Current voters list valid & proper – GECOM Commissioner

first_img…says house-to-house registration unnecessaryHouse-to-house registration has been touted as necessary by Government Commissioners before elections can be held, but according to the Opposition-nominated Commissioners, the voters’ list is valid and such a process is wholly unnecessary.Citizenship Minister Winston Felix during a visit to the General Registry OfficeCommissioners Bibi Shadick, Sase Gunraj and Robeson Benn were at the time appearing on a television programme. On the programme, e “Elections 2019; what is GECOM’s mandate?”, the Commissioners were adamant that GECOM has the capacity to hold elections by March 19.Commissioner Bibi Shadick noted that even if the list has a few deceased persons on it, there are checks and balances at polling stations to weed this out.“We have a list. It is valid up to the 30th of April. That list was just proven at the Local Government Elections. There were no complaints from anybody. Nobody challenged the list. Nobody challenged the results of those elections. And we have to understand that that list is valid and proper,” she said.Shadick also pointed out that the General Registry Office (GRO) is supposed to be constantly helping to update this list.“OK, we admit that there are dead people’s names on that list,” she hypothesised. “But that’s not a difficult thing to take away. In fact, there are so many checks and balances at the polling stations, nobody that was dead and on that list went and vote at the (Local Government Elections).GECOM Commissioner Bibi Shadick“Names of dead people can be (removed), but that is an in-house process. That is the GRO giving information and according to the law, you remove names. That has nothing to do with going house to house and find out who is alive. To try and do house-to-house registration now is an effort, and I’m fully prepared to say it, to have them violate what the Constitution is asking for. “We all understand that the government has fallen, Cabinet has to resign, and elections have to be called within 90 days. Now that is what GECOM should know. There is a work plan that they produced. Between then and now, there are other things that have happened. GECOM cannot be political! It is a constitutional agency.”Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”Government lost such a no-confidence vote on December 21, 2018. However, there is no word on when elections will be held. In the meantime, there are several related court cases that rulings are expected for on Thursday.Guyana Times understands that with approximately 500,000 persons on the voters’ list, house-to-house registration could take as much as six months. Commissioners had said that $3 billion of GECOM’s budget was for this exercise. Back in November 2018, GECOM was able to deliver a LGE with limited hiccups using the same voters’ list.last_img read more

Outhouse races cancelled

first_imgThe Outhouse Races have been cancelled in Fort St. John.The races were set to be held on Saturday, but due to a lack of registrants, organizers were forced to cancel this year’s races.- Advertisement -Two local residents had tried to bring the races back to the city after an 18-year hiatus.The races were last held in Fort St. John in 1993.There is no information as to whether the races will be held next year.last_img

“I thought they would’ve killed me” – teen details harrowing escape from car trunk

first_imgAlleged torture of teenBy Rupa SeenaraineSeventeen-year-old Ashkay Budhairam of Westminster, West Bank Demerara (WBD) believes that he managed to save his life after enduring six hours of torture and then jumping out of a moving car to escape his captors.Ashkay Budhairam was beaten and burned with hot waterEarlier this week, two law enforcement officers were taken into custody for the alleged beating and torturing of the young lad. Guyana Times spoke to the teenager on Thursday, as he detailed his harrowing experience after being handcuffed, beaten and burned with hot water repeatedly.Last Monday, Budhairam recalled that he was with a few friends in nearby village Schoonord when eight unknown men showed up with weapons in two cars at about 11:00h. They proceeded to attack his friends until he was snatched and put in the trunk of one of the vehicles in an unconscious state.Some of the injuries sustained“I was at the Superbet with my friends and whilst playing some games, eight persons run into the place. Them had wood, baton and crowbar and them things. Them snatch me and start beating me. I hold on on my friend and tell he don’t let the carry me nowhere cause I didn’t know them. They end up lashing he and he loose me. Them put the crowbar behind me and I get blackout and them throw me in the trunk. Then they drive off,” he related.After driving for some distance, the young man said he was taken to a house in the same vicinity. The two constables, who are brothers and occupy the said residence, alleged that Budhairam had stolen some items from their house. He was handcuffed to a bed and questioned about the missing items to which he denied any involvement.The house which the men ransackedAfter that, he noted, a few of them proceeded to visit his house to search for the articles while the beating continued. But the teenager claimed that nothing was found at his residence. Water was then heated and thrown on the lad to which he started screaming.He was doused for a second time with the hot substance. The injured teen told this publication that the men were fearful that neighbours might hear his screams and opted to put him back into the trunk.“Them carry me to a house, reverse the car in the yard and carry me in the house. They handcuff me down to a bed frame and start beating me, beating me and asking how far them things deh. I tell them I didn’t know anything. Them go and hot some water in a electric kettle and start throwing it on me. I started hollering and making noise”.He added, “They take the gun and lash me behind my head. After that, they throw back the water again. I start hollering again and one of them said that ‘Let we carry he out from here before somebody call the Police’ and they take out one of the boards from the bed and slide the handcuff out. They carry me back to the car and put me back in the trunk”.EscapeHe said that the car was moving for approximately 20 minutes and somehow, he managed to open the trunk and leapt out. The men exited the car but he had already jumped across the trench – one which they did not attempt to cross. As he looked up, it was a desolate location, an average distance from where he lived.“It had a shovel in the trunk so I thought they would’ve killed me. I play with one wire at the back by the trunk and it open. I jump out and roll over in a big bush, over the drain and so. I couldn’t run properly cause every time, I falling down with the handcuff by my hand. Them then stop the car to pick up some brick from the road and start pelting me. I lie down in the bush and when they gone, I walk home and tell my sister to call my mother”.Ashkay said he was afraid for his life, believing that the men were going to kill him after noticing the shovel in the trunk beside him. This fuelled his might to flee.After reaching home, Budhairam and his relatives filed a report at the Parfaite Harmonie Police Station and later went to the West Demerara Regional Hospital to seek medical attention.On Tuesday, Police Commissioner Leslie James confirmed that there was a report and that the two ranks – one of whom is stationed at the Tactical Services Unit and the other at the Wales Police Station – were both taken into custody. An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Shaun Maloney salvages point for Hull City

first_img Shaun Maloney Substitute Shaun Maloney slotted home a second-half equaliser as Sky Bet Championship leaders Hull were made to fight all the way for a 1-1 draw by Bristol City at Ashton Gate.While the visitors showed the greater quality, their hosts left the pitch to a rousing ovation having battled from first whistle to last.Kieran Agard fired the Robins in front after 39 minutes after Andrew Robertson brought down Elliott Bennett on the right side of the penalty area.Luke Freeman’s inswinging free-kick caused havoc and the hosts appealed for handball before Agard pounced on the loose ball to net with a left-footed short on the turn.Hull had to wait until the 73rd minute to equalise when Harry Maguire broke clear onto a Mohamed Diame flick and produced an emphatic right-footed finish with only Frank Fielding to beat.Hull dominated first-half possession, yet went in a goal down and having had four players booked.The hosts created the first chance when Jonathan Kodjia volleyed wide from Freeman’s through ball. Then Hull keeper Alan McGregor had to tip over a Freeman free-kick.As the visitors got into their stride, Diame had a shot from inside the box blocked by Luke Ayling and Fielding had to palm over a fierce drive from Maguire.Hull lost defender Michael Dawson to injury just after he had collected a 35th-minute caution and Steve Bruce sent on Curtis Davies as replacement.After Agard’s goal, Hull laid siege to Bristol’s penalty area until the break. Jake Livermore’s shot was deflected over, Chuba Akpom missed a header from Robertson’s inviting cross and Diame fired over from a free-kick in a dangerous position.The second half began with both sides defending well and chances at a premium.But Hull showed their pedigree again with a 60th-minute move of quick passing that ended with Sam Clucas drilling a low shot wide from the edge of the box.With home fans getting edgy, Bristol were again finding hard to keep the ball, but there was no faulting the effort of Steve Cotterill’s men.Maloney’s equaliser came out of the blue 12 minutes after he had replaced Akpom, but was no more than Hull deserved. They immediately began to look the more likely winners.As stoppage time approached substitute Sone Aluko volleyed narrowly wide with Bristol displaying some understandably tired legs.The home side had given everything and were receiving roars of encouragement from their supporters as they valiantly clung on for a share of the spoils.For all Hull’s neat approach play, there were not too many testing moments for Fielding in the Bristol goal. 1last_img read more

DONEGAL TOWN FARMERS MARKET COULD BE AXED

first_imgDONEGAL Town council is set to axe the town’s famous farmers market in a row over ‘foreign’ goods.Businesses in the town claim produce other than that grown locally is being sold at some stalls – and is therefore in breach of the spirit of the market.Council officials are set to act on the complaints, donegaldaily has learned. And if produce other than that grown locally – or which competes against rate-paying established businesses – stall owners could be removed or the entire market closed down.A council source told us: “It is now clear that the original farmers market idea has been expanded to goods which go against the spirit of what the market should be.“Inspections will be carried out and orders issued against any stalls in breach of the market’s original plan.”The council held a private meeting yesterday and have agreed with the complaint made by a local businessman. The farmers market in the Diamond is due to go ahead tomorrow but council officials will be there to monitor what is being sold.The Mayor of Donegal Town Tom Connaghan says that in his opinion the current market “is not a real farmers market.”DONEGAL TOWN FARMERS MARKET COULD BE AXED was last modified: July 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegal town marketlast_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB MINOR PRESENTATION NIGHT

first_imgJUDGING by the number of trophies picked up by the girls and boys on the youth teams at St Eunan’s GAA club, it was a very successful year.And the club’s All-Ireland winning heroes Kevin Rafferty and Rory Kavanagh were on hand with the Sam Maguire at the Minor Board dinner at the Mount Errigal Hotel tonight.Members of the club’s winning girls and boys teams were presented with medals marking their successes in a host of competitions in 2012. In a speech to more than 400 guests, Rory Kavanagh praised the underage teams for their efforts last year.And he said when he won the All-Ireland with Donegal in September his thoughts turned immediately to the coaches who had worked so hard with him in his youth.He also paid tribute to Kevin Rafferty who has retired from inter-county football.Letterkenny Mayor Dessie Larkin said it was a proud night for him. His great-grandfather, his grandfather, father and himself had all won honours with the club – and tonight his daughter was being honoured. And a chuffed Alan O’Connell was named Minor Board Person of the Year.              PICTURE SPECIAL: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB MINOR PRESENTATION NIGHT was last modified: January 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:PICTURE SPECIAL: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB MINOR PRESENTATION NIGHTlast_img read more

Oakland Coliseum executive resigns amid controversy

first_imgOAKLAND — The executive director and CEO of the public agency overseeing the Coliseum and Oracle Arena resigned Friday, amid questions over a stadium naming rights deal worth $3 million.Scott McKibben, who has led the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority since 2015, stepped down following a closed-session meeting of the authority board. The San Francisco Chronicle on Friday cited anonymous sources who said there was a possible conflict of interest involved in the deal to rename the …last_img

“The Rock” GC1EJ43 THE GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – June 13, 2011

first_img SharePrint Related”Water coming down, Cacher climbing up” GCQYK6 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – 8/16/2010August 11, 2010In “Community”Take a 32-Stage Journey Through Central Park — Bridges & Arches of Central Park (GC17MX1) — Geocache of the Week Video EditionFebruary 12, 2015In “Community”Geocaching.com Presents: “The Rock”November 3, 2011In “Community” “The Rock” “The Rock” (GC1EJ43) rises brick by imposing brick out of the banks of the Rhine river. The five-stage mystery cache earns a difficulty five, terrain five rating.Final stage of “The Rock”Geocachers step up to the challenge by stepping on the overgrown deck of an abandoned and crumbling bridge. The Geocaching.com video team thanks Bazzanowitz, nicita and Christian from Geocaching Magazin for inviting the team along as they solved the cache.The Rock earned 160 Favorite points, and cachers uploaded more than 1200 pictures of the sweat-dripping trek to earn a smiley. Die2Amigos placed the cache in 2008.”The Rock”A video showing cachers the cliff hanging, rock scrambling and rappelling adventure is now being produced to launch on the Geocaching.com video page.Cachers must uses specialize climbing equipment to find five waypoints before attempting the final. Each waypoint requires dangling from the edge of the bridge or into the dark belly of the super structure. Cachers uncover codes to unlock the final cache. It’s located on a massive lone tower known by locals as “The Rock.” The attempt on the final demands a complex climb and decent.  Geocachers are cautioned to attempt the cache only if they’re experienced climbers.”The Rock” Continue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Market Punishes Facebook For $1.18 Billion Q2 Revenue Report

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos dave copeland Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Tags:#Facebook#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Like its initial public offering, Facebook’s earnings didn’t live up to hype on cable business news channels. Facebook reported second-quarter earnings of 12 cents per share on revenue of $1.18 billion, even with a consensus estimate by Wall Street analysts of 12 cents per share and slightly above revenue estimates of $1.15 billion. The results were released after U.S. markets closed and followed weeks of speculation about whether the company would be able to overcome the doubt that has surrounded Facebook since its IPO.Among the key points in the earnings release:543 million active mobile users, which showed rapid growthPayments revenue of $192 million, flat with last year despite drops in ZyngaMonthly active users rose 29% from one year ago to 955 million.It was Facebook’s first earnings release since going public in May and comes a day after Zynga reported disappointing earnings as a result of dipping revenues from Facebook. But Zynga’s dip, which pulled down Facebook shares, stemmed more from changes to Facebook’s Timeline and Newsfeed, which reduced the site’s emphasis on Zynga games.The report does little to clear up Facebook’s long-term outlook as shares are trading more than 25% below the IPO price of $38. Shares of Facebook closed at $26.84 Thursday, down $2.50 or 8.5%, but quickly rose 5% in after-hours trading after the earnings report was released. Investors and observers remain split on whether Facebook has a viable business model, and whether or not it will be able to squeeze revenue out of its mobile applications as users increasingly use tablets and smartphones to access Web content.Update: Investors hammered Facebook shares in after hours trading as they digested the earnings release. Minutes before Facebook’s conference call was scheduled to start were $24.50, down 8.96%. At times, Facebook’s shares have been down more than 10% in after-hours trading.Before the release, much of the speculation centered on whether or not Zuckerberg would participate in a conference call to discuss the earnings which is scheduled for 5 pm ET. While some analysts said Zuckerberg’s presence was symbolically important for a company which has struggled since it went public on May 18, others said the focus on Zuckerberg took attention away from the bigger issues facing the social network.“I think the bigger issue is the slowdown in growth in the U.S., which is their biggest market,” Josh Brown, founder and author of TheReformedBroker.com, told CNBC ahead of the earnings release. “That, and we need the clickthrough rate on mobile advertising – we need real numbers.”But other pundits felt it was important for Zuckerberg to be on the call, even if he deferred most of the financial analysis to Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.“He should just ‘like’ the earnings numbers on his Facebook acct,” one critic tweeted.Investors are also looking to the conference call to see if the company will offer forward-looking guidance. The company, which has tried to portray itself as not willing to succumb to Wall Street’s whims, has been reluctant to give forward-looking estimates.“We have long viewed as an Investment Positive the ability of companies to consistently execute against their guidance,” Mark Mahaney, Citigroup’s analyst, wrote in a preview. “Says something about the visibility of the company’s business model and the management team’s understanding of its business.”Photo by lev radin / Shutterstock.comlast_img read more

Facebook’s 84% Problem

first_imgFacebook posted it first quarterly earnings statement post-IPO yesterday and one number pops out: 84%. That is the percentage of revenue the company made from advertising, representing $992 million of the total $1.18 billion it brought in during Q2. To maintain stable growth, Facebook must diversify its revenue stream and become less reliant on advertising – a goal that has plagued competitors like Google for years.Reliance on Ad SalesFacebook’s traditional approach to advertising has been to target banner ads based on user interests. For instance, if a user “Likes” Star Wars, that user is likely to receive advertisements related in one way or another to science fiction. In theory, targeted ads are more valuable than the broadcast ads that dominated pre-Internet media. This has been the cornerstone of Facebook’s revenue and it is what launched the company toward its IPO. However, relying so heavily on ads puts all the company’s eggs in one basket. A dip in ad revenue due to shifts in the economy or technology could put the company in jeopardy. Consequently, Facebook’s goal going forward is two-fold: Increase revenue from advertising while decreasing the percentage from that source.Zuckerberg outlined three product areas the company will focus on for the rest of the year: Social ads, mobile, and platform. The Social Advertising AdvantageWhere targeted ads take advantage of an individual users’ data, social ads bring their relationships into play. “The basic idea here is that the best type of advertising is a message from a friend,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during yesterday’s earnings conference call. “Facebook wants to build the best tools to create ads that are social.” We have seen instances this year where your friend “Likes” a product and it shows up in on your Facebook page. Your friend likes Coca Cola? Well, now your Facebook page is an advertisement for Coke. Meanwhile, the company has been hard at work on new social advertising formats. In the second quarter, Facebook introduced “Sponsored Stories” that put posts by advertisers straight into users’ Newsfeeds. Sponsored Stories generated $1 million a day in revenue, Zuckerberg said.(Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg added that local advertising is another important aspect of Facebook’s advertising program, citing one million businesses already on Facebook. It is a natural extension of the company’s platform and one that many startups in Boston and San Francisco have started to tackle outside of Facebook’s purview.) “We believe that we are very well-positioned to compete for advertising dollars throughout the entire marketing funnel,” Sandberg said, referring to the sequence of phases customers pass through as they progress from becoming aware of a product to purchasing it.Mobile Baby StepsIn the first half of 2012, Facebook took baby steps to set itself up for mobile success, in advertising and other ways as well. It bought Instagram for $1 billion (an acquisition that has not yet been formally approved). It is working to increase the quality of its iOS and Android apps and build its presence on the mobile Web. It also released its own mobile Camera app and released new updates to its Messenger.The Sponsored Stories social ad program will be the cornerstone of Facebook’s efforts to generate mobile revenue, Sandberg said. Indeed, about half of Q2’s $1-million-a-day revenue from Sponsored Stories came through mobile devices – a good start. Yet Facebook has bigger things in mind. The first goal is to build robust applications that people actually use.Camera and Messenger are perfect vehicles in this regard. They are built on content and communications, where ads based on Facebook’s social graph and interest graphs can run without compromising the user experience. By creating satellite applications that perform key functions on the Facebook platform, the company can increase the volume of mobile ads without causing a ruckus by interrupting the user experience in the primary Facebook app. “We don’t want to just have the most widely used app, though,” Zuckerberg said. “We also want to have the best app and build experiences into every device and every app that people use. We are investing very heavily in building our mobile app, especially through iOS, Android and the mobile Web. We have made some good progress in our last quarter as we released our Camera app, shipped new releases of Messenger, shipped two releases of our Android app, agreed to acquire Instagram, and worked with Apple to be integrated into its upcoming release of iOS. Going forward, you should expect to see a frequency of improvements to each of these mobile experiences.”The Platform Strategy LivesFacebook is actively translating its longstanding platform strategy into the mobile space. Facebook wants to be not only the most-used app; it wants to permeate every other app, Zuckerberg said. That follows the Web strategy Facebook launched in 2007, when it released its first platform API. The idea is for Facebook to be the default login for every app. By giving tools to developers to make their apps social, Facebook can draw in more information about users of those apps and advertise more effectively based on that information. Beyond Advertising: PaymentsSo where are the additional revenue opportunities? The bulk of Facebook’s non-advertising revenue comes from its Credits payment program. Facebook made $192 million in Q2 from Credits and other fees. The problem in growing this revenue source that Facebook’s primary engine for payments, games, does not translate well to mobile. Social gaming company Zynga announced poor quarterly earnings on Wednesday, and since the two companies have a symbiotic relationship, Facebook’s stock took a hit. Now both companies have to figure out how to take the Credits program mobile. But Credits is not just about games. Other types of content will be important to Facebook on mobile as well. Zuckerberg cited music as the next area that is likely to become social. The prime example is Spotify’s tight integration with Facebook. One way or another, Facebook must integrate Credits tightly into its platform. This is where the competition has a leg up. An iOS app in Apple’s App Store may let users log in using their Facebook account, but Apple will never allow payments that it doesn’t control to be made through an iPhone or iPad app. The same goes for Android, more or less. Facebook’s ubiquity as an authorization system in apps is its biggest mobile strength, but it is also its biggest weakness. It makes Facebook part of the other mobile operating systems. But when it comes to users’ money, Facebook is on the outside, forcing it to work with third parties such as advertisers to get revenue from those users.Zuckerberg said he wants Facebook to be as tightly integrated into devices and apps as possible, but he also said he had no intention to make a Facebook phone. That is good news for investors, because getting into the hardware game would drastically cut into Facebook’s margins.Facebook’ new App Center is the best avenue for making money outside of iOS and Android. The App Center offers both apps that run on Facebook and apps that integrate Facebook but run on iOS or Android. This poses another interesting problem. Facebook would love to raise the percentage of revenue from sources other than advertising, but it also would love to increase the number of apps running on Facebook rather than iOS or Android. The more apps that live within Facebook, the more the company can take advantage of Credits, which could be a significant revenue driver. That will remain problematic without a Facebook operating system.Thus, Facebook faces a Catch-22. To be everywhere, Facebook has to play nice with other companies, including rivals like Google. But by playing nice, it is shut out of revenue opportunities such as payments. So it is forced to focus on selling ads, and the percentage of revenue that comes from that source not likely to go down. Being the social backbone to the Web has advantages, but it also pigeonholes Facebook into a certain type of monetization scheme.  Tags:#mobile#Mobile Ads#web Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more