‘Legislators Have the Right to Protect the Constitution’

first_imgJudge Boima Kontoe accused of delaying Weeks, Sirleaf and others released on bond -Ad Hoc Justice Boima KontoeJudge Boima Kontoe, the ad hoc Justice appointed by President George Weah to cast a decisive vote on the granting or rejection of the Writ of Prohibition prayed for by suspended Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, yesterday said at the opening of Criminal Court A, B, C, D and E, in the presence of Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, that the Legislature is clothed with the right to protect the Constitution.Ja’neh’s writ sought the intervention of the Supreme Court, to which Kontoe was appointed to fill the vacancy created as a result of Ja’neh’s recusal from hearing of his request to prevent him from being impeached by the majority members of the House of Representatives.Earlier, the four remaining members of the Bench arrived at a split decision on the matter. The nomination of an ad hoc justice, therefore, became necessary to meet the quorum required for the full bench.Delivering his charge at the opening of the November Term of Criminal Courts (A,B, C, D and E) at the Temple of Justice, Kontoe, however, did not make any specific reference to the Ja’neh case, but said the Constitution has invested in the Legislature the power to make and pass laws.Kontoe, who spoke on the topic, “The Constitution of Liberia Is the Bedrock of Our National Existence”, said the Legislature has the sole authority to give clarity to the provisions of the Constitution, and that this extended to it the rights, processes and procedures to protecting and securing those rights.The argument of the ad hoc Justice comes amidst contentions by the House of Representatives that Ja’neh has “committed a serious official misconduct by engaging in a wanton and unsavory exercise of his judicial discretion far exceeding the bounds of elementary judicial interpretation of issues simply to satisfy his personal ego.”The lawmakers also want Ja’neh impeached for what they termed as “proved misconduct, gross breach of duty, inability to perform the functions of his office by allegedly allowing justice to be served where it belongs, no matter the status of the party affected.”Kontoe said that the Legislature also has the right to lay out certain procedures of which courts and subordinate courts conducting criminal and civil trial need to follow whenever they are exercising their jurisdiction in the determination of cases that would appear before judges in the country.While explaining about the Legislature’s functions on the importance of the Constitution, Kontoe did not mention anything directly regarding Ja’neh’s writ, despite the fact that he is yet to cast the much talk about decisive vote.He went on to say that the mechanism established by the law enacted by the Legislature “defines the bedrock of our democracy.”Kontoe then lauded Chief Justice Korkpor and the Supreme Court for selecting him as the speaker for the opening of the courts, describing as a “privilege.”Meanwhile, members of the National Trial Judges Association, of which Ja’neh is a part, however, has failed to say anything about the impeachment move for almost four months.Initially, the very association was the same that criticized the Legislature when they were in the process of impeaching three Associate Justices that included Philip A.Z. Banks (retired), Jamesetta Wolokollie and Ja’neh, who ruled on the controversial code of conduct. The lawmakers then accused those justices of violating the Constitution and making the laws instead of interpreting them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prisoner who chopped off handcuffs remanded

first_imgA prisoner who while under arrest at the Stabroek Police Outpost on Thursday last allegedly armed himself with a cutlass and chopped off a pair of handcuffs before making good his escape was on Monday slapped with four charges.Gary Grant of Lot 24 Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and denied the charges.It is alleged that on September 19, 2019 at the Stabroek Market Police Outpost, while being in Police custody on a simple larceny allegation, he escaped.The second charge stated that on September 19, 2019 at the Stabroek Police Outpost, the 41-year-old stole one phone valued $35,000, property of Nadina Maloney. Additionally, it is alleged that on the same day and location, he damaged a wooden door, a bench, and other items valuing $39,000, property of the Guyana Police Force (GPF).He was also charged for behaving in a disorderly manner. In court, on Monday, Grant said, “The Police best go and look for Gary Grant, so he can come and answer these charges and my name is not Gary Grant.”The unrepresented man went on to say, “Me ain’t do nothing; the officer lash me in my head, so I can’t remember nothing. I am Dr Hari patient and I need an evaluation.”Police Prosecutor Annalisa Brummell informed the court that on September 19, the defendant was in custody at the Police Outpost for allegedly stealing a woman’s phone. The court heard that the man was handcuffed to a metal bar attached to a wall inside the structure. After being placed on a bench, he began jumping up and down at the Outpost.The court also heard that the man then armed himself with a cutlass that ranks had secured under the counter, chopped off the handcuffs and ran out of the Outpost.The Prosecutor objected to bail being granted on the grounds that the defendant escaped from custody and the charges attract serious penalties.The Magistrate subsequently remanded Grant. The case will continue on October 7, 2019.last_img read more

Jones banned for two European games for insults

first_imgHis fellow United defender Daley Blind was also fined 5,000 euros for “violation and non-compliance” with an order to report to a doping control “immediately”, UEFA said in a statement.United, who beat Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm to win the Europa League, were also fined 10,000 euros for failing to ensure their players were taken “to the doping control station straight from the pitch as soon as the match is over”.Having won the trophy, United’s players spent some time after the match celebrating their triumph.Both players and the club have the right to appeal0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s English defender Phil Jones has been banned for two European matches and fined 5,000 euros for “insulting and directing abusive language towards the Doping Control Officer” © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jul 31 – Manchester United defender Phil Jones will miss the European Super Cup clash with Real Madrid on August 8 after UEFA banned him for two matches for insulting a doping control officer following May’s Europa League final.Jones has been banned for two European matches and fined 5,000 euros ($5,873) for “insulting and directing abusive language towards the Doping Control Officer” and a “lack of cooperation and respect towards the doping control procedure”.last_img read more

Klopp loses his cool after derby draw

first_img“Our performance was good,” he told Sky Sports.  “I saw only one team playing. I can’t believe the situation with all the challenges.“We were clean and didn’t make any fouls. There is always one nasty one – [Gylfi] Sigurdsson made that. A clear red card.“You see the picture of the penalty. Calvert-Lewin is smart but it is nothing. But it is a penalty and one team can celebrate and we can’t.“I don’t understand why the ref is doing that . I didn’t use one swear word. Only one team is trying over 95 minutes to win it. The other team are not in our box and didn’t have a shot on target bar the penalty.”Klopp also bristled at a reporter’s suggestion that, although the contact was minimal, referee Craig Pawson was correct in awarding the penalty.“Lovren doesn’t make a challenge,” Klopp insisted. “Calvert-Lewin makes a step. The hand is on the back. If you think it is a penalty say so. Does my opinion change anything?“I only want to speak to people with a little bit of understanding about football. I am sorry, I am wrong and you are right. Obviously, I am not in the mood to answer questions.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during their match against Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 25, 2017LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 11- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was in a foul mood after Sunday’s Merseyside derby against Everton ended in a controversial 1-1 draw.Mohamed Salah conjured up some magic to give the Reds a slim advantage, which Wayne Rooney cancelled out from the penalty spot after Dominic Calvert-Lewin was shoved off the ball by Dejan Lovren.last_img read more

WMA warns doctors not to enforce Semenya rules

first_imgThe decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport means that female athletes with elevated testosterone will have to take suppressive treatment if they wish to compete as women in certain events.The IAAF argued that athletes like the two-time Olympic champion had an unfair advantage over others.But World Medical Association chairman Frank Ulrich Montgomery advised doctors to play no part in enforcing the rules during an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.“We do think it is extremely serious if international sports regulations demand physicians to prescribe medication — hormonally active medication — for athletes in order to reduce normal conditions in their body,” he said.In a 2-1 decision, CAS judges dismissed Semenya’s appeal against the measures targeting “hyperandrogenic” athletes — or those with “differences of sexual development” (DSD).They said that although the rules were “discriminatory … such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF’s aim of preserving the integrity of female athletics in the Restricted Events”.Montgomery said that for women with DSD “it is just normal to be androgenic and there is nothing pathological about the situation of this athlete”.“No physician can be forced to administer these drugs, and we definitely urge our colleagues to refrain from giving hormonally active medication to athletes simply because some regulations demand it,” he added.“If physicians do apply these drugs they do break ethical codes.“The basic ethical code of all medical practice is never do harm, and it is doing harm to a perfectly normal body with just a rather high level of testosterone by administering drugs to use this in order to make them eligible for women’s sport under these regulations.”The DSD rules — first adopted last year but suspended pending the legal battle — are due to come into effect on May 8. Semenya is mulling an appeal.Montgomery said the argument that Semenya had an unfair advantage over others didn’t make sense, using the height of some basketball players to make his point.“The next issue would be that we demand basketball players who are taller than 2.25 metres should reduce their height surgically to something else because, of course, they do have an advantage over other basketball players that are somewhat smaller,” he said.“So where is the limit to this? And therefore we say medicine shouldn’t interfere with non-pathological situations simply to enhance sports activities.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Let’s celebrate: Caster Semenya after winning the 800m at the Doha Diamond LeagueSYDNEY, Australia, May 5 – The World Medical Association Sunday urged doctors not to enforce controversial new IAAF gender rules for classifying female athletes, warning that attempts to do so would breach ethical codes.It follows South African runner Caster Semenya last week losing her court challenge against the International Association of Athletic Federations over plans to force some women to regulate their testosterone levels.last_img read more

REMEMBERING 9/11: TRAVEL WRITER STAYING IN RATHMULLAN WRITES ABOUT THAT DAY

first_imgAn American travel writer, Michelle Erdvig, staying at Rathmullan Cottages in September 2001 remembers the horrible news coming through from her home country – as four planes hijacked by terrorists attacked the States.You can read Michelle’s blog here:http://irelandyes.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/a-yank-in-ireland-remembers-september-11-2001/ REMEMBERING 9/11: TRAVEL WRITER STAYING IN RATHMULLAN WRITES ABOUT THAT DAY was last modified: September 11th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

Weather change in store?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – With kids shooting after-school baskets under blue skies at Lee Owens Park in Whittier and a few adults lounging on the grass nearby, rain seemed like a world away Wednesday. But it’s coming, forecasters said. In fact, a low pressure system moving north to south will start drawing up subtropical moisture increasingly today, resulting in a 60 percent chance of rain by Friday morning’s commute. Sprinkles could begin developing after midnight tonight. The rain could last throughout the day Friday, forecasters said. Some Inland Valley areas could get up to a half-inch of rain Friday before the wet stuff begins tapering off Friday night, the National Weather Service said. “This may be the big rain of the season so far,” NWS weather specialist Stuart Seto said, adding that the last half-inch rain for the area came at the end of August. Up to 3 inches of rain could fall in the local mountains Friday, and up to 1 inch could fall on the foothills, Seto said. “It’s going to be a pretty good storm for us,” he added. Skies will clear out Saturday and remain clear Sunday, with temperatures in the mid to upper 60s in Whittier this weekend. From staff reportslast_img read more

GPs TOLD THAT NOWDOC MAY STOP OPERATING BY MARCH 1ST

first_imgDonegal’s much-used NOWDoc service could close as early as March 1st.Donegal Daily has learned that GP surgeries across the county have been contacted and warned the service could close shortly.The service, which offers out-of-hours GP services to needy patients, has been a major success in recent years. Deputy Pearse Doherty recently warned that there was uncertainty over the future of the service which he said was ‘concerning.’It followed a breakdown in talks between the HSE and Caredoc, which runs NowDoc, over funding.It now appears those talks have still not been resolved and the service in its current form could close on March 1st.One of the key issues surrounding these discussions was a request by Caredoc for the HSE to make additional funding available to meet the costs of providing Locum GP cover for the service’s five centres. However, the HSE North West Area has stated that their current budget does not allow for such an allocation to be made.Patients will now be forced to contact ‘on-call’ GPs in the event of an emergency out of hours.A statement issued recently by the HSE said doctors were contractually obliged to answer calls.While welcoming the statement that GPs will continue to attend patients out-of-hours, Deputy Doherty said previously that he was concerned about people in rural parts of Donegal.“I am concerned about where this leaves us in relation to night time Out-of-Hour GP care, particularly for people in remote rural areas of the County who should happen to become ill during the night – this could have negative implications for them.” “Of course, GPs are contractually obliged to provide an Out-of-Hours service; the HSE has confirmed in a statement that it has, ‘continued its discussions and engagement with the North West GP representatives to ensure that the Out of Hours GP service continues to be provided to patients in the North West Area, in a safe and efficient manner’ – I of course welcome this announcement by the HSE.”“However, it is crucial that the future shape of the service is neither diminished nor reduced; I would therefore urge the HSE not to allow any dilution of this service irrespective of the present challenges it faces.”GPs TOLD THAT NOWDOC MAY STOP OPERATING BY MARCH 1ST was last modified: February 19th, 2015 by StephenShare 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

The 10 Time Management Strategies You Need to Implement Now

first_imgI have spent much time studying time management, or something I often refer to as Me Management since you can’t control time, but you can control what you do between the ticks of the clock. Here are ten strategies that, when implemented, are guaranteed to improve your productivity.Calibrate Your Priorities: There is nothing more critical to effective time management than determining your priorities. If you are going to be productive with time, you need to know what you want in every area of your life, something I call Achievement by Design. Because you have one life, you should design what you want from it. It’s too easy to get wrapped up in tasks that are not related to your priorities, so get clear on what’s most important first.Determine Your Outcomes: One of the reasons so many people struggle with time management is that they have a task list, or a to-do list if you like that better. The most productive people have these lists too, but they are focused on the outcomes of the tasks, not the tasks themselves. Let’s say you want to increase the sales of your business by $1,000,000. That growth will likely require many to-dos, and those tasks will probably change over time. Let me give you a straightforward example. You might have a task that reads, “Go to dinner with significant other.” The outcome might be “deepen the relationship with significant other,” a result you can achieve regardless of where you eat dinner.Treat Everything Like a Project: One way to improve your time management is to treat everything as a project. A project will likely have several tasks, it will take some time, and you will probably have helpful resources available to you. When you treat important outcomes as a project, you spend time planning your actions, and you schedule a time to complete the necessary tasks, turning a list of tasks into something more substantial.Establish Routines: In interviewing dozens of writers, they universally shared the routine of rising very early and producing pages first thing in the morning. They all suggest this routine was an essential part of their process. Whether your routine is to work immediately upon waking (my method) or go for a run or a workout, the discipline will improve your time management. You might have a morning routine, an afternoon routine, a weekly review routine, or a routine for reviewing your priorities.Draw Boundaries: When you say “yes” to small things, you are saying “no” to bigger things. It is challenging to manage your time when you don’t have boundaries. Some people want your time and attention at work, and many times, their needs are real. Without borders, you will never be able to protect the time you need for your priorities. You will no doubt be asked to help with projects, some of which will be interesting to you. However, when you agree to chair a committee, you are saying no to the things that are more important to you. Saying “no” is a powerful and necessary strategy, if you want to manage your time better.Schedule Weeks and Days: Minutes turn into hours, hours into days, days into weeks, and weeks into months. It is easy to fritter away your time when you haven’t determined beforehand what you are going to do with it. Once you know your priorities, you can schedule your days and weeks, starting each day with a solid plan to make progress on the few important things. When you begin to work, you won’t waste any time deciding what you need to do.Give Your Priorities Your Focus: Even though you have a schedule, you have limited attention and focus. You have some times of the day where your focus and your will power is stronger (for me, it is the first thing in the morning). You want to give your best energy to your most important priorities. Refuse to give those power hours to things like your email or social media sites. Instead, do the few things that move you closer to the outcomes you need to produce.Aggregate Tasks: Some tasks are necessary, like responding to your email or voice mail. You also have to pay your bills and fill out reports. These tasks lend themselves to aggregation. Instead of living in your inbox, check it three times a day, and process the emails completely (if you read it, decide what to do with it, do it, or put it on a task list, then archive it). If you are going to pay your bills or do your expense reports, collect them and do all of this work in one sitting—instead of allowing it to chip away at your time.Use a Single Task Manager: Some people’s idea of a task manager is a computer monitor covered in yellow post-it notes (maybe not the most elegant solution, and one that is also not mobile-friendly). It would be best if you had all of your projects and tasks wrangled into one place where you are confident you won’t miss something. If you like electronic task managers, there are dozens of good ones. If you prefer analog, a notebook works, as long as you keep everything there. Whatever your choice, commit to it completely.Decide What Not to Do: A to-don’t list is as crucial as a task list. What would go on a to-don’t list? How about “Don’t open email first thing in the morning.” Or, “Don’t allow people to interrupt your focus blocks.” If you want to do even better with your time, maybe try: “Don’t let other people place their priorities above mine,” knowing you can make exceptions when it makes sense. A list of things you are not willing to do will help you better manage your time.The list above is in the order I would recommend you implement and execute these time management strategies. If you decide to go out of order, I strongly suggest you start by calibrating your priorities.last_img read more

H-4 Work Authorization Unlikely to be Revoked Anytime Soon, Says Former Obama Administration Official Who Helped Implement Rule

first_imgH-4 visa holders, who have been on tenterhooks since the Trump administration announced last year that it intended to revoke their work authorization, can relax for now as the program will continue on for at least this year, according to a former Obama administration official who was pivotal to developing the EAD rule.“The Trump administration has made no secret of the fact that they want to curtail these work permits. But it’s not something you can do half-baked,” Doug Rand, former assistant director for entrepreneurship in the Obama White House who helped implement the H-4 work authorization rule said.Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img