WATFORD (4-4-2)GOMES,NYOM, BRITOS,CATHCART, ANYA,ABDI, WATSON, CAPOUE, JURADO,IGHALO, DEENEYMANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1)AG¸ERO,STERLING, SILVA, DE BRUYNE,FERNANDINHO, TOURE,KOLAROV, OTAMENDI, MANGALA, SAGNA,HARTOn Tuesday, Manchester City went to Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester City and were held to a 0-0 draw, their third goalless stalemate of the season.The draw leaves City in third place, just three points off the top. At this stage last season they were in the same place with the same points (36) – and finished second.Watford’s five-match unbeaten run – four wins and a draw – was ended by Tottenham on Monday but they remain in a lofty eighth place with an impressive 29 points, more than won through their last Barclays Premier League campaign.Indeed, at this stage of their only two other Premier League campaigns, in 1999-2000 and 2006-07 campaigns Watford had just 11 points and on both occasions they were relegated.Watford will hope that Odion Ighalo can maintain the form of 2015, when he scored 30 goals, more than any other player in the top four tiers of English football. This season the Nigerian has 14 goals and has scored in each of Watford’s last six games.And with team-mate Troy Deeney, the Watford front-men have 20 of the club’s 24 goals, representing more than 83% of the team’s Premier League goals with Ighalo netting more than half (58%) of their strikes.City are still without captain Vincent Kompany, who has been sorely missed in their defence this season. With Kompany in their starting line-up, City have won seven and drawn two of nine, a 78% success rate. Without him from the start, City have lost five and drawn one while winning four, a 40% success rate.
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has denounced the establishment of the tribunal that was established to look into whether Chairman and appointed member of the Public Service Commission (PSC), Carvil Duncan, should be removed from office.carville_duncanThe tribunal was appointed by President David Granger and sworn in on Thursday, with the task of inquiring, investigating and recommending whether the embattled PSC Chairman should be removed for his inability to discharge his duties.The establishment of this tribunal – which is being headed by Chairperson Justice Roxanne George, along with Justice Winston Patterson and Attorney Robert Ramcharran – was triggered by the institution of criminal charges against Duncan. These charges are still pending before a Magistrate at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.According to the Opposition Leader in a statement issued on Friday, the very Constitution that President Granger pledges to follow “in spirit and letter” confers upon Duncan a presumption of innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.“Since the charges against Mr Duncan are still pending, the establishment of this tribunal is premature, pre-emptive and repugnant to the very ‘due process’ to which the President says that his Administration is committed,” Jagdeo posited.He went on to point out that the establishment of the tribunal smacks of exactly the opposite – caprice, arbitrariness and witch-hunting.“It is public knowledge that Mr Duncan has been a stumbling block at the Public Service Commission, preventing this Administration from dismissing public servants on ethnic and political grounds and blocking the hiring of unqualified cronies,” he stated.The former Head of State went on to say that the establishment of this tribunal will have a prejudicial impact upon the pending legal proceedings as the President has sent a clear signal to the presiding Magistrate what outcome the Executive expects.“In these circumstances, we view the establishment of this tribunal as a travesty of justice and an assault upon constitutional due process and the fundamental rights of Carvil Duncan and the thousands of workers whose interests and welfare he protects,” the Opposition Leader noted.Duncan had been under pressure to step down from the constitutional body ever since he was charged and placed before the courts over an alleged theft of monies from the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Inc.He was placed on $1 million bail in February after he had appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with larceny, to which he pleaded not guilty.Police alleged that on March 31, 2015, at Georgetown, he stole $984,900, property of GPL.It is alleged that he conspired with the utility’s then Deputy Chief Executive Officer Aeshwar Deonarine, to steal $984,900, and that he conspired with Deonarine to commit a felony; namely, he conspired to steal $27,757,500, property of the power company.Duncan had been written to by Government in March to show cause why the tribunal should not be established to determine his fate on the constitutional body – the PSC – but he never responded.Duncan sits as Chairman of the PSC; a member of the Police Service Commission and he is also a member of the Judicial Service Commission.He was informed that the actions taken were in view of the offences for which he has been charged.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo
Playing at home has been an advantage for the Angels in the playoffs. Since 1982, the Angels are 14-5 (.737) at home, the best winning percentage in the majors (minimum 10 games) during that span. Against the White Sox, the Angels are 39-15 at home since 1995. Offensive drought: While many of the Angels believe umpire Doug Eddings lost his good sense with his non-strikeout call in Wednesday’s Game 2, of a more pressing concern is the disappearance of the Angels’ offense in the first two games. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week There should be some credit given to the Chicago White Sox pitching, but the Angels hitters have fallen into the same trap they found themselves in many times during the regular season. As a team, the Angels are hitting .190 (12 for 63) with three extra-base hits. Vladimir Guerrero is 0 for 8, Chone Figgins is 1 for 7, Garret Anderson is 1 for 8 and Bengie Molina is 1 for 7. High praise: White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen called the Angels’ Bengie Molina the best catcher in baseball, which didn’t come as news to Scioscia. “I’ve been saying that for a while,” Scioscia said. “He’s in an elite category of catchers with (Jason) Varitek, (Victor) Martinez, he’s a terrific player. Bengie brings a level of experience that matches his physical talent, which makes him a very good catcher.” Stop the presses: Headlines in Chicago’s two major papers on Thursday morning: “Lucky Strike” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “Strike Glee” (Chicago Tribune). ANAHEIM – The Angels left Chicago with a split, giving them the home-field advantage with three games scheduled at Angel Stadium and two more, if needed, at U.S. Cellular Field. But after winning Game 1, a split wasn’t the goal. “You don’t go into a series thinking you want to win two out of three, or split,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “You go into every game and you pour your heart into it, and try to win them all. Going 2-0 or 1-1 or 0-2 … there’s no lead that’s safe until you get the last out.”