GECOM Chair unilateral appointmentBy Jarryl BryanThe appeal against the decision of Chief Justice (acting) Roxane George to uphold the contentious appointment of Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman James Patterson will be heard by the Court of Appeal next month.This is according to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, legal representative for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament Zulfikar Mustapha, in whose name the appeal was filed.Nandlall related on Friday that he has received from the Court of Appeal a notice “informing me that the application which I filed for an early hearing of the appeal against the decision of Chief Justice Roxane George in relation to the unilateral appointment of James Patterson as the Chairman of GECOM will be heard on the 25th day of July 2018 at 9:00hrs at the Court of Appeal”.The Chief Justice had, on June 9, ruled that the Constitution of Guyana allows for the President to unilaterally appoint someone to fill the position of Chairman of theGECOM Chairman, retired Justice James PattersonGuyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Justice George’s ruling came after the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had, on October 23, 2017, filed an injunction to have the court rescind the appointment of Patterson. The motion was filed in the name of Mustapha just days after President David Granger had announced that he had filled the position of Chairman of GECOM.Apart from asking that the appointment of Patterson be rescinded, the PPP had argued that he is unqualified for the post, and had petitioned the court to order the President to choose a person from the 18 names submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.But the Chief Justice, in her ruling, has stated that there is nothing before the court to support a finding that the President had acted unlawfully or irrationally in resorting to the proviso to Art 161(2); and there is nothing to rebut the presumption that Justice Patterson is qualified to be appointed to the post of Chairman of GECOM.According to the Chief Justice, the Opposition did not produce evidence to support the contention that Patterson was unqualified for the position.She added that even if she had agreed with the contention that the appointment was unlawful, it would not have been permissible for this court to usurp the function of the President by directing him to choose a nominee from the third, or any, list.”The appealIn the PPP’s appeal, filed at the Court of Appeal on June 11, it was outlined, inter alia, that “The Learned Hearing Judge erred and misdirected Herself in law when Her Honour misconstrued and misinterpreted the role of the Leader of the Opposition in Article 161 (2) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana insofar as Her Honour’s interpretation or misinterpretation has reducedThe Court of Appeal will decide on the validity of the High Court ruling on July 25the role of the Leader of the Opposition to being merely perfunctory.”Moreover, the appeal stated: the “Learned Hearing Judge erred and misdirected Herself in law in construing Article 161 (2) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana by failing to give effect to the intentions of the framers of the said Article.”Article 161 (2) states that, “Subject to the provisions of paragraph (4), the Chairman of the Elections Commission shall be a person who holds, or who has held, office as a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth, or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court, or who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge, or any other fit and proper person, to be appointed by the President from a list of six persons not unacceptable to the President, submitted by the Minority Leader after consultation with the political parties represented in the National Assembly other than the party to which the President belongs.”President David Granger had, on multiple occasions, declared that the lists provided by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo were “unacceptable” because not all of the candidates had met the requirement of being a judge or being eligible to be a judge.It was explained that the Constitution was amended to include the Carter Formula, which is designed to expand the range of persons suitable to be appointed GECOM Chairman (to not limit that pool of persons to judges or those qualified to be judges).Patterson was appointed to the position of Chairman of GECOM last year, after President Granger had rejected three lists comprising 18 names submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo for the post of GECOM Chairman.
Miller Matola, CEO of theInternational Marketing Council.(Image: Nicky Rehbock) If you’re one of those South Africans who proudly flew the national flag from your car or house during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and wore a scarf, beanie or football jersey with a local flavour, keep it up – and encourage others to do the same.This is the message from Miller Matola, CEO of the International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa, the institution tasked by the Presidency to promote Brand South Africa.Matola said the aim of the new initiative, Fly the Flag Fridays, is to harness the spirit, unity, solidarity and sense of pride experienced by South Africans during the World Cup and let it invigorate our post-tournament activities and attitude.He was speaking at the launch of the campaign on Friday 16 July 2010 at the Primedia studios in Sandton, Johannesburg. Face-painters and African drummers were on hand at this event to paint mini flags on employees’ faces and set the rhythm for the day.Fly the Flag Fridays is a “continuation of campaigns started in the run-up to the World Cup, like Football Fridays, which inspired the nation and built spirit. Let’s keep the momentum going,” Matola said.It will be celebrated every Friday from now on, he said, and can take many forms. It can be interpreted literally by simply flying the flag, or be observed by buying South African-produced goods, wearing any of the national colours, supporting South African sports teams and music, or getting involved in a good cause.“We want to encourage people to engage in any activity that reflects the South African spirit of ubuntu, which is ‘You exist because I exist.’ It should be something that can be useful for the nation,” Matola added.“The idea of Fly the Flag Fridays belongs to all South Africans. Let’s show the world we’re a hospitable nation and that ubuntu is one of our hallmarks.”What we can take from the World CupThe World Cup helped to rebrand the nation and dispel negative perceptions about South Africa and Africa, Matola said, while showing the world what Africans are capable of, given the chance.By building on this, Matola believes South Africans will become more united as a nation and have greater confidence in the country’s future. It will also help keep up morale.“Once Bafana Bafana was out of World Cup, most South Africans still rallied around African teams and the continent. Let’s bottle this and put it to good use – put it towards initiatives that drive social cohesion,” he said.“The small steps we start with will lead to huge leaps that will have a positive impact on the nation. With this campaign going, we can light up a fire.“The can-do attitude of South Africans shown during the World Cup should now apply everywhere, even to social development and service delivery. There should also be a sense of pride shown in new facilities. Keeping your area clean is part of showing that pride,” Matola said.Although there are listed ways of bringing the concept to life, South Africans are encouraged to get creative and come up with their own ideas of how to celebrate Fly the Flag Fridays.“People are doing that already – it shows that the greater majority is ready to take up the campaign,” he said.“By continuing to stand together, there is nothing we cannot do. As our visitors go home, let us remind them to keep coming back to South Africa because we are a nation proud of its achievements, and a country that is open for business.”
sarah perez Tags:#Features#NYT#Trends#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Facebook is getting old. No, people aren’t getting tired of it, it’s actually getting old, as in its population is aging. In May of 2008, the median age for Facebook was 26. Today, it’s 33, a good seven years older. That’s an interesting turn of events for a site once built for the exclusive use of college students. So where are today’s college students hanging out now? Well, to some extent, they’re still on Facebook, despite having to share the space with moms, dads, grandparents, and bosses. Surprisingly though, they’re also headed to another network you may have heard of: Twitter.As it turns out, Gen Y likes Twitter…Well, maybe not, but they are using itOver the course of the year, there have been countless reports – some more substantial than others – but all with the same message: Generation Y is just not interested in Twitter. The reports generally cited members of this demographic as saying Twitter was “pointless” and “narcissistic.” Apparently, that’s beginning to change. Well, maybe not their perception of Twitter, but certainly their use of it. Today, Twitter is now the second-youngest of the top four social networking sites. Its median age is 31. MySpace’s is 26, LinkedIn is 39, and, as noted above, Facebook is 33.When looking at specific younger demographic segments, and not just Gen Y, you can see strong Twitter uptake over the past year. For example, 37% of those 18-24 now use Twitter when only 19% did back in December 2008. And in the slightly older 25-34 bracket, a portion of which could still be considered Gen Y, 31% are now using the service compared to only 20% in December of last year. Combined, these two groups account for more than half of Twitter’s network. Why is Gen Y Now Flocking to Twitter?So what gives? Why has Gen Y seemingly changed their minds about the social microblogging network that only months ago they avoided? A recent AP article offered up some ideas including the influx of celebrity tweeters, pressure from teachers or bosses, and it even hinted that Gen Y’ers entering the workplace have found value in the network for business-related purposes. That same sentiment was shared by Meredith Sires of Gen Y trend-watching site, YPulse. She theorizes that the rapid growth in the 18-24 demographic has to do more with the recent college graduates segment of that group finding ways to build entirely new online contact lists and create new identities more closely tied to information-sharing. However, there have not been any in-depth studies that detail all the various reasons that Gen Y has chosen to adopt the microblogging network. To date, everything cited consists of just theories and speculations based on anecdotal evidence. But while all the ideas have merit, the theory that rings truest to our ears is the one put forth by Craig Watkins, a University of Texas professor and author of the book “The Young and the Digital.” He says that what we’re seeing is “…a kind of closing of that generational gap as it relates to technology.” In other words, young and old alike are joining the same networks and socializing in the same spaces. At this point, we would have to agree. After all, Gen Y (or Gen Z for that matter), hasn’t all of a sudden flocked to some new social networking site where the majority of the online user base mostly consists of their peers. Although some niche sites like FML, Failblog, TextsFromLastNight, and Sporcle have apparently attracted this young crowd, their numbers are dwarfed by those of Facebook, Twitter, and the like. It seems as if Gen Y is simply content to join the older adults on the top social networks of today and not strike out on their own…and vice versa. The older social networking users, in turn, never really set up shop on networks designed just for them like the (now “hibernating”) Boomj, a social network for baby boomers, or the online old folks home eons.com. They, too, have gravitated towards Facebook and Twitter. Will this ever change? Will there ever be another network dominated by the digital youth? Of course no one can know for sure, but odds are that unless it’s a closed-off network where entry is barred to those over a certain age, any new social network will have trouble keeping the grown-ups out these days. And even if some such network ever sprang into existence, it may struggle to attract the Gen Y members it desires – especially since they’re so content to socialize on the sites they already use. And now that they’ve added Twitter to that list, the challenge to draw them away to yet another social networking site may prove even more difficult than before.Note: statistics in this article are from Pew Internet’s Recent Report on Twitter for Fall 2009 Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#iCloud#iOS 7 If you have been interested in getting a feel for the upcoming release of iOS 7, but haven’t wanted to run a beta release of the mobile operating system on your Apple device, there’s now a pain-free way to get a taste of the iOS to come.Apple’s iCloud, the browser-based cloud service that provides Apple ID account holders tools to supplement their mobile experience, has a new beta site that displays some of the new design elements of iOS 7.Find My iPhone in iCloud BetaGone is the dark-grey linen background with shadowed icons that shouted skeuomorphism, and in its place is a much flatter, cleaner interface that leans towards a lighter end of the spectrum.Six of the available apps in the beta iCloud site also show the iOS 7 look-and-feel (the three beta iWorks apps—Pages, Numbers and Keynote—are still mired in the current interface.Numbers and rest of iWork apps are still grounded in past.Poking around the apps, I found the overall design to be appealing. The Mail app was reflective of the changes throughout all of the updates apps: extremely clean lines, light design elements, and an emphasis on the text through the use of the sharp-looking Helvetica Neue font.The Calendar app was especially nice: entering appointments is not rocket science for other calendars, but it was far more painless using the iCloud Calendar app.Calendar for iCloud BetaOne thing that kind of stuck out for me as I walked around the apps was the distinct reminder of another interface I’ve seen lately: Office 365. The color scheme on the Calendar app seemed the most overt reminder of the Office apps. This is not necessary a bad thing, but it’s definitely a resemblance, though slight.If this is indeed the way ahead for iOS 7, then it’s a change to which I’m going to be looking forward. But I can’t help wondering how much effort it will take other app developers to get their apps’ look and feel to come close to this design. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology brian proffitt Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts
The Calangute police in North coastal Goa on Tuesday arrested a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan, Rajvir Prabhudayal Singh, for outraging the modesty of a woman.Jivba Dalvi, Police Inspector-in-charge of Calangute police station, said that a complaint was received from a lady from Mumbai who was sea-bathing along with her husband and kids at Calangute beach on Tuesday at around 4 p.m. Mr. Singh, who was also sea-bathing nearby, approached the lady, allegedly touched her inappropriately and abused her with vulgar words, thereby outraging her modesty.Further, when the lady’s husband questioned the accused, Mr. Singh assaulted him with fist blows.The police registered an offence Under Section 354-A, 323 of the Indian Penal Code and during the investigation the accused was arrested.During the investigation, it was revealed that the accused, 43, from Dhimwali in Rajasthan, is posted as a Hawaldar in the CRPF and is currently deployed at Recruit Training Centre in Madhya Pradesh, police said.