‘No Law Bans Political Parties from Violating NEC’s Threshold’

first_imgSupreme Court Justices– Supreme Court reserves ruling in 10 political parties’ disqualification claimsAn argument on Thursday over whether or not 11 registered political parties should be disqualified from contesting the October 10 presidential and legislative elections for violating the new elections threshold law turned sour for former Justice Minister Lavela Korbo Johnson, who pushed for the action against the parties.The argument at the Supreme Court resulted from a complaint filed by Johnson’s lawyer, Amara Sheriff, against the National Elections Commission (NEC), contending that the electoral body was in violation of Chapter 4 Section 4.5 (1a) of the amended Elections Law to have qualified the political parties. The court on Thursday reserved its judgment on the matter.Section (1-a) provides that “The list of candidates sent by a political party to the commission for an election must include a candidate for at least half of all the (73) constituencies in the election.” Meaning, the party should have at least a threshold of 37 candidates; a requirement, Sheriff argued, they did not meet. The NEC withdrew from the legal argument, although they had earlier denied Johnson’s  complaint to the NEC. Johnson is not contesting any position in the upcoming election. Their withdrawal left the political parties to defend themselves at Thursday’s deliberations.During the hearing, the five judges were eager to know from Sheriff whether the law called for the banning of political parties that do not meet the threshold – a question that Johnson’s lawyer could not answer. Sheriff’s non-compliant posture prompted one of the justices, Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, to say, “There is no law that bans political parties that violate Section 4.5 (1a).” Justice Ja’neh asked Sheriff, “Can you show me the law?” But again, Sheriff could not  answer the Justice.Earlier, Cllr. Sheriff had argued that the new law sets a threshold that must be executed by the NEC, saying: “When a party does not meet the threshold it is the mandate of the law that NEC does not qualify such a party for an election because doing so would amount to making a new law, which authority the NEC does not possess.”Sheriff named the parties as Change Democratic Party (CDP) – 14 candidates; Liberia National Union (LINU) – 25 candidates; True Whig Party (TWP) – 30 candidates; Victory for Change; and Vision For Liberia Transformation (VOLT). Others are Grass Root Democratic Party (GDPL) – 27 candidates; Liberia for Prosperity Party (LFP) – 2 candidates; Redemption Democratic Congress (RDC) – 13 candidates; New Liberia Party (NLP) – 5 candidates; and the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC).Meanwhile, NEC’s hearing officers denied the complaint and only managed to impose a fine of US$500 against the parties. In counterargument before the NEC’s decision, two of the 11 political parties, Change Democratic Party (CDP) and the Grand Old True Whig Party, asked for the dismissal of the complaint, because they (parties) are in full compliance with the new elections law. The CDP also argued that the law only requires political parties to submit at least 36.5 candidates to contest in half of the constituencies during the ensuing elections to the NEC, a “provision which the CDP has adhered to and fully obeyed.”The True Whig Party, meanwhile, has complied with the new elections law, and have sent a total of 42 candidates to the NEC to be vetted consistent with the commission’s own guidelines to qualify contestants in the October elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ivan Juric tips Bessa and Cristian Romero for great things

first_imgGenoa football head coach Ivan Juric believes he can see many positivities from Genoa’s 2-2 draw with Udinese, stating that Daniel Bessa and Cristian Romero are for great things.Rodrigo De Paul cleared up for Kevin Lasagna and scored the second goal with a fantastic curler while the Grifone were twice in front at Marassi.“I saw a good team for long periods and we deserved to be more than 1-0 up at half-time, as Udinese didn’t have a shot on goal,” the Coach told Sky Sports Italia via Football Italia.“There are many positives to take from this match. It’s a positive result, considering we were down to 10 men at the end. We know De Paul is dangerous from that distance, so we shouldn’t have let him take the shot in all that space.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I’ve known Daniel Bessa since he was in the youth team, he has everything it takes to become a great player. He hit the post today and won the penalty, so the future depends on him. He can either keep growing or rest on his laurels.“Cristian Romero was playing with the youth team three weeks ago. I know he’ll make mistakes, but he’ll learn to be more careful now when he’s on a yellow card.”last_img read more

Dr Jennifer Campbell discusses her goals for San Diegos District 2

first_img December 16, 2018 Dr. Jennifer Campbell discusses her goals for San Diego’s District 2 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego’s District 2 has a new City Council member.Dr. Jennifer Campbell joined us Sunday morning on Good Morning San Diego to talk about her goals and priorities for the district. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Gake Woods Complete Research Projects At Worcester Polytechnic Institute

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — Two Wilmington students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) recently completed intense, hands-on research projects.Matthew Woods, a member of the class of 2020 majoring in mechanical engineering, was a member of a student team that completed a project in Massachusetts. The project was titled Habitat for Humanity: Cultural Assessment of Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester ReStores. In their project summary, the students wrote, “In the course of undertaking participant and non-participant observation as well as competitive benchmarking, we were able to discern that the problem is not the donation process, but breakdowns within the organization.”Michael Gake, a member of the class of 2020 majoring in industrial engineering and professional writing, was a member of a student team that completed a project in Nantucket. The project was titled Waste Characterization: Study & Outreach on Nantucket. In their project summary, the students wrote, “This project developed a waste characterization process for the Department of Public Works that was then conducted to collect data about the waste stream.”At WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to addresses an important societal need or issue. About two-thirds of students complete a project at one of the university’s 50-plus off-campus project centers, which are located around the world. A signature element of the innovative undergraduate experience at WPI, the project-based curriculum offers students the opportunity to apply their scientific and technical knowledge to develop thoughtful solutions to real problems that affect the quality of people’s lives-and make a difference before they graduate.“The WPI project-based curriculum brings students out of the classroom and their comfort zones and into the global community to apply their knowledge to solve real problems,” said Professor Kent Rissmiller, interim dean of WPI’s Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division. “Students are immersed in a new setting, solving open-ended problems and working with people of different backgrounds-all valuable perspectives for surviving and thriving in today’s global marketplace. They also learn the meaning and magic of teamwork; make a real and meaningful difference in their host community; and gain a competitive edge for any resume, or graduate or professional school application.”About Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWPI, a global leader in project-based learning, is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865 on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems. Recognized by the National Academy of Engineering with the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, WPI’s pioneering project-based curriculum engages undergraduates in solving important scientific, technological, and societal problems throughout their education and at more than 50 project centers around the world. WPI offers more than 50 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs across 14 academic departments in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Its faculty and students pursue groundbreaking research to meet ongoing challenges in health and biotechnology; robotics and the internet of things; advanced materials and manufacturing; cyber, data, and security systems; learning science; and more.(NOTE: The above announcement is from WPI via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email [email protected] this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Bridget Sullivan Completes Research Project In Moscow With WPIIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”last_img read more

Reliance to acquire Sistemas Indian telecom business

first_imgTriggering a significant consolidation in telecom business in the country, industrialist Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications on Monday announced a major accord to acquire the Indian business of Russia’s Sistema, which is operating under the ‘MTS’ brand, in a unique stock-cum-spectrum-fee payment deal.The deal first calls for a demerger of the telecom business of the Russian group’s Indian entity Sistema Shyam TeleServices, and then the acquisition of the demerged entity by Reliance Communications. Prior to that, Sistema Shyam TeleServices will pay off its existing debt. It will then get 10 percent stake in Reliance Communications post-merger, the two companies said.”In addition, Reliance Communications will assume the liability to pay the Department of Telecom instalments for Sistema Shyam’s spectrum, amounting to Rs.392 crore per annum for the next 10 years,” the companies added.Sistema Shyam Teleservices is an arm of Sistema — a publicly-traded, holding company in Russia. It also owns the MTS brand.For Reliance, the deal means an addition of 9 million customers and around Rs.1500 crore in annual revenues. This will also extend the validity of Reliance Communications spectrum in the 800 MHz and 850 MHz band in eight important circles by a period of 12 years from 2021 till 2033.The development must also be read against the backdrop of chairman Anil Ambani’s recent announcement that his company will partner with elder brother, Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance Jio.”The combination of our wireless businesses, through the demerger of Sistema Shyam Teleservices wireless business into RCOM for stock consideration, will generate significant capex and opex synergies for mutual benefit,” said Gurdeep Singh, president and chief executive for consumer business with Reliance Communications, reacting to Monday’s deal.”The merger is a milestone event. The combination of two leading data service providers is a clear sign of progress for the Indian telecom industry,” added Mikhail Shamolin, president and chief executive of Sistema.last_img read more

Order Monday on whether to wind up scamhit Destiny

first_imgThe Supreme Court will deliver its order Monday on an appeal against a High Court notice asking the authorities concerned to explain to why directives should not be given to wind up Destiny 2000 Ltd.A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, fixed the date after completing hearing of the appeal filed by Destiny 2000 Ltd on Sunday.Barrister Rokon Uddin Mahmud stood for the petitioners while advocate AKM Badruddoza represented the Office of the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms.On 15 May, the High Court issued the notice. Later on 21 May, the chamber judge stayed the HC order and fixed 27 May to hear the appeal in a full bench.In the notice, the HC bench of justice MR Hasan wanted to know why a petition filed by the multi-level marketing company seeking pardon for delay in arranging annual general meetings (AGM) should not be considered as one to wind up the company.According to the law, if any company fails to hold its AGM in a year, the court can pass any order.On 31 July 2012, the anti-graft watchdog filed the two money laundering cases against Destiny 2000 chairman and the Destiny Group’s managing director and 20 others on charge of misappropriating investors’ money amounting to Tk 32.85 billion.ACC deputy director Mozahar Ali Sarder filed a case with Kalabagan police station against 12 officials of Destiny 2000, including its chairman and managing director, under the Money Laundering Act 2012 for allegedly misappropriating over Tk 21.06 billion from the Destiny Tree Plantation Limited (DTPL).last_img read more

Trump Putin agree no military solution in Syria

first_imgThe United States and Russia issued a presidential joint statement saying there was “no military solution” to the war in Syria, the Kremlin said Saturday, after their leaders met briefly on the sidelines of a regional summit in Vietnam.There had been mixed messages for days from both Moscow and the White House on whether president Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin would hold face-to-face discussions during the APEC summit in Danang.The pair were seen sharing cordial handshakes and brief conversations three times during the summit but there were no sit-down talks between the two.In a statement published on its website, the Kremlin said the two presidents had made progress on Syria, which has been battered by six years of civil war.The US and Russia have backed competing factions in the bloody conflict and agreement between them on the next steps towards peace is rare.“The presidents agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria,” the statement said, adding that the two sides “confirmed their determination to defeat ISIS”-an alternative name for the Islamic State jihadist group.The statement also added that the two sides had agreed to keep military channels open to avoid potential clashes over Syria and urged the warring sides to participate in UN-led peace talks in Geneva.The publication of the statement on the Kremlin’s website took reporters travelling with Trump by surprise and there was no immediate response from the White House.Russia has run a major bombing campaign in Syria since 2015 when it stepped in to support President Bashar al-Assad’s fight against rebels-some of them US-backed-tipping the conflict in his favour.The Russian military has recently accused the United States of merely “pretending” to fight IS in Iraq and of hindering the Russian-backed offensive in eastern Syria.But the Kremlin said Saturday’s joint statement “expressed satisfaction” with efforts to prevent incidents between their respective forces in Syria.Mixed messagesTrump’s relationship with Moscow has haunted the first year of his presidency, with key former aides under a US investigation for alleged collaboration with the Kremlin.Putin and Trump last held face-to-face talks at a G20 summit earlier in the year and there was intense speculation over whether they would so do again in Danang.But overly amicable talks between Trump and Putin in Vietnam risked being an awkward sell for the White House as it vigorously denies any undue links with the Kremlin.Earlier in the week Trump had said he was keen to meet Putin, seeking support in confronting North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme.The Kremlin also said a meeting was planned for Friday.But his aides publically cooled expectations before Trump’s arrival at the summit, to the annoyance of Moscow’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov who slammed White House “pen pushers” for sending out mixed messages.Relations between Moscow and Washington have plummeted as the US probe has accused Trump’s former campaign aides of secretly meeting Kremlin-connected officials-a charge Russia denies.His former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an associate are under house arrest on charges including conspiracy to launder money, linked to the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller into allegations that the campaign colluded with Russia.Russia has denied allegations of interfering in the US election last year that brought Trump to power.last_img read more

US steps up threat to quit UNHRC

first_img.The United States warned Friday that it was losing patience and again threatened to quit the UN Human Rights Council after the Geneva-based body adopted five resolutions condemning Israel.US ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement that the council was “grossly biased against Israel,” noting that it had adopted only three resolutions separately targeting North Korea, Iran and Syria.”When the Human Rights Council treats Israel worse than North Korea, Iran, and Syria, it is the council itself that is foolish and unworthy of its name,” said Haley.”Our patience is not unlimited. Today’s actions make clear that the organization lacks the credibility needed to be a true advocate for human rights,” she said.Haley has over the past year repeatedly warned that the United States was ready to walk away from the 47-member body established in 2006 to promote and protect human rights worldwide.The five resolutions were presented by the countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation under the council’s “agenda item 7” which concerns Israel.Israel is the only country that has a dedicated agenda item at the council, a mechanism that the United States and some European countries view as inappropriate.The latest threat to quit the council came after President Donald Trump appointed UN-skeptic John Bolton as his national security adviser.Since Trump took over at the White House, the United States has quit the UN cultural agency UNESCO, cut UN funding and announced plans to quit the UN-backed Paris climate agreement.last_img read more

Mister Rogers Jewish neighborhood

first_img Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Report: US Jews of color overlooked and undercounted Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Menachem Wecker,Add Comment Click here to post a comment News We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 By: Menachem Wecker Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email TagsFred Rogers homepage featured Jim Judkis Mister Rogers Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Pittsburgh Jewish Community Center Squirrel Hill The Loving Kindness of Fred Rogers WQED,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — In 1978, photographer Jim Judkis got a big break.People magazine asked him to photograph Fred Rogers, the beloved public television host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which was in its 10th year.When he arrived to see Rogers, Judkis was nervous.“You suddenly realize you’re in the presence of a known celebrity. I said, ‘Hello, Mister Rogers,’” Judkis said. “He smiled and reached out his hand to shake mine. He said, ‘Please call me Fred.’ It immediately put me at ease. Wow. He’s a normal guy.”Over the next few decades, he photographed Rogers for People, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sunday magazine and Pittsburgh Magazine. Judkis’ most famous photo: an award-winning photograph he took of Rogers smiling as he looks, face-to-face, at a disabled child, who cradles Rogers’ face in his hands.Fred Rogers meets with a boy who has a disability in the film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” a Focus Features release. Photo by Jim Judkis via Focus FeaturesWhen the show went off the air, Judkis put the negatives of his photos of Rogers into storage and forgot about them.His photos are now out of storage and on display at the Pittsburgh Jewish Community Center. Sixty of them appear in “The Loving Kindness of Fred Rogers” at the JCC through July 30.The impetus for the display came three years ago, when producers making the HBO documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” called Judkis and other Pittsburgh photographers, asking if they had any photos of Rogers.Judkis said he’d look. But he wasn’t very excited. Rogers had died in 2003 and he didn’t know how much interest the documentary might generate. And didn’t really want to spend time sifting through his disorderly files of negatives.But he eventually took a look.“I realized: Whoa. I have a lot of images here,” he said of the three different photo shoots, with hundreds of negatives, he’d taken of Rogers. “Two hundred were pretty interesting and relatively different from each other.”Even after the HBO producers had selected what they wanted, Judkis figured he had enough to exhibit.In one photograph in the exhibit, Rogers sits on a floral-patterned couch in his WQED office with a notepad on his crossed legs. Rogers holds his glasses in his left hand, which also supports his head, while he writes with his right.Over his right shoulder is a framed artwork bearing the Hebrew quote that is half of Song of Songs 6:3: “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.”Judkis doesn’t know anything specific about the artwork.“I didn’t have a clue what that said and meant,” he said. “I took the picture, because I saw it.”Rogers, a Presbyterian minister, never talked about religion with Judkis, who wouldn’t have known that Rogers was ordained if he hadn’t been told or read it somewhere. He did know that Rogers knew Greek, though, and another photograph in the JCC exhibit shows Rogers sitting beside a card table bearing the very thick book “The Jerome Biblical Commentary.”“He was a very, very scholarly individual. People think television, how intellectual is that? But he was many, many things,” Judkis said.That a Jewish community center would focus on the Presbyterian minister, and that the latter would have a Hebrew quote on his office wall, may come as a surprise.But Judkis records in the catalog that he felt a “sacred space” seemed to surround Rogers’ love for and interactions with every child he met.Ron Symons, a Reform rabbi and senior director of Jewish life at the Pittsburgh JCC, says he was raised on Mister Rogers and his puppets.The rabbi’s subsequent interest in midrash, often narrative-based rabbinic teachings, is “a direct result of those early days I spent sitting at the feet of Mister Rogers,” he wrote in the catalog for the exhibit.The story, to Symons, has come full circle.He works at the JCC, which is in the heart of the Squirrel Hill neighborhood “just 100 yards from the Sixth Presbyterian Church where Fred Rogers, a congregant there, learned about love of neighbor,” he wrote.“And my desk faces due east: the same direction of Mister Rogers’ pew.”Judkis said he’d recently spoken to the curator for the exhibit, who said the photos have been an encouragement to people in the community. The center is in the same neighborhood as the Tree of Life, site of a deadly attack last fall.“The curator was telling people how these photos have uplifted the people walking through the Jewish Community Center, because they are sort of in PTSD mode and have been for a while,” Judkis said.Judkis added that the show and the book include what he calls “off images.”The “off images,” some of which are abstract or off-kilter, include the book’s cover image, which shows Rogers with his eyes closed.“It’s an off picture, and I like that it’s included,” he said.Judkis said the inspiration for including imperfect images came from Persian rugs — which sometimes include intentional flaws for religious reasons.“One knot is wrong, because only God can make something perfect,” he said. By: Menachem Weckercenter_img As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Menachem Wecker Catholicism By: Menachem Wecker Share This! 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