Zawraq plans remain fluid

first_imgFuture plans remain fluid for Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial winner Zawraq. Press Association Dermot Weld’s three-year-old, who lowered the colours of the well-regarded Sir Isaac Newton on his sole start as a juvenile, has several options on the table at present. Next month’s Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket has been mooted as one possible destination, but owner Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum’s racing manager, Angus Gold, was keen to stress that no firm decision has been reached. center_img “There hasn’t been any plan made yet, we’re very much going to take our time with him and see,” Gold said. “We’ll sit down with Sheikh Hamdan and Dermot and have a discussion as to whether we go straight to the Guineas or wait for the Derby trial (Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial) back at Leopardstown. “We’ve always liked him, he’s got plenty of class and we’ve always thought he’d be a stayer.” last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writer discusses Syracuse’s win over St. Bonaventure

first_img Comments Published on December 29, 2018 at 7:10 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse (9-4) wrapped up its nonconference slate by defeating St. Bonaventure (4-9), 81-47. The Orange trampled the Bonnies, led by Tyus Battle who made all eight of his shots to tally 21 points. Battle also led Syracuse’s strong defensive effort, resulting in transition opportunities. SU opens Atlantic Coast Conference play at Notre Dame on Jan. 5.See what our beat writer had to say after the game.last_img read more

GTUC against seditious clause in Cybercrime Bill

first_img…encourages Guyanese to refuse to be silencedGeneral Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), Lincoln Lewis has encouraged Guyanese to refuse to be silenced even as the much-debated Cybercrime Bill 2018 is in the process of being soon passed at the parliamentary level.GTUC General Secretary Lincoln LewisThe Bill, which holds two controversial clauses which seek to penalise persons who “attempt to bring into hatred or excite disaffection towards the Government” via text, speech, or image is considered to be a threat to freedom of speech in Guyana.“Let none still your voice, for your voice plays a pivotal role in giving meaning and expressions to your existence, and is vital to being part of the social order because we are foremost social beings. Let’s get up… stand up… stand up for our rights. Don’t let us give up the fight… Ours is the baton to carry and we must carry it like true warriors. None must stop us in this leg of our journey to create a just society! Solidarity forever, for it’s the union that makes us strong!” he told May Day rally on Tuesday.Since the introduction of the legislation, many members of the public have sought to criticise the clauses and Government, while calling for it to be removed from the Bill; the original purpose being to protect Guyanese and their children from the dangers of cyberspace.Recently, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo denied suggestions that the parliamentary Opposition supported the insertion of the controversial clause – clause 18 – into the Cybercrime Bill.Clause 18 of the Cybercrime Bill outlines that persons commit an offence of sedition when they “attempt to bring into hatred or excite disaffection towards the Government.”These provisions have, in fact, excited worry among social media users who have recently taken to that medium in their numbers to register concerns that their freedom of expression would be trampled.According to Jagdeo, the initial purpose of the Bill was to protect Guyanese and their children from the dangers of cyberspace.Instead, he explained, the Bill has been converted by the Government to one that, besides the original purpose, protects their Government’s own interests.“This is why the entire Guyana must fight to ensure that this retrograde step to charge people for sedition, an archaic offence, because of what they say, which can cause disaffection with the Government… This provision has no place in a democratic, in a free Guyana, in a Guyana where free speech is an important part of our democracy where freedom of expression is defined and protected by our Constitution,” he stated.Laid in the National Assembly since 2016, the Cybercrime Bill had catered for, inter alia: illegal access to a computer system; illegal interception; illegal data interference; illegal acquisition of data; illegal system interference; unauthorised receiving or granting of access to computer data; computer related forgery; computer related fraud; offences affecting critical infrastructure; identity related offences; child pornography; child luring and violation of privacy among a sleuth of other offences.A Special Select Committee, comprising of Government and Opposition members had been working on the Bill for the past few years and their report on the Bill was presented recently.Jagdeo noted However that PPP “members of the Select Committee that met on several occasions to consider this Bill were there and were absent sometimes” while outlining that their “presence alone, just being named to that Committee does not elevate this to support of the PPP.”last_img read more