Having received much criticism over the delay in appointing constitutional bodies, the Government has finally moved to appoint members to form the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) and the Teaching Service Commission (TSC).Commissioners for both bodies took the oath of office before President DavidNewly appointed ERC Commissioners with President David GrangerGranger at State House, and their appointments have become effective from Thursday.Members appointed to serve on the Ethnic Relations Commission are: Barrington Braithwaite, Ruth Howard, Roshan Khan, Major General (retd) Norman McLean, Pandit Deodat Sharma, Ashton Simon, Rajkumarie Singh, Bishop John Smith, Neaz Subhan and Norris Witter.Chairman of Parliament’s Appointments Committee, Dr. George Norton, told the media that the delay in appointing members to serve on the ERC was to avoid a situation where its members were political.Under Article 212 of the Constitution, the ERC advocates equality of opportunity among persons of different ethnic groups; promotes the elimination of all forms of ethnic-based discrimination; and discourages persons, institutions, political parties and associations from indulging in discriminatory practices.The ERC is also required to recommend to the National Assembly criteria to be considered for the purposes of deciding whether any person has committed acts ofNewly appointed TSC Commissioners with President David Grangerdiscrimination on the ground of ethnicity; investigate complaints of racial discrimination, and make recommendations on the measures to be taken if such complaints are valid; and where there is justification, refer matters to the Human Rights Commission or other relevant authorities.The ERC was derived from recommendations of the Herdmanston Accord, signed on January 17, 1998 between then President Janet Jagan and Opposition Leader Desmond Hoyte. Brokered by a Caricom mission, the Accord sought to provide a peaceful solution to the political impasse that had gripped the country after the contentious December 1997 Regional and General Elections.The first ERC was established in 2002 and expired in 2006.President Granger has urged the ERC Commissioners to “discharge their duties without cowardice, without malice, and without prejudice”.Persons appointed to serve on the Teaching Service Commission are: Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson (ex-officio), Avril Crawford, Alan Munroe, Elizabeth Ramlall, Amjad Ali Shaw, Debra Thomas, and Barbara Thomas-Holder.Teachers were last appointed and promoted for 2015 after the High Court had ruled that the TSC had used the wrong procedure in determining who had been eligible then. With the appointment of this new commission, promotions of both junior and senior teachers will begin.President Granger has said the TSC is tasked with ensuring there is a corps of qualified, trained, and highly motivated teachers in the local education system. He urged them to ensure fairness in their appointments.
Two Police Officers have now been taken into custody after they allegedly murdered a Brazilian miner in Puruni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and attempted to get rid of the body on Saturday.Estevão Marquês Costa, the now dead manThe Brazilian miner’s name was given as 37-year-old Estevão Marquês Costa.Based on reports received, the two officers – a Subordinate and a Constable – who are stationed at the Kurupung Police Station, abandoned their post on Friday.Guyana Times understands that the men reportedly left on an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to patrol the area but for some reason left their jurisdiction and via a boat went to a landing in Puruni.Upon their arrival there, the Police Constable reportedly exited the boat and went to a shop a short distance from the landing while his subordinating officer reportedly waited in the boat.However, soon after, the man heard a loud explosion and without hesitation, he made his way in the direction of the sound. He came into contact with the Constable who related that the miner discharged a round at him and in retaliation, he returned fire.Nevertheless, the Police stated that two other officers who were in the area investigating another matter turned up at the scene and reportedly took possession of the .30 carbine rifle which was used by the Constable.The Divisional Commander was contacted and upon orders that two police ranks were arrested and placed in custody. A team of Officers have since been dispatched to Puruni to further investigate the matter.On the other hand, an eyewitness told a different story. It was reported that the two Police ranks went to raid a mining camp belonging to the now dead man’s mother. Upon seeing the Police, Costa who was an undocumented miner attempted to escape and it was at this time, the Constable cocked his gun and fired two shots hitting Costa to his head.After shooting the man, the two Police ranks reportedly panicked and made efforts to get rid of the body. The eyewitness reportedly told detectives that the two Police ranks attempted to burn the man’s body but the other miners created a scene.All the while the mother held onto her son’s body. The ranks eventually relieved the woman of the deceased after which they wrapped it and placed it in the boat they arrived in at the location.It was reported in a section of the media that the Police dumped the man’s body on a beach on their way to Bartica.
Head boy, Gavin Alcorn Friel and Head girl Niamh Boyle making a presentation to Brendan along with Principal Fiona Temple. Also pictured are the Deputy Head boy, Patrick Mc Conigley and Deputy Head girl, Mariosa Friel.Brendan returned today to Mulroy College where Principal Ms Fiona Temple and students congratulated him on his latest achievement of qualification to the 2016 Olympic games.Brendan attended Mulroy College many years ago and returns where possible to meet with students to inspire them to work hard and reach their goals in life.Ms Fiona Temple said, “Brendan is a great athlete who is at the highest level in his sport. “His recent PB is very competitive. He is testimony to what hard work and a determination can achieve.“It was great to see him and get an opportunity to congratulate him and wish him every success in the future.” OLYMPIC HERO BRENDAN BOYCE RETURNS TO HIS OLD SCHOOL MULROY COLLEGE was last modified: March 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Brendan BoyceMilfordnewsOlympic GamesSport
MUFF GAA CLUB NOTESCLUB LOTTOThere was no jackpot winner in last weeks lotto there were two winners of €50 the numbers drawn were 7-6-2-3-5-1-4. The winners were as follows:Eileen McLaughlin, Quigleys Point.Teresa Randle, Urris. The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime. If any kids would like to start selling lottos each week feel free to contact their coach for more information.Next Weeks Jackpot €950SENIORSThe seniors suffered defeat when they travelled to Naomh Ultan on Saturday evening going down to a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-8. Next week they hope to follow up on their first championship win against Letterkenny gaels when they travel to pettegio.UNDERAGEUnder 6 and Under 8 training is on every Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Ture this is for boys and girls born in the year 2007,2008,2009, and 2010 all new faces welcome and can all boys and girls bring a water bottle and cost of session is €2 for info contact Daniel on 0862072745..Under -10 training will continue this Friday in Ture from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. This is for boys and girls born in the years 2005 and 2006. All new players welcome can all boys and girls bring water bottle and cost of the session is €2. For info contact Kevin on 0863576713.Under 12 Training for the 2015 season has started and will continue every Saturday in ture from 10.30am to 12pm. Please bring Trainers, Gum Shield, Water Bottle and €2. This is for players born in 2003 and 2004. New players welcome. Contact Damian for more info 087 7963559Under-14 training is on every Sunday from11.30am to 1pm and every Wednesday aswell for details contact neil on 0863855855Under 16 and Minor training will take place every Monday and Friday evenings at 7pm to 8.15pm in ture.Good luck to our U-12s who this Sunday play Malin in the Gerry O Neil final in Carn. This is a repeat of the Maurice McMenamin Go-Games final and it promises to be a tough match for these talented group of players throw in is at 7.30pm. Our B team also take on Malin in the b Final in carn which throws in at 6pm and all support will be greatly appreciated for both teams .CLUB APPOur new club app is now live on the App Store and google play store In the app you can play the clubs lotto every week through the games section and keep up to date with club events and wats happening within the club. Also there is direct links to Facebook and twitter. You can also share your photos of games you are at via the app. So get downloading and have a look for yourselfMONTHLY MEETINGThe monthly meeting will take place on Monday the 20th of july in the clubhouse.CLUB GEARThe club has a range of club gear for sale and are placing a order soon with O’Neills. If any one is interested in ordering new gear or purchasing some for details contact Dermot Mc Colgan on 0879978968As always keep up to date with club activities through Facebook,Twitter,Club APP and through are website on www.naomhpadraig.comGAA NEWS: MUFF SENIORS BEATEN BY NAOMH ULTAN was last modified: July 20th, 2015 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:donegalMuff GAA notes
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week McCauley’s report culminates an inquiry sparked several years ago when U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials said they were concerned about leases for welfare offices and the possible waste of federal dollars intended to help mostly poor people. The county owns about 5,000 buildings and leases 358 additional facilities. Under lease-back deals, state and federal governments can provide a higher rate of reimbursement to counties that lease space rather than own it outright. McCauley’s report also comes as the District Attorney’s Office is investigating the county Chief Administrative Office’s Real Estate Division to determine whether its head, Chuck West, provided inside information to a prominent Westside developer that built three of the office buildings, then leased them back to the county. The District Attorney’s Office probe, which officials said Tuesday is ongoing, led to West, also known as Charles Mazouch, 55, of South Pasadena, being put on paid leave Sept. 14. Los Angeles County must reimburse the federal government $6 million after years of inflating claims and misspending taxpayer dollars on lucrative lease-back deals for four welfare offices, according to an auditor’s report released Tuesday. The report’s author says county government also must reduce future claims by $1.4 million annually for state and federal reimbursement of building-lease costs for the four offices – two in El Monte and the others in Glendale and West Los Angeles. In addition, county Auditor-Controller Tyler McCauley said he now intends to review all county leases that involve state and federal reimbursements. “What I need to do is start looking at all of these contracts for space costs to make sure they comply with federal guidelines,” McCauley said. That was a day before investigators served search warrants seeking financial records and vacation photos of West and his wife and any recordings demonstrating any conspiracy between West and the developers, according to the warrants. Warrants seeking similar documents and photos also were served on developers Robert Sonnenblick and Nelson Del Rio and their wives. West has denied that he had any inappropriate dealings with Sonnenblick-Del Rio, including providing the developer with inside information or allowing officials to pay for his vacations to Jamaica, Europe and Breckenridge, Colo. Sonnenblick-Del Rio officials did not return calls for comment. Dave Parker, manager of Chase Glendale Services, said the firm owns the Glendale office building and leases it to the county. “Out of 500 deals I’ve done, this is how I’ve done all of them,” Parker said. “Ours is a straight deal. I just finished a similar deal with a national church organization. I’m really surprised.” In his report detailing the lease-back deals, McCauley wrote that in one case the Department of Public Social Services had searched unsuccessfully for 10 years for an office building in West Los Angeles because of the limited amount of office space available. After the long delay, the county issued a request for proposals in April 1999 for a build-to-suit lease. The county received three bids and selected Sonnenblick-Del Rio. The developer’s proposal included bringing the city of Los Angeles into the transaction to maximize the county’s reimbursement and ensure tax-exempt status, McCauley wrote. Under the arrangement, the city financed the purchase of the land and the construction of the building, using tax-exempt certificates of participation. The city leased the building from SDR West Los Angeles Leasing Corp., a nonprofit subsidiary of SDR, and then leased the building to the county. At the end of the lease, the city will get title to the building. “While the (Chief Administrative Office) did use a (request for proposals) to obtain bids for the facility, the CAO did not follow typical RFP procedures in evaluating the bids,” McCauley wrote. CAO letters to the Board of Supervisors in August 1999 and January 2000 indicate that a committee – a real estate consultant and representatives from county departments – participated in reviewing the proposals. A real estate consultant, Alan Kotin, who analyzes leases for the county at Marina del Rey and on the Grand Avenue project, issued a report indicating the SDR proposal was the most financially advantageous for the county, McCauley wrote. But while the Board of Supervisors ultimately approved the lease agreement, Kotin did not provide a final recommendation, and there was no documentation available on how the final selection was made, McCauley wrote. On Tuesday, Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen defended the process. “I happen to think it’s a good thing to add in an outside consultant,” Janssen said. “He concluded what the committee was looking at was the best deal for the county.” But Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, disagreed. “This is another example of how government in general is an extraordinarily inept and corrupt manager of real-estate assets,” Coupal said. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Patricia Mira is expecting a flood of holiday shoppers this year. Mira, a sales merchandiser for The Gap at the Westfield West Covina mall, said business has already picked up significantly. And customers know what they want. “It’s blazers and denims for men … and for women, it’s all about the pea coats,” she said. “It’s just been crazy. We’ve had a massive amount of people this month. We’re expecting a 40 percent increase in sales over the holidays.” This year’s holiday shopping season won’t set any records. But with gasoline prices continuing to fall, things are looking decidedly better, according to Jack Kyser, senior vice president and chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “The University of Michgan just released its consumer confidence survey, and confidence is up,” he said. “The National Retail Federation has also revised its holiday forecast from a 5 percent gain to 6 percent.” The LAEDC figures the gain will be even higher. “We think Southern California will see an increase of 8 percent to 9 percent,” Kyser said. “Our housing market has been especially strong, and any time you buy a home you have to buy stuff for it.” Kyser acknowledged, however, that some consumers still harbor concerns. “A lot of people are fretting about what natural gas prices will be,” he said. “And people are still worried about what’s happening in Iraq and about a housing bubble. But most of them are tucking all that in the back of their mind.” Other San Gabriel Valley retailers – particularly the ones selling Apple iPods or Microsoft’s new xBox 360 game console – have already been hit by a wave of holiday shoppers. “The Xbox just broke out yesterday and we sold out 40 units in the first two hours,” said Anthony Casanova, who manages the Circuit City store in Pasadena. “Some of our other locations sold a couple hundred units. We sold out of them companywide yesterday.” Erick Lopez, a spokesman for Best Buy Co. Inc., said shoppers lined up Monday night at his company’s stores to snag the new Xbox, which was released for sale Tuesday. “They were lined up by the dozens, and we’ve also had a phenomenal response to the iPod,” he said. “It all ties in with our Digital Living (campaign).” Earlier this year when Hurricane Katrina pushed already high gasoline prices past the $3-a-gallon mark, middle-income shoppers were heavily affected. The fear was that most Americans would cut back during the holidays. But with energy prices retreating, stores will be aggressively courting customers in every way they can as holiday shopping begins in earnest on Friday. Dubbed “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving has emerged as one biggest days for retail sales in the United States. The nickname refers to the fact that many manufacturers and distributors are able to achieve profitability, or get “into the black,” for the year, on Black Friday. The Associated Press contributed to this story. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2701 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Kolkata, Mar 7 (PTI) Two-wheeler maker Bajaj Auto is looking to sell around 50,000 units of 150CC V bikes in the country and will decide on extending the brand to other segments after 12-18 months.”This is the sixth brand from our stable. We expect to sell 50,000 units of 150CC commuter segment V brand motorcycles in the next 12-18 months using metal from the dismantled INS Vikrant,” Bajaj VP Marketing (motorcycle) Sumeet Narang said here today. He said that company was open to evaluate on whether to extend V brand to other bike categories, but that would depend on acceptance level and to which category of consumers.”The brand will continue,” Narang said when asked what after the Vikrant metal gets exhausted. The official added that currently the 150CC segment ruled the sport segment. Speaking about the sluggish market scenario, he said despite the motorcycle market remaining subdued, the three launches last year were successful to beat the market trend.”We have launched a new model of CT-100B in January this year which costs about Rs 31,000 ex-showroom Delhi as the scope for rural penetration still remained high. Its nationwide launch is being gradually done. The CT-100 was launched last year at Rs 35,000, when industry price was hovering at Rs 40,000,” he said. He further said the rural demand is expected to grow with the government giving impetus to the segment in the budget.Meanwhile, for booking done between March 10-20, the company would attempt to deliver the bikes on March 23, the Martyrs day. PTI BSM PR ADI MKJadvertisement
“And if the brand makes a false claim, then the”And if the brand makes a false claim, then the celebrity is a victim of fraud, even more than the consumer and not a party to the fraudulent claim,” he said.Echoing similar view, Santosh Desai, esrtwhile adman and now managing director and chief executive of Future Brands, said, “I think it is a completely flawed co-relation that is being drawn. It is one thing to draw a co-relation and another to convert it into legally enforceable punitive action.”I think it is at best an association between two things and converting it into a hardline like a law is not fair. The advertiser has the primary responsibility and the celebrity is not competent to adjudge the technical viability of a product that he/she endorses,” he said.Brand consultant Harish Bijoor, however, feels both the company and the celebrity are liable.”Celebrities use their charm and appeal to entice consumers. Celebrities use their charisma to sell and tout. When they do that, they need to be more careful, especially so in the category of the foods and beverages, and skin care items, etc in particular. The key stakeholder is the brand owner, and then it is the brand-endorser. Both are liable.”Varun Gupta, managing director of Duff & Phelps, a valuation services firm, said, “The intent is perfectly legitimate but the implementation needs to make sure that you go after the celebrities only if you prove that they were aware of any malafide intentions and they still went ahead with the endorsement.”advertisementDesai points out that with the power of social media, people are quite vociferous in their views and use it well to let the celebrity know their displeasure.”Being a public figure, if people dont like it they will let you know but to convert that into a legal liability and responsibility is to overstep,” Desai said.Recently, cricketer M S Dhoni had to resign as brand ambassador of Delhi-based developer Amrapali, after residents of a housing society started a protest campaign against the builder and the cricketer on the social media.Gupta further says if the recommendations become a law, celebrities could start charging a higher fee while cutting back on endorsement deals.”Celebrities may start demanding higher fees, and may become more selective in what they endorse. They may also make their contracts more complicated, demanding indemnities from advertisers. It would certainly make the whole business more complicated,” he said.Bijoor, too, expects celebrities to seek full indemnity on their involvements from brand owners.”Brand endorsers will be forced to do better due diligence on brands they promote. They will show that much more care now,” he added. PTI DS BEN GK GVS PTP