January 14, 2020

Sherman Submits Draft Law on Legislative Continuity

first_imgThe Joint committee is chaired by Sen. Varney Sherman.Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney Sherman on Tuesday submitted for enactment into law a document titled: A Draft Law to Give Statutory Effect to the Legislative Continuity Provisions of the Constitution and Provide the Process for the Continuance of Democratic Governance in the Event of Election Disputes.In the five-page bill, Senator Sherman, who chairs the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Claims, Human Rights and Petitions, noted that facts and circumstances surrounding the 2017 elections, which by law shall be on October 10, “reveal certain lapses in Liberian law that ought to be addressed and cured before elections are conducted this year, and to be used as legal guidance for general elections pursuant to Section 1.2 (f) of the new elections Law (meaning elections for the offices of president, senators and representatives held every six years).”Quoting Article 46 of the Constitution which deals with the election of senators and their placements in categories, Senator Sherman noted that the intent and purpose for legislative continuity shall be seriously manifested in 2017, when the offices of President and Vice President of Liberia and all seats of the House of Representatives shall be opened for contest at the October 2017 elections; the Senate shall be the only organ of the political branches of the Liberian Government (Legislative and Executive) which shall remain unimpaired and fully operational.According to Sherman, “this means that the 2017 elections are endowed with political sensitivity, which must be addressed by law; otherwise there could be a serious void in the governance process and a constitutional crisis could thereby be precipitated.”“I therefore recommend an amendment to Rule 4, Section 2 of the Senate Standing Rules, which provides that in election year the Senate shall not adjourn sine die on August 31, but that the Senate shall remain in session, subject to call by the President Pro Tempore upon short notice, to attend matters of election disputes and to ensure continuity of the democratic governance process in the event that any such electoral dispute(s) precipitates or is seen to precipitate a void in the governance of Liberia,” Senator Sherman noted.He continued that in that event, and pursuant to Article 64 of the Constitution, “if the void in governance affects the offices of the President and Vice President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore shall serve as acting president until the void is removed through a final determination by the Supreme Court and the execution of the mandate of the court pursuant to Article 6.9 of the new elections law.”The bill further recommend that the President and Vice President shall not hold over their offices in the event of any election dispute up to the third Monday of January of the year following the election dispute (Inauguration Day); instead, the President Pro Tempore shall thereupon, and as matter of that dispute, be the acting president.“The speaker and deputy speaker shall not hold over their offices in the event any of them is involved in any election dispute up to the second Monday of January of the year following the elections in dispute (the date for convening of regular term of the legislature). Instead, a deputy President Pro Tempore shall thereupon, and as matter of that dispute, be the acting speaker.”With respect to the Judiciary, Senator Sherman’s draft bill is recommending that the Supreme Court should not adjourn its March Term sine die during an election year to help facilitate the timely disposition of matters relating to the qualification of candidates, political parties and organizations before elections day; and in the same line, “I also recommend that the Supreme Court should not adjourn its October Term sine die during elections year, to help facilitate the expeditious disposition of disputes over election results before the date (s) stipulated by the Constitution or the Statutes for the elected officials to assume their offices.”Sherman then requested his colleagues that given the urgency of the matter covered by his submission and the limited time for this 6th Session of the 53rd Legislature, “we should suspend the Senate Rules, adopt this bill into law, send it to the House of Representatives for expeditious concurrence, and onward submission to the President for her signature and publication in handbills before October 10, 2017. If necessary, I propose that we resolve to extend the current session of the 53rd Legislature so that this bill will be thoroughly considered and passed into law.”The document was voted upon and sent to the Committees on Judiciary, Claims, Human Rights and Petitions and Rules, Order and Administration to report to plenary within two weeks.In a related development, the Senate on Tuesday voted unanimously to concur with the House of Representatives on the passage of the Uniform Code of Military Justice of the Armed Forces of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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January 6, 2020

Arteta tasked with reviving troubled Arsenal

first_imgArteta, who will be officially presented to the press later on Friday at 8pm, replaces compatriot Unai Emery, who was sacked last month.The former midfielder, who will sit in the stands for Saturday’s match against another of his former clubs Everton, faces a massive challenge, with Arsenal having won just once in 12 matches — beating West Ham under interim manager Freddie Ljungberg.“This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world,” Arteta said in a statement.“We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke (owner and club director, respectively) and the senior people from the club.“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it.“I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.”Head of football Raul Sanllehi said the club had interviewed other candidates before opting to pursue Arteta.“We met several top-class candidates and Mikel stood out to every single one of us as the perfect person for us,” he said in a club statement.“Mikel understands Arsenal Football Club and what it means to our fans around the world. We look forward to him getting down to work and bringing the best out of our squad as we work to get our season back on track.”0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mikel Arteta faces a tough task in reviving the fortunes of Arsenal after being named head coach of one of his former clubs © AFP/File / Lindsey ParnabyLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 20 – Mikel Arteta has been given the job of reviving the fortunes of Arsenal after he was appointed head coach of the English Premier League side on Friday.The 37-year-old Spaniard, who played more than 100 games for the Gunners between 2011-16, signed a three-and-a-half year contract and ends a three-year stay as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.last_img read more

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December 26, 2019

Juventus star reveals he rejected the advances of Man United and Man City

first_imgLeonardo Bonucci has revealed he declined the opportunity to sign for both Manchester City and Manchester United in order to be at Juventus.The Italy international left the Old Lady in 2017 to play for AC Milan, but decided to move back to his former side after just one season. revealed Bouncci wanted to go home, so rejected a move to Man United gameday cracker However, Jose Mourinho also made an unsuccessful offer to sign the centre-half in the summer and rivals City have also tried in 2016.Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the 31-year-old said: “Basically there have been some possibilities both with Manchester City and with Manchester United.“With Manchester City when I received that offer [in 2016] I actually talked to the club, I talked to Juventus and we decided that it was good for me to stay and to keep on winning with Juventus.“And this year when I was told there was a possibility to go back home, to come back to Juventus I just stopped listening to any other offers and I decided to come back here.” LATEST Most Popular Football Stories BEST OF The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Asked to clarify if there had been interest from the Red Devils this summer, he replied: “Yes.”When asked if there was any chance of him completing the move after Juve made their interest clear, he said: “No. I feel at home. Here I really do my best, I just push myself to the maximum and that’s something at Milan I really didn’t manage.“I didn’t succeed to achieve and that was probably because in my heart I had already made the decision that I wanted to go back home.“The decision was not made until June but it’s true that I had this feeling inside me. So when my agent told me there was a tangible opportunity to go back I just stopped listening to anyone telling me what to do. “I stopped listening to any kind of suggestion and I just said: ‘OK, let’s go home.’”Bonucci is expected to line up against the Red Devils when Juventus face United at Old Trafford in the Champions League on Tuesday.Cristiano Ronaldo is also expected to make his return to Manchester after having his suspension limited to just one game after being sent off against Valencia in his European debut for Juve. latest 2 Ronaldo arrived at Juve in the same transfer window as the 31-year-old scrap Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more

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December 18, 2019

Mango to fly Lanseria-Cape Town

first_img9 May 2011 Bezuidenhout said he was optimistic about the airline’s new operation: “Demand has significantly increased across all routes, and the introduction of a second presence in Gauteng will further strengthen Mango’s value proposition,” he said. “We continue to offer the widest distribution and payment method network to our guests, and operations from Lanseria will further cement Mango’s commitment to its mandate of making air travel more accessible and affordable to South Africans.” Lanseria Cape Town flights will be available through www.flymango.com and their call centre on 0861 162646. Edgars account card holders will also be able to book flights departing to and from Lanseria, and bookings will also be available through Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper Money Market Counters and travel agents. The airline, which is owned by national flag-carrier South African Airways, launched flights between Johannesburg and Bloemfontein last year. “Lanseria is the second route launch for Mango in the past year,” Mango CEO Nico Bezuidenhout said in a statement last week. “Growth is a priority on our agenda following a successful post-launch period.” Growth ‘is priority’ New aircraft Initial frequency to Cape Town would see three flights daily on week days depart daily from in each direction. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material It will be the second low-cost carrier to operate flights out of Lanseria, situated north-west of Johannesburg, joining Kulula.com, which also has flights from there to Cape Town. The airline’s fifth next generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft, owned by General Electric Capital Aviation Services, also came on line last week, increasing its fleet complement to five 737-800 aircraft. Low-cost airline Mango is to launch flights between Johannesburg’s Lanseria International Airport and Cape Town from 3 May onwards.last_img read more

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December 18, 2019

Mercedes-Benz SA wins quality award

first_img The plant was only one point behind the category’s gold award winner, which scored 23PP100, and a point ahead of the Mercedes-Benz sister plant in Sindelfingen in Germany. “The score is an indication of the consistent and sustainable strides we are making as a local manufacturer to create products of the highest build quality, that are safer and more carbon-friendly,” said Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s vice president for manufacturing, Arno van der Merwe. The plant’s performance in the 2013 survey improved by four points from the 2012 IQS. “This progression also clearly shows the rate at which the global industry is improving, and the pressure to run a tight ship at our plant in terms of reliability, efficiency and quality in order to remain competitive,” Van der Merwe said. Mercedes-Benz SA is currently preparing for the introduction of the next-generation C-Class in 2014. “As only one of four Daimler AG plants worldwide selected to produce the luxury vehicle, Mercedes-Benz SA will inject in excess of R2.5-billion into the local and national economy as it prepares facilities, infrastructure and human capital for the new model launch,” the company said. SAinfo reporter 26 June 2013 Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s manufacturing plant in East London was awarded silver in the 2013 automotive Initial Quality Study (IQS) by American market research firm JD Power and Associates. The survey examines new car buyers in the US, and the Mercedes-Benz East London plant won its fifth consecutive award for the top assembly plants in the Europe-Africa region in terms of new vehicle production quality. It was the only African manufacturer to win this accolade and now displays a platinum, two gold and two silver awards in its trophy cabinet. IQS is now in its 27th year and based on the responses of about 83 000 purchasers and lessees of the latest year’s car, truck and multi-purpose vehicle models after 90 days of ownership. “The East London plant produces the W204 C-Class for both the local and US markets, and registered only 24 problems per 100 vehicles (24PP100) surveyed,” Mercedes-Benz said in a statement last week.last_img read more

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December 18, 2019

Play Your Part Ambassador Catherine Constantinides takes on the Sahara

first_imgSouth African Earth Warrior and Social Justice Activist, Catherine Constantinides to take up the challenge and use her profile and passion for the environment and human rights, this time to participate in the 2019 Sahara Marathon. The marathon will be taking place on the 26th of February in the Sahara Desert.As an internationally renowned climate activist and human rights defender, this South African Earth Warrior is no stranger to challenge and adventure. And has set her mind firmly on participating in this desert run. She serves on the Saharawi Human Rights Council and has been travelling back and forth to the refugee camps as a humanitarian for the past five years. She is participating in this particular event to raise awareness and honour the Saharawi freedom fighters and victims of landmines in the region. Last year she spent time with Aziz Haider who is the founder of the Saharawi Association of Landmine Victims (ASAVIM).According to various estimates there are still between 5 – 10 Million landmines still in the Sahara, “Western Sahara is one of the most contaminated territories in the world,” the UN Mine Action Service says on its website. Landmines and explosive remnants of war “remain widespread” and “there is very limited information available regarding the location of hazardous areas”, it warns. High winds, sandstorms and rainfall also pose a challenge as they can hide, reveal or move landmines.According to Aziz Haidar, who has lost three of his limbs in a mine blast, such explosions have caused more than 300 casualties since a ceasefire which took effect in 1991.The Sahara Marathon is an international sport event hosted in the Sahara Desert every year. The aim of the marathon was designed to demonstrate solidarity with the Saharawi people, first initiated in 2001, organised by the Secretary of State for Sport, under the auspices of the Government of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and with the help of volunteers from all over the world.Constantinides has been actively engaged in highlighting causes across the continent linked to climate change and human rights for more than a decade, her work as a former Miss Earth South Africa has seen her work passionately in the waste, water and food security space as she leads educational and community development projects linked to these spaces in furthering the movement towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Her work through her organisation Generation Earth has gained much momentum across South Africa and the world over the past eight years.This activist says it is certainly the biggest physical challenge she has ever committed to and has already begun preparing for the upcoming marathon. Her goal is to highlight the ‘ #StandInTheSand ’ solidarity movement which gives a voice and presence to the last colony in Africa, Western Sahara.Western Sahara is the last colony in Africa. A Spanish colony from 1884 to 1975 when Spain failed to finish the decolonization process which it promised to achieve. Instead, Spain, Morocco and Mauritania signed a secret agreement to divide this African territory into two parts by military control by Morocco from the North and Mauritania from the South while Spain maintained privileged economic interests especially in the illegal exploitation of the rich fisheries and phosphate of Western Sahara.The Polisario Front, the Saharawi liberation movement was already constituted in 1973 to fight against Spanish colonialism, but found itself encircled by the two armies and had to deliver a heroic fight against the two African armies and at the same time to build a genuine Saharawi Nation and ‘State in Exile’ which was declared on the 27th of February 1976 as the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, also a founding member of the African Union.Constantinides’ active humanitarian work in the Saharawi Refugee Camps over the past five years has brought international awareness to this more than 43-year-old conflict. Now she runs in the sand for a people who continue to fight for self-determination and justice.The Sahara Marathon, includes the standard-distance marathon also includes a half marathon of 21km, 10km, 5km and a special children’s race which is aimed at promoting sport activity. Funds raised through the marathon assist in financially supporting and developing humanitarian programmes. More so to use the power and strength of sport and its unifying power to raise awareness and sensitize the world about the plight and struggle of the forgotten people of Africa; the Saharawi people of Western Sahara.last_img read more

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December 17, 2019

Turn Right at the Gas Station: Google Maps Gets More Human

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… You’d think it was odd if you called me for directions and I told you to go 0.2 miles southeast and make a slight right onto Old Route 17.You’d expect me to say something more like, “Start driving away from the library and take the second right just after the McDonald’s.” Google Maps India has just launched a hybridized version of directions that give geographically accurate distances and directions as well as landmarks most humans would also recognize. We can imagine this coming to the rural U.S. and Google telling us to “follow that-there little jog in the road where the big oak tree used to be before Jimmy Ray hit it with his daddy’s combine, bless his heart, for 2.3 miles.”Although most urban Americans are comfortable navigating by street signs, in other parts of our country and the rest of the world, landmarks are a necessity to successfully reaching one’s destination. Other times, it’s simply reassuring to know that you haven’t actually missed a turn or your destination because you haven’t yet passed a given landmark.How many times has someone told you on the phone to “keep going straight until you pass the shopping center” or something of that sort, and it saved you a missed turn as well as a general sense of anxiety? In the words of UX Googler Olga Khroustaleva, “We found that using landmarks in directions helps for two simple reasons: they are easier to see than street signs and they are easier to remember than street names… Sometimes there are simply too many signs to look at, and the street sign drowns in the visual noise. A good landmark always stands out.”The point of the whole experiment was to give drivers a sense of confidence when exploring new territory. Ultimately, the Google team found that a combination of street names and distances as well as landmarks gave the best results and best satisfied users.Sree Unnikrishnan and Manik Gupta wrote on the Google India blog, “This effort was possible thanks to the large amount of landmark data that users like you contributed through Google Map Maker. Our new algorithm determines from available signals, which of these landmarks are most useful for navigation, based on importance and closeness to the turns that you’re making.”Here’s a look at the Google Maps directions design we all know: jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#web Related Posts Looks pretty sweet to us! What do you folks think? Would you like to see more Map Maker landmark data for driving directions all over the world, too? Let us know in the comments. And here’s a version Google Maps India tried that added landmarks to other data to confirm directions: Finally, here’s what Indian travellers will see moving forward: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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December 16, 2019

A New Version of WUFI is Available

first_imgThe company that develops WUFI energy modeling software has released an update, WUFI Passive 3.0, as well as a version without all the bells and whistles that can be downloaded for free.WUFI Passive incorporates the new climate-specific standards of the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS). It also includes updated inputs for lighting and plug load calculations, advanced geometry import options and calculations for appliance exhaust air, according to an announcement from the developer, Fraunhofer IBP.The free version, which can be downloaded from the Fraunhofer IBP site, doesn’t provide all of the functions of the full version. Calculations for moisture transport and storage, for example, aren’t included, according to the company.It does, however, include full Passivhaus modeling in the “static” mode, says Mike Knezovich of PHIUS, and it’s capable of certifying a project under the PHIUS+ standards. “It’s a great way to get a feel for WUFI Passive,” he said by email. “It may be all some folks ever need. Others will license the full-functioning version, especially folks that do a lot of projects or large-scale projects.”The full version is listed for sale at 460 Euros for a one-year license, 1250 Euros for a three-year license.PHIUS said in its announcement that Fraunhofer IBP collaborated with PHIUS and Owens Corning to develop WUFI Passive, and the result was a program suited to North America’s varying climate zones.“WUFI Passive dramatically improves the quality and efficiency of the design process for Certified Passive House Consultants,” PHIUS said. Fraunhofer IBP developer at PHIUS conferencePHIUS also announced that Dr. Hartwig M. Künzel, a building scientist and creator of WUFI, will be the keynote speaker at its North American conference in September.Künzel is a lecturer in civil engineering at Stuttgart University and has published more than 300 scientific articles in trade journals and text books. He has served on a number of standards committees, PHIUS said, including ASHRAE.The conference takes place in Chicago from Sept. 9 to 13. Early bird registration is available through July 15.Sam Rashkin, chief architect of the Building Technologies Office in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, will deliver the closing address.last_img read more

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December 3, 2019

Molested woman forced to file plaint on robbery

first_imgA woman has alleged that she was molested and thrown out of a moving cab by three men on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway here, but the police “forced” her to file a case of robbery.Reacting to the allegation, Gurugram police chief PRO Manish Sehgal said the woman had filed only a complaint related to robbery. There was no mention of rape attempt and molestation. An SHO and a woman counsellor had approached the complainant again to find out the details of the incident, the PRO said.The woman, 30, a native of Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district, said the incident took place on Thursday around 8 p.m. after she left her office and took a private cab from the busy Shankar Chowk to Hero Honda Chowk. “While I was waiting for a cab, a taxi stopped near me. I asked the cab driver to drop me at Hero Honda Chowk.I didn’t suspect the intention of two persons already sitting in it as they looked like passengers,” she said.“Near Jharsa Chowk, the three men, including the driver, started molesting me. When I resisted their attempts and tried to raise an alarm, they tied my hands and legs and choked me,” the woman said, adding that who works as an executive said. they had also attempted to rape her, she said.“In the meantime, two bike-borne police personnel appeared near the spot. The trio panicked and sped towards Rajiv Chowk. They then snatched my phone and wallet and threw me out of the moving cab near Rajiv Chowk. They escaped from the spot,” the victim said. With the help of a passer-by, she informed her husband and the couple later approached the Sector-40 police station. “Initially, the police officers did not file an FIR of molestation and tried to hush up the matter saying they would visit the spot,” the victim said.“They made us wait for nearly two hours at the police station and asked for evidence of molestation. They then forced us to give a complaint of robbery and registered an FIR,” she added. Mr. Sehgal said: “The couple gave a complaint of mobile and cash theft and we have registered the FIR accordingly. They are satisfied with the police probe.”He claimed that the couple did not mention any use of force, molestation or rape attempt by the accused. “We have no knowledge of use of any force or molestation.” “We are investigating all the angles of the case,” he said.last_img read more

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December 2, 2019

India Accused of Violating International Treaties in Sending Back Runaway Dubai Princess

first_imgIndia has been accused of playing a role in a high-seas drama that resulted in the forced capture of a runaway Dubai princess in international waters.Detained in Dubai, a non-governmental organisation that says it “assist[s] people who have become victims of injustice in the United Arab Emirates”, claims that India helped the UAE to ‘illegally’ and ‘violently’ intercept a ship that was carrying Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum.Read it at India Today Related Itemslast_img

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