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King uncertain of returning to City Hall as Town Clerk

first_imgDays after the High Court reversed the dismissal of Former Town Clerk Royston King, paving the way for him to be reinstated at the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC), he is yet to make a decision as to whether he will return to the post.Former Town ClerkRoyston KingKing made this revelation during an appearance on local radio programme “Hot seat” hosted by broadcaster Stan Gouveia on Tuesday. When asked directly if he will be returning as Town Clerk, King firmly asserted that this decision is yet to be made since he is leaning on the guidance of his lawyers.“As far as my returning to the Council is concerned, I am guided by the advice of my lawyers. So, I haven’t made that decision as yet, I’m being guided by the advice of my lawyers.” He saidBut even as he expressed uncertainty towards same, King reminded that his contributions to the city’s development when he held the previous post, was done out of “passion and great initiative”.“I must say though that I believe that I’ve made contribution and restoration and in some aspects of the city of Georgetown. And I must say that I did that with passion and I did that with great initiative and with strength and with wisdom, and I believe in part that, that is responsible for what transpired during the period in which I was sent off on administrative leave”, the former town clerk noted.Furthermore, in pointing out the functions of the Local Government Commission – that is to protect public officials from political excesses – King made it clear that he holds no animosity for the LGC or its officials, despite its decision to fire him back in January of 2018.“There is no bad blood between me and the members of the Local Government Commission, the Commission has its work to do and the Commission had certain responsibilities, rights and power which they must exercise…the Local Government Commission was set up to protect public officials, Local Government officials from political excesses not to facilitate such excesses, not to enhance such excesses” he pointed out.Last Friday High Court Judge, Justice Simone Ramlall in handing down her ruling, found that the former Town Clerk was unlawfully dismissed. She also ruled that the CoI in its entirety was unlawfully established hence all of its decisions and findings are null, void and of no effect.This includes King’s dismissal, which was based on the findings and recommendations of the probe.According to the Judge, the Commission is only permitted under the Local Government Commission Act to delegate its powers within the Local Government system and not investigative bodies outside such as the CoI that was set up to look into the operations of City Hall.This ruling comes after the 2018 CoI conducted by ret’d Justice Cecil Kennard found King guilty of gross misconduct, abuse of office, and misappropriation of funds. He had also stated that King performed the duties of treasurer and other officers of the Council, which were not his designated duties.last_img read more


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Shop Geocaching September Newsletter

first_img SharePrint RelatedPlanning a pirate event? Here lies some helpful ideas!June 20, 2017In “News”Geocoinfest 2011 – Europa: Travels with the World’s First GeocoinSeptember 14, 2011In “Community”Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day — Pirate’s Quest Stolen Treasure (GC28T4Y) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 18, 2013In “Community” Arrh!  Always searching for Treasure!For geocachers and pirates alike, searching for treasure never ends!  Like many geocachers in the community, we appreciate the fun connection the two share.  We’ve recently added some fun new items to our “Pirate Collection” including a Cool Cloth Bandana, a Signal Pirate Geocoin and tattoos!  See the rest of the collection here!What’s New!The original Limited Edition Cache Dragons coin was so popular that we’ve decided to release a Black Nickel version of the coin (also Limited Edition).  The first batch sold out in 11 days, so get yours today!  We’ve also recently added two new Energizer Flashlight options to our night caching collection.  Also for those Geocoin collectors out there, we’ve released the 2012 version of the Groundspeak Lackey Geocoin as well as the 2012 Mega Event Tour Geocoin.  If you attended a Mega Event, you’ll definitely want to get one of these great coins!  Check these out and more in our What’s New section! Trackable WeekHow far has the furthest active Trackable traveled? Who’s moved the most Trackables? And who’s taking part in the Great 2013 Geocaching Block Party Travel Bug Race? Watch the official Geocaching.com blog, Latitude 47, for the answers to these questions and more during Trackable Week. See new incredible stories of Trackables Monday through Sunday from September 17 through the 23. Explore the creative ways to experience Trackables and share your stories about Trackables Geocoins, Travel Bugs® or Promotional Trackables.  You’ll also be able to take advantage of deals on never before seen Trackables, and a limited time special discount off Trackables this week only (available on Shop Geocaching and with participating vendors).Last Chance ItemsLooking for some great deals?  You might want to keep an eye on our “Last Chance” section of the website.  This is a great place for finding great deals on discontinued items.Are you located outside the United States?For orders outside the United States, please visit our International Distributors list. They feature many of the same listings in our shop as well as unique geocaching items of their own.If you have any questions or suggestions on products for the website, please send us an email to [email protected] with your Friends:Morelast_img read more


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When Spending Weatherization Money Is Harder Than Getting It

first_imgAlmost everyone following the federal stimulus funds allotted for weatherization realized in the early going that it would take a good long while for the money to end up in the hands of the people doing the actual weatherizing.With almost $5 billion being doled out over the next two years by the Department of Energy’s Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs agency, each state has had to prepare for a major expansion of its long-running weatherization programs, submit proposals to the DOE, adjust plans if necessary, and prepare local crews to do the work.The amount of money at stake and the expanded scale of programs naturally intensify the scrutiny of participating state and local agencies, and the DOE has declined to release funds to states – notably recession-battered Indiana – whose program proposals don’t meet its criteria.Conflicts and uncertaintyThe holdup in Indiana stems from DOE concerns about the suitability of a business group, the Indiana Builders Association, that was chosen to administer weatherization work, and the toughened qualifying criteria and per-home spending cap that the state plan imposes.Another, more bizarre snafu, reported this week by the Associated Press, is pegged to confusion among some state weatherization administrators over guidelines for setting wage rates for workers.Managers at community-service agencies in Idaho and Michigan, for example, told the AP that the DOE has sent mixed signals about how, or whether, to proceed setting wage rates, which the DOE said should equal local prevailing wages for local for public works projects, per the requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931.This is the first time Davis-Bacon has been imposed for weatherization programs, but federal officials say state and local groups are already familiar with the law, the DOE has been clear about its application, and spending delays are unnecessary.“Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rates for residential construction exist in just about every part of the country, therefore, any state or community-action agency could have begun work as soon as they received their funds by paying these existing prevailing wage rates,” Tom Markey, a stimulus coordinator at the U.S. Department of Labor, told the AP.Lingering doubtA letter to state and local agencies sent by the DOE on July 24 affirmed Markey’s assertion. But several program managers who received the letter said they’re reluctant to follow its advice because, they say, federal officials have previously been unclear on whether existing wage levels for other occupations would apply to weatherization work. They also reject the suggestion from federal officials that, should wage rates be reset later, agencies could issue back pay without causing a major administrative mess.“They’ve been saying since April they’d have things straightened out and we’d be able to spend the money. Why we would we go forward now without the rules in place? So far nothing they’ve said … has come to fruition,” Jim Crisp, executive director of the Michigan Community Action Agency Association, told the news service.But as with most programs that are bureaucratically tangled but also economically sensitive, things will eventually settle out. As the AP notes, definitive wage rules are now expected Friday in 15 states. The rest are due at the end of August.last_img read more


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A New Google Technology Aims To Make Apps Run Everywhere—Well, Almost

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#Chrome#ChromeOS#Firefox#Mozilla#Web Apps How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? brian proffitt The new Desktop section of the Chrome Web Store.Writing an app that will run on more than one software platform—think Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android and Windows Phone—has usually been an exercise in frustration for developers, because it meant creating separate versions for each respective operating system.But a long-awaited technology from Google may take a big step toward eliminating that headache by allowing Web apps to run on top of browser technology, not the underlying operating system. And without the need for an active Internet connection.The Vicious Cross-Platform CircleThe time and energy it takes to “port” an app from one platform to another is clear from the fact that many developers and their accountants often decide not to port apps. If the numbers say it’s not worth the effort, then it won’t get done.That’s why, for instance, there’s still no official Instagram app for Windows Phone. With just a 3% market share, Windows Phone is simply nowhere near as attractive to developers as iOS and Android. Sure, there may be Instagram on Windows Phone someday, but it’s clearly not a priority.The problem is self-perpetuating, too. If a platform doesn’t have the apps people want, that makes it less attractive to would-be adopters—ordinary consumers, in the case of smartphones. This is arguably one of the big reasons Windows Phone remains marginal in the smartphone market—and why Linux has likewise failed to have much impact in the desktop/laptop world.Developers have long hoped for rescue by Web apps—software that resides in the cloud and runs in browsers, a la Google Docs. Hopes were high that improved HTML and scripting technologies would allow a vast number of apps to run in a variety of browsers. Since browsers are already ubiquitous on most any platform, that would seem a handy solution to the problem of cross-platform deployment.That has in fact worked, but only to an extent. For one thing, a Web app was basically just a Web page that had to be launched within a browser. There were workarounds—Prism for Windows and Fluid for OS X, for instance, made it possible to make Web apps look more like desktop apps, complete with icons you could click to fast-start Web apps. (I use Fluid to start up my Feedly instance in the morning, for instance.) Or users could make URL shortcuts. But such complications still limited Web apps’ appeal.A second problem was harder to work around. By definition, Web apps require users to be, well, connected to the Web. That makes them basically useless if you’re not in Wi-Fi range.Tethering Web Apps To The DesktopNo browser or platform team is as committed to the idea of Web apps as the folks at Chrome and ChromeOS. For Google’s developers, Web apps are central to the whole idea of Chrome and ChromeOS, which is to have developers write one Web app that can then run on any operating system where Chrome runs.This week, on Chrome’s fifth anniversary, the team introduced a new twist known as Chrome Web Apps that aims to solve the two main shortcomings of “traditional” Web apps.Built with HTML5, JavaScript and cascading style sheets, Chrome Web Apps open in their own windows, not the browser. But these apps will work offline and can use hardware (memory cards, cameras, drives) connected to the device they’re running on—something that traditional Web apps can’t do. The browser itself doesn’t even have to be running, although the apps will tap into its native functionality.Chrome isn’t the only browser team working on this sort of packaged Web app software. Mozilla has made Open Web Apps available since 2011 in the the Firefox Marketplace. The Mozilla team has indicated that it has been working closely with the Chrome team to maintain standards capability.There are, however, a few obstacles to Google’s vision. Chrome Web Apps are currently only available for Windows and Chromebooks, with Mac, Linux and mobile versions coming “soon.” And you probably shouldn’t expect to see these apps on Apple’s closed iOS platform any time soon—if ever. On iOS, Chrome apps would have to use the same Webkit rendering engine that Apple’s Safari uses, which means they’re unlikely to work.Update: A comment to this story apparently from Google’s Joe Marini indicates that this supposition about iOS is not correct. According to Marini, “Actually, our plan is in fact to allow these apps to work on iOS. We are working to implement support for Android and iOS via Cordova (PhoneGap).”Plus, Chrome Web apps would have to go through Apple’s app store anyway. This point is important, because Chrome Web Apps are tied to the Chrome Web Store. So while you can theoretically create a Chrome Web app that could run on any other browser, you’ll actually need to deploy it through the Chrome Web Store to package it for delivery to users.Such “packaged” Web apps might well usher in a cross-platform future once the kinks are ironed out. With any luck, Google’s commitment to open standards won’t turn out to be mere lip service, because if it is, developers might just trade the problem of which operating system to work with for the problem of which browser platform to work with.center_img Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more