regard, and to resolve issues concerning the conduct of litigation with those lawyers appearing for the State privately, with circumspection, and in a manner becoming of the standards of the profession.Such a course of action will avoid bringing the legal profession in Guyana into disrepute, which is entirely undesirable from an office-holder who has traditionally been recognised in the Commonwealth with the unofficial and honorific title of Leader of the Bar.Sincerely,Guyana BarAssociation
0Shares0000Shujaa’s Leonard Mugaisi wheels away from a Rwandese opponent during a Safari Sevens match at the Kasarani Stadium on September 24, 2016. PHOTO/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 23- Kenya’s Shujaa began their hunt for this year’s Safari Sevens title on a high with a 45-0 thumping of Rwanda at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Saturday morning. Leonard Mugaisi scored a hatrick of tries with Cyprian Kuto striking a brace while Frank Wanyama and Graham Bunyasi all added to the huge haul. Head coach Benjamin Ayimba was impressed with the performance of his charges despite facing a relatively easier opponent and he believes it has given his side a good footing to hunt for the first title since 2013.“It is always important to start with a win and this gives us some very good morale. We played really well especially on the breakdowns and we used the spaces well. It is also great to see the new players getting to do their thing quite well and I am looking forward to a very good tournament,” Ayimba told Capital Sport.Kenya Sevens coach Benjamin Ayimba and his assistant Paul Murunga during the Safari Sevens tournament at the Kasarani Stadium on September 24, 2016. PHOTO/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“We can win this title but we need to go a step at a time. The competition is tough and we need to be alert in all matches,” he added.Wanyama began the mauling with a touch down on the far right after a good offload from Brian Tanga who had swayed to the right after winning possession on the left. Tanga’s attempt on the conversion went wide.Leonard Mugaisi made it 10-0 down the posts after a good spirited run from the halfway line and Tanga converted for a 12-0 lead. Cyprian Kuto read from the same script in Kenya’s third try, kicking away from the Rwandese players powerfully with Tanga adding the extras taking the scores to 17-0.Mugaisi dotted his second of the morning after running straight down the middle from a quick start to a foul with the Rwandese having been reduced to six men with one of their men sent to the sin bin. Tanga did his work perfectly converting for a 24-0 half time lead.Cyprian Kuto shows a clean pair of heels to a Rwanda opponent during the Safari Sevens tournament at the Kasarani Stadium on September 24, 2016. PHOTO/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIn the second half, Ayimba rested most of his regulars like skipper Andrew Amonde, Wanyama, Mugaisi, and Willy Ambaka while he gave a run in to the likes of Eden Agero, Bunyasi and Alvin Otieno.The strong Kenyans continued in their strong start in the second period, Kuto touching down and Tanga converting for a 31-0 lead. Mugaisi stretched the lead further with a simple touch down and Agero converting as Kenya went 38-0 up.Bunyasi ensured he did not leave out empty handed on his debut after being picked out from a superb sprint from Agero, who complimented his effort with a conversion for a full time score of 45-0.Kenya will play Cape Warriors in their second group match at 3:14pm.“It is going to be a very tough match because most of the players are from Western Province which is a good side. We need to keep our structure, and a win in that match will give us a huge confidence boost,” Ayimba noted.Reigning National Sevens Series circuit champions Homeboyz started their campaign poorly with a 14-7 loss at the hands of Western Province.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Brentford defender Tony Craig has signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal at the Championship club.The centre-back helped the Bees win promotion last season and now he has earned a new deal at Griffin Park.Manager, Mark Warburton, said: “It is tremendous news for the club that Tony has accepted the offer put forward to him.“It shows the commitment on both sides to continue the work that has been done over the past few months.“Tony’s attitude, desire and professionalism on and off the pitch are evident for all to see.“Securing him for the long term is excellent news for the squad and gives us stability at a vital time of the season.” Tony Craig 1
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester United have set their sights on Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the event David De Gea leaves for Real Madrid. (Daily Express)Manchester United could be beaten by Chelsea to the signing of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane with the Blues planning a £35m summer swoop. (Daily Express)Arsenal are lining up a summer swoop for £25million-rated Lyon star Nabil Fekir. The striker, 21, has netted eight times in 20 starts this season. (The Sun)Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is trying to rush through a £1m deal for Valenciennes’ 16-year-old centre half Dayot Upamecano. Manchester United came close to getting the French starlet on transfer deadline day – but now could miss out to their Premier League rivals. (Daily Mirror)Real Madrid are monitoring the progress of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane despite the 21-year-old just having signed a new contract that ties him to the club until 2020. The Spanish giants have scouted the in-form hitman three times already this season. (London Evening Standard)Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has asked to leave Malaga, putting Liverpool and Arsenal on alert. (Daily Express)Liverpool are looking to bring Benfica midfielder Eduardo Salvio to Anfield in the summer. (Metro)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Sterling will NOT sign ‘incredible’ new Liverpool dealExclusive – Former Liverpool ace tells Sterling: ‘Take the contract or you can leave!’Exclusive – Allardyce for QPR? Premier League strugglers advised to approach West Ham bossLiverpool will not be held to ransom over Sterling’s new deal, claims RodgersDe Gea in talks over new Man United deal and has NOT agreed Real Madrid move, reveals agentPaul Pogba latest: Agent puts Chelsea and Manchester United on red alertManchester United transfer report: Scouts sent to watch £20m hitmanMilner to make Milan move? Italian giants AC eye shock deal for Man City aceArsenal and Liverpool target reveals Roma dreamChelsea, Liverpool and Man City run the rule over Inter Milan starSouthampton outcast nears Boca Juniors switchFormer West Ham midfielder nears Chicago Fire move
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Local television channels showed footage of the site of the attack. Thousands of people gathered around the rubble of the madrassa, and armed men were seen standing amid the bodies. Residents of the nearby village of Damadola, reached by telephone, said they were awakened Monday about 5 a.m. by two loud explosions, and when they went to look, it appeared that the school had been destroyed. Three Pakistan army helicopter gunships appeared 15 minutes later, firing rockets, the residents said. One man, who identified himself as Akhunzada, said local people had seen planes flying over the area in recent days. Sultan was quoted as saying the attack was carried out after those in charge of the building refused warnings to close it down. The Associated Press quoted hospital officials as saying that only three of the people inside the building survived, wounded. Pakistani officials dismissed suggestions that the United States was behind the attack. Tasnim Aslam, speaking for Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs at a weekly news briefing, said the attack was not carried out in response to any foreign pressure. ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The Pakistani military said Monday that it had destroyed a religious school in the Bajaur tribal area, near the border with Afghanistan, killing at least 80 people it described as militants. Helicopter gunships fired missiles into the Islamic school, or madrassa, in the village of Chingai near the town of Khar, military officials said. Among those reported killed in the pre-dawn attack was Maulvi Liaqut, a cleric the authorities have accused of sheltering local and foreign militants. Liaqut was affiliated with the banned militant organization Tehrik Nifaz-e-Shariat Mohammadi, which had recruited thousands of Pakistanis to fight with the Taliban in their insurgency in Afghanistan. “We received confirmed intelligence reports that 70 to 80 militants were hiding in a madrassa used as a terrorist-training facility, which was destroyed by an army strike, led by helicopters,” Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan, a military spokesman, told The Associated Press. “No high-value target was present at the time of the attack,” Sultan was quoted as saying, referring to top al-Qaida or Taliban leaders. Some local residents and opposition politicians said there were children in the school and contended that U.S. planes had participated in the attack, but Sultan said no children or women were in the madrassa and that no U.S. or NATO troops were involved. But opposition Islamist parties were quick to denounce the attack and blamed America. Qazi Hussain Ahmed, the leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, contended that innocent children had been killed. “This area is not an area where there can be any training camp. This is actually tantamount to the declaration of war on Pakistan,” Ahmed said. Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, an alliance of opposition Islamist parties, called for nationwide protests today.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set!
5 Josh King (Bournemouth) – King missed Norways game against Northern Ireland. "I felt my hamstring during the game (on Thursday) and in view of my history, we do not take any chances," King told NFF TV. He may play against Tottenham, though. 5 5 5 Marouane Fellaini (Man United) – Fellaini will be kept out of action for a couple of weeks, the Belgium FA confirmed. His knee injury will sideline him for the Liverpool game at Anfield on Saturday. Romelu Lukaku, meanwhile, is recovering from an ankle injury he picked up during the Crystal Palace game. Belgium have already qualified and he may not be risked on Tuesday against Cyprus. James Morrison (West Brom) – Morrison was ruled out of the Slovenia game having injured his calf in training. The World Cup qualifying group campaign is almost at an end, but did everyone make it through unscathed?No, they didn’t and here are a few concerns for Premier League clubs beginning with Arsenal and their Germany centre-back Shkodran Mustafi. N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) – Kante hobbled off during the 1-0 win against Bulgaria and will miss Tuesdays game against Belarus, manager Didier Deschamps said. "Its a muscular problem behind the thigh," he explained after the Bulgaria match. 5 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) – click right for more injury news – Mustafi was taken off shortly after the half an hour mark holding his thigh and Germany manager Joachim Low said he could be out for a while. With Mustafi it seems that it is some muscle tear or some muscle fibre tear," he told reporters. "In any case it could force him to a longer break."
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see“Violent demonstrations and armed conflicts between supporters of the Hamas and Fatah factions and clashes between the Israeli army and Palestinian militants have increased in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. … Daily inter-Palestinian violence in the Gaza Strip has spread to the West Bank. An American citizen was kidnapped and held captive for several hours by armed militants in the West Bank in June 2006.” The problem? People who can’t decide if they hate the Israelis or hate their next-door neighbors more. In the respite of making war against the Jews, the Hamas and Fatah factions have spent many days making war against each other. At the center of the conflict is the face-off between President Mahmoud Abbas (Fatah) and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (Hamas). Since Hamas’ January parliamentary victory, Abbas has tried to form some sort of unity government to ostensibly move forward with a Middle East peace process. During that time, suspended aid to the territories – because of the terrorists in charge – meant Palestinians didn’t get paychecks but got exactly what they voted for: impasse. Hamas’ deal-breaker point has been its continued commitment to the destruction of Israel. Its hatred has superseded its interest in creating a viable, self-sustaining Palestinian state. When you won’t even recognize the existence of your neighbor state and maintain a culture of fear, you won’t even get out of the statesmen starting gate. Where have the three wise men gone? (Jimmy Carter doesn’t count.) If Mary and Joseph were trying to get to Bethlehem today, they may have a few problems avoiding the Hamas and Fatah gunmen in the West Bank. If the Holy Family tried to flee to Egypt to escape King Herod’s edict that newborns be killed, they’d have to duck Hamas and Fatah crossfire at the Gaza border crossing. If Jesus was growing up in Nazareth today, he would have had to duck rockets fired at the town by Hezbollah in the recent war. In a land where the star over the manger is now more likely to be the flash of a Kalashnikov, it’s now incumbent upon the State Department to not wrap the situation in pretty paper for its most recent travel warning: Abbas, more in survival mode than anything, called for fresh parliamentary elections Saturday, freaking out Hamas to no end, spurring new violence and a Sunday cease-fire that didn’t even last till New Year’s Day. Actually, it didn’t even last a day. But there’s no turning back now. Abbas can’t afford to be bullied into backing down on his election pledge. What will drive a new ballot? The war-weary vs. the hard-core Islamists. The Islamists – Hamas – won last time because of a neo-patriotic fervor that saw rebels battling Israel as the greatest element of a Palestinian state. They’ve turned Gaza into nothing more than a militant ghetto, more intent on using the relinquished territory as a launching pad to finish off the Jewish state than turning it into a place to peacefully raise kids and launch business endeavors. The war-weary will have realized that Hamas is not God’s gift to the Palestinians. They won’t be deluded into confusing a “charity” organization with one that’s trying to buy off the people to gain new recruits and loyalists. With the cultural pressure, though, that clarity can be difficult to achieve. In a September edition of the “Let’s Talk” section of Aljazeera Magazine, a publication independent of the Al-Jazeera satellite network, a reader asked if Hamas was actually working for the well-being of the nation. Sheikha Sajida answered, “Hamas has long been seeking to create a religious-civic infrastructure in education, aid to the poor, health system, society and religion. … It’s true that Hamas has been seeking to expand its power-base to provide an alternative to the PA government, part of its larger struggle against the Jewish State, but the well-being of the Palestinians had always been on top of the organisation’s priorities.” If the well-being of the Palestinians means encouraging grannies to suicide-bomb and sentencing everyone to a perpetual state of warfare, then they’re doing just dandy. Hamas has likened Abbas’ election call to a coup and claims it will boycott the vote. An official from the group’s militant wing even told WorldNetDaily that it will unleash its fury on Israel should it be sapped of power by Abbas. Now that’s another nice Christmas present to the Holy Land, hmm? Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set!
22 22 22 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea's 6-0 defeat at Man City LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Murray has been fouled 34 times this season 4. Richarlison (Everton) 22 Mitrovic has been fouled 37 times =11. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) Torreira has been fouled 52 times huge blow 19. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) no dice Mane has been fouled 36 times 17. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Pogba has been fouled 44 times 22 Hojbjerg has been fouled 36 times 22 gameday cracker 22 =15. David Brooks (Bournemouth) shining REVEALED Gunedouzi has been fouled 42 times Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card =4. Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) 22 Zaha has been fouled 63 times =15. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Maddison has been fouled 42 times =8. Isaac Success (Watford) 5. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “I don’t think he’s targeted as a person I just think players who run with the ball as well as he does just get fouled. His play was good enough to provoke those fouls.”But does Hodgson have a point; do players who constantly look to dribble the ball constantly get fouled?Thanks to Whoscored.com, it’s possible to see who has been fouled the most so far in the Premier League this season.20. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) For every awe-inspiring dribble you see on a football pitch, there is (inevitably) at least one member of the opposition looking to ‘disrupt’ their flow.When Diego Maradona shimmied his way through the England defence on that fateful, scorching hot day at Mexico ’86, you can bet your life Peter Reid wishes he had scythed the magician down. Hazard has been fouled 69 times Xhaka has been fouled 38 times 1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 22 Murphy has been fouled 40 times Hazard knows what it is like to receive special attention in the Premier League =17. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) 8. Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED tense 2. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) Barnes has been fouled 37 times 22 22 22 22 Kane has been fouled 41 times =15. Felipe Anderson (West Ham United) 9. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 15. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) =8. James Maddison (Leicester City) 22 For every showstopping artiste that captures the imagination of the crowd, there is an unscrupulous enforcer looking to stop them – this has been the pattern in football since records began.Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was left incensed as a frustrated Wilfried Zaha saw red for two petulant yellow cards at Southampton on Wednesday night.The former England boss said of his talisman: “It’s disappointing that a player who perhaps provided the most entertainment throughout the game was consistently fouled.“That he wasn’t able to contain his frustration with that consistent fouling and complains about a foul that wasn’t given and probably should have been. Townsend has been fouled 40 times 22 Success has been fouled 42 times Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Anderson has been fouled 38 times 22 22 A cynical foul could have stopped one of the greatest goals in football history Richarlison has been fouled 52 times Brooks has been fouled 38 times 22 11. Josh Murphy (Cardiff City) 22 22 22 =19. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Southampton) 22 Fraser has been fouled 38 times
Ferland Mendy has swapped Lyon for Real Madrid where he will join former Lyon star Karim Benzema Getty Images New job Gareth Bale had a dire end to the 2018/19 season with Real Madrid.Following the reappointment of Zinedine Zidane in March, Bale struggled to nail down a regular starting place. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is 'skiving little git' Getty Images Getty Images Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid future remains uncertain LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 5 REVEALED Getty Images - Getty deals Zinedine Zidane appears to be preparing for life without Gareth Bale Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United transfer news live: Haaland 'wants a change', two players off in January Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers The Wales star was an unused substitute as Real suffered a final-day 2-0 home defeat to Real Betis.And in his post-match press conference, Zidane refused to answer whether Bale would be a Real player next season.He said: “I’m sorry he didn’t get to play, but no one knows what will happen.“If I think a player doesn’t fit in the team I have to do what I think works best. No one can change what Bale has done for the team, but as a coach I have to live in the present.“I make these decisions when it is right to do so, and I must act in the best interests of the team at all times.”Bale has been linked with moves to Tottenham, Manchester United and Bayern Munich throughout the summer. 5 Militao could have to bide his time before establishing himself as a regular starter with Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane boasting far more experience.Dani Carvajal is expected to continue at right-back, while Thibaut Courtois will be hoping to improve after a tough debut season in Madrid.How Real Madrid could line-up next season with Bale latest Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Could Gareth Bale revive his Real Madrid career in the 2019/20 season? Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world's best all-round midfielder targets punished boost But he has been hard to let go with three years remaining on his £350,000-a-week salary.And despite his future still being up in the air, Bale reported back for pre-season at the Bernabeu on Monday, along with summer signing Eden Hazard.The Belgium captain left Chelsea to join Real in an initial £88million deal last month and will be leading the LaLiga giants’ charge as they aim to win a first top-flight title since 2017.Hazard has been part of a £250million-plus spending spree which has seen Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao, and Rodrygo arrive so far.And if no other clubs can afford Bale, the 29-year-old could force his way back into Zidane’s plans and form a lethal attack with Hazard and Jovic. 5 Jovic has joined Real Madrid from Frankfurt LATEST TROPHY JIBE 5 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Paul Pogba has been heavily linked with a move to the Spanish capital after admitting ‘it could be time for a new challenge’.Real stalwarts Toni Kroos and Luka Modric could partner the France star in a three-man midfield.Similarly to Bale, Marcelo found first-team minutes hard to come by under Zidane and is likely to be replaced by £47million signing Mendy in the starting XI. buildlineup.com 5 Liverpool update 'Champions Wall' after ending 2019 as European and world champions
When SUSAN SARANDON and JULIA ROBERTS made the movie “Stepmom” 20 years ago, there were rumors that they FEUDED on the set. Those rumors weren’t true.Susan was live-Tweeting her show “Feud: Bette and Joan” on Sunday night, when she shared this . . . quote, “Press printed that Julia & I hated each other during Stepmom. Found out it was my PR person creating rumors.”As you may know, “Feud” is about how BETTE DAVIS and JOAN CRAWFORD almost clawed each other’s eyes out while making the 1962 movie “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”Susan plays Bette, and JESSICA LANGE plays Joan. And Susan would like you to know THEY got along fine. Quote, “Jess & I not only got along great during filming, we’re now dating.”(Ironically, the feud between Bette and Joan was fueled by the press, and people associated with the film, in order to drum up interest.)