Professor Rudolph James dies

first_imgLaw Professor Rudolph “Rudy” James died on Monday in the United States where he had travelled to seek medical treatment after falling ill last year.He was 85.Professor James taught Law in both Guyana and Africa. He lived in Papua New Guinea for a number of years before remigrating here and eventually heading the University of Guyana’s (UG’s) Department of Law from 1999 to 2004.Most recently, he served on an advisory committee for the establishment of a local law school. He was also one of the Commissioners on the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) established to examine and make recommendations to resolve issues and uncertainties surrounding the individual, joint or communal ownership of lands.Professor Rudy JamesProfessor James also co-authored a book with fellow Professor Harold Lutchman titled, “Law and the Political Environment in Guyana”. This book includes one of the most incisive critiques of the Constitution unilaterally introduced by Forbes Burnham in 1980, which James and Lutchman pointed out made him a virtual dictator and placed him above censure. They pointed out, for instance, one article empowering the National Assembly to recall the President but a later one which allowed him to dissolve that Assembly.In a tribute to Professor James, Plai-sance Spar-endaam Goedver-wagting Development Association on their Facebook page back in 2014 had zoomed in on the earlier life of the Plaisance Village, East Coast Demerara native.It notes that Professor James was educated in Guyana and the UK and after completing his National Service in the British Royal Air Force (RAF), he went on to study for a career in the legal profession. He was awarded a scholarship by the RAF and studied and completed the LL.B degree and Bar finals, both with honours, and was called to the Bar as a member of Middle Temple Inn in 1961.Upon completion of his Master’s Degree in Law (LLM) at University College, London University, he took up an appointment as an assistant lecturer in Law at the University of Ife, Nigeria, and came under the influence of renowned equity English academics who pioneered Nigerian Legal education: Professor Roy Marshall of Sheffield University, his Dean, Professor Hanbury of Oxford University (Dean of the faculty, University of Nigeria, Nnsuka) and Professor LCB Gower (author of Company Law), who was Dean at the University of Lagos.Professor James specialised in the subjects of Equity and Property Law and taught both courses to law students and developed a course on Customary Land Law of Nigeria, a subject on which he researched and wrote his thesis for the PhD degree which was awarded to him in 1967.It was whilst teaching at the University of Ife that Professor James met and married his wife, Dr Adeola James (nee Omibiyi), in 1965, who was then an assistant lecturer in the Department of English. They went on over the years to raise eight children and recently celebrated their forty?eighth anniversary in wedlock.Professor James authored many books on property law in Africa and the Pacific where he occupied posts of Professor of Law and Dean of the Law Schools. He was a legal adviser of various committees set up to perform the laws of property and his last assignments before returning home to Guyana were to document the processes, legal and illegal, of land grabbing of the traditional lands of the Motu Koitabu people of Papua New Guinea and establishing a new model of land-holding for the protection of such lands.President David Granger joined the list of persons, including Professor Lutchman, who were saddened by Professor James’ death. The Head of State in a statement on Wednesday extended sympathy to Professor James’ wife and children as well as relatives and friends.last_img read more

Caen ready to sell promising Premier League striker target

first_img1 Yann Karamoh Caen are ready to sell Everton, Newcastle, Southampton and West Ham target Yann Karamoh.The 18-year-old broke into the first team last season and he impressed during his debut campaign with five goals in Ligue 1.The striker’s form has attracted interest from England and Everton, Newcastle, Southampton and West Ham are all keen on signing him.Caen naturally want to keep hold of Karamoh and they have offered him an extension on his current contract, which expires in a year.However the France under-21 international has snubbed that proposal and, according to L’Equipe, he will now be sold.Caen simply do not want to lose Karamoh for free in 12 months time and as a result they are ready to sell this summer to the highest bidder.last_img read more

Westbrook, Biles win athlete of year honors at The ESPYS

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments She was one of three double winners. Biles also won best female Olympic athlete.Phelps won record-setting performance for extending his record Olympic medal haul and as best male Olympic athlete.Aaron Rodgers won best NFL player and shared best play with then-Green Bay Packers teammate Jared Cook. Another Packer, Jordy Nelson, earned best comeback honors.The biggest ovation of the night belonged to former first lady Michelle Obama, who posthumously honored Eunice Kennedy Shriver with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for championing the rights and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities through her founding of Special Olympics. Her son, Tim Shriver, accepted the trophy.“Once a great first lady, still a great first lady,” Shriver told Obama as the crowd roared its approval.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong NBA player Russell Westbrook (R) accepts the Best Male Athlete award from NFL player Russell Wilson and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn onstage at The 2017 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Russell Westbrook won best male athlete at The ESPYS, while Olympic gymnast Simone Biles earned best female athlete honors Wednesday night.The 25th annual show honoring the past year’s top athletes and sports moments was hosted by Peyton Manning, who humorously mocked his reputation as a control freak and an overexposed commercial pitchman in the retired NFL quarterback’s opening monologue.ADVERTISEMENT Ball scores 36 for Lakers in NBA Summer League tournament Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Westbook was the NBA MVP, led the league in scoring and set a record for most triple-doubles in a season with 42. The Oklahoma City Thunder star won the trophy over Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.“It’s been an unbelievable journey for me,” said Westbrook, a fashion fiend who adjusted his black shirt and green pants with wide white stripes before he spoke. “I want to make sure I look good first.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBiles became the most decorated U.S. Olympic gymnast at the Rio de Janeiro Games, winning five medals, including four golds and a bronze. She beat out Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, WNBA star Candace Parker and Serena Williams for the honor.“Ever since Rio it has been an amazing year,” Biles said. “I want to thank you all for believing in me.” LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Comedian Jon Stewart gave the Pat Tillman Award for Service to Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro for his strength through adversity and continued service to his country.The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance was given to 15-year-old New Orleans Saints superfan Jarrius “JJ” Robertson, who is fighting a rare and chronic liver disease.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ The Patriots and Falcons shared the best-game award for the Super Bowl, won in a furious comeback by New England.LeBron James, a five-time winner last year, was named best NBA player. Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels won best MLB player, while Crosby won best NHL player.The show’s most bizarre bit involved Bill Murray accepting the best moment award for the Chicago Cubs’ World Series victory that ended a 108-year championship drought.Wearing a red party hat on top of a backward Cubs cap, Murray cracked, “One hundred eight years of waiting is hardly a moment. This is the culmination of 108 years of momentum by momentous men.”The actor and comic plucked a bottle of champagne out of a mop bucket being pushed by retired Cubs catcher David Ross disguised as a janitor. Murray used a sword to open the bottle and took a swig. He gave presenter Nick Offerman a bottle to open with the sword, and the longtime Cubs fans toasted and drank.Ross eventually shed his disguise and writhed on the stage mimicking moves from his “Dancing With the Stars” appearance. Ross opened his own champagne bottle with the sword and chugged as Cubs owner Tom Ricketts watched from the audience at Microsoft Theater. The trio then poured champagne on each other’s heads.The NBA champion Golden State Warriors earned best team honors, while Warriors newcomer Kevin Durant received the championship performance trophy.“It was an unbelievable year,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “A lot of noise and hype around it from the beginning of the year, but we tried to keep our head down and focus on the process. Hope to represent exactly what a team means.”Actor Bryan Cranston presented the Icon Award to 89-year-old Vin Scully, who retired in October after a record 67 years broadcasting for the Dodgers.“Hi everybody and a very pleasant good evening to you,” Scully said, drawing cheers at his signature greeting. “I hope you don’t mind, but I wanted to hear it one more time.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Jedinak penalty helps Australia hold Denmark 1-1

first_imgAustralia Mile Jedinak scored second goal from penalty at the World as Australia held Denmark to a 1-1 draw on Thursday.Christian Eriksen scored in the opening minutes for Denmark, which has gone unbeaten in 17 straight international matches. Eriksen’s seventh-minute opener was fully deserved by the fast-starting Danes and the quality of his half-volley finish was excellent in a tournament that has produced some wonderful goals.Jedinak, however, got Australia back into the game with his second penalty in Russia, awarded following the intervention of the VAR, and the draw kept the Socceroos alive in the tournament.Denmark moved on to four points and need at least a draw against France in their final game to guarantee a last-16 spot, while Australia, with one point, must win their last match against Peru to stand any chance of going through.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEAfter their opening defeat by France, Australia coach Bert van Marwijk resisted the temptation to draft in attacking reinforcements, leaving veteran forward Tim Cahill on the bench for the second match in a row.It looked a bad decision in the early stages as Australia laboured up front and the Danes tore into their opponents at a furious pace.Aaron Mooy’s poor clearance was immediately returned into the area. Nicolai Jorgensen controlled and cleverly flicked the ball inside to Eriksen, who ghosted into space and lashed a sweet half-volley on the rise which flew high into the net.It was Eriksen’s 13th goal in his last 15 appearances for his country and underlined the pivotal importance of the Tottenham Hotspur playmaker to the otherwise workmanlike Danes.advertisementFIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEHEADER WIDEThey should have doubled their advantage when Jorgensen flashed a header wide at the near post as Australia looked ragged at the back and toothless up front.Yet just as in their opening game, Australia were handed a route back into the match from the penalty spot, thanks to the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee.Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz had failed to spot that Mathew Leckie’s header had struck the arm of Yussuf Poulsen, but after being alerted to the incident by the VAR, he pointed to the spot.Danish keeper Kasper Schmeichel had not conceded for 571 minutes, but Jedinak calmly rolled home his penalty in the 38th minute to level the scores.Having clawed their way back into the game, Australia seemed imbued with a renewed sense of belief, surging forward in numbers whenever they could and roared on by the vast array of green and gold clad fans in the Samara Arena.They could not turn that impetus, however, into clear chances.After Denmark’s Pione Sisto put a good opportunity wide, Australia gradually got on top, but the nearest they came to a winner was when Leckie’s cross was turned over his own goal by Henrik Dalsgaard and Mooy blasted over from distance.Second-half substitute Daniel Arzani brought an additional spark to the Australia attack and had a good shot parried by Schmeichel at the death while Leckie tested the Danish keeper with a hooked effort.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

ECC Calls on Operators of ECIs to Get Registered

first_imgStory Highlights Chairperson of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Trisha Williams-Singh, is reminding operators of early-childhood institutions (ECI) that they are required to register their institutions with the ECC.“If you are registered, that means you are operating legally. So, if you are not registered… you are operating illegally,” Mrs. Williams-Singh said.She was speaking at a function held recently at the offices of the National Volunteer Centre, Camp Road in Kingston.“I use this opportunity to say to you, get on the books, do right by the children of Jamaica,” the Chairman urged.Under the Early Childhood Act and Regulations of 2005, all ECIs operating in Jamaica must be registered with the ECC, which is the sector’s regulatory agency.As part of the registration process, institutions must satisfy standards for health and safety (public health and fire safety reports, and police records); and educational quality, including teacher-qualification certificates. They must also pass a stringent inspection process.The ECC was established in 2003 by the Early Childhood Commission Act. Its functions include advising the Minister on policy matters relating to early-childhood care, education and development in Jamaica.These include initiatives and actions to achieve national early-childhood development goals; assisting in the preparation of plans and programmes concerning early-childhood development; and monitoring and evaluating the system. Chairperson of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Trisha Williams-Singh, is reminding operators of early-childhood institutions (ECI) that they are required to register their institutions with the ECC. She was speaking at a function held recently at the offices of the National Volunteer Centre, Camp Road in Kingston. “If you are registered, that means you are operating legally. So, if you are not registered… you are operating illegally,” Mrs. Williams-Singh said.last_img read more

Air Canada to hire 900 over next year 200 more for new

MONTREAL — Air Canada says it will hire about 1,100 employees across a number of fields, including 200 at its new low-cost carrier.The airline said Thursday the jobs are part of its strategy to “seize new commercial opportunities, enhance customer service and renew our workforce.”Air Canada says it will hire approximately 400 flight attendants and some 500 airport customer service agents and baggage handlers.Sixty customer service agents will be hired for call centres in Montreal and Toronto.[np-related /]“This recruitment program is consistent with our focus on controlling costs to become more competitive in our various markets,” said president and CEO Calin Rovinescu.“At a time when youth unemployment is nearly 15% in Canada, we are pleased to offer exciting career opportunities that will especially appeal to young people.”The company cited attrition as one of the main drivers behind the hiring of customer service agents and flight attendants.In addition to the hires at the main airline, the company says it will hire approximately 150 flight attendants and 50 pilots for its low-cost airline — which is slated to launch in 2013.Air Canada says information on the job postings can be found at, adding applications can be filled out online.The airline currently employs some 27,000 people across Canada and the world.On Wednesday, Air Canada said it’s just a couple of weeks away from announcing details of the new discount carrier that will serve transatlantic and leisure routes in the Caribbean and the United States.It will be wholly owned by Air Canada, but carry a different name.Air Canada had been beset by labour problems for most of the last year with all of its major unions, which has hurt both its reputation and its share price.The pilots are one of two major labour groups at Air Canada that were forced to accept the airline’s final offer in labour negotiations earlier this year. The other union is the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents repair and ramp crews.Both disputes were sent to binding arbitration ordered by the federal government, which brought in back-to-work legislation after Air Canada locked out the pilots and the Machinists announced they would go on strike earlier this year.In August, the airline reported it lost $96-million in the second quarter, more than double the $46 million it lost in the same period a year earlier and more than analysts had expected.The loss was equal to 35 cents per share, up from 17 cents per share in the comparable year-earlier period.On an adjusted basis, the Montreal-based airline had a loss of five cents per share, up from a loss of one cent per share a year ago.Air Canada is the country’s largest domestic and international full-service airline providing scheduled and charter air transportation for passengers and cargo to more than 175 destinations on five continents.It is the world’s 15th largest commercial airline, providing service to more than 32 million passengers a year.The Canadian Press read more

Midsized companies in Canada on the decline BDC says

MONTREAL — The number of mid-sized companies in Canada declined by 17% from 2006 to 2010, according to a study by the Business Development Bank of Canada.The study says the number dropped from 9,370 to 7,814 during that period. The hardest hit sector was manufacturing, which saw more than half its mid-sized firms vanish between 2001 and 2010 from 2,807 to 1,381.The BDC study is based on Statistics Canada data and Harris-Decima surveys.It also found that 14% of mid-sized firms became small firms (below 100 employees) or closed down each year from 2006 to 2010. Only 1.4% grew to become corporations with 500 or more employees.While mid-sized companies declined across the country, Ontario was hit worst, losing a quarter of these firms between 2006 and 2010 (from 3,810 to 2,861).”This decline should signal a call to action as mid-sized firms are vital to the Canadian economy,” said BDC chief economist and study lead author Pierre Cleroux.”They’re few in numbers, yet their contribution to Canada’s economic prosperity cannot be overemphasized. They really do punch above their weight.”BDC said while mid-sized firms represent just 1% of the total number of companies, they account for 16% of Canadian jobs, 12% of GDP and 17% of exports. read more