Unchecked “cabal of Ministers” who did their own thing

first_imgDear Editor,I am pleased for the United Kingdom. They now have a strong Government with the prospect of being in power for the full term and which will allow them to do progressive things for their people. That is great news for their economy and their people. These elections were about Brexit and the overwhelming majority of the British people are sick and tired of how long this issue was allowed to drag on because of political squabbling.  Mr Boris Johnson came in as an outsider and the people decided to give him a full mandate to do what he said he would do because he was consistent in his messages. But more so, the people heard Jeremy Corbyn and they found him to be speaking from two sides of his mouth on Brexit, despite the people giving a clear mandate to Westminster to leave the EU. So the people decided to send a strong signal as to who is the real boss. They do not want people of verbal waffle and rhetoric like Jeremy Corbyn in power and they certainly do not want politicians in place who are not listening to them.These elections in the United Kingdom have many lessons for Guyana but I shall just deal with two of them today as follows:The role of the Brexit Party – Many Labour supporters who could not bring themselves to vote for the Conservatives but wanted to leave Europe, voted for the Brexit Party while the Conservatives’ base held strong. This act destroyed the Labour Party fortunes while keeping the Conservatives intact. Elections are about numbers and nothing else and sometimes 1 + 1 is equal to 3 in politics. It was the Brexit Party that got too many Labourvoters to cross-over to them and this caused the Labour Party to lose vital marginal seats to the Conservatives. The lesson that was reinforced here is that elections are all about the marginal voters.Meanwhile, in Guyana, the PPP/C must pay more attention to the marginal votes. The PPP/C has to make sure that the entire nation is aware that a vote against the Cup is a vote for the Palm Tree. It is as simple as that! Many of these third forces were formed in Congress Place as PNCR fronts; set up by the PNCR, for the PNCR, and to help the PNCR win power again using smoke and mirror tactics as developed in the Bahamas by two PNCR leaders. Again a vote against the PPP/C is a vote for the PNCR. So my message is simply this – beware of most of these small parties.  Even with all their sweet messages, many of them are being funded by the PNCR and are on a leash tied to Congress Place.  Such a situation will only be contributing to the destruction of democracy by helping the undemocratic forces in the PNCR who continue to deny this nation free and fair elections in violation of the Constitution. After 4 years and 5 months of underperformance on the human development front, it is clear that the PNCR totally deserves their place on the Opposition benches after March 2020.  My final wish is, let the people speak!2. The lack of policy leadership and competence in the PNCR – The last 12 months exposed how ill-equipped and incompetent Mr David Granger is on the big issues. He has proven that he does not have what it takes to unequivocally confront the major anxieties of the people. Unfortunately, he was ill for most of the time and because of this major determinant, he was unavailable to the people.  In his absence, his deputy was not empowered to act because no one in the Cabinet had much respect or trusted his decision-making capabilities because of what the PNCR did to him post-May 2015. Mr Granger reshaped Mr Moses Nagamootoo’s image from a firebrand politician before 2015 into an opportunistic “rubber stamp”. What Mr Granger left in his absence was an unchecked “cabal of Ministers” who did their own thing like wild horses on the prairie. Many of them made it up as they went along without any coordination on the major policy issues. So in the absence of Mr Granger, the Government floated from one crisis to another as indecision became the order of the day.  As indecision expanded, corruption in the Government also expanded as senior officials pounced on the opportunity that such an unchecked environment provided. That is why you can have a former Minister who was allowed to move from a shared accommodation with her family in a $15 million house to one that cost over $150 million within 2 years.  This was what team Granger came to represent for the people – incompetence and corruption.This is what the Guyanese people are seeing and many have already made up their minds based on the above factors and so many more.  The destiny of this nation is what it is and Mr Granger must be a man and accept his faith because the voice and the will of the people are all that matters today.Regards,Sase Singhlast_img read more

Faure Gnassingbè, ECOWAS Is in Your Hand: Can You Manage It?

first_img– Advertisement – The 51st Summit of Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has brought on board Faure Gnassingbè, President of the Republic of Togo, as the new Chairperson. He is succeeding President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who presided as the first female chairperson for the past year.President Gnassingbè’s ascendancy comes at a time when the regional body is striving towards establishing democratic governance, peace and stability, economic viability and investment in young people through education and employment. With a goal of establishing democratic governance, ECOWAS under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf used diplomatic and military interventions to oust Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia when he refused to peacefully hand over state power to the winner of the presidential elections, Adama Barrow. ECOWAS moved into Mali in 2013 with the same aim of restoring the democratically elected president of that country following an assassination attempt on his life. Under the same principle, ECOWAS is making frantic efforts to restore peace in fragile Guinea Bissau.ECOWAS nowadays pays keen attention to electoral processes in all fifteen member countries, with the hope that leaders will not tamper with results and will peacefully transfer power to their successors. This is where the outgoing chairperson, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, has taken ECOWAS, and has boldly stated among West African Heads of State that she will be turning power over to her successor in 2018 following the impending October election. She is not the only regional president to have set this record. Nigeria and Ghana did just that. Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat following the election that led President Muhammadu Buhari to power; likewise Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, who recently turned power over to President-Elect Nana Akufo Addo.Amid these developments, we are especially concerned if Faure Gnassingbè will be able to manage ECOWAS, as record of governance in his own country is questionable. His father, Gnassingbè Eyadèma, who took office on April 14, 1967, remained in power up to his death in 2005. During Eyadèma’s regime, the governance system was dominated by one party, Rally for the Togolese People. In the 1990’s the international community pressurized Eyadèma to democratize the governance system, something he strongly resisted. Like Yahya Jammeh’s regime in The Gambia, Eyadèma’s regime in Togo sent many pro-democracy activists to their graves.Upon Eyadèma’s death in 2005, Faure Gnassingbè was named by Army Chief Aakari Nandja as President, a situation that made the presidency of Togo to be viewed as the hegemony of the Eyadèma’s family. Gnassingbè’s first election in 2005 was triggered by security crackdown on civilians, and about 500 people were killed. The 2010 election, though described as “calm,” was held in the presence of heavily armed security personnel.Now that he has been elected ECOWAS chairman, can the Togolese President perform like his predecessor, or even better? We are not underestimating the potential of the Togolese leader. However, in the midst of the political turmoil and dictatorial leadership that had characterized the governance system of Togo, anyone can wonder if he will live by newly established ECOWAS goals and procedures when his time comes. Will he, when his term expires, be able to organize free, fair and transparent elections? Will he be able to relinquish power peacefully if defeated in an election? Can he create a free space for competition in elections?Now that all eyes are on you, Chariamn-President Gnassingbè, the time has come for you to build trust in members of the regional body, ECOWAS, Africa and the world at large by upholding and maintaining the successful democratic trends ECOWAS has set. We also hope that you will be able to clean your own house to lay the basis for confidence and respect, as you sit at the helm of ECOWAS – to move it forward in the coming year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lindener jailed for 38 years for rape of young relative

first_imgA 25-year-old Lindener, who was found guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a young girl on separate occasions, was on Monday jailed.A probation report presented in court revealed that the convicted man, Keon Lawson, and the victim are relatives. The probation officer informed the court that prior to the incidents, the victim was an “above average” student, always cheerful and interactive. However, this changed following the incidents and the victim’s academic performance became poor and socialising was no longer an interest of hers.Convicted: Keon Lawson being escorted by Police ranks following his sentencing on MondayTaking this into account, Justice Morris-Ramlall considered the prevalence of the crime within Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), together with the fact that Lawson breached the trust of a relative and showed no remorse for his actions.Lawson of Wismar, Linden, was handed 18 years in jail on the first rape count, and 20 years on the second, which are expected to run concurrently.The first charge read that between November 1 and 30, 2014, in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual activity with a six-year-old girl.The second read that on October 6, 2017, in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual activity with the said victim, who was nine years old.According to reports, on the first occasion, the convicted man went over to the child’s home, then proceeded to hold the child, cover her mouth and committed the act.On the second occasion, the young girl visited Lawson’s home to uplift an item for her mother; however, upon arrival at his premises, he prevented her from leaving and proceeded to rape her.The child later confided in her teacher about the incidents and the teacher informed the parents and Police.Attorney-at-Law George Thomas represented Lawson while Prosecutors Teriq Mohamed and Nafeeza Baig presented the State’s case.last_img read more

Fish farms share pet-food trouble

first_imgIt wasn’t immediately clear if any of the farmed fish actually entered the food supply. Acheson said at least one affected firm’s fish were still too young and small to be sold. Investigators were visiting other U.S. aquaculture farms that used the contaminated feed. Farmed fish typically are sold for direct consumption or for stocking lakes and streams. The head of a St. Louis company reported brokering a deal to import nearly 353,000 pounds of what was supposedly Chinese wheat gluten that went directly to a Canadian aquaculture feed ingredient company called Westaqua. Listings for Canadian fish meal producers include Westaqua Commodity Group Ltd., based in Vancouver, British Columbia. When reached by telephone, the president of Westaqua Commodity Group Ltd. declined to talk about the matter. Since March 16, more than 100 brands of pet food have been recalled because they were contaminated with melamine. Acheson said that fish samples would be screened for signs of melamine. “Depending upon what we find in that testing, that is going to drive the next steps,” Acheson said. WASHINGTON – Farm-raised fish have been fed meal spiked with the same chemical that has been linked to the pet-food recall, but the contamination was probably too low to harm anyone who ate the fish, federal officials said Tuesday. The Canadian-made meal included what was purported to be wheat gluten, a protein source, imported from China. The material was actually wheat flour spiked by the chemical melamine and related, nitrogen-rich compounds to make it appear more protein-rich than it was, officials said. The FDA is considering enforcement options, officials said. The ingredients came from two Chinese firms: Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. and Futian Biology Technology Co. Ltd. The level of contamination is expected to be too low to pose any danger to human health, said Dr. David Acheson, the FDA’s assistant commissioner for food protection. There had been a similar report a day earlier about other food animals, pigs and chickens, given contaminated feed. Canadian officials are aware of the finding, Acheson said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Letterkenny Gaels U21’s face Gaeil Fhánada in U21 B championship

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels Club NotesThe club would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Ciaran, Matthew, Sara May, Lucia and the extended Doherty & Gallagher family on the sad passing of Fiona Doherty, esteemed club member and friend. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dhílis.The senior lads had mixed results over the last two weeks in both league and championship action. First up they played out a victory over neighbours St. Mary’s, Convoy in the quarter finals of the Junior A Championship and last week in the league they were defeated by Buncrana. The reserve team also lost their game against the Scarvey outfit.This Saturday evening the U-21 football team play Fanad Gaels in the quarter final of the U-21 B Championship. This match is in the O’Donnell Park with a 5pm throw in. Please come out and show your support.Letterkenny Gaels Camogie hosted an U-8 & U-10 blitz recently with girls from Burt and Carndonagh visiting.  Cheered on by proud parents and supporters, all the girls played some entertaining matches demonstrating skill and commitment.  Gaels young team (girls are all U-9) showed that the training is definitely working with great tackling and striking.  The fact that all the girls have another year at this grade shows great potential for a strong camogie  team next year .  The Gaels  U-8 girls were split into teams and played a mini blitz. The club had 25 girls playing in total,  a great squad for the future. Refreshments were served in the clubroom and thanks to all who provided buns etc.Thanks to our visitors from Burt Camogie and Carndonagh Camogie for travelling. Congratulations to Eimear Ui Bhaoghail, Anna McHugh & Ornaith Ui Fhearghail representing Donegal in the All Ireland blitz last weekend and taking part in the parade in Croke Park.Training continues at Pairc na Gaeil on Friday 6-7 pm for U-8 & U-10 girls. Contact Aideen 086 816 3605 for informationClub merchandise, which includes training tops, track-suits, jerseys, hats etc. can be purchased in Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure.Congratulations to our young hurlers Eunan Gallagher, Chloe Callaghan, Matthew Callaghan, Donal Farrelly and Cormack Farrelly who represented Letterkenny Gaels in the Cumann na mBunscol teams that played at half time during the County Senior Hurling Final.On Thursday evening last our young U-12 hurling team, which comprises a mix of boys and girls, brought their roller coaster Championship season to a close with an away defeat to to a strong Carndonagh side. The sides were separated by three goals at the final whistle but this didn’t reflect the effort put in during the match by the Gaels. Overall this was a great season for the team and with plenty of winter training they will be ready to roll for a great 2017 campaign.Well done to Ray and the team.Hurling training for U-6, U-8 & U-10 continues every Thursday evening from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Hurls and helmets provided. New players welcome.U-12 to U-18 hurling continues every Tuesday.Bingo continues every Monday in Arena 7. The Jackpot this week is €2650. Doors from 8pm. Eyes down 9pm. All welcome.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelLetterkenny Gaels U21’s face Gaeil Fhánada in U21 B championship was last modified: September 13th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAALetterkenny GaelsSportU21’slast_img read more

SOCIALIST TD HIGGINS TO ADDRESS ANTI-HOME TAX MEETING IN DONEGAL

first_imgSOCIALIST TD Joe Higgins will be in Co Donegal this week to address anti-austerity campaigners.The Cloch Cheann Fhaola branch of the Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes have organised the meeting at Ostan Loch Altan in Gortahork at 8pm this Friday.“Deputy Higgins has been the strongest opponent of this Government’s failed austerity policies over a number of years,” said Owen Curran from the campaign. “He has been correct on this from the start as our un-employment and emigration figures show and indeed the IMF now agree that austerity is not working.“Joe Higgins will outline in Gortahork on Friday why the Property Tax has nothing to do with local services and everything to do with paying off the gambling debts of failed developers and speculators.”Brian ‘ Boyle a Sligo based lecturer, political activist and TUI member will also speak.“Brian will explain how and why all the struggles ,whether in health, education ,against these unjust taxes must be linked up,” said Curran “We in the CAHWT ClochCheannFhaola are pleased to have two such high profile people come to speak in Gortahork for us,it underlines that the fight against austerity is being built state wide,and that a movement that is prepared to fight on issues that affect ordinary working people is beginning to take shape.” SOCIALIST TD HIGGINS TO ADDRESS ANTI-HOME TAX MEETING IN DONEGAL was last modified: April 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SOCIALIST TD HIGGINS TO ADDRESS ANTI-HOME TAX MEETING IN DONEGALlast_img read more

Shaban Lubega: PML Daily Premier League team of the Week 25

first_imgAguero scored a hat trick this past weekend (Photo by Agency)With Liverpool not in action until Monday (away to West Ham), Man City and Tottenham closed in on the leaders thanks to victories in their respective fixtures this past weekend. City cruised past Arsenal 3-1 with Sergio Aguero scoring a treble while Son Heung-Min was the hero as Spurs edged Newcastle 1-0 on Saturday. The results mean that City and Spurs are now two and four points behind Liverpool on the table.Chelsea produced the biggest scoreline of the weekend, cruising past Huddersfield Town 5-0 at Stamford Bridge. A brace each by Gonzalo Higuien and Edin Hazard put Chelsea on their way before David Luiz put the icing on the cake with a fifth.For Man United, they continued their fine start to life under Ole Gunner Solksjaer with a 1-0 victory away to Leicester City. Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game inside the first 10 minutes at King Power Stadium. United have now won 8 and drawn one of their 9 games ever since Jose Mourinho was shown the back door.Wolves were the other big winners on the weekend, defeating Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park. Ruben Neves, Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker were all on target for Wolves while Andre Gomez scored Everton’s consolation.In the Bottom half, only Crystal Palace and Cardiff City registered victories. Luka Milivojevic and Jeffrey Schulop scored Palace’s goals in a 2-0 victory over Fulham while Bobby Reid scored a brace as Cardiff overcame Bournemouth by the same scoreline.Here are the eleven players that stood out for me this past weekend in a 4:3:3 formation.GK: David De Gea (Man United).It was a tough choice leaving out Watford’s Ben Forster but i had to go for De Gea. Arguably the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment and he keeps justifying the tag. Against Leicester on Sunday, the Spaniard made six saves including a magnificent one to keep out Rashid Gazhel’s free-kick as United won 1-0.RB: Matt Doherty (Wolves).One of the stand out performer in the Premier League this season. Doherty was at it again on Saturday as he created several chances for Wolves in the 3-1 win away to Everton and also won the penalty that Ruben Neves converted for 1-0.CB: David Luiz (Chelsea).The Brazilian defender completed 93% of his passes against Huddersfield, while also making four tackles and two clearances. He also scored the 5th goal in the 5-0 victory.CB: Sol Bamba (Cardiff City).Sol Bamba was as inspired as anyone in a blue shirt against a dangerous Bournemouth. Only James Tarkowski (36) and Ben Mee (31) have made more blocks than Sol Bamba (26) among centre-backs in the Premier League this season.LB: Aymeric Laporte (Man City).At first he looked to be over priced when City signed him from Bilbao but he is currently amongst the best defenders in the League. Against Arsenal on Sunday, Laporte played at left-back, setting up Aguero for the opener.MF: Fernandinho Luiz Roza (Man City) The 3-1 win against Arsenal only underlined further, how important Fernandinho is to City. He started at center back but spent most of his time playing in midfield. The pass out wide to Sane in the build up to City’s second summed up an incredible performance for the Brazilian on the day.MF: Ngolo Kante (Chelsea).Kante provided two assists in Chelsea’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield, with both of those coming for Gonzalo Higuaín.MF: Bobby Reid (Cardiff City).Scored Cardiff’s two goals in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.FW: Edin Hazard (Chelsea). Eden Hazard registered his 200th and 201st goal involvements in his top-flight league career (117 goals, 84 assists), with 130 of those coming at Chelsea. Both his involvements were goals scored in the 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town.FW: Sergio Aguero (Man City).Aguero scored a hat-trick against Arsenal from four total shots, having opened the scoring after just 46 seconds. It is his 10th Premier League treble, one behind record holder-Allan ShearerFW: Gonzalo Higuien (Chelsea).The Argentine striker scored with both of his shots on target against Huddersfield (six shots, two on target).Comments Tags: Pml daily team of the weektoplast_img read more

India’s Stock Market Clobbered

first_imgIndia’s benchmark Sensex tumbled 1,070 points, or 11 per cent, to close at 8,701 on Friday, Oct 24, its third biggest loss ever and its lowest since Nov 24, 2005. The Nifty, the leading index for large companies on the National Stock Exchange of India, lost 359 points, its second highest drop to close at 2,584.Analysts believe that many emerging market funds in the U.S. and Europe are being cashed by investors who are on the ropes from the global crisisReal Estate developer DLF was the biggest loser shedding nearly 24 per cent of its value. Reliance Industries, India’s largest company, alone lost over $6 billion in a single day dropping over 16 per cent.Indian stocks have lost 57% of their value this year, wiping out Rs 45 trillion ($900 billion) in value. The Sensex was at its peak at 21,000 on Jan 10, 2008. Related Itemslast_img read more

From overhaul to tinkering: Big 6 transfer plans set in EPL

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Canada celebrates after Raptors win first NBA championship Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments City also needs back-up to holding midfielder Fernandinho, who has been an unsung star in recent years but just turned 34, to stay fit for a full season. Guardiola may choose to sign a more attacking midfielder and use Ilkay Gundogan as the back-up anchorman to Fernandinho, or buy a ready-made defensive midfielder.It could be an important offseason for City, which could soon be hit with a transfer ban by FIFA for breaking rules related to the protection of youth players and third-party ownership.LiverpoolJuergen Klopp has built a fairly complete squad at Liverpool and there are very few areas which need strengthening.It may be that he just looks to add depth in certain positions, notably left back where Andrew Robertson is without specialist cover following the departure of Alberto Moreno at the end of contract.ADVERTISEMENT Here is a look at the requirements and restrictions facing Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, and Manchester United before the window shuts in England on Aug. 8.Manchester CityFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe champions are expected to target two main areas: Left back and central midfield.Pep Guardiola’s trust in Benjamin Mendy is wavering because of the France left back’s poor injury record and his off-the-field indiscipline. Oleksandr Zinchenko, who joined City at age 19 in 2016 as an attacking midfielder, ended last season as the first-choice left back but City will want a specialist in that position after two seasons of players filling in for Mendy. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READcenter_img If goalkeeper Simon Mignolet leaves to get first-team opportunities, Liverpool will need a back-up to Alisson.ChelseaOne of the club’s greatest ever players, Eden Hazard, has left for Real Madrid and another winger, United States international Christian Pulisic, has already been signed.Otherwise, Chelsea’s transfer policy is very much up in the air for two reasons: The club is currently banned from registering any new players for breaking youth transfer rules — an appeal has been filed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport — and there is uncertainty over who the manager will be next season.Maurizio Sarri has been heavily linked with a return to Italy at Juventus, with Frank Lampard the favorite to replace him as manager. Lampard, Chelsea’s record scorer, is currently at second-tier Derby County alongside his assistant Jody Morris, who used to be a youth-team coach at Chelsea.If the one-year transfer ban isn’t lifted, Lampard and Morris would be suited to getting the best out of the club’s youngsters who could move into the first-team reckoning.TottenhamAfter failing to sign a player in the past two transfer windows, Tottenham will surely be active this offseason as coach Mauricio Pochettino looks to freshen up his squad.Where Pochettino strengthens may depend on which of his top players leave. Playmaker Christian Eriksen has said he “might want to try something new” and left back Danny Rose said he doesn’t know if he’ll be at the club next season. Right back Kieran Trippier has been linked with a move away.So, full back seems to be an area of concern for Tottenham, while central midfield needs bolstering — whether Eriksen moves or not. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ArsenalMissing out on qualifying for the Champions League was a huge setback for Arsenal, making the club a much less-attractive option to potential signings.Turbulence among the backroom staff — head of recruitment Sven Mislintat left at the start of the year and Darren Burgess, director of high performance, is also expected to depart soon — could also lead to a lack of direction in transfer strategy.Arsenal manager Unai Emery requires a second goalkeeper to replace the departed Petr Cech, a central midfielder following the exit of Aaron Ramsey to Juventus, and some new faces in defense, the team’s weak point for years.Arsenal will need to be resourceful as it shops around at a lower level than in past years.Manchester UnitedWhere to start with United, which could have its busiest offseason since the departure of Alex Ferguson in 2016.The futures of many high-profile, senior players — Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Paul Pogba and David De Gea, for example — appear up in the air, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemingly ready to plot a new course regarding the club’s transfer strategy and sign young and hungry players who aren’t at the elite level.Daniel James, a 21-year-old winger, has already joined from second-tier Swansea and Crystal Palace right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, also 21, has been the subject of offers from United.Solskjaer needs a central midfielder to replace Ander Herrera and might also be in the market for a center back and a center forward. Much hinges on whether Lukaku and Pogba, in particular, stay at the club. FILE – In this Sunday, May 12, 2019 file photo, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola lifts the English Premier League trophy after the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton and Manchester City at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, England, Manchester City defeated Brighton 4-1 to win the championship. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)One club is in desperate need of an overhaul. Another cannot sign any players at all. Others might just decide to tinker around the edges.The transfer window is in full swing and it promises to be another important offseason for the Premier League’s so-called “Big 6.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Watch: Audi India launch the new Audi A6 Matrix

first_imgAudi India have launched the facelift version of the Audi A6 Matrix via a video press release on Thursday.The facelifted model of the A6 sedan is available in 2.0L TDI engine, delivering 190hp of peak power and is mated to a seven-speed S tronic transmission.Moreover, the A6 sedan face-lift will come with re-designed bumpers, front grille, Matrix LED headlamps, dynamic turn indicators with sweeping function, Bose surround sound, re-designed tail-lamps and a re-designed exhausts.ALSO READ:Audi India to launch A6 facelift on August 20The interior of the face-lifted A6 sedan will sport a new dashboard with seat trims and MMI display with handwriting recognition and advanced navigation. Moreover, the face-lifted A6 sedan can also get ventilation, massage options for the seats, Audi Drive Select and voice dialogue system.The facelifted Audi A6 sedan will compete against the Mercedes E-class, BMW 5-series and Jaguar XF, with a price tag of around Rs 49.5 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).WATCH THE VIDEO PRESS RELEASE HERE: (COURTESY: YOUTUBE/AUDI INDIA)last_img read more