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NEC Denies Sandy’s Request to Withdraw from Elections

first_imgThe UP prayed for specific orders for Korkoya and the Executive Director to recuse themselves from handling the runoff process.The National Elections Commission (NEC) said it has denied Reverend Kennedy G. Sandy, standard bearer of the Liberia Transformation Party (LTP), the chance to withdraw from the ensuing presidential race.Rev. Sandy early this week wrote the NEC asking for consideration so he could step aside from participating in the upcoming October presidential race on grounds that he has not been actively involved in politics since he got job with the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) nearly two years ago.At the sixth edition of the NEC’s regular weekly elections update in Monrovia, the chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said, “Pursuant to the Elections Law, withdrawal is not permitted at this point, because this is in line with Section 4.7 (a) where the candidates have been notified accordingly.”Liberia Transformation Party standard bearer, Rev. Kennedy SandyHe said Rev. Sandy expressed regret for not notifying the Commission early in time, but begged for consideration so as to allow him focus on other issues as well as solicit help on behalf of the LTP’s representative candidates on the campaign trail.On other issues, Korkoya said, “In line with the legal timetable and provisions set out in chapter 3 of the Elections Law, the NEC has completed the final voter registration roll.”“As required by section 3.19 of this law, no further changes will be made to the register unless ordered by the Supreme Court. The Voter Register has been printed and distributed,” Korkoya noted.He added that the voter roll will be available in all magistrates’ offices in the 15 counties, and that the electronic copy is available for all political parties at the NEC headquarters.He pointed out that quality control measures have been put in place to check the printing of the register.“All the original forms have been checked against the entries in the database for the entire country. All of the 2.1 million forms were checked,” he said.He said the final register contains 2,183,629 voters, noting further that, “A comprehensive set of integrity checks were made on the register and De-duplication process conducted in advance of its release.”“In total, there were 4,567 (0.21 percent) incidents of duplication identified and corrected following appropriate examination. Of this, small number of cases were discovered from where a voter has registered twice,” he said, adding that there are special cases, which include the more than two times registration of 206 persons during the voter registration, and 30 individuals were identified for registering more than four times.He assured the public that the details of the two cases will be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for further investigation, and if necessary, appropriate actions will be taken.Concerning the replacement of lost and destroyed voter cards, Korkoya said 4,621 entries were made consistent with the NEC’s commitment made at the start of June, this year to include any person that was identified as not being on the preliminary register that should have been there.He reported that there are four persons, all women over the age of 100, who have registered to vote. “Three of these are registered in Montserrado and one is in Grand Cape Mount County. And I would especially like to congratulate these distinguished citizens and voters,” Korkoya said.He expressed that with the exception of the nine political parties that have complied with the NEC by submitting their audited accounts and all other legally required items, including the declaration of assets before the October 10 elections, the rest are yet comply with the commission.“In respect to the requirement of political parties to submit accounts, statement of assets and liabilities pursuant to Article 83(d) of the Constitution and Chapter 7 of the Elections Law, the NEC has not received these from all political parties. Based on the deliberations of the Board of Commissioners, appropriate actions will be taken against political parties that fail to comply with the legally accepted system,” Korkoya said.“The NEC, meanwhile called on all political parties and individuals across the country to be responsible as they go about making statements and acting according to what they think during the electoral period. Claiming that the only way it is possible to lose this election is through electoral fraud is simply irresponsible.”It can be recalled that Benoni Urey, the political leader of the All Liberian Party recently said that the only way he could lose the ensuing elections is when there are electoral frauds committed by the NEC.However, Korkoya told journalists at the press conference yesterday that nobody wants this campaign to be full of rumors and speculations. “We all have a duty to ensure voters are properly informed but this duty cannot be served by irresponsible claims,” he said. “Absolutely this Commission will not tolerate any fraud in these elections and even beyond. We assure you that this is not possible, because the electoral system we have is transparent and open. We are committed to good principles and will surely do our best to serve our country without malpractices as speculated by some citizens and political parties.”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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BAHAMAS NEW CABINET MINISTERS AND QUEENS COUNSELS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jan 2015 – As the Turks and Caicos opened its legal year, The Bahamas was announcing new Cabinet Ministerial portfolios and swearing in eleven new Queen’s Counsels. The Hon. Hope Strachan, Member of Parliament for Sea Breeze, is appointed the new Minister of Financial Services with effect from Monday, January 12th, 2015. This role became void with the resignation of Ryan Pinder last month; said he got a better paying job in the private sector. Hon. Arnold A. Forbes, the Member of Parliament for Mount Moriah, is appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Works & Urban Development, that too takes effect next week Monday January 12. Additionally, foregoing ministerial appointments is Dion Smith, Deputy House Speaker and Member of Parliament for Nassau Village; Smith is now appointed the new Chairman of The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) in place of the Arnold A. Forbes, who vacates to take on the cabinet minister post. As for those eleven new QCs in The Bahamas; among them: The Hon. Philip Brave Davis – Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Cabinet Minister and Attorney General of The Bahamas; Grand Bahama attorney and son of the South Caicos soil, Maurice Glinton; former government members Carl Bethel and Alfred Sears and Hon. Damien Gomez, Senator in the Upper Chambers of The Bahamas Parliament. Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas, hope strachan, minister of financial services, queen’s counsel, ryan pinder Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Recommended for youlast_img read more

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HPCL Bharat Electronics Engineers India hit new 52week high Sensex up 200

first_imgBenchmark stock indices opened with gains on Tuesday, led by metal and oil stocks even as select stocks hit new 52-week high in morning trade. The BSE Sensex was trading 218 points higher at 26,568 at around 12.45 pm. Top Sensex gainers were Maruti Suzuki, GAIL (India), Mahindra, Asian Paints and Coal India.The Indian rupee opened 3 paise higher at 68.73 to the US dollar. “The intra-day range is seen between 68.60-68.90 levels,” IFA Global said in a note.Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL) shares hit a fresh year-high of Rs 485.95 apiece, Bharat Electronics Ltd. touched Rs 1,426.75 and Engineers India breached Rs 297.90.Tata Steel was up 1.23 percent at Rs 412.10 after hitting an intraday high of Rs 417 on decision to sell its Speciality Steels business to Liberty House Group for an enterprise value of £100 million. The business employs about 1,700 people and makes steel for aerospace, automotive and oil & gas industries, the company said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday.The State Bank of India (SBI) shares were trading at Rs 255.20 apiece, a marginal gain of 0.63 percent, at around 12.45 pm. One of the battered stocks due to bad loan woes, the stock has gained about 24.5 percent in the last six months, from its June 1 closing of Rs 204.85.”SBI ranked seventh in the league table of the companies with highest market capitalization. It was not a part of the 10 most-valued companies list at the beginning of the year because of bad loans concerns and decaying sentiment towards public sector bank (PSB) stocks,” brokerage Dynamic Levels said in a note on Tuesday.Bond prices are falling over the past few weeks in view of the volatility in the market.”India sovereign bonds slid most in fifteen months after RBI told lenders over the weekend to set aside more deposits as reserves in a bid to temper excess banking liquidity. Yield on 6.97% govt bond due September 2026 rose 9bps to 6.32 percent, the most for a 10-year bond since Aug. 24, 2015,” Geojit BNP Paribas said on Tuesday.India Q2 gross domestic product data is due for release on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Male New World monkeys attract females by washing in urine

first_imgWild Capuchin monkey (Cebus capucinus), on a tree near a river bank in the jungles of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Image: David M. Jensen/Wikipedia. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Male New World monkeys attract females by washing in urine (2011, February 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-male-world-monkeys-females-urine.html More information: Why do capuchin monkeys urine wash? An experimental test of the sexual communication hypothesis using fMRI, by Kimberley A. Phillips et al. American Journal of Primatology Early View, DOI:10.1002/ajp.20931 Urine sprays during courtship send mixed messages Explore further The new research, by Dr Kimberley Phillips and colleagues of the Department of Psychology at Trinity University in San Antonio, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans to study the brains of four adult female tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) while they were smelling the urine of juvenile males and of sexually mature adults.The results showed the monkeys’ brain scans were different when they were exposed to the urine of juveniles and adults, becoming much more active when the urine was from adult males. Several regions of the brain were activated when the females were sniffing the adult male urine, especially those regions associated with olfactory processing.Dr Phillips and her team suggest the increased activity shows the urine is being used as a means of communicating the male’s sexual availability and social status. The females’ ability to discriminate between the urine of young monkeys and sexually mature adults also suggests the females are able to detect the higher levels of testosterone in the adult males’ urine. Higher testosterone levels are linked with sexual maturity and also higher social status in capuchin monkeys.Previous hypotheses put forward to explain the urine-washing behavior included maintenance of body temperature and as a means of identification of individuals, but studies testing these hypotheses have been inconclusive. Another study reported that when females solicited the males, which they do when they are at their peak in fertility, the males increased the frequency of washing with urine.Several other species of New World monkeys show the same behavior of urinating into their hands and then rubbing it on their fur. They include squirrel monkeys, mantled howler monkeys, and other species of capuchins.The paper is published in the American Journal of Primatology. Dr Phillips, an associate professor of psychology, is investigating the biological and neurological bases of primate behaviors. (PhysOrg.com) — Male capuchin monkeys have been observed to urinate on their hands and then rub the urine vigorously into their fur, and now a new study by scientists in Texas suggests the behavior signals their availability to females, and the females find the smell of the urine-soaked fur attractive. 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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Kohls announced Tuesday it will donate 1 million

first_imgKohl’s announced Tuesday it will donate $1 million over three years to Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.Junior Achievement provides entrepreneurship and financial literacy education to students in grades K-12 through volunteer-run programming.The company’s donation will support Junior Achievement Capstone programming through JA BizTown and JA Finance Park, which are financial literacy laboratories for students in grades 4-6 and 7-12.“Kohl’s is honored to continue our partnership with Junior Achievement of Wisconsin to help local students discover, learn and grow their business and financial knowledge through experiential learning,” said Jen Johnson, senior vice president of corporate communications for Kohl’s. “Through JA Kohl’s Education Center, youth gain invaluable skills that will help them to plan for their futures and empower them as our next generation of business leaders.”’ Kohl’s gave $3 million to Junior Achievement in 2009 to establish the JA Kohl’s Education Center, and has since committed nearly $7 million to the organization..“We are deeply appreciative of Kohl’s continued partnership,” said Michael Frohna, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. “This funding will help ensure Wisconsin students develop the confidence, competence and character required to be effective employees, savvy consumers and wise financial managers that contribute to the vitality of our community for years to come.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more