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Why Mauricio Pochettino is ready to snub Arsenal move after Unai Emery sacking

first_img 1 min. story Comment Video Settings Tottenham hero Mauricio Pochettino is ready to snub a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is prepared to snub a move to Arsenal as he holds out for a bigger job in Europe, reports say.Pochettino, 47, has been strongly linked with a controversial move to the Emirates after Unai Emery was sacked by the Gunners.Emery had endured a difficult 18 months at Arsenal and finally lost his job on Friday morning, with former midfielder Freddie Ljungberg placed in temporary charge of the club. PLAY The Gunners are searching for Unai Emery’s successor (Picture: Getty)While Arsenal are willing to take their time in search of Emery’s replacement, Pochettino has emerged as a candidate following his departure from Spurs earlier in the month.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Nov 2019 11:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link304Shares Full Screencenter_img Why Mauricio Pochettino is ready to snub Arsenal move after Unai Emery sacking The popular Argentine spent five seasons at Tottenham and, despite taking the club to the Champions League final last term, was sacked by Daniel Levy and replaced by Jose Mourinho.While Pochettino has not completely ruled out the possibility of joining Arsenal, the Daily Star say a move across north London is unlikely as he is holding out for a bigger job on the continent just weeks after his Spurs exit.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPochettino has also previously ruled out ever managing Arsenal due to his ties with arch-rivals Tottenham.He has been linked with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid over the last 18 months and could still emerge as a target for Manchester United should they decide to remove Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta, Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti, Juventus legend Max Allegri, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo and Gunners hero Patrick Vieira are all being linked with the Arsenal job. Emery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt lossTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:03FullscreenEmery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt loss is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.And Arsenal legend David Seaman believes his former team-mate Vieira is the ‘right man’ to replace Emery.He told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘I am sure Arsenal fans would love Patrick to come back to the club. Knowing Patrick, I think he would be the right man.‘I knew what he was like as a player. I knew what he was like as a captain. He was a born leader and everybody knows that. Maybe go down that route instead of a tried and tested route.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘This job is much bigger than what Freddie is used to at the moment.‘He has only just got into the coaching side of the game and he will be really avant-garde as a manager but while he is taking charge now, please try and get some sort of defensive formation sorted out.’Arsenal face Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday.MORE: Keown tells Ljungberg to drop Arsenal star following Emery sackingMORE: Aubameyang, Ozil and Lacazette react to Unai Emery sacking Advertisement About Connatix V67539 Advertisementlast_img read more

Portsea Coastal Protection Works About to Begin

first_imgThe Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) will soon begin design of a new rock seawall to protect the foreshore, coastal road and community assets at Portsea front beach.The new seawall will provide long term protection for Portsea foreshore and additional works will improve access to the beach east of the seawall and the amenity of the foreshore area.According to DELWP, the seawall and works will cost around $3 million and will be funded under the new Protection of Victoria’s Iconic Beaches and Coastline program.The program sets out an integrated, risk based approach to managing Victoria’s 2000km coastline and provides $15 million over four years for coastal protection infrastructure works, including seawalls.The decision to replace the existing sandbag seawall with a rock seawall follows the completion of an independent options assessment by consulting firm Advisian.DELWP Regional Director (Port Phillip) Kelly Crosthwaite said: “The erosion at Portsea front beach is a complex issue and I understand the concerns of local businesses and residents who value the beach.”“In reviewing other options assessed and put forward by the community, we considered the high estimated costs involved, as well as their technical uncertainty and potential impact on other parts of the coast,” Ms Crosthwaite said.Portsea beach is one of many beaches along Victoria’s 2000km coastline that is valued by the community and visitors alike.Government invests in coastal protection work where it can provide maximum benefit to the community, where it is cost-effective, and where it minimizes coastal hazards.last_img read more

Phone lines down at Ripley Courthouse

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. — Phone lines are currently down at the Ripley County Courthouse.Officials and technicians are aware of the issue and are working as quickly as possible to resolve the issue.last_img

Hughes wants instant improvement

first_img That result actually flattered the visitors, who could have been four or five down by the time Hughes was introduced to stem the flow. “Sometimes that happens, they put us under a lot of pressure and it was hard for us to get out,” he told the club’s official website. “Sometimes, when you come up against a side like that, you’ve maybe got to take a chance now and again and try something, but it just wasn’t happening. “It was better in the second half but it’s an uphill struggle when you are 2-0 down. “But we will look forward now – that one has gone. We’ll look at it, see where we went wrong and look forward to the next week. It’s a big week with two big games.” Saturday’s appearance was Hughes’ first in almost a month after he suffered a thigh injury, and he is now in the frame to start at the King Power Stadium. “No-one likes to be injured and sat on the sidelines watching,” he added. “It was pretty frustrating, especially for someone like myself – touch wood I don’t get injured often. “This one seemed to drag on longer than I hoped. But I worked hard to get back and I’m pleased to be involved again.” Press Association Another player battling to prove his fitness is striker Bryan Ruiz, who managed 81 minutes at St Mary’s despite carrying a back injury. He said: “I still have some problems with my back and we’re working on that. It’s getting better – hopefully in the next couple of weeks it will be 100 per cent.” Boss Martin Jol will also check on the fitness of captain Brede Hangeland, who missed out on Saturday with a nerve problem in his leg. Aaron Hughes admits Fulham need to improve on their weekend display ahead of two big games for the west London club. Fulham host champions Manchester United on Saturday, before which a place in the fifth round of the Capital One Cup is at stake when they travel to Sky Bet Championship side Leicester on Tuesday night. Northern Ireland defender Hughes, 33, came on as a half-time substitute as the Cottagers crashed 2-0 at in-form Southampton three days ago. last_img read more

The Latest: No fans at US Open tennis tournament ‘unlikely’

first_imgMore AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Conley says “HORSE is something that we’ve all played growing up and it’s something I actually play after most of my workouts in the summertime.”Conley adds “I like to still have fun and throw shots off the backboard, the walls, bounce stuff in. It’s just good to get the creative juices flowing again and I know all the competitors are feeling that way.”___The Canadian Open golf tournament has been canceled because of the to the coronavirus pandemic.The event was scheduled for June 8-14 at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto. The Canadian Open is the third oldest event on the PGA Tour schedule behind the British Open and the U.S. Open.___The French soccer federation is preparing a rescue package for its 14,000 amateur clubs.The FFF says it will announce its “massive support plan for amateur soccer” in the coming days. It says the plan will support clubs when their leagues restart next season.The FFF canceled all its leagues this season because of the coronavirus pandemic except the third division and the women’s first division. The top two men’s leagues in France and the League Cup are run by the LFP. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The new CEO of the U.S. Tennis Association says he expects a decision on the status of the 2020 U.S. Open to be made by June and calls the prospect of holding the Grand Slam tournament without spectators because of the coranivirus pandemic “highly unlikely.” Up to 1,200 meals per day are being prepared in the kitchens of the Parc des Princes in western Paris. They are then delivered by volunteers from the Street Food en Mouvement (Street Food on the Move) association.Volunteers from the association have used the stadium kitchens since April 9. Four trucks have been used to take more than 5,000 meals to seven hospitals.Every day a team of 12 delivers a full meal outside hospitals from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m.PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the hospital workers are “true heroes” who should continue to be applauded.___ The Latest: No fans at US Open tennis tournament ‘unlikely’ The 43-year-old Vieira is a former player who won the 1998 World Cup with France.Mayor Christian Estrosi says “together we’re always stronger and I thank Patrick Vieira and Nice for their generosity.”Estrosi says the tablets are essential in helping people maintain contact with their families “and limit the isolation of our elders during the confinement period.”___French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain is helping to provide meals for medical staff combating the coronavirus outbreak. The World Synchronized Skating Championships in Lake Placid, New York have been formally canceled as well. That event was originally set for April 3-5.The ISU plans another online meeting April 28 to discuss scheduling possibilities for the 2020-21 skating season. ___More than 50 Major League Baseball players representing all 30 teams have raised nearly $1 million to provide over 4 million meals to support childhood hunger prevention during the coronavirus pandemic.The Home Plate Project is a partnership between Major League Baseball, country music superstar Garth Brooks’ Teammates for Kids Foundation, and Big League Impact, a program led by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and Texas Rangers pitcher Kyle Gibson. ___Mike Conley Jr. expected to spend this week starting a quest for a championship with the Utah Jazz.He’s playing for the NBA HORSE title instead.Conley is one of four semifinalists in the tournament. The conclusion will be streamed Thursday night on the ESPN platforms. The other semifinalists are retired NBA champion Chauncey Billups, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine and WNBA All-Star Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky.The HORSE tournament was born to give basketball-starved fans some content and Conley says it scratched his itch to be competitive again as well. No soccer games have been played in Italy since March 9. That was when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown. The lockdown is set to expire after May 3.___Former NFL coach Don Shula and three of his former Miami Dolphins players are providing free meals to those seriously affected by the coronavirus crisis. The program is funded by a $250,000 grant from team owner Stephen Ross.Shula, John Offerdahl, Kim Bokamper and Bob Brudzinski — all involved in the restaurant business — have teamed to help deliver breakfast, lunch or dinner to those most at risk.The Dolphins said Thursday the program provides wrapped meals for health care and nonprofit organizations and first responders. It is also aimed at keeping food service workers employed. Mike Dowse, whose term began on Jan. 1, said in a conference call with reporters Thursday that “time is on our side at this point” because the U.S. Open is not scheduled to begin until late August.It would be the next major tennis championship on the calendar because the French Open’s start was postponed from May until September and Wimbledon was canceled altogether.The men’s and women’s tennis tours are on hold entirely until at least mid-July, and one tournament in August already has been scrapped.As for holding the U.S. Open with no fans, Dowse said the USTA is “not taking anything off the table, but right now, I’d say that’s a highly unlikely scenario.”He did add that the USTA “may reconsider.”center_img The French Cup final on April 25 and the women’s French Cup semifinals on March 21 have been postponed but not canceled.___The U.S. Tennis Association says it is overseeing a commitment of more than $50 million to help the sport deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.The USTA says it is shaving more than $20 million from its budget by reducing salaries of its management and eliminating programs in player development and marketing.The group that runs the U.S. Open says the total future support provided by the USTA and its industry partners for the sport at the grassroots level “will be determined by the financial performance” of the 2020 Grand Slam tournament in Flushing Meadows. ___The International Skating Union has formally canceled its figure skating and short track world championships because of the coronavirus pandemic.The ISU made the decision after an online meeting of its governing council.The World Short Track Speed Skating Championships were initially set for March 13-15 in Seoul, South Korea, while the World Figure Skating Championships were supposed to be held in Montreal from March 16-22. Both events had already been postponed in the early days of the worldwide lockdown caused by the pandemic. Now, it’s official — they won’t be held at all.This will be the first year without the figure skating worlds since 1946, the last of a seven-year layoff because of World War II. Since the event’s founding in 1896, the only other cancellations occurred from 1915-21 because of World War I and its aftermath. Associated Press The Home Plate Project initiative was originally scheduled to launch its second year in the fall. But Brooks, Wainwright and Gibson saw the urgency now to provide meals for children who rely on free or reduced-price meals at schools that are closed because of the pandemic.On short notice, the charity groups were able to raise $937,100.Wainwright founded Big League Impact in 2013. He says the big leaguers felt the need to jump in right away to help feed kids in their cities.___Italian second-division soccer club Ascoli has fired its coaching staff because of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. World Rugby says “it is designed to assist the maximum number of unions for the maximum amount of time while there is a rugby void.”The body adds “the financial package will potentially involve a combination of advances and loans” for Six Nations and Sanzaar unions and that “World Rugby is also committed to supporting emerging nations and regional associations where required.”___The Indian Premier League has been suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.The IPL has become cricket’s primary annual competition in April and May but India this week extended the world’s biggest lockdown to May 3. That has dashed hopes by the Board of Control for Cricket in India of a shortened IPL in May possibly without spectators. April 16, 2020 Ascoli says it made the decision only after coach Roberto Stellone and his staff refused to terminate their contracts consensually with a settlement agreement.The Serie B team says the move is part of measures being taken to “safeguard” the squad’s future “amid the temporary situation we are experiencing.”Stellone was hired in February to replace Paolo Zanetti. The former coach and his staff are still under contract with the club.Youth team coach Guillermo Abascal has been promoted to direct the first squad.Ascoli is in 15th place in the 20-team division. The USTA says it still plans to stage its tournament as scheduled from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.The U.S. Open would be the next major tennis championship on the calendar after the French Open was postponed and Wimbledon was canceled.The WTA and ATP professional tours are currently suspended until at least July and one tournament in August already has been called off.___World Rugby is offering a $100 million relief fund for national unions distressed by the coronavirus pandemic. The BCCI bowed to the inevitable to suspend the Twenty20 competition until further notice.BCCI honorary secretary Jay Shah says “the health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and … the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”The eight-week IPL was to begin on March 29 but was then pushed back to April 15.___Nice coach Patrick Vieira has been thanked by the city’s mayor for donating 250 iPads to elderly people in four public care homes.last_img read more

TRACK : Penney breaks Orange teammate’s mile record at Valentine’s Invitational

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on February 16, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Lauren Penney knew she accomplished something special the moment she crossed the finish line.‘I guess I had an idea at the half mile because it was well under any pace I had run before,’ Penney said. ‘But I didn’t know if I had slowed down until I crossed the line.’Penney didn’t slow down. Instead, she went fast enough to run herself into the record books. She set a new Syracuse track and field record for the fastest time in a mile at the Boston University Valentine’s Invitational last weekend. It took her 4:41.34 to complete the race.Penney started out in the back of the pack, where she usually likes to begin, and as the race went on, she finally found enough space to make her move to the front. Penney earned a third-place finish and a new SU record.The previous record belonged to her Orange teammate Heather Stephens, who set the mile record a year ago at the same meet.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlthough it was the same meet, Penney doesn’t find it to be too ironic.‘It was just good timing when this meet falls compared to the workouts we do at this point in the season,’ Penney said.For Stephens, she expected her teammate to eventually surpass her. It was just a matter of time.‘She had put herself in a good position, and she’s been working out really, really well, so we were all ready for her to run a fast time,’ Stephens said. ‘The exciting part is that she’s ready to run even faster.’SU head coach Chris Fox, who didn’t realize at first it was a school record, said that was a time expected for Penney coming into the race. They planned on her going that fast, and that’s exactly what she did.Penney continues to meet and exceed expectations. She ranks No. 12 nationally in the 3K so far this season. That ranking is especially important because if Penney remains in that slot for two more weeks, she can qualify for NCAA indoor nationals.Fox said it would be a big deal for Syracuse because runners from SU usually don’t qualify for indoor nationals, as the focus is more on outdoor competition.Although Penney understands the importance of qualifying, she doesn’t try to put any added pressure on herself.‘I think a big part of success is staying relaxed. I try not to put too much pressure on it,’ Penney said. ‘If I stay relaxed, have fun with it and do what I’m supposed to, then I know I’ll accomplish my goal.’Orange preps for Big East meetThe Big East championship this weekend in Akron, Ohio, is one SU has marked off on its calendar. But instead of intensifying the training leading up to the meet, Fox has backed off on how hard he works his runners.Fox said all the runners have worked hard since Christmas, so he felt it was important to relax their training this week. In turn, he hopes they all would have fresh legs going into the weekend’s meet.‘We backed it off a little bit and hopefully they can run a little faster,’ Fox said.Long distance runner Tito Medrano said when the Big East championship comes around, it’s a ‘hiccup’ in the usual hardworking routine the team goes through on a week-by-week basis.Although the training has been lenient this week, Medrano knows this is a race the team has been working toward all season long. For the Orange runners who don’t qualify for Nationals, this is the pinnacle of the indoor season.‘This is the big one we all train for, this is the big one we all have our eyes on,’ Medrano said.Fox said the meet is a low-key one, and it is a checkpoint on where the team is at, especially with the outdoor season approaching in a couple months.Overall, SU hopes to improve on where it placed last year, with Louisville, Connecticut and Notre Dame as its toughest competition.Medrano said SU wants to make a couple more steps to earning as many possible points to triumph over other Big East schools.As for Fox, he keeps it in a simple perspective.‘We’re not the best track team in the Big East, and we’re not the worst,’ Fox said. ‘We’re just going to do as good as we can.’dgproppe@syr.edulast_img read more

Tom Brady, Patriots nearing 2-year extension worth extra $70 million, report says

first_imgHe was pressed further and asked if he was willing to go “year-to-year” with his contracts. Brady once again declined to give a straight answer.”We’re all day-to-day if you think about it. None of us are really promised anything,” Brady said. “I’m trying to do the best I can do today and just let those things sort themselves out.”The six-time Super Bowl winner is entering his 20th season in the league, all of which have been spent with the Patriots. Tom Brady is getting paid again.The Patriots are nearing a contract extension with the 42-year-old quarterback, according to ESPN. Patriots QB Tom Brady avoids contract questions: ‘Talk to Mr. Kraft’ Patriots receiver Josh Gordon files for reinstatement to NFL NFL trade rumors: Redskins have discussed moving Trent Williams Filed to ESPN: the Patriots and QB Tom Brady are close to finalizing an agreement on a contract extension, per league source. Should be done soon.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 4, 2019According to a separate ESPN report, the extension is for two years and will pay him $23 million in 2019 up from the $15 million he was originally due, making him the sixth highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.Patriots’ QB Tom Brady is signing a two-year extension that will pay him $23 million this year, per source. It makes him the 6th highest-paid QB in the league.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 4, 2019The final two years of the deal will be worth $30 million and $32 million respectively, bringing the total amount to $85 million over three years but an additional $70 million including his raise in 2019, according to NFL Media. Related News The #Patriots and QB Tom Brady are in agreement on a 2-year deal worth $70M, source said, thru 2021. He gets $23M this year, then $30M and $32M in the following years — though both sides are amenable to adjusting it if the situations warrants. It’s essentially year-to-year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 4, 2019Brady is in the final year of his two-year, $41 million extension he signed with the Patriots in 2018.The news comes one day after Brady celebrated his birthday, which adds to his hope that he can play into his mid-40s. When asked about an extension at training camp last week, Brady deflected the question, telling reporters, “Talk to Mr. Kraft.”last_img read more

Darryl Strawberry calls out Dodgers fans, says leaving New York ‘biggest mistake’ of career

first_imgBut Strawberry’s career unraveled in Los Angeles. Injuries and addiction kept him off the field and prompted a fall from grace. He still regrets leaving New York for Hollywood and says the switch contributed to his decline.In a Tuesday interview with SNY, Strawberry called signing with the Dodgers “the biggest mistake I really ever made in my career” and called out fans in Southern California as less dedicated to the success of players.“The fans are so different in New York than LA,” Strawberry said. “LA fans come late and leave early. New York fans come early and never leave. They wait until the end of the game, whether you win or lose, and I was used to that.“I was just more used to the aggressive fans and playing in New York City and letting people be over the dugout and yelling at you running across the field. And when you suck, they tell you you suck. And you look at them like, ‘Yeah, I do suck right now. I need to get better.’”MORE: A fan’s love letter to Reds baseballStrawberry said the way New York supporters hold players accountable was an important structure for him that held him in check with the Mets. Once he moved to Los Angeles, the loss of that system perhaps contributed to his downfall.”They want you to get better and that’s what I love about playing in New York,” Strawberry said. “It was heartbreaking leaving the Mets and that was the biggest mistake I really ever made in my career was leaving New York to go play in LA.” Darryl Strawberry left the Mets for the Dodgers as a 28-year-old with the resume of a future legend.His sweet-swinging approach from the left side of the plate had led to Rookie of the Year honors and seven All-Star Game appearances to that point. He hit 252 home runs and stole 191 bases for the Mets. He was a World Series champion. Strawberry finished his career with 335 home runs but remains one of baseball’s great what-ifs. Had the second half of his career gone better, he probably could have approached 500 long balls.Still, he left the game having made an important mark. When fans think of MLB in the late-’80s, he’s one of the first hitters to come to mind.last_img read more

Paintball Lands At The Rutledge Corn Maze For Zombie Warz

first_imgFacebook63Tweet0Pin0 A complex, haunted corn maze is center stage at the Rutledge Corn Maze until October 31st.  Then, paintball players from all over the Puget Sound Area take over the maze.Building on the popularity of previous year’s events, the paintball action continues as Rutledge Farms and Elma Paintball team up to bring you this year’s event “ZOMBIE WARZ”.   This year the corn maze will be taken over by Zombies who will do battle against the world’s most elite police enforcers as paintball fanatics play out a complex scenario game filled with prizes, costumes and in game special effects.Paintball is a physically demanding sport where players must develop a good team strategy and be able to make quick decisions in order to eliminate opponents and win the game.“This year’s storyline is that a zombie break out has started and governments from around the world have assembled an elite police force to try to contain them,” explains John Heater of Elma Paintball who designed this year’s paintball scenario.Participants can register to be either a zombie or a member of the world police. Heater requests that all zombies arrive in costume, ready for action.Between games, Heater explains that character actors will be used to perform “cut scenes” much like those used in video games to help the story line play out as the game advances from one scene to the next.Heater expects about half of the game participants to be returning players.  “If you are new to paintball, it’s an awesome family friendly event to play,” he explains.Heater adds that while the minimum age to play is 10 years old “the story line is pretty complex,” and is most suitable for teens and adult players.Zombie Warz will be played at the Rutledge Corn Maze on November 10th, December 1st, December 26th, and January 5th.  Gates will open at 8:00 am with play beginning by 10:00 am.  The game will last until dusk.To register, click here.Rutledge Corn Maze302 – 93rd Ave SETumwater, WA 98501last_img read more

Foreign Affairs Ministry says termination of non-career diplomats normal

first_imgNawbatt’s M lawsuitThe Foreign Affairs Ministry is disputing the claims made by former Guyana High Commissioner to CanadaHarry Narine NawbattHarry Narine Nawbatt that he was “unlawfully dismissed”, pointing out that it was normal practice to terminate the services of non-career diplomats upon a change in administration.Nawbatt is suing Government for over $49 million in damages for what he said was unlawful dismissal from his duties.However, the Foreign Affairs Ministry, in a statement on Wednesday, said when there was a change in administration, there may be termination of non-career diplomats who serve as Heads of Missions at the pleasure of the President of the day on a contractual basis.“In practice, such Heads of Missions would normally submit their resignations when that Administration demits office. Following the results of the General Elections in October 1992, the PPP Administration terminated the services not only of non-career Ambassadors and High Commissioners but also of the career diplomats. The only exception was Ambassador Samuel Rudolph Insanally, who was serving at the time as the Permanent Representative of Guyana to the United Nations,” the Foreign Ministry said.It said in May last year, only two career diplomats headed Guyana Missions.“Consequent upon the results of the May 11, 2015 elections, the services of all political/non-career officers would have come to an end anyway. Of these political appointees, only Ambassador Bayney Karran, who heads Guyana’s Embassy in Washington, DC and is also Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States, submitted a letter of resignation.”It said in doing so, he indicated his availability and willingness to serve the new Administration if so desired.“On the other hand, notwithstanding the protocol of resignation, Mr Nawbatt and the other political officers submitted no letters of resignation or expression of willingness to serve. His contract, like those of the other non-career officers, can be said to have been thereby frustrated.”The Ministry said it was remarkable, although not surprising given the effrontery of some of those officers that Nawbatt could claim to have been since May 11, 2015, in a position to give and receive instructions and to discharge duties as a diplomatic representative of Guyana.The Ministry said there was no record of it having any involvement in the settlement of the terms of the contract to which Nawbatt has made reference. The contract on which he is basing his appeal was signed a mere few weeks before the 2015 elections. It said he and the other persons signing such contracts would have been aware of the risks involved in signing so close to national elections, a document linked to the provision of service to a President and Administration whose tenure was the subject of the very elections. The contracts ought to have been extended to May 11 or 12 or end of May as agreed by the Inter-Party Transition Committee.The Ministry said too that it was also unaware of when Nawbatt left his post in Canada. According to the court papers, Nawbatt is suing for damages in excess of $25,000,000 for breach of contract of employment and special damages for $24,295,104.The former High Commissioner said on June 8, 2015, Audrey Waddell, Director General (ag) of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, wrongfully and in repudiatory breach of the said agreement purported to terminate the plaintiff’s employment and wrongfully dismissed him.last_img read more