first_imgDear Editor,The controversial Appeal Court’s ruling against the No Confidence Motion (NCM) resolves around the meaning of the word “majority” as intended by Article (106). No one in the Appellate disagrees that the greater number in the National Assembly constitutes a majority. The median or the 50th percentile of a set of numbers, by statistical and mathematical reasoning, is half the sum of all numbers plus one, or equivalently 1/2 (n+1).In the case of the fifty (52) Members of Parliament of the Republic of Vanuatu, one half of 53 (26.5) and then rounded up yield 27 as the majority. In the case of Guyana with 65 sitting Members of Parliament, one half 66 (65+1) is 33, the number that constitutes the majority as in the case of the Republic of Vanuatu.However, in the Guyana case, the median was not applied. Instead, Chancellor Cummings-Edwards and Justice Gregory disaggregated the median formula into two overlapping stages to define the majority by taking one-half, rounded-up and then plus one to yield a majority of 34. This two-stage hybrid is mathematically and statistically flawed by international standards.Why? In the first stage, the number is rounded-up, and again the rounded value is added to one to overstate the majority by one. Therefore, based on the median principles in determining the 50th percentile, 33 is the majority of 32 in the 65-Member Parliament; and, reflects the true effect of the constitution.Chancellor Cummings-Edwards and Justice Gregory have been misguided in their ruling, but for Justice Persaud who correctly uphold the ruling earlier reached by Parliament and validated by the High Court.Yours sincerely,Dr Dev Rawana, PhDProfessor ofEconomics andStatisticslast_img read more

first_imgAs relatives returned home from the post-mortem examination of a man who drowned in East Canje, they were greeted with the news that his father’s decomposed body was discovered in a house in another part of East Canje.Dead: Bhognarine IsbarranDead: Budhram IsbarranOn Monday, Bhognarine Isbarran, also called “Gaga”, 40, was fished out of a trench in the backlands of Cumberland, East Canje. The man had gone fishing.According to his mother, Niniwattie Persaud, called “Nado”, the former cane harvester left home to go fishing and never returned. A search party went in search of Bhognarine, who was an epileptic, and discovered his body partly submerged in a trench.Persaud explained that his face was in the water and the rest of his body out of the trench.Bhognarine, who had separated from his wife a few years ago, became ill and stopped working as a cane harvester. He did odd jobs in the village to earn an income. An autopsy conducted on the body on Wednesday confirmed that he drowned.After the results of the autopsy were given to family members, Persaud received news that her former husband was found dead in a house at Reliance Settlement.The partly decomposed body of the elder Isbarran, was discovered lying on the floor of his Lot 47 Second Street, Reliance Settlement home, partly nude.The 67-year-old was last seen on Monday. Reports are that neighbours heard him groaning on Monday evening. One of his nephews told this newspaper that on Sunday, Isbarran complained of feeling unwell and did not go into the backdam to attend to the cattle.A check was made on Wednesday at Isbarran’s home and the discovery was made. “After I went out all day Monday and Tuesday looking for the cows, I send over one of the workers to go over and check on he because is since Sunday he leave and say he going in the market and I ain’t see him… the boy come back and say when he push the door, he see him swell up on the floor.”A post-mortem examination is expected to be conducted on the body today.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Alito’s predilections won’t be discerned from any single case or long-ago memo. But, unlike Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who had only two years of judicial opinions when he came up for confirmation in September, Alito has a 15-year track record as an appeals court judge, plus a long tenure in the Justice Department during the 1980s. The lengthy paper trail will constrain Alito in answering questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Unlike Roberts, who dazzled senators with textbook responses, Alito won’t be able to pacify critics by giving a professorial overview of the law: Each of his responses will be measured against his long record. If the senators do their homework, the public should emerge with a clearer picture of Alito’s views. And the record itself, which has been coming to the public’s attention in dribs and drabs through journalistic examination of cases and the release of documents by the National Archives, should provide fodder for a week’s worth of questions. There are, for instance, many times when Alito applied strict conservative readings of the Constitution in highly charged cases that other judges viewed differently. He voted to strike down a ban on the sale of machine guns because he felt Congress lacked the power to regulate such sales. He voted to allow a public high school to include a prayer in its graduation ceremony, on the grounds that students preferred it to a moment of silence. He said a police officer couldn’t be sued for strip-searching a 10-year-old girl if he reasonably believed he had a warrant to do so, even if he didn’t have one. Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s chances of being confirmed as a Supreme Court justice could turn on whether the public comes away from next week’s confirmation hearings believing he is a conservative judicial activist or merely a conservative judge. A conservative judge is a careful reader of legal precedents who is inherently cautious about advancing new interpretations. A conservative judicial activist seeks to change the court’s past interpretations to suit his agenda. If there’s one point of agreement to emerge from the two months of political vetting since Alito’s nomination, it’s that most of his supporters and most of his detractors believe that conservative judges are worthy of confirmation, but conservative activists (or any activists) are not. But there is no bright line between conservative judges and activists. Even cautious Supreme Court justices don’t hesitate to overturn cases that they believe have been wrongly decided; and even highly committed activists defer to precedent in some areas. And, in a case that later went to the Supreme Court, he declared that requiring married women to inform their husbands of their plans to have an abortion did not pose an “undue burden” on a woman’s rights. To critics, these decisions are the work of an activist who seeks to limit congressional power, allow a greater role for religion in public life, reduce constraints on law-enforcement officers, and make it harder for women to get abortions. To his supporters, the decisions show a conservative judge’s fidelity to the Constitution, assuring that activities within individual states can’t be regulated by Congress, as in the machine-gun case, but otherwise giving deference to legislatures and law-enforcement officials. Alito’s critics buttress their case by pointing to memos from his Justice Department career that, they say, go beyond analyzing cases to express enthusiasm for the conservative agenda. Most of the disputes about Alito turn on his motives – essentially, whether he seeks to impose a political agenda on the courts. Alito’s motives ought to be discernible by a panel of tough questioners fortified with a quarter-century of legal writings. Much will depend on how seriously the senators take their roles as questioners. Initial signs are good. Many Democrats have expressed deep concerns about Alito, but most have also promised to keep an open mind. The Judiciary Committee’s Republican chairman, Arlen Specter, has been supportive of Alito but also vowed to be a tough inquisitor. If the senators fulfill their responsibilities, next week’s hearings will be the most revealing in decades. Peter S. Canellos is Washington bureau chief of the Boston Globe. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgAn inquest into the death of a man who was shot dead in Co Donegal has been told the Garda investigation is live and continuing.Andrew Allen was shot at close range by a gang in Buncrana in February, 2012. An inquest into the death was held at Buncrana Courthouse was told that the investigation is ongoing.Garda Inspector David Murphy told the coroner’s court that there was a recent arrest in the case.“Our investigation is continuing. There was an arrest in April of this year. The investigation is live and continuing and we are applying to have an adjournment,” he said.The late Andrew Allen.Mr Allen, who was originally from Derry, was killed when a gang shot through the windows of his rented home at Links View Park.A car, believed to have been used by his killers, was found burnt-out a short distance away.Mr Allen’s girlfriend, who was in the house at the time, escaped injury.There have been a number of arrests in connection with the case but nobody has ever been charged.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley said he was pleased to hear the investigation is still ongoing and adjourned the inquest until March 14th next.Inquest of Buncrana murder victim told Garda investigation is live was last modified: October 1st, 2017 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:Andrew AllenGardaiinquestinvestigationlast_img read more

first_imgDonegal fans are counting down the hours to Ireland’s “do or die” game against Spain in Sopot in the Euro 2012 Championships tonight.Hundreds of Donegal fans have arrived in Gdansk for the crucial game which kicks off at 7.45pm.Letterkenny man Stephen Doherty said the atmosphere is electric and wished Shay Given and all the team the best of luck. “It feels like half of Donegal is here. Everywhere you go you meet someone. We were at the team hotel this morning and it was lovely.“We met some of the team and they were in great form. Hopefully we can do it and keep our dream alive,” he said.Among the other Donegal fans at the hotel were Gerry Meehan, Conor Doherty, James Barcley, Tadhg Culbert and Odhran McGowan.Back home the atmosphere is also building ahead of the big game. Large crowds are expected in Letterkenny where a huge screen has been erected at Market Square.Pubs across the county have reported a steady build-up to the game and are hoping a victory can spark renewed interest after a poor start.Cmon Ireland!!  LET’S GO ALL THE ‘SHAY’ AND TAKE SPAIN! was last modified: June 14th, 2012 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)last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The fourth shows Moss waving from a window in the Priory clinic, where she was treated for alcohol and drug problems in 1998. It also features her boyfriend Pete Doherty, ex-boyfriend Johnny Depp and other celebrities. Vine gained attention last year with her painting of Princess Diana with blood dripping from her mouth. It was sold to Charles Saatchi, one of Britain’s most influential collectors of modern art. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kate Moss is the subject of four paintings by Stella Vine now on show at a London exhibit, including one based on a tabloid photo that allegedly shows her preparing a line of cocaine. A portrait titled “Must Be the Season of the Witch” is based on a photo of the 31-year-old supermodel that was published in a London tabloid in September. Vine said Friday she usually bases her work on press photos. Moss entered The Meadows rehab clinic outside Phoenix after the photo was published. She left the clinic in late October and has resumed her modeling career. Two of Vine’s other paintings of Moss are also portraits. One shows a wide-eyed Moss holding a champagne glass. Another, titled “Holy Water Cannot Help You Now,” shows her holding a cigarette in her hand as paint drips from her face. last_img read more

first_imgMatt Olson hadn’t seen Milwaukee power reliever Josh Hader since low-A ball. That lefty-on-lefty matchup typically went Hader’s way.“I might have one hit off the guy,” Olson said. “He’s had my number for multiple years.”Olson wasn’t alone. Hader has most big leaguers’ number, really. In three seasons playing under The Show’s spotlight, the two-time All-Star has a cumulative 2.25 ERA and had allowed all of 22 home runs.In the 10th inning Tuesday night, game tied, Olson got that second hit. …last_img read more

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… No Confusing LingoThe difference between Sparkbuy and so many other shopping comparison sites is how it phrases your gadget requirements. Instead of saying “4 GB of RAM or higher” or “500 GB hard drive,” for example, the filters on Sparkbuy are written using the language that normal (i.e. non-geeks) understand – like “fast” and “big hard drive.”Other options include things like “lightweight” and “long battery” for describing the computer’s features, and choices like “Photoshop” or “MS Office,” for describing the types of software programs the computer can support. For TVs, you can toggle things like “3D” or “Wall Mount” on or off, and then use sliders for more technical items like “Contrast Ratio” or “Brightness.”The resulting lists can then be sorted by best match or price (either low to high or vice versa). Individual items have easy-to-read ratings, spec lists and links to sites where the product can be found. Tags:#NYT#Product Reviews#Real World#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… sarah perez Like the popular flight-finding service Kayak, a new startup called Sparkbuy, launching at the Web 2.0 Expo today, wants to make the process of finding the perfect gadget easier using a similar simplified interface. Although consumers already have a number of gadget-shopping services at their disposal, including everything from Google Product Search to Amazon, Sparkbuy is innovating through its easy-to-use website design and its manuallymcurated collection of data.The result is a gadget-shopping site that even the most woefully un-tech-savvy consumer could use, while still appealing to gadget geeks looking for an easier comparison shopping tool.Sparkbuy was created by Dan Shapiro, who previously founded Ontela, a mobile imaging company that merged with Photobucket in 2009. The company has also raised a $1 million venture and angel round led by Benaroya Ventures and Geoff Entress.Shapiro said the idea came to him after he got fed up shopping for laptops online. “After hours of reading reviews and sorting through websites, I felt like I was stuck in a cruel game of Confusopoly. It wasn’t until I happened to buy an airplane ticket from a travel search site that the ‘aha’ moment hit. Why couldn’t I shop this way for my computer?”With Sparkbuy, the company has created a simple interface to process the large amount of data available online for consumer electronics. Initially, the site is launching with a data set of half a million points from its team of researchers, who pulled the info from everything from manufacturer spec sheets to online photos. The company pulls its data from multiple sources to prevent bias, we’re told.Currently, Sparkbuy offers data for over 2,000 laptops and it has just started adding TVs to its database. Monitors will be next, followed by smartphones in the near future.center_img Sparkbuy had been in a closed beta since Dec. 1 with a limited number of testers. Today, it launches into open beta to the general public. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… adam popescucenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#e-commerce#web If Kickstarter met the adult-entertainment industry and they fell in love, this would be their child. Meet Offbeatr, a crowdfunding site for the adult community.The weeks-old site is a one-stop hub to find, fund and support X-rated creative projects. It’s already got 1,500 people using the site and 22 live projects. And they’re not just movies.One project is an pseudo-tamagotchi called the mandroid, an iPhone app that gets turned on when you tell it the details of your sex life. Another is a documentary about the secret world of male escorts (it’s the real deal “Magic Mike,” sans Channing Tatum).Here’s how the site works: If you’re over 18, you can register and pitch ideas for toys, software, films, books, games or events. There’s no fee, you just have to be legal age. Unlike Kickstarter, projects have to be approved before they are funded. Once creators post their proposals to the site, Offbeatr uses voting to pick ideas to green-light and promote. Supporters are charged the money they committed. “If they reach their goal they get their money back, if they don’t we keep it,” explained co-founder and chief executive Ben Tao. “It’s a lot of hurdles but we really wanted to select people serious about their projects.”Projects that don’t get approved have another option: Licensing. Creators can pay a fee and post their digital projects on the site.The Offbeatr site itself barely got approved. After being rejected by several tech accelerators, co-founders Tao and Eric Lai bootstrapped it. But they had a little experience under the sheets – er, in the industry, that is.  Last year, Tao and Lai created another niche community,, a digital marketplace for amateur adult enthusiasts to sell their wares – and many a webcam show.  “We look at ourselves as kind of an incubator of our own sort,” Tao said.  Tao says the he and Lai were inspired to launch the adult startup after seeing the success of, a site that offers people tasks, such as marketing, editing and writing, to be completed for $5.Adult entertainment has never been more mainstream, said Tao, who credits that change to branding and marketing on social media. That was one factor that convinced him the time for his idea was now.Plus, he said Offbeatr is taking advantage of a niche market. “The really good tech people aren’t going to focus on adult (entertainment).”After initial skepticism, even Tao’s mom became supportive. “She’s not a fan of the content, but knows it’s a legit business.”Now people in the industry are starting to take notice. Adult star Tasha Reign says she thinks the site will work because it’s a platform to bridge between content producers and consumers. “The adult industry needed a site like this, and fans do too,” she said. “I’m spreading the word.”Making money off sex has always been an ethical slippery slope, but what can’t be denied is that pornography continues to embrace the Internet. And with sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo prohibiting adult-themed projects, Offbeatr has one big advantage. It’s operating in virgin territory. Photo courtesy of Eric Wardlast_img read more

first_imgRyan Matthew Pierson Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Like something out of the Walking Dead, a plague is ripping through the Internet and turning IoT devices into zombies. The horde amassed by the Hajime malware has grown to over 300,000 Internet of Things devices.While your smart fridge won’t come to life and try to eat your brains, the term “zombie” in this case refers to a device that has been compromised into becoming part of a botnet.The coming of the IoT botnetsBotnets are swarms of connected devices that each function exactly as they’re supposed to, but are also set to execute commands given by the botnet’s controller. Because of the nature of IoT devices, it is exceedingly difficult if not impossible for the average user to determine if a device is compromised.Typically, these commands come in the form of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks carried out on a specific target. In these types of attacks, the devices flood the target server with requests over the Internet. This overwhelms the server and can result in temporary disruptions of service.See also: BrickerBot malware will brick unsecure IoT devicesYou typically hear about DDoS attacks after a major website that is almost always up and available goes down momentarily. One of the largest attacks in recent memory happened in October of 2016 which resulted in dozens of the Internets most popular websites and services being temporarily unavailable.That particular attack was carried out using IoT devices compromised by the Mirai malware. The Internet of Things is a particularly appealing target for malicious software makers due to loosened security measures and infrequent software updates that make these devices less secure than traditional desktop and mobile PCs.Botnets are also used for data gathering through keylogging and traffic sniffing. This includes being used by spammers to send mass amounts of email (spam) to targets. Botnet devices have even been linked to identity theft as they spam out phishing emails that trick unsuspecting users into giving up private information under the guise that the request is coming from a reputable source.What is Hajime malware?Hajime means “beginning” in Japanese. It is an IoT worm that builds a P2P botnet from IoT devices. It does this by exploiting several common security gaps that exist in IoT devices like smart thermostats and dishwashers.Hajime uses force to make its way on devices by exploiting weak password security. A lot of IoT devices are left with their default passwords as users prefer convenience over security. One way to counter this type of attack is to change the device passwords into something complex and difficult to guess. Avoid dictionary words, add numbers and special characters, and don’t use the same password in multiple places.It also exploits the Arris cable modem Password of the Day. This is a known exploit that has been around since 2009 and gives malware like Hajime a backdoor.What we don’t know about Hajime right now is its purpose. There are no reports of any attacks carried out by the Hajime malware. However, this doesn’t mean things aren’t happening.Reports indicate that most of the devices attacked by the Hajime are in the countries of Brazil, Iran, Vietnam, Taiwan, Turkey, India, Korea and China. Hajime also, interestingly enough, contains a propagation module, rather than an attack code.On a more positive front, Hajime is reported to only be going after devices with weak security. By taking some basic security steps like changing the default password and bolstering your network security, you may well be able to avoid having your smart toaster become part of this new swarm of electronic zombies. Tags:#Big Data#botnet#data security#featured#Hajime#Internet of Things#IoT#malware#top Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…center_img Follow the Puck Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more