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APNU/AFC protests GECOM to encourage delaying elections

first_img…“the sole purpose of that protest is to violate our Constitution” – JagdeoA small group of A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition supporters on Thursday called for house-to-house registration, which will delay General and Regional Elections, constitutionally due by March 19.The small group of protesters at the Police barricade outside of GECOM on ThursdayGovernment Ministers and a few supporters turned up at the Guyana Elections Commission headquarters, High and Cowan Streets, Kingston, Georgetown, in a protest, effectively calling for national elections to be delayed.The protesters also called for house-to-house registration; a process that is time consuming and will push national elections further away from when it is constitutionally required, that is, March 19.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan spoke to media operatives, where he claimed that there are provisions in the Constitution which result in the postponement of these polls.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, who was on the protest line, was asked why Government was advocating for a new list, given that it will delay the constitutionally due elections. His response was that “list is bloated”.Questions were raised as to whether a new list is needed when the previous list was used less than three months ago when GECOM successfully ran the Local Government Elections to which Bulkan responded, “Local Government Elections and General Elections are two different animals.”Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday said “the sole purpose of that protest by APNU and AFC is to violate our Constitution… It seems as though the Ministers of this Government and the leadership of the two political parties, mainly the major political parties in the coalition are still in the fantasy world that they have been living in for the past several years in Government.”On January 31, Chief Justice Roxane George in handing down her decisions in the challenges to the No-confidence Motion which was passed in the National Assembly, ruled that the December 21, 2018 motion, which tumbled the Government, was successfully passed.Consequent to the declaration that the 33-majority meant that the motion was carried, the Chief Justice observed that the President and the Ministers cannot therefore remain in Government in accordance with Articles 106 (6) and 106 (7) after three months.According to the Constitution of Guyana, it is the President and not GECOM that has to announce a date for elections.last_img read more

Sweb Apps 2.0: Build Your Own Mobile Storefront for the iPhone

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#mobile#Product Reviews#web sarah perez Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology New from Sweb Apps, the company whose online service lets anyone create their own iPhone application – no coding required – is Sweb Apps 2.0, the next generation of the company’s app builder product. Among a handful of new features, including a real-time WYSIWYG-style landing page builder and YouTube integration, is the ability to create an iPhone-based store where you can sell inventory within your app and take payments via PayPal. Sweb Apps is an interesting company to watch because it’s one of the first to democratize the iPhone app-building business by taking the complexity of coding out of the equation. With their service, anyone can create their own application in as little as five minutes. Of course, you aren’t necessarily designing any masterpieces with this sort of click-to-build process, but it provides an easy – if a bit simplistic – way for small to medium-sized businesses to establish a presence in the iTunes App Store. Real-Time View of App CreationWith the next generation of the product, Sweb Apps 2.0, some of the original concerns about the – well, let’s say it – rather boring user interface of the Sweb-built apps have begun to be addressed. Whereas before you could only customize the background color and upload your own buttons, today you can customize the background to be an image instead. And if you don’t have one of your own, Sweb Apps provides an online library of images to choose from. That’s a step in the right direction, even if some of the backgrounds are reminiscent of early GeoCities Web pages or Windows 98 wallpapers… after all, you have to crawl before you can run. As you build your app’s landing page, you’re provided with a real-time view of your app in progress, which makes it much easier to tell whether your images, buttons and colors look good together or not. That’s a handy feature for SMB owners, who may be creating their app on their own without the aid of a professional designer. The app builder also uses drag-and-drop functionality to make the process even more painless for the inexperienced end user. Mobile StorefrontsHowever, one of the most interesting developments in the 2.0 version of Sweb Apps’ online service is the new “store” functionality. Now, as easy as it is to build an app, you can essentially build a mobile storefront for your business. This feature, still in beta, allows you to categorize, sub-categorize, itemize and write descriptions for your products. You can manage and maintain your inventory through Sweb’s CMS, and your mobile customers can “check out” via the included PayPal integration. Sweb Apps tells us that they envision this sort of feature being used by restaurants, boutiques and small retailers. That’s easy to imagine. For example: wish you had picked up a t-shirt from that seafood place where you dined on vacation? In theory, you could now, even if you were halfway home, thanks to these new mobile storefronts. In a way, the mobile stores are even better than having the same functionality via an online store on the “real” Web, mainly because not everyone brings their laptop around with them 24/7. But their iPhones? People don’t leave home without them. And More…Other features being introduced today include podcasts, audio streams and YouTube integration, all of which streams audio or video within the app itself, as opposed to launching an external program such as the iPhone’s own built-in YouTube app. Also new is the ability for users to manage multiple applications from one account.Sweb Apps says they’ve seen good results since their August 2009 launch, with a 400% increase in sales, but won’t share actual numbers. That doesn’t really tell us much about the service’s adoption by the SMB market. Since the company isn’t touting any high-profile clients or case studies in their PR though, we have to imagine that they’re flying a bit under the radar on the business front at this point. Still, it’s very early in the game, and services like this can take a while to catch on and gain popularity.The pricing for Sweb Apps remains the same despite the new features. The company offers four-, six- and eight-button packages, which all include a one-time set-up fee of $50 per button. Then there is a $25 monthly hosting fee applied to every application going forward. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Major Utility Wants Lower Net-Metering Rates

first_imgDuke Energy in North Carolina wants to pay homeowners less than the retail price for the photovoltaic power they sell to the grid.According to published reports, including an Associated Press story published by Businessweek, the utility will seek permission from state regulators to lower net-metering rates from the current 11 cents per kilowatt hour to a number that reflects the cost of generation–between 5 cents and 7 cents per kWh.The North Carolina Utilities Commission established rules about 10 years ago in which homeowners with PV systems were to be paid the full retail price for any excess power they produced. But a company official says federal law requires Duke to pay only the generating cost.“Right now, we need to collect 11 cents for every kilowatt hour from all across our system to fairly cover the costs of providing that service,” said renewable generation development vice president Rob Caldwell. “When we give a customer 11 cents for something that’s worth less than that–5 to 7 cents in our example–that means other customers are going to have to make that up because our costs are fixed.”North Carolina has doubled its output from rooftop solar arrays in the past two years, the AP quoted Caldwell as saying, while demand for electricity in the U.S. has shrunk slightly.David Pomerantz, a spokesman for Greenpeace, called Duke’s intent a “power grab to make sure it maintains a monopoly on being able to sell electricity in North Carolina,” the AP reported. Utilities raise the same issues elsewhereThe North Carolina flap isn’t unique. Similar arguments are being raised by utilities in other states, including California, Arizona, and Hawaii. Power companies contend that high reimbursement rates paid to homeowners with solar installations unfairly penalize nonsolar families, who end up paying an unequal share of maintaining the utility’s grid.Duke CEO Jim Rogers in March called the proliferation of solar panels a “potential threat to us over the longer term and an opportunity in the short term,” according to an article posted at renewableenergyworld.com.“If the cost of solar panels keeps coming down, installation costs come down and if they combine solar with battery technology and a power management system, then we have someone just using us for backup,” he said.last_img read more

BCCI faces heat over FEMA violation in IPL

first_imgThe BCCI is under scanner of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) over alleged violation of FEMA during the IPL auctions.  The contentious issue is the base fee agreed upon between the BCCI and 72 foreign players. The forex payment guarantees are in clear violation of FEMA or the Foreign Exchange Management Act. Documents obtained by Headlines Today show that the total base fee guarantee extended by the BCCI was worth 13.4 million dollars or Rs 62 crore. The foreign exchange guarantee was given by the board without permission from the RBI. Foreign exchange transactions made during IPL 2 in South Africa too are under the scanner. These transactions were made with entities like Cricket South Africa and the sponsors. The BCCI had advanced 2.5 million dollars to enable budgeted costs of Cricket South Africa.  Several transactions made to persons residing outside India and the sources of these funds too are being investigated. Juhi Chawla under scannerMeanwhile, Juhi Chawla, a co-owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders, has come under the scanner for alleged FEMA violation.  An ED note accessed by Headlines Today reveals that 40 lakh shares of Chawla were transferred to a Mauritius-based company. The shares were transferred at par in violation of FEMA.  The norms stipulate that since the shares were that of an unlisted company, they should have been valued by a chartered accountant.  The ED report also cites similar irregularities in Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: No room for complacency, says Virat Kohli ahead of team departure

first_imgVirat Kohli warned against complacency ahead of Team India’s departure for the 2019 Cricket World Cup which starts in England from May 30. India face a tough start to the tournament – their first 4 matches are against South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan.Virat Kohli has urged his men to be normal but insisted they must maintain their intensity throughout the tournament. The format for the 2019 World Cup is new to every player – it goes back to the 1992 format where each team played each other once before the knockouts.Virat Kohli admitted this would be the most challenging of all his 3 World Cups so far because of the format. Each team plays 9 league games before the semifinals get underway.Kohli, the best batsman in the world, said his players will have no choice but to be match-ready on June 5 for their campaign opener against South Africa.”We have 4 games straight up. We have no room for complacency and that’s why it’s the World Cup. You have to arrive on the first day match-ready and that is the challenge.”All the top football clubs in the world maintain their intensity right from day one for 3-4 months, be it the Premier League or the La Liga,” Kohli told the media hours before the team’s departure for England.Virat Kohli, who was part of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning side and the 2015 side which reached the World Cup semifinals in Australia, said he was happy with the balance of his side and expected his players to play good cricket after successful stints in the Indian Premier League.advertisement”The only expectation we have is to play really good cricket and that has been our focus. We are going to the World Cup feeling very well balanced. We expect ourselves to play the best cricket we can,” Kohli said.India will reach England a full 2 weeks before their first match on June 5 and Virat Kohli said it was important to get to the venue early so that the nerves could settle.”It’s always good to go to any place in advance. It gets rid of all the nerves in the World Cup. Playing white ball cricket in England.. the conditions are not that different there as compared to playing Test cricket,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India will be world champions if they play to potential, says Ravi ShastriAlso Read | No competition between Hardik Pandya and me: Vijay ShankarAlso Seelast_img read more