September 19, 2021

Integrity Commission to pursue prosecutions next year – Chairman

first_img…Guyana Times offers free publication of defaultersThe Integrity Commission is committed to pursuing prosecution against officials in public offices – a significant portion of whom are still delinquent in declaring their assets to the Commission. This is according to Chairman of the Commission, Kumar Duraisami, who told  Guyana Times on Wednesday that the Commission is “definitely going ahead” with the prosecution of defaulters but noted that they first want to send reminders before doing so.Integrity Commission Chairman Kumar Duraisami along with Commissioner Rosemary Benjamin-Noble (left) and Commission Secretary Amanda JaisinghHe could not say how many defaulters there currently are, explaining that this number keeps changing every day whenever these officials make submissions. However, Duraisami noted that when the Commission meets in January 2020 for its first statutory meeting, a final list of delinquents will be determined before moving ahead.A few months ago, Duraisami had disclosed that despite a two-month extension to the June 30 deadline, less than half of the declaration forms that were sent out were filled out and returned. He noted that some 1137 forms were distributed but only 396 were received after the August 31 extended deadline.Among the defaulters are a majority of the Members of Parliament from both the Government and Opposition. Back in May, the Commission had flagged some 716 public officials for failing to make their declarations including President David Granger and some members of his Cabinet.Over the past months, the Commission has complained that inadequate financial resources have hampered its ability to carry out its mandate effectively, especially with regards to publishing the names of defaulters.Guyana Times reached out to the Commission a while ago and offered to publish the list of delinquent officials free of cost. This newspaper was told officially write the Commission on the offer.However, the Chairman told this publication that the Commission will have to meet to discuss this matter and as such, he cannot make any commitments.According to the Integrity Commission Act, all public officers in high office are required to file declarations of their assets as well as those held by their spouses and children. The law states that any public officer who fails to comply with the Commission is liable upon summary conviction, to a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for a period of no less than six months or more than one year.For 2019, the Commission since published five lists of the various categories of public officials defaulted in making their declarations. Chief among the defaulters was President David Granger himself. Others on the lists were sitting Government ministers, Members of Parliament and a number of high-ranking Government officials.last_img read more

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King of the Game: OSU vs. TCU

first_imgAnd we are back for another exciting edition of PFB’s competition series!Before we dive in, let’s remind everyone of the rules:Each week five people will make predictions about the upcoming game. The predictions will vary each week. Plus, each contestant gets the opportunity to earn bonus points by making a wild prop bet. Our contestants will consist of myself, Kyle Cox, Nick Welch, someone from the enemy’s side, and an OSU fan contributor.This week’s enemy picks come from Melissa Triebwasser, who also helped us out with a preview of the Horned Frogs.For the fan vote, this week we welcome Alan Vaughan. I asked for a GIF and he delivered.You can never go wrong with The Big Lebowski.Here are this week’s bets:• Bet Against the Spread: OSU (-11)OSU has easily surpassed Vegas’ spread lines through the first three games of the season. Can they do it against a ranked opponent?• More Turnovers Forced: OSU or TCUThrough three games, Oklahoma State has forced six turnovers (3 INTs, 3 fumble recoveries) while TCU has forced five (3 INTs, 2 fumble recoveries). Who wins the turnover battle this week?• Over/Under: +45% TCU 3rd-down efficiencyIt was a major concern after week one when Tulsa converted 65.1 percent of their third-down attempts. Since then? USA converted 10 percent while Pitt converted 33 percent. TCU is averaging 65.8 percent on third downs. Can OSU hold them under 45 percent?• King of the Game: Running Back (OSU or TCU)Which running back, for either team, finishes with the biggest impact? Remember, it’s Highlander rules (There can be only one!)• Prop Bet: Hit me with your best shot!So, without further adieu…Image result for begin gif Phillip SlavinBet Against the Spread: OSUI bet against OSU last week. I won’t make the same mistake again. I don’t think the Cowboys win by 30, but asking them to win by two touchdowns doesn’t seem like a lot.More Turnovers Forced: OSUI’m going to say OSU because I think it’s more likely Kenny Trill throws a pick or two than it is Mason Rudolph throws one. Fingers crossed we don’t have another special teams snafu.Over/Under: UnderDrinking the Kool-Aide has helped the fans each week, so I’ll take a heavy sip. I’m not entirely confident in this pick, but I think OSU can keep TCU in some 3rd and longs which TCU hasn’t faced a lot of this season.King of the Game: Darius AndersonTCU’s run game dominated Arkansas, so I think they’ll get some runs on OSU. With TCU’s second-leading rusher Kyle Hicks possibly out for the game, I think Anderson gets a lot of carries, especially early, as TCU tries to control the game and keep OSU’s offense off the field.Prop Bet: Rudolph finishes with more than twice as many passing yards as Kenny Hill.Kyle CoxBet Against the Spread: OSUI’ll take OSU to cover again. I don’t foresee the Cowboys hanging 60 on Gary Patterson’s defense but I think they win by around 20.More Turnovers Forced: OSUI’ll give OSU the nod here. I think Ramon is due for a pick-6 and takes over for Justin Phillips’ streak of two weeks straight.Over/Under: OverTCU leads the nation at 65.8 percent so I’ll take the over. OSU’s defense will win the turnover battle but won’t be able to shut out TCU like it nearly did last year.King of the Game: Justice HillWith Kyle Hicks’s status unknown at the time of this writing, you gotta go with last year’s Freshman All-American who already looks like this year’s All-American.Prop Bet: Tyron Johnson leads the team in receiving TDs.Nick WelchBet Against the Spread: OSUI know teams change from season to season, but OSU is undefeated at home against Gary Patterson and his Horned Frogs since they joined the Big 12 in 2012. They are also winning by an average of about 20 points in the four wins. I think the streak continues in Stillwater Saturday.More Turnovers Forced: OSUAlthough Kenny Hill had a really good game last week, I’m still not sold on his ball security and decision making. I think it’s very possible he turns the ball over more than once against a surging OSU defense. Mason just reeled off 216 straight throws without a pick. I trust our guys/Mason over Kenny Trill this week.Over/Under: UnderI’ll take the under. I think TCU will come close. As of Tuesday, Hicks will be a game-time decision which isn’t great news to have for your first conference road game against a top-10 opponent. I honestly am unsure how much different TCU’s offense is from last year’s unit that only managed 6 points on us in Fort Worth.King of the Game: Darius AndersonI picked against OSU last week in the rushing pick. I won’t make that mistake this week. TCU will probably be giving increased workload to sophomore Darius Anderson who actually has rushed for more yards than Justice while sharing a relatively even workload with Hicks. Although TCU is giving up only 92.3 rushing yards per game thus far to OSU’s 129.3, OSU just has too many weapons to focus on just one part of Yurcich’s offensive assault.Prop Bet: I mentioned this up top, but I have zero trust in Kenny “Trill”. I think he turns the ball over himself at least twice, maybe three times.Enemy: Melissa TriebwasserBet Against the Spread: TCUGive me TCU to cover here, but it’s going to be close. A late touchdown by the Frogs cuts it to single digits after OSU takes a two score lead in the fourth.More Turnovers Forced: TCUThe Frogs have been ball hawks this season, with pick sixes in both home games so far this fall. OSU doesn’t make a lot of mistakes on offense, while the Frogs fumbled three times Saturday. I think it’s two turnovers for TCU, one for the Pokes.Over/Under: OverOver. TCU has done a great job of staying in third and manageable behind a exceptional running game. They will try to stick with what has been working unless they fall behind by double digits, meaning a lot of third and five or less. That’s a recipe for third down conversion success.King of the Game: Darius AndersonBe prepared to get a heavy dose of Darius Anderson Saturday. With Kyle Hicks expected to miss the game due to injury, Anderson becomes the go-to guy out of the backfield. The Frogs’ best chance to get a W is by leaning on their stable of backs, and DA should pop for over 100, even against a really good OSU defensive line.Prop Bet: Kenny Hill gets more than 50 rushing yards I think Hill’s feet could be a difference maker for TCU’s offensive game plan.Fan: Alan VaughanBet Against the Spread: OSUThe offense is explosive and Gundy seems to have given Yurcich full unbridled control.  This year reminds me of Holgy and Monken; an all-out ability to score at will.More Turnovers Forced: OSURudolph has only thrown one INT this season; no reason to think he comes unhinged against TCU.  OSU ball security has been pretty good so far.Over/Under: OverTCU is 66% for the year. OSU’s defense will get its stops when needed, but I don’t see a total shutdown of TCU’s offense.King of the Game: Justice HillWhile it’s sounding like he might be back, TCU’s Hicks is still questionable for this game, leaving them short handed. OSU has gotten solid play from JD King, but Justice prevails.Prop Bet: Justice Hill goes for over 200 yards.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

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Petra Kvitova Is The Most Unpredictable Player In Womens Tennis

Venus Williams2667278.7%– Victoria Azarenka1244274.7%– Mary Pierce1425074.0%– Billie Jean King1272484.1%– Steffi Graf2783289.7%– Virginia Wade1224971.3%– Petra Kvitova, the tennis star from the Czech Republic, is 6-feet tall, left-handed and can crush her forehand and serve. She has won Wimbledon twice in her career, the only currently active woman to accomplish that feat besides Venus and Serena Williams, who each won their first two from 2000 to 2003. At the moment, Kvitova is ranked No. 6 in the world, and was once ranked No. 2. The week before this year’s Australian Open began, she won the Sydney International by thumping four players, including three-time Slam champion Angelique Kerber, and beating the relentless Ashleigh Barty in a three-set final.Oh, one more thing: There’s good reason to believe she won’t last long in this month’s Australian Open. Of all the women with at least two major titles since 1968, when the Open Era began, none have lost as often, on average, at Slams as Kvitova, the master of disaster.On Monday in Melbourne, Kvitova had an unusual performance: She easily won her first round match by beating Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Kvitova looked a bit shaky in the first set, when she lost her serve twice and landed just 45 percent of her first serves. But she was much cleaner in the second set, and now — maybe — she can relax and have a strong tournament. She also could improve her winning percentage at majors, which was 70.2 percent at the start of the tournament, the lowest figure among the two-or-better Slam winners in the women’s Open Era. Svetlana Kuznetsova1526171.4%– Chris Evert2993789.0%– Amelie Mauresmo1314375.3%– Justine Henin1412883.4%– Hana Mandlikova1424078.0%– Lindsay Davenport1985179.5%– Monica Seles1803185.3%– Evonne Goolagong Cawley1292782.7%– Jennifer Capriati1404077.8%– Kim Clijsters1323181.0%– Serena Williams3314588.0%– Martina Navratilova3064986.2%– Martina Hingis1533282.7%– Maria Sharapova1944979.8%– Margaret Court961090.6%– Kvitova’s Slam performances are the worst of her peersWinners of multiple Grand Slams by Grand Slam record, 1968-2018* Petra Kvitova923970.2%– *Excluding this year’s Australian OpenSource: WTA Garbine Muguruza602273.2%– Arantxa Sanchez Vicario2105479.5%– Angelique Kerber984170.5%– Tracy Austin611580.3%– Li Na903174.4%– PlayerWinsLosesWin% There are seven other active women who, like Kvitova, have won at least two major titles. All of them have won more of their matches at Slams (Kerber, who had 10 first-round major losses in her first five years on the tour, is still ahead of Kvitova with 70.5 percent). Since Kvitova’s second Slam victory, she has gone no further than the quarterfinals at a major. She has only done that twice, both times at the U.S. Open, in 2015 and 2017. In the rest of her majors she has not gotten past the fourth round. In her career, Kvitova has lost in the first round of a Slam nine times. Serena Williams, who has won 23 majors, is 331-45 at Slams (88 percent) and has lost in the first round only once.Two of Kvitova’s first-round losses occurred last year, in the Australian Open and Wimbledon, the best tournament for her game. (At Wimbledon, she lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0 in the third set of their match. Sasnovich had never gone past the third round of a Slam.)So how can a player with so much talent, and so much power, end up looking timid and uncertain? After a promising career start, Kvitova approaches the early rounds of Slams as calmly as when parachuting from an airplane. “When I was younger, I played better on the Grand Slams than the other tournaments,” she said after losing in the first round of Wimbledon last year. “Now is the time when I’m playing better on the other tournaments.” Asked more about the defeat, she said: “The nerves were there again.”Worries at the beginning of a Grand Slam tournament are not uncommon — even Roger Federer, who has won 20, has spoken about being nervous in the first round. But the best players in the world usually overcome that.Some of Kvitova’s more recent woes could be due to the time she was attacked at home by a man with a knife in December of 2016. She didn’t return to the game until the 2017 French Open, which she lost in the second round (she had the same result at Wimbledon). But later that year at the U.S. Open, she reached the quarterfinals, her best result since 2015.Kvitova still has time to cure her Grand Slam disease. She is 28 years old and a natural on the grass of Wimbledon, despite her first-round loss there last year. At the Australian Open, she has an excellent draw, facing unranked players until the fourth round. Her opponent in that round could be Aryna Sabalenka, an up-and-coming 20-year-old who was beaten in straight sets by Kvitova in the Sydney International. Sabalenka is seeded No. 11.Even if Kvitova never improves her Slam winning percentage and finishes her career in last place, well, someone has to be there. She could just call herself the most unpredictable multi-Slam winner in women’s tennis history — not ideal, but definitely unique. read more

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Rep Duncan Hunter Military should help build border wall

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter said the military should help get construction going on the border wall.Hunter visited Good Morning San Diego to further discuss his stance on immigration and his recent criticism of his attack ad on his opponent Ammar Campa-Najjar. Posted: November 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom November 2, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom, Rep. Duncan Hunter: Military should help build border wall. RELATED: Ammar Campa-Najjar on his campaign for California’s 50th Districtlast_img read more

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