Supreme Court to Decide Senate Amended Rule 63

first_imgSenators Conmany Wesseh, Daniel Naatehn, Milton Teahjay and Oscar Cooper have succeeded in getting the Supreme Court to place a stay order on Ja’neh’s impeachment trial pending decision on the constitutionality of Senate Rule 63.-Will the Senators appear?Four of the 30 senators yesterday asked the Supreme Court to block the upcoming impeachment trial of suspended Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, citing constitutional issues and errors in the amendment to the Senate Standing Rule number 63.The senators include Conmany Wesseh, Daniel Naatehn, Milton Teahjay and Oscar Cooper who have requested the Court to declare “the Constitutionality Amendment of the Senate Rules to Provide for Impeachment.”In that request, the four senators contended that their majority colleagues’ adopted the procedure to enable them to conduct a hearing on the impeachment of Justice Ja’neh because there was no such procedure at the Senate prior to the impeachment of Justice Ja’neh by the House of Representatives.The majority senators have been given 10 days to file their response to the petition filed against them to the Supreme Court.The 19 Senators recently approved the amended Rule 63 of the Senate’s Standing Rules that created a “usable set rule” and further set a stage for all impeachment proceedings or trials for Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh and any other person, including the President, Vice President, Chief Justice, and Judges.But, the point of contention for the senators now is whether the majority members would be willing to appear before the Supreme Court, as in the case of the House of Representatives who refused to honor the court’s stay order that should have prevented them from proceeding with Ja’neh’s impeachment. This time, however, the petitioners and respondents are all senators.The petitioners’ (Wesseh et al) further quoted Article 29 of the 1986 Constitution which provides that “The legislative power of the Republic shall be vested in the Legislature of Liberia which shall consist of two separate houses: A Senate and a House of Representatives, both of which must pass on all legislation. The enacting style shall be: ‘It is enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Republic of Liberia in Legislature assembled.’They again argued that the impeachment of public officials to include the president lies exclusively with the House of Representatives and the authority to try impeached officials exclusively rests with the Senate, but, according to them, “when it comes to the procedure for impeachment, Article 43 provides that “The Legislature shall prescribe the procedure for impeachment proceedings which shall be in conformity with the requirements of due process of law.”Contrary to the clear mandate of that article, the four senators claimed that the majority colleagues proceeded to amend Rule 63, which is “meant for the normal conduct of the business of the Senate to provide the procedure for impeachment proceedings.”They also arrogated unto themselves the authority to prescribe the procedure for impeachment to the exclusion of the House of Representatives, according to their request to the court.“The action of the senators to amend the Senate rule to provide for impeachment was unconstitutional,” the aggrieved senators contended. “Any attempt by the Senate to have the House of Representatives concur with the action would also be unconstitutional.”Also, Section 12 of the amended Rule 63 of the Senate rules states that on the day appointed for the commencement of the impeachment trial, the Legislative and Executive business of the Senate shall be suspended and, prior to that, on the order of the President Pro Tempore or the Presiding Officer of the Senate, whichever is applicable, the secretary of the Senate shall give notice to the House of Representatives that the Senate shall commence the impeachment of the person named in the articles/resolutions of impeachment in the Chambers of the Joint Session, which shall be prepared for the accommodation of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.As for witnesses in the impeachment trial, Section 17 says, witnesses shall be examined by one person or his/her legal counsel on behalf of the party producing them, and then cross-examined by one person or his/her lawyer from the other side. The right is reserved to each senator sitting as a jury to pose question directly or examine a witness.“A senator shall not volunteer or be called as a witness in an impeachment trial,” Section 18 says. This means the President, Vice President, the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives can be called as witnesses.It added, “If a senator wishes a question to be put to a witness or to offer a motion or order, except a motion to adjourn, it shall be reduced into writing and put by the Presiding Officer of the trial to the witness.”“In all impeachment proceedings, the verdict of the Senate shall be final, binding and enforceable without any right of appeal therefrom to any forum or person,” Section 26 states.The House of Representatives on August 28, during the 52nd day sitting of the 54th Legislature, controversially voted to pass a Bill of Impeachment against Associate Justice Kabineh Mohammed Ja’neh.The motion for the passage of the Bill of Impeachment was proffered by River Gee County District #2 Representative Francis Dopoh.The Constitution gives the House of Representatives the sole power to impeach an official, and the Senate to conduct impeachment trials. The power of impeachment is limited to removal from office.“The power to prepare a bill of impeachment is vested solely in the House of Representatives, and the power to try all impeachments is vested solely in the Senate. When the President, Vice President or an Associate Justice is to be tried, the Chief Justice shall preside; when the Chief Justice or a judge of a subordinate court of record is to be tried, the President of the Senate shall preside. No person shall be impeached but by the concurrence of two-thirds of the total membership of the Senate.Judgments in such cases shall not extend beyond removal from office and disqualification to hold public office in the Republic, but the party may be tried at law for the same offense. The Legislature shall prescribe the procedure for impeachment proceedings which shall be in conformity with the requirements of due process of law,” Article 43 of the 1986 Constitution said.It may be recalled that the petition to impeach Justice Ja’neh was filed before the House by Representatives Acarous Gray (Mont. County, District 8) and Thomas P. Fallah (Mont. County District 5). Both alleged that Justice Ja’neh “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 wanted 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.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Religious scholar gets 45 years for raping lad

first_imgIN THE COURTSThe Muslim scholar who was accused of sexually molesting nine boys between 2011 and 2012 was on Thursday unanimously found guilty of one of the nine charges by a 12-member jury in the High Court.Thirty-three-year-old Nezaam Ali of Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown has been sentenced to 45 years’ imprisonment by Justice Navindra Singh on Thursday for raping a 9-year-old boy in 2011.Jailed: Nezaam AliThe charges allege that between December 2011 and January 2012, Ali, being a teacher attached to the Turkeyen Masjid, engaged in sexual activity with the children, abusing a position of trust.During the trial, Ali pleaded with the jury for mercy, as he further denied committing the offence by stating that he has an erectile dysfunction, and as such could not have raped the boy.His Attorney, Stanley Moore, in a plea of mitigation, further pleaded for mercy, revealing to the court that, according to evidence, the child involved in the rape allegation did not suffer any psycho-social trauma.However, the prosecution team, Tuana Hardy, Teriq Mohamed and Abigail Gibbs, had strong objections to Moore’s plea, and reiterated that Ali had betrayed the trust of the victim.Taking note of this objections, Justice Singh told Ali that he had taken advantage of the underprivileged child, and accordingly handed down the 45 years’ sentence.Ali is yet to answer to eight other counts of rape at the High Court. Those are expected to come up next month during the new session of the Demerara Assizes.Ali, of Lot 268 Section ‘C 5’, South Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, was first charged back in 2012 with raping the nine boys. However, after being committed to stand trial in 2013, the matter was stalled for some time after birth certificates and medical certificates for the lads had gone missing from each of the nine files.The parents and relatives of some of the alleged victims had in the past publicly expressed their frustration at the situation. One parent had even claimed that there was a deliberate attempt to drag the matter out.In 2017 however, there was a turn of events when the DPP’s Chambers in a letter ordered that the case be reopened. Ali was later re-committed to stand trial at the Demerara Assizes in 2018.Ali is being represented by Attorneys-at-law Stanley Moore and Latchmi RahamatThe mother of three of the alleged rape victims had told sections of the media that persons had been taking photographs of her sons and she regarded this act as bullying.Shortly after his previous committal, Ali’s then lawyer, Nigel Hughes, had filed in the High Court an action to have the committal overturned. This was rejected by the court, and it was ruled that the committal would remain.last_img read more

Reds down Leicester despite Alisson howler

first_img0Shares0000Roberto Firmino kept Liverpool flying high at Leicester © AFP / Adrian DENNISLEICESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 1 – A goalkeeping howler from Alisson saw Liverpool concede for the first time this season, but they held on to win 2-1 at Leicester and extend their 100 per cent start to the Premier League season.Goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in the first half gave table-toppers Liverpool a seemingly unassailable lead. Leicester deservedly reduced the arrears through Rachid Ghezzal, who punished an embarrassing blunder from Alisson.It was the first goal Jurgen Klopp’s side had conceded in 418 minutes of Premier League football going back to May 6 and the first Alisson had let in club football since last season’s Champions League semi-final when he was playing for Roma, against Liverpool.But Leicester couldn’t find the equaliser as Liverpool’s defence remained firm in front of Alisson to secure their fourth successive win heading into the international break.Alisson’s counterpart Kasper Schmeichel, making his 300th appearance for Leicester after signing a new contract in midweek, was into the action within the first three minutes.Mohamed Salah put Firmino through but he could only fire against Schmeichel’s legs, and from the rebound, Salah side-footed wide.The Reds took a 10th-minute lead when Senegal winger Mane made the most of his ricochet off Harry Maguire from Andrew Robertson’s cross to bury left-footed to Schmeichel’s right for his third goal of the season.Liverpool remained on top and Joe Gomez sent a header looping well over the bar from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner.Leicester’s first chance came in the 22nd minute when Demarai Gray got away from a defender to latch on to Ghezzal’s pass and squeezed in a shot that Alisson smothered.The home side continued to find it hard to open Liverpool up, and were being forced to try their luck from distance as James Maddison fired over from long range.But they had eased themselves into the game and were finally starting to give Klopp’s side something to think about.– Reds held firm –Just as Leicester might have thought they had turned the tide, Liverpool broke away quickly and doubled their lead.Salah forced Schmeichel to push his shot around the post, and from their second successive corner, Firmino met James Milner’s flag-kick with a firm header into the far corner of the net from 10 yards.Leicester pressed to reduce the arrears following the restart and Ghezzal surprised Alisson with a low cross that bounced just wide of the far post.Maddison was the nearly man again in Leicester’s next attack, when only the outstretched leg of the lunging Gomez blocked a goal-bound effort after he wriggled past Alexander-Arnold.Leicester were having their best spell of the game as the hour mark approached.Wes Morgan failed to sort his feet out from point-blank range after Marc Albrighton and Gray also missed contact from Ben Chilwell’s low centre.Leicester’s persistence was rewarded in the 63rd minute.And after so much criticism of Liverpool’s goalkeeping department in recent years, it was another howler from their last line of defence.Alisson dallied on a back pass from Virgil Van Dijk and allowed himself to be dispossessed by substitute Kelechi Iheanacho on the byline and he crossed for Ghezzal to steer homeKlopp made a double substitution on 69 minutes in a bid to wrest back control as Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri came on for Henderson and Salah.The changes made little effect however, although Leicester’s charge faded as Liverpool held firm in the closing stages.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: 15-year-old international wonderkid wanted by Man United and Liverpool

first_imgFierce rivals Manchester United and Liverpool could be set for a transfer tug-of-war in the coming months as they target Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard.The Stromsgodset sensation is still just 15 years old but has already played 19 league games for the club and made his international debut against United Arab Emirates.Odegaard is a gifted midfielder who blessed with the skills and sleight of foot to leave his Tippeligaen opponents twisted and trailing behind him and it’s no wonder some of the top teams in Europe are already eyeing him.Norway coach Per-Mathias Hogmo though has warned the starlet he should avoid moving straight to a top club, like Liverpool and Man United, and instead switch to a ‘mid-range’ side like Ajax, but that won’t stop the duo making moves, no doubt.You can see the best of this precocious talent in the video above…last_img read more

Barca, Real get set for politically charged Clasico

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s Clement Lenglet – the Clasico ‘freezes time’MADRID, Spain, Dec 18 – Barcelona and Real Madrid will travel to the Clasico on Wednesday from the same hotel as part of a large-scale security operation aimed at reducing the impact of Catalan independence protests. The fixture had to be postponed in October due to violent demonstrations and there are renewed fears of unrest breaking out around Camp Nou, where Barca and Madrid will tussle for top spot in La Liga. Around 3,000 security personnel will be deployed at the stadium and both teams have been instructed to gather at the Hotel Princesa Sofia at midday (1100 GMT) on Wednesday, eight hours before kick-off.The players, coaching staff and referees will then travel together to the ground around two hours ahead of the match.It means Madrid will be in a different place to their usual base in the city while Barcelona will arrive earlier than normal for a home match.“It is a small change, but not very significant. When we play away, we are also in a hotel. It is not a big problem,” said Barcelona’s coach Ernesto Valverde on Tuesday.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane described the arrangements as “something different but the rules are the rules”.Barcelona also issued a statement on Tuesday night to fans planning to attend the game, advising supporters to use public transport, allow plenty of time and warning of “exhaustive security checks” at entrances to the stadium.Barca called for calm around the fixture, asking fans “to come to the game at Camp Nou on Wednesday to support the team”.“The game between Barca and Real Madrid is a festival of football and yet it is without doubt also compatible with a civil and peaceful demonstration of opinion, given the exceptional circumstances faced in Catalonia in recent times,” the statement read.– Catalan uprising –Violent protests broke out in Catalonia in October after nine separatist leaders were sentenced to heavy prison sentences for their involvement in the independence referendum of 2017.The Clasico was supposed to be played on October 26 but the RFEF decided to postpone “due to exceptional causes”.Democratic Tsunami, the protest group advocating another independence referendum for Catalonia, has called publicly for its supporters to gather at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium from four hours before the 10pm kick-off.“Football has to be for everyone, all over the world,” said Valverde. “People should be able to express themselves freely tomorrow, that is what we ask, but that there is respect for everyone. I believe that is the right thing.”Meetings have taken place between the police, clubs and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to ensure the safe arrival of the two squads and referees, as well as the nearly 100,000 fans expected to attend.As well as the massive security presence in Barcelona, the numbers of private security staff in the stands will also be increased to reduce the threat of pitch invasions that could interrupt the game.“The operation will ensure that the Clasico is played normally,” said the chief commissioner of the Catalan regional police Eugeni Sallent.Democratic Tsunami hopes to transmit its message — ‘Spain, sit and talk’ — through one of the world’s most famous football matches, which has an estimated global audience of 650 million.Barcelona have historically had a close association with Catalan nationalism, with Camp Nou routinely used as a setting for flags, banners and chants in support of the cause.“We know we are living in a complex social and political situation but I am convinced that it is compatible with playing a football match,” said the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu last week.Barcelona could also suffer the consequences of any altercations or interruptions during the fixture.At a meeting in Madrid last week, the RFEF warned it “will apply the regulations in force,” which range from heavy economic sanctions to the closure of Camp Nou to supporters.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man hacked holes in bedroom door after chasing ex-partner

first_imgA 30-YEAR-OLD Convoy man broke into his ex-partner’s home and hacked holes in a bedroom door after chasing the terrified woman upstairs.Andrew Laird, of Miltown, Convoy, was arrested on Sunday, June 16, on suspicion of a burglary at 4 Ard Tu Marie, Townparks, Convoy. Gardaí objected to bail for Laird.Letterkenny District Court heard that Laird entered his ex-partner’s home by smashing a kitchen window.“He chased his ex-partner up stairs and hacked holes in a bedroom door with a sharp object,” Sergeant Jim Collins told the court.“She clearly identified him in a statement of complaint. He was known by the injured party, who was his ex-partner.“The most serious objection is the likelihood of interfering with witnesses. The injured party has expressed fears that he will return. She indicated that he attempted to phone her the morning after the incident and she blocked his number,“She expressed fears that he will continue to contact her and interfere with her as a witness.”The court heard that Laird, who Gardai said resides most of the time with his elderly grandmother, lives a short distance from the woman.Solicitor for the defendant, Frank Dorrian, said that ‘an appropriate undertaking’ could address the anxiety of the victim.“Very few people would be on bail if those were the grounds – there can be an undertaking that he stay away from the premises,” Mr Dorrian said.Laird’s mother, Joanne, appeared in court and indicated that her son could stay with her, provided that he ‘clean up his act and maintain sobriety’.Mr Dorrian said his client would have to ‘demonstrate two weeks of sobriety and then start the initiation process’.Sergeant Collins said Gardaí had ‘grave concerns’.He said: “Damage was done to the bedroom door. She fled upstairs and he attacked the door in lieu of her. His mother lives in Convoy as well, a five-minute walk away.”Judge Paul Kelly granted bail to Laird on condition that he reside at 46 Beechwood Grove; that he comply with a request to attend his GP for referral to White Oaks; that he have no contact, direct or indirect, with the complainant or any witnesses; and that he undertake not to enter the Art Tu Marie estate.The case was adjourned until the September 20 sitting of the court.Man hacked holes in bedroom door after chasing ex-partner was last modified: June 19th, 2019 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) Tags:Andrew LairdconvoyJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

Watch: How Tottenham’s new stadium will look in FIFA 19

first_img EA Sports have announced a partnership with the North London side and showed a sneak glimpse of their new stadium below 1 Tottenham’s new stadium is set to make its debut in FIFA 19 when the game is released on September 28.The club’s arena is not yet ready in real life, but never fear Spurs fans, you can experience it in the virtual world before the end of this month. New season, new stadium.Your first look at @SpursOfficial’s new home in #FIFA19!— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) August 10, 2018 “Tottenham Hotspur has today announced Electronic Arts, creator of the EA SPORTS FIFA 19 computer game series, as the Club’s official video game partner.“As part of this latest partnership, the Club’s iconic new stadium will feature in FIFA 19, while the team will also be available to select in the FIFA 19 Demo, due for release in September, along with nine other UEFA Champions League sides.“EA SPORTS will continue to work with the Club to ensure players appear as lifelike as possible in FIFA, while they will also enjoy innovative player access throughout the season.”last_img read more

Chelsea v Paris St-Germain: Eto’o starts

first_imgSamuel Eto’o returns for Chelsea despite nursing a hamstring problem, while David Luiz and Frank Lampard start in midfield for the Champions League quarter-final second leg.The Blues, 3-1 down from the first leg in France, are without the suspended Ramires. The fit-again John Mikel Obi is among the substitutes.Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Luiz, Lampard; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto’o. Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Kalas, Mikel, Schurrle, Ba, Torres.PSG: Sirigu, Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell, Verratti, Thiago Motta, Matuidi, Lucas Moura, Cavani, Lavezzi. Subs: Douchez, Cabaye, Marquinhos, Menez, Digne, Van Der Wiel, Pastore.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Being dealt by 49ers paid off big for Raiders’ tackle Trent Brown

first_imgALAMEDA — The 49ers couldn’t have known at the time when they traded Trent Brown to the New England Patriots they were setting the stage for history.Brown, who met the media Wednesday after signing a four-year contract with the Raiders worth $66 million and a $36.25 million guaranteed, was traded for a third-round pick (No. 95 overall). The Patriots also got a fifth-round pick from the 49ers.It’s the most money ever paid to an offensive lineman, coming after Brown started 16 games at left …last_img read more

4K Workflow Essentials

first_imgTaking on a 4k video workflow for the first time? Here are some essential things that you need to know.If you’re about to move to a 4K workflow for the first time, there are a few things that you really need to consider for a smooth transition. How will you shoot, store, edit, monitor, deliver and distribute your 4K material? All of these things require a different approach with 4K.  These resources should help answer your 4K workflow questions.In the passionately delivered 45 minute seminar above, from BVE 2014, editor and trainer Larry Jordan talks through many of the technical, financial and creative considerations of moving to a 4K centric workflow. If you’re after a one hit primer on 4K this is an excellent start.4K Questions and AnswersAnother recent webinar sponsored NVIDA and Dell (and hosted by tech experts from Dawnrunner Productions) discussed the many benefits of using 4K now. You can give away your details and watch a replay of the webinar here, or you can head over to Pro Video Coalition to check out the numerous questions and answers that the guys didn’t get a chance to answer in the webinar itself.What are the most common workflow pain points when selecting to work in 4K or 4K RAW? There are some different things to think about when shooting 4K. Many people working with HD footage are used to working in a online-edit environment (editing with the camera original files directly). While this is possible today with fast computers, we have started making the first step of our post process a one-light color correction since the footage is raw. From there we can edit the graded footage in 4K or even create proxies for our editors. Finalizing, doing VFX, and delivering are pretty much the same, but we’ve found that it’s these first steps that have changed a lot in our workflow and may be something that you need to get used to. We had to relearn how to estimate our post production schedule to accomodate these changes so that we could accurately communicate a time scale to our clients.Understanding 4K Data RatesAndy Shipsides from Abelcine posted this detailed article over on 4K Hub, on the various considerations for choosing a 4K RAW, Video or Proxy workflow. In the chart above Andy demonstrates the different data rates and storage implications for shooting 4K in various codecs. The two lines in red are popular HD flavours for comparison. If you’re a shooter looking to implement a 4K workflow, it’s well worth a read.Both the Sony F5/F55 and the new Panasonic VariCam cameras offer the ability to record in 4K (video or Raw) and HD at the same time. The F5/F55 can record in their XAVC 4k format with a MPEG2 422 HD proxy recording simultaneously (image below). The VariCam takes that a step further, giving you AVC-Ultra 4K on one card, AVC-Intra HD (422 HD video) on another, and even a third very small low-resolution recording for sharing over the internet. The HD proxy formats are good editing formats, and meet the standards for broadcast.  In addition, the proxy recordings have the same file names as their 4K counterparts, so they can be easily matched back after editing. A 4K Offline – Online WorkflowIn this excellent workflow write up, Oliver Peter’s shares how he uses Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve and FCPX to perform an offline-online 4K workflow with RED footage. Although you could perform the entire process in FCPX, Oliver prefers to adhere to a ‘traditional’ offline-online workflow, which also enables him to make the most of Avid Media Composer’s offline toolset. After a colour grade in the full version of DaVinci Resolve (the Lite version only allows for HD output) he online’s his 4K final master in FCPX. Check it out here.In this short video Bob Russo from Avid demonstrates how to perform a similar process, but making use of the Avid ISIS shared storage along the way:last_img read more