While confirming receipt of a written letter of appeal from Wolmer’s Boys’ School, Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) competition’s officer George Forbes has highlighted inconsistencies in the Heroes’ Circle-based school’s case filed against Jamaica College (JC) for allegedly using an ineligible player in their quarter-final round Manning Cup match on November 11, which JC won 3-1.”The person who they said is ineligible, on Friday when it was first brought to our attention when we told them to put it in writing, when they formally appealed that is not the person they are appealing against now. Apparently they realised that person is okay,” Forbes told The Gleaner yesterday.”First it was (Jahvain) Russell. I was expecting an appeal about Russell, now they have decided that it’s not Russell again, but it’s (Ajeanie) Talbott.”They (Wolmer’s) have now decided that Russell is in fact eligible, now they are saying it is Talbott.”Legitimate under ISSA rulesForbes reasoned that the appeal is about a player who got a red card in the Manning Cup, then sat out the FLOW Super Cup, then featured in the following Manning Cup match, which, according to ISSA rules, would be legitimate.ISSA Football Rules and Guidelines Rule 6 (Revised 2015) states:”If a player receives a red card he automatically misses the next match in the competition or extension of said competition. For the purposes of the rule, Manning and Walker (Cups), on the other hand, and Dacosta and Ben Francis (Cups), on the other, are regarded as one competition. Olivier Shield is regarded as a separate competition.”Subsequent Gleaner checks of the match documents reveal that Talbott was sent off in the game against Vauxhall High on November 4, which JC won 2-0. He sat out the next game, which was the FLOW Super Cup match, in which JC beat Wolmer’s 2-0 on November 7, at Sabina Park.Talbott then played in the following match, in which JC hammered Wolmer’s 3-1 in their final group quarter-final match, ousting Wolmer’s at the Constant Spring Field.”If we were to meet, the latest we can meet is Thursday. When we meet now whatever decision we take, one way or another, JC has a right to appeal. When do you schedule the appeal?” he questioned, with semi-finals scheduled for Saturday.He pointed out that the earliest a meeting could be held is Thursday, adding that the semi-finals remain on course for Sabina Park on Saturday. Admission is $500.
…as EBD Nomination Day goes smoothly By Vahnu ManikchandTired of promises from political parties, some frustrated residents from the Grove and Diamond communities on the East Bank of Demerara decided to take matters into their own hands and have formed the People’s Village Movement (PVM) to contest the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE).On Friday, political parties and independent groups as well as individuals across the country flocked the offices of the Returning Officer within their Local Authority Areas to submit their lists of candidates for the November 12 Local Government polls. On the East Bank of Demerara, the process went fairly smoothly at the various locations.The newly formed PVM members as they head into to submit their lists of candidates for the upcoming LGEsPrior to submitting the list for his newly formed “movement”, PVM leader, Gerald Forde, told Guyana Times that the group is learning from the mistakes of larger political parties and is aiming to take a hands-on approach to tackle issues affecting the communities. In fact, he said the Movement has already had a community cleaning-up exercise.According to Forde, while it is generally believed that Local Government is just about cleaning drains and parapets, the PVM will be focusing on other aspects of Local Government such as employment creation, taking care of vulnerable people, tackling crime and turning the area into a hub.APNU candidates were satisfied with the process after submitting their list for the Eccles/Ramsburg Local Authority AreaMoreover, the PVM leader posited that they have also been working on getting youth involved in the movement. Being 28-year-old himself, Forde explained the importance of this since the youths are considered the leaders of tomorrow.However, he did point out that it is proving to be a challenge to get young people involved.Of the nine constituencies under this Local Government Authority, the PVM is contesting in five of them. They were the last to submit their list to the Returning Officer at the New Grove Primary School on Friday morning.PPP submissionMeanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) turned up with an entourage at the location and was the first to submit their list, which was accepted after vetting by the Returning Officer.Heman Ramphal told Guyana Times that they were generally satisfied with the process, which took about 20 minutes. According to the current Grove/Diamond NDC Councillor, the party is confident about regaining majority seats at this year’s Local Government polls. In fact, he posited that they are expecting to win at least 15 of the 18 seats compared to 12 seats won at the 2016 LGEs.Unlike the PPP, the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU’s) list for that area was submitted by two representatives.EcclesMeanwhile, at the Eccles/Ramsburg Local Authority Area, the APNU list was presented to the Returning Officer at the Peter’s Hall Primary School just before midday and included in that team was Attorney James Bond, who related that the process there was also satisfactory. However, Bond did recommend for the Elections Commission to go paperless, saying that there was unnecessary wastage of paper.“It is a complete waste of paper, time, energy, ink and resources. It will be easier for both us the parties as well as GECOM if we can just bring the photos on a flashdrive… We need to go paperless and we have get modernised in this country, it’s not too late,” he insisted.
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