Opposition Councillors to boycott all mayoral meetings – MP Croal

first_imgMabaruma mayoral election fiasco…maintains by-elections should have been heldThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillors in Mabaruma have collectively decided to continue their boycott of all meetings chaired by incumbent Mayor Rupert Henry Smith after he was re-appointed Mayor by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.In keeping with the instructions of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, the Town Council of Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini) held elections for the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor on Monday last.Smith was nominated as the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For ChangeMayor Rupert Henry Smith(APNU/AFC) pick for the mayoral chair while Councillor Vibert Emmanuel was the PPP/C’s pick and following the voting process a tie of 6:6 was declared. This according to Chapter 28:01 resulted in the need for another round of voting, which was done with the same results. However, Town Clerk Barrington Ward wrote to Minister Bulkan requesting his intervention.In a letter dated March 15, Bulkan appointed Smith Mayor.“By virtue of the authority vested in the Minister of Communities in Section 13 (8) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, which also provides that in such circumstances the Minister shall select one of the above-nominated Councillors as the Mayor, it is hereby declared that Councillor Henry Rupert Smith is the Mayor of the municipality of Mabaruma for the ensuing year,” the letter noted.This, however, did not go down well with the PPP/C Councillors, who were furious at the Minister’s appointment, since they have a matter of similar nature before the courts. The Councillors have collectively decided to continue their protest of boycotting all meetings chaired by Smith.This position was related to Guyana Times by Opposition Member of ParliamentPPP/C MP Collin Croal(MP) for the Region, Collin Croal. He noted that the Councillors would continue working for the betterment of their constituents, but would not support the person that sat in the mayoral chair unless a democratic process was employed for his or her election.“The Councillors all would continue to do their work and attend the committee meetings and the statutory meeting, but when the instrument is handed over (at the statutory meeting) and the Mayor have to chair it, then they will walk out of that meeting,” he explained.“By staying there and recognising the Mayor would give legitimacy to his post and it was not a democratic process that got him there,” Croal added.Croal further related that in the event of a second tie, according to Section 13(6) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, the power to break that tie lay with the registered voters within the town. According to Section 13(6) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, “on account of equality of votes, the Town Clerk shall appoint a date not later than December 28 in the same year for the election of the Mayor from the tied candidates by the voters whose names appear on the register of voters, for the time being in force, for the city.”In April of 2017, Justice Diana Inshanally quashed the appointment of Smith as the Mayor and ordered that fresh elections be held. The ruling was as a result of PPP’s Zulfikar Mustapha challenging the decision by Bulkan to appoint a mayor after there was a 6-6 tie in the number of seats won at the 2016 Local Government Elections.Justice Inshanally noted that the appointment violated the Municipal and District Councils Act because it was “is in excess of and without jurisdiction, made in bad faith, is unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, based upon irrelevant and improper considerations, mala fide, malicious, vindictive, unlawful, ultra vires, null, void, and of no legal effect”.With the same situation playing out again, Croal said that they were still awaiting a ruling on the 2016 case, which would decide if they were to challenge Smith’s appointment once again.He added that they would continue their protest as Smith was expected to be sworn in as Mayor for a third term soon.last_img read more

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Taggers’ enemy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.To Segura, fighting graffiti means more than arresting vandals. “That’s just putting a Band-Aid on the situation. I want to get to the root of the situation whatever it is,” he said. Segura believes in getting parents and schools involved. “I feel there’s a lot of things we need to do. Intervention programs, be more available to parents if they need more help,” he said. Segura said if he can’t solve the parents’ problems, he refers them to agencies that can. He shares information with the schools and they do the same with him. “We all help each other,” Segura said. He belongs to a graffiti task force that meets to discuss the latest graffiti trends, partners with other agencies like juvenile probation and keeps tabs on what other police departments are doing. The key words are networking and sharing resources. “Again it’s getting to the root of the problem, not just arresting the person,” he said. Segura is a 12-year veteran of the Police Department whose prior assignment included the gang beat. He is part of the Special Enforcement Team. Segura is called in on every graffiti arrest, according to Lt. Bryan Ellis. He said the officer interviews the person, finds out the tag names, discovers who is in the tagging crews and logs it in a database. While Segura is not the first officer to focus on graffiti enforcement, Ellis said he has broadened the job’s role. He said Segura is more proactive with the schools, is working more with school resource officers and officials. “He’s doing an excellent job,” Ellis said. “It’s far more than arresting the kids. We don’t want them to start (tagging).” Segura said he wants intervention programs to help parents and students and is working with the schools. He recently gave a presentation educating parents about gangs and graffiti at Whittier College. He also wants to go to court to find out how the city can get restitution. The Police Department is also getting more active in juvenile probation searches. Whittier spends an increasing amount to remove graffiti every year. In 2003, graffiti removal cost the city $181,314. Compare that to $283,465 as of June this year. Larry Trujillo, executive director of the Whittier Uptown Association, said it’s hard enough for business owners to maintain property before they go out and see graffiti on their buildings. While one can paint over tagging, he said removing etchings is expensive and could include replacing glass. Mayor Owen Newcomer said graffiti is a big problem because it gives an area a bad image. It costs money to clean up and it happens on a regular basis. “It’s just aggravating the lack of respect to the appearance of the neighborhood and the lack of respect to the property,” Newcomer said. He likens taggers to a more familiar household pest. “Graffiti vandals are like the gophers in my yard. There are not a lot of them but they are busy,” Newcomer said. One of the ways the city fights graffiti is to offer a $500 reward to anyone reporting a vandal who gets arrested for graffiti. The program is so successful, Newcomer said, that they’ve nearly used up the amount budgeted for the reward and will be replenishing the pot. Since the program started in spring, the city has handed out 33 checks. The Whittier Uptown Association also offers a $500 reward if the person is arrested and convicted. That pertains to graffiti committed within the Uptown district’s 33 blocks, Trujillo said. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER- Officer Frank Segura is a pivotal person in the city’s fight against anyone with the itch to scribble on walls or etch windows. The 35-year-old is tasked with coordinating the Police Department’s graffiti enforcement efforts. He oversees the “Graffiti Tracker” cameras as well as two other cameras placed at locations where graffiti is increasing to capture taggers in action. Graffiti Tracker is a computerized tracking system. It creates a databank of graffiti tags, which can then be traced by police to a specific tagger. Photos from the other cameras called “Q-star” are downloaded to a laptop and are used for identification, prosecution and restitution, police said. last_img read more

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San Diegans report hearing mysterious boom and shaking across the county

first_imgSan Diegans report hearing a “boom” and shaking in East County. Did you hear or feel it? pic.twitter.com/TotXngwtEe— KUSI News (@KUSINews) November 2, 2017 Heard it in Tijuana. Windows rattled. No movement and I live in the 4th floor— ENZO (@Enzolote) November 2, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: November 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A mysterious “boom” rattled San Diegans Thursday, with reports of the loud noise and shaking from all across the county.Reports of the unidentified sound and concurrent shaking began circulating on social media shortly before 11 a.m.There were no earthquakes reported in the area, according to the United States Geological Survey website. San Diegans report hearing mysterious ‘boom’ and shaking across the county Felt and heard it just before 11 AM, in Jamul.— Richard Allen (@Unit1917) November 2, 2017The cause of noise is still unknown at this time. Check back for more updates on the story. , last_img read more

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How not to Excel Austerity economics paper is codingflawed

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —Required reading for those examining the cause and effect of bread lines: Two papers, one published in 2010 and the other published just this month, poking holes into the 2010 study and inciting a global wave of publicity. The 2010 paper, by Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, “Growth in a Time of Debt.” claimed that as countries see debt/GDP going above 90 percent, growth slows dramatically: High levels of national debt lead to low or negative economic growth. The paper was supported by those involved in policy debates from the U.S, to Europe, calling for austerity measures as a panacea to balance budgets and ease high levels of national debt, turning back a perceived tide of continued negative economic growth. Study finds national debt ‘tipping point’ that slows economic growth Citation: How not to Excel: Austerity economics paper is coding-flawed (2013, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-excel-austerity-economics-paper-coding-flawed.html Explore furthercenter_img © 2013 Phys.org This month, however, University of Massachusetts academics said the 2010 study had errors. The real headline-maker by those viewing the new study turned out to be that, among the weaknesses found, was a coding error in Excel.The new report is a turning point in long-standing controversy over the 2010 paper, as other economists sought to replicate the results drawn in the two authors’ presentation, yet they were unable to do so. The authors of the new paper, “Does High Public Debt Consistently Stifle Economic Growth? A Critique of Reinhart and Rogoff,” by Thomas Herndon, Michael Ash, and Robert Pollin, figured out why other scholars had such a difficult time replicating the results. Examining the data spreadsheet used in the 2010 study, the University of Massachusetts authors discovered several flaws.The Excel error was not the primary problem but part of a number of weaknesses, according to the three authors. In addition to the Excel spreadsheet errors, they said they identified excluded data, and what they said were unusual weightings of statistics from which the two authors’ conclusions were drawn. The abstract of the newly published paper said, “Herndon, Ash and Pollin replicate Reinhart and Rogoff and find that coding errors, selective exclusion of available data, and unconventional weighting of summary statistics lead to serious errors that inaccurately represent the relationship between public debt and GDP growth among 20 advanced economies in the post-war period.”In addition, the authors wrote that, “Overall, the evidence we review contradicts Reinhart and Rogoff’s claim to have identified an important stylized fact, that public debt loads greater than 90 percent of GDP consistently reduce GDP growth.”At the same time, one of the co-authors, Ash, told Businessweek that the new paper, in examining the 2010 study, did indicate a modest diminishment in growth in countries suffering large debts but not like the stagnation or decline in the study by the Harvard authors.In response, according to the Financial Times, Rogoff and Reinhart acknowledged the Excel spreadsheet mistake: “Herndon, Ash and Pollin accurately point out the coding error that omits several countries from the averages in figure 2. Full stop. HAP are on point,” they said. At the same time, they defended their basic research conclusion regarding higher debt leading to slower growth. More information: www.nextnewdeal.net/rortybomb/ … are-serious-problemslast_img read more

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Tips to keep hair fall at bay

first_imgAn apple a day may keep the doctor away, but try to include avocado, banana, coconut milk and carrot to keep hair fall away, say experts.  has shared how some kitchen ingredients can be used in one’s daily routine to keep hair fall away:* Avocado: Mash an avocado and add egg yolk to it. Apply it on your hair and leave it on for 20 minutes before you wash it off. * Carrot: Extract carrot juice with the help of a juicer and keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes. Apply it directly to your hair to prevent hair loss.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’* Onion: Extract the onion juice and apply it on your hair follicles. Wash it properly after 20 minutes, because the smell of onion might stay. * Banana: Mix one mashed banana with one tablespoon honey and apply this mask on your hair roots for 15 to 20 minutes and wash it thoroughly with a mild shampoo. * Coconut milk: Mix coconut and honey together and apply it on damp hair. Massage it into your scalp and leave it on for one hour. Wash it properly with a mild shampoo afterwards to get the best results.* Oatmeal: Blend one tablespoon oatmeal with one cup of fresh milk and almond oil together and make a paste. Apply this mask onto your hair after properly detangling it. Wash it off with lukewarm water after 15 to 20 minutes for best results.last_img read more

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RECAP Accidents on A53 A500 and A519

first_img We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comThere were delays on two major North Staffordshire roads due to accidents this rush hour. One lane was closed on the flyover on the A53 following an accident in Etruria, traffic data company INRIX reported. Three cars are involved in the accident, which has taken place on the A53 Northbound near A5010 Etruria Road / Festival Way (Festival Park Roundabout). This was affecting traffic between Cobridge and Etruria – but is reported to have reopened at around 6.30pm. Two vehicles also crashed on the A519 Clayton Road, resulting in delays in that area. One of the cars is reported to have hit a lamppost following the accident – which was cleared shortly before 7pm. Emergency services were called to both accidents although no one is believed to have been seriously hurt in either. Both accidents are believed to have taken place shortly after 5pm. Read MoreGas cannisters stolen from two Staffordshire hospitals There were also delays due to a to multi-vehicle accident on the A500 Westbound at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) – although this has also now cleared. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.Key EventsSUMMARY: What’s going on and where?18:0718:59All accidents now clearedAll three accidents are now clear.18:59Accident cleared in ClaytonThe accident on the A519 has now cleared. 18:34A53 reopens The A53 has now fully reopened and delays are clearing in Etruria, according to traffic data company INRIX. 18:22Video from the scene of the Clayton accidentOur photographer has sent this video of the scene on the A519 in Clayton.18:17Accident cleared on the A500 in CheshireTraffic easing and road cleared, multi-vehicle accident cleared on A500 Westbound at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).Leading up to the M6. Accident is reported to be on the roundabout.18:13Vehicles awaiting recovery on A53Inrix reports the vehicles on the A53 are now awaiting recovery.18:07KEY EVENTSUMMARY: What’s going on and where?A500:Queueing traffic and partially blocked due to multi-vehicle accident on A500 Westbound at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).Leading up to the M6. Accident is reported to be on the roundabout. (Image: Inrix)A53:Slow traffic and one lane closed due to accident, three cars involved on A53 Northbound near A5010 Etruria Road / Festival Way (Festival Park Roundabout).Affecting traffic between Cobridge and Etruria. (Image: Inrix)A519/Clayton Road:Slow traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved on A519 Clayton Road Southbound near Clayton Lane.Vehicles are currently awaiting recovery. (Image: Inrix)18:05Latest on the accident on the A500 at Radway GreenQueueing traffic and partially blocked due to multi-vehicle accident on A500 Westbound at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).Leading up to the M6. Accident is reported to be on the roundabout. (Image: Inrix)18:03Accident on A53A Sentinel reader has sent us this image of police at the scene of the accident on the A53.The accident on the A53 (Image: Sentinel reader)17:56Image from the sceneOur photographer has just sent this scene from the accident in ClaytonTwo vehicles have crashed on the A519 in Clayton (Image: Sentinel)17:52Location of accident on A519 (Image: Inrix)17:52Further information from INRIXSlow traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved on A519 Clayton Road Southbound near Clayton Lane.Vehicles are currently awaiting recovery.17:50Sentinel photographer at scene of accident in ClaytonOur photographer is at the scene of the accident near the junction of the A500/A519 Clayton Road and reports two vehicles are involved.Police, paramedics and firefighters are all at the scene.17:43Further information on accident on A500Slow traffic and partially blocked due to accident on A500 D Road Westbound near M6 J15 / A519 Newcastle Road.A car has collided with a lamp post. 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