– wants regional court to keep President, Ministers in office despite constitutional provisionsThe Government has submitted proposals for consequential orders to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), in which it once again raises questions about the Court’s jurisdiction by claiming that the CCJ cannot set an election date.The Caribbean Court of JusticeAccording to the consequential order proposals, which were released by the Attorney General’s chambers, the opposing parties are seeking consequential orders (like compelling the Government to hold elections in three months like it should have done in the first place) that are contrary to legal principles.The Government side claimed that the CCJ “has no jurisdiction to set the date for elections nor dissolve Parliament”. This is even though President David Granger has failed to do either, in keeping with the constitutional provisions.The Government also claimed in its proposals that “there is no evidence that the President has failed to comply with his duties. Consequentially, there is no basis to order that the President act on his constitutional duty to set a date for elections or to dissolve Parliament.”Thus, the Government is seeking an order that allows the President, Prime Minister, Ministers and Cabinet to remain in office until a President is sworn in after elections are held. The Attorney General cited Article 106 (7) to defend this position.However, Article 106 (6 and 7) says “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence”.Meanwhile, Article 106 (7) states that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”.JurisdictionIt would not be the first time that the Government has brought up the issue of jurisdiction. In its submissions, it had argued that the court does not have jurisdiction to inquire into former Alliance For Change (AFC) Parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud’s disqualification as a member of the National Assembly. This argument was rejected by the CCJ in its rulings.The Caribbean Court of Justice has two jurisdictions: an original jurisdiction and an appellate jurisdiction. In its original jurisdiction, the CCJ interprets and applies the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (which established the Caribbean Community), and is an international court with compulsory and exclusive jurisdiction in respect to the interpretation of the treaty.In its appellate jurisdiction, the CCJ, as the court of last resort, hears appeals in both civil and criminal matters from those member states which have ceased to allow appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC). As of March 2015, Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana have replaced the JCPC’s appellate jurisdiction with that of the CCJ.The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is the Caribbean’s regional judicial tribunal. It was established on February 14, 2001, by the Agreement establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice. That Agreement was signed on that date by the Caricom states of Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Belize; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Suriname; and Trinidad and Tobago. Two further states, Dominica and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, signed the agreement on February 15, 2003, bringing the total number of signatories to 12.The Bahamas and Haiti, although full members of Caricom, are not yet signatories; and because of Montserrat’s status as a British territory, that country must await Instruments of Entrustment from the UK before it can ratify the treaty.The Agreement establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice came into force on July 23, 2003, and the CCJ was inaugurated on April 16, 2005, in Port of Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the seat of the Court.
Rookie Ty Lawson added 15points for the Tar Heels (21-3, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by 10points early in the second half before finally going ahead to stay in the final minutes. Freshman Jon Scheyer had a career-high 26 points for the Blue Devils (18-6, 5-5), who have lost three straight games for the first time since 1999 – when they lost to Connecticut in the NCAA championship and opened the 1999-2000 season with two straight losses. For the second straight year, North Carolina’s youngsters walked into one of college basketball’s most intimidating arenas and came out with a confidence-building win. Freshman Brandan Wright scored 19 points while Tyler Hansbrough added 16 to lead the fifth-ranked Tar Heels past No. 16 Duke 79-73, earning their second straight win in Cameron Indoor Stadium. After trailing by as many as 10 points early in the second half, the Tar Heels hung around by constantly subbing in an endless stream of fresh bodies while pressuring Duke’s ballhandlers the entire way. By the time the game was entering its final minutes, North Carolina looked fresher and found ways to knock down the critical shots. No. 1 Florida 71, Georgia 61: Corey Brewer scored 18points, Al Horford added 17 and the visiting Gators (22-2, 9-0 Southeastern Conference) stretched their winning streak to 15 games. No. 4 Wisconsin 71, Penn St. 58: Alando Tucker scored 24 points, Michael Flowers added 12 and the visiting Badgers (23-2, 9-1 Big Ten) pulled away after halftime. No. 7 Pittsburgh 60, West Virginia 47: Sam Young scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Panthers (21-3, 9-1 Big East) to a win for the Mountaineers’ first home loss of the season. No. 9 Kansas 97, Kansas St. 70: Brandon Rush scored 18points and the Jayhawks (20-4, 7-2 Big 12) routed the Wildcats in a rough and spirited renewal of a long rivalry that has been re-energized with the arrival of coach Bob Huggins. No. 11 Marquette 67, Rutgers 47: Ousmane Barro had 11points and 11 rebounds to lead the host Golden Eagles (21-4, 8-2 Big East). Oklahoma 67, No. 17 Oklahoma St. 60: Nate Carter scored six of his 18 points in the final minutes to help the host Sooners stave off a late rally and preserve a win over the Cowboys (18-5, 4-4) in the Bedlam rivalry. No. 18 Alabama 80, Mississippi St. 79: Ronald Steele drove the length of the court for a layup with 6.7 seconds left to give the host Crimson Tide (18-5, 5-4 SEC) the victory. No. 20 Kentucky 95, South Carolina 89: Ramel Bradley scored 21 points and Bobby Perry added a season-high 18 to lead the host Wildcats (18-5, 7-2 SEC). No. 21 Southern Illinois 60, Bradley 50: Tony Young scored 25 points to lift the host Salukis (20-5, 11-3) over late-charging Bradley and remain tied atop the Missouri Valley Conference. No. 22 Georgetown 73, Louisville 65: Roy Hibbert scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the visiting Hoyas (17-5, 7-2 Big East) to their sixth straight win. WOMEN No. 15 Baylor 80, Texas Tech 67: Jhasmin Player scored a career-high 22 points to lead the visiting Lady Bears (20-4, 7-3 Big 12), who have 20 wins for the seventh-straight season. No. 16 Texas A&M 69, Missouri 63: Takia Starks scored 21 points and the Aggies (18-4, 8-2 Big 12) weathered a rally by the host Tigers for their fifth straight win. Notre Dame 64, No. 17 Louisville 55: Charel Allen scored 21 points and the host Irish used a big run late in the second half to overcome a 12-point deficit and beat the Cardinals (21-3, 7-3 Big East). No. 18 Bowling Green 86, Ball St. 76: Reserve Amber Flynn had 18 points and eight rebounds, Kate Achter added 18points and the host Falcons (21-2, 10-0 Mid-American) held off a late rally. No. 19 Middle Tennessee St. 83, Louisiana-Monroe 70: Amber Holt scored 25 points and Chrissy Givens had 22 as the visiting Blue Raiders (22-3, 14-0 Sun Belt) shot 59.6 percent from the field. No. 21 Nebraska 62, Kansas St. 55: Kiera Hardy scored 13 points to lead the visiting Cornhuskers (19-4, 8-2 Big 12) to their fourth straight win and seventh in eight games. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Analysts interviewed by Business Report said the GDP data suggested that South Africa’s economy was still struggling, despite the easing in monetary policy. Industries that contributed to positive second-quarter growth included construction (+0.5% of a percentage point), general government services and mining and quarrying (each contributing +0.3% of a percentage point), as well as personal services (0.1% of a percentage point), Stats SA reported. “The seasonally adjusted real GDP at market prices for the second quarter of 2009 decreased by an annualised rate of three percent compared to the first quarter’s 6.4%,” Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. Consumers ‘reluctant to spend’ Fourth-quarter growth expected 19 August 2009 Stats SA said the increase in mining and quarrying in the second quarter was due to an increase in the mining of other metal ores, including platinum, and other mining and quarrying, including diamonds. This was despite the South African Reserve Bank having cut interest rates by a cumulative five percent since December last year. Business Day said on Wednesday that when the year’s first-half figures were compared with those of last year, economic growth was down by only two percent. South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth contracted by three percent in the second quarter of 2009, indicating that the economy is still in recession, but with signs that a recovery is in sight. Construction, mining growth While South Africans had more disposable income following the rate cuts, they were either still reluctant to spend or were servicing their debts, Stats SA’s Kedibone Mokone told Business Report. The main contributors to the second-quarter decrease in economic activity were the manufacturing industry (-1.6 percentage points), and the wholesale and retail trade and hotels and restaurants industry (-0.6 of a percentage point). “The data backs up suggestions from Central Bank governor Tito Mboweni and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan that any recovery in South Africa’s economy will lag others, after several developed countries recorded second-quarter growth,” the paper said. The finance, real estate and business services, and the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries also contributed to the drop in GDP growth. “It is expected to stabilise next quarter, and move back into growth by the fourth quarter, making it unlikely that the full-year decline will be as bad as the two percent plus that more pessimistic economists had predicted,” the business daily said. Mining and quarrying were among the main contributors to the first-quarter GDP contraction. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Nedbank economist Nicky Weimer told BuaNews that the figure had been expected by the market. “Overall it is still a weak number,” Weimer said. “However, the good news is that the contraction is at a slower pace.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced details of the trade assistance package for farmers hurt by the President’s aggressive trade agenda. The $12 billion package will provide payments to producers as part of a “short-term relief strategy” to protect agriculture.“Early on, the President instructed me, as Secretary of Agriculture, to make sure our farmers did not bear the brunt of unfair retaliatory tariffs. After careful analysis by our team at USDA, we have formulated our strategy to mitigate the trade damages sustained by our farmers. Our farmers work hard, and are the most productive in the world, and we aim to protect them,” Perdue said.The Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will administer the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean and wheat producers starting Sept. 4, 2018. The payments to producers will total $4.7 billion with soybeans accounting for the largest single commodity estimated cost at over $3.6 billion.Payments though the MFP include:Soybeans — $1.65 per bushel for 50% of productionCorn — One cent per bushel for 50% of productionPork — 50% of the total number of pigs on hand as of Aug. 1 at $8 per pig.Wheat — 14 cents a bushel for 50% of production.Dairy — The margin protection historic number at 12 cents per hundredweight times that production number. Payment for dairy production is based off the historical production reported for the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). For existing dairy operations, the production history is established using the highest annual milk production marketed during the full calendar years of 2011, 2012, and 2013. Dairy operations are also required to have been in operation on June 1, 2018 to be eligible for payments.USDA has a number for 21,000 producers but those who don’t have it can be calculated by USDA.Eligible applicants must have an ownership interest in the commodity, be actively engaged in farming, and have an average adjusted gross income for tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016 of less than $900,000. Interested producers can apply after harvest is 100% complete and they can report their total 2018 production. Beginning Sept. 4 of this year, MFP applications will be available online at www.farmers.gov/mfp. Producers will also be able to submit their MFP applications in person, by email, fax, or by mail.Applicants must also comply with the provisions of the “Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation” regulations. The second payment period, if warranted, will be determined by the USDA.MFP payments are capped per person or legal entity at a combined $125,000 for dairy production or hogs. MFP payments are also capped per person or legal entity at a combined $125,000 for corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans and wheat. For more information on the MFP, visit www.farmers.gov/mfp or contact your local FSA office, which can be found at www.farmers.gov.In addition, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will administer a Food Purchase and Distribution Program to purchase up to $1.2 billion in commodities (including beef, dairy, sweet corn, apples, and strawberries) unfairly targeted by unjustified retaliation. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will distribute these commodities through nutrition assistance programs such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and child nutrition programs.Also, through the Foreign Agricultural Service’s (FAS) Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP), $200 million will be made available to develop foreign markets for U.S. agricultural products. The program will help U.S. agricultural exporters identify and access new markets and help mitigate the adverse effects of other countries’ restrictions.The ATP will provide cost-share assistance to eligible U.S. organizations for activities such as consumer advertising, public relations, point-of-sale demonstrations, participation in trade fairs and exhibits, market research, and technical assistance. Applications for the ATP will be accepted until Nov. 2, 2018 or until funding is exhausted. Funding should be allocated to eligible participants in early 2019.“President Trump has been standing up to China and other nations, sending the clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate their unfair trade practices, which include non-tariff trade barriers and the theft of intellectual property. In short, the President has taken action to benefit all sectors of the American economy — including agriculture — in the long run,” Perdue said. “It’s important to note all of this could go away tomorrow, if China and the other nations simply correct their behavior. But in the meantime, the programs we are announcing today buys time for the President to strike long-lasting trade deals to benefit our entire economy.”
Sharad Yadav, chief of a parliamentary standing committee, will review CWG decisions taken by urban development.The UPA government is in for another round of headache as a parliamentary committee panel, headed by an Opposition leader, has decided to probe projects executed by the union urban development ministry for hoisting Commonwealth Games 2010.It is learnt that the parliamentary standing committee on urban development, headed by Janta Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav, has convened a meeting on January 18 to look into the projects handled by the ministry for conducting the biggest ever sporting event.Sharad Yadav confirmed to Mail Today that a meeting has been convened and the agenda is CWG. However, he refused to share any other detail of the meeting slotted for next-week.Mohinder Singh Kaypee, a Congress MP from Jalandhar, said the panel is going to review the contracts made and other decisions taken for the Games by the urban development ministry, headed by Jaipal Reddy.Though Reddy was head of the Empowered Group of Ministers for the timely execution of Games projects including the opening and closing ceremonies, he was slammed for the mess in the construction of stadia and the Commonwealth Games Village, situated near Akshardham temple in East Delhi.The ministry, which has been apprised of the meeting to ensure their officials’ presence, had executed projects through the central public works department (CPWD) and Delhi Development Authority.Of the total Rs 11,494 crore (over $ 2 billon) spent by the Centre, the Delhi government had made an expenditure of Rs 600-700 crore (around $ 130 million).advertisementApart from the standing committee, other agencies and panels are probing different aspects of the great games loot. They are the Prime Minister-appointed V. K. Shunglu Committee, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Income Tax Department and Enforcement Directorate.Interestingly, the CAG is likely to complete its probe on the CWG by the end of this month and table its report in the budget session. The CAG’s CWG reports will subsequently be looked into by the BJP headed public accounts committee (PAC), which is attracting news these days as it is looking into the 2G spectrum scandal, as well.The findings of the standing committee on urban development will give another ammunition to the Opposition parties which have made their intentions clear by making the CWG loot and 2G spectrum scam as corruption issues to corner the Congress- led coalition government.The government is already red faced as the Opposition stalled the Parliament from functioning, demanding a jointparliamentary committee to look into the spectrum scam.Much of the urban development ministry’s work was done through Delhi Development Authority that will be scrutinised by 31 panel members, most of whom come from Lok Sabha.For instance, the DDA through public-private partnership had built the CWG village, which was criticised by the visiting delegates of the participating nation for being in a shamble prior to the start of the games. After the Games were over, Reddy cracked the whip on private village developer EMAAR MGF by asking the DDA to confiscate the bank guarantee of Rs 183 crore for failing to honour the contract.Similarly, the CPWD is already under attack, owing to a preliminary CAG finding, for allegedly paying contractor, Ahluwalia Constructions, twice for the same job at Talkatora swimming pool complex. Agencies already looking into the Games scandalV.K. Shunglu Committee A high-level committee appointed by the Prime Minister to look into corruption and systemic failures in the conduct of the CWGComptroller and Auditor General The reports of the CAG are taken into consideration by the public accounts committees, which are special committees in the Parliament of India and the state legislatures (Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Parishad)CBI A government agency of India that serves as a criminal investigation body, national security agency and intelligence agencyEnforcement DirectorateIs a law enforcement agency and economic intelligence agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in IndiaIncome Tax DepartmentIs governed by the Central Board for Direct Taxes and is part of the department of revenue under the ministry of finance
zoom Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has unveiled plans to launch a new containership service of China Saigon Indonesia (CSI) services.The company said that the service will have direct port coverage from China to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and Indonesia.“This ensures faster transit time especially to Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta and Semarang compared with current transship product and expanded service network,” K Line said, adding that it would deploy a vessel by itself on the service.A total of four boxships, with a carrying capacity of 2500 TEUs, will be deployed on the new containership service.K Line said that the port rotation will be Qingdao (China) – Shanghai – Ningbo – Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) – Jakarta (Indonesia) – Semarang – Xiamen (China) – Qingdao.The service is scheduled to start on December 26 from Qingdao.
After a miracle postseason run, the Kansas City Royals’ quest for their first World Series championship since 1985 looks shaky. Combining Baseball-Reference.com’s in-game win probability model with the series win probability numbers I computed for a post on Friday, we can track the odds of each team winning the series at any point within any game thus far.In the top of the third inning of Game 4, the Royals tagged San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong for four runs, opening up a 4-1 lead. As a result, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was forced to bring in reliever Jean Machi from the bullpen early, and Machi promptly walked Jarrod Dyson to load the bases. At that precise juncture — with the bases loaded and two outs in the third inning, leading the game 4-1 and the series 2-1 — the Royals had an 82.4 percent probability of winning the World Series.Machi eventually got out of the jam, and San Francisco cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the third. But two innings later, the Royals again cracked an 82 percent World Series win probability when Eric Hosmer led off the fifth inning with a double.The odds of scoring at least one run are fairly high with a runner on second base and nobody out, and a three-run lead in the fifth inning would have given Kansas City a better than 80 percent chance of winning the game. With a 3-1 series lead and two of the remaining three games (if necessary) at home, the Royals would have had an 88.5 percent probability of winning the World Series.But they failed to score Hosmer in the fifth, then let the Giants tie the game in the bottom of the inning. An inning later, San Francisco blew the game open with three runs, then tacked on four more in the seventh en route to an 11-4 victory.We may eventually look back at those two moments of Game 4 as the high-water marks for Kansas City’s World Series chances. From the latter point on, the Royals have hemorrhaged win probability. Once tied at two games apiece, the series was almost a 50-50 proposition after taking into account where the remaining games were being played and who was taking the mound for each team. Kansas City still could have pushed its World Series win probability to 78.5 percent with a win Sunday night, but the Royals once again struggled to solve San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner, and their odds of winning the series dropped almost linearly from 50.2 percent at the first pitch to 29.3 percent at the final out (just about where they stood after losing Game 1).
Then-coach Jim Tressel holds the championship trophy after a game against Oregon Jan. 1, 2010, at the Rose Bowl. OSU won, 26-17.Credit: Courtesy of TNSFormer Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel and three former OSU players are listed on the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, according to an OSU release.Alongside Tressel — who is the current president of Youngstown State University — on the ballot are former Buckeye running back Keith Byars, linebacker Tom Cousineau and fullback Jim Otis. The former coach and three players are among 193 names on the ballot.The 2015 class is set to be announced on Jan. 9 in Arlington, Texas, three days before the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship Game, according to the release.Tressel coached at Youngstown State from 1986-2000 before joining the Buckeyes from 2001-10. He won the Football Championship Subdivision national title four times with the Penguins before winning the 2002 BCS National Championship with OSU.Byars was the 1984 Heisman Trophy runner-up, the same season he was named the Big Ten MVP and a first team All-American and All-Big Ten. He’s fifth in OSU history for all-purpose yards and rushing yards. Byars also played 13 seasons in the NFL as a running back and tight end.Cousineau’s 572 career tackles while at OSU are the second best in school history and he was named first team All-American twice to go with three All-Big Ten seasons. He was drafted first overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 1979 NFL Draft.Otis won the 1968 national championship with the Buckeyes and was named a first team All-American the following year.Currently in the College Football Hall of Fame are 24 former Buckeye players and 10 former coaches. Former offensive lineman Orlando Pace was inducted last year. The last OSU coach to be inducted was John Cooper in 2008.
Jose Mourinho used an old metaphor of Cristiano Ronaldo’s in describing Romelu Lukaku‘s current struggles in front of goal for Manchester UnitedThe Belgian striker has found the net only four times in 13 appearances for United and was benched by Mourinho in their latest Premier League encounter against his old club Everton.Following his 25-minute cameo in Sunday’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford, Lukaku has now failed to score in his last nine matches for United.But Mourinho remains unconcerned and reckons that the goals will soon come flooding out for Lukaku – just like shaking a ketchup bottle.“I think one of the best scorers in football had funny words about it,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.“It was when Cristiano Ronaldo was speaking about the ketchup bottle and when you [shake it]. The goals are coming and coming and coming.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I believe with Lukaku that this will happen, but the reality is that, at this moment, it’s not happening.“There have been lots of matches in which he’s not scored a goal, and not just scoring but also the performances, the happiness in the performances, I think is the problem.“But he’s a good player, a good boy, and I think the best way to do it is to just keep working and the moment will arrive.”Ronaldo once used the ketchup bottle metaphor in 2010, where he was going through his own goal drought ahead of that summer’s World Cup in South Africa.The Portuguese star explained at the time that goals are like “ketchup – when it comes out (of the bottle) it all comes out at once”.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the club will have a quiet transfer window in January.The North London club became the first club since the inception of the transfer window, not to sign any players in the summer.Tottenham were linked with a host of players including Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.Mauricio Pochettino’s side had two bids rejected for the England U-21 international with Aston Villa insisting the attacking midfielder is not for sale.However, despite talks of major additions to the squad when the transfer window reopens in January, Pochettino has played down talk of massive recruitment.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“We need to be careful how we manage January,” he said according to Sky Sports. “It is not a window where you can do many things and not affect the dynamic of the team and the group.“If you are doing well and you arrive in January, no one is going to change too much.”Meanwhile, Pochettino believes he is not the sole reason why the club’s top players are committing their immediate futures to the club.“For me I feel proud the players care about you, but I repeat the responsibility is wanting to play for the glory of the club.”