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Speaker should not permit dual citizens in National Assembly – Ram

first_img…MPs should resign or renounce out of “political morality”– WPA executiveDespite recent court rulings that persons holding dual citizenship status should not be parliamentarians, the Guyana Government is preparing to return to the House with all 33 members, some of whom have dual citizenship.Chartered Accountant and Attorney Christopher Ram has said he believes the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, should not allow these dual citizen parliamentarians back in the House.In an interview with Guyana Times on Friday, Ram said the action by the Government to return with dual citizens to Parliament is “disgraceful, unbelievable (and) contemptuous. It shows (utter) contempt and disregard for the Constitution by people of the stature of Carl Greenidge (Foreign Affairs Minister); (so) it’s hard to say how much lower we as a country can get,” Ram said.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandThe attorney argued that Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George, as well as the Court of Appeal, has ruled that the Members of Parliament with dual citizenship should not be in Parliament.Article 155 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana states: “No person shall be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly who (a) is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state.” In this regard, the attorney pointed out, he believes the Police should be summoned to ensure the laws are upheld.“They have committed a criminal offence, because to swear to an oath falsely is a criminal offence, and this is something maybe the Commissioner of Police (Leslie James) ought to be looking into,” Ram declared.He pointed out that if an ordinary person breaks the law or operates in a similar manner, that person would be dealt with by the relevant authorities, and the politicians should be treated no differently.WPA Executive Dr David Hinds“You (are) violating the Constitution, the most scared document of our country. It’s almost as if you don’t care; you smile and walk in. And if I were the Speaker (of Parliament), I may not have allowed them into the place; and he really ought not to,” Ram posited.The attorney maintained that the Speaker of the National Assembly has ultimate power in the Public Buildings, and those Ministers are demonstrating gross disrespect towards him by pushing the Constitution aside for what he described as “selfish reasons.”Despite the Court of Appeal last week upholding a January High Court ruling that it is illegal for persons holding dual citizenship status to be sitting in the National Assembly, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, on Friday said all Members of Parliament (MPs) on the Government’s side will return to the National Assembly until a final ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is handed down.Resign or renounceMeanwhile, during a recent town hall broadcast hosted by Globespan 24×7, Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Executive Dr David Hinds noted that, in the interest of “political morality”, dual citizens in the National Assembly should make a choice between renouncing their dual citizenship and resigning from the house.He labelled as ‘politics’ the fact that the coalition Government would pick and choose which parts of the recent Court of Appeal ruling it would adhere to (that the no-confidence motion against it was not validly passed), and which to delay acting upon (that dual citizens cannot be Members of Parliament).“I think this is politics. They will accept the part that says they remain in office, because that’s power. They will ignore the other part and say, ‘We’ll wait until the CCJ rules and then we’ll decide if we renounce citizenship or not’.“Politicians think about power and what that means for them. Political morality doesn’t figure in too much… I think political morality say’s that they should either renounce their citizenship or resign,” he said.According to David Hinds, the Constitution is clear about dual citizenship. However, he said, what some would call duplicity is actually politics.But Economist Sase Singh, who also appeared on the talk show programme, noted that the line has to be drawn somewhere. He pointed out that dual citizens are not irreplaceable, and that the best thing may be for them to step aside and give youthful members of their electoral lists a chance.Singh was critical of the fact that despite Guyana’s population being largely youthful, the majority of its parliamentary representatives are geriatrics.“I know they say politics has its own morality,” Singh said. “But there is a minimum benchmark, and what I’m seeing from those who are holding this dual citizenship is a sense of duplicitousness. How can I trust someone like that, who basically says, ‘Okay, I will wait’? Can’t they express intent, to say they are commencing the process to give up their citizenship in the interim?”The next sitting of the National Assembly has been scheduled for April 11.DuplicitousOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday accused the coalition Government of being duplicitous for accepting the Appeal Court’s ruling that the no-confidence motion was invalid, but not adhering to the court’s ruling that dual citizens are illegal in the National Assembly.In the meantime, he posited that the Opposition will not be attending sittings of the National Assembly until the CCJ hands down its ruling on the vote of no-confidence.The matter has been set for May 10.At present, the People’s Progressive Party has three MPs who have dual citizenship. They are Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who is a Canadian citizen; and Adrian Anamayah and Odinga Lumumba, who are both US citizens.The lone Alliance For Change (AFC) MP who holds dual citizenship is Business Minister Dominic Gaskin. He was born in the United Kingdom to Guyanese parentage.On the other hand, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) members who have dual citizenship are Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; and Minister of Public Service, Rupert Roopnaraine.The issue concerning persons with dual citizenship in the National Assembly surfaced after former Government MP Charrandas Persaud voted in favour of a no-confidence motion which was tabled by the Opposition and passed in the National Assembly.Government supporter Compton Reid has challenged the validity of the vote cast by Persaud in the National Assembly on the basis that he breached Article 155 of the Constitution, which debars MPs from having dual citizenship. It was this case that brought the issue to light, and the courts in Guyana eventually ruled that dual citizens are not permitted to sit as parliamentarians in Guyana.last_img read more

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IMO members to vote on strike action today

first_imgThe Irish Medical Organisation will decide today on whether to ballot its consultant and Non-Consultant Hospital Doctor (NCHD) members for industrial action.Hospital consultants have never taken strike action in Ireland but NCHDs have on a number of occasions.A ballot is expected to provide for industrial action, up to and including strikes, according to RTE. The IMO had given the Government a 21-day deadline to table serious proposals to deal with what the union says is a consultant recruitment crisis and the issue of pay parity for more recently appointed consultants.A national meeting in Dublin this evening is expected to endorse the move to ballot members.It remains unclear exactly what form any industrial action by IMO consultants and NCHDs would take.It could involve a work-to-rule, with doctors withdrawing from non-contractual duties. If it proceeded, it also might in time affect outpatient clinics and planned operations.The IMO described the first found of talks with the Department of Health last month as disappointing.The union has said it is prepared to discuss reform in the health service with the Government but that it can only do so when all consultants are starting from the same pay point.A strike by IMO Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors in the late 80s over working hours lead to the formation of a rival body for consultants, the Irish Hospital Consultants Association, which has a no-strike clause in its constitution.IMO members to vote on strike action today was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

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Young energy champions lead the way

first_imgDaniel von Eschwege’s invention is cost effective and easy to assemble. Louise Williamson and her family have not looked back since turning their home green. South Africa’s first Six Star Green Star-accredited building is owned by Vodafone. A view of the entrance to the Vodafone building. The City of Cape Town is leading the way in energy efficiency. Here an employee is retrofitting a traffic light in the city with LEDs.(Images: www.eta-awards.co.za)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sandisiwe GugusheMedia Relations Manager: Ground Media+27 11 544 1900RELATED ARTICLES• South Africa becoming a renewable energy hub• First Cape Town homes to feed power to grid • Energy centres to power rural South Africa • Power from South Africa’s wind • Portable plant makes fuel from wasteValencia TalaneEvery year in November South Africa’s energy utility Eskom rewards citizens who apply their minds and skills to inventing energy efficiency tools that don’t only help to keep energy consumption down but, in many cases, also address sustainable community development needs.This year is no different, as the eta Awards 2012 ceremony in Kyalami, north of Johannesburg, proved. If anything, the judges had their hands full, according to the chairman of the judging panel, Prof Roy Marcus.“The plethora of good ideas that came through made the judging difficult,” said Marcus. “What’s more, 90% of them are in fact working in the environment that we are so encouraging.”He urged the audience to go out and believe in what South Africa can produce in terms of energy efficiency projects.Now in their 23rd year, the awards, named eta after the Greek symbol for efficiency, showcased projects in nine categories, namely industry, commercial, residential, innovation, energy efficiency awareness, community, young designers and energy savings in household. The last was added in 2011 to encourage ordinary South Africans to innovate sustainable methods of conserving energy.Seeking alternative energy sourcesDelivering the keynote address, Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi cited the work that his organisation has done over the years to move towards more energy efficient solutions, not only within the company, but in encouraging South Africans to adopt a greener approach to their lifestyles.“The eta finalists have proven that it is possible to offset price increases through energy savings,” said Tsotsi. South Africa’s electricity pricing is rated among the world’s highest, and almost 90% of its electricity is generated in coal-fired power stations. Recent media reports have indicated generally negative response to a proposed 16% tariff hike every year for the next five years.Speaking of efforts to seek alternative energy sources, Tsotsi said since 2005, Eskom had rolled out energy efficiency projects that have brought environmental and economic benefits for the country.“Over 3 000MW has been taken off the national grid, mainly from the installation of compact fluorescent lamps around the country,” he said.The industrial sector, he added, had also been supportive, and through its intervention 600MW has been saved since the beginning of the initiative through the implementation of energy efficient technologies and energy management.“Turning ideas into action depends on us,” said Tsotsi. “There is no time like the present to power a brighter future.”Rewarding excellenceContinuing its effort to encourage energy saving among residents, Eskom introduced the Energy Saving in Households category to the etas in 2011. This year the award went to the City of Cape Town’s Public Lighting Retrofit Programme, which has seen the municipality retrofitting all its traffic lights from incandescent luminaries to LEDs in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.“Since 2009, 15 370MWh-a-day have been saved, which is almost the equivalent of 17-millionMWh a year,” explained Sumaya Mohamed from the City’s environmental resource management division.From the example of Cape Town to private companies in a range of industries, to community development initiatives and school groups, all nine categories of the awards were represented by innovative ideas that Tsotsi contended South Africans can learn a lot from.Young achieversThe Young Designers category’s repertoire of entries saw several young people show initiative and imaginative thinking in their approach. So popular was the category, receiving many entries from budding young scientists that the judging panel decided to split it in two, for individuals and groups.A group of pupils of Bracken Hill EK primary school in Knysna – who designed a hotbox and a clay oven that requires a few twigs and a small amount of coal to heat it up – helped their community reduce its wood consumption by at least half, from its average 900 pieces per week.To further their conservation efforts, the pupils also developed a system that allows them to make coal using recycled paper. This way the families in the Bracken Hill community would have a cost-effective alternative to regular coal.To the east of Knysna, four pupils from Bay College in Plettenberg Bay named their team Girls Looking Forward, and their research was meant to determine the most efficient option for cooking, using a microwave, a stove top and the slow-cooking process.The result was the invention of a hotbox that proved popular in their community’s crèches and soup kitchens, and had a wider social impact as these institutions expressed how the girls’ project had changed their perspective on energy consumption. They were winners in the Young Designers category: Group.The winner in the individual section was 12-year-old Daniel von Eschwege from Bloemfontein in the Free State, who has entered his design in the Eskom Expo for  Young Scientists for three years.Von Eschwege has created a solar geyser system that is affordable and will also benefit users by keeping its maintenance costs low.Using high-density polyethylene (HDPE), or the black plastic pipe – which upon testing was found to be as efficient as the copper pipe used in conventional geysers – he is able to keep installation, construction and labour costs down.The HDPE, which is coiled and fitted inside a solar panel and connected to a plumbing system, is mounted on the roof of a house to absorb as much solar energy from the sun as possible.A separate eta section, the Energy Efficient Lighting Design Awards, also proved popular, with the judges selecting 19 finalists. These too were put into different categories: professional, special/amateur, scholar and student.Nine-year-old Thomas Granig, a pupil at Johannesburg’s The Ridge Preparatory College, was the youngest winner of the night. His lighting design, in the scholar category, is named the LED Envirolight.The base of his light is constructed out of balsa wood that supports the paper light shade which is held in place with a Pringles chip lid. Granig made holes in the base to fit an old torch switch, LED globe and wires to a transformer that he recycled from an old telephone with wireless handsets.Innovative designIn the innovation category, victory went to the architectural team of Naina Sharad Marsai, Savier Huyberechts and Alison Grove from Grosskopff, Lombardt, Huyberechts and Associates, designers of the first Six Star Green Star-accredited building in the country. Mobile provider Vodafone now has an office block that is a prototype 350 square metre building for which all power is provided by solar panels, while the building generates its own electricity.The winners in the other categories were:Industrial – Magnet Electrical, an energy services company in KwaZulu-Natal that provided an ammonia heat pump for Rainbow Chicken’s plant in Hammersdale. The pump provides hot water as needed by the plant, but reduces the amount of power used to produce the hot water.Commercial – the operations department of the V&A Waterfront Holdings in Cape Town has managed to turn the 85-building precinct into an energy efficient zone. This was achieved by installing lighting controls, energy efficient lighting and upgrading their air conditioning BMS, among other efforts.Energy Efficiency Awareness – hosted by Gareth Burley, the Green Hour radio programme on community radio station Kingfisher FM in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, has been going for just over a year.The programme creates awareness around energy efficiency and showcases good news stories and ideas, among other things.Efficiency champion – Barry Bredenkamp, who worked for Eskom for 27 years before starting and committing in 2000 to a campaign to get South African households to turn to compact fluorescent lights. He now heads up the South African National Energy Development Institute.Community – Billy Hadlow and the Seven Schools Club are joint winners of this category. Hadlow invented the Khaya Power, a 5l plastic container converted into a solar energy power pack that can supply energy to a house for up to eight hours. It contains a 12-volt battery, a DC socket and is fitted with LED lights. It is charged during the day for use at night.The Seven Schools Club’s initiative is focused on a recycling campaign that sees pupils collecting recyclable waste to earn money for their schools .Energy Saving in Households – Louise Williamson’s family was motivated by an unanticipated move from their old house into a new one to commit to living off the grid. It took six weeks for her husband to build their green home, where they use solar panels for energy, borehole water and to cook, an effort that has saved them R20 000 (US$2 260) over 56 months.“The awards are a great platform to get people talking about becoming more energy conscious and also showcase the best South Africa has to offer in terms of energy saving innovations,” said Dr Steve Lennon, Eskom group executive of sustainability.All the winners of the receive cash prizes of R30 000 ($3 400) each, while the runners up get R5 000 ($564).last_img read more

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How a Geocaching.com Co-Founder Found Geo-Love

first_imgSome people find much more than just cache containers when they’re introduced to geocaching. Geocachers may discover parks they never knew existed, the hidden history of their community or even the sting of stepping in poison ivy. But some geocachers wander into something else. They’re lucky enough to find the person they’ll spend the rest of their lives with.It happens. It happened to one of the founders of Geocaching.com. Bryan Roth attended a geocaching event fourteen years ago. Fellow founder Jeremy Irish encouraged Bryan to attend.Bryan says, “This was the first of [88] total geocaching events that I’ve attended so far. Jeremy had suggested that I attend and I figured it’d be a great opportunity to meet some members of the local geocaching community. I really didn’t know what to expect but, of course, that day has changed my life forever.”What happened next may have been one of the very first cases of geo-love.  The event’s name was innocent enough. It was called Washington Geocaching Potluck & Quilting Bee.Event in 2001 where Bryan and Hydee met (Hydee far left of picture)Bryan’s “will attend” log read, “I will be there (with chocolates).” Bryan says he wasn’t fishing for love with those chocolates, “Not at all.  At the time, I don’t think I was even looking for a date. I was only thinking about meeting geocachers and getting more involved with the local community.”But Bryan says he soon met a geocacher named Hydee and her son Dylan. He remembers his first thought, “Yeah [my first thought was]—she looks like trouble.  I was right, of course.  ;)”She later told Bryan the chocolates helped cement her intuitions that he was the right person for her. She loves chocolate.Jon Stanley, Moun10Bike, hosted the event where Hydee and Bryan first met. Jon says, “That event is actually where I first met Bryan. I didn’t know that the spark had been lit at that time, but I soon found out. Hydee and her friend CameraThyme kept referring to “AFM,” which stood for “Action Figure Man.” After a while I discovered that this was their code name for Bryan. Then, all became clear!”The Roth’s 10 Year Anniversary geocoinHydee’s friend CameraThyme also played a key role. Bryan says, “Thanks to CameraThyme for letting me know that Hydee was single.”Bryan and Hydee were eventually married. They’ll be celebrating their 15th anniversary of meeting in November 2016.Jon says Bryan and Hydee are lucky, geo-love can be a rare commodity, “I attend a fair amount of events, though, and while I’ve heard of people meeting through them, Bryan and Hydee are the only ones I personally can name who linked up as the result of an event!”But you never know. Attend a geocaching event before September 2nd this year, and you might come away with more than just your Meet Your Road Trip Crew souvenir—you could meet your own Geo-Love.Can’t get enough geocaching love? Check out these sweet videos from the 2014 Geocaching International Film Festival.[vsw id=”i14YiphCkfI” source=”youtube” width=”555″ height=”450″ autoplay=”no”][vsw id=”z-ImnJ-2le0″ source=”youtube” width=”555″ height=”450″ autoplay=”no”] SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Co-Founder Celebrates Ten Years of Geo-LoveNovember 18, 2011In “Community”13 Years Lisboa — Bryan Roth’s Trip to a Portugal Mega-EventJuly 23, 2013In “Community”Celebrating 10 Years of Event CachesMarch 24, 2011In “Movie References” Do you know any geocaching love stories?center_img Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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India will be world champions if Rohit Sharma fires in next two games: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgFormer captain Sunil Gavaskar reckons India will lift the World Cup trophy once again on July 14 if vice-captain Rohit Sharma continues to fire with the bat in the next two games for his team.Rohit has been in red-hot form in the World Cup this year with 647 runs in 8 matches at an average of 92.42 with five hundreds and couple of fifties. Last week he became the only batsman in World Cup history to hit five centuries in a single edition after his match-winning 103 against Sri Lanka in India’s final league game.Rohit Sharma now has 27 ODI hundreds. He also jointly holds the record for most World Cup centuries (6) with Sachin Tendulkar.Ever since Shikhar Dhawan’s injury after the Australia game, Rohit has shouldered the responsibility at the top of the order and has provided superb starts for the team while opening the batting which is why Sunil Gavaskar feels that the World Cup trophy will return to India if the Mumbai batsman continues his form with the bat.”Rohit Sharma is in sublime form. He is batting absolutely unbelievably. He has been the rock for India. He has given the kind of starts that has made life easier for the likes of Virat Kohli coming at No. 3 and the rest.”Even down the order when No. 4, 5 and 6 have not really contributed big runs, the fact that Rohit Sharma has held the innings together has helped ease the burden. And if he continues the same form in the next two games then you can be guaranteed that India will be the world champions once again on Sunday (July 14),” Sunil Gavaskar told India Today.advertisementIndia captain Virat Kohli also stated on Monday that Rohit’s form has made life much easier for him in the batting lineup which is why he is looking to reinvent himself as the team’s middle-overs orchestrator.”It’s been a different kind of role I have played in this World Cup. It’s great that Rohit has been scoring so consistently, which means that coming in the latter half of the innings, you have to play a different role, which is controlling the middle overs and letting guys like Hardik (Pandya), Kedar (Jadhav), MS (Dhoni) and Rishabh (Pant) express [email protected] is the best ODI batsman at the moment – @imVkohli #TeamIndia #CWC19 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/VhoZSzSrjLBCCI (@BCCI) July 8, 2019″I’ve understood that roles can vary a lot in one day cricket depending on the time you step in to bat and I’ve been very happy holding one end and letting other guys express themselves striking at 150-160 and even 200,” Kohli told reporters at Old Trafford on the eve of the semi-final.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India already have one foot in the final, feels Michael ClarkeAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Hope Rohit Sharma scores 2 more hundreds, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Rohit Sharma, Mitchell Starc, Joe Root and Alex Carey on the verge of all-time World Cup recordsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma vs David Warner in race for top run-scorerlast_img read more