The ins and outs of polling day

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Traffic mayhem in Officer

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Calls for calm at the checkout

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Cyprus to participate in Commonwealth Games with 51 athletes

first_imgTHE Cypriot delegation is in Glasgow to participate in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which will be held from 23 July to 3 August 2014.The Cypriot team consists of 51 athletes, 30 men and 21 women. They will compete in judo, swimming and rhythmic gymnastics.The Commonwealth Games will be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland with 4,500 athletes from 71 countries.last_img

Celtics use big 2nd half, hold off scrappy 76ers 110-106

first_imgWhere did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Senators to proceed with review of VFA PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boston picked things up in the second half after the 76ers dominated early.Embiid scored 17 points in the first half and Sixers fans at TD Garden chanted “Trust the process! Trust the process!” at times as Philadelphia surged in front.Embiid was the engine, getting free for some dunks on offense and altering shots on the defensive end.He joked during the team’s shoot around Friday morning that he wanted an opportunity to guard Thomas on defense.Embiid got the chance a few times in the first half, getting Thomas on defensive switches. Thomas got a layup and drew a foul on one occasion, but failed to convert on the free throw.The comments weren’t missed by Thomas, who had a light moment with Embiid after the play.“He said he was going to guard me on the switch, I just said, ‘Nobody can stop me on the switch. Especially not your big (butt).’ He started laughing,” Thomas said.76ers rookie forward Ben Simmons made his first road trip with the team this season since suffering a fractured right foot during Philadelphia’s final training camp scrimmage back in September. During Friday’s morning shoot around at the team’s hotel the No. 1 overall draft pick did some running and went through some light drills with trainers.Stevens said he expected F Jae Crowder to respond well Friday after he offered some choice works on Twitter following Tuesday’s win Utah. Crowder took issue with Boston fans who cheered for Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, who could be a free agent this summer. He has since deleted most of the tweets and apologized on Thursday.Crowder received a loud cheer from the TD Garden fans during pregame player introductions. EDITORS’ PICK Boston Celtics center Al Horford receives high-fives after scoring a crucial three-point basket late in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Boston. APBOSTON, Massachusetts—Three-pointers have been plentiful for the Boston Celtics recently. And they continue to add up to wins.Avery Bradley had 26 points and nine rebounds and the Celtics set a franchise record with 19 3-pointers in their 110-106 comeback victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT “I’ve never been through a situation like that,” Crowder said. “I didn’t anticipate nothing. I didn’t think about nothing. But I’m ready to put it behind us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Irving, Love return as James, Cavs beat Nets 116-108 MOST READ After sitting out practice Thursday with the flu, Embiid was on a 28-minute limit Friday. He made the most of his time, adding eight rebounds and six assists.It was tied at 104 with less than a minute when Embiid hit a pair of free throws to put the 76ers in front.But Horford got wide open in the corner on the Boston’s ensuing possession and hit a 3 with 17.2 seconds left. The Celtics nearly stole Philadelphia’s inbounds pass after the timeout, then Amir Johnson rebounded a rushed jumper by Ilyasova and was fouled.Ilyasova had one more chance in the closing seconds, but came up with air on his 3-point attempt.“I thought I didn’t get the ball enough in the third. We weren’t just moving the ball,” Embiid said. “I thought we were moving the ball when we were scoring, so I was just being a playmaker and just moving the ball.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Isaiah Thomas added 24 points, and Al Horford scored 14 of his 19 points – including a pivotal late 3 – in the final period. The Celtics have won nine out of their last 11 and four straight at home. They are 53 of 103 from beyond the arc in their last three.“Once I came back in the game (in the fourth quarter), I got a look early and it felt really good,” Horford said. “I was just kind of in a zone there. Guys kept finding me and I kept knocking them down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngJoel Embiid led Philadelphia with 23 points, and Ersan Ilyasova added 20.Philadelphia led by as many as 14 in the first half before the Celtics tied it and took the lead early in the fourth quarter. We are young View commentslast_img read more

Enabling Environment for Public Service, Justice Administration

first_imgDear Editor,The challenge of establishing and maintaining a professional and politically neutral Public Service, and constitutional positions with persons of high integrity for effective management and administration has eluded every Government administration from the 1960’s and continuing today in 2017. In spite of principled statements on public administrations from heads of successive governments, no serious attempts have been made to transform and professionalise the public service, and liberate it from the strangle hold and continuing control of the political directorate of the day. This on going unsatisfactory situation is related to the reality of ethnic and race politics for over six decades by the two major political parties – the PPP and the PNC. Their conduct is often characterised by intense adversarial political contests with no national consensus on major issues.More recently their conduct has impacted negatively on the independence of the Judiciary and other Constitutional bodies. The Judiciary, judges, magistrates and the chairpersons and members of constitutional and statutory bodies must demonstrate to the public their resistance to political interference in the independent discharge of their constitutional and statutory duties, and expose to the public such interference in conflict with the law. Their integrity must go before them to rebuild public confidence, and high trust in these institutions.Judicial officers and holders of constitutional and statutory bodies must be able and courageous enough to let the politicians and political directorate know, in no uncertain or quiet way, that they would reject any political intimidation and not yield to their unwholesome political dictates and wishes outside the law.In the national interest and the common good for all the citizens of this country, the political parties must work for the required changes in our politics to create more inclusive and broad-based governing structures through constitutional and other legislative changes, if we are in our lifetime, to achieve national unity and social cohesion. The governing authorities of the Executive and the National Assembly must create and foster an enabling environment for public officials in public institutions to function without fear or favour.The CoI Report in the Public Service 2016, under the Chairmanship of Professor Harold Lutchman draws attention to this continuing situation, in the public service in particular, and made several recommendations to address the issues. The CoI directs attention to approaches in Commonwealth Caribbean and other states where alternative arrangements are relevant to Guyana in the attempt to restore public confidence in the public bureaucracies and the political directorate. Some of these measures were recommended by two predecessor Commissions of Inquiry but, were not implemented, no doubt to suit the advantage of the political administration of the day.The CoI notes that the Burgess-Hunn Commission had, as early as 1966, recommended that the constitutionally established Public Service Commission and a Public Service Ministry should function under, “…a Public Service law in which the governing principles are laid down. The basic tenets would be embodied in a Public Service Act.” More pointedly, that Commission had recommended a strong well-structured and capable Public Service Ministry, buttressed by a Public Service Act which clearly defined the functions of a Public Service Ministry as the premier Ministry responsible for public management and administration.The Lutchman CoI of 2016 pointed out that a Public Service Act is a common instrument in the search for effective public management and public administration in Caricom countries. The 2016 CoI recommended the enactment and promulgation of a Public Service Law along the lines of the other countries cited. Such a Public Service Law and related Regulations could promote the effective management and administration of the Public Service and insulate and protect it from irregular and undesirable influences, thereby enhancing its status and productive capacity. The Commission also recommended that the Public Service Ministry/Department and the Public Service Commission should be constituted with professional personnel with high integrity to rebuild trust and confidence in the public administration services. These same requirements are applicable to the Judiciary, Constitutional Service Commissions and Statutory Bodies. The CoI further recommended that urgent action be taken to enact a Code conduct for all public servants. Similarly a legally enforceable code of conduct must be enacted for the Executive Members, Ministers, and Members of the National Assembly, who must be obedient, on pain of penalty, to the requirements of the Integrity law.Sincerely,Joshua Singhlast_img read more

Aishalton receives key boost to health sector

first_imgOver the weekend, the Amerindian village of Aishalton, in the deep South of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), received much needed assistance when Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton handed over two All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s), a motorcycle and a quantity of medical supplies.Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton (sitting on ATV) presents the vehicle to community members during a simple handing overOne ATV was presented to Wallace Rodrigues, the Malaria Control Programme Officer, and the other was given to Jude Paul, the Community Health Worker, while Ermalinda Joseph, the Environmental Health Assistant, received a motorcycle. The vehicles are intended to assist the representatives in effectively carrying out their duties.Dr Norton made good on his promise to the three healthcare professionals, of addressing the challenges they face while traversing the terrain of the South Rupununi Savannahs.During a village meeting on Friday, residents were pleased when they were informed of the developments.Dr Norton told villagers that Government is committed to improving the lives of all Guyanese, regardless of their geographical location.Among the concerns raised was the long standing issue where patients who are transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital and subsequently discharged, are left in the care of the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, which is then tasked with ensuring their safe return home.The main concern for residents is the length of time patients have to remain at the Indigenous Residence in Georgetown before they can rejoin their families in the Rupununi.Vice President and Indigenous Peoples Affairs’ Minister, Sydney Allicock, who was also present, assured residents that both Ministries will work together to ensure patients return home in a reasonable time, after being discharged from the nation’s primary healthcare facility.Last Saturday, a pregnant woman, who was flown to Georgetown, was returned to her region safely after the Ministers were informed that the patient was discharged days earlier and was awaiting her return flight home.Arrangements were immediately made to have the mother (name provided) and her baby return home, and according to reports, they are both doing fine.Residents also raised the concern of the deplorable condition of their main thoroughfare, which causes some amount of discomfort to patients who have to traverse the area.Minister Allicock told residents that the Public Infrastructure Ministry and the Communities Ministry are working together to address the situation.The Communities Ministry is currently constructing a bridge over the Churikad Woa Creek located approximately 10 minutes from the village, which when completed, will bring immediate relief to residents.The road passes through the river and when it rains, the water level rises above normal and villagers and others traversing the area are forced to wait on either side of the shore until the water recedes before continuing their journey. The new bridge will relieve the villagers of this problem.The Churikad Creek Bridge is expected to be completed by next week, while two other bridges have already been completed in the area.last_img read more

Firing Deputy Solicitor General “unconstitutional” – fmr PSC Chairman

first_img…says justice was not carried outDays after it had been revealed that the Public Service Commission (PSC), as one of its final acts, had fired Deputy Solicitor General Prithima Kissoon, a former Chairman of the PSC is describing the act as unconstitutional.According to former Chairman Carvil Duncan, a case can be made for an appeal against the commission’s decision, based upon the fact that a full Commission did not meet to make the decision.“Justice was not carried out. Because the commission ought to realise that they are an independent commission and not subject to any threat or political direction. At that time when she was terminated, the commission per se did not meet,” Duncan said, in an interview with this publication.Duncan said that PSC Commissioner Patrick Yarde and another commissioner had proceeded with the decision. He noted that, at the time, both he and another commissioner were nowhere in the picture.Duncan and Yarde, along with fellow commissioners Vidyawattie Looknauth, Patricia West and Mohammed Akeel, were appointed to the PSC in 2014. However, Duncan was suspended from his post by President David Granger last year, and Trade Unionist Yarde was subsequently appointed in May of this year.“So there were only four commission members, and the quorum is three. So anytime two members are absent, any decision made is not a valid decision. It’s unconstitutional, and therefore the results of the decision are unconstitutional. So it’s enough grounds for appeal,” Duncan explained.Earlier this week, the now former Deputy Solicitor General, in a public statement, said that with a mere six hours remaining before its life expired, the PSC had terminated her services. She said this was done purportedly on the recommendation of ‘an illegal’ Commission of Inquiry set up by the Public Service Commission. And according to the Attorney-at-Law, a new PSC will convene and a previous complaint by her against Attorney General Basil Williams will never be addressed.According to Kissoon, “My good name has been filched, my character assassinated, my career that I worked so hard to build in the public service for the past 10 years lies shattered at my feet; but my integrity and ethics are rock solid.”She said this unlawful Commission of Inquiry was hurriedly constituted with indecent haste on August 18, 2017, and issued a summons on August 21, 2017, for Kissoon to appear before the purported CoI on August 23, 2017, and the PSC came out with the verdict of dismissal on August 31.Kissoon was sent on leave earlier this year with the permission of the PSC, but had later found that the Permanent Secretary of the Legal Affairs Ministry had objected to her leaving the country while on leave, and a decision was taken to withhold her salary.The debacle came to the public fore in January last, when Kissoon lodged a formal complaint to the PSC against the Attorney General.She was, in March 2017, informed by the PSC that she should proceed on administrative leave with immediate effect, pending the outcome of investigations into several court matters that she had conduct of.The AG had launched a probe into cases which Deputy Solicitor General Kissoon was involved, following a ruling handed down by the Court of Appeal, dismissing a State-sponsored appeal against a High Court decision that quashed a private criminal charge against Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.The Appeal Court ruled that the appeal was null after Kissoon had conceded to a claim by Jagdeo’s lawyer that the Attorney General was not a proper party to the proceedings. Williams had reportedly since blamed Kissoon for the outcome of the case.However, although he has blamed Kissoon for the case, Solicitor General Sita Ramlall, in a letter to the Editor, had pointed out that Williams had insisted to Kissoon and herself that he be named as the plaintiff in the appeal when he was not a party.last_img read more

Mick Schumacher to test Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain

first_img“I am really looking forward to what I’m sure will be a great experience,” said Schumacher.The 20-year-old will also make his Formula Two debut this weekend in Bahrain after being crowned Formula Three champion last year with Prema, an Italian team allied with the Ferrari Drivers Academy with whom he joined in January.“I am consciously putting all thoughts of the test to one side, because I am also very much looking forward to competing in my first F2 race,” he added.Michael Schumacher has not been seen in public since suffering head injuries during a accident on December 29, 2013 while skiing with Mick and his condition is a secret closely guarded by his family.The 50-year-old left a huge legacy at Ferrari, winning five of his seven F1 world championships the Italian team.His son was selected for testing alongside Briton Callum Ilott, who will also test for Alfa Romeo in Spain on May 14-15.“Mick and Callum are drivers on the way up,” Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto said.“I believe that driving in an official setting such as the tests in Bahrain and Barcelona can be very useful at this stage of their careers.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mick Schumacher will test drive Ferrari’s F1 car after winning the Formula Three championship last year © AFP / Daniel ROLANDPARIS, France, Mar 26 – Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time world champion Michael, will make his Formula 1 test debut with Ferrari in Bahrain on April 2, the Italian team announced on Tuesday.Schumacher will then take the wheel of Alfa Romeo’s vehicle the next day.last_img read more

West Virginia University crowned toga kings

first_imgTop 15 Party Schools 1. West Virginia University 2. University of Mississippi 3. University of Texas, Austin 4. University of Florida 5. University of Georgia 6. Penn State University 7. University of New Hampshire 8. Indiana University, Bloomington 9. Ohio University, Athens 10. University of California, Santa Barbara 11. Randolph-Macon College, Va. 12. University of Iowa 13. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge 14. University of Maryland, College Park 15. University of Tennessee, Knoxville Top 15 “Stone Cold Sober” Schools 1. Brigham Young University 2. Wheaton College (Ill.) 3. Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, Calif.) 4. College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 5. Grove City College (Pa.) 6. U.S. Coast Guard Academy 7. U.S. Air Force Academy 8. U.S. Naval Academy 9. City University of New York, Queens College 10. Webb Institute (N.Y.) 11. Wellesley College, Mass. 12. Calvin College, Mich. 13. Wesleyan College, Ga. 14. U.S. Military Academy, N.Y. 15. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Mass.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! To the disappointment of school administrators – and the pride of some students – West Virginia University is No. 1 on The Princeton’s Review’s annual list of the top 20 party schools. The school has made the list seven times in the past 15 years, despite efforts to curb underage drinking and rowdy behavior. But not since 1997 have the Mountaineers taken the top spot. Last year, WVU was No. 3, bested by the University of Texas at Austin and Penn State, both of which remain in the top 10 this year. The rankings are contained in the 2008 edition of “The Best 366 Colleges,” which is going on sale today and is based on a survey of 120,000 college students at those schools, mostly during the 2006-07 school year. last_img read more