Court’s jurisdictional ruling for next week

first_imgRed House challengeNewly appointed Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-Edwards, is expected to rule on the Red House lease challenge on March 24.After another brief appearance by the parties at the High Court on Wednesday, it was disclosed that come next week Friday, a ruling will be made on whether or not the court has legal jurisdiction over the case. Cummings-Edwards, who was recently appointed acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, had begun presiding over the matter when she was in the post of acting Chief Justice.Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams is representing Government while hisRed House currently houses the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre Incpredecessor, Anil Nandlall, is representing the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre Inc which is challenging the State’s decision to revoke the Red House lease.In February, AG Williams presented arguments which supported his claim that the court has no jurisdiction over the case since the lease was revoked by President David Granger. Williams had noted that no civil action could be brought against the Head of State if he executes the functions of his office, under Article 182 of the Constitution.However, Attorney Nandlall had noted that many of the Minister’s contentions were without merit, deeply flawed and frivolous.Nevertheless, Williams had also expressed that the Red House lease is invalid and therefore could not be pleaded in any court of justice, further arguing that the case should be thrown out because the applicants failed to make full and frank disclosures before the court. But Nandlall in refuting the AG’s contentions had noted that the Minister’s arguments were premature at that stage. Nandlall had also accused the AG of pressuring the Chief Justice by signifying on several occasions that the President has a special interest in the Red House proceedings.“The Attorney General continues to use the name of the President in his presentation to the court in a manner that is clearly intended to place pressure on the Judge. He said to the Judge on more than two occasions, that the President is anxiously awaiting a determination of this case because the President wants to house the National Trust in that building,” the former Legal Affairs Minister had explained.Last year President David Granger gave the occupants of the Research Centre 48 hours to vacate the premises. In response, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo labelled the President’s decision as “unconscionable and vindictive”.last_img read more

Region 7 exploring storm shelters

first_img– for Upper Mazaruni communitiesRegion Seven Chairman Gordon Bradford has said there is need to develop storm shelters in Upper Mazaruni communities.Following the recent destruction of buildings in Kako after a windstorm, Bradford told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the Region is working with the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and the Guyana Civil Defence CommissionRegion Seven Chairman, Gordon Bradford(CDC) to develop storm-resistant infrastructure.“We have identified some buildings which are concrete in nature, and we know that it will take a really severe wind to remove that.So, in the event of the heavy storm, residents should seek shelter at these buildings,” Bradford said.A recent storm destroyed six buildings and damaged others, including the school in Kako, some mere months after the community was assailed by flooding. Bradford said there have been increased reports of stormy weather occurring in Upper Mazaruni communities.“My information is that, over the past five or six days, this has been a regular occurrence around 2-2:30, 3 o’clock in the afternoon, (there is) this thunderstorm, lightning, thunder, rains and the heavy winds. So, my advice to residents is to look out and be prepared,” he said.Jawalla, another Region Seven community, was hit by a similar windstorm late in August, resulting in one death.  The Region Seven Administration has been working with the CDC to monitor these communities and provide relief where needed.last_img read more

Parker keen to keep England captaincy

first_imgEven the disappointment of Arjen Robben’s stoppage time winner for the Dutch couldn’t ruin Parker’s day.Now his attention will turn to holding onto the armband and, asked if he would like to keep the armband, Parker said: “Of course I would. I would like more really. I am going to keep working hard.“I also understand there’s many a player – no-one more than Steven Gerrard and a couple of others – who’ve obviously been there before and done it.“It’s going to be difficult for me but I would obviously relish the chance to lead the country out again and take it into the Euros.“Whether that’s me or it’s not me, I know I’ll be fully behind whoever it may be, determined to make England succeed.”Parker revealed Liverpool captain Gerrard was one of the first players to offer his congratulations even though he may have been annoyed at the snub.“He (Pearce) named his team in a meeting at 10.15 and after the meeting he said I would be captain. That was the first I knew of it,” Parker said.“All the players said congratulations, but Stevie was one of the first to come up to me and congratulate me.“He said I deserved it and he would support me. He was really pleased for me.“I wouldn’t expect anything less from Stevie. He is a fantastic player and a fantastic professional.”Whether Parker will be deemed captaincy material by whoever the Football Association choose to replace Fabio Capello remains to be seen.It would clearly help his cause if it is his club manager Harry Redknapp — currently the bookmakers’ favourite — but even if Parker doesn’t keep the job, he will forever cherish this moment.Just 12 months ago, the 31-year-old was very much a fringe player at international level and was fighting a losing battle to keep West Ham in the Premier League.“I could only dream about being England captain as a boy. To get the nod and lead out my country was great,” Parker said.“You don’t think about leading the team out until it literally happens and you are standing there. That’s when it hits you exactly what the occasion is and what you are doing.“It’s definitely up there, not only in my career but obviously in my personal life, probably behind the birth of my kids. My family are very proud.“A lot has definitely happened for me in a short period with England. It’s all gone very quickly.“I had a long time to think about things today. Obviously I knew at 10.15. I just turned my phone off and turned the television off and thought about it all. It’s been massive. Long may it continue.”Although Parker was pleased to see England fight back from 2-0 down, the ruthless Dutch finishing showed him they will need more than just spirit to enjoy a successful Euro 2012 campaign.“It was a tough game against a very good team. They were World Cup finalists. We knew how good they would be,” he said.“At 2-0 I thought we could have gone into our shell a little bit. Wembley is difficult at times and at 2-0 it could have been hard.“So I think we need to take a lot of positives that we got back into the game at 2-2 and obviously we are a little disappointed to have let one in at the end.“But I think we all realise it is not just courage and commitment that is going to win you tournaments. You have to have a little bit more.“I like to think over the course of time we can do that. I think this is a good step.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, March 2 – England captain Scott Parker admits he is desperate to lead his country at Euro 2012 after getting a first taste of the job in the 3-2 friendly defeat against the Netherlands at Wembley.Parker only discovered he would be skipper when caretaker boss Stuart Pearce revealed his decision after a team meeting just hours before kick-off on Wednesday morning.The Tottenham midfielder was a surprise choice given the presence of Steven Gerrard in the team and he admitted hearing the news was one of the best moments of his life.last_img read more

BCNREB says Northern B.C. housing sales up slightly over this time last year

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The BC Northern Real Estate Board says that housing sales are up slightly across the northern half of the province compared to a year ago.The BCNREB is reporting that 3,878 properties worth $1 billion sold through the Multiple Listing Service in the first nine months of 2017. At this time last year, 3,834 properties worth $973.2 million had changed hands. As of September 30th, there were 4,148 properties of all types available for sale through the MLS, down from 4519 properties at the same time one year prior.BCNREB President John Evans said that, “In many of the communities, sales statistics for the 3rd quarter are looking very similar to what we saw in 2016.”- Advertisement -In a release today, the BCNREB said that sales activity in Fort St John is up over last year, and the number of active listings is down slightly. Recent seasonal layoffs at the Site C Dam have not yet shown an effect on the market, and work continues on a number of pipeline projects.As of September 30th, 365 properties worth $144.9 million were reported sold in the area, compared to 303 properties worth $114.5 million to September 30th of 2016. Half of the 177 single family homes that have sold so far this year sold for less than $378,000 and took an average of 85 days to sell.In addition, 21 parcels of vacant land, 37 half duplexes, 41 homes on acreages, 10 manufactured homes in parks, and a further 34 manufactured homes on land were reported sold. At the end of September, there were 799 properties of all types available for purchase through MLS in the Fort St. John area.Advertisement In Fort Nelson, sales have increased and listings have dropped slightly. 37 properties worth $5.9 million have sold in the first nine months of 2017, compared with 19 properties worth $3.1 million to the end of September 2016. Of the 20 single family homes sold so far, half sold for less than $152,500. On average these homes took 120 days to sell.Also changing hands were 3 homes on acreage, 2 manufactured homes in parks and 7 manufactured homes on land. As of September 30th, there were 152 properties of all types available for purchase through MLS in the Fort Nelson area.last_img read more

Meteorologists confirm funnel cloud appeared near Fort St. John over the weekend

first_imgAccording to Lundquist, these types of funnel cloud sightings are, while not common, not particularly rare in B.C., with a funnel cloud or possible tornado having been photographed in Fort St. John nearly five years ago. Other funnel clouds and minor tornadoes have also been reported in the Okanagan and in even near Vancouver in recent years.A photo of a funnel cloud or possible tornado that was photographed over Fort St. John in August 2013. Photo by The Weather NetworkLundquist added that Fort St. John and the rest of the Peace Region could be in store for more thunderstorms on this week, before a ridge of high pressure brings sunny skies and slightly above seasonal temperatures to the area starting this weekend. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Meteorologists with Environment Canada say they’re almost completely certain that a funnel cloud appeared in the skies over the Fort St. John area this past long weekend.On Saturday, a series of photos were posted on a local Facebook group by resident Geoff Bough showing a rope-shaped cloud descending from one of the large thunderstorms that swept across the Fort St. John area that afternoon.Meteorologist Doug Lundquist said that after examining the series of photos, he’s almost certain that the phenomenon that was photographed was most likely a funnel cloud that may have, had it reached the ground, spawned a weak tornado.- Advertisement -“These kinds of things do happen. Sometimes these kinds of funnel clouds can result in very weak tornadoes. They don’t usually do much damage, but we should be aware of them and be careful of them.”Lundquist said that while tornadoes are often associated with a large rotating thunderstorm known as a supercell, the type of funnel cloud spawned by the thunderstorms seen on Saturday are caused by something else entirely.“When we get a really cold airmass like we had on the weekend, we can get these kind of rotations that happen and create these funnel clouds or very weak tornadoes. This is from a more cold and chaotic atmosphere.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Officer arrested in sexual assault case

first_imgA Los Angeles police officer was arrested Saturday in South Los Angeles in connection with a sexual assault, police said today. Police said Officer Hector Villalta was arrested on July 7 after he allegedly sexually assaulted a female companion at his home after he and the woman returned from a nightclub in South Los Angeles. After the assault, the woman ran from the residence to a local gas station where she called police. Villalta was booked on suspicion of sexual assault. He was released on $100,000 bail the following day, police said. He is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom on Aug. 6. Villalta 23, a probationary officer, is assigned to West Los Angeles Area, and has been with the department for eight months, police said. For up-to-date news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

How to stay ahead of viruses and spyware

first_imgMany of the e-mails I receive today still focus on spyware and Trojans infecting computers. The problem has been mitigated somewhat over the years but as anti-spyware programs are rolled out the bad guys do a better job of developing software to get around it. What’s in it for them? I get that question a lot. Some of it is financial; at one time people were paid by the number of times a Web page was opened or a link was clicked on. It wasn’t long before someone figured out that if they automated that process (such as creating a program to infect computers and tell them to open a Web page 100 times an hour as a pop-up box) then some money was to be made. Some are trying to sell a product; a good friend of mine recently was infected by a persistent Trojan installed in his system tray that kept nagging him that he was infected and telling him to click there to spend $39 to get rid of it. There’s also the satisfaction factor. Some hackers just like to muck with stuff and there is little better explanation than that. SunBelt Software (sunbelt-software.com) has an excellent product called CounterSpy that is free for 15 days. It would be well worth your time to download it and install, and I recommend the paid product as well. It is fast, efficient and cleans many bad guys out of your systems. If you have a kid in college, I recommend what I said by a factor of 10. A good portion of my computer business in the summer is cleaning up laptops brought home from colleges around the Midwest full of junk. Some of it is brought in via file-sharing networks that students are prone to use, but remember that viruses and other files are sprinkled liberally in these networks now (some say by the record companies). That means computers slow down to a crawl. Weekly Web wonder I use MajorGeeks to download all my spyware fighting tools. See it at www.majorgeeks.com (but use at your own risk!). James Derk is owner of CyberDads, a computer repair company and tech columnist for Scripps Howard News Service. His e-mail address is jim@cyberdads.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The issue is serious, costing billions of dollars in annual productivity in the workplace. And there is identity theft to worry about as well: A group calling itself the Russian Business Network last week hacked the Bank of India’s main Web site and reprogrammed it to deliver malware, password-stealing Trojans and more. One of the information stealing Trojans included in this massive install of malware was the variant of TSPY-AGENT.AAVG spyware, which according to Trend Micro, steals keylogged user names and passwords from mail program log-ins. What to do? Get protected, of course. For years I have been harping on your need to get anti-virus software, either paid versions or the excellent AVG Free Edition. Now comes the time to get anti-spyware on every machine out there. Microsoft built some basic protection into Windows Vista, but if you are running XP, visit the Microsoft Web site today and install Windows Defender. It is basic protection, but far better than nothing. Set it up to scan your PC once a week when you’re not using it (the daily default is better) and be sure to remove what it finds. There are paid products, many with confusing names (designed to get out to download and install the wrong one.) SpyBot Search and Destroy and Ad-Aware are both good, free programs but you must be aware of soundalikes that are Trojans themselves. last_img read more

Manchester United ace set to return from injury against Everton on Saturday

first_imgManchester United forward Wayne Rooney has been passed fit to face former club Everton on Saturday, manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed.Rooney missed England’s Euro 2016 qualifying victories over Estonia and Lithuania because of an ankle problem, but van Gaal says his captain will be fit to play at Goodison Park.Rooney, 29, has played 11 times for the Red Devils this season, netting on five occasions. His availability will come as a welcome boost as United look to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal before the international break. Michael Carrick is also available to face the Toffees after recovering from a groin injury, while Bastian Schweinsteiger is fit having overcome a thigh problem.United will, however, be unable to call upon Ashley Young after he picked up a calf injury.“Ashley Young is injured. He cannot play, but Wayne Rooney can play,” Van Gaal said. Wayne Rooney 1last_img read more

Assailant sought in CSUCI confrontation

first_imgCAMARILLO – Police today sought a man who assaulted a female student at Cal State Channel Islands and tried to kidnap her. Campus police responded to an emergency call in parking lot A7 last night at 10:41. Once there, police met with a 24 year-old female student who told them she had been assaulted in the Hub parking lot a few minutes earlier. The female student sustained a minor injury and declined medical attention. After interviewing the student, officers learned she had walked from the Library to her vehicle, parked in the Hub parking lot, and arrived there at 10:35 p.m. At that time she noticed a black Ford Mustang driving in the lot that parked near her vehicle. As she began to enter her car a white male got out of the Mustang, grabbed hold of her with his left arm and then put a knife blade to her neck. The male then instructed her to get into his car. The female was able to break free of the man’s grip, get inside her vehicle, and shut the door. When she looked back for the male he and the black Mustang had left the parking lot. After a few minutes she drove from the parking lot and made her way to parking lot A7 where she used the emergency phone to contact the police. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. The man is described as white, in his late 20s, about 6 feet and 200 pounds, short brown hair, thick eye brows, a well trimmed goatee, and acne. He was wearing a plain black T-shirt, baggy blue jeans, and skateboard-style black sneakers. He was last seen driving a black newer model Ford Mustang, tinted windows, with no visible damage. Anyone with information is asked to call the University Police Department at (805) 437-8444. You may also report information anonymously by contacting the WeTip hotline at 1-800-78-Crime or online at www.wetip.com. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

Time to stop seizing land for private use

first_imgThe Founding Fathers were right about the importance of private property in preserving and protecting liberty. John Adams argued, “Property must be secured, or liberty cannot exist.” George Washington asserted, “Private property and freedom are inseparable.” And James Madison wrote, “Government is instituted no less for the protection of the property than of the persons, of individuals.” They meant protecting the property of all, not some more than others. Adam B. Summers is a policy analyst at the Reason Foundation.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A man’s home is his castle, but state and local governments are storming the gates. One of the most offensive practices to come into vogue lately is that of taking one man’s home or business against his will and giving it to a more favored person or business. Local governments often invoke eminent domain to evict homeowners so as to make land available to a developer of luxury condos. They boot out small businesses in favor of large retailers. “California is one of the most active states in condemning properties for the benefit of other private parties,” states a 2003 report from the Castle Coalition, an organization that fights eminent-domain abuses across the country. “Between 1998 and 2002, … cities and redevelopment agencies condemned at least 223 individual properties for the benefit of private parties and threatened at least another 635.” Fortunately, Proposition 90 seeks to prevent such injustices. The measure would explicitly prohibit state and local governments from using eminent domain to take property from one private party to give it to another. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Proposition 90’s restrictions on eminent-domain abuse seem pretty common-sense – unless you are an unscrupulous developer or a corrupt legislator looking to profit at the expense of someone else’s property rights. Unfortunately, many have ignored the issue because they think it doesn’t affect them – until one day it does. Yet the U.S. Supreme Court’s now-infamous decision last year in a Connecticut case, Kelo v. City of New London, put the issue on many property owners’ radars. People realized that if it can happen there, it can happen here, too. How much do you really own your property? The Kelo decision ignited a firestorm of state and local measures intended to protect property owners from similar eminent-domain abuses. Unfortunately, many of these measures were so watered down as to be practically meaningless. While Proposition 90 has its drawbacks – it leaves open-ended such eminent-domain justifications as “blight” and “obscenity” – it does have some teeth and would offer property owners throughout the state real protection against government’s most egregious eminent-domain abuses. Another provision, which some claim is more controversial than the eminent-domain element, would require state and local governments to compensate property owners when the government reduces the value of private property through more restrictive zoning or other regulations. But such “regulatory takings” are just as odious as other eminent-domain abuses, since it matters little whether the government takes 100 percent of your property by invoking eminent domain or, say, 25 or 50 percent of its value by passing regulations. The principle is the same: Government should, at the very least, be severely restricted in its ability to take private property. And it should fully compensate property owners for their loss as a result of government action. last_img read more