Chase Green, King could face another no-confidence motion

first_imgBy Michael YoungeA group of Councillors from the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is working on bringing another no-confidence motion against Mayor Patricia Chase Green and Town Clerk Royston King as there continues to be growing concern over the manner in which the Georgetown municipality is being run.One of the Councillors who spoke with  Guyana Times on Thursday morning said the motion was being carefully drafted and a strategic plan was being worked out to ensure that the “infamous duo” could not use their “political manoeuvres” to kill or block the motion as was the case on previous occasions.City Mayor Patricia Chase-Greene“We know that they will try very hard to fight the motion, but to tell the truth: these two officials are running the Council and City Hall as if it is a cake shop or their own personal business. They do not understand what good governance, democracy or integrity mean,” the Councillor who chose to remain anonymous until the motion is fully prepared and ready to be tabled.The Councillor insisted that his colleagues and others have tried diligently to work with the Town Clerk and the Mayor, but it appeared as though they were a law unto themselves.“There is massive corruption … fraud at the Council and the continued mismanagement of the Council’s resources, but little or no serious focus and introspection is being done. We cannot allow these two personalities to stand any longer without stepping aside so that the Council and Georgetown could be restored to their former glory. This is not the change residents of Georgetown voted for,” the Councillor alleged.The City Councillor also told <<>> that at least two members of the ruling A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition were willing to deflect if the motion is tabled, debated and voted on secretly.“They are fearful. These two are seen as tyrants who in the end get their way. But we are going to strike at the right time and just when the situation is convenient. There are scores of complaints against King at the level of the Local Government Commission, but I feel it’s powerless because of politics,” the Councillor remarked.Back in March, City Councillor Sherod Duncan failed in his quest to have the Council argue a motion of no-confidence against Town Clerk King.Duncan’s motion was disallowed when a majority of Councillors voted to accept legal advice which declared that the policy-making body had no right to declare a lack of confidence in its chief administrative officer.The decision was made after Mayor Chase Green read the advice procured by King from former Magistrate Maxwell Edwards. The motion was thrown out despite the fact that previous Councils that Chas -Green sat on had moved six motions of no confidence against former Town Clerk Carol Sooba.Edwards argued that a vote of no confidence amounted to disciplinary action against the Town Clerk, a function which is outside the powers of the Council.Another legal mind explained that his reading of the Municipal and District Councils Act leads him to, “off the top of [his] head”, opine that “he can’t see that the Council has no power to express its opinion on the conduct of the Town Clerk, which is what it seems to be trying to do.”Further, a clear precedent exists with the previous Council having moved six no-confidence motions against former Town Clerk Sooba.Sooba, who was installed as Town Clerk in 2012 by former Local Government Minister Norman Whittaker, consistently clashed with the Hamilton Green-led Council which tabled and passed motion after motion. Each motion was forwarded to the Minister of Local Government, since the Council did not have disciplinary powers but at no time did the Council declare itself unable to complain.last_img read more

Not Sure Where To Vote This Saturday Find Out Here

first_imgAlvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaThis August 25, 2018, file photo shows a voting sign in Harris County regarding the election on the county’s bond for flood prevention and mitigation projects.Some Harris County voters may find local ballot items missing if they try to vote at a county-wide polling place on Saturday.In March, Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman announced the county would join Texas’ Countywide Polling Place program, allowing voters to cast their ballots at any polling place in Harris County on Election Day, May 4. In reality, though, it’s not that simple.Many government entities, including school districts, city governments or special-purpose districts, are holding independent elections, some of which require residents to vote at specific locations.News 88.7 found five school districts holding independent elections: Clear Creek ISD, Deer Park ISD, Galena Park ISD, Katy ISD and Spring Branch ISD. To vote in these elections, voters must go to the polling place assigned by their school district.Only about 40 percent of election-holding entities within the county are holding Saturday’s elections through Harris County, Harris County Clerk’s Office spokesperson Teneshia Hudspeth told News 88.7. Elections run independently of the county requiring residents to vote at their assigned polling location.Whether your election is administered by Harris County or an independent entity, Hudspeth said every voter can find their polling place or places at HarrisVotes.com. Sharelast_img read more

Police Male Shot Near Epicenter of Baltimore Unrest

first_imgBaltimore (AP) — Police in Baltimore say a male has been shot in the chest near the epicenter of unrest in west Baltimore in April.Police tweeted that a male was shot on North Avenue on Monday morning and detectives are investigating. It’s not clear who shot the man and no other details were immediately released.Rioting and looting broke out in the area in April after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal cord injury in police custody.The city’s Office of Emergency Management tweeted that there’s police activity at North Avenue and Carey Street and warned people to avoid the intersection.last_img read more

NOAA study suggests aerosols might be inhibiting global warming

first_img Citation: NOAA study suggests aerosols might be inhibiting global warming (2011, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-noaa-aerosols-inhibiting-global.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The mystery of particles (PhysOrg.com) — A new study led by the U.S, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that tiny particles that make their way all the way up into the stratosphere may be offsetting a global rise in temperatures due to carbon emissions. And while scientists cannot yet say with any certainty where exactly the particles are coming from, they are saying that they have confidence that such particles have likely muted global temperature gains by as much as a third of what they would have been. They team, led by John Daniel, a physicist at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) in Boulder, CO, has published their results in Science. The surprising aspect of the study is the large amount of aerosols found during a period when there weren’t any giant volcanoes going off, which leads researches to wonder if the aerosols are from the combined effects of multiple small eruptions, or human activity, such as the particles emitted from coal fired power plants, particularly in Asia, where such plants have multiplied in recent years. One thing the research is not able to tell us is what impact aerosols will likely have in the future, because of the uncertainty of their origin, which means there is no way to tell at this point if there will be more, or less of them, which means scientists can only guess if the temperature muting will continue to offset global warming from current and future carbon emissions. Lidar instruments – pointing up from the ground or down from satellites – use reflected light to measure the amounts of particles and their locations, which can influence climate. (Credit: CIRES/NOAA) Sources of aerosols reach the stratosphere from above and below, as shown in the graph. Sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbonyl sulfide (OCS), and dimethyl sulfide(DMS) are the dominant surface emissions which contribute to aerosol formation. (Credit: NOAA) More information: The Persistently Variable “Background” Stratospheric Aerosol Layer and Global Climate Change, Science DOI:10.1126/science.1206027ABSTRACTRecent measurements demonstrate that the “background” stratospheric aerosol layer is persistently variable rather than constant, even in the absence of major volcanic eruptions. Several independent data sets show that stratospheric aerosols increased in abundance since 2000. Near-global satellite aerosol data imply a negative radiative forcing due to stratospheric aerosol changes over this period of about –0.1 W/m2, reducing the recent global warming that would otherwise have occurred. Observations from earlier periods are limited but suggest an additional negative radiative forcing of about –0.1 W/m2 from 1960 to 1990. Climate model projections neglecting these changes would continue to overestimate the radiative forcing and global warming in coming decades if these aerosols remain present at current values or increase. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further The new research has focused on aerosols, the tiny solid or liquid particles that exist in the atmosphere that can affect global temperatures, such as when Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines, erupted in 1991 causing a worldwide average decrease in temperature of 1 degree Celsius for more than a year. The cooling is not the result of the ash, notes co-author Susan Soloman, but from the sulfur dioxide that is thrust all the way up into the stratosphere, where it oxidizes and adds to the sun reflecting properties of other already existing particles.The team focused on the most recent decade because of the relative absence of massive volcanic eruptions , giving them a more clear environmental view of how much impact minor volcanic eruptions and human activities have on the amount of aerosols in the atmosphere and thus global temperatures. To find out what was going on, they used both ground based data and information from satellites such as Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (Calipso), to measure the amount of aerosols in the atmosphere and at what altitudes.NOAA has released a statement outlining the results of the study, and in it Daniel, says, “stratospheric aerosol increased surprisingly rapidly in that time, almost doubling during the decade,” which forms the basis of the teams conclusions that such aerosols are responsible for the slowdown in increased temperatures that scientist around the world have been expecting due to greenhouse gas emissions.last_img read more