Granger’s criteria considered an “imposition on the Constitution” – PPP

first_imgGECOM’s chairmanship… as civil society finds difficulty in identifying candidatesCivil society is finding much difficulty in identifying candidates to President David Granger’s likings since his criteria disqualifies any form of activists and makes demands outside of the constitutional requirement relative to the appointment of a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Questions are also being raised about the legality of the criteria outlined by the President.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and members of the PPP engage members of the religious community during consultations on TuesdayOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on March 16 received a letter from the President advising on his opinion with regard to the qualities that the candidates should possess.The search for a new Chairman has been a rollercoaster ride given the different interpretations between the Leader of the Opposition and the President on the relevant section of the Constitution of Guyana which outlines the selection process for a new Chairman of GECOM.President Granger had rejected Jagdeo’s first list of nominees for the post on the basis that the candidates were not “fit and proper”.Following weeks of impasse, Jagdeo finally agreed to return to the drawing board and submit a new list of nominees.Having studied the information provided by the President, the Opposition Leader consulted with civil society bodies which had participated in the first round of consultations in December 2016.Jagdeo, on March 21, met 55 representatives of 33 civil society organisations which included leaders of the Christian, Hindu and Muslim faiths; Private Sector, the Guyana Trades Union Congress and Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana; Amerindian organisations and the National Toshaos Council; the Indian Arrival Committee and the Justice Institute.According to a statement from the Leader of the Opposition’s Office, President Granger’s letter was shared with the representatives but they found it challenging to come up with candidates who would fulfil all of the criteria.“In fact, persons doubted if the President himself could find anyone who fulfilled his own criteria. Some wondered what were the reasons for the President making the range for selection so extraordinarily restrictive,” the statement read.According to the President’s criteria, the candidate should be qualified to be a Judge of the High Court or an Attorney for a minimum of seven years.In the absence of those requirements, the President said any other “fit and proper person” should be deemed to have wide electoral knowledge and capable of handling electoral matters since he/she is qualified to exercise unlimited jurisdiction in civil matters.That person should not be an activist in any form; gender, racial or religious nor should that person have any political affiliation or should not belong to any political party in any form, apparent or hidden.That person must be able to discharge his/her functions neutrally, between the two opposing parties, as he or she would have done in court between two opposing litigants. Here, the President appears to be making it a requirement for the candidate to have practiced in a court.Additionally, the person must be able to discharge the functions without fear or favour; will not allow any person or organisation to influence him or her to compromise his or her neutrality.The President also said that person should have a general character of honesty, integrity, faithfulness and diligence in the discharge of their duty as Chairman of GECOM.According to the statement issued by the Opposition Leader’s Office, the criteria were considered as “an imposition on the Constitution which makes no such demands.”The statement said most disconcerting was the stipulation that the candidate must not be an activist in any form.“(It) was thought to be discriminatory and violated the anti-discrimination articles of the Constitution,” the statement explained.During the consultations, Jagdeo said he had grave reservations on the legality and constitutionality of these criteria outlined by the President.In fact, he expressed his intention to bring these concerns to the attention of the Head of State.Nonetheless, the Opposition Leader said he remains committed to submitting six more names as requested. He urged civil society bodies to respond with recommendations for the post by March 27.last_img read more

Delight as many Donegal schools to get more SNAs in September

first_imgAlmost 800 new special needs assistant posts are being rolled out to schools this coming September.The Education Minister Joe McHugh made the announcement today.Minister McHugh says special needs assistants are vital to the work of a school. About 37,500 pupils with additional care needs will be supported by SNAs in the coming school year.Almost 800 new special needs assistant posts are being allocated to schools for September.Minister McHugh is paying credit to the fantastic work that they do.And as the need for more additional supports is confirmed in the early weeks of the school year, up to 130 additional posts are expected to come on stream by December. It means there will be up to 15,950 special needs assistants working in schools by the end of 2019.This is a 51% increase on the number of SNAs who were working in schools in 2011, when the figure stood at just over 10,500.Delight as many Donegal schools to get more SNAs in September was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJoe McHughschoolsSNAslast_img read more

This understanding reached by Peter Magowan and Dusty Baker is of comfort now

first_imgNot everyone was sold on Dusty Baker when he became manager of the Giants. And not everybody was sold on Peter Magowan, the guy who hired Baker. Both were walking into jobs for which they had no experience.“Peter stuck his neck out for me,” Baker said during a Monday morning appearance on KNBR, one day after Magowan died of cancer at 76. “Even some people I knew quite well were some of the people who said, ‘Hey, he needs three or four years in the minor leagues.’ Peter said, ‘I believe in …last_img read more

Job creation tops environmental agenda

first_img6 June 2012 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa celebrated World Environment Day on Tuesday by announcing plans to create over 60 000 new jobs this year – and 300 000 new jobs by 2020 – with the focus on women, the youth and people with disabilities. “It is a programme that has exceptional returns on investment, and I want to emphasise that these jobs are vital for our long-term economic future,” she added. Working for Wetlands was founded in 2004 and has rehabilitated over 800 wetlands, creating 15 000 jobs for mostly marginalised rural communities. The project focuses on the rehabilitation, protection and sustainable use of South Africa’s 110 000 wetlands. Molewa attended the annual World Environment Day celebrations in Mangaung, Bloemfontein and spoke about the department’s plans to step up environmental protection and preservation efforts. “We as South Africa are part of the global campaign to promote sustainable development and also are proponents of the global drive towards a green economy,” Molewa said. Job creation is an integral part of South Africa’s efforts to join the global drive towards sustainable development. “This year the department, through the entire suite of programmes within our environmental programmes branch, aims to create job opportunities for about 62 860,” she said. “We also aim to ensure that 55% of beneficiaries from our programmes are women, 40% are youth and 2% are people with disabilities.”Environmental protection programmes These targets will be achieved through the department’s programmes and sub- programmes. Working for Water, Working for Wetlands and Working on Fire are the department’s biggest and most successful initiatives so far, but the sub-programmes of the environmental protection and infrastructure programmes were heralded as growing contributors to sustainable development and job protection. These are made up of Working on Waste, Working for the Coast, People and Parks, and Sustainable Land Based Livelihood. “We are a country endowed with a rich and diverse biodiversity that enables thousands of jobs in different sectors,” she said. “Our diverse biodiversity is our competitive edge in growing our economy while at the same time addressing climate change and we are doing that through our environment programmes.” Working for Water is particularly successful: it was established in 1995 and has over the years created 397 146 work opportunities. It aims to combat the impact of alien invasive species on our water security, diversity, use of land, wild fires and erosion. It is through these partnerships and the government’s joining of the Green Economy Accord – dubbed as one of the most comprehensive social pacts on green jobs in the world – that the department plans to create 300 000 new jobs by 2020. Working towards this will provide exciting new opportunities for the country’s youth and Molewa urged all young South Africans to get involved. “Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare themselves today.” SAinfo reporter “Working on Fire also recruits from disadvantaged backgrounds and offers work opportunities to 4 800 fire fighters in 107 bases around South Africa in 2011/12 alone,” Molewa said.Working for the future Working on Waste looks at waste collection, disposal and recycling initiatives. “In this regard we provide support to the municipalities in terms of handling of waste and this includes assistance in the construction of landfill sites and buy-back centres where appropriate.” Working for the Coast programmes deal with cleaning and rehabilitating coastal environmental assets and infrastructure; People and Parks projects support the development of infrastructure in and around protected areas; and Sustainable Land Based Livelihood focuses on projects which encourage restoration, rehabilitation and re-vegetation of degraded areas. The bigger picture enjoyed the same success. According to Molewa, 26 896 jobs were created overall by the environmental protection and infrastructure programmes in 2011/12. It is full steam ahead for the department going forward, and the injection of R800- million over the next two years from the National Treasury’s Green Fund will assist its green economy implementation plan. “We will utilise this funding in a manner that seeks to attract new and additional investment, stimulate job creation and lay the foundations for South Africa’s transition to a low carbon, job-creating and resource-efficient growth path,” she explained. “We are extending partnerships to key international funding institutions such as the World Bank Clean Technology Fund and the newly established Green Climate Fund.” A total of 2 788 jobs were created in the implementation of these sub-projects. “All the employed people have been trained on various skills programmes ranging from bricklaying in the construction sector to waste management in the environmental sector,” she said. “Although we can still do more and we certainly will, we are delighted with this achievement because it debunks the myth that environment management hinders development. When you work for the environment, the environment will work for you.”last_img read more

Weed answers for 2018 start this fall

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest So this year I am getting even more calls and comments on run-away marestail. “Last year I killed it,” is often the remark I hear, too. And following is my response regarding horseweed (Conyza canadensis), or marestail as it is known in OhioThis may be a new weed to you but the western side of the Ohio and particularly the southwest have been fighting it since about 2002. It takes a comprehensive effort, but it can be managed.Depending on severity and tillage in your system:For no-till soybeans — RoundupReady technology1. Spray a combination of 2,4-D and glyphosate in the fall after corn harvest (the biggest problem with horseweed is from late summer and fall germinating seed), or you can spray a combination of 2,4-D and dicamba in the fall.2. Spray a second burndown (this may be the glyphosate and 2,4-D as above or glyphosate plus Sharpen) in April and add your residual soybean herbicide — e.g. Trivence, Canopy, Authority, or your choice of many others, plus we usually add an extra two to four or six ounces of metribuzin. You can also spray a product like Boundary, again there are many options.3. Spray glyphosate in crop at three- to four-leaf soybeans. For tilled soybeans — RoundupReady technology1. Till shortly before planting and that means with an effective tillage tool, not one that just stirs the top inch or so.2. Before planting or immediately after, apply an effective pre-emergent herbicide.3. Apply glyphosate at three- to four-leaf soybeans. LibertLink technology — this is still a great option to manage horseweed and many other weeds that glyphosate has started to miss.1. If no-till, apply fall turndown as noted above.2. In the spring for no-till or tilled, apply pre-emergent herbicide before or at planting.3. At three- to four-leaf soybeans apply Liberty or generic glufosinate, in some cases a post grass product may also be needed and added. A second application may also be used if needed. I went this way in 2017, but really needed the second application for pigweeds (as in waterhemp). For conventional soybeans the practices are about the same as for RoundupReady technology. Most Marestail plants are resistant to glyphosate and we must eliminate them before planting. Use also a pre-emergent herbicide that is effective in preventing germination of new horseweeds.Dicamba beans are now available, and dicamba works great as part of the burndown with soybeans with this technology. It still requires a pre-emergent residual though.Find details in the Ohio, Indiana & Illinois Weed Control Guide, produced by our OSU Weed Specialist Mark Loux, from your local Extension office. The weed science team also has a blog posting some very well done videos on management: read more

Air Leaks or Thermal Loss: What’s Worse?

first_imgBeefing up R-values and reducing air leaks are the twin rallying cries of builders focusing on energy efficiency. Regardless of the particulars of the house design, more insulation and fewer air leaks make houses more comfortable, more durable, and less expensive to heat and cool.No one seems to argue that point. But Al Cobb wonders which is more significant.“My real goal is to find the tipping point when a leaky building loses more energy via air changes then via the insulated envelope,” he writes in GBA’s Q&A forum. “I’ve had many answers where the losses from air leakage have been as low as 10% or as high as 50%.”Cobb believes home buyers have been “brainwashed” into thinking only about R-values, as energy codes give short shrift to the importance of airtightness. Energy modeling is especially frustrating, he says, because it asks for highly specific information on R-values but only broad generalizations when it comes to airtightness.“Therefore, I’m looking for a study or analysis of homes (real or not) that have been modeled to the extent that heat loss from conductive and air infiltration losses are clearly defined,” Cobb adds. “It only makes sense that as leakage rates increase, the decision to ignore air-sealing can be shown as a critical mistake.” RELATED ARTICLES Other solutions suggestedWhile Riversong suggests there is more of value in the model energy code on air sealing than Cobb or AJ acknowledge, J Chesnut has another idea, providing you’re a math nut. You could, he says, play with heat loss formulas developed by ASHRAE. J Chestnut points to some specifics in a 2005 publication which offer a way of calculating infiltration rates for load calculations.Hunter Dendy adds this idea to the mix: “Maybe the simplest approach would be to model a house and then adjust those variables to see how it changes the performance/heating load of the model,” Dendy writes. “You probably won’t find an across-the-board answer to your question since there are too many variables involved in house design and site conditions. Better to look at it on a project-by-project basis, but after doing this for a while you will get a feel for it.”And in the end, that’s where the discussion seems to put us. Thermal insulation and air sealing are both essential for high-performance houses, but there may be no cut-and-dried answer to Cobb’s original question that fits all circumstances. Some truth to the argumentAs to Cobb’s basic premise that too much attention is focused on R-values, AJ Builder is right on board.“R-value — My biggest pet peeve, especially when discussed here on this supposedly leading source of green building advice site!” he says. “You all love to quote rules and ‘the codes,’ yet two homes can be built with the same approved R-value insulation and have 100% different energy needs. The codes should spec insulation in more regard as to how continuous it is, in how it actually performs at all temperatures, when it is needed most and other aspects of the entire assembly. We all know that fiberglass batts in an attic that is at 0°F is not giving the same true R-value as, say, the R-value of other installs — but where [does] the beloved code address this fact?“The code and discussions here would make much more sense if R-value [measured the R-value of the] actual whole assembly, rated at worst design temperature of stated climate,” AJ suggests. “Otherwise the info is garbage.”That’s exactly what I’m talking about, Cobb says. “The average consumer, building official, and architect is consumed with the perception of the importance of R-value,” says Cobb. “That misperception is the basis of my question that started this thread. If modeling identifies the cost of ignoring good air-sealing, it can be used as a tool that educates all people about building better buildings by using products and systems that perform properly. The suggestion that the code has comprehensive standards is laughable.”Moreover, Cobb bristles at Riversong’s tone: “I’m looking for data to help us build better homes and help the consumer make better choices,” Cobb says. “What I’m not looking for is criticism of my professional capabilities.” Understanding R-ValueHow Tight is Too Tight?Exceeding the Energy CodeVideo Series: Attic Air SealingPodcast: Air Barrier or Vapor Barrier?GBA Encyclopedia: Air BarriersGBA Encyclopedia: Addressing Air LeaksProduct Guide: Air Barrier Components Building Plans for the Thermal Bypass ChecklistNavigating Energy Star’s Thermal Bypass ChecklistOne Air Barrier or Two?Airtight Wall and Roof SheathingBlower Door BasicsPinpointing Leaks With a Fog Machine Q&A: HERS ratingscenter_img Expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA Technical Director Peter Yost sees it:Mathematically, you can constrain the two equations for convective and conductive heat loss and force them to be equal. And then in some part the relationship will be driven by the geometry of the building and the relationship between surface area and volume. But problems quickly arise:1. Conduction is a field phenomenon and convection is a point effect. In the equations we just sum each effect and yet we know it is the sizes and locations of all the holes that are really important.2. If we set the equations equal to each other, we are assuming that one does not affect the other. And yet we know that where and how the air leakage occurs can erode R-values.3. Many building materials ‘care’ a lot more about convective than they do conductive heat loss because moisture moves with the air and can condense. So, we typically worry a lot more about convective than conductive heat loss in terms of durability.And then there are the occupants. Their concern about the relationship between the two phenomena is complicated as much by the quality as it is the quantity of air exchange. While ASHRAE 62.2 gives us some guidance on how much fresh air — or more exactly, outside air — we should have in terms of occupant health and safety, how much outside air occupants need is a far from settled question and dependent on many more factors than the ones that architects and builders control.There is no question that most folks, lay people and too many in our industry, are “R-centric” and give convective heat transfer short shrift. But a ton of great work has gone in to EPA’s Thermal Bypass Checklist to guide our priorities in cost effectively and practically tackling the big and typical holes. And both in terms of overall energy efficiency and building durability, the continuity of the air or convective barrier is just as important as and even codependent with the continuity of the thermal or conductive barrier. Ain’t no such animalGood luck and God speed, suggests Robert Riversong: “Your question is similar to, ‘What’s the difference between an apple?’,” he writes. “The answer could range from near zero to near 100%, and is entirely dependent on whole-house R-value and whole-house air exchange rate during normal operation (not under blower door testing). If you’re asking about ‘average’ existing housing, there is some data on that. If you’re asking about a particular new construction project, you have to do the heat loss analysis for that specific building including design or actual air exchange losses.”And as Riversong suggests, it might be useful to pin down exactly what we mean when we refer to “the code,” as if there was a single, universal book of rules accepted by building inspectors everywhere.“There is no ‘The Code,’ ” he says. “There are international model codes which are becoming more comprehensive by the year and which each jurisdiction can choose to adopt or modify. And all building codes are minimum standards. You’re free to exceed them as much as you’d like.”That said, there is always the HERS rating system, an approach to quantifying energy efficiency established by the Residential Energy Services Network. Its 0 to 100 scale compares the performance of a tested home to that of a house built to standards of the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code.HERS inspections include both a blower-door test to measure airtightness and a test to measure duct leakage.last_img read more

Lady Chiefs complete three-peat, beat Lady Altas in 4 sets

first_imgSan Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 94 PLAY LIST 03:13San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 9400:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I have high respect for Perpetual because they really brought the best in us,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier, whose squad came back in the championship series after dropping Game 1, in Filipino.Blood, sweat and tears all worth it for the Lady Chiefs as they celebrate their 3rd NCAA volleyball crown in a row. #NCAAFinals STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) February 12, 2019 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Down 11-13, Arellano scored 11 unanswered points capped off by an Ebuen kill that took the fight out of Perpetual Help.Arocha, who took home the Finals MVP plum for the second consecutive time, fired a game-high 16 points, Princess Bello had 12 points and 18 digs while Ebuen added 11.Cindy Imbo paced the Lady Altas with 12 points in her final collegiate game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “Our loss in Game 1, was big for us because we learned how to recover and realized the things that we still need to do,” Javier added.The Lady Chiefs have now won four titles in five seasons and they did it after going on a blistering run in the fourth set led by Arocha and Ebuen.“All of what we do is for the school. This trophy is for the school,” Javier said.Three-peat for Arellano University Lady Chiefs! #NCAAFinals— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) February 12, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES View comments Kawhi Leonard banks in winning basket as Raptors edge Nets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University completed a three-peat after rolling past University of Perpetual Help, 22-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-18, in the rubber match of NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball Finals Tuesday before a raucous crowd at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Reigning MVP Nicole Ebuen and Regine Arocha led the way for the Lady Chiefs, who foiled the Lady Altas’ bid to sweep this year’s volleyball tournament after ruling the men’s and juniors’ divisions.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola tribute to Sterling after goalscoring cameo

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola tribute to Sterling after goalscoring cameoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola was pleased to see Raheem Sterling on the scoresheet for victory over Everton.Sterling came off the bench to score in the 3-1 win.”Raheem – when he has no time to think in front of goal – he’s always good,” Guardiola said.”The cross was amazing from Fernandinho and it was a great finish. We are not the tallest team in the world but after just a few minutes, it was an important goal for him and everyone. “I see him so calm. I think he has handled the last years in many situations and rumours – not nice things about him or his family or the colour of his skin. I admire him and appreciate that it’s not easy for him.”He’s loved by all staff and in the locker room.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoMan City winger Sterling adamant they can beat Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City winger Sterling adamant they can beat Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City winger Raheem Sterling is adamant they can stop runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.Sterling is undaunted about facing Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Reds, who have reeled off nine straight wins to open up a seven-point lead in the title race.”If we can play the way we know we can play, we can beat anyone,” said a defiant Sterling. “It’s going to be a great game on Thursday and we’re all ­looking forward to it.“The last three games we started well and scored the opening goal and then we were sloppy, but our mentality was good against Southampton and we showed a good fighting spirit.”There was a bit of luck as well, but we played some great football and controlled the game, which we know we can do. It’s up to us to keep that focus and go on to the next one.” last_img read more


first_imgAudience members also confirmed the news on Twitter, with one writing, “At cast & crew screening of @YARDIES & @IdrisElba just proposed to his girlfriend Sabrina!! Too cute,” while another posted, “At cast & crew screening of YARDIES & Idris Elba just proposed to his girlfriend Sabrina!! Big Congrats !!”The couple has yet to confirm the news themselves.Elba (L) and Ms Dhowre attend Idris Elba’s Christmas Party, at Kadie’s Cocktail Bar & Club in London, in 2017The 45-year-old made his romance with Sabrina (a 29-year-old model who won Miss Vancouver in 2014) official in September when they made their red carpet debut at the Toronto International Film Festival and at the premiere of his movie Molly’s Game.The British actor has been married twice before — to make-up artist Hanne Norgaard, who he divorced in 2003, and real estate attorney Sonya Nicole Hamlin. Login/Register With: Twitter Idris Elba and girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre attend the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sept. 10, 2017. | Euan Cherry / Advertisement Advertisement Idris Elba is engaged to marry his girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre.The Luther actor shocked a crowd at a screening of his new film when he got down on one knee and proposed to Sabrina onstage at the Rio Cinema in London ahead of a cast and crew screening of his directorial debut Yardie on Saturday.“Another @riocinema first!” representatives for the venue wrote on Twitter. “Still 5 days to Valentines Day but @idriselba went down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend live on stage this morning before a preview of his film #Yardie.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement He told Essence magazine in July that he had given up on marriage after two failed attempts.“Am I ever gonna get remarried? I don’t think so,” he said. “Marriage is an institution of sorts. And I’ve done it. It’s not for everybody. It’s not my life’s calling.”Idris has a 15-year-old daughter, named Isan, from his marriage to Norgaard, and he shares a three-year-old son, called Winston, with ex-girlfriend Naiyana Garth, who he split from in 2016.Another @riocinema first! Still 5 days to Valentines Day but @idriselba went down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend live on stage this morning before a preview of his film #Yardie— Rio Cinema (@riocinema) February 10, 2018last_img read more