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Chief Justice defers decision on GECOM criteria

Posted in puxsprkw on January 13th, 2020

first_img…State Counsel presents contradictory argumentsThe High Court ruling on the validity of President David Granger’s criteria for selecting a Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman has been deferred until July 17, with the legal teams expected to make further submissions over the next few days.The case was called before Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George on Tuesday, with submissions from a representative of the State; the plaintiff, businessman Marcel Gaskin’s attorney, Glenn Hanoman, and Guyana Bar Association representative, Attorney-at-Law Teni Housty.Chief Justice (ag) Roxane GeorgeThe adjournment did not come, however, without spirited arguments from the State counsel and Gaskin’s legal representative. At one point, the State’s counsel was forced to withdraw a section of its written submission after the acting Chief Justice noted its contradictory arguments.Hanoman expressed worry that the President’s continued disregard of lists of nominees, which were arrived at from a consultative process with stakeholders, was eroding the Constitution. He argued that if indeed the President found the list unacceptable, he should give objective and reasonable explanations for why each person was rejected.President David GrangerThe Attorney referenced a prior case to make the point that it was also not up to the President to determine fit and proper and that the Opposition Leader, having conducted consultations with stakeholders, had arrived at the best possible ‘fit and proper’ list.However, the State’s counsel argued that the President did have the prerogative to use his discretion in the matter, as laid out in the Constitution. Citing an example of a list with five ‘fit and proper’ persons out of six nominees, the acting Chief Justice queried the merits of simply choosing one from the five in the interest of a timely and straightforward selection process.It was noted that by the President’s own criteria, the majority of those nominated in the second list were qualified to be Judges, thus rendering the list acceptable. However, the State’s counsel reiterated that determining the acceptability of the list remained the President’s prerogative.In addition, she argued that the list must be deemed acceptable in its entirety. And in rebutting a previous case cited to dispute the broad discretionary clout of the President, the State counsel argued that the powers of the President of Trinidad differed from those of the President of Guyana.But when State Counsel also complained about the President being subject to litigation due to his decision, the acting Chief Justice intervened, reminding her that he was in fact not before the court.During the arguments, the idea of a substitute list was raised as a possible solution to the impasse. Hanoman floated the idea of names being gleaned from each of the two lists and combined to form a final list. However, arguments about the subjectivity of such an exercise came up.Fit and properGaskin, a businessman and engineer, had moved to the High Court in March of this year to challenge the constitutionality of President Granger’s reasoning behind his rejection of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s list of six nominees.Gaskin, also the brother of Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, had wanted the court to determine whether Jagdeo’s list of nominees was indeed not “fit and proper” as declared by President Granger.Granger has maintained that the list of nominees must include a judge, a retired judge or a person qualified to be a judge. On the other hand, Jagdeo has argued that the nominees do not have to be a judge-type as the Constitution makes provision for another group of persons under the category of “fit and proper”.The former GECOM Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally was not a judge or qualified to be a judge and neither were most of the past chairpersons. Granger had also accepted nomination to serve as GECOM Chairman several years ago. (Jarryl Bryan)last_img read more

Reynolds to assist El Rancho softball

Posted in puxsprkw on January 10th, 2020

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 4 p.m. John Reynolds, who has been an assistant coach at La Mirada the past three seasons and guided the Matadores junior varsity program to consecutive Suburban League championships during that time, has been hired as a varsity assistant at El Rancho High School. Reynolds will be returning to the Del Rio League where he had a perennial title contender while he was head varsity softball coach at Santa Fe High School.last_img read more

MURPHY IS A MAGPIE! Norwich winger completes move to Newcastle United

Posted in puxsprkw on December 27th, 2019

first_img1 Jacob Murphy starring for the England Under-21s Newcastle have announced the signing of winger Jacob Murphy from Norwich for an undisclosed fee.The Magpies had an increased offer for Murphy accepted on Tuesday, reported to be £12.5million, and the England Under-21 international has now become their third summer signing.“He’s a young and talented player and hopefully he can develop even more here,” Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez told the club’s official website.Neither club has disclosed the fee nor the length of contract for Murphy, 22, who enjoyed his breakthrough season at Norwich last season.Benitez added: “We hope he can show us the passion, commitment and ability that he showed in the Championship last season.”Murphy, whose parents are from the north east, said: “It was a childhood dream of mine to represent Newcastle and the opportunity is now here. I can’t wait to get started.”The Magpies, who had two earlier offers for Murphy turned down, had previously signed only Chelsea winger Christian Atsu and Eibar defender Florian Lejeune since winning promotion back to the Premier League last season.Fans were becoming increasingly impatient at the club’s lack of transfer activity and still expect more new arrivals, with Benitez linked to a loan move for another wide player, Liverpool’s Sheyi Ojo.Murphy, who progressed through Norwich’s academy, was one of the club’s few shining lights in the Sky Bet Championship last season.He played a key role for Aidy Boothroyd’s England Under-21 squad which reached the semi-finals of the European Championships last month when they lost to Germany on penalties.Murphy made the first-team breakthrough at Carrow Road during the 2013/14 season and has made over 40 appearances.last_img read more

Four Masters hold sway in exciting U14 ‘A’ final

Posted in puxsprkw on December 26th, 2019

first_imgFOUR MASTERS held off the advances of Sean MacCumhaills to claim the Donegal U14 ‘A’ Championship title on Friday night.Four Masters 3-5 Sean MacCumhaills 1-8The Donegal Town outfit took the prize after an exciting game in Glenfin. Barrie McGhee’s goal early in the second half kept MacCumhaills on the charge for the remainder, but Four Masters weren’t to be denied.Four Masters – led by former Donegal players Shane Carr and Joyce McMullen as well as Damien Dunnion, Emmet Gallagher and Pauric Harvey – had an early goal from Daniel Quinn.With the game still in its infancy, Daniel McIntyre rattled the net for a second Four Masters goal. McGhee pegged the deficit back, but Caolan Sweeney bagged a third major for Four Masters.MacCumhaills stayed right in touch, but Daniel Quinn’s second goal of the night sealed the deal.Four Masters: Seoirse O’Flaherty; John Bell, Fiachra O’Donnell, Terence McGovern; Calum McCrea, Jake Graham, Leo McGowan; Caolan Sweeney (1-0), Senan Carr (0-1); Daniel McIntyre (1-1), Rory McLaughlin (0-2), David Monaghan; Oisin Doherty Daniel Quinn (2-1), Conor Meehan. Subs: Kiernan Degnan, Calum Dunnion, Turlough Carr, Conor McCaul, Michael McMullen, Mike Duke, Seamus Caldwell, Shane Martin, Tiernan McBride, Theo Colhoun.Sean MacCumhaills: Ronan Callaghan; Mark Gavin, Martin Mbulli, Cathal Cannon; Fionn McNulty (0-1), Diarmaid O’Donnell, Charlie Byrne; Ruairi Callaghan (0-2f), Conor McGinty (0-1); Shaun McMenamin, Sean Martin (0-1), Daithi McMahon (0-1); Odhran Bonner (0-1), Barrie McGhee (1-1, 1f), Darragh Boyle. Sub: Joseph Boyle for GavinReferee: Anthony McCallig (Naomh Ultan)Four Masters hold sway in exciting U14 ‘A’ final was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

Craig Gordon accepts League Cup final watching brief

Posted in puxsprkw on December 24th, 2019

first_img“It wasn’t a performance-based decision, it was something that was going to happen regardless and he has made that call and I will have to stick by that and do everything I can to help the lads win the trophy.”Despite not taking to the field, Gordon would still be a due a medal should Celtic prevail against the Dons.He added: “Obviously it wouldn’t feel the same whether if is a winners or a runners-up medal, obviously we hope it is a winners.“It feels slightly different having not played a minute but it is a team game and I am part of this team and hopefully I will contribute behind the scenes or in the dressing room so I am doing my bit to support the team but yes, it still counts.“I will be just as happy of the team goes up to lift the club having not played.” Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon said he wished he’d been given the nod to play in the League Cup final but backed Scott Bain to again be an able deputy.The 35-year-old is the Hoops’ number one but manager Brendan Rodgers has installed Bain as his keeper for League Cup action across their tournament run.Gordon said he was disappointed to warming the bench against Aberdeen but insisted he’d help however he could as Celtic chase a seventh successive trophy.“I would obviously rather be playing but that is the same with every member of this squad,” said the Scotland international. “It is the manager that picks the team and I would to have been out there and played in that occasion but the manager has given Scott every round and has decided to stick by him for this one.“That’s the way it goes. Sometimes managers do change for the final and sometimes they don’t.“He has obviously backed Scott to do the job and I will back the boys and do my bit to help them achieve that.“Scott is a very good goalkeeper and it will be a new thing for him to go out and play in that game but certainly from everything I have seen he is certainly very capable of going in there and handling that and performing well.last_img read more

Scott County Sheriff’s Office Makes Additional Drug Arrests

Posted in puxsprkw on December 22nd, 2019

first_imgAdditionally, Danielle Allen stated she had used prescription medication not prescribed to her. Drug paraphernalia was discovered in the vehicle and both individuals were placed in custody and transported to the Scott County Jail.  Danielle Allen was arrested for POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA and VISITING A COMMON NUISANCE. Stefan Hartford was arrested for DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED (SUSP/PRIOR), MAINTAINING A COMMON NUISANCE, and POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA.On September 5, 2019, Deputy Johnney Coomer observed a male driving on an expired registration.Male subject identified as Kevin Moreland, age 52, Jeffersonville, Indiana, stopped at Leroy’s store and entered into the building.Deputy Coomer questioned Moreland about observing him driving with an expired registration. Moreland stated he needed medical attention due to chest pains.Deputy Coomer called for EMS and Moreland was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital. Further investigation showed Moreland had five (5) active warrants from Clark County and expired registration. Moreland was medically cleared from Scott Memorial Hospital and transported to Clark County Jail on those active warrants. On September 5, 2019, Lieutenant Shawn Mayer and Deputy Zach Brown responded to a location in Lexington, Indiana in reference to possible drug activity.Upon arrival, Lt. Mayer and Deputy Brown made contact with two occupants in a vehicle. They were identified as Danielle Allen, age 29, Elizabeth, Indiana, and Stefan Hartford, age 30, Shelbyville, Indiana.Stefan HartfordFurther investigation by Lt. Mayer and Deputy Brown discovered Stefan Hartford had a suspended drivers permit.Danielle Allenlast_img read more

The State of the Web: Making the Web More Accessible [Video]

Posted in puxsprkw on December 20th, 2019

first_imgKey TakeawaysPaisios shared excellent nuggets about web accessibility from a developer and personal perspective in the video. Here are my top takeaways:The more accessible your website is, the more usable it is to everyoneNot everyone uses a mouse to navigate a website and read content on your site. People may use their keyboard, screen reader, switch control, video captions, or podcast transcripts. Create consistent patterns on your website by following the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)Use semantic HTML elements in your code. Read about the various form input types and controls; they’re all accessible by default.Did you know an email input field on a form allows assistive technology, like a screen reader, to provide autocomplete suggestions for an email address?Test your site with assistive technology (like Chrome’s built-in Chromevox screen reader) to learn what issues website visitors might have on your siteUse plain language in your content, avoid complex words, explain what abbreviations/acronyms mean on first use. Don’t make abbreviations a puzzle for your readers to solve.A website doesn’t know who has a disability. As the web designer/developer, you can create websites that accommodate everyone by taking care to address accessibility challenges.Chrome Developer Tools (built into Chrome) can help identify website accessibility issues. Lighthouse (within Chrome Dev Tools) can conduct site accessibility audits and give you list of recommendations. SummaryAs a web professional, you can provide solutions to accessibility challenges. Paisios recommends you use best practices and be innovative in your approaches to creating an accessible web. Want to learn more about web accessibility? Check out the resource list on the Google Chrome Developers video page as well asMy 100+ articles on accessibilityMy friend Mike Gifford’s accessibility list of listsJoin a local accessibility and inclusive design meetup group! There are 35+ groups around the worldShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedTwo Free Web Accessibility Webinars This WeekEvery week web designers and developers ask me for ways they can learn more about web accessibility. I ask myself the same question! And that’s one of the reasons I publish my weekly roundups every Friday: to share info and resources about web accessibility. Since last week was the Thanksgiving…In “Accessibility”Takeaways from the WP Bacon “A More Accessible WordPress Panel Discussion”At yesterday’s WPBacon A More Accessible WordPress panel discussion, hosts Robert Neu and Ozzy Rodriguez invited several WordPress accessibility advocates to discuss accessible websites and the current status of accessibility in WordPress. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch the live talk. However, thanks to WPBacon posting their video online, I…In “Accessibility”10 Tips for Creating Accessible Content for Your WebsiteAt last month’s 3PlayMedia webinar on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Janet Sylvia, Web Accessibility Group Leader at the University of Georgia, gave an introduction to web accessibility and offered 10 tips for creating accessible web content. Here are my notes from her presentation. Use page titles, headings, and semantic structure…In “Accessibility” When you create an accessible website using best practices for design, development, and content, your website provides a great user experience for everyone. Accessible websites are a good business practice. You’ll interact with more website visitors, customers, and clients when they can easily access content on your website. But what happens when your site isn’t accessible to everyone?… you may have a fast website with the best content, but it’s all for nothing if people can’t actually use it.Accessibility: The State of the WebIn this 30-minute Google Chrome Developers video, Senior Web Developer Programs Engineer Rick Viscomi interviews Nektarios Paisios, a programmer on the Chrome Accessibility team, about the importance of web accessibility.They discuss:How a website workflow can create challenges for people with disabilitiesAssistive technology that people use on websitesSteps web professionals can take to improve website and web app accessibilityAugmented and virtual reality in relationship to accessibilitylast_img read more

South Africa’s career advice hotline

Posted in puxsprkw on December 19th, 2019

first_imgA team of career guidance counsellors is in place to help students seeking advice on post-school opportunities. The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has launched a career advice helpline to equip students with information to navigate work and study paths. The helpline, which started to operate recently, will help students to increase their employability and manage their own career development, as well as provide a resource for career advisers. ‘Taking the next step’ The South African Qualifications Authority board is a body of 22 members appointed by the ministers of education after consultation with the Minister of Labour. The members are nominated by identified national stakeholders in education and training. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Making a career choice is one of life’s most important decisions, said West, and it was therefore imperative that students had the necessary information and got advice before making their decision. The launch of the helpline follows the announcement made by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande during his 2010/11 budget speech, where he announced that he had tasked SAQA with establishing a national career advice helpline.center_img For assistance, call the helpline on 086 0111 673, e-mail the National Qualification Framework (NQF), or visit the NQF website. “This means that anyone, for example, a learner needing to choose school subjects, a school leaver wanting to study further, or a working person wanting to switch to a different kind of work, can find the information and support to take the next step,” said SAQA Career Advice Services director Paul West. 13 July 2010 One of their main objectives is to advance the objectives of the National Qualification Framework (NQF), a set of principles and guidelines by which records of learner achievement are registered to enable national recognition of acquired skills and knowledge, thereby ensuring an integrated system that encourages life-long learning. Principles and guidelines An amount of R100-million has been allocated by the department for the project, which will be spent over a three-year period.last_img read more

Cape Town property pulls foreigners

Posted in puxsprkw on December 18th, 2019

first_img12 June 2013Foreign buying activity in Cape Town’s most sought-after suburbs has picked up markedly since the start of the year, predominantly on the back of the weak rand, according to property agency Seeff.Since January, about 75 properties to the value of almost R566-million have been snapped up by foreign buyers, the equivalent of more than 80 percent of the 89 units to the value of around R570-million that sold during the whole of 2012, Seeff’s managing director for the areas, Ian Slot, said this seek.This includes nine sales above the R20-million mark – four of which were bought by African buyers. The shift in activity to African buyers and emerging Eastern markets such as China and India is also becoming more prevalent, Slot said.African buyer activity has already more than doubled, with 12 property sales to the value of just over R142-million compared to about six property sales for the whole of 2012.Nigerian buyers top the list, with four properties that includes an apartment at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront for R25-million and a luxury home in Bantry Bay for R30-million.  An Angolan buyer also paid R30-million for a home in Camps Bay.Buyer activity from the emerging Eastern markets such as China and India has also more than doubled for this year so far, said Slot. A total of 10 properties to the value of just over R61-million have sold to Eastern buyers compared to only four sales during 2012.Chinese buyers top the list, with six property sales compared to only two during the whole of last year, he added. Five of these sales were below the R5-million price band, while the sale of a Camps Bay mansion topped this at a selling price of R7.296-million. Two Middle Eastern buyers also invested in Camps Bay holiday homes, including a modern villa sold for R9.75-million.European buyers account for 28 property sales to the value of just under R155-million; about 40 percent of all buying activity.About 18 properties to the value of R63-million were sold to British buyers.Buying activity from the USA remains low at only three property sales compared to two sales during 2012.The majority of sales, 52 properties (69 percent) worth more than R470-million, took place in the suburbs of the Atlantic Seaboard. This includes 11 sales to African buyers.The highest activity was in Camps Bay with 16 sales, followed by Sea Point with 11 sales. Sales in Cape Town’s central business district and City Bowl suburbs account for 23 units (31 percent), mostly to British and European buyers, Slot added.While foreign buying activity had improved over the last few months, Slot said that overall volumes were still down since 2009, when 435 properties with a combined value of over R1.5-billion sold to foreign buyers.This positive foreign buyer sentiment in the lead-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup had since been stifled by the continued uncertainty in the UK and European economies. The upside of this was that many UK and European buyers had looked to shift their funds into South African property, and the weak rand had served as a significant incentive. This made property here even more attractive as a safe haven, he added.While foreign buyer activity for this year accounted for about 13 percent of the total sales volumes (81 out of a total of 608 units sold), Slot said that this percentage was always moderated by sales of foreign owned properties. For the 2012 year, for example, about 89 out of the total of 1193 properties sold were to foreign buyers, representing eight percent of all unit sales on the Atlantic Seaboard and in the City Bowl. In contrast, 117 foreign-owned properties were sold during the same year.Sapalast_img read more

Chaos Engineering: A Proactive Approach to Probe the Limits of Software Systems

Posted in puxsprkw on December 17th, 2019

first_imgWhile most companies that design software focus on getting things right, few focus on how users can break what they’ve created.  Software businesses increasingly accept that even the best software has holes and they want to know how to uncover and fix them before either their system breaks down in production or their data and algorithms have been hacked.For example, it is becoming routine for big software giants to offer bug bounties that challenge hackers to try to break in or find defects in their software.NetFlix is one company that is pioneering the idea of chaos engineering.  The idea of chaos engineering is to find talented programmers and engineers that are devoted to finding problems with software rather than spending time trying to fix things.  It’s a proactive approach for probing and testing the limits of their software to see what they can do to make the system break.Bruce Wong, former NetFlix engineering manager, wrote that “we are constantly testing our ability to survive ‘once in a blue moon’ failures. In a sign of our commitment to this very philosophy, we want to double down on chaos aka failure-injection. We strive to mirror the failure modes that are possible in our production environment and simulate these under controlled circumstances. Our engineers are expected to write services that can withstand failures and gracefully degrade whenever necessary. By continuing to run these simulations, we are able to evaluate and improve such vulnerabilities in our ecosystem.”last_img read more