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The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) has been accused of using State agencies and its employees to attend rallies and public meetings. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has pointed to one glaring example of such abuse of authority.The flyer from the PNCR which was circulated to members of the public“They got public meeting but the Guyana Revenue Authority, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Citizenship, Mayor and City Council…so they have the PNC as a public meeting and the agencies will attend,” Jagdeo said at his weekly press briefing on Thursday.Jagdeo says this highlights how much the PNC is trying to influence public servants into supporting their events.“We will invite them to come to the ones that we have, let’s see if they will come to our political meeting. In fact I’ll create one and invite the GRA and the Ministries of Health and Citizenship” the Opposition Leader suggested.The PPP General Secretary said these meetings are used to “lie” to the citizenry. He feels it is a major concern and should be taken seriously by all parties.“They have thrown the Constitution under the bus and that is why 22 of them have gone into the hinterland this weekend, trying to make false promises to people. And they are running around…look at these activities, which would have been frowned upon,” Jagdeo opined.Only recently, outspoken attorney Christopher Ram told this newspaper that it is clear that Government is utilising State resources to fund their political campaign.He blasted the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for not bringing it to their attention, while explaining that the Representation of the Peoples Act has clear provisions for this.The Carter Center had recommended the implementation of campaign financing laws and even prior to that, the Alliance For Change (AFC) was pushing for the implementation of the laws; however, after years in Government, the party and its coalition partner are yet to make a step in that direction.In its final report on the 2011 General Election, the Carter Center said the need to create legislation to cater for campaign financing was important and even reiterated that in its 2015 report.Additionally, the report stated that Guyana’s legal framework for elections was silent in the area of registration and operation of political parties; hence, the reason why legislation is needed to establish clear requirements for the registration and operation of political parties that would support the freedom of association and promote broad multiethnic parties that could represent citizens’ interests in governance.Immediately after the No-confidence Motion was passed in the National Assembly and following the High Court’s ruling in the matter, the coalition Government has upped its political campaigning, although President David Granger is yet to announce a date for the constitutionally mandated General and Regional Elections.
SANTA CLARITA — Residents can’t power saw joists or jackhammer driveways in the wee hours but soon they can apply for building permits at 3 a.m. — online. People enjoy the ease of buying a CD or a cruise on the Web round-the-clock and a growing number of cities are helping residents summon municipal services the same way. “Requests from the community and a desire internally to provide virtual City Hall-type services for the community- that’s the expectation of consumers,” said Kevin Tonoian, the city’s technology services manager. “Our goal is to create more e-commerce opportunities on our Web site, to provide a 24/7 accessibility to City Hall.” The online permit system is due this summer. At first, the menu of permits available on the city’s Web site will be limited to those typically processed at the building and and safety counter — such as replacing a water heater. Tonoian said that’s no trifle because it could dramatically cut waiting lines. The number of applicants varies seasonally. Activity increases in warmer months, when about 30 permits are sought daily. Roughly 20 permits are issued each day currently — about 400 a month — for everything from recessing kitchen lights to erecting big commercial buildings. Bobby Chevalier, a liaison with cities and regulatory agencies for a Newhall-based engineering company, sees benefits and risks in online service. “(It’s) a very easy and convenient thing,” he said, adding the city must ensure applicants comply with standard codes and regulations. His caveat: “When you’re dealing online, we all know what the risks are with sensitive information with hackers and identity theft.” His employer, Calex Engineering Company, is a mid-size firm specializing in excavation and shoring work. Four months ago the city deployed the first phase of the online system, a permit tracking service. It draws roughly 500 hits a month. Visitors to the site can see when permits were sought, a description of the scope of the work and inspection results — by providing the permit number or the address. The transparency could cue curious looky loos in on the process, too. A professor at UCLA’s School of Law counters reasoning that the data are public record available to anyone — so what’s the difference — noting it misses a vital point. Laws defining the data as public record were passed when the material was available, but not easily accessible, said law professor Jerry Kang. “What the Internet has shown us, by making things easier to find, we radically alter our behavior, if it becomes trivially easy to find information about others,” Kang said. “We were granted a practical privacy and anonymity because we were never that interesting to other people. Now that costs of search have come down, it is almost cost-less for curious neighbors, marketers, stalkers and old friends to find out more about you.” Marketers selling second mortgages, construction services or fancy cabinets could see who’s in the process of building and target them, he said. Or neighbors concerned about nuisances could scrutinize the record, comparing whether permits align with development spied over the fence. Disgruntled neighbors could file lawsuits for perceived violations or unauthorized construction, he said. “People forget, as more and more information becomes publicly available and easily searchable, quite telling data profiles can be made about us with little cost,” Kang said. “This has implications that society rarely considers because of its incremental nature.” The city of Boca Raton, Fla. assigns building applicants a personal identification code, like the one provided by banks, to view permits online. “It basically precludes someone else, other the contractor, gaining access to that information online,” said Jorge Camejo, director of Boca Raton’s Development Services Department. “There’s really no one else besides the contractor and homeowners who needs convenient access to that information online.” Florida’s Sunshine Laws make all public records available for public review, but not at the click of a mouse. On Santa Clarita’s horizon is an automated voice recognition system similar to one used in Anaheim, allowing people to request inspections and learn inspection results. Perhaps two years hence, building inspectors will be outfitted with handheld devices to input inspection results onsite, readable by contractors in real time. “(The city would be) able to provide much better communication between the city building department, contractors and homeowners,” Read said. “It helps them, keeps their project moving faster — sometimes they lose a day waiting for results.” Palmdale is testing a similar system. Local residents can now e-mail building and safety inspectors 24/7, but don’t expect next-day inspections for requests made after dark; 2:30 p.m. is the cut-off for next-day visits. The city is expanding its array of Web conveniences. Residents can report potholes or graffiti, request sidewalk repairs, look for city jobs, learn about new business incentives, register for recreation programs or report problems with cable service or traffic signal timing or outages — with a mouseclick. Santa Barbara, which has offered online permit tracking for about seven years, blacks out property owners’ names and has had no complaints about the service, said Danny Kato, a senior planner for the coastal burg. Nor have complaints barraged San Francisco, which has offered open tracking for about five years. The city issues more than 60,000 permits a year and performs more than 135,000 inspections. Licensed contractors can receive a password to obtain electrical and plumbing permits online. “San Francisco’s housing stock is much older than other California cities, with buildings dating from the 19th century,” said William Strawn, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Building Inspection. “Many of these buildings are not yet up to today’s code requirements, which are the most stringent in the nation since we live in one of the world’s most at-risk seismic zones.” A non-partisan think tank for state and local policymakers recently gave Santa Clarita an “A” for the usefulness of its Web site. Santa Clarita was among only six cities statewide with populations between 50,000 and 250,000 to be recognized by the National Policy Research Council. Tonoian, ever the perfectionist, was not satisfied. “The reason we got an A and not A+ is because we were still in the process of developing our online permitting application,” he said. — Judy O’Rourke, (661) email@example.com
WASHINGTON – Republicans and Democrats struggled Wednesday over the final details of an elusive deal that would grant quick legal status to millions of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. and fortify the border. Among the last sticking points was how much family ties should count toward green cards for future immigrants. Democrats and Republicans also haggled over how to treat new temporary guest workers. For the most part, they would be barred from putting down roots or eventually gaining a path to permanent residency. The emerging bipartisan compromise among senators and the White House would set the stage for a freewheeling Senate debate next week. The divisive issue is exposing deep rifts in both parties and carries political risks. “The best way, and, frankly, the only way to get a comprehensive bill done that will matter and deal with this issue once and for all, is for the bipartisan approach that we’re now working on to come to fruition,” President George W. Bush said. With immigration overhaul a priority, Bush has sent Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez to weeks of private meetings with lawmakers. “There is a good chance” of an agreement, Bush said. Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, the Democrats’ lead negotiator, said a deal was imminent. Still, representatives on both sides complained that long-settled issues had returned as sticking points. “I’m determined to get the job done and get it done right. We’re close to the finish line and we need to keep moving forward,” Kennedy said through a spokeswoman. Some Republicans contend it is too lenient in how it treats the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. Some Democrats say the plan is too restrictive toward future immigrants and unfair to families. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“Adventure, wilderness and youth are recurring themes in reaching out to new markets,” Popesku says of Destination B.C.’s continued effort for online presence.“Each region does have the opportunity to promote their own region and Northeast B.C. is no exception,” Popesku concludes. “The frustration level in our region is largely due to the sparse population in comparison to other regions and the long list of geographical challenges we face.” “Dissatisfaction with the marketing video featuring beautiful B.C. photographs of mountains, rainforests, and coastal waves stirred the group of more than 50 people to challenge Marsha Walden, CEO of Destination B.C.,” Popesku said. “The lack of images of Northern B.C., particularly the iconic northern lights and the unique Liard Hot Springs was viewed as ignoring Northeastern B.C. once again.”Being “innovative and smart in order to attract savvy tourist who are planning their visits online before they travel” is said to be the overriding theme of the new strategies for Supernatural British Columbia, which was launched at the Tourism Industry Association Conference in Vancouver last month.Here is where the water surrounding regional funding becomes a little murky, according to Popesku. While Destination B.C. has indicated an increase in marketing funds, it’s has not been made clear who will be managing those funds in northern B.C., let alone a specific amount allocated to the north. There’s also a plan to centralize the majority of management, including funding, travel trade and media relations to Vancouver.- Advertisement -The strategy was presented to representatives from Coal River, Fort Nelson, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John to name a few.“With the change in programming and centralizing of marketing management, the role of Northern B.C. Tourism will be downsized,” says Popesku. “As stakeholders, we think it [is] important that money flow to the region so that we [have] dedicated funds and continue to work with the tourism professionals at Northern B.C. Tourism.”In an effort take advantage of ‘Community Opportunities Program’ funding from Destination B.C., the Fort St. John Tourism Board recently purchased new information kiosks which should begin popping up across the city in early 2015.Advertisement
The League Cup Burnley, Hull and Queens Park Rangers have all been handed away trips in the first round of the Capital One Cup.Tuesday’s draw saw the trio, relegated from the Premier League last season, pitted against Port Vale, Accrington Stanley and Yeovil Town respectively.Fulham, who spent 13 years in the top-flight before relegation in 2014, also face a tricky away fixture, against League Two play-off finalists Wycombe Wanderers.Middlesbrough, losing finalists in last season’s Championship play-off final, visit League One side Oldham Athletic.There are two London derbies, with Charlton Athletic hosting Dagenham & Redbridge and Conference champions Barnet welcoming Millwall, while Leeds and Doncaster will contest an all-Yorkshire affair at the Keepmoat Stadium.Bradford, 2013 League Cup finalists, will travel to local rivals York and Sheffield United, semi-finalists last season, will travel to Morecambe.Full Capital One Cup first round draw:Carlisle United v ChesterfieldNottingham Forest v WalsallFleetwood Town v Hartlepool United Scunthorpe United v BarnsleyBolton Wanderers v Burton AlbionAccrington Stanley v Hull CityRochdale v Coventry City Oldham Athletic v MiddlesbroughHuddersfield Town v Notts CountyBlackburn Rovers v Shrewsbury TownMorecambe v Sheffield UnitedDoncaster Rovers v Leeds UnitedWigan Athletic v BuryNorthampton Town v BlackpoolSheffield Wednesday v Mansfield TownRotherham United v Cambridge UnitedCrewe Alexandra v Preston North EndYork City v Bradford CityPort Vale v BurnleyPeterborough United v Crawley TownYeovil Town v Queens Park RangersPlymouth Argyle v GillinghamSwindon Town v Exeter CityBristol Rovers v Birmingham CityIpswich Town v StevenageLuton Town v Bristol CityCharlton Athletic v Dagenham & RedbridgeWolverhampton Wanderers v Newport CountyBrentford v Oxford UnitedPortsmouth v Derby CountySouthend United v Brighton & Hove AlbionMilton Keynes Dons v Leyton OrientCardiff City v AFC WimbledonMillwall v BarnetWycombe Wanderers v FulhamColchester United v Reading 1
Re “Not the time to be a hater” (Sports, Jan. 24): Has Steve Dilbeck ever heard the phrase “There’s no ‘I’ in team”? Michael Jordan played with a team – and won. Kobe Bryant seems to think he’s a one-man savior. “Kobe is unfairly looked at through a different prism. Many see him as calculated, as self-centered.” He is what he is – an embarrassment. Face it: Kobe Bryant is basketball’s Pete Rose! Brenda Leggon Northridge Double standard As we enter the next phase of the latest chapter in American politics – the Alito confirmation vote in the U.S. Senate – we are challenged by the polarizing comments being bantered by leading Democrats. “We now live in different times.” Unlike the Clinton appointments, and the rubber-stamp bipartisan confirmations of liberal nominees Ruth Bader-Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein touted that “There was not the polarization within America that there is today.” Maybe true, but that summation is likely reflected in the old fable of the teenage boy who shotgun kills both his parents and then pleads for the leniency of the court because he is an orphan. Nate Brogin Sherman Oaks Spreading the wealth Re “UTLA’s financial health” (Your Opinions, Jan. 24): One of the curious things about UTLA dues is that around 40 percent (around $11 million) paid by UTLA members goes not to UTLA but to other organizations, namely the California Teachers Association, the National Education Association, the California Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers. Not a single one of those organizations gives any accounting to UTLA members for the money collected, yet UTLA officials want more member-dues money with no accountability other than saying they’ve received a bill. UTLA and affiliate officials need to come clean as to just what is happening to member-dues money. Phil Pearson Agoura Hills To Pluto, and beyond! As long as I can remember, people have asked why we send spaceships to Pluto and elsewhere rather than spend it on food. Here’s the answer: Investing some time and energy in learning and exploring rather than spending 100 percent of our effort on finding food is a trait that distinguishes homo sapiens from amoebas. In some cosmic mix-up, a few people have apparently acquired a DNA segment from amoebas and have simply lost the urge to learn and explore. It also stands to reason that there are a few amoebas wondering if there are other amoebas out there in the universe. Don Schmidt Lancaster Defending Rosendahl Re “Tunnel vision” (Our Opinions, Jan. 20): Your editorial response to Los Angeles City Council member Bill Rosendahl’s call of a half-percent sales tax to support mass transit projects is not only negative, but bashed an ally who has arduously supported the 405 northbound HOV lane and who is exploring the creation of a LAX/Union Station/Burbank Airport rail connection that would benefit Valley residents. Rosendahl was referring to SB 314, in which Sacramento recently allowed L.A. County to ask its voters to approve a half-percent sales-tax increase to allow for the creation of the Westside Expo Line, the Foothill Gold Line, the Valley North-South Busways, the I-5 widening project in Southeast L.A. County and a host of other projects throughout the county. At best, the Red Line subway will only receive funding to Fairfax Boulevard (which is nowhere near Bill Rosendahl’s district) within the next 10 years – if at all – even if the SB 314 that Rosendahl was referring to is passed by the voters. Please choose your opponents more carefully – Rosendahl isn’t one of them! Ken Alpern President, The Transit Coalition Los Angeles Dark blot I recently saw a TV program on John Adams, our second president. I was struck that the darkest blot on his career was his sponsorship of the Alien and Sedition Acts, which undermined civil liberties in the name of protecting the new republic. Today we have another president who has abused his power by spying on Americans without authority or limitation, and many are willing to let him carry on with it. To allow that will be a dark blot on us all as citizens. Galen Van Rensselaer Los Angeles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
THIS is the weekend to get involved in rugby!Tir Chonaill RFC is holding a rugby training session in Pobailscoil Gaoth Dobhair at 7pm on Friday evening.Anyone from the ages of 15 up to senior level (any age) are asked to come along and get to know the game better and maybe participate later. More information is available from Jason Greene on 086 2743401 or Eddie Sharkey on 087 2531838. Meanwhile there is a “try rugby” day on this Saturday at the Dragons Den, home of Finn Valley RFC in Stranorlar.Children from 6 to 12 years of age are asked to come along from 1pm till 3pm to meet the coaches and try their hand at rugby. Boys and girls are welcome accompanied by their parents who can talk to the coaches about the club and what we do.Then from 5 till pm 7pm the club invites ladies from 12 years of age upwards to see the work been done to develop Ladies rugby in the club. RUGBY EVENTS IN GAOTH DOBHAIR AND STRANORLAR was last modified: August 8th, 2013 by John2Share 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:RUGBY EVENTS IN GAOTH DOBHAIR AND STRANORLAR
Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Frank Lampard a breath of fresh air managing @dcfcofficial giving the youth a chance and they are thriving, more @premierleague clubs need to do the same— Dan Bullock (@Dannyb1385) October 27, 2018 Roy Keane, Bryan Robson and Edgar Davids are just three examples of world class midfielders who could not make it as managers. For Lampard however, he seems set to break the trend.After suffering two defeats in his first three games, Lampard has regrouped his players to lead a surge up the Championship table.After knocking out Manchester United of the Carabao Cup in September, fans began to take notice of what the 40-year-old was doing at Pride Park.With young loan stars Harry Wilson and Mason Mount excelling, the Rams show no sign of slowing down. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update After dominating the first 45 minutes and taking the lead against against Middlesbrough on Saturday, fans took to Twitter to heap praise on Lampard for implementing an attractive brand of effective football.Check out the best Tweets below! tense latest Mason Mount & Harry Wilson on 🔥🔥 for derby here! So much young talent in England at the moment. Credit to frank lampard giving the young lads a chance too. Very exciting team to watch— JamesClarke (@JamesJayclarke) October 27, 2018 The way Frank Lampard got Derby playing is very impressive and great to see. Shame he’s british because if he was foreign manager he’d be getting more plaudits.— James Wright (@wrighty619) October 27, 2018 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions I have seen @dcfcofficial a few times this season and it is safe to say frank lampard knows what he is doing.— Ian Kenealy (@ianjk23) October 27, 2018 Lampard has got fans purring over Derby County Most Popular Football Stories Frank Lampard arrived at Derby County in the summer with fans across the country eager to see how the Chelsea legend would get on in his first foray into management.Although the midfielder won countless trophies with the Blues and plenty of England caps, the transition between successful player to manager has often been a tricky test. It’s actually mad what Frank Lampard has done with Derby already, they’re literally so good to watch— Edward (@Edward_Braisby) October 27, 2018 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The master was defeated by the apprentice at Old Trafford #Derby County are all over Middlesbrough. Derby are really fun to watch. Smart, technical & expansive. Frank #Lampard along with Jody #Morris are doing a fantastic job. I’m excited to see #Chelsea play against them at the Bridge next Wed.#CFC #DCFC #MFCvDCFC #CHEDER #CarabaoCup— Sharan Chablani (@MyFussbllTweets) October 27, 2018 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City LATEST scrap BEST OF The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 Frank Lampard has got this #DerbyCounty team purring …— Jimerson Airplane (@blig78) October 27, 2018 2 revealed Frank Lampard has made Derby a joy to watch…they look leagues above Pulis’ Boro— Tom Jones (@TJonesCFC) October 27, 2018
targets And this is why the Hammers’ hopes of acquiring El Shaarawy are fading as Roma are keen to tie him down to a new contract until 2022, according to Tuttomercatoweb.The 26-year-old has scored 27 goals in his last three seasons for the Italian side.He’s not the first Roma forward to be linked with a move to West Ham as reports emerged the club were lining up a bid for Edin Dzeko, who is apparently keen on a Premier League return before his career finishes.However, Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini, who coached the Bosnian at Manchester City, dismissed these rumours. targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ El Shaarawy has scored 27 goals in his last three seasons for Roma RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 1 moving on REVEALED West Ham are interested in signing Stephan El Shaarawy but Roma insist their forward is not for sale.The Italy international has failed to build on his brilliant start to his career when he was an AC Milan player but has experienced a mini-revival of late. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Latest Transfer News LATEST LIVING THE DREAM The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND