first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Dictatorship emerging in Grenada, MP alleges by: – March 14, 2012 Michael ChurchST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Former environment minister, Michael Church, claims that Grenada’s prime minister is being used to impose a dictatorship on the country.Church said he previously spoke of the “emergence” of the “dictatorship” at a meeting of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), and also at a cabinet sitting before his resignation from government in 2010.He repeated the “dictatorship” allegation in parliament on Tuesday, saying Prime Minister Tillman Thomas was not the architect of it.“It’s a group of faceless people who understand the psychology of the prime minister and use the face of the prime minister to justify, and give credence, to the creating of that monster,” Church said in his contribution to the 2012 budget debate.He referred to one member of the group as someone who “struts as a turkey cock,” believed by many to be a reference to former NDC chairman Glen Noel, who is now minister of information and national mobilization.Church, MP for the Parish of St John, was one of 11 NDC candidates who won their seats in general elections in 2008.He resigned after being offered a junior ministerial position in a cabinet reshuffle 16 months ago.In presenting the March 9 budget, the finance minister reported on the newly created “Office of the Prime Minister,” which is being headed by a Chief of Staff.“We are seeking to consolidate in one place all persons who hold what may be called political contracts,” Nazim Burke said. “These include advisors, personal assistants and drivers. Hitherto, these persons were provided for under various ministries.”However, Church has raised several concerns about the news structure, questioning its functions and its contribution to the country’s economic development; and asking whether it’s not an attempt to bring political party apparatus into a government structure.“This is a major concern to me,” said Church, who cautioned against “politicizing the public sector.”The parliamentary backbencher appealed to Thomas to “think deeply” about the creation of the new structure that will be led by William Joseph – Grenada’s Ambassador to CARICOM and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States – as the Chief of Staff.“This nation expects you to protect us,” Church said in remarks directed at the prime minister.Caribbean News Now 21 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

first_img”We only had one game, I hope that we can have two games in October to prepare well for the qualifiers against this very good Benin team, who were one of the surprises at the AFCON eliminating Morocco, don’t forget, it won’t be easy to beat them.”But now we have found a good young team again with four new players. They are all doing very well”.On the kind of teams he wants to face next month and the venue of the friendlies, Rohr is advising the Nigeria Football Federation to arrange games with African nations to be played in France or Africa.He added : ”We have to play against African teams because we are playing African teams in the qualifiers. We have to play Benin first at home and then we go to Lesotho. We have to be used to the African football.”Today (Sept 10) was European football and high-level football and the players did very well.”Now we have to go back to Africa or perhaps play in Europe against other African teams like Tunisia, Ivory Coast, two games in Paris, other countries are coming to Paris to play, Madagascar and Tunisia, so we need to prepare against African teams”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Gernot Rohr If Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr had his way, the Super Eagles would not be facing non-African countries in the second international window of the 2019-2020 season.Ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, the Super Eagles and Ukraine played out a 2-2 draw while their next opponents in a competitive match Benin locked horns with two African giants in Algeria and Ivory Coast.”I saw the other teams playing two games, Benin Republic played two games, they won against Ivory Coast, they lost 1-0 in Algeria on penalty,” Rohr announced yesterday.last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error If you’re the New York Yankees, desperate times call for desperate measures.That might seem a simplistic justification for the seven years and $155 million they reportedly invested in Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka — outbidding the Dodgers, among others, in the process — but for disappointed Dodgers fans it might help sooth their frustration.Make no mistake, the Dodgers wanted Tanaka badly. And they had more than enough resources to team him with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke to give them the most dominant pitching staff in baseball.It was a tantalizing possibility to be sure. Tanaka, who went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last season with the Rakuten Golden Eagles, is a 25-year-old right-hander hailed as the best pitching prospect to come out of Japan. And that is saying something considering how good Yu Darvish has been with the Texas Rangers. With the Dodgers, he would have been slotted behind Kershaw and Greinke to head an almost embarrassingly strong rotation. Put it this way, Tanaka would have eliminated any need to pitch Kershaw and Greinke on three days’ rest in the playoffs last season.With the Dodgers already sitting inches from the World Series, Tanaka might have nudged them across the finish line. That is why their interest in him was so real, and why they were among the finalists hoping to secure an agreement with him before Friday’s deadline.But there is a difference between wanting something and absolutely needing it. And while Tanaka would have been a luxury for the Dodgers, he’s a necessity for the Yankees, who have fallen to the middle of the pack in the American League and are still smarting over losing All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners.The Yankees did add Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury, but they don’t make up for losing the best second baseman in baseball and neither addressed the Yankees’ deteriorating pitching staff.With the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and possibly Baltimore Orioles already superior teams to the Yankees in the A.L. East — not to mention the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers across the rest of the A.L. — the Bronx Bombers are desperate to close the gap.center_img Which explains their thought process in making Tanaka the fifth-highest paid pitcher of all time despite never throwing a single pitch in the major leagues.The Dodgers wanted Tanaka.The Yankees had to have him.So Tanaka ends up in New York, where he might not nudge the Yankees even with the rest of the American League, but he’ll undoubtedly stabilize some of the angst in losing Cano, the embarrassment of the Alex Rodriguez circus and a mediocre pitching staff.And let’s not forget the Yankees also bid farewell to Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer in the history of baseball.No matter how good Tanaka was in Japan, it’s still risky business committing that many years and that much money to someone who hasn’t played in the big leagues.Chances are he’ll be fine. Darvish smoothly made the transition to the big leagues and, by all accounts, Tanaka is a better prospect.But still.As for the Dodgers, they take solace in knowing it was their decision not to match or exceed the Yankees’ offer. This wasn’t an issue of economic means, but of choice.That’s an important distinction.The Dodgers are every bit as financially powerful as the Yankees.They just aren’t as [email protected] @DailyNewsVinny on Twitterlast_img read more