17 Jan
2020

Naked political opportunist

first_imgDear Editor,I refer to a letter by one Gerhard Ramsaroop, published in a section of the media under the caption, “AFC has squandered its opportunity”, it should not have the PM position. While I can agree with him that the AFC has squandered its chance, I want to remind Mr Ramsaroop to take off his blinkers and also recognise that the PNC, all by itself, has squandered the opportunity given to it by the citizens to rule Guyana after the last elections.Mr Ramsaroop also has the audacity to state “The PNC retains goodwill, thanks largely to the Grangers”. What has this man been smoking lately? Is he so desperate to be the PM Candidate of the PNC that he spews such rubbish?If one were to look at the credentials of the PNC over the last 4 years, it is one populated with prejudice against another group outside of Mr Granger’s group. This PNC-led administration is one buried in corruption, so much so that the Auditor-General, in his latest report, implored this Granger administration to produce the evidence on the $600 million missing from the Durban Park Project?BOYO must be turning in his grave to be watching down on the nonsense his son has emitted here, and Gerhard must not be given a free pass, since he has now entered the political arena with this toxic piece.So the question to ask is: What do we do with someone who rolls from the PPP to the AFC to the PNC? We should treat him exactly like how we treat his arch-nemesis, Mr Khemraj Ramjattan and Mr Moses Nagamootoo — with scorn.After Mr Granger offered him a big job, Mr Ramsaroop picked up his “paridhan” (belongings) and ran away from Mr Granger, and now he wants to walk into the PNC camp, and they must all clear the way for him to be Mr Granger’s PM Candidate?What happened to people like Mr Khemraj Ramjattan, who has stood side-by-side with Mr. Granger, covering up his incompetence and deflecting all the allegations of corruption against the regime?What I see from Mr Gerhard Ramsaroop is the embodiment of one who is a naked political opportunist, equal in calibre to Mr Derek Basdeo or Mr Sherod Duncan from the AFC. What I see is someone seeking a job from his old friend, Mr Granger. Well, it is too late now, since under a caretaker/interim government, even Mr Granger cannot hire him, and soon Mr Granger will become an illegitimate head of a JUNTA, and then after than a private citizen on a pension if the voters are allowed to vote in free and fair elections.Sincerely,Lisa Allylast_img read more

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17 Jan
2020

Linden Deputy Mayor wants security beefed up at LM&TC

first_imgLinden’s Deputy Mayor, Waneka Arindell, is calling for beefed-up security at the office of the Linden MayorDeputy Mayor Waneka Arindelland Town Council (LM&TC) in wake of a third break-in at that office. This is the third time the Mayor’s office has been broken into for the year.During an interview earlier this week, the Deputy Mayor said there is also need for the security to be beefed-up at the Council. Speaking about the break-in, Arindell said that the incident occurred sometime during Tuesday night.She noted that the Mayor was on vacation at the time. The Deputy Mayor referred to the act as an attack on the Council. While she indicated that nothing inside the office appeared to be missing, the entire office was ransacked, while the Mayor’s photograph was stuck to the office door with a thumb tack to the middle of his forehead.She explained that items in Mayor Holland’s office were also broken, while others were scattered.“Our security needs to be more vigilant in their work so that this Council can be secured…The security needs to be questioned and we really need to get to the bottom of how this could have occurred…So far, nothing that we had in front of us were missing but we’re still going through the other stuff,” she said.Arindell pointed out that Police had visited the scene and lifted fingerprints. Statements were also collected from the Deputy Mayor, the secretary and security personnel.Meanwhile, Mayor Holland said it appeared as though the perpetuator(s) were looking for files inside of his office.Arindell stated that Police investigations are ongoing.Arindell stated that Police investigations are ongoing. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Seafarers call for legislation to protect against exploitation, biased employment

first_imgExxon hiring practicesOutraged seafarers are now calling for legislation to be set up to protect their, and other Guyanese rights, as they believe they are being exploited and less favoured by El Dorado Offshore (EDO), a subsidiary of Ramps Logistics, that has been employing citizens to work in Guyana for oil giant, ExxonMobil .A group of steamy seamen on Thursday joined their voices, backed by the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA), while requesting for their names to be withheld for safety purposes.It was explained that although EDO has denied hiring Trinidadians, the group had photographic evidence of the company conducting a hiring campaign in Trinidad.The disappointed group of men told members of the media that they believe their concerns are being swept under the rug, despite meeting with Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and junior Minister within the Ministry, Annette Ferguson.In fact, the men said it was just May of this year that they met with the junior Minister who assured that the issue would have been addressed in Parliament.Several issues were raised by those workers on Thursday, including the well-positioned jobs being given to Trinidadians and the foreigners being treated better than locals.According to them, their contract would only allow them to work for a 28-day period, whereby Trinidadians are given more extended contracts with EDO.They also contended that those employees are being paid more money in United States (US) currency and would benefit from transportation allowances, among others. The workers said while the foreigners were entitled to these privileges, they would have to bare their own expenses.An experienced engineer who was among the men expressed how frustrated he was as the company has been turning him down at every attempt he makes to apply for the engineer position. He said although he knows the position is available and that he is fully competent for the position, his application was never acknowledged.Breach of lawsThe seafarers are now of the firm belief that they are being exploited as the company they are employed with is breaching the laws of Guyana.As outlined by the men on Thursday, the laws of Guyana clearly allow for workers to be paid double their daily salaries on holidays and Sundays. According to the workers, the contract they signed with the company did not make provision for this law. In fact, they are only paid double on Sundays. Other workers from various ships who work under the same company complained of not being paid double at all while some on another ship said they are paid double only on holidays.EmployeesEl Dorado Offshore has since refuted the claims of these workers. Guyana Times was told that the company has denied the allegations saying that it has in fact hired over 70 per cent Guyanese.Next moveThe seafarers, who said they have already engaged their superiors on the matter to no avail, added that they are now contemplating their next move.According to them, the matters affecting them have been raised multiple times in meetings which would just lead to them being assured that their issues would be “looked into”.In fact, it was just two or three months ago the men noted that the matter was raised.The men are now clamouring for a law to be set up to protect their rights. In addition, they said they believe that seamen seeking employment in Guyana should be given a work permit rather than just showing up here in Guyana for jobs, snatching the opportunity away from locals.Human rightsCommenting on the issue, an official at the GHRA deemed the behaviour of the employers unacceptable. The officer said the contractual agreements outlined for the workers are “outrageous”.Just last week these very concerns were brought to light by seafarers at the recent Policy Forum Guyana (PFG) open space meeting on oil and gas, held at the New Amsterdam Technical Institute, where members of the Guyana Seafarer’s and General Workers Union (GS&GWU) protested against actions of the Trinidadian company.Earlier this year, the Union had written to Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge about the alleged discrimination which was transpiring.Local ContentIt has been argued that the primary aim of the local content policy should be to ensure the education, inclusion, and advancement of as many Guyanese as possible in the oil industry.The draft local content policy has been criticised in recent months for lacking provisions which would safeguard against exploitation by companies, especially since there have been intensified reports of the local companies being bypassed for contracts and services with foreign companies being favoured.According to the draft local content framework document, the policy seeks to address the suite of opportunities that may arise and the approaches to be taken in selecting and developing opportunities related to enhancing the capabilities of Guyanese nationals and businesses through training and well-tailored social contributions for greater impact and benefits among others.The second review of the local content policy is expected to be completed by the first quarter of next year.last_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Guyana on high alert to safeguard against Ebola outbreak

first_img…local ports of entry being monitored…as health emergency declared in DRCGuyana’s Chief Medical Officer (ag) Dr Kay ShakoIn light of the new spike of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the virus can be spread within the Caribbean region due to tourists traversing ports of entry and as such, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is urging that all countries take precautionary measures.Guyana’s Chief Medical Officer (ag), Dr Kay Shako has since said that Guyana is no less safe than its neighbours and, therefore, it is imperative that measures be adopted as advised by the WHO, relevant to safeguard all passengers and the country’s ports of entry.According to Dr Shaho, particularly, emphasis is always placed on monitoring civil aviation activities (international travel) given that this medium can facilitate the movement of communicable diseases via infected passengers and thereby spreading the threat.“The processes related to air travel, specifically, processes associated with outgoing passengers, incoming passengers and activities onboard an aircraft can be managed to control the spread of any communicable diseases. At this time, the risk of contracting Ebola currently has diminished and as such only the basic measures/Standard Operating Procedure shall be implemented,” she said in a statement on Saturday.Dr Shako noted that the WHO has established phases of a pandemic which can be compared to “colour-coded alert levels”. These alert levels are green, yellow, orange and red.She explained that Alert Green requires no security measures to be adopted because there is no risk of the disease being communicated, however, it is important to conduct periodic exercises to test the effectiveness of equipment and the communication channels and to ensure that personnel are adequately trained.“Alert Yellow would require basic security measures, whilst Alert Level Orange would require maximum security. Alert Red would be the stage where WHO would have declared a pandemic and the commencement of a ‘activation of security measures’ would be executed.”“Currently, the WHO has declared an “Alert Yellow” level and several measures were considered and recommended for implementation during this phase. One of which is that all travel agencies and airlines selling seats or tickets for travel must take on the responsibility of sensitising their clients on the risk of Ebola.”Among other recommendations are the establishment of an isolated/sterile facility at the airport which is remote from public access should there be a suspected case or cases of Ebola victims, airport personnel reporting suspicious cases of illness to Port Health Officials (PHO) and that the PHO along with medical support team from the Public Health Ministry will subject suspected cases to further evaluation and determine if and when such cases should be taken to the isolated/sterile area.Recently, there was an international emergency meeting held with all Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO)/WHO Resident Representatives (PWRs) on the Ebola Virus outbreak in the DRC.It was revealed that as of July 16, 2019, there are 2522 confirmed or probable cases, including 1698 deaths. Of the reported cases, 136 are health workers, including 40 who died. There are increased numbers of cases in Butembo and Mabalako. The epicentre has moved from Mabalako to Beni and one case was registered in the city of Goma, bordering Rwanda.”Factors affecting the spread of outbreak include population movement in highly densely populated areas; weak infection and prevention control practices in many health facilities; complex political environment; continued reluctance in the community; and the ongoing unstable security situation, which led to the recent murders of two community health workers in that country.According to PAHO, no country (member state) should close its borders or place any restrictions on travel and trade.“Such measures are usually implemented out of fear and have no basis in science. They push the movement of people and goods to informal border crossings that are not monitored, thus increasing the chances of the spread of disease. Most critically, these restrictions can also compromise local economies and negatively affect response operations from a security and logistics perspective,” PAHO stated.According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) include fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, fatigue, diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal (stomach) pain, unexplained haemorrhage (bleeding or bruising). These symptoms, the CCD states may appear anywhere from two to 21 days after contact with the virus, with an average of 8 to 10 days. Many common illnesses can have these same symptoms, including influenza (flu) or malaria.last_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Grow Op busted in Dawson Creek

first_imgThe Dawson Creek Drug Unit and General Duties members, executed a warrant to search a residence at the corner of 18th street and 88th ave at approximately 4pm Wednesday.A sophisticated marijuana grow operation was uncovered in the basement of the house.  Some 650 plants in various stages of growth, including 378 mature and budding plants were recovered.  In addition, police have seized a sizable quantity of cash and four improperly stored rifles.A 33 year old male resident, and his 22 year old female partner are in police custody facing multiple charges related to the raid.  Their names are not being released until they have been formally charged.- Advertisement –last_img

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30 Dec
2019

Child abuse investigations in Britney Spears’ custody battle

first_imgThe Department of Children and Family Services is investigating Britney Spears and ex-husband Kevin Federline for “multiple child abuse and neglect” complaints in their custody battle, according to court documents released Tuesday. In a request to unseal parts of the case file, an attorney for the agency wrote that there are concerns about the safety and welfare of the two toddlers, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, if they are left in the mother’s care. Though the county agency mentioned investigating allegations relating to Federline, the documents don’t provide details. The agency requested the court not alter the current custody and visitation arrangements until their investigation is completed. Federline has temporary custody of the boys after Spears defied court orders about regular drug testing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings After-hour calls to attorneys representing Spears and Federline were not immediately returned Tuesday. The latest tidbits on the custody battle are in 300 pages of documents released by Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Scott M. Gordon. The document dump included previous court rulings, expense reports and income statements for both parents, the names of the custody evaluators selected by Spears’ and Federline’s attorneys and their detailed resumes. Spears had asked the court to seal the custody and visitation schedules in a declaration filed in October, arguing that, “Such information greatly increases the chances that the actions of the media could threaten the safety of the children by, for example, causing a traffic accident.” Spears, whose every errand is trailed by a mob of celebrity photographers, is notorious for distracted driving. She is under investigation for injuring a sheriff’s deputy while exiting the downtown courthouse in her white Mercedes. In 2006, she was photographed driving with her son on her lap. In October, she pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving without a valid driver’s license and later obtained a temporary California license. A misdemeanor hit-and-run charge from an August parking lot crash was dismissed after she paid an undisclosed amount to the car’s owner. Also released in the documents was a bill from Federline attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan. Kaplan is charging $550 per hour for his services. His firm billed Federline for $84,000 in for work in August, plus almost $85,000 for a week of work, mostly depositions, in September. Previously, Gordon ordered the pop star to pony up $120,000 in legal fees that her ex-husband owed his attorney. Spears pays Federline $15,000 per month in child support, and previous court rulings have said that he currently has no income.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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29 Dec
2019

IT ALL ADDS UP! DONEGAL TEENS TO BE MATHS OLYMPIANS!

first_imgMEET the brainy Donegal students who show that lots of (X) maths study all (+) adds up and you can’t take that away (-) from them – for they’re set to become (=) Maths Olympians!The two students at the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town have been selected to train for the Irish Maths Olympiad team.Jessica Weitbreach and Pauric Doherty were selected based on their outstanding Maths results in the Junior Certificate Examination. The two students have been invited to attend enrichment classes in colleges such as University College Dublin, NUI Galway and  NUI Maynooth.Their class teacher, Ms Rosemary Quinn was delighted with the news and complimented the two students on their outstanding achievement.And Principal, Emmanuel McCormack beamed: “I am delighted for the students and their families and I want to pay tribute to their maths teacher, Rosemary Quinn and the entire Maths department at the Abbey Vocational School.“It really is great news for all of them and all of us.” The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is a prestigious annual team competition for mathematically talented second-level students representing their countries.Ireland has participated in the competition since 1988 and Irish students have won medals in eight of those competitions.The next IMO takes place in July 2012.Picture are Jessica Weitbreach, Ms. Rosemary Quinn (Head of AVS Maths Dept) and Pauric Doherty.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com IT ALL ADDS UP! DONEGAL TEENS TO BE MATHS OLYMPIANS! was last modified: November 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:abbey vocational schoolDonegal TownMATHS OLYMPIADSlast_img read more

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27 Dec
2019

LETTERKENNY ATHLETIC CLUB MEMBERS ON TOP FORM IN RECENT RACES

first_imgLETTERKENNY AC NEWS: Kieran Crawford continued his recent good form with a 5th place finish and a time of 17.37 in Tuesday evening’s Raphoe 5K.Richard Raymond returned to winning ways in the M60 category in 22.16. Mairead Pinder finished in 28.09. The race was won by City of Derry Spartans’ Emmett McGinty in 16.15. Over 250 runners took part in the Rathmullen 5K on Friday evening, emphasising again the healthy state of road racing in Donegal. The amazingly consistent Ivan Toner was the first Letterkenny AC finisher. He notched up his 3rd consecutive sub 16 minute 5K, with his time of 15.58 giving him 5th place overall and 1st place in the M35 category. Next was Liam Doherty in 16.36, followed by Raymond Birch in 16.40 and Kieran Crawford, doing his second race in a few days, in 16.54.Fionnuala Diver’s supreme form shows no sign of abating and she occupied her customary position as the first woman, with an excellent time of 17.45. Niall Barry, running in familiar territory, had a sub 18 minute finish of 17.55. Padraic McCafferty ran 18.08 and Padraig Friel 18.12. Ciaran O’Donnell had a strong run to finish in 18.46. Kieran Coyle clocked 19.29 and Barry Mackey, doing his 2nd 5K of the week, finished in 19.35. Marie Boyle’s excellent form continued and she finished in 19.42 to put herself within touching distance of her PB.Noeleen Scanlan and Jane McGinley both came home in 19.09. This represented a PB for Noeleen. These 2 LAC ladies will be hoping that the extra time now available to them, as they are on holiday from their primary school teaching jobs, will see them go under 19 minutes for the first time. Their recent form would suggest that target is a very realistic one.Paddy Tourish ran 20.46, Ita Kelly 21.16, Marian Kerr 22.23 and Danny Sharkey 22.51.2 Letterkenny AC runners braved Saturday morning’s rain to take part in the Letterkenny parkrun. Peter McLean and hard working club club official Bernie Walsh both had places in the first half of the finishers. Peter, running his 15th parkrun, clocked 26.38 and Bernie finished her first parkrun in 27.19.  LETTERKENNY ATHLETIC CLUB MEMBERS ON TOP FORM IN RECENT RACES was last modified: July 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Athletic Club noteslast_img read more

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26 Dec
2019

Wolves locked in summer tug of war for Andre Silva

first_imgMonaco are battling Wolves for AC Milan striker Andre Silva.The newly-promoted Premier League side are in the market for a new forward this summer and they want the Portugal international.Wolves tried to sign Silva in January, but he rejected them as he had no desire to play in the Championship.The 22-year-old is believed to be more open to the idea now but, according to Calciomercato, he has an offer from Monaco too.The French club are big fans of the striker and are prepared to offer him the chance to come to Ligue 1.Originally it was reported Radamel Falcao could be used as a makeweight as part of a deal for Silva, but that is now off the table. Silva is reportedly open to a move to Wolves now they are in the Premier League 1last_img

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25 Dec
2019

Rocket rejuvenated

first_imgCHICAGO – Roger Clemens is the old stubbly face in a World Series filled with bubbly newcomers. He has had more farewell seasons than the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox have World Series titles, more awards than every other player on both rosters combined. And tonight, the 43-year-old Rocket will start for the Astros in his hometown team’s World Series debut, opposed by former Yankees teammate Jose Contreras. “It kind of gives me the old feeling back in the Yankees’ days,” Koby said. “The atmosphere in the clubhouse is awesome. It’s even better in the hometown.” Born 46 days after his father made his World Series debut with the 1986 Boston Red Sox, Koby signed with the Astros in July. He hit .297 with four homers and 17 RBI in 33 games for the Rookie League Greeneville Astros and .281 with six RBI in nine games with the Class-A Tri-City Valley Cats. “I’ve got three more behind him that care far more that I see them hit a double or make a big tackle than go out here and shake hands,” Clemens said, referring to sons Kory (17), Kacy (11) and Kody (9). “But they also get to share and reap the benefits of all this happening now, too. They get to see dad go out here and do this one more time.” Koby would rather watch than be watched. “It’s a lot more fun to watch him play and doing what he’s doing right now at age 43,” he said. “It’s just remarkable. Usually athletes are long done with their career by then. His work ethic and everything have just been awesome.” Clemens said in 2003 that his career was over, but Pettitte’s decision to sign with the Astros that fall sparked him come out of retirement to pitch alongside his buddy. He won his seventh Cy Young Award in 2004, when Houston came a win short of reaching the World Series, Clemens losing Game 7 at St. Louis. He came back again this year, pitched through the death of his mother, Bess, and led the major leagues in ERA (1.87) for the first time since 1990. The 15-year gap between ERA titles was double the previous high, set by the Braves’ Warren Spahn in 1947 and 1953. He could become the first 300-game winner to get a World Series victory since Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1926 and the oldest pitcher to win a World Series game, 15 days more senior than Dolf Luque, who got the win for the New York Giants in the finale of the 1933 Series against Washington. Clemens and Luque share Aug. 4 as their birthday. Luque was born in Havana, also the birthplace of Contreras, who played with Clemens on the 2003 Yankees. “I have to thank Roger very much because in Cuba I was throwing a two-seam fastball and he taught me how to throw a four-seam fastball,” Contreras said through a translator. “Every time I did something wrong with my mechanics, he helped he correct my errors.” Several Chicago players have done well against Clemens, who has been hampered slightly by a groin problem. Cleanup hitter Paul Konerko hits him as if the Rocket were pitching batting practice: 8-for-18 with five doubles, two homers and five RBI. He doesn’t think any injury would slow Clemens down. “I’m sure if he had a broken leg, he’d figure out how to get some people out,” Konerko said. Although A.J. Pierzynski is 1-for-11 against Clemens during the regular season, he hit a solo homer off him for Minnesota against the Yankees in Game 4 of the 2003 American League division series. “Other than that, I haven’t had a lot of success off him,” Pierzynski said. “A lot of good memories for him and bad memories for me.” Clemens was pleased with the perseverance of the Astros, not himself. Houston is the first team to make the World Series after falling 15 games under .500 since the 1914 Boston Braves. He made sure his sons paid attention. “They learned a life-long lesson this year, after where we’ve come from,” he said. “If you asked me in April or May if it was the right decision, I might have laughed at you.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It gets you really amped up again,” he said before Friday’s workout. “I’m excited about it. I ponder to myself this could be my last couple of starts – or your last one.” When last seen on the World Series stage, he exited to more popping strobes than a supermodel. Even opposing players applauded during Game 4 in Miami when he came out of the New York Yankees’ extra-inning loss to the Marlins. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I wasn’t ready for all the flashes,” Clemens said. But that wasn’t the end. If Houston winds up winning this World Series, the best was yet to come. Although this is his sixth Series, Saturday night will be the first time he’s pitched an opener. “It comes with a lot of responsibility,” he said, sounding as if he was carrying the entire state of Texas on his back. “I know that so many people are counting on me, and I enjoy that. I expect it, but it’s the career I’ve led. So here we go again.” He wore a three-piece striped suit when he walked into the visitor’s clubhouse, several days of beard growth darkening his face. In the locker between his and Andy Pettitte’s, already dressed in an Astros’ uniform, was 18-year-old Koby Clemens, his oldest son. last_img read more

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