PPP questions GECOM’s inaction

first_imgThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic on Monday condemned what it said was inertia beingPPP/C General Secretary, Clement Roheedisplayed by Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) in the face of the gridlock which obtains in the town of Mabaruma and five Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs).In these local authority areas, the governing A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) and the PPP/C gained equal number of seats, leading to deadlock after attempts were made to elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor in Mabaruma and Chairmen of the five NDCs.In spite of this, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkhan applied Section 13 (4) of the Municipal and District Council’s Act Chapter 28:01 which states, “where at an election two or more Councillors secure an equal number of votes the Minister shall direct which of those Councillors shall perform the functions of the office of Mayor; and that Councillor shall assume and perform those functions until such time as the Mayor or Deputy Mayor as the case may be is able to act.”But, PPP/C executive Zulfikar Mustapha subsequently challenged the decision in the High Court, arguing that the minister ignored Section 13 (6) which provides that the Town Clerk shall appoint a date for the election of a Mayor by the people. This date shall not be later than December 28 of the same year – the next step after the council fails to elect a Mayor and Deputy Mayor.Justice Diana Insanally subsequently quashed the appointment of a Mayor for Mabaruma as well as the appointments of chairmen of the five NDCs.However GECOM is still to make its position known on the issue.The PPP/C is maintaining that the law on this issue is clear and it mandates that an election by the people in each of the local authority area is the next mandatory step prescribed by law.It added it is GECOM that the constitution has vested with the sole and exclusive mandate to conduct these impending elections.“It is equally clear that the Local Government Elections of 2016 are not yet lawfully concluded and will only be concluded when these matters are resolved in the manner provided for by the law. Therefore, GECOM’s inaction in these circumstances constitutes a gross and reprehensible abdication of its constitutional mandate and statutory duty,” the PPP/C said.It also called attention to the International Community, the observers of the 2016 Local Government Elections, and “all those who clamoured for these elections to be held are noting the subversion of the will of the electorate and the derailing of the democratic process that are taking place by the actions of Minister Bulkan and the inaction of GECOM.”The government has already declared that it will be challenging the court decision to quash the appointment of the mayor and the chairpersons of the five NDCs when the matter comes up later this month.last_img read more

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Prez PM pay homage to Sushma Swaraj

first_imgNew Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla were among leaders who paid their last respects to former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday. The BJP leader passed away on Tuesday night after a massive cardiac arrest. She was 67. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and AAP MP Sanjay Singh also visited the late leader’s residence. BJP national working president JP Nadda also paid his last respects to the senior party leader. Among others who paid homage were TMC leader Derek O’ Brien, Yoga guru Ramdev, BJP leader Hema Malini, Kerala’s former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi.last_img read more

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3Ds of Prevention

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThere has been a significant amount of rainfall recently and residents are reminded to remember the 3 D’s to the prevention of vector borne illnesses like Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya. The TCI has no reported cases of Zika let us keep It that way by eliminating all mosquito breeding sites.Drain– Mosquito problems in your neighborhood or home are likely to come from water-filled containers that you can help to eliminate. All mosquitoes require water in which to breed. Be sure to drain any standing water around your house. • Dispose of any tires. Tires can breed thousands of mosquitoes. • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers. • Clear roof gutters of debris. • Clean pet water dishes regularly. • Check and empty children’s toys. • Repair leaky outdoor faucets.  • Canoes and other boats should be turned over. • Avoid water collecting on pool covers. • Empty water collected in tarps around the yard or on woodpiles. • Even the smallest of containers that can collect water can breed hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes. They don’t need much water to lay their eggs. (Bottles, barrels, buckets, overturned garbage can lids, etc.)Dress– Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing. Studies have shown that some of the 174 mosquito species in the United States are more attracted to dark clothing and most can readily bite through tight-fitting clothing of loose weave. When practical, wear long sleeves and pants.Defend– Choose a mosquito repellent that has been reviewed, approved, and pose minimal risk for human safety when used according to label directions.  Ensure that windows and doors have proper screening, use a mosquito net to cover beds when sleeping.For more information contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 3382772 Grand Turk or 3384942 Providenciales. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Verizon 5G map Network now live in Chicago and Minneapolis

first_img We tested Verizon’s new 5G network Share your voice Mobile Tags 8:24 Motorola Moto Z3 $480 Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 7 Review • Moto Z3 review: First 5G upgradable phone is a solid midrange choice Mentioned Above Motorola Moto Z3 Verizon’s 5G network is live in Chicago and Minneapolis.  Verizon A week ahead of schedule, Verizon on Wednesday turned on its 5G network in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis. CNET went to Chicago to test it with the Moto Z3. To experience 5G, Verizon customers need to have a Motorola Moto Z3 phone with a 5G Moto Mod. The addition, available now, costs about $200 and attaches magnetically to the phone. Customers on Verizon’s postpaid or unlimited plans get unlimited 5G for an extra $10 per month. The first three months of 5G are free.Verizon said customers on its 5G Ultra Wideband network in Chicago and Minneapolis could see speeds between 450 Mbps to 1Gbps and latency connecting to the network less than 30 milliseconds. “Verizon customers will be the first in the world to have the power of 5G in their hands,” said Hans Vestberg, Verizon’s chairman and chief executive officer, in the release.Read: Testing Verizon’s 5G network almost made we weep real tears For Chicago, the 5G service is concentrated in the West and South Loop areas near landmarks like Union Station, Willis Tower, The Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park and The Chicago Theatre. Minneapolis customers’ service is concentrated in the downtown area, like Downtown East and West. The service is available near landmarks like the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Minneapolis Central Library, the Mill City Museum, Target Center and First Avenue venues, The Commons, areas of Elliot Park and in the Verizon store in The Mall of America.Read: Verizon defends its 5G network’s rocky start, throws shade at AT&T and T-MobileBelow is a map showing cities that currently have some 5G coverage:5G, the next generation of cellular tech, has been touted as the life-changing foundation for tech trends like augmented reality and telemedicine. Virtually every major Android handset maker has talked up plans to launch a 5G device this year. However, coverage will be limited at the start, and those 5G phones likely won’t be cheap.AT&T’s 5G network went live in December in a dozen cities. But until 5G phones arrive later this year, it’ll only be useful with Netgear’s Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot, a portable device that creates its own Wi-Fi network so you can link phones, laptops and tablets to the 5G network.Sprint has said its 5G network will launch in May, and T-Mobile says its full 5G launch will happen in the second half of the year.Verizon plans to expand its 5G coverage to 30 cities by the end of 2019. Originally published April 3, 8:54 a.m. PT.Update, 10:30 a.m. PT: Adds more background on 5G networks. See it Now playing: Watch this: 5G Verizonlast_img read more

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Filmy festival beckons

first_imgThe town will soon see the 3rd edition of the Delhi International Film Festival (DIFF – 2014). DIFF 2014 has been planned as a seven-day event and is an initiative by ‘The Social Circle – society for cause and – a step toward inclusiveness’ to showcase the best of cinema, art and literature from across the globe.Started in the year 2012, the advisory board for this festival is headed by Dada Saheb Phalke awardee Adoor Gopal Krishnan. Working closely with him are some of the greats of Indian cinema namely  national award winning director Tigmanshu Dhulia, Anurag Kashyap, Anooj Kapoor, Mohan Agashe, Manoj Bajpai, Mandira Bedi, Shriram Raghwan, Jimmi Shergil, N Chandra, Sandeep Marwah, Shailesh Loadha, Yashpal Sharma, Arvind Gaur and Satish Anand from Pakistan. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The event will see an award distribution ceremony for various competitive categories along with the Life Time Achievement Award and a special award called Minare Dilli. The awards will be conferred to individuals for their valuable contribution to cinema, theatre and for their work in art  and culture. In the first edition, the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Sharmila Tagore and the Minare Dilli was conferred to veteran actress Zohara Sahgal. In the 2nd edition of the festival Shatrughan Sinha was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award and the chairman of DLF,  KP Singh received the Minare Dilli Award. The second edition had a larger coverage than the first and graced many more personalities from the field of politics, film and fashion. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajiv Shukla inaugurated the 2nd edition in the presence of the princess of Thailand. The festival will commence from 20 December and will continue till 27 December.last_img read more

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Negative social media behaviours may indicate depression

first_imgNegative social media behaviours, such as comparing oneself to others or spending too much time scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, may indicate major depressive disorder, a study has found. The study, published in the Journal of Applied Biobehavioural Research, showed that certain social media factors were linked with major depressive disorder (MDD) in a study of millennials. In the study of 504 millennials who actively use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, individuals who met the criteria for MDD scored higher on the Social Media Addiction scale were more likely to compare themselves to others better off than they were. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThey also indicated that they would be more bothered by being tagged in unflattering pictures and were less likely to post pictures of themselves along with other people “While this study highlights social media behaviours that are associated with major depression, it is important to recognise that social media use can offer many positive benefits, including fostering social support,” said Krista Howard, of Texas State University in the US. “The key is for individuals to develop an awareness of how they currently use social media and to determine what changes could be made in their social media use to reduce the behaviours associated with psychological distress,” Howard said. “Some changes could include reducing the time spent on social media, unfollowing individuals or groups that cause distress, or limiting online social comparisons,” she said.last_img read more

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