Press Association Munster took an 18-9 lead at the interval courtesy of stand-off JJ Hanrahan’s early try, two penalties and conversion of Robin Copeland’s 40th-minute touch down. All of Glasgow’s points in the first half came from the boot of Finn Russell, but after the break Leone Nakarawa and Jonny Gray crossed the whitewash to turn the match around. The win moves the hosts above Munster and briefly saw them climb into first place in the table, but Ospreys’ bonus-point victory over Ulster in the late game ensured they were top of the tree heading into the festive period. A night of heavy rain had been followed by a dry morning so Munster kicked off in perfect conditions to start a first half in which the lead changed hands four times. First to secure it was Glasgow thanks to a penalty from Russell who took his first opportunity to put his crucial misses last week against Toulouse behind him. In what was to be a feature of the half Glasgow made a mess of receiving the kick off and Munster pounced with Hanrahan dotting down before missing the conversion. Soon after, Russell missed a long penalty but Glasgow stayed on the attack with centre Peter Horne and then number eight Josh Strauss making inroads until Russell was able to kick a more straight forward penalty. After 20 minutes Munster captain Paul O’Connell was sin binned by referee Leighton Hodges for a silly penalty as Munster pressed on the Glasgow line. The makeshift visitors’ scrum then won a penalty that Hanrahan struck home, but Russell struck with the boot shortly after to make it 9-8 to Glasgow. Two debatable decisions from Hodges laid the foundations for Munster to take 18-9 advantage into the break. Firstly Strauss was penalised for not releasing – when hardly held – and then winger Sean Lamont was detected in careless footwork at a ruck. Each time a good Munster position was kicked, with the first resulting in a Hanrahan penalty and the second a try for Copeland with Hanrahan converting. Glasgow opened the second half brightly but were rebuffed until the 51st minute when play was spread wide from a line out on the visitors’ line with Nakarawa getting the touch down and Russell converting to cut the Munster lead to two points. Munster again immediately benefited from Glasgow’s failure to exit the restart, this time Matawalu was the sinner, and were awarded two kickable penalty awards. However Hanrahan was unable to take advantage. In turn Glasgow’s chance came after 70 minutes when sub winger Tommy Seymour’s break was backed up by fellow winger DTH Van Der Merwe and the latter was held up over the Munster line. It merely delayed the inevitable though as Gray managed to power over with a huge effort that went unconverted but was enough to put Glasgow into a decisive late lead . Glasgow came from behind to beat Munster 21-18 to move above the Irish province in the battle at the top of the Guinness PRO12 table.
Elections bidsPPP calls for criminal charges if forgery detected on listsAt least 19 political parties will be making submissions of their lists of candidates and nominators to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) today in their bid to contest the upcoming March 2 elections but the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has made a stern call to the elections body to institute criminal charges against any party or individuals who present lists carrying forged names.Guyana Elections CommissionThis call was made on the heels of a previous situation on Nomination Day ahead of the November 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE), whereby dozens of names on the lists and signatures purporting to be backers of candidates were palpably defective because of forgeries.In fact, some the 50 persons of the Whim-Bloomfield Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) had their names fraudulently affixed to the backers’ lists for LGE in the Ancient County. They claimed that they were tricked into signing an Alliance for Change (AFC) nominators’ lists to contest the Local Government polls.This led the PPP to file legal actions to have the names removed. However, High Court Judge, Justice Navindra Singh, dismissed the cases saying that after investigations, he did not find any evidence to convince him that the nominators were forced to sign the list.As such, PPP Executive Member and former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, is urging GECOM to take the necessary criminal actions anyone who is implicated in such acts.Anil Nandlall“I call upon GECOM to report to the Police any and all incident(s) of unauthorised/forged names, either on the candidates’ lists or on the list of backers for the upcoming National and Regional Elections, with firm instructions to institute criminal charges against those implicated, including, the intellectual authors,” Nandlall stated.Today’s Nomination Day proceedings will be held at the Umana Yana in Kingston, Georgetown, commencing from 13:00h until 17:00h. Each party is required to submit their lists of candidates for the election of a President, members of the National Assembly and members of the Regional Democratic Councils to the Chief Elections Officer.The law prescribed that the submissions of the lists of candidates and nominators will have to be done strictly on Nomination Day and within the timeframe set – no time earlier or later.Each parties’ National Top-Up List should comprise of 300-330 nominators, 42 candidates (persons to be elected to sit in National Assembly) who all need a singed statutory declaration form in the presence of a Commissioner of Oath or Justice of Peace, and include the name of the Presidential Candidate.The Statutory Declaration form is what candidates sign to indicate that they are Guyanese and conform to other requirements set out in the law.Meanwhile, the Geographical Constituency (Administrative Regions) List must include 150-175 nominators from each constituency and no more than 45 candidates.With regards to the Regional Elections, the Regional Democratic Council List must comprise of 150-175 nominators for each constituency – all residing in the said region, and 12 to 36 candidates also from within the region. They too are required to sign a statutory form.Candidates and Nominators can only appear on one party’s lists – both National Top-up and Geographical Constituency Lists – but only on one of that party’s geographical lists.These requirements, as well as others, will be examined by the Chief Elections Officer and those parties’ whose lists do not meet all the requirements will be deemed defective. However, the CEO will inform of the defective list(s) and the respective parties will one day to make corrections and resubmit the lists.Nomination Day proceedings began last month when political parties had to submit their party symbols to GECOM by December 13, 2019. This, according to GECOM’s Public Relations Officer Yolanda Ward, was to allow the Commission to examine the symbols and give approval to avoid issues such as duplication. It all ows parties to be informed and make the necessary adjustments before today’s Nomination Day process.However, parties are also allowed to submit their symbols today as well.GECOM had previously reported that 19 political parties have submitted symbols thus far and of these, 14 are new parties.While the two main political parties – PPP/C and the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition – have been gearing up for the upcoming polls, there has been the formation of several new and small parties over the past months.These include: A New and United Party (ANUG), Federal United Party (FED UP), Liberty and Justice Party (LJP), Citizenship Initiative (CI), Change Guyana, The New Movement (TNM), People’s Republic Party (PRP), Kingdom Liberal Movement (KLM), Destiny to Oneness, National Congress of Progressive People’s Alliance, the Cooperative Republicans of Guyana and the Guyana United Democratic Party (UDP), Guyana National Service Party (GNS), the Democratic National Congress (DNC), the United Republic Party (URP), Horizon and Star and Organisation for the Victory of the People.
Alan Brazil is backing Mike Ashley’s plan to buy Rangers.The Newcastle United chief is reportedly ready to sell the St James’ Park club in order to be allowed to take charge of the Ibrox club, something he is currently banned from doing by the Scottish Football Association as he can’t own two clubs.And talkSPORT’s Breakfast show host insists it would be a good move for Rangers, and for Scottish football as a whole.Brazil said: “It’s none of my business because I’m from the other side of Glasgow – Celtic – but with the shenanigans that have gone on at Rangers over the last few years, if Mike was to come in and sort all the debt out and get a Rangers man in to run the club than they would be so much better off, that I am sure of.“He could buy the club, get rid of all the people Rangers fans are sick of now, clear it out and put a Rangers man in there to run it. And with his business brain as well, do you know what, it would give Celtic a kick up the backside.“They would suddenly start thinking, ‘OK, we can’t be selling any more [players] now, we have to think about buying for next year’. It would be healthy for Scottish football.”