As UL Trouble Breeds Again

first_imgA group of University of Liberia staffers under the name “Concerned Staff of University of Liberia Staff Association (ULSA)” says a call by University of Liberia Staff Association president Zizi K. Zubah for the Vice President for Administration, Prof. Ansu Sonii, to resign is his personal opinion and not a general consensus of the entire association.Of recent a group named and styled “University of Liberia Staff Association,” wrote five counts alleging that Prof. Sonii is involved in administrative malpractices. The group subsequently called on him to resign his post.The Concern Staff of University of Liberia Staff Association, which supports Prof. Sonii, in a statement on Tuesday, May 6, passed a vote of no confidence in Zizi K. Zubah. They noted that Zizi’s tenure has expired but continues to perpetuate himself in power.The head of the Sonii support group, Gabriel Pyne Vanjah, who read the group’s position statement to the press indicated that Zizi’s call for Prof. Sonii to resign his post in 15 days, also poses an ultimatum on the University of Liberia’s Board of Trustees to act against its will in favor of him. “This is unrealistic and will never be given adherence to,” Vanjah said.In the vote-of-no-confidence resolution against Zizi, Vanjah and his group labeled among other things that Zizi has overstayed in the UL Staff Association leadership and this violates Article 9 Section 1 of the organization’s constitution.Vanjah further alleged that Zizi’s leadership has not been transparent and accountable to the general body, which is the supreme decision maker, withholding to present quarterly financial updates.Mr. Pyne Vanjah outlined monthly contributions, ULSA’s loan scheme interest generation, ULSA Day Fund expenditures, rice sale income, fund raising programs, and ULSA-UL Administration car loan as some sources of financial income that are unaccounted for.He also said there has not been annual report from the Zizi leadership. Said report is to take place on the second Friday of December annually to the general assembly.Vanjah further alleged that Zizi unilaterally appointed some individuals in elected positions which contravene ULSA’s constitution.Furthermore, the group said Zizi has been appointed Academic Coordinator for the T.J.R Faulkner College of Science & Technology, which under Article 4 Section 1 of their constitution prohibits a member from holding key administrative position.Zizi K. Zubah’s Position About a week ago the leadership of Zizi K. Zubah circulated a resolution in the name of the University of Liberia Staff Association, calling for the resignation of the Vice President for Administration, Ansu Sonii.Zizi alleged that Prof. Sonii uses regular and temporary staffers to perform his private duties with no compensation.According to Zizi, Prof. Sonii promised to employ some temporary staffers who have worked with the University of Liberia for more than three years; something he (Zizi) claims has not been fulfilled.In addition, the counts noted that the UL Vice President’s office has created a hostile posture to the leadership of the UL Staff Association in addressing legitimate concerns of staff of the University.He and his group also claimed that Prof. Sonii, is ambitious of contesting the senatorial seat in Margibi County. According to them, because of this alleged quest of Prof. Sonii, Mr. Sonii is now paying less attention to activities of the University and at the same time using the University resources to support his campaign.Zizi’s camp further accused Prof. Sonii of instigating confusion within the ranks and files of the University of Liberia Staff Association.He threatened that if Prof. Sonii does not resign in 15 days as Vice President for Administration, “we will as of May 15, 2014 lay down our chalks.”Meanwhile, the emerging argument between the two groups sends signal of past event that stalled normal academic activities at the University of Liberia for sometimes this just-ended semester.It can be recalled that in November, 2013, University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) laid down chalks, demanding Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost Dr. Wede Elliot-Brownell to resign.This was fueled by violent actions by group of students and it led to indefinite suspension of classes until late January 2014 when academic activities resumed and was just completed in March.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ghana football chief resigns after corruption suspension

first_img0Shares0000Kwesi Nyantakyi accused “scammers” of tricking him after stepping down as Ghanaian Football Association president © AFP/File / Carl DE SOUZAACCRA, Ghana, Jun 8 – Ghanian Football Association (GFA) president Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned on Friday just hours after world football governing body FIFA hit him with a 90-day suspension over corruption claims.In a statement carried on the GFA website, Nyantakyi apologised “unreservedly” for “a series of errors of indiscretion” after FIFA launched an ethics investigation into his activities. Nyantakyi was accused in an explosive documentary called ‘Number 12’, aired on Wednesday by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, of soliciting bribes amounting to several million dollars.The football chief said “scammers” had “deceived me into thinking they were genuine persons interested in investing in our country”.In the documentary he was accused of requesting $11 million (9.3 million euros) from reporters posing as investors to secure government contracts.He also allegedly tried to profit personally from a $5 million-a-year, five-year sponsorship deal with the GFA.Hidden camera footage also purportedly showed referees taking as little as $100 each to rig matches.Ghana’s government on Thursday said the documentary had exposed “gross malfunctioning… characterised by widespread fraud, corruption and bribery” at the GFA.Ghana’s information minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said the government would dissolve the GFA because of the “widespread nature of the apparent rot”.FIFA responded earlier on Friday by banning Nyantakyi from “all football-related activity” for 90 days pending an investigation with a possible further suspension of up to 45 days.Football is Ghana’s national sport and the revelations have sent shockwaves through the country, just under a week before the start of the World Cup finals in Russia, for which they failed to qualify.Before the last World Cup in Brazil in 2014, Nyantakyi was accused of signing a $170,000-deal for Ghana to play in a friendly organised by match fixers. He denied the accusations.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Leonard Cohen to be honoured with memorial concert in Montreal tonight

first_imgAdam Cohen said the artists were chosen based on their ability to entertain a crowd but also to serve his father’s songs well. The event will feature a star-studded lineup of performers including Sting, k.d. lang, Elvis Costello and Lana Del Rey. Login/Register With: Cohen’s son has said the planning for the concert began soon after his father’s death last November at the age of 82. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard are also expected to attend. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Feist, Damien Rice, Ron Sexsmith and comedian Seth Rogen are also set to perform tributes to the beloved singer-songwriter and poet. MONTREAL — A memorial concert will be held in Montreal tonight to pay tribute to the late Canadian artist Leonard Cohen. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Wynn Group pulls out of Freeport resort purchase

first_img Related Items:#AMResorts, #magneticmedianews, #WynnGroup Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 25, 2017 – Nassau – All guessing is unnecessary now as the Wynn Group, in an exclusive interview with the Nassau Guardian has announced that it will pull out of the Grand Bahama deal to purchase the three resort strip and is now looking to get its refundable deposit back from owners, Hutchison Whompoa.Wynn is still not saying why they have opted out of the purchase though and are not revealing what was in the agreement, described as a bullet point letter of intent with the PLP Administration in May.    What was said is that while Wynn will work with  any of the resorts to see the revival of the Lucayan Strip, they prefer the #AMResorts which is the largest tour operator in the United States.AMResorts accounts for 20% of bookings within the Caribbean and Mexico and currently has no footprint in The Bahamas.    #WynnGroup, CEO, Paul Wynn shared much in that interview including that they are still interest in Grand Bahama if the Government was interested in revisiting their idea of what must happen on the troubled tourist strip.The Wynn Group is moving onto other business in Nassau; a hotel to come for Goodman’s Bay called, the Kimpton Hotel.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Solari plays down exit rumours after recent loss

first_imgReal Madrid coach Santi Solari played down questions about his future, following Sunday evening’s 2-0 La Liga defeat at home to Real Sociedad.A coolly-taken penalty by Real striker Willian Jose and a Ruben Pardo’s close-range header condemned Los Blancos to a defeat in front of their home fans.A tally of 30 points from 18 games remains the club’s worst start since 2005-06 season.Asked directly at the post-game news conference whether he felt he deserved to continue in the position — just over two months after he replaced Julen Lopetegui on the Madrid bench — the former Argentina midfielder replied: “We compete to win the next game.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We compete to win, always compete to win,” the former Madrid player and Castilla youth team coach said via ESPN.“We always fight to win. We never underestimate the competition, never underestimate anybody. The only one who has that luxury is he who has never competed. You can never question our winning character; we showed character today, despite the difficulties. Unforgivable would be to lack that.”“Nothing went right for us today,” he said. “The sensation is that we wanted to make up three points and we didn’t. This is football, we lost concentration at the start of the game which cost us a goal and hurt us.“The same as in Villarreal [2-2 midweek], in professional football you cannot have that. Then we did everything possible to turn the result around, despite the difficulties, possible penalties, or penalties, and the sending off. We made chances but the ball just would not go in.”last_img read more

Samir Husni to Launch Magazine Innovation Center in August

first_imgOne of the center’s first goals, he said, would be to come up with new ways for magazine distribution.Since posting a note about the idea for the innovation center on his blog last week, Husni said he has received 120 e-mails from people who “are very interested” in participating. The post—entitled “Once again the American publishing model proves to be DEAD”—was born out of frustration over the shuttering of Hallmark magazine, despite showing significant growth in advertising and circulation.“I saw that, and said ‘This is it, it’s time to do this,’” he said.Husni is seeking $1 million to jump-start the center, and said he has already spoken to many CEOs interested in the project.While Husni has yet to seek the assistance of associations like the Magazine Publishers of America, he would welcome their help. “Would they rather spend $4.7 million on an advertising campaign that got them nothing, or $250,000 on the Magazine Innovation Center?” Samir Husni, the University of Mississippi professor known as “Mr. Magazine,” is relinquishing his duties as chairman of the journalism department at the school on June 30, and will not seek the role of dean.Instead, Husni is launching the Magazine Innovation Center, a non-profit think tank of sorts, and says he will devote the remaining years of his professional career to furthering the future of print.The center, which will be housed at the University of Mississippi, will launch in August, Husni said.“As an industry, we’re so cocooned in what we are doing,” Husni told FOLIO:. “We’re going to use this as a base, a think tank, where we’ll bring in people from publishing, advertising, and printing from all over the world—away from the daily grind of New York or other major cities—to spend three or four days here working on a specific problem.”last_img read more

Asus has a limited edition laptop with a leather lid

first_img Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tags Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read Google Home Hub review $210 at Best Buy See it 0 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. The Asus ZenBook 13 Edition 30 comes with matching accessories.  Asus Asus on Wednesday unveiled the limited edition ZenBook 13 Edition 30, a pearl white laptop featuring a genuine Italian leather lid cover. The product is in celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary. ZenBook Edition 30 also comes with a set of matching accessories, including a leather sleeve and a pearl white mouse.The laptop includes ScreenPad 2.0, a phone-size screen that doubles as a trackpad. It features a four-sided frameless NanoEdge display, offering near-borderless visuals. Under the hood, the ZenBook 13 Edition 30 sports an eighth Generation Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU and 16GB of RAM. It boasts 13.2 hours of battery life. The laptop is available exclusively from the Asus Store for $1,399.99. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Review • Asus ZenBook 13 review: This sweet-looking ultraportable has a surprise inside $520 at HP $6 at Tidal See It Read the Rylo camera preview Sprint Tags Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See at Turo Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview Apple iPhone XS Post a comment Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Comments TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. The Cheapskate Rylo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img Read the AirPods review $155 at Google Express See It Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Asus ZenBook UX331 $1,999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Amazon $60 at Best Buy Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsMore to come! Note: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Asus,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Asus ZenBook 13 7 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $59 at eBay See it Chris Monroe/CNET $299 at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $999 Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Boost Mobile An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Angela Lang/CNET Turo $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Laptops See at Amazon Share your voice Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See Itlast_img read more

California fire death toll rises to 38

first_imgWildfire creeps through the forest, down the south side of Dry Creek Canyon, at the Partrick Fire on 12 October 2017 west of Napa, California. Thousands of homes have burned, at least 31 people confirmed killed with hundreds still missing as California wildfires continue to spread out of control.The death toll from California’s raging wildfires rose to 38 on Saturday, with more than 10,000 firefighters battling 16 large blazes and 100,000 people evacuated, the state’s fire service said.Around 335 square miles (864 square kilometers) of residential neighborhoods, forests and other property have been burned since Sunday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).”These fires have been extremely destructive, with 5,700 structures estimated to have been destroyed,” the service said in a statement.Cal Fire later announced on its Twitter account that the death toll had risen from 35 in the morning to 38, with 20 of the fatalities occurring in Sonoma County alone, where more than 200 people are still missing.Pre-dawn winds in Santa Rosa have complicated the effort, pushing a blaze known as the Nuns Fire in two separate directions and forcing thousands to evacuate their homes near Oakmont and northeast of the city of Sonoma, Cal Fire said.Numerous churches across the region — in Santa Rosa, Napa, Sonoma, Petaluma and Novato — were housing victims of the wildfires and serving as resting places for firefighters, according to the Sacramento Bee newspaper.California Governor Jerry Brown announced the White House had approved a request for direct aid for families in four counties, adding to emergency funds promised to the devastated winemaking areas of Napa and Sonoma.- ‘The horror’ -Brown and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris met community leaders and emergency management officials in Santa Rosa later Saturday, with nine counties still under a state of emergency.”Nothing has been this bad that I’ve ever seen in this state,” Brown was quoted as saying by the Bee.”The devastation, the horror, the displacement, is truly something that none of us will ever forget.”Firefighters working 24 hours on, 24 hours off, have come in from around the western United States and even as far as the Carolinas to provide fresh legs for the battle.In Redwood Valley, a small town around 70 miles north of the Sonoma County fires that threatened world-renowned wineries, officials have been struggling with the gruesome task of naming victims.At least nine people were killed late Sunday by a wildfire that “swept through the area so fast it engulfed moving cars,” the Bee reported, but several remain unidentified.The settlement’s 2,300 residents have been begging for information about missing friends and relatives as rescuers scour the charred remains of dozens of homes.- ‘Hell on Earth’ -“This is hell on earth,” Sheriff Tom Allman told the newspaper as he confirmed the ninth death, an 86-year-old widow found in the ashes of her Redwood Valley house.”This is such an all encompassing tragedy — you lose a 14-year-old boy whose grandfather was a friend of mine, an elderly woman and her caretaker, a grandma and grandpa who died together.”The last week has been the deadliest for wildfires in California’s history, according to officials.The Griffith Park fire in Los Angeles County in 1933 killed at least 29 people, and 25 people died in the 1991 Oakland Hills fire.Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano said Friday his department was continuing to track down people reported missing by family or friends.The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department had received 1,308 missing persons reports so far and 1,052 people have been located, Giordano said.Evacuation orders were in place for several towns in Napa and Sonoma, where hundreds of people have already lost their homes to the fast-moving infernos.Many residents took to social media to berate President Donald Trump for his silence over the tragedy on his Twitter account.Trump’s tweets and retweets on Saturday were largely limited to observations on health care and his son Eric’s upcoming appearance on Fox News, with nothing about California.”Still no comments from Trump about devastating fires in California & the lives lost. Is it ’cause millions of CA voted for Hillary? How petty,” read one tweet, echoing much of the criticism.last_img read more

Israel faces second election as Netanyahu fails to form govt

first_imgIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media at the Knesset, Israel`s parliament, in Jerusalem on 30 May 2019. Photo: ReutersIsraeli lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament early on Thursday, paving the way for a new election after veteran prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government before a midnight deadline.The 17 September ballot will be Israel’s second this year. It spells unprecedented upheaval even for a country used to political infighting and is a big blow to Netanyahu, who had claimed victory in the last election on 9 April.Parliament’s 74-to-45 vote took place just minutes after a midnight deadline for Netanyahu to assemble his fifth government.The turmoil arose – officially, at least – from a feud over military conscription between Netanyahu’s presumed allies: ex-defence minister Avigdor Lieberman, a far-right secularist, and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties.Those parties want young religious scholars exempted, en masse from mandatory national service. But Lieberman and many other Israelis want them to share the burden.Netanyahu denounced the draft spat as a “Kafkaesque” ruse.”It’s just unbelievable. Avigdor Lieberman is now part of the left,” he told reporters. “It is perfectly clear that he wanted to topple this government … to cobble together a few more votes.”Yet the new ballot represents less of a setback for Netanyahu than the alternative in which Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, could have asked another politician to try and form a ruling coalition.Faced with the prospect of having to step aside and watch one of his political rivals push him to the margins, Netanyahu instead drummed up votes to dissolve the 120-seat Knesset.Netanyahu signalled he will run in the next election, telling reporters: “We will win”. The spokesman for his conservative Likud party sent out a text emoji showing a smiling Netanyahu with the message: “Get out and vote.”But the failed coalition building of a 69-year-old leader who just weeks ago was hailed by supporters as a political “magician” may open rifts and stir up challenges within Likud.Courts And StatecraftThe premier is also dogged by potential criminal charges in three corruption cases. He has denied wrongdoing and is due to argue at a pre-trial hearing in October against any indictment.A new election could further complicate US efforts to press ahead with president Donald Trump’s peace plan in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even before it has been announced, Palestinians have spurned it as a blow to their statehood hopes.The White House team behind the proposal, including Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, is in the Middle East to drum up support for an economic “workshop” in Bahrain next month to encourage investment in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.The group arrived in Israel on Wednesday and planned to meet Netanyahu on Thursday. “Lots to pray for!” tweeted one of the envoys, Jason Greenblatt, from Jerusalem’s Western Wall.Three hours before Wednesday’s 2100 GMT deadline, Likud said it had secured 60 signatures, half of parliament, but shy of the majority required for a measure of stable governance.In another sign of Netanyahu’s strong desire to retain the premiership, the opposition centre-left Labour party said it had been offered – and had refused – a chance to join a Likud-led coalition. Likud, which has long said it plans to head a strong right-wing government, neither denied or confirmed this.First elected in the late 1990s, Netanyahu has been in power for the past decade. In mid-July, he will overtake Israel’s founding father, David Ben-Gurion, as longest-serving premier.The last election ended with Netanyahu neck-and-neck against Benny Gantz, a politically untested ex-armed forces chief.Lieberman, who quit as defence minister in November, in protest at what he deemed insufficient Israeli military force in fighting Hamas in Gaza, has denied allegations that his real intention was to oust Netanyahu and lead a “national camp”.Until the drama over coalition building, public attention had been focused more on moves Netanyahu loyalists were planning in parliament to grant him immunity from criminal prosecution and to pass a law ensuring such protection could not be withdrawn by the Supreme Court.last_img

Voter Registration Battles Continue City Floodplain Regulations May Hurt Low Income Residents

first_img Share Study: Climate change to intensify impacts of El Niño/La Niña The recurring climate patterns known as El Niño or La Niña will lead to stronger storms and wildfires as the planet warms, according to a new study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.That means more chances for wildfires and, particularly on the Gulf Coast, flooding. Are Houston’s floodplain building rules hurting poor residents? Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaMany homeowners in Houston’s Kashmere Gardens community are still rebuilding after Harvey.Under Houston’s new floodplain building regulations, structures in the 500-year floodplain must be elevated at least two feet above the floodplain. The ordinance also affects current residents who are rebuilding homes that were more than 50 percent damaged during Harvey.A new report by Austin-based advocacy group Texas Housers says the regulations adversely affect low-income communities. Tuesday, September 4, 2018As midterm elections approach, voter registration battle continuesMichael Stravato for The Texas TribuneVoters arrive at the polls for the last hour of the primaries in Houston on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.November is approaching, which means the midterm elections are in sight. While candidates are trying to gather votes, some Houstonians’ ability to vote has come under scrutiny.Last month, Harris County voter registrar Ann Harris Bennett said a software glitch mistakenly suspended the voter registration status of over 1,700 voters. These suspensions followed a challenge by a local Republican activist to the legitimacy of nearly 4,000 voter residencies. Houston ISD launches ‘Parent University’HISDNorma Romero works with the parents of her Pre-K students at a parent engagement meeting in 2014.The Houston school district is trying to rebuild trust with parents and community members this year, after several controversies last year, including residents being arrested at a board meeting.The district’s interim superintendent hopes a new effort will help. It’s called “Parent University” and will offer families a crash course in how to be involved in their children’s education.last_img read more