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  • Brathwaite receives vote of confidence from Sammy

    first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): New West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite says he has received a vote of confidence from former skipper Darren Sammy as the regional side prepares to play India in two T20 internationals this weekend in Florida. Brathwaite was announced as the new captain shortly after Sammy disclosed through a Facebook post that he was dropped after leading West Indies to two World T20 titles. The Barbadian all-rounder said support from Sammy and other senior members of the West Indies team is allowing him to make a smooth transition at the helm of the side. “He gave me his blessing and as a senior guy appreciated it, which allowed me to ease into the role. It has allowed me to transition easier from just being told [about the captaincy] to the excitement of wanting to get on the field and lead,” said Brathwaite during a press conference after the fourth Test against India in Port-of-Spain. “It was a good vote of confidence speaking to Sammy, then I saw him at a charity event, saw some of the senior guys as well, all have been telling me positive things.” The 28-year-old Barbadian enjoyed his best moments during the World T20 final against England earlier this year. With West Indies needing 19 runs off the last over, Brathwaite struck four successive sixes off Ben Stokes to take the side to their second T20 title. “I think a team like this will be pretty easy to lead, from the point of view that the dressing room is a fun place to be. I don’t think it’s a case where I have to negotiate too many egos,” he said. “The guys enjoy each other’s company. It’s just a matter for me to go there, do the things that I can do, firstly as a player and then a captain, continue to mould the team that Darren has started to mould, efficiently.” The clash between the World T20 champions and their Indian rivals is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Central Broward Regional Park in the city of Fort Lauderdale in the American state of Florida. The state recently hosted matches in the fourth edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which attracted large crowds as organisers continue to test the US market. “From all reports, CPL had a fantastic ovation and it was well-received. And I hope this is the start of big things,” the new Windies T20 skipper pointed out. “We are next-door neighbours and the US is a powerhouse so let’s see how it goes. We are testing the waters a bit. Hopefully, it goes well, and hopefully, this is the first of many in the USA.”last_img read more

  • As MP Harry Gill sent to Privileges Committee over letter to editor

    first_imgNational Assembly descends into uproar…Opposition argues freedom of expression at stakeMonday’s sitting of the National Assembly got underway with Opposition parliamentarian Harry Gill being reprimanded for a letter to the editor he wrote which was published in Monday’s edition of sections of the media. The letter alleged bias in the Speaker of the National Assembly’s decisions.According to Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland, the letter was brought to his attention by an unnamed person. He pointed out that the Speaker can only be challenged through a motion. Dr Scotland did stop short of sanctioning Gill. But not satisfied with the reprimand, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo rose and pushed for Gill to be referred to the Committee of Privileges.The PM, who was strangely able to make a lengthy statement against Gill and cite specific cases to bolster his argument for sanctions, invoked Standing Order 91, which speaks to referring Members of Parliament to the Committee when theOpposition MP Harry Gill“powers and privileges” of the Assembly are at stake.The House descended into an uproar as Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira came to Gill’s defence. Teixeira was fierce in denunciating Nagamootoo’s motion. According to Teixeira, the motion was improperly put over and moreover, threatened the right to freedom of expression.“The privileges motion was not properly put in the first place. We brought a privileges motion in this House. What is happening to the privileges motion against (Social Cohesion Minister) Dr (George) Norton? Freedom of expression is protected outside this House. You are damaging the right of freedom (of expression) in this country,” Teixeira said, to thunderous thuds on the desks from the Opposition side.However, the Speaker ordered that part of her statements be expunged from the records since he did not give her leave to speak. Dr Scotland then took the step ofPPP/C Chief Whip Gail Teixeirareferring Gill to the Privileges Committee.Set-upSpeaking to Guyana Times afterwards, Gill was of the firm opinion that the Prime Minister’s preparedness pointed to a set-up.“It’s obvious that it was a set-up. The Prime Minister had all the documents; he didn’t just Google and pull them up. He came prepared for it. I invite you to look at the video. I put a link in the letter. I invite you to look at the letter and judge for yourself. I must remind you that Dr George Norton was supposed to have gone before the Committee of Privileges almost a year now and nothing has happened.“But they want to bring me before the Committee of Privileges. What I didPM Moses Nagamootoo, I think, was free speech. I did not condemn the actions of the Speaker of the House. I did it as a private citizen too. I’m entitled to protection of free speech, in our Constitution. This Speaker needs to see how he is perceived, not only by me butother persons.”In the letter titled, “There are inconsistencies in the Speaker’s rulings on sub judice and other matters”, Gill had cited cases in which Opposition parliamentarians were continuously interrupted by the Speaker when they criticised the Government side. He referenced the case of frontbencher Irfaan Ali.“During the recent debate on financial bills, Irfaan Ali, another brilliant mind on the Opposition side, was extremely critical of the borrow-and-spend policy of the [ASpeaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandPartnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change] APNU/AFC Government that is likely to see the economy accelerate into bankruptcy if allowed to go unchecked.“The moment my colleague attempted to expose the dismal statistics to prove the economy was not performing, he was interrupted by the Speaker, who cautioned him continuously to “return to the Bill’,” Gill had also written. (Jarryl Bryan)last_img read more