Advertisement Fabregas made an immediate impression on Kanu and Arsenal’s senior players (Picture: Getty)Henry replied: ‘Listen Cesc, at the end of the day, as long as you can impress your teammates and you can look at them in their eyes when you go back into the dressing room.‘And for me, anyone that can help me to win something, it is amazing. But if the guy can come on our level and be a leader and have a brain and play the way you played, it was a no brainer.‘And you played straight away. I wasn’t the coach, but the way we were, the coach knew we accepted you straight away because winners accept winners. That’s basically it. If you’re not a winner, you’ve got to go.’MORE: Thierry Henry reveals what he said to Arsene Wenger during Cesc Fabregas’ first training session at ArsenalMORE: Thierry Henry reveals why he picked the number 14 when he joined ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Cesc Fabregas reveals he upset Arsenal star Nwankwo Kanu in very first training session Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 May 2020 9:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link145Shares Comment The Spaniard made a big impression when he first arrived from Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed he was so desperate to make an impact in his first training session with the Gunners that he inadvertently upset Nwankwo Kanu.The Spaniard moved to north London from Barcelona in 2003 and was extremely highly thought of by manager Arsene Wenger, who made him the club’s youngest ever first-team player when he was handed a debut against Rotherham in the League Cup at just 16 years of age.Fabregas was thrown straight into training with Arsenal’s Invincibles and Thierry Henry says he knew from that very first session that the teenager was destined to be a star. Henry and Fabregas reminisced about their time as teammates (Picture: Instagram / Puma)Fabregas, though, has a rather different recollection of the first time he trained with Arsenal’s stars, upsetting Kanu with his overzealousness.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked if he remembered his introduction to the first team, Fabregas told Henry in an Instagram Live chat with Puma Football: ‘Of course. I remember as well that day I made a tackle on Kanu as well and he was so upset with me!’Henry clearly had no memory of that particular incident, roaring with laughter and exclaiming: ‘Did you?!’Fabregas continued: ‘But this is the good thing, or the bad thing, when you are young and you don’t think where you are sometimes. You just want to play, you are excited and you just want to go there and prove yourself.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘You don’t even realise, “Oh, I am playing against World Cup winners here” or something. In that moment you just want to try to do your best and sometimes the passion and the adrenaline gets the bets out of you.‘But it’s great and it’s nice to hear this from you because it’s something that I always wondered how you guys used to see me when I was just like this. And I never really spoke to anyone, I had some comments and stuff from someone, but it’s nice to hear that.’ Advertisement
Photo courtesy of PHIVOLCS ILOILO City – A magnitude 4.8earthquake jolted parts of Panay Island last night a little over 24 hours aftertyphoon “Ursula” ripped its northern portion on Christmas Day. No aftershocks were recorded. Seismic instruments of Phivolcsrecorded an earthquake, too, at 2.47 a.m. with its epicenter in Hinobaan,Negros Occidental. The earthquake was tectonic in origin,it added. There was no reported damage toproperty or loss of lives. The Dumarao earthquake was the secondrecorded by the institute in Western Visayas yesterday. The United State Geological Survey(USGS), on the other hand, placed the magnitude at 4.9 and with a depth of 38.3kilometers. It also placed the epicenter in Barangay Alimono, Passi City,Iloilo province. Facebook posts showed the tremor wasalso felt in parts of Iloilo province. It was magnitude 2.7 and also tectonicin origin. There were no aftershocks recorded./PN The epicenter of the 8:19 p.m. quakewas Dumarao, Capiz, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology andSeismology (Phivolcs).
“They do what we have to do, defend the first ball, but because of our history they all stay in the box. “The first (Norwich) goal, with the heel, you have to be offside if you stay there. It’s unbelievable. It’s not possible. “I am not happy with this situation, for sure.” Dieumerci Mbokani had cancelled out Roberto Firmino’s opener with a brilliant back-heel before Steven Naismith put Norwich 2-1 up at half-time. Wes Hoolahan converted a penalty after Alberto Moreno fouled Naismith, before Jordan Henderson and then Firmino scored to level matters. James Milner scored after Russell Martin’s terrible back-pass to put Liverpool in front again, but Sebastien Bassong thought he had earned a point for Norwich with a stoppage-time strike, only for Lallana’s winner. “At the end we can be really happy with everything, nearly everything, especially with the three points,” Klopp said. “But a draw would’ve been deserved for both teams.” Norwich boss Alex Neil was crestfallen after watching his side give away a 3-1 lead. He said: “We were good value for 3-1. I thought we were the better side. “They scored really quickly after we got our third goal, through poor defending from us. “I don’t really know what to say. Defensively they made extremely poor decisions, cost ourselves three points, because we had it comfortably. “We failed to make correct decisions at vital times in the game and it cost us goals. “People’s lasting memory of this game will be what happened in the last 25 minutes of this game. “Up until then everything was going well for us, but then we transpired to really be the makers of our own downfall, through poor decision making, not looking after the ball, looking nervous and edgy at the back and basically not defending our box well enough. “I didn’t really celebrate the fourth goal, because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. “I’m extremely angry. And so should they be. Angry with themselves, frustrated. “We managed to score four goals at home, which should mean we’re going home with three points.” Naismith’s performance was a bright point, but Neil could only think of the manner of the defeat. He added: “He was good, but it’s so frustrating, because I’m pretty sure the forward play that we had, the boys will be thinking we deserved something from the game. “But when you defend the way we did as a team it isn’t really going to matter.” Adam Lallana celebrated his stoppage-time winner in the nine-goal thriller at Carrow Road by embracing Klopp, who lost his glasses as the rest of the team joined in. Asked about the joyous scenes which greeted Liverpool’s first Barclays Premier League win of 2016, Klopp said: “I don’t know, I saw nothing. Jurgen Klopp was able to laugh off comical defending after breaking his glasses celebrating Liverpool’s astonishing 5-4 win at Norwich. “Usually I have a second pair, but I couldn’t find them. It’s really difficult looking for glasses without glasses.” It was not the first time Klopp’s glasses had been broken during a match, with one damaged pair residing in former club Borussia Dortmund’s museum. “We won for the first time against Bayern Munich and Nuri Sahin broke my glasses. Today it was Adam,” he added. The defending Klopp witnessed before substitute Lallana’s dramatic late intervention was less amusing. “It may sound crazy when I say we defended better today,” Klopp added. “We’ve made different mistakes. If you win 5-4 it’s a funny story, but it’s not that funny. We have to solve it. “Today we conceded four goals after set-plays, but we defended them better. We got all the goals after second ball set plays. Things like this can happen. “That’s how life is: solve one problem and you have another one. Press Association
Jen SmallWith the array of upperclassmen the Wisconsin men’s hockey team has this year, which includes nine seniors, there’s certainly no shortage of experience present on the Badgers’ roster. And going hand-in-hand with that experience is leadership, which Wisconsin (3-1-1) doesn’t lack either, as 78 percent of Wisconsin’s scoring returned from last season.But considering how many veterans the Badgers have — 16 upperclassmen in all out of 26 players — the players and coaches had a tough decision in front of them when it came to voting for captains before the season began, assistant coach Gary Shuchuk said.“Just because you don’t have a ‘C’ or an ‘A’ on doesn’t mean anything. [But] you can’t give seven or eight guys letters. You’re only allowed three, so you have to pick and choose who the right guys are,” he said.But when it came down to the voting, it was hardly a tough decision for the players who nominated senior defenseman Frankie Simonelli captain and junior defenseman Jake McCabe and senior forward Jefferson Dahl assistants without any discrepancies.The three captains selected just so happened to be the three that Shuchuk had in mind, each of whom bring differing leadership traits to the table, resulting in a blend of leadership roles.“It kind of differs on every team because, based on our team, Frankie is kind of a lead-by-example kind of guy. When he speaks, guys will listen,” Shuchuk said. “He’s not the rah-rah type, but he leads by example on and off the ice, so he’s the quiet captain.“Jefferson Dahl, the assistant captain, he’s one of those guys that doesn’t say much, but he leads by example on the ice and what he does that shows – guys feed off the way he plays. Jake McCabe is one of those guys that’s more rah-rah, more vocal, one of those guys that, when he speaks, guys are going to listen. He won’t get in your face.“But it’s kind of a different make-up of captain this year. Usually you have one guy that’s hard-nosed, in your face like John Ramage was last year and guys that are kind of the rah-rah type. So it’s kind of a unique blend. They’re all unique in their own way.”Although there may be differing leadership styles among Simonelli, McCabe and Dahl, they have seen firsthand the expectations for captains at Wisconsin from those before them. For a Wisconsin program steeped in tradition with a lineage of captainship that includes Shuchuk and head coach Mike Eaves, along with recent players such as Adam Burish and Blake Geoffrion, wearing a ‘C’ on the Wisconsin sweater is nothing to be taken lightly.“There’s a standard when we first rolled in here as freshman, just the way they do everything,” Dahl said. “I remember looking back to our freshman year and the way our captains acted with us. They were very positive and able to work with us, which was nice. I just try to pass that on to the younger guys, even though we don’t have as many of them. I just try to instill the same standards that we have all had to grow to and just try to continue to grow as a team.”It’s not just Dahl who works to inculcate the values that have been passed onto him by former captains but a collaborative effort between the three captains. Hockey presents an interesting dynamic in that, instead of only one captain, there are oftentimes a head captain flanked by two assistants, distributing the duties among more than one player.But despite the fact that there is a designated head captain aided by assistants, Simonelli mentioned the term assistant doesn’t carry with it lesser meaning or duties.“We work as a group,” Simonelli said. “It’s not just me and they’re my little assistants or anything like that. We work as a group, setting the example on and off the ice, and then when things need to be done, whether it’s on the ice or off the ice, we need to step up and make sure those are getting done.”McCabe added the leadership duties aren’t just limited to the trio of captains, but are shared by many other players like seniors Mark Zengerle, Michael Mersch and Keegan Meuer.“We’re a real close knit team and it just goes to show that there’s so many leaders on this team,” McCabe said. “Because it’s a form of leadership, you’ve got guys that play different roles. You’ve got goal scorers that are consistent game-in and game-out, so here it’s a leadership by committee.”It didn’t take long for the captains and leadership of this year’s Wisconsin team to get tested, as it faced a fair amount of adversity when the Badgers traveled to Boston in their second series of the year only to get thumped by Boston College and Boston University 9-2 and 7-3, respectively. The three captains took it in stride and met with Eaves the Monday following the series to discuss ways to remedy the situation and improve going forward.And behind the leadership of the captains and their different roles, the Badgers rebounded from their first taste of adversity this season to take their next series from Lake Superior State, nearly two weekends ago.“When something needs to be said, I think me and Frank both do a pretty good job of that,” McCabe said. “Jefferson is always Mr. Steady out there. He’s always the most consistent player on the ice, game-in and game-out, so that’s what you expect from him.”At first glance, Simonelli, McCabe and Dahl may not seem like the prototypical captains, but they earned the right to represent their teammates and have already past their first adversity test of the season. Now it will be seen if the three can lead their teammates and programs to even higher heights.“Usually the captain is someone that you respect, guys respect in the locker room, on and off the ice – when he says something, you’re going to listen,” Shuchuck said. “Frankie was that guy. He’s that guy that when he says something when he has to say something, guys will step up and do it. I don’t think he’s afraid to get in guys faces and tell them they’re making mistakes. He’s also the kind of guy that will give a guy a pat on the back and say, ‘Hey, you’re doing a good job. Keep your head up.’ They’re all the right guys.”
Published on October 26, 2019 at 9:10 pm Contact David: email@example.com As Syracuse’s first three substitutes of the night waited at the midfield for the ball to go out of play, the sole senior of the group — Severin Soerlie — took a step back, turned around and faced the bleachers. Soerlie swung each leg back-and-forth, looked at the ground for a moment and took a deep breath. He was about to enter his last ever regular season game at SU Soccer Stadium.Less than a minute after stepping into the game, Soerlie gathered the ball and drove down the center of the field. The senior fed Luther Archimede, another recent substitute, who barely saved a through ball from crossing over the end line and fed it into a scrum of players in the six-yard box. Emerging from the cluster was Soerlie, who dashed in front of two North Carolina State defenders to poke it into the net for the opening score.“I was ready to get into the game and hopefully change the game,” Soerlie said. “Being at the box is where I’m best at. I got my opportunity and took it.”Soerlie’s aggression in the buildup and his finish to score embodied everything Syracuse (7-4-4, 2-3-2 Atlantic Coast) did right in its 3-0 win over No. 23 NC State (8-4-3, 3-3-1) on Saturday night. The Orange earned their fourth win in their last five matches and second over a ranked opponent this season. The victory also keeps SU’s chances of hosting a first-round ACC tournament game alive.After conceding seven goals against then-No. 8 Clemson last Saturday, Syracuse’s “egos were humbled” and it “needed a clean sheet” against the Wolfpack, head coach Ian McIntyre said. Center back Nyal Higgins added that the Clemson game “motivated them a lot” to record a shutout. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It starts from having the ability and the willingness of your front guys to put pressure on the ball,” McIntyre said. “We contested those first balls, picked up scraps and then had the ability and courage to go play.”The Orange controlled possession early and tallied the first two chances of the game. First, midfielder Amferny Sinclair set up a wide-open Sondre Norheim at the top of the box but the defender accidentally nicked the ball with his left foot before whiffing it with his right. Four minutes later, Julio Fulcar swung a cross to Ryan Raposo, whose looping header nestled on top of the goal’s netting. Throughout the first half, SU showed aggression without the ball and composure with it. When the Wolfpack sent a ball into their attacking half, they were almost always met by a Syracuse defender. The defensive partnership of Norheim, Higgins and Dylan McDonald constantly got in front of NC State’s attackers before they could touch the ball to win possession back for the Orange. The SU backline and midfield was just as dominant in the air. None of the Wolfpack’s three starting forwards stood taller than 5-foot-7, so Norheim (6-foot-4), McDonald and Higgins (both 6-foot-2) towered over attackers to win headers all night. When one of NC State’s shifty attackers got on the ball, two SU players would instantly swarm him.“We had to give them no time or space on the ball,” Higgins said. “Last week against Clemson, we didn’t do that. We stepped it up tonight.”On several occasions, Syracuse’s tenacious defensive efforts led directly to a scoring chance. John-Austin Ricks intercepted a pass intended for the Wolfpack’s David Loera with 19 minutes left in the first half and promptly sent at through ball to Massimo Ferrin, whose shot sailed wide. Nine minutes later, Sinclair and Ferrin closed down and won the ball from Loera in NC State’s defensive half to set up a Raposo shot.After withstanding a spell of pressure from NC State to open the second half, Syracuse showed its attacking quality to ensure three points. With just under a half-hour remaining, Raposo notched his 12th goal of the season when Hilli Goldhar found the Ontario native in ample space 20 yards from goal. He set the ball to his right foot and curled it toward the top right corner to the bottom end of the crossbar and into the net. Four minutes later, Sinclair one-upped Raposo with the first goal of his SU career. The ball deflected off an NC State defender in the penalty area and straight to an oncoming Sinclair, who struck it on the half-volley. The freshman’s shot rocketed into the top left corner, causing the SU bench to jump to their feet and run to the corner to join the celebrations. “We keep Amferny as far away from the goal for a reason. Now, we may have to second guess that,” McIntyre said. “I’m not sure we’ve seen a better hit or more sweet of a drive than that.”Rather than allowing NC State to scrape its way back into the game, Syracuse kept the same intensity it had in the first half through to the final whistle. Its defeat to Clemson was on McIntyre’s and the players’ minds, and a clean sheet against a ranked opponent would be a proper response to what was called an “embarrassment.”In the end, Syracuse did its final home game of the regular season what it’s struggled to do all year — dominate a ranked team. “The whole team worked extremely hard today,” Soerlie said. “(Defensively), we worked together as a unit.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
A record-setting season by Savages in the Box ended with a slew of strikeouts and another October bust for the New York Yankees. For the first time since the 1910s, the 27-time champions have gone through an entire calendar decade without even making it to a World Series.An AL Championship Series of missed opportunities ended when Aroldis Chapman allowed José Altuve’s pennant-winning, two-run homer in the ninth inning Saturday night that gave the Houston Astros a 6-4 win and the pennant in six games. “It will serve us well going forward when we get to the top of the mountain,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.Altuve became only the second player to eliminate the Yankees in the postseason with a walk-off homer, the first since Bill Mazeroski’s homer off Bill Terry won Game 7 of the 1960 World Series for Pittsburgh.After a regular season with 306 homers, the Yankees got two more to overcome a 3-0, first-inning deficit, a solo shot by Gio Urshela and DJ LeMahieu’s two-run drive off Roberto Osuna in the ninth.But after talking all year about how important it was to gain a home-field advantage, the Yankees showed what a slight let-up in the last 10 days of the regular season meant. Houston finished with 107 wins and the Yankees 103, giving the Astros hosting rights for the first two games of the ALCS and the last two.And so after losing Game 7 at Minute Maid Park two years ago, the Yankees lost their fourth straight ALCS since their last World Series title in 2009.New York went 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position, finishing 6 for 35 (.171) in the series with 42 runners left on base — that after leading the majors with a .294 RISP during the season. The Yankees lived and died by the homer, scoring 16 of their 21 runs in the series on 10 long balls. They struck out 11 times in Game 6, raising their series total to 64.New York has gone longer between World Series seasons, but the 2010s are the first decade since their first championship in 1923 that the Yankees didn’t even get a chance to win a title.Boone, whose Game 7 homer lifted the Yankees over Boston in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, has avoided saying whether anything short of a title was a failure.“I know as an organization myself, our players, we’re chasing a championship and we’re doing everything we can. We want to be champions. So that’s the goal. That’s the focus,” Boone said.“Putting a label, success, fail, all that, I don’t really have time for it, honestly,” he said. “I’m proud to go compete with those guys every day. I reject it a little bit but I don’t really get caught up in the question, either.” FOLLOW US COMMENT 10 months ago 4 teachers receive presidential award for math, science LIVE TV 10 months ago Thailand’s budget bill of $106 billion passed narrowly by MPs SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE First Published: 20th October, 2019 19:23 IST Written By 10 months ago Weather in rainy Pune to improve on polling day: IMD official Last Updated: 20th October, 2019 19:23 IST Savages In The Box Go Bust With Slew Of Strikeouts A record-setting season by Savages in the Box ended with a slew of strikeouts and another October bust for the New York Yankees. Associated Press Television News 10 months ago Spain: PM Pedro Sanchez under pressure to contain Catalan protests WE RECOMMEND
Vision motivated with hit single “motivated.” Featuring Brisco from MiamiFlorida gets Vision motivated with new single. Vision Alexander is a well known rapper in Florida, signed to Jamdiggy Records. Brisco is signed to Goon Music – notorious for its affiliation with Cash Money and Poe Boi Records. CNW caught up with Vision to hear is thought on his new single. (Video Below)“Motivated is a song that was inspired by life here in Florida,” stated Vision. “My music career started in Florida, and was motivated by Florida. I owe my career to the people here in Florida that believed in my talent and who motivated to take my music to the next level.”Photo Gallery: Vision at Ginger Bay Live: Right TimeAlexander, a Jamaican by birth, has spent nearly half of his life in South Florida, and attributes his newfound success to his upbringing both as a Jamaican and a Floridian. Vision also has other hit singles that have graced both local and Billboard charts.Vision Alexander poses with Billboard Plaque from hit single Right TimeRead More: Vision flying high since Billboard debut“Right Time” was placed on the Hot Single Billboard Charts at #5. It was produced by Shi Wun and Lionel C, and power-housed by Nick of JamDiggy Records. It also featured Jemere Morgan of Morgan Heritage – son of Gramps Morgan. Other singles include “Shawty” and “Everything’s Alright” which was produced by Cardboard Foxes and released in London, England and peaked at an impressive #17 on the top 40 Weekly Charts.Look out for more hot singles from Vision Alexander. To keep up with Vision, stay tuned to dancehallusa.com.
The Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) will launch its ‘modified’ 2013 President’s Cup competition on Tuesday.The launch, which will take place at the La-Palm Beach Hotel, will reveal all four participating teams of the competition.Two foreign teams – determined by the organizers will be confirmed where as two local clubs selected through a text messaging contest will also be revealed.The trophy for the competition, which starts from 28 June to 1 July , and associated medals and prizes will also be unveiled.The President’s Cup is a competition annually organized by GHALCA to honour the sitting Head of State of Ghana on the country’s Republic Day.This year’s competition has taken a modified trend from its usual one-off game with four clubs participating.
Because Marleau was over 35 when he signed his current deal, his full cap hit will still count against their cap if he retires or is bought out. He also carries a full no-movement clause. If he’s unwilling to waive it, Cox believes Dubas could be forced to move another younger, better player.Last month, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston was asked about the possibility of Marleau waiving his no-movement. He said perhaps he might do so to return to his former club, the San Jose Sharks, but admitted he was merely spit-balling. He’s also unsure if the Sharks would want him back.With over $57 million committed to 14 players, the Sharks at first glance have sufficient room to bring Marleau back to San Jose. However, they’ve got significant players of their own to re-sign, including Karlsson, Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl, Timo Meier and the ageless Joe Thornton. Even if they wanted to bring back Marleau (and there’s no indication they would), they lack the cap space to do it. To date, however, that deal has yet to materialize.In January, Karlsson said there was no timetable for contract discussions, adding everything would be handled privately. He also expressed his happiness with how Wilson and the organization was handling things.It was assumed the delay was because Karlsson was ineligible to sign an eight-year extension until after the Feb. 25 trade deadline. A month on, and there’s no indication talks have begun, generating speculation the two sides may have agreed to postpone negotiations until the offseason.Earlier this month, The Mercury News’ Paul Gackle suggested the Sharks might be better off without Karlsson, who’s been sidelined since late February with a lower-body injury. He pointed to the high cost of re-signing the superstar rearguard and how well the club was playing in his absence.Gackle’s comments came prior to the Sharks’ recent six-game losing skid. Karlsson said he’ll be ready to return in time for the playoffs. Should he help them regain their winning ways, it’ll put pressure on Wilson to re-sign him.Despite Karlsson’s recent injury history he’ll have plenty of suitors should he test the open market on July 1. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman last week wondered if the New York Rangers might come calling. He thinks Karlsson might enjoy living and playing in the Big Apple.The Rangers have over $61 million invested in 17 players for 2019-20, with all their core players signed through next season. Should they wish to accelerate their rebuild they can afford to sign a superstar such as Karlsson to a lucrative long-term deal.It remains to be seen, however, if the Rangers fit into Karlsson’s plans. At this point in his career he could prefer joining an established contender. For that matter, the Rangers could have other free-agent targets in mind, such as Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin.Leafs could have difficulty moving MarleauThe Toronto Maple Leafs will have difficulty finding sufficient salary-cap space this summer to re-sign several key players. Leading scorer Mitch Marner and forwards Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson are coming off entry-level contracts and will seek hefty pay raises. Veteran defensemen Jake Gardiner and Ron Hainsey are slated to become UFAs and must be re-signed or replaced.With over $74 million tied up in 17 players for 2019-20, Leafs GM Kyle Dubas will be forced to shed salary this summer. He’ll get some salary-cap relief by placing all-but-retired winger Nathan Horton ($5.3-million annual average value) on long-term injury reserve for next season. However, Marner could cost over $10 million annually, pushing Toronto’s cap payroll toward $78 million. Assuming the cap reaches $83 million as projected, there won’t be much space for other signings.The Toronto Star’s Damien Cox believes Patrick Marleau’s contract is creating a problem for the Leafs. The 39-year-old winger has a year remaining with an AAV of $6.25 million. While he’s beloved by his teammates for his experience and leadership, Marleau’s production has declined this season. Can’t get enough NHL rumors? Lyle Richardson’s Rumor Roundup column serves as a one-stop guide to the latest rumblings around the league.Could Karlsson land in the Big Apple?When the San Jose Sharks acquired defenseman Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators last September, it was assumed they would sign him before his eligibility for unrestricted free agency on July 1. Immediately after acquiring the two-time Norris Trophy winner, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson indicated his club was comfortable with re-signing the 28-year-old to a long-term contract extension.
The plenary of the Senate has empowered its leadership through the Secretary to write President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and request her to submit the additional report on the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) to enable that body to complete its work.The decision was taken on Thursday after Grand Kru Senator Albert Chie requested an update on the fate of the CRC Report from the Judiciary Committee headed by Senator (Cllr.) Varney G. Sherman.Senator Sherman informed the plenary during its very late afternoon sitting that the reason for his committee’s delay in reporting to that body that their hands were tied; and that without the additional report expected to come from President Sirleaf, his committee will wait, “because in the absence of that nothing can be done.”Majority of the Senators expressed fear that the ordinary citizens will not understand that it is no fault of the Senators that a discussion on the CRC Report has not yet started. “Our constituents are already blaming us that the delay is because we stand to benefit if some of the propositions are not changed, such as the terms of the Representatives and Senators,” the Senators noted. In his argument during the debate, Senator Sherman reminded his colleagues that even if the additional report was received now, it will not affect the 2017 elections; “because according to the law, referendum must be held a year before the elections.”Others buttressing his argument agreed that the holding of referendum with so many propositions expected to be up for voters, entails lots of work before the process; and by the time it is completed, there will not be sufficient time to use it for the 2017 elections. “The National Election Commission (NEC), among other things, will need citizens’ education on each of the propositions that will be approved for the referendum, which requires time and money,” other Senators argued.In August 2012, the CRC was established with specific mandate to review the 1986 Constitution and recommend proposals, where need be, for possible amendments as provided for under Article 19 of the Constitution of Liberia. Article 19 says, “No person other than members of the Armed Forces of Liberia…in active service shall be subject to military law, or made to suffer any pains or penalties by virtue of that law or be tried by court martial.” On August 13, 2015, President Sirleaf wrote the Senate and submitted 25 proposed recommendations from the CRC, which contained certain recommendations, “to be studied by the Legislature for possible Legislative action that could constitute proposals that would be submitted to registered voters for ratification through referendum.”Also in the latter communication, the President stated that in furtherance of her individual suggestions to the recommendations submitted by the CRC, she would submit shortly a draft suggested language of changes to the Constitution that could be agreed upon by both Houses for submission to the registered voters in referendum as proposal for the amendments to the Constitution.While the President’s communication was in committee room for review and the final report to plenary, Grand Bassa County Senator Jonathan Kaipay on August 26, 2015, wrote the plenary accusing the President of breaching Articles 1, 35, and 91 of the Constitution by not submitting verbatim copy of the CRC’s report to the Legislature. Instead, he claimed, the President chose to act on the Report by approving some of the propositions before finally submitting them to the Legislature. Article 1 in part says, “All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require.” As for 35, it says, “Each bill or resolution which shall have passed both Houses of the Legislature shall, before it becomes law, be laid before the President for approval…”The nine-member Judiciary Committee mandated to investigate Senator Kaipay’s complaint, however, recommended in a report that the Grand Bassa Lawmaker be advised that the President “has not breached any portion of the Constitution, but rather, gave her comments on each of the total 25 recurrent views from the general consultations amongst the citizenry without any change to any of the 25 recurrent views of the Liberian people.”Meanwhile, there have been reports that Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the international community, which helped with finance and humanitarian means to restore peace following the 14-year civil crisis, have in recent time raised concern over reports that Liberians are opting through a referendum, to make the country a Christian nation.ECOWAS, for instance, is urging proponents of the Christian state debate to think carefully about where the country has come from and the need to sustain the almost twelve years of peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)