Service Commission appointmentsOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday informed President David Granger that he has reservations about Paul Slowe being appointed to head the Police Service Commission. He explained to the Head of State that Slowe has “baggage” which may cause him to be biased in carrying out his duties.This discussion took place between the two leaders when they met at State House to discuss the appointment of the Public and Police Service Commissions.Thursday’s meeting was the first set of “meaningful consultations” these two leaders had to discuss the appointment of the two constitutional bodies since the National Assembly approved the nominees last month.Updating the media after the meeting, Jagdeo said he explained to the President that, in addition to Slowe being politically affiliated with the A Partnership National Unity (APNU), for whom he had campaigned during the 2015 national elections, the former Assistant Commissioner of Police, who had been denied a promotion before his 2010 retirement, also brings issues within the Guyana Police Force.“Now that he is going to head the Police Service Commission, I think he will bring two sets of baggage with him. One, the political approach to the job; that is, judging people based on politics; and secondly, he has a lot of interpersonal problems with many members of the Police Force, and old scores, I believe, to settle; and therefore that could harm his judgement,” Jagdeo outlined.The Opposition Leader noted that President Granger indicated that he would speak with Slowe to ensure that he acts impartially, and not “bring baggage to the job”.Slowe returned to the limelight last year when he was handpicked by the Head of State to carry out a commission of inquiry (COI) on the GPF’s handling of allegations in relation to the existence of a plot to assassinate the President. In his report, Slowe had recommended major reshuffling of the Force’s hierarchy, as well as sanctions against several high level ranks.The life of the previous Police Service Commission ended last September, and there have since been calls for appointment of the new Commission to be expedited, since the Force has lost nearly a dozen senior ranks to retirement.Jagdeo went on to say that, during Thursday’s meeting, the President and he also had discussions about other issues, including the appointment of a Police Commissioner, on which the Head of State said they would have consultants at a subsequent meeting.The Opposition Leader has said he nevertheless mentioned how he had gone about as Head of State to appoint a Police Commissioner during his regime.“I pointed out the way I approached the selection of the Police Commissioner when we selected Felix; the open, transparent ways. We [had gotten] the four top officers, send them off for training, ranking them, and then [Winston] Felix came out number one in the ranking…” Jagdeo related.In regard to the Public Service Commission, the Opposition Leader said, he also raised concerns stakeholders have indicated about the nominees for the Public Service Commission. Last month, the National Assembly approved Vincent Bowman and Mortimer Livan as nominees for the Commission, which expired back in August last year.“Some people called me yesterday, since they found out who the nominees were, and they indicated that they had some issues with some of the nominees. I had an obligation to bring these issues to the attention of the President. Nevertheless, I pointed out to him it’s his call, because he has to fulfill the constitutional requirement of meaningful consultation,” Jagdeo posited.At Thursday’s meeting with the Opposition Leader, the President was joined by State Minister Joseph Harmon and the Legal Affairs Minister, Attorney General Basil Williams; while Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and Anil Nandlall accompanied the Opposition Leader to the meeting.
0Shares0000Bastian Schweinsteiger trained with Chicago Fire in Munich on Sunday to prepare for his farewell match at Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena on Tuesday, when he will play a half for both clubs. © dpa/AFP / Sven HoppeBERLIN, Germany, Aug 27 – Bastian Schweinsteiger expects to shed a few tears on Tuesday on his final Bayern Munich appearance during his testimonial against current club Chicago Fire.The 34-year-old former Germany captain will play a half each for Bayern and Chicago at the Allianz Arena (1830 GMT). It will be his farewell appearance in Munich, having quit his childhood club for Manchester United in 2015 after 17 years and a total of 20 titles with Bayern.Schweinsteiger wept when he received a standing ovation on his 121st and final appearance for Germany in a 2-0 friendly win over Finland two years ago in Moenchengladbach.More tears are to be expected in Munich on Tuesday.“I somewhat underestimated that when I retired from the national team,” admitted Schweinsteiger on his return to Munich.“I felt lots of emotions, you have so many images in your head and let yourself be led by that.“There are already so many memories coming back up.“It was a great time, Bayern is always in my heart, but I know it’ll be emotional for me.”It was obvious from the huge smile on his face at Bayern’s training ground that he is enjoying being back in Munich.Former Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger was awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit on Sunday on his return to Munich ahead of his testimonial at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday. © dpa/AFP / Sven HoppeOn Sunday, he was awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit at a civil ceremony, where Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder described the 2014 World Cup winner as a ‘living legend’.“I’m overwhelmed, I accept the medal on behalf of all Bayern fans – many of whom deserve this,” said Schweinsteiger humbly.The football star from the Upper Bavarian town of Kolbermoor, near the border with Austria, said he missed his homeland.“Friends and family, the mountains – and the Kaiserschmarrn (a Bavarian dessert),” are the things he misses most living in Chicago with his wife, former tennis star Ana Ivanovic, and their baby son.Schweinsteiger made more than 500 appearances for Bayern, who he joined as a 13-year-old.His last home appearance in the famous red shirt was when he scored in a 2-0 win against Mainz in May 2015, before moving to United two months later, and he has not been back to the Allianz Arena since.“At the time, I did not have the chance to say goodbye, so I’m very grateful that FC Bayern are giving me a farewell match,” he said.“It’s great to be back here.“There’s a real feeling of being at home in Munich and seeing the people in the city again.”Bastian Schweinsteiger smiles as he meets fans on Sunday during a training session with Chicago Fire in Munich ahead of his testimonial on Tuesday against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, when he will play a half each for both clubs. © dpa/AFP / Sven HoppeHis popularity has its price and Schweinsteiger can not walk the streets of Munich “without a cap and sunglasses”, unlike in Chicago where his wife “is recognised more than me – she’s a bit prettier too,” he added with a grin.Despite recent results — Chicago sit second from bottom in the Eastern Conference of the North American MLS league — Schweinsteiger is enjoying playing in the States.“I feel good physically, it’s fun to drive to training each day and I play every game,” he said and hopes to play another few seasons for Fire, who he joined in 2017 after 18 months at Old Trafford.“I’ll take things from year to year.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)