Deliberately obtuse…

first_img…on sovereignty of people caseLooks like the “sovereignty case” that was just upheld by the Appellate Court is like a Rorschach Test for Guyanese politicians and their lackeys in the media. You know… that test that makes the subject look at an ink blot that was squeezed between the fold of the paper to form a random, but symmetrical shape – and has to say what he “sees”. It exposes what’s on people’s minds. For instance, what may look like an elephant’s trunk to some, may look like a penis to another.Right off the bat, the then APNU/AFC opposition and their media dubbed the case – when it first appeared in the High Court before Chief Justice Chang – as the “third term” case – even though who may run for the presidency included four categories. Your Eyewitness finds it rather tiresome to keep enumerating them, so he demurs. Obviously, these folks were so scared of Bharat Jagdeo they’d become paranoid and saw him under every bed! Even their bed!!Jagdeo wasn’t even involved with the constitutional challenge that insisted power to change the fundamental nature of the Constitution lies with the people. He was simply in one of the four categories of citizens that were excluded from running for the presidency – through application of the principle and thereby fundamentally restricted the people’s choice. The APNU/AFC combined and their media supporters just refused to see the constitutional forest – not just for the citizen trees – but only for the Jagdeo tree!And even though the Appellate Court once again identified the forest – there are some politicians who’re stubbornly stuck in the Jagdeo tree. Like ex-Speaker Ralph Ramkarran. Ramkarran, who comes up with the disingenuous assertion that the PPP’s against more than two terms for any Presidential candidate – because he carried that spear TWO DECADES ago. Even though he’s a Senior Counsel who’s supposed to be familiar with the fundamental constitutional issues, he avoids the wider gaze and hones in on the “two-term” aspect. Is he so bitter about Jagdeo he would undermine whatever legal credibility he’s earned over the years?But he’s too clever by half. He calls for a referendum to decide the issue – and forgets two things flow from his suggestion. If the Government goes down that path, it‘ll be accepting the republican nature of our Constitution runs so deeply, many other changes will be forthcoming to return “power to the people”!!Secondly, because of their own dubbing the issue as “third term”, any referendum on this constitutional issue becomes a referendum on Jagdeo.In this climate, he’ll win hands down!! All smart flies end up on……on SARA’s clear and present dangerAnother individual in the public space who stands in danger of undermining his credibility is Dr David Hinds, who has his support to the SARA Bill: “If I must make a choice between stamping out corruption and chasing away a few investments, I will choose the former. That is why I am squarely behind the SARA initiative. Despite some of the concerns, in the end the country benefits from the initiative.”But it’s not that simple, is it? Hinds dismisses criticisms of the powers given to SARA’s Director Clive Thomas as because while it’ll “hurt some of the economic and political elites, it will help the working classes of Guyana.” But it’s not as if Dr Hinds doesn’t know the elephant in the room. This was objected to not only by the PSC – who can be said to have some skin in the game – but by TIGI, GHRA as well!!They’re concerned the powers given to Thomas would exceed King Kong’s.Isn’t Dr Hinds?…Sectoral CommitteesGoolsarran wants the PAC to scrutinise “State agencies” more rigorously. But the PAC, by definition, investigates after any unruly horse would’ve bolted the stables.What’s with the Sectoral Committees? They’re supposed to scrutinise in real time.last_img read more

Hey, debtor, leave that 401(k) alone

first_imgSteve Bucci is president of CCCS Credit Advisors. Go to www.creditcounseling.org for additional debt advice. The Debt Adviser is a weekly feature of bankrate.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Steve Bucci bankrate.com Question: If the economy crashes, I know my 401(k) will disappear, but my debt won’t. So, I was thinking of raiding my 401(k) to pay off my credit-card debt. What do you think? – Stephen Answer: This is curious thinking. People have many reasons for “raiding” their 401(k)s, but banking on the economy crashing is a new one to me. I believe I understand your concern. You think that your 401(k) will be worth much less if the economy takes a turn for the worse. In this, at least, we can agree. You will at some point want to retire. It is generally considered desirable to have an income source other than Social Security to accomplish that goal. If you raid your 401(k) now to take care of your credit-card debt, you may be jeopardizing your retirement. The reason being, the money that you “raid” will be taxed at your current income-tax level, instead of the likely lower level that you would be at when you retire. You also will be hit with a substantial early-withdrawal penalty. However, the biggest hit that you take by withdrawing from your 401(k) is future earning potential. Even crashes recover. I had the unpleasant experience of riding the market down between 2000 and 2003. Since then, I have been pleased with the return enjoyed by my 401(k). I recommend you leave your 401(k) intact, make regular contributions if you can, and explore other options for paying off your debt. last_img read more

Chelsea, Man City and Man United all options for Paul Pogba, says agent

first_imgPaul Pogba would be interested in a move to Chelsea, Manchester City or Manchester United, according to his agent.The midfielder looks as though he could be on his way out of Juventus this summer after spending four years with the Italian champions.Real Madrid are viewed as the frontrunners, but other clubs from around Europe remain keen on the Frenchman.??And now the 23-year-old’s agent, Mino Raiola, has revealed that a move to the Premier League would be tempting for his client.“Will Pogba leave Juventus? Paul has to grow. He’s at Juve now, so any transfer must be run past Juventus,” Raiola told Premium Sport.“I’ve said that he likes [Real Madrid coach Zinedine] Zidane, Real Madrid is fascinating as are Barcelona, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, [Manchester] City, Chelsea and also Juve.”“Would I listen to offers from Milan and Inter for Pogba? Why not? My interest is to represent my players as well as possible, so I don’t rule anything out.” Paul Pogba during France training 1last_img read more

QPR 3-0 Leeds: Hasselbaink’s Hoops off to a Championship flyer at Loftus Road

first_img Queens Park Rangers took the lead after four minutes at Loftus Road Queens Park Rangers got off to a winning start in the new Championship season, with a 2-0 victory over Leeds at Loftus Road. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s men capitalised on sloppy defending by Garry Monk’s side inside four minutes, taking the lead through Nedum Onuoha. United debutant Ronaldo Vieira fouled in the box in the second half, allowing Tjaronn Chery to double the Hoops’ lead from the spot in the second half.Sebastian Polter made it three from a tight angle in injury time, confirming defeat for Monk in his first game in charge of his first competitive match at Leeds, as former United striker Hasselbaink saw his side come out on top.The opening goal came after Leeds failed to deal with a corner and the ball scooped into the air after Vieira had blocked on the line to deny first Polter and then Ben Gladwin.In the scramble which followed, Green fumbled and although Onuoha was initially credited with the goal after appearing to head home from close range, the ball in fact went in off Leeds defender Sol Bamba.Monk’s start to his Leeds reign could hardly have been worse.And as Rangers continued to press, Leeds were rescued by the woodwork twice before half-time.Leeds improved after the break but they were soon on the back foot again and Green saved at his near post to deny Chery after he had linked up with fellow Dutchman Nasser El Khayati.El Khayati, on as a substitute, then brought an even better save from Green when he turned away from Stuart Dallas and unleashed a powerful shot that the former England goalkeeper dived to his left to push away.Cousins, on for his debut, also made a swift impact after being introduced from the bench. The midfielder, signed from Charlton this summer, collected Steven Caulker’s pass and was bundled over by Vieira.Chery, who netted 10 goals last season, calmly slotted the resulting spot-kick beyond Green to put the home side in complete control.New signing Marcus Antonsson wasted a chance for Leeds when he dragged a shot wide after finding himself through on goal in another rare Leeds attack.Green could do nothing about Polter’s fine goal in the dying seconds as the German fizzed the ball home from an acute angle on the left-hand side. 1last_img read more

Brazilian star Alex Teixeira set to leave China – Liverpool set to pounce?

first_imgLiverpool have been given a second chance of signing Alex Teixeira after he was placed on the transfer list by Jiangsu Suning.The Reds tried to land the Brazilian back in January 2016 when he was plying his trade for Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.Liverpool offered to pay over £25million for the attacking midfielder, in what would have been Jurgen Klopp’s first major signing since taking charge at Anfield.However, the approach was knocked back by Shakhtar and within a month Teixeira had been sold to Jiangsu Suning for a then Chinese record fee of £38.4m [€50m].The 27-year-old had been very keen on a move to Anfield, though, and he could finally get the chance to move there.According to Tuttosport, Teixeira has been transfer listed by Jiangsu Suning and they are ready to sell him in January.The Chinese club are apparently ready to cash in on the Brazilian after head coach Fabio Capello said he was no longer part of his plans.That news will no doubt be of interest to Liverpool, but Inter Milan are also thought to be keen on Teixeira too. 1 Brazilian star Alex Teixeira last_img read more

Leicester City vs Manchester City: Match preview and confirmed teams

first_img City lost ground on Liverpool after their Palace defeat 2 Manchester City must dust themselves off as they attempt to remain in the Premier League title race as they take on Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day.The reigning champions are currently second in the table after a shock defeat to Crystal Palace, four points behind leaders Liverpool. Team newsLeicester will make a late decision on whether to hand striker Jamie Vardy a second start in five days having now fully recovered from previous groin issues.Meanwhile, Matty James and Daniel Amartey are still long-term absentees.Manchester City will check on midfielder Fernandinho ahead of their Boxing Day Premier League trip to Leicester after the Brazilian missed Saturday’s loss to Crystal Palace with a thigh problem.The game may come too soon for David Silva (hamstring), although the playmaker has returned to light training, while defenders Vincent Kompany and Danilo are again doubtful.Left-back Benjamin Mendy (knee) and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (Achilles) are long-term absentees.Confirmed teamsLeicester: Schmeichel, Chilwell, Morgan, Mendy, Ndidi, Maguire, Choudhury, Pereira, Maddison, Albrighton, VardyManchester City: Ederson, Danilo, Delph, Stones, Laporte, De Bruyne, B.Silva, Sane, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero Leicester claimed an unlikely win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury What the managers are sayingClaude Puel (Leicester City): “Our last game against City was encouraging, about our mentality, about our play and possibility.“We lost on the lottery of penalties, we didn’t manage very well this exercise, I know. On the pitch it was interesting.”Pep Guardiola (Manchester City): “We have to train before an official game. The players know they are in England. In Germany and most other leagues they stop the leagues.“If we played the 27th then the 25th would have been the day off, but the 26th means we train on the 25th, that’s normal.” huge blow Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City deals City will be feeling extra vigilant against a Leicester side who pushed them all the way in their Carabao Cup meeting last weekend, with Pep Guardiola’s men going through on penalties.The Foxes pulled off a shock of their own at the weekend though – beating Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge so a difficult task awaits the Citizens. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED 2 shining gameday cracker Latest Premier League Newslast_img read more

Coke and Marijuana Taken in Clark County Bust

first_imgThe traffic stop was on a black 2012 Infinity for a traffic infraction. During the traffic stop trooper LaMaster sensed something was not right so he requested assistance from Trooper Nathan Abbott and his police K-9, Teague.When K-9 Teague sniffed at the vehicle he made a positive indication for controlled substances in the vehicle.The arrested was incarcerated at the Clark County Jail awaiting his first court appearance At approximately 8:45 am this morning, Trooper Mark LaMaster made a traffic stop on Interstate #65 near the 21 Mile Marker in Clark County South Bound.A subsequent search of the vehicle and the driver yielded suspected Cocaine, Marijuana and Paraphernalia.The driver, Nicholas Moura Antunes, 27, from Chicago, IL, was arrested and charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.last_img read more

Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim ladies name teams for quarter-finals

first_imgDonegal, Sligo and Leitrim have all named their teams for this weekend’s All-Ireland quarter-finals.It’s a familiar-looking Donegal team to face Mayo tomorrow in the senior quarter-final in Mullingar, with Geraldine McLaughlin captaining the team from full-forward where she is flanked by Yvonne McMonagle and Roisin Friel.St Naul’s Eilish Ward starts at wing-forward, while Naomh Conaill’s Aoife McDonnell starts at wing-back.Four Masters’ Kate Keaney misses out through injury, though she is listed among the extended panel.That game will be live on Ocean FM in association with the Clanree Hotel.Sligo face Roscommon in the intermediate quarter-final in Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday and are captained by goalkeeper Noelle Gormley, whose sister Aine lines out at half-forward.Katie Walsh, Elaine O’Reilly, Karen Maloney, Sinead McTiernan and Emma Hansberry are all listed among the substitutes.Jacqui Mulligan is named at corner-back, and says that the squad and manager Paddy Henry have used the six-week break since the Connacht final productively…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Jacqui-Mulliugan-Clip.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Leitrim are without Sinead Tighe through injury, while Dearbhaile Beirne and Ailbhe Clancy are part of the Irish soccer team for the World University Games in Taiwan.Dromahair’s Anna Conlon and Glencar/Manorhamilton’s Melissa Hewitt both start in defence, while Dearbhla Rooney is among the replacements.Leitrim had to beat Longford in the Qualifiers to reach this weekend’s intermediate quarter-final against Ulster champions Tyrone in Carrick-on-Shannon.They conceded 2-20 in that game, and boss Philip Brady says they need to tighten up in defence…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Philip-Brady-Clip-on-Longford-2-20.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

First Look at Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

first_imgShare This!Wow! That’s all we have to say! Today, Disney shared a first image, as well as other details about what to expect with the new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction, which is slated to open in Walt Disney World on December 5 and at Disneyland on January 17.When the attraction officially opens, Guests will be put into the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance. You will join the Resistance and depart from Batuu in a transport ship to meet General Leia Organa at a secret rendezvous point. But, as tends to happen, something goes horribly wrong! Your ship will be captured by a First Order Star Destroyer. You will then attempt to seek to escape the clutches of Kylo Ren and the First Order and may be able to do so with the help of some heroes of the Resistance via escape pods. Your escape pod will then drop out of the bottom of the ship and you will fly back to Batuu.Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be one of the most ambitious, advanced and immersive experiences ever and it is also one of the largest Disney has ever created. Its massive show building is a world unto itself, housing two full-size AT-AT walkers and a Star Destroyer hangar bay that includes a TIE fighter and a number of Stormtroopers.This attraction is going to be next level bonkers, I just know it!last_img read more

Teacher laptops to enhance education

first_imgZandile Tanoatsoala, a grade 4 teacher atLotus Gardens Primary School, is alreadyusing a laptop in her classes. Deputy minister Enver Surty and ELRC’sDhana Govender. Government is hoping all teachers will uselaptops. (Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Hope MokgatlheMedia Liaison OfficerBasic Education Department+27 12 312 5538 or +27 71 680 6849RELATED ARTICLES• Education focus of Mandela Day 2010• Poor schools score textbooks• SA colleges get $6.7m boost• Ubuntu software for schoolsBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s public schools are moving into a new era of advanced technology, thanks to the new Teacher Laptop Initiative that’s rolling out across the country, allowing teachers to introduce laptops into their classrooms.A partnership between the Department of Basic Education and the private sector, the project is supervised by the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC).Top-of-the-range Pentium-4 machines, each one internet-ready and with national curriculum lessons and other relevant software installed, will be distributed to schools from 19 JulyGovernment believes the introduction of ICT into all its primary and secondary schools will improve the quality of pupils’ education. Teacher unions are unanimously supporting the initiative, and are hoping it will enhance their members’ teaching skills.“This is a powerful instrument that will help us transform our public education system,” said Dhaya Govender, general secretary of ELRC.The project was launched on 15 July at the Lotus Gardens Primary School in Pretoria West, where teachers are already using the laptops.  ELRC has 18 months to ensure that it’s fully rolled out.Technology in the classroomThere are over 360 000 teachers plying their trade in South Africa’s public schools, and the plan is to give all of them a laptop. “We will ensure that every teacher owns and is able to use a computer,” said Enver Surty, deputy minister of Basic Education.About 125 000 teachers have already received computer training, Surty said, adding that the department is also progressing with the registration of learners into a national database. Some 80% are already in the system.The 12 suppliers to the project, all prominent computer dealers and ISPs, are offering training sessions in the schools. Local companies involved include mobile providers Cell C, Vodacom and MTN, hardware suppliers Lenovo and Sahara Systems, and telecommunications company Telkom, among others.“Our technicians and engineers provide training for teachers, showing them how to use the [installed] applications,” said Dayalan Pillay, a business manager at ICT training company Gijima Ast, also a supplier.Teachers have participated actively in the training sessions, government noted.The Skool websitepA website due to be launched shortly, www.skool.co.za, will become a nerve centre of the initiative and will contain all modules of the school curriculum.“Teachers can set tests using the website. All resources are readily available for the teacher,” Pillay said.Improving communicationGovernment is spending about US$317-million (R2.8-billion) to subsidise the laptops, as well as projectors for classrooms. Teachers will pay a monthly minimum fee for the computers, which will then become their property.Unions see the initiative as a viable platform to improve communication in the teaching sector.“There have been challenges in communicating vital information to the teachers,” said Thobile Ntola, president of the South African Democratic Teachers Union. “The laptops will play a role in bridging this gap.”“We must all rejoice when teachers can use e-mail to communicate with colleagues, exchange ideas, debate and discuss, and be exposed to the world of knowledge using powerful search engines like Google,” said Ezrah Ramasehla, president of the National Association of Professional Teachers of South Africa.last_img read more