…on ICJ’s jurisdiction?Not surprisingly, even as it’s undergoing a State-meltdown, Venezuela continues with its stubborn rear-guard action to prevent a settlement on the border controversy it precipitated in 1962 when it claimed the “full and final settlement” it signed on to in 1899 was “null and void”.Since then, this claim of ‘we wuz robbed” by perfidious Albion (Britain) has become an article of faith of all succeeding Venezuelan governments and has even been incorporated into their Constitution.Over the last few years, as we know, Guyana has slowly made progress by sticking to the terms of the Geneva Agreement which Venezuela signed in 1966 and which spelled out the measures to settle the controversy. We had a Mixed Border Commission…but that didn’t get anywhere.We had several other interventions – including a moratorium – then lastly, the UN Secretary General “Good Officer Process” which the Venezuelans just allowed to drag on and on and on for decades!!Didn’t matter to them…but it certainly crimped our development efforts!! Back in the 1970s, Burnham’s big dream of launching a mega-Hydro-electric project in the Mazaruni was stymied by the Venezuelans who blocked us from World Bank funding. Whether we highlighted it or not, this Venezuelan obstreperousness was the reason our oil potential remained ‘potential” up to the turn of the century…while Venezuela raked in the big oil bucks.The present PNC Government had to concede the strategic wisdom of Janet Jagan to offer Exxon 600 blocks in the Stabroek field in 1999, as a deterrent to Venezuelan revanchism.Be as it may, as per the terms of the Geneva agreement, “If the means so chosen do not lead to a solution…the Secretary General of the United Nations shall choose another of the means stipulated in Article 33 of the Charter of the United Nations.” Guyana petitioned the UN Secretary General to send the matter to the ICJ for a judicial Settlement – one of the options of Art 33.”The Secretary General agreed and now Venezuela has the nerve to say the ICJ has no jurisdiction over the case since it (Venezuela) hasn’t consented!But Venezuela is disingenuously forgetting that Article 36 of the ICJ just doesn’t say, “The jurisdiction of the Court comprises all cases which THE PARTIES refer to it”. It goes on to include: “and all matters specially provided for in the Charter of the United Nations or in TREATIES and conventions in force.” This standard “Compromissory clause” kicks in because Venezuela agreed to the Geneva Agreement!!Venezuela can’t have its cake and eat it too. While there’s no world government to compel its acceptance of the ICJ’s impending judgement…the rest of the world will!!And that’s what matters.…at GECOMThe points raised by the PNC partisans on GECOM – their three Commissioners and Granger’s unilaterally-appointed Chairman – on the appointment of a DCEO would be laughable, if their consequences weren’t so dangerous for Guyana. The PNCites are saying don’t bother with the assessment scores of the two candidates – which they themselves helped compile – just throw it out and let the Chairman pretend he’s Solomon!!The PNCites claim their decision has nothing with the fact their choice is a PNC-partisan – nah!! It has to do with her “academic” qualifications versus those of the other candidate. And this is where the asininity of their position is revealed. It’s a matter of trite law that so called “facially neutral criteria” for employment MUST be relevant to the job!! Or they just become means for weeding out individuals who may be more capable of ACTUALLY doing the job!As in this case, where the non-PNC candidate has over a DECADE of experience with ELECTIONS…and the PNCite has ZERO!!O judgement, thou art fled to brutish beasts!!…of (Chief?) Justice PattersonGECOM’s Patterson said it was a ‘slip of the pen’ when he claimed he was once “Chief Justice” of Grenada.With his pronouncement on the ‘gonads” of the Opposition Leader, is he now arrogating medical credentials??
By Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – Two former Marshfield High School athletes are off to great starts this summer in the California Baseball League.Daulton Varsho is a minor league catcher and designated hitter for the Visalia Rawhide, while his former Tiger teammate Elliot Ashbeck is a pitcher for the Lake Elsinore Storm.In seven games this season, Varsho was batting .375 with two home runs, 11 RBI’s, four walks, and six strikeouts.In a 3-1 win over Rancho Cucamonga April 5, Daulton went 2-5 with a run scored, an RBI and a strikeout. At Modesto April 12, Varsho was 2-2 with two RBI’s, two walks and a run scored. Two days later, he was 1-4 with a strikeout and a stolen base.His two best games have come against Ashbeck’s Lake Elsinore ballclub. In an April 9 matchup, Varsho went 2-4 with two runs scored, a double, a home run, and five RBI’s. On April 11, Daulton had another big day, going 1-2 with a home run, three RBI’s, a walk and a run scored.In that April 9 showdown, Ashbeck got the best of his former Marshfield battery mate, with a flyball out to centerfield. They almost faced off again, but Ashbeck was pulled from the game right before Varsho led off the bottom of the 8th inning for Visalia. Ashbeck did not pitch in the April 11 matchup.Elliot had appeared in three games between April 5 and April 12. He threw two innings against Stockton April 5, walking one batter while striking out three. In that April 9th contest with Visalia, Elliot tossed three innings, striking out three batters. Ashbeck did not have a good outing April 12 versus Lancaster, giving up two hits and a run — it was unearned — while walking one and striking out three in two innings of work. With seven innings of work over three games, Elliot has an ERA of 0.00. He has walked two, struck out nine, and has surrendered two hits.It’ll be awhile before Ashbeck and Varsho see each other again. Elliot’s Lake Elsinore team is at Visalia for a four-game series June 21-24. Through 10 games, Visalia was 6-4 and tied for second place in the California League North Division, while Lake Elsinore was 4-6 and in third place in the South Division.
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Officers were responding to reports of a theft at the Macy’s at Park Meadows at around 8:20 p.m. Thursday, when a suspect, later identified as Kenneth Joseph Sisneros, 34, was shot and killed by police.Sisneros reportedly pulled out a gun as both he and a female accomplice tried to escape. It’s still unclear if Sisneros fired his weapon at the cops.A Colorado woman believed to be the second shoplifting suspect wanted following the shooting at the mall on Thursday has been arrested by Lone Tree police. Mercedes Cruz, 27, was arrested at a Littleton hotel at about 3 a.m. Sunday, City of Lone Tree officials said in a tweet just before 10 a.m. Sunday. She faces charges of aggravated robbery and possession of meth amphetamines, police said in a news release. [Source: The Denver Channel]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now