‘Affirmative Action Bill Unconstitutional’

first_imgA Montserrado County representative aspirant, Fubbi Henries, says the Affirmative Action Bill that seeks to allot 21 legislative seats to women, youths and people with disabilities contravenes the Constitution of Liberia and does not seek to represent the interests of a vast majority of Liberians.He argues that the Constitution provides equal opportunity for all without discriminating against any sector of the Liberian society, thereby opening the corridor for all Liberians to vie for any position in the public or private sector.Chapter II Article 8 of the Liberian Constitution states: “The Republic shall direct its policy towards ensuring for all citizens, without discrimination, opportunities for employment and livelihood under just and humane conditions, and towards promoting safety, health and welfare facilities in employment.”Article 18 also says, “All Liberian citizens shall have equal opportunity for work and employment regardless of sex, creed, religion, ethnic background, place of origin or political affiliation, and all shall be entitled to equal pay for equal work.”Addressing a news conference recently in Paynesville, Mr. Henries said the decision to allot seats to the groups concerned should be made through a national referendum.He said any decision to allot seats as called for by the Affirmative Action Bill will affect Liberians because at the end, they will pay about US$3 million in taxes.He noted that in order to help the people the Affirmative Action Bill which is earmarked positions in the government should instead invest funds into job skills and other training programs that will develop and prepare the physically challenged, youth and women for the job market in the private sector.He maintained that positions created by the Bill will only benefit 21 persons among the millions of people in the country.According to the representative aspirant, about US$100,000 is needed annually to fight breast cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases, and creating additional legislative positions will counteract these viable concerns.Mr. Henries further indicated that the crafter of the Bill, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, has a record of not supporting female candidates.According to him, Senator Taylor did not support President Sirleaf in 2005 and 2011, which he said is “paradoxical” to her advocacy for allotment of seats to women.Instead of giving attention to the Affirmative Action Bill, Henries recommended that lawmakers pass the Pension Bill to create improvements in the labor sector.He urged President Sirleaf and the House of Representatives to critically assess the Bill and put the right things in perspective, noting that a Bill must benefit the country and its people and not a privileged few.About two months ago the Senate passed an Affirmative Action Bill championed by Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor.The Bill, among others, seeks to set aside 21 legislative seats for women, youths and people with disabilities in addition to the existing 73 seats. Of the 21 seats, 15 are set aside for women and three for youths, with one to be occupied by a woman, and another three for the physically challenged, one of whom should be occupied by a woman.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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Bans to be lifted

first_imgTravelers will soon be able to play games, read electronic books and watch videos on their electronic devices throughout the entire flight — not just above 10,000ft – according to a new directive from the US regulator.However the Federal Aviation Administration will not allow the use of mobile phones unless the plane is fitted with a pico cell or receiving station.The ruling follows months of consultation with aviation experts but doubts still remain within the industry.It means passengers can read e-books, play electronic games and watch videos during virtually all phases of flight. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says there will only be “very limited exceptions” – such as very low-visibility landings – to the new gate-to-gate policy.The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will still forbid cell phone calls in-flight. That doesn’t change. If your video content is on your smartphone, the device will have to be switched to airplane mode. If the airline on which you’re flying (that means most of them in the U.S.) offers W-Fi, you can use it.Here’s the reason for the move at this time: the Portable Electronic Device Aviation Rulemaking Committee, the ARC, concludes most commercial aircraft can tolerate radio interference generated by PEDs. In a recent report they recommended FAA provide carriers with new procedures so the agency can determine whether their aircraft can handle that radio interference. Once an airline verifies it can, flyers can use the devices gate-to-gate.Low-fare, high-touch JetBlue wants to be the first airline to permit passengers to use PEDs in this fashion. It’s already filed with FAA for the go-ahead. Says JetBlue Chief Commercial Officer Robin Hayes, “The rules have caught up with technology.”But some concerns linger.Pilots have reported a number of cases of suspected electronic interference from passenger’s devices.According to a survey from the International Air Transport Association there were 79 instances of electronic interference between 2003 and 2009.Of those 29 related to mobile phones.Although very rare given the number of flights each year – 36.5 million – reports do suggest that interference can impact every aircraft system.Airlines in the US will now be asked by the FAA to prepare strategies for the implementation of the lifting of the ban below 10,000ft.Delta Air Lines and JetBlue have already announced that they have filed plans with the FAA.Airlines however will also have to demonstrate that their planes can tolerate electronic interference.But the FAA cautioned that “in some instances of low visibility – about one per cent of flights – some landing systems may not be proved PED tolerant, so you may be asked to turn off your device.”The Air Line Pilots Association is cautious.“We remain concerned that relying on passengers to selectively turn off their devices in areas of extremely poor weather is not a practical solution.”In Australia the Civil Aviation safety Authority said it would examine the US decision.last_img read more

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Govt, mining companies to partner on improved housing

first_img14 August 2014 The government is to partner with the mining industry to further improve the housing and living conditions of mine workers in the country, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe announced on Wednesday. Addressing the third annual Mining Lekgotla gala dinner at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, Radebe commended the mining sector for working with the government to convert single-sex miners’ hostels into family units. “We believe that this work should be continued with a clear vision of making these family units even more liveable and homely,” Radebe said, adding that mining, as a key economic driver in South Africa, should result in the creation of sustainable communities. “It is envisaged that government will drive the process of improving living conditions for mine workers, with financial support from mining houses.” He also challenged professionals in the mining sector to consider teaching mathematics and science to disadvantaged communities as part of their overall contributions to the development of mining communities. Radebe said the government would also be developing a mining industry initiative as part of Operation Phakisa, the recently launched South African version of the “Big Fast Results” methodology successfully applied by Malaysia, which aims to fast-track the delivery of priorities outlined in the National Development Plan. “We will be planning this Operation Phakisa [initiative] in consultation with all the key stakeholders, including the Chamber of Mines and organised labour.” Mining, Radebe said, remained key to South Africa’s economic growth, with an estimated total contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), including indirect and multiplier impacts and sectors that rely on mining activities, ranging between 15% and 18%. “It remains a critical source of investment. As a proportion of total gross fixed capital formation, mining’s share was at 12% in 2012,” he said, adding that mining commodities accounted for 46% of exports in the fourth quarter of 2013, while downstream mineral-related manufacturing exports account for another 14%. Radebe said the role of mining had been clearly defined in the recently released Medium Term Strategic Framework, the document that will guide the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) over the next five years. “The NDP [National Development Plan] envisages a vibrant economy, which still has the mining sector playing a crucial role. This includes exports and foreign direct investment, production of commodities for energy and/or manufacturing, beneficiation and procurement.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Hockey World Cup 2018: Harendra Singh under scanner again

first_imgAfter the debacle at the Asian Games, where India lost to Malaysia in the semi-finals, Hockey India decided not to act harsh and gave coach Harendra Singh time till the World Cup.On Thursday, when the team lost 1-2 in the quarter-finals to Holland in Bhubaneswar, it reminded one of how much more needs to be done. Having missed direct qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the pressure is on India to make the cut through qualifiers in 2019.Based on the performance in the FIH World Cup, there was nothing too exciting. A draw with Belgium and defeating South Africa and Canada may have looked nice but the big test was to get past the quarter-final stage.Agreed, in terms of fitness and speed the talented Indian side has made huge improvement. The problem areas pertain to lack of ideas when one plan fails and the second plan doesn’t seem to exist. That happened against Holland.And this is where the role of the coach comes under the scanner. Mail Today has learnt Harendra Singh’s coaching limitations have come to the fore. At least, this is how the national federation views it. What steps they take from here onwards will be interesting to watch.The grapevine says continuing solely with Harendra after this may be unlikely and the need for a foreign coach is pronounced. Then again, after the loss to Holland, Harendra’s outburst against the umpiring was unwarranted. These days, when umpires are under the scanner in a big way, “bad umpiring” is something that is very difficult to prove.advertisementThe Indian coach’s comments have ruffled the elite umpires and their manager in Bhubaneswar and how they deal with it will be known in the coming days.After the Asian Games, Hockey India was not inclined to changing the coaching staff as time was short. This time around, it’s very likely applications will be invited from abroad as well and the screening process will be speeded up.In Bhubaneshwar, Harendra was given full command. There was no interference and high-performance director David John stayed put in the Capital as he had “work to attend.”The days after the World Cup final will be interesting as Hockey India is concerned that in the qualification process for the Tokyo Olympics, there can be no glitch. “Personal egos will have to be left aside and the best coach has to be handed over the men’s team,” is now the feeling.Also See:last_img read more

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Sheriffs Department encourages parents to talk to their teens during National Teen

first_img Posted: October 23, 2018 October 23, 2018 Jonathan Halvorson Jonathan Halvorson, Sheriff’s Department encourages parents to talk to their teens during National Teen Driver Safety Week 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) –  National Teen Driving Safety Week is October 21st through the 27th and The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department wants to make sure teens are safe when they get behind the wheel.Lieutenant Anthony O’Boyle discussed a free class the sheriff’s department offers designed for new drivers and their parents to teach them about their responsibilities while behind the wheel.For a list of classes near you, visit: https://www.sdsheriff.net/co_startsmart.html. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Increasing road accidents a setback for progress

first_img.Road accidents claim nine to 20 lives every day in the country but the government has no updated figures to address the situation.A total of 3,079 people were killed in road crashes in the past one year, says a report compiled by Prothom Alo.Statistics produced by several private organisations show the number of the victims of road accidents increased recently, compared to the figures shown in official reports.The government has fixed a target of reducing deaths in road accidents to half from the current level in line with the UN objectives, said Moazzem Hossain, director of road accident research institute at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.It’s not clear how such goal will be attained when there is no accurate figure of deaths from road accidents, he pointed out.A total of 7,397 people lost lives in road accidents, meaning 20 such death per day, in 2017, according to Bangladesh Passengers’ Welfare Association. Nirapad Sarak Chai (We Demand Safe Road) put the figure at 5,645 or 15 deaths per day.The Bangladesh Police is yet to publish the report on the number of victims of road accidents in the past year.However, the police reports on the road crashes in the previous years show the average number of deaths in a range between 2,000 and 2,500.Moazzem Hossain regretted that most of the persons who died of road accidents were younger ones and earning members of the families.Unfortunately, such losses would be equal to 2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) of the country. There is no scope to urgently address this as its a national loss in all respect, he added.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.last_img read more

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Adventure Playgrounds Put Kids In Charge Of How They Play And Create

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The Parish SchoolChildren play at the adventure playground at The Parish School in the Spring Branch area of Houston. Xcenter_img Share The term adventure playground might be an unfamiliar one for most Americans, considering that there are only six active playgrounds of this type in the United States, including one in Houston.Adventure playgrounds are part of a practice known as playwork, which has roots in the United Kingdom and aims to give children freedom and self-direction over the way that they play.While a typical playground you might see at a school has equipment designed for specific uses — like a swing set or a seesaw — adventure playgrounds are designed to be as free form as possible. They will instead have loose parts, structures, tools, and supplies with no specific purpose in mind. The kids get to decide what to do with it all. And educators simply help facilitate those plans and inspect the materials for safety.Bayou City PlayA boy poses with the robot he made out of various materials at a Bayou City Play event in 2017.One such adventure playground can be found at The Parish School in the Spring Branch neighborhood of Houston. And it will be the site of the Playwork Campference 2019, a conference on playwork where practitioners from the around the world will camp out and discuss the topic. It’s hosted by the local playwork groups Pop-Up Adventure Play and Bayou City Play.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn visits the playground and talks with Jill Wood, the school’s director of adventure play, as well as some of the kids making use of the playground.– / 4 00:00 /11:24last_img read more

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Outsiders reaping benefits of Bengals health schemes

first_imgKolkata: Thousands of people from neighbouring states are getting benefits of various health schemes initiated by the Bengal government.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dream projects of providing free-of-cost health services in all state-run hospitals and medical colleges, have already become a great success with a large number of people availing free treatment at the hospitals. Now, it has been found that many patients from neighbouring states and countries are also benefitting from the health schemes.The success of the project has gone to the extent where a large number of people are coming to the city to undergo critical surgeries at various hospitals, thereby availing the benefits of the health schemes started by the Mamata Banerjee government. According to a senior Health department official, people from outside the state are reaping the benefits of the projects and many of these patients are undergoing critical surgeries at various state-run medical colleges in the city, free-of-cost.A sizeable number of patients are from Bangladesh. In most of the cases, the state Health department is clueless about the whereabouts of these patients coming from outside, as they show themselves to be local residents. After the disease is cured, the patients go back to their respective native places. This in turn is creating a pressure on the state government.”We cannot stop a patient from outside from being treated at a government hospital free-of-cost, only because he/she is not a resident of the state. Thus, many outside patients are found to be getting the benefits of various health schemes of the state,” a senior official of the Health department said.It has been found that in many cases, the patients mention the address of their local relatives, where they stay during their visit to the state. Most of these outside patients are from Jharkhand and Bihar, among other states. A large number of people from Bangladesh and Nepal also visit the hospitals.last_img read more

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NDA destroying key institutions TMC to save country Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday slammed the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for allegedly destroying key Indian institutions such as the CBI and the RBI. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) could play a vital role in saving the country from such destructions, the party supremo said. “They (the NDA government) are destroying institutions. They are trying to change the way the RBI and the CBI function. The party that has made ‘building statues’ its poll agenda will itself become a statue after the coming Lok Sabha election,” she told a party meeting here. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Banerjee, who gave a call for a mega rally at the Brigade Parade Ground here in January, said the saffron party is only interested in creating communal divisions by updating National Register of Citizens (NRC). “The TMC will not tolerate such exercises. The party will play a bigger role in the coming days to save the country from the BJP,” she asserted. The CM also said that she would invite all opposition leaders to the TMC rally in January and put up a united fight against the BJP. “BJP hatao, desh bachao will be our slogan at the rally,” she stated. Referring to the BJP’s scheduled ‘rath yatra’ in the state next month, Banerjee said, “The saffron party is organising a political ‘yatra’. Our workers, on the other hand, will organise ‘ekta yatra’, aimed at uniting all communities.”last_img read more

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