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Another 163 officials fail to make declarations to Integrity Commission

first_img…GPL, GNBA, GO-Invest, GCAA, GLSC Heads among defaultersThe Integrity Commission has published the names of 163 public officials who failed to make declarations as mandated by Section 19 of the Integrity Commission Act.The list of delinquent public officials was made public on Saturday in The Official Gazette of Guyana dated March 9, 2019. Among the defaulters on the list are General Manager of the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation, Rawlston Adams; Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), George Lewis; Director General of Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Egbert Field; CEO of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC), Trevor Benn; Chairman of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA), Leslie Sobers; General Manager of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited, Sherod Duncan; CEO of the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest), Owen Verwey and CEO of Guyana Power and Light, Albert Gordon among others.A breakdown of the list includes officials from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA); Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE); Bureau of Statistics; Dependent Pension Fund; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); GPHC; Guyana Gold Board; GuyOil and GPL among others.The Integrity Commission was established with the aim of improving the public’s confidence in the integrity of persons in public office by ensuring that they submit their declarations in compliance with the Integrity Commission Act. However, over the years, the Commission would have to publish the names of delinquent public officials in an effort to have them make their declarations. Under the law, any public officer who fails to comply with the Commission is liable upon summary conviction, to a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for a period of not less than six months or more than one year.Just over two weeks ago, Chairman of the Integrity Commission, Kumar Duraisami stated that there were 716 public officials who have not submitted their declarations to the Commission. As such, five lists of the various categories of public officials were published.The Chairman noted that while there is a need for awareness on the Integrity Commission, most public officials have a general idea of the Commission’s functions and their obligations. His contention was that there are some individuals who are willfully withholding declaring their assets to the Commission.He noted that there are some defaulting officers, particularly in the Judiciary, who are questioning whether the function of the Commission is infringing on their constitutional rights by publishing their names.“I am in no position or this Commission is in no position to use a discretion as to whether or not we should publish the names. If they think that they ought not to make their declarations to the Commission, then they can go the court and say ‘my position is secured by the Constitution and I’m not obliged or obligated to submit to the Commission’… This Commission has no discretion. We will have to publish their names if they don’t submit,” the Chairman insisted.The Integrity Commission Act was assented to on September 24, 1997. The Act provides for the establishment of the Integrity Commission and makes provisions for the purpose of securing the integrity of persons in public life. The Commission has the power to do anything for the proper performance of its function and in discharging its function; it is not subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.The Commission also has the authority to regulate its own procedure and may make rules for that purpose.last_img read more

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Please Don’t “Like” This Post

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Facebook#Like button#Pause#social media#social networks Editor’s Note: This is part 1 of a 3-part series covering Len Kendall’s abstinence from the “Like” button throughout April. len kendall Related Posts Amidst the Boston Marathon tragedy, Facebook on Monday was a fascinating environment to observe. There was so much to NOT “like” that day—gruesome pictures shortly followed by inspirational images and quotes. Either way, merely hitting a button seemed inadequate to me. Good thing I’d already decided I wasn’t going to “like” anything this month.I ended up just donating money to the Red Cross Blood Collection service and then staying fairly silent.The tragedy merely confirmed my decision to change a behavior that I, like many, have adopted into my daily activities. I’m not going to “like” anything on the internet. Anywhere. Not on Facebook, and not on websites featuring a similar “like” button.Let me back up.Not so long ago, there was a much wider gap between the various methods for acknowledging online content. At one end, you had the option of reading something and then doing absolutely nothing. On the other, you had things like leaving a comment, emailing the post to a friend, or writing a blog post in response to another you read elsewhere.But in early 2009, an extremely low-impact feature came to exist: the “like.” It was a brilliant addition, and it quickly has become a staple of daily Internet activity across the world, websites, and devices. It wasn’t the first or last of its kind, but the “like” did ultimately become something that now gets billions of clicks. Facebook alone generates somewhere around 3 billion “likes” a day.This weekend I stopped to evaluate my own usage of this button and came to the following unscientific but plausible conclusions:Only 5% of the time when I “like” something on the Web am I doing so to share it explicitly with my network. I do believe, though, that clicking “like” within Facebook helps drive what content becomes popular for my friends and myself. Sometimes it’s a big life moment like a wedding, other times it’s an Amazon review for a Banana Slicer.Hitting the “like” button on Facebook itself has stopped me from writing comments (and articulating actual thoughts) in response to items others are posting. I feel like I’ve already done enough by clicking a button.I’ve hit the “like” button thousands of times out of obligation, for worry that I might hurt someone’s feelings or make them feel ignored.So reviewing all the points above, I wondered about the following question: Who exactly is benefitting the most from me hitting this button? That’s the question I’m trying to solve for with this experiment.In the meantime, here are a few observations from my first 72 hours of not hitting the “like” button—an action that I have taken everyday for probably the last two years.1) I already slipped up once and had to go “unlike” something I “liked.” It bothered me how mechanical the act of reading Facebook posts and “liking” had become.2) I started leaving 10x more comments on posts, and have spent more time articulating my responses to longer discussion threads.3) While my time spent on Facebook has continued to decrease, taking away the act of “liking” has further reduced my time on the social network and increased it on Twitter, Reddit, and get this…email.4) I’ve continued to check Facebook immediately when a notification flag has popped up to see who has liked my posts. I suspect this won’t change throughout the experiment.I may be overanalyzing here, but my hope is that it will spur others to reflect on their own low-impact, low-investment habits online. I’ll be providing a report in the next week or so with further observations. For now, I encourage you to either join me in this experiment, leave a comment below, or … do absolutely nothing.Just don’t click that button.Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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9 months agoGirona striker Cristhian Stuani tightlipped on Barcelona interest

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Girona striker Cristhian Stuani tightlipped on Barcelona interestby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGirona striker Cristhian Stuani is tightlipped on interest from Barcelona.Stuani is currently preparing for Girona’s Copa del Rey second leg against Atletico Madrid and didn’t want to speak about the rumours on Tuesday.”I can’t say anything,” the Uruguayan told a group of reporters who followed him to his car after training.Stuani’s release clause is set at €15m. last_img read more

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Theresa May Awards Outstanding Young UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Theresa May has recognised Muzoon Almellehan, from Newcastle, for supporting children uprooted by conflict to access education.Muzoon became the youngest ever UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador last year at 19 and is the first person with official refugee status to take on the role. She has been campaigning for children’s education in emergencies since she was forced to flee Syria in 2013 with her family.Muzoon started her campaigning in Jordan, where she was living as a refugee in camps for three years, including 18 months in Za’atari. As part of a Unicef-supported back-to-school campaign, Muzoon advocated for more girls to go to school and went from tent to tent speaking with parents of children who were at risk of child marriage or early labour. Over the next two and a half years she became synonymous with standing up for the rights of children, particularly girls, to stay in school and accompanied Malala Yousafzai on two visits to the camp.Muzoon offers a powerful, credible, authentic voice on education in emergencies and has travelled with Unicef to Chad and back to Jordan to promote understanding of the challenges children affected by conflict face in accessing education.Muzoon is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.In a personal letter to Muzoon, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Your work advocating for the education of the world’s most vulnerable child refugees is truly inspiring. As the youngest ever Unicef Goodwill Ambassador you are changing lives for the better, preventing child marriages and supporting young people uprooted by conflict to be able to go to school.”Muzoon Almellehan, Unicef Goodwill Ambassador said: “Thank you so much to the Prime Minister for this award and for recognising the importance of helping children affected by conflict get access to quality education. We must all raise our voices on behalf of these children who have been silenced for too long – and who simply hope to have a safer and better future.”Mike Penrose, Unicef UK Executive Director said: “Muzoon is a shining example to us all, so it is very fitting that she has been recognised with the Points of Light award by the Prime Minister. This acknowledgment reaffirms our country’s commitment to supporting the education of children who have been affected by conflict around the world.”Muzoon is the 966th winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA. Over 6,000 Points of Light have been awarded in the USA, and former Presidents have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK. There is a similar cross-party approach to the UK programme and MPs from different parties often present their constituents with their Points of Light awards.Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Points of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.last_img read more

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Power is slowly being restored in Fort St John

first_imgBC Hydro continues to work to restore power with BC Hydro crews on scene, there is no estimated time of restoration of service, shared Gammer.To stay up to date with the progress of restoration Gammer directs customers to visit the BC Hydro website under ‘Power Outage’ then continue to either the ‘View List’ by clicking; HERE. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Since 6 am there have been multiple power outages in Fort St. John and surrounding areas.As of 12:47 pm, there are now 15 outages from the 22 that were listed at 9:57 am. Customers that are currently affected are now at 530 down from 8600 customers a couple of hours ago, shared Bob, Gammer, Community Relations for BC Hydro.last_img read more

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USA asks its citizens to reconsider travel plans to terrorhit Pakistan

first_imgWashington DC: The US has advised its citizens to reconsider their travel to Pakistan due to terrorism and asked them not to travel to restive Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), identified as the most dangerous areas due to terror attacks. While Pakistan in general has been placed in “Level Three” category in the latest travel advisory issued by the US on Monday, several parts of the country, including Balochistan, KPK province, PoK and India-Pakistan border, have been placed in the most dangerous “Level Four” category, in which US citizens are asked not to travel due to high risk areas. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or near Pakistan, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR), the State Department said in the travel advisory. Asserting that terror groups continue plotting possible attacks in Pakistan, the State Department said that terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, military installations, airports, universities, tourist locations, schools, hospitals, places of worship and government facilities. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Terrorists have targeted US diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past, and information suggests they continue to do so, it said. Terrorist attacks continue to happen across Pakistan, with most occurring in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Large-scale terrorist attacks have resulted in hundreds of casualties, it said. Do not travel to Balochistan province, the State Department said, adding that active terrorist groups, an active separatist movement, sectarian conflicts and deadly terrorist attacks against civilians, government offices and security forces destabilise the province. Similarly, in the PoK, it warned that militant groups are known to operate in the area and the threat of armed conflict between India and Pakistan remains. “Indian and Pakistani military forces periodically exchange gun and artillery fire across the Line of Control (LoC), it said. Noting that India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border, the travel advisory said the only official Pakistan-India border crossing point for persons who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the province of Punjab between Wagah and Attari.last_img read more

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Tiger Woods Invests 4 Million To Keep Tournament Afloat

Tiger Woods confirmed Saturday at Sherwood Country Club that he contributed $4 million to what he called “bridged the gap” that was needed to help the World Challenge presented by Northwestern Mutual meet its operating costs.“I’m not going to tell you the exact amount, but it’s a good number,” Woods said in an interview after shooting a third-round 69 that put him five strokes back of tournament leader Graeme McDowell. But the Associated Press reported the figure at $4 million.“What’s important is that if it wasn’t for this tournament, we wouldn’t have the success with the (Tiger Woods) foundation,” Wood said. “The Learning Center (in nearby Orange County) would not have happened. We wouldn’t have gained the awareness that we have now.“There have been so many kids that we have helped, just because of this event. It’s important to me, to the foundation. This is what got us on the map.”This tournament began in 1999, and was inspired in part by Woods’ late father, Earl. Although he now has an affiliation with the AT&T National in Washington, D.C., and the Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston, this is the tournament that Woods holds dear, said his agent, Mark Steinberg.“He started this one with his father,” Steinberg said. “And he didn’t want to see the foundation take a hit in order to stage the tournament.”Since its inception, the World Challenge has raised more than $25 million for the foundation. It helped Woods start his Learning Center — to which he contributed the first $5 million — as well as other endeavors in other parts of the country.Woods has been contributing his prize money from the World Challenge, the AT&T National and the Deutsche Bank Championship to the foundation. He won the World Challenge last year and the AT&T over the summer, victories that were worth more than $1 million each. He’s contributed more than $14 million of his prize money alone over the years.“It’s kind of a running joke with the foundation,” Woods said. “You better win the tournament because we’re kind of counting on this amount of donation. So it’s fun.”Steinberg said a potential title sponsor fell through in the fall, leaving event organizers in a tough spot.The tournament would have been forced to dip into reserve funds or possibly not be played if it were not for Woods’ support. And while the proceeds from the event are helpful, Woods said the exposure it brings to his charitable causes are also reasons for wanting to keep it going.“It’s both, fundraising and awareness,” he said. “This provides us a platform to show people how we are helping kids. This is where it all started. We are a foundation, yes, but people really didn’t understand what we were trying to do. Once we built the Learning Center, because of this event, that allowed us to do that.” read more

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Ohio State defensive line pressure a key to success against Oklahoma

OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) sacks Tulsa redshirt senior quarterback Dane Evans during the first quarter against Tulsa on Sept. 10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorCoach Urban Meyer and the No. 3 Ohio State football team head to Norman, Oklahoma for Saturday’s battle with the No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners. The last two opponents, Bowling Green and Tulsa, provided few challenges for the Buckeyes, but this game is a little different.“I think the two (teams) we’ve faced, they’re both going to win games. This one’s real, real real,” Meyer said.Oklahoma will be the most potent offense OSU has faced to date in 2016, possibly all season. Redshirt junior quarterback Baker Mayfield is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate who has an elite arm and the ability to scramble and avoid tacklers to extend plays. He has completed 71.7 percent of his passes for 567 yards and five touchdowns.Along with Mayfield, the Sooners’ backfield has NFL-like talent in both of their running backs. OSU associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said he believes junior Samaje Perine and sophomore Joe Mixon are two of the top five running backs in college football.For OSU to slow down coach Bob Stoops’ offense, the defensive line will have to put pressure on Mayfield and contain the run game, something OSU has struggled with at times thus far.“They have a big offensive line and we got to stop the run first,” said redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard.For some perspective on the size of the Oklahoma offensive line, its five starters average height is 6-foot-6 and average almost 315 pounds in weight. Left tackle Orlando Brown boosts most of those stats, standing at 6-foot-8, 340 pounds.Hubbard registered his first sack on Saturday against Tulsa for an 11 yard loss on a third down in the first quarter. He finished the day with three tackles, all of which came in the backfield.The Buckeyes have totaled four sacks so far this year, compared to last year’s six sacks through two games. Replacing former defensive end Joey Bosa and defensive tackle Adolphus Washington was never going to be an easy task, but the team’s two sack leaders from 2015 in Hubbard and redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis returned this year and lead a D-line that has underperformed statistically.On Saturday, this is an opportunity for the unit to establish itself in the national picture.“We want to make that statement because we believe we are one of the best units in the country,” Hubbard said. “It’s going to put us on the national stage for everyone else to think that, so it’s a big opportunity for us.” For Hubbard, Lewis and junior defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes will be tested going up against the physically intimidating Brown on the Sooner offensive line. He added that he hasn’t ever tried to move someone that big, but it’s important for him to be violent with his hands, if he and the D-line hope to get to Mayfield in the backfield.More than ever, this week’s preparation is critical for the defense. Hubbard said that going up against redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett has improved the play of the defense because Barrett is just as elusive as Mayfield.Saturday also serves as the first statement game for the young defensive lineman like redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, redshirt freshman Robert Landers and freshman Nick Bosa. Schiano said he’s excited to see how his young guys respond to the environment awaiting the Buckeyes at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.“This is big-boy football. Do we know how they are going to respond? No. A lot of these guys have never been in this situation,” Schiano said. “As a coach, you just try to prepare them the best they can. I believe we have the right people here, but that gap between knowing and doing is the biggest gap there is.”For someone who has played in games against Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame, Sam Hubbard said a game like this is the reason he plays at OSU.“I want to get there and make a big play,” he said. “I know Tyquan does, and everyone on the line does.” read more

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Ohio State womens basketball tops Iowa in overtime advances to Big Ten

It was a win, but nothing came easy for the Buckeyes.The Ohio State women’s basketball team took down Iowa, 91-85, in overtime Saturday night, advancing to the Big Ten Tournament final.Tied 37-37 at halftime, the Buckeyes roared back to take out the Hawkeyes for their second straight tournament win in Hoffman Estates, Ill.Freshman forward Alexa Hart connected on a free throw with 17 seconds to play to give OSU an 81-79 lead, but the Hawkeyes answered with a layup at the three-second mark to tie the game and force overtime.Iowa held the Big Ten’s leading scorer, OSU freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell, to 21 points in regulation, but she took over in overtime with a pair of 3-pointers and two late free throws, sealing the win for the Buckeyes.OSU is set to face No. 1 seeded Maryland in Sunday’s championship battle at 7 p.m. read more

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Liverpool ready to give former coach Pep Lijnders the chance to

first_imgLiverpool are ready to offer Pep Lijnders the chance to return to the club as part of Jurgen Klopp’s coaching team.The former Liverpool coach, Lijnders left Anfield in January to take over as NEC Nijmegen head coach in his homeland but was sacked as the Dutch side failed to gain promotion to the Eredivisie.The Dutchman will now be offered a place in their backroom staff – on Klopp’s coaching staff. He was also in Kiev where he witnessed the Reds beat by Real Madrid in the Champions League final and he is also keen on a return, according to Goal.This comes after the news that Klopp’s long-term assistant boss Zeljko Buvac is unlikely to return to Liverpool after he missed the last four matches of the campaign for “personal reasons”. BREAKING: Liverpool are ready to offer Pep Lijnders the chance to return to the club as part of Jurgen Klopp’s coaching team, writes @neiljonesgoal https://t.co/N3uGqXWedXdivock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) May 28, 2018Following his departure in January, Klopp praised Lijnders as a “stand out” coach that improved his players.“He has such a big football brain,” Klopp said.“But it’s his willingness to learn and absorb information and always look to improve and be better as a coach that makes him stand out.“Of course, one of his biggest legacies at LFC will be the development and integration into the first-team squad of so many young and exciting players. The role he played in making us aware of these players and then helping us get the best out of them will have a lasting impact here.”last_img read more

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