Dear Editor,Electoral processes for Local Government, Regional and General Elections are constitutionally guaranteed by the Constitution of Guyana.As such, the holding of elections is one of the key components in ensuring democracy, because it enhances citizens’ participation in governance, ensuring Government accountability and encouraging political competitiveness.President David Granger recently announced that he would ensure that he “delivered free, fair and credible elections at the shortest possible time”.This statement is trying to confuse Guyanese that without a house-to-house registration the elections would not be free, fair and credible; but what are the characteristics of a credible election?Although there is no standard definition of a credible election, there are some aspects of a credible election, the first and foremost feature of which is that it must reflect the will of the people.According to Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of Government; this shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections, which shall be by universal and equal suffrage, and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.The present voters list is a reflection of the will of the people, because it was used to conduct the LGE on 12th November 2019, and is valid until April 30th 2019.The second important criterion of a credible election is that it must facilitate participation by all qualified political parties. Ensuring fair competition among the political parties and candidates is another important attribute of credible elections.The third fundamental ingredient of credible election is that it must have an impartial and neutral administration at the Guyana Elections Commission, in that the electoral process must be trusted by the citizens.Building the public’s trust in the elections processes is of the utmost importance to any elections management body around the world. The credibility of elections largely depends on the actual and perceived integrity of the electoral process. More specifically, if citizens believe the electoral process is defective, dishonest, or less than free and fair, they may not accept the outcome.The Commonwealth places critical importance on strengthening election management bodies, because of the central role they play in ensuring that the right of citizens to elect their leaders through peaceful and credible processes with high integrity is safeguarded.Some other vital characteristics of credible elections are as follows: the outcome of the elections, or counting of votes, must be accurate and legitimate; an effective legal framework must be in place; security of voters must be ensured before and after elections; there must be access to the media and elections observers in the elections process; and the present Government must be impartial.When all the variables mentioned above are available in the process, conduct and outcome of elections, then those elections could be considered free, fair and credible.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo must be complimented for the cooperation and efforts he has shown during this period in order to save Guyana from becoming a FAILED STATE.Regards,Zamal Hussain
Unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition charges against a 33-year-old gold miner of Mabura Landing, Upper Demerara River were dismissed when he made his final appearance before Magistrate Clive Nurse at the Linden Magistrate’s Court earlier this week.Klaus Pearce had denied the charges when they were first read to him in March of this year. The first charge stated that on March 10, 2018, he had 22 live .380 rounds of ammunition in his possession at Seaballi Backdam, Upper Demerara River. The second charge stated that on the same date at the same location, he had a matching .380 semi-automatic pistol in his possession without a firearm licence being in force at the said time.According to Police information, Pearce was arrested by ranks about 09:45h on March 10, 2018 at Seaballi Backdam, Upper Demerara River with the weapon and matching ammunition.However, in handing down the decision, Magistrate Nurse cited that there were misstatements of facts by a Police witness, which he noted created a difficulty for the court with respect to reliability. He said based on the facts presented, the credibility of the witness could not be relied on and, therefore, the court could not rely on his evidence. The witness had indicated that Pearce acted suspiciously and had reached for the bag which contained the illegal items. However, Magistrate Nurse also indicated that at the time of the incident, there was another person present at the location along with Pearce, but was never questioned in relation to the incident. He also pointed out that there was no evidence to show that the bag with the illegal items belonged to Pearce and the prosecution failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he was guilty of the charges.
President David Granger on Wednesday received letters of credence from the new Ambassadors of the European Union (EU) and Mexico to Guyana. During the ceremony, the Head of State committed to building upon the long-standing relationship with both countries.President David Granger receiving the letter of credence from European Union Ambassador to Guyana, Fernando Cantó (DPI photo)The accreditation ceremony was held at the Ministry of the Presidency.The Department of Public Information reported that the President said that Guyana has benefitted substantially from the EU’s development cooperation programme, especially in the agricultural, education, housing, and public health sectors, as well as in its efforts to combat climate change.“Guyana and the EU have collaborated within the ambit of the successive Lomé Conventions and the current African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States: ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement. These arrangements establish a platform on which to construct a new generation of partnership for their mutual benefit. These agreements will assist in the realisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals to which Guyana is unequivocally committed,” he is quoted by DPI as saying.The European Union Ambassador to Guyana, Fernando Cantó said that the EU is proud to have been a reliable partner and supporter of Guyana’s development initiatives for more than 40 years. Of particular note, he emphasised the EU’s extensive contribution to helping Guyana maintain and rehabilitate its sea defences which become more and more relevant each day as we witness the harsh effects of climate change.Ambassador Cantó, the DPI report added, said that the EU looks forward to supporting Guyana’s efforts in other areas, such as security, and implementing the Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) in the years ahead. This is also part of the joint efforts to address the challenge of developing natural and extractive resources while preserving the environment and fostering sustainable and inclusive development.Diplomatic relations were established between Guyana and the EU in 1975 and are premised on the common principles of equality, mutual respect, the rule of law and tolerance.Guyana and Mexico also established diplomatic relations 46 years ago and have collaborated in the fields of agriculture, disaster management, education, oil and gas and trade. Mexico is also a valued market for Guyana’s rice. It has provided valuable technical support in disaster management, extended scholarships to build Guyana’s human resource capacity, and commenced cooperation in the oil and gas sector.President Granger said Guyana looks forward to Mexico’s support in building a more robust agriculture sector and learning from the country’s experience in disaster management.Mexican Ambassador to Guyana, H E José Contreras said that his country will be seeking to strengthen relations in the areas of education. Both countries have aggressive agreements in scientific and technical cooperation, and therefore, “we can make the most of in sectors such as education. For example, I think a big opportunity is teaching Spanish here in Guyana,” the Ambassador noted.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “Looking at the trend, we’re going in the right direction, but we still have a lot to do,” said Esther Wong, assistant superintendent of planning, assessment and research at LAUSD. “The work that we’ve done and the focus continues to show at least promising practices in what we need to do.” The NAEP assessment, based on district achievement trends on standardized tests, compared 2005 test scores with 2003 data. It found the average math score for LAUSD fourth-graders was 221 out of 500 – up slightly from 216 the previous year but still below the large central-city average of 230 and the national average of 239. Among eighth-graders, the score rose to 257 – up from 245 the previous year but also still lower than the large-city average of 269 and national average of 280. Los Angeles students fared even worse in reading – averaging 196, up slightly but still below the large central-city average of 208 and national average of 220. Math and reading scores of Los Angeles Unified’s fourth- and eighth-graders showed no improvement over last year and continue to lag behind both state and national averages, according to a national report released today. In reading, performance of students in fourth and eighth grades in the Los Angeles Unified School District was the worst among 11 of the nation’s largest urban school districts, according to the report card by the National Assessment of Education Progress. In math, fourth-graders ranked eighth among peers in districts including Boston, Houston and New York, while eighth-graders fared better than peers in just two districts: the District of Columbia and Atlanta. But LAUSD officials said Wednesday that a review of the district’s performance over four years shows it is making gains that outpace those in the 10 comparable school districts. And while eighth-graders scored 240 in reading, that was still 10 points below the large central-city average and 21 points below the national average. Meanwhile, LAUSD’s African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander and white students saw no significant change in their NAEP average score. Latino and lower-income students were the only groups to buck the trend and boast a higher average score over the years compared. While LAUSD has the highest percentage of Latino students of all the large districts studied – about 75 percent in both grade levels – the improvements in that group could be because the district focused on underperforming students, district officials said. “Our improvement strategy has been to use standard-based, rigorous and coherent curricula that are supported by research, and to focus on expanding and deepening teachers’ understanding and use of high-quality instruction that meets the needs of English learners, standard English learners, students with disabilities, and all other students in all classrooms,” LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer said. “As a result of our efforts, we are seeing a steady rise in our reading scores and in the performance of English learners.” And the improvements are noteworthy, Wong said – particularly since, of the 11 districts studied, LAUSD has the highest percentage of English-language learners. In the fourth grade, 48 percent of students are English learners, while the national average is 11 percent; in the eighth grade, LAUSD’s 28 percent compares with 7 percent nationally. “These increases are amazing considering we include almost all of our English learners in the testing sample, as well as our students with disabilities,” Wong said. Any comparison of LAUSD with other districts also should take into account the fact that California has broad testing requirements that other districts might not have, said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools. “Keep in mind, in making those comparisons, that not only does L.A. test a higher proportion of kids by far, but the city has the highest combined enrollment of poor kids and English learners in all of the districts in this project,” Casserly said. “This testing is really the first time we’ve had a multiyear trend line in a way that means anything.” The NAEP reading and math assessments were administered by the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year in districts that volunteered. Most of the 11 districts continued to gain in math, but progress in reading was less consistent and more modest. And the achievement gap between racial and ethnic groups remained a challenge. “Performance in the participating districts varies. Some are above the national averages for different groups of students and some are below,” said Darvin M. Winick, chairman of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for NAEP. “There is still quite a bit of room for improvement. But on average, when demographics are considered, student performance in the (participating) districts is similar to the performance of their peers nationwide.” For the latest school news, go to www.insidesocal.com/education. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“The Board of Supervisors and I are looking for ways to increase our jail bed space numbers; however, our overcrowding has become so critical I must take steps to reduce the jail population or face potential action from the court,” Penrod continued. County jails in Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino and Glen Helen are routinely near capacity. Rancho Cucamonga holds about 3,000 inmates, San Bernardino holds about 1,000 and Glen Helen houses about 750. Penrod has struggled for more than a year to house all the inmates sent to him by local police departments without violating a 1998 court settlement in which the county agreed to ease crowding. SAN BERNARDINO – In an effort to ease jailhouse overcrowding, Sheriff Gary Penrod has stopped booking thieves, drug dealers, burglars and other nonviolent suspects into San Bernardino County jails. Penrod’s temporary solution means drug dealers arrested with as much as 24 pounds of illegal narcotics could be set free as long as they promise to appear in court. “As you well know, I am committed to keeping our communities as safe as possible, and it is deeply troubling to have to make these changes,” Penrod wrote in an Oct. 19 memorandum announcing the change. As part of the new policy, county jails will no longer accept most arrestees booked solely on misdemeanor charges. The jails also will turn away all suspects arrested on nonviolent felony charges as long as their bail is less than $500,000. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SAN FRANCISCO — When the Giants say farewell to Bruce Bochy on the final day of the 2019 season, the franchise will undoubtedly pull out all the stops in a celebration honoring his iconic career.Many of Bochy’s former players wouldn’t miss his last game as a manger, but one of his favorites isn’t likely to be involved in the festivities.The Giants should try to track down Tim Lincecum anyway.Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young Award winner with the Giants, has been difficult to keep tabs on …
“The number of single female homebuyers in South Africa has risen significantly over the last four years, on the back of an increase in single person households and as women gain better positions in the workplace,” bond originator ooba said in a statement. Sapa 10 May 2011 The ratio of women to men in single person home loan applications to ooba increased from 36.53% in January 2007 to a current level of 46.94%. “The South African Constitution has enshrined equality, so it is pleasing to note that the dynamics of the historically male dominated property market has evolved,” said Jenny Rushin, Western Cape provincial sales manager at ooba. Single person applications now make up 49.65% of applications in comparison to the 50.35% of joint applications. More single women are buying homes in South Africa, with the number rising significantly over the last four years, a mortgage company said on on Monday. “A steady increase in the number of women in the workplace, particularly those occupying more managerial top level jobs which command higher income earnings, has helped to shift the balance towards a more equal ratio among homebuyers.” “Now that females are more focused on creating their own wealth portfolio, credit, such as home loan finance, is far more easily accessible to them individually,” Rushin said. Buying property had become a long term wealth creation goal for women as much as men, she added. The increasing number of women in the workplace has had an impact on the male/female home loan application ratios.
A key congressional committee is planning a hearing next month on legislation that could give several U.S. science agencies new marching orders. The details are still a secret, but expect fireworks.The legislation has been drafted by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in the U.S. House of Representatives. It would update the America COMPETES Act, which in 2007 committed the federal government to expanding research at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as well as science education across several agencies. It also set government-wide science priorities to be managed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.The 2007 law adopted many of the recommendations in a 2005 report from the National Academies on how to keep the country competitive in a global economy. In addition to authorizing large budget increases for those agencies, the bill advocated for a new energy technology effort at DOE, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. 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Bush, America COMPETES received broad bipartisan support in Congress. That bipartisanship had evaporated by 2010, however, when Democrats narrowly won approval to reauthorize the law despite persistent Republican attacks on the scope of the legislation and its spending targets.In the current divided Congress—Republicans took control of the House in January 2011 while the Democrats retained the Senate—the bickering over federal science policy has intensified. And this year, under its new chairman, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), the House science committee has sometimes found itself at odds with the scientific community as well.One major bone of contention has been Smith’s proposal this spring to revamp peer review at NSF. Called the High Quality Research Act, it stressed the importance of economic payoffs from NSF’s research portfolio. The draft bill triggered an avalanche of criticism from the scientific committee, and it was never formally introduced. However, lobbyists for universities and science groups fear that similar language will find its way into the new bill.Simultaneously, NSF officials have been wrestling with a congressional mandate that limits funding for political science research to projects that promote economic development or address national security issues. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) in March inserted the language into a government-wide spending bill, and NSF has suspended making any awards in the field while it tries to find a way to apply the new criteria to its existing peer review process. In addition, the language is part of what many scientists see as a broader attack on NSF support of the social sciences, a topic that is expected to be covered in the draft legislation.Smith has declined repeated requests to discuss his proposed bill, dubbed the Frontiers in Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act. “The committee will be reviewing draft legislation this fall to reauthorize science agencies within the Committee’s jurisdiction,” says an aide to the committee. “No legislation has been introduced at this time.”However, ScienceInsider has learned that the committee expects to hold a hearing on 11 October, with a draft expected to be available a week earlier. The bill excludes DOE’s Office of Science, which may be covered in separate legislation.Science advocates are keeping their powder dry until they see the actual bill. But they are bracing for the worst. As one lobbyist puts it: “We’ve been told that we aren’t going to like it.”
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFiery NLEX coach Yeng Guiao was fined P11,000 by Philippine Basketball Association officer-in-charge Willie Marcial for an obscene gesture but was cleared by the league on allegations of San Miguel Beer point guard Chris Ross that he uttered a racist remark in their Philippine Cup game on Friday night.But that will be peanuts compared to the fines and sanctions that Marcial will levy on three players, whom he summoned to appear early afternoon on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Stay calm and be sensitive MOST READ Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Raymond Almazan of Rain or Shine and Eric Camson of Kia Picanto, who exchanged elbows and punches in an upset Kia victory last week, are likely to be slapped at least one-game suspensions, apart from being meted out fines that could go as high as P50,000 each.Mike Miranda of NLEX, who kicked Ross in the groin during that rugged match won handily by the Beermen, will also have a conference with Marcial and, because of several infractions earlier, could also be facing a suspension and a hefty fine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe three players were slapped Flagrant Foul 2 penalties that carry at least a P20,000 fine and were ejected.But the Almazan-Camson scuffle was downright court hooliganism, and league sources said on Monday that the Office of the Commissioner will throw the full weight of the rule book on them. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Ross was likewise slapped a P2,600 fine for incurring two technical fouls—the second after got into a confrontation with Guiao whom he accused of uttering a racist remark.Marcial said that they couldn’t find witnesses who could validate Ross’ claims.The San Miguel point guard refusing to comment.Guiao’s P11,000 fine was for flashing the dirty finger at Ross, clearly seen on television replays, and because he cursed the San Miguel point guard.“The Office of the Commissioner finds no sufficient basis to discuss the matter of an alleged racist remark uttered by coach Guiao,” a PBA statement read.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting
Ways to keep tanning at bay and tackle stretch marks.Shirin emailed to say that even though she used a sunscreen while swimming last year, she acquired a bad tan. She wants to know what she can do to prevent it this season.Exposure to the sun is the leading cause of wrinkled, rough and blotchy skin. Sunscreens are your best bet when it comes to protecting yourself from photo damage. When it comes to outdoor activities like swimming, it’s not just enough to use a sunscreen, it’s important to choose well and get the application right. Opt for a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 or higher and choose one that comes powered with UVA and UVB blockers. Also, make sure you apply the sunscreen at least 20 minutes prior to sun exposure. Use enough sunscreen for the face and neck, ideally, an amount equivalent to the size of a 50 paise coin. Also, you need to remember that no sunscreen is completely sweat proof or waterproof. This apart, always remember to apply a sunscreen, not just before but immediately after a swim.Suruchi emailed to say that she is left with stretch marks on her upper arms after losing weight. She wants to know if otc creams are effective cures.Stretch marks or striae are caused by sudden stretching of the connective tissue under intact skin and are generally associated with rapid growth or weight gain. Although stretch marks tend to diminish over a period of time, they never disappear completely. OTC creams containing Vitamin E, collagen hydrolase and retinoids help lighten stretch marks to a degree. However, now there are also a number of cosmetic treatments available for it. These include microdermabrasion and chemical peels like retinoid peels that help stretch marks merge better with normal skin. Radiofrequency has also been found to be quite effective. Fractional laser resurfacing which creates microscopic wounds and helps produce new collagen and epithelium is one of the newer treatments available. However, it is important you consult a qualified dermatologist who will guide you about your best treatment option.advertisementDr Rekha Sheth is a leading cosmetic dermatologist. She is the vice president of International Society of Dermatology, founder-president of Cosmetology Society (India) and also runs Dr Rekha Sheth’s Skin and Hair Care, a successful chain of skin clinics. Write to her at email@example.com