Is the GECOM Chairman bowing to political pressures?

first_imgDear Editor,It is the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) secretariat’s statutory duty and responsibility to keep a current list of voters to be in readiness to conduct General and Regional Elections within the constitutional requirement of 90 days, or as such extended time as may be allowed by two-thirds majority vote of the Members of the National Assembly; consequent upon the passage of a no-confidence motion.What is so difficult with a data base of all persons over 14 years of age to be updated daily with the inclusion of all persons attaining 18 years of age, and the deletion of all dead persons reported by the Registrar of deaths? The list of dead persons should be requested /required from the Registrars on a weekly basis. This is a simple common-sense approach given our electoral experience of controversies.There is wide-spread national concern and anxiety over the obvious delaying tactics employed by the Chief Election Officer (CEO) and the staff under his management and administrative control. One puerile excuse of the CEO is that he is awaiting instructions from GECOM which cannot agree to move forward since the Commission is equally divided in deadlock on the next required statutory move. That places the Chairman of GECOM, although unilaterally appointed by the President, to exercise his Constitution duty and promote a mutually acceptable agreement through mediation in the national community interest. As a retired Judge with strong religious beliefs in righteousness, God’s justice and accountability to God, the nation expects him and the Commission’s staff to act justly and fairly within the time frame as outlined in our Constitution. Is the Chairman of GECOM bowing to political pressures and collusion to delay, as long as possible the legally required elections?There can be no excuse for the GECOM’s CEO and staff of GECOM’s secretariat not to be ready to conduct elections in this context, having just conducted successfully Local Government Elections on November 12, 2018, with the validity of the voters’ list until April 30, 2019. Are we seeing gross incompetence, inefficiency, and negligence at GECOM secretariat in political collusion?With thanks,Joshua Singhlast_img read more

Passing Guinea’s Ore through Liberia

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Olympiakos owner charged with drug smuggling

first_img0Shares0000Evangelos Marinakis, the owner of Greek champions Olympiakos and English club Nottingham Forest, has been charged with drug trafficking © AFP/File / LOUISA GOULIAMAKIATHENS, Greece, Mar 24 – The owner of reigning Greek champions Olympiakos and English Championship club Nottingham Forest has been charged with drug trafficking.Evangelos Marinakis is being prosecuted for “possession and trafficking of drugs” and for “associating with criminals”, a source in the judiciary said on Friday. Prosecutors in Piraeus, where Olympiakos are based, have also banned Marinakis from leaving the country because of a probe into the financing of a company that chartered the Noor1, a petrol tanker that was seized off the Greek coast in June 2014 with two tonnes of heroin on board.The heroin was to be transported by truck through Greece and on into western Europe.Marinakis, 50, has furiously denied the charges.He bought Nottingham Forest, the two-time European champions who are now in the second tier of English football, in May 2017 in a £50 million ($70.6 million, 57 million euros) deal.The Greek football league is currently suspended after the owner of PAOK, Greek-Russian businessman Ivan Savvidis, invaded the pitch at the end of a match with fellow title contenders AEK with a holstered gun on his belt.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Tottenham are a name at home and in Europe’ – Mauricio Pochettino convinced Spurs can attract star players

first_img1 Mauricio Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham can attract star names in the January transfer window – not just promising youngsters.Pochettino’s revamping of the Spurs squad has been driven by a strong faith in youth, with the likes of Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Dele Alli all thriving under the Argentinian.Alli admitted the opportunities for young players was a key factor in his decision to move to White Hart Lane and the club continued that trend with five players selected in the latest England squad.Pochettino is proud of Tottenham’s reputation for promoting youth but believes his team’s progress means they can also lure proven quality as well as up and coming talent.“We only have a few places left. It is impossible to bring 20 or 30 players in,” Pochettino said.“But today Tottenham is a very attractive club, not only for youngsters but all players.“The way we respect the players, the way we try to play – for the big players and the young players it is a fantastic club.“Tottenham today is one of the most attractive clubs in the world for all players, not just young players. We are starting to be attractive.“Tottenham are a name at home and in Europe and now we need to be clever to improve.”last_img read more

DDTV – CROWDS GREET ARRIVAL OF MV ARTANIA TO DONEGAL

first_imgThe MV Artania arrived in Killybegs today with 1,200 passengers and 800  staff on board.Hundreds of people lined the pier to see the huge cruiser.DonegalTV was on hand to witness its arrival and to hear why such liners can bring a a major lift to the local economy. Simply click on the video to view.  fgfgfgfgfDDTV – CROWDS GREET ARRIVAL OF MV ARTANIA TO DONEGAL was last modified: August 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalKillybegsMV Artanialast_img read more

Will Hughes: What could Watford get from Derby County midfielder?

first_img Will Hughes playing for Derby County 1 England Under-21 international Will Hughes could be about to complete his dream move to the Premier League.Watford are reportedly close to signing the 22-year-old midfielder from Derby County as new manager Marco Silva looks to build a squad for the new season following Walter Mazzarri’s drab spell in charge.Hughes is currently on duty with the England Under-21s at the European Championships in Poland and a deal could be concluded once the team returns.But what would the Hornets be getting in return for the proposed £8million fee?We take a closer look at a player that has been tipped for a bright future.Who is Will Hughes?The Derby central midfielder has been part of the Rams setup since the age of 11 and was handed his first-team debut at the age of 16 by then-manager Nigel Clough.Since then Hughes has risen to become a regular fixture in the Championship team but has endured a disappointing last couple of seasons.The Englishman’s 2015-16 season was interrupted by injury, after he damaged anterior cruciate ligaments on the opening day, and the most recent campaign was ‘poor’ by Hughes’ own admission despite featuring 42 times in total.However, now could be the ideal time for a man that has been tracked by Premier League clubs for a while to make a step up and take on a new challenge.Is he really worth £8million?In the current transfer market, with prices ballooning to astronomical levels, £8million for a young, promising home-grown player is a steal.English talent is a valuable commodity at the moment and Watford are a team that need to boost their home-grown quota – their current squad is the most diverse in terms of nationalities.Many Derby fans will have expected to get a larger fee for Hughes, so that manager Gary Rowett could build a squad capable of gaining promotion, so it certainly comes as a surprise that the board are willing to sell at that price.Additionally if Hughes does excel in the Premier League you wouldn’t be surprised if one of the division’s big boys came calling with a fee well in excess of £8million – a tasty proposition in the future for Watford.Will he play?The Hornet’s squad has been an ever-changing, inconsistent entity for some time as a host of players seem to come and go each transfer window.As a result Silva will have a collection of midfielders to choose from if Hughes signs up with the Hornets.The more immediate rivals in the centre of the park come in the forms of Etienne Capoue and Tom Cleverley.Both individuals showed moments of quality last season and there is also the figure of former Atletico Madrid man Mario Suarez, who is returning from his loan spell at Valencia.It is yet to be seen what Silva will do with Suarez, who fell out of favour with Mazzarri, whilst Valon Behrami and Ben Watson will probably move elsewhere.In all likelihood Hughes won’t start the season as first-choice but as time goes by he could well stake a claim by performing well in training and taking his chances when they come.Essentially the Under-21 international will have to fight for his place – if he shows that fight then the future could be very promising.last_img read more

Liverpool v Man City: Preview and confirmed teams as Lovren and Henderson start

first_img Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 2 revealed Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Most Popular Premier League News Manchester City, meanwhile, have yet to taste defeat this season and have the same top-flight record as the Reds – six wins and one draw from their seven matches.Jurgen Klopp’s side do have an incredible record against Pep Guardiola’s side since he came to the Premier League, losing just once and winning four, out of the six encounters across two seasons.But can the Spaniard right the wrongs and extend Liverpool’s winless run? Vincent Kompany (Manchester City): “In these kind of games you need a lot of things to come together – you need a little bit of luck, a good performance, you need to be clinical and defend well, and that goes for both teams.“But it’s too close, I think, to actually make any big statements. That’s what makes this game so interesting.”Team news:Liverpool have named Dejan Lovren in their starting XI – the Croatian’s first Premier League start of the season. He replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold. Jordan Henderson also comes into the side, with Naby Keita dropping to the bench.Manchester City have made four changes from their midweek Champions League victory over Hoffenheim. John Stones, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Riyad Mahrez all start, while Vincent Kompany is on the bench.Confirmed XIs:Liverpool team: Alisson, Gomez, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Subs: Mignolet, Fabinho, Keita, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Matip, Alexander-Arnold.Manchester City team: Ederson; Walker, Mendy, Otamendi, Laporte; Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Sané, Otamendi, Jesus, Foden. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte in action against Liverpool star Sadio Mane. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED predicted The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 tense silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? What are the managers and players saying?Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool): “You have to be ready, you need a fantastic football team – which I  have, thank God – with an outstanding character, ready for being brave, ready for making mistakes against an outstanding opponent. That’s it and then it can work, that’s all we need to know. But I said it before, always someone is telling me, ‘Good luck for Sunday’, and I think always, unfortunately, we need it. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion whoops SORRY changes The Premier League’s top two clash at Anfield on Sunday in one of the most eagerly-anticipated games of the season.Liverpool have failed to win any of their last three fixtures, having lost to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, drawn with the same opponents in the league, and then lost to Napoli in the Champions League. 2 gameday cracker latest Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in coaches his side in the Champions League against Napoli. last_img read more

GAA: TERMON CROWNED INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONS

first_imgTERMON have won the Intermediate Championship – beating Aodh Ruadh with a point to spare this evening.The final score in Ballybofey was Termon 0-11 Aodh Ruadh 1-07.The teams were tied with just three minutes to go but super sub Daireann Gibson hit the winner with a superb finish. They say goals win games, but for Aodh Ruadh tonight, that wasn’t the case.Termon had stormed into an early three point lead thanks to points from Sweeney, Connaghan and McCafferty.Aodh Ruadh pegged back to scores for themselves before Barry Mulligan found the net.The sides were level – 1-04 to 0-07 at the break – and swapped points right up to the last. But it was Gibson’s finish that won it.There were great scenes at the end as Termon players and fans celebrated.And they dedicated the victory to Elaine Winton Friel who passed away at the weekend, and of course to club player Andrew Duffy who died so tragically in Dublin while following the county team. GAA: TERMON CROWNED INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONS was last modified: November 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: TERMON CROWNED INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSlast_img read more

Darwin in Space without a Helmet

first_img“Space agencies may one day have Charles Darwin to thank for the longevity of their spacecraft,” began an article in New Scientist.  This seems a strange thing to write about a biologist who knew nothing of space travel.  “The life expectancy of a popular type of ion engine has been almost doubled using software that mimics the way natural selection evolves ever fitter designs.”  This seems a strange thing to write about a biologist who knew nothing of software, engines or ions.    Cody Farnell, a space flight engineer at Colorado State University, was inspired by the father of evolutionary theory to design “evolution-mimicking software” called a genetic algorithm (GA), the article explained.  It randomly varied the grid geometry and the voltages applied to it for a new ion-drive spacecraft engine design.  Farnell considered these values as roughly analogous to genes in biology.  “If the performance was promising, the ‘genetic material’ was subjected to further random changes, or mutation, and this process was repeated until no more improvements were forthcoming,’ the article said – survival of the fittest.    Farnell did not say if his engine had to fight with other engines for mates, or whether females of the species had to lay eggs or raise their young.  It’s also not clear whether the engines would be able to fend for themselves in the wild without Farnell’s intelligently guiding hands.Darwin needs the oxygen of intelligent design to breathe, just like other mortals.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Scientific Ethics: A Reader Digest

first_imgFor your weekend reading, here’s a summary of news articles on various topics related to scientific integrity and ethics.BioethicsSome patients in a vegetative state retain awareness, despite being unable to move (Science Daily): Patients’ brains are observed to respond to commands to imagine actions or scenes. Dr Fernández-Espejo [U of Birmingham] says, “The ultimate aim is to use this information in targeted therapies that can drastically improve the quality of life of patients. For example, with the advances being made in assistive technology, if we can help a patient to regain even limited movement in one finger it opens up so many possibilities for communication and control of their environment.”Where in the world could the first CRISPR baby be born? (Nature): “Around the world, scientists are gathering to discuss the promise and perils of editing the genome of a human embryo. Should it be allowed — and if so, under what circumstances?”Major grant in limbo, NIH revisits ethics of animal-human chimeras (Science): “NIH reconsiders its rules for the kind of experiments he [a Salk Institute scientist] wants to do: mixing human stem cells into very early animal embryos and letting them develop, a strategy that could produce tissues or organs for transplantation.”After Asilomar: Scientist-led conferences are no longer the best way to resolve debates on controversial research (Nature): The 1975 meeting of scientists to quarantine the use of recombinant gene research “is seen as the first time that science had regulated itself — effectively avoiding government intervention — and assuaged public fears by addressing biosafety concerns head-on.” That won’t work today, Nature says.The public must speak up about gene editing – beyond embryo modification (The Conversation): You can’t trust scientists to do all the ethical heavy lifting. “It is absolutely crucial that we have an informed debate about it, consulting the public in a meaningful way, before scientists and policymakers set its parameters,” two bioethicists argue.Stem CellsBiological techniques: Kidney tissue grown from induced stem cells (Nature): A story pitting the performance of adult stem cells against embryonic stem cells. What to do when there is an urgent need for kidney transplant tissue?Investigators create complex kidney structures from human stem cells derived from adults: New technique offers model for studying disease, progress toward cell therapy (Science Daily): Who needs embryos? You can convert adult skin cells into the pluripotent stem cells.World’s first trial of stem cell therapy in the womb (New Scientist): “The stem cells come from the livers of terminated fetuses.” But is it right that one fetus should die so that another can live? Is it an excuse to think, “abortion is legal, and they were going to die anyway”? This article nonchalantly ignores those questions.Study finds thyroid function may be restored through patient-derived human cells (Medical Xpress): A patient’s own engineered stem cells can treat hypothyroidismBlocking differentiation is enough to give cells ‘stemness’ (PhysOrg): A new shortcut to stem cells, from research on adult stem cells.Cardiac muscle cells as good as progenitors for heart repair (Medical Xpress): Stem cells not needed; just use cardiac muscle cells.Environment & EcologyMeet the Chimps That Lawyers Argue Are People (National Geographic): It’s one thing to treat animals humanely. It’s another thing to deny human exceptionalism.Reduce elephant poaching through communal land ownership (PhysOrg): One thing is clear; the status quo is not working. Maybe if landowners have a stake in the situation, things will change. These are complex issues, but one professor who advocates ownership believes, “Encouraging and promoting land owners to adopt land use types that recognize the importance of protecting wildlife would substantially reduce poaching levels.”S. African breeders ask court to end rhino horn trade ban (PhysOrg): Owners view rhino horn as a renewable resource that can be made sustainable, reducing the motivation for poaching that is driving African rhinoceros extinct. Free markets have a track record of solving the tragedy of the commons.Turtles and trash (Evolution News & Views): Article shares concerns about what our plastic trash is doing to sea turtles and whales. Video clip of sea turtle suffering from plastic straw in nostril is particularly disturbing. Scientists who are ID advocates show what they are doing to protect these animals.Global WarmingEvaporation takes place differently than previously thought: Implications for global warming (Science Daily): “The discovery has far-reaching consequences for, among others, current global climate models, where a key role is played by evaporation of the oceans.”Climate scientist requesting federal investigation feels heat from House Republicans (Science): Politics, posturing, or search for truth and justice? Lamar Smith tries to pull racketeering law on fossil fuel companies.The IPCC at a crossroads: Opportunities for reform (Science): Policy Forum by pro-global-warming scientists on, ” Is the IPCC doing the right things? Is the IPCC doing things right?”Extreme weather, made by us? (Science): Global trends, yes; individual events, no. That’s been the conventional wisdom, but Andrew Solo (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute) seeks to overturn the wisdom of convention.What should we be doing about global warming? (Current Biology): Robert May (U of Oxford) reviews Sustainability for a Warming Planet, written by three distinguished economists on the alarmist side. May talks about overpopulation and global imperatives. “Not only are human numbers increasing, but our patterns of growth in economic activity — which we thoughtlessly assume will indefinitely continue — are not sustainable” summarizes his position. “In particular, the greenhouse gases generated by our burning fossil fuels is warming our planet to a worrying extent.”Climate policy: Democracy is not an inconvenience (Nature): Nico Stehr tries to put the brakes on climate alarmists who think individual liberties must take back seat to global governance on climate policy. “There are many threats to democracy in the modern era. Not least is the risk posed by the widespread public feeling that politicians are not listening.” Ditto for the scientific community, Stehr warns.Scientific Publishing and EducationThe future of scientific publishing: let’s make sure it’s fair as well as transparent (The Conversation): Graham Kendall discusses how the rules must change in the wake of the revolution in scientific publishing because of the internet. Access, business models need to be fair, he says, but fairness is a matter of ethics, not of science or business.The storytelling scientist (Science): In his new book Houston, We Have a Narrative, Randy Olson (“Flock of Dodos“) encourages scientists to become better storytellers. His favorite model narrative is “The Dobzhansky Template” — “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution”.  Reviewer Rafael Luna provides a reality check:Do scientists need to improve their scientific communication? The answer is a resounding “yes.” However, when crafting a scientific narrative, it is important to proceed with the same caution and precision as one would approach a scientific experiment and to remember that a narrative is only as good as the data on which it is based.Beyond “publish or perish” (Science): Book review of The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It by Leonard Cassuto.  The book “traces the challenges facing graduate institutions, including antiquated admissions policies; incoherent course offerings; esoteric, gatekeeping qualifying exams; long times to degrees; and failure to prepare students for diverse career outcomes.”A prescription to cure Big Pharma’s image problem (Medical Xpress): Is the bad reputation often ascribed to drug companies deserved? This article discusses reasons for it and possible actions. Deserved criticisms cannot be cured by propaganda, but undeserved bad raps are not fair, either.Do you get the idea that science needs righteousness? It’s impossible to address any of these issues without integrity. If scientific organizations are nothing more than special interest groups out for government handouts like everyone else, forget it. Scientists are fallible humans like the rest of us, but without ethics based on a solid foundation, they can be particularly dangerous to everyone. There’s something noble, though, about a truly honest researcher who is also charitable and humble. Everyone can and should strive for those ideals. (Visited 51 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more