Top Stories[Breaking]Supreme Court To Deliver Judgment On Plea Against NLAT2020 On Monday, September 21 Sanya Talwar17 Sep 2020 1:51 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday observed that it shall deliver judgment on the plea challenging the conduct of a separate examination (NLAT) by National Law University of India, Bangalore on Monday.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and MR Shah was hearing a plea filed by Former VC of NLSIU, Prof. (Dr.) RV Rao and an aggrieved law school aspirant challenging the sudden…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday observed that it shall deliver judgment on the plea challenging the conduct of a separate examination (NLAT) by National Law University of India, Bangalore on Monday.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and MR Shah was hearing a plea filed by Former VC of NLSIU, Prof. (Dr.) RV Rao and an aggrieved law school aspirant challenging the sudden withdrawal of NLSIU from Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 and its decision to hold the separate National Law Admission Test (NLAT).Senior Advocate Arvind Datar & Sajan Povayya appeared for the University and the VC of the University and made submissions.Senior Advocate Arvind Datar, appearing on behalf of NLSIU, commenced his submission on how the concurrence of the Academic Council was not required for the conduct of NLAT and that the Executive Council (EC) only needed the concurrence of the Academic Council to amend regulations of NLSIU.Datar initially raised the issue of locus standi and submitted that NLAT should have been challenged by CLAT itself. But, the Petitioner was a former VC. On the aspect of maintainability, Datar said that the VC was not associated with NLAT at all and yesterday, they had written to NLSIU saying that funds of Rs. 4 crore had to be transferred.Datar then read out the bylaws, objectives and the functions, constitution of the governing body to the Bench.”This is only a society, not cooperative society. We are registered under the Societies Registration Act. Bylaws are not fully implemented. For MPhil, we conducted our own exam. For autonomy, we can conduct separate exam. We said that will go back to CLAT 2020 next year. If, for some reason they are unable to comply in light of extraordinary situations, I can conduct my own exam”, submitted Datar.Datar continued that even though it was said that NLSIU had violated the Rules, “where is the provision to hold a general body meeting? Where is the provision to transfer the funds to Hyderabad? What about the Consortium’s conduct?”Senior Advocates PS Narsimha & Nikhil Nayyar appeared on behalf of the Petitioners and intervenors.Poovayya said that the AI proctored examination by the university was well invigilated and all those students who indulged in malpractices were disqualified.Om September 11, Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan allowed the National Law School of India to conduct the Admission Test-NLAT2020 as per the schedule Tomorrow.However the Bench has restrained the Administration from declaring the results and making Admissions.”In the meantime, the examination for admission in pursuance of Notification dated 04.09.2020 may take place but neither the result shall be declared nor any admission be made consequent thereto. We make it clear that conducting of examination shall be subject to the outcome of the writ petition”.Yesterday, the Supreme Court Bench had heard arguments advanced by Senior Advocates Nidhesh Gupta and Gopal Sankaranarayanan, appearing on behalf of the Petitioners.The plea filed though Advocates Sughosh Subramyam and Vipin Nair states that such “unilateral decision” of NLSIU to hold a separate examination has thrown the aspirants of CLAT 2020 into a frenzy and is a serious violation of their fundamental rights, including the right against arbitrary actions of the State secured under Article 14 and the right to education and other concomitant rights under Article 21.It is contended that the move is solely directed at creating an “elitist institution” which caters to those who are able to afford to take the test and have the luxury fulfil other “absurd conditions” imposed by the University.Notably, NLSIU has released the technical requirements for taking NLAT 2020. The same mandates a computer system/ laptop with at least 1 Mbps bandwidth.The plea contends that such a condition is onerous and an unreasonable obligation upon aspiring students. The decision seems to have been taken without any application of mind and while completely ignoring the aspirations of poor, marginalized, and less privileged candidates.”Ostensibly it appears that the sole aim of the Respondent No. 2 [NLSIU VC Prof. [Dr.] Sudhir Krishnaswamy] is to turn the Respondent No. 1 [NLSIU] from an island of excellence to an island of exclusion,” the plea states.They have contended that the decision has created a a state of fear and confusion among students and it has also severely jeopardized the position of NLSIU in the NLU Consortium.It is thus prayed that the NLSIU Admission Notice dated September 3 be quashed and the University be directed to admit students only through CLAT 2020 scores.Other grounds taken by the Petitioners include:Remaining a part of the Consortium, NLSIU could not have opted to conduct a separate examination and the impugned decision is ex-facie contrary to the Memorandum of Understanding entered into between the Universities and the Bye-laws of the Consortium.It is highly arbitrary for NLSIU to proceed for a home-proctored admission test, when there is sufficient evidence to show that such admission tests are a vehicle for students to cheat.Impugned Admission Notice is contrary to decision of the SC in T.M.A. Pai Foundation & Ors v. State of Karnataka & Ors, (2002) 8 SCC 481, which highlighted the need of “common and uniform admission test” in order to save the students from hardship of appearing in multiple admission test.Impugned Admission Notice was released on September 9 and the examination is scheduled to be conducted on September 12, leaving very little time for students to be mentally prepared for the examination and further burdening them with an additional examination during a pandemic.NLSIU has set a “bad precedent” wherein any NLU may sever its ties from the Consortium at any point and embark on its own course of action in terms of conducting its admission tests.All the NLUs forming part of the consortium are dealing with similar issues and have decided to take appropriate steps, in consultation with each other. NLSIU does not merit any special consideration and the NLSIU VC is not entitled to unilaterally make decisions which jeopardize the University’s future and its standing amongst the consortium.Conduction of tests in fear of ‘Zero year’ is disproportional and arbitrary, as NLSIU could have reduced its subject syllabus by 30% to make up for the loss of time due to Covid-19 this Year. Alternatively there could have been reduction in subjects, instead of such drastic disproportional measures.Deadline for filling up of forms is September 10 and the examination is to be conducted on September 12. A prospective candidate will have only one day in between to give a mock test and familiarize himself with the pattern and mode of the NLAT.On September 3 that the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, announced its decision to hold a separate test for admission to five year B.A LL.B(Hons) course for the academic year 2020-21. The new test called the ‘National Law Aptitude Test’ (NLAT) is proposed to be held online on September 12.The plea filed by the parent of a CLAT aspirant has been filed through Advocate on Record Kush Chaturvedi.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
by Tom Pelham. Media coverage of the state budget has fallen prey to covering a contrived budget rather than the real budget. The contrived budget is one where legislative and administration budget staffs add up, as a planning exercise, an array of budgetary ‘pressures’ believed relevant and compare the sum to expected revenues. Last December, for example, the Governor’s Budget Office and the Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Office tallied general fund budgetary ‘pressures’ of $1.334 billion and expected revenues of $1.184 billion for fiscal 2012 and found an ‘estimated budget gap’ of $150 million. You can find this analysis here: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/FY12%20Consensus%20Budget%…(link is external) Yet, the real budget passed by the Legislature for fiscal 2011 was much lower at $1,088.4 billion. Thus, to move from the actual fiscal year 2011 budget of $1,088.4 billion to a 2012 ‘pressures’ budget of $1.334 billion would require a pie-in-the-sky year over year increase of 22.6% or $246 million. Such growth is only conceivable in the wild eyes of the most ardent ‘tax and spender’. No reasonable Vermonter expects the state general fund budget to grow by 22.6%. Yet the media has chosen to report legislative progress on the budget relative to this hypothetical budget gap. By the start of the last legislative session, additional ‘pressures’ swelled the ‘budget gap’ to $176 million. The resulting headlines and articles such as the Burlington Free Press’s May 8th ‘Filling the Budget Gap’ and Vt. Digger’s more recent ‘How Lawmakers Performed the $176 million Budget Miracle’ mislead the public. By basing coverage on the contrived budget and its inflated ‘$176 million budget gap’, reporters frame the budget dialogue in the context of ‘slashed agency budgets’ and employ alarmist quotes to bolster the storyline such as ‘more people will end up on the street or in jail’. Political leaders as well revel in the boast of closing ‘a $176 million gap without raising broad-based taxes’. The contrived budget used by the media serves well the hyperbolic interests of advocates and their sympathetic political leaders, but less those of taxpayers’ and others truly interest in the realities of the state budget. The real budget, the one that counts , the one far removed from a contrived 22% or more growth rate but actually passed into law, tells a more realistic and valuable story. Here it is from the Joint Fiscal Office.Source and for more detail: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2012/FY08_-_FY12_Total_…(link is external) Rather than slashed budgets, the actual budget data (see table below) shows the Total State Budget rising at the healthy annual rates of 5.84% from 2008 (the start of the current recession) through 2011 and 3.39% from 2008 through 2012, given the budget just passed by the Legislature. The budget for 2012 is reduced by $175.6 million from the 2011 level due to the loss of federal stimulus (ARRA) funds. However, where these funds had been assigned to supporting on-going state spending, alternative revenues were found such that the Total State Funds component of the budget was reduced by only $14.9 million. Even with this reduction, which amounts to a mere .74%, the State Funds component of the budget has grown by 1.8% annually since the start of the recession. Relative to services for the ‘most vulnerable’, the Agency of Human Services budget was not ‘slashed’ for 2012, but actually increased by $46.35 million inclusive of a $94.5 increase in general funds which more than fully off-set lost ARRA funds. Check here at Section B.345 for details. http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2012/FY09_-_FY12_Gov__T…(link is external) Overall, the Human Services budget during this recession has grown from $1.742 billion to $1.977 billion, equaling an increase of $235 million and an annual growth rate of 4.3% since fiscal 2008. Anne Galloway, editor of vtdigger.org, (STORY) observes in her recent article, ‘For one thing, the budget gap stubbornly keeps popping up, no matter how hard state officials try to quash it. Next year’s projected gap is $70 million.’ The reason the budget gap keeps popping up is clear; the contrived budget process has masked the real budget problems and the legislature has yet to squarely address these real problems despite their boasts of ‘closing the $176 million budget gap’. Recessions are defined by contractions or so-called negative growth of the private economy. These contractions, well beyond the control of the legislature, shrink state revenues. The legislature can only react. One path is to constrain state spending as practiced by Governor’s Snelling and Dean, and wait for economic recovery to restore revenues to a level that matches spending. Snelling and Dean softened the blow of this transition with temporary tax increases. The other is to continue to grow spending and force revenues to keep pace with spending through permanent higher taxes. So far, Vermont’s legislature has chosen to grow state spending, as demonstrated by the JFO data above, but has avoided major tax increases through fiscal 2011 due to the availability of federal ARRA funding, their equivalent of Snelling’s temporary taxes. For fiscal 2012, legislators continued to avoid major tax increases, but replaced ARRA funds by raiding $23 million from the Education Fund, $4 million from the Transportation Fund, utilizing over $48.7 million in one-time ‘carry forward’ funds from fiscal 2011 (most a result of left over federal ARRA funds), and assuming taxes on cigarette sales will rise by $3 million and the federal government will forgive a $4.1 million interest payment on unemployment insurance funds borrowed last year. Also included are $24.2 million in increased taxes including those on health care providers and health insurance claims, though simultaneously legislators lament the spiraling cost of health care. However, for fiscal 2013, there may be no more rabbits in the hat. The legislature will no longer be able to delay the choice between permanently raising broad based taxes or bending the state spending curve to be in line with revenues from the current tax structure. Our budget problems are not so severe that citizens and businesses need to dig deeper to pay higher taxes. The state has yet to seriously constrain spending and has already raised taxes in 2009, over Governor Douglas’s veto, and again during the current legislative session as noted above. One tax increase enacted in 2009 just became effective this past January, the elimination of the 40% capital gains exclusion for those over 70 years of age. Alternatively, opportunities for reforms in state government exist such that the any budget gap can be reasonably closed without additional taxes. However, for this discussion to transparently move forward, the media as communicators to the public at large need to return to more traditional and common sense approaches of reporting budgets. This means a cut is a reduction relative to last year’s actual level and an increase an addition to last year’s level. The pending budget should be viewed relative to the prior budget that actually exists and has been approved by the legislature and not the fuzzy math budget associated with hypothetical pressures unfiltered by the legislative process. It’s simply not informed nor grounded reporting to use a hypothetical analysis of budget pressures developed by four or five state bureaucrats (of which I’ve been one) that amount to a 22% year over year increase as the baseline for budget coverage. Tom Pelham served as Finance Commissioner for Governor Dean and Tax Commissioner for Governor Douglas.
LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has urged journalists to tackle the rampant spread of false news in the media through reliable and accountable journalism work.Journalists, he said, should be at the forefront of eliminating hoaxes and easing people’s anxieties as a result of misleading news.”The press’s role in conveying reliable information is extremely needed, especially when the country is facing such unexpected situations like the coronavirus outbreak,” Jokowi said on Saturday while attending a celebration for National Press Day in Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan.“A healthy society is a society that is exposed to healthy and [accurate] information; this information comes from good journalism.”House of Representative Speaker Puan Maharani said on the sidelines of the commemoration that “a professional and accountable press is incr… Forgot Password ? Google press journalism #Hoax hoax Jokowi #Jokowi false-news #FakeNews Linkedin Topics : Log in with your social account Facebook
Arsenal legend David Seaman admits Tottenham winning the Champions League ‘would be ace’ Comment Mauricio Pochettino has got Spurs back into the last eight for the first time since 2011 (Picture: Getty Images)TalkSPORT presenter Max Rushden suggested to the former goalkeeper that it would be brilliant to see Spurs win the Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementSeaman replied: ‘I know, that’d be ace, wouldn’t it!‘No seriously, I swear, I would want them to win. If they were in a final against a foreign team I would want Tottenham to beat them, no doubt about that.‘Say Tottenham were playing Bayern Munich, Barcelona, whoever – I would want the English team to win.‘I played 75 times for my country, I’d want the English team to win. That’s just the way I am.’ David Seaman gets behind the English teams (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Spurs joined Ajax as the first two teams to make it into the quarter-finals of this season’s competition as the Dutch side beat Real Madrid 5-3 on aggregate.Manchester United will attempt to join them in the last eight on Wednesday, but must overcome a 2-0 deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the Parc des Princes.More: FootballChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerSeaman also admitted supporting the Red Devils when they took on Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.‘Of course I did, there’s no question about it,’ said the 55-year-old as he stuck to his guns.MORE: Unai Emery wants Arsenal to sign Roma star Cengiz Under this summerMORE: Roman Burki hails Spurs striker Harry Kane a ‘beast’ after Champions League heroics Advertisement Phil HaighWednesday 6 Mar 2019 11:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Tottenham have surged into the Champions League quarter-finals (Picture: Getty Images )Tottenham stormed into the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday night and have got a surprise supporter in their quest for European glory – Arsenal legend David Seaman.Spurs hammered Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate to stroll into the last eight and now they are just waiting to hear their fate in next Friday’s draw.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starIt was an impressive display from Mauricio Pochettino’s men as they saw off the Bundesliga leaders and they are now enjoying backing from unlikely sources.Seaman might have played over 560 games for Tottenham’s fiercest rivals, Arsenal, but that does not stop him supporting the north Londoners.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement
Australia’s Woodside has agreed to acquire from Shell a stake in an offshore block in Bulgaria.Woodside said on Wednesday that it had entered the farm-in agreement with Shell to buy a 30% non-operated participating interest in Block 1-14 Khan KubratThe block is located within the continental shelf and exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Black Sea.“This opportunity targets an emerging oil and gas province close to existing infrastructure and markets,” Woodside said.Planning is in progress to drill an exploration well in Q2 2019.Woodside on July 24, incorporated Woodside Energy (Bulgaria) Limited – a wholly owned subsidiary incorporated in England and Wales.The Shell transaction is subject to satisfaction of conditions precedent.
GREAT POTENTIAL GOOD PERFORMANCE “My performance was really good throughout. I scored a few goals and had a few assists, and in the final, I had a good performance. It was a great feeling helping them to their first championship,” he said. “Football-wise, I really like the city. I really enjoy the football, the style of play. They are more technical, more touches, and as such, and it really suits my game. I feel at home there. Even before you go on the field you are ready to play because you are playing in a country where the people love football, so your game goes up without you doing anything different just because of the energy. So those things motivate me … if nobody is in the stands, you won’t have any motivation. “Apart from Arnett or Waterhouse, you don’t really get that vibe when you are playing here,” he pointed out. “Any player who used to play overseas and comes back here can tell you it’s a different feeling when you are lacing up your boots,” he insisted. Although the player is currently a free agent, he is constantly in contact with his agent and expects to join a team soon, as he is looking for an even better 2016. “I want the best for myself, so, God’s willing, He will provide something. I will just continue to play hard and play my football. If you are playing good football, you are going to stand out no matter where you are, and that is all I want to do: try and improve in any way possible. That is the aim, to get better for 2016,” he added. “At one point (Winfried) Sch‰fer saw one of my videos and showed some interest, but in terms of a follow-up, I didn’t hear anything. “I have been performing internationally from I was little and in the games that I played, I showed I have the potential to be in the national team. “Now the older me has learned a whole heap more, is smarter and more experienced. It’s just to get the opportunity as I am always looking to play for my country,” the player who turns 31 in April told The Gleaner. Priestly has spent the last five years abroad, plying his trade in Azerbaijan, the United States, Finland and Bangladesh and thinks playing for the national team would also give his family a chance to see him perform in person. “Playing for the country would give me an opportunity to let my family come to my games. That is something I look forward to, but it’s up to them (selectors),” he added. The flamboyant and tricky playmaker, who is commonly called ‘Boogie’ locally, was a crowd favourite since joining Antigua GFC at mid-season in October, and he found the experience of playing in a football-mad country like Guatemala very inspiring and encourages local players to try and break into the international market to gain experience in like environments. Almost a decade after playing the last of his six games for the Reggae Boyz, creative midfielder Akeem Priestly still has the hope, desire and will to represent his country. The former Harbour View player just completed the Guatemala top-flight season with Antigua GFC, playing a starring role in their first-ever championship. The well-travelled player, who made his senior international debut at age 19 against Guatemala, believes he still has something to offer at the international level and thinks he is playing well enough to earn a recall. “I did multiple interviews in Guatemala and they (reporters) asked me why I am not playing for the national team. They watch the team (Jamaica) and say what I show I could definitely make the team. But I tell them it’s beyond my control,” admitted Priestly.
KINGSTON:Head coach of Excelsior High School’s track and field programme, David Riley, says the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championships helps schools with smaller athletics programmes to shine.Pointing to his own team which finished third among the girls teams and in the top five among the boys’ teams in the 2016 Grand Prix series, Riley said higher-quality athletes were able to earn valuable points from fewer events, compared to the annual Boys and Girls’ Championships, in which larger teams win by harnessing more points.Excelsior athletes who performed well at Saturday’s Grand Prix final at G.C. Foster College were Shanice Love, who won the girls’ Under-20 discus with a record throw of 50.39 metres; Andre Garvey, who was third in the boys’ Under-20 discus; Joel Morgan, who won the boys’ Under-16 long jump; Jonathan Smith, who was third in the Under-20 long jump; and Kaliah Jones, who was second in the girls’ Under-17 high jump.”It’s a great opportunity for the schools to go out there and not use 10,000 people to win a championship. It works for teams like ours that have quality athletes, but can’t score 200 and 300 points to win Champs, but because we have six good athletes [we] can go there and compete against the six athletes that are good for the other schools.”It’s a great opportunity for schools that are small and have good-quality athletes and not have to pad their performance. It great for small teams and great for teams with quality,” he said.Edwin Allen girls and St Jago boys were named Grand Prix champion schools.Riley added that the more sponsors that track and field is able to attract, the better.”The Grand Prix is a positive thing for the sport. The sport is part of an entertainment package that we have not really been exploring a lot, and anything that makes it big is going to help the sport,” he said.
End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 84 – Romeo 17, Standhardinger 16, Cruz 11, Pogoy 9, Norwood 8, Wright 8, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 4, Abueva 3, Almazan 2, Castro William 1.IRAQ 68 – Galloway 23, Hamzah 12, Al-Khafaji 8, Ismael 6, Hamad 5, Hameed 5, Abdullah 3, Dhafer 2, Talib 2, Algburi 2, Aljuboori 0, Alazawi 0.Quarters: 17-19, 32-31, 60-40, 84-68.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comChristian Standhardinger sparked the decisive third quarter blast as Gilas Pilipinas blew out Iraq, 84-68, to stay unbeaten in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup Friday at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.The Fil-German big man dropped 12 of his 16 points in the third frame, on top of his seven rebounds, to help the Philippines break away from a tight 32-31 lead at halftime to a commanding 60-39 spread late in the period.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate Frustrations boil over after Altas’ sorry loss to Knights LATEST STORIES View comments 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas READ: Players, coaches turn into fans after Gilas’ big win over ChinaTerrence Romeo, who starred in Gilas’ 96-87 win over China, also fired 17 markers, 11 coming in the third frame where Gilas outscored the Iraqis, 28-9. He also had four assists and two boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Carl Bryan Cruz also went on a perfect 3-of-3 clip from beyond the arc to wound up with 11 points and two rebounds, Roger Pogoy added nine markers and two boards, and Gabe Norwood had eight points and seven rebounds in the decisive victory.READ: Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bid Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her At 2-0, Gilas has now earned the top seed in Group B and can formalize its automatic quarterfinals berth with a win against Qatar on Sunday.The Philippines bucked a poor start, where Iraq imposed its size advantage to gain control of the first half, before solving the puzzle after the break and pulling away to a lead as high as 23, 64-41, courtesy of a Raymond Almazan dunk with 8:35 remaining.READ: PROFILES: Gilas Pilipinas Final 12 for Fiba Asia Cup 2017 For the second straight game, Gilas also continued to catch fire from beyond the arc, shooting 12-of-29 from three to negate the Iraqis’ presence down low.Naturalized import Kevin Galloway was stifled in the second half as he topped Iraq with 23 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT
GECOM chairmanship – says past appointments constitutional Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC) and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan is adamant that the previous appointments of Chairmen of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) were very much constitutional, a position that was previously rejected by President David Granger.President David GrangerRamjattan, addressing Journalists at his party’s first bi-weekly press conference for 2017, was taking a dab at the current fiasco between Government and the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) over the nomination of a new chairman for the elections body. While the party said it supports the position the Head of State has taken on the matter, Ramjattan when questioned said previous appointments of Chairmen were within the confines of the Constitution.Appointment constitutional“Those were very much constitutional and if I might tell you this, it was very fortuitous or fortunate that the then President and Opposition Leader managed to find favour with a name in the first list.”He said, however, that while it was fortunate in the past that both the serving President and the Opposition Leader were in agreement with the list provided , it does not mean President Granger has to accept one of the names from the first six provided.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoPresident Granger last Wednesday said that he was moving to put an end to the breach of the Constitution, which saw persons without the qualifications of a Judge being appointed to the position of GECOM Chair. He said regardless of what obtained in the past, as current President of Guyana, it is his responsibility to ensure that the provisions of the Constitution will be followed.BreachesHe was at the time responding to Guyana Times when asked about his acceptance of a nomination for the GECOM chairmanship in 2000 by then Opposition Leader Hugh Desmond Hoyte without having the necessary qualifications of a Judge as required under the Constitution.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan“My understanding is that at all material times, a member of the legal profession or several members of the legal profession were on the list, but my acceptance of the nomination or my name being on the list does not necessarily mean that I must accept the six names which are submitted. So it doesn’t follow the law of what you would call the ‘non-sequitur’ (a conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement). The point is, even if the Constitution had been breached or if a nomination had been made in breach of the Constitution 10 or 20 years ago, there is no need to repeat it. That is not a precedent, I don’t accept that. I’m accepting now, as President, that the Constitution provisions must be applied,” the President stated.“This is a constitutional matter and I’ve cited the Constitution to (Jagdeo). I’m not playing politics, I’m serious about the appointment of Chairman of GECOM and the Constitution is very clear. Mr Jagdeo did write to me and he asked for some clarification,” the Head of State said.He added, “Well, as I said it has now gone into the legal zone and we are going to ensure that he gets the legal clarification that he needs, but in terms of names, I’m not in the business of naming names at this stage. I’m in the business of satisfying the constitutional requirement for the appointment so that is as much as I can say at this stage. The law will prevail and we will continue to engage the Leader of the Opposition as required under the Constitution. So I’ve not disengaged (him), I’ve examined his letter and a response will be sent.”In response to the President’s rejection of his first list of nominees and his consequent request for a second one, Jagdeo, last Tuesday, wrote the Head of State requesting an urgent meeting, while asking that he elucidate his interpretation of Article 161 of the Constitution of Guyana, which deals with the requirements of the nominees to be submitted by the Opposition Leader.The six nominees submitted by the Opposition Leader in December last year were retired Major General Norman McLean; Attorney and Political Analyst, Christopher Ram; former Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Ramesh Dookhoo; Peace and Governance Consultant, Lawrence Lachmansingh; businesswoman, Rhyaan Shah; and Professor James Rose, none of whom President Granger noted has the qualifications of a Judge as required by the law.The Head of State had outlined that the Constitution requires only persons who are Judges, qualified to be Judges, or former Judges of either a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court.However, Jagdeo pointed out that his interpretation of the Constitution is that the requirements go beyond the qualifications of a Judge.Playing politicsJagdeo meanwhile believes that President David Granger is playing politics with the matter and therefore announced his intention to have the issue resolved at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). He said if both parties were unable to resolve their differences regarding the interpretation of the Constitution, he will propose that both the Opposition and the Government approach the CCJ together seeking a resolution.If Government is unwilling to take this route, then he is prepared to take the matter to the CCJ alone, he said.
Two students from the Lekoa Shandu Secondary School in Sharpeville, Soweto, were awarded bursaries from Brand South Africa to further their studies in marketing and communication at the North West University.Thandeka Dlamini and Palesa Mphache, were among the Class of 2013’s top performers at Lekoa Shandu Secondary School in SharpvilleThe students, Thandeka Dlamini and Palesa Mphache, were among the Class of 2013’s top performers at the school.The students received the bursaries at the school on 17 January as part of Brand South Africa’s drive to give back to the community of Sharpeville, recognising the pivotal role of students in the area in changing how the international community viewed apartheid and its proponents.School pupils in Sharpeville, in 1960, protested the introduction of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in schools; during the protests apartheid police forces opened fire with live ammunition on the children, prompting condemnation and worldwide protest. This year, 54 years after the massacre, South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy.SUPPORTING STUDENT’S EDUCATIONBrand South Africa chief executive officer, Miller Matola, said the organisation is “delighted to play its part in supporting the further education of two students who have played their part to qualify for further education opportunities.“We congratulate them on their outstanding matric results and wish them well as they enter another phase of their lives – tertiary education”.The Brand South Africa Play Your Part campaign encourages South Africans, including those in civil society, government, business, and non-governmental organisations, to contribute actively and positively to developing their communities.Brand SA CEO Miller Matola says education is important to allow South Africans to come up with innovations and technologies allowing the country to prosperMatola says education is important to allow South Africans to come up with innovations and technologies allowing the country to prosper. He believes that South Africa is one of the best countries in the world because of all it can offer.“We look forward to their contribution to our country and its development once they have completed their studies. We urge the Class of 2014 to remain committed to preparing for their final examinations at the end of the year so that they too can access further education and training opportunities,” he said.Eric Xayiya, member of the executive council for economic development in Gauteng, present at the event, said Lekoa Shandu Secondary students were selected for the bursary because of the school’s rich history as one of the oldest schools in the country.Collins Chabane, minister for performance monitoring and evaluation in the Presidency, selected the school to receive the bursaries on Mandela Day in 2013. The Brand South Africa bursaries offer an incentive for students to rise above their circumstances and perform well in their final school exams.