Legal opinion of GECOM’s legal officer

first_imgDear Editor,The existence and the tabling of a legal opinion, done by GECOM’s legal officer, has raised the ire of some members of the Commission as expressed both at the May 14 Statutory Meeting of the Commission and by Commissioner Trotman in the media.Any rational reading of the said legal opinion would identify its clear logic and its accordance with the Constitution.On this basis, one does not need to hold a brief in support of the legal officer herself but to support the Constitution’s letter, spirit and intent on the matters referred to.The complaints being made by Commissioner Trotman and others fly in the face of the duty of the legal officer to bring, as a matter of urgency, any issue which, arising out of her professional expertise, must be brought to the Executive’s and the Commission’s attention which naturally require the pointing out of any legal risks, exposure or jeopardy which the Commission has found itself in, or may find itself in, on a particular course of action taken or intended.Whether the legal opinion expressed accords with the particular views of Commissioners, one way or another, should not be of issue. It is for the Commission to be made aware, with dispatch, of the advice and to make decisions and take actions relating to that advice.What is important too, is that the legal officer would have, through diligent, dispassionate work, produced an opinion which would aid GECOM in its deliberations and actions towards according with Guyana’s Constitution and supporting laws in respect to elections, the requirements for a valid list of voters at all times and for registration.To do otherwise, by failing to produce a legal opinion, would have been a gross dereliction of duty on the part of the legal officer of GECOM and a manifest departure from the professional conduct required of any such person holding the position of the legal officer of GECOM.Any such opinion should not have to be requested or mandated but should simply arise out of the fulfilling of the remit of the office.It should be made clear for the public, that the legal opinion was in the possession of the Executive for over a month before it was made available to all Commissioners on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.Sincerely,Robeson BennGECOMCommissionerlast_img read more

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Lone gunman robs NA businessman

first_imgA gunman on a bicycle robbed the owner of La Caribe Diner of Main Street, New Amsterdam, on Friday evening. The incident occurred around 22:15h.Businessman Albert DeNoberga was in his Vrymen’s Erven yard when the unmasked man appeared and dashed in, demanding he hand over valuables.DeNoberga handed over $4000 and his bank card which he had on his person at the time. The man then hurriedly fled the scene.When contacted for a comment on the matter, Divisional Commander Kevin Adonis told Guyana Times that no shots were fired.However, a source reported that three gunshots were heard. According to reports, when the shots were heard, several patrons dashed for safety.“Some people had to jump over the fence and go into that empty land by Theatre Ally,” bystanders reported.last_img read more

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Ex-Barca president Rosell to stand trial for money laundering

first_img0Shares0000Sandro Rosell, who resigned as Barcelona president in 2014, now faces a corruption trial. © AFP/File / Josep LAGOMADRID, Spain, Jun 29 – Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell will stand trial for alleged money laundering related to television rights and sponsorship of the Brazilian national football team, a court said Friday.Spain’s National Court, which deals with major corruption cases, added that Rosell’s wife, an Andorran lawyer and three other people would also stand trial. The 54-year-old is suspected of having siphoned off 15 million euros ($17.5 million) in illegal commissions from a TV rights deal for the Brazilian national team along with Ricardo Teixeira, the former head of the Brazilian Football Confederation.Rosell had previously lived and worked in Brazil, where he forged many business links.The contract was signed in 2006 to hand over the rights to 24 Brazil friendly matches to a company based in the Cayman Islands but tied to a Saudi group.Altogether, Rosell and his wife received some 15 million euros in their accounts, of which 6.6 million went to them and the rest was destined for Teixeira.Teixeira, a former FIFA vice-president, has been indicted by US Justice Department prosecutors investigating the FIFA corruption scandal.Rosell is also suspected of having received some five million euros illicitly as part of Nike’s sponsorship deal with the Brazilian team.Rosell, his wife and the four others are accused of mounting a “criminal organisation”.He resigned as Barcelona president in 2014 over the murky transfer dealings that brought Brazilian striker Neymar to the club from Santos.He was later cleared of all charges in connection with an alleged tax fraud case over the transfer following an agreement with prosecutors.Rosell is nevertheless being probed for fraud and corruption relating to a parallel complaint filed by Brazilian investment company DIS, which owned 40 percent of Neymar’s sporting rights at the time of his transfer.DIS claim it was cheated out of its real share because part of the transfer fee was concealed by Barcelona, Santos and the Neymar family.Rosell can still appeal the judge’s decision to send him to trial.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Man Utd held by Wolves after Pogba’s penalty woe

first_imgRuben Neves hit a brilliant equaliser for Wolves after the interval before France star Pogba was denied by Patricio.It was a curious decision for Pogba to take the spot-kick as Marcus Rashford had scored a penalty in last weekend’s 4-0 victory over Chelsea and also memorably netted the Champions League last-16 winner from the spot against Paris Saint Germain last term.Pogba has now missed four Premier League penalties since the start of last season.United would have gone top of the table with a win, but instead they were left to reflect on an inconsistent performance that underlined why Solskjaer still has a lot of work to do to turn his team into title contenders.While there were moments of promise in attack and defence, United didn’t take their chances and crumbled too easily when they came under pressure in their second game of the season.Manchester United’s Paul Pogba has now missed four Premier League penalties since the start of last season © AFP / Paul ELLISAt an average of 24 years and 173 days, Solskjaer had picked United’s youngest Premier League starting line-up since the final day of the 2016-17 campaign.Daniel James made his maiden start for United after the close-season signing from Swansea scored his first goal as a substitute against Chelsea.There was no place in the matchday squad for Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, who has been linked with Inter Milan.Solskjaer has described James as United’s ‘x-factor’, but the 21-year-old didn’t win any friends when he was booked for diving in a failed attempt to win a free-kick from referee Jon Moss.United threatened for the first time when another of their young guns Rashford spun past Ryan Bennett on the left side of the Wolves area and crossed towards Martial, who did not make enough contact as the ball flashed past him.It was a warning Wolves failed to heed as United took the lead with an incisive raid in the 27th minute.– Revitalised Wolves –Breaking inside from left, Luke Shaw found Jesse Lingard who moved the ball onto Rashford.Manchester United’s Daniel James didn’t win any friends when he was booked for diving in a failed attempt to win a free-kick from referee Jon Moss © AFP / Paul ELLISRashford slipped a perfectly-weighted pass to Martial in the Wolves area and the French forward blasted a superb strike into the roof of the net without breaking stride.Solskjaer had called for Martial to be more clinical and, his message received loud and clear, the Norwegian clapped approvingly on the touchline.Martial’s goal took him to 50 for United in all competitions since his move from Monaco in 2015.Martial should have doubled United’s lead on the stroke of half-time when he pounced on Bennett’s misplaced pass and eased past Willy Boly, only to tread on the ball when he seemed certain to score.Well marshalled by Harry Maguire, United denied Wolves a single shot on target in the first half.But Wolves were revitalised after the interval by the introduction of the speedy Adama Traore.Suddenly, Maguire and company did not look so solid and Raul Jimenez glanced a free-kick against the far post with United keeper David De Gea rooted.Wolves’ pressure paid off in the 55th minute when a short corner was worked to Neves on the edge of the area and the Portugal midfielder curled a sublime strike into the top corner.Neves’s eye-catching effort survived a VAR review for offside in the build-up and he celebrated his 10th goal from outside the area since joining Wolves.United had a golden chance to reclaim the lead when Martial found Pogba in the Wolves area and the France midfielder was clipped by Conor Coady.Pogba and Rashford appeared to discuss who should take the spot-kick.Whoever made the final call, it proved a bad move as Pogba’s powerful drive was superbly pushed away by Patricio.0Shares0000(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio (R) saves a penalty from Manchester United’s Paul Pogba forcing United to settle for a 1-1 draw © AFP / PAUL ELLISWolverhampton, United Kingdom, Aug 20 – Manchester United were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against Wolves after Paul Pogba’s penalty was saved by Rui Patricio at Molineux on Monday.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side took the lead through Anthony Martial’s second Premier League goal of the season in the first half.last_img read more

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Term-limits measure makes it on ballot

first_imgThose revised numbers allowed supporters to narrowly avoid what could have been a disastrous full count of the more than 1.1 million signatures turned in by proponents – and left opponents crying foul. The number of valid signatures is actually a projection based on county counts of smaller random samples. The Secretary of State’s projection was 764,747 valid signatures – 957 more than required to get on the ballot without going through a time-consuming full count. But opponents of the measure immediately accused supporters of pressuring counties to revise their signature counts to ensure it made it to the ballot. Four counties last week removed five duplicate signatures they’d previously counted. VOTE: Opponents say supporters pressured counties to change signature counts. By Steven Harmon MEDIANEWS SACRAMENTO BUREAU SACRAMENTO – The Secretary of State announced Tuesday that the initiative to loosen term limits has qualified for the February 5 ballot, but only after four counties took the unusual step of revising their counts. That alone changed the percentage of valid signatures enough to increase the overall projected number of valid signatures by 5,490. “We’ve been getting calls from people whose livelihood is at stake saying that pressure is being brought to bear to come up with enough signatures,” said Kevin Spillane, a spokesman for the California Term Limits Defense Fund. “The results speak for themselves. These revisions are unprecedented and dramatic and very suspicious. We believe the process has been compromised and the integrity of the electoral system is at issue.” The group said it was considering legal options, including asking Secretary of State Debra Bowen to block the measure from the ballot. Currently, members can serve up to 14 years but are limited to six years in the Assembly and eight in the Senate. Because there are twice as many Assembly seats than Senate seats, most Assemblymembers don’t serve more than six years in the Legislature.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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NASA cancels asteroids mission

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Dawn was supposed to lift off in June on a nine-year voyage to two of the solar system’s largest asteroids, Ceres and Vesta, which reside in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The Dawn mission was put on stand-down last October after going over budget and suffering several setbacks that included the rupture of two xenon fuel tanks during testing, forcing engineers to reduce the amount of xenon to be loaded in the tanks. Asteroids are believed to be remnants from the solar system’s formation about 4.5 billion years ago, and studying them could provide clues into how the sun and planets formed. Dawn would have been the first spacecraft to orbit the two asteroids, which scientists believe formed in different parts of the solar system and had different evolutionary processes. The Dawn spacecraft was to reach Vesta, 220 million miles from Earth, in 2011. It was then supposed to have reached Ceres, about 258 million miles from Earth, in 2015. NASA on Thursday canceled a mission to visit two asteroids five months after the program was told to stand down because of cost overruns and technical problems. The cancellation is the latest setback for NASA, which has been forced to delay science missions to focus on developing a new manned spacecraft to return to the moon in the next decade. Earlier this year, the space agency said it had postponed the planned launch of the Dawn spacecraft this summer as it awaited a review by an independent team. The team presented its findings at a meeting with NASA officials and project scientists in January. The project was capped at around $371 million, project scientists said previously. But the program was ordered to stand down after scientists asked for an additional $40 million last year. Exact costs were not available Thursday. It was to spend several months orbiting each asteroid, photographing the surface and studying the interior composition, density and magnetism. Dawn was part of a NASA program called Discovery that aims to explore the solar system on what the space agency considers to be a shoestring budget. The program includes the Stardust mission, which returned to Earth in January with samples of comet dust. The Dawn mission was managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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The loneliest Trojan

first_img It ain’t enough. Instead, Danny Baugher of this 2-3 Arizona squad has become the nation’s statistical leader. Coming in at 49.1 yards a kick, Baugher’s first two punts went for 54 yards and landed inside the 5-yard line. None of his six punts were returned by the ever-dangerous Reggie Bush, left to signal for a fair-catch on more than one occasion. “He definitely did a great job for them,” Malone said of Baugher. But when told about Baugher’s place atop the nation’s leaders, Malone shrugged. “I’ve never been up on the stats,” Malone said. “The most important thing is how the team is doing.” For the record, Malone led the nation in punting in 2003 as a sophomore with a 49.0 yards-per-kick average, which broke the school record by 3.4 yards. But since it was achieved in just 42 attempts – five shy of the requirements – he again didn’t make the NCAA list. By the time Malone finishes his time at USC, he could be the conference’s all-time punter. His career average of 44.5 is one-tenth shy of the mark set by UCLA’s Kirk Wilson during the 1950s. And to think, this gig that got him to consider leaving school early for the NFL last April all sort of happened by mistake. When he was a freshman playing receiver at Temescal Canyon High in Lake Elsinore, he had a bad practice and was getting yelled at by one of his coaches when he picked up a ball in frustration and kicked the bejesus out of it. A punter was born. And a holder on place kicks as well, a role they found for him at USC to keep him focused on more than just his anti-shanking technique. “If it wasn’t for holding, I think I’d go insane,” he said. Otherwise, he accepts that it’s his job to stand on the sidelines and wait for his team to fail. With USC, good luck. “I mean, you’ve got to figure it’ll all balance out,” he says. “Even if I don’t get a lot of exposure in the games, the NFL scouts at practice see me and know what I can do. The exposure I’ve gotten just by being at USC is better, in the long run, than if I punted every other down on some other team.” Ain’t that the kicker? Tom Hoffarth is at (818) 713-3661 and thomas.hoffarth@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He has no other choice. Once could be the only action he sees in an entire game. Take Saturday against Arizona, when the 22-year-old senior was called upon just two times when the usual yard-shredding Trojans offense uncharacteristically stalled. More people saw him on the cover of the game-day program. With a 43-yard average, USC punter Tom Malone would be among NCAA leaders – if only he kicked enough to qualify.The loneliest Trojan T om Malone, the accidental punter on USC’s affluent championship football teams, bases his successes and failures one kick at a time. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 As far as Malone was concerned, two kicks were plenty. Battling a right hip-flexor injury that seems to be aggravated on every leg swing he has taken since preseason camp, Malone didn’t even know if he’d be healthy enough against the Wildcats in a game that many thought would be so one-sided that his absence could go unnoticed. “It’s really not too good right now,” Malone admitted while slowly walking off the Coliseum field after USC’s start-and-stall 42-21 victory. “It didn’t feel good all week and I didn’t do anything at practice. I still need some time to heal.” Time, of course, is all the Trojans’ offense usually gives Malone during a game. Of the 41 contests that he has been asked to participate in since his 2002 freshman season, the two-time All-Pac-10 team member has had three or fewer punts in 22 of ’em. To make the NCAA’s weekly statistical leader list, though, one has to average 3.6 punts a game. Even Malone, two units shy of graduating with a political science degree, can do the math. With 12 punts now this season for an average of about 43 yards, he’d easily crack the top 25. last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN PIP KILCAR IN CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

first_img(report from Naomh Ultan) Naomh Ultan 3-7 Kilcar 3-6In yet another nail biting affair the boys and girls prevailed when all looked as if it was lost. They trailed at half time on a score line of 1-3 to 1-4 with the immense Kyle Breslin getting all of our scores bar one which came from the ever present Jason Dobbyn.In the second half Kyle Breslin netted again as did Jonathan Bach both finishing with style, but this still left them trailing. Dylan Henry kicked a free and then star man Jason Dobbyn kicked three on the go, firstly a 45, secondly a score from play to level matters and lastly in the dying seconds of the fixture, in similar fashion to Towney just over a week ago, but to the shear delight of the support, players and management, this kick was to win it! Congratulations to all involved, the boys and girls who have trained hard and played even harder throughout the season, to the management team of Colm Shovlin and Dermot Alvey accompanied by their numerous mentors and lastly to all who came to show their support on a wonderful evening in Pairc Naomh Ultan. This adds furthermore to what has been a great year of underage football in the club!Pictured is team captain Seanie O’Shea with the cup, his management team of Colm Shovlin and Dermot Alvey as well as his younger brother Aaron O’Shea who was also part of the team. Comhghairdeas le gach duine!GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN PIP KILCAR IN CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL was last modified: August 7th, 2013 by John2Share 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:GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN PIP KILCAR IN CHAMPIONSHIP FINALlast_img read more

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Record attendance in Nashville as NCBA members elect officers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show wrapped up on Saturday with the election of Nebraska cattleman Craig Uden as the organization’s new president. More than 9,300 people attended this year’s convention, shattering the previous record of 8,200, to engage in grassroots policy process, hear from industry experts and attend the expansive tradeshow. Attendees enjoyed live music all week and closed the convention with a night at the Grand Ole Opry.Kevin Kester of Parkfield, Calif., was voted to serve as NCBA president-elect. Jennifer Houston of Sweetwater, Tenn., will serve as vice president. Jerry Effertz of Velva, N.D., is the new Federation chairman and the new Federation vice chair is Dawn Caldwell of Edgar, Neb. The new NCBA Policy Division chairman is Joe Guild, Reno, Nev. and Jerry Bohn of Pratt, Kan., is the new policy vice chairman.Uden, a fourth-generation cattleman from Elwood, Neb., said he is proud to lead the organization.“It is an honor to be selected to lead the industry that my family has worked in for four generations,” Uden said. “We have a great opportunity in the coming year and sharing our story on Capitol Hill and around the country is going to be top priority.”Uden is a partner in Darr Feedlot Inc., a commercial cattle feeding operation in central Nebraska. Craig and his wife, Terri, also own and manage a commercial cow-calf operation.In addition to electing the new officer team, NCBA members voted on new and expiring policy issues, and set policy priorities for the organization that will direct the efforts of NCBA in Washington D.C., and elsewhere.“The coming year is going to be a huge one for the cattle and beef industry from a policy standpoint,” Uden said. “We are facing unprecedented change in Washington D.C., and we’re going to work tirelessly to make sure our producers’ voices are heard in Washington on important issues like tax reform, regulatory relief and international trade.”last_img read more

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New Green Building Products — September 2010

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. In this new-product roundup, I’ll look at a cover for recessed can lights, a new caulk for polyethylene, and several new water-resistive barriers (WRBs) that promise better performance than Tyvek or Typar.A fire-resistant hat for recessed can lightsA Delaware manufacturer named Tenmat is selling an airtight hat for recessed can lights. Tenmat light covers are made from mineral wool; according to the manufacturer, they are fire-resistant.Tenmat covers are installed from the attic. After making a slit in the cover to accommodate the electrical cable, the cover is pushed down to the drywall ceiling. The cover should be glued to the drywall with canned foam or thermal caulk. Needless to say, the slit or hole made for the cable needs to be sealed with housewrap tape or canned foam.Once the Tenmat covers are installed, the ceiling can be insulated with almost any type of insulation, including fiberglass batts, cellulose, or spray polyurethane foam.Tenmat covers come in two sizes: “regular” (9 inches high and 14 inches wide) and “oversized” (10 3/4 inches high and 16 inches wide). Energy Federation Incorporated sells regular size Tenmat covers for $19.65 each.Besides the high price, there’s only one catch to Tenmat covers: the covers can only be used for recessed can fixtures equipped with CFL or LED bulbs. If a homeowner inserts an incandescent or halogen bulb in the fixture, it can overheat.Dow Corning 758 caulkDow Corning has come out with a new caulk that sticks to a great variety of materials, including polyethylene.The new sealant, Dow Corning 758, is a silicone caulk that the manufacturer claims will stick to polyethylene, polypropylene, vinyl, polyolefin housewrap (for example, Typar), peel-and-stick flashing (including Vycor and Tyvek window flashing), and peel-and-stick membrane (including Ice and Water Shield). The broad range of materials to which it… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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