NEC Dismisses ‘December 16’ as D-Day, As Political Activist Warn Against Constitution Implications

first_imgThe Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, has categorically dismissed reports that Tuesday December 16, 2014 is the newly set date for the Special Senatorial Elections.Speaking to reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill, shortly after a meeting with the House Committee on Elections and Inaugurations, Cllr. Korkoya says consultations were still ongoing to derive a new date for the conduct of the special senatorial elections.The National Legislature passed a Joint Resolution suspending the Special Senatorial Elections which was originally slated for October 14, 2014 by constitutional mandate. As the country grapples with an Ebola outbreak which, health officials said, poses the biggest public health challenge since the Aids epidemic of the 1980s, the Legislature instructed the Electoral body, NEC, to “consult with stakeholders and set a new date for election not later than the 20th of December.”Representative Gabriel Smith, House Elections and Inaugurations Committee chairman, said his committee was basically conducting oversight to ensure NEC operates within its mandate.The NEC boss’s comment came in light of suggestions made in a meeting last weekend with political parties, independent candidates, youths and student groups, that the Elections be held on December 16, in keeping with electoral guidelines and processes leading to voting day, announcement of results and room for protest as provided for under international standards.It is recalled that the NEC boss, in his letter to the National Legislature dated August 12, 2014 recommended that the National Legislature take necessary legal actions to the effect that the election, as scheduled, be temporarily suspended for a period up to the second Tuesday of December 2014, “hoping that the outbreak would have subsided by then,” the NEC boss wrote.A well-placed source at NEC, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Daily Observer yesterday that the Commission’s critical assessment of the current situation relating to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) would not allow the NEC to conduct a free, fair and credible Special Elections until the country is about 90% free of the virus.The source argued that when that happens, the Commission  be able to recruit and also undertake the training of more than 25,000 temporary polling staff for subsequent deployment in the 4,701 polling centers across the country; 365 civil/voter educators for deployment throughout the 73 electoral districts in the country, as well as 400 electoral supervisors.“Then we believe that there will be a high turn out because there would be no fear and confusion to undermine the credibility of the outcome of the elections, and there will also be our international partners who will come to participate in the process by observing and validating the elections,” the NEC staffer argued.However, political activists are urging lawmakers and the NEC to be very careful that extended postponement of the 2014 Senatorial Elections to a date which makes it impractical for senators-elect to take their sets within the timeframe prescribed by law, may present some unintended consequences of complex constitutional implications.“There should be more time for the special election to be held, results declared, elections protest; and the senators-elect seated in January 2015, as required by Law,” political activist Richard Nagbe of New Georgia Gulf said.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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PUT PEN TO PAPER FOR POETRY PRIZE

first_imgDonegal Creameries North West Words Poetry Prize 2014 invite entries for this year’s competition. Now in its third year, organisers invite entries of original work from anyone over the age of 18.Poems must not have been previously published in any media, self-published, broadcast, and /or won any competition. Only poems in English are being accepted for this competition.The maximum number of poems per entrant is 3.Entry fee: €5 (covers maximum entry of up to 3 poems)Send your poem(s) along with a cover letter with name, address, and phone number and/or email address, and title(s) of each poem submitted. Please do not put your name or personal contact details on the same page as the poem(s).Post entries to North West Words Poetry Prize 2014, 54 Thornberry, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. On-line submissions will not be accepted.Entries must be received by the closing date – Friday, 14 November 2014.No alterations can be made to the entry once it has been submitted, and entries cannot be returned so please keep your own copy.The 2014 competition will be judged by Kate Newmann of Summer Palace Press. Further details are available on www.northwestwords.comPUT PEN TO PAPER FOR POETRY PRIZE was last modified: October 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:competitionNORTH WEST WORDSpoetrylast_img read more

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Adams plans return after two-year ban

first_imgHeavyweight Ali Adams plans to return to the ring next month following a two-year ban for an anti-doping offence.The Chelsea-based Iraqi, 32, was suspended after testing positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, after his fourth-round stoppage defeat against Audley Harrison in May 2012.He has reapplied for a license from the British Boxing Board of Control and has re-signed with manager Steve Goodwin.Adams said: “I am delighted to be back. I made a genuine mistake and paid the price. That is now behind me and I want to move on.“I class Steve as a friend. He kept in contact with me throughout my ban and gave me support.“I will keep active and build up towards titles. It is time for the talking to stop and for me to do my stuff in the ring and I am so hungry now to put things right.”The defeat to Harrison was the fourth loss of Adams’ 18-fight career and took his record to 13-4-1.See also:Harrison destroys Adams on ring returnAdams tests positive for banned substanceFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Wipro likely to extend CEO Kuriens term by at least one year

first_imgIndia’s third largest IT firm Wipro could extend the tenure of its chief executive officer TK Kurien by at least one year. Kurien’s current five-year term will expire in January next year.The move may curtail speculation about impending appointment of the new head to Wipro. Recently, the reports about Wipro looking for a new CEO had surfaced after it promoted three executives as presidents and roped in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) veteran Abid Ali Neemuchwala as its chief operating officer earlier this year.The expert said the extension of Kurien’s term will provide the company’s chairman, Azim Premji, and the board more time to scout for a new CEO.”Will (Kurien) stay in February 2016 or December 2016 or January 2017? The answer is yes… (Kurien) is not going any time soon,” an executive familiar with the matter told Livemint.In April, Wipro had elevated Rishad Premji, the eldest son of promoter Azim Premji, to the company board as a wholetime director, effective from 1 May.Industry watchers had speculated that the elevation of Rishad was a step towards grooming him to assume the top role at a later stage although Azim Premji had always said that Rishad would not be appointed the chief executive.However, Wipro board’s three-member nominations committee hasn’t finalised the extension of Kurien’s tenure. But the nominations panel headed by Ashok S Ganguly and independent directors Narayanan Vaghul and William Arthur Owens will meet in January, and is expected to extend Kurien’ term by “at least a year”.”This is the general understanding for now (of Kurien staying for at least another year). (But) it finally is the call of the nominations committee, and they should make it public early next year,” said another source close to the developments.”Any such decision will be taken by the board of directors of Wipro Ltd based on the recommendation of the nominations committee and will be communicated to the stock exchanges,” said a spokesman for Wipro.Some experts said that the extension of Kurien’s current tenure highlights the “confidence” kept by the board in him. The extension will make Kurien the longest serving Wipro CEO since 1981.”Kurien has done a good job in not only espousing Wipro’s values, but also guiding the company through the market place digital transformation,” said Ray Wang, founder of Constellation Research Inc. — a technology research and advisory firm.last_img read more

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Bluebox Security reveals Android vulnerability in run up to Blackhat convention

first_img Normally when an app is downloaded from a reliable source, it comes with something called the Android Application Package File (APK). The purpose of the file is to allow the app to prove that it’s not been modified since being installed—a sign that it’s been hacked and changed. A check is made every time the app is run. To make it more difficult for hackers to modify existing apps, the APK is given a cryptographic signature. Now Bluebox is reporting that they’ve found a way to modify existing apps on a smartphone, without disturbing the cryptographic signature. Worse, they say, the vulnerability goes all the way back to Android 1.6, which was released nearly four years ago. That they say, means that 900 million devices are currently at risk.Modification of an app allows a hacker to cause the app to do things the user is not aware of, such as access data. One of the most serious scenarios, Bluebox says, is if an app made by the manufacturer of a phone is changed. Such apps, they note, generally have access to phone functionality in addition to services such as text messages. That means a modified app could be made to control the phone’s camera, for example, or to place calls.Bluebox isn’t revealing exactly how a hacker might take advantage of the vulnerability—that would be inviting trouble, of course. They do say that they notified Google of what they’d found back in February, and that presumably the tech giant is working on a solution. In the meantime, they suggest phone users abstain from downloading apps from risky third party sites. They also strongly encourage enterprise managers to encourage all users of a given system to update their devices as soon as a fix becomes available. The company is also promising to reveal more about the nature of the vulnerability at this year’s Black Hat USA 2013 conference. Explore further Screenshot of HTC Phone After Exploit (Phys.org) —Mobile security startup Bluebox Security has revealed via a post on its website a vulnerability in smartphones running the Android operating system. The vulnerability, they say could allow hackers to modify code in apps running on a phone without breaking the app’s cryptographic signature. Feature stops apps from stealing phone users’ passwordscenter_img Citation: Bluebox Security reveals Android vulnerability in run up to Blackhat convention (2013, July 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-bluebox-reveals-android-vulnerability-blackhat.html © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Honey the skin saviour

first_imgHoney is seen as an ideal natural ingredient to do away with skin dryness and there is more to this sweet kitchen ingredient. Make honey part of your beauty regime to get natural glow, reports huffingtonpost.com.Usage of honey in multiple ways:  Facial scrub: Women with sensitive skin can prepare a face mask made of honey, brown sugar, olive oil and lemon juice. It’s less abrasive, yet removes dead skin cells to reveal a smoother and more vibrant complexion. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Hair removal: Mix honey and lemon juice and pour into a sugaring wax that’s safe to use on your body. This will remove hair and also make your skin soft.Scars: To make the scars leave your side, apply raw honey on the affected areas before bed and cover with a bandage. In the morning, remove the cover-up and cleanse the skin.Bath treatment: Take bath with milk and honey. The alpha hydroxy acids in milk breaks down dry and flaky skin, while the enzymes in honey softens skin.Sunburn: Honey helps to soothe sunburns. You just need to dab on a little honey on skin.Chapped lips: Mix honey, brown sugar and olive oil, and apply on your lips. This mixture will moisturise chappy lips.last_img read more

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Add lamps greenery to your home for positive vibes

first_imgDecorate your home with ample lights be it in the form of lamps or chandeliers, introduce few planters with fresh flowers to the sad and empty corners of your home to bring in that positive vibes and tranquility, suggest experts. * Fetch greenery inside: Adding planters with loads of fresh flowers and green plants creates the serene milieu.* Light the area right: Lights plays a key role in setting the ambiance right. Adding up few chandeliers and lamps will create a beautiful serene in the room. Also, incorporating few scented candles in your rooms is yet another great idea that not only spread aroma around but also generate the loving atmosphere around.* When we talk about bringing spring botanicals in your abode then instead of changing whole upholstery best way to bring them is in cushions or nature inspired curtains can also work well. You can contrast them with neon colours and dwelling is ready with a makeover.Adding floral design, nature upholstery pieces with contrasting rugs can also work well. Also watercolour-style flower-print fabric can also be incorporated that can be used on key items, such as a footstool or cushions.* Small decorative pieces, fruit bowls, decorative ornaments and magazine baskets also enhance the look of the living room, hence plays a vital role in bringing any themed décor in the house.You can add photoframes, bamboo décor products also smaller objects such as coasters, decorative trays and room diffuser, art pieces works well.* Many a times we see that only one single colour wall is the focal point in any room. This trend is passé. Instead use printed wallpapers to brighten any space in your house whether it is bedroom, living area, dining room or balcony as well. * Infuse the light scented candles that not only create an aromatic room but also create a nice ambience. Furthermore, you can set a relaxing mood by arranging a variety of oil lamps and candles on decorative trays and let them work their magic on your senses.* Adorn your interiors with brighter shades of yellow, orange, red, blue and green. Opt for the colours that complement each other and provide an exuberant aura to your home.Use floral prints as décor in your home to keep your home lively, cheerful and fresh.last_img read more

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Indonesia says survivors unlikely from Lion Air plane crash

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Indonesia says survivors unlikely from Lion Air plane crash Share By: The Associated Press KARAWANG — A Lion Air plane crashed into the sea just minutes after taking off from Indonesia’s capital on Monday, likely killing all 189 people onboard. The accident was a blow to the country’s aviation safety record after the lifting of bans on its airlines by the European Union and U.S.The search and rescue effort has recovered human remains, and based on their condition, one of its top officials said they’re not expecting to find any survivors. More than 300 people including soldiers, police and fishermen are involved in the grim search, retrieving aircraft debris and personal items such as a crumpled cellphone, ID cards, bags and photos from the seas northeast of Jakarta.The accident involving a new plane has stunned Indonesia, and President Joko Widodo ordered the transport safety commission to investigate. He urged Indonesians to “keep on praying” as rescuers search for victims.An air transport official, Novie Riyanto, said the flight was cleared to return to Jakarta after the pilot made a “return to base” request two to three minutes after taking off. It plunged into the sea about 10 minutes later. Weather conditions were normal but the aircraft had experienced a technical issue on its previous flight.Lion Air said the jet, on a 1 hour and 10 minute flight to Pangkal Pinang on an island chain off Sumatra, was carrying 181 passengers, including one child and two babies, and eight crew members.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamIt said there were two foreigners onboard the plane: its pilot, originally from New Delhi, and an Italian citizen.The search and rescue agency said the flight ended in waters off West Java that are 30 to 35 metres (100 to 115 feet) deep.The agency’s chief, Muhammad Syaugi, told a news conference that divers are trying to locate the wreckage.Weather conditions for the flight were safe, according to the Indonesian meteorology agency. It said clouds associated with turbulence were not present and winds were weak.The Boeing 737 Max 8 was delivered to Lion Air in mid-August and put in use within days, according to aviation website Flightradar24. It was leased from China Minsheng Investment Group Leasing Holdings Ltd., according to the official China News Service.Malindo Air, a Malaysian subsidiary of Jakarta-based Lion Air, was the first airline to begin using the 737 Max 8 last year. The Max 8 replaced the similar 800 in the Chicago-based plane maker’s product line.Lion Air president-director Edward Sirait said the plane had a “technical problem” on its previous flight from Bali to Jakarta but it had been fully remedied. He didn’t know specifics of the problem when asked in a TV interview. The pilot of Flight 610 had more than 6,000 flying hours while the co-pilot had more than 5,000 hours, according to the airline.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong Kong“Indeed there were reports about a technical problem, and the technical problem has been resolved in accordance with the procedures released by the plane manufacturer,” he said. “I did not know exactly but let it be investigated by the authorities.”Boeing Co. said it was “deeply saddened” by the crash and was prepared to provide technical assistance to Indonesia’s crash probe.The Transport Ministry said the plane took off from Jakarta at about 6:20 a.m. and crashed just 13 minutes later. Data from FlightAware showed it had reached an altitude of only 5,200 feet (1,580 metres).The crash is the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea in December 2014, killing all 162 onboard.Indonesian airlines were barred in 2007 from flying to Europe because of safety concerns, though several were allowed to resume services in the following decade. The ban was completely lifted in June this year. The U.S. lifted a decade-long ban in 2016.Lion Air, a discount carrier, is one of Indonesia’s youngest and biggest airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and international destinations.In 2013, one of its Boeing 737-800 jets missed the runway while landing on Bali, crashing into the sea without causing any fatalities among the 108 people onboard. Tags: Indonesia, Lion Air Monday, October 29, 2018 last_img read more

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