The CCJ Ruling would restore Guyana to a democratic state

first_imgDear Editor,The CCJ will make its ruling today, and all eyes are focused on this event. The reason for me saying this is that, barring a sweeping or comprehensive ruling, Granger is still in control, which automatically leads to the rigging of the next election.In that regard, careful attention has to be placed on that aspect of the ruling as to whether the GECOM Chairman remains in office, or not; that is the main issue under consideration.I am not in the least interested in the 34 absolute majority nonsense passed by The Guyana Court of Appeal. That, in itself, is a non-issue; 33 is the greater half of a 65-seat parliament, and that is final, end of discussion.The Caribbean Court cannot rule otherwise. Therefore, whether Patterson remains at the helm of GECOM is our main concern. Because, once he remains in office, the floodgates of the PNC are open for a barefaced, full-fledged rigging exercise of the next election. The plans are already in place for this age-old PNC strategy to materialise; which can become a reality if the CCJ makes the horrendous mistake of having him remain in office.I am optimistic that the Caribbean’s final court had taken careful note of Guyana’s disgraceful electoral history, wherein rigging was a way of life once the PNC was in office. It is a disgraceful part of history that we do not want to relive; we want this dark cloud to be removed from our country.For that very same reason, Granger handpicked Mr. Patterson for the job. he had this plan all up his sleeves when he rejected 18 names provided by the Opposition Leader and unilaterally appointed Patterson. His motive was as clear as day for that move. Uppermost in Granger’s mind was the fact that, should things come to a head, as they already have, then he should be afforded the grand opportunity to fall back on Plan B, and that is, to hold a fraudulent electoral process with the expressed blessings of his handpicked GECOM Chairman.This has been the PNC’s modus operandi for 28 years, and if push comes to shove, it would be tried again. So, to this end, the Carter Formula which is engraved in our Constitution must be reactivated and made to work again. Democracy must take its rightful place again. The rights of the people of this great country must be re-energised and respected again. Other than this, the vision of a new, prosperous and democratic Guyana and CARICOM has been in vain.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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B.C. Court of Appeal to hear province’s oil transport reference case Monday

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – British Columbia’s Court of Appeal will consider a key question regarding provincial powers in the political battle over the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project during a five-day hearing that starts Monday.The B.C. government’s reference case asks the court if the province has jurisdiction to regulate the transport of oil through its territory and restrict bitumen shipments from Alberta.Specifically, it asks if proposed amendments to British Columbia’s Environmental Management Act are valid and if they give the province the authority to control the shipment of heavy oils based on the impact spills could have on the environment, human health or communities.- Advertisement -The province is also asking the court whether the amendments are overridden by federal law.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have said only Ottawa, not the provinces, has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines.Alberta and Saskatchewan have both filed documents as interested parties supporting the federal government in the case.Advertisement When B.C. filed the reference case last year, Alberta announced it would ban B.C. wines and accused Horgan of trying to break the rules of Confederation in newspaper ads.Last summer, the Federal Appeal Court overturned approval of the project to triple oil shipments from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., ruling that the National Energy Board had not properly considered its impact on marine life nor had Ottawa meaningfully consulted with Indigenous groups.Last month, the board found that the pipeline is still in the public interest despite the risk that an increase in tanker traffic could adversely affect southern resident killer whales, hurt related Indigenous culture and increase greenhouse gas emissions. It added 16 new recommendations for federal government action in addition to the 156 conditions in its initial approval in 2016.The federal government purchased the pipeline last year.Advertisement Trudeau has said the expansion is in the best interests of all Canadians and his government has committed $1.5 billion to an ocean protection plan that includes millions for research on B.C. killer whales.Horgan said last year the aim of the case is to protect the province’s coastline and economy from the harms of an oil spill.“We believe it is our right to take appropriate measures to protect our environment, economy and our coast from the drastic consequence of a diluted bitumen spill,” Horgan said in a statement when the reference case was announced last April.“And we are prepared to confirm that right in the courts.”last_img read more

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ORBIT SECURITY OUTLINE WINTER BURGLARY PREVENTION TIPS

first_imgOrbit Security has been in Business for over eighteen years with thousands of satisfied customers.There has been a recent spate of burglaries on homes and businesses in Donegal over the last number of days.That worrying trend has prompted management at Orbit Security to outline some tips in attempting to keep your home and property secure. • Ensure all windows and doors are locked even if your only gone a short time. In winter burglaries increase by 25%.• Never leave keys in windows or keys in door locks.• Light up your home use timer switches when out. Over 40% of burglaries in winter occur between 5pm and 11pm• Monitor all targets sheds, tools; ladders may be used to break in. A useful deterrent can be an automatic light. • Upgrade your defense with a home alarm.• Security doesn’t take a holiday always set your alarm even when you’re in the house• Don’t advertise your holiday plans on social media sites• Don’t advertise valuables you just bought on social media siteswww.orbitsecurity.ie Orbit Security, Pinehill industrial estate, Mountain top, Letterkenny, Co.Donegal 074-9128989 ORBIT SECURITY OUTLINE WINTER BURGLARY PREVENTION TIPS was last modified: November 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewsOrbit Securitylast_img read more

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GenX, GenY, Baby Boomers and HR Predictions for 2013

first_imgGenY wants to run the world and there is nothing wrong with that. Baby Boomers and GenXers need to be willing to step up and mentor this group. For 2013, I boldly predict the generations will come together and get this right. Generational divides are big. I get it. When I was 23, I did not want to “pay my dues” and felt I was ready for a promotion after six months on the job. I was fortunate, though, to have a manager take me under his wing and teach me the business.  He drew a “40 year career” on a piece of paper in the form of a 10 inch line. He then showed my first two years on this line at the first half inch and the remaining 38 years as the rest of the 9.5’ line. (Yes, I just used some math.) While I had a lot of enthusiasm, there was still a lot I had to learn and there was plenty of time to learn it. He gave me opportunities to learn, fail, succeed and lead. I gave him the leadership and mentorship he needed. It’s a two-way street. I have read countless articles about the generational gaps and why each generation is wrong, but why are Baby Boomers and GenXers so reluctant to train and mentor GenY? And why is GenY resisting this gift of knowledge and leadership? As HR professionals, we must encourage ways to foster these relationships. This gives a sense of fulfillment for the Baby Boomers and GenXers and creates new opportunities and injects new responsibilities into a potentially stale job. The role of mentor isn’t for everyone. There may be some underlying fear of losing a job to lower compensated employee. Mentorship is important for every organization, though. There is a potential opportunity for companies to bring in new talent to train for the future while giving longer tenured employees a new responsibility. Without a great mentor program, how much information and knowledge could potentially be lost if not transitioned appropriately?  GenY could enter the workforce with a sense of encouragement, the gift of mentorship and the pride to uphold and enhance the legacy set before them.  Big companies are sitting on tons of cash and not hiring while staring at an aging workforce with no contingency plans. HR is screaming from the mountaintop about this issue. GenY wants to move up quickly, have flexibility and change the world? Fantastic! Let’s go. As strategic HR leaders, we talk about knowledge management, the aging workforce and the skills gap. As HR leaders, there has to be a fundamental shift in our thinking on this issue. We have to take action and harness all the energy within the generations. Try something bold. Try something different. Start mentoring a Millennial.last_img read more

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10 months agoOzil agent compelled to end Arsenal exit speculation

first_imgOzil agent compelled to end Arsenal exit speculationby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMesut Ozil will not be leaving Arsenal in January, according to his agent Dr. Erkut Sogut.The German has been linked with a move away from the Emirates after falling out of favour with Unai Emery, who has left him out for “tactical” reasons in recent weeks.”I would prefer not to speak publicly about Mesut’s situation, but given the recent speculation linking him with a move away from Arsenal, I do feel it is important to provide some clarity so we can end this and focus on football,” he told Goal.”Mesut signed a new contract last January because he saw his future at Arsenal and nothing has changed in his mind. He wants to stay for the duration of that contract and maybe even longer.”Mesut is 100 per cent committed to Arsenal Football Club. He loves the club, shares its values and does not want to be anywhere else.”He is proud to wear the shirt and honoured to represent Arsenal on and off the pitch. He takes his responsibilities – including being selected as one of the captains this season – very seriously and has a great relationship with his team-mates, the staff and fans.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Rutgers Football Hosted A “Hypnogician” And It Was Hilarious

first_imgRutgers Football players being hypnotized.Twitter/@RFootballRutgers football enlisted a “hypnogician” during a team event last night, and the results were hysterical.If you’re looking for footage of the Rutgers football hypnogician experience, the program released it earlier today. The performer was Hypnogician Kirsch (real name Michael Kirschner) and his subjects were freshman offensive lineman Mike Lonsdorf and walk-on redshirt freshman defensive back Brian Chase.We’re not sure if Kirsch really hypnotized these two, but however he got them to do what he did, it was quite funny.Hypnogician, Kirsch, visited last night to put on a show for our players… But made the players put on the show!  pic.twitter.com/FKE9nti78i— Rutgers Football (@RFootball) August 18, 2016By all accounts, new Rutgers head coach Chris Ash has been driving his players pretty hard during his first training camp. However, he has shown the ability to have some fun in the past. This video is another example of that.last_img read more

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Football Ohio State benefits in recruiting with blowout wins spectacle for potential

OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) is congratulated by a young fan following the Buckeyes’ 30-27 overtime win against Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State and Michigan have locked heads over recruits before. Currently, two former Wolverines’ commits are making big plays for the Buckeyes in redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley. But after Saturday, OSU might get the upper hand in signings.OSU pulled away in double overtime on a run by junior H-back Curtis Samuel with a wall of blockers in front of him. It was a statement run for a statement finish in a statement game. After the come-from-behind win, the Buckeyes proved just how good the team really is, and why the dozens of recruits should sign with the Scarlet and Gray.Against Nebraska, OSU hosted more than 20 top-ranked recruits for the 2017 class, and nearly 100 recruits total. What the high school athletes were introduced to was a complete domination of the No. 10 ranked team in the country. A 62-3 performance is quite the showing to athletes itching to play at a university that doesn’t know the word “lose.” If the team’s performance wasn’t enough to make a convincing case of OSU as a quality destination, the Buckeyes pulled out all the stops with a laser light show in the tunnel before the game and Nike throwback uniforms. Fast-forward to Nov. 26, and it’s time for The Game. The playoff stakes were high between No. 2 OSU and No. 3 Michigan, and the last chance to see the Buckeyes in regular season action for the recruits came against OSU’s toughest opponent all year. The potential commits in attendance and watching on television were treated to one of the best finishes in recent memory. In the first-ever overtime finish to the match between the Scarlet and Gray and Maize and Blue, OSU overcame an early deficit to win in walk-off fashion.“Incredible gratitude to Buckeye Nation to supply that energy in that stadium,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “That’s as good as I ever heard. Someone told me 110,000 people. Going to ask Gene (Smith) to put more seats in there, man.”A record crowd was as loud as ever in Ohio Stadium, and players fed off the energy to find a way to win. When asked about his unit’s defensive performance, junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan had some candid thoughts on the impact the team’s performance had on recruiting. “Playing around all those great guys, in front of 110,000 people, Buckeye Nation going crazy … I don’t see how recruits could choose anywhere other than The Ohio State University,” he said.Sure, it might have been little more than a plug for more players to come play for his team, but McMillan has a point. With just one losing season in the past decade, national championships in 2002 and 2014, one of the best college football coaches in Urban Meyer, and recent dominant performances, OSU might become a haven for four and five star recruits.After all, OSU was able to wrangle players like Conley and Weber away from Michigan after first committing to Michigan. In time, the Buckeyes will have even more success in recruiting if the chips keep falling into place. read more

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