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CCJ rules James Patterson appointment as GECOM Chair flawed, unconstitutional

first_imgLandmark decision…confirms President has to give objective reasons for rejecting nomineesIn a landmark ruling issued on Tuesday, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled that the appointment of retired Justice James Patterson as Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman was flawed and unconstitutional.GECOM Chairman, Retired Justice James PattersonA summary of the court’s judgement was handed down by President of the CCJ, Justice Adrian Saunders, who announced the court had decided that the process to appoint the GECOM Chairman was “fatally flawed”.He recommended that in future the Leader of the Opposition and President communicate and meet in good faith to discuss eligible candidates before a list is submitted. The court also recommended that movingPresident David Grangerforward, all parties work together, as the constitution envisions, to select a Chairman.Saunders also declared in the ruling that before President David Granger rejected persons nominated by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, reasons should have been given for the rejections in the interest of transparency.According to Saunders, the President gave no specific reason for refusing to appoint a Chairman from the lists submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. Saunders noted that the President disapproved a third list, without giving a specific reason.Saunders referenced historical facts pertaining to thePresident of the CCJ, Justice Adrian Saundersprevious appointments of GECOM Chairmen. He cited the recommendations made by the Constitutional Reform Commission in 1999, that the Chairman should be appointed through consultations.“In determining the main issue in the case, the Court looked first at the proper meaning of Article 161(2) of Guyana’s Constitution. That Article sets out the requirements to be satisfied for a person to be eligible for appointment as GECOM Chairman. It also sets out the general process for selecting the Chairman,” Saunders said.“To determine the meaning, the Court looked at the drafting history of Article 161(2), observing that changes had been made to it to promote consensus and inclusiveness by involving the Leader of the Opposition in the selection process.”TransparencyThe judge noted that the President relied on the provisions that gave him discretionary powers and insulated him from providing an explanation for excluding the Opposition leader from his final decision.Saunders said that giving the President the power to reject candidates without giving reason will frustrate what the constitution contemplates. In fact, the court decided that the President has a duty to give reasons for rejecting names in the interest of transparency.“The Court therefore found that the process was flawed and in breach of the Constitution. In a concurring judgment, Mme. Justice Rajnauth-Lee stated that by giving reasons why nominees are rejected, the President will engender greater public trust and confidence in the Elections Commission.”The Court concluded that the most sensible approach to the process of appointing the Chairman of GECOM is for the Leader of the Opposition and the President to communicate with each other in good faith and, perhaps, even meet to discuss eligible candidates for the position of Chairman before a list is submitted formally.”Saunders explained that the Court also considered objections made by Attorney General Basil Williams but found them without merit. He noted that the court found the appointment could be enquired into by the court and that such actions could be reviewed by a court. He stressed that the court has jurisdiction to hear the concerns of citizens on these matters.This case was heard by the CCJ on May 8 and was brought by People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha. Mustapha challenged the appointment of Patterson who was appointed to the position of Chairman of GECOM in October 2017.At the time, President Granger had already rejected three lists submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. These lists comprised a total of 18 names of former Judges, persons eligible to be judges and prominent members of civil society.List of nominees had included anti-corruption advocate Christopher Ram, current Bar Association president Teni Housty, former GECOM Chairman, Retired Major General Joe Singh, Justice of Appeal B.S Roy (ret’d), Justice William Ramlall (ret’d), Oneidge Walrond-Allicock, Attorney-at-law and a former Magistrate, Mr. Kashir Khan, Attorney-at-law, Ms Nadia Sagar and Gerald Gouveia.last_img read more

Radmanovic fined $500K for violation

first_imgEL SEGUNDO – For his one-day ticket to go snowboarding at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah over the All-Star break, Lakers forward Vladimir Radmanovic paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $64. For the separated shoulder he suffered while snowboarding on that ill-fated trip, violating the terms of his contract, Radmanovic will pay a $500,000 fine, or enough to buy a lift ticket every day for the next 21 years. Brown back? Jackson lamented that he was unable to field a full complement of players for any of the three practice days this week. Andrew Bynum was sick again Thursday and Aaron McKie went home with an upper respiratory infection. Maurice Evans was still experiencing soreness in his right knee while Bryant practiced but not before first undergoing an MRI on his hyperextended left elbow. The exam showed no further damage. On the bright side, both Kwame Brown and Luke Walton tested their injured ankles in practice. Brown said he expects to return tonight against Sacramento after missing 27 games since suffering a severe sprain on Dec. 31. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I made a mistake,” Radmanovic said, “and obviously there’s a price for that mistake.” After much internal debate, that was the punishment the Lakers agreed was appropriate for Radmanovic, who is expected to be sidelined until mid-April with the injury. For his part, Radmanovic said he wouldn’t appeal the fine. center_img “I was prepared for everything,” Radmanovic said. “They came up with a number. I think it’s fair for what I did. I just want to move forward and try to get healthy and get back on the court.” He initially lied about how he was hurt, claiming he slipped on an icy sidewalk while on a trip for coffee, before coming clean to coach Phil Jackson and general manager Mitch Kupchak. Jackson was skeptical of Radmanovic’s account from the beginning. The Lakers opted not to void the five-year, $30.2 million contract Radmanovic signed last July and wound up cutting the 26-year-old forward a break for coming forward with the truth and showing contrition. Had the Lakers not paid Radmanovic for the 25 games he is expected to miss, the lost pay would have amounted to nearly $1.2 million. Even subtracting the fine, Radmanovic will make $685,000 while recovering from the injury. “The big thing is that he stopped and reconsidered and came back and so our relationship’s renewed and we’re back on board together,” last_img read more

UCLA cartoon unveiling highlights ongoing tension

first_img “People basically respect the exchange of ideas,” she said. “But of course you are always prepared.” The L.O.G.I.C. event is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Dodd Hall and will feature a panel that includes Kevin James, host of KABC-AM’s (790) Red Eye Radio, and Yaron Brook, president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. Local Muslim leaders were upset that another student group wants to display the cartoons under the premise of free speech and open dialogue. “This is disgusting, frankly, and childish,” said Shakeel Syed, director of Islamic Shura Council, which overseas Southland mosques. Brad A. Greenberg, (818) 713-3634 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A UCLA student group will display the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad tonight that have incited deadly protests throughout the Muslim world. The cartoons will be shown at a free-speech forum hosted by L.O.G.I.C. – Liberty, Objectivity, Greed, Individualism and Capitalism. “Self-censorship is becoming a real big problem. People are censoring themselves out of, quote-unquote, religious sensitivities,” said Arthur Lechtholz-Zey, the club’s founder and president. “The Western government and media have done freedom of speech harm by being apologists.” The 12 controversial cartoons, which first appeared in a Danish newspaper, include one depicting Muhammad with a bomb and fuse for a turban. Islamic tradition prohibits images of Allah, Muhammad, Islam’s holiest prophet. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The Muslim Student Association at UCLA plans to hold its own forum tonight to talk about the prophet and discuss why it finds the cartoons, which will not be displayed, offensive. “They want us to react very strongly. We are not going to give them that publicity,” said Ghayth Adhami, the association’s program director. Since the cartoons were republished in some Western media in January, hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets in the Mideast in often militant protests. Rioting has left some 50 dead, according to news reports. Denmark temporarily closed embassies in Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan and Syria. In the United States, the discourse has been more civil, although several hundred students gathered last month to protest a display of the cartoons at the University of California, Irvine. Authorities do not expect any problems will arise from the event at UCLA, police spokeswoman Nancy Greenstein said. last_img read more

49ers vs. Steelers: 5 keys to winning the home opener

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Only one way exists to turn corporate-centric Levi’s Stadium into a true home-field advantage. As Year 6 kicks off Sunday, that elusive route seems absolutely possible.“You have to win,” 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman said.By opening with wins at Tampa Bay and Cincinnati, the 49ers are poised for their greatest win in Levi’s Stadium history, if they indeed get past the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2) and their well-traveled fans.San Francisco 49ers’ Richard Sherman (25) gestures …last_img read more

Assessing Doomsday: How Cyber War Could Attack U.S. Infrastructure

first_imgU.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta did his best to scare the pants off of the American people last week. In a briefing with reporters, he warned of the growing danger of cyberwarfare and its potential to cripple critical infrastructure in the United States. With the rise of so-called state-sponsored cyber attacks in recent months in the form of viruses called Flame, Mahdi, Stuxnet and now Shamoon, how much does the U.S. have to worry about malicious hackers terrorizing American infrastructure?If you believe Panetta, the answer is a lot.The Defense Secretary painted a very grim picture of the cyber threats that could do damage in the U.S. – leading to significant damage and loss of life. Panetta noted to reporters that, “cyber-actors are probing America’s critical infrastructure networks,” and are targeting control systems for electricity, water, transportation and chemical facilities. Predicting fire and brimstone is probably in the job description of any Defense Secretary. That does not mean that Panetta is blowing hot air. The danger of significant damage to the U.S. critical infrastructure from cyberwarfare is very real. Two Key Cyber Attack Vectors Two distinct attack vectors have been seen in recent large-scale cyber attacks on governments and infrastructure. The first and potentially most damaging are viruses specifically targeted towards disabling computers and critical systems. The most prominent example of this was the Stuxnet virus that tortured Iran’s nuclear program. In that same vein, Shamoon disabled 30,000 computers at Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, wiping the devices clean and shutting them down. The process attack caused irreparable harm to the company’s operations. The second attack vector falls into the category of “cyber-espionage.” Viruses that have made headlines this year acting as spies include Mahdi and Flame, the latter considered to be one of the most complex viruses ever created. These viruses infiltrate target computers and hide, sending information back to command-and-control servers on communication activity, key strokes, important data and more. The breadth of these viruses has led many to believe that they were developed by government-run entities as specific weapons in cyberwarfare. Multi-Layered Defenses RequiredDefending against cyber threats requires a multi-layered approach. If we look at the history of recent viruses that have damaged infrastructure in the Middle East, the deployment mechanisms have been precisely targeted. In some cases, the viruses (such as Shamoon’s introduction into Aramco) have been attacks known in the security industry as “spear-phishing.” This type of attack generally comes through email to a critical employee’s inbox with the virus attached. Clever spear-phishers construct their attacks to make it difficult for the victim to tell the difference between an attack and a legitimate email. Once inside a target computer, the virus can spread to other systems in the network.Viruses can also be introduced into systems manually, through a USB drive or some other storage device. This approach requires a human actor in the physical presence of target computers. Stuxnet was believed to be introduced into the Iranian nuclear program in this way. In both cases, viruses were “let in” to the target environment by somebody within the organization. In one case it would be an actual employee unknowingly succumbing to spear-phishing, the other would be by circumventing the physical security teams responsible for securing buildings and critical systems. The most obvious way to fight these types of attacks would be to boost training and investment in cyber and physical security teams as well as employees to how they can avoid letting malicious actors into critical environments. But even the best training may not be enough.We have seen time and again that motivated hackers can find a way in to even the most heavily secured systems. State-sponsored hackers will likely be armed with original viruses that security companies know nothing about and thus have no signature in their databases with which to identify and stop the viruses. Zero Day attacks are, by nature, hard to detect because they exploit unknown vulnerabilities in software. It can be difficult to determine that critical systems have been infected when the virus is hiding in the background, biding its time and learning when and how to strike.Advanced Persistent ThreatsIn the cyber security industry, attacks against infrastructure and large organizations are often referred to as “advanced persistent threats.” According to Aviv Raff, CTO of threat detection company Seculert (which helped discover the Shamoon virus), the best way to counteract such persistent viruses is to take a long view using a data-driven approach. The idea is to analyze data sets in organizations over time through the cloud, looking for irregularities in logs to assess if a malicious actor is present. Secretary Panetta said that the Department of Defense will take an active role in helping protect U.S. private sector companies from cyberwarfare attacks. What exactly that means, isn’t entirely clear. It could mean anything from shutting down the Internet to the idea that the best defense is a good offense. (For more on this notion, see Brian Proffit’s New Cyberwar Rules Of Engagement: WIll The U.S. Draft Companies To Fight?)  The notion of a government-held “kill switch” to the Internet scares many people, but the alternative may too horrific to fathom. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#security#web dan rowinski A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Chidambaram case being handled in a depressing manner, says Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that a legal matter pertaining to former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram was being handled in a very sad and depressing manner. “Chidambaram is a senior politician, ex-Finance Minister and former Home Minister of this country. The way in which the matter is being handled is very depressing, sad and also bad,” she said. The CBI on Wednesday took Mr. Chidambaram into custody in connection with a case relating to INX Media.Referring to the different institutions in the country, including the judiciary, the Trinamool Congress chairperson said that democracy was in a shambles.“I will not comment on judiciary. But the media is completely sold out to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Whatever the BJP is saying, that is being propagated. The television channels have become panels of the BJP,” she said.Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Rajnan Chowdhury dubbed the arrest as an act of “political vendetta”. “His criticism has been sharp and direct to which the government had no answer and that is the reason why he has been arrested,” he said.last_img read more

9 Exciting Jobs with the Fastest Growing Pay

first_imgAttorneyYoY Growth: 3.4%Median Base Pay: $99,270Companies Hiring: Artemis Health, Geico, Keller Foundations, Farser Watson & Croutch, GLG, Ford Motor Company, Wix, Broadcast Music, SunTrust & more.Where Hiring: Atlanta, GA; Houston, TX; Pittsburg, PA; Nashville, TN; San Francisco, CA; Redwood, WA; Portsmouth, NH & more.See Open Jobs Financial AdvisorYoY Growth: 4.4%Median Base Pay: $54,906Companies Hiring: Edward Jones, Premiere Onboard, Morgan Stanley, Chase, Vanguard, Bank of America, AXA, Mutual of Omaha, Mercer Advisors, AIG & more.Where Hiring: Saint Louis, MO; Redding, GA; Los Angeles, CA; Boulder, CO; Chicago, IL; Raleigh, NC; Las Vegas, NV & more.See Open Jobs Medical TechnologistYoY Growth: 3.9%Median Base Pay: $54,582Companies Hiring: UPMC, Northwest Community Healthcare, Pinnacle Health, Texas Health, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Soliant Health, Sunbelt Staffing & more.Where Hiring: York, PA; Arlington Heights, IL; Durham, NC; Houston, TX; Boston, MA; Mustang, OK; Portland, OR; Bowie, MD & more.See Open Jobs Field EngineerYoY Growth: 3.0%Median Base Pay: $71,805Companies Hiring: Lockheed Martin, Keane Group, TechUSA, AECOM, Kelley Construction, PCL Construction, Raytheon, GE Healthcare & more.Where Hiring: Jackson, MS; McLean, VA; Columbia, MD; Dallas, TX; Osseo, MN; Houston, TX; Lexington, SC; Chicago, IL & more.See Open Jobs Looking for a new gig and not willing to take a pay cut? You’re in luck. There are a handful of jobs that boast solid median base pay as well as a strong track record of pay growth.Glassdoor’s Local Pay Reports show that there are now a wide variety of positions that have been seeing big increases in pay from year to year (and even month to month). Below are a few positions with rapidly growing salaries — apply to these hot jobs now to reap the full benefit!Delivery Driver YoY Growth: 5.4%Median Base Pay: $43,771Companies Hiring: Bridgetstone Americas, The Home Depot, CVS Health, UPS, Culligan, Zoe’s Kitchen, Sysco, Imperial Beverage, Domino’s, Uncommon, Abby’s Legendary Pizza, Amazon, Donatos & more.Where Hiring: Charlotte, NC; Atlanta, GA; Columbia, SC; San Francisco, CA; Glenwood Springs, CO; Arlington, TX; Mobile, AL; Seattle, WA; Hattiesburg, MS; Eugene, OR & more.See Open Jobs Network EngineerYoY Growth: 3.6%Median Base Pay: $71,103Companies Hiring: Apple, Microsoft, Paylocity, Airbnb, Epic Systems Corporation, Zillow Group, Eateam, CSRA, Leapfrog Services & more.Where Hiring: Santa Clara, CA; Redmond, WA; York, PA; Swepsonville, NC; Dayton, OH; Edison, NJ; Fort Braff, NC 7 more.See Open Jobs Bank TellerYoY Growth: 4.1%Median Base Pay: $29,398Companies Hiring: Tri Counties Bank, Vertex Community Bank, AllStaff, Wells Fargo, Chase, First International, EVB, Comerica, Workway & more.Where Hiring: Chandler, AZ; Manchester, MO; Killeen, TX; Three Rivers, MI; Boardman, OR; Austin, TX; Freemont, CA; Chicago, IL & more.See Open Jobs Web DeveloperYoY Growth: 3.2%Median Base Pay: $65,013Companies Hiring: Butterfly Network, ServiceTitan, Whataburger, Sonatype, GrubHub, Skyward, VitaminT, Asana, Amazon, TD Bank, Dropbox & more.Where Hiring: Boston, MA; Organe, CA; New York, NY; Dallas, TX; Herndon, VA; Salt Lake City, UT; Denver, Co; San Mateo,CA & more.See Open Jobs Truck DriverYoY Growth: 4.4%Median Base Pay: $53,932Companies Hiring: Herc Rentals, Sunoco, WESCO International, The Granite Group, Unilever, Safeway, Helena Chemical Company, Keystone Foods, ProDrivers & more.Where Hiring: Dayton, NJ; Memphis, TN; Fairmount, IL; Sacramento, CA; Richmond, VA; Sanford, FL; Post Falls, ID; Cincinnati, OH & more.See Open Jobslast_img read more

Southampton close to deal for Bury teen Will Ferry

first_imgBury’s highly-rated 15-year-old midfielder Will Ferry is on his way to Southampton.The Mirror says the teenager was snapped by the Shakers as a seven-year-old, working his way through the various youth sides at Gigg Lane.He made his Under-18 debut when he was part of the Under-15 squad and trained with the first-team last season, before making the bench against Charlton in February.Ferry is also a Republic of Ireland Under-18 international and will now link up with the successful Saints academy.last_img read more

Shortcut blog reading

first_imgI read a lot of blogs, and if it weren’t for Google Reader, it would be labor-intensive. But I also wanted to call your attention to two other time-savers, if you like reading blogs from our sector:1.) A blog roundup from the Chronicle of Philanthropy — Give and Take. It’s been around a few weeks now, and it provides a nice sampling from dozens of blogs. Check out the blogroll on the right of the page–I discovered some new blogs on there.2.) The Nonprofit Blog Exchange — news and links for nonprofit blogs, with a lot of good stuff on technology and nonprofits.last_img read more

Dreamforce Conclusion: Marketing in the Google Era

first_imgKatya’s note: My colleague Jono, who guest-starred here at the blog earlier this year when I was on a tropical island, is at Salesforce’s Dreamforce meeting out in San Fran. He’s sharing reports hot from the center of relationship management nirvana. Network for Good has been working with to adapt its database tools to nonprofits. Here’s what he’s heard today. By Jono SmithOne of the highlights of Dreamforce’s Marketing Track was a session called Marketing in the Google Era. In the spirit of Robin Hood Marketing, here are 6 ways to apply these corporate marketing principles to your nonprofit.1.    Optimize Your Web Properties2.    Get Started With Search Marketing3.    Make Your Message Relevant4.    Define Your Goals5.    Measure Everything6.    Engage Your CommunityThat concludes my Dreamforce updates. You can visit the Salesforce Marketing Blog for more details on Dreamforce.last_img read more