SMD Delivers Two Sub Rescue Specification Atom ROVs to JFD

first_imgSoil Machine Dynamics (SMD) has delivered two 1000m Atom Mk1 work-class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) systems to JFD.The Atom systems, equipped with ultra-compact launch and recovery systems (LARS) and SMD purpose-designed control and workshop cabins, provide a complete turnkey solution which is essential for JFD in providing its customer, the Indian Navy, with reliable equipment for on time critical missions.Optimised for submarine rescue operations, each Atom system carries three emergency life support pods for delivery to a submarine forming the intervention element of the 3rd generation submarine rescue system.Ben Sharples, India project director, JFD, said: “At JFD, we believe in the power of improvement and the importance of collaboration and we have been pleased to work together with SMD on developing these new technologies. SMD’s Atom ROV systems play an important part in our new 3rd generation submarine rescue systems, and in advancing our ultimate aims of driving down time to first intervention, protecting life at sea, and improving the standards of safety for submariners around the world.”The small size and lightweight design of Atom was an important factor for JFD in the selection process, as the entire system must be air transportable for rapid response. During factory acceptance, SMD were able to demonstrate Atom’s thrust capability to JFD representatives at their facility in North Shields, Newcastle using its 64 cubic metre in-house test tank.Mark Collins, managing director ROV Systems, stated: “This has been a significant project for SMD that has seen us deliver two submarine rescue specification Atom ROV systems successfully to a high profile client in the defence sector. Significantly it shows that SMD can provide optimised work class ROV power and capability in a very small package that is light enough for air transportation and fast deployment. Ease of use and reliability were also key requirements which SMD are able to demonstrate through a long track record in a diverse range of sectors. We look forward to continuing our new partnership with JFD to support their current and future needs in the defence underwater arena.”last_img read more

Groups seek to join euthanasia case

first_imgNZ Herald 21 April 2015The Human Rights Commission and two other groups want to join a legal challenge by a terminally ill woman seeking the right for a doctor to help her die without criminal prosecution.Lecretia Seales, 41, is dying from brain cancer and believes it’s a “fundamental human right” to be able to choose to end her life with medical assistance, if she wants to, before her suffering becomes intolerable.In a legal first in New Zealand, the senior legal and policy adviser at the Law Commission filed a statement of claim in the High Court seeking a ruling to determine whether her GP could lawfully administer a lethal dose of drugs.Assisting suicide is a crime punishable by up to 14 years in prison but Ms Seales’ case relies on the provisions in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act that protect the rights to not be deprived of life or subjected to cruel treatment.If successful, the bid would allow the doctor to euthanise Ms Seales because of her specific circumstances and would not set a precedent. But a favourable High Court ruling would allow others to follow suit and potentially send a signal to Parliament for further law reform.The case, Seales v the Attorney-General, has been set down for a one-week hearing in the High Court at Wellington next month.But three other parties – the Human Rights Commission, the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of New Zealand and the Care Alliance Trust – are seeking to join the case and have their say in court.Voluntary Euthanasia supports Ms Seales’ position, while the Care Alliance is opposed to assisted suicide and euthanasia.Asked whether the Human Rights Commission supported or opposed Ms Seales’ bid, a spokeswoman said the case raised important human rights issues with implications for many people.“We believe it is important the court has the benefit of an independent perspective on human rights principles and the legal framework which applies in cases like this.” read more

England crush SA in World Cup opener

first_img(AFP) – Ben Stokes starred in all departments as England began their quest to win the World Cup with a 104-run thrashing of South Africa in the tournament opener at The Oval yesterday.The all-rounder top-scored with 89 in England’s 311-8, held a brilliant catch in the outfield and took 2-12, including the last wicket, as England won with 61 balls left.Jofra Archer did the early damage with the ball, the fast bowler taking 3-27 in seven overs.Jofra Archer was quick to make an impact. (Getty)Barbados-born Archer, who only qualified for England in March, made his presence felt even before he had taken a wicket with a bouncer that beat Hashim Amla for pace and crashed into the grille of the helmet, with the veteran opener retiring hurt on five.Archer then reduced the Proteas to 44-2.Aiden Markram edged to Joe Root at slip and South Africa captain Faf du Plessis fell for just five when he top-edged a hook to long leg.But Quinton de Kock kept the Proteas in the hunt, although the opener was lucky when on 25 he played a ball from leg-spinner Adil Rashid onto his stumps only for the bails to stay put. The dashing left-hander went on to complete a 58-ball fifty but holed out off fast bowler Liam Plunkett for 68.Rassie van der Dussen then made exactly 50 without pressing on when he miscued Archer to mid-on.His exit saw Amla return with South Africa struggling at 167-6 in the 32nd over.The game was all but up for South Africa when a back-pedalling and diving Stokes held a brilliant one-handed catch in the deep to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo.Amla’s brave effort to rescue the innings ended on 13 when he was caught behind off Plunkett’s slower-ball bouncer and Stokes finished the match when Imran Tahir edged him to Root.Stokes was one of four England batsmen who got to 50 on a tricky surface, with captain Eoin Morgan (57), Jason Roy (54) and Root (51) all out soon after reaching the landmark.England lost a wicket second ball before Roy and Root shared a stand of 106 that was equalled by Morgan and Stokes.du Plessis opted to field despite being without injured spearhead Dale Steyn and took the unorthodox decision to give leg-spinner Tahir the first over. The 40-year-old, the oldest player in the tournament, struck second ball when Jonny Bairstow was caught behind by de Kock for a golden duck.Roy and Root repaired the damage but were dismissed when well set as England lost two wickets for four runs in four balls to be 111-3.Morgan, whose aggressive approach has been symbolic of England’s rise to the top of the one-day international rankings after their woeful first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup, struck the match’s first two sixes off successive balls from Lungi Ngidi before he too was caught in the deep.Left-hander Stokes saw his 79-ball knock end in the penultimate over when caught at third man following a reverse hit off paceman Ngidi (66-3).last_img read more

SLOW PLAY: Despite sluggish start, Syracuse talent too much for winless Friars in Senior Day win

first_imgHis team was finally in complete control. Bartig knew how important it was to set the tone out of the locker room, halting any Providence momentum before it could even start in the second half. ‘In practice, that kind of stuff happens all the time,’ Jamieson said. ‘It’s always good just to lighten the mood. After I scored, looking at the sidelines and watching everybody smile, that’s what lacrosse is about.’  ‘We haven’t seen anything like this today,’ SU head coach John Desko said. ‘But that has to be their game plan. They don’t have any wins. They’re not a team that’s great in transition, so they’re going to have to hold the ball.’ And it reflected in the teams’ attitudes heading into their respective locker rooms. The Friars sprinted into theirs, clapping and high-fiving along the way. Syracuse’s trot was a slight jog, and there was none of the enthusiasm that radiated from Providence. Behind that game plan from the Friars, the Orange found itself with only a three-goal halftime cushion against a Providence team that had lost by an average of 6.3 goals per game this season. With that, everything was back to normal for No. 1 Syracuse, which found itself marred in more of a struggle than it anticipated against Big East foe Providence. On the strength of a strong second half, SU was able to close out the 14-5 win over the Friars in front of 4,956 on Senior Day Saturday inside the Carrier Dome. Slowing the pace of the game down to a grinding halt, Providence (0-12, 0-4 Big East) stalled for minutes at a time in its offensive zone. The Friars were patient, waiting meticulously for any opening that came their way.  SU outshot the Friars 22-10 in the second half. It went a perfect 13-for-13 in clearing opportunities. And after a sloppy first 30 minutes, it limited its second-half turnovers to only two. Said Jamieson: ‘That’s what lacrosse is about. It’s about having fun, and I like bringing that kind of excitement.’ With that, Bartig sparked a three-goal run and a 5-2 third quarter in favor of the Orange, beginning SU’s second-half dominance. Comments After a quick regroup in the locker room, SU got back to business as usual behind senior midfielder Max Bartig. Two minutes out of the gate, Bartig dodged from up top. Moving right, he darted a shot past Providence goaltender Christian Dzwilewski.  In between the two bookend glittering goals from Daniello and Jamieson, SU (11-1, 4-0 Big East) faced a rocky path to a victory against a Friars squad that had yet to win a game this season.  ‘It was pretty big,’ Bartig said. ‘We didn’t get the kind of start that we wanted in the first half. … We talked in the locker room and decided we needed to have a big third quarter. Coming out and getting that first goal, it was nice.’ Cody Jamieson just wanted to get back to the fun of lacrosse. The fun that usually comes with complete control of a game. ‘I was a little disappointed with our play in the first half,’ he said. ‘But (Providence) did what they had to do. They had to slow it down, they had to play good team defense and they had to hold onto the ball, which they did.’ Because of that, Jamieson had an opportunity for a little fun. And when his behind-the-back shot found the back of the net, the game came full circle. ‘We just said we had to settle down and loosen up the grip on the sticks,’ Jamieson said. ‘Start having fun and just putting the ball in the back of the net.’ It was a first half that left Desko rather annoyed at his team’s performance. At the same time, Syracuse was almost as sloppy with the ball as Providence was cautious. The Friars were the benefactors of 12 Orange turnovers in the first half, as SU limped to just 58.3 percent (7-of-12) on clearing opportunities.  The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team started the day with a behind-the-back goal from Chris Daniello. And the senior attack Jamieson ended it with the same technique, putting the exclamation point on the game and giving the Orange a seven-goal lead late in the fourth quarter of a 14-5 win over Providence. Published on April 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

‘Think SC’ hosts student leaders

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government hosted a think tank discussion for student leaders in different organizations across campus to collaborate on pressing issues that students are facing on and off campus.The Think SC event encouraged students to raise questions and offer solutions to four of the more fundamental topics for students at USC: Greek life and its social policies, wellness, sexual assault and sustainability. USG student body president Christian Kurth moderated the evening’s event, posing a series of questions that dealt with each major topic and searched for strategies to solve the controversies surrounding these topics.“It’s a think tank, so [it’s] an open dialogue for all presidents and representatives of their organizations,” said Giovanni Navarrete, president of the Lambda Upsilon Lambda, a Latino fraternity. “It’s sort of just [to] come up with ideas and help create a better USC environment, better programming, a better way to connect amongst each           other — you know, network, so that’s what I’m here for.”One topic that was discussed during the event was the prevailing wall between Greeks and non-Greeks at USC, focusing on ways that the student body and their surrounding organizations can bridge the gap between the two.Sophomore Rini Sampath,      USG co-director of external relations, online editor of the Daily Trojan and                                                                vice president-elect, believes that philanthropies and the abundance of talent within the Greek system could serve a bigger goal to bring more people together from all over campus in various kinds of events.“I see Greek life as large pockets of really talented, intelligent [and] driven people who, I think, if we utilize that space, we can really do some amazing [things],” Sampath said.USC student leaders then shifted to a discussion on sexual assault. Kurth encouraged students to brainstorm ideas on how to improve resources for sexual assault victims and methods to encourage a change in the culture of this issue. Many students agreed that alcohol was a predominant part of the sexual assault culture at USC, but they also encouraged forums and talks with students about sexual assault and the fine lines that might be overlooked or ignored.Sampath hoped that the evening’s discussion would foster an environment for students to mix together ideas and shed light on any topics that came to mind for the different leaders.“I think that we had such a diverse group of students this year,” she said. “It was a great mix and everyone was saying things that I never even thought about, and that’s what the purpose of the event was, to have different opinions come out — and we achieved that.”Sampath hopes to provide USC students more opportunities to engage in think tank-related discussions.“One promise that we are making is we want to have an event like this every month of the year, [a] town hall [or]                forum-style discussion, where students outside of USG are able to give us feedback where we can make real change,” she said.The students raised support for the evening discussion and hoped that these events continue to be a method for people to come together and share ideas.“I think that this is a good idea. I wish there were more before,” said Loranna Grigoryan, president of the Pre-Pharmacy Society.last_img read more

UW defense thwarts high-scoring Alabama

first_imgIt was not a pretty game by any means when Wisconsin topped Alabama 69-50 Saturday afternoon. The two teams combined for more than 45 turnovers and shot just 31 percent from the field.It was a defensive-minded battle, and considering they were facing the Tide, it was exactly what the Badgers needed.Alabama (5-1) entered Saturday’s game undefeated and averaging 85.4 points per game, best in the Southeastern Conference. Wisconsin (4-3) opened the game in a matchup-type 2-3 zone, confusing Alabama throughout the game by mixing in man-to-man defense. The zone proved a difficult one to adjust to.“I just figured we couldn’t chase them around like we normally do,” head coach Bobbie Kelsey said of implementing the strategy. “We get tired when we chase people, so you might see more zone, because it helps us and saves us from getting fouls.”The zone also proved to be a difficult one for Alabama to adjust to. When they did, the shots just didn’t fall.“We expected a zone. … Playing us in man right now is not very healthy,” Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson said. “We had the right people shooting three-point shots; we had our three-point shooters shooting them.”The Tide came in shooting a passable 36 percent on the season but were held to just 22 percent shooting in the game. Their 5-31 three-point shooting (16 percent), could have been worse, too, if not for a hot stretch by guard Daisha Simmons near the end of the game.With four minutes remaining in the second half and Wisconsin leading 63-36, Simmons made three quick shots to boost the Tide’s percentage above single digits. Previously, Alabama had made just one of 25 three-point shots.Alabama guards Jasmine Robinson and Shafontaye Myers combined for just eight points Saturday, finishing 2-15 on the day. The duo entered the game averaging more than 15 points per game each.  Although Myers and Robinson may have been the focal point of Alabama’s offense throughout the season, Kelsey and the Badgers prepared for a full-team attack from the Tide.“Since we were playing a zone, we were just going to guard whoever has the ball … and everyone else was in zone,” Kelsey said. “That kept them from getting open looks. … We tried to focus on everybody and hope they miss, which they did.”Paige perseveresShooting woes were not unique to just Alabama, at least in the first half. Morgan Paige entered the game as Wisconsin’s leading scorer, averaging more than 14 points per contest. But points were at a minimum for Paige as the game began, and she tallied just three points in the first half with a 1-10 shooting performance. Paige then found her groove from the free throw line, making four of five free throw tries in the opening minutes of the second half.A few three-pointers followed, and as the final buzzer sounded, Paige had a season-high 24 points. The offensive mentality of the junior guard helped her toward a rather quiet and unnoticed scoring outburst.“Morgan understands how to move without the ball,” Kelsey said. “Basketball is an instinctual game; you have to have instincts and anticipation skills to be able to read when something is not working and make a play. Morgan is a playmaker.”Paige’s points are now of even greater value for Wisconsin, as fellow captain Taylor Wurtz has been sidelined with a nagging back injury. Although there may be more pressure on her to score, Paige is still counting on her teammates to help fill the scoring void left by Wurtz’s absence.“I know I’m in a scoring role, but I don’t have to make up Taylor’s points,” Paige said. “We have more than capable players on our team that can contribute and I feel like getting them involved is more important than me just trying to take over a game.”last_img read more

Tom Brady says he’s in ‘uncharted territory’ with Patriots

first_img“I’m really not worried about it. I’m secure for this year, I think,” he said. “At least I get a few first team reps out there. I just go out there and try to do the best I can. … There’s a lot of guys who have one year left on their contract. I’ve got one year to go and we’ll see what happens.”The new deal is a two-year extension through the 2021 season but, according to an ESPN report, the 2020 and 2021 seasons are void years. To further this: the two years of Brady’s extension are void years, per source. This deal is about 2019: Brady gets a raise, while the void years allow the team to create cap space this season.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 4, 2019″It’s really the reality for most guys in the NFL,” Brady said. “I don’t want anyone to think I’m any different from everyone else. Football is a tough business. It’s a production business. I’m ready to go this year, and that’s really what matters and that’s where my focus is.” Tom Brady, Patriots nearing 2-year extension worth extra $70 million, report says Bill Belichick vows to be ‘more involved’ with Patriots’ defense “The focus is this year and what we’ve got to do. That’s where I’m focused. That’s all that really matters in the end. That’s what this team expects of me, to put everything into it, like I always have and I’m really excited for the year.”Brady seems unconcerned about any future decisions that will need to be made. Tom Brady may have just inked a new contract with the Patriots, but the veteran quarterback knows he’s in a “unique situation.”Brady will receive an $8 million salary increase this season, a raise from $15 million to $23 million. Patriots receiver Josh Gordon files for reinstatement to NFL However, anything beyond that is still up in the air considering he’s entering his third decade in the NFL at the age of 42.”It’s a unique situation I’m in … my 20th year with the same team, 42 years old, so, pretty much uncharted territory I think for everybody,” Brady told media Monday, via the team’s website. “I’m going to go out there and do the best I can this year and see what happens. … Related Newslast_img read more

Tuesday’s coronavirus report: Five new COVID-19 cases in our listening area

first_img1 21321 1 321 Mitchell 107 DES MOINES — According to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s website, there are at least four more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our immediate listening area, while Floyd County health officials say there’s a new case there that does not show up on today’s report. Two of the new cases are in Franklin County, one an adult 41-60 years old, another an adult aged 61-80. There’s a new single case in Butler County, an 18-40 year old, and another single case in Wright County, a 41-60 year old. Including the Floyd County case, there are now 47 confirmed cases of coronavirus in our listening area. Franklin121152 21 Confirmed CasesChildAdult (18-40)Middle (41-60)Older (61-80)Elderly (81+)NATotalDeathsRecoveredHospitalized Hancock Worth Winnebago21 41 11 Cerro Gordo266 Wright22 112 32 Kossuth11 14121 Butler442 Floyd Area Total01220122470304 12last_img read more

Troubles in Bassa Deepen, Big Fish Accused, Including T. Nelson Williams II and Buchanan…

first_imgAs the looming trouble in Grand Bassa County deepens, authorities of the county have reportedly accused some prominent citizens of the county of being behind the Aggrieved Bassa Citizens (ABC) who are calling for the immediate resignation of County Superintendent Etweda T. Cooper and Assistant Superintendent for Development Adonie Z. Greaves.The ABC group wants the current leadership of the county to be immediately  unseated for allegedly mismanaging funds intended to kick Ebola out of the county among other funds also intended to develop their devastated county. The amount in question is a staggering US$307,000.During the second day of the ABC’s protest, on October 9, 2014, members of the group “booed at Superintendent Cooper and shouted loud voices.Rogue! Rogue!! Rogue!!! When she was attempting to flee the hostility of the ABC demonstrators gathered around her office on that fateful day. Had it not been for the police and other security officers to escort her away, all  hell would have broken loose.Following this, some supporters of the county administration, already in ‘hot water,’ alleged that the Managing Director of the Liberian Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC) and Executive Director of the T. Nelson Williams Foundation is  one of the staunch supporters of the ABC’s action against the county leadership’s removal from office.During a press conference held at the offices of the foundation in Buchanan last week, Mr. T. Nelson Williams categorically  refuted the allegation leveled against him, describing it as false, misleading and unfounded and intended to tarnish his long built reputation and to discredit his immense contributions to the eradication of the spread of Ebola and the development of our war torn county.Mr. Williams clarified that at no time has he given the ABC US$1,500 to facilitate the unseating of the current county leadership as had widely claimed by his accusers. He challenged them to prove their allegation to the letter.Mr. Williams disclosed that he only gave the amount of US$900 to six local radio stations in the county for the promotion of the prevention of the spread of the Ebola Virus in the county and nothing else.He revealed that his foundation is a non-political, non-profit one, but purely humanitarian.  It continues to help vulnerable people, give  scholarships to needy students at all levels, without any discrimination.He was allegedly linked to a staffer of his foundation, DU-Ben Cleon, who heads the ABC.Predicated upon this, Mr. T. Nelson Williams has suspended Mr. Cleon for time in definite for using the compound of the foundation to host ABC’s meetings.Grand Bassa County Electoral District #3 Representative  Gabriel B. Smith, also denied the allegation that he is one of the supporters of ABC to unseat the county’s current leadership.Mr. Smith then clarified that he only received a letter from the ABC as their direct lawmaker informing him about its action against the county leadership, but he never replied the letter or supported the group’s action.“Under the Constitution of Liberia, every citizen has the right to freedom of speech, but he or she must be responsible for what he or she says,” he added.On Friday, October 10, 2014, pandemonium broke out when another resistance group calling  itself Patriotic Alliance of Bassa (PAB) reportedly attacked the ABC members and violently stoned and wounded some of them at the Unification Pavilion Hall. The victims were rushed to nearby Drug Stores for medical treatment.At the same time the police in Buchanan, headed by the Superintendent Fredrick Nappy, arrested about 20 men of the PAB and detained them for disorderly conduct.The incident erupted when the ABC was awaiting the arrival of the county’s Legislature caucus to present their petition to them during the third day of their demonstration.At the police Headquarters in the Fairground in Buchanan on  that fateful day, the Development Superintendent Adonie z. Greaves, who had carried the Buchanan City Solicitor, Isaac Yorcee, and the county’s Public Defender, Paul P. Jarvan, to release the detainees of PAB, went loggerheads with Buchanan City mayor Julia Bono.Had it not been for the interception of the police, Grand Bassa County supreme grand zoe Edward John Taywayou, the two groups  would have engaged in a fist fight.Mr. Greaves accused Mayor Bono of supporting ABC, while Mayor Bono also accused Mr. Greaves of organizing the PAB to violently attack and disrupt the ABC’s protest.In another development, one  Liberia’s seasoned lawyers, who is also a son of Grand Bassa County, Cllr. Theophilus C. Gould, allegedly quoted Mayor Bono as saying the ABC’s petition to the county lawmakers was delayed because she should have been in charge of the Ebola Task Force warehouse but to the contrary.Cllr. Gould then described her as being selfish and unpatriotic.He made the utterances on Saturday, October 12, 2014 when his group, the Ancient  Free and Accepted Masons,  along with the General Grand Chapter of the Eastern Star of Liberia, donated some assorted Ebola preventive materials and food items to Grand Bassa County Ebola Task Force.  The donations were  received by Superintendent Etweda A. Cooper, on behalf of the Task Force.In reaction, Mayor Bono catergorily denied the allegation and described it as false and misleading which she said is intended to create confrontation.She then expressed disappointment over Cllr. Gould, as a renowned lawyer to the country, leveling such  an allegation against her.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Granger probably not ‘fit and proper’ to select GECOM Chairman

first_img…nominees more technically qualified than President, Ministers – JagdeoBy Gary EleazarIf it is that Head of State David Granger cannot – from a list of 18 persons – select one to head the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), then perhaps he is not a ‘fit and proper’ person, since many of the persons already identified are technically, even more competent than him and several of his Cabinet Ministers.Former President Bharrat Jagdeo made the scathing observation on Wednesday when he addressed members of the local media corps and expressed his dissatisfaction over the recent statements made by President Granger.Despite expressing some level of optimism expressed by Jagdeo over intimations by Granger that he wanted to meet with the Opposition Leader following the written ruling issued by the Chief Justice, the Opposition Leader told reporters, “nobody said anything about the ruling interfering with his authority to appoint a fit and proper person.”Jagdeo was adamant that the President has an obligation to not only respect but to apply the contents of the ruling in his decision to appoint a GECOM Chairman with regard the list submitted.According to the Opposition Leader, “if our President cannot find from18 persons; 18 persons who are all professionals, who have some standing in society, who have demonstrated independent positions and actions, who are impartial, (if) he cannot find a single persons – most of them are more technically qualified than the President himself and most of his Ministers – can’t find a single of 18 fit and proper, then something is wrong not with those people anymore or the process; something is wrong with him, and maybe he is not fit and proper to make the selection.”Jagdeo in criticising the positions adopted by the President questioned how long the charade will be upheld in face of the High court ruling.Responding to the publicised overtures, Jagdeo questioned “what does he want to meet with me to say again.”He told media operatives that he is respectful of the Office of the President, and as such, will meet and given the deviation from previous communications regarding the rejection of previous lists, his fingers are crossed that this time around the meeting would be to inform him of a decision taken.“Normally I am very respectful of the institution, the presidency,” as he indicated his willingness to attend the meeting despite the diversionary tactics being employed.Jagdeo told reporters too that one of the President’s Ministers was overheard at the court declaring that the final decision on who will be appointed GECOM Chairman will be made at the People’s National Congress Reform’s (PNC) Headquarters at Congress Place.“Maybe it is that the President has no authority to make this decision that its dealt with elsewhere and so somebody needs to say to the President you have to address this issue seriously.”Chief Justice Roxanne Wiltshire in her written ruling which was handed down recently had found that Granger’s case proved to be irrational, highlighting that while the Constitution states that nominees for the post should fall into the categories of Judge, former Judge or someone eligible to be a Judge, the first two categories are not compulsory.Furthermore, she noted that the term “any other fit and proper person” allowed more space to select the six candidates, while highlighting that “there is no mandatory category.”According to the Chief Justice, Granger should provide reasons for rejecting nominees presented by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo for the position of the GECOM Chairman in accordance with Article 161 (2) of the Constitution which refers to the need for communication and negotiation.President Granger has already rejected two lists of 12 persons and is currently considering a third list, all of which had been supplied by the Opposition Leader following consultations with sections of civil society.Marcel Gaskin, a businessman and engineer, had moved to the High Court in March of this year to challenge the constitutionality of President Granger’s reasoning behind his rejection of Opposition Leader’s list of nominees.Gaskin, also the brother of Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, had wanted the court to determine whether Jagdeo’s list of nominees was indeed not “fit and proper” as declared by President Granger.Granger had repeatedly maintained that the list of nominees must include a Judge, a retired Judge or a person qualified to be a Judge. On the other hand, Jagdeo has argued that the nominees do not have to be Judge-type as the Constitution makes provision for another group of persons under the category of “fit and proper”.Jagdeo told reporters on Tuesday that the President was merely engaged in diversionary tactics when it was reported that he was ‘dead set’ on appointing a fit and proper person, saying “whoever claimed in this country that the ruling interfered with his authority to appoint a fit and proper person, definitely not the Chief Justice and I did not say that.”Based on the ruling, the persons nominated by himself “do not have to be in any of these categories: Judges, former Judges or (eligible) to be appointed Judges”.On the question of whether the President is required under the Constitution to supply reasons as to why the names have been rejected, the Chief Justice has indicated that “yes, he has to give reasons”.Speaking to whether the President is obliged to select a person from the six names supplied, unless he has determined positively that the person is unacceptable as a fit and proper person to be appointed, again the Chief Justice ruled in the negative.“So even if the President finds individuals who are unacceptable to the list, it does not render the entire list unacceptable,” the Opposition Leader had earlier indicated.last_img read more