SIMPLE LOGIC AND THE LAW: WILLIAMS’ “GLASS-CEILING” WAS A GEM IN THE MAKING

first_img…until, he decided to plunge headlong (head-first, somersault) into the Ja’neh impeachment suit in typical pro-poor style: ASKING NO QUESTIONS—JUST KICKING A**!By Attorney Keith N. Asumuyaya BestBut before throwing himself into the “hala hala” about impeaching Justice Ja’neh, Jones Nhinson Williams, presumably a young man, had written an article titled, “Liberia, Beneath (he had Behind) the Glass Ceiling: Are We in Trouble?” We couldn’t figure out how he came up with the above as a title, but the first half of the article struck us as nothing less than a gem (a costly, precious stone) for which he ought to be applauded (cheered).Reading the article was delightful from the start, with the author not caring that the man he was writing about might no longer be as popular as he had been prior to becoming president. We were not bothered by this either.Yes, that first part of Jones’ article was all about President George Oppong Weah! And it was refreshing to find out that Oppong had done far more than play the game as it was meant to be played.At the height of his career, we were informed, the soccer star had gone out of his way to help ensure that Liberian soccer aficionados (admirers, fans) receive some of the attention and support they had been deprived of for years. So, ‘kudos’ again to Mr. Williams for the enjoyable piece he brought us about Dr. Weah’s charitable (giving, kind) side.WILLIAMS’ FAUX PAS Unfortunately, praise for the article must end somewhere there in the middle of the article since, out of the clear, blue sky, the young man decided to leap into what is perhaps the most contentious (law related, debatable) political issue of the day—creating more disagreement, perhaps, than the so-called “currency crisis.”After writing as well as he did for the first part of his article, Williams should not have taken a false step, believing he had covered himself enough to harmlessly segue (transition, switch) as occurs like a movement from one piece of music to the other; or in literature, from one topic to the other, without setting it up correctly. When that happens, the change-over ends up neither smooth, true nor honest.But what the fine young writer is guilty of is no more than “jumping to the wrong conclusion”—like hitting a few non-musical, wrong notes in the fields of law and logic, and by implication grammar; all three. Let’s take a look.JUMPING TO WRONG CONCLUSIONS We pointed out earlier that Mr. Williams started off very well and kept the same tempo (rate, pace), giving the reader a number of exciting facts about the President they should enjoy and appreciate for almost one-half of Williams’ article. He reminded readers that Weah inherited a deeply corrupt and economically mismanaged nation.MEANS WELL As President of Liberia, today, “…Mr. Weah must take ownership of everything that must be done to fix what was broken by past Liberian administrations, going back in time in this order: Sirleaf’s, Bryant’s, Taylor’s and Sawyer’s,” Mr. Williams explained.“Fortunately,” Mr. Williams continued, “today’s President is sincere and honest about helping Liberians in a bid to improve the country for all. One reason why some of us like President Weah—and are willing to help him succeed—is rooted in his past humanitarian record, his humble beginnings and his sense of determination and persistence.”“There is no doubt,” Mr. Williams continued, “that President Weah means well. And, as most people know, he will be the first to admit that governing a nation is not easy. As such, we must give our national leaders credit for their time and effort in solving critical national problems; this we must do especially when—rather than remaining true, willing and rational partners—some lawmakers make nuisances of themselves by word and deed, instead of helping the President as ‘national partners’, ” the writer went on.ASSOCIATE JUSTICE JA’NEH “That is why every sound Liberian should be bothered by the actions and utterances of one Representative Ascarous Gray, who is said to represent Montserrado County,” Mr. Williams advised, sounding as though he had made a swing from one limb of a tree to another.“Honorable Gray is seeking the removal of a Liberian Supreme Court Justice from office in a process he calls ‘impeachment,’ even though there are no rational or compelling reasons provided other than that he just wants to impeach Justice Ja’neh,” Mr. Williams took it upon himself to proclaim.This unexpected development with the second part of his article, a veritable or true faux pas (blunder, misstep) left us disappointed for a number of reasons: imagine putting so much time and energy into the Weah segment of his article, only to let himself fall short by failing to discover (arrive at through search and study) a “rule-of-thumb” when dabbling in legal matters.What for example, might Associate Justice Ja’neh had been up to lately—or even earlier—that could serve as fodder (hay, food) or grounds for a lawsuit against the Justice, rather than anything to do with political or ethnic cleansing, as everyone or his brother seems to be volunteering or suggesting?BLIND FAITH But Williams saw no reason to be skeptical (disbelieving or doubtful) of anything related to Justice Ja’neh, just as we ourselves were sometime ago, following Ja’neh’s brilliant dissenting opinion opposing the other Justices in connection with the opposition’s protests against the shenanigans of the National Elections Commission; this took place during the final stages of last year’s presidential and legislative elections, following the vote of confidence the Judiciary publicly dashed the commissioner and his minions.“There is never anything wrong with disagreeing with what people do or what they try to say they are in the process of doing,” we have heard again and again. “That is exactly where we all want to be—in a position to wait and watch for things to develop. Then we can move forward, with the facts in our hands. Without this knowledge, we can do nothing under the law; any activity would be a waste of time without waiting to make certain that the relative and, therefore, needed facts, are true,” we learned some time ago.Instead of jumping ahead of himself, Williams might have waited for a few days to hear and benefit from the reasons outlined behind the action of members of the House involved in the impeachment effort.By the end of last week, Acarous Gray and cohorts had posted some of the counts that have surfaced in connection with the pending impeachment process said to be underway. They included misconduct, abuse of public office, wanton abuse of judicial discretion, fraud, misuse of power and corruption.Where does that leave Mr. Jones Williams? In a “pro poor mess,” that is hitting the fan faster than ubiquitous, mutilated (tear-tear) Liberian dollars. One day soon, he might come to understand that dealing with over-zealous (passionate, strong feeling) people—like the ones he decided to write about and that included Acarous Gray and his CDC partners, must first and foremost be allowed to clear the test of truth; whether they are in the right with what they are trying to do, or are in the wrong! This hurdle, at some point, will have to be allowed to be cleared by the impeachment people, no matter who likes it or not.Mrs. Annie Yancy Constance Under one of the counts of the impeachment bill, a local newspaper referenced Mrs. Annie Yancy Constance, a 90-year-old woman who wrote President George Oppong Weah as a victim of Associate Justice Ja’neh’s.Mrs. Constance explained that her property was “acquired” by the Justice, who claims ownership predicated on and “bought” from a mentally-ill son of hers, who could not have sold what he was neither able, willing nor ready to legally and responsibly dispossess her of.Consequently, Mrs. Constance pointed out, her house is still hers, even though Justice Ja’neh has had her evicted and is collecting rent from the premises.She is still hoping that President Weah will come to her aid, even though and up to this point the president seems to be staying far away from things that he finally might be learning are not a part of his job description. But there are many who think he could be wrong, and that one way or the other he could end up having something to do with this case in the long run as it is much bigger than most people think!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Disqualified driver arrested at checkpoint after testing positive for drugs

first_imgA disqualified driver is to appear in court after being arrested at a checkpoint in Bundoran for driving under the influence of drugs.The motorist was caught driving under the influence of cocaine and cannabis during a roadside test on Friday, May 10.The vehicle was first stopped by the Donegal Town Roads Policing Unit at a Mandatory Intoxication Testing (M.I.T.) checkpoint. The driver was subsequently tested for the presence of drugs and the test came back positive. The driver has been ordered to appear in court in the near future.Disqualified driver arrested at checkpoint after testing positive for drugs was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

NCS postseason boys soccer: Taylor nets 3, Tigers trounce Trojans

first_imgNo. 5 Arcata High boys soccer team made easy work of visiting No. 12 Lower Lake, downing the Trojans 7-0 in the first-round of the North Coast Section Division-I playoffs, Wednesday afternoon at Arcata High.“The game doesn’t lie,” Arcata head coach John Davidson said. “It’s a blessing, these guys play travel soccer locally which is hard to do in Humboldt. These guys have the talent, I just came to a team that already had the potential.”Senior forward Jack Taylor notched a hat-trick for Arcata …last_img

‘Varsities reflect society’ – Nation Brand University Dialogue

first_imgBrand South Africa hosted a diverse group of international academics at the University of Pretoria on 5 October, for its first day-long University Dialogue on the Nation Brand.In welcoming delegates, vice chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey said that, given the ongoing protest and debate on campuses across South Africa, the event was a timely reminder of the crucial role universities play in defining and shaping a nations’ identity.The University of Pretoria, she said, was committed to its role in advancing South Africa as a nation. “This is the opportune time to host this event. It is a moment to think deeply of the value of public institutions to society and brand in South Africa.”Today’s event brings together a range of leading academics to deliberate on how South Africa is currently positioned, whether this positioning is positive or negative, what is working, and how the various elements of the brand impact on nation brand positioning.The discussion is intended to give Brand South Africa a solid basis from which to critique the work currently executed, with a range of stakeholders, in positioning South Africa competitively and positively.“Universities are the public spaces for discourse on the nature of our society,” De la Rey said. A strong and resilient nation brand, she said, was built on a common vision and a shared identity. Universities were the place where a nation of people should discover who they are.She added that she hoped today’s discussions would end with innovative and creative solutions to the fault-lines we face as a nation.Ambassador Kingsley Makhubela, Brand South Africa CEO, said that universities were the perfect venue for the nation brand conversation. “Academic communities allow for open discussion.”The issue to be discussed today, he said, was how we overcome the problem of blurred lines when we try to define a strong state versus nation brand. “A strong state will build a strong nation brand,” he said.The solutions generated today would be useful, so he encouraged delegates to be frank and open. “The ideas we generate today will have an impact. They will inform policy.”SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material.last_img read more

Agreement with China opens door for beef export expansion

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The White House announced last week that an agreement has been reached that will restore U.S. beef access to China.The Trump administration said that following one more round of technical consultations between the United States and China, China is to allow imports of U.S. beef on conditions consistent with international food safety and animal health standards and consistent with the 1999 Agricultural Cooperation Agreement, beginning as soon as possible but no later than July 16, 2017.“After being locked out of the world’s largest market for 13 years, we strongly welcome the announcement that an agreement has been made to restore U.S. beef exports to China. It’s impossible to overstate how beneficial this will be for America’s cattle producers, and the Trump Administration deserves a lot of credit for getting this achieved,” said Craig Uden, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president. “We look forward to providing nearly 1.4 billion new customers in China with the same safe and delicious U.S. beef that we feed our families. I look forward to the day when we can serve President Trump and President Xi a dry-aged American-made New York strip in Beijing.”U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue hailed the agreement between the United States and China on several key trade issues, most notably the return of American beef to the Chinese market after a hiatus that began in 2004.“This is tremendous news for the American beef industry, the agriculture community, and the U.S. economy in general. We will once again have access to the enormous Chinese market, with a strong and growing middle class, which had been closed to our ranchers for a long, long time,” Perdue said. “I commend the persistence of President Trump, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, the U.S. Trade Representative’s officials, and our own USDA professionals. I also thank our Chinese counterparts, who worked so hard to get this agreement into place. When the Chinese people taste our high-quality U.S. beef, there’s no doubt in my mind that they’ll want more of it.”last_img read more

Solar Decathlon 2011: Living in a Glass House

first_imgLive at the International Builder’s Show Clear, translucent, and layered wallsLiving Light’s north and south walls are layered with glazing in unconventional ways. Each wall is actually a double façade: on the outside, a single fixed pane of tempered R-1 glass sits on shock-absorbing mounts; on the inside, R-11.4 triple-pane windows, some of which are operable, sit in wood-veneered aluminum frames. Transparent glass dominates the south façade while translucent glass dominates the north façade, although the operable-window areas on each will be about the same.One basic aim is to provide abundant daylighting for the structure and maximize passive solar gain when it’s needed in the winter. But the walls actually are as much about shading as they are about flooding the house with light. An automated, horizontal-blind system sandwiched between the inner and outer glass walls controls the amount of light let into the conditioned space. And as the blind slats warm up in the sun, a ventilation fan directs air to an energy-recovery ventilator to harvest the heat. The space between the inner and outer windows also is equipped with hidden electric lights whose automated operation is coordinated with that of the blinds to smooth transitions from daytime to night and back. MORE INFORMATIONLiving Light Team Web pageDOE Web page for University of TennesseeGBA Resource Guide for 2011 Solar Decathlon In addition to the energy-recovery ventilator, the HVAC system includes two ductless minisplit heat pumps. Team Tennessee says the house is designed for “young professionals with an average income of $100,000 working in the vibrant design, science, and technology industries of Nashville, Tennessee.” But after the Decathlon, it will hit the road rather than the real estate market, embarking on what the team had dubbed the Tennessee Tour. After that, it will serve as a laboratory for new technologies and collecting performance data. University of Tennessee’s Living Light is among the 2011 Solar Decathlon’s more straightforward expressions of form and function, with heavily glazed north and south walls and a compact, steel-framed rectangular shape that allows it to be lifted onto a set of truck-trailer wheels, coupled to a road tractor, and hauled down the highway like a moving van.In designing Living Light, its first Decathlon entry, Team Tennessee said it was inspired by Cherokee shelters in East Tennessee and the cantilevered barns of Appalachia, where both winter and summer include challenging weather conditions. But the team also focused on how the home’s simple shape could be exploited to make the most of its passive solar and daylighting potential.The house is 750 sq. ft. – notably smaller than most homes in the 2011 competition, where the limit on interior space is 1,000 sq. ft. The east and west ends, which contain the mechanical cores, feature R-30 stud walls. The 10.9-kW rooftop array is horizontal, and the white reflective roof under it is nearly so. The array, in this case, uses a copper indium gallium diselenide thin-film absorber wrapped inside cylindrical modules to capture sunlight from all directions.last_img read more

MS Dhoni blames ‘soft dismissals’ of batsmen for 3rd Test loss

first_imgDhoni also said that India need to discuss their four-bowler strategy ahead of 4th TestIndia skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday blamed his batsmen for the “soft dismissals” which saw them suffer an embarrassing 266-run defeat in the third cricket Test and said they would need to discuss their four-bowler strategy ahead of the fourth rubber.Asked about the decision to go with four bowlers in the third Test, Dhoni said: “The reason for using four bowlers is that we never used the fifth. We just used him for 10 and 8 overs. With Shikhar and Vijay and Rohit around we thought we could do it.”But it`s the bowling we need to improve and hit the top of off stump. We will have to think about the four-bowler strategy. We can say the extra batsman didn`t score, but then again the extra bowler didn`t pick up wickets. So we have to discuss a lot and decide on the basis of the pitch.”Part-time off-spinner Moeen Ali`s six-wicket haul saw India bundle out for 178 in the second innings to earn a huge win for England and draw level in the five-test series and Dhoni said his batsmen should have been more positive. “I don`t think we played good cricket. We played the fast bowlers well. Moeen (Ali) bowled well, but we also allowed him to bowl well,” said Dhoni after India lost the third Test by a huge 266 runs here today.”He bowled good lines and one ball will turn, there is some wear on the wicket and we should have been more positive.”advertisement”There were quite a few soft dismissals during the phase where Jinx (Ajinkya Rahane) got out and a couple of other wickets that fell. The last session yesterday, we lost too many wickets. We could have looked at the Test today a different way without that,” he added.Asked about debutant fast bowler Pankaj Singh, Dhoni said: “Pankaj bowled really well, tall guy bowled good lengths. In this pitch, he bowled the right length. He could have got three wickets but it just didn`t go his way. Shami and Bhuvi bowled well too.”When it comes to talent, we are good. In the mental approach, we have to play out shots and back ourselves because cricket is about runs and wickets,” Dhoni added. England skipper Alastair Cook said he was happy that they dominated all the sessions in the third Test.”Happy is the word, not relieved. We pretty much won every single session and that credit to the guys,” Cook said after the match.”It`s a great win, we wanted to get on that wicket first and to get 570 is a great start. We bowled well and batted quickly and knocked em over again,” he added. Troubled by poor form, Cook finally got his bearing right in the Third Test as he scored 95 and 70 not out in the first and second innings respectively and the 29-year-old said he had to work really hard on his batting.”I thought my game was heading in the right direction even with 10s and 20s. It was frustrating not to get the hundred, but I`d take what I got,” he said.”Getting back into the ball is vital, I`m pretty good with the short ball. I nick outside off and I had to take care of that. I had to work incredibly hard.”Asked about the contribution of his teammates, especially all-rounder Moeen Ali and wicketkeeper Jos Butler, Cook said: “The team from 1 to 11 have been fantastic. Moeen`s bowling has come on leaps and bounds, credit to him. When you`re bowing behind Ajmal at Worcester and he`s been bowling a lot. Responding really well and on a spinning wicket to get a six-for, can`t really ask for more.”Buttler`s been brilliant with his quick runs and his keeping has been great too. Leader of the attack, Anderson. Got a couple of wickets to set us off and settle nerves.” Cook also thanked the spectators for turning up for the third Test. “It is a fantastic crowd, it was a touch Test (scheduling wise), walking out on Sunday after lunch, the ovation was great.”It`s been a fantastic week and thank you Southampton.”England pacer James Anderson, who marked his birthday with a five-wicket haul yesterday, said: “Lovely, it was a good day yesterday, We just wanted to finish them off early and get out there and bat again. “I don`t think we lost a session in the game. Fantastic performance through the five days.”advertisementThe 32-year-old from Lancashire, who took five wickets in the first session before scalping two more in India`s second essay, said it was the batsmen who set the game for them after scoring 569 in the first innings. “570 is a huge score. It makes a huge difference for the bowlers. It was quite easy for us after that. Gary (Ballance) and Bell batted brilliantly, and set the game for us. We bowled brilliantly and got this win,” said Anderson, who was adjudged the Man of the Match.”We definitely enjoyed it as well, we`ve obviously performed well. It was slightly different atmosphere in the field, me and Broady set the tone with the new ball and then we threw ourselves around in the field. “The ball swung both innings and that made my job easier because that`s what I`m good at and if it keeps swinging hopefully I can continue.”Anderson is facing an ICC judicial commission hearing tomorrow set up to investigate accusations that he pushed India`s Ravindra Jadeja in the Trent Bridge pavilion during the lunch interval on the second day of the first Test. Asked if he is confident to get a decision in his favour, Anderson said: “I`m not sure tomorrow. We will have to wait and see. But I am happy that we have done brilliantly to put that out of our minds and level the series.”last_img