…wants Nandlall to show evidence PNC using State resourcesIn the aftermath of allegations that Government has been using State resources for party activities, eyebrows have again been raised when the People’s National Congress (PNC) annual bursary awards exercise was held at State House on Thursday.Minister of State, Joseph HarmonCommenting on why the event was not hosted at Congress Place, where it is usually held, State Minister Joseph Harmon posited that President David Granger is allowed to make decisions that are convenient to his schedule.“Well, that’s a decision which His Excellency the President made. He is the President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, and depending on what is convenient to him, based on his schedule, the President will determine where he holds any activity,” Harmon told reporters on Friday.The hosting of a party event on State property comes days after Opposition Parliamentarian Anil Nandlall accused the PNC of utilising State resources to fund its events.Opposition MP Anil NandlallIn a Facebook post on Sunday, the former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister claimed that the PNC, whose leader is President Granger, is using the National Treasury as a piggy bank. His comments were occasioned by that party holding its 60th anniversary celebration at the National Cultural Centre on Saturday.According to the Opposition MP, all the amenities of the state-owned facility were utilised, and not a cent was paid by the PNC.“Everything was paid for by the taxpayers,” he said, while adding that persons were flown from across the country and from overseas to attend the event. He claimed that even public servants and army officers were “forced” to attend the anniversary celebrations.“All these expenses are going to be passed off as expenditures of the Investiture Ceremony, which took place the day before. The proximate cost is about $10 million,” Nandlall alleged.However, asked by reporters to comment further on allegations made, Harmon called on the Opposition to produce evidence that the Coalition Government is indeed utilising State resources to facilitate party activities.“Well, I would like to know where Mr Nandlall got that information from. (But) let him produce the evidence, because, like I said, the PPP is in the habit now of throwing out these wild assertions without any evidential basis. Let Mr. Nandlall come and produce the basis,” the State Minister said.
Bournemouth have completed the signing of goalkeeper Artur Boruc on a free transfer.The Poland international spent the majority of last season on loan at the Goldsands from Southampton, and played a key role for the Cherries as they clinched the Championship title.Having been released by the Saints, he has now penned a one-year deal with the Premier League new boys, with the option of a further 12 months.Boruc is the first signing made by Eddie Howe this summer as the club prepare for their debut season in the top-flight.The 35-year-old, who made 39 appearances for Bournemouth after his arrival in September, told the club’s official website: “I didn’t think that (promotion would be possible) when I signed the contract.“But, as soon as I came here, I saw a bunch of lads who were really working hard and they had their minds on football.“They knew what they wanted to achieve and the manager has put in some great work. After a couple of games I realised we could do something and we had the belief to achieve it.“In my life, I’ve never seen a group who have worked so hard and been as professional as possible.“It’s probably the first season I’ve seen what it is to be a professional footballer from the way they are on the training ground to everything else.” 1 Artur Boruc
More than 1,000 people filled the Wooden Center on the University of California, Los Angeles, campus to cheer Saturday for their favorite scholars. Lincoln High brought its tiger mascot; Marshall High brought its “Johnny Barrister” mascot. Fans waved pennants, held up signs, and one Palisades Charter parent even played the “Star Wars” theme on a harmonica as his son passed. The Academic Decathlon consists of multiple-choice tests in art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music and science, plus the Super Quiz oral relay and written contests, as well as interview, speech and essay competitions. Winners of the various regional competitions will go on to the California Academic Decathlon on March 17-19 in Los Angeles. The state champion will compete at the U.S. Academic Decathlon April 26-29 in San Antonio, Texas. California has won 12 of 24 national championships, with eight of those won by LAUSD schools: Marshall has won two national championships, Taft has won two, and El Camino Real, last year’s national champion, has won four. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three San Fernando Valley high school teams placed in the top five Saturday in the oral relay Super Quiz portion of Los Angeles Unified School District’s Academic Decathlon competition. Los Angeles High School had the top score with 57 points out of a possible 60, followed by Marshall High School with 52 points. Woodland Hills’ Taft High School and Garfield High School tied with 51 points. Woodland Hills’ El Camino Real High School and Granada Hills High School tied with 49 points. Palisades Charter scored 48 points. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It never gets old,” said a gleeful Los Angeles High coach Jim Hatem, whose team has won the combined oral and written Super Quiz event the previous eight years in a row. “You wait all year for this. I’m so proud of these kids. This bodes very well for us.” The oral portion of the Super Quiz accounts for less than 10 percent of the total scores, but is the only portion of the competition that is open to the public. The overall winner of LAUSD’s regional competition won’t be announced until the district’s awards dinner Friday. Last year, Taft won the LAUSD regional competition. Lissa Gregorio, an El Camino Real coach, and Taft coach Art Berchin both said they were pleased with their teams’ scores, and look forward to the final tally. “They did really well against some tough competition – Los Angeles, Marshall, Taft, Granada Hills,” said Gregorio. “We’re happy to be up there with them.” Teams from Ventura County, Los Angeles County and area private schools also completed their regional competition Saturday. Ventura County will announce its regional winner today. Los Angeles County will announce its winner Thursday. Private schools will announce their champion Feb. 12.
Arsenal booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup after securing a last gasp win over Preston North End at Deepdale.Olivier Giroud’s strike in the last minute of normal time helped Arsene Wenger’s side avoid a dreaded replay and leave their plucky opponents devastated.Callum Robinson had given the hosts an early lead before Aaron Ramsey equalised for the Gunners within 51 seconds of the restart.The Premier League side managed to see their way past an impressive Simon Grayson outfit, who more than held their own against a near full strength visiting starting XI, with fullback Ainsley Maitland-Niles the only irregular squad member to feature.Preston marked their bright start with an opening goal as Robinson put the Championship side ahead after seven minutes.Aiden McGeady created space in midfield with a wonderful roulette-turn outside the penalty area before attempting to slip in Jordan Hugill. A combination of Nacho Monreal and Gabriel challenges saw the ball ricochet kindly for Robinson, who tapped home from six-yards out.Midway through the first half, the hosts were pushing for a second and nearly doubled their lead through another Robinson effort.Robinson’s over-hit pass still found its target in Hugill, who managed to pick out his teammate with a lovely floated cross. Robinson directed a header downwards from close range, but Shkodran Mustafi blocked the ball with an unintentional outstretched arm.Simon Grayson’s side were firmly on top as they wasted yet another glorious chance to stretch their advantage over a woeful Arsenal side.Robinson and Hugill were once again heavily involved as the former tried to pick out his teammate with a low and dangerous cross. But the goal scorer applied too much force to his delivery, leaving Hugill frustrated on his back in the Gunners penalty area.Arsenal could count themselves extremely lucky to be within striking distance of their Championship opponents, as they provided their first genuine threat on goal approaching half time.Fullback Ainsley Maitland-Niles raced clear down the right flank before centring for Ramsey to steer a header on target. But unfortunately for the Welsh midfielder, his effort was easily held by a grinning Chris Maxwell in goal.The visitors would survive another scare before the break as Monreal was forced to clear the ball off his line.Mustafi committed two errors in quick succession as Paul Gallagher took advantage and proceeded to lob the ball over David Ospina. The Scottish forward’s effort looked destined to end up in the back of the net before Monreal managed to hack the ball clear.Having been thoroughly outplayed in the first half, Arsenal drew level within 51 seconds of the restart as Ramsey finished expertly.Alex Iwobi found his teammate on the edge of the box, leaving Ramsey with the opportunity to sidestep his markers and caress the ball into the far corner. The accuracy of his strike earned a thumbs up from his manager Arsene Wenger, who casually retreated back to his dug-out.The away side managed to seize the imitative and were claiming for a penalty just past the hour mark for a challenge on Giroud.Granit Xhaka dinked a free-kick into a crowded penalty area, where Giroud was competing with Gregory Cunningham to get the vital first touch. The Preston defender wrapped his arms around the striker’s neck before heading back to his goalkeeper, but referee Bobby Madley was left unconvinced.Arsenal continued to push and nearly went ahead after Mustafi’s clever touch from a corner forced Preston goalkeeper Maxwell into action.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s delivery found the German international, who raced towards the near post, before skimming an effort towards goal. But Maxwell showed impressive reflexes to react and catch the defender’s effort and calm any home nerves.But Arsenal managed to avoid a dreaded replay after Giroud tucked home from close range in the last minute of normal time.Mustafi’s angled pass found Giroud in the box, who exchanged passes with teammate Lucas Perez before finding the back of the net via a deflection off defender Alan Browne, leaving Preston’s players disconsolate after missing out on a trip to the Emirates. The Gunners avoided a dreaded replay to book their place in the fourth round 1
The Black Cats have until April 10 1 Sunderland and David Moyes have been given more time to provide observations to the Football Association regarding the manager’s threat to “slap” a female reporter.The Scot’s behaviour has come under scrutiny this week after video emerged of an exchange with BBC journalist Vicki Sparks following the 0-0 draw with Burnley on March 18.He has apologised, and Sunderland issued a statement on Tuesday stating their commitment to Moyes but agreed that his suggestion he might slap the reporter was “wholly unacceptable”.The FA contacted the club on Monday seeking observations about the matter and had wanted a response by the close of business on Thursday.However, it is understood the governing body has granted Sunderland’s request to extend the deadline, and they now have until April 10 to respond – the day after the embattled Black Cats host Manchester United.Moyes’ side languish bottom of the Premier League and are 10 points from safety after losing 2-0 at Leicester.“I think it was great to get that support from the club and I expected it,” the Sunderland boss said after Tuesday’s match.“I’ve been surprised in many ways but I’ve done my job with the players, prepared them and organised them.“The world of football is a great business now, it employs an incredible amount of people, whether it be in the media or at the training grounds, and for that reason football is a big talking point.“It (preparing for the game) was not difficult at all, I said and did all the things, prepared the players and did the same things we would do for any other game.”Sparks has maintained a dignified silence since the footage was released by the Daily Star.The video appears to show Moyes unhappy when asked whether owner Ellis Short’s presence meant he was under more pressure during Sunderland’s relegation fight.At the end of the interview, the Scot said: “You were just getting a wee bit naughty at the end there, so just watch yourself. You still might get a slap even though you’re a woman.“Careful the next time you come in.”Both Moyes and Sparks were laughing during the exchange and the reporter did not make a complaint, although colleagues were unimpressed when they heard what had been said.Shadow sports minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and Clare Phillipson, director of domestic abuse charity Wearside Women In Need, have been among those wanting a more serious response.Dr Allin-Khan tweeted: “David Moyes cannot get away with these sexist threats – the @FA must take action immediately.”Phillipson said: “It is for the FA to set a clear standard about what they think is acceptable. It was dreadful, absolutely appalling.”FA chairman Greg Clarke said Moyes’ comments to Sparks were “regrettable, distasteful and showed a complete lack of respect”.Speaking to reporters Tuesday in Helsinki, Clarke said: “It was regrettable, it was distasteful and I think it showed a complete lack of respect. And we in the game stand for respect.“But I don’t think it undermines football’s desire to be inclusive and respectful. Every now and again, we will have to remind people of the high standards we need to observe in football.”When asked if it was sexist, Clarke said: “It could have been interpreted as such.“I think it’s doubly bad to use such a term to a woman because there is a lot of violence against women in society and terms like that aren’t just disrespectful, I think they are bad examples.“I regret that it happened and I’m sure that David Moyes regrets that it happened.”