T20 World Cup 2012: India vs South Africa today

first_imgBy the time India and South Africa head out on to the turf at the R Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday, they will know exactly where they stand with regards to qualifying for the semi-finals.A Pakistan victory over Australia in the first game of the day will make sure that the AB de Villiers-led team is knocked out, leaving them to play spoilers for India. The Men in Blue will then have to win by a big enough margin to get past their arch-rivals on the net run rate.Click here to see entire coverage of World T20 On the other hand, if the Aussies extend their unbeaten streak in the World Twenty20, it’ll be all to play for. A victory for MS Dhoni’s men will mean they can progress without any NRR considerations; conversely, the Proteas, who have lost both their Super Eights games, could also make it through if they win convincingly.India have so far alternated below-average performances with the sublime, and will be hoping to arrest the trend. The dry and slow track here will suit the Indians’ game much more than South Africans’, especially in the bowling department.South Africa need to win against India to have any chance of making it to the semi-finalsTheir main pacers, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, are two of the best in the world in any format. But not only are the batsmen used to facing them in the Indian Premier League, their extra pace could actually work against South Africa, as shown by Pakistani tailender Umar Gul’s rapid 32 in their first Super Eights game.advertisementTheir batting, too, is looking short on confidence, having struggled to 133 and 146 in their two games. The key to restricting them has been the deployment of extra spinners like Pakistan’s Raza Hasan and Australia’s Xavier Doherty.For India, the resounding victory over Pakistan on Sunday has made life much easier than it was after the demoralising defeat to Australia last week.After a fast start, the crucial passage of play was the introduction of Lakshmipathy Balaji’s medium pace, which got rid of Shahid Afridi, and spinners R Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh followed up well.Virender Sehwag showed enough class in his 29 on Sunday to merit a retention in the XI, so Dhoni is likely to go into the game with his tried-and-tested seven batsmen and four bowlers combination, with the only question being whether he wants to include off-spinner Harbhajan Singh to trouble the Proteas batsmen, in place of one of the seamers.In that case, the big call will be whether to drop the all-round skills of Irfan Pathan, the attack leader in Zaheer Khan, or the inform Balaji. The stage is set for a match that will more likely than not decide who joins the Aussies in the next round. Now it is up to the stars on either side to stand up and be counted.India vs South Africa, Live from Colombo, on STAR Cricket from 7:30 pmlast_img read more

Cong puts up hoarding in Kanpur targeting BJP on Ram temple

first_imgKanpur, Jun 13 (PTI) With the two-day BJP National Executive meeting beginning in Allahabad today, Congresss city unit here put up hoardings, targeting the party on Ram temple issue.The hoardings, put up at major road crossings in the city, carried pictures of L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and BJP national president Amit Shah with their purported statements on Ram Temple issue at various points of time and accused the party of “using it as its poll plank and befooling the people”.”Ahead of every election, BJP promises to build the Ram temple in Ayodhya and forgets about it after winning the poll. They have been playing with emotion of the people of Uttar Pradesh,” city Congress president Har Prakash Agnihotri alleged.He also claimed, “BJP will never build the Ram temple. That is why Congress has put up such hoardings in the city to make people aware that they should not fall into BJPs trap.” PTI ZIR NSD SK NSDlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton wins Russian Grand Prix to stretch championship lead

first_imgReigning world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi on Sunday to extend his lead at the top to 50 points.Valtteri Bottas, who started from pole, moved aside to let his Mercedes teammate Hamilton win the race and get a substantial advantage over title rival Sebastian Vettel with five races remaining in the season.The victory was a landmark 70th for the Briton, who is well on his way to a fifth title and is now 21 wins behind the all-time record of 91 held by seven-time champion Michael Schumacher.Vettel finished third for Ferrari with Bottas, who was told to let Hamilton through after 25 of the 53 laps, securing the Mercedes one-two.YES!!! What a result!!! 1-2 at the @SochiAutodrom! @LewisHamilton wins the #RussianGP, @ValtteriBottas finishes P2!Amazing job by our guys! #F1 pic.twitter.com/51pBpH0lO6Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) September 30, 2018In a race with little other drama, Max Verstappen celebrated his 21st birthday in style by steering his Red Bull from the back to the front, dropping back to fifth after finally pitting with 10 laps to go.Mercedes remain unbeaten in Russia, Sunday being their fifth win in Sochi since the Olympic Park circuit first appeared on the calendar in 2014. Hamilton has now won eight races this season.Valtteri: A difficult day. A good result for us a team with maximum points. But personally a difficult race. We always go through all the scenarios and all the facts. Ultimately, Lewis is fighting for the Championship and the team for the Constructors.” #RussianGP pic.twitter.com/1FXjQoEeLYadvertisementMercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) September 30, 2018The Briton, who pulled off an impressive overtake on Vettel for fourth after he dropped behind the German at the pitstops, stayed in the car for some time after he parked up at the finish.He then went over to thank Bottas and commiserate. At the podium ceremonies, with Russian president Vladimir Putin doing the honours, Hamilton manoeuvred the Finn onto the top step alongside him.”It’s actually quite a difficult day,” explained the Briton. “He was a real gentleman to let me by. Usually I’d be elated but I can understand how difficult it was for Valtteri.”Lewis: Valtteri did a fantastic job all weekend and was a real gentleman to let me by. Obviously, he’s now not fighting for the Championship. Usually we’d be elated but I can understand how difficult it was for Valtteri. He did a fantastic job and deserved to win.” #RussianGP pic.twitter.com/idABHTpsmjMercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) September 30, 2018The Finn, without a win this season, had asked the team over the radio, more in hope than expectation, in the closing laps whether the order might change back.”Is this how we are going to finish the race?” he asked, before the answer came back in the affirmative.”Valtteri this is Toto. Difficult day for you and a difficult day for us,” said team boss Toto Wolff, whose finger had been captured by the world television feed hovering over the ‘tactics’ button before the order was given.”Let’s discuss it afterwards when we come together and we’ll explain things.”Toto: “We are all racers at heart and what we want to see is out and out racing and may the quickest man win. But then we are a bunch of rational guys – we discuss things in the morning and then everything is different in the race.” #RussianGP pic.twitter.com/VFvk7YNx5bMercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) September 30, 2018(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

OnePlus 7 leaks in hands-on picture showing pop-up camera, full-screen display

first_imgOn Monday some renders of the OnePlus 7 were leaked showing the upcoming phone from all the sides. Alongside the renders, a 360-degree video surfaced online which also revealed the OnePlus 7 from almost all sides. Rumours suggest that more and more leaks hint at the imminent launch of the OnePlus 7. Now the OnePlus 7 has leaked in a live hands-on picture which similar to the past renders shows the phone with pop-up camera mechanism much like the newly launched Vivo V15 Pro. Notably, the Oppo F11 Pro which is set to launch in India today will also come packed with pop-up camera setup on the front.The live hands-on picture of the OnePlus 7 has been spotted on Chinese micro-blogging site, Weibo. The photo shows the OnePlus 7 from the front with a full-screen display and pop-up selfie camera setup. The live photo goes in line with the recently leaked renders and the 360-degree video. This means that the hands-on photo shows the OnePlus 7 with a centrally (almost) placed pop-up selfie camera.The hands-on picture reveals that the OnePlus 7 will not come with any notch, unlike the OnePlus 6 and 6T that sports iPhone X-like wide notch and waterdrop notch, respectively. The picture also reveals that the OnePlus 7 will come with face unlock support which will be conducted by the pop-up selfie camera setup. The face unlock mechanism is expected to work in the similar manner as the V15 Pro. Rumours suggest that the OnePlus 7 will sport a much bigger screen than the OnePlus 6T and offer a screen-to-body-ratio between 90 to 95 per cent.advertisementThe OnePlus 7 has been subjected to several leaks and rumours in the past and revealed several details of the phone. They revealed that the OnePlus 7 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage. On the software front the OnePlus 7 like the OnePlus 6T is said to run on Android 9 Pie based on latest Oxygen OS.Past rumours have also revealed that the OnePlus 7 will sport triple camera setup on the back panel which will be further paired with LED flash. The OnePlus 7 is also tipped to include the new generation in-display fingerprint sensor which will definitely be much faster than the under-screen fingerprint of the OnePlus 6T.During the Mobile World Congress 2019 OnePlus CEO Pete Lau shut all rumours and said that the next OnePlus phone, which is most likely going to be the OnePlus 7, will not come with wireless charging. This is because the company doesn’t feel the need for wireless charging in phones right now.ALSO READ | OnePlus 7 with pop-up selfie camera and triple rear cameras leaked in new rendersALSO READ | 5G smartphones are all over MWC 2019, but you should not be excited just yetlast_img read more

Hasenhuttl rules out Bayern switch

first_imgBayern München Hasenhuttl rules himself out of Bayern contention Jon Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 21:47 12/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ralphhasenhuttl - Cropped Bongarts Bayern München Bundesliga Hoffenheim v RB Leipzig RB Leipzig Hoffenheim Bayern München v Hannover 96 The 50-year-old is focused on competing in the Champions League rather than replacing Carlo Ancelotti at the end of the season RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has dismissed suggestions he is in line to take over at Bayern Munich at the end of the season.Bayern will need to appoint a permanent successor to Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked in September following a disappointing start to the campaign, with interim boss Jupp Heynckes adamant he will not extend his remit beyond May 2018.Hasenhuttl has impressed as coach of upwardly mobile Leipzig, overseeing the club’s maiden season in the Bundesliga which finished with them as runners-up to Bayern in 2016/17 – his first in charge after joining from Ingolstadt. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 50-year-old was asked about the links with Bayern prior to Leipzig’s trip to Hoffenheim on Saturday but laughed them off, insisting the successful candidate will have more experience on a bigger stage.He told reporters: “I don’t think Hasenhuttl can be a candidate for Bayern.”Bayern are able to sign any manager in the world. At this level it’s important I am competing at the business end of the Champions League and I am not there at the moment.”I just need a few years so that’s no issue at all.”Leipzig continue to offer the greatest threat to Bayern’s recent dominance domestically in Germany – they trail Heynckes’ side by three points after 13 games – but will face stiff opposition at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in the form of Hoffenheim and their coach Julian Nagelsmann, another to have been linked with the Allianz Arena hotseat.Hasenhuttl added: “Hoffenheim have great quality and have developed enormously under Julian Nagelsmann. They are a very flexible team.”last_img read more

Sale Sharks’ new owners share vision of success and recognise the big picture

first_imgReuse this content Beneath the bristling exterior, though, is an occasionally benevolent dictator. Diamond is even offering to pay £5,000 of his own money into the squad’s beer kitty if he ends up triggering a suspended touchline ban for verbally abusing match officials. The mood around Carrington has improved appreciably since last winter. “We had a blip last year because we recruited on the proviso the club wasn’t going to be bought,” adds Diamond, a board member himself. “It was a downward spiral … we’ve relied on kids and enthusiasm more than going out and strategically buying players.”There is fresh momentum now, with the squad deliberately trimmed to 33 plus 10 academy players to help keep wage costs in check. Sale reckon there is limited long-term value in them instantly splashing £8m-9m per year, including marquee players and add-ons, on player salaries as other clubs are doing. “Last year we finished 10th and spent £5m,” says Diamond. “I could buy five All Blacks starting players for £3m and the press would be going ‘Wow’. But I’m saying ‘Let’s do it incrementally’ and spend half a million more each year. Success doesn’t happen immediately; if we did it all at once we’d lose a bleeding fortune. I don’t want to lose five million quid a year and win the competition. That won’t do me any favours because I’m a shareholder.”The ambition, instead, is to stay solvent and close-knit, become a regular top-four side inside three years and maximise the best local talent, not least a pair of 17-year-old playmakers – Cameron Redpath (son of the former Scotland captain Bryan) and Kieran Wilkinson – about whom Diamond waxes lyrical. “We rate them as the two best young players coming through since George Ford and Owen Farrell,” Diamond adds. “This time next year they’ll be on our bench every week. They’re men in kids’ bodies. Our salesmen are our players and now we’ve got some good ones.”Sale already boast the youngest England forward in 105 years in Tom Curry, 19, whose Test cap in Argentina will trigger a £12,500 package of kit, equipment and tickets from the Sharks to his junior club Crewe & Nantwich. One hundred junior clubs across the north-west enjoy the same incentive scheme; with so few youngsters from Cheshire and Lancashire becoming regular first-teamers at Manchester United and City these days, Sale hope there is plenty more talent on the doorstep.The Exeter Chiefs model – a well-run club representing an entire provincial region – is an obvious comparison and Diamond insists there is no need to ditch the Sale name to attract a wider audience. “What could we be called? We’ve already got Manchester City and Manchester United.” So how would Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho fare if they were managing the Sharks? “They’d be out of a job, wouldn’t they?” says Diamond instantly. “In a results-based business they can’t wait for potential whereas I’m different. I own a part of the club as well as manage it. Our backers understand the big picture is coming together.”It would help, he argues, if the RFU offered more financial help to rugby in the north, even if it does not involve relocating Tests from Twickenham. “Unless you can play the Test match at Old Trafford where you can fit in 75,000, don’t bring them, but give us some of the money,” Diamond says. Of more immediate urgency, though, is beating Wasps – “they’ve got five lads out of our academy” – on Saturday and showing everyone that, on the field, northern rugby is bouncing back. Wasps will encounter a big pack of forwards, some strong defence and, judging by a free-scoring pre-season, dangerous opponents on the break.Yet even if they lose to last year’s finalists, the Orange-tinged future seems brighter. “The only bit we haven’t got right yet is to fill our ground again,” Diamond adds. “That’s why we need to buy the stadium; we need to be in control of our own destiny. When we’ve filled the stadium consecutively I might consider getting my cigar out.” Share on Facebook It will not happen overnight, or even in 12 months. Sale’s director of rugby, Steve Diamond, would settle for a top-six finish in May. Steadily, though, the soul of northern rugby is being revived and replenished. More than a decade has gone since the Sharks won the Premiership but a return to the heady days of Jason Robinson et al is the clear objective.It is all part of the masterplan fronted by Sale’s new co-owners Simon Orange – a successful business owner whose brother Jason was in Take That – and Ged Mason. The redoubtable former England and Lions prop, Fran Cotton, is back involved as chairman and Diamond’s budget has been significantly upgraded, with the Springboks scrum-half Faf de Klerk, Wallabies dasher James O’Connor and Scotland No8 Josh Strauss all now aboard.An offer has also been made to buy the AJ Bell Stadium from City of Salford Community Stadium Ltd, which could further transform the club’s income options and the spectator experience. “We’re a sleeping giant,” says Diamond, excited by the blend of academy youth, imported talent and coaching brains beneath him. “Saracens and ourselves produce more kids who play for England and play Premiership rugby than anyone else. That’s the bedrock and now, with Simon and Ged involved, we can fish in a different pool recruitment-wise than we’ve ever fished before.”Hence the gleam in Diamond’s eyes. He was chuffed the other day to be described as so hard-nosed even his left and right nostrils are at war; no other coach conducts training sessions with a fierce-looking Alsatian at his heels. Since Richard Cockerill’s departure to Edinburgh, he has the market in combustible, shaven-headed former hooker Premiership bosses cornered. “My outlook is brighter than anybody ever thinks but you need to have a bit of a fear factor,” he says. Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Since you’re here… Read more Sale Topics Rugby union Read more Share on Messenger features Share on WhatsApp In the north-west of England, they have a vision. No longer will the start of a Premiership season revolve around yet another routine London double-header or a mundane Twickenham launch. Instead, everyone will flock to Manchester to see the country’s most compelling team, packed with once-in-a-generation players. English rugby’s centre of gravity, they insist, is about to shift dramatically. Ten things to look forward to in the new rugby season Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Premiership Share via Emaillast_img read more

Don’t Store Household Chemicals in Drink Bottles – CARPIN

first_img The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN) continues to implore persons to desist from storing household chemicals in drink bottles. The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN) continues to implore persons to desist from storing household chemicals in drink bottles.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Poison Information Coordinator, Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, said that despite a sustained public education campaign, particularly over the last 10 years, warning parents against storing chemicals in containers that look like food or drink products, the problem persists, contributing to cases of accidental poisoning among children.She noted that bleach is among the common agents to which children are being exposed.The Poison Information Coordinator was addressing a recent JIS Think Tank where she provided details of a University of Technology (UTech)-funded study, which looked on the use of chemicals within the home and how behaviour, knowledge, and storage pattern will determine how children, 0-5 years, are poisoned in Jamaica.The study was conducted among households in the parishes of St. Thomas, Kingston, St. Catherine and Westmoreland.Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh explained that the decision was taken “to do a qualitative study and get into the homes to speak to parents, look at their environment and to see what was happening in the homes that was contributing to the high rate of poisoning among children”.“From the Poison Centre’s perspective, we wanted to know more about what it is that is causing children to constantly be exposed to these chemicals even though there are public education programmes out there,” she added.She said that a common factor throughout 90 per cent of the homes was the containers in which the chemicals are being stored.“Many people in Jamaica buy particular types of chemicals in bottles that are inappropriate,” Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh pointed out, noting that this was found to occur across all socio-economic groups.“We have found that many persons purchase retail chemicals in gallon bottles that look like water bottles” she said, noting that this includes bleach, disinfectants and sanitisers.“Some of the chemicals are also infused with fruity flavours and are stored in bottles that look like they were made for syrup” she said. She noted that bleach is among the common agents to which children are being exposed. Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Poison Information Coordinator, Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, said that despite a sustained public education campaign, particularly over the last 10 years, warning parents against storing chemicals in containers that look like food or drink products, the problem persists, contributing to cases of accidental poisoning among children. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Nam Cheong Hit with Offshore Vessel Cancellation

first_imgzoom Malaysia-based offshore marine company Nam Cheong Limited has received a notice of termination for the sale of one accommodation work barge from Petra Offshore Ltd (POL), a subsidiary of Bursa-listed Perdana Petroleum Berhad.“The group’s position is that the purported notice of termination/cancellation is not valid and is tantamount to a repudiation of the contract by POL, pursuant to which the group is entitled to compensation from POL,” Nam Cheong said.The company added that it plans to “fully enforce its rights against POL and, if necessary, seek legal redress”.Nam Cheong also said that the contract termination is expected to affect the company’s earnings in 2016, however, it is not sure to which extent as it will depend “on the outcome of the company’s legal remedies against POL”.Nam Cheong and POL signed the contract for the sale of two accommodation work barges, valued at USD 84 million, in June 2014.The 123-meter-long vessels were under construction at Chinese yards and were scheduled for delivery during 2016.The contract also included an option for two additional vessels.last_img read more

Report Frontline Quits Gener8 Maritime Pursuit

first_imgzoom Norwegian tanker shipping giant Frontline has shelved its plans to purchase its US-based rival Gener8 Maritime, the Wall Street Journal reported.Fredriksen said earlier that he was looking into the purchase of a ship operator that ran at least 20 VLCCs, with Gener8 Maritime being singled out as the likely candidate.A vessel combination deal between Frontline and Gener8 Maritime, which operates a fleet of 23 tankers, would have created the world’s biggest tanker fleet, featuring 43 very large crude carriers.Frontline was linked with Gener8 Maritime after the Norwegian firm abandoned plans to acquire DHT Holdings after a number of unsuccessful bids for outstanding shares of common stock in the compatriot tanker owner.However, DHT’s Board turned down several offers from Frontline, deeming them inadequate.Following the latest dismissal of legal action against DHT Holdings by the Marshall Islands court, Frontline seems to have admitted defeat and is moving on.“We will not spend time pursuing the DHT track,” Reuters reported earlier today citing Frontline’s Chief Executive Robert Hvide Macleod as saying.Furthermore, prompted by the current market conditions in the sector, Fredriksen’s firm reportedly decided to abstain from merger and acquisition moves for the time being.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Tarragon’s Girl’s Like That was one of the many female-led shows in 2018. (Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann) THE NEW ARTISTIC LEADERSHIPNever in recent memory has there been such a turnover of talent at the top creative jobs at the city’s theatres and festivals in such a short space of time. The lauded appointment of Weyni Mengesha as Soulpepper’s artistic director was only one of many such changes. The proudly queer Brendan Healy, formerly of Buddies, took over at Canadian Stage, and Josephine Ridge, after abruptly resigning at Luminato two years into her tenure, was replaced by her deputy artistic director, Naomi Campbell, a producer with the festival since 2013. Things look good for 2019.ROBERT LEPAGE’S BIG YEARThe first half of Quebec genius Lepage’s year was filled with major accomplishments at some of the country’s biggest institutions.First came the remount of his sumptuous The Nightingale And Other Short Fables for the Canadian Opera Company, which had to add an extra performance to fulfill audience demand; then came his movie-inspired production of Coriolanus at the Stratford Festival, which earned near universal raves; and then the National Ballet of Canada premiered Frame By Frame, in which Lepage and Ex Machina’s work tended to overshadow that of choreographer Guillaume Côté.But then, in late summer, came the cancellations of two new Lepage works: Kanata, a show that was to explore the relationship between Indigenous people and white settlers in Canada, and SLAV, a show that featured African-American slave songs performed by a white singer. Login/Register With: While there was plenty of drama on Toronto stages this year, there was lots off it as well, beginning with a #MeToo story that made international headlines. If there’s a common denominator to these items, it’s the addressing of the historic imbalance of power and allowing hitherto marginalized voices to finally be heard. Amen.No doubt some savvy playwrights will use these very stories in their future work.THE SOULPEPPER STEAMROLLERNot a week into the new year, four actors once associated with Soulpepper – Kristin Booth, Patricia Fagan, Diana Bentley and Hannah Miller – accused the company’s founding artistic director, Albert Schultz, of sexual assault and harassment. The company acted quickly, Schultz and Leslie Lester, Soulpepper’s executive director, resigned, and Alan Dilworth stepped in as acting artistic director. While it would take months for the women’s civil suits against Schultz and the company to be settled, the incident encouraged other people in vulnerable positions to step forward about their experiences at the George Brown Theatre School and the Randolph College for the Performing Arts. The situation at Soulpepper also led to them hiring a new executive director and artistic director, which leads to…. Advertisement Weyni Mengesha’s appointment as Soulpepper’s new artistic director provided good news after the company’s difficult year. Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Colorado jurys pot verdict may discourage similar cases

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A Colorado jury likely threw cold water on future legal challenges against cannabis companies by homeowners who consider filing racketeering lawsuits alleging proximity to pot operations hurts their property values, analysts and industry lawyers said Thursday.A federal jury in Denver on Wednesday rejected claims involving the odour from a pot farm made in a case that was closely watched by the marijuana industry.It was the first such lawsuit to reach a jury. Three others are pending in California, Massachusetts and Oregon.“The big takeaway is that the verdict is likely to curb the enthusiasm for bringing these lawsuits in the future,” Vanderbilt University law professor Rob Mikos said.He said it’s easy to show marijuana companies are violating federal laws against pot, but the Colorado verdict shows the difficulty In proving actual harm.“There was a thought that this would be easy money,” Mikos said about such claims.Congress created the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act — better known as RICO — to target the Mafia in the 1970s. It allowed prosecutors to argue that leaders of a criminal enterprise should pay a price along with lower-level defendants.The law also allows private parties to file lawsuits claiming their business or property has been damaged by a criminal enterprise. Those who can prove it can be financially compensated for damages plus attorneys’ expenses.Scott Schlager, a lawyer who filed a similar lawsuit against a Cambridge, Massachusetts, dispensary agreed with Mikos, saying racketeering lawsuits are expensive to litigate.“They shouldn’t be the next cottage industry,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty.”Schlager said the Denver verdict will have no effect on his case because the two legal actions have important differences.The Colorado plaintiffs complained that a farm’s odour lowered their property value by about $30,000.Schlager’s clients in Harvard Square argue that the stigma of a marijuana dispensary in the upscale business district lowered property values by $29 million.California attorney Ken Stratton, who represents a pot farmer being sued by eight homeowners near Petaluma, California, in the heart of wine country, said he was surprised the Denver case reached a jury.“I think we’ll see more and more of these knocked out before they go to trial,” Stratton said. “The racketeering law wasn’t meant to litigate land disputes.”He also predicted the Denver verdict will make other lawyers and disgruntled neighbours look elsewhere to settle their disputes with marijuana operations.He said showing that cannabis operations impact land prices is difficult, especially if the homeowners are speculating rather than arguing they lost money in actual sales.Emma Quinn-Judge, a Boston lawyer defending the Cambridge dispensary, agreed that showing harm is the biggest hurdle.“If you know anything about Cambridge home prices then you know that arguing their value has dropped $29 million is laughable,” she said.last_img read more

Images from space enhance UN efforts to promote sustainable development on Earth

14 December 2010From shrinking glaciers and forests to the ravages of mining and urban sprawl, the United Nations is using satellites in space to help chart a course for sustainable development on Earth with an ecological map of the world’s most biologically diverse region, Latin America and the Caribbean. The map, “Latin America and the Caribbean – Atlas of our changing environment,” released today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), combines over 200 precise and striking satellite images with analysis based on rigorous data in the first effort to examine changes taking place in the region’s environment.“The Atlas is an indispensable tool in formulating the future actions and public policies needed to achieve more sustainable development in the region,” UNEP said in a news release.It is the latest in a series coordinated by UNEP, and the agency’s Executive Director Achim Steiner stressed that “the stark reality they portray” can catalyze action on the ground, citing the impact of the African atlas in Mali, where a project to restore the lost Lake Faguibine is now underway.“It is hoped that this new addition to the growing UNEP stable of atlases can have a strong and positive impact in terms of catalyzing a more sustainable future development path in Latin America and the Caribbean, and in the life of its people,” he writes in a forward to the new map. The images show that the region’s richness of environments, ecosystems, species and landscapes is under considerable pressure from economic development models that, while leading to growth, have also produced significant social and environmental changes – from rapid urbanisation, often without adequate planning, in San José in Costa Rica and San Salvador in El Salvador to deforestation in Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, Guatemala and Haiti. The effects of climate change are evident in satellite images of glaciers in Chilean and Argentine Patagonia, and the impact of mining is illustrated through pictures of La Guajira in Colombia and Cerro de Pasco in Peru. High-resolution images show the impact of January’s earthquake in Haiti, as well as changes in land use, loss of biodiversity and degradation of coastal areas throughout the region. Among its key findings, the Atlas notes that the absence of proper urban and land-use planning has created major problems in cities, which are the most compact in the world with the highest-density urban centres and present challenges such as waste management and waste water treatment. Although the region still has areas of lush vegetation, land degradation such as desertification and the erosion of soils and coastlines is evident throughout the continent. Desertification currently affects more than 600 million hectares in arid, semiarid and sub-humid areas, equivalent to more than two thirds the size of Brazil, the region’s largest country. In other profound changes, major food crops such as potatoes, cassava, rice and wheat have decreased on a per capita basis, while there has been an increase in crops used for industry, fuel and animal feed.The region accounts for more than 30 per cent of all available fresh water on the planet and nearly 40 per cent of its water resources are renewable, but the pressure exerted by agricultural use has increased steadily since mid-1990; total irrigated area doubled between 1961 and 1990. A large percentage of the region’s population and economic activities are concentrated in coastal areas, and tourism, unplanned urban sprawl, urban and industrial waste water, and aquaculture are among the factors responsible for the degradation of coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, wetlands and coral reefs. As for deforestation, the region lost some 43,500 square kilometres each year between 2000 and 2005, equivalent to an annual loss greater than the surface of Switzerland, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with the most severe incidence in the Brazilian Amazon, although recent efforts have reduced the annual rate loss there.The number of people affected by floods, droughts and other meteorological events has also increased since 2000, with some 20 million people affected between 1995 and 2006, particularly by hurricanes.“While this Atlas shows the stark realities of how our region has changed over the past few decades, we should also be inspired to discover creative solutions to problems of resource use,” says Emilio Sempris, Director of Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean, an international organization set up in 1992 to promote sustainable development, which joined UNEP in developing the survey.“In considering those challenges, it is promising to note that the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean are by and large very much engaged in the major environmental conventions which emerged from the 1992 Earth Summit held in this very region (in Rio de Janeiro),” he adds in a preface to the Atlas. read more

Hamilton Police investigate armed bank robbery

Hamilton Police are investigating an armed bank robbery in the city’s east end Wednesday.Police say it happened at the CIBC branch at 393 Barton St., near Millen Rd. around 2:45 p.m.The person walked into the bank, approached the counter with a handgun and demanded the teller fill up a paper bag with money.The teller complied and the man left the bank and took off in a waiting vehicle.Police have released a security camera picture.Anyone with information is asked to call police at 905-546-3849 or 905-546-2991.To provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your tip online. read more

In South Sudan UN peacekeeping chief urges an end to fighting to

The conflict in South Sudan has to end in order to give the peace process there “a better chance of success,” the top United Nations peacekeeping official said today, kicking off a three-day trip to the African country. In the South Sudanese capital, Juba, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix met with with senior Government officials including the First Vice-President Taban Deng, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deng Alor and the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Martin Lomuro, as well as other ministers.The peacekeeping chief said that there was a “shared understanding” with the Government that actions and initiatives to advance peace are important and that they have to be put in place to accelerate the implementation of the Peace Agreement and bring sustainable peace to the world’s youngest nation.Mr. Lacroix underlined that the peace process could not move forward if fighting continued.The UN peacekeeping chief commended efforts made by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and neighbouring countries, such as Uganda, to revitalize the implementation of the Peace Agreement and to bring stakeholders together. The conflict in South Sudan began in December 2013 and since then a humanitarian crisis has developed which has left more than 5.5 million people in need of aid. Some 1.7 million refugees have also fled to neighbouring countries.“The UN is here to help move forward efforts to achieve peace in South Sudan and to help the people of South Sudan,” said Mr. Lacroix. “UN humanitarian agencies are doing their best to help South Sudanese and we look forward to further cooperation with the Government so that we can access populations in distress wherever the needs are.” read more

Brock encourages families to tap into new freetuition plan

Brock University will become a reachable option for thousands more Niagara families next fall, when a new program covers undergraduate tuition costs for students from middle- or low-income homes.The provincial government’s Ontario Grant Program, which takes effect in September 2017, is designed to pay most or all tuition costs for students from households earning less than $50,000 a year.Last week, the government posted an online calculator where students can see if they qualify for free tuition or grants. For students about to graduate from high school, Jan. 11, 2017 is the application deadline to attend Brock next fall.About 55,000 households in Niagara have an annual income of less than $50,000, according to Statistics Canada figures from 2011. Niagara, which is rebuilding its economy after losing thousands of industrial and manufacturing jobs over the past 15 years, has a median family income ($71,830) significantly lower than the Canadian average ($78,870), based on StatsCan figures from 2014.Brock officials say the new program means university is now a serious choice for all qualified students, regardless of income, but especially for those who can attend university while continuing to live at home.“This is a tremendous opportunity to help more young people achieve a better future for themselves and their families,” said Tom Traves, Brock’s Interim President and Vice-Chancellor.“Our bright young people are the ones who will build Niagara and build Canada. They should not be denied access to a good education because of financial disadvantages beyond their control, and now those barriers are being removed.”Traves said having a well-educated, innovative workforce is crucial for Niagara, and added, “this is a huge breakthrough for Niagara students that can really change our region’s future.”For more on Brock’s undergraduate programs, and how to apply, go to discover.brocku.caLearn more about the Ontario Grant Program at www.ontario.ca/page/new-ontario-student-grant read more

How A MultipleChoice Test Became A Fixture Of The NFL Draft

But before we get there, let’s first look at what the Wonderlic purportedly tests. “What we’re measuring is not what you know — that’s what’s being measured on the ACT or the SAT,” said Charles Wonderlic, president and CEO of Wonderlic Inc. “This is really saying, ‘How quickly does your brain gather and analyze information?’” The 12-minute Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT) features 50 questions arranged by difficulty, lowest to highest. Here’s a sample:Jose’s monthly parking fee for April was $150; for May it was $10 more than April; and for June $40 more than May. His average monthly parking fee was ___ for these 3 months?J) $66K) $160L) $166M) $170N) $2002The answer: M) $170A player’s Wonderlic score is always a number between 1 and 50, and across all professions, the average score is approximately 21. (Systems analysts and Chemists top the scale 32 at 31, respectively.) For pro football players, the oft-cited number is about 20. Tracking down the average scores by position is tricky, mainly because the buttoned-up NFL isn’t interested in sharing any broad Wonderlic data. In an email, Charles Wonderlic said that while his company has published “norms” for other industries, “we maintain the confidentiality of test scores for single organizations. Since the NFL is the only client by which we can produce a quarterback average, we would need their permission to provide this information. Traditionally, the NFL prefers to keep any information about tests scores internal to their own organization.”Like Wonderlic, Inc., the NFL declined to provide any historical data related to NFL players’ test scores for this piece.For his 19843The first edition of the book was published in 1970. classic “The New Thinking Man’s Guide to Pro Football,” Sports Illustrated writer Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman did get one anonymous staffer to spill some then-current averages. Offensive tackles led the way at 26, then came centers (25), quarterbacks (24), offensive guards (23), tight ends (22), safeties and middle linebackers (21), defensive linemen and outside linebackers (19), cornerbacks (18), wide receivers and fullbacks (17), and halfbacks (16). And what about place kickers and punters? “Who cares?” the source said.On its own, a solid Wonderlic score means little. Like a 40-yard dash time, it provides one tiny, standardized data point to employers who presumably take a holistic approach to hiring. But because teams have decades of data on file, they can compare the Wonderlic scores of current college players entering the draft to those of past prospects. “They simply use it to find the extremes,” Foster said. A very low score or a very high score, he added, could lead teams to conduct more testing or look into the prospect more closely.“Wonderlic gives you an area to investigate,” the late New York Giants general manager George Young told the Philadelphia Daily News in 1997. “If a guy doesn’t have a good score on the test, you don’t say he’s not smart. But you go in and investigate and find out [why he scored low]. You go in and talk to his coach. You find out how he did in school. You find out how he retains. If you think he’s a poor reader and did poorly because it was a verbal test, you give him a non-verbal test.”The most famous extreme occurred in 1975, when Harvard receiver and punter Pat McInally4McInally’s post-NFL life has been much more interesting than his football career. He’s the guy who invented Starting Lineup action figures. reportedly scored a perfect 50 on the Wonderlic. The Cincinnati Bengals picked him in the fifth round of that year’s draft, but not before his reputed intelligence reportedly scared some teams away. In 2011, McInally told the Los Angeles Times that Young informed him that acing the Wonderlic “may have cost you a few rounds in the draft because we don’t like extremes. We don’t want them too dumb and we sure as hell don’t want them too smart.”That slightly paleolithic line of thinking, however, wasn’t shared by everyone. “I don’t care about that stuff,” the late Raiders owner Al Davis said in “The New Thinking Man’s Guide to Pro Football.” “If a kid is street smart, that’s enough. Our coaches’ job is to make a kid smarter. I just wonder if they checked some of the coaches’ IQs around the league, how high they’d score.”By now, the value of the Wonderlic has been debated so vigorously, especially among NFL executives, that it’s easy to forget that the test wasn’t designed for football. But the Wonderlic is not without its detractors. Charles Wonderlic estimated that since the test’s inception nearly 80 years ago, it has faced legal scrutiny hundreds of times.In the summer of 1965, when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began operations a year after it was established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Duke Power Company in Draper, North Carolina, began allowing its black employees to work in its higher-paying divisions. Until that point, black employees had only been permitted to work in the low-paying Labor department. Duke Power also instituted a policy that required all new applicants6Duke Power started permitting current employees without a high school degree to transfer to higher-paying departments in September of 1965, but to do so they still had to pass two aptitude tests. to have a high school diploma and pass two aptitude exams: the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test and the Wonderlic Personnel Test.These measures crippled the efforts of black workers to advance. At the time, the percentage of white men who both possessed a high school diploma and were able to pass the two aptitude tests was significantly higher7According to the 1960 North Carolina census, 34 percent of white men had a high school diploma while only 12 percent of black men had the same level of education. The newly formed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that in this case, 58 percent of white people and only 6 percent of black people who took the Wonderlic and the Bennett tests passed. than the percentage of black men who met the same criteria.Griggs v. Duke Power Co., a U.S. Supreme Court case argued in 1970, condemned the company’s requirements. Not only did they disproportionately affect black workers, but they also failed to show “a demonstrable relationship” to job performance, Chief Justice Warren Burger wrote in the majority opinion. He also noted that nothing in the Civil Rights Act “precludes the use of testing or measuring procedures; obviously they are useful.”While the Wonderlic test has shown itself to be a useful tool for workplace assessment, it has also faced longstanding criticism from those who argue that it is racially and culturally biased. It’s unclear whether the NFL, a league in which more than 67 percent of players are African-American, agrees with those accusations or if the league actually uses the Wonderlic to make personnel decisions.“How determinative it is depends on the club,” former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi told ESPN.com in 2013, “but it’s usually not ‘the’ determinative factor.”When it comes to football, is the test a demonstrably reasonable measure of job performance? Because official NFL Wonderlic scores aren’t publicly available, it’s difficult to know for sure, but that hasn’t stopped researchers from attempting to find out. Brian D. Lyons, Brian J. Hoffman, and John W. Michel8At the time, Lyons, Hoffman and Michel were working at University of California, Fresno, the University of Georgia and Towson University, respectively co-authored a 2009 study examining the reported9They found the scores on NFLDraftScout.com and CBS.Sportsline.com. Wonderlic scores of 762 NFL players from three draft classes. They found that there was little correlation between Wonderlic scores and on-field performance, except for two positions: Tight ends and defensive backs with low scores actually played better than those with high scores. The researchers surmised that this “could be explained by the notion that performance for these positions entails more of an emphasis on physical ability and instinct” than general mental ability.Today, the NFL continues to ask potential draftees to take the Wonderlic, although the test now has company. In 2013, the league introduced the Player Assessment Tool, which was developed by attorney Cyrus Mehri, whose report led to the implementation of the NFL’s Rooney Rule, and psychology professor Harold Goldstein. Louis Bien of SB Nation recently reported that the PAT is a 50-minute exam that examines a player’s football smarts, psychological attributes, learning style and motivational cues. “Players are not given a numeric score, unlike on the Wonderlic, so technically there is no way to do poorly on it,” Bien wrote.Mehri’s hope is that the new test can measure what the Wonderlic can’t. “This kind of levels the playing field from a socio-economic point of view,” he told USA Today. “A lot of guys may be very intelligent, but are not as book-smart as others. Someone may not be the best reader, but they can still be very smart in picking up things.”As long as the Wonderlic is administered at the NFL Scouting Combine, Foster, the Combine director, will be fielding questions about it — and shaking his head at leaked scores. “It has some value,” he said of the test. “It does not have near the value of what we spend talking about it between February and May.”After all, a high or low score won’t automatically doom or anoint a prospect. Just ask Greg McElroy. After doing exceptionally well on the Wonderlic in 2011, the New York Jets picked the quarterback in the seventh round of the draft. Before announcing his retirement in 2014, he played in a total of two NFL games. What it was designed for was something more basic. In the 1930s, Eldon “E.F.” Wonderlic — friends called him Al — was working as the director of personnel at consumer loan provider Household Finance Corporation.5It’s now called HSBC Finance. His employer was looking for a more efficient way to hire entry-level workers at its branches, so it sent Wonderlic to graduate school at Northwestern in hopes that his research would yield a solution to the problem.E.F. Wonderlic acknowledged that the single best predictor of job performance was previous work experience. But as Charles Wonderlic put it: “How do you predict someone’s performance if they have never done that job before?” The second-best predictor of job performance, E.F. Wonderlic reasoned, was cognitive ability.“What he found was that different jobs had different cognitive demands ranging from very low to very high,” said Charles Wonderlic, E.F.’s grandson. “And there were really distinct IQs around each job. And the further away you got from that distribution, that’s when you started to experience problems.”The original Wonderlic Personnel Test was born out of that theory. The first copyrighted version of the test appeared in 1937. Its brevity and simple scoring system, Charles Wonderlic said, allowed virtually any manager to both administer the test and interpret scores. (This is also the likely reason for modern pundits’ love of Wonderlic scores: They’re easy talking points.)After a stretch at Douglas Aircraft Corporation during World War II, E.F. Wonderlic worked in finance and sold copies of his test. He didn’t advertise, but eventually big companies like Spiegel and AT&T started calling. In 1961, E.F. Wonderlic left his job as president of General Finance Corporation and founded E.F. Wonderlic & Associates. By then, Charles Wonderlic said, an estimated 4 million people a year were taking the WPT.In the early 1960s, Gil Brandt was a young scout with the expansion Dallas Cowboys. “We were not a very good team,” he told me. His bosses, general manager Tex Schramm and coach Tom Landry, were looking for ways to change that. After doing some research, Brandt said that the trio determined that successful businesses used the Wonderlic and the team should, too. It’s unclear exactly when the Cowboys began testing players. Brandt did say that at some point during the ’60s, he remembers watching spring practice at Northwestern and then stopping by the Wonderlic headquarters to learn more about the company.By the late ’60s, George Young was an ambitious personnel assistant for the Baltimore Colts. He’d been a public school teacher before transitioning to football full time, and he asked the head of the guidance department in Baltimore for a handful of different tests to peruse. Of the 10 he reportedly looked at, the Wonderlic stuck out, and soon the Colts began using it.Other teams followed suit by the 1970s, and the NFL eventually began to use it to assess college players en masse. Since 2007, Wonderlic, Inc. staff members have traveled annually to Indianapolis to administer the test at the Scouting Combine. Eldon Wonderlic. Wonderlic Inc. As Charles Wonderlic drove from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to his company’s headquarters near Chicago on February 27, 2011, he made the mistake of turning on a sports radio show. The host, as Wonderlic remembers, was talking about Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy’s near-perfect Wonderlic score. Each winter, hundreds of football prospects take the multiple-choice test that claims to measure their intelligence. Results are supposed to be kept confidential, yet they always seem to become media fodder.In reality, there’s no way anyone could’ve known McElroy’s score. On that day four years ago, as reports of McElroy’s supposed feat trickled out, sealed boxes containing every single Wonderlic answer sheet were sitting in Charles Wonderlic’s car, still unscanned. Wonderlic, Inc. didn’t send an encrypted file of the players’ results to the NFL until March 1. Unsurprisingly, a variety of news outlets ran with the story anyway.1For example: purveyor of NFL rumors and gossip ProFootballTalk — which, has since mostly ended its coverage of Wonderlic scores — published three conflicting blog posts about McElroy’s alleged score. The first named McElroy’s alleged score, the second quoted an anonymous scout saying there was “no chance” McElroy’s score could’ve leaked that quickly, and the third claimed that McElroy didn’t score as high as initially reported. The third report was closest to the mark, as it turned out. The months leading up to the NFL Draft feel like election season: Everybody’s trying to dig up dirt on candidates.“Are we just so starved for information this time of year that we search for anything?” wondered NFL Scouting Combine director Jeff Foster, who only agreed to be interviewed for this article after I assured him that I wouldn’t be reporting individual Wonderlic scores.In an era when the NFL schedule release is treated like the premiere of the new “Star Wars,” the answer to Foster’s question is a resounding “yes.” We crave even the smallest bits of information about players entering the NFL Draft, even if it’s not meant for our consumption. Forget Foster’s estimate that half the Wonderlic scores he sees in news stories are incorrect. As long as the test is administered at the Combine, media and fans will fixate on it.“The only person it impacts is the player,” Foster said of a leaked Wonderlic score. “How would you like to be branded unintelligent because you scored a 5 on an intelligence test?”The story of the Wonderlic, however, is more than just a range of easily regurgitated numbers. It’s the story of how one guy’s American Dream helped shape a new American pastime. read more

Minister Lawrence greeted with protests at Port Mourant

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRDC, NA Hospital CEO at loggerheads over Ophthalmology DeptFebruary 1, 2019In “latest news”LETTER: The APNU/AFC circus continuesApril 8, 2019In “latest news”Sugar woes: President promises severance, says ‘we won’t sell off the family jewels’October 13, 2018In “Business” Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence was on Thursday greeted by protestors when she turned up to commission the National Ophthalmology Hospital at Port Mourant.Led by head of the Regional Health Committee Zamal Hussain, the protestors are calling for a proper healthcare system in the region.Hussain, speaking with the media, explained that they are protesting the deficiency and inefficiency which exist in the health sector, along with mismanagement, corruption and cronyism in the sector.“Diabetic patients’ tablets are being rationed on a monthly basis. Persons who have to get thirty days’ tablets are being given ten days’ tablets,” he said.Hussain blamed both Ministers in the Public Health Ministry, saying that they have been abusing tax payers’ money on extravagant ceremonies and parading in the region.Over the past few days, the Ministers have attended numerous ceremonies to commission various centres in the county.Meanwhile, among the issues Hussain said he will be pushing to have resolved are the lack of basic health care, the lack of an adequate supply of X-ray films, and lack of the necessary equipment to do certain tests at hospitals across the Region.Structural deficiencies are also listed along with non-performance of cataract surgeries at the National Ophthalmology Hospital. He also referred to a shortage of doctors at several hospitals and vacancies which have been in existence for more than one year. read more

109M speedboat handed over to Prison Service

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$118M Mazaruni prison boat to be completed soonOctober 6, 2017In “latest news”British High Commissioner pledges UK security expert support in Prison reformsAugust 17, 2017In “latest news”Prisons Director urges retired officers to return to strengthen capacityAugust 2, 2017In “Crime” As the government moves to improve the local prison system, the Guyana Prison Service was today boosted with a speedboat which will aid in the transportation of inmates to and from the Mazaruni Prison.The $10.9M vessel was handed over to prison service officials during a simple ceremony at the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) wharf on Lombard Street, Georgetown earlier today.GNIC was responsible for constructing the boat, which was funded by the Ministry of Public Security.The new vessel will facilitate two captains and 12 passengers.Following the July 2017 jailbreak and fire which destroyed the Camp Street Prison, Government began to expand the Mazaruni Prison – a project which was expected to cost some $2 billion.The aim is to streamline the local prison system and most importantly, reduce overcrowding at the city prison.Prison Director Gladwin Samuels anticipates an additional 200 prisoners going to the Mazaruni Prison upon the completion of the expansion works.“It is only necessary that we ensure that we plan ahead and ensure that all the necessary resources are in place,” Samuels stated. read more

Legitimacy of Govt on shaky ground after Sept 18 – Ram

…as no parliamentary extension means time running out for GovtIn the absence of a parliamentary extension of the Government’s time in office as set out by the Constitution when a no-confidence motion is passed, the clock is ticking on the Government’s legitimacy.In an interview with Inews, prominent activist and lawyer Christopher Ram expressed concern at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) recent pronouncement that it could end up holding elections in March 2020.“That would be inconsistent, not only with the new Chairperson of GECOM’s commitment to have elections as soon as possible, but also inconsistent with the Constitution and the ruling of the Caribbean court. It means that what we will have is the defiance by GECOM of the ruling of the highest court of the land and the Constitution.”“This very act will amount to an abrogation of all the norms of democracy. That will lead us into really dangerous territory. We’ve had situations in the past when elections weren’t held on time, for example in 1978 and 1990. But never were those elections postponed in defiance of a court order.”Christopher RamRam also noted that this period would be a test not only for democracy in Guyana, but the international community, including the Caribbean Community (Caricom). Persons have previously called out the international community for their relative silence on President David Granger’s failure to name an election date after losing the no-confidence motion of 2018.“This will be a test of the civil society of Guyana. It will be a test of the Constitution. It will be a test of the international community, Caricom, of the Commonwealth Secretariat. We (risk) becoming a pariah state,” Ram warned.March 2020After a more than four-hour-long meeting on Friday last, both Opposition and Government-aligned Commissioners disclosed to media operatives that March 2020 was one of several timelines proposed by the Secretariat.Government-aligned Commissioner Vincent Alexander confirmed that March 2020 was one of the dates discussed during the meeting. According to the Commissioners, one of the activities proposed to be undertaken by GECOM during that period is the printing of new national identification cards.However, Commissioner Bibi Shadick contended that such an initiative was unnecessary.She pointed out that ID cards were not needed to vote, as any other form of identification, such as a passport, was accepted. In lieu of any such documents, she said voters could sign an oath at the polling stations.No-confidence motionA no-confidence motion was passed against the Government since December 21 of last year. However, elections were not held and there was no resignation. Instead, the Government went through several levels of court, unsuccessfully arguing that the no-confidence motion was not validly passed.At the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the final court had thrown out the Government’s case and had handed down judgement, saying that when the no-confidence motion was passed on December 21, 2018, Article 106 of the Constitution had immediately been activated. In addition, the Court had noted that the provisions of the article were clear.Caribbean Court of JusticeInstead of immediately starting serious preparations to hold elections in the shortest possible time; however, GECOM proceeded to carry out House-to-House Registration based on the orders of unilaterally appointed former Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson. Ram himself filed a court case challenging this process and sought to have GECOM comply with the Constitution.While that process was ultimately stopped by his successor, the decision to merge the new data from House-to-House Registration and to prioritise the printing of ID, instead of seeking to have elections held as soon as possible, has been criticised by People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-nominated GECOM Commissioners as part of the Government’s delaying tactics.In the 2000 Esther Perreira election petition case, then Justice Claudette Singh had ordered that elections must be held by March 31, 2001. Particularly, Justice Singh had ruled that the requirements for voters to have an ID card for the 1997 elections was a breach of Articles 59 and 159 of the Constitution and that the elections were null and void.The PPP has, therefore, contended that prioritising ID cards over early elections is a case of putting the cart before the horse. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGeneral Elections not of paramount importance to Govt – PPPMarch 15, 2019In “latest news”IAC urges Govt to respect Constitution, call date for electionsSeptember 17, 2019In “latest news”Govt will have no legitimacy after Sept. 18 – JagdeoAugust 8, 2019In “Local News” read more

Open thread What advice would you give yourself on Leaving Cert results

first_imgEmbrace the art of positive spin. How you sell your results to your parents will be the impression the rest of your family get, so don’t talk about how you should’ve studied more.Just getting into college gives you plenty of options so don’t obsess on what choice you got. to the weirdly specific…Don’t worry about failing chemistry, it’s your fault for taking it just because you fancied the teacher anyway.And from brutal honesty…Get a haircut. IF YOU GREW up in Ireland, you’ll be only too familiar with the crippling, overwhelming fear that comes with Leaving Cert results day.Your future happiness, all your chances in life, are hanging in the balance.Your entire fate rests in the three digits that are about to be revealed to you – or does it?Hundreds of thousands of young men and women are about to go through that ritual nightmare when they get their results this coming Wednesday, so we thought we’d test the idea that this set of exams determines the course of the rest of your life.Imagine you could travel back in time, and for some masochistic reason you picked that day, of all days, to return to – what would say to your poor, terrified 17 or 18-year-old self?Whether you walked away with 600 points without breaking a sweat, or missed out on your first five CAO choices, you know a lot more now than you thought you did five, 10, 30 years ago.This question provoked an avalanche of beard-stroking nostalgia and unresolved bitterness among the team at TheJournal.ie – here’s a flavour of the responses, which ranged from the philosophical…center_img …to hard-won wisdom…Nothing is ever as bad as it seems.Enough about us – this is your chance to roll back the years, maybe save a few quid on therapy, and speak directly to your former self.So – what advice would you give yourself on Leaving Cert results day? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.last_img read more