first_imgEveryone has recourse in the courts to seek justice, but it does appear to me that the PNC-led coalition is losing sight of the bigger picture in our fledgling democracy, as they flail around for a reason to have the no-confidence decision reversed. First they tried – and succeeded to a large extent – to tie the country into knots over the claim that in a finite set of 65 discrete variables (meaning things that couldn’t be individually divided – like people, in this instance) a subset of 33 of them (call them “yes”) was not larger than the remaining subset of 32 (call them “no”).Their “rationale” involved dividing the persons in halves, and then joining them back again to “round off” and  get the result they wanted – that only 34 is greater than 33. Now to “solve” this conundrum of the Government’s making, grown men sought high and low for what was the smallest child (or the village moron) intuitively knew. But it was painfully obvious to most Guyanese – even some of the Government’s supporters – that the Government was really stretching to not resign and call elections in three months.That this was a somersault from the position they took right after the vote – when they solicited and received kudos for allowing the “democratic rules” of our Constitution to work – is vitiating the spirit of the Constitution by attenuating its words, our highest law, into hot air. How will the youths of this country, who we are assured now constitute 60 per cent of our population, ever take these politicians seriously after witnessing their verbal gymnastics and contortions on TV? Sadly, they will probably extend their cynicism to the political system as a whole, on the assumption that it encourages behaviour shorn of guiding principles.Some honour was restored to the political system, however, when the Speaker refused to entertain the Government’s request to revise his ruling that 33 was greater than 32. He bluntly told them that they – and their partisans – had “provided no compelling evidence” for him to do so. That the Speaker had been previously criticised on several occasions for “taking the Government’s side”, made his refusal even more important in buttressing the parliamentary principle that his role was to be as impartial as possible: a good Speaker is one who is criticised by both sides.The Government did follow-up with their threat to go to the courts to have the no-confidence resolution reversed, but to everyone’s surprise they abandoned the “mathematical gambit” as their grounds for doing so. Instead, they claimed that since Charrandas Persaud held dual citizenship – and by implication had sworn allegiance to a foreign state, in his case Canada – his vote was invalid since Article 153 (1) disqualified him from being an MP.As a matter of fact, Article 153 (1) actually does say just that – “No person shall be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly who – (a) is by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state…”. But it exposed the Government’s desperation in jumping from limb to legal limb. This will deepen the cynicism of our young populace – and hopefully the Government’s less reflexive partisans – especially when it is known this clause was inserted all the way back to 1980 when Burnham promulgated his Constitution and was never applied to disqualify any of the dozens and dozens of MP’s who held dual citizenship since then.Even more “bare-faced” was that the same Government which had just expelled Charrandas Persaud as an MP, replaced him with an old-line PNC member who is also a US citizen. Very dispiritingly, the PNC-led coalition is opening a Pandora’s Box for Guyana that goes beyond metastasising apathy in our political system. An eminent jurist informs us that presently, there are already 26 sitting MPs in our National Assembly. Are they all going to be expelled so that the Government is not accused of discriminatory behaviour or will use Article 155 (1) as a Sword of Damocles to dictate their consciences?Ironically, Canada allows dual citizens from any country in the world to become MPs. This Government should take a page from their book to encourage more of our Diaspora – like Charrandas Persaud – to return “home”. Or do they feel that “duty-free” cars compensate for being excluded in having an input in law making?last_img read more

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first_imgDear Editor,The recent report by the Mexican consultant on oil refinery capacity shows the need for external oil sales. The data shared points to a 30-year supply for a local refinery based on the 1.5 billion oil find. With an accelerated or straight-line depreciation model, the payback on the investment can be determined if excess crude oil is sold. The challenge for the investment is long-term projected oil prices. The 30-year plan for the Green Economy will inform the decision as to whether this investment can overcome the risk. Our ability as a nation to transition away from fossil fuel dependence faster than other nations will aid us to eliminate the risk associated with oil prices.Given the energy agendas of high consumption countries and oil producing countries, we are exposed to demand reduction and the associated price softness in the market. This leaves supply countries with increased market competition.The sensitivity and complexity of the Venezuelan supply being offline has been sustaining market prices during a price-favourable military climate. As the major military engagements end and the Venezuelan situation is resolved, oil prices will experience increased downward price pressure in the market.Although this risk is built into current prices for the near- to mid-term, the long-term impact is beyond the futures market risk consideration, thus making it difficult to determine the rate of global conversion away from fossil fuels and towards a greener energy economy.However, if a peaceful global climate is maintained and energy conversion targets are kept as outlined by countries at the climate summit, oil prices can be forecasted with reduced variation and increased accuracy. This is the baseline scenario for determining the payback on the refinery investment.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

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first_imgIn Nakuru, Gor averted further inquest into their title defence capabilities when the resurgent Rama Salim cancelled out an Eric Apul early opener for the soldiers who took the honours in 2010 before Harambee Stars defender, David ‘Calabar’ Otieno netted the decider with the three goals coming in the first half.Kago netted his treble against the 2011 and 12 champions in the 6th, 12th and 60th minutes before Enoch Agwanda stretched the advantage in the 80th while defender Lloyd Wahome notched a brace in the 70th and 81st for Tusker in reply as the winners moved to third on 16 points, two behind the vanquished Brewers.The hat-trick hero gratefully struck the opener when he powered home John Baraza’s rebound after keeper Samuel Odhiambo spilled the 2009 KPL player of the Year’s shot to his path.It took Kago a further six minutes to notch his brace after receiving a cross from Agwanda to calmly place the ball beyond Odhiambo’s reach as Sofapaka went in for half time 2-0 to the good.Their Ugandan head coach Sam Timbe introduced Clifton Miheso for Patrick Kagogo in the second period and the former Thika United forward made a telling first contribution with an assist to Kago to complete his hat-trick on the hour mark.Five minutes later, Wahome pulled one back, heading home Osborne Monday’s cross before the former Mathare United claimed his double after connecting an Athman Buki’s rebound to beat keeper Barnabas Tiema.Sofapaka had the last laugh when Agwanda picked a pass from Mieno to hammer home five minutes to full time to register his fourth goal as the early pacesetters came unstuck in spectacular fashion in the first severe jolt to the Francis Kimanzi-led side’s title ambitions.At Afraha Stadium, the Green Army who populated Nakuru by the busload were reduced to silence when Apul put Ulinzi ahead in the 25th but in Salim, they have a player reborn as he brought them level 11 minutes later before Owino put them ahead for good as K’Ogalo reduced the gap at the top to a solitary point.Bobby Williamson made only one change, starting with David Juma in goal in place of captain Jerim Onyango but sat back as the military men dominated initial proceedings, Enoch Mogire coming close to open the scores after six minutes but his effort hit the post and Musa Mohammed to cleared the danger.Salim could have broke the deadlock in the 23rd when Geoffrey Kizito’s free-kick found him unmarked in the box only for the former Congo United forward to head wide and two minutes later Apul capitalised K’Ogalo’s defensive frailties to slot home from a tight left angle for his first goal of the season.In the 31st, Robert Matano’s charges who had their tails up, could have doubled their lead when Oliver Ruto brought in a cross but Kevin Amwayi’s planted the ball wide when he was presented with a free header.Against the run of play, Salim leveled five minutes later after Uganda Cranes forward, Dan Sserunkuma, sent him through with a long range pass that left him with the easy task of tapping home from close range past keeper Francis Ochieng for his second successive goal.On the stroke of half-time, the visitors turned the game on its head through their stand in captain Owino who connected home after Ochieng spilled Haron Shakava’s powerful header for 2-1 at halftime.Heavy downpour slackened the pace in the second half of the televised tie but the military side had a chance to restore parity in the 77th when Owino missed Mogire’s shot only for Amwayi to blast over with only Juma to beat.“The boys worked and fought hard and thankfully, we picked the three points. In the first half we showed a lot of integrity and effort when we conceded the first goal and came back to lead into half time, that was very important.“The second half was a joke since we failed to pass the ball but it was okay because in the last 15 minutes we were exhausted but the boys had to dig deep and held on for the win. I’m happy for that,” Williamson offered after the match.Ulinzi coach Robert Matano who registered his first loss since he was appointed last month, laid on his troops for conceding easy goals that ultimately denied them reward.“We lost the match but we tried to fight back in the second half but we lost concentration in midfield that cost us. I’m working so hard to unite the team since I found it divided lacking cohesion. We are trying to do some technical organisation and I hope in mid-season we will do a few changes but for now I will work with what I have.“Gor is in top form so I lost to a better side but we will still win matches since this is not the end of the road for my side. We are looking forward to rectify our mistakes,” the former Tusker, AFC Leopards and Sofapaka tactician observed.Victory in what was a potential banana skin for the champions went a long way to quash talk of unease in their camp due to the cash crunch brought by lack of a sponsor that saw the players not receive their full dues for March with the administration buying more time to shop around for a successor to Brookeside Dairies who jumped ship at the end of last month without the added pressure from their passionate demanding fans.Elsewhere, Sony Sugar were forced to come one goal down to salvage a point after battling to a 1-1 draw with Thika United at their Awendo Green Stadium backyard.Bernard Meki, put the visitors ahead in the 29th before Naftali Okombo equalised in the 58th to see Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno’s side drop down to eighth on 13 points in what is developing to be a closely fought opening to the season.The last fixture of the weekend saw Muhoroni Youth beat Western Stima 1-0 and climb sixth on the log on 14 as Francis Baraza turned the tables on the side that made him the first coaching casualty of the campaign.Skipper Abbas Akinyemi, scored the lone goal in 60th through a spot-kick.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, April 13 – Sofapaka stunned league leaders Tusker FC 4-2 to end Francis Kimanzi’s eight match unbeaten run as champions Gor Mahia came from behind to neutralise hosts Ulinzi Stars 2-1 and move up to second in crucial Kenyan Premier League (KPL) matches featuring the last four titleholders on Sunday. At Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, it was swift cold revenge for Batoto Ba Mungu who left the Brewers, who eliminated them 6-5 on post-match penalties in the KPL Top 8 quarter-finals a week ago, flat in a six-goal blitz where Dan Kago stole the headlines with a clinical hat-trick for the 2009 champions.last_img read more

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first_imgA car social group called Take A Break Tuesday meets every week at the Amar and Nogales intersection in Walnut, Camacho said. “The majority are not actually racing, but are congregating and watching,” said Camacho. The group’s MySpace page describes the event as an “organized carmeet,” and says TAB Tuesdays have been going on since December of 2004. This is the second straight week that police have shown up to watch the group. Last Tuesday the police made two arrests for illegal racing, but this week none. “My feelings are that it is because of the heavy presence of police, that they are not racing anymore,” said Camacho. Last week, police wrote about 50 citations and impounded about four cars, according to West Covina police Lt. Pete Mena. The Amar and Nogales intersection is just outside of West Covina. The West Covina Police Department plans to continue to show up at TAB Tuesdays. dan.abendschein@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WALNUT – Police targeted street racers Tuesday, issuing over 100 citations. West Covina Police Department along with officers from Azusa, Baldwin Park, were part of the Walnut operation. West Covina also requested assistance from Irwindale, which has officers trained in spotting illegal engine modifications, according to Irwindale Sgt. Mario Camacho. The police impounded seven cars, made two arrests on outstanding warrants, and one arrest for driving under the influence, police said. last_img read more

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first_img1 Portuguese winger Silvestre Varela Portuguese winger Silvestre Varela has left West Brom, with fellow Hawthorns misfit Sebastian Blanco likely to follow within the next 24 hours.The Baggies have cancelled 29-year-old Varela’s season-long deal from Porto, allowing him to instead move to Parma on a temporary basis.Fellow wideman Blanco, meanwhile, is set to move to San Lorenzo in Argentina, initially on loan.A club statement read: “West Bromwich Albion today confirm that two of last summer’s signings are leaving the club.“Silvestre Varela has had his loan from Porto cancelled by mutual consent. He is now in talks with Italian club Parma.“Meanwhile, the club are in the final phases of agreeing a deal with Argentinian outfit San Lorenzo which will see Sebastian Blanco leave The Hawthorns.“Blanco is set to join the Primera Division club on loan until the end of the season when they will have an option to buy.”Varela’s move to Parma was then confirmed by the Serie A side.The pair joined in the summer under former head coach Alan Irvine but Tony Pulis, who replaced the Scot last month, wants to revamp his squad.Varela has made nine appearances, scoring once, after suffering an injury-blighted spell at the Baggies while Blanco has failed to make an impact.He signed a two-year deal after joining from Ukrainian side Metalist in the summer but has not started a Premier League game, making just five appearances in all competitions.Pulis has seen a bid for Callum McManaman rejected by Wigan but is expected to return with a second offer.He retains an interest in Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher and is expected to firm that up this week.last_img read more

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first_imgAutism Awareness across Donegal will be taken to new heights this weekend!Errigal.A group of Twitter users from Donegal – and some from further afield – join with other eager climbers for the Donegal Autism Family to turn Mount Errigal blue at the third annual Mount Errigal Tweet-up.The charity tweet-up is also aiming to help Donegal Mountain Rescue and for the third year in succession, also plans to assist the Little Angels School by collecting old mobile phones for the school at their base camp on on the day. One of the organisers of the first climb, Carl Diver explained that the initial idea came from a chance comment, but after a hugely successful first and second climb, the third was never really in doubt.This year’s Tweet-Up had however been pencilled in for a different day, but once the local twitter followers became aware of the plans to raise Autism Awareness this weekend, they decided to see if they could join in and perhaps swell the numbers in the process.Clare McCahill who is helping organise this year’s tweet-up said the organisers of ‘Turn Donegal Blue for Autism Awareness’ were only too glad to have the Tweet-Up climbers as part of their campaign.“The climb has always been tied in with charity so this was a perfect opportunity to tie in with a group who were also climbing Errigal as part of their activities,” Clare said. She explained that the Donegal Autism Family Support Group are hoping to turn Errigal blue and highlight autism awareness and an aerial photo is planned so we are really hoping for a great turn out and we are asking people to wear blue on the day or to buy an autism awareness t-shirt at the event.Liam Porter who has also helped promote the Tweet-Up over the past three years added that the climbers would also be seeking to assist other local groups.“We will, as we have in previous years, also be collecting old phones for the Little Angels school in Letterkenny while this year we will also be supporting Donegal Mountain Rescue who need to raise funds to replace two of their emergency response vehicles.”Climbers are due to meet at the car park at the foot of Errigal at 11am on Sunday morning and are asked to remember their blue clothing for the aerial photograph.You can follow the climb on Twitter @errigaltweetup and with the hashtag #errigaltweetup and you can also find out more about the climb by joining the Errigal Tweet-up open group on Facebook. TWITTER USERS TO TAKE TO NEW HEIGHTS UP ERRIGAL was last modified: April 1st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:autismErrigalTwitterlast_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Mr. Ramirez’s actions in office were in keeping with district policy or involved only mistakes made in good faith,” said an e-mail sent June 20 to Mission faculty, staff and students by interim President Jose A. Leyba, whose term ended 10 days later. “I am of course aware that there are differing views of the administration of student services. I am also confident of Mr. Ramirez’s ability and willingness to work together in good faith with all faculty, staff and students.” But Angela Echeverri, president of the Faculty Senate, which issued a “no-confidence” vote against Ramirez in May, said Ramirez will have to work to rebuild relationships with those at the 7,300-student campus. “The perception among many faculty and students is that he did something wrong, and it’s going to take a lot to erase that perception,” she said. “All of us need to move on. This was a very disruptive incident for everybody.” SYLMAR – Joe Ramirez, placed on administrative leave in April amid allegations of misconduct, has been exonerated and reinstated as vice president of student services at Mission College, officials said Thursday. Ramirez said he is glad to be back to work at his $130,000-a-year job after two investigations cleared him of allegations that he improperly ordered a student fired from her job as a Sheriff’s Department cadet after she spoke out at a fractious student government meeting. “The bottom line for me was knowing the truth,” he said. “When you know the truth, then you can move on.” Ramirez was also accused of seizing a tape recording of the meeting and having a portion of it erased, and of being involved in the arrest of political science professor Charles Dirks, who came to the aid of the fired cadet. But Ramirez said several faculty members have already welcomed him back and that he hopes others can “see beyond that vote of `no confidence.”‘ “They took that vote before the investigations were completed,” he said. “A lot of that was emotionally charged because it was incidents they felt strongly about. I hope they’re able to see with me coming back that I wouldn’t have come back if I’d done something wrong.” Ramirez said he’s looking forward to working with Ernest H. Moreno, who takes over Tuesday as interim president. “I will try to continue to make Mission College a place that’s comfortable and safe for students, staff and faculty,” Ramirez said. lisa.sodders@dailynews.com (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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first_imgState agencies would be forced to offer easier access to public documents or face the possibility of court-ordered fines under a bill now on its way to the governor. AB 2927, sponsored by Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, passed out of the state Legislature this week by unanimous votes. The bill came in response to an independent survey conducted earlier this year that found many state agencies, from the Air Resources Board to the Public Utilities Commission, failed to comply with even the basic guidelines of the California Public Records Act. In some cases, the survey says, agency personnel not only refused to turn over records but made improper demands of those requesting the information. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“They were simply terrible,” said Richard McKee, a Pasadena City College professor and president of Californians Aware, the government watchdog group that performed the audit. “When over half the agencies don’t provide you anything you ask for it is simply amazing.” The group surveyed 31 agencies and graded each of them based on how fully they complied with requests for basic government documents. The average grade was F. Californians Aware teamed with Leno to come up with legislation that would put some teeth in the Public Records Act, as it relates to state-level agencies, as well as provide easier access to documents that are inarguably public – such as conflict-of-interest forms. To meet the former goal, AB 2927 would allow a court to impose a $100-a-day fine on agencies that deny or delay the release of documents without legal justification. To ease access to documents, the bill would require agencies to post information online that explains how to obtain those documents. It also has a provision giving members of the public the right to ask the attorney general’s office to intervene when requests are denied. The January audit served as a wake-up call for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who ran as an advocate for open government. In the wake of the audit, he ordered all agency employees to undergo specialized training. Schwarzenegger has yet to take a stance on the Leno bill, however. McKee and his group are putting pressure on the governor to sign the bill, saying a second audit conducted in August shows that, while the training has helped, reforms are still needed. Despite warnings that Californians Aware would be returning and asking for the exact same documents, seven of the 31 agencies still failed to comply and received a grade of F. The average was a C+. “You would expect after they were given training and given warning that we were coming back that they would all have earned an A,” McKee said. gary.scott@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2733160Want 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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first_img REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS A huge centre-circle mural of Sala was displayed before his name was spelled out by supporters using yellow and green cards in the stands.Outside the Stade de la Beaujoire, prior to kick-off, fans laid shirts and flowers, while candles were also lit.Players wore white t-shirts with Sala’s face on the front which read ‘We love you Emi’ on the back during the warm-up, while they each had his name on the back of their match shirt. RANKED Nous n’oublierons jamais ce numéro 9⃣ 💛#FCNASSE | #PlayForSala pic.twitter.com/06SgSg0bns— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) January 30, 2019 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Nantes paid an emotional tribute to Emiliano Sala before and during their league game with Saint-Etienne on Wednesday evening.It was Nantes’ first match since the Argentine striker went missing on January 21 when the plane flying him to Cardiff to complete his £15million move disappeared over the English Channel. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF Sala’s name was spelt out in the crowd and a banner was unfurled Pic:@FCNantes Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice REVEALED The referee then paused the match in the ninth minute – Sala’s Nantes shirt number – as both sets of players and fans showed their appreciation in the emotional scenes that reduced Nantes manager Vahid Halilhodzic to tears.While football was clearly secondary on such a reflective night, both sides had a man sent off before Nantes’s Waris Majeed cancelled out Remy Cabella’s opener as the match ended 1-1.Arsenal also paid tribute to the striker, by including him in the away squad list on the matchday programme for their match against Cardiff.News emerged on Wednesday, that part of a first seat cushion was discovered on a beach near Surtainville on France’s Cotentin Peninsula, and a second was found in the same area slightly later after an underwater search was conducted for the missing plane. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move last_img read more

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first_imgExisting BBC Scotland television highlights and live radio packages have been renewed for five seasons from 2020, as well as up to 20 live Ladbrokes Championship matches per season for 2018/19 and 2019/20MG ALBA has agreed BBC ALBA will also broadcast one deferred Ladbrokes Premiership match each Saturday evening, live matches from the IRN-BRU Cup and the Ladbrokes Championship / League 1 and Ladbrokes League 1 / League 2 play-of finals for three seasons from 2020/21Mr Doncaster said: “Every single deal is a major increase on our current contracts. Taken together, these deals represent the largest ever injection of broadcast investment since the SPL was founded over 20 years ago.“Whilst we are not in a position to reveal exact figures, it’s indicative of the sums involved that the clubs quickly voted to accept the deals put before them. The SPFL has announced its new broadcast deals which are set to bring a major cash influx into Scottish football.The UK and Ireland broadcast rights for the Ladbrokes Premiership, Betfred Cup and Irn-Bru Cup from 2020-21 were auctioned and the winning bids were revealed to clubs by SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster at Hampden Park on Monday.Sky Sports will exclusively broadcast up to 48 Ladbrokes Premiership live matches per season, as well as up to six Premiership / Championship play-off matches, in each case for five seasons from 2020/21Premier Sports will exclusively broadcast between 12 and 16 Betfred Cup live matches and highlights per season “Interest in the Scottish game is extremely high both at home and overseas and this has been reflected in the size of the commercial deals we have been able to strike in what is definitely a very challenging market.”Mr Doncaster added: “The significant, additional money which will come into Scottish football will be extremely welcome. The game can only benefit from the strong investment and widespread exposure these deals have secured.”last_img read more

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