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Gillespie in Ireland Test rank call

first_img The 39-year-old, now head coach of Yorkshire, believes the move would both reward Ireland’s performances in limited-overs internationals and provide a necessary boost to the five-day format. Gillespie told All Out Cricket: “Let’s face it, outside of Australia and England and, to a lesser extent, South Africa, people don’t turn up to watch Test cricket. That’s just the way it is, and it’s sad. Press Association “One fantastic way to give Test cricket a lift straight away would be to give Ireland full Test status. It’s something that should happen sooner rather than later from the ICC. “Imagine if Ireland were given Test status. That would be huge news in world cricket, and it would be a massively positive story for the world game. “The ICC and all the national boards talk a lot about the importance of protecting the integrity of Test cricket. If it is that important, then we should look to improve it, and in my view including Ireland would improve it.” Ireland reached the Super Eight stage of the 2007 World Cup, beating Pakistan and Bangladesh in addition to a memorable tie with England, and also qualified for the World Twenty20 in 2009 and 2010. Gillespie added: “Ireland are ticking all the boxes. They’ve punched well above their weight in limited-overs tournaments. “Think of the list of names who’ve plied their trade in English domestic cricket and who have even played for England. It would make a decent Test side. “I don’t see why it couldn’t happen. Eoin Morgan is obviously with England full-time now but, apart from him, you’ve got Ed Joyce (Sussex), William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin (both Warwickshire), George Dockrell (Somerset), Peter Chase (Durham).” Surrey captain Gary Wilson, Middlesex opener Paul Stirling and brothers Niall and Kevin O’Brien are also among the Irish contingent to make their way in the county game. center_img Former Australia paceman Jason Gillespie has called for Ireland to be elevated to the Test cricket ranks.last_img read more

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Iwobi: I Still Have a Long Way to Go in My…

first_imgThe academy now features a number of full-size pitches, including an exhibition pitch with the same Desso surface and dimensions as Emirates Stadium and it was unveiled last month.“I haven’t seen it this year but I saw it last year when they were building, and even then it looked amazing,” Iwobi told the Arsenal Weekly podcast.“It looks so futuristic compared to when I was there. I’ve seen new buildings, new pitches, and it just looks amazing.“Someone sent me a picture of my photo hanging up at Hale End. I thought, ‘That’s crazy because back in the day I was looking at Jack Wilshere and all the big players that have come through’,” he continued.“I wouldn’t want to say that I’m one of them because I’ve still got a long way to go in my career and things to prove, but I’m one who has graduated through this academy and it’s a crazy feeling.“I didn’t have what they have now. I believe that I’m at the best I can be because every day I’m trying to work on my technique, my physical attributes,” he added.“But the facilities they have now will definitely benefit them in the future. It’s not just about the football, but also the educational side as well.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Arsenal midfielder, Alex Iwobi, recently visited the English Premier League (EPL) club’s academy at the Hale End north London.The 21-year-old Super Eagles forward who is a product of the academy, could not believe his eyes when he saw Hale End’s redevelopment for the first time.last_img read more

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Jim Boeheim: I had no involvement with underlying violations of this case

first_img Related Stories ESPN’s Jay Bilas on Jim Boeheim’s suspension: ‘It doesn’t make any sense’Storify: Social media reacts to NCAA’s decision on Jim Boeheim’s appealRead the full NCAA report on Jim Boeheim’s appealMike Hopkins will coach his 1st game ever on Saturday against GeorgetownSyracuse University statement on NCAA’s denial of Jim Boeheim’s 9-game suspension appeal Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim responded to the NCAA’s ruling on his appeal that will start his nine-game suspension immediately.Here’s what he said in a statement through SU Athletics:“Today, the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee rightfully determined that the NCAA Committee on Infractions abused its discretion in imposing a nine conference-game suspension based upon my alleged violation of the Head Coach Responsibility Bylaw. “The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee agreed that the NCAA Committee on Infractions ignored the fact that I had no involvement in any of the underlying violations in this case, and that I did not acquiesce in any of those underlying violations, in imposing its unprecedented suspension.  The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee also agreed that this case was in sharp contrast to cases where head coaches were directly involved in a number of underlying violations, including unethical conduct violations, recruiting violations, and violations of the NCAA legislation regarding extra benefits.  At the same time, however, the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee decided to immediately impose a nine-game suspension, which is longer than any of the suspensions imposed in those cases. “Needless to say, I am extremely disappointed with the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee’s decision, and in particular, the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee giving us only two days to make this transition, when the appeal was argued weeks ago.  However, I have full faith in the ability of Coach Hopkins, my staff, and our seniors to lead the Men’s Basketball Program through this difficult time, and I look forward to returning to the bench on January 9 against the University of North Carolina.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I am considering my options moving forward and will have no further comment regarding this matter at this time.”Syracuse faces Georgetown on the road on Saturday afternoon. Mike Hopkins will be the interim head coach for the next nine games. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on December 3, 2015 at 3:33 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

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Brewers designate Smoak for assignment, add Vogelbach

first_img The Milwaukee Brewers claimed first baseman/designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach off waivers and designated Justin Smoak for assignment as they attempt to boost their struggling lineup and make another September surge.Smoak, 33, had been hitting .186 with five homers, 15 RBIs and 40 strikeouts in 113 at-bats. Smoak went 1 of 21 over his last eight games, though he did walk twice and score two runs Wednesday in an 8-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers.“Determining whether and the likelihood of a player snapping out of a slump is always a really tough judgment call,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said. “In this case, with the volume of playing time that Justin had to try to get this going and where we are in the season, we felt like it was the right time.”The Brewers are taking a leap of faith in regard to Vogelbach, who made the All-Star Game last year but has struggled ever since.Vogelbach, 27, has batted .088 (5 of 57) in a combined 20 games this season with Seattle and Toronto, who both designated him for assignment. He has walked 12 times.Last year, Vogelbach batted .208 with 30 homers, 76 RBIs, 92 walks and a .780 OPS for Seattle. But he hit just .143 (19 of 133) with five homers and 12 RBIs in August and September of last season.“The underlying skills are still there,” Stearns said. “He still has a really solid understanding of the strike zone. He understands what strikes and balls are, and he controls the zone very well, and he still has the same impressive raw power that allowed him to hit 30 home runs last year and have a really good first half. Those are still there.”Vogelbach has played first base in the past but has exclusively been a DH so far this season. Stearns said Vogelbach could play some first base for Milwaukee but added that “I wouldn’t expect him to see the bulk of the time there.”Milwaukee is seeking a third straight postseason berth, something it has never accomplished in franchise history. The Brewers got to the playoffs each of the last two years thanks to strong finishes, and they’ll need another big September to get back to the postseason.The Brewers (17-19) are third in the NL Central, 4½ games behind the Chicago Cubs and one game behind St. Louis. Milwaukee is averaging just four runs per game to rank 27th out of 30 major league teams, ahead of only Cincinnati, Kansas City and Texas.“We have to recognize that we haven’t scored enough runs this year to this point to win the number of games that we’d like to win,” Stearns said. “This is a reflection of trying to find a fit that could potentially help our offense.”Milwaukee’s decision to designate Smoak for assignment comes after the Brewers already released first baseman/outfielder Logan Morrison and utilityman Brock Holt, who has since signed with Washington. The Brewers had added all three players before this season.In other moves, the Brewers reinstated pitcher Brandon Woodruff from the paternity list and optioned reliever Phil Bickford to their alternate training site.Image credits: AP First Published: 4th September, 2020 06:08 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News LIVE TV Last Updated: 4th September, 2020 06:08 IST Brewers Designate Smoak For Assignment, Add Vogelbach The Milwaukee Brewers claimed first baseman/designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach off waivers and designated Justin Smoak for assignment as they attempt to boost their struggling lineup and make another September surgecenter_img COMMENT Written By WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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CAF #WCQ Match Day 5: Nigeria, Tunisia, and Egypt one win away from Russia…

first_imgGroup BNigeria vs Zambia (Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, UyoCameroon vs Algeria (Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé)There are 10 AFCON titles resident in this group, with Cameroon providing half of that count. Astonishingly, qualification most likely would be sealed before the final group game with the indomitable lions far-off the mark. Nigeria will advance to FIFA’s quadrennial event with a home win against Zambia in Uyo, while on paper what seem to be a blockbuster fixture in Yaoundé between Cameroon and Algeria, becomes inconsequentialStandings: Nigeria (10pts), Zambia (7pts), Cameroon (3pts), Algeria (1pt)Group CMali vs Ivory Coast (Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako)Morocco vs Gabon (Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca)All four teams head into match day 5 with the realization of being fully involved in the qualifying race albeit some standing on mathematical grounds. On paper, Ivory Coast should be able to consolidate their position as they travel to Bamako to take on the Eagles of Mali who remain the only team in the group yet to secure a win. In Casablanca, Hervé Renard’s desert foxes look poised for a win, even if Gabon have in their fold,  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, one of the most lethal poacher in world football.Standings: Ivory Coast (7pts), Morocco (6pts), Gabon (5pts), Mali (2pts) Group DSouth Africa vs Burkina Faso (FNB Stadium, Johannesburg)Cape Verde vs Senegal (Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde)This group have seen upsets in results (South Africa 1-2 Cape Verde), as it has an order for a replay. FIFA ordered a replay of the South Africa v Senegal match after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the lifetime ban of match referee Joseph Lamptey who was in charge of the abolished tie in which originally, South Africa had defeated Senegal 2–1.While South Africa has accepted the ruling, Burkina Faso has launched an appeal in CAS. On the pitch, the FNB Stadium has the most crucial; a defeat for bafana-bafana extinguishes their hopes of securing a world cup birth. Cape Verde can go top with a home win against Senegal’s Taranga Lions.Standings: Burkina Faso (6pts), Cape Verde (6pts), Senegal (5pts), South Africa (4pts) Nigeria, Tunisia, and Egypt are in line to seal three of the five exclusive spot reserved for the Confederation of African Football (CAF), at the 2018 FIFA world cup.Group AGuinea vs Tunisia (Stade du 28 Septembre, Conakry)Libya vs DR Congo (Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet, Monastir)The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia are considered favorite to finish top of an evenly matched group when they take on Guinea in Conakry. A win for Tunisia and a favorable result (draw) in Monastir where Libya host DR Congo will confirm their 5th appearance at the FIFA World Cup.Standings: Tunisia (10pts), DR Congo (7pts), Guinea (3pts), Libya (3pts). Group EUganda vs Ghana (Mandela National Stadium, KampalaEgypt vs Congo (Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria)Regarded as the group of death, no surprise as three of the four teams grouped can still secure the sole ticket to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Egypt sits atop will host Congo in Alexandria with a win piloting what should be a successful qualifying series only if the other fixture between Uganda and Ghana ends in a stalemate.Standings: Egypt (9pts), Uganda (7pts), Ghana (5pts), Congo (1pt) The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia, from 14 June – 15 July, with 32 teams.RelatedCAF #WCQ Roundup: Four Teams Eliminated, Others Continue 2018 FIFA World Cup Ticket ChaseSeptember 6, 2017In “Africa”2018 World Cup: Nigeria, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, & Egypt Seek To Consolidate Positions Ahead Of Double HeadersAugust 31, 2017In “Africa”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Africa): Senegal, Tunisia Record Important Wins In Race To Join Nigeria In Russia.October 8, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

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Dynamic Partners offers industry newcomers Asian opportunity

first_img HKJC closes OCBBs amid rising public health concerns July 13, 2020 StumbleUpon EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Share Dynamic Partners, the Asian facing gaming consultants, has partnered with G2E Asia, to provide a platform for industry newcomers, from within its home continent and further afield, opportunity for targeted business development with some of the key decision makers in the region.The Game Development Fair is set to held at the G2E event in May, and Harmen Brenninkmeijer, Managing Partner at Dynamic Partners, has been addressing what there is to know about the fair, how companies can get involved and the number of benefits of such an opportunity. SBC: When and where does the Fair take place and who is it aimed at?Harmen Brenninkmeijer: “Dynamic Partners has been based in Hong Kong for five years and has worked with early-stage gaming technology and content companies for many years.“As such, we have collaborated with the organisers of G2E Asia and identified an opportunity to create an event that provides a platform for a select number of emerging content companies to showcase new or non-commercialised games to an Asia-based audience.“The first Game Development Fair is to be held on Wednesday, May 16, in its own dedicated area of G2E Asia 2018. We are looking to recruit participating companies from within as well as from outside Asia, so we can present as diverse a selection of games as possible.“G2E Asia is kindly providing the space, power and furnishings to participating companies free of charge, so the only cost to participate will be the cost of attending plus any marketing materials they wish to distribute at the event.“Anyone wishing to apply to participate should register their details here and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss further.”“Young and new companies are often quite advanced in terms of innovation”SBC: Sounds interesting. So what criteria do prospective participants need to meet and how do they apply?HB: “We are primarily looking to give smaller or newer companies the opportunity to be introduced to an Asia-based audience of operators, distributors and investors. The main selection criteria are based on company size so companies that adhere to one or more of having fewer than 10 people, being younger than three years old or with annual revenues less than US$1m.“We would ideally like to see the focus on online or land-based games that have so far not been commercialised, especially to an Asian audience. The type of games is important too, as we would like to showcase games that an Asian audience would love to play.”SBC: From where are you hoping to attract applicants?HB: “Our recruitment of participating companies is focused on developers from Europe and Asia. The European online game development industry is understandably more mature than that in Asia and we want to see if that maturity can add value to the Asia gaming industry from the perspective of early-stage companies. “The reason we are focused on early-stage or non-commercialised product is that we feel that young and new companies are often quite advanced in terms of innovation but lack the reach or resources to optimise the promotion of their games.“Providing this opportunity is fundamental to the Game Development Fair.”SBC: What can participants in the GDF expect to gain from the event?HB: “Those successful applicants that are selected to participate will have an excellent opportunity to present their games to a potential G2E Asia audience of over 13,000 visitors.“The organisers of G2E, Reed Expo, will also be driving visitation by promoting the event to their extensive regional database of past and expected visitors. For companies looking to broaden the audience for its content into Asia, this is an excellent opportunity to showcase their games to a targeted audience of operators, distributors and investors.”“Asia is the growth engine for many segments of the global gaming industry”SBC: Why does G2E Asia represent such a good opportunity for emerging developers?HB: “Asia is the growth engine for many segments of the global gaming industry. The appetite for all types of product is massive and still growing at a healthy rate, far in excess of more historically established markets. “The player bases are potentially much larger than those in more established jurisdictions and the level of market maturity represents an excellent opportunity for emerging game developers to tap into this growth and use innovation to establish a foothold in this highly demanding and rewarding marketplace.”SBC: What will visitors to G2E Asia gain from the Fair?HB: “Visitors to G2E Asia will benefit from seeing new games for their market and customers in a dedicated environment, as well as being able to speak direct with the people behind the games.“The opportunity to take advantage and develop commercial will follow, should the content address specific customer needs.”To register an interest in the Game Development Fair at G2E Asia, follow: https://www.dynamicpartners.co/game-development-fair-2018/. 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Ferdinand upset over losing England captaincy to Terry

first_imgRio Ferdinand is “very upset” over plans to reinstate John Terry as England captain, a source close to the player has told BBC Sport.The Manchester United defender is the current skipper after Chelsea’s Terry was stripped of the armband last year.The source claimed England boss Fabio Capello has been persuaded to re-think his stance by “certain London-based media” close to centre-half Terry.Capello’s camp say no decision has been made but say Terry is being considered.Capello is due to discuss the situation with Ferdinand later on Tuesday before addressing the rest of his squad next week, when they meet up next for Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales in Cardiff.Franco Baldini, Capello’s number two, has already spoken to current England vice-captain Steven Gerrard about the situation. The Liverpool midfielder, who is currently sidelined with a hernia injury, is said to be comfortable with Terry’s likely reinstatement.Ferdinand, 32, was made captain when Terry was relieved of his duties in February 2010 after reports surfaced that he had an affair with the former partner of England team-mate Wayne Bridge.Since then, Ferdinand has made only four appearances for England and will miss the game against Wales because of problems with his back and calf.The England captaincy has become a big issue for Capello in the wake of February’s friendly against Denmark.With Ferdinand and Gerrard both absent, Frank Lampard started the match in Copenhagen as skipper but passed the armband to Gareth Barry when he was substituted. In turn, Barry gave it to Ashley Cole when he was replaced.“I was really upset about what happened in Denmark, when I saw the players saying ‘who is the captain?’,” said Capello.“After one year of punishment, it was not the best moment for John Terry to see this. For that reason, I need to make a decision – and it will be a permanent decision, not just one game.”Capello thinks Ferdinand will understand why he has decided to address the captaincy issue now.“First of all, I want to know what happened with Rio’s back and when he will be fit because he is a really important player for us,” said the 64-year-old Italian. “After that, I will explain to him what really happened and what I am going to do in the next week – if I will decide on a new captain or about John Terry or something else.“Why will it be a difficult conversation? It is not because he is not a good captain.“I will explain what happened in Denmark and what I think. I would understand if he is not happy but I am the manager. I have to take decisions.”Terry was first handed the armband by former England boss Steve McClaren after the 2006 World Cup and was retained as skipper by Capello before the Czech Republic in August 2008.Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday that the 30-year-old centre-back would be delighted if he reclaimed the England captaincy on a permanent basis. “I didn’t say anything when the England team took away his armband,” said Ancelotti. “Obviously, this is the decision of the national team and he will be happy about this.”Although he is not in the running to take over from Ferdinand, Jack Wilshere is considered a future England captain by Capello, who has hailed him as “the best young midfielder for his age”.After making his debut against Hungary on 11 August last year, the 19-year-old Arsenal midfielder did not play for the national team until the Denmark friendly last month.During that time, Capello said he had seen a huge improvement in the teenager, highlighted by his performance in the Champions League defeat by Barcelona last week.“It is incredible,” Capello admitted. “In this last seven months, he improved a lot. After that very first game, I was not sure because he didn’t play with a lot of confidence. “Following the Denmark game, some people were surprised when I said I was really happy with his performance.“But he played with confidence and without fear. He tried to do the same things he usually does when he plays for Arsenal and everyone can understand his value after the games against Barcelona.“I followed him. I monitored him during the game in Barcelona. Against the most difficult team, one of the best teams of all, he played the same game, with the same confidence he did in the first leg.”Capello added: “He will be England captain one day. Jack Wilshere needs more caps but he is a real leader. I saw how he spoke with the referee and how he spoke to the other players.“It is difficult to find someone so young with such a big personality. Source: BBClast_img read more

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Bosna Royal lost to Lovcen 1947 Cetinje 85-100 in ABA 2 League

first_imgBosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) triple basketball champions Bosna Royal lost to Lovcen 1947 Cetinje from Montenegro 85-100 in the 22nd round of the ABA 2 League here on Wednesday evening.The two teams tied in the beginning of the first quarter, after which Lovcen 1947 Cetinje played better. Approaching to the end of the first quarter, the host team started to play better and won the first quarter with 27-26.During the second quarter, the visiting team played offensively, ending the second quarter with 12 points advantage with the final result of the second quarter of 16-29.The third quarter was opened very well, with precise shots and with good play of the visiting team ending the quarter with 3 points lead for the visiting team (21-24)The fourth quarter saw a better play by the host team starting with 8 points advantage. However, with series of shots, the visiting team tides, ending the fourth quarter with the result of 21-21.Drasko Albijanic scored 31 points for the visiting team, while Atif Durak scored 20 points for the host team.The match against Lovcen 1947 Cetinje was the last one for players of Bosna Royal in the season of ABA 2 League. Currently, with four defeats, Bosna Royal is on the 11th place with 27 points. The ABA 2 League is the second-string league of the Adriatic League, which features teams from former Yugoslavia regions, as well as from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, etc.last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $212,517 INTO SATURDAY

first_imgSANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $212,517 INTO SATURDAY; FIRST POST TIME FOR NINE-RACE CARD IS AT 1 P.M.  CAL-BREDS TO COMPETE ON SATURDAY IN $100,000 CRYSTAL WATER STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURFARCADIA, Calif. (April 26, 2019)–With sunny skies and fast and firm conditions projected, Santa Anita will offer fans a nine-race card on Saturday which will be punctuated by a Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $212,517.Saturday’s card will be highlighted by the $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes, which will go as the fifth race on the program.  For California-bred or sired 3-year-olds and up at one mile on turf, the Crystal Water attracted a field of seven, with Brandothebartender installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite.With a 20 cent minimum wager required, the popular Rainbow Six attracted $88,275 in “new” money today, helping to create a total pool of $280,582.  While there was no Single Ticket winner, there were 43 consolation tickets with six winners, each worth $1,104.60.Saturday’s Rainbow Six will begin with race four, which has an approximate post time of 2:33 p.m. PT.First post time is set for 1 p.m. and admission gates open at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit  santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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Granger should stop listening to party hardliners and set an elections date

first_imgDear Editor,We are headed for a constitutional crisis, because Granger and followers are bent on circumventing the clear and unambiguous letter of the law. They are bent on holding on to power no matter what the cost, so the usual T-dancing on non-essential and illogical issues that have nothing to do with the clear-set mandates in the Constitution.I see Attorney Nigel Hughes giving his opinion on the same issue also, he is postulating a “what if” scenario. There is no “what if” scenario to a successful passage of a no-confidence motion. What I can safely tell Nigel Hughes and friends is that the Constitution of Guyana has no “what if” attached to its clauses, the matter of a no-confidence vote being carried has the attending consequences for the sitting Government and that is final.Now, there can be an extension to the March 21 date, but that is dependent on the consent, and I repeat, the consent and approval of the Opposition. I know the Granger folks do not like to hear this, because in their book the Opposition should have no say in the running of things in this country. But the way the Constitution is written, this cannot happen, they must seek education and legally-guided reasoning from the Opposition. At every step of the way the Opposition must be quoted, this is shared governance at its best. So, Granger is at his wits’ end as to the way forward.Well, a sound suggestion to the President to ease the stress is, set a date for the election, you still have time. Stop listening to the hardliners in your party and set a date, it will be the most enlightened decision you would have made in your entire career.The Constitution further prescribes the President and Cabinet shall resign and announce a date for elections within 90 days; that is so clear. Those 90 days end when the clock strikes midnight Thursday March 21, 2019 and if an elections date is not set by that time, the Government becomes an illegal entity, a squatter if you please.I do not think the PNC would like that impending crisis to settle in, because dark and gloomy would be for all members of that illegal entity called the PNC-led coalition.No court of law can overturn what is clearly etched out in the Constitution, so Mr Granger, come on: do the right thing.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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