Opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has branded the 53rd National Legislature as a group of individuals “overwhelmed by rampant corruption.”The party through its national chairman, George Solo, indicated that attempts by the Legislature to increase the fees for legislative contestants in the upcoming election represented a “high degree of corruption that should be resisted by all well-meaning Liberians.”The Legislature recently opened discussions on the fees for both categories of the Legislature and is close to passing said law that requires politicians interested in contesting the senatorial election to pay US$7,500 in order to be registered on the ballot.In a Daily Observer interview over the weekend, Mr. Solo frowned on the manner in which lawmakers agreed to increase the fees under the new election laws, adding; “The Legislature is intoxicated from all the corruption they are involved with in this country.”According to the CDC Chairman, “The party is saddened by the action of the Legislature to increase fees for senatorial candidates from US$700 in 2005 to US$7,500 in the ensuing Special Senatorial Election of 2014,” The CDC Chairman added.He noted, “If their argument is about adding value to the Legislature then their judgment is poor and misled.”“If they say the focus of value is finance, then it tells you the thoughts of the people making the laws for us. I think the focus of value should be fairness, equality, hope and possibility; as these are all of the things that inspire patriotism,” chairman Solo said.“If we say the best land should be given to the one with the most money,” Solo continued; “Then the best land should not be occupied by someone that has lots of resources but with limited interest in the people that are affected by that land.Acquisition is selfish, and we must do something to stop it so those that have stolen public resources can’t use it against the masses. Now they are telling us if you put the value of money on something then it raises national value? If that’s the case, then we should put a price on respect, accountability and honesty. If we can do that, I would be more than comfortable with that concept.”He maintained that the Legislature clearly showed their level of insincerity on Capitol Hill and that it is affecting the Liberian people.CDC considered the new law a “clever attempt to exclude qualified personalities with little income from participating in a process that stands to change the destiny of the people.”Meanwhile, CDC has declined to comment on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s grandnephew’s presentation at the National Oil and Gas Roundtable discussion in Monrovia.The first family is receiving mixed reactions from the public for inviting 17-year-old Estrada Bernard, III, to make a presentation at an oil and gas meeting a few weeks ago.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– customer says not responsible since meter is not in yardA woman was asked to pay $125,000 to the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) for allegedly tampering with her water meter, an accusation she has since denied, claiming that the possibility exists that animals could have broken same.The meter that was allegedly tampered withThe water service was disconnected from the Lot 83 Plantation Adelphi East Canje, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) property on Wednesday last. This was after the meter reader observed that the meter was allegedly tampered with.Danlachmi Rikkhi called “Betty,” said she was not at home when the water was disconnected. According to her, a few days prior, the damaged meter was shown to her by the meter reader. As such, she went to the GWI office on Thursday where she was shown photographs of some tampered meter.“When I went to GWI, the girl calculated it and then told me that I have to pay $125,000. I told her that I will not be able to pay that money and that I am not even supposed to pay a reconnection fee because I don’t have an outstanding bill. She told me that if I am not satisfied, I could go to the Manager.”Danlachmi Rikkhi, called “Betty”, inspecting the meter that is outside her yardThe woman told Guyana Times that she visited the GWI office at Chesney Village where she met with a senior official who indicated that the pictures of the damaged meter revealed that it was hit with a blunt object.“He told me that the meter was tampered with. It is a hard case but I will have to pay.”The woman who had already paid $51,000 to the GWI between March and the December of this year said she should not be totally responsible since the water meter was moved from her yard and placed on the parapet.However, a source from the Guyana Water Inc noted that the water meters in the East Canje area were removed from within yards and placed on the parapets. This, the official explained, is to facilitate meter readers whenever they visit.Further, the official noted that if the meters are not read on a monthly basis, it will result in estimated bills being produced.According to GWI, there is a $75,000 cost for damage of property and a tampering fee of $30,000. There is also a reinstallation cost is $20,000.In light of this situation, the aggrieved customer has since reported the matter to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) which has since engaged GWI on the issue. The woman is contending that since the meters are on the parapet, the possibility exists that animals can trample upon them on any given day.“People cow, horse come there in the day and in the night. One lady tell them that animals are in this place all the time but the Manager is telling me that animals cannot do that.”Meanwhile, GWI reiterated that the meter is the property of the company but it is the responsibility of the customers to protect it.
Judgement DayToday, from 10:00h, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will deliver its judgement in a series of landmark cases that will determine not only whether the letter of Guyana’s Constitution will be upheld, but will also set precedents for Guyana and the Caribbean as a whole to follow.The Caribbean Court of JusticeLast week, the CCJ set June 18 as the date for ruling on the three no-confidence motion-related cases before it, as well as the challenge to the unilateral appointment of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman.The three No-Confidence Motion cases deal with Christopher Ram v The Attorney General of Guyana, the Leader of the Opposition and Joseph Harmon; Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo v the Attorney General of Guyana, Dr Barton Scotland and Joseph Harmon; and Charrandas Persaud v Compton Herbert Reid, Dr Barton Scotland, Bharrat Jagdeo and Joseph Harmon; the last of which deals with Persaud’s eligibility to vote in the House.Persaud is a former Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament, whose conscience vote in favour of the Opposition’s no-confidence motion against the Coalition Government on December 21, 2018 effectively toppled the Government.Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, Article 106 (7) states that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”Seeking a reversalFor a short time, Government had seemed to have accepted the ruling and the constitutional requirements. Meetings had even begun to be held at GECOM with a view to that body preparing for early elections. But ever since Persaud, who is a Canadian citizen, fled to his second home in the wake of threats against his life, the coalition Government has refused to go quietly into the night. Rather, the Government has utilised every avenue available to it in a bid to reverse its loss in the NCM.The first such attempt was done the next time parliament met after the motion was passed – January 3 – when Government parliamentarians (the opposition boycotted the sitting) sought to have Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Barton Scotland, reverse the ruling on the grounds that 34, and not 33, was the majority needed out of 65 to pass the motion.However, Scotland had refused, noting that while he has the authority to review and/or reverse previous rulings, he must always act in conformity with the Constitution of Guyana. It was a decision that was hailed by many as a demonstration of separation of powers at work.The coalition Government’s next approach was to the High Court. There, they not only argued that 34 was the majority of 65, but they also argued that Persaud, as a dual citizen, should not have been in the National Assembly in the first place. However, acting Chief Justice Roxane George in January upheld the passage of the motion, ruling that it was validly passed with the 33 majority.The fallout from her ruling on the dual citizenship issue, however, saw four other dual citizen MPs — former Ministers Joseph Harmon, Carl Greenidge, Dominic Gaskin and Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine — resigning from Parliament and Government, only for them to then be rehired by the Government in different capacities. To this day, Government has not come clean on the remuneration packages for these newly created positions.Meantime, the Guyana Police Force initiated an investigation into Charrandas Persaud, claiming to have received information that the former MP was bribed for his vote, and had sought to purchase gold in bulk.That investigation saw Persaud being vilified by Government Ministers and coalition supporters, until Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan admitted a few days ago that there was not enough evidence that a crime had been committed to extradite Persaud from Canada.Court of AppealThe Government had better luck at the Court of Appeal, however, where they appealed the High Court ruling. The Court of Appeal’s decision on March 22 via a 2-1 majority, that an absolute majority of 34 votes out of 65 was needed to successfully pass the motion, threw the Government the lifeline it needed to continue in office.The ruling came one day after the timeline mandated by the Constitution to call elections had elapsed. It also came in the wake of day one of mass protests from the parliamentary Opposition and its supporters.The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the final option for Guyana to adjudicate these matters, was then approached. During several days of rulings, the CCJ heard arguments from both sides. Their rulings are expected to deal with several questions raised.One of the most important ones is whether the NCM was validly passed with 33 votes out of 65. While the Constitution makes no distinction between whether a simple or absolute majority was needed, the Government has argued that the Opposition needed an absolute majority.In addition, another crucial decision the CCJ will have to make is whether Persaud’s status as a dual citizen would have invalidated a previous vote he had taken, something the Opposition has argued it would not have done.Another ruling would deal with whether Persaud, by not informing the Speaker beforehand that he planned to vote according to his conscience, did in fact go against his party list.Compelling arguments were made to the effect that MPs are not robots, and forcing them to vote according to the party agenda defeats the spirit and intent of no- confidence motions.Unilateral appointmentMeanwhile, the unilateral appointment case the CCJ heard on May 8 was brought by the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) Executive Secretary, Zulfikar Mustapha, challenging the appointment of current Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson.Patterson was appointed to the position of Chairman of GECOM in 2017, after President Granger had rejected three lists comprising 18 names submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo for the post of GECOM Chairman.Last week, the CCJ rejected a last minute application by Attorney General Basil Williams to adduce new evidence in the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) cases, on the grounds that the new evidence adds nothing of value and has little relevance.The “new evidence” has to do with comments made by Charrandas Persaud during a recent Globespan live show, which Government is alleging purports to show he knew that as a dual citizen he ought not to have been in the parliamentary chambers.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has already announced that his party and its supporters would return to the streets should the CCJ validate the vote and invalidate the coalition Government’s legitimacy, in order to pressure the Government to hold the General and Regional Elections it should have held in the first place since March 21, 2019.On the other hand, Attorney General Williams had intimated, during proceedings before the CCJ bench in Trinidad last month, that a ruling against the Government could result in unrest; a statement that was subsequently condemned by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).All this while, confusion has reigned over GECOM’s ability to carry out elections. The entity has been accused of deliberately dragging its feet to delay elections, and lawyers have argued that the CCJ should issue an order compelling the commission to hold elections as soon as possible.Much, therefore, is at stake for Guyana, and the eyes of the nation will be on the Trinidad-based CCJ.
Gardner was originally scheduled to compete at this event but will now not be able to attend due to a scheduling conflict. Instead, Gardner will be in Regina that weekend for the Pro Rodeo Canada Maple Leaf Circuit Finals. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Professional Bull Riding Canadian Touring Pro Division is taking place on November 30 at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek. Many top Canadian Cowboys will be competing at the PBR Dawson Creek, except hometown cowboy Jake Gardner. – Advertisement -Currently, in the PBR standings, Gardner is in seventh place with over $19,400 in winnings. In August, Gardner travelled to Brazil for a PBR event and managed to place in third place at the Dawson Creek Stampede and Rodeo. He also was able to recently win All-Around Cowboy at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer. Gardner has qualified for both bull riding and steer wrestling for the Pro Rodeo Canada Maple Leaf Circuit Finals. Advertisement
WHITTIER – The Whittier Union High School District has reinstated its Students Against Violence (SAV) hot line, an anonymous phone line where students can report incidents that compromise the safety and security at schools. The SAV hot line will be funded by the SKILLS Foundation of Whittier. One phone number is assigned to each campus, and calls go directly to an answering machine monitored daily by the School Resource Officer (SRO). The SRO will then coordinate appropriate follow-up in cooperation with school officials. The hot line numbers are displayed prominently at each school, and will be included next year on all student IDs. Students attend youth theater day WHITTIER – Trinity Lutheran School students were among 300 students from the state who performed in Sacramento as part of California In Youth Theatre Day last week. Trinity Lutheran students who participated were Jessica Abundis, Elizabeth Bluth, Zachary Obst, Victoria Esquer, Sarah Gomez and Caitlin Wiltz, under the direction of teacher Eileen Bluth. At the event, students had breakfast with legislators, and performed with the Sacramento Theatre Company. They also listened to inspirational speakers, received certificates from the California Educational Theatre Association and participated in workshops. Club in search of scrapbookers SOUTH WHITTIER – Scrapbookers are being sought to participate in Adventure County Park’s scrapbooking club, which is free to join. Members share ideas, techniques and tips on how to sparkle up their scrapbooking projects. The club provides an array of cuts, rubberstamps, embellishments and a child play area. For more information, call (562) 698-7645. -From wire and staff reports WHITTIER – A fire charred more than an acre of brush in Whittier, authorities said. The fire broke out about 12:50 p.m. Friday near Orange Drive and Friends Avenue, said Los Angeles County Fire Battalion Chief Ron Lawrence. The blaze scorched 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Redskins are cornering the market on late-game mood swings after their 14-point, fourth-quarter comeback win over Dallas two weeks ago. This time, they blew a late lead and tempted fate by committing a turnover that gave Brown his 47-yard attempt. He was so sure it was good he raised his hands in victory before it clanked off the goal post. Novak ran toward the bench and pumped his fist after his kick 5:31 into overtime. The rookie from Maryland was playing his second NFL game after not attempting a field goal against the Cowboys. His first try Sunday was blocked in the first quarter, and he had to kick the winner twice because the Redskins were called for delay of game. “It’s tough to think about the magnitude of what just happened,” said Novak, who also made a 40-yarder in the third quarter. “All I know is we’re 3-0.” Novak, playing because of an injury to John Hall, has impressed teammates with his calm demeanor. He was overcome with emotion only once during his post-game interviews, when he dedicated the kick to a friend. “I have a neighbor back home that has cancer and is expected to pass away,” he said. “That kick was for her.” The fates are shining on the Redskins, who are 3-0 for the first time since 1991 with victories by two points, one point and three points. They won with Nick Novak, who had not attempted an NFL field goal until Sunday, yet had the cool to nail a 39-yard winner in overtime for a 20-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. “The emotions are just going crazy around here,” linebacker Marcus Washington said. “We get into those ugly, Rocky Balboa-type fights. We just keep banging, scratching and find a way to just pull this thing out. It’s not always pretty, but a win is a win.” LANDOVER, Md. — The Washington Redskins were inches from defeat when Josh Brown’s “perfect” kick somehow hit the left upright on the last play of regulation. “Honestly, the kick was perfect,” Brown said. “I hit a great ball and unfortunately the upright got right in the way.” The Seahawks (2-2) were as emotionally exhausted as the Redskins. They had tied the game on Darrell Jackson’s 6-yard catch with 1:23 remaining. Then came Kelly Herndon’s interception on a pass deflected off the fingertips of Clinton Portis, the only turnover of the game. Three plays later, Brown hit the upright. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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Da dum… Da dum… Da dum da dum da dum… There’s something fishy about this cache. Just south of Ocean City, Maryland on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean lives a geocache that’s protected by a giant great white shark named “JAWS”. Ocean City has had several great white sightings in recent years, but ‘Who Needs a Bigger Boat -GC1QNP0’ gives a shark sighting experience without the real danger. The cache owner encourages you to take pictures in the boat and with the shark. 2 Leaves wanted to create a family fun cache that everyone can enjoy, smile, or laugh at.After warding off JAWS, head into the woods to the guarded camouflaged treasure and claim your smiley! Details:Name: Who Needs a Bigger BoatCache type: TraditionalGC code: GC1QNP0Cache by: 2LeavesD/T rating: D1/T1.5Location: Maryland, United StatesCoordinates: N 38° 17.428′ W 075° 08.996′Link to cache page: coord.info/GC1QNP0 Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedHorka Pumpenhaus — Geocache of the WeekNovember 23, 2016In “Community”B-24J “Liberator” — Geocache of the WeekApril 25, 2018In “Community”Masca – Los Gigantes – Masca – a real adventure — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 20, 2017In “Community”
Ahead of the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat on January 25, leaders of the Rajput outfit Karni Sena, met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday and demanded a ban on the film in the state.“I met the UP chief minister today and demanded a ban on the film Padmaavat,” Karni Sena patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi told reporters after his 20-minute meeting with the CM here. People will impose “janta curfew” in cinema halls in Uttar Pradesh if the movie is screened, he said.Mr. Kalvi, who listed nearly 40 different objections with regard to the movie, demanded that films on the lives of Maharana Pratap, Shivaji and other eminent personalities be made.“We urge the Prime Minister to ban the film and we are hopeful that he will meet our request. We ask the public as to whether it is on the side of Padmavati or Alauddin Khilji,” he asked. “The Supreme Court does not say that only Bhansali enjoys the right to freedom of expression. We also have the right to protest. We are committed to ensuring that the movie is not screened in the country. With janta curfew, every cinema hall owner will not screen the film, and every member of the public will refuse to watch the film,” he said.Asked to comment on the outcome of the meeting with Adityanath, he said, “Yogi Adityanath is bound by the Supreme Court directive (restraining states from banning the screening of the movie), but in-principle and emotionally, he is with us.” “We are not bothered about their personal rapport, but, we will certainly not allow this (intimate scenes) to happen between Alauddin and Padmavati,” the Karni Sena leader added referring to a comment made by the film’s actor Ranveer Singh on July 28, 2016, where the actor said that he would accept any role which has two “intimate scenes” with Deepika Padukone.
Audi’s new A6 has some seriously impressive technology. The seventh generation A6 seems to have borrowed heavily from its advanced cousins from the same stable and has turned itself into a baby A8 L, which was launched a few months ago.The front looks powerful with the typically large single frame Audi grille and tapered headlamps. On the sides, the A6 has sharp edges of its trademark tornado line bordering large and solid surfaces. The vehicle, in my opinion, looks more contemporary and elegant than its eldest sibling. On the outside, the car is actually slightly shorter than its predecessor and only slightly wider. At the same time, however, it has more in-cabin space. The designers have achieved by reducing the overhangs and increasing the wheelbase. In this crash-safety driven world of automotive design where cars keep getting heavier, the A6 has reversed the trend. It is much lighter than its predecessor, largely due to wider use of aluminium in its body. The engines too are lighter yet more efficient and powerful. The A6 is available with two V6 petrol engines and two diesel engines. The 2.8 FSI engine develops a maximum of 204 bhp and, on the FWD version, is mated to a multitronic (CVT) transmission. The 3-litre supercharged TFSI engine produces 300 bhp and comes with quattro and an S-tronic (DSG) transmission. The most efficient engine on the A6 is the 2-litre TDI. This 4-cylinder unit makes 177 bhp with a fuel efficiency of over 20 kmpl. The 3-litre TDI engine comes in two states of tune with the more powerful one developing 245 bhp and 500 Nm of max torque.All variants of the A6 come with drive select, by which one can choose the modes for engine, throttle, gearbox and steering response. It also includes an additional efficiency setting. All variants of the A6 have Start-Stop as standard feature.The A6 shares a number of features with the A8: a second-generation multimedia interface with Google maps for navigation; redesigned seats that come with advanced massage options, and a WiFi hotspot. Among the new features, the A6 has an adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and Audi’s pre-sense safety system, which aims at minimising the effects of a collision through active intervention.I drove both the diesel and petrol 3-litre engine cars and their performance is electrifying. Even better is the smooth ride and the sound dampening of the cabin. While the ride has been made better, the handling remains the same. In the dynamic mode, the A6 turns into a lithe sports performer. When I drove the car both in Sicily and Rome, I did not use the air conditioner. But Audi engineers tell me that one of the most improved systems on the car is air-conditioning. It is more powerful and is almost noise free-this is something that is likely to work in its favour when it hits the Indian roads soon.Engine: 2967 cc diesel/ 2995 cc petrol Max power: 245 bhp/ 300 bhpMax torque: 500 Nm/ 440 NmGearbox: 7-speed autoWheelbase (mm): 2912LxWxH (mm): 4915 x 1874 x 1455Top speed: 250 kmph 0-100 kmph: 6.1s/ 5.5sPrice: Rs. 55 Lakh (est)Rating: ****Tech marvelOne of the most innovative features of the A6 is its use of LEDs, especially in headlights. Different combinations of programmes and LED clusters produce four distinct light patches, depending on existing light conditions. The car chooses the most effective pattern automatically.A big push forward has been made on driver assistance systems. The car has ultrasonic sensors at the front, sides and the rear, front and rear cameras, an infrared camera up front, and rear and front radar sensors. These work together in varying combinations to power the stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, active lane assist, side assist, pre-sense collision warning and prevention system, an adaptive light system, a parking and park assist system, speed limit display and adaptive protection systems.The MMI navigation plus system integrates Google and Audi maps to provide a realistic picture through an Nvidia graphics card. The full infotainment system on the A6 features two processors, two card readers, a DVD drive, a 60 GB hard disk drive, speech control and a Bluetooth interface.The adaptive headlights can change their shape at the exact moment that the road curves or changes from a country road into a dual carriage way. Another feature is the WLAN hotspot, which is created through the Bluetooth car phone. It allows up to eight devices to be connected to the internet.Harley-Davidson fat boyIt is hard not to pretend you’re Arnie in Terminator when you’re riding a Fat Boy. Few bikes command such a presence on the road as this Harley. Everything about it is solid, chunky and loud. Comfort is the keyword with this bike and you won’t be able to stop smiling when the key is turned to ignition and the engine fired up. The low seating, only 654 mm from the ground, makes your stance comfortable. The bike’s pullback handlebars, or in Harley language Bare Knuckle risers, and floorboards are comfortable for riders of any height. No distance is too much on this bike. The Fat Boy sports a wide 200 mm rear tyre with a new chopped fender. The front wheel diameter has been increased from 16 to 17 inches with a 140 mm tyre wrapped around it. Interestingly, the beefy rear tyre doesn’t adversely affect steering as it remains fairly balanced. The solid disc cast aluminium rims, a Fat Boy trademark, are now perforated with a series of bullet holes that redefine the signature look. The V-twin heart, a 1584-cc, air-cooled unit, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, is outstanding at mid-range torque. The engine comes to life quickly thanks to Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). The throttle response is excellent with no flat spots or backfire sounds, and the fuel injection is silky smooth even at idle. The familiar Harley trademark ‘potato, potato, potato’ rumble is till there, a feature that the engineers seem to have retained out of some sense of loyalty. The Fat Boy is classic Harley from ground up. Don’t go by its name; it is quite easy to manoeuvre. There is one bonus to riding a Fat Boy–innumerable photo-ops with Harley fans. It has such a distinctive sound that it could very well be humming Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA”! Price: Rs. 21.29 lakh-Arup Dasadvertisementadvertisement