President expresses confidence in AG

first_imgLosing streak…blames former Govt, staff for losing casesPresident David Granger on Friday threw his support behind his Attorney General, Basil Williams, who has lost a number of the State’s cases since coming to office.Granger, who was hosting one of his first press conferences in two years, instead laid the blame for the Attorney General’s performance at the feet of the former Government. According to Granger, “you can’t win everything.”“No one wants to lose cases,” Granger said. “As far as I can see, he is a very experienced lawyer and once you go to the courts, you expect that the outcomesAttorney General Basil Williams, SCmay not necessarily be in your favour. But you can’t win everything and I think that he has worked hard (but) you have to look at the team which he has to work with.”He added that there are other cases which are pending, and the AG, like some other Ministers, has to make internal changes in the Ministry in order to get the best quality legal representation. “I do not feel that in the past we had the best representation. Some of the cases which we inherited were lost before we started, because the representation was inadequate.”But he noted that if the Government had had better representation over the years, they would not have lost so much money because of claims against the State.“So I wouldn’t blame the Minister of Legal Affairs. I think that within that Ministry there were some persons who were not necessarily doing the best for the Government of Guyana,” he said.Red HouseLast year, President Granger gave the occupants of the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC) 48 hours to vacate the premises; a directive which Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had described as “unconscionable and vindictive”.On August 9, the Opposition People’s Progress Party secured two conservatory High Court orders blocking the State from ejecting the CJRC from the property, once the official residence of former President, the late Dr Cheddi Jagan.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, overruled every submission made by Attorney General Basil Williams, and refused his request that the CJRC case be dismissed.The Chief Justice upheld submissions made by Attorney and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall on behalf of the CJRC: that there are serious issues to be tried, and those cannot be determined at the interlocutory stage.Land leasesIn 2014, a number of farmers were granted 50-year leases for State land, located in the rear of Number 40 Village, West Coast Berbice, by then President Donald Ramotar.In March of 2016, however, they received letters from the Mahaica Maichony Abary/Agriculture Development Authority (MMA/ADA) informing them that President David Granger cancelled their leases and they must cease occupation and return the land to the MMA/ADA.The applicants; Brian George and Tiffany Hubbard, Joylyn Nicholson, Gratien Nicholson, Vaughn Aaron and Herman Nicholson, sought justice in the courts. They were represented by Attorneys Nandlall and Manoj Narayan among others, while the State and the MMA–ADA was represented by Attorney General Basil Williams.On the same day as the Red House judgement, the Chief Justice ruled against the President’s revocation of rice farmers land leases, deeming it unconstitutional. She also ruled that the farmers are entitled to compensation from the State, amounting to the sum of $300,000.GECOM chairmanshipSince the retirement of former Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally, the Commission has been headless. As the Constitution requires the Opposition Leader to nominate persons to the post, Jagdeo submitted his first list of names in December 2016.However, the list was rejected by President Granger on the grounds that Article 161 (2) of the Constitution prescribes that nominees must either be qualified to be a Judge or be fit and proper. A second list submitted by the former President in April 2017 was treated similarly.But in March, local businessman Marcel Gaskin moved to the High Court to challenge the constitutionality of the President’s reasoning. That judgement was handed down last month.While she acknowledged that the President can determine who fits the bill of “fit and proper”, the Chief Justice overruled the President’s interpretation of the Constitution by finding that there is no particular preference for the appointment of persons within the Judiciary.Other casesThe AG’s track record in office as the State’s representative also includes a $1.5 billion settlement with Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) over taxes. It was a case which was over a decade old.Following the settlement, Jagdeo had said that the out of court settlement sets the wrong precedence and could open the gate for other companies to seek tax refunds. And indeed, another company followed suit with a claim against the State.Despite appealing the court’s decision to quash the Government’s termination notice to a Haags Bosch contractor, Williams also drew criticism when a huge settlement was negotiated with the Joint Venture contractors. This is despite previous criticisms of the shoddy work done.last_img read more

A roadmap for South Africa by Miller Matola

first_imgHaving a national plan for SA is not goodenough, says Brand South Africa CEO MillerMatola. What is needed is a social pact withcommitment from all sectors of society tomake the country achieve its potential.Certainty breeds confidence. If the recent results of a Moody’s Investor Service action are anything to go by, the best way to garner confidence in a country and to represent it as a stable and consistent environment for investors is to have a plan and stick to it. Not just any plan, however; it has to be credible.Commentators and experts are in agreement that the recently released National Development Plan is both comprehensive and credible. It identifies the major issues which still need to be addressed in SA and is the road map as to how we can start to do so. If implemented and followed, the plan will also remove a lot of thedoubt and frustration which continues to put our economy at risk.Key to Moody’s decision to downgrade SA’s outlook last month was what they termed political risk.According to reports, Moody’s action was driven by “the growing risk that the political commitment to low-budget deficits and the ability to keep within current debt targets could be undermined by popular pressures and rising internal strains within the African National Congress and its labour union allies”.Proudly South AfricaWe believe their assessment is flawed and the government and the National Treasury and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in particular, have criticised their judgement.What the report does highlight, however, is the need for SA to change some perceptions of our investment and economic climate.SA remains a globally competitive economy and our best practices – in banking, stock market regulation and auditing and reporting in particular – have drawn favourable ratings from other world bodies.The World Economic Forum’s 2011/12 Global Competiveness Report identified various competitive advantages enjoyed by SA.Among others, SA was ranked first in the strength of its auditing and reporting standards as well as regulation of securities exchanges. We were ranked second in soundness of banks and corporate boards and third in protection of minority shareholders’ interest and the availability of financial services.At 50th overall, SA has the highest competitiveness ranking in sub-Saharan Africa and is second only to China among the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA) economies.The world regards our bankers, financial regulators and chartered accountants as some of the best in the world. Investors want to trust the numbers, and with us they do.However, the World Economic Forum identified key areas where SA is weak – notably labour market efficiency, health and primary education, the health of the workforce, rigid hiring and firing practices, a lack of flexibility in wage determination by companies and the significant tensions in labour-employer relations.Again, there are valuable lessons from this which show how we can improve our rankings. The National Development Plan gives us the direction to achieve this. It also shows that we understand our problems as a society and have a credible long-term structural plan to achieve improvements that will improve our reputation and competitiveness.The plan does not simply gloss over the issues which we face. It lists various goals, but among those which are pertinent to the conversations around a stable economic environment are: improving education and training, providing quality health care, building a capable state, fighting corruption and enhancing accountability, transforming society and uniting the nation.SA has the means, the goodwill, the people and the resources to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality, but it will require leadership from all sectors of society, a capable state and a social pact.Having a plan is not enough. What we also need is a collective determination to meet the goals set out in the national plan.The reality is that we are facing major challenges in labour, health and education.The government has now outlined how we can meet these challenges. An important aspect of the development plan is its emphasis on active citizenry.Key to making the plan a success is that South Africans get behind it and play their part to meet the goals outlined in the plan. The obvious benefit of this is that we create a more successful society, a country which functions at a much improved level and an overall better place to live.Added to that will be a greater sense of policy certainty which will improve our international competitiveness in a world of great uncertainty. This will help attract investment and improve growth.The plan is currently open for public input for four to six months of public engagement and refinement. President Jacob Zuma will then initiate a process whereby the cabinet considers the refined plan for approval. Once it is passed, it will be a plan for all South Africans irrespective of race, creed, class or political affiliation – a plan which will cultivate the values of a caring society. Before then, however, South Africans from all sectors and with a wide-range of expertise must play their part and lend their voices to the debate surrounding the plan.We must all help refine it and make sure that, when it is adopted, it is not just a government plan but a vision accepted and created by the nation.International experiences suggest that trade, tourism and investment respond well to the kind of long-term policy planning we as a nation are doing. And that will improve our competitiveness and give a firm answer to the ratings agencies. Certainty breeds confidence. If the recent results of a Moody’s Investor Service action are anything to go by, the best way to garner confidence in a country and to represent it as a stable and consistent environment for investors is to have a plan and stick to it. Not just any plan, however; it has to be credible.Commentators and experts are in agreement that the recently released National Development Plan is both comprehensive and credible. It identifies the major issues which still need to be addressed in SA and is the road map as to how we can start to do so. If implemented and followed, the plan will also remove a lot of the doubt and frustration which continues to put our economy at risk.Key to Moody’s decision to downgrade SA’s outlook last month was what they termed political risk.According to reports, Moody’s action was driven by “the growing risk that the political commitment to low-budget deficits and the ability to keep within current debt targets could be undermined by popular pressures and rising internal strains within the African National Congress and its labour union allies”. What the report does highlight, however, is the need for SA to change some perceptions of our investment and economic climate.SA remains a globally competitive economy and our best practices – in banking, stock market regulation and auditing and reporting in particular – have drawn favourable ratings from other world bodies.The World Economic Forum’s 2011/12 Global Competiveness Report identified various competitive advantages enjoyed by SA.Among others, SA was ranked first in the strength of its auditing and reporting standards as well as regulation of securities exchanges. We were ranked second in soundness of banks and corporate boards and third in protection of minority shareholders’ interest and the availability of financial services.At 50th overall, SA has the highest competitiveness ranking in sub-Saharan Africa and is second only to China among the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA) economies.The world regards our bankers, financial regulators and chartered accountants as some of the best in the world. Investors want to trust the numbers, and with us they do.However, the World Economic Forum identified key areas where SA is weak – notably labour market efficiency, health and primary education, the health of the workforce, rigid hiring and firing practices, a lack of flexibility in wage determination by companies and the significant tensions in labour-employer relations.Again, there are valuable lessons from this which show how we can improve our rankings. The National Development Plan gives us the direction to achieve this. It also shows that we understand our problems as a society and have a credible long-term structural plan to achieve improvements that will improve our reputation and competitiveness.The plan does not simply gloss over the issues which we face. It lists various goals, but among those which are pertinent to the conversations around a stable economic environment are: improving education and training, providing quality health care, building a capable state, fighting corruption and enhancing accountability, transforming society and uniting the nation.SA has the means, the goodwill, the people and the resources to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality, but it will require leadership from all sectors of society, a capable state and a social pact.Having a plan is not enough. What we also need is a collective determination to meet the goals set out in the national plan.The reality is that we are facing major challenges in labour, health and education.The government has now outlined how we can meet these challenges. An important aspect of the development plan is its emphasis on active citizenry.Key to making the plan a success is that South Africans get behind it and play their part to meet the goals outlined in the plan. The obvious benefit of this is that we create a more successful society, a country which functions at a much improved level and an overall better place to live.Added to that will be a greater sense of policy certainty which will improve our international competitiveness in a world of great uncertainty. This will help attract investment and improve growth.The plan is currently open for public input for four to six months of public engagement and refinement. President Jacob Zuma will then initiate a process whereby the cabinet considers the refined plan for approval. Once it is passed, it will be a plan for all South Africans irrespective of race, creed, class or political affiliation – a plan which will cultivate the values of a caring society. Before then, however, South Africans from all sectors and with a wide-range of expertise must play their part and lend their voices to the debate surrounding the plan.We must all help refine it and make sure that, when it is adopted, it is not just a government plan but a vision accepted and created by the nation.International experiences suggest that trade, tourism and investment respond well to the kind of long-term policy planning we as a nation are doing. And that will improve our competitiveness and give a firm answer to the ratings agencies.l Miller Motala is the CEO of Brand South Africa, previously known as the International Marketing Council of SA.Source: www.iol.co.za/mercurylast_img read more

Mining Operation Phakisa gets going

first_img15 May 2015Work on moving forward the mining sector, through Mining Operation Phakisa, will start in August.“Government will convene all stakeholders in the industry in a lab process whose main objectives is to develop implementable results that will transform the industry and increase investment, in line with the goals of the National Development Plan,” Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said on 14 May.Operation Phakisa was announced by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address in 2014. It was designed to fast-track the implementation of solutions to critical development issues. It is based on Malaysia’s Big Fast Results Methodology.The mining leg of Operation Phakisa will identify key constraints to investment in and growth of the industry as well as develop a shared vision and growth strategy for the long-term development and transformation of the sector.Speaking during a media briefing in Pretoria yesterday, Ramatlhodi said the Mining Phakisa would also focus on finding “win-win” solutions in dealing with the role and contribution of the mining industry to beneficiation and industrialisation.Task team meetingStakeholders of the Mining Growth Development and Employment Task Team, whom he met earlier in the day, had expressed support for the Mining Phakisa. The minister is the chairman of the task team.The meeting was attended by the leadership of business, the Chamber of Mines and the South African Mining Development Association as well as labour, which was represented by the National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity and Uasa. It deliberated on issues such as the upcoming Mining Phakisa, retrenchments in the industry and the final Mining Charter report.“As the regulator of the mining industry, we are alarmed at the rate at which retrenchments have been taking place in the industry. As stakeholders, we understand well the impact of job losses on the economy,” Ramatlhodi said.Members at the meeting agreed on adherence to due legal processes when dealing with retrenchments, he added.Final report on Mining CharterRamatlhodi released the Mining Charter 2014 Assessment Report, which measures the progress of the nine key elements of the Mining Charter. The latter was developed with the view of driving the transformational agenda in mining, a critical sector of South Africa’s economy.The elements to be measured seek to redress the imbalances of the past both in the sharing of the wealth with previously disadvantaged people and in the development of the human resource and ownership of the mines.“Out of 962 mining right holders eligible for assessment, 442 mining right holders have submitted the relevant information,” Ramatlhodi said. In addition, overall representation of women across all functional categories had increased to 14.7% by 2014.Data on housing and living conditions showed that overall, 45% of mining rights holders did not meet the target for improving the living conditions of the mineworkers by either reducing occupancy rate to one person per room or converting hostels to family units.Missing targetsMore than 60% of rights holders did not meet the target of skills development investment. “The data shows that nationally, only 36% of mining right holders have met their set target on mine community development (MCD),” said the minister.“On implementation of Triparte Action Plans (Health and Safety): 92.2% of right holders failed to fully meet the requisite levels of implementation.”In addition, 55.5% of rights holders did not meet the target of implementation of the environmental management plans as stipulated by the charter.“With respect to procurements of services from BEE [black economic empowerment] entities, 66.8% of the industry did not meet the 2014 target of 70%… On procuring consumables from BEE entities, 40% of the industry did not meet the 2014 target of 50%.”Ramatlhodi said the Department of Mineral Resources had started engagements with individual rights holders that had failed to comply with the law. “The department will communicate the assessment scores with all individual right holders.”The Mining Charter would be amended this year, taking into account lessons learned and the country’s long-term socio-economic objectives.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

TEAM SA READY TO PRESENT IMPROVED INVESTMENT PROPOSITION AT 2019 WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

first_imgJOHANNESBURG, 16 JANUARY 2019 – President Cyril Ramaphosa will be leading South Africa’s delegation to the world’s most important meeting of global CEOs at the 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF), taking place in Davos, Switzerland next week. The primary objective of the South African delegation will be to strengthen partnerships and collaboration for inclusive economic growth and development in South Africa, with particular emphasis on increasing international investment into the country.“We are going to Davos to interact with potential investors”. We are competing with other emerging markets where there is an oasis of investment opportunities for global investors and it’s where we want to be seen to be investing. We have a place of pride at Davos. We are recognised and accepted as being serious players. Some of our countrymen and women even play a role in the structures of WEF in Davos and we are going to speak with one language and the same message: South Africa is like a plane that is getting ready to take off,” the President said at a pre-WEF breakfast in Rosebank today. He was addressing Team South Africa, comprising Government Ministers and business leaders who will be accompanying him as part of the Team SA delegation.One of the focus areas for the team will be to showcase South Africa’s preparedness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in line with this year’s WEF theme: “Globalisation 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.The Forum will enable South Africa to build on the success of the President’s Investment Conference in October last year where R290 billion was raised for future investments.“We are on the right track. We had to deal with very difficult challenges in the past but those are challenges we are finding solutions to. We must put our best foot forward, we must go and engage the world with great confidence knowing we are representing this great country. We are going to start seeing improved growth in our economy and I think we can go with our heads held high, without arrogance, to tell our story, what we have done and how we have made progress.”The President together with Team SA will participate in a WEF Country Strategy Dialogue on South Africa on Wednesday, 23 January. This will focus on deepening understanding of current investment opportunities and challenges, as well as exploring new avenues to help enable the country to achieve the President’s investment target of $100 billion in the next five years. The session will be attended by investors, leading business leaders and experts.“We have turned the corner, it’s a new Dawn. We can confidently go back and say, remember what we told you, this is what we have done. As I often say, we are like a plane about to take off.”On Thursday, 24 January, Brand South Africa together with ABSA and Invest SA will host a South Africa Investment Seminar with a goal to support and initiate the next phase of the country’s investment drive. Potential investors will have the opportunity to hear from – and engage with – South Africa government and business representatives.Lastly, Team South Africa will entertain guests at a Brand South Africa Night Dinner with investors and potential investors where the best of South Africa’s cuisine will be showcased with Chef Benny.The President has confirmed the following ministers will be joining him to participate at WEF this year:• Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni;• Minister of Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu;• Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies;• Minister of Public Enterprise Pravin Gordhan;• Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel;• Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and;• Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi.last_img read more

WTO members support policy approaches to enable innovation in agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced that the United States has joined with 12 other nations to support policies that enable agricultural innovation, including genome editing. The International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology was released in Geneva at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.“Precision biotechnologies such as genome editing hold great promise for both farmers and consumers around the world. These tools can play a critical role in helping farmers address many of the production challenges they face while improving the quality and nutritional value of foods available to consumers worldwide,” Perdue said. “Unfortunately, such technologies too often face regulatory roadblocks that are based on misinformation and political posturing.  Therefore, it’s gratifying to see Argentina and other allies come together under the WTO umbrella to publicly embrace science-based regulatory systems that will allow us to unlock the huge potential of these new technologies.”Countries and organizations supporting the statement, to date, are: Argentina, which led this effort, as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Jordan, Paraguay, the United States, Uruguay, Vietnam and the Secretariat of the Economic Community of West African States.The text of the joint statement, which is being updated as additional countries sign on, is available on the WTO website.last_img read more

Bipartisan IRS Reform Bill Advances to House Floor

first_imgA bipartisan bill that would reform the IRS for the first time in 20 years is headed to the House floor for a full chamber vote. The Taxpayer First Act (HR 1957) cleared the House Ways and Means Committee by voice vote on April 2.  The bipartisan bill, introduced on March 28, consists of over 45 provisions, all of which aim to modernize the IRS and enhance taxpayer services and protections.IRS ReformNotably, the Taxpayer First Act would implement some of the following IRS reforms:Establish an independent office of appeals within the IRS;Require the IRS to submit to Congress plans to redesign the structure of the agency to improve efficiency, modernize technology systems, enhance cyber security and better meet taxpayer needs;Help protect taxpayers from tax ID theft and improve taxpayer interaction with the IRS should they become a victim of this crime;Establish new safeguards to protect taxpayers against recent IRS enforcement of so-called “structuring laws”; andModify the private debt collection program to ensure lower-income Americans are not targeted, while also strengthening the long-term viability of the program.Failure to File Penalty Could Boost Federal RevenueThe Taxpayer First Act could potentially boost federal revenue by $3 million over a 10-year budget window, according to Congress’s nonpartisan scorekeeper, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT). The JCT noted the slight increase in federal revenue estimate in its recent report, JCX-17-19.Notably, the boost in revenue is largely because of the bill’s increase in the IRS’s failure to file penalty. Under the Taxpayer First Act, if a return is filed more than 60 days after its due date, then the failure to file penalty may not be less than the lesser of $330 (adjusted for inflation) or 100 percent of the amount required to be shown as tax on the return, according to the JCT. Currently, If a return is filed more than 60 days after its due date, then the penalty for failure to file may not be less than the lesser of $205 or 100 percent of the amount required to be shown as tax on the return, as noted in JCX-15-19.“Excellent” Chance of Becoming LawThe IRS reform bill has an “excellent” chance of becoming law this year, the House’s top tax writer told reporters after the April 2 markup. Additionally, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., who co-sponsors the bill, told reporters that he and Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, are “on the same page.”To that end, Grassley and SFC ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., also introduced a companion Taxpayer First Act bill in the Senate on March 28. “This bipartisan, bicameral agreement represents years of hard work and consensus building,” Grassley said in a statement.By Jessica Jeane, J.D.Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

NY Rangers Game 27 Open Thread: The Breadman returns to Columbus

first_imgThe Rangers are in Columbus tonight to kick off a pretty rough stretch for them. They play four of the next five on the road, including another three-in-four starting tonight. The Blue Jackets have good process and decent possession/expected-goals numbers, but really lack high-end skill and goaltending to make it work. Yes, skill and goaltending still matter.The Rangers have better skill and goaltending, but the process is still a mess. They’ve been better lately, and a lot has to do with Filip Chytil’s emergence and Mika Zibanejad’s return. They’ve been getting 47% of the expected goals share since Chytil was recalled, which is much better than the 40% prior.Blue Jackets LinesGustav Nyquist-Boone Jenner-Oliver BjorkstrandNick Foligno-Alex Texier-Cam AtkinsonSonny Milano-Pierre Luc-Dubois-Emil BemstromRiley Nash-Alex Wennberg-Josh AndersonDean Kukan-Seth JonesRyan Murray-David SavardVladislav Gavrikov-Andrew PeekePP1: Nyquist-Dubois-Jenner-Bjorkstrand-JonesPP2: Milano-Foligno-Anderson-Kukan-MurrayJoonas Korpisalo gets the start.Rangers Lines (best guess)Brendan Lemieux-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel BuchnevichArtemi Panarin-Ryan Strome-Kaapo KakkoChris Kreider-Filip Chytil-Jesper FastBoo Nieves-Brett Howden–Brendan SmithBrady Skjei–Jacob TroubaLibor Hajek–Tony DeAngeloRyan Lindgren–Adam FoxPP1: Panarin-Zibanejad-Strome-Kreider-FoxPP2: Kakko-Buchnevich-Chytil-Trouba-DeAngeloPK Forwards: Fast, Kreider, Strome, Howden, LemieuxPK Defense: Skjei, Trouba, Staal SmithAlex Georgiev gets the start.Scratches: Marc Staal (ankle), Greg McKegg (lower body), Micheal Haley (healthy)Crazy Prediction: Hank finally gets a shutout.Game time is 7pm. 0 0 i Rate ThisShare this:TwitterFacebookRedditEmailMoreLinkedInTumblrPinterestPocket RelatedGame 20: Brendan Smith returns, hopefully plays betterThe Rangers are in Columbus tonight to take on the very potent Blue Jackets, who are a threat to win the Metro this year. The Blueshirts just had their six game win streak snapped, so Alain Vigneault deemed it the right time to get the optimal lineup dressed. So Brendan…Game 16: Four in a row?The Rangers have woken up, or at least that’s what it looks like. They are winners of three in a row, including two in overtime. They used that run to survive October ahead of the magic number of three. It’s not the start anyone wanted, but they aren’t dead yet.…Game 17: John Tortorella and the first place Columbus Blue JacketsThe Rangers don’t have much time to reflect on their loss in Detroit, as they are back in action in what will be a tough challenge in Columbus. John Tortorella’s first place Blue Jackets may have a hazy future and legitimately questionable goaltending, but they are riding their -1 goal…last_img read more

Report: LSU OL Jevonte Domond Arrested For Alleged Felony Domestic Violence Abuse Battery W/ Strangulation

first_imgLSU OL Jevonte Domond poses for his mug shot.LSU OL Jevonte DomondUpdate: LSU has suspended offensive lineman Jevonte Domond following his domestic violence arrest. #LSU has suspended OL Jevonte Domond. Les Miles has reached out to Domond but has yet to speak with him, Michael Bonnette says.— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) May 26, 2015Earlier: LSU offensive lineman Jevonte Domond has been arrested for an alleged felony domestic violence abuse battery with strangulation, according to police reports obtained by The Advocate. Domond, who transferred into the Tigers’ program from Glendale Community College (Arizona) last summer, played in one game last season. The details of the alleged incident are ugly. BREAKING: Booking records show #LSU OT Jevonte Domond was booked into EBR Prison on charges of Felony Domestic Abuse Battery w/Strangulation— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) May 26, 2015From the report: According to a Sheriff’s Office report, an argument occurred Monday afternoon between Domond and his fiancée. During the dispute, while she was leaning over the crib of their “newborn baby,” Domond allegedly “grabbed her from behind by the neck,” lifted her off the ground and dropped her, the report says.The woman told deputies she “began to lose consciousness,” the report says, and she “almost blacked out.” At some point during the argument, Domond allegedly grabbed a bandana from his fiancées head. In response, she sprayed him with pepper spray, the report says.The woman told deputies Domond then picked her up and “slammed her on the couch,” the report says. She also told them Domond bit her on her hip, prompting her to spray him again with pepper spray, the report says.You can read the rest of the report here. An LSU spokesman confirmed to The Advocate that the program is aware of the situation, though they have yet to officially comment on the matter. Domond, who is currently in East Baton Rouge Parish Jail, is reportedy scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.last_img read more

Barry Manilow To Be Honored At CedarsSinai Gala

first_imgBarry Manilow, Scott Minerd and Stanley Black will be honored by the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors at their annual Gala on Thursday, November 1st at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Board of Governors Heart Stem Cell Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. The much-anticipated event features a special performance by six-time Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton and singing sensation Chris Mann. For the eighth consecutive year, Lexus joins forces with the Board of Governors as title sponsor, and will donate a 2013 Lexus LS 460 F SPORT luxury sedan to be raffled off at the Gala.The Board of Governors’ current campaign benefits the Board of Governors Heart Stem Cell Center in the top-ranked Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, led by Eduardo Marban, MD, PhD. Each year 1.1 million people in the U.S. have a heart attack, and another 550,000 people are diagnosed with heart failure. Heart disease is the nation’s number one killer. Scientists and clinicians at the Board of Governors Heart Stem Cell Center are collaborating to pioneer safe, effective adult stem-cell-based solutions that could make heart transplants-and potentially even heart attacks-occurrences of the past.“We are delighted to acknowledge three individuals for their boundless philanthropic efforts, says Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Chair, Steve Hitter. “Barry Manilow, Stanley Black and Scott Minerd are members of the community who exemplify the ideals of philanthropy and have demonstrated a commitment to motivating others to do their part.”Stanley Black, Founder of Black Equities will receive the Philanthropic Leadership Award. Scott Minerd, Chief Investment Officer of presenting sponsor, Guggenheim Partners, will be honored with the Humanitarian Award. Singer-Songwriter, Barry Manilow, will receive the Heart of Hollywood Award. Mr. Manilow recently launched a campaign to raise awareness for a heart condition called atrial fibrillation from which he suffers.last_img read more

Considering whether American Airlines Shuttle is special…or not

first_imgWhen an airline brands a route as a “shuttle”, a certain level of expectation kicks in. Frequent service, minimal time spent in the airport, and elevated onboard amenities are all expected. But as the amenities offered on board your everyday flight are elevated, does anything special remain about the shuttle flights?On a recent same day roundtrip with American Airlines Shuttle between New York LaGuardia and Boston Logan, very little stood out as elevated above the norm. As this was a same day turn, the reduced bag drop times didn’t matter, as it probably doesn’t for most business travelers. A dedicated check-in kiosk in 2019 isn’t a compelling perk, as many seasoned travelers check in and receive their boarding pass on their phone. While American does not offer a dedicated security lane for Shuttle passengers, TSA PreCheck supersedes that need for many, anyway.Another airport-based perk of the Shuttle could be boarding gates close to security and the curb. This would enable a dashing passenger to pass through security and get to the gate or out to a cab quickly, saving precious seconds. Unfortunately, American doesn’t actually seem to do this at LaGuardia or Boston.Both of my flights departed from and arrived at gates particularly far from the curb. In the case of LaGuardia, the gates were as far down the concourse as possible. Not that either of these airports are huge, but two minutes is two minutes. The American Shuttle website mentions “quick deplaning from the front or rear door”, but that didn’t happen at either end of my trip.I arrived at LaGuardia a bit early for my 8am flight, early enough to see the tail end of boarding for the 7am flight. Although there was space available, a change fee of $75 would be required to hop on board. The American and Delta shuttles don’t allow for free flight changes, further watering down the appeal of a shuttle.Boarding began a few moments after the arrival of the Embraer E190 from Boston. The E190 makes for the perfect shuttle route aircraft. A First Class cabin allows for upgrades and a sizable Main Cabin in a 2-2 economy configuration make for a comfortable ride. The E190 will be exiting American’s fleet soon, likely to be replaced with the equally comfortable but smaller E175.The E190 is perfect for shuttle operations in your writer’s opinion. Image: Jason RabinowitzThe weather was merciful that day, and both of my flights pushed back and departed without delay. Once in the air the flight attendants quickly sprang into action. One of the few tangible perks of the Shuttle is free snacks, beer and wine in the Main Cabin. I choose a cup of water on the outbound flight, while the snack was a run-of-the-mill Biscoff cookie offered on just about every other American flight. The flight was so quick that the flight attendant had to cheer me on by quietly chanting “chug chug chug” as she collected trash before landing.A quick snack for a quick flight. Image: Jason RabinowitzI enjoyed a solid Goose Island IPA on the return, along with the standard bag of pretzels common on daytime American flights. That beer turned out to be the only tangible perk of these two Shuttle flights.Image: Jason RabinowitzThe E190 features Gogo’s original air-to-ground (ATG) network and free streaming entertainment, though neither are particularly useful on this route. Flights on this route hardly spend any time above 10,000 feet, providing about 10-15 minutes of usable access.A fast connection in that it was over fast. Image: Jason RabinowitzOnce the system activated, “full flight” connectivity cost $10, which is a laughably bad deal, working out to nearly $1 per minute of usable airtime. My T-Mobile promotion for an hour of free access provided me with all the time I could get.Image: Jason RabinowitzWhen my meetings wrapped up early I decided to change to an earlier flight home. The American app isn’t the most robust out there, but this function is supported. I forked over the $75 to move from the 7pm to 5pm flight, but the app errored out while processing the change. The change was made on the backend, thankfully. With the Boston traffic Gods smiling, I made it to Logan in record time, and the gate agents for the 4pm flight allowed me to change once again since I had already paid the $75 fee.These two Shuttle flights felt like any other. The Shuttle term has become so watered down that I’m not sure if it even means anything anymore. Gone are the days of standby aircraft for full flights and a meal for all passengers. There are plenty of other routes with shuttle-like frequency as well, such as LaGuardia to Dallas. 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