…move dubbed as an attempt to muzzle OppositionIn what was described as an attempt to muzzle Opposition parliamentarian Juan Edghill, Government’s Chief Whip Amna Ally on the advice of the Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland moved a motion in the National Assembly to have Edghill suspended for the next four sittings.The motion came in light of Edghill’s failure to comply with the Speaker’s orders to remove from the chamber for disorderly conduct on Monday.Speaker of the House, Dr Barton Scotland“Mr Speaker, following the gross disorderly conduct of Honourable Member Juan Edghill on the 79th Sitting of Parliament, I wish to refer this National Assembly to Standing Order 47(3). I wish to move that this member be suspended from the service of the Assembly for the next four sittings of this Assembly, which is December 15, 2017. I thank you,” Ally said.Standing Order 47(3) states, “Whenever a Member has been named by the Speaker or the Chairperson, then if the offence has been committed in the Assembly, the Speaker shall call upon a Minister to move “That Cde / the Hon Member Mr /Ms… be suspended from the service of the Assembly.” The Speaker shall put the question on such motion forthwith, no seconder being required and amendment, adjournment or debate being allowed. If the offence has been committed in Committee, the Chairperson shall forthwith suspend the proceedings of the Committee and as soon as the Assembly has resumed, shall report the circumstances, whereupon the procedure provided for in the proceeding sub-paragraph shall be followed; and if any such motion be carried, and a Member be suspended, his or her suspension on the first occasion shall continue until the expiration of the fifth day, and on the second occasion shall continue until the expiration of the tenth day on which the Assembly sits after the day on which he or she was suspended, and on the third or any subsequent occasion until the Assembly resolves that such suspension be terminated.”Prior to the passage of the motion, Dr Scotland said that the four sittings’ suspension was as lenient as it got, referencing Edghill’s actions, which resulted in the Committee of Supply being forced to suspend consideration of the 2018 estimates on Monday.Ranks of the Guyana Police Force stand guard outside Parliament on Tuesday“I draw to your attention that Honourable Member Juan Edghill behaved in an extraordinarily unacceptable manner, disregard the directions of the Speaker and making it clear that he will follow his own determinants other than the Speaker’s direction. The consequence of that conduct meant that no work took place yesterday (Monday) afternoon; the result is that all the hours of work still remain to be tended to. The conduct of Honourable Member Juan Edghill is unprecedented…,” the Speaker said.“Honourable Member Juan Edghill remains suspended. That Standing Order for which reference is made is a Standing Order, which authorises penalty that goes to the end of the session. So grave is that conduct so that allowing the person the benefit of four additional days’ suspension is the most lenient that it can be treated,” Dr Scotland added.However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo rose on a point of order to voice his dissatisfaction with the motion, but was refused the opportunity to do so by the Speaker.“We just heard a motion. I just wish to record significant dissatisfaction with what you just said in this House. You spoke about the unprecedented behaviour of Juan Edghill, but you did not speak about the unprecedented presence of Police in this House who assaulted people that you yourself said that you did not invite into this House. We believe that this is an attempt to muzzle, to muzzle Juan Edghill because of the nature of his questioning,” Jagdeo said while being told to take his seat.Edghill remains suspended until December 15.
1 Ilkay Gundogan Manchester United have been told they will need to move quickly to complete a deal for Ilkay Gundogan after Italian giants AC Milan joined the race to sign the playmaker.As talkSPORT reported last week, United still have the luxury of being in pole position to land the Borussia Dortmund midfielder but late interest from the Serie A side could make getting the transfer over the line more difficult.Having already been in touch with Gundogan’s representatives, United will feel confident a deal can be brokered to bring their man to Old Trafford but have also been informed the transfer needs to be completed quickly.Louis van Gaal wants the Dortmund star to marshal the centre of his midfield next season and is prepared to pay over the odds to sign the 24-year-old, despite Gundogan being out of contract at the end of next season.However, according to CalcioMercato, Milan have also listed the one-time FC Nurnberg player as their big summer transfer target to help halt the club’s languishing form as a mid-table side in Serie A.Gundogan has made 32 appearances this term, scoring three times.
1 Scroll down for today’s top newspaper stories Here is a selection of the top stories from Sunday’s papers…Manchester United have the opportunity to sign James Rodriguez for £60m from Real Madrid. (Daily Star Sunday)Pep Guardiola wants to bring Jack Wilshere AND Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City, plus Tottenham left-back Danny Rose. (Sunday Mirror)Arsenal could bid up to £20m for Swansea’s veteran defender Ashley Williams. (Sunday Express)Frank Lampard and Guus Hiddink could join John Terry back at Chelsea next season. (Sunday Express)Jose Mourinho has been approached by Everton, who want him to replace Roberto Martinez as manager. (Sunday Times)Rafael Benitez is interested in becoming Everton’s new manager. (Observer)David Moyes is also in the running for the Everton job, although the Toffees favour Frank de Boer. (Sunday Express)Mike Ashley will try to convince Rafa Benitez to stay as Newcastle manager in the Championship. (Sunday Mirror)Neil Warnock is a contender to replace Benitez. (Sunday People)Andros Townsend is tipped to pip Theo Walcott to a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad. (Mail on Sunday)Roberto Di Matteo could be the next Aston Villa manager. (Daily Star Sunday)Incredibly, Villa are also linked with a move for West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis. (Sun on Sunday)Christian Benteke wants to stay at Liverpool. (Liverpool Echo)Claudio Ranieri wants to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea. (Sun on Sunday) Tottenham are pondering a £20m deal for 19-year-old Swiss striker Breel Embolo. (Sun on Sunday)
ST. LOUIS — Call him Roy Wonder, the 20-game winner in the same rotation with Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte — and the one who finally pitched the Houston Astros into the World Series. While Roy Oswalt usually prefers to be out of the spotlight, he is the toast of Houston — and the MVP of the NL championship series — after allowing one run in seven innings Wednesday night in a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals that sent the Astros to the first World Series in their 44-season history. Oswalt is 4-0 in seven career playoff games (six starts), including Game 5 of the NL division series in Atlanta last October when he won to give the Astros their first postseason series victory ever. Houston also played the Cardinals in the NLCS last year, returning to St. Louis with a 3-2 lead. The Astros dropped the last two games, losing Game 7 after Clemens gave up a two-run lead. Oswalt, who also beat the Cardinals in Game 2 of this series, made sure they didn’t have to worry about a Game 7 this year in St. Louis. “It ranks right up there with winning the gold medal,” said Oswalt, who pitched for the United States at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. “The way he went about his business gave us great confidence,” manager Phil Garner said. “He went after them, he challenged them.” The Cardinals didn’t get a hit until the fifth inning off Oswalt, when Yadier Molina singled before being out at second base on a disputed call. After Oswalt scrambled to get Abraham Nunez’s comebacker, he threw wildly to second, and shortstop Adam Everett caught the ball, making a sweeping tag at Molina. Umpire Greg Gibson called him out, though replays appeared to show Everett missed the tag. Pinch-hitter John Rodriguez then hit a sacrifice fly to score Mark Grudzielanek, who was hit by a pitch to start the inning. That was all the Cardinals got. “He sustained his velocity for the duration of his outing,” catch Brad Ausmus said. “Adrenaline may have had a little bit to do with that.” The last batter Oswalt faced was So Taguchi, who hit a grounder to the right side of the infield. Oswalt raced to first, taking the toss from first baseman Lance Berkman and slamming his foot emphatically on the bag ahead of the speedy runner for the last out of the seventh. The Astros, who were 0-5 in potential NLCS clinchers, became the only team to avenge an NLCS loss the following season. After overcoming a 15-30 record in May, Houston won the NL wild card, and made it four straight years for a wild card to advance to the World Series, following the Angels, Florida and Boston the last three seasons. Oswalt has 59 regular-season wins over the past three years, and this year became the first pitcher since Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson in 2001-02 with consecutive 20-win seasons. Now, he has won the biggest game in Astros’ franchise history –for now. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Yeah, I would classify it as one of the biggest games,” Oswalt said. “Just because of the history of the team, of not being in the World Series after so many years and getting so close.” Clemens and Pettitte are going to the World Series again, the former New York Yankees going this time with their hometown team. With Oswalt wrapping up the NLCS, they will pitch the first two World Series games on the road against the Chicago White Sox this weekend. And Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell, teammates in Houston for 15 seasons, finally made it to the World Series for the first time. The Astros missed a chance to clinch the NL pennant at home Monday night when Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning off closer Brad Lidge to give the Cardinals a 5-4 victory. So Houston celebrated instead after the last game at Busch Stadium, which is four seasons younger than the Astros franchise and will be demolished in the next few weeks to make way for a new stadium. “He was on tonight, and we’ve seen it many times, no-hit stuff early,” Clemens said. “What we saw tonight is what I’ve been witnessing for two years. The guy’s won 20 games twice and they talk about him going unnoticed. He’s not unnoticed around here.” Oswalt threw 77 of his season-high 118 pitches for strikes, and allowed just three hits in the Game 6 clincher.
The mother of a boy whose accusations of molestation against Michael Jackson were rejected by a jury made a brief and apparently reluctant court appearance Friday on welfare fraud charges. At first, the woman was absent from the hearing, sending her lawyer to handle a postponement. But Superior Court Judge David Horwitz demanded that she come to court. After a two-hour delay, she rushed in, clad in a jogging suit. The Associated Press has withheld the name of the woman to protect the identity of her son. With her hair pulled back in a barrette and no makeup, the woman was barely recognizable as the witness who testified at length in the Jackson trial. She is accused of perjury in falsely applying for welfare aid. Prosecutors allege that she collected $18,782 in fraudulently obtained welfare payments between November 2001 and March 2003, failing to disclose that she had received a $150,000 settlement of a lawsuit against a department store chain. The 37-year-old woman didn’t speak during Friday’s proceeding. Her lawyer agreed to a postponement until Dec. 19 for further scheduling. Accompanied by a friend, the woman rushed out of the courtroom with her head down and refused to answer reporters’ questions. At the Jackson trial in Santa Maria, she invoked Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination on the welfare fraud issue and did not testify about it. Jackson was acquitted of molestation charges last June. Many jurors said the lack of credibility on the part of the woman and her children on the witness stand were major factors in their verdicts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
4 December 2007In a bid to encourage and help South African men take action to end violence against women, the Sonke Gender Justice Network continues to roll out its One Man Can campaign across the country.The campaign, a partnership between Sonke and a number of other local, national and international organisations, provides men and boys with resources to act on their concerns about domestic and sexual violence.Launched in 2006 in conjunction with the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, the One Man Can action toolkit includes a resource directory, workshop materials and information on how to develop healthy relationships and support victims of violence.More info, toolkit: One Man CanSonke co-director Bafana Khumalo said that men should play a meaningful role in the quest for gender equality. “As men we need to take a stand on these issues and make a difference.”Sonke programme co-ordinator Nyanda ka-Khanyile said the organisation’s research over the last year showed that many men and boys were concerned about the widespread domestic and sexual violence in the country and wanted it to stop.“As one man you can demand justice, love passionately, stop Aids, and end violence,” said ka-Khanyile.“When a woman is abused and it goes unchallenged, that means all women are vulnerable to abuse too, my mother and sister and yours, and we as men and boys have to stand up and stop the abuse perpetrated by other men.”The toolkit includes information stickers on the campaign, music with anti-abuse messages, slogan t-shirts, video clips, posters and fact sheets that those involved in the campaign can use and distribute.It also provides information and strategies on how men can support a survivor of abuse, use the law to demand justice, educate children early and often, challenge other men to take action, make schools safer for girls and boys, raise awareness in places of worship, and build a human rights culture.The One Man Can action toolkit was developed by the Sonke Gender Justice Network with support from the Western Cape provincial government, Unicef, the South African Development Fund, the Ford Foundation and the International Organisation on Migration.Source: BuaNews
10 October 2013The Cabinet has approved the gazetting of draft technical regulations on petroleum exploration and exploitation by means of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.The proposed regulations will be published in the Government Gazette for public comment for 30 days before being resubmitted to the Cabinet for final approval.Announcing the Cabinet’s decision in Pretoria on Thursday, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said the potential of shale gas exploration and exploitation provided an opportunity for South Africa to begin exploring the production of its own fuel, and could provide huge impetus for the industrialisation of the economy.She added that the draft regulations prescribed international industry practices and standards to enhance safe exploration and production of shale gas, and would ensure that fracking was conducted “in a socially and environmentally balanced manner”.Hydraulic fracturing involves the extraction of gas trapped underground by using pressurised liquid to fracture rock. Opponents of the process argue that the economic benefits of accessing previously unavailable energy sources are outweighed by the potential environmental impacts, including contamination of ground water. According to petroleum industry estimates, 2.5-million hydraulic fracturing jobs had been performed on oil and gas wells worldwide by 2012, more than one-million of them in the United States. South Africa, according to recent estimates by the US Department of Energy, has the eighth-largest shale gas reserves in the world at 390-trillion cubic feet. Shabangu told reporters on Thursday that the government was satisfied that the regulations had sufficiently addressed the recommendations contained in a report on an investigation into the social and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing that was conducted by a technical task team in 2012.The report had recommended measures to mitigate the environmental impact of fracking, the main recommendation being to ensure that the coutry’s regulatory framework was robust enough to ensure that any negative impacts would be mitigated.An interdepartmental committee had been set up to strengthen the regulations, and a comprehensive international benchmarking exercise of well-developed jurisdictions that had begun shale gas exploitation had been undertaken.“We believe, as government, that we have acted in the best possible way, in the interests of the South African economy and its citizens, and we will continue to do so as we traverse this journey of hydraulic fracturing for the production of shale gas.”Among other things, the draft regulations provide mechanisms for the assessment of the potential environmental impact of any proposed activities, for the protection of fresh water resources, and for the co-existence of shale gas exploitation and the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project.“We have a responsibility as government to ensure security of energy supply for the country, and to explore energy sources that will improve the country’s energy mix, grow the economy and contribute to job creation,” Shabangu said.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter
11 February 2014 The Queen’s Baton Relay arrived in Johannesburg on Monday on the last leg of its African tour. It will spend five days in South Africa. Similar to the Olympic torch relay, the Queen’s Baton Relay travels around the world prior to the Commonwealth Games. This time round it will visit 70 nations over 288 days, covering about 190 000 kilometres on its way to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Message from the Queen The relay left Buckingham Palace in London on 9 October, after Queen Elizabeth had placed a message to the Commonwealth in the heart of the baton. The message forms the visual core of the baton design and is illuminated from within by LED lights, but is unreadable until the opening ceremony in Glasgow on 23 July. Within the baton is a granite “gemstone”, native to Scotland, which is gifted to each Commonwealth nation and territory. It can only be released by opening a clever puzzle mechanism. On Monday, the baton was taken around Johannesburg accompanied by South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam, who was also acting in his capacity as the Commonwealth Games Federation’s vice-president.‘Enormous symbolism’ British High Commissioner Judith McGregor was also on hand after joining the relay for the Swaziland and Lesotho legs. “The baton passed through places of tremendous historical importance and it has enormous symbolism, especially for the younger people,” McGregor said. “I’m delighted and proud to be with you here on behalf of the British government.” At the Soweto Aquatics Centre, Sam and McGregor addressed school children from Orlando West High School. “Look at this baton very carefully,” Sam said. “When you watch this baton and its message being read out by the Queen on 23 July, you can say that you saw this baton when it came to South Africa.” Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy said in a statement: “We welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to South Africa and it is a reminder of the importance of participating in the Commonwealth Games. As Sascoc, we celebrate our achievements in our 20-year democracy and we hope this inspires the youth to be great achievers.” The 2014 Commonwealth Games take place in Glasgow Scotland from 23 July to 3 August. SAinfo reporter and South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committe
A green home should be a healthy home. It shouldn’t grow mold, mildew, and dust mites. It shouldn’t introduce significant quantities of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or other hazardous chemicals into the indoor environment. It should have plenty of fresh air for its occupants.Beyond keeping homeowners healthy, a well-designed green home can go even further with measures to ease stress and enhance a sense of wellbeing.A few specific strategies for ensuring a healthy indoor environment are described below:Deal with moistureMoisture getting into homes—or not being able to get out—is probably the number-one cause of health problems in homes today. Standing water, dampness, and high humidity result in mold and mildew growth, dust mites, and other problems. Strategies for keeping water out include deep roof overhangs, surface grade sloping away from the house, and proper flashing around windows, doors, and other penetrations.Strategies to get rid of moisture include installation of quiet bath fans that will actually get used (automated controls for bath fans are even better), kitchen range-hood fans that exhaust to the outdoors, rainscreen detailing on walls to allow trapped moisture to escape, and soffit and ridge vents in the attic (unvented “hot” roofs can also work, as long as the roof system is extremely well-sealed).Various “operation and maintenance” measures are also very important in dealing with moisture: fixing roof leaks that are found, fixing plumbing leaks, never drying firewood in the basement, always operating fans when showering, and avoiding too many indoor plants (especially in the summer when relative humidity levels are high).Keep pollutants outOne of the easiest ways to cut down on pollutants and moisture being tracked into a building is to install track-off mats for entryways. In commercial buildings, track-off mats are often designed with grates and drainage outside, then a coarse mat to remove soil and particles, and finally a softer mat that dries shoes as you scuff across it. In homes, a place to remove shoes and a no-shoes policy is a great way to keep pollutants out and reduce cleaning needs.Avoid VOCsSpecify zero-VOC or low-VOC paints, sealants, and other materials with chemical constituents. With recent advances in finishes and adhesives, for most applications there is no longer a compromise in performance or durability when selecting low-VOC products.Avoid hazardous chemicals and componentsA wide range of chemicals are introduced into our homes through building materials, furnishings, and other products. Hazards we should try to avoid include brominated or chlorinated flame retardants, bisphenol-A or BPA (used in epoxies and polycarbonate plastics), phthalate plasticizers (used mostly in flexible vinyl or PVC), and formaldehyde. It’s a good idea to invest in learning about these hazards and working to select products that are free of them. Try to avoid insulation materials that include brominated flame retardants, for example, and cabinets made with particleboard or medium-density fiberboard (MDF) that contains urea-formaldehyde binders.Provide fresh airMechanical ventilation is needed to deliver fresh air throughout a house. The old argument that we shouldn’t tighten up our homes too much, because we won’t get enough fresh air doesn’t make sense. When we depend on air leakage for fresh air, we only get fresh air when there’s a pressure difference driving air exchange in a house: that could be wind or very cold temperatures that create a stack effect. In the swing seasons (spring and fall) and in milder climates air leakage doesn’t cut it. With mechanical ventilation, we can control how much air we introduce, where it comes from, where it is delivered, and from where we exhaust the stale indoor air.The best ventilation system is a “balanced” system with separate fans for exhaust and supply with ducting. In cold climates, it makes sense to run these air streams past each other using a air-to-air heat exchanger or heat-recovery ventilator, so that most of the heat from the outgoing indoor air is transferred to the incoming fresh air.Provide for psychological healthDelivering daylighting and connections to the outdoors can help to maintain psychological health. A growing body of research is showing that in offices, these features boost worker productivity, in hospitals they speed recovery from illness or operations, and in schools they improve learning. The idea of design features that connect us with nature is referred to as “biophilic design” (biophilia is the innate affinity humans have for nature). This is a way to make an ordinary home a great home.My top-10 list of green building priorities so far:#3. Ensure a healthy indoor environment#4. Reduce the need for driving#5. Build smaller and optimize materials use#6. Ensure durability and reuse existing buildings#7. Protect and restore the site#8. Use green materials#9. Create resilient, climate-adapted buildings#10. Make it easy for homeowners to be green In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog Alex’s Cool Product of the Week on BuildingGreen.com, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail—enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, LLC and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.
MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Though, it was a brief first PBA stint, Barone said he still enjoyed the experience playing for Columbian.“It was great. The fans, everybody’s been really nice to me, everybody welcomed me. I just thank the fans, to everybody who were involved.”The 6-foot-10 Barone played for the Saigon Heat in the Asean Basketball League before joining Columbian and it appears the big man could likely end up returning to the ABL.“It’s always a possibility. Right now, I’m not sure whats happening. I liked it, I enjoyed when I was there in the ABL. Let’s wait and see what happens.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We played well tonight. Everybody’s moving the ball, everyone was shooting and we’re making shots. It’s fun what that happens, we usually win games when it happens too. Hopefully, they can continue playing that way,” Barone said after Columbian dumped NLEX, 120-105, Saturday night.“I just thank them for having me out here. Too bad we couldn’t play that way since I got here. It’s a young team, they’re learning as we go along just like I’m learning how they play. That’s the thing that showed tonight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBarone, who finished with 31 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, said he fully understands Columbian’s decision to let him go.“I wanted to ride it out but they made their decision and I respect their decision,” said Barone, who will be replaced by Lester Prosper. “I’m just gonna move on and I wish them the best of luck.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Kyle Barone played his final game for Columbian, helping the Dyip post their first win in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.He only wished the victory came much earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No Mr. Nice guy: Buboy confident ruthless Pacquiao will show up vs Thurman Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport