The long awaited ruling in a US$10.7 million vehicle procurement debt case against the government, may likely end up in an international court of justice, if the Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice fails to render a definite decision, the management of Prestige and Alliance Motor has threatened.The company said its intention to seek redress from an international court is due to the delay on the part of the Commercial Court to rule whether or not it has jurisdiction to handle the matter, which state lawyers have argued the Court cannot hear because it took place prior to its establishment by an Act of the Legislature in 2010.They did not name the international court to which they have resolved to file their case. Legal experts have observed that the matter could go to the ECOWAS Court.The ruling has been with the court that is being presided over by a three judge panel since February 2015, according to the company.“We filed the complaint against the government in 2012, and the court first heard the matter in February 2015, after which they reserved ruling,” the company’s legal team said.“After that, the court again asked the parties to appear before it in October 2015, but mandated us to file a proposed ruling, which we did, and up to this time (we are) without a ruling,” he said.“Our partner is putting extra pressure on the company to take the matter to an international court of justice for redress, since the court cannot tell us whether or not it has jurisdiction over the matter.” The company, through the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm, in 2012, filed a lawsuit against the Liberian government contending that from 2000 to 2008, Mr. Haddad, a Lebanese businessman, sold and repaired vehicles and also supplied spare parts amounting to US$10.7 million to several government institutions, adding that the Liberian government is yet to pay the debt, despite Mr. Haddad’s persistent appeals.Government lawyers said the establishment of the court in 2010 means the law that created it prevents the court from hearing cases prior to its establishment.They further argue that if the court continues with the matter, it would be a complete violation of the Constitution and the Act that created it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
… to understudy Patterson at Min of Pub InfrastructureThe reshuffling of Cabinet members has not yet ceased, as Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma has been moved from his respective portfolio to assist the Public Infrastructure Ministry.The decision was confirmed by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, who positioned on social media that Sharma will provide support to the Ministry with effect from July 1.This was later confirmed by Sharma, who also took to social media stating that his appointment will assist in “much-needed infrastructure”. The reasons for the move are unknown but according to a close source, it might have been done in light of the recent comments made by Sharma in connection with the Marriott Casino Tender that was called off.Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul SharmaHowever, the reshuffling ensued after the ruling of Chief Justice, Roxanne George back in January that it is illegal for persons with a second citizenship to serve in the National Assembly. This decision was upheld in the Appeal Court in March.As such, senior Government Ministers namely: Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin; Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge and Public Service Minister, Rupert Roopnaraine were also forced to resign from Cabinet and the National Assembly, owing to their dual citizenship status.Former Junior Public Health Minister, Karen Cummings was sworn-in as Foreign Affairs Minister alongside the newly recruited Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams; Business Minister, Haimraj Rajkumar; and Public Service Minister, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley.This period also saw a reshuffling of Junior Ministers, with Annette Ferguson and Simona Charles-Broomes being transferred from the Ministries of Public Infrastructure and Natural Resources respectively.Minister Ferguson was appointed Housing Minister within the Communities Ministry, while Minister Broomes holds the mantle for Youth Affairs within the Ministry of the Presidency.Moreover, Minister Valerie Patterson-Yearwood was also reassigned as Minister of Rural Affairs within the Agriculture Ministry.Government then created a position for Harmon as Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency.Gaskin was later appointed Director of Manufacturing and Marketing within the Business Ministry with responsibility for the enforcement of standards, providing assistance to small producers and access to markets, particularly Eastern Caribbean markets.Additionally, Dr Roopnaraine was recruited as Director of Public Service Training within the Ministry of the Presidency with responsibility for training standards at the Bertram Collins College of the Public Service, Guyana Defence Force Staff College and Guyana Police Force Staff College.Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge took up responsibility as Foreign Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for the Department of Frontiers and Territorial Integrity and the Department of Trade and Economic Cooperation.Article 155 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana states that “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”.
The Chess In Schools (CIS) Grassroot Initiative Workshop aims to introduce chess into schools nationwide, both as an extracurricular activity for children and as part of the “Chess for Education” programme.Students engage in a game of chessMore than 120 children from the Bygeval Secondary School, Mahaicony Secondary School, Bush Lot Secondary School and Fort Wellington Secondary School have learnt the basics of chess when they participated in the CIS- Grassroot Initiative Workshop over the past four days.Making a special appearance at one of the abovementioned schools (Fort Wellington), Director of Sport, Christopher Jones said, “Once your body is active you look the part. When you are actively involved, when you have a healthy body, you appeal to people differently.“But chess works up here (your brain), you are actively thinking, it promotes critical thinking and that helps you with your life in terms of moving forward and that is why we are spreading this programme throughout the Mahaica-Berbice region.”The children were all taught how to play chess and the basics – History of Chess, The Chess Board, The Chess Pieces: Movement & Value, Castling and Basic Opening Guidelines.References of “Chess for Education” were also demonstrated to the students. Students were given tasks to complete such as Chess & Maths: Chess Notation & Algebraic Equations, Chess & Physics, Chess Psychology and Emotional Intelligence.Eight teachers from the abovementioned schools were trained on how to play chess and manage school chess clubs. At the conclusion of the programme, a one-day beginners’ tournament will be held today, Saturday, October 12 at Fort Wellington Secondary.So far, the department has visited and implemented the initiative in schools in Regions Three, Six, 10 and now Five. It is expected that the two top teams will go on to compete against Berbice High School in New Amsterdam.The Mahaica-Berbice (West Berbice) CIS Grassroot Initiative Workshop is a nationwide initiative mainly pushed by Director of Sports Jones, and all workshops are being completed by FIDE National Instructor CM Wendell Meusa and local Developmental Instructor Janedward Daniels.
Classes on the Blacksburg, Va., campus had gone ahead as scheduled; the first period began at 8 a.m. The doors of the buildings remained open. And the heavily armed gunman with a motive yet unknown had set his sights elsewhere, at Norris Hall, an engineering building nearly a half-mile away on the 2,600-acre campus. Police believe the shooting at Norris began around 9:45 a.m. The building’s doors had been chained shut, possibly by the gunman, authorities said. At 9:55 a.m, the school sent out a second e-mail. “Please stay put,” it warned. “A gunman is loose on campus. Stay in buildings until further notice. Stay away from all windows.” The university also began telephoning resident advisers in the dorms to notify them and sent people to knock on doors to get the word out, Virginia Tech President Charles Steger said at a news conference. Soon after, horrifying sounds and images flooded TV screens and Internet sites across America. SWAT teams in flak jackets swarmed the campus. Students helped faculty members carry out the wounded, as ambulances streamed to the site. CNN showed a jerky video provided by a student’s cell phone that showed what seemed to be police outside Norris Hall accompanied by a chilling soundtrack – the crackle of gunshots. What had happened inside? Reports were fragmentary. One student told The Washington Post that the gunman, said to be about 19 years old, burst into the room and fired about 30 shots in just a minute and a half – first blasting a professor in the head, then shooting the students. Planet Blacksburg – a local, student-run Web site – quoted Ruiqi Zhang, identified as a computer engineering student, who said he was on the second floor of Norris. “A student rushed in and told everybody to get down,” Zhang said. “We put a table against the door and when the gunman tried to shoulder his way in and when he saw that he couldn’t, he put two shots through the door. It was the scariest moment of my life.” It was eerily reminiscent of the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado eight years ago this very week. And something else recalled some of the most shocking images of Sept. 11, 2001: Students jumping from windows to escape. Virginia Tech sent out a third e-mail at 10:17 a.m. announcing classes were canceled and repeating the warning for everyone to lock their doors and stay away from windows. By then, the magnitude of this bloody day was becoming increasingly clear. Grim-faced TV anchors reported the rising death toll: 21, 31, then 33, including the shooter himself, not immediately identified. He put a bullet in his head. Two of the dead were shot at the dorm, the remainder at Norris Hall. Authorities also reported that 15 people were wounded, some seriously. End of the terror At 10:53 a.m. – more than 3 1/2 hours after the terror began – the announcement of the end of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history came in a fourth e-mail from the school. It read in part: “Subject: Second Shooting Reported; Police have one gunman in custody “In addition to an earlier shooting today in West Ambler Johnston, there has been a multiple shooting with multiple victims in Norris Hall.” As the wind whipped through the campus Monday night, a steady stream of students from West Ambler Johnston carried suitcases, backpacks and other personal items – one held a large stuffed dog nicknamed Hokie, after the school mascot – to find someplace else to sleep. They said they couldn’t bear to spend the night in the dorm.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The first crackle of gunfire shattered the Monday morning calm. It was 7:15 on the campus of Virginia Tech and an epic killing spree had just begun. Snow was swirling on the windy April day and classes had not yet started when a murderous rampage that would shake the nation started in a coed dormitory, West Ambler Johnston, home to 895 people. The first reports of trouble were tragic, but small in scope, no hint of the massacre about to unfold in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia: One person was dead, another injured. The official word to students apparently did not come right away. In a mass e-mail, Virginia Tech officials announced that a shooting had occurred at the dorm, police were on the scene and urged anyone in the university community to “be cautious” and contact police if they saw anything suspicious or had information on the case. The e-mail was signed off at 9:26 a.m. Police would later say they thought the two had been shot in a domestic dispute. They thought the gunman had fled the campus. “We secured the building, we secured the crime scene,” Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum said. For a long while, there were no new reports of anything suspicious. Gunman on the loose
The Supreme Court recently ruled in two patent cases. The justices sided with Microsoft Corp., which had been sued by AT&T for infringing on U.S.-patented technology overseas, and said a federal appeals court overreached in upholding a patent for adjustable gas pedals that did not exhibit any real innovation. Companies file overly broad applications because “they want to try to get as much as they can from the get-go,” said patent examiner Brandon Hoffman. The government’s first action on applications is a rejection 83 percent of the time, and it’s mainly because the initial filings are overly broad, PTO officials say. “Most patent attorneys will tell you they get a funny feeling if they don’t receive an initial rejection,” said Dennis Crouch, a visiting professor at Boston University Law School and the founder of a widely read blog on patent law. “They feel like they left something on the table and probably could’ve gotten more.” International Business Machine Corp.’s application for a secure “smart card” production method was originally filed Oct. 10, 2000, and crossed Hoffman’s desk for the first time in March 2004. From his windowless office, Hoffman said he waded through a 10-page description before getting to the four lines that detailed IBM’s proposed innovation. WASHINGTON – The red folders are everywhere at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Inside are patent applications stacked on examiners’ desks, pushed by the cartload along the underground hallways of the buildings and filed away by the thousands. The patent backlog is easy to see at the PTO’s five-building campus in Alexandria, Va. Inventors wait on average 31 months for a patent decision as examiners slog through 675,000 pending applications – a number that is expected to hit a record 800,000 by year-end. U.S. patents are worth waiting for. They offer the world’s strongest legal protection of intellectual property and easiest enforcement of claims. And they’re cheaper to get and keep than patents in Europe or Japan. Lengthy delays between applying and getting a patent means companies that market innovations without patents are vulnerable to copycats or legal challenges, but they may lose competitive advantages if they wait. Plans to hire and train more staff and laws aimed at reducing patent-infringement lawsuits won’t eliminate the backlog, analysts say. The 25-part claim on the patent IBM received required two pages to describe and was awarded in January after archive searches, roughly seven rejections and subsequent application amendments from the company. The patent is for 20 years, plus 834 days to compensate for processing delays. As is typical for the process, the two inventors named on IBM’s original application aren’t at the company any longer, said company spokesman Steven Malkiewicz. Smaller firms say they see a double standard in how large companies with big legal staffs file patent applications. Despite protesting loudly over the explosion of costly and time-consuming patent litigation in recent years, the large companies are the same ones that flood the PTO with overreaching applications they know will be rejected, said Bryan Lord, a founding member of the Innovation Alliance, a trade group for small businesses lobbying against proposed reform legislation recently introduced in both houses of Congress. Not so, said IBM spokesman Steven Malkiewicz, who points to a success rate higher than 90 percent for IBM patents. The company has been awarded 33,000 U.S. patents since 1995, leading the annual list of total approvals during that 12-year period. “The way to address the backlog is to fully fund the PTO and to work on innovative solutions like community patent review,” Malkiewicz wrote in a recent e-mail. The PTO plans to increase the number of examiners by 50 percent – to roughly 7,500 – within a few years, but hiring alone isn’t the solution, officials say. Technology giants, including IBM and Microsoft, endorse the sweeping reform legislation to reduce the filing of willful-infringement lawsuits by making it harder for patent holders to prove their innovation has been illegally copied. And they are key players in a peer-review pilot set to start in June that is aimed at speeding the process and improving patent quality. PTO Commissioner John Doll said the approval process should be customized to address the different needs of different industries. For example, drug companies may not need a patent rushed through since they also are waiting for Food and Drug Administration approval before they can go to market. Electronics firms, on the other hand, are in an industry defined by speed and innovation. They could opt for an accelerated exam, in which a response is promised within one year if initial applications are more detailed. The PTO launched a small program of this type last year. Doll, a 32-year agency veteran who began his career straight out of college, shows evident passion for his work. His business card reads “Alchemy and Sorcery Commissioner for Patents” and he has a Staples Inc. “easy button” on the door of his office. He said he’s proud that the agency’s error rate dropped to 3.5 percent last year from 5.5 percent just a few years ago. “We’re deadly serious about quality and deadly serious about efficiency,” Doll said. Still, the backlog and all those red folders make it appear unlikely the agency will meet its pledge to be paperless by the end of the year. PTO officials say the paperwork in the folders soon will be electronic, but some companies are skeptical of the agency’s ability to be speedier. Dean Klein, vice president of market development at computer-chip maker Micron Technology Inc., has received more than 200 patents and has 60 more patent applications in the pipeline. He admits he gets “a surge of adrenaline” every time another one gets approved for his company, based in Boise, Idaho. “As long as people are reviewing applications, I don’t know that we’ll ever get rid of the backlog,” Klein said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Family has set up a fundraiser for a man from Alaska after a serious accident south of Taylor.Saturday, October 5th, 2019, at approximately 12:10 p.m., police and emergency services responded to a serious injury, two-vehicle collision by the new chain-up area on top of the South Taylor Hill.According to Mike Halskov, Cpl Media Relations Officer for the RCMP, upon arrival, it was determined that the driver of a truck had collided with another vehicle, causing significant injuries to the lone occupant of the second vehicle, a man in his 40’s from the United States.- Advertisement -The male has been identified as Eric Wade from Alaska. According to the fundraiser for Wade, he has two broken arms, a broken leg and was moved to the ICU due to a leak in his lungs. The fundraiser will support family members to travel to Wade to support him during his treatment in a Canadian hospital.You can donate to the fundraiser by clicking here.Police entered into an impaired driving (by drug) investigation with the man who was driving the truck, a man in his 30’s from the local area who is known to police.The highway was closed for a period of time as police investigated this criminal collision. Peace Regional Traffic Services (FSJ) and the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service are continuing with the investigation.
Liverpool won their sixth European Cup with victory over Tottenham in May, and while Guardiola does want to conquer Europe with City, he prefers the sustained excellence that a successful league campaign brings over the vagaries of the post-Christmas knockout rounds.The 48-year-old Spaniard has won eight titles in ten seasons as a manager and he is now aiming to repeat the three straight league title wins he had at German giants Bayern Munich with City.“The Champions League is an important tournament and difficult to win,” he said.“But it’s seven games (the knockout stages). I am not going to go to the casino and gamble everything I have in my pocket on seven games. I don’t want that.“I want to be happy for 11 months and the Premier League makes me happy. Every game when we win, I am happy and I go to a restaurant feeling better.“Why am I going to wait until February for seven games and put everything on black? From my point of view, that is too risky.”Guardiola, whose side were knocked out of the Champions League by Liverpool and Spurs in the past two seasons, said the title meant everything to him.“To maintain the health and focus of the team, the most important thing is the Premier League,” he said.“It is the standout competition because it is every weekend. In the Champions League, many things can happen in one or two games.“We will be closer to achieving in Europe when we have more Premier League titles. That is a nice process and the right process to do at Manchester City.“If I could have one thing this season, right now, it would definitely be the title.”– ‘Players were incredible’ –The discussion has been had all summer about whose achievements were greater last season, Liverpool’s Champions League glory or City winning the three domestic trophies — Liverpool pushing City all the way in the Premier League title race — in England plus the Community Shield.But it was 3-0 in the Reds’ favour in nominations for the best male player for the Best Fifa Football Awards, which were announced last Wednesday.Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are on the ten-man shortlist.It has left Guardiola wondering what City’s players must do to receive wider acclaim for their performances.“I cannot imagine Real Madrid or Barcelona winning four titles in one season and not having a single player there,” he said.“That is impossible. I am not going to say that the ten guys nominated don’t deserve it, but I am a bit surprised we had no one because our players were incredible.“For example I don’t think any player made a better season than Bernardo Silva, who also won the Nations League with Portugal.”Guardiola had to acknowledge that success in Europe is the only remedy to resolving the conundrum.“These awards are normally when you win the Champions League or are in the latter stages,” he said.“The other competitions do not count. So if we win the Champions League, our players will be there.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola values winning the Premier League title above the Champions League © AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAULONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 4 – Pep Guardiola has dominated English football in his time at Manchester City, winning five of the six domestic trophies in the last two seasons, and once again is putting Premier League glory at the top of his list of ambitions for the new season.On Sunday, City tackle Champions League winners Liverpool in the Community Shield at Wembley in the traditional season curtain-raiser.
AGUA DULCE – Sheriff’s detectives released a photograph of a burglary suspect wanted in connection with numerous burglaries in the Santa Clarita, Agua Dulce and Acton areas. Joseph Randolph Barro, 19, is the third of three suspects connected to a string of burglaries that started around Jan. 1 and from which deputies last month displayed hundreds of recovered items, deputies said. The other two suspects are in custody. “He’s the primary suspect,” Deputy Dave Jennings said. Barro was described as white, about 5-foot-5 and 120 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Anyone with information on his whereabouts was asked to contact Detective Dan Gordon at the Palmdale sheriff’s station at (661) 267-4316.
MICHAEL Murphy is tonight celebrating another accolade. His wonder strike against Mayo in last Sunday’s All-Ireland final has been named ‘Goal of the Championship’ by the RTE Championship Matters show.You can watch the goal, banged home in the third minute of the final, all over again.Press Play to watch DDTV VIDEO: MURPHY STRIKE AGAINST MAYO NAMED GOAL OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: September 27th, 2012 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:DDTV VIDEO: MURPHY STRIKE AGAINST MAYO NAMED GOAL OF THE CHAMPIONSHIPDonegal DailyDonegal GAA
GAA: Dungloe host Ardara in what really is a must-win game for both sides after they both lost their respective opening group games against Naomh Conaill and St Eunan’s.Both sides earned excellent league wins last weekend with Dungloe recording a very impressive 1-08 0-08 win over Naomh Conaill. Ardara beat relegation rivals Four Masters very comfortably and was the perfect result for them in the lead-up to their championship clash with Tony Boyle’s Dungloe side on Sunday afternoon.Dungloe done the double over Ardara in the league and will be confident they can earn another win over John McConnell’s side this weekend.Donegal player Corey Gallagher missed the Naomh Conaill win but is expected to feature on Sunday after coming through training unscathed during the week.Dungloe will be without Gavin Ward, Shaun Sharkey and Doalty Boyle while Ciaran Sharkey is a major doubt after suffering a thigh injury last weekend. Adrian Sweeney was sprung from the bench last weekend but could be in line for a start on Sunday.Ardara were very impressive last weekend and will head into this crucial clash buoyant.Donegal star Paddy McGrath will be a key figure for Ardara along with Kenneth Doherty and CJ Molloy.Dungloe as alluded to above have a good record against Ardara this season and will be hoping to make it a hat-trick of wins over them on Sunday.Ardara have a strong championship pedigree and will be put it up to Dungloe.It should be very close game but Dungloe with home advantage should shade it. Verdict: DungloeDONEGAL SFC GROUP 2: DUNGLOE V ARDARA PREVIEW was last modified: August 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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 SFCGAASport