first_imgThe Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Petitions, yesterday submitted a report to Senate plenary in which it cleared President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of breach of the Liberian Constitution when she commented on the 25 proposed recommendations of the Constitution Review Committee’s (CRC) report, which she submitted to plenary. The Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Varney G. Sherman, in its reading of the “President’s letter and a research of the Constitution, finds no constitutional breach by the President by merely expressing her constitutional rights as provided for, and guaranteed under Chapter III – Fundamental Rights, Article 14, of the Liberian Constitution.” Article 14 states (in part): “All persons shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion and no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment thereof except as may be required by law to protect public safety, order, health, or morals of the fundamental rights and freedom of others…”It may be recalled that on August 13, 2015, President Sirleaf wrote the Senate, submitting the 25 proposed recommendations from the CRC, containing certain recommendations, “to be studied by the Legislature for possible action that could constitute proposals that would be submitted to registered voters for ratification through referendum.” However, on August 26, 2015, Grand Bassa County Senator Jonathan Kaipay wrote a letter requesting the Senate’s action for breach of the Constitution by the Executive. Kaipay alleged that the President breached Article 1 of the Constitution by “not submitting verbatim a copy of the CRC’s report to the Legislature. Instead, the President chose to act on the report by approving and disapproving some of the propositions before finally submitting it to the Legislature.” Article 1 says, “All power is inherent in the people…” Additionally, Senator Kaipay alleged that the President breached Articles 35 and 91 of the Constitution. Article 35 says: “Each bill or resolution which shall have passed by both Houses of the Legislature shall, before it becomes law, be laid before the President for approval.” However, Article 91 says, “This Constitution may be amended whenever a proposal by either two-thirds of the membership of both Houses of the Legislature or a petition submitted to the Legislature, by not fewer than 10,000 citizens which receives the concurrence of two-thirds of the membership of both Houses of the Legislature, is ratified by two-thirds of the registered voters, voting in a referendum conducted by the elections commission not sooner than one year after the action of the Legislature.” But according to the Sherman Committee, what the President did was to give her comments on each of the 25 recurrent views from the general consultations among the citizenry without making any change to any of their views. “Therefore, the committee recommends that Senator Kaipay be advised that the President has not breached any portion of the Constitution,” it said. Meanwhile, the committee has recommended that the Senate endeavor to have the suggested draft language of changes to the Constitution as stated by the President, in order to complete her submission to the Senate for exhaustive deliberation, and recommendation by the Judiciary Committee to plenary.“Notwithstanding, the committee will engage the Lower House in discussions with regard to the Legislature meeting its constitutional obligation under Article 91 of the Constitution.” In August 2012, the CRC was established with specific mandate to review the 1986 Constitution and recommend proposals, where need be, for possible constitutional amendments as provided for under Article 91 of the Liberian Constitution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgIt is one of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s little secrets: “I cried when I saw `The Lion King.”‘ He also recently revealed that he has a secret desire to make a cameo appearance on “Ugly Betty.” The confessions came during an interview Villaraigosa taped for a show called “The Drop” on Si TV, a cable network aimed at the English-speaking urban Latino community. The show is scheduled to be broadcast May 21 and includes comments from Villaraigosa about his life as mayor and what is involved with the job. He also has called for a doubling of neighborhood councils’ annual budgets – to $100,000. But not all of his actions have been embraced by colleagues. Alarc n’s decision to hold a Neighborhood and Education Committee meeting in Van Nuys last week drew some ire because little notice was given on the location and date change. “I promised we would come out to the community, and that’s what we’re doing,” Alarc n said. “We are going to hold meetings all over the city.” Alarc n insisted he is not using his post as a platform for another run for mayor. At least not immediately. “I just got back here, and I love this job,” Alarc n said. “I’m here for six years. I am not looking for anything else.” The Los Angeles Unified School District has a new superintendent and looks likely to get a new school board, but apparently still has the same old communication problems. Take the recent release of the report, commissioned by Superintendent David Brewer, looking at the district’s problems. The report said the district is disorganized, lacks financial controls and suffers from a pervasive lack of accountability. To A.J. Duffy, head of United Teachers Los Angeles, the findings were not surprising. But what was surprising was the way the report was released. Duffy was never provided a preview of the report or even given a copy of it the day it was released. “It was a point of vexation for me,” Duffy said. “One of the first things I said to (Brewer) was that I wanted to work with the district to do problem solving. It’s hard to work with people who don’t work with you.” A copy of the report is at the Daily News Web site, Former LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer is returning to Los Angeles for a brief visit this week. During his stay, he will promote his involvement in the Strong American Schools campaigned called “ED in 08,” designed to work with schools to make education a top issue in the presidential election. The $60 million program is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, with Romer serving as chairman of the effort. Among its goals are creating three priorities: basic-education standards, an effective core of teachers and time plus support for learning. (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He was also asked some offbeat questions. Villaraigosa said the three artists he listens to the most on his iPod are Mary J. Blige, Shakira and Alejandro Fernandez. He admits a guilty pleasure: Almond Roca candy. And his funniest moment being mayor? “When they skewered me on (“The Daily Show”) after I delivered the Spanish-speaking response to the State of the Union. They made me look like Antonio Banderas.” In the category of letting no good deed go unquestioned, Councilman Richard Alarc n – who has been at City Hall for less than two months in his second go-round – is enduring wide speculation about his political future. The questions come as he launches a series of initiatives on everything from education and stem-cell research to a districtwide cleanup. last_img

first_imgPremier League target Franck Kessie has completed his move to AC Milan from Atalanta.The 20-year-old Ivorian midfielder had been a target for the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham but has opted to stay in Serie A.The club announced on Friday that the talented international had signed for the San Siro side on a two-year loan from Atalanta with an obligation to buy.After a promising season in Italy’s top division Kessie finished with six goals and three assists in 30 Serie A appearances.The move sends out a signal of intent for Milan, following the takeover by Chinese investors earlier this year, and they look set to take on Italy’s best after several seasons of mediocrity. 1 Franck Kessie last_img

first_imgTHE Bishop of Raphoe Dr Philip Boyce has tonight put his name to a statement condemning plans to legalise abortion in certain cases here in Ireland.As part of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland he said the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill represents a dramatic and morally unacceptable change to Irish law.In a statement, they said the bill was unnecessary to ensure that women receive “the life-saving treatment they need during pregnancy”. They said: “The deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong.“The Bill also appears to impose a duty on Catholic hospitals to provide abortions.“This would be totally unacceptable and has serious implications for the existing legal and Constitutional arrangements that respect the legitimate autonomy and religious ethos of faith-based institutions.”The statement in full is below: The Catholic bishops of Ireland stress once again the importance of continuing to provide a health care service in Ireland which ensures complete respect for the sacredness of the life both of the mother and her unborn baby. The bishops express their appreciation of the work carried out day by day in this ethos by doctors, nurses, midwives and other health personnel. Through Cura, the Church’s crisis pregnancy agency, help is available to any woman facing a crisis pregnancy.The Heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 published by the Government on Wednesday would, if approved, make the direct and intentional killing of unborn children lawful in Ireland. The Bill as outlined represents a dramatic and morally unacceptable change to Irish law and is unnecessary to ensure that women receive the life-saving treatment they need during pregnancy.The Gospel of Life is at the heart of the message of Jesus; the deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong. We uphold the right to life as the foundation of every other human right. We encourage a deeper understanding of the inviolability of the right to life of both a mother and her unborn child, in all circumstances. Accordingly, at this crucial time, it is essential that all who share these beliefs make them clear to their legislators.The Bill also appears to impose a duty on Catholic hospitals to provide abortions. This would be totally unacceptable and has serious implications for the existing legal and Constitutional arrangements that respect the legitimate autonomy and religious ethos of faith-based institutions. It would also pose serious difficulties for the conscientious beliefs of many citizens.Abortion, in the sense of directly killing the unborn child, is never a remedy for suicidal ideation and therefore should never be cited as a justification for the direct killing of an innocent human being. It is a tragic moment for Irish society when we regard the deliberate destruction of a completely innocent person as an acceptable response to the threat of the preventable death of another person. We invite all who cherish human life to support the Vigil for Life which is taking place in Knock tomorrow – see below. We encourage everyone who can attend the Vigil to do so or to join in prayer with us. Cherish both mother and baby! Choose life!Special national Vigil of Prayer for Mothers and their Unborn Babies to take place in KnockMass in the Basilica will be live streamed on www.knock-shrine.ieTomorrow Saturday 4 May will see a national Vigil of Prayer for Mothers and their Unborn Babies taking place at Our Lady’s Shrine in Knock, Co Mayo. The theme of this Vigil will be ’Choose Life: We Cherish Them Both’ and it is supported by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. This special liturgical event will begin at 1:00pm with a Rosary Procession and will conclude with Mass in the Basilica at 3.00pm. The main celebrant for the Mass will be Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, and the homilist will be Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick. A blessing for expectant mothers who are present will be given during the Mass.Parishioners from around the country have been invited to attend the Rosary and Mass. For further details on the ‘Choose Life: We Cherish Them Both’ national Vigil of prayer, pilgrims can view the pro-life website which contains personal video testimonies and special prayers dedicated to protecting the unborn.BISHOP BOYCE SAYS ABORTION BILL IS ‘DRAMATIC AND MORALLY UNACCEPTABLE’ was last modified: May 3rd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BISHOP BOYCE SAYS ABORTION BILL IS ‘DRAMATIC AND MORALLY UNACCEPTABLE’last_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reiterated his hard-line position against strike threats from a municipal union, saying Tuesday the city has made a fair contract offer and cannot afford to pay more in uncertain financial times. In his monthly “Ask the Mayor” radio show, Villaraigosa said he believes the city cannot afford to pay more to the 8,000-member Engineer and Architects Association. “We are facing a $248 million deficit in this upcoming budget,” Villaraigosa said. “It would be irresponsible of me to offer more to this group of employees than we are paying other civilian units. “We have made a good offer – the same offer we made to other city workers – and I hope they submit it for a vote.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The EAA, which represents workers in a variety of areas including the city Airports, Harbor and Building and Safety departments, has voted to authorize a strike if the union does not get the same provisions as Department of Water and Power workers got earlier this year. That contract called for a 16 percent salary increase over five years – with an escalator clause that could increase it to 30 percent. EAA union chief Robert Aquino said the city has offered a contract with no salary increase the first year and 2.5 percent in each of the next two years. Aquino said Tuesday that the union will not back down. “We are going to ratchet this up,” Aquino said. “We are starting to build support among other city unions and we will not go away.” To make its point, the EAA has held a series of demonstrations including one at Los Angeles International Airport over the Thanksgiving Day weekend and a second Tuesday in front of the DWP building. But Villaraigosa said he doesn’t feel he can change the city’s position with EAA. The DWP contract was a separate case that had been negotiated by former Mayor James Hahn, Villaraigosa said. “I didn’t feel it would be appropriate for me to change it at that time,” Villaraigosa said. “This contract is a different issue.” Villaraigosa said it is a difficult decision for him because the EAA was one of the few city unions that backed his election. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgThe Road Safety Officer of Donegal County Council is urging motorists to be wary of driver fatigue, asking for everyone to “work together to ensure this bank holiday weekend is free from tragedy”.A special Road Safety Awareness event is taking place along the N2 this Friday, at McCaughey’s Service Station at Broomfield in Co Monaghan.This event has been organised to coincide with the Bank Holiday weekend when an increased number of people are expected to take to the roads. Experts will be on hand to provide advice on various road safety issues including the dangers of driver fatigue which is a contributory factor in as many as 1 in 5 driver deaths in Ireland every year.Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council is delighted to be supporting this event and says that the aim of the bank holiday weekend event is to encourage road users to take personal responsibility for how they use the roads.He says that the “N2 is well travelled by people from Donegal, it is the main access route to Dublin from many parts of the county”.Provisional collision statistics from the Road Safety Authority show that during the period beginning January 2013 to date, there were 30 fatalities on County Monaghan roads, half of which occurred on the N2. A recent report from Road Plan Consultants who carried out a safety audit for Monaghan County Council on a stretch of the N2 from Drumgeeny to Castleblayney showed that 90% of accidents on this road were related to driver behaviour with over 70% of fatalities occurring as a result of head-on collisions.Brian O’Donnell describes driver fatigue as the silent killer on our roads saying “thousands of people will be taking to the roads over the holiday weekend and for many, there are long journeys ahead.“Driver fatigue can creep up on you slowly and it is impossible to fight it while you are driving, yet the risks can be tragic.“We are appealing to everyone to recognise the signs that you are becoming tired behind the wheel of the car, take appropriate action and protect yourself, your passengers and other road-users.“Equally, if you’re a passenger in a car being driven by a tired driver, speak up. Ask the driver to pull over safely, and follow the advice.“Let’s all work together to ensure this bank holiday weekend is free from tragedy”. Motorists will also have the chance to experience the Road Safety Authority’s ‘Shuttlebus’ and “Rollover” simulator allowing you to experience, in a virtual setting, the dangers of driving and texting and driver fatigue and see how driving environments and speed affect your braking distances on the brake reaction timer.There will also be opportunities to learn about tyre safety, practice your driving skills on car, motorbike & bicycle simulators, take a road safety quiz in the activity zone, practice the driver theory test on board, test your fancy footwork by dancing to the Safe Cross Code in the activity zone and practice your safe cycling skills on the state of the art bicycle simulator.The RSA advice to drivers who feel tired while driving is to ‘Stop, Sip and Sleep’. Stop the car in a safe place, Sip a caffeine drink, and Sleep for 15-20 minutes. This should enable you to continue driving for another hour or so.So if you are on the N2 this Friday, stop and take a break from driving and check out the Road Safety Awareness event at McCaughey’s Service Station from midday to 7pm. This awareness event is being jointly organised by McCaughey’s Service Station and Monaghan County Council and is also supported by Monaghan Gardaí, the Road Safety Authority, Monaghan Fire and Rescue Service and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group.Road Safety Officer: “Let’s work together to ensure this weekend is free from tragedy” was last modified: August 2nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:road safetyRoad Safety OfficerRSAlast_img read more

first_imgIt didn’t take Draymond Green long to recognize a new normal regarding the Warriors’ media availability sessions:There’s no they’re there.“There are 10 y’all here,” Green said Wednesday to a small contingent of journos. “In seasons past it would’ve been 80. So there you have it.”In the marketplace it’s referred to as supply and demand. In sports they refer to front-runners and fair-weather fans. Last year at this time the Warriors boasted four potential future Hall of Famers. They were …last_img

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first_imgGlobal penguin populations have plummeted over the past 2 decades, but their future may not be completely hopeless. Findings published online this month in Conservation Biology suggest that many of the major threats to the birds’ survival—including habitat loss, pollution, and fishery-related impacts—are factors that humans can readily control and correct. To arrive at these conclusions, scientists reviewed the research contributions of nearly 50 specialists and documented the threats to all 18 penguin species spanning the last 250 years. The team identified nine general impacts to penguin populations, but attributed the greatest risks to ongoing habitat destruction from livestock and introduced species, pollution from oil spills and marine debris, and food scarcity and injury resulting from increased fishing pressure. According to the researchers, the findings indicate a need for better protections—specifically in the form of marine reserves called marine protected areas—to prevent the continued decline of penguin populations worldwide. Because climate change was also identified as a significant and critical risk for penguins, researchers stress that conservation actions focused on modifiable human activities will become increasingly important in the future.last_img read more

first_imgTop seeds in both the men’s and women’s singles event advanced to the semifinals of the Fenesta Open National Tennis Championships on Thursday.Top seed Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan breezed his way into the last four of men’s singles with a clinical performance against fifth seed Ashwin Vijayaraghawan. The Tamil Nadu lad had little trouble during his 6-1, 6-2 victory. He will next face third seed Siddharth Rawat, who came from a set down to defeat Vaidik Munshaw 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.In the other quarterfinal matches, Ramkumar Ramanathan was at ease against local hope Saurabh Singh, winning 6-1, 6-2 setting up a semifinal clash with Maharashtra’s Arjun Khade emerged victorious after a hard-fought battle. Khade had a tough battle but managed to hold on to his nerves to get the better of 11th seed Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash 7-5, 6-4.The women’s singles appeared to be following a similar script before Sri Vaishnavi Peddireddy caused an upset, knocking out fourth seed Shweta Rana in three sets. Vaishnavi fought her way back after being a set down to oust Shweta 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.Her reward for coming through the tough match is a semifinal clash against Delhi girl Prerna Bhambri. Bhambri eased past state mate Simran Kaur Handa 6-0 6-4 but going by the way Vashnavi has played in this tournament so far, Bhambri will have to be cautious.The other semifinal will see top seed Rishika Sunkara, who proved her credentials with a 6-1 6-2 thrashing of eighth seed Vaniya Dangwal, take on third seed Natasha Plaha. Natasha fought a tough first set against fifth seed Eettee Mehta before getting her act together to advance into the next stage with a 7-6 (5) 6-3 victory.advertisementIn the ladies doubles semifinals, Treta Bhattacharya and Natasha had it easy against the fourth-seeded combine of Tarannum Handa and Manya Nagpal, winning 6-1 6-1 to set up a title clash with third-seeded Prerna Bhambri and Rishika Sunkara. Bhambri and Sunkara, who may well end up playing against each other in the singles final, registered a 3-6, 6-1, 10-8 win against top seeds Sri V Peddireddy and Prarthana Thombare.In the boys Under-18 doubles final, top seeded Anvit Bendre and Abdullah Shaikh convincingly won 6-4 6-0 against Shailender Boniface and Gary Tokas. In boys singles, top seeded Andhra Rishab Agarwal beat M Sai Nikhil by 6-1, 6-0 while second seeded Shaikh Abdullah beat Ranjeet Singh by 6-0, 7-5. Third seeded Karan Salwan of Delhi beat Hardeep Sandhu 7-5, 6-4.The Girls singles, though, saw an upset with second seed Tarranum Handa getting past top seed Simran Sethi 6-3, 6-4 to enter the semifinals while Pranjala Yadlapalli outplayed 11th seed Amrita Mukherjee 6-3, 6-3. Fourth seed Sai Samhitha beat Rimpledeep Kaur 6-4, 6-0.last_img read more