first_imgMabaruma Mayor, 5 NDC Chairmen battleThe Attorney General Chambers on Friday filed affidavits in answer to the court action challenging the appointments of the Mayor of the new Mabaruma municipality and five Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC).Attorney GeneralBasil WilliamsTwo weeks ago, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Secretary Zulficar Mustapha filed six ‘Writs of Certiorari, Prohibition and Mandamus’ at the High Court after Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan stepped in to select five NDC chairmen and a mayor for Mabaruma following ties in the local government elections of chairmen and a mayor.The court actions seek to nullify the selection of Kervin Crawford as Chairman (and Gail Thomas as Vice Chairman) of the Gibralter-Fyrish NDC; Audrey Thomas as Chairman of the Industry-Plaisance NDC; Peter Livingstone as Chairman (and Royan Junior Thomas as Vice Chairman) of the Malgre Tout-Meer Zorgen; Carol Nurse as Chairman (and Wilbert Vhypius as Vice Chairman) of the Woodlands-Bel Air; Gershon Clarke as Chairman of the Woodlands-Farm; and the selection of Rupert Henry Smith as Mayor (and Astrille Gammell as Deputy Mayor) of the Municipality of Mabaruma.The matters were heard by Justice Diana Insanally during which she granted a series of Orders requested including an Order or Rule Nisi of Certiorari quashing the decision of Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan to select the above persons.The orders were granted on the grounds that it is contrary to and in violation of Municipal and District Councils Act Chapter 28:01 and the Local Government Act Chapter 28:02, and is in excess of and without jurisdiction, made in bad faith, is unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, based upon irrelevant and improper considerations, mala fide, malicious, vindictive, unlawful, ultra vires, null, void and of no legal effect.However, in the Affidavit in Answer filed by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communities, Emil McGarrell, it was stated that the Court had no jurisdiction hearing the matter since it was not filed in the proper form.“I am advised by my Attorney-At-Law and verily believe that this Honourable Court has no jurisdiction to hear this application which is by Notice of Motion and not by the prescribed form of Elections Petition,” he stated.The Permanent Secretary supported his claim by making reference to Section 28 of Chapter 28:02, which incorporates the provisions of the Local Authorities (Elections) Act, Chapter 28:03. This piece of legislation outlines that “the proper procedure to determine whether a Chairman has been validly elected is the same as that of Councillor which is by way of Election Petition to the High Court”. He also cited Section 13(9) of Chapter 28:01 of the Local Authority Act, which says any questions on the validity of the election of a Mayor or Deputy Mayor shall be determined by the Court, and Section 146 of Part IV of the Local Authorities (Election) Act Chapter 28:03 (2), which states that every such reference shall be by an Elections Petition. According to McGarrell in the legal documents, in an application of Prerogative Writ the applicant must disclose all material facts to enable the Court to determine whether to grant the Orders Nisi being requested. He noted that in relation to Clarke, Nurse (as well as Vyphius) and Crawford (as well as Thomas), Mustapha failed to disclose to the court that they had already commenced performing the functions of Chairman (as well as Deputy Chair). While he further failed to disclose that Livingstone (as well as Thomas), Audrey Thomas and Smith (as well as Gammell) had already taken their respective Oaths of Office prior to the granting of the Orders Nisi.The Permanent Secretary went on to state that even if the court finds that Bulkan acted ultra vires the provisions of the Local Government Act Chapter 28:02 in these appointments, it does not prevent these persons from performing functions in their respective offices de facto.McGarrell added too that even if the court were to find that the Overseers and Town Clerk acted ultra vires the provisions of Section 13 in summoning a second meeting of the Councillors to resolve the equality of votes of the first meeting, then “they acted on the ground of necessity”.last_img read more

first_imgImagine a traveling shoe salesman picking up the phone in the Super 8 Motel in Pocatello. It’s the wife calling after she has read the sports page. “Why don’t you fly home every night to be with me, like Phil Mickelson?” PACIFIC PALISADES – Phil Mickelson plans to commute from San Diego by private plane during the Nissan Open so he can spend every night with his family. Mickelson might be the most popular golfer on the pro tour. But he is inviting the resentment of husbands who look forward to their own business trips as little breaks from the wife and kids. “Because I don’t make $47million a year like Phil Mickelson.” “That’s the next thing I was going to complain about.” Mickelson is a traveling shoe salesman, too, in a manner of speaking. He endorses the Callaway ERC Collection. The difference is his meetings happen at places like Riviera Country Club, where the 81st Nissan Open begins at 7 a.m. and runs through Sunday. His rent-a-car is a private jet. Even among the mega-rich at the top of the PGA Tour standings, the 36-year-old known as Lefty is a little different. He sets his own vector. center_img The latest example is what he’s doing this week. A 110-mile commute from Rancho Santa Fe to Pacific Palisades, with takeoffs and landings at the small airports in Carlsbad and Santa Monica. “It feels great,” Mickelson said of this week’s commute as he stood beside the Riviera driving range before the pro-am Wednesday. “Sometimes I’ll do this, where I’ll fly up to maybe Cypress to play a round of golf for a day. It has that feel of just being exciting to go play a great golf course. “And it’s not a very long commute. And it gives me a chance to practice at home on some of my drills at the facilities that I’m used to working on.” And to be with Amy. And to tuck in Amanda, Sophia and Evan. Mickelson said he’ll take off each morning “about two hours before I tee off … It’s only about an hour door-to-door.” Maybe a little more than an hour. Forty minutes in the air, 15 minutes or so on the road on either end, according to Mickelson spokesman T.R. Reinmen. If this seems like a lot of trouble, it isn’t. Mickelson could get home faster than those who have to drive on Sunset Boulevard and the 405. “If I had a plane, I’d probably do it too,” said Charley Hoffman, the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic winner who also is a San Diegan – but trails Mickelson in Tour career earnings $40.5 million to $2.1million. Look at it this way: Mickelson, who never met a fairway bunker he wouldn’t try to fly over, feels the same way about Orange County. The only surprise is that he isn’t flying the Gulfstream II jet he owns and pilots; it’s too big for such a short hop. Phil is renting a Cessna Citation and a pilot for the week. You can do this when, according to Forbes magazine, you earned $47 million between mid-2005 and mid-2006, a stretch that included PGA Championship and Masters triumphs and the second-place, come-from-ahead, “I’m such an idiot” U.S. Open. That income ranks Mickelson fourth in sports behind Tiger Woods ($90 million), Michael Schumacher and Muhammad Ali. Does his jet-setter’s commute mean Mickelson is less committed to the Nissan Open than an opponent who returns to a Brentwood hotel each night and broods about the day’s missed birdie putts? Maybe so, but that assumes that most of his opponents actually go straight back to the hotel and turn in early. What Mickelson is doing has to be better for his game than a night on the town. Mickelson’s decision to take a break from competition between September and January doesn’t look so bad. He has no team to answer to, only sponsors. He looks and sounds focused. Slimmed down from last season, Mickelson started 2007 slowly, failing to crack the top40 in his first threetournaments, before going 20-under par to dominate last week at Pebble Beach. It was his 30th Tour win, tied for 16th all-time (next on the ladder with 31 are Nissan winners “Lighthorse” Harry Cooper and Jimmy Demaret). Mickelson was a last-minute entrant at Riviera, where he hasn’t played since 2001 and hasn’t done better that a tie for 15th. He’s hoping to keep his Pebble Beach momentum. “I felt like I started to play better, even though the results weren’t showing it in Phoenix (where he missed the cut),” Mickelson said. “I wanted to get a couple of more good tournaments under my belt before we started the Masters push back on the East Coast. … What better place to test yourself off the tee than here at Riviera?” It’s almost like being at home. In fact, with that plane, it’s exactly like being at home. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgDay one of the 2019 Pacific halibut season is in the books, and the reports from Wednesday’s opener weren’t quite as good as expected. A few of the Eureka charter boats made the run straight out, fishing between the 51 and 47 lines, hoping to land on a bunch of hungry halibut that haven’t seen a bait in six months. For the majority of the boats, that didn’t happen. It did however, happen for Marc Schmidt of Coastline Charters.He and his crew had the hot hand and boated three flatties. And …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agriculture ranks as one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation with approximately 1 in 14 farm families having to deal with a farm related injury every year. The Ohio AgrAbility Program is part of a national program that promotes independence for people in agriculture who want to continue farming after experiencing a disabling condition. Our goal is to provide education, resources, and technical assistance to those individuals and their families so they may continue to farm. The Ohio AgrAbility goal of trying to help those farmers and farm workers whom experience an injury is not limited to injuries just on the farm. The program also works with individuals injured off the farm, or experience work limitations due to an illness or other health problems.The goal at Ohio AgrAbility is to get these individuals to work on the farm in a safe manner and help them to resume their life and live as normally as possible. In order to best help, AgrAbility goes out to the farm and assesses the limitations of the farmer. From this assessment, Ohio AgrAbility aims to provide safe and practical solutions for the farmer. The amount of assistance provided by the program varies greatly. Help can range from suggesting simple changes in the farm worker’s routine, to providing assistive equipment necessary for them to continue safe farming and living, despite their limitations. Ohio AgrAbility also works to prevent secondary injuries through educational programs and by providing other safety awareness resources to farmers. Peer-to-peer programAn important part of the Ohio AgrAbility Program is the Peer-to-peer program. This program provides networking support between farmers. This program aims to provide a useful system of giving and receiving help for clients with similar injuries or limitations. This enables farmers to not only share ideas on farming with injuries, but also gives them the opportunity to help each other cope with their limitations. The Peer-to-peer program’s aspiration is to provide hope and a bright future for new and potential members who fear their career and lives are over following a traumatic injury or illness.A good example of the purpose and success of the Peer-to-peer program can be seen through the story of an Allen County farmer. Jeff Austin grew up on the family farm, working with his father and great-grandfather. After graduating from high school, Jeff went on to The Ohio State University, graduating from OSU ATI with a degree in Ag Business and Swine Management. After graduation, Jeff married his wife Kristi and continued to work on the farm with his father. Jeff and Kristi have four children and like a lot of other farmers, Jeff supplemented his farm work with another job at the Lima Refinery. Jeff, along with his family, bought a farm of his own to add to his father’s operation.On July 25, 2013, their lives changed forever. Jeff had been struggling with severe back pain for the prior month and experienced a searing pain down his back and side, and even started losing feeling in his legs. A trip to the local emergency room ended with a life-flight to The OSU Medical Center in Columbus and a diagnosis of cancer on his spine, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Jeff spent the next 6 months in and out of the hospital trying to rebuild his life and learning how to live as a paraplegic. A friend of the family, a retired OSU Extension educator from Allen County and a local Cooperative elevator, referred Jeff to the Ohio AgrAbility program.After meeting with AgrAbility’s Rural Rehabilitation Coordinator, a plan was started to help make Jeff’s life easier on the farm and get him working again. Initially, there seemed to be some apprehension in Jeff and his family’s mind about him being able to work on the farm again. A Peer-to-peer meeting was set with Bill Wilkins, a current AgrAbility member who is also a paraplegic and has been farming from a wheelchair for over 40 years. The two families met at the Wilkins farm and spent much of the day discussing farm work as an impaired worker. Jeff and his family were given hope and saw that while there were adjustments to be made, there was in fact a farming future at the end of the tunnel. Ohio AgrAbility was able to supplement resource sponsorship funds from an Ohio Attorney General grant to purchase a trailer mounted lift to help Jeff transfer from his chair to the cab of the tractor or combine. A meeting with the Austin family after the lift was delivered and installed allowed Ohio AgrAbility to see the appreciation and necessity of the Peer-to-peer Program. The program aided Jeff in his road to independence. This meeting also showed the importance of the peer program immediately after the injury and during rehabilitation. Ultimately, it allowed both Jeff and his family to adapt to a new life style. Jeff’s wife, Kristi, expressed that there is a need to be able to talk with someone whom has been through similar life changing experiences in order to learn how to cope with the new lifestyle. Peer-to-peer panel at Farm Science ReviewFind Ohio AgrAbility program at this year’s Farm Science Review, located in OSU Central. Learn more about the Peer-to-peer program, view Assistive Equipment on display, and talk to current members! There will be two panel discussions held each day of the Review: the first session will be at 10:00 a.m. and the second session at 1:00 p.m. Members of the AgrAbility and Peer-to-Peer program will be available to talk about their injuries and the support they have gained from their involvement in these programs. Come join us at the Farm Science Review to learn more about the program and support our members with a wide range of injuries and limitations.More information on the AgrAbility program can be found online at or by calling Ohio AgrAbility at (614) 292-6008.last_img read more