The Govt, the people, and the rule of law

first_imgThe “rule of law” is one of those phrases that this Government loves to use, and our citizenry is very familiar with it. But, like the perfunctory “good morning” or “good afternoon” greeting, it has absolutely no bearing on phenomena invoked. This is rather unfortunate, since it is this “rule of law” that has to be the foundation of any state we hope to establish in our long-abused land, where our people – brought here to labour as slaves and indentured servants, or peripheralised into the jungles – can live with dignity.What is the ‘rule of law”? Ultimately, that citizens should be ruled by laws and not men, and that no man – even a king – can be above those laws. In Britain, which ruled us for hundreds of years, the move from the rule of an absolute monarch to the present “rule of law” took hundreds of years, and witnessed a king beheaded. In Guyana, with only a half-century experience, our citizens are evidently yet not imbued with the well-nigh-reflexive opposition to threats to the rule of law, as is the case in the developed democracies.The immediate problem arises with the word “rule”. Whether out of “human nature” arising from the “twisted timber” out of which they are made, or individual idiosyncrasies of those who are chosen to “rule”, some being more “twisted” than others, the rule of law is constantly tested, especially by the rulers, as it is today by the PNC-led Government.The “rule of law” has to begin with the “law” – the rules by which we are to be ruled — and ultimately these have to emanate from the will of the people if they are to be seen as legitimate and obeyed. The Supreme Law of the land is the Constitution, which “constitutes” the state that is supposed to rule the citizenry under its mandate.Arising from the need to always be careful of the dangers of power being centralised and taking on authoritarian characteristics, modern constitutions invariably insist that the powers to rule the state be separated into the three functional areas of governance: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. The Legislative branch is responsible for enacting the laws of the state and authorising the funds necessary to operate the government. The Executive branch is responsible for implementing and administering the public policy enacted and funded by the legislative branch. While the Judicial branch is responsible for interpreting the constitution and laws, and applying their interpretations to controversies brought before it.The organisations that have these powers should be structured in such a way that they act as “checks and balances” on each other, to ensure the rule of law is not violated.In Guyana, we should discern immediately that the Executive President still has such a large reservoir of power, even after the 2000 Constitutional amendments, that it is facilitated to pose a challenge to democratic governance and the rule of law. This is evident when the incumbent refuses to accept the spirit of the Constitution as emanating from the intent of its framers. Take Article 162, covering the selection of the Chairman of GECOM. The intent of the framers was for the competing political parties to consensually select a candidate by insisting he/she be selected by the President from a list of six persons proposed by the Opposition Leader (OL). That the Judiciary allowed the President to unilaterally select his hand-picked candidate without any input from the OL is most unfortunate, and the constitutional crisis that we are presently facing was enabled by this decision.As we face the abyss of a constitutional crisis, such as has never been seen in the history of our republic – the refusal of the President to obey the clear command of the Constitution – the citizens of the country must accept that ultimate sovereignty, which undergirds the rule of law, lies in their hands.And they have to protect it from an out-of-control Leviathan.last_img read more

Research shows lack of exercise increases risk of cancer

first_imgThe Irish Cancer Society was concerned to learn that almost four out of 10 women and three in 10 men in Ireland are putting themselves at increased risk of diseases, such as cancer, by not getting enough exercise. According to new research by the World Health Organization (WHO), regular physical activity helps to protect against some types of cancer coming back and other types of cancer developing.The research provides clear evidence to tell the Irish Cancer Society that physical activity and exercise can reduce your risk of breast, bowel and womb cancer. It may also help prevent lung cancer. There are also many other benefits to being active. Physical activity helps to reduce the symptoms of fatigue, the side-effects of cancer treatments and improves your overall wellbeing and heart health.Kevin O’Hagan, Cancer Prevention Manager at the Irish Cancer Society said: “Being physically active not only helps to maintain a healthy weight, it can also lower insulin and oestrogen levels, reduce inflammation, improve the digestion and immune system, all of which can reduce our risk of cancer.“Avoiding sitting for long periods of time and getting as much activity and movement into our daily activities as possible is really important to reduce our risk.”At the Irish Cancer Society’s National Conference for Cancer Survivorship, there will be workshops on the importance of exercise after a cancer diagnosis. This free event for cancer survivors and their families, entitled Living Well with Cancer takes place in Galway on September 15 at the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit and in Cork on September 22 at the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs.For more information or to register to attend the conference visit: www.cancer.ie/living-well email [email protected] call our Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700.See what steps you can take to reduce your risk of cancer at: cancer.ie/reduce-your-riskResearch shows lack of exercise increases risk of cancer was last modified: September 5th, 2018 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) Tags:cancerexerciseIrish Cancer Societylast_img read more

Studio (Accessible) Room Tour: Disney’s Boulder Ridge Villas

first_imgShare This!Today’s video is a narrated tour of an accessible studio room at Disney’s Boulder Ridge Villas!This Disney Vacation Club Resort is located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in the Magic Kingdom area of Walt Disney World.Enjoy!Would you like an overview of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge? Like this video!last_img

Virginia “Subject to Tax” Exception Applies on Post-Apportionment Basis

first_imgThe “subject to tax” exception to the Virginia’s intangible addback provision applies only to the extent that royalty payments are actually taxed by another state. However, a related member did not have to pay this tax for the exception to apply.The Supreme Court of Virginia recently considered how the “subject to tax” exception applies to royalties. The taxpayer argued that all of the royalties at issue fell under the “subject to tax” exception because they were included in the taxable income of the related member. However, the court determined that the exception applies on a post-apportionment basis. The court stated that it was not clear from the plain language of the statute whether the “subject to tax” exception applied on a pre-or post-apportionment basis. Thus, the court looked to the legislative intent behind the statute. It concluded that accepting the taxpayer’s argument would:negate the addback statute’s intended operation, anddecrease the revenue estimated to be raised by enacting the addback statute.Further, the court noted that the statute was enacted to close a loophole. That loophole had allowed corporations to pay royalties to a related member in a state in which its apportionment factor was insignificant. Applying the exception on a pre-apportionment basis would reopen the loophole.The taxpayer also argued  that, to the extent the royalties were apportioned to and taxed by certain states, they fell within the “subject to tax” exception. The court agreed, holding that to the extent that the royalties were actually taxed by “Separate Return States, Combined Return States, or Addback States,” the royalties fell within the “subject to tax” exception, regardless of which entity paid the tax.Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. v. Virginia Department of Taxation, Virginia Supreme Court, No. 160681, August 31, 2017, ¶206-382Want to know more about state income tax apportionment? CCH CPELink has easy to access classes on Multistate-Income Tax Basics and Hot Topics.Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Team App announced as official smartphone application partner

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is delighted to announce Team App as its official smartphone application partner, with the partnership set to benefit the numerous Touch Football associations, clubs and teams throughout the country.Team App is a free, almost fully customisable, quick and easy smartphone application that associations, clubs and teams can use to create their own apps and improve the way they communicate with their members.Savvy clubs can also increase much-needed revenue by using the app to sell merchandise, tickets to functions, sponsorship offers and more.Administrators, parents, players, referees and coaches can also communicate more efficiently with each other through the apps’ innovative communication channels.“We are pleased to have partnered with Team App to diversify the way we communicate and engage with our participants. It is extremely important in all that we do that we innovate and adapt to ensure we can effectively connect with our community,” TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire said.Team App Co-founder and General Manager, Rob Fletcher said it was exciting to partner with Touch Football Australia.“We are thrilled to partner with TFA to integrate Team App into Touch Football clubs throughout the country,” Fletcher said.“Like Team App, TFA are dedicated to supporting grassroots sport, and as an Australian company we are very proud to be providing a mobile communication solution accessible to all clubs to ensure future growth.”To create a free app for your association, club or team today, visit the Team App website www.teamapp.com.For more information or enquiries regarding the TFA and Team App Partnership or how to set up your free association/club app contact: TFA Affiliate Services Coordinator, [email protected] or phone (02) 6212 2800.Related Filesteam_app_partnership_media_release_may2015-pdfRelated LinksTeam App Partnershiplast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Jokes About The Positives Of Global Warming, For The Recruiting Benefits

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh and starting quarterback Wilton Speight #3 watch the video replay during the first quarter of the game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 16: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh and starting quarterback Wilton Speight #3 watch the video replay during the first quarter of the game against the Air Force Falcons at Michigan Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Update: Here’s video of Harbaugh’s joke, from Big Ten Network.“We got global warming now, Tom, so that’s really helped recruiting.” – @CoachJim4UM, to @Patriots QB Tom Brady https://t.co/YSJQWFhQMz— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) February 3, 2016Earlier: Global warming is not usually a considered a good thing, but don’t tell that to Jim Harbaugh. For Michigan’s head coach, anything that makes Ann Arbor a bit more attractive to recruits is a positive. He explained on Michigan’s “Signing Of The Stars” event.Jim Harbaugh a proponent of climate change. “We’ve got global warming now. That helps with recruiting.”— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) February 3, 2016He’s obviously joking, we think. We haven’t heard Ric Flair, Jim Leyland, or Migos’ opinions on the matter yet, but they’re on hand for the event, if we really want to get into the science on this one.last_img read more

Week 1 In The NFL Was Full Of Upsets But Not Necessarily

Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season isn’t over yet — there’s a pair of games Monday night — but through Sunday’s slate of matchups, you might get the distinct sense that upheaval is afoot. The New Orleans Saints lost in Atlanta, the Buffalo Bills beat the Chicago Bears on the road, the Kansas City Chiefs were manhandled by the Tennessee Titans, the New England Patriots lost their opening game for the first time in 11 years, and the Cincinnati Bengals went into Baltimore and handed the Ravens a rare home loss.According to our pre-game Elo ratings (which are computer power ratings that factor in each team’s strength of schedule and margin of victory, along with a prior of how good it was last season), only 57.1 percent of favorites have won so far this week, which would be tied for the 15th-most chaotic opening week since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. (The average NFL Week 1 sees 62 percent of favorites win.)There are alternative ways to measure how upset-happy a week was, though. And when you look at how the games were won or lost, Week 1 (thus far) has actually been less surprising than the typical opening week.For instance, we can look at the root-mean-square error (RMSE) between the predicted point spreads of games — our NFL Elo ratings can generate an expected point spread for a given game, using the location of the game and the difference in the two teams’ ratings — and the actual point differentials of the games. By that standard, 2014 featured the 13th-most accurate Elo predictions of any opening week since the merger. In other words, the actual margins weren’t far off from what we expected going into the games.Or we could just look at how much the Elo ratings shifted after each game, on average. One key concept of Elo’s system is that the ratings update based on how unexpected a game’s outcome was; the more surprising the result, the more the ratings change in the face of new evidence. By that metric, Week 1 of 2014 was pretty typical of an opening week: The average game saw a 19.9-point shift in Elo ratings, while the average opening week since 1970 saw a 20.5-point shift per game.A number of the aforementioned upsets were won by small margins. While the Titans and Miami Dolphins prevailed by double-digits, the Atlanta Falcons and the Bills only won by three points apiece, and the Bengals won by seven in a game where they had the superior pre-game Elo rating (Baltimore was only slightly favored because it was at home). Plus, the rest of the schedule saw things pretty much go according to form, with a few exceptions, such as the St. Louis Rams losing by 28 at home.In general, we know less than we think when it comes to how good NFL teams are early in the season. But this year, Week 1 has been slightly more predictable than the norm thus far. read more

Anthony Daviss 5920 Game Was A Throwback To The 1960s

Games like the one Anthony Davis had Sunday night don’t come along very often — at least not in the modern NBA.With 59 points in the New Orleans Pelicans’ 111-106 win over the Detroit Pistons, Davis set new scoring highs for both his own career and the 2015-16 NBA season. He also pulled down a whopping 20 rebounds. Basketball-Reference.com doesn’t have complete game-by-game rebounding records from before the 1983-84 season (more on that later), but since then, there have only been two other 50/20 games: a 2000 contest in which Shaquille O’Neal scored 61 points and grabbed 23 boards against the Clippers and a 2001 tilt during which Chris Webber dropped 51 and 26 on the Pacers.Davis’s eye-popping numbers on Sunday came through incredible efficiency. His true shooting percentage in the game was 76.8, far above the league’s season-long average of 53.9. (By comparison, Webber’s true shooting percentage was only 51.4 in his big game, and Shaq’s was 68.3 — outstanding, but below Davis’s mark.) On the other hand, Davis’s Pelicans also played a fast pace — 100.2 possessions — compared with other big scoring/rebounding games from the recent past. So where does Davis rank if we account for both these factors?To answer that, I grabbed game-level data from Basketball-Reference.com starting in 1983-84, and adjusted each player’s scoring and rebounding totals for the pace of the game, setting them all to a pace of exactly 100 team possessions per 48 minutes. I also adjusted for a player’s efficiency, giving his scoring tally an extra bump if he was more efficient than the league average. This is to account for games like Webber’s that have impressive raw stats but required a large number of attempts.1Specifically, I computed how many more points a player scored than one of average efficiency would have in the same number of shot attempts. Historically, multiplying that number by 0.8 and adding it to the player’s actual (pace-adjusted) point total gives an “adjusted scoring” figure that best correlates with a player’s offensive adjusted plus minus. Finally, I took the geometric mean — a special average used when combining two numbers from different scales2Point totals tend to be bigger than rebounds on average and in terms of how high they can vary upward. — of the player’s adjusted point and rebound totals, arriving at this list of the best scoring/rebounding games of the past 33 seasons: UNADJUSTEDADJUSTED Shaquille O’Neal3/21/03LALBOS91.139487420582235.8 Charles Oakley3/15/86CHIMIL91.144355726392933.4 Chris Webber1/5/01SACIND90.350515126562940.3 Hakeem Olajuwon3/14/89HOUSAC92.742405724442633.8 Hakeem Olajuwon5/14/87HOUSEA95.753496325542637.6 Al Jefferson1/27/08MINNJ85.442407019512233.5 Dwight Howard2/17/09ORLCHA88.247457319562234.6 Shaquille O’Neal3/6/00LALLAC95.645616823702440.9 Pau Gasol1/10/15CHIMIL83.739466418582235.4 Dwight Howard1/12/12ORLGSW94.844455923492434.6 Carmelo Anthony1/24/14NYCHA85.139627913811535.1 Charles Barkley3/24/95PHOHOU87.642346726413035.1 Shaquille O’Neal6/9/00LALIND94.246405724442533.4 Dwight Howard4/16/11ORLATL89.146467019562134.5 After crunching the numbers, Davis’s game slips to No. 6, behind not only O’Neal’s and Webber’s but also games from Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley and even Michael Jordan. (We don’t tend to think of Jordan as a big rebounder, but he snagged 18 boards in his 69-point game against Cleveland in 1990.) Davis gets extra credit — about 7 points’ worth — for his efficiency but loses ground in the pace adjustment. A faster pace means more chances to score and snag rebounds, and Davis’s game had about 7 percent more possessions than the average game above him on the list.Of course, quibbling about where Davis’s game ranks among the biggest scoring/rebounding performances in recent memory misses the bigger picture that games like Davis’s (adjusted or no) are much more uncommon now than they were in the past. According to ESPN’s Stats and Info crew, there were 36 games in NBA history (before Davis’s on Sunday) featuring a player with a 59/20 stat line: the aforementioned Shaq game … and 35 games from Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain, all before the mid-1970s. Chamberlain himself accounted for 33 of those games — 17 of which came during his legendary 1961-62 season alone.The simple truth is that outrageous single-game stat totals were a lot easier to come by in that era. The average pace factor for teams in 2015-16 is about 96 possessions per 48 minutes; the average in 1961-62, as best we can estimate it, was 126. In other words, compared with the modern game, that season’s players had over 31 percent more chances to score points and grab rebounds — 59/20, for instance, becomes a “mere” 45/15 after adjusting away those extra possessions — and there’s a good argument that rebounding numbers were inflated even further by the era’s abysmally low field goal percentages (resulting in more missed shots to rebound). There’s a reason that Kevin Love in 2011 became the first player to average 20 points and 15 rebounds since 1983 and that 92 percent of the player-seasons meeting those criteria took place before 1976’s NBA-ABA merger. The game was radically different back then, both on the court and in the stat sheets.That’s why we should appreciate games like Davis’s even more when they come along in today’s NBA. Fifty-point, 20-rebound games have always represented special individual performances, but they’ve become exponentially rarer these days, especially given recent changes to how the game is played. (Hello, Warriors!) So it might be a long time before you see another statistical game quite like the one Davis produced Sunday. Charles Barkley12/9/87PHIPOR93.242387224452633.9 Shaquille O’Neal2/16/93ORLDET92.649467221542335.1 Shaquille O’Neal6/6/01LALPHI90.452445820512233.5 Dirk Nowitzki12/2/04DALHOU89.249536416631833.6 Karl Malone1/27/90UTAMIL104.033618418681734.2 The best scoring/rebounding games since 1983-84 Kevin Willis4/13/93ATLCLE85.855355125402934.2 Charles Barkley6/5/93PHOSEA93.446447424522636.6 Zach Randolph12/4/12MEMPHO88.144387422472534.4 Hakeem Olajuwon4/30/88HOUDAL98.143416226442734.1 Michael Jordan3/28/90CHICLE95.650697318801938.7 PLAYERDATETEAMOPPPACEMINPTSTS%REBPTSREBGEOMETRIC MEAN Patrick Ewing1/7/90NYKLAC92.248446622512434.9 Source: basketball-reference.com Anthony Davis2/21/16NODET100.343597720662036.2 read more

Ryan Loft agrees twoyear Leicester contract

first_imgOnce the World Cup ends on Sunday, the summer transfer window will become heated up, and we at Ronaldo, are all here to report all of it.As clubs seal up transfer and negotiate transfer talks, former Tottenham striker, Ryan Loft has signed a two-year contract with Leicester, according to Sky SportsLoft, who is 20-year-old will connect with the Foxes’ development squad ahead of the new season.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.Loft joined Tottenham in 2013, however, he couldn’t make a first-team appearance as he also spent time on loan at Braintree Town, Stevenage and Exeter. He was released by Spurs at the end of last season.After playing for Dartford and Ebbsfleet United, Loft joined Tottenham Hotspur for the 2013–14 season. He moved to Braintree Town in March 2016 on a ‘work experience’ deal, He signed on loan for Stevenage in January 2017, and for Exeter City in January 2018.He was released by Tottenham at the end of the 2017–18 season. Loft attended Northfleet Technology College, where he was a high jump champion.last_img read more

Koke reveals Morata will be welcomed at Atletico

first_imgAtletico Madrid midfielder Koke has revealed Alvaro Morata will be welcomed at the club following rumors of the player’s uncertain future at Chelsea.Morata has struggled to impress since joining the Blues in the summer of 2017, has been linked with loan moves to Sevilla, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.Speaking about the prospect of Morata joining Los Colcheneros, Koke said, according to Marca:“Morata is a great player, I’ve always said it, I’ve played with him since he was little in Atlético’s youth academy and then, due to circumstances, he has played in different teams, yes it’s true that you hear that rumor, he’s not our player, it’s Chelsea and we have to respect Chelsea, right now we are the players here and do not have to think about those who are out.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Speaking about Atletico’s next game against Levante, Koke said:“We had a very difficult start in Seville, in Girona we played a great game but we could not win … it’s hard for us to beat Girona, but at the moment I see the team is performing well, we are growing after the Christmas break.”“I see the team plugged in and we have to pick up maximum points on Sunday by winning at home with our fans.”last_img read more