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Pertinent questions

first_imgThe results of the general elections of 1997 were not accepted by the then Opposition. That refusal led to prolonged, massive street protests and in the process, violence was unleashed on many citizens and some properties burnt. The ensuing instability heightened tension and fear, businesses and the national economy almost ground to a halt, and the country’s progress set back.The Opposition, which was pellucid that the elections were fraudulent despite the contrary as expressed by observers, maintained that the then Government would not be recognized. Its actions to make the country ungovernable were therefore not by coincidence, but deliberate means to have the Government demit office.The situation worsened as time progressed and Guyana’s post-election violence made international headlines, tarnishing the country’s image in the process. The Government maintained that it was democratically elected and that the Opposition, with a history of such actions, was attempting to take the seat of power by illegal means.The Opposition refused to relent and allow constitutional and democratic processes to work. Turning a blind eye to the negative consequences its actions were having on the country and people at the time, it seemed obsessed with its intention of being the Government. As the stalemate continued and as fear and uncertainty swirled, the Opposition made demands for external intervention, which resulted in Caricom establishing a commission to help resolve the impasse.As months went by, the commission derived the Herdmanston Accord which both sides signed in acceptance, willingly or unwillingly. That Accord instructed an agreement from the Government to reduce its five-year constitutionally-mandated term in office to three years and fresh elections be held two years before legally due.The context of that is without any semblance of ambiguity. Simply put, a democratically elected Government was made to reduce its term in office after deliberately orchestrated and sustained acts by the Opposition to render the country unstable and ungovernable; their wishes seemingly realized by Caricom’s intervention and presence.The Government in question was the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) and the Opposition, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR). It’s worthwhile to note that the elections in 2001, which followed 1997 as per the accord, were not without violence. Having, again, not wanting to accept that the PPPC had won, street protests were mounted with inevitable consequences.Not to be forgotten, on January 12, 1998, the Court ruled in favour of the PPPC regarding the outcome of the 1997 elections. On that now infamous day, many Guyanese, predominantly of one ethnic group, were beaten, robbed and molested. That incident led to a private group conducting an inquiry with documented evidence from many victims.The main takeaway: the unmistakable trait of a political entity unwilling to invoke destabilizing mechanisms when its desire is not fulfilled, even if fulfilment would contradict democratic norms leading to negative consequences and a seeming lack of intent to conform to the rule of law.While in Opposition during 2011-2015, it began the process of bringing a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against the then Donald Ramotar administration. In the act of doing so, it boasted of its clear understanding of the constitutional procedures of a successful NCM. Armed with its combined one-seat majority of 33 against 32, it knew the threatened NCM would be successful, that the Government would have fallen and fresh elections to be held with the constitutionally mandated 90-day period.Cognizant of that, Ramotar prorogued Parliament as he was constitutionally allowed. Of utmost importance was the fact the then Opposition knew that a majority of one vote was all that was needed to topple the Government; 33 out of 65. Now in Government and with an NCM successfully passed against it as upheld by the Speaker, it found all excuses to claim that 33 is not a majority of 65 and as such the NCM was invalid.That’s a wholesale and convenient contradiction of what it boasted of previously. Its preposterous arguments were knocked down by the High Court, upheld by 2:1 in the Appeal Court and knocked down again by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Even in the face of the CCJ’s ruling while awaiting the consequential orders, there has been no genuine attempt to implement the constitutional procedures that follow a successful NCM.From all appearances, it is consumed with efforts to remain in office despite what the Constitution and Court rulings mandate. To try and “justify” its actions, it protested against itself for House-to-House registration, thereby defying the 90-day period for fresh elections and constitutional provisions to accommodate eligible voters.Its continued defiance is not only unimaginable but extremely worrisome in the context of its own history of being reluctant to accept electoral defeat and abide by the rule of law. That is aside from conveniently dumping its own position while in the Opposition a few years ago.As it is, fear and uncertainty prevail and business seems at a standstill. The related consequences are obvious and not totally dissimilar to previous times in the country’s history. Given that history, a very pertinent and probably sensitive question would be; what if the PPP had done what the Government has regarding the successful passage of the NCM? Another maybe; where is Caricom now?last_img read more

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Nandlall vs AG case adjourned again

first_imgVAT Act challengeThe hearing into the legal challenge against the Value Added Tax Act Chapter 81:05 amendments of 2017, has been adjourned until March 10. The decision to adjourn was taken by Chief Justice (ag) Yonnette Cummings-Edwards on Friday.The challenge, which was filed by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall on Tuesday, February 14, had named current Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams as the respondent. The writ is seeking to have the coalition Government’s amendments to the Act declared null and void.When contacted, Nandlall confirmed that the case was called, but the State counsel appearing on Williams’ behalf applied for leave.“The case was called before the Chief Justice, Yonnette Cummings-Edwards and a representative for the Attorney General appeared. And they were granted fourteen days leave to file a defence,” he said.The amendment being challenged was assented to by President David Granger on January 16, 2017, and gazetted on the same day. But according to Nandlall’s writ it “is or is likely to be, contrary to, inconsistent with, and in violation of Articles 40 and 148 of the Constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.”Attorney General Basil WilliamsIn particular, Nandlall’s affidavit highlighted the wide powers granted to the Guyana Revenue Authority Commissioner General in Section 45 (amended) of the Act. He noted that the Act empowers the Commissioner to stop someone from leaving Guyana if there are grounds to believe that the person is not paying the requisite taxes.The Commissioner General can do this by merely making a request to the Chief Immigration Officer, with a certificate containing the details of the tax due. That person is effectively stopped from leaving the country until he or she pays in full or makes a satisfactory arrangement with the Commissioner.Pursuant to Article 8 of the Constitution of Guyana, he is also seeking an order striking down Section 45(1) on the grounds of its likely unconstitutional nature. The writ also extends to “such Orders, writs and directions as the Court may consider appropriate for the purpose of enforcing or securing the enforcement of any of the provisions of Article 138 to 151 of the Constitution.”Nandlall’s case is the second recent suit against the Government to be adjourned until March 10 to give the State time to file a defence.Also scheduled to be heard on Friday, former Attorney General Charles Ramson Sr’s case against Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and the AG Basil Williams was deferred until March 10.last_img read more

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NTFC calls for stakeholders input in restoring city

first_imgThe National Task Force Commission (NTFC) is still seeking the help of the relevant stakeholders to assist the Commission as it continues to fulfil its mandate in seeing the restoration of the Capital City.Major General (Retired) Joe SinghThe Task Force was established in August 2015, following a request by Cabinet for the restoration of the City of Georgetown. The Commission has been able to achieve much over the last two years, but still faces some challenges.Chairman of the Commission, retired Major General Joe Singh said the Commission continues to be crowded with challenges. He said all the agencies must work together to realise the objective of the Commission.“We are dealing with attitudes, we’re dealing with getting people to break out of this mind-set that this is my turf and I need to guard it zealously and recognising the need for integrated planning for proper consultations with persons,” Singh said at a press conference on Friday.He said the Commission has taken on a roll and has facilitated a process of dialogue and consultation and of bringing people together to share information to look at joint implementation and maintenance.Back in August 2015, Cabinet had mandated that the National Task Force for Project Restore Guyana be established. In November of that same year, there was a visit by Dutch-Disaster Rapid Response (DRR) Assessment Team where a report was tabled to the NTFC.In July 2016, a Mission was carried out by students of Delft University who collaborated on a Drainage model for Georgetown. That report was tabled and auctioned by NTFC.Over the last two years, the NTFC said it has been able to oversee the proposal and completion of several projects including proposed road repairs under Ministry of Public Infrastructure “Miscellaneous Roads” program – Western access road, Mon Repos North; Fourth Street, Mon Repos North; Access Road (Middle Walk Victoria, East Side Line road Victoria, Kinston Street Victoria) for LED street lights in Recess, Mahaicony; and Vlissengen Road; Carifesta Avenue to Lamaha Street Sidewalk construction proposal – Albert Street to Thomas Lands and Pouderoyen, West Coast Demerara (2018).  There is also a proposal for the revetment and repair of Hunter Street between Mandela Avenue and Front Road also in the new year. The Task Force listed as critical requirements for the successful implementation of project restore Guyana to include political consensus and good governance, public awareness, ethical, attitudinal, socially and environmentally responsible behaviour, integrated planning and implementation, adherence to maintenance schedules, routine monitoring, rigid enforcement and accountability.last_img read more

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Shenhua chairman says Drogba row not over

first_img0Shares0000SHANGHAI, China, September 17 – The billionaire chairman of Chinese football club Shanghai Shenhua has said a boardroom dispute threatening the future of foreign stars including Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka is not over.Drogba started Saturday’s game against Liaoning Whowin, and scored their last goal in a 3-0 win, after Shenhua head coach Sergio Batista said the row had been “basically resolved”. But Zhu Jun, a flamboyant online gaming tycoon who has bankrolled the club for years and reportedly threatened to withhold the salaries of foreign players, who also number Colombian midfielder Giovanni Moreno, denied any deal.He is said to be demanding other shareholders grant him majority control of the club and on his microblog — China’s equivalent to Twitter — issued a new deadline for agreement to be reached by the end of the month.“Now, I made a difficult decision to believe you one more time, one last time! And this time I have a deadline: two weeks,” Zhu said at the weekend, without giving details of the dispute or saying to whom the message was aimed.Media reports say that under a 2007 deal, Zhu’s 28.5 percent stake in Shanghai Shenhua was supposed to rise to 70 percent if he invested more than 150 million yuan ($23.6 million). Zhu has reportedly spent about 600 million yuan.The state-backed Shanghai Youth Daily newspaper on Monday quoted an unnamed source as saying: “If this issue is not resolved satisfactorily, from October Zhu Jun might take action.“If the issue of Drogba’s salary is still not effectively handled, he might again book a ticket home.”Shenhua are now ninth in the 16-club Chinese Super League.The signing of the ex-Chelsea players — for reported salaries in excess of $300,000 a week — made headlines around the world and highlighted a dramatic revamp of the corruption-plagued league.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Literacy Society promises über good time at fundraiser

first_imgThe event takes place Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the Northern Grand Quality Inn. Beer and cocktails will be served at 6:00 p.m. with a Bavarian dinner following at 7:00. The night’s honorary Germans will be entertained with live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $60 and available at the North Peace Cultural Centre. For more information call the Fort St. John Literacy Society at 250-785-2110.- Advertisement –last_img

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Ulinzi to host Smouha Confed tie in Machakos

first_img“The only option we had for the match is Machakos now that both Nyayo and Kasarani are closed. Nakuru is yet to be approved by CAF so we couldn’t host the match there,” Birgen said.Ulinzi head into the tie carrying a heavy 4-0 deficit from the first leg in Alexandria last Friday and head coach Benjamin Nyangweso has admitted they have a mountain to climb if they are to progress to the second round.The soldiers need to win 4-0 in the least to send the game to penalties or win by a margin of five clear goals to progress outright.“It is not an easy task because they are not an easy team. It’s not a match that we can just go there and say we will win 4-0. They are good and organized and we need to be at our best. We are working hard in training and our focus is getting the best result on the day,” the tactician opined.Nyangweso was disappointed with his side’s performance as they were undone by a speedy and tactically apt Smouha.“I don’t know what happened that day because we did not play as we had planned. We couldn’t run well and we ended up giving them space to hit us. These are some of the mistakes we are analyzing and hopefully we will correct and do better at home,” Nyangweso added.But Birgen though is confident that anything can happen in football and affirms the team will be going all out in the return tie.“This is football and anything can happen. Overturning the result is a possibility. But at the same time we are facing a tough team which is very good tactically. If all players give their best and we seal the loopholes from the first leg, we can do better,” Birgen said.Meanwhile, the team has reduced gate charges for the return tie with terrace tickets going for Ksh50 while main stand tickets will sell at Ksh100 in a bid to attract more fans and ramp up the 12th man support.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ulinzi Stars will be looking to overturn a 4-0 deficit they suffered in the first leg away in Egypt.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 15 – Due to the unavailability of the Kasarani and Nyayo Stadia which are closed for renovation, Ulinzi Stars will host Egyptian side Smouha’s return leg CAF Confederations Cup first round tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday.Ulinzi vice chairman Major Joe Birgen has confirmed that all plans are in place for the tie with the Egyptians who arrived in Nairobi on Wednesday morning set to train at the match venue on Friday afternoon.last_img read more

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Juventus have NOT given up hope of Alvaro Morata return

first_img1 Juventus have not given up hope of signing Arsenal and Chelsea target Alvaro Morata, according to club chief Giuseppe Marotta.The Italian champions were forced to sell the striker after just two season this summer when Real Madrid activated his £23million buy-back clause.Once that had gone through, Arsenal and Chelsea both looked at signing the Spain international, with Real apparently keen to cash-in on the in-form frontman – but they were priced out of a move and he remained at the Bernabeu.However, Juventus’ general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, has revealed that they are now hopeful of bringing Morata back to Turin.“In football you can never say never,” said Marotta when asked if Morata could return one day.“We knew we risked losing him and we were sad. His love for Juventus is an important prerequisite so he could one day come back for a definitive marriage.” Alvaro Morata last_img read more

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False records fuel body-parts traffic

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – The medical records that accompanied the body of “Masterpiece Theatre” host Alistair Cooke were wrong in just about every possible way. His name was misspelled. His birth date was off by 10 years. His Social Security number wasn’t even close. Also wrong were the name of his doctor and the time and cause of his death. There was even a bogus name and phone number for a relative who supposedly agreed to donate the 95-year-old celebrity’s body parts for tissue transplants. The records, obtained by The Associated Press, provide the most in-depth look so far into the case of the TV personality, and they raise more questions about the safety of the cadaver-tissue industry. Why didn’t the tissue processors who acquired Cooke’s body parts catch any of the bogus entries? “It’s deeply disturbing,” said Susan Cooke Kittredge, Cooke’s daughter. “It throws out any kind of faith I had in the system. It’s so broken. It’s horrible to me that this wasn’t caught.” Donated cadaver tissue is used in more than a million procedures a year in the United States to replace heart valves and repair bad backs and ailing knees. Most of these operations are safe and do tremendous good, but tissue taken from unscreened donors or not treated properly can infect a patient with hepatitis, HIV and other possibly fatal illnesses. Tissue processor Regeneration Technologies Inc. of Alachua, Fla., declined to discuss Cooke’s medical records but has said the company did nothing wrong. A spokesman said the company relies on the suppliers of cadaver tissue to “perform a risk assessment on every potential donor, interview family members and evaluate the donor’s medical records.” In this case, Regeneration and four other processors put their faith in Biomedical Tissue Services of Fort Lee, N.J., which was shut down earlier this year and is at the center of a national scandal involving the theft of cadaver tissue. Michael Mastromarino, former chief executive of Biomedical Tissue Services, helped prepare the records for Cooke and others whose bodies were sent to be processed. The Food and Drug Administration says companies such as Regeneration are responsible for ensuring that their suppliers comply with federal guidelines. The records for Cooke show Regeneration received the arms and legs. Previously, it was believed that only Cooke’s legs were taken and provided to Regeneration for thousands of dollars. Cooke’s pelvis and other tissue were also removed, but it’s not clear where those parts were sent. Regeneration says Cooke’s tissue was never implanted, but about 10,000 pieces from Biomedical Tissue Services did wind up in people – landing Regeneration and several other companies in civil court. In an undated letter sent to Cooke’s daughter, Regeneration Chairman Brian Hutchison said the company performed many “quality-control procedures, and in this case our procedures prevented distribution, as they are designed to do.” But it was a Colorado doctor who discovered the suspected fraud and notified LifeCell Corp., another tissue processor that received parts from Biomedical Tissue. LifeCell sounded the alarm and then informed the FDA, which led to a voluntary recall of the tissue nearly a year ago and raised serious questions about the safety practices within the industry. Court documents show that Regeneration shipped a total of 19,446 pieces of tissue that Biomedical Tissue Services provided. “They clearly did not have any intention of bothering to verify the authenticity of the documents,” Cooke’s daughter said. “If they had made one phone call to me or this spurious doctor, it would have been caught immediately.” Kittredge, who has not sued any of the tissue processors involved in the scandal, says she never consented to have her father’s body parts donated – despite that claim in her father’s records. The papers were signed by Mastromarino and employee Chris Aldorasi. The documents say that a person named “Susan Quint” of the Bronx – identified as Cooke’s daughter – consented to giving Biomedical Tissue Services the body parts. But Kittredge is Cooke’s only daughter, and she lives in Vermont, where she is a minister. In addition, Cooke died of lung cancer, but the records list his cause of death as “cardiopulmonary arrest.” He was 95. The records said he was 85. The FDA sets no age and few health limits on donors, but some tissue banks consider cancer a disqualifying condition. It’s not known whether the disease can spread to a recipient. The time the body was recovered was also fudged. Cooke died just after midnight on March 30, 2004, but Biomedical Tissue lists it as 6:45 a.m. making the 9:30 p.m. recovery time look shorter and the body fresher and more suitable for processing. Mastromarino’s lawyer said his client did nothing wrong and pinned the blame on New York Mortuary Service, where Cooke’s tissue was recovered. The mortuary service’s funeral director, Timothy O’Brien, has pleaded guilty for his role in the scheme.last_img read more

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Things to Do

first_imgCorvette & Harley Show will benefit Carousel Ranch and The Painted Turtle, 5-9 p.m. Saturday at Route 66, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call Howard Butler at (661) 298-4209. Golftoberfest will benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center with dinner at 6 p.m. and tee time at 7 p.m. Saturday at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 257-2387. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Tango Fire will perform, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-5303 for tickets. Sierra Club hike to the top of Sandstone Peak, 8 a.m. Sunday at the entrance to Ed Davis/Towsley Canyon Park, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Mary Ellen Dittemore at (661) 254-8543. America’s Walk for Diabetes will benefit the American Diabetes Association, 9 a.m. Sunday at Valencia Auto Mall on the corner of Creekside Road and Auto Center Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 295-0081. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lombardi Ranch is open to the public, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 296-8697. Loose Goose Wine Festival Golf Classic, 11 a.m. today at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia; VIP Golden Goose Gala, 7 p.m. Friday at a location to be announced; and the main festival, 5-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Bridgeport Park in Valencia. Call (661) 799-9463 for tickets. Fall Home and Garden Show, 2-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission: $1.50. Call (661) 259-3886. Full Moon Hike, 7 p.m. Friday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“Proof” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Back Pages will perform classic rock, 9 p.m. Friday at Club Ted, 18240 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-2471. Street Art Festival will feature live music, fine arts and crafts, international dancing and street art exhibits, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday along San Fernando Road in Old Town Newhall. Call (661) 286-4018 Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. last_img read more

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Ligue 1 away tickets to be capped at €10 from next season, Ligue 2 just €5

first_img tense LIVE ON talkSPORT Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move News of a price cap on away tickets in French football will come as a huge boost to supporters Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury French football’s governing body (LFP) is to introduce a €10 (£8.78) price cap on away tickets in Ligue 1 from next season.The move, which was proposed during a meeting last week, would also see travelling supporters of Ligue 2 clubs pay just €5 (£4.39) for tickets. huge blow no dice gameday cracker MOST READ IN FOOTBALL 1 A proposal for a single visitor rate for the top two tiers of French football will also be submitted to the LFP board on June 6, with every hope the new initiative will come into place for the start of the 2019/20 campaign.If approved, the Ligue 1 away ticket price cap would be considerably less than the one first implemented in the Premier League from the beginning of the 2016/17 campaign, which caps away tickets at £30.That agreement was extended back in February for a further three years, though it has not been extended into the lower divisions of English football, including the Championship. talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… And the EFL have no immediate plans to follow in the footsteps of the Premier League or the LFP by rolling out a price cap on away tickets.“Singling individual cases out can often draw inaccurate conclusions,” an EFL spokesperson told the FSF in a statement. REVEALED ADVICE Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars shining Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won England Women vs Denmark Women (Saturday, 1pm) – talkSPORTNewport County vs Tranmere (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Sunderland (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REPLY Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City getty Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “But the live football experience remains an attractive proposition to millions of people young and old; a fact that is testament to the effort clubs make in working with supporters to devise innovative ways to attracting fans into their stadiums.”last_img read more