Dear Editor,It is with great concern that this letter is penned to highlight a few issues damaging to what was once the top secondary school in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The New Amsterdam Secondary School has now become a household name that brings distaste to the mouth and minds of parents, students, ex-student, the community and even teachers.One issue that is destroying this wonderful institution is the relationship between the Headmaster and deputy Headmistress. They cannot find level ground to work together. Decisions made by the Headmaster, Board of Governors and even the Education Ministry’s Region Six branch are ‘thrown out’ by the Deputy Headmistress which leads to chaos and confusion throughout the school term. The relationship between the Deputy Headmistress and other teachers can be described as malicious. Teachers are now unhappy, uncomfortable, demotivated and disgust working in these conditions.This highlights the second issue; the high rate of student transfer out of the school to schools lower than the present school. This is not only happening because of the issue highlighted but because the Deputy Headmistress shows favouritism among students and staff, and even among parents. The next reason for the high transfer rate is the amount of money solicited from students by the DHM on a regular basis. Lastly, there is no financial accountability in no aspect/projects of the school activity in and out of the region. We are pleading with the relevant authorities to fix this situation before only a shell of the school remains.Yours sincerely,Patricia Gomes, Shane Williams, Gregory Smith(Concerned parents and associates)
MOST READ Nets overcome Trae Young’s 47 points, beat Hawks Marseille then had a goal ruled out by VAR after Payet’s deflected shot from the edge of the penalty area clipped striker Dario Benedetto, who was in an offside position.Benedetto’s next effort stood as he volleyed into the roof of the net from close range in the 66th, after midfielder Morgan Sanson’s saved shot from Payet’s pass bounced up invitingly to him.Payet got an ovation when he was substituted soon after his well-struck goal in the 82nd. Payet was one of France’s best players at the European Championship in 2016, but then lost his place.With Euro 2020 looming, he is pushing for a return to coach Didier Deschamps’ squad and has four goals and three assists in six games.The French league resumes on Jan. 10.OTHER MATCHESStriker M’Baye Niang’s late goal gave Rennes a 1-0 home win against Bordeaux and moved it two points above Lille into third place.Lille was routed 5-1 away to Monaco, despite Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen’s 10th league goal of the season giving Lille a 14th-minute lead.The prolific Wissam Ben Yedder grabbed two second-half goals to take his league-leading tally to 13 — two more than Mbappé.Nantes is two points behind Lille in fifth spot after losing 2-1 at home to Angers. Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Midfielder Ludovic Blas celebrated his goal after a shot from outside the penalty area in the 18th. Goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle clumsily spilled what was otherwise a comfortable shot to stop.Midfielder Antonin Bobichon leveled for Angers in the 51st and Algerian striker Farid El Melali pounced late on.Lyon was missing top scorer Memphis Depay and attacking midfielder Jeff Reine-Adélaïde to serious knee injuries sustained last weekend, but still took an early lead at sixth-place Reims through midfielder Lucas Tousart.After midfielder Mathieu Cafaro leveled from the penalty spot for Reims in the 44th, striker Moussa Dembélé missed a late penalty for Lyon in a 1-1 draw.Center forward Gaëtan Laborde netted twice as ninth-place Montpellier easily beat Brest 4-0.Headers from Malang Sarr and Hicham Boudaoui put 10th-place Nice 2-0 up inside 20 minutes at home to last-place Toulouse, and a brilliant curling shot by midfielder Pierre Lees-Melou. also in the first half, made it 3-0.Saint-Etienne slumped to a fifth defeat in the last seven games overall, losing 2-1 at 11th-place Strasbourg.Dijon midfielder Romain Amalfitano’s first league goal since January 2016 was worth the wait in a 2-2 home draw with Metz. As the ball dropped on the edge of the penalty area he struck a superb volley into the bottom corner to equalize moments after Senegal striker Habib Diallo’s 10th of the season gave Metz a 15th-minute lead.Metz had a player sent off in the second half but earned a point thanks to Habib Maiga’s injury-time goal. View comments When Pops met Martin’s son Santino Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Mbappé has been involved in 15 goals in his last 12 league games — 11 goals and four assists — and his partnership with Brazil star Neymar continues to flourish.Neymar danced in front of the home fans after tapping home from close range early into the second half. Mauro Icardi’s effort was blocked and the loose ball rolled kindly across to Neymar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Angel Di Maria then set up Mbappé with a clever reverse pass down the right, with Mbappé drilling a low shot into the corner in the 65th.However rampant in attack, PSG remains prone to lapses in concentration at the back and Colombian forward Steven Mendoza was left unmarked when he pulled a goal back five minutes later. Icardi has been in prolific form since joining on a season’s loan from Inter Milan and notched his ninth league goal in only 11 games, showing his usual dexterity when sliding to the back post to volley in a cross from the left with minutes remaining.The win kept PSG seven points clear of second-place Marseille heading into the mid-season winter break. PSG has played one game less and has a vastly superior goal difference.Marseille enjoyed a comfortable 3-1 home win against 19th-place Nimes for a sixth win in seven games. Midfield schemer Dimitri Payet was involved in all the goals — and in another disallowed goal — after a tight first half.Nimes players were exasperated not to get a penalty on the stroke of halftime, following a video review after center half Duje Caleta-Car appeared to impede Sofiane Alakouch.Alakouch inadvertently sent the ball into his own net in the 47th after sliding to stop a cross from the right from reaching Payet.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PSG’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Amiens, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019. 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Cabinet secret decisionThe recent Cabinet decision taken in relation to the procurement of pharmaceutical supplies appears aimed at having Government turn over $515.2 million to ANSA McAL before the findings of the report of the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) are made public, since that company would have already received someFormer Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall$90 million on its $605 million contract, which triggered the investigations.This is the view held by former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall. Yesterday, in a public missive, he contended that “a Cabinet decision cannot legitimise an illegality.”The matter was first made public on Thursday when Guyana Times published a copy of the decision of the Cabinet Sub-Committee concerning the contract involving ANSA McAL.According to Nandlall, “It is public knowledge that the total value of the contract for drugs unlawfully procured from ANSA McAL is six hundred and five million, nine hundred and sixty-two thousand, two hundred dollars ($605,962,200)…My information is that ninety million, seven hundred and eighty-three thousand, nine hundred and thirty-two dollars ($90,783,932) (have) already (been) paid to ANSA McAL by a previous Cabinet decision.”Nandlall contends that this was “clearly done when the controversy did not reach the gigantic proportions to which it eventually exploded. I surmise that Cabinet found itself in a conundrum after the controversy erupted, and especially when the matter was transmitted to the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) for investigation.”He added, “The problem was further compounded because, despite the internal wrangling which is emerging from the PPC in terms of who should be held responsible for the violations of the Procurement Act, it is abundantly clear that there is a unanimous finding by that Commission — that the Procurement Act was violently breached.”The former Attorney General is adamant that no minister of the Government or the Cabinet has the authority to waive or authorise the waiver of the Procurement Act in respect of any transaction to which it applies.In his repudiation of the Cabinet intervention, Nandlall has observed that based upon the content of the secret Cabinet document — which has since made its way into the public domain — it is clear that this matter was first considered by Cabinet on a previous occasion, and was transmitted to a Cabinet Sub-Committee for consideration.He has opined: “It was considered by that sub-committee and returned to Cabinet for Cabinet to stamp it with some form of imprimatur/legitimacy.” The former Legal Affairs Minister, now Opposition front bencher, is adamant that Minister Jordan, “recognizing that he is being faced with a fait accompli (already accomplished or occurred) of an unlawful transaction already taken place, the Minister of Finance, by this instrument, is now seeking coverage from Cabinet before he authorizes payment of five hundred and fifteen million, one hundred and seventy-eight thousand, two hundred and sixty-eight dollars ($515,178,268) to ANSA McAL.” The Opposition member has since accused Minister Jordan and the Cabinet of “obviously protecting themselves, and are obviously invoking the principle of collective responsibility of Cabinet in respect of authorizing an obviously unlawful payment.”Nandlall adamantly contends: “Unfortunately for this Government, a Cabinet decision cannot legitimize an illegality… Laws are made by Parliament, and equally bind all.”Nandlall has posited that Cabinet enjoys no exception, and has stated that if the Executive enjoyed such exemptions from the law, then there would have been no need for laws to be passed by Parliament. The former Minister of Legal Affairs, in his public missive, also observed that it is common knowledge that the PPC’s Report on this matter would shortly be submitted to the National Assembly, and would be discussed or debated when the National Assembly resumes sitting after the current recess.“It is my considered view that the shenanigan of the said Cabinet decision is simply an artifice, not only to satisfy the Minister of Finance’s discomfiture, but to also ensure that all payments are concluded in respect of this contract before the PPC’s Report is considered by the National Assembly and made public.”Nandlall suggests this recourse is necessary in the event of any actions taken by the National Assembly or in the courts designed to prohibit that payment. He however, adds, “Those actions will simply be futile, as payments would have already been made.”He contends, nonetheless, that despite payments already having been made, “this transaction will nevertheless remain judicially reviewable. In the end, it will be recorded as one of the most egregious exhibitions of corruption and rank illegality committed in Guyana by a Government over the last 30 years.”
“You have smoke, you have fire,” said Mourinho, who is in China with the squad for a friendly tournament involving Manchester City — managed by his bitter rival Pep Guardiola — and Borussia Dortmund.“I am not going to try to make you naive and believe that we are not trying for one player.”However, Mourinho, who replaced the sacked Louis van Gaal shortly after the Dutchman had overseen United win the FA Cup last season, said if the Pogba deal fell through there was a fallback option.Pogba’s French international team-mate the tireless Paris Saint Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi has been mentioned as an alternative.“We set four targets for us, we got three of them and we are going to get the fourth,” said Mourinho.“We established the profile of four players to improve the squad, to give us more options, especially adapted to my way of thinking about football.“Everybody speaks about one, but it wouldn’t be a surprise for me if it is not him and it is another one because we went for profile.“We have two more options in front of us and we are going to close one.”Mourinho’s three successful forays nto the market since he took over have been bringing veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in on a free transfer, signing young Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly for a reported £30million from Villarreal and splashing out a fee believed to be between £26 million and £35m for Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Dortmund.United finished fifth in the Premier League last season, 15 points behind shock champions Leicester City, and failed to qualify for the Champions League.That prompted the club to sack Van Gaal and replace him with former Chelsea boss Mourinho.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba was one of the stand-out players in the Euro 2016 competition, reaching the final with France.PHOTO/AFPLONDON, United Kingdom, July 22 – French midfielder Paul Pogba is a target for Manchester United their manager Jose Mourinho all but confirmed to the BBC in an interview given in China.The Portuguese handler told the BBC it would be pointless to pull the wool over their eyes and say he and United weren’t courting Italian champions Juventus’s 23-year-old playmaker, who could cost the English club a world record £100million ($131m, 119m euros) just four years after he left them for £800,000.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STEVENSON RANCH – A 21-year-old motorcyclist died after an accident in a Stevenson Ranch parking lot, a California Highway Patrol officer said today. The accident occurred at 25676 The Old Road around 6:30 p.m. last night, officers said. The Castaic man, whose name is being withheld, died at the scene. He was driving a 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 600 motorcycle and leaving work when he lost control and was ejected from the bike and struck a cement pole. Officials said he was wearing a helmet.
The world was stunned last night as One Direction star Zayn Malik announced he was leaving the planet’s number one boyband.The news left school girls and grown men weeping into their collective pot noodles, as everyone under the sun took to social media in an outpouring of emotion.But when it comes to one of the most philosophical men in music (on Twitter, at least), how much do fans REALLY know? We decided to test their knowledge by placing his musings alongside one of football’s best brains, the celebrated Wayne Rooney in a game we like to call: Zayn or Wayne?Play along by watching the above video…
Samba Diakite in action for Mali Mali midfielder Samba Diakite is set to join Montpellier following his departure from QPR.Diakite spent four-and-a-half years at Loftus Road after his arrival from Nancy, initially on loan, back in 2012.But he leaves having made just 23 league appearances for the west London club as he was shipped out on loan to Watford and then Al Ittihad over the past two years.So it was not surprising when Rangers decided against offering the 27-year-old a fresh deal this summer with his initial four-year contract up.But it does not look as though Diakite has had to wait long for fresh employment, with L’Equipe reporting that he is set to sign a two-year deal with Montpellier after impressing on trial. 1
Former England international and Shanghai resident Carlton Palmer has told talkSPORT Wayne Rooney will be effectively ending his career by moving to the Chinese Super League.England captain Rooney has been strongly linked with a Manchester United exit having fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho, and a £1million-a-week offer from the Far East is reportedly on the table.The striker’s agent Paul Stretford is currently in China for talks with interested clubs, and reports have suggested Rooney’s move could even be completed before next Thursday’s transfer deadline.But Palmer has urged the England and United record goalscorer to rethink the switch, insisting he still has plenty to offer and should consider moving to another Premier League team before a money-spinning retirement swansong.Asked about the quality of football in China, the former Three Lions star told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “The league is poor. It’s poor. The J-League in Japan is better than this league.“The young players who are coming out here are effectively ending their careers.“Oscar [the former Chelsea star, now at Shanghai SIPG] is here, his kids are at our school, but I can’t understand it at 25. I don’t get it!“I understand if you’re 35 and you’re at the end of your career, but he’s 25. Why? He’s got to have been on £150,000-£200,000 at Chelsea and he was testing his ability in a tough league.“I’ve seen the rumours about Rooney’s agent coming out here, but I really don’t see Wayne doing that.“I think he’s better than that, I think he’s got more to offer in the Premier League. If Manchester United don’t want him, plenty of other clubs will.“A club like Everton would still look at taking Wayne, and if I was any of those top six of seven clubs in the Premier League I would look at taking him.”Asked if he’d tell Rooney not to go through with the move, he added: “Oh absolutely!“When Wayne is about 35 or 36 and has nothing more to offer [at the top level] then come and earn a few quid with the silly money that’s on offer here.“But if I was him, I would do what Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard did – have a swansong in America when he’s ready.”Former Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and West Brom star Palmer moved out to the Chinese capital three years ago to take up the role of Director of Sport at Wellington College, where he now runs a football academy – teaching many of the professional players’ children.And, when asked what Rooney and his family should expect from the lifestyle in China, he added: “The lifestyle itself – my wife and I have been here for three years and we love it.“Shanghai is a great place to live, it’s magnificent.“However, a lot of the players aren’t in Shanghai. I was speaking to some of the coaches on the outskirts and outside of Shanghai, and it’s hard work for them out there.“I’m not saying there aren’t nice places to live in China outside of Shanghai, but if you’re coming here Shanghai is the place to be.”Opinion: There must be better options than China for Rooney
Arsenal players trudge off the pitch after a demoralising defeat by Crystal Palace 1 Jamie Carragher has accused Arsenal players of ‘chucking’ the match against Crystal Palace and said it is ‘time for change’ at the Emirates.The Gunners were woeful as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Selhurst Park, a loss which leaves them seven points shy of the Champions League places, with a game in hand.After the match Carragher pointed out the similarities between this Arsenal performance and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s last game in charge of Chelsea. He told Sky Sports: “That takes me back to a performance on Monday Night Football last year that Claudio was involved in. Where we said afterwards, “The Chelsea players have chucked it for Jose Mourinho”. “It looks like the Arsenal players have chucked it. Four games on the bounce conceding three in all of them, putting in a performance like that.“That’s what it looks to me. People always talk about Arsene Wenger, it’s clear the fans are split. I don’t think the fans are split, more of them want change. It’s now looking like the players want change.“And I’ve always been a massive admirer – I still am – the class of him, the way he speaks after a game, before games. But it’s time for a change. “The club is Arsene Wenger’s from top to bottom, he’s been there that long and rightly so. But now the whole club looks a problem. It looks on the pitch you can see that. Leadership from the top of the club.”
Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship AFP or licensors Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ OFF on target Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Getty – Contributor LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES LATEST A number of key players were linked with exits as the clock has ticked down to Monday’s 5pm deadline, with Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose and Serge Aurier among the players with uncertain futures.But Pochettino said he is not expecting any departures before the transfer window closes.That would be a huge boost for Spurs, who surrendered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Arsenal in Sunday’s north London derby.That result leaves Tottenham ninth in the Premier League table after claiming just one win from their opening four games. Pochettino has joked they will have a party at Tottenham when the European transfer window closes Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta BIG PRESENTS UP TOP latest 2 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has rejected suggestions of a crisis at his old club and insists they are in ‘great shape’ for a top three finish this season.Boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted his relief the summer transfer window is finally coming to a close after weeks of unrest within his squad. stalemate “Daniel runs the club and he’s made a great job of it. They’ve got a great stadium, a fantastic training ground and they’ve got a good team, a real good team of good players.“I don’t see them finishing any worst than third again this year. They’ll be there and maybe this will be their year to win a cup.“There’s nothing wrong at Tottenham, they’re in great shape.” rookie error What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 2 deals But Redknapp expects results to pick up once the transfer window shuts, insisting there is no crisis at the club.“I think it [talk of an apparent crisis at Spurs] is probably being hyped up,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Monday.“Poch is saying he’s glad the window is closing today, he knows now where Eriksen is going to be and it looks like he’s certainly going to be Tottenham.“So I would think he can now get on with it, have a settled squad and know who’s going to be available and who isn’t. Eriksen started and scored against Arsenal on Sunday – perhaps indicating his future is with Spurs Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more