Guyana files case with ICJ against Venezuela’s claims

first_imgBorder controversySome two months after the United Nations Secretary General handed over the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for final settlement, formal proceedings were filed on Thursday asking the World Court to confirm the legal validity and binding effect of the 1899 Arbitral Award.Guyana’s application was submitted by Second Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge to ICJ Registrar Philippe Couvreur, in The Hague, Netherlands, a statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge with ICJ Registrar Philippe Couvreur at the World Court in The Hague, Netherlands on ThursdayThis application follows a decision by UN Secretary General António Guterres earlier this year in choosing the ICJ as the next means of resolving the controversy that arose as a result of the Venezuelan contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899 about the frontier between British Guiana and Venezuela was null and void.According to Guyana’s application to the World Court, for more than 60 years Venezuela had consistently recognised and respected the validity of the binding force of the 1899 Award and the 1905 Map agreed by both sides in furtherance of the Award.“Venezuela had only changed its position formally in 1962 as the United Kingdom was making final preparations for the independence of British Guiana and had threatened not to recognise the new State, or its boundaries, unless the United Kingdom agreed to set aside the 1899 Award and cede to Venezuela all of the territory west of the Essequibo River, amounting to some two-thirds of Guyana’s territory,” Guyana submitted in its application to the World Court.The court document further noted that while Venezuela has never produced any evidence to justify its belated repudiation of the 1899 Award, the neighbouring country has used it as an excuse to occupy territory awarded to Guyana in 1899, to inhibit Guyana’s economic development, and to violate Guyana’s sovereignty and sovereign rights.In filing the application, Minister Greenidge, who will serve as Guyana’s agent in the proceedings before the ICJ, said “…Guyana has respected the Secretary General’s decision and placed its faith in the International Court of Justice to resolve the controversy in accordance with its Statue and jurisprudence, based on the fundamental principles of international law, including the sanctity of treaties, the maintenance of settled boundaries and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States.”The UN Secretary General’s authority to choose the ICJ as the means for resolving the controversy is rooted in the Geneva Agreement of 1966, negotiated just before Guyana attained independence. On January 30, 2018, Secretary General Guterres concluded that the Good Offices Process, which the parties had engaged in for almost 30 years, had failed to achieve a solution to the controversy and chose the ICJ as the next means of settlement, for which Guyana has long been advocating.Government has confirmed that the legal team that was established to defend Guyana’s territory against its western neighbour is the same as the panel that fought and won the judicial proceedings against Suriname over a decade ago.That team, which was headed by Paul Reichler, a partner in the Washington office of law firm Foley Hoag LLP, was successful. The matter was settled by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in 2007.Meanwhile, Government’s top legal adviser in this current case, Sir Shridath Ramphal, has assured that the country’s sovereignty is in good hands. The former Commonwealth Secretary General said last week that Guyana could not expect better and it was for the country and its Government to establish to the world what has always been the case, which is sticking by the agreement that was signed.On that note, he said the case was in good hands and that the same team that won judicial proceedings against Suriname has been retained to fight this case. “We got to work again to finish the job,” he had stated.United States oil giant ExxonMobil had announced back in May 2015 that it had found oil offshore Guyana. Venezuela has staunchly been against oil exploration in Guyana’s Stabroek Block, where multiple oil deposits were found by ExxonMobil, and has since renewed claims to the Essequibo region.In the meantime, ExxonMobil is continuing its successful exploration, making its seventh discovery of “high quality” commercial oil offshore Guyana last month. According to the company, this will help bring Guyana’s production to more than 500,000 barrels per day when oil production commences in two years’ time.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had told a gathering of members from the local legal fraternity earlier this month that Government’s fast tracking of oil production was “inextricably linked” with the 55-year-old border controversy with neighbouring Venezuela.He said that Guyana has been strategically pushing for first oil in 2020 in light of the claims by its western neighbour over waters offshore Guyana that are being explored by the US oil giant.last_img read more

Legislation would bolster curbs on greenhouse gases

first_imgTwo bills would use a portion of bond money already approved by voters to retrofit diesel trucks and heavy construction equipment with emission-control devices.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Targeting truckers, contractors and others, Senate Democrats introduced legislation Thursday to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions beyond the landmark global-warming law that took effect this year. The package of bills would ban methane releases from garbage dumps; reduce exhaust emissions from trucks, construction equipment and school buses; and force utilities to increase energy from renewable sources. Other lawmakers, including some Democrats, joined Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in immediately criticizing the legislative package. They said it would overwhelm state regulators who are still trying to decide how to implement last year’s global-warming law. That law imposes the country’s first economy-wide cap on greenhouse-gas emissions, requiring California to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases 25 percent by 2020. But Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, said it will take state regulators too long to develop the regulations needed to achieve the mandate. Schwarzenegger wants to let companies participate in an emissions market in which they could sell, buy or trade credits. Promoting such voluntary incentives, while praiseworthy, is too slow, Perata said. “There are things we can do right now,” he said. “These bills take direct action … that will have immediate and long-term benefits.” One of the bills Thursday would require that half of passenger vehicles sold in California be able to run on alternative fuels by 2020. A second could require that a portion of diesel fuel come from renewable sources. Another would expand the renewable-energy requirement for utilities. Last year, lawmakers passed separate legislation requiring that 20 percent of power come from clean sources by 2010; the Senate proposal boosts the goal to 33 percent by 2021. last_img read more

LGFA: DONEGAL LADIES SECURE TOP FLIGHT FOOTBALL WITH FINE WIN OVER MEATH

first_imgDONEGAL’S Ladies secured first division football for next season with a 2-11 to 2-08 win over Meath in Dunganny.The results means Meath look almost certain to drop out of the top flight.A haul of 2-03 from Katie O’Brien was not enough for Meath as the brilliant Geraldine McLaughlin bagged 1-09 for Donegal. Wing-back Deirdre Foley scored the other goal for Donegal in the three-point victory.Donegal: Niamh Malley, Orla Carr, Roisin McCafferty (c), Niamh Friel, Catherine Boyle, Ciara Hegarty, Deirdre Foley (1-00), Aisling Cunningham, Karen Guthrie (0-01), Roisin Friel (0-01), Niamh McLaughlin, Lorraine Molloy, Shannon McGroddy, Eilish Ward, Geraldine McLaughlin (1-09, 3f). LGFA: DONEGAL LADIES SECURE TOP FLIGHT FOOTBALL WITH FINE WIN OVER MEATH was last modified: March 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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

Where does Alfonzo McKinnie rank among Warriors’ greatest finds?

first_imgEleven games does not an NBA career make. And no one believes the crazy launch angle on Alfonzo McKinnie’s career path is sustainable.But if he becomes nothing more than what he is today, a trusted part of coach Steve Kerr’s rotation, the Warriors have struck gold. Again.We are tempted to believe the 6-foot-8 McKinnie could some day find himself high among a long list of under-the-radar discoveries in Warriors history (list below). How did we get here?Three years ago, he was …last_img

Smibs Could Rival Both LinkedIn & Salesforce.com

first_imgRelated Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now steven walling Tags:#enterprise After being in beta for a year, Smibs has launched their SaaS business software into full production mode. The initial series of applications, with more planned for the future, include a Web-based CRM called Doorbell, and the Smibs Network, a business networking service. LinkedIn has largely wasted its potential to be anything other than personal promotion, and Salesforce.com CRM focuses almost solely on internal collaboration. While it has a long way to go to truly compete with either, the way that Smibs bridges the gap between public business networking and in-group workflows makes it a serious future contender. A self-funded startup rivaling both the largest business network and the most popular CRM is a tall claim. But the evidence to back that up is in how its current offering of apps covers the ground of both tools: intimately connecting a social graph with business collaboration. DoorbellDoorbell is a SaaS CRM available on a freemium basis. At this point, the simplistic functionality of Doorbell is the weak point of Smibs. While it has a clean, AJAX-y UI, it still lacks much of the specialization and power of Salesforce.com. The Doorbell feature set is smoother when it comes to basic task management, rather than a focus on contacts and evolving leads. At this point, it’s really the bare minimum for enterprise use, and the company is selling primarily to SMBs, creatives, and professional services companies. You can purchase Doorbell as a standalone CRM, but it really shines in the way it seamlessly integrates with the Smibs Network. Through that integration, it becomes a robust tool for managing the business connections you make and reinforce through the Web. Smibs NetworkThe Smibs Network works basically the same as LinkedIn, Xing, or other business-focused social networks. It’s set up to be a place to broadcast who you are and what you do, as well as hunt for new contacts. Profiles exist for both organizations and individuals, and you can search either by business name or areas of personal expertise. What makes Smibs different is that if you find anyone you’d like to bring on to your team, either permanently or temporarily, you can easily give them access to your Doorbell. The single Smibs site allows you to transition from networking to collaboration quickly, bypassing the need to move from one site to the other. The only business network I’ve seen that comes close to this kind of public-private merge are the Xing Enterprise Groups. The difference there is that the Enterprise Groups create a walled networking garden, rather facilitating CRM work. Even if your enterprise isn’t particularly interested in using Doorbell as your main CRM solution, the ability to work with it in conjunction with the Smibs Network makes it a perfect way to manage recruiting, and customers with access to the beta period for Smibs have already been using it as such.Really A Potential Rival?There are some serious hurdles that Smibs faces if it wants to become an essential business tool, especially in comparison to the powerhouses of networking and CRM software today. The leading problem is that business users looking for networking will flock to where people are already, which is LinkedIn first and foremost. Still, not having to wrestle with separate applications is always a draw for pragmatic enterprises. With the headache that even good CRMs can cause and the annoyance some find in having to manage disparate networks, a platform that blends both might be attractive. It also didn’t hurt that Smibs founder Peter Urban has outlined a coherent vision for where the company is headed, with new products in the works for the coming year. There’s a long and difficult road ahead if this startup wants to draw a substantial user base away from its rivals. But from where we’re sitting, Smibs has a fighting chance. center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

VC17 Day 4: Conference Conversation

first_imgOur virtual conference draws to a close today, but we hope your participation and engagement throughout the week has a lasting impact on your ability to adapt, grow, and thrive during times of change. For now, we have one more exciting day of sessions and conversations!Rosemarie Allen uses the example of children’s school experiences to discuss implicit bias and its impact on our interactions with others. Whether working with children or adults, our ability to be aware of our biases is a crucial first step in positively changing our work and home environments.Jones Loflin uses a gardening analogy to illustrate the elements essential to getting change moving and in the right direction. He discusses a sustainable approach to change, including ways to accelerate change and the need to celebrate even small success in the change process.Finally, Jones will join Andy Crocker in our conference capnote session. This session is designed to let you, our conference participants, lead the discussion. Our moderators want to hear about your takeaways from the week! Please share your insights as we conclude a week of learning and prepare to return to our workdays ready to embrace, support, and create change.What struck you about today’s sessions? What are you thinking about sharing during the capnote? Don’t be shy! Please share your thoughts below as a comment.-Brigitte Scott,Director of Program Development and Evaluation, MFLNlast_img read more

Gadling, Sen’s bail pleas to be heard after SC verdict

first_img Directions to jail officialsMeanwhile, Judge K.D. Wadane expressly directed jail authorities to provide the accused with books, including those given to them by their families. He told the prison authorities to permit Mr. Wilson’s relatives to meet him, and approved Mr. Dhawale’s treatment at Sassoon General Hospital. He also directed the officials to permit the activists to receive clothes from their relatives.On September 6 and September 14, the prosecution had sought a postponement on the bail hearings of Ms. Sen and Mr. Gadling.Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar had earlier moved the court to shift the five arrested activists to separate jails, citing security issues at Yerawada Jail as the reason for the proposed transfer of the accused.All five were arrested during a multi-city crackdown conducted by a team of the Pune Police over the contentious Elgaar Parishad held at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31 and the Bhima-Koregaon riots that erupted the next day. They were later booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The Pune sessions court will hear the bail pleas of human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling and Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen after the Supreme Court’s decision on the house arrests of the five other activists arrested by the Pune Police on August 28.The court of special judge K.D. Wadane on Thursday reserved the hearings on the bail pleas along with the applications of the Pune Police seeking the transfer of the activists arrested on June 6 to separate jails from Yerawada prison, where they are currently lodged.Ms. Sen, Mr. Gadling, Dalit activist-publisher Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut and Rona Wilson were arrested on June 6 for their alleged links with the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and the Bhima-Koregaon clashes. On August 28, in a second countrywide crackdown, the Pune Police arrested activists Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha on similar charges. They have been under house arrest since August 29.Defence lawyers for the activists arrested on June 6 told the court on Thursday that they would prefer to wait for the bail pleas to be heard after the apex court has passed its decision on the August 28 arrests.Defence counsel Pratap Vitankar said, “A collective decision among advocates for the defence was reached since a parallel case, which is proceeding at the Supreme Court, will affect the bail pleas of Mr. Gadling, Ms. Sen and those activists arrested along with them.”last_img read more

What Is Jalen McCleskey’s Ceiling As a Sophomore?

first_imgI’m about to float an insane theory that I realize is an insane theory, but I cannot stop myself from floating it anyway. Jalen McCleskey is going to be better in 2016 for two reasons:He is older and weighs moreHe switched to No. 1Oklahoma State’s history of offensive players wearing No. 1 in the Mike Gundy Era is not necessarily lengthy, but it is impressive. For the last few years, Ra’Shaad Samples has worn the number which didn’t amount to much, but just before him it was Joe Randle and Dez Bryant. Pretty solid company. The number just looks slick on the field. Kevin Peterson wore it well on defense.I remember Dez’s freshman year talking to some buddies and asking them what number they wanted Dez to wear. Before I could even finish the question, my buddy Sheets just screams, “he has to wear No. 1!!”Look good play good. I don’t know, but I do know that McCleskey has become the sort of underrated offensive weapon on this team. We focus so much on James Washington and the running back situation and Barry Sanders and Marcell Ateman’s injury that we forget about the guy who did stuff like this as a freshman last year.“We have to find ways for him to touch the ball,” said Mike Gundy recently. “He is explosive. He is competitive. He is a year into it now. This year’s [offense] could be a little more specific by player than what we have been in the last 10 years. Meaning that, we may have certain guys skill wise that are able to execute certain plays that we need to try and get those called to get the ball to certain guys in order to give us the best chance to be successful on offense.”That’s probably a good idea. McCleskey, who is up over 20 pounds (hashtag Glass), only had 409 all-purpose yards in 2015, but he also only touched the ball 33 times on offense. I think that probably doubles this year. At least. McCleskey is explosive and can run away, and he’s the rare sophomore with 13 games under his belt.Awesome photo here after Jalen McCleskey’s punt return TD. (via @osuathletics) pic.twitter.com/hQUS3eEGcx— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 1, 2015“Well, he is a good player,” said Gundy of McCleskey’s pedigree (his father played in the NFL). “It is like anything else, horse racing and whatever.”Pause. The man with the mullet said “horse racing and whatever” when talking about maybe his most dynamic player. Amazing.“The history says that if their pedigree is good, then there’s a good chance that that can continue during their career here,” said Gundy. “Not always, but it gives you a better chance. We invest a lot of time in what kind of people they are, how they treat their moms, what kind of respect they have for just the general things in society I think we are lacking as a group maybe in this country. We look at that and they certainly have to be athletic enough to play here and then if they have good pedigree, that makes the stock go up even more.”Receivers coach Kasey Dunn echoed Gundy’s praise for McCleskey in all facets in the spring.“The guy that’s shown some speed is (Jalen) McCleskey,” said Dunn. “He’s doing a great job out there. That little turkey will block his butt off too. He’s getting it done and I’m happy with where we are and I’m looking forward to the next practice.”The little turkey racehorse who will ball in a new number this fall. I’m fired up to watch him.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

The Bachelorette’s Jordan Rodgers Says His Relationship With Aaron Rodgers Is “Complicated”

first_imgA closeup of Aaron Rodgers in his Green Bay Packers helmetMINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 15: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before a game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 15, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Aaron Rodgers is currently the second-most famous person in his family among women aged 18 to 34. The Green Bay Packers’ quarterback’s little brother, Jordan Rodgers, is currently starring on The Bachelorette. The two brothers don’t appear to be best friends, though. Jordan Rodgers appeared on Katie Nolan’s Garbage Time podcast and discussed his relationship with Aaron. (Starts at about the 23:00 mark)From the podcast:“How close would you say you are with Aaron?” Nolan asks. “Um, I, you know, we have, we have a relationship,” Jordan says “We, you know, it’s, ah, it’s, ah … it’s complicated. I’ll say that.”“Are you a Packers fan?” Nolan asks.“Yeah,” Jordan says. “So, one of my best friends in the world, David Bakhtiari, is his left tackle.”That’s…an interesting answer, to say the least.What’s going on with the Rodgers’ brothers?[FTW]last_img read more