Parking meter burdenJustice Brassington Reynolds will on Thursday determine whether or not the High Court has jurisdiction to rule on the challenge regarding the legality of the parking meter project in Georgetown.The imminent ruling stems from Town Clerk Royston King’s application through his attorney, Roger Yearwood, which questioned the court’s jurisdiction under the revised Civil Procedures rules, which took effect February 6, 2017.The preliminary challenge follows from the Mohendra Arjune v the Mayor, Town Clerk and City Councillors case where an order nisi of certiorari was granted to quash the decision of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown to enter the agreement with Smart City Solutions Inc.Defence Counsel Yearwood defended the Town Clerk at court proceedings on Tuesday morning, when the Attorney highlighted that Guyana’s court system inherited crown office rules from Britain in 1906, which state that the court has no jurisdiction over prerogative writs, saying it can only be ruled upon if an act of parliament is passed. A prerogative writ is an official order which can direct a separate arm of government or official, in this case the Mayor and City Councillors.The plaintiff’s counsel, Kamal Ramkarran, however, contends that as the Judicial Review Act was not yet enforced, common law was still in place, further arguing that Guyana’s High Court Act gave the court the power to determine or control its procedure.“There is a judicial review, but it is not yet enforced,” the Attorney representing Arjune noted.Ramkarran later explained that substantive law must exist in spite of the procedure, adding that through this type of law, if the City Council executes acts outside of its power, the court can set aside those decisions. Ramkarran argues that the court has the power to look into the legality of decisions of the City Council, noting that the court has the power to “correct injustices” – the injustice in this case being the way in which the parking meter project was implemented. It was only on Monday that Justice Reynolds had refused a request to issue a temporary order which would have disallowed the Mexican company, Smart City Solutions Inc (SCSI) from continuing the parking meter system in the capital. However, the Judge indicated that he needed to be fully familiar with the case. It was on February 16 that the court temporarily halted the project, but parking meter operatives continue to boot motor vehicles.The order, granted by acting Chief Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, had prohibited the respondents from making “any amendments thereto for the establishment of parking meters in Georgetown with SCSI and all acts and things thereafter which flowed from that decision”.It had revoked “the decision of the Mayor and Councillors and anyone acting by or through them or under their directions or instructions or on their behalf to exempt persons or categories of persons from paying fees for parking in the City of Georgetown and being subject to penalties for parking in Georgetown”.Legal minds had noted that if the city continued to boot vehicles, this would be contempt of court. However, Yearwood, as Attorney for the City Council, argues that the City Council must not be given less than 30 days prior to the instituting of proceedings. Nevertheless, a protest against the project, organised by the Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) continues this week.
…Opposition says Agency being run by “political hacks”Although the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) has been accused of being politically biased, the Head of that agency has rejected those claims, stating that there was no evidence to prove that was true.Professor Dr Clive Thomas said he recognised that there have been some concerns raised regarding that very issue, but asserted: “We have not gone after any political person. There is no evidence of that.”Director of SARA, Professor Clive ThomasWhile recognising that SARA has also been heavily criticised for its work, the Head of the Agency said he did not take those criticisms seriously because they were baseless.“I don’t take the criticism as anything but a promotional exercise on the part of those who have something to hide,” he asserted, explaining that SARA served a significant purpose.Professor Thomas said the institution was operating within the confines of the law and everything that it was engaged in were serious matters of alleged misuse of public assets and funds.While commenting on the cases that SARA has worked on so far, Dr Thomas said these types of cases tend to be slow, mainly because case building is something that takes a lot of time and patience.“…Because you have to make sure that in this environment the first set of cases that we take to the court are successful so that we build on that reputation going forward,” he explained.However, while time could pose a problem, he said the sums of money involved were mostly huge and the cases were, therefore, worth the patience, explaining reasons for seeking training assistance from the Caribbean.He said, “Some cases [Special Organised Crime Unit] SOCU investigating, significant numbers have been taken to the point where they themselves have recommended to the [Director of Public Prosecutions] DPP that these cases be handed over to SARA for pursuit.”However, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has vigorously opposed the appointment of Dr Thomas; the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Aubrey Heath-Retemyer, Tacuma Ogunseye and Eric Phillips.The PPP claims that all four men have close ties with the current Administration and should not be entrusted to hold such high offices in Government. The Opposition also claims that all of the senior officials there are tainted political people and none of them are qualified on that ground alone.Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Anil Nandlall had argued that SARA, by the terms of the legislation that brought it into force, has tremendous law enforcement powers and only persons who are trained in the areas of law enforcement and related matters should be hired.He said, “This Bill (State Assets Recovery Agency Bill 2017) has no place for politicians. So, if any of the current people, they are tainted political people and none of them are qualified on that ground alone.”Former President Bharrat Jagdeo had also expressed his disappointment over the appointment of “political hacks” to SARA. Jagdeo had also made known the PPP’s intention to implement several changes to the SARA Bill 2017, if the Party was re-elected to office in 2020.With the recent passage of the Bill during the last session of Parliament, SARA was created out of the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU). The PPP had expressed concerns about this legislation setting the stage for the creation of a parallel justice system.While noting that the Bill contained some good elements, Jagdeo, who is also the General Secretary of the PPP, said his Party would remove the ambiguity about private property.Jagdeo said his Party would also ensure that the head of the unit was accountable to someone else, as opposed to leaving it to him to make his own decisions.The PPP had argued that the Bill would create an environment that encouraged the violation of individuals’ constitutional rights and undermine the rule of law, since it has conferred on a single individual – the Director of SARA – powers that are 10 times greater than those of the Police Force.
“It’s a Catch-22 for my family,” Sanchez said. “We make too much money to qualify for government assistance, but yet we don’t have the kind of lifestyle where we’re in hog heaven all the time. “So we’ll just have to do without other things because I feel his education, no matter how much it costs, is something I have to pay.” Over the past few years, California has actually gotten better at helping low-income families and schools pay for AP exams, said Sallie L. Wilson, AP coordinator at the state Department of Education. With $1.7 million in state funds and a $3.8 million federal grant this year, Wilson said her department has about $5 million to “really assist low-income students so that they’re not restricted from the test.” The College Board, which administers the AP program, also provides a partial exam fee reduction, said Rafael Magallan, director of state services for the College Board in Sacramento. “\or students in California, access to the AP exam because of costs should not be a factor,” he added. That’s pretty much the philosophy at the Whittier Union High School District, where schools give parents a few months’ warning about their children’s AP exam costs and try to set up a reasonable pay schedule so they can pay a little at a time. They also encourage parents who don’t qualify for a waiver to pay as much as they can, said Pioneer High School Assistant Principal Margie Moriarty. At Pioneer High, a predominantly low-income school, 71 of 211 AP students are taking multiple AP courses. Officials said 120 of the 211 students qualify for a fee waiver, but several don’t because they don’t participate in the free- and reduced-cost lunch program – an indicator used by the state to determine which students are low-incomes. But when push comes to shove, Pioneer High officials say there are no students who don’t take the exam because of the cost. “Teachers sponsor kids, \ sponsor people, we have different types of fundraisers like the car sale \,” said Principal Alex Flores. “We will find a way,” Flores said. “But we also want families to pay what they can for their child.” Sanchez said when it comes to his son, Jeremy, 17, he “would rather spend money than not” on his education. “I chalk it up as another college expense,” he added. “Being in AP is optional, and I’d rather have him do that than sit at home just watching TV. It’s good for his future.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 WEST WHITTIER – When Albert Sanchez’s son broke the news that his dad would have to pay nearly $250 for him to take three Advanced Placement exams in May, there was only one thing the good-humored father of four said he could do. “All we did was take the money we would have used for food that week to pay that bill,” joked Sanchez, 40, of Whittier, without skipping a beat. But paying for AP exams – the culminating test for rigorous AP classes that, if passed, results in college credit – is no joke for thousands of families of high-achieving students across the state. At $83 a pop, paying for even one exam can be a hardship for a working family.
Les Ferdinand QPR’s head of football operations Les Ferdinand has assured the clubs emerging talents they have a chance of breaking into the first team at Loftus Road.The Rangers legend is in charge of the club’s academy and he is well aware the west London side has struggled in recent years to blood any homegrown players.Academy products Max Ehmer, Cole Kpekawa, Michael Harriman, Joe Lumley, Michael Petrasso, Jamie Sendles-White, Michael Doughty and Frankie Sutherland are all yet to make the step up after temporary spells away.But Ferdinand insists there will be opportunities for the best new talents to break into Harry Redknapp’s first team once they have honed their skills out on loan in competitive environments.“There is a pathway to the first team,” he told qpr.co.uk. “And going out on loan is part of that pathway – going out and learning to play men’s football.“Hopefully the player then comes back and has developed enough so that I can be knocking on the manager’s door and saying, ‘Look, you’ve got to give this kid a chance.” 1
“We respect Porto too much and the competition too much that we would think about real rotation,” Klopp, who has rotated his side more than any other Premier League manager this season, said on Monday.Liverpool have carried on their fine form since dishing out Porto’s heaviest ever European home defeat three weeks ago by strengthening their position in the Premier League’s top four with routine wins over West Ham and Newcastle.And Klopp is keen to keep that momentum going rather than give his key players the night off.“You don’t rotate to avoid something, you only use players that are in the best shape,” he added.“If it will be a different line-up to Saturday I don’t know, but only because we want to win the game. We don’t rest players.”Barring a disaster, Liverpool will book their place in the Champions League last eight for the first time in nine years.And midfielder James Milner believes they are serious contenders to win the competition for a sixth time if they can eradicate the inconsistency that has let them down during the course of the campaign.Liverpool are the only side to beat runaway leaders Manchester City in the Premier League this season.However, after edging out City 4-3 in a thriller at Anfield in January, Liverpool went on to lose their next two outings to Swansea and West Brom.“At this stage of the tournament you need to have that belief you can go on and win it,” said Milner of Liverpool’s Champions League chances.“We are an exciting team to watch, but I think we are learning to manage games better than we have done in the past.“We’ve proved over the past few years we can beat anyone, but you have to be consistent. We’re not looking too far ahead and want to put in a good performance and get through tomorrow night.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are the leading scorers in this year’s Champions League with 28 goals © AFP / Anthony DevlinLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Mar 5 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ruled out making wholesale changes when Porto visit Anfield on Tuesday despite holding a massive 5-0 lead from the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.Klopp’s men travel to Manchester United on Saturday in a clash not only laced with huge ramifications due to the rivalry between the sides, but also in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
0Shares0000Alan Pardew leaves West Bromwich Albion bottom of the English Premier table after just four months in charge of the club © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 2 – Alan Pardew paid the price for a club record eight successive Premier League defeats by leaving his managerial role at West Bromwich Albion by mutual consent on Monday.The 56-year-old had only been at the club for four months after replacing Tony Pulis but failed to revive their fortunes and he leaves them bottom of the table 10 points adrift of safety with just six games remaining. Three of those matches are against Champions League chasing trio Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.Former Hull and Watford manager Marco Silva is the bookies early favourite to take over the role.“West Bromwich Albion and Alan Pardew have agreed to mutually part company today following discussions between both parties,” read a club statement on their website.“Assistant Head Coach John Carver will also be leaving.“The Club would like to thank Alan and John for their efforts and wish them well in their future endeavours.“First-team coach Darren Moore has been placed in charge of first team affairs until further notice.“The Club will not be making any further comment at this time.”Pardew — whose last managerial job saw him sacked as Crystal Palace manager in the 2016/17 campaign months after taking them to the FA Cup final — replaced Pulis after the club had failed to win in 10 matches.His cause was not helped by his players off-the-field behaviour either.Four senior players — including Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans and England midfielder Jake Livermore — broke a team curfew whilst on a warm weather training camp in Barcelona in February and stole a taxi.Pardew, a former Reading team-mate of West Brom technical director Nick Hammond, was the club’s sixth manager since 2011.They won just once in 18 league games under him, and took only eight points from a possible 54.Pardew’s departure comes six weeks after the club sacked chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman.Goodman’s replacement Martin Jenkins found the finances in such a poor state that he had to organise the club’s first overdraft in a decade.“I’ve come back (he had been chief executive for 14 years before leaving at the end of 2016) and I’m shocked at what I have found in some of the decisions that have been made,” he told The Times last week.“I’ve come back and can assure you that we are right at our limit on STCC (short-term cost control). There is no more money for (players) wages.”West Brom are in their eighth successive Premier League season but have taken only 20 points from their 32 matches this campaign.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
5 5 1. Arsene Wenger has a Plan B! To find out four more things we learned from Arsenal’s excellent win over Bayern Munich – Any admirer of football appreciates the flowing, attacking football Arsenal so often deliver in the Premier League. However, Arsene Wenger knew that playing ‘the Arsenal way’ and clinching the points against Bayern Munich would be a task near on impossible. Instead we were treated to something that is very rarely seen, as Arsenal sat back, soaked up the pressure, and looked to play on the counter and they did so effectively. Yes, their two goals were controversial, but they were far from undeserved. At 65 years old, Wenger expressed signs that he is willing to adapt his philosophy of playing the beautiful way, offering an alternative and successful tactic to seal the three points. Perhaps he took a tip from fierce foe Jose Mourinhos park the bus method. Either way, who cares; it worked. And it should leave the Gunners’ Premier League rivals fearful that Wenger’s pragmatism could extend to the big games in England’s top flight. 5 5. Arsene Wenger must continue to maintain consistency in his team selection – Last season, Chelsea won the title with a line up that was easy to predict each week. And it was such consistency that ultimately led the Blues to their first Premier League trophy in five years. Arsenal have been offering similar consistency bar the mistake in playing David Ospina ahead of Petr Cech in the Champions League defeat to Olympiakos. Its such stability in the side that will be crucial if the Gunners are to challenge Manchester City and Manchester United for top spot. Arsene Wengers big issue will now be deciding who can come in for the injured Aaron Ramsey. Arsenal sent two goals past a shell-shocked FC Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night, to seal their first victory of the Champions League group stage this season and keep their slim hopes of progression to the last 16 alive.From Arsene Wenger’s plan B to another super-substitute appearance from Olivier Giroud, there were plenty of talking points from the thrilling clash. Take a look at five things that talkSPORT learned from the Gunners’ victory over the Bundesliga giants. 5 2. Aaron Ramsey reopened Arsenal’s injury wound – Despite Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere being absent through injury, the performances of the fit and healthy has helped to divert attention away from those in the Gunners medical room. However, frustration in that department has now returned. Aaron Ramsey hobbled off early in the second-half gripping a pulled hamstring. At this stage of the campaign, players should not be suffering such an avoidable injury. The Welshman is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines and this has only reinvigorated supporters irritation. Arsenals injury record is abysmal and the explanation could be that something whether in training, their diet, their warm-down or their cool-down is playing a significant role behind the scenes. 4. Hector Bellerin confirmed his status on the European stage – Facing the formidable Bayern Munich is a task that many young or old would find daunting. Not 20-year-old Hector Bellerin. The right back not only coped with the pressure of the in-form Douglas Costa on the wing, but showed intelligence in knowing when to attack. His decision to burst forward and intercept a weak pass in the opponents half could have been viewed as a risk of which many may not have taken but it was this move that illustrated the level of class that he is swiftly reaching. Arsenal have the best of both in Bellerin a player with enviable talent and the raw enthusiasm that comes with youth. He is almost making a mockery of the need for experience and is already closing in on that world-class bracket. 3. Olivier Giroud is THE super-sub – Sadly for the Frenchman, he looks set for a bench-warming role this season, despite his consistent goal scoring form. His substitute appearances have suggested that, in the nicest way possible, on the bench is exactly where he should be. In the modern game, substitutes are arguably just as important as those starting, and Giroud continues to epitomise why. Of course, no footballer at any level wants the job of being a super-sub; however, someone has to do it, and that someone for Arsenal has become Giroud. In Theo Walcott and Giroud, Arsene Wenger has two very different strikers, the former focused on pace, the latter on strength and positioning, and the French manager is utilising them expertly. Not only that, but it seems that Giroud is at his best when he is offered no guarantees. 5
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card PICO RIVERA – Officials from Montebello and Pico Rivera, the County of Los Angeles and commuters celebrate the opening of a temporary Beverly Boulevard bridge, right on schedule. After a an afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony, the first cars roll across the span in time for the evening rush hour. The bridge, a vital link between the two cities, was destroyed by a fire Nov. 1. A transient is facing a charge of arson in connection with the blaze. For the complete story pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News or come back to www.whittierdailynews.com 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. 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 “I look at it as bittersweet. There’s pros and cons to this,” school board member Greg Krikorian said. “If we can reduce class sizes, I’m all for it, but now the challenge is, how do you reduce class sizes and reduce funding as well. And that’s going to be the magical trick … how we do that.” In a report presented to the school board last week, district officials anticipated losing about 600 students next year. That would bring enrollment to 27,248. The district would lose some 600 students the following year, 650 the next and 500 in the 2009-10 school year, the last in the forecast. “We don’t see an end” to declining enrollment, said Stephen Hodgson, the district’s chief business and financial officer. “It’s certain at some point in time we’ll stop declining. We’ve seen cycles before but we haven’t seen cycles like this in probably 25 years or more.” The district has eliminated about 60 positions in the last couple of years, but it has avoided laying anyone off just by leaving positions vacant after retirements or shifting employees around. But the district has trouble eliminating teacher positions when student losses are spread over various schools. GLENDALE – High housing prices have led to the largest enrollment decline in Glendale public schools in 25 years, causing school district officials to worry about a budget crunch. Since enrollment declined sharply from its historic high of 30,329 in the 2001-02 school year, the Glendale Unified School District has found itself with enough classroom space to switch three elementary schools from year-round to traditional calendars. But the declining enrollment also hits GUSD in the pocketbook – to the tune of about $5,000 per student per year. That means a potential loss of more than $3 million in state revenue for next year alone. One area that could eventually be affected is advanced placement courses for high school students, as school officials anticipate cutting back from the generous array of classes offered with higher enrollment. It would be easier if enrollment declined enough in one grade at a school to eliminate a class, instead of having to juggle teacher assignments to meet student losses at all schools, Hodgson said. “We’ve reduced millions of dollars in costs, and each year becomes more difficult because you’ve already made reductions,” he said. GUSD’s enrollment losses will be even worse, if the state’s enrollment tracking software is any guide. The State Allocation Board’s numbers predict a loss of 678 students next year, with enrollment losses in the following years of 776, 901, 836, 938 and 846. Officials arrive at the projections by using historical trends and calculating how enrollment will be affected as students move through the grade levels. GUSD officials put more stock in their own projections than the ones done with the State Allocation Board software. Burbank Unified is also losing students, although the district has sought to counter that trend by accepting those who live outside the city but whose parents work in Burbank at least 40 hours a week. BUSD is still tabulating its enrollment projections for the next few years, but the district lost more than 100 students this school year. The district has about 15,500 students. The district’s incoming kindergarten class could be one of the smallest in years, which will hurt financially since the number of students in elementary and high school will be out of balance, Superintendent Greg Bowman said. It costs more to educate high school students than elementary pupils. But with enrollment down in the lower grades, the district will have trouble following its usual practice of supplementing secondary education with money it gets for elementary students, Bowman said. Officials in both school districts said they are losing students because of high housing prices, plus a trend toward declining birth rates in urban areas. “The city definitely recognizes that there is a housing issue in Glendale, and many of the home prices in Glendale and the surrounding areas … are beyond the reach of many families, in particular young families,” said Bob McFall, the city of Glendale’s assistant city manager. Despite residential projects in the permitting and development pipeline, Glendale still might not have enough affordable housing to combat the enrollment drop, he said. “It’s likely that it won’t be enough to meet all the housing needs,” he said. “But it will go a long way toward providing some alternative quality housing.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED West Ham see Bernard as a viable alternative to Anderson and they have met with his agent.But, according to Sportitalia, they are set to be left disappointed as the attacking midfielder is keen on a move to China.A number of unnamed clubs from the Far East have made him lucrative proposals and he is ready to make the move out there. The Ukranian club had been hoping to keep the playmaker but he has rejected their final offer and is set to leave.West Ham have now shown an interest in Bernard, who has been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool in the past.The Hammers are considering a deal for the Brazil international as talks over a move for Lazio’s Felipe Anderson are stalling. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Brazilian Bernard has been linked with a move to West Ham Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND REVEALED moving on Brazilian forward Bernard is ready to snub West Ham in favour of a move to China, according to reports.The 25-year-old is set to become a free agent on Sunday [July 1] after refusing to sign a new deal at Shakhtar Donetsk. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 1 Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com targets LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January