Dear Editor,As Guyana rapidly slips into a very serious constitutional crisis, the PNC/APNU orchestrators act as though citizens will allow the cabal to bully them and rule dictatorially by staying in power illegally. This is far from being realistic and our nation is in for its most trying times since gaining independence approximately 50 years ago. The recent ruling of Court of Appeal Justice Rishi Persaud in denying the request for staying the fallen Government status quo, reifies the maladroitness in the Government actions.Critical among the fomenting issues that led us to the precipitously threatening position is the demonstrated characteristic untrustworthiness which seems to have no point of redress. They have been outright uncaring, dishonest to the nation and full of vengeance against any citizen who stops to identify the APNU/AFC Administrator’s clandestine, fraudulent and underhanded intent. Thanks to the Constitution, there is a measure of recourse that the Opposition utilised to successfully challenge and fall this visible epidemic.Aside from the significantly burdensome tax-laden investiture imposed by the APNU/AFC regime, President Granger’s previous sidestepping of the legitimate expectancy in the naming of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) was wait laid and deliberate. Their sinister and fraudulent orchestrations were surprising to many, even supporters, and spewed on citizens under a dictatorship program designed towards an unconscionable spendthrift position. Guyanese now demand the indemnification of this ungainly situation in their favour.The APNU/AFC leader’s conjured delays and the defiance of President Granger’s inappropriate treatment of the result of the No-Confidence Motion is yet another attempt at constitutional subversion and abuse that Guyanese will not allow to happen. Word on the street from the echelons of the PNC/R-led APNU/AFC coalition is that the Opposition does not have the testicular fortitude to take any actions in the likely constitutional crisis. In abstract mode, they seem myopic to the international ramifications even as citizens are now readying for the trenches in revolt. Our people must unite, and cost it what it will, stand up to any illegal regime.The Government is on a path of political influencing while some GECOM officials are playing the delaying games with the constitutional clock ticking. This makes many administrative officials of GECOM complicit of a major fraud on our citizens’ rights. It is pellucid that GECOM’s Chief Executive Officer Lowenfield already said that the voters’ list is valid up to April 30, 2019, it is clean and ready for elections. Additionally, Public Relations Officer Ms Yolanda Ward in speaking to the press on December 28, 2018, stated that “the Commission would uphold its constitutional mandate, and would have to immediately put systems in place to run off the elections once a date was set”.The clear inconsistencies that have since emerged with GECOM stating that it needs approximately five months to be ready are farcical and demand persons responsible to be held accountable following the necessary inquiry after the elections. More so, GECOM’s announcements that the agency does not have elections funds and that it will proceed with house-to-house registration is a flagrant violation of its constitutional mandate and obligations. It is GECOM’s role to be ready for any arising elections in keeping with the intent of any circumstance enshrined in the Constitution.Article 222 A of the Constitution provides for the lump sum appropriation of funds to GECOM to deal with as necessary in such manner as it deems fit for the efficient discharge of its functions, subject only to the financial practices and procedures approved by the National Assembly to ensure accountability. With the Constitution being supreme of all national legislation, there is simply no rational excuse regarding GECOM’s failure to do what is required.It is the constitutional mandate that National Elections be held within 90 days from December 21, 2018, and, therefore, that of GECOM. There have been many previous precedents of notice of elections advised to the Commission in shorter timelines and the implementation executed within the period. The Government now conveniently represents that young persons will be disenfranchised. It is widely known, however, that GECOM has offices across the country that should normally be used for them to facilitate the Claims and Objections. Additionally, the current database system of the organisation allows for automatic update of persons achieving the voting age of 18 years. So what’s the problem?Sincerely,Neil Kumar
BYC forward David Tweh (Photo Credit: BYC)Barrack Young Controllers’ forward David Tweh says it it is still possible for the Go Blue Boys to retain their championship title based on the current status of the league table.The forward told the Daily Observer on Monday that the league is now open for this year’s champions to be decided during the last league games.BYC is three points and one goal behind leaders LISCR FC and will be looking forward to a win against LPRC Oilers and a win for Keitrace against LISCR FC.According to Tweh, who has so far slotted home two goals this season, his team remains determined, despite its position on the league table.It will be a tough encounter today between the defending champions and the Oilers that is fighting relegation with two points below Mighty Barrolle.“We will not take our last game lightly, because things could turn around during the last matches of the league. Our minds were not on this year’s league title, but the LISCR result against IE has given us hope,” he said.The 18-year old forward has been an outstanding player for his team since the start of the season. His dribbling skills and ball control tactics play a major role for the team during matches.Tweh said it will be a shocking result if the team wins the championship; having given up on the title midway through the season.The Go Blue Boys were left out of the list of title contenders after they dropped to fourth position on the log following results against Monrovia Club Breweries and Nimba United during the second half of the season.They won the league title last season under the guidance of former coach Cooper Sannah and represented Liberia at this year’s CAF Champions League, where they were edged out by Mozambican side Club Ferroviorio Beira.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe bill, known as the Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, is scheduled for a vote in the House as early as Wednesday. In a prepared statement, Dreier urged Republicans and Democrats to join him in supporting the bill, saying it “will show the American people that we can cut through the rhetoric and work together for a Congress beyond reproach.” Dreier started working on lobbying and ethics reform in February at the request of House Speaker Dennis Hastert. The effort is an attempt to respond to corruption scandals like those involving former House Leader Tom DeLay and lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Both men are Republicans. The bill would eliminate retirement benefits for members of Congress convicted of a crime; prohibit anonymous spending provisions from being inserted into legislation, and temporarily ban privately funded travel for members. “It is a good package,” said Ron Bonjean, spokesman for Hastert, about the Dreier bill. “We’re getting the job done.” In January, Republican leaders pledged to bring forward bold reforms to curb the influence of lobbyists and remove the taint of scandal on Capitol Hill. Now, as the House prepares to vote this week on the bill that resulted from these efforts, its chief author said the reforms have been watered down. Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, said he faced resistance in pushing for strict limits on certain lobbying activities, such as a total ban on privately funded travel, and so had to scale back the final version. “Absolutely – the bill I introduced is not as rigorous as the proposals I put forward,” Dreier said Thursday. “A lot of people have been resistant to change.” The travel ban would expire at the end of the congressional session, at which point guidelines for allowable travel would be put together by the House Ethics Committee. This is one of many weaknesses in the bill, critics argue. They say the reforms fall well short of what is needed to clean up Washington and ensure lawmakers are not wooed by the deep pockets of lobbyists. Even if the bill has shortcomings, Dreier has little to fear on Election Day, said Jonathan Wilcox, a professor at USC Annenberg School for Communication. “I’d go so far as to say at the end of the day it is a political winner for him,” Wilcox added, noting that Dreier can tell voters he tried to bring about change. Dreier did run afoul of one of his customary allies in the process of forming the bill. In recent weeks, he decided to take a slight detour from ethics reform to push a bill that severely limits campaign contributions 527 groups, which are named after a provision in the tax code. Conservative columnist George Will slammed the Glendora Republican for “traducing the Constitution and disgracing conservatism.” “He’s just wrong,” Dreier said. “I was basically following the lead put forward by Common Cause,” the generally liberal good-government group. email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4458160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SANTA CLARA — John Lynch insisted Friday all is well atop the 49ers hierarchy, that his two-year term as general manager is not endangered and that his relationship with coach Kyle Shanahan is as strong as ever.“The notion we’re not working together couldn’t be further from the truth,” Lynch said on 95.7 The Game. “We have a tremendous working relationship. We’re great friends off field. There’s a lot of trust. We came into this together knowing there’d be tough times and it wouldn’t be easy, …
Klay Thompson is a confident man.Vegas is giving the Warriors just 13-1 odds to win the NBA championship next season without new Net Kevin Durant, and some don’t even believe they’ll make the postseason.Some prognosticators have said Durant’s departure and Thompson’s ACL injury spell the end of the Warriors’ dominant run. But Thompson is not among them.“I think that’s a little premature to say there’s no more dynasty,” Thompson said in an interview clip that aired on ESPN’s The Jump …
Horizontal tape is problematicThe installation procedure for housewrap, regardless of the manufacturer, is fairly standard across the board. Because the cap fastener prevents the tape from making a complete seal, debris has been carried by the water that penetrated behind the tape. You can see that the water has run horizontally along the seam, taking the path of least resistance.Many of the problems related to the seam seal tape start with the wrap installation, particularly the fastener placement. Oftentimes cap fasteners installed at the tape edge prevent a complete seal. Wrinkles in the wrap can leave voids at the tape contact surface.All of these conditions can allow water to migrate behind the tape, follow the horizontal seam to the nearest vertical seam, and ultimately into the structure. Since most areas of housewrap are over wood-based sheathing, leaks at the seams may go undiscovered for years. The debris from the water intrusion can be seen at the wrinkle in the wrap. Note that the housewrap has been wrapped into the rough opening of the door, so water can migrate horizontally past the door frame and into the interior.While this reverse lap might not result in leakage in laboratory conditions, in the field the installation of the tape is not always done properly. At times the wrap is not clean when the tape is applied. Other times the surface is damp, preventing the tape from adhering properly. Every year we inspect thousands of homes with one brand or another of housewrap installed as the water-resistive barrier (WRB).As energy costs increase and energy code requirements become more stringent, we are seeing housewrap installations where the seams are sealed with tape. Many housewrap manufacturers have proprietary seam seal tapes that they sell for exclusive use with their housewrap system.As implied by the name, the tape is used for sealing the seams of the housewrap. The purpose of sealing the seams is to create a continuous air barrier. Some of the manufacturers imply that the use of their tape will also reduce moisture intrusion. If the seams are going to be taped, the work generally occurs after the entire house is wrapped or after several courses of wrap are installed. Note the dark line of debris at this horizontal seam — debris which continues to the vertical seam.The horizontal seam tape is installed by lapping the tape over both layers of wrap. This means that the seam tape installation creates a reverse lap at the top of the tape, creating an opportunity for water to get behind the tape at the upper edge of any horizontal tape. Installation begins with a course at the base of the wall and that course is overlapped horizontally with the next course. The amount of the horizontal overlap varies by manufacturer. Additionally, vertical seams must also be overlapped. Why not use double-sided tape?We have contacted one of the larger housewrap manufacturers about these problems and asked about the possibility of a double-sided tape for use on horizontal seams. We were informed that they make such a tape, but it is not for sale in the U.S.We will be contacting all of the manufacturers to attempt to encourage them to provide a double-sided tape or other method to eliminate reverse laps.Until such tape is available, when you are sealing the horizontal seams make sure to follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations, including making sure the wrap is clean and dry and that you are installing the tape within the effective temperature range of the tape as stated by the product manufacturer.Additionally, make certain that fasteners and other objects are not installed in a location that will prevent or compromise the complete seal of the tape. Always use a roller to bond the tape and never rely on smoothing it out with your hand. Care must be taken and attention to detail is critical when installing the seam tape at transitions to avoid gaps between the tape and the wrap.For any additional information or details always consult your housewrap system manufacturer’s details and specifications. Water entry leads to litigationThere have been litigation cases where the major contributing factor was improper sealing of the housewrap causing major structural damage to the wood sheathing and other building components.Except under rare circumstances where the reverse lap is part of a small repair, our company would never recommend a reverse lap installation. Manufacturer’s window installation details no longer recommend wrapping housewrap into the rough opening and then taping the window head nailing flange to the wrap as an effective means of sealing the window. They now indicate a weatherboard installation. This article is © Quality Built and is reprinted with permission.Jeff Hoch is an architect and field consultant at Quality Built in San Diego, California. Jeff has been involved in the inspection industry and related fields for over 23 years.
There’s No Need to Wait to Join the Smart Home RevolutionSmart technology is making home life more efficient and convenient than ever before. Home automation via connected devices can help you save money on power bills, remember when to take out the trash, or make sure your room is just the right temperature when it’s time for bed.Enhancements like these used to be reserved for luxury residences, but today, the average American has access to a vast array of connected devices that can improve the quality of their life at home. Unless you’re building a new house or planning on a large-scale renovation, you’re probably not going to splurge on a large number of automated features at once. Instead, most people will start by experimenting with one smart home device to see whether the benefits are real and commensurate with the price tag.You can join the smart home revolution — no overhaul needed.This approach makes sense, especially because some of these devices are powered by relatively new technologies and are constantly being updated. Most homeowners find, however, that once they incorporate one form of automation into their lives, they quickly want more. The great thing about smart homes is that the benefits of a device are multiplied when used in conjunction with others. The synergy created by a number of automated functions — and the cumulative cost savings that accrue when combining devices — makes additional investments in automated technology less prohibitive over time.An analysis by Simply Self Storage found that, based on the average U.S. household’s annual utility bill of $3,052, an investment in a comprehensive smart home system (which includes thermostats, sensors, sprinklers, and more) could save hundreds of dollars per year. That doesn’t mean you should buy 10 different devices today, but it does mean that it’s definitely time to start experimenting with smart home technology. If you’re not exactly sure where to start, consider one of these three popular use cases.Improve Energy EfficiencyThe savings realized from using smart technology to improve energy efficiency in the home is one of the biggest reasons people opt for connected devices. And this perk isn’t just for homeowners — rental property owners can benefit, too. As Sean Miller, president of PointCentral, a division of Alarm.com, explains, “An apartment generally costs around $2,400 annually to heat, cool, and power, so residents appreciate energy-efficient appliances and smart devices that provide more sustainable housing and decrease these costs by an average of 15 percent, according to our findings.” Including smart home devices in your rental properties is likely to appeal to many potential tenants, and it’s a great way to make your units stand out in a crowded market.Smart thermostats, lighting, and appliances can all be preprogrammed based on your personal preferences or needs and then remotely managed from your phone. These devices will alert you if they’re experiencing performance issues, allowing you to be proactive in handling problems. Many smart home products, such as the Philips Hue or Lifx smart lights, can also be integrated with popular voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Use a mix of these to reap the maximum energy efficiency benefits of smart tech.Enhance Your Home’s SecuritySmart home technology can provide the peace of mind that most homeowners have always wanted but couldn’t achieve until now. With keyless entry devices, for instance, you can be alerted if someone tries to get in your house without your permission, and you’ll never have to worry about your keys being lost or stolen. Likewise, smart security cameras such as the Nest Hello doorbell will stream real-time footage of your property straight to your phone, and add-ons to the device even incorporate facial recognition technology so you can more easily identify intruders.Just remember that because these devices are connected to the internet, they could be vulnerable to hackers. Protect them the same way you would your computer or cellphone by following some basic security best practices, such as making sure your Wi-Fi router is secure and updating all of your software regularly.Enjoy Convenience and ControlWith smart technology, if you’re away for the weekend and want to make sure your appliances are turned off, all you have to do is look at your phone. Or you can automate mundane tasks like feeding your dog, cleaning your living room or pool, or even watering your plants or yard. The capabilities of connected devices are expanding seemingly every day.Now, instead of hiring the neighbor’s kid to take care of your daughter’s goldfish while you’re on vacation, Apex’s aquarium controller lets you do it remotely, so you don’t have to wonder whether that fish will need life support when you get back. Consider what challenges exist for you as a homeowner, renter, or landlord, and ask yourself how smart tech can make those problems disappear.The ability to control virtually every aspect of your home from the palm of your hand is within reach. Whether you’re building a new home, buying one, or simply upgrading your current home, smart technology provides a great way to personalize and protect. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Use This Crowdfunding Hack to Fund Your Automat… Related Posts Tags:#connected home#smart devices#smart home#smart technology How Much of Your Home Life Will Be Automated in… The Key to Smart Home Success: Safety and Security The Rise of the Smart Home, Apartment or Condom…
Maoist leader Kundan Pahan, facing 128 cases including that of murder of senior police officers and carrying a reward of ₹15 lakh on his head, surrendered before the police here on Sunday.The CPI (Maoist) Jharkhand ‘regional committee secretary’ is an accused in the killing of special branch inspector Francis Indwar in 2008 and looting of ₹5 crore from a cash van of a bank. He was also allegedly involved in the Baliba ambush in Saranda and killing of DSP Pramod Kumar in 2008 in Ranchi district, Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldip Diwedi said. Kundan Pahan said he had realised that he had “wasted” 20 years and would now help in development works in the State.
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