Dear Editor,I was wondering if I was going senile after reading about Nigel Hughes’ bizarre claims about what constitutes a majority vote in the Guyana Parliament. Any mathematician (or Common Entrance student) will tell you that 33 is the magic number that tilts in favour of the party.Hughes claims that one needs a total of 34 to constitute a majority in the House consisting of 65 seats. I therefore undertook some cursory research on the issue and ‘discovered’ the following stats which would be of interest to all parties (including the Caribbean Court of Justice, if the case goes that far):Source: TABLE FOR DETERMINING MAJORITY AND TWO-THIRDS VOTES (The Michigan State University); see https://msu.edu/~spha/documents/determinevote.pdfFor the sake of democracy, decency, detachment, and development, the Government should accept the results of the Parliamentary vote and prepare for elections due within the 90 days, according to the constitution.Sincerely,Dr Devanand Bhagwan
- Buss family battle for control of Lakers reaches the court
LOS ANGELES >> The Buss family’s battle for control of the Lakers escalated on Friday.Jeanie Buss went to court to block an effort by Jim and Johnny Buss to vote her off the Lakers’ board of directors, an allegation the brothers’ attorneys say has no basis in reality.The matter came to a quick end when Jeanie Buss withdrew her request for a temporary restraining in Los Angeles County Superior Court after the brothers dropped their request for a board meeting she felt was a move against her, but it might just be the opening skirmish in a bigger family fight over one of the most-storied franchises in sports. A larger lawsuit in probate court is pending.“It is good news for fans that Jim and Johnny backed down in court today, but, sadly, I fear today may be just the beginning,” Adam Streisand, attorney for Jeanie Buss, said in an email to Southern California News Group. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe public spat comes just over a week after Jeanie Buss ousted Jim Buss as the Lakers’ executive vice president of basketball operations and replaced him with Magic Johnson. She also fired longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak, who Johnson replaced with player agent Rob Pelinka. “Despite the fact that Petitioner gave Jim more than ample time to prove himself as executive vice president of basketball operations, she could not allow the damage being done over the past several years to continue,” the court filing said. “Petitioner reassigned Jim to a different role within the Lakers organization. Almost immediately, this Notice and the actions described herein followed.”“An injunction is necessary to prevent irreparable injury to the Lakers. A new Controlling Owner would have the power to make changes that could cause serious and irreversible damage to the Lakers basketball team and to the brand, particularly at this key juncture when Petitioner has taken significant steps to attempt to reverse the harm done by Jim.”Well before his passing on Feb. 2013 at the age of 80, the Lakers’ former longtime owner Jerry Buss had set up the family trust for his children, Jeanie, Jim, Johnny, Joey, Jesse and Janie.The six Buss children co-own 66 percent of the Lakers in trust. The three trustees are Jeanie, Johnny and Jim Buss, meaning the two brothers might have thought they had the votes to control the trust’s actions. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jeanie Buss declined comment, and Jim Buss did not return messages seeking comment.Robert Sacks, attorney for the brothers, told the Associated Press by phone that the brothers have no interest in wresting control from their sister and the entire court fight is unnecessary. “Both Jim Buss and Johnny Buss hoped that any issues would be handled within the family,” Sacks said. He added that the brothers have said both verbally and in corporate documents that they support keeping her as controlling owner. Jeanie Buss’ filing said the brothers had requested a board of directors meeting be held next week and included a list of four proposed directors who could be elected there. That list did not include Jeanie Buss, who is required to be a director in order to be a controlling owner. Buss and her attorneys took that as a sign that they intended to oust their sister, and went to court to stop it. Sacks said the brothers did indeed want a board of directors meeting because the organization was overdue for one, but that it had nothing to do with wresting control from Jeanie Buss.The brothers withdrew their request for the meeting, and Jeanie Buss withdrew the court request to stop it. An initial hearing in a potential probate trial between the siblings is scheduled for May 15. The NBA seems to side with Jeanie Buss, in what could become an ongoing family dispute for control of the Lakers.“Jeanie Buss is the sole Governor of the Los Angeles Lakers and under league rules, she has control over the team,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass wrote, in a statement. “She has not only been a terrific leader for the Lakers organization, guiding the business before and after her father’s passing, but an incredibly influential voice among all our team owners.”“I’m confident we will continue to uphold Dr. Buss’ wishes and Jeanie will remain in control,” Streisand said. The Associated Press contributed to this story.
- Liverpool hit back to earn draw at lowly Exeter
EXETER, England (AP):Brad Smith scored for Liverpool in the 73rd minute as the English Premier League side twice hit back to draw 2-2 with fourth-tier Exeter in the FA Cup yesterday.Liverpool have never lost to fourth-tier opposition but were just 17 minutes away from making unwanted history.Tom Nichols put Exeter ahead in the ninth minute and despite Jerome Sinclair’s equaliser three minutes later, the hosts retook the lead on half-time through Lee Holmes. Smith then got the second equaliser for Juergen Klopp’s side.”It’s obvious what we have to learn in the future,” Klopp said to the BBC. “We have to be more robust. It was a difficult pitch. Exeter did really well. Maybe they know which part of the pitch you can play football. It was really difficult for us. On one-on-one situations they were more robust than our guys.”Klopp selected a squad that had 17 changes from the League Cup semi-final victory at Stoke on Tuesday against a side 76 places beneath them.Exeter went ahead when Nichols stretched for a low pass across goal from Jamie Reid and poked the ball into the bottom corner.Liverpool were level three minutes later when Exeter did not clear the ball and Sinclair steered it low past goalkeeper Robert Olejnik.Christian Ribeiro headed wide when unmarked for Exeter who retook the lead on half-time when Holmes scored direct from a corner after Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan misjudged the flight of the ball.Olejnik pushed a firm header from Christian Benteke over the bar and Liverpool equalised again when Smith hit a first-time shot into the net.