… executives now singing for proverbial suppers – JagdeoThe Working People’s Alliance (WPA) as a member of the ruling A Partnership for National Unity Alliance has lost its way from the principles of its founder leader, Dr Walter Rodney and its executive members are essentially now singing for their proverbial supper.This is the blistering observation made on Tuesday by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo who was asked to weigh-in on the recent brouhaha surrounding the demotion of the WPA Minister in Government, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine and the subsequent lukewarm concerns expressed by the party’s executives over the lack of consultations with the party before the move.Opposition LeaderBharrat JagdeoTo add salt to injury, the announcement was made on the death anniversary of Dr Rodney. Speaking with media operatives on Tuesday, Jagdeo said,“at the end of the day they are all beneficiaries, they will criticise in a perfunctory, peripheral manner the Government and say oh we are not consulted enough but at the core of it, they have given up all the principles they once stood for when Dr Rodney was there.”Speaking for the first time on the public political spat between the coalition members, the Opposition Leader noted that “now they are defending their perks.”He identified one prominent member (Desmond) Trotman as now receiving a ‘fat salary.”The Opposition Leader identified other key WPA members such as Professor Clive Thomas and vocal political activist Tacuma Ogunseye as now earning huge salaries from the Administration.Drawing direct reference to a recent press conference held by the WPA leadership to lament the non-consultation of the President with the party before removing Minister Roopnaraine from the helm of the largest budget Ministry, Jagdeo told media operatives, “almost all the officials at the table, who met with the President, its either they have a job from the Government earning a lot of money or one of the members of their family now have a scholarship abroad.”The Opposition Leader was adamant that the WPA has essentially been silenced in the coalition Government since “they have drawn down benefits,” and suggested that they will not staunchly challenge the Administration.”“They did a faint criticism and people are going all over the country and say look they WPA is standing up for principles… nothing of the sort,” he said.Jagdeo told media operatives it is for these reasons he has largely ignored the internal conflagrations since the WPA leadership is at the end of the defending individual perks.He said the situation is reminiscent of the Alliance For Change (AFC) which sat in Cabinet and discussed the 14 per cent Value Added Tax on education only to later seek to make a public reversal.“If they discuss the budget measures at Cabinet how come the AFC is suddenly calling for a reversal now.”Jagdeo said the AFC’s track record on such matters includes the controversial Parking Meter Project in the capital city which was originally staunchly supported, a position later reversed.
The AAF is suspending football operations immediately Posted: April 2, 2019 KUSI Sports, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Despite having only two regular season games remaining, the San Diego Fleet and the other seven teams in the Alliance of American Football apparently suspended all operations Tuesday, according to multiple reports.Pro Football Talk reported rumblings of the league’s demise Monday night, followed by the Action Network’s Darren Rovell. KUSI Sports AAF had a call with NFLPA reps yesterday that showed signs of life, so some executives found it strange that Dundon wanted to stop funding it so soon https://t.co/UTvHbKsAZ5— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 2, 2019 Updated: 12:40 PM Sources: The AAF will suspend all football operations today. New owner Tom Dundon will lose approximately $70 million on his investment. Dundon makes decision against wishes of league co-founders Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 2, 2019Tom Dundon, the league’s majority owner and the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team, raised the specter of closing the league in an interview last week with USA Tuesday.Representatives of the San Diego Fleet did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The San Diego squad was scheduled to play the Orlando Apollos on Saturday before closing the regular season at home April 14 against the Arizona Hotshots. At 3-5, the Fleet needed to win out to have a chance at making the playoffs as one of the top two teams in the league’s Western Conference.The fledgling league was only eight weeks into its first season, but faced immediate and future questions of funding and where each team’s players would come from. AAF co-founders Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian intended to run the league independently for three years, with each season coming as a reprieve for football-starved fans during the NFL offseason. Ebersol and Polian planned to eventually form a partnership with the NFL as a developmental league.According to Rovell and others, Dundon, who purchased a majority stake in the league in February, wanted to form that partnership this season and pressured the NFL Players Association to share players on NFL practice squads. Dundon argued the league could not survive without NFL support.The NFLPA balked at the rushed relationship and the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement made some of his demands impossible. Dundon apparently chose to suspend the league rather than continue committing money to it. Pro Football Talk reported Monday night that the league required $20 million to make it through the April 27 championship game.The Fleet played its games at SDCCU Stadium, with estimated turnouts growing to nearly 20,000 by season’s end. The Fleet also led the league in merchandise sales. April 2, 2019 Prevailing thought that AAF owner Tom Dundon shut down the league to strip it of its assets, mainly the tech piece, is interesting, but sources say it would likely be illegal https://t.co/UTvHbKsAZ5— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 2, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitter
Klopp pleased ‘job done’ as Liverpool put four past Genkby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp was happy Liverpool got the “job done” with a 4-1 victory over Genk on Wednesday night.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored within two minutes to cool any nerves in the away end, before doubling the advantage with a fine first-time finish.Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane made it 4-0 before Stephen Odey nabbed a consolation for the hosts.Speaking to BT Sport, Klopp said: “There were good moments. The start was brilliant, we were kind of fluent and asked them a lot of questions but then we started – I’m not sure why – to lose patience and some easy balls. “But all four goals were brilliant and we had chances to score more. Job done.”In the years before we would have drawn it, maybe even lost, but all’s OK. It was intense, we needed concentration. “Our opponent brought in their tallest player and they did well from the first and second balls. “We played with speculation when do we really need to go there? Then they won the second balls. So I didn’t enjoy the game too much, but I enjoyed the result.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
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