It would appear that at long last, there is a glimmer of light at the end of a long tunnel of darkness created by the refusal of the PNC-led coalition government to obey instructions of our Constitution that were so pellucid, the CCJ declared it needed “no gloss” or explanation. This was Art 106 (6), (7) declaring that with the passage of a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) in the National Assembly, the “President and Cabinet shall resign” and that “the Government shall hold an election within three months”.In his desperate rear-guard battle to stave off those elections, President Granger resorted to a variety of cynical stratagems, the last of which has finally run out. Even though Art 61 gives him the sole authority to “proclaim” a date for elections, Granger insidiously foisted that responsibility onto GECOM, which is merely responsible, via Art 162 (1) for “registration of electors or conduct of elections”. GECOM is funded annually so that it should be in a state of perpetual readiness to conduct elections three months after the President has dissolved the National Assembly and declared a date for elections. This is the tradition of the “snap” elections that is part and parcel of parliamentary democracy. According to Art 162 (2), the only time GECOM can become involved with the date of an election is if “on the day appointed therefore would be attended, either generally or in a particular area, by danger or serious hardship”.But Granger placed the cart before the horse and insisted that GECOM must “declare its readiness for a credible elections” before he would announce a date. This was a most transparent ploy since he had already connived with his illegally, and unilaterally appointed first Chairman to order a time-consuming H2H Registration as part of the “readiness” regimen. In all of this foot-dragging, the Opposition PPP showed superhuman restraint as one red herring after another – such as “merging of lists” – were dragged along the path to elections. But finally, the new GECOM Chair, who has the casting vote, announced on September 19 that GECOM would be ready to conduct elections by “end February 2020”.Granger, however, had overplayed his hand. In his resort to the Courts as part of his rear-guard battle, the CCJ had determined on June 18 that the clock on the three-month timetable for elections which was on “pause” has started to run on that date. Consequently, elections should have been scheduled by September 18, 2019 or the Government thereafter becomes illegal, being violative of the Constitution. In fact, this point was so obvious that the western diplomats of the US, UK and EU – the three most important allies of Guyana – eschewed the usual diplomatese and issued a most pointed statement on the PNC-government’s illegality:“…we deeply regret that, by surpassing September 18, the Government is currently in breach of the Constitution following its failure to adhere to the decisions of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on 18 June and its subsequent orders.This situation comes at great cost to the people of Guyana. The prevailing political uncertainty undermines Guyanese institutions, compromises economic opportunities and delays development across all areas including infrastructure, education, health, and social services. It also hinders our ability to support Guyana’s development needs.We therefore call upon the President to set an elections date immediately in full compliance with Guyana’s Constitution”.Guyana is now in unchartered waters constitutionally dealing with a de facto but not de jure Head of State. The Opposition PPP has continued to show tremendous restraint and political maturity to accept the attenuated elections date suggested by the parameter set by the GECOM Chair. As was once said in an analogous context, Granger can run but he can no longer hide. He must set a date for elections immediately and face the democratic verdict of the Guyanese people.Until then, he should be guided at a minimum by the “Caretaker Conventions” extant in other parliamentary democracies for “lame duck” administrations.
5 5 1. Thomas Muller: Could United swoop for a second superstar from Bayern Munich this summer? Click the arrow above to see other big names Man United could sign – Ruud Gullit thinks Man United need to sign a real striker before the transfer window closes. The former Netherlands and Milan midfielder, who managed Chelsea and Newcastle, thinks the Red Devils cannot rely solely on Wayne Rooney if they are serious about winning the title. Here, talkSPORT looks at possible additions beginning with Muller. Having already signed Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern, United would be hard pushed to seize another big name from under Pep Guardiolas nose. However, reports of unrest inside the Bayern camp continue to do the rounds and United are prepared to pay another big fee for a major signing. Muller has scored more than 100 goals for the Bavarians and at 25, the forward is at the peak stage of his career to take the Premier League by storm. 5. Antoine Griezmann: Reports are claiming United have turned their attentions to the Frenchman after losing out on Pedro – According to the Daily Mail, Louis van Gaal has retained an interest in the Atletico Madrid forward all summer, but the Liga club have slapped a £55m price tag on his head. Griezmann scored 25 goals in 53 appearances for Diego Simeones side last term, sparking speculation he could earn himself a big-money move to the Premier League. 2. Robert Lewandowski: Bayern’s £50m-rated forward has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past. Click the arrow above to see other big names Man United could sign – The prolific Poland international scored 24 goals in his first season with Bayern and the Bundesliga champions are unlikely to part with Lewandowski this summer. But United could come in with a huge offer for the 26-year-old, which may prove difficult for Bayern to turn down. 5 4. Harry Kane: Can goal machine Kane fire United to the Premier League title? Click the arrow above to see other big names Man United could sign – After a stunning breakthrough season for Tottenham, Kane was soon linked with a move to Old Trafford. Those rumours have cooled as the summer has gone on, but with the transfer period nearing an end, United may be tempted to submit a late bid to lure Kane away from White Hart Lane. The 22-year-olds goals would certainly ease the pressure on Wayne Rooney, while the prospect of Champions League football could be too good for the England man to turn down. Ruud Gullit believes Manchester United need to sign a ‘real striker’ before the transfer window closes. The former Chelsea and Newcastle manager thinks the Red Devils cannot rely on captain Wayne Rooney to lead the line if they are to mount a title challenge.United looked set to capture Pedro from Barcelona this week until the deal was hijacked by Chelsea and with just 12 days remaining until the window slams shut, talkSPORT takes a look at the striking options available to Louis van Gaal.Click the yellow arrow, above, right to see the possible players. 5 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly willing to let their leading scorer leave in a cut-price deal. Click the arrow above to see other big names Man United could sign – According to the Daily Mail, United are keen on the divisive Ibrahimovic and if PSG do decide to sell the striker, then a return to Serie A and Milan is on the cards. However, Man United have the financial power to outbid the Italian club and match Ibrahimovics astronomical wage demands, while Wayne Rooney would relish playing off the 6ft 4ins frontman. 5
ENCINITAS On a sandy bluff overlooking the Pacific, surfer Mark Massara sees a developing threat to a California amenity: guaranteed beach access for average families. Luxury hotel builders are hovering over the coastline, hoping to expand to California’s shores the nationwide trend of developments split between high-priced hotel rooms and privately owned condominiums. Where developers see opportunity in “condo hotels,” Massara and others see a legal loophole that lets private buyers snap up parts of the coast that are supposed to remain public. And that, he fears, will make getting to the beach harder. In this low-key northern San Diego County surf town, dunes and ice plants are being cleared from land designated for public use to make way for 100 condos that will sell for an estimated $1.5 million each and 30 hotel rooms that will go for up to $600 a night. Because the project includes hotel rooms, it is deemed to be for public use by the commission that oversees a state law protecting beach access. “It’s like a knife at the throat of the Coastal Act,” said Massara, a lawyer for the Sierra Club. Condo hotels have gained popularity in recent years, thanks to the real estate boom. There are currently 225 such developments in the pipeline nationwide, with Chicago, Miami and Las Vegas the current hotspots, according to the newly formed National Condo Hotel Association. The trend has also filtered down to smaller cities such as Provo, Utah; Pittsburgh and Little Rock, Ark., as a way to spread the financial risk of new developments. Along California’s coast, where demand for real estate is so intense that the city of Santa Barbara may build affordable housing for families earning $160,000 a year, as many as 10 condo hotel projects are pending. Since 1989, the state Coastal Commission has approved nearly a dozen projects, including developments built in Half Moon Bay near San Francisco, Pismo Beach on the central coast and the Los Angeles County town of Hermosa Beach. In the past five months, the commission has green-lighted projects in Encinitas and one in Rancho Palos Verdes. In such quasi-residential developments, condo owners can use their rooms for a maximum of 90 days each year and are expected to rent them out the rest of the time. Developers say owners have incentive to make rooms available to the public during peak seasons because they can charge more. Just who can afford these largely luxury accommodations and how to police whether owners are staying year-round rather than the 90-day maximum are questions the Coastal Commission tackled this month. The regulatory panel is entrusted with upholding the 1976 Coastal Act, which requires affordable accommodations be protected and encouraged. “The working stiff in Bakersfield who has a family of four he is not coming to these five-star hotels,” environmental attorney and former Coastal Commissioner Dwight D. Worden told commissioners. For many, a California beach vacation already is out of reach. Barely 10 percent of coastal accommodations are considered affordable that is, cost less than $100 a night. That means of the 1,600 RV parks, campsites and hotels, only 134 are low-cost, according to the Coastal Commission. To further comply with law, the 12-member commission regularly attaches special conditions on condo hotel projects, such as limiting how long owners can use their units and protecting public beach access. For the yet unnamed Encinitas project, commissioners made developer KSL Encinitas Resort Co. attach hotel rooms to their original condo proposal. The commission also required the developer of the more than $50 million project to invest $220,500 in low-cost accommodations off site. Company spokesman Douglas A. Yavanian said developers aren’t looking for loopholes in the Coastal Act to build hotels. Condo buyers get to invest in hot real estate markets and developers have all-but-guaranteed buyers on the coveted coast, he said. “We just think the concept is a good one,” said Yavanian. “It’s good for the prospective buyers and it’s good for us.” Coastal Commission Chairwoman Meg Caldwell said the panel was being cautious in its approvals, but recognized that condo hotels could help privatize the coast. “Sometimes you don’t really recognize the threats until they’ve already shaped your coastline,” she said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
latest Chelsea won 4-2 at Stamford Bridge, meaning they won 6-5 on aggregate Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion RANKED Assistant boss Steve Clarke took charge of the team on the dugout Although the tale was never confirmed, Mourinho told Andy Gray and Richard Keys he did in fact sneak into the dressing room in the most ingeniousof ways.Keys asked him point-blank if he was really in the laundry basket, and Mourinho unashamedly answered: “Yes, yes I was.“The fundamental thing of it is: Chelsea v Bayern Munich, a big match in the Champions League. I need to be with my players. And I did it, yeah.”While it seems as though getting in was easy, the tricky part was getting the manager back out of the room – without suffocating. BEST OF “I go to the dressing room during the day, so I was there,” he added. “I’m there since midday, and the game is seven o’clock, and I just want to be in the dressing room when the players arrive.“So I go there, nobody sees me. The problem was to leave after.“[Chelsea kit man] Stewart Bannister put me in the basket. The metal one, the hard one. Puts me in there. I go in there with a little bit open, so I could breathe.“But when Stewart is taking that outside the dressing room, outside the stadium, the UEFA guys… were desperate to find me. “So when I was there, Stewart closed the box. I couldn’t breathe. When he opened the box, I was dying.“I’m serious. I was claustrophobic. It’s true, it’s true.” 3 Mourinho told the hilarious story to beIN SPORTS Jose Mourinho confirmed he DID sneak into Chelsea’s dressing room via a laundry basket, despite being banned from the stadium.The former Manchester United boss made the revelation while speaking on beIN SPORTS during his first spell as Chelsea boss. Most Read in Football 3 Back in 2005, Mourinho claimed Frank Rijkaard visited referee Anders Frisk at half-time of the Blues’ Champions League clash with Barcelona.The Portuguese claimed Rijkaard influenced the referee’s decision to send off Didier Drogba.Chelsea went on to win the second leg to set up a tie against Bayern Munich – although Mourinho picked up a two-match stadium ban for improper conduct.Officially, it was claimed Mourinho watched the game from a nearby hotel. But for years, it was claimed the enigmatic manager was actually smuggled into the changing room. REVEALED 3 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 gameday cracker SORRY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade
So that’s it, the league campaign is over for another season, but it made sure it went out with a bang both north and south of the border.Social media exploded when Celtic youngster Jack Aitchison blasted onto the scene, annihilating records left, right and centre. And fans really struggled to grasp just how young the 16-year old is. Everybody’s favourite X Factor reject Wagner is at it again, he’s dropped another bombshell for the Hibs fans in light of their self destruction on Friday. He’s at it again….It wasn’t the first bomb scare at Old Trafford this season.An interesting take on yesterday’s title celebrations.Joey Barton ramps up the rumour mill by playing golf with Kenny Miller…his new team-mate? It’s celebration time for the Barca boss as Sporting Gijon avoid relegation.This one deserves to go to Celtic’s Jack Aitchison… PABrighton and Sheffield Wednesday meet in tonight’s English Championship play-off semi-final second leg and it’s live on Sky Sports 1 at 1930. The visitors lead 2-0 from the first leg. PA2012: Kenny Dalglish was sacked as Liverpool manager just three months after winning the League Cup. Meanwhile, Rangers have added former Spurs star Niko Kranjcar to their wanted list. With Joey Barton and Jason Cummings already on the radar Mark Warburton is clearly looking to detonate some damage on the Scottish Premiership. Oh, and there was a code red at Old Trafford too…They won’t regret this in six months time, oh no, not at all…The internet really can’t handle how young Celtic’s new star is.
Anyone dreaming of a White Christmas might have to put a special request on their Santa list if the latest word from Met Eireann is anything to go by.Forecasters have dashed hopes of snow on 25th December this year.With eight days to go until Christmas Day, Met Eireann experts said it’s too early for a definitive forecast. However, the current outlook is damp and mild. “Our latest guidance suggests it will be relatively settled, mostly dry with temps about average,” said forecasters.Meteorologist Liz Gavin told Independent.ie: “So far there’s no indication in our chart of snow for Christmas, as the temperatures are far too mild.”Gavin said we need temperatures of around 3C to get snow, but mercury is not expected to drop so far by next week.The statistical likelihood of snow falling on Christmas Day is once every 5.9 years. The last recorded snowfall on 25th December in Ireland is 2010. ‘Snow chance’ of a White Christmas, say forecasters was last modified: December 17th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CHristmassnowweather
The Minnesota Department of Revenue has announced the adjusted 2018 individual income tax brackets.2018 Minnesota Income Tax BracketsFor tax year 2018, the state’s individual income tax brackets will change by 1.987% from tax year 2017.The 2018 brackets are:Married filing jointly:$0 − $37,850 for the 5.35% rate;$37,851 – $150,380 for the 7.05% rate;$150,381 − $266,700 for the 7.85% rate; and$266,700 and over for the 9.85% rate.Married filing separately:$0 − $18,930 for the 5.35% rate;$18,931 − $75,190 for the 7.05% rate;$75,191 – $133,350 for the 7.85% rate; and$130,350 and over for the 9.85% rate.Single:$0 − $25,890 for the 5.35% rate;$25,891 − $85,060 for the 7.05% rate;$85,061 – $160,020 for the 7.85% rate; and$160,020 and over for the 9.85% rate.Head of household:$0 − $31,880 for the 5.35% rate;$31,881 − $128,090 for the 7.05% rate;$128,091 – $213,360 for the 7.85% rate; and$213,360 and over for the 9.85% rate.Estimated Quarterly Tax PaymentsTaxpayers who make quarterly payments of estimated tax should use the above rate schedule to determine their payments that are due starting in April 2018.The notice can be viewed on the Department’s website at http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/newsroom/Documents/20171227%20Income%20tax%20brackets%20for%202018.pdf.Minnesota Income Tax Brackets for 2018, Minnesota Department of Revenue, December 27, 2017Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
A tax cuts “2.0” draft will likely be unveiled to House Republicans in July, the House’s top tax writer has said. A draft of the tax reform “phase two” legislative outline is expected to be released generally in August.Tax Cuts Phase Two Timeline“I think the Ways and Means Committee timetable will be to begin circulating a draft to House Republicans when we return after the fourth of July break,” House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex. said in a televised June 26 interview. “I expect to see the legislative outline released in early August, with votes in the fall depending on when leadership wants to schedule them.”Individual Tax CutsThe next round of tax reform will focus on making permanent the individual tax cuts enacted temporarily through 2025 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) (P.L. 115-97). Additionally, Republican tax writers are considering proposals that would streamline the retirement savings process, a Ways and Means spokesperson previously told Wolters Kluwer. Brady said in the June 26 interview that he intends to use the month of July to hear from Republican colleagues on what they want to see in the “2.0” measure.Democratic Support NeededFurther, Brady alluded in the June 26 interview that Republicans will not use the reconciliation process for Senate approval of a phase two bill. Using the reconciliation process allows for approval of legislation with only a simple GOP majority, as used with the TCJA. Moreover, not using that legislative path forward will make for an uphill battle in the Senate, requiring Democratic support. Democrats have remained largely opposed to the TCJA and the notion of subsequent, extending tax cuts.“I think the Senate is vitally interested in what can get 60 votes that they can pass, because we unfortunately won’t have the reconciliation instructions in place because of the budget,” Brady said. Additionally, Brady predicted that more than one tax bill will be part of Republican phase two legislative efforts. “I don’t see it as one bill. I see it as a package of two, three or four approaches, with permanency being one of them,” he said.CBOIn related news, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated a sharp increase in federal debt by 2048. In the 2018 Long-Term Budget Outlook released by the CBO on June 26, the federal budget deficit, relative to the size of the economy, is predicted to grow substantially over the next 30 years. “Moreover, if lawmakers changed current laws to maintain certain policies now in place—preventing a significant increase in individual income taxes in 2026, for example—the result would be even larger increases in debt,” the CBO report notes.House Ways and Means Committee ranking member Richard Neal, D-Mass., criticized the TCJA in a June 26 statement issued after the CBO report’s release. “Now, in the CBO’s new report, we see the long-term consequences of the GOP’s fiscally irresponsible tax law: racking up historic debt and laying the groundwork for economic crisis,” Neal said.However, Brady placed the blame on excess mandatory and discretionary government spending. “Raising taxes on hardworking Americans—as Democrats want to do—will not solve our out-of-control debt,” Brady said in a June 26 statement.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffThe 2018 Long-Term Budget Outlook can be found hereLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out signing a defensive midfielder before the transfer window shuts, saying he is happy with his options.The Gunners have been criticised by pundits and some fans for not buying another holding midfielder to support Francis Coquelin, who broke into the first team last season after being recalled from a loan spell with second tier side Charlton Athletic.The only competition for Coquelin is captain Mikel Arteta, 33, who has just returned from a calf injury after six months out, and an aging Mathieu Flamini, who has only one year left on his contract.”Everybody has their opinion and everybody is entitled to have an opinion. I could prove to you that it’s not necessarily right,” Wenger was quoted as saying by the club’s website (www.arsenal.com) when asked about the need for more ‘powerful’ midfielders by reporters.Also read: Chelsea manager Mourinho compares Pedro to Maradona”When you don’t win, you’re wrong and people always find reasons why. Are they the good reasons?”I think I have enough experience and intelligence to know when it’s right and when it’s wrong,” added the club’s longest-serving manager.Arsenal are still waiting for their first home win of the season after being held by Liverpool in Monday’s entertaining goalless draw following the opening day shock 2-0 defeat by West Ham United.The hosts were unlucky not to take an early lead when Aaron Ramsey’s effort was ruled out for offside in the eighth minute, although Liverpool were equally unfortunate not be out of sight by halftime.advertisementNew signing Petr Cech saved a Christian Benteke strike from point-blank range, while Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho also struck the woodwork twice.Wenger was disappointed that Ramsey’s goal was disallowed.”It was a regular goal. It was a period of the game where we maybe had the most problems defensively but it’s a regular goal,” the 65-year-old said.”I can’t see why it was cancelled. It’s clear and on that front you cannot say that Liverpool can complain,” the Frenchman added.Wenger also conceded that his club have not been up top scratch this season after collecting just four points from their first three Premier League fixtures.”We have started very average I must concede sharpness is missing a little bit in some players,” the former Monaco manager said.”Our game is still not fluent enough in the final third.
There is no bigger compliment for a fast bowler if one of opposition’s key batsman terms his spell as “unplayable” and that’s exactly what Shakib Al Hasan felt about India pacer Umesh Yadav’s morning spell on day three of the one-off Test in Hyderabad. (Umesh is the most improved bowler in last season and half: Sanjay Bangar)Umesh bowled a nine over spell on a barren track in the morning where he beat Shakib, a number of times, with his pace and swing. (One-off Test: Bangladesh batsmen defy India on flat pitch)”There was nothing much in the pitch. Because we play in KKR, I know him (Umesh) very well. Probably, this was the best spell I have faced in my Test career. He was moving the ball both ways and some of the deliveries were unplayable. The best I could do was to hit the deliveries that I could and the ones I couldnt, I tried not to nick it. I was lucky that I survived that spell,” said Shakib, who made a counter-attacking 82 in Bangladesh’s 322 for 6. (SCORECARD)The all-rounder termed the wicket as a good one to bat on and save one unplayable spell from Umesh, nothing much was happening. (Watched Kohli bat on TV and now learnt a lot playing against him: Mehedi Hasan)”No, I think the wicket is still really good on the third day. We always knew that ball turns and there is help for spinners in India but that is not happening. Apart from that one unplayable spell, we managed to cope. As of now, the wicket is good but tomorrow is a new day. Let’s see what happens.” (India vs Bangladesh, One-off Test, Day 3: Key Highlights)advertisementElaborating how he coped with Umeshs deliveries, he said: “I played with soft hands and made sure that I didn’t nick it.”The shot that brought about his dismissal has been criticised but Shakib said he will not change his “natural game”. (India vs Bangladesh, Day 3: As It Happened)”Just for this (shot) I am not going to change my style of play. I know if I change it, I dont think I will be Shakib. Thats my way of thinking,” he answered with a bit of smug.”Well, if you look at my innings throughout the innings, I was playing shots. That one I didnt connect well and thats all I can say. I was playing the way I have been playing for the last five six years.”Shakib also agreed that spinners were not getting much help from the wicket.”When I was facing spinners, obviously to me, it was a good wicket. It wasnt helping spinners that much. I know I can be positive and I can move my feet. I was trying to be as positive as I can and look to score runs rather than just blocking balls.”On match situation, Shakib said that India still have their nose ahead in this game.”Obviously, India is in frontfoot. We have to play really well in the first two hours first session tomorrow. That’s the key part how well we play if we can score 100 to 120, I think we will be in a very good shape then. But at this moment, we are still way behind.”