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House Cuts Number of Proposed Seats in Affirmative Action Bill

first_imgThe House of Representatives has endorsed the establishment of seven Special Legislative Constituencies for which an additional seven members would be elected, in addition to the already 73, totaling 81members in the House.The motion indicated that there would be five seats for women to be divided among five regions; while the youth and persons living with disabilities will have their respective seats.Deputy Speaker Hans M. Barchue broke the tie to concur with the Senate on the Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act after a vote of 18-18, for which some of the lawmakers accused Senior Stenographer Conmicks Chea of inflating the votes in favor of the pro-Tyler lawmakers to compel a draw.The Senate’s version of the Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation provides the establishment of 21 Special Legislative Constituencies for which an additional 21 members of the House of Representatives shall be elected – with 15 seats for women, 3 seats each for the youth and persons living with disabilities.The House’s concurrence, which has altered the Senate’s account, would compel a Conference Committee comprised of both Houses to reconcile the Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act.However, Maryland County Representative Dr. Bhofal Chambers has filed a motion of reconsideration for the vote on the passage of the Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act, which would be considered today, Friday, September 30, in a Special Session. It may be recalled that on August 25, it was reported that the Senate unanimously passed the “Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act of 2016,” which was forwarded to the House of Representative for concurrence.At Wednesday’s public hearing, Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell told the 28-member House’s Joint Committee that the Affirmative Action Bill aims to elevate the level of equitable representation and participation in the governance process. The Joint Committee comprisedGender, Judiciary, Good Governance and Election & Inauguration.The Gender Minister reminded the Legislature that Article 5 (a) of the Constitution empowers the Legislature to enact laws that promote the realization of social justice and increase citizens’ access for political and economic participation.“There are international instruments to which Liberia is a signatory and acceded to, which call for the enactment of affirmative action legislation for the empowerment of women, youth and persons living with disabilities,” she said.“ECOWAS and AU Protocols, CEDAW, CRPD, the Beijing Declaration, and the African Youth Charter are some of the international instruments supportive of affirmative action to accelerate their participation in politics for adequate representation.”The National Chairperson of the National Civil Society Council, Madam Frances R. Deigh Greaves; the Vice President for Association of Female Lawyers in Liberia (AFELL), Atty. Nadia S. Kamara; Mrs. Daintowon Domah Payebaye, representing the disabled community; and Mr. Amos Williams, Deputy Secretary General for Programs of the Federation of Liberian Youths (FLY) are among Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that also urged the Legislature to enact the Affirmative Action Bill.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 17, 2020 0

Fostering togetherness among Guyanese in multifaceted society – ERC

first_imgThe Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) extends best wishes for the Easter holidays to all Guyanese, more in particular, our Christian brothers and sisters – both here and overseas.It is a time when Guyanese truly come together irrespective of religious belief to participate in kite-flying and other related activities across the country. This exemplifies the true spirit of not just Easter, but that of our national holidays which continue to foster togetherness of our people in this multifaceted society.This is important to all of us and our country. The ERC therefore urges that it continues to be built upon so that the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood be strengthened through love, tolerance and mutual respect.Easter signifies the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his death on the cross of Calvary on Good Friday. This offers a universal message for mankind that there is always hope for a new beginning in the face of adversity, bringing comfort and motivation that there is a path to continuity even in what may be seen as the end.This is pertinent in all spheres of life, kindling courage and optimism while in despair.As our kites soar and buzz high in the skies during this time, let it become the symbol of our collective and sustained efforts in rising to the challenges as we endeavour together to remove the barriers of hate and prejudice so that peace, harmony and unity will grow and be infused in the hearts and minds of us all.The ERC also urges that the true significance and the messages of Easter not be lost and that the teachings of Jesus Christ be that guiding hand in our efforts to promote harmony and good relations across our dear land among our Guyanese brothers and sisters.Once again, best wishes for the Easter holidays.Ethnic Relations Commissionlast_img read more

January 14, 2020 0

Blatter submits bid for fifth term as FIFA boss

first_img0Shares0000PARIS, France, January 29 –  FIFA boss Joseph Blatter on Thursday submitted his candidature for a fifth term as president of world football’s governing body.“Today (Thursday) is a key date in the electoral calendar. I’ve made my submission, now the electoral committee follow a process,” the 78-year-old Swiss wrote on his Twitter account. The deadline for nominees to announce their candidacies falls at midnight on Thursday.Blatter, who has held the post since 1998, had already indicated his intention to seek another term, and has wide support in Asia, Africa and Oceania.Among his challengers are former Portugal and Real Madrid winger Luis Figo, Dutch football boss Michael Van Praag, Asian Football Confederation vice-president Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, ex-FIFA executive Jerome Champagne and former France winger David Ginola.Candidates must have played an active role in football administration for two of the past five years and be publicly nominated by five of FIFA’s 209 member associations.Blatter’s reign has been tarnished by accusations of corruption stemming from the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.Although the deadline is on Thursday, FIFA official Domenico Scala said it could take time before the names of the candidates are revealed.“We cannot make a statement at the time of the date limit,” said Scala, president of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee.“A certain time will be needed before the ad hoc electoral commission are in a position to announce the candidates.”The election will take place in Zurich on May 29.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

January 11, 2020 0

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January 11, 2020 0

City studying marijuana dispensary ban

first_imgCouncilman Ricardo Pacheco said the moratorium is a good idea to stay one step ahead. “Some police reports show that in cities that have these facilities drug-related crimes sometimes follow and create a climate for drug users to come in and use the facility,” Pacheco said. “Doing this is a pre-emptive attempt to make sure they don’t try to come to our city.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BALDWIN PARK – The City Council is taking steps to consider placing a temporary ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, officials said. City staff this week provided the council with a report about issues related to the dispensaries and urged council members to consider a moratorium at the next council meeting June 20. “Some cities and counties that have medical marijuana dispensaries have seen an increase in crime and negative effects on quality-of-life issues,” said Baldwin Park police Chief Edward Lopez. “It’s something to consider.” Several other San Gabriel Valley cities, including El Monte, Industry and Pomona, have adopted moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries. Other cities such as Pasadena and Monterey Park have approved ordinances regulating the dispensaries. Councilman David Olivas said a temporary ban is needed to keep potential dispensaries from moving into Baldwin Park. “A lot of cities now have ordinances in place banning medical marijuana facilities, and if we don’t want to be the place were they come to, we need a moratorium to at least find out what other options there are and what is going on with the disagreements between state and federal laws,” Olivas said. In 1996 California voters approved Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act, which has allowed people with a doctor’s approval to possess and cultivate marijuana for medicinal use. It is still banned by federal law. last_img read more

January 6, 2020 0

Spencer Tracy’s son dies at 82

first_imgTracy had Usher Syndrome, a genetic disease that affects hearing and vision. His mother, Louise, discovered he was deaf when a slamming porch door failed to wake the sleeping 10-month-old. Tracy’s mother dedicated her life to helping families with deaf and hearing-impaired children. She founded the John Tracy Clinic in 1942, providing free services to parents of hearing-impaired infants and preschool children. Tracy did not have an active role in the clinic but made several visits, Hecht said. Tracy attended school in Massachusetts, New York and Los Angeles. He graduated from Pasadena City College and attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. Despite a childhood battle with infantile paralysis, he began riding horses at 10 and became an accomplished polo player. Tracy wanted to become a cartoonist and for a time he worked in the prop department at Walt Disney Studios. Eventually the Usher Syndrome caused his eyesight to fail, Hecht said. He was blind in later years, she said. “He had one of the best dispositions of anyone I ever knew,” his sister said in a letter to friends announcing his death.Tracy is survived by his sister; son, Joseph Spencer Tracy, and three grandchildren.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! John Tracy, the son of actor Spencer Tracy for whom a well-known center for deaf children was named, has died. He was 82. Tracy died late Friday night at his son’s home in Acton, where he had lived for the past several years, his sister, Louise Treadwell “Susie” Tracy, said in a statement Saturday. The family did not know the exact cause of death, which followed a long illness, said Barbara Hecht, president of the John Tracy Clinic of Los Angeles. “He lived a fairly healthy life until very recently,” she said. “His systems were just shutting down … old age,” she said. last_img read more

January 6, 2020 0

Man City now 8/1 to win the Premier League after Bournemouth win – Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Manchester City moved to within eight points of Premier League leaders Chelsea with a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth on Monday night.Chelsea remain huge favourites to take the title at 1/7, but City are now next in the betting, with their odds now into 8/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

December 28, 2019 0

The end for South Central Farm?

first_imgNot legal challenges, not folk singers’ entreaties, not even a last-minute infusion of $10 million could save the South Central Farm. Sheriff’s deputies moved in before dawn Tuesday to evict the farmers from the 14-acre plot, a rare swath of green in the otherwise industrial belt between Alameda Street and Long Beach Avenue. Seeking to prolong the multiyear land dispute, protesters chained themselves to pipes inside. Actress Daryl Hannah, environmental activist John Quigley and a few other demonstrators secured themselves above the fray in a walnut tree. Supporters poured in, chanting and waving signs, as county Sheriff’s Department deputies and Los Angeles Police Department officers bearing clubs and shotguns surrounded protesters, making arrests. “This is the end, my friend,” said Tezozomoc, one of the farmers’ representatives, quoting a line from Jim Morrison. “But we don’t know yet. This is just another chapter.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2A chapter in the struggle that dates back to the mid-1990s, one involving celebrities and community activists, political pressure and complex land deals. Developer Ralph Horowitz bought the site two decades ago, lost it to the city through eminent domain, then bought it back for the price the city paid him. In the interim, the sizable site became used by more than 350 families to farm peppers, cilantro, squash and indigenous herbs. But after Horowitz regained the property with the intent to transform the rows of corn and cactus into a commercial project, the farmers sat on tenuous ground. They fired off 61 claims to block development, all rejected by the court, and requested a temporary restraining order, also turned down. They enlisted the help of high-profile supporters such as Hannah, folk music icon Joan Baez, musician Ben Harper and his wife, actress Laura Dern. And they relentlessly lobbied Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to use his clout to keep the site open. Through various sources, his office was able to wrangle $6 million in donations, well short of the $16.3 million Horowitz originally requested to sell the site. Last week, the Annenberg Foundation announced a surprise offer of $10 million in cash and an agreement to finance the remaining $6 million. But Horowitz, reportedly furious about being cast as the villain by farm supporters, rejected the offer and demanded the farmers removal. At 5 a.m. Tuesday, 65 helmeted deputies of the Sheriff’s Department’s Civil Management Unit moved in, with the LAPD and Los Angeles Fire Department assisting. Authorities cut through the chain-link fence around the farm and extricated the demonstrators who’d locked themselves inside. Then came an earthmover to level off the ground for a fire engine. The truck pulled inside and extended its ladder, eventually plucking the remaining protesters from the tree shortly after noon. The LAPD arrested 27 people on suspicion of failing to disperse, and sheriff’s deputies arrested an additional 17, including Hannah, on suspicion of failing to obey a court order and obstructing a peace officer. The scene was chaotic, but largely peaceful. There were demonstrators accusing the authorities of breaking apart the community. Then there were counterdemonstrators accusing the farmers of breaking apart the community. Then came the guitar players, then the drummers. Armed with an ear-splitting whistle and a pot she banged with a rock, farmer Andrea Rodriguez angrily defended the site she’s come to rely on. “We want to go back to Mother Earth, get nutrition for our families,” she said in Spanish. “We will struggle. We won’t go. We are all together and we will not leave. We’re just farmers, we don’t have money, but we’re still important.” Repeated attempts to reach Horowitz at his office were unsuccessful, though he told The Associated Press that he found the farmers to be ungrateful and wanted his land back. Though Dan Stormer, an attorney for the farmers, said they’ll have one more day in court in July to try to claim ownership of the land, Horowitz has already said he will not sell to the farmers or their supporters. A few hours after the evictions, Villaraigosa spoke with Horowitz on the telephone and reiterated his support for the Annenberg Foundation’s $16 million offer. But Horowitz said the property was worth even more money, Villaraigosa told reporters later. Horowitz also told the mayor he felt personally vilified by the farmers and wouldn’t sell until he evicted every single person from the land. “I told him that from my vantage point, this is a more than fair offer. This is an opportunity for us to have an urban garden in the city that wants to be the greenest big city in America,” Villaraigosa said. “And he said, well, that was nice but he wasn’t accepting.” While running for mayor, Villaraigosa pledged to help save the farm and, once in office, assigned Deputy Mayor Larry Frank to seek private donations to help the farmers buy the land from Horowitz. But the price was a moving target, the mayor said, going from about an estimated $6 million to $10 million to $12 million to the final price tag of $16 million. The mayor and allies had a hard time raising funds to buy the land because many potential donors felt the land wasn’t worth the price. “I understand a businessman’s need to invest and make a profit. I also have a high respect for and will defend property rights,” Villaraigosa said. “But I also believe that we are called upon by a sense of community and civic duty to do the just and right thing. I had hoped that the landowner would have heeded that call.” Staff Writer Kerry Cavanaugh contributed to this report. 818-713-3738160Want 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

December 27, 2019 0

‘Worst possible draw’ – Robben bemoans the fact Bayern face Liverpool

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won He added: “I do not know if he is the best defender in the world, but other people are allowed to judge that, but I’m happy for him.“He has made big strides lately, just look where he comes from.“He is a key player at a gigantic club, and he is the captain of the Dutch national team. “He deserves all the compliments.”Robben, who will turn 35 this month, will leave Bayern at the end of the season when his contract expires ending a 10-year association with the Bundesliga giants. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Arjen Robben has admitted his Bayern Munich side have been given “perhaps the worst possible draw” in the last 16 of the Champions League having been paired with Liverpool.The two European giants will go head-to-head next month in what has been billed as one of the ties of the round. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Most Read In Football RANKED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT BEST OF latest 2 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos revealed center_img The Bayern Munich veteran says his side have got the “worst possible draw” in the competition gameday cracker The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update And former Chelsea winger Robben has heaped praise on Jurgen Klopp’s men – insisting last year’s runner-ups are the favourites to win the competition.He told “Liverpool is doing well again, just like last year when they made it to the final, and I also see them as a favourite for the Champions League victory this season.”For us, it was perhaps the worst possible draw, but it’s going to be a great challenge, we have to look at ourselves, keep working hard and improve ourselves.“If we have a good day and play the way we want, I’m sure we’ll make it very difficult for Liverpool.”Robben also reserved special praise on his fellow Dutchman Virgil van Dijk, who has been a revelation in defence for the Reds since his world-record £75m move from Southampton last January. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion SORRY REVEALED Arjen Robben believes Liverpool are the favourites to win the Champions League this season scrap 2last_img read more

December 25, 2019 0

New beach wheelchair for Downings Beach

first_imgOn Friday 12 May Donegal County Council will unveil a new beach wheelchair for use at Downings beach.  This wheelchair has been kindly sponsored by Strabane based company Meritcom.Cathaoirleach Cllr Terence Slowey has thanked Meritcom for kindly sponsoring this new wheelchair which will allow people with a disability the opportunity to enjoy the splendour of Downings beach.“On a day like today we realise how wonderful our beaches are in Donegal and what a joy it is to be able to go and visit our beaches and spend quality time with our friends and family.  This is not always so easy for people with a disability.  This wheelchair will be a great facility to have at any beach and I am sure it will make a great difference to those who need to use it.  I would like to sincerely thank Meritcom for their generosity in sponsoring this beach wheelchair”. Martin Donnelly CEO with Meritcom is delighted to be sponsoring this beach wheelchair saying “Meritcom are proud to be involved in the sponsorship of this fantastic resource for Downing’s beach. Our employees are regular users of the beach and we look forward to seeing the wheelchair being used so that everyone can enjoy this beautiful location.”The launch of this new beach wheelchair is part of the Councils initiative to improve beach access for visitors of all abilities. Thirteen beaches along our coast are now fully wheelchair accessible and work is continuing on more beaches.This beach wheelchair will be available for use by appointment and will be stored locally by Jaws a local watersports company based in Downings.  You can book this wheelchair by contacting Jamie Bassett on (087) 1808 140.The official unveiling will take place on Friday 12 May at 7.30pm at Downings beach car park. New beach wheelchair for Downings Beach was last modified: May 8th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

December 22, 2019 0