GECOM caseNow that the Court of Appeal has granted an application to expedite the proceedings filed by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in relation to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) chairmanship case, the Attorney representing the Party is hoping that a decision could be made before the Local or General Elections.Anil Nandlall told Guyana Times that the matter was of significant importance, and the issues which the case raises strike at the heart of constitutional democracy and are intricately connected to peace, order and good governance in the country.Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall“It is important that the appeal be heard and determined, if not for the Local Government Elections, certainly in time for the national and regional elections…The reason being is that these matters should be conclusively settled in the legal system before those elections are held,” he explained.According to Nandlall, either party may want to take the matter to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) depending on the Court of Appeal’s ruling. He asserted that the appeal at the CCJ would need to be concluded in sufficient time for the 2020 elections to be held with a new chairman if necessary.Nandlall pointed to the scenario in Barbados where a person was prevented from being registered by the Chief Election Officer in that country. He recalled that that case started in January and by May the entire case was finished, from the High Court to the Court of Appeal to the CCJ, in time for the recent elections in Barbados.The Court of Appeal on Friday, July 27 granted an application to expedite the proceedings filed by PPP Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha, who appealed the High Court ruling that upheld President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of Retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of GECOM.At the first hearing, Mustapha’s legal team, led by Nandlall, had applied for the matter to be expedited given the importance of the case. That application was granted by Acting Chancellor Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards, who agreed that the matter was one of “national importance”.However, this was not before the court heard arguments from both parties.Attorney General Basil Williams argued that the hearing of the appeal should be postponed to after the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE), which were already set, and monies spent for preparations. However, Nandlall, a former Attorney General himself, dismissed those arguments, saying that the Local Government polls could always be rescheduled and pointing out that it was a concern.After hearing the arguments of the two sides, Justice Cummings-Edwards set October 4 as the soonest possible date for hearing the case. During this time, the parties will have to file their submissions with regard to the appeal case and the acting Chancellor urged them “to observe the timelines”.The acting Chancellor in her ruling on the ‘expedite request’ said that “…a hearing of the appeal should be conducted in a relatively short space of time …This is not to say we are not mindful of other matters that are before us, but such matters of national importance have been dealt with before”.Shortly after the hearing, Nandlall told reporters that he was pleased with the court’s decision, since the matter could have been fixed at a much later date. And Williams indicated to media operatives that he would be ready with his submissions, since they would be premised on the same arguments he proffered in court, stating that President Granger properly appointed the GECOM Chair and that acting Chief Justice Roxane George confirmed that appointment in her ruling last month.However, he was adamant that with November 12 already set as the date for the LGE this year, the appeal proceeding would not affect it. However, Nandlall contended that no monies were spent and that it would in no way affect the elections.After rejecting three lists of nominees submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, President Granger went ahead and unilaterally appointed Justice Patterson as Chairman of GECOM. This decision had been, and continues to be, the centre of contention and debate, especially among civil society.In fact, it was as a result of this that the PPP Executive Secretary approached the High Court to challenge the appointment. But on June 8, 2018, acting Chief Justice George had ruled that the Constitution of Guyana allowed for the President to unilaterally appoint someone to fill the position of GECOM Chair. As such, Mustapha earlier this month filed legal proceedings to appeal the High Court decision.
SAN JOSE — The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said Monday it is evaluating whether to pursue a probation violation charge against now-terminated San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, who was arrested for domestic-violence in Tampa over the weekend.Police meanwhile released 911 audio from the call by his “on-again off-again” girlfriend, who had recanted similar allegations earlier this year.Booking photo of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster after he was …
18 June 2009 It’s every schoolboy’s dream – playing with the superstars of the Brazilian national football team – and for a lucky group of soccer-mad youngsters from Tshwane/Pretoria, that seemingly impossible dream came true this week. When the call from the management of the famous Seleçao came that the team was looking for some young opponents to help them at their first training session in Pretoria, the honour of “helping out” fell to the under-17 team of local Premiership champions SuperSport United. The Brazilians were made to sweat for their hard-fought 4-3 win against African champions Egypt in their first game of the Fifa Confederations Cup in Mangaung/Bloemfontein on Monday night. So when they limbered up for their first session in Tshwane before Thursday’s game against the United States at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, some of the team’s first-choice stars like Kaka, Dani Alves, Robinho and Lucio were given a relatively easy night, taking a few laps around the field, as the team’s reserve squad took on the SuperSport youngsters in a light practice match. But Brazil’s “reserves” are no ordinary set of benchwarmers; they’re global superstars in their own right. Sixteen-year-old defender Brandon Joshua certainly won’t forget the day he “marked” – or tried to mark anyway – Brazil’s AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato, tipped as Brazil’s next really big football name. “I could not believe it when we ran out on the field together, it was really tremendous,” Joshua said after spending 30 minutes closer than he ever thought he would get to Pato’s quicksilver feet. “These guys play in top clubs and for their country, and now they play against me, a 16-year-old. This is such a big step for us, we do not usually get the opportunity see such big players, let alone play against them. This has been the greatest moment of my football career so far.” If Joshua had it tough, some of his SuperSport teammates couldn’t have enjoyed the sight of Real Madrid’s Julio Baptista bearing down on them in full flight, either. Thankfully, the Brazilians went relatively easy on the local boys, rattling in three goals in the 30-minute session before calling it a night. And what a night it was for the local youngsters, who won’t forget their Confederations Cup experience in a hurry. “This has been the greatest feeling ever, and I will cherish this moment for the rest of my life,” said 16-year-old midfielder Mbusa Manyoni, still in awe at meeting Kaka before the game. “This has been a once in a lifetime opportunity; my dream has come earlier than expected,” said 16-year-old Miguel Timm. “It has been a great motivation for me, and I will work very hard to be able to play against these guys for real in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
The multi-million rand Constitution Hill development was one of South Africa’s most ambitious public building projects following the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, and gave rise to some of the new South Africa’s most admired architecture.The Constitutional Court features powerful symbolism and an extensive art collection. (Image: Constitution Hill)Brand South Africa ReporterConstitution Hill, overlooking the city of Johannesburg, is more than just the site of South Africa’s Constitutional Court – the highest court in the country on constitutional matters.The multi-million rand Constitution Hill development was one of South Africa’s most ambitious public building projects following the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, and gave rise to some of the new South Africa’s most admired architecture.A multi-purpose, multi-faceted heritage precinct in the heart of the city, Constitution Hill was built on the 100-acre site of a century-old prison complex where the leaders of every major South African liberation group – Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi among them – were once detained.Nowhere is the story of South Africa’s turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy told as it is at Constitution Hill, witness to a century of South African history.Interactive experiencesThrough guided tours and exhibitions that have been designed as interactive experiences, visitors can learn about the injustices of South Africa’s past while observing the process by which the country’s freedom was won and is now protected.Tours take in the visitor decks of the Constitutional Court, where visitors can experience a real court case, as well as the court’s extraordinary collection of South African artworks, as well as three prison museums: Number Four, the Women’s Gaol and the Old Fort.The Old Fort, built in 1893, is one of Johannesburg’s oldest buildings and was used as a fortress by Paul Kruger during the Anglo Boer War. Nelson Mandela was the only black prisoner to be held in this “whites only” prison.A journey to the section of the Old Fort complex reserved for black men, Number Four, deepens one’s understanding of how the apartheid system made criminals of “non-whites”. Number Four was once home to prisoners such as Mahatma Ghandi, Robert Sobukwe and the students of the 1976 Soweto uprising.The grace of the Victorian-style building housing the Women’s Gaol – where the likes of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Fatima Meer and many other political activists were held – belies the pain and suffering that occurred within its walls.‘The Robben Island of Johannesburg’The complex housing these prisons was the place where more representatives of South Africa’s diverse communities were jailed for fighting for freedom than anywhere else in the country.For decades, thousands of prisoners streamed through the complex’s “delousing” chambers, were made to do the humiliating “Tauza” dance, were beaten and abused in the notorious Number Four prison for black men, were held for months in dirty, overcrowded conditions in the Awaiting Trial Block, were stripped of their underclothes and their dignity in the Women’s Gaol.The complex saw it all: from rebellious British soldiers who fought with the Boers at the turn of the century to striking mineworkers, Defiance Campaigners, Treason Trialists, and youths caught up in the Soweto Uprisings.Both the famous and the infamous were incarcerated here: war rebels, political activists, notorious gangsters and criminals. Activists were usually held as awaiting trial prisoners and then sent off to Robben Island or Pretoria to serve jail terms.Most of those imprisoned at the complex, however, were ordinary people arrested in their droves every day under the apartheid government’s Pass Laws restricting the movement of black people.Brewing beer – an illegal activity if you were black – also landed many women in jail. Still others were arrested for having sex across the colour bar or for homosexual sex.And black men lived in dread of Number Four, with its chilling Ekhulukhuthu (the deep hole) isolation cells.‘Gandhi: prisoner of conscience’Besides the regular temporary exhibitions at Constitution Hill, two permanent exhibitions focus on the lives of two of the great 20th century fighters for the rights of the oppressed, both of whom spent time within the Old Fort.The exhibition “Gandhi: prisoner of conscience” focuses on the years Mahatma Gandhi spent in Johannesburg, from 1902 until 1914, when he left South Africa at the age of 46. It was during this time that Gandhi formulated and refined his Satyagraha or passive resistance philosophy, and was transformed from a shy lawyer into an extraordinary leader of international stature.The exhibition details the experiences that shaped his development by means of photographs, quotes, artefacts and audio material. Gandhi’s transformation is symbolised in the changes in his attire – from a besuited lawyer to rough prison garb to a simple cotton tunic on his departure for India in 1914.Gandhi said of his experiences in South Africa: “Truly speaking, it was after I went to South Africa that I became what I am now. My love for South Africa and my concern for her problems are no less than for India.”Mandela is quoted on the walls of the exhibition as saying: “The spirit of Gandhi may well be a key to human survival in the 21st century.”Nelson Mandela’s prison cellHoused in the cell where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner, the other permanent exhibition documents the time that Mandela spent at Robben Island as well as at the Old Fort.Mandela spent two weeks in the Awaiting Trial Block, now demolished, in December 1956, before being transferred to Pretoria for the remainder of the lengthy Treason Trial.And in August 1962, he spent a few weeks in the Old Fort hospital. He wasn’t ill, but he was kept there because of his status, and possibly because it was believed that he could more easily escape from Number Four, where the other black male prisoners were kept.Here, in his meticulously reconstructed cell, the various pictures and objects on display include a stack of wooden boxes that form but a small sample of the 76 boxes used to hold the 70 000-plus pieces of correspondence between Mandela and the prison authorities over the 27-and-a-half years of his imprisonment.He frequently wrote letters on behalf of his fellow inmates protesting against regulations disallowing books for study or complaining about the quality of the food. One letter of complaint runs to 25 pages. Some of the letters were written in Afrikaans, the mother tongue of the prison bosses.Two videos run constantly as part of the exhibition. The first one, filmed in April 1977, some 13 years into Mandela’s life sentence on Robben Island, records an official visit in which the prison authorities invited the foreign press to visit the island.The second, from December 2003, shows Mandela arriving at the newly built Constitutional Court, built below the Old Fort, and being welcomed by the then chief justice of the court, Arthur Chaskalson.For full visitor information, as well as information about special programmes, exhibitions and venue hire, visit www.constitutionhill.org.za.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.,Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on October 30 said the long-pending Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute should be resolved “promptly” for the sake of peace and brotherhood. “For resolving the case promptly, it would have been better if a quick hearing of the matter was held by the court for the sake of peace and brotherhood in the country,” the Chief Minister said, a day after the Supreme Court made clear that it will not be heard before January. “This possibility, however, does not seem likely as of now,” he said to a query on the sidelines of an event in Lucknow.He said the matter is in the apex court but for peace and brotherhood and for honouring the beliefs of a large number of people, all alternatives need to be explored. “The counsel for the Uttar Pradesh government had also appealed to the Supreme Court for a speedy trial in the matter,” he said.The apex court on October 29 said the course of hearings in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute will be decided in the first week of January by an appropriate bench. This has intensified demands by RSS and its affiliated organisation that the government should bring a law allowing construction of a Ram temple at the disputed Ayodhya site.As many as 14 appeals have been filed against the Allahabad High Court judgment that the 2.77 acres of land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
DefinitionCorns and calluses are thick layers of skin. They are caused by repeated pressure or friction at the spot where the corn or callus develops.Alternative NamesCalluses and cornsCauses, incidence, and risk factorsCorns and calluses are caused by pressure or friction on skin. A corn is thickened skin on the top or side of a toe. Most of the time it is caused by bad fitting shoes. A callus is thickened skin on your hands or the soles of your feet.The thickening of the skin is a protective reaction. For example, farmers and rowers get calluses on theirhands that prevent blisters from forming. People with bunions often develop a callus over the bunion because it rubs against the shoe.Corns and calluses are not serious problems.SymptomsSkin is thick and hardened.Skin may be flaky and dry.Hardened, thick skin areas are found on hands, feet, or other areas that may be rubbed or pressed.The affected areas can be painful and may bleed.Signs and testsYour health care provider will make the diagnosis after looking at your skin. In most cases, tests are not needed.TreatmentPreventing friction is often the only treatment needed.To treat corns:If poor fitting shoes are causing the corn, changing to shoes that fit better will get rid of the problem most of the time.Protect the corn with a doughnut-shaped corn pad while it is healing. You can buy these at most drug stores.To treat calluses:advertisementCalluses often occur due to excess pressure placed on the skin because of another problem such as bunions or hammertoes. Proper treatment of any underlying condition should prevent the calluses from returning.Wear gloves to protect your hands during activities that cause friction (such as gardening and weight lifting) can help prevent calluses.If an infection or ulcer occurs in an area of a callus or corn,the tissue may need to be removed by a health care provider. You may need to take antibiotics.Expectations (prognosis)Corns and calluses are rarely serious. They should improve with proper treatment and not cause long-term problems.ComplicationsComplications of corns and calluses are rare. People with diabetes are prone to ulcers and infections and should regularly examine their feet to identify any problems right away. Such foot injuries need medical attention.Calling your health care providerCheck your feet carefullyif you have diabetes or numbness in the feet or toes.Otherwise, the problemshould resolve with changing to better-fitting shoes or wearing gloves.Call your health care provider if:You have diabetes and notice problems with your feet.You think your corn or callus is not getting better with treatment.You have continued symptoms of pain, redness, warmth, or drainage from the area.ReferencesScardina RJ, Lee SM. Corns. In: Frontera, WR, Silver JK, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 79.American Diabetes Association. Standard of Medical Care in Diabetes – 2013. Diabetes Care. 2013;36:S11-S66.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
The alleged assaults occurred at this Lethbridge arena. (Alberta Tourism)APTN NewsLethbridge police say they’ve charged a second man in connection with an incident where a referee and coach were assaulted over the weekend during a youth hockey tournament.In a statement on its website, the Alberta police service said Todd William Cross Child, 36, of Lethbridge is charged with two counts of assault.Police say they’ve also charged Robert Farrell Creighton, 55, of Standoff, Alta., with one count of assault.Both men are due to appear in court Oct. 9.The incident, which was caught on cellphone video, happened Sept. 8 at the Crossings Ice Centre.Police said a 10-year-old male player was involved in “a verbal altercation with a ref which escalated to the youth striking the ref twice with his stick and the ref pushing him to the ice.”At that point, police said a group of adults, including coaches and a relative of the 10-year-old player, came onto the ice. A coach from the opposing team was shoved to the ground and the ref was punched multiple times before the altercation was broken up.The 10-year-old boy was examined by emergency responders and was not injured. The ref and coach both sustained non-life-threatening injuries.