McGinley draws on Fergie wisdom

first_img “T his is more than a one-man team,” McGinley said. “Ian Poulter has been a colossus in the Ryder Cup. He played a massive role today winning that half point with Rory. “What he did those last few holes when we really needed him; when his game wasn’t as good as we’ve seen Ian Poulter in the past… to be able to stand up and do what he did, chip in when he needed to chip in, take the pressure off Rory on 18 to hit that wedge shot in as close as he did, that’s why he’s Ian Poulter. “Even when he’s a little bit off-form, he’s able to produce like that. That’s why he’ll go down in history as one of the greatest-ever Ryder Cup players.” McGinley invited former Manchester United manager Ferguson to speak to his team on Tuesday and will reiterate some of the Scot’s messages to ensure they do not squander a commanding 10-6 lead in Sunday’s singles. “Ev erything I’ve been doing this week as captain has been working towards three or four key messages,” McGinley said. “Alex Ferguson wasn’t just picked out of the blue because I met him by chance or anything like that. He was picked for a reason. Press Association “He was picked as a manager of a very, very successful football team that played at home very well, had a great record at home, were very good playing with the tag of favourites and the expectation on them. And I knew there was a lot of common themes he could relay to the players. “A lot of the images that we have in the room are along the same message that I asked Alex to speak about. There’s a number of words, obviously complacency is one that really comes to fore a lot. “We’ve got a lot of really strong images in our team room and photos that have messages on the bottom of them and have been kind of doctored in a way to highlight it. One particular one comes to mind is right outside our team room, probably two metres by three metres and it’s a picture of a European rock in the middle of a raging storm in the ocean. “The message underneath is ‘We will be the rock when the storm arrives.’ And the storm arrived this morning. The American team came at us really strongly this morning and we did incredibly well to get 1 1/2 points. Then our wave came again this afternoon, fresh guys obviously performed and got the job done.” As a vice-captain at Medinah two years ago, when Europe came from 10-6 down to win, McGinley is well aware that the task of securing an eighth win in the last 10 contests was far from over. “C omplacency is a massive, massive word,” the 47-year-old added. “We have a very strong team here. We’re playing at home. We have won seven of the last nine Ryder Cups. It’s easy to be complacent. “We have another huge, graphic in our team room, ‘Passion has determined our past and attitude will determine our future’.” McGinley’s side have forged their lead with seven points from eight in the foursomes but just half a point from two matches by Ian Poulter, who had won 11 of his previous 12 matches in the contest. European captain Paul McGinley urged his players to remember their team talk from Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of the final day of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.last_img read more

O’Brien in World Cup fitness race

first_imgSean O’Brien faces a “nightmare” six months sidelined with shoulder trouble that threatens to wipe out his Six Nations campaign with Ireland. Should O’Brien miss Ireland’s Six Nations campaign he would be left with just the World Cup warm-up fixtures to prove himself ready for the global tournament. Ireland face Wales home and away and Scotland in Dublin August next year, before taking on England at Twickenham on September 5. Schmidt’s men will line up against France, Italy, Canada and Romania in Pool D of next year’s England-based World Cup. O’Brien swells Ireland’s list of autumn absentees after Munster duo Keith Earls and Donnacha Ryan were ruled out of November action this week. Luckless Earls has undergone surgery on the patella problem that has dogged the versatile flyer for some time. Lock Ryan could miss the entire campaign with a foot problem, while Ulster duo Iain Henderson and Dan Tuohy are also out of autumn contention. Press Association Leinster boss Matt O’Connor has revealed the British and Irish Lions flanker will undergo shoulder surgery in London on Friday. The 27-year-old has suffered an infection in the same shoulder he had reconstructed after Ireland’s 24-22 Dublin defeat to New Zealand in November. The bullish back-rower will miss Ireland’s three-Test autumn series and could now be left with just four international matches to prove his fitness for Rugby World Cup 2015. “It’s a nightmare. He’s incredibly frustrated,” said O’Connor. “There was a little bit of a complication with the previous surgery due to the infection. “So they’re going to have to redo that reconstruction, which is a five to six month time frame.” Ireland face South Africa, Georgia and Australia in their autumn Guinness series, and have just 12 fixtures before launching their World Cup bid against Canada in September 2015. O’Brien has marked himself out as among the best flankers in world rugby through his gritty, physical style. The 30-cap back-rower was expected to form a dangerous partnership with Peter O’Mahony and Jamie Heaslip for Ireland this autumn. Now head coach Schmidt may well turn to Ulster flanker Chris Henry, who deputised impressively last term as Ireland claimed the Six Nations title. last_img read more

Robichaud’s home run gives Bucksport softball team improbable Northern Maine title win

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 BREWER — When her team was given a lifeline, Madysen Robichaud made it count.With the Bucksport softball team down to its last at-bat of the season in the Class C North title game against Mattanawcook Academy, Emily Hunt had hit a popup that looked to be the final out. Yet as the Lynx players started to celebrate, the ball popped out of the fielder’s glove and fell to the dirt.With Hunt safe at first, the Golden Bucks were still alive. All they needed was a run to tie the game at 1, and Robichaud, the team’s leader in home runs and RBIs, was up next. Before she could step up to the plate, though, her head coach wanted to have a few words.“That’s an omen,” Bucksport head coach Mike Carrier told Robichaud. “Don’t let it go to waste.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Bucksport senior then stepped up to the plate and took one pitch for a ball. Then another. After a third pitch outside the zone made the count 3-0, Robichaud took the bat off her shoulders and launched a two-run home run over the fence in left field.Immediately, the Bucksport dugout exploded into celebrations. The team had been trailing most of the game, but in a matter of moments, the Golden Bucks had gone from elimination to the doorstep of the state championship game.Members of the Bucksport softball team pose with the Class C North championship trophy after defeating Mattanawcook Academy 2-1 on June 14 in Brewer. The Golden Bucks will be back at Brewer High School to play Madison for the state championship Saturday, June 17. RICK MCHALE PHOTORobichaud’s two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning propelled No. 2 Bucksport to a 2-1 win over top-seeded Mattanawcook in the Class C North championship game Wednesday at Brewer High School. It was the third regional title in a row for the Golden Bucks.“All game long, I told my team, ‘All we need is one chance,’” Carrier said. “With our pitching and our defense, we can keep every game close, and when we caught a break, we knew how to capitalize.”Throughout the entire season, these two teams had been on a collision course to meet for the Northern Maine crown. Led by dominant pitchers Kate Saunders (Bucksport) and Haley McLaughin (Mattanawcook), both were undefeated and had been the top-two teams in Class C North the entire season.As was to be expected, the game was a pitcher’s duel all night. With the exception of Mattanawcook’s three-hit third inning that made the score 1-0, the few hits to be had were accompanied by strikeouts and groundouts for the first six innings. For most of the night, it looked as if that one run would be enough for the Lynx to advance.Bucksport’s MaKenzie Smith swings at a pitch during the fourth inning of the Class C North softball championship game against Mattanawcook on June 14 in Brewer. Smith reached second with a double in the at-bat. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThat was the case during the seventh inning, too. After McLaughin struck out the first Bucksport batter, Darian Jellison was called out after the umpire ruled she had been hit by a fair ball as she ran toward first base. As Hunt sent a pop fly high into the air in the next at-bat, everyone — Hunt included, as she would later concede — thought it was that end. Instead, the Golden Bucks had another shot.When Robichaud came up to the plate, McLaughlin tried to pitch around her. She had done so effectively most of the night and had kept Bucksport’s senior standout out of the hit column in the process. This time, though, her fourth pitch hung a bit too much over the plate, and Robichaud sent it flying over the wall.“It still doesn’t feel real,” Robichaud said after the game. “I saw it going and going, but I didn’t know it was a home run until I saw a fan near the scoreboard catch it when it went over the fence.”For Carrier, there was no such suspense.“I knew it right off the bat,” Carrier said. “I’ve seen what a Mady home run looks like, and as soon as I saw it, I knew that was a Mady home run.”With the way Saunders had been pitching since the fourth inning, the bottom of the seventh was a mere afterthought. The junior retired all three Mattanawcook batters in no more than two minutes, and the Golden Bucks (19-0) mobbed each other in celebration as Northern Maine champions once again.Bucksport’s Kate Saunders throws a pitch during the second inning of the Class C North softball championship game against Mattanawcook on June 14 in Brewer. Saunders pitched a complete game in the team’s 2-1 win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAs joyous as the win was for Bucksport, it was a heartbreaking defeat for Mattanawcook. The Lynx (18-1) had also lost the previous two regional championships to the Golden Bucks, and when it finally looked as if they would break through, fate had other plans.“I feel so terrible for that third baseman,” Carrier said. “She did a really good job the whole night, but that one just had some bad spin.”Saunders struck out eight and allowed four hits in the win. McLaughlin struck out 10 and allowed five hits in the loss.Bucksport will return to Brewer to face South No. 1 seed Madison (18-1) in the state championship at noon Saturday, June 17. The game will be a rematch of last year’s title matchup, which Madison won 3-1.As his players celebrated Wednesday, Carrier didn’t want to think about that. Not even aware that Madison had won its game earlier in the day, his mind was on the incredible feat his team had accomplished.“We’ve got one more [to win], but I’m not going to forget the one we just had,” Carrier said. “That was a special game by a special team that never gave up.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest Postscenter_img Bio MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)last_img read more

Football News Cristiano Ronaldo Nears 700th International Goal, England Lose To Czech Republic In Euro 2020 Qualifiers

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Paris: England missed an opportunity to qualify for Euro 2020 as they slid to a 2-1 loss in the Czech Republic, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 699th goal in a routine Portugal win over Luxembourg. Harry Kane converted a fifth-minute penalty in Prague after Raheem Sterling was clipped by Lukas Masopust, the Tottenham striker taking his qualifying tally to seven goals. But Czech Republic, humbled 5-0 by England in the reverse fixture last March, levelled shortly after as Jakub Brabec bundled in from a corner for his first international goal.  Substitute Zdenek Ondrasek swept home the winner on his debut for the hosts on 85 minutes, a goal that ended England’s decade-long unbeaten run in qualifying spanning 43 matches. “I think we have had a lot of credit over the last couple of years and tonight we did not do enough,” England manager Gareth Southgate told ITV. “Our performance was not good enough, it’s as simple as that. The goals we conceded were typical of the chances we gave away.”   England’s last qualifying defeat came ahead of the 2010 World Cup when they lost 1-0 away to Ukraine in October 2009. Southgate’s side remain top of Group A on 12 points alongside the Czechs, who have played a game extra. England could still clinch qualification on Monday with victory in Bulgaria if Kosovo fail to beat Montenegro. World champions France claimed a 1-0 win away to Iceland as Olivier Giroud delivered the only goal with a penalty on 66 minutes in Reykjavik.  Giroud has played sparingly for Chelsea this season but the 33-year-old is now just four goals behind Michel Platini (41) for second on France’s list of all-time leading scorers. France are level on 18 points with Turkey atop Group H ahead of Monday’s showdown in Paris, where victory would send Didier Deschamps’ men through to the finals. “It was very difficult, a really hard match. We needed to take the three points and now we have an important game coming up at home,” said Antoine Griezmann, who was fouled for the penalty. “We’re going to suffer against Turkey and we’ll need to prepare well for it.”   Cristiano Ronaldo neared his 700th goal in international football during Portugal’s win against Luxembourg. (Image credit: Getty Images)Cenk Tosun popped up with a 90th-minute winner for Turkey as they scraped past Albania 1-0 in Istanbul. Iceland’s first home loss in qualifying since June 2013 dropped the Nordic island nation six points adrift of the top two. Juventus star Ronaldo grabbed his 94th goal at international level in Portugal’s 3-0 home victory over Luxembourg. Bernardo Silva opened the scoring in Lisbon in the first half before Ronaldo added a second on 65 minutes with a magnificent chip following an error in the visitors’ defence.  Goncalo Guedes added a late third although defending champions Portugal still trail Group B leaders Ukraine by five points. “We are already thinking about the crucial game with Ukraine, like we did for this one,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos. “There are four finals left and this one is over. We want to finish first.” Also Read | Ronaldo ‘1,000 percent’ committed as Juventus win eighth successive titlePortugal next travel to Kiev to face a Ukraine side on the cusp of qualification following a 2-0 home win over Lithuania secured by Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi’s brace. A goalless draw between Montenegro and Bulgaria eliminated both teams from contention in Group A, while it was a night to remember for Andorra. The minnows won their first European qualifier in history after 56 defeats in a row as Marc Vales’ second-half header earned Andorra a 1-0 victory over 10-man Moldova.last_img read more

Keck, College launching collaborative advising program

first_imgIn the first partnership of its kind, the USC Keck School of Medicine and the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences are collaborating to create a new advising program for all undergraduate students looking to enter the medical profession.The program, tentatively called the College-Keck School of Medicine Pre-health Academic and Advising Program, will tailor advising for students who plan to go to medical school and allow undergraduates to utilize Keck’s resources.“We’ve had partnerships before about ‘how do we enhance the experience for undergraduates with Keck’ but nothing on this scale,” said Michael Quick, executive vice dean of the College.Until now, the College has offered pre-health advising to those students admitted to the Baccalaureate/M.D. program, which guarantees students admission to Keck at the same time they are admitted as freshmen. This advising is now being enhanced and expanded to all students following a pre-health track.The advising program will be a component of the Office of College Advising but will partner with Keck experts to provide opportunities for students to shadow medical experts and conduct research in the field as well.“It’s really an attempt to improve the undergraduate experience for people who are interested in health care careers,” said Carmen Puliafito, dean of the Keck School of Medicine. “The thing that’s really important is that they’re going to have a wider access to health care delivery experiences … We’re going to hook them up with faculty members at the medical school.”Pre-health has long been a popular track in the College. In the fall, 850 of the 2,700 first-year students in the College registered with the pre-health designation. Quick said he estimates that about one-third of students at the College are considering a career in the medical profession.“From my perspective, we have an amazing group of undergraduates who have an interest in pre-health,” Quick said. “We’re not doing them a service that they deserve if we’re not doing all we can for them.”Though the details of the program have yet to be decided, the goal is to offer advising that provides pre-health students the tools they need to choose a career path and successfully apply to medical school. This includes counseling students on navigating the application process and pairing them with experts to help them through the process, Puliafito said.As part of the beginning stages of the program, the College is searching for a director to head the pre-health advising initiative.“This is a very important job, the director will report directly to the dean of the College,” Quick said.Quick said the College hopes to hire a director this semester and have the program in full swing by next fall.The program is a much-needed addition to the College’s advisement offerings, according to Ronica Patel, a junior majoring in biology and health promotion and disease prevention who plans to go to medical school.Patel said she feels the advising at the College has been more general and not personalized to cater to her pre-health major’s needs. She said, however, that she plans to utilize the new advising for her remaining time at USC and when applying to medical school.“I wish they did have it earlier because I’m a junior now,” Patel said. “It’s difficult to find internships in [the medical field], so that would have been a great program.”last_img read more

Tipp outlast Galway in semi-final match-up

first_imgTipperary are a step closer to winning the Liam McCarthy Cup for the first time in six years.The Premier County booked their place in this year’s All-Ireland Final by beating Galway 2-19 to 2-18 at Croke Park.They’ll face Kilkenny in the championship decider in just under three weeks’ time. Manager Michael Ryan believes the two goals his team got were crucial in deciding the outcome of the match.For his part Clonmel’s Seamus Kennedy wasn’t surprised that the clash with the Tribesmen was so keenly contested.last_img read more

Onye Wins Team Nigeria’s First Track & Field Gold Medal

first_imgNwosu, Omolayo add two more power-lifting goldKeno EdhowoTeam Nigeria’s good run at the ongoing 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil continued yesterday with Lauritta Onye winning gold in Shot Put. It is Nigeria’s first gold medal from the track and field.Competing in the women’s shot put f40 event on the Day-four of the Rio Paralympics, Onye first heaved 7.83m that saw her break her world record of 7.72m set at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar in 2015. Her second throw was 7.54m. She however went one centimeter further on her third attempt.Onye’s fourth attempt of 8.40m sent Team Nigeria camp into jubilation mood as it secured the fifth gold medal for the country.Onye’s medal is Nigeria’s seventh at the Rio Paralympic Games.Also yesterday, Ndidi Nwosu defeated the defending champion to win women’s -73kg Powerlifting event gold medalNwosu was set for the bronze medal before she stepped up in her very last attempt, lifting 140kg to equal the Paralympics Record (PR) and usurp France’s Souhad Ghazouani for the gold.Another Nigerian, Bose Omolayo broke her own World Record (WR) and set a new one of 138kg to win gold medal.Earlier, Team Nigeria’s captain, Lucy Ejike, broke the Paralympic and world record three successive times, to win the women’s -61kg event in power-lifting. Her successful attempt at 136.kg on Sunday set a new Paralympic record and world record.Ejike went on to set a bigger mark of 138kg, before lifting a massive 142kg.Another power-lifter, Paul Kehinde, had earlier at the weekend given Team Nigeria her second gold medal of the Games. Kehinde in the -65kg men’s category, lifted 218kg to beat his rivals to the gold medal.His gold came after Roland Ezuruike had on Friday won Nigeria’s first gold in Rio, also in power-lifting.China’s Peng Hu (200kg) finished second, while Egypt’s Shaaban Ibrahim (193kg) won the bronze medal.Latifat Tijani won silver in the women’s power-lifting -45kg on Friday, with Esther Oyema adding another silver in the women’s power-lifting -55kg category on Saturday.As at press time last night, Nigeria was listed tenth on the medals table with six gold, two silver and one bronze.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sarajevo Sberbank Semi Marathon 2013 and NATO Fun Run 4K

first_imgNGO “Marathon” Sarajevo will again organize even this year the most attended sporting event of international character in B&H – 7th Sberbank Sarajevo Semi Marathon and Nato Fun Run 4K. Semi-marathon (21.1 km), which will go through the most beautiful parts of the city of Sarajevo, will be held on 15.09.2013, starting at 9am in front of BBI. With a short and fun race citizens from 4 km Nato Fun Run, which will start at the same time as the semi-marathon, and there are expecting a total of 1000 participants from 25 countries.This sports project is organized on the occasion of the International Day without cars, and to contribute to the strengthening of environmental awareness. An important element during this event will be even the fight through sport against diabetes and promotion of a healthy and active life of our citizens, because the organizers want to contribute in building a healthier and more modern environment. For this purpose, it is useful a short and fun recreation race Nato Fun Run 4km which is accessible and open to all.The entire project is of a humanitarian character because the benefits generated from it will be donated to the association “Center for Creative growing ” which funds the education of children with health problems and of those who are living in extremely difficult conditions throughout the country.Semi Marathon will pass through the following areas of the city where traffic will be partially suspended on Sunday 15:09 from 08h to 12h: BBI – Alipašina street – Stadion Koševo and Jezero – Marin Dvor – Vislonovo Šetalište- Obala Kulina bana – Alley of Ambassadors (Bentbaša ) – Sebilj – Vječna Vatra- BBI.The number can be picked up in the BBI Center on the third floor, 13.09. and 14.09 from 12:00 to 20:00 h.General sponsor of the semi marathon is Sberbank and NATO is the main sponsor of Fun Run race.Following the example of best practice, all those who complete the half marathon will receive a specially designed medal, a special T-shirt and a refreshing package. There will also be gifts for Nato Fun Run race.The price for the semi marathon entry fee is the lowest in Europe, and is 15 euros or 30 KM.Price entry fee for the ” Fun Run” is 2 euros, or 4 KM.(Source: Klix.ba )last_img read more

Raising mining permit fees will be detrimental to industry – GGDMA

first_imgFollowing an Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) report that shone a spotlight on the mining sector, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) is arguing for the status quo regarding fees for mining permits to remain untouched.GGDMA President Terrence AdamsIn the EITI report, the organisation had stated that the State might be losing money from incorrectly categorised miners. It had noted that some large-scale miners are, in fact, paying fees for smaller scale permits. It had, therefore, recommended a review of permits.According to GGDMA in its statement, however, raising fees will, in fact, be counterproductive for the industry. The association noted that the mining sector is already in decline. As such, they noted that additional burdens on miners will negatively impact the economy.“The sector is already in decline, proposing to put such additional burden on the local entrepreneurs that operate with tremendous uncertainties will further impact the communities and villages that depend on it for sustenance.”According to GGDMA, the industry, in fact, needs more roads to access mining lands and assistance with better techniques. They noted that the industry needs a regulatory system that is more modernised and with fewer bottle-necks“The industry needs more roads to access mining lands, assistance with better techniques for recovery and environmental standards, access to finance and a regulatory system that is more modernised and freer from bottle-necks to ensure that the sector continues to contribute to Guyana’s economy.”The GGDMA warned that raising the fees for mining permits are counterproductive and will be detrimental to the survival of this vital sector.RecommendationsIn its report, EITI had recommended that a wholesale review be done to weed out wrongly categorised miners. According to the organisation in its recently released report, this is because thousands of acres of mining permits have been awarded to claimants on a scale that should be considered large-scale. Large-scale permits involve higher rental fees and more revenue to the State. But the report states that in some cases, this is not happening.“We note that several mining permits, covering plots in the same location as per GGMC list of permits, had been awarded on the same date to the same applicant following the award process of medium-scale mining permits instead of following the award process for large-scale mining licenses,” they had stated.“The total combined acreage of several mining permits awarded during FY 2017 to a same applicant exceeded 1200 acres which is the maximum surface for a medium-scale mining permit. If these plots had been combined, they would have exceeded 1200-acre threshold and would have been categorised as being ‘large-scale tenures’,” it also states.Besides paying higher rental fees, EITI pointed out that large-scale permit holders also have to go through more stringent license award procedures. These procedures include requiring further approvals from other Government agencies. According to EITI, this oversight may cost the State a large sum of money per year.“Additionally, the list of active mining permits shows that several plots were held by the same extractive entity and within the same location. The combined surfaces of these mining permits exceed 1200-acre threshold in several instances.”“Such mining permit holders may need to be categorised as large-scale extractive operators as defined by the current legislation whenever it is established that the relating plots run consecutively one after the other. The annual rental fees due by large-scale operators is US$3 per acre as opposed to US$1 per acre for medium-scale mining operators.”The EITI, therefore, recommended a review and an update of the list of current active mining permits in order to ensure all are in compliance with the definition of the large-scale mining license.last_img read more

“Shame on you!” diaspora protest AG’s visit in New York

first_imgA visit by Attorney General Basil Williams and other officials of the coalition Government to New York to attend a fundraiser quickly turned ugly, as members of Guyana’s Diaspora turned up in their numbers to protest the AG’s presence.The protest occurred on Saturday outside the Zen Lounge, a restaurant and night club in Richmond Hill, New York.Attorney General Basil Williams can be seen exchanging words with the protesters outside Zen Lounge, Richmond Hill, New YorkIn footage seen by Guyana Times, which was posted on social media, Williams could be seen approaching and exchanging words with the visibly upset protesters. When the protesters shouted for Williams to “go home” and to “stop wasting taxpayers’ money”; however, a chastened Williams retreated back to the lounge.The Attorney General has been under a barrage of criticisms from several corners, particularly after a High Court Judge, Justice Franklin Holder, walked off the bench without adjourning a case. This happened after an exchange of words with Williams, who was present in the courtroom as the State’s representative.The Judge, in a report complaining to the Judiciary, said he walked out of the courtroom without adjourning the matter because of Williams’ behaviour. He had also requested an apology, but Williams had on different occasions said there was no need for him to apologise and instead suggested that the Judge recuse himself.The case had involved embattled Trade Unionist Carvil Duncan, who had moved to the courts to challenge the tribunal set up to determine if he should be removed from several constitutional posts in light of charges which were laid against him.However, the High Court proceedings were left at a standstill because of the impasse between Holder and Williams. Justice Holder subsequently did recuse himself from the case, but accusations of interference in the Judiciary surfaced since the Judge’s recusal came days after Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo also requested that he do so.Justice Holder had subsequently insisted that he made this decision in the interest of the administration of justice. The Judge, giving reasons for his recusal, had explained to the court that the matter became politicised, and accused Williams of “egregious and disrespectful” behaviour which was “not necessarily contemptuous”.Overseas tripsThe Government has been under increased scrutiny for its expenditure on overseas trips, after it was revealed that President David Granger used a chartered plane to fly to The Bahamas on a State visit in March.The President had arrived in The Bahamas on March 2, as part of a three-day State visit which has been dubbed an ‘economic mission’.Transparency Institute Guyana Incorporated (TIGI) had called for Government to disclose the costs of the trip. TIGI head, Dr Trevor Tomas, had stressed that if questions are raised about the spending of tax payer monies, the Government has a responsibility to respond to them.TIGI has not been the only individuals calling for full disclosure. The parliamentary Opposition has also questioned the expenditure. And explanations from Government officials that the chartered plane was the most feasible option appear to not even scratch the surface, as the Opposition wanted specifics.last_img read more