Dear Editor,I do not understand why even distinguished lawyers are having protracted arguments about the fact that our Constitution does not use the word “absolute” in describing the type of majority required for the successful passage of a vote of no-confidence.I hold neither a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) nor a Legal Education Certificate (LEC). What I do hold is a rare Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Economics and Law from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, where I was taught Constitutional Law by the once Honourable Dr Kenny D Anthony and where I developed a passion for research.When my good friend, Nigel Hughes, came up with what he has described to me as his “new math” theory of the half-man, I immediately began a marathon of sleepless nights of legal research which yielded much fruit. In the course of this research, I came across the simple explanation of why the word “absolute” is not used in the Constitution.The simple reason is that it is not necessary. The framers of our Constitution were, unusually for lawyers, very precise and verbosity was anathema to them. There was no reason to say “absolute majority” because this is defined in the rest of the Article. The majority of a vote by “all elected members” is, by definition, an absolute majority.Regards,FE Alleyne
…“Operation Fibroid” to commence in 2019In an effort to reduce the backlog of hernia cases at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), a number of lead surgeons, surgical residents and other medical officials recently joined forces to treat 50 patients in the form of surgeries.This was announced by the GPHC on Tuesday during a press conference at its Resource Centre, in New Market Street, Georgetown. A total of 62 surgeries were conducted in a matter of days by the professionals who were eager to see their patients live their lives without being stigmatised.Head of General Surgery, Dr Navindranuth RambaranAlong with the GPHC, the New Amsterdam Hospital also targeted and saw 18 hernia patients being treated with 21 surgeries. It was explained by Head General Surgery, Dr Navindranuth Rambaran that the number of surgeries conducted exceeded the amount of patients, as some patients’ required more than one operation, due to multiple hernias.A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue called fascia. The most common types of hernias are inguinal (inner groin), incisional (resulting from an incision), femoral (outer groin), umbilical (belly button), and hiatal (upper stomach).A person who is affected by an inguinal hernia may experience pain or discomfort in the affected area, which is usually the lower abdomen, especially when bending over, coughing or even lifting an object. It also causes weakness among other things.Hernias are caused by a combination of muscle weakness and strain. Depending on its cause, a hernia can develop quickly or over a long period of time.While hernias are more common in men, females are also affected.The successful surgeries, as explained by Dr Rambaran, were not possible without the aid of the eight lead surgeons, 13 surgical residents and other medical officers.It was noted by the doctor that most of the patients operated on were able to leave the hospital the same day and even walk hours after the surgery.The Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital, Brigadier (Ret’d) George Lewis told media operatives that the health institution recognised the need for the surgeries and was able to complete them in a timely manner.He alluded to the fact that quite a number of patients refused surgery because of the festive season, while some were excited to be operated on.In fact, Lewis promised that come 2019, “Operation Hernia” will continue. According to him, the Hospital will continue to collaborate with the Public Health Ministry to take such operations to the outlying areas, even if it means taking surgeons from GPHC to areas such as Linden and others.On another note, the CEO gave his word that “Operation Fibroid” will commence early 2019. A fibroid is a type of fat that grows and develops mostly in women.A fibroid can cause a woman to suffer anaemia as a result of heavy fibroid bleeding. It can also cause back pain or a feeling of pressure in the lower belly. Women who have fibroids often experience trouble conceiving and suffer problems during pregnancy such as miscarriage or preterm labour, among others.
11 11 11 Uruguayan players celebrate scoring a goal in a pre-World Cup friendly. A litany of Premier League stars will aim to be heroes for the Red Devils in Russia. 11 11 talkSPORT.com gives you the nations with the biggest earners at Russia 2018.As we all know, the teams with the most money usually win.10. Uruguay – £2.47m Portugal’s team lines up ahead of a pre-tournament friendly and have Cristiano Ronaldo amongst their ranks. 9. Croatia – £2.58m 2. Spain – £5.47mCan the former world champions regain their throne in Russia?1. Brazil – £5.8mNeymar will lead the legendary footballing nation in Russia and will be looking to take them all the way to the final with a promising squad. 11 7. England – £4.19m 11 The Three Lions are hungry for success in Russia and get paid well by their clubs. Croatia will be wearing another delightful version of their classic kit in Russia and have one of the highest paid squads at the World Cup. 8. Portugal – £3.68m The reigning world champions will be looking to retain their crown in Russia.5. Argentina – £5.04m Given Lionel Messi plays for them, it’s no surprise to see Argentina high on this list.4. France – £5.21m Les Bleus are hoping to build on their Euro 2016 final appearance in Russia with a very young squad.3. Belgium – £5.22m Money really does talk in football. Unsurprisingly, the top ten highest paid teams at the World Cup are also the ten most likely to win the tournament.The best players in the world don’t come cheap for their clubs, but their countries are just lucky enough to have them. Argentina star Lionel Messi is one of the highest paid players at the World Cup. 6. Germany – £4.87m
A total of 38 new housing projects are to begin in Donegal with a total investment of €5,800,000 as part of the first phase of the Government’s Social Housing Strategy.The move has been welcomed by Donegal south-west TD Dinny McGinley.He said “This announcement will bring investment jobs and houses to Donegal and I am delighted that we will receive €5,800,000 funding as part of this first phase of investment, leading to 38 of housing projects.” The Projects are:-Ardara (Phase 3) – 8 UnitsRailway Park, Drumrooske, Donegal Town – 24 UnitsNewtowncunningham – 6 Units Deputy McGinley added “Nationally €312 million has been approved by the Minister for Environment Alan Kelly and Minister for ousing, Planning & Construction, Paudie Coffee. An additional 1700 social houses will be ready by 2017 with an estimated 300 additional jobs in construction created. All will be completed by 2017.“This is part of the Government’s €4billion social housing strategy to deliver 35,000 housing units by 2020 and to reduce the housing waiting lists by 25% nationally by 2017 based on the most recent housing need assessment report. It is the first major investment in local authority housing for many years.“These 100 projects across the Country are shovel ready and will deliver hundreds of much needed houses in every county.“This is just one of the ways that we will be delivering social housing units and shows this Government’s commitment in addressing the need for more social housing here in Donegal.” 38 HOUSING PROJECTS WORTH ALMOST €6M TO BEGIN ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: May 5th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Dinny McGinleydonegalhousing
An appeal for an emergency adoption was launched earlier today in which two abandoned kittens were due to be put to sleep if not adopted within an hour.Thankfully several people came forward to express interest in adopting the kittens, and they are now currently on their way to their new home in Convoy.The lady who found the kittens said that she received three calls within twenty minutes of the appeal being published, and they will now live and long and happy life with their new family. Thank you to all who shared the appeal and helped get these little kittens a home to call their own.Relief as abandoned kittens spared from being put to sleep was last modified: October 8th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)
A Donegal county councillor has pleaded with the local authority to give more “joined-up” support to people cleaning up beaches and beauty spots.Cllr Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig said the recent hot spell has left some of our beaches in horrific conditions.There have been widespread reports of beach parties being hosted at various locaitions but people leaving all sorts of litter behind then. Cllr Mac Giolla Easbui said there are plenty of local volunteers willing to take up the cause and to clean beaches.BVut he said they must be full-assited by the council.He said “We need more joined up thinking on the ground. These voluntary groups are saving the state a fortune but we need to respond to their gestures of good will.“People from the enovironment section of the council must beliasing wiht these people to ensure they have all they need and I don’t just mean a few plastic bags. “We need a more hands-on apporach if we are to be serious about making our beaches part and parcel of our plans to attract tourists to Donegal,” he said.Volunteers need more than bags to keep beaches clean – Councillor was last modified: June 5th, 2018 by StephenShare 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:beachescleanCllr Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuiglitter
Secular cosmology is where the words cosmic and comic become interchangeable.[Note: CEH is taking a break this week. Recent news items are shared briefly for those who wish to investigate.]Aliens May Well Exist in a Parallel Universe, New Studies Find (Space.com).Could a multiverse be habitable to life? (Astrobiology Magazine).How Anti-Religious Bias Prevented Scientists from Accepting the Big Bang (Space.com).Atmospheric seasons could signal alien life (Science Daily).How much can we know? (Nature).Try your hand at being a CEH reporter! Read and analyze the claims above.(Visited 464 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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Dairy groups support Trump Administration examination of India, Indonesia compliance under generalized system of preferences
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) accepted a petition from the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) to examine India’s failure to follow through on its obligations to provide “equitable and reasonable access to its market” for dairy products. In addition, Indonesia, which has also been pursuing dairy trade distorting policies, will be included in USTR’s review to assess that country’s compliance with its market access obligations.India has for many years maintained unjustified market access barriers to U.S. dairy products, despite receiving preferential access to the U.S. market under a special duty-free trade arrangement called the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). India abruptly began denying dairy exports in 2003, citing safety concerns and demanding revised government-issued health certificates. The U.S. industry and U.S. government have worked in good faith over the last 15 years to remove this intractable barrier, but have been met with a shifting litany of demands not founded on sound science.Meanwhile, since last year Indonesia has been advancing a policy aimed at mandating that importers and manufacturers in its country purchase local milk or contribute monetarily to support the local dairy industry, even though this runs counter to its WTO commitments.GSP benefits come with the expectation that the trading partners using the program comply with a baseline level of requirements, including those related to reasonable market access terms. USTR has rightfully determined that a thorough examination of these countries’ adherence to these terms of the deal is necessary.Industry officials praised USTR’s decision to review India’s and Indonesia’s GSP status, and are hopeful that the move will force the countries to halt unfair trading practices that harm U.S. farmers.“Dairy farmers across the country applaud the White House and USTR for taking this step and holding these countries accountable for their unlawful actions,” said Jim Mulheron, NMPF president and CEO. “We’ve been wrongly blocked from the Indian market for more than a decade, and Indonesia has recently been heading down a similar route. If these nations refuse to embrace free and fair trade, there must be consequences.”“We export dairy products to more than 100 countries and our products are universally recognized as safe,” said Tom Vilsack, USDEC president and CEO and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “Exports are essential to rural America’s future, and our government must prioritize the removal of trade impediments like this to foster an open and healthy market.”The two organizations thanked the Trump Administration for sending a strong message that trade should be a two-way street. They said USTR has the opportunity to lead on other key dairy trade issues, such as tearing down policies erected by Canada that are harming U.S. dairy exports and run counter to what is needed from a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement.USTR indicated that a public hearing and comment period for the new GSP reviews of India and Indonesia will be announced in an upcoming Federal Register notice.