President defies CCJ’s ruling

first_img…says unilateral appointment of GECOM Chair not “flawed”Despite a ruling from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that his decision to unilaterally appoint Justice (rtd) James Patterson as Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman was flawed, President David Granger is insisting that he acted within the ambit of the constitutional provisions.President David GrangerGECOM Chairman, RetiredJustice James PattersonCCJ President, Justice Adrian SaundersOn Tuesday, the Trinidad-based regional court ruled that the appointment was unconstitutional and the process used by the Guyanese President was flawed.However, President Granger contended on Wednesday that he selected a “fit and proper” person as Chairman of GECOM in accordance with the definition laid out in the Constitution. In defiance on Wednesday, the Head of State told reporters that the CCJ must show where the flaw occurred.“I’ve never gone outside the Constitution. If (the Court) tell that the process is flawed, they must let me know what the flaw is! So let us wait until the 24th of June when they make some consequential rulings. There is no way I can see that decisions I’ve taken are flawed,” he posited.Despite the Court’s decision, Granger said that it was the responsibility of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to submit a list of six nominees who are not objectionable. To this end, the Head of State said that he would be writing Jagdeo for them to meet as soon as possible.Meeting Opposition“I have no problem meeting the Leader of the Opposition … I will write to him and as soon as he is available maybe as early as next week (we will meet). I will write to him this week, inviting him to resume the consultations which are mandated under the Constitution,” the Head of State noted.According to the Constitution, President Granger is required to appoint a Chairperson for GECOM from a list of names submitted by the Opposition Leader.Back in 2017, Jagdeo had submitted three separate lists, but the Head of State rejected all 18 nominees and went ahead to unilaterally appoint Justice Patterson as Chairman of the elections body.However, the CCJ ruled on Tuesday that the process to appoint the GECOM Chairman was “fatally flawed”.According to CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders, the President gave no specific reason for refusing to appoint a Chairman from the lists submitted by Opposition Leader Jagdeo. He noted that the President disapproved a third list, without giving a specific reason.Justice Saunders referenced historical facts pertaining to the previous appointments of GECOM Chairmen. He cited the recommendations made by the Constitutional Reform Commission in 1999, that the Chairman should be appointed through consultations.“To determine the meaning, the Court looked at the drafting history of Article 161(2), observing that changes had been made to it to promote consensus and inclusiveness by involving the Leader of the Opposition in the selection process.”Further, the Judge noted that the President relied on the provisions that gave him discretionary powers and insulated him from providing an explanation for excluding the Opposition Leader from his final decision.However, Justice Saunders pointed out that giving the President the power to reject candidates without giving reasons would frustrate what the Constitution contemplates. In fact, the Court decided that the President has a duty to give reasons for rejecting names in the interest of transparency.“The Court, therefore, found that the process was flawed and in breach of the Constitution. In a concurring judgment, Mme Justice Rajnauth-Lee stated that by giving reasons why nominees are rejected, the President will engender greater public trust and confidence in the Elections Commission.”To this end, the Court concluded that the most sensible approach to the process of appointing the Chairman of GECOM is for the Leader of the Opposition and the President to communicate with each other in good faith and, perhaps, even meet to discuss eligible candidates for the position of Chairman before a list is submitted formally.He recommended that in future the Leader of the Opposition and President communicate and meet in good faith to discuss eligible candidates before a list is submitted. The court also recommended that moving forward, all parties work together, as the Constitution envisions, selecting a Chairman.Justice Saunders also declared in the ruling that before President Granger rejected persons nominated by Opposition Leader Jagdeo, reasons should have been given for the rejections in the interest of transparency.This case, which was heard by the CCJ on May 8, was brought by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha. Mustapha challenged the appointment of Patterson who was appointed to the position of Chairman of GECOM in October 2017.Meeting with Caricom SGMeanwhile, changing his posture later in the day, the Head of State during a meeting with Caricom Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said that the Government would continue to respect the Constitution, and abide by the law.“We respect the jurisdiction of the National Assembly; we respect the jurisdiction of the Court,” President Granger said.last_img read more

Southland home sales sink again

first_imgNevertheless, sales in the region fell an annual 29percent as 19,269 new and previously owned houses and condominiums changed owners. That’s the lowest for any April since 1995, when 15,303 homes sold, the lowest in DataQuick’s statistics, which date back to 1988. The strongest April was just three years ago, when 37,905 homes sold. The monthly average is 25,796 sales. The steepest sales drops came in Riverside County, down 45.1percent to 2,987 transactions, and San Bernardino County, down 46.7percent to 2,049 transactions. In Riverside, the median price fell 1percent to $409,000, and in San Bernardino it gained 2.8percent to $370,000. A sales slide in these two counties has been expected because the Inland Empire was the last market to catch the upside of the last bull market, the company said. “What we’re in for now is the somewhat painful endgame of that cycle,” DataQuick President Marshall Prentice said. In L.A. County, sales fell 22.2percent to 7,225 transactions, and in Ventura County they declined 11.7percent to 890 transactions. That’s the fewest sales for Los Angeles since 7,125 in April 1993 and the fewest for Ventura since 692 in April1995, DataQuick said. In Ventura, the median price slipped 2.4percent to $572,000. Prentice said the slowdown can be attributed to a standoff between buyers and sellers; a rush to buy during the frenzy that evaporated at the end of 2005, thus leaving weaker demand today; and tighter lending standards as a result of the subprime market woes. “There may be buyers out there who would like to buy and who would have been able to buy a year or two ago, and the subprime (problem) is part of that,” DataQuick analyst John Karevoll said. That’s because it’s easier for lenders to make home loans in a rising price climate, where equity in the home can be expected to increase, rather than now, when the value of the home could very well fall, he said. Last month, buyers committed to a monthly mortgage payment of $2,356, up from $2,326 the previous month and up from $2,310 a year ago. Adjusted for inflation, current payments are 9.3percent above typical payments in the spring of 1989, the peak of the prior real estate cycle. And they are 4.1percent below the current cycle’s peak in June. Indications of market distress are mixed. Adjustable-rate financing has fallen significantly, and, while foreclosure activity is rising, it’s still within the normal range in most areas. But trouble is increasing in the Inland Empire, DataQuick said. Summer is not likely to bring much relief on the sales side, either. “I think it’s going to be more of the same. Slow sales and relatively level prices. April is a good indicator of upcoming activity,” Karevoll said. (818) 713-3743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Home sales across Southern California sank to a 12-year low for the month of April on sharp declines in two affordable markets, an industry tracker said Tuesday. But the median price in the six-county region increased an annual 6.1percent to $505,000, unchanged from the previous month and still a record, La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems said. And in the big L.A. County market, the median increased an annual 5.9percent to $540,000, also unchanged from March’s record. The median price, the point at which half the homes cost more and half less, did fall from year-ago levels in four counties, but the declines only ranged from 0.2percent in Orange County to 3percent in San Diego County. “We haven’t seen horrendous price declines. If we had, that would have spooked a lot of people. The fact that prices are still going up gives people a little bit of confidence,” said Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. last_img read more


first_imgAn assistant teacher at a Donegal secondary school had sex with a 14 year old pupil after striking up a relationship with her on a Facebook page.Letterkenny court.The man, who was in his 20s at the time, was taking part in a Strictly Come Dancing event at the school. He received a message from the young girl and they began an online friendship.However some time later the teacher, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sent the girl a picture of his erect penis.They then arranged to meet on two occasions between February and April of 2012.The first time they met she was very drunk but he was sober and they met at her grandmother’s vacant home in East Donegal.On that occasion he had oral and full sex with the girl who was a virgin at the time.The following day he contacted the girl and told her what had happened was a mistake and should not happen again.The on April 8th, 2012, she had been drinking heavily at her family home and sent the man a text at 10pm.He said he had been at a rugby match and became aroused when she contacted him.They arranged to meet again and he asked her to bring a condom as he had not got one with him.Again full sex took place and she said he was much rougher than the first time.Barrister for the man, Martin Giblin, told Letterkenny Circuit Court today the man had become completely ostracised from his community.Before this he had been fine sportsman who enjoyed boxing and rugby.He said he had also apologised to the woman.The man, who pleaded guilty to the defilement of a child on two occasions, sat the back of the courtroom wringing his hands and weeping throughout the case.He had no previous convictions and came from a hard-working and decent family who were very upset by what had happened.The man has also had to move out of his local area.Judge Matthew Deery said the man has been co-operative and apologetic.“The position is she was vulnerable and the offences are obviously serious,” he said.He added that it was clear that he took advantage of her.He sentenced the man to two years for each charge but suspended the last six months of each sentence meaning the man will serve 18 months in prison.ASSISTANT TEACHER JAILED AFTER HAVING SEX WITH 14 YEAR OLD PUPIL AFTER FACEBOOK RELATIONSHIP was last modified: July 16th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ChildcourtdefilementdonegalsexTEACHERlast_img read more


first_imgA great turnout of more than 200 wakers and runners took part in last night’s Education Training Board 5K in Letterkenny.Sean McGettigan from Finn Valley was the first male runner home in a strong time of 16.45 while the first female home was Irene McFadden from Letterkenny AC in a time of 19.43.The night was a huge success and organisers have thanked the Gardai and all stewarts and everyone else who helped out on the night. The following are the results form all those who took part.Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 197 16.45 Sean Mc Gettigan SM Finn Valley A C2 153 16.53 Aidan Callaghan SM Lifford Outreach 3 49 17.00 Paddy Mc Daid SM Finn Valley College4 162 17.01 Ciaran Mc Bride SM Letterkenny A C5 183 17.13 Eddie Sweeney SM Cranford A C6 96 17.19 Liam Doherty SM Cranford A C7 189 18.01 Jonathon Bradley SM Individual 8 200 18.02 Mark Mc Paul JM Finn Valley A C9 303 18.03 Paul Murray SM Finn Valley A C10 157 18.04 Michael Toland SM St Catherines11 182 18.07 Paddy Fox SM Cranford A C 12 74 19.01 Des Goyvaerts SM Individual13 75 19.02 Paul Doherty SM nonetb114 90 19.04 Ciaran Sharkey SM St Catherines15 159 19.10 Jamie Gallagher SM Individual16 133 19.14 Dinny Doherty SM Cranford A C17 173 19.25 Warren Blackburn SM Convoy18 198 19.30 Seamus Nallen SM Individual19 165 19.36 Martin McCabe M40 Individual20 66 19.39 Stephen Gibson SM Deele College21 106 19.43 Irene Mc Fadden SW Letterkenny A C22 105 19.46 Cathal Morrison M40 Individual23 34 19.48 Niall Gildea SM Individual24 33 19.53 Shaun Boyce SM Individual25 126 20.11 Marc Canning SM Individual26 73 20.12 Ciaran McIntyre SM Individual27 305 20.16 Naoise Enright SM Letterkenny A C28 145 20.20 Cathal Porter SM Finn Valley College29 161 20.26 Mark Hunter SM Individual30 87 20.28 Barry Mackey M40 Individual31 144 20.33 Danny Mc Dermott SM Finn Valley College32 124 20.34 Paul Gildea SM Individual33 7 20.37 Martina Hegarty SW Finn Valley A C34 156 20.49 Brendan Callaghan SM St Catherines35 163 20.50 Brian Mc Bride M40 Letterkenny A C36 177 20.51 John Anthony Mc Mullan SM Individual37 119 20.53 Martin Mc Clean SM Individual38 311 20.56 Ronan Gildea SM Individual39 158 20.57 Caolan Gallagher SM St Catherines40 102 21.14 Damien Gallagher SM Individual41 170 21.17 Michael Tunney M40 Individual42 5 21.25 Philip Browne SM Individual43 92 21.27 Serena Mc Daid SW Letterkenny A C44 148 21.35 Garvan Boyce M40 Individual45 125 21.36 Jonathon Edwards SM Individual46 194 21.37 James Mc Bride M40 Individual47 186 21.38 Karen Duffner w40 Finn Valley A C48 104 21.45 Patrick Mc Nulty SM Individual49 137 21.46 Aisling Mc Geehan SW Finn Valley A C50 46 21.51 Martin Gallen SM ETB Offices51 147 21.52 Chris Ashmore M40 Individual52 95 21.58 Gerard O’Donnell M40 Individual53 71 22.01 Pat Mc Garvey M40 Deele College54 129 22.05 Fabian Mc Shane M40 Individual55 108 22.05 Seamus Crudden SM Finn Valley A C56 4 22.07 Shaun O Donnell M40 Individual57 50 22.10 Brigid Moohan SW Moville CC58 57 22.14 Ann Marie Ni Chanainn SW Colaiste Ailigh59 130 22.15 Aidan Dorrian JM Individual60 304 22.26 Kieran Niddy SM Individual61 175 22.27 Mark Gildea SM Individual62 94 22.32 Eilish Mc Clafferty SW Letterkenny A C63 48 22.36 Nigel Kennedy SM Individual64 18 22.37 Amy Ní hEarcain JW Gairmscoil Chu Uladh65 98 22.38 Liam Mc Mullan M40 Individual66 128 22.40 Mark Farren SM Individual67 26 22.41 Evin O Giobáin JM Gairmscoil Chu Uladh68 43 22.44 Brian Troddyn SM ETB Offices69 134 22.50 Dermot Gallagher SM Individual70 154 22.53 Catherine Regan SW Letterkenny A C71 139 22.53 Eibhlin Mc Geehin w40 Finn Valley A C72 138 22.53 Joanne Campbell w40 Finn Valley A C73 115 22.57 Declan Doherty M40 Mulroy College74 35 22.58 Stephen Mc Glynn SM Individual75 91 22.59 Marian Kerr SW Letterkenny A C76 160 23.00 Declan Mc Elwaine SM Individual77 140 23.02 Margaret Shiels w40 Letterkenny A C78 121 23.06 Rachel Crossan SW Individual79 112 23.08 Eugene Mc Ginley SM Raphoe Road Runner80 184 23.13 Sabrina Mackey SW Individual81 117 23.16 Dean Holian JM Deele College82 42 23.17 Gerard Toland SM Crana College83 59 23.19 Paul Brady M40 Individual84 193 23.20 Paul Mc Nally SM Individual85 100 23.25 Eddie Mc Fadden M40 Rosses A.C.86 64 23.25 Liam Mc Dermott SM Adult Ed., Buncrana87 135 23.27 Hugh Mc Gonagle M40 Adult Ed. Ard OD88 131 23.28 Barry Tinney M40 Individual89 152 23.29 Mark Doherty JM Deele College90 190 23.31 Gary Coll SM Individual91 47 23.38 Rory Kennedy M40 Individual92 308 23.38 Lester Dobson M40 Letterkenny A C93 143 23.50 Pat McKenna w40 Letterkenny A C94 40 23.53 Dean Spencer M40 Individual95 99 23.57 Jonathon Wilson SM Individual96 70 24.09 Fiona Deeney SW Deele College97 118 24.11 Cathal Merritt SM Individual98 164 24.12 Aoife Mc Granaghan SW Raphoe Road runners99 123 24.18 Wesley Vance M40 Individual100 312 24.24 Evelyn Boyle SW lk247101 120 24.28 Kieran Gallagher SM Individual102 97 24.32 Myles Sweeney M40 Rosses A.C.103 67 24.36 Gavin Devenney SM Deele College104 185 24.37 Catriona Gilligan SW Finn Valley A C105 93 24.40 Shauna Mc Geehin SW Letterkenny A C106 116 24.50 Stephen Doherty M40 G. Chineal Eoghain107 13 24.52 Neil Gibbons JM Errigal College108 146 25.00 Eileen Morning w40 Individual109 78 25.06 Tracey Lynch SW Individual110 199 25.06 Orla Nallen SW Individual111 141 25.12 Paul Doherty M40 Individual112 122 25.13 Ruth Mc Crudden w40 Letterkenny A C113 111 25.18 Donna Gallagher SW Individual114 309 25.18 Jimmy Gildea M40 Letterkenny A C115 8 25.23 Mark Russell JM Errigal College116 76 25.30 Lee Ponsonby SM Individual117 178 25.39 Conor Friel JM Gairmscoil Chu Uladh118 30 25.40 Joanne Gallinagh SW Gairmscoil Chu Uladh119 77 25.41 Jacqueline Molloy w40 Deele College120 36 25.52 Caitriona Hasson SW Individual121 306 26.02 Andrea Mc Feeley SW Letterkenny A C122 149 26.03 Edel O Donnelll SW Crana College123 60 26.24 John Gallagher SM Colaiste Ailigh124 127 26.27 Susie Bogan SW Individual125 113 26.39 Amanda Mc Grath SW Individual126 84 27.02 Enda Slevin SM Raphoe Road Runner127 88 27.10 Maura Mc Faddden SW Moville CC128 58 27.12 Louise Goudie SW Raphoe Road Runner129 83 27.16 Margaret Slevin SW Raphoe Road Runner130 69 27.20 Annette Gildea SW Deele College131 62 27.25 Tommy Delaney SM Adult Ed. Buncrana132 37 27.30 Lynn Mac Gabhann SW Deele College133 172 27.31 Stephen Sweeney SM Errigal College134 171 27.42 PJ Hagan SM Individual135 82 27.46 Emer Martin SW Raphoe Road Runner136 103 27.52 Grace Bonner SW Moville CC137 174 27.57 Annette Toye w40 Finn Valley College138 14 28.07 Shauna Coyle SW Raphoe Road Runner139 167 28.12 Marie Moyne SW Individual140 3 28.18 Mary O Donnell w40 Individual141 301 28.24 Aine Gallagher SW Crana College142 187 28.30 Patricia Houston SW Finn Valley A C143 41 28.37 Michael Morton M40 Individual144 110 28.48 Mary Bonner w40 Individual145 54 29.07 Marian Gallagher SW Individual146 107 29.14 Fiona Crudden SW Individual147 81 29.15 Edel Page SW Raphoe Road Runner148 168 29.16 Nicola Mc Ateer SW Individual149 109 29.16 Tara Mc Laughlin SW Errigal College150 195 29.20 Deirdre Logue SW Errigal College151 150 29.20 Padraig Duggan SM Finn Valley College152 15 29.34 Aoife Mac Laverty w40 Individual153 169 29.48 Martin Gallagher SM Individual154 307 29.51 Michaela Dunleavy JW Gairmscoil Chú Uladh155 101 30.16 Colleen Gallagher SW Moville CC156 101 30.16 Ann Mc Fadden w40 Individual157 86 30.16 Pamela Mc Granaghan w40 Individual158 85 30.16 Andrew Mc Granaghan SM Individual159 310 30.19 Carina Gibbons JW Gairmscoil Chú Uladh160 80 30.20 Christina Brolly w40 Raphoe Road Runner161 188 30.28 Claire Carr SW Individual162 142 30.30 Olive Doherty w40 Individual163 166 30.55 Marie Mc Bride SW Individual164 196 31.01 John Mc Laughlin JM Errigal College165 114 31.05 Siobhan Carr SW Individual166 51 31.12 Nicola Mc Daid SW St Catherines167 20 31.23 Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill JW Gairmscoil Chú Uladh168 191 31.25 Caroline Mc Cabe w40 Individual169 192 31.29 Rosaleen Lynch w40 Individual170 31 31.35 Ceallaigh Nic Ruairí SW Gairmscoil Chu Uladh171 151 31.51 Aisling Heaney SW Crana College172 44 31.51 shane Laverty SM Individual173 45 31.52 Eunan Mc Bride M40 Individual174 136 32.00 Eilis Cullen JW Deele College175 89 32.00 Fiona Friel SW Deele College176 65 33.11 Helen Logue SW Deele College177 79 33.14 Georgina Mc Crudden SW Individual178 52 33.30 Fiona Kenny SW StCatherinesKillybegs179 53 33.50 Finola Kennedy SW Individual180 72 34.33 Martin Towey JM Deele College181 302 34.39 Aine Laird SW Crana College182 61 34.40 Mary Mc Grath SM Adult Ed. Ard ODo183 9 34.52 Eve anne Mc Carron SW Raphoe Road Runner184 19 35.30 Clár Ni cheallaigh JW Gairmscoil Chú Uladh185 63 35.30 Caolan Mc Daid SM Adult Ed., Buncrana186 201 35.54 Aisling Mc Ateer Walkers Mulroy College187 202 35.55 Laura Lynch Walkers Mulroy College188 227 36.20 Tommy Kerr Walkers ETB Offices189 237 36.20 Charlie Quinn Walkers Finn Valley College190 242 36.31 Katherine Canning Walkers Individual191 241 36.31 Brona Gillespie Walkers Individual192 39 37.12 Ann Spencer w40 Individual193 32 37.12 Rose Duffy w40 ETB Offices194 203 37.18 Angela Gallagher Walkers Mulroy College195 230 37.21 Finola Beirne Walkers Mulroy College196 240 37.43 Paul Coyle Walkers ETB Offices,197 219 37.43 Janet Coyle Walkers ETB Offices,198 205 39.00 Martina Guthrie Walkers Individual199 204 39.00 Aidan Guthrie Walkers Errigal College200 224 40.02 Aine Greene Walkers Mulroy College201 225 40.04 Jade Doran Walkers Mulroy College202 223 41.06 Siubhan Gillespie Walkers ETB Offices203 235 41.06 Julie Mc Devitt Walkers Mulroy College204 236 41.07 Kathleen Mc Gonagle Walkers Mulroy College205 226 41.40 Patricia Gallagher Walkers Deele College206 228 41.51 Lorna Freeborn Walkers Deele College207 238 43.18 Orla Maguire Walkers Mulroy College208 239 43.18 Laobhaise Maguire Walkers Mulroy College209 216 45.15 Caitriona O’Malley Walkers Magh Ene College210 244 48.50 Karen Pattton Walkers Mulroy College211 245 48.57 Mary Mc Ginley Walkers Individual212 231 49.33 Kate Harris Walkers Finn Valley College213 229 52.10 Caroline Dormian Walkers Finn Valley College214 640 59.50 Sean Mc Closkey Walkers IndividualTotal runners and walkers: 213MORE THAN 200 WALKERS AND RUNNERS TAKE PART IN ETB 5K was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:5kEducation Training Boardlast_img read more

Station House Hotel is the place to party this festive season!

first_imgFancy something a little bit different this Christmas? The Station House Hotel in the heart of Letterkenny is the place to party this festive season!They have everything you need for an unforgettable night; centrally located, festive décor, good food and drink, coupled with a warm welcome, friendly banter and lots of Christmas cheer!Everyone knows that Christmas is all about the food and the atmosphere and both are always at the heart of the Station House Hotel. This year the Station House Hotel is hosting two wonderful Christmas party nights with special accommodation rates, and to top it all off the organiser for all Christmas Party Night Bookings with 10 or more guests Eats FREE.This year their party nights run on December 13th & 14thThe evenings will start at 7.30pm with a Warm Mulled Wine Reception, followed by a delicious Four Course Festive Banquet.CLICK HERE to download The Station House Hotel Christmas Party Nights 2019 Brochure. To book any night or event, just call: 00353 74 9123 100www.stationhouseletterkenny.comEmail: info@stationhouseletterkenny.comVisit: the full The Station House Hotel Christmas Party Nights 2019 Brochure by clicking here.Station House Hotel is the place to party this festive season! was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:christmas partiesThe Station House Hotellast_img read more

LEED Can Change, Part One

first_img“Hi, my name is Rob and I’m a recovering public school teacher.” Before I was a green builder, I taught high school for seven years. I loved it for six and three quarters. One of the biggest forces that convinced me to leave education was the constrictive state testing system. I recognize that it is absolutely necessary to have standards, indicators and tests, however that can limit creativity and energy in the classroom. I am a very experiential teacher and believe that of all the learning styles, you can reach the most people by having them “see” and “do.” Teaching to the test strangled me out of the classroom.The USGBC’s LEED Version 3 is a great lunge toward experiential learning using tests and measures that make pragmatic sense. My biggest complaint about the old LEED AP program was that it tested people on their ability to complete the certification process, not their green building knowledge. LEED V3 will include the LEED 2009 Rating and certification system, the new professional accreditation & education program and LEED online. It is the USGBCs goal to streamline the certification process for LEED projects and evolve their metric to be more practical and efficient. They are not reinventing the wheel, just improving upon the existing. I’m so glad to see the USGBC respond in this way.The LEED rating system turns 9 this year with lots of momentum. As of January there were 17,450 registered and 2,122 certified commercial projects and 13,836 registered and 1,304 certified residential projects. There 77,434 LEED Accredited Professionals. In response to increasing urgency of conserving resources and their own internal and external initiatives, USGBC aims to continually improve the LEED system.Here’s a description of the changes that are heading our way:LEED 2009 :: Rating System ChangesThere are 4 major goals of this revamp:First, USGBC (staff, LEED Steering Committee, and LEED committee volunteers) scrutinized the credits within the different rating systems with the goal of consolidating, aligning and updating them. This should simplify the systems and fix issues that previously existed. They also scrubbed the Credit Interpretation Rulings, eliminating the fluff and improving the remainder.Secondly, the rating system will be updated on a regular schedule in order to evolve with the green building industry. This should allow the USGBC to respond to feedback on credit interpretations and alternative compliance paths.The third, and possibly the biggest change, is the transparent weightings that will be applied to the credits. Here, a logical, scientific approach was taken to give more credit where more credit is due. Basically, the more the positive impact a green building strategy has on the environment, the more value a credit will have.Fourthly, bonus credits will be rewarded for a project team recognizing regional priorities and implementing strategies to uphold those. The LEED Steering Committee is working with Regional Councils and Chapters to determine the priorities for different geographic areas.These changes are scheduled to take affect in April of this year. If a project is already registered when the new system rolls out, the team will have the opportunity to upgrade to LEED 2009, or stick with the system in which their project was originally registered. LEED 2009 is for New Construction (commercial), Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance, Commercial Interiors, Schools, Retail, Healthcare and Core and Shell.In the next installment I will review the changes to the LEED AP program and I will explain why I think that builders should become familiar with LEED, take some USGBC courses and even become LEED APs.Informal Poll:The USGBC repeatedly states that they do not treat the LEED rating system as a building code. What do you think about that? Please comment.last_img read more

Stopping diabetes in its tracks

first_imgThe solution to diabetes lies in your plate and your running shoes.Diabetes is big money all right. You know this when you are invited to a conference at a five-star hotel to witness a high level committee deliberating over policies and guidelines for diabetes management in the workplace.The 2nd National Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) Summit was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in collaboration with Eli Lilly and Company and IMS Health. The idea was to help shape public health strategies for comprehensive diabetes management, particularly amongst Public Sector Enterprises, with the objective of making India “better prepared” to combat the rising burden of diabetes. Since diabetes steals people’s health, companies who are better prepared for the impending crisis of diabetes will ultimately safeguard the health of employees, and ensure higher productivity. This certainly counts when you consider the fact there are nearly 254 central Public Sector Units (PSUs) across India, that employ over 14.44 lakh people.At a subliminal level, the idea being pushed at us is that we should prepare ourselves for diabetes – it’s the price we are paying for “economic development.” The two factors that represent our prosperity and are held responsible for disease are processed foods and a sedentary lifestyle.Indeed, the picture is grim: There are already 60 million diabetes patients in India and the number is expected to rise to 100 million in the next 15 years. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people of working age and a major cause of lower limb amputation, kidney failure and stroke.advertisementHypertension and heart disease also strike many. Glucose monitors and blood pressure cuffs have found their way into people’s homes and are predicted to stay. Everyone seems to be getting comfortable with the idea that diabetes is a progressive and lifelong disease that needs to be managed with pills and insulin.We will need to get our vision tested regularly, track our sugar level and pop pills to control this, have weekly foot examinations and ensure we don’t acquire yeast infections in our orifices.This is an expensive proposition. “The annual cost for India due to diabetes was about $38 billion in 2011,” says Dr Chitra Gupta, CEO, Arjate WHealth. According to the WHO, if one adult in a low-income family has diabetes, “as much as 25 per cent of family income may be devoted to diabetes care.” Also, it’s scary to be confronted with a vision of the future that involves taking pills every day just to live normal “healthy” lives: Statins to keep our cholesterol down, metformin to keep our blood sugar levels in check, and beta blockers to tackle high blood pressure.The only way out is to challenge the notion that diabetes is an inexorable, progressive disease that has to be better “managed” by our health care system. Our perspective must shift from management to prevention, since there’s enough research that proves that intensive lifestyle and dietary changes can halt this disease in its tracks and even reverse it. Research shows that losing 5 per cent to 10 per cent of your body weight and getting in 150 minutes of exercise a week may help you slowdown the progress of type 2 diabetes.A groundbreaking study published in the journal Diabetologia a few years ago proved that type 2 diabetes can be reversed through diet changes. Many can control or reverse their diabetes using focused, scientifically based nutritional interventions: Eating a high fibre, plant-based diet of vegetables, nuts, limited whole grains, fruit and lean animal protein; Taking supplements like multivitamins, fish oil, Vitamin D and other nutrients such as chromium and alpha lipoic acid, which help balance insulin; Exercising vigorously for 30 minutes five times a week and strength training for 20 minutes on alternate days.Of course, we must increase diabetes screening and adopt measures that will help people stay healthy in the workplace. But diabetes campaigns need to stress more on the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. Workplaces need to build time for exercise into employees’ lives and schools need to give children the opportunity to play more sports. Eating to stay healthy needs to become everyone’s motto. The solution to diabetes ultimately lies on your plate and in your running shoes!IVF RevolutionisedIt’s slowly becoming a woman’s world after all. Today, a woman over the age of forty can actually get pregnant without fear. The chances of having a perfect baby have skyrocketed for those who can pay for it, with brand new technologies. The IVF egg retrieval procedure differs from regular IVF, by ensuring a healthy pregnancy with minimal risks.advertisementA flash freezing method called ‘vitrification’ is used to freeze a woman’s eggs, which can be used a decade later to create a baby. Screening is done after fertilisation with sperm to check for the perfect embryo, which is free from genetic abnormalities. Then, a single embryo is implanted in a woman’s uterus, which has 90 per cent chances of maturing into a healthy foetus.No amount of alcohol is healthyIf you have justified that daily glass of wine or shot of whisky with the fact that drinking moderately is good for your heart, here’s some news that you won’t greet happily. A new study in the British Medical Journal shows that cutting back on alcohol consumption even for moderate drinkers, will improve their heart health and lower their blood pressure. Disappointingly, there really is no research that shows the benefits of alcohol to the health!Euthanasia discussion rages onShould a person in a vegetative state be allowed to die, and even assisted in ending his or her life? The question of “mercy killing” has fuelled debates across the world and each society has come up with its own conclusion. This is illegal in some countries such as Switzerland, which have legalised “assisted suicide” instead, and the issue of “assisted dying” is still active in the UK parliament. Earlier this week, the euthanasia debate was revived in India and the Union health minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that a national consensus was called for on the matter of ‘passive’ euthanasia, in which terminally ill people with no chances of revival, should be allowed to die. Three years ago, the Supreme Court of India pronounced a verdict that made the withdrawal of life support to a person in a vegetative state legal, in the Aruna Shanbaug case.While active euthanasia (which refers to the use of lethal compounds to end a person’s life), is still illegal in India and other countries, passive euthanasia passes muster. “Active euthanasia is a very complex matter, so many countries have not been able to formulate a clear policy on it. It’s hard to take an absolute position on this matter. We need to consider all viewpoints when deciding about ending life,” says Dr Samir Parikh, Director, National Mental Health ProgramThe writer specialises in health issuelast_img read more

Beermen dump winless Aces

first_imgChoco Mucho gets back at PacficTown, Creamline secures top spot Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Alaska, meanwhile, seeks to put an end to its winless start against Meralco on Friday at MOA Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Terrence Romeo had 18 off the bench, while four more locals added 10 points each in a performance that underscored the perennial contender’s glut of offensive options.The Aces, whose slide continued to three games, turned to JVee Casio for production. Casio finished with 16 points to lead the team and to fill in the void left by injured reinforcement Justin Watts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Vic Manuel tossed in 14 points while rookie Abu Tratter 13 in efforts barely felt after their tormentors pulled away in the second half.San Miguel, which improved to 2-0, joins TNT in second place. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESSTA. ROSA — San Miguel Beer added to Alaska’s miseries by hammering out 109-83 decision in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at Sta Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Laguna.Import Dez Wells led the way with 25 points for the Beermen, who through the resounding victory, primed themselves for a showdown with early leader NLEX in Dubai on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View commentslast_img read more

15 fun activities for school holidays!

first_imgSchool is the time to make a dozen memories and learn through activities apart from just studying. Holidays can be a crucial part of this process and actually going out on holidays and enjoying yourself can not only teach you a lot but also give you great stories and great experiences. We have for you a list of fun activities for your school holidays!Water Park In the scorching heat of the season you cannot have enough of splashing and playing in the water to ify its effects. Going to a water park is thus the perfect remedy one has to offer when it comes to getting rid of both boredom and the heat!  One dozen book challenge Holidays are all about stepping out of your comfort zone and learning new things. What better way to do other than reading books. This holiday season pick up various genres of books and various types of authors and travel to a world of knowledge and learning. Take ‘A Dozen Book Challenge’ in which you try to finish a dozen books in one month and give your knowledge the horizon it needs.Family camp trip Between school, tuition, study hours, homework and all the other things, it is family which is ignored the most. This time instead of taking a generic family vacation take a family camping trip. With no phones or internet to pose as an obstruction, spend genuine time together singing by the bonfire, roasting marshmallows, putting up tents and star gazing together.  advertisementSibling road tripSiblings can be the best friends you need, but in the chaos of everyday life, their company is somewhat lost. Go on a road trip with your sibling, share secrets and redefine your own relationship with them. Re-doing your roomIt is never a bad idea to get in touch with your creative side when you have the time. Give your room the makeover it and explore your own talents while you are at it.Finding love on a weekend trip with your friendsFind summer love on a trip with friends. The best time for a summer romance is on a trip with your friends. Take a train ride, meet new people, visit new places and discover not just a new side of travel but of yourself and love as well.Go ghost huntingA filed ghost hunt makes a good story; a successful ghost hunt makes a unique one! Go to an abandoned building and have a mini adventure which both scares you and makes you laugh your heart out.Sleep oversThe best thing about holidays is that every day is a weekend. The best thing about a weekend is sleep overs. Whether you play playstation or give each other make overs, it does not matter.  Quality time with friends has its own perks which more than usually are unravelled later in life!Visit an old age homeThe old are treasure troves of knowledge who only need some company to unlock their experiences. Take in what they have to offer while giving them moments to cherish and hold onto!Play in a parkYou do not know when you will get to be a free kid next. Revisit your childhood, play hide and seek or ride the swing in a park, cycle around and look at life from a brand new perspective!Cook Cooking is a skill all should know but only some care to pick on. Before the start of next school year or college prepare yourself to know how to cook at least basic dishes. For all you know you stumble upon your latent talent and become the next top chef! Join a workshop A crucial part of learning is understanding how to do things you like differently. Join a workshop, a sport or experiment with your talents. Not only will it let you use your time constructively but also give you an insight into how things are practically done! Learn how to driveDriving is again one of the skills which are necessary to be independent but only some care to learn. This summer set your fears aside and learn how to drive in order to take your first step into independence, maturity and adulthood!Explore your city We spend our entire life in one place and yet never really go to the corners we don’t have business in or look at the variety of things it has to offer. We mostly do not even care to know our own history, culture and heritage. Become a traveller in your city, visit every monument, understand how it came to be about, explore the corners you always ignored you never know what surprise awaits you!advertisementBackyard barbeque No holiday is complete without a grand party where all friends and family members come together to celebrate. What better way to do so than a backyard barbeque! Gather your friends, call your family, take out the music system and celebrate the holidays!last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Playing without pressure has helped England, says Eriksson

first_imgFormer England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson feels that more reasonable expectations from the current side has allowed them to perform better in the World Cup.The 70-year-old led England through the World Cup finals in 2002 and 2006, losing on penalties in the quarter-finals on both occasions.”Before I was the national team coach, the demand was that you would get to the final and preferably win it, but if you got to the final it would be OK – a quarter-final was useless,” he told Swedish state broadcaster SVT in an interview.”That has changed in England. Now if you’d asked the English before the tournament about the quarter-finals, they’d have said ‘Perfect’.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”That means that the pressure on this English generation is less than before. I think they’ve shown that also when they play, they’re more relaxed, which is very good for England,” he told SVT.Despite only losing five competitive games, Eriksson’s time in charge was a rollercoaster ride, with superb performances on the field marred by scandals and tabloid stings off it.The former coach would probably relish a shot at the draw that England have ahead of them, with first the Swedes and then either Croatia or Russia standing between them and a place in the final.World Cup 2018: Sweden stand in the way as England aim to reach semis”Deep down I think England have one eye on the semi-final and maybe they believe a little bit that they can get to the final,” Eriksson said, before warning that England cannot afford to lose to Janne Andersson’s side.advertisement”They’re going to feel terrible. It’s much, much worse for England to lose this match than for Sweden,” he said.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more