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Enumerators encountering staunch resistance from sections of society – GECOM CEO

first_imgAs the House-to-House Registration exercise continues, enumerators have been greeted by non-cooperation from some sections of society with reports indicating that some have even employed dogs on the hapless GECOM workers.This was revealed on Monday by Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield.Former Attorney GeneralAnil Nandlall“These challenges include persons are told to register is an illegal activity and they’re fending them away from participating in the process. We’ve had incidents where dogs are let out on our enumerators on the field. We’ve had scenarios in which enumerators are told that they will not be paid and they should no longer participate in the process,” Lowenfield said.GECOM had embarked on the House-to-House Registration exercise even though there were warnings about the lengthy time it will take to be completed. This was owing to the fact that elections are due by September 18 as mandated by the orders of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).GECOM CEO, Keith LowenfieldAs such, Lowenfield stated that any decision regarding this exercise in the future will be made by the newly constituted Chairperson.“I’m sure whatever decisions relative to House-to-House and the conduct of elections will be made in order by a duly constituted Board that we have…. At this juncture with the new Chair in place, whatever decision that is required to take us forward to the earliest possible date for elections no doubt will be done at the earliest meeting of the duly constituted Board,” the related.The High Court last week denied an application for an interim conservatory order to block GECOM from continuing the national registration exercise which began on June 20.According to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, counsel for the applicant Christopher Ram, the order was not granted since Chief Justice (CJ) Roxane George required more evidence as to the unconstitutionality of the exercise.“The Chief Justice did not grant the conservatory order which we sought to restrain the registration process,” Nandlall explained. “But significantly, the Chief Justice emphasised that she understood that the CCJ ruled that the elections must be held by September 18.”Nandlall’s affidavit containing additional evidence cites the work plan presented by Lowenfield, which shows that House-to-House Registration will take 290, and not the 90 days GECOM claimed it would take.The affidavit also refers to and includes as an exhibition, the Order issued by former GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson, and published on June 11, 2019, in the Official Gazette. This order was cited by Lowenfield as the basis for carrying out House-to-House Registration.Interestingly, however, the order itself states that the house-to-house exercise will begin on July 20, 2019, and end on October 20, 2019, showing that elections cannot be held by the September 18 deadline envisioned by the Chief Justice.The house-to-house exercise, which was last conducted in 2008, will see enumerators going in teams of two to three from door to door in various communities across Guyana. The enumerators will present forms to registrants to fill up, as well as take fingerprints and pictures.While it is done to produce a clean voters’ list, Lowenfield was quoted as saying that a Claims and Objections period could be used to refresh the voters’ list which expired on April 30, 2019, and can be used to conduct the constitutionally stipulated General and Regional Elections.This was heavily pushed for from the parliamentary Opposition to honour the constitutional deadline but did not materialise.last_img read more

Not guilty: Kwame McCoy freed

first_img… 1 jailed for throwing faeces at Freddie KissoonJason Abdulla, one of the men charged for throwing faeces at Freddie Kissoon, was on Monday jailed for six months.Jason AbdullaAbdulla was found guilty by Magistrate Judy Latchman. The accused, along with People’s Progressive Party’s Public Relations Officer Kwame McCoy and Sean Hinds, was charged in February 2016 for allegedly throwing faeces on Kissoon in May of 2010.Reports are that Kissoon had just left Nigel’s Supermarket, at the corner of Robb and Light Streets, Georgetown and was making his way into his vehicle when the faeces were thrown on him.On Monday also, Magistrate Latchman dismissed the case against McCoy and Hinds.last_img read more

Solskjaer hopeful De Gea will sign new Man Utd deal

first_img0Shares0000‘Best goalkeeper in the world’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping David de Gea commits his future to Manchester United © AFP / Adrian DENNISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 1 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident that Manchester United will be able to retain the services of David de Gea, the man he rates as the best goalkeeper in the world.But the future of captain Antonio Valencia is less clear with the club apparently poised not to trigger a contract extension for the long-serving Ecuadorian. United did take up an option to extend De Gea’s current deal to 2020 this season.However, reports suggest the Spaniard is holding out for an offer at least on a par with Alexis Sanchez as United’s highest paid player having won the club’s player of the year for four of the past five seasons.Solskjaer is optimistic that United will take care of the business before running the risk of losing De Gea for a cut-price at the end of the season or on a free transfer next summer.“There are no updates from me, the club and David are in dialogue, hopefully they’ll agree, it’s out of my hands but I’m sure we’ll do what we can,” said Solskjaer.“He’s been player of the year I don’t know how many years, four or five, we’re grateful to have him.”Solskjaer would not be drawn on ranking De Gea alongside his former teammates Edwin van der Sar or Peter Schmeichel from his playing days but clearly feels that United’s number one is worthy of comparison with the club’s best ever.“It’s difficult to compare them but Edwin and Peter were never player of the year,” he said.“David’s meant so many points for us over the years and I would say he’s the best goalkeeper in the world, Peter was at the time and Edwin at the time as well.“I’m delighted with David and his personality is fantastic. Such a humble and confident boy.”The future looks less rosy for Valencia, currently struggling with a debilitating calf injury, the latest in a long list of fitness problems that have limited him to one league start in the past five months.The 33-year-old full-back, who will have been a United player for 10 years this June, is out of contract this summer and it appears that the club will not activate the one-year option that could keep him at Old Trafford for an additional 12 months.That deadline was due to expire at 5pm on Friday, but Solskjaer has not ruled out Valencia remaining at Old Trafford if he can prove his fitness over the final weeks of the season.“He’s still not 100 percent fit, he is still working to get back fit and he’s had a fantastic career here at Man United and in England,” said the manager.“He is one of the Premier League winners left in the dressing room, but at the moment I’m not sure if Man United and Antonio will agree on the next year. It depends if he gets back on the pitch as well in the next few months.“But he’s the captain, a great servant to the club so hopefully I can get him on the pitch and show what he can do, or he can get himself 100 percent fit and back on the pitch.”Solskjaer is aiming to stretch his unbeaten run in domestic games to 15 matches when Southampton visit Old Trafford on Saturday.The Norwegian is still without a host of first team regulars through injury, but Marcus Rashford has shaken off the effects of an ankle injury and is set to start.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has said that slammed the Coalition government over its “scandalous failure” to reduce massive pensions for ex-bankers.The Donegal South West TD’s comments were in response to claims by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan that he was powerless to act on the issue.Deputy Doherty said today: “Last week we heard yet again that senior bankers who were instrumental in the financial crash of 2008 are still receiving massive pensions. “Former AIB CEO Eugene Sheehy receives an annual pension of €500,000. His successor, Colm Doherty, now also retired will receive €300,000 a year when he turns 65.“Given the damage that these individuals caused not only to the banking sector but to the economy, people are right to be incensed that tax-payers’ money is being used to give these people grotesque pension payments.”Mr Doherty went on: “Unfortunately we have heard all of this before. When Fianna Fáil were in government the then Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Finance Minister Brian Lenihan signed off on a €1.5million pension top up to AIB CEO Richie Boucher despite the role he played in the collapse of the bank. While Richie Boucher waived this payment under political pressure the fact that the government was willing to sign off on it should not be forgotten.“While people came to expect this kind of behaviour from Fianna Fáil people are angry that Fine Gael and Labour, now in government are doing the very same thing. They are claiming that they are powerless to act. “However this is not the case. After sustained public and political pressure the late Brian Lenihan introduced an excessive banker’s levy in 2010. This meant that while the government couldn’t stop the payment of the bonuses they could claw back 90% of the money.“Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan know that the same approach could be used to the grotesque pensions of ex-bankers, and indeed for former Government Ministers as well. This could apply to pensions for bankers and indeed former government ministers.“The fact that Finance Minister Michael Noonan falsely claims that he is powerless to do anything about these massive pay-outs is generating substantial public anger.“The Minister for Finance has the power to reduce these payments. The government can and must reduce the massive pensions for former bankers. They could introduce the necessary legislation in December’s budget to apply levies on these payments in order to recoup the people’s money.“Once again Fine Gael and Labour are refusing to do in office what they called for when in opposition.” DOHERTY SLAMS ‘SCANDALOUS’ DECISION OF GOVERNMENT NOT TO REDUCE MASSIVE PENSIONS FOR BANKERS was last modified: November 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DOHERTY SLAMS ‘SCANDALOUS’ DECISION OF GOVERNMENT NOT TO REDUCE MASSIVE PENSIONS FOR BANKERSlast_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: Enough Players on the Field

first_imgImagine your business is a sports team. Let’s use an American football team as our example. You need eleven players to play the game.But let’s say that you don’t have eleven players. Right now, you only have ten players. You’re missing a player, so there is no way you can run your plays, and it is nearly impossible to win. You say, “But it’s not like I am missing the quarterback. I’m only missing the right offensive tackle. Other players are going to have to pick up that work.”Your right guard and your right tight end do their best. But there is more coming at them than they can handle. Your opponent keeps breaking through, and you can’t execute your plays the way that they are designed to be run.Business is very much like a sports contest. Your priority is to build the very best team you can, either by acquiring the talent you need or developing that talent. But you can’t wait until you have the perfect team to play the game. The game has already started. Your business is already operating.You have to have enough players on the field to play your game.If you are in sales and your headcount is supposed to be ten, then you need ten salespeople in the field. If each salesperson has a quota of $1,000,000 in revenue, not having that salesperson means you reduce your chances of reaching your goal. More still, as sales cycles grow longer, the longer you go without that salesperson, the more you put the following periods at risk.Being short in operational roles can be even worse. You might believe you can have the salespeople do the work of implementing the new client they won. But this pulls them out of the field, and it destroys their ability to prospect, to build a pipeline, and to win new deals. If you don’t have the salespeople do this work and decide instead to have someone else do the work, they will neglect other work or do poor work on new clients.If you are in leadership, you need to field the best team you can. But you also need to make sure you have enough players. You cannot play the game without having enough players. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Premier League 2019 Liverpool vs Leicester City Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast, Timings in India

first_img brendan rodgersenglish premier leagueEPL 2019Juergen Klopp First Published: October 5, 2019, 6:05 PM IST Liverpool return to domestic action this weekend when they take on Leicester City. Notably, former Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is back at Anfield as the opposition and the Foxes have done well since he took charge in February, and Leicester are third in the Premier League table. The Premier League 2019 Liverpool vs Leicester City will take place 7:30PM IST. Liverpool, on the other hand, showed last matchday that they could also win ugly when they beat Sheffield United 1-0.Liverpool, however, showed defensive against Red Bull Salzburg in the UEFA Champions League even as they managed a 4-3 win at Anfield, despite squandering a three-goal lead. Notably, Liverpool have not lost a home league game against Leicester since May 2000, winning six of their eight such meetings with the Foxes. The Premier League 2019 Liverpool vs Leicester City match will be played at the Anfield in Liverpool, on Saturday. Premier League 2019 Liverpool predicted line-up vs Leicester City: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Firmino, ManePremier League 2019 Leicester City predicted line-up vs Liverpool: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Perez, Maddison, Ndidi, Tielemans, Barnes; VardyWhere to watch Premier League 2019 Liverpool vs Leicester City match live in India (TV channels)?Liverpool will play Leicester City at 07:30PM on Saturday. The EPL 2019 Liverpool vs Leicester City match will be played at Anfield, Liverpool. The Premier League Liverpool vs Leicester City live telecast will be on Star Sports Select HD1 channel in India.How and where to watch online EPL 2019 Liverpool vs Leicester City game on live streaming?The Liverpool vs Leicester City live stream will be available on Hotstar app and website in India for premium users. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

PV Sindhu takes flight in LCA Tejas to celebrate Women’s Day at Aero India 2019

first_imgIndia’s top-ranked badminton player and Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu flew in HAL’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas at the ongoing Aero India air show in Bengaluru on Saturday.On Saturday, Sindhu was seen getting into the aircraft in the green uniform. Sindhu climbed up the ladder to enter the cockpit of the aircraft and was seen waving from there.Sindhu flew the LCA Tejas, off at 12pm and flying for over 30 minutes, as lakhs witnessed the air show. Sindhu sat on the back seat of the Tejas trainer aircraft and was accompanied by wing Commander Siddarath Singh.Aero India for the first time had a day dedicated for women in aviation and defence forces. On this occasion Sindhu was extended an Invite by DRDO.”I am very happy and lucky to be flying in the Tejas. I want to congratulated drdo and iaf for the work they are doing,” said Sindhu.”Sindhu adapted to the flight very soon, she pulled 5Gs during the flight. We did a steep turn and other manoeuvre during the short flight,” said wing Commander Siddarath.Also on Saturday, the Surya Kirans took off and performed with 7 plane formation. This comes days after wing Commander Sahil Gandhi died in a tragic crash while flying Surya Kiran. The 7 team formation gave a tribute to the deceased pilot.On women’s Aero India day, 6 women parajumpers participated and showcased their skill and jumped from a height of 4000 feet and glided back to the airforce station using a parachute.Sindhu is currently preparing for the All England Badminton Championships, which will take place in Birmingham from March 6 to March 10.advertisementEver since her Olympic silver, Sindhu has been an icon in India and has repeatedly inspired various budding and current badminton players with her consistency.Badminton player PV Sindhu waves as she is about to take off for a sortie in the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft – Tejas in Bengaluru. #AeroIndia2019 (@ANI) February 23, 2019The aircraft Sindhu boarded is Tejas, built by the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). It is a single engine multirole light fighter.The aircraft received its final operational clearance (FOC) on Wednesday from military aviation regulator Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (Cemilac) for induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a weaponised fighter jet in its operational fleet.The homegrown aircraft was flown by the Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on Thursday, who hailed it as a wonderful aircraft.Also Read | PV Sindhu’s deal is one of the biggest in world badminton: Li NingAlso Read | Akane Yamaguchi has good chance to win All England Championship: Morten Frostlast_img read more

The Most Efficient Big 12 Offenses and Defenses This Season

first_imgOklahoma State faces the worst defense in the Big 12 thus far (including Kansas!) this weekend in Stillwater. If you look at points per drive — again, how often you score, how often you get stops — then ISU is slightly behind Texas Tech when it comes to getting stops. Teams are scoring over a field goal per drive on them (FBS-only games and garbage time not included).Let’s look at defense first since we already mentioned Iowa State. As you can see, they are atrocious. That 3.46 number ranks No. 122 in the country. Oklahoma State’s 2.4 number is No. 81 in the country. OU is No. 88. These are bad defenses by teams that haven’t really played elite schedules (other than OU). Kansas State ranks No. 15 in the country.screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-8-45-33-amOn the offensive side, Texas Tech’s 4.26 points per drive is an absurd statistic. The second-best team nationally is Ohio State at 3.97. Oklahoma State checks in at No. 36 in the country at 2.6 points per drive which is good not great. It is certainly better than the defensive number of 81st in the country. Also, poor Kansas.screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-8-42-15-amTo sum it up, six Big 12 defenses are outside the top 80 in the country in points per drive given up including Oklahoma State at No. 81. Nine of the 10 offenses are inside the top 75 in points per drive scored. /whispers is Mike Yurcich a better offensive coordinator than Dana Holgorsen right now??“We talked about how we have good quarterback play in this league,” said Mike Gundy on Monday. “We have really good players – potential NFL players who are mature and understand. They’re using offenses that use the entire width of the field. You’re getting skill players in space and quarterbacks that keep the ball and run. You can’t evaluate defenses as much on yards and points.“I think the two areas that are important are if you’re going to give up yards, which you are, then field goals are better than touchdowns. So what you do inside the 10-yard-line is really important. Then you can just throw out the points and yards per game. It needs to be based on total number of opportunities that the defense is given to stop them because you’re averaging around 28 plays more per offense with these style of offenses than you were even eight years ago. So your numbers are going to be inflated just by total opportunities to get yards and to get points.”This is true, Mike. But even when you normalize things with per-drive statistics, it still does not look great for the Big 12. And with the proliferation of elite QBs in this league, I can’t imagine it getting any better anytime soon.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Report: Las Palmas 0 Real Madrid 3

first_imgLas Palmas 0 Real Madrid 3: Benzema scores on 400th appearance Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 02:33 4/1/18 benzema-cropped Getty Images Nacho Fernandez limped off injured ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Juventus, but Real Madrid won easily at Las Palmas. Karim Benzema scored on his 400th Real Madrid appearance and Gareth Bale celebrated a brace as Zinedine Zidane’s side warmed up for their Champions League quarter-final with Juventus by beating Las Palmas 3-0 in LaLiga.Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos and Marcelo were all rested by Zidane with an eye on Tuesday’s first leg in Turin, but Madrid showed no signs of missing their star men at the Estadio de Gran Canaria on Saturday.Bale put Madrid on track in the 26th minute by running on to a tremendous throughball from Luka Modric and thumping a drive past home goalkeeper Leandro Chichizola. 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 Benzema struck from 12 yards after Jonathan Calleri brought down Lucas Vazquez in the penalty area and Bale added his 10th club goal of 2018 in all competitions with another spot-kick.A fourth successive league win moves Madrid within a point of second-placed city rivals Atletico Madrid, who host Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday, but the champions’ main focus is on winning a third straight Champions League crown with Barcelona well clear at the top.Captain Sergio Ramos missed the game with a knock and Nacho Fernandez added to Zidane’s defensive injury problems by limping off in the first half, the Spain international left in tears on the bench after appearing to damage his ankle.77 – Real Madrid has scored 77 goals from penalty spot in the last decade, the most in the Top 5 European Leagues. Punishment— OptaJose (@OptaJose) March 31, 2018Calleri fired a fifth-minute warning shot but his rifled effort flew narrowly wide and Keylor Navas had to dive to his left to push away Alen Halilovic’s strike as Las Palmas started well.Chichizola denied Benzema after the striker ignored the well-placed Vazquez, before the goalkeeper then superbly turned Marco Asensio’s shot around the post.Home goalkeeper Chichizola could do nothing as Madrid took the lead in the 26th minute, though.Modric’s pass sent Bale scampering down the left wing, beating the offside trap, and Wales’ newly crowned record goalscorer smashed home a powerful finish.Madrid’s second followed from the penalty spot as Calleri was penalised for a clumsy foul on Vazquez, with Benzema ensuring he celebrated his landmark appearance with a goal by sending Chichizola the wrong way with his spot-kick.If you’re just tuning in, these are our first-half goalscorers! @GarethBale11 @Benzema#HalaMadrid— Real Madrid C.F.🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) March 31, 2018Madrid added to their lead in the 51st minute, Bale coolly converting his side’s second penalty of the game after he was caught in the process of shooting by Ximo Navarro.Benzema unselfishly tried to set his team-mate up for a hat-trick but over hit a simple pass, Alejandro Galvez able to get back and clear Bale’s effort from a tight angle off the line, then the striker fired straight at Chichizola from eight yards out when it looked easier to score.Erik Exposito had a chance to get Las Palmas on the scoresheet but shot wildly over the crossbar after pressing a nervy Navas into a mistake, while Momo saw his header clip the crossbar and Halilovic wasted another opportunity for Paco Jemez’s side.The former Rayo Vallecano coach has now lost on all nine of his meetings with Madrid, who understandably eased off in the closing stages, with attention turning to Turin and Juventus, and Zidane’s only concern will be over the extent of Nacho’s injury. read morelast_img read more

SOEs Extended in St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland

first_img “The proclamation is, therefore, critical at this time. We have been noting with concern the recent crime trends in Western Jamaica, particularly in the parish of St. James, following the discontinuation of the State of Public Emergency in January,” he said. The House of Representatives, on May 7, approved the extension of the States of Public Emergency (SOEs) that have been imposed in the western parishes of St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland by 90 days. In his address, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said acting on the advice of the Commissioner of Police and Chief of Defence Staff, it has been assessed that the high level of criminal activity experienced endangers public safety. The House of Representatives, on May 7, approved the extension of the States of Public Emergency (SOEs) that have been imposed in the western parishes of St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland by 90 days.In his address, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said acting on the advice of the Commissioner of Police and Chief of Defence Staff, it has been assessed that the high level of criminal activity experienced endangers public safety.“The proclamation is, therefore, critical at this time. We have been noting with concern the recent crime trends in Western Jamaica, particularly in the parish of St. James, following the discontinuation of the State of Public Emergency in January,” he said.“We have seen, through vivid demonstrations, that criminals are hell-bent on exercising their destructive influence in vulnerable communities and spaces. Again, the criminal elements have taken the opportunity to display their ruthlessness and total disregard of our most fundamental right – the right to life,” Mr. Holness added.The Prime Minister noted that the citizens have described their reality as being in a state of paranoia, while vendors are pressured into closing shops early, out of fear that they may be at the wrong place at the wrong time.“The citizens of western Jamaica have fully endorsed the granting of additional powers to the security forces to save their lives, and must, likewise, compel us to endorse the request for an extension,” Mr. Holness said.He pointed out that many lives have been lost and many more will be lost, if decisive and strong actions are not taken.Over the period January 1 to April 28, 2019, St. James produced the highest number of murders among the police divisions, with 51.The Prime Minister noted that this figure represents a significant increase of 70 per cent, when compared to the equivalent period in 2018.“Likewise at the time of the declaration, Westmoreland with 43 murders, reflected the second-highest number of murders over the period. St. James and Westmoreland, being adjoined parishes, compound the concerns, considering the fact that the combined and continuous geographical space has accounted for 22 per cent of all murders, to date,” he said.Mr. Holness pointed out that when combined with the third adjoining parish of Hanover, the collective space accounts for more than a quarter of the murders committed in the island since the start of the year.There are 56 active gangs operating in the tri-parish region now under the SOE, with 17 of them currently at war over turf.The SOEs will give the security forces temporary additional powers, including powers of search, arrest and detention.During the SOEs, the security forces will have the power to search, curtail operating hours of business, restrict access to places and detain persons without a warrant. Story Highlightslast_img read more