Traditional Chiefs Want Article 30 Revisited

first_imgTraditional leaders of Liberia are opting for a Constitutional review process aimed at amending Article 30a of the 1986 Constitution.Article 30a requires that “Citizens of Liberia who meet the following qualifications are eligible to become members of the Legislature: (A) For the Senate, have attained the age of 30 years and for the House of Representatives, have attained the age of 25 years.”According to the Chairman of the National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL), Chief Zanzan Karwor, the required age for those wanting to occupy said position is “solely responsible for the unpleasant behavior of lawmakers on Capitol Hill.”He noted that until the required age is adjusted through a constitutional process, the conduct of lawmakers, particularly those of the House, will continue to bring shame to the Liberian society.In his wisdom, Chief Karwor believes that more values need to be added to the first branch of government so that the conduct of business in both houses could represent the views and aspirations of the entire country.“How can a 25 year old be representative in the House and all they do there is about boyfriends and girlfriends business. Whole day in the House, all we find them doing is fighting over money; everyday money, money business. We need to look at that part of the Constitution that talks about who is qualified to be lawmaker. If we do that, we will stop plenty of the things that [are] going on in the House,” the Traditional Chief declared.Judging from these situations in the country, Karwor said, “Liberia is now beyond repair and things are not improving.”The Traditional leaders’ assertion is in response to recent standoff on Capitol Hill involving Representatives Roland Opee Cooper and Bill Corneh, of Margibi and Bong Counties respectively.In that commotion, it was established that Opee Cooper physically assaulted his Bong County counterpart when Corneh attempted to calm him (Opee) doing a heated debate in the House’s chamber.According to Chief Karwor, such action does not represent a group of people with high moral integrity, and as such, Liberians must consider changing the rules in order to bring dignity to the Capitol Building.Chief Karwor made the assertions yesterday at a two-day forum organized by Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) held under the theme: “Working with Traditional leaders to enhance citizens’ participation in LEITI implementation.”  According to LEITI Head of Secretariat Konah D. Karmo, traditional leaders’ participation in LEITI implementation remains cardinal to the work of the organization.Presenting a lecture on the topic: “The LEITI Process — A benefit for every Liberian”, Karmo encouraged traditional leaders to lead the way in making sure that companies and concessionaires abide by commitments on the book for affected communities and people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rep Theis testifies on bills protecting minor victims of sex crimes

first_img20Feb Rep. Theis testifies on bills protecting minor victims of sex crimes State Rep. Lana Theis, of Brighton, today testified before the House Law and Justice Committee today, in support of her legislative package to protect young victims of sexual-based offenses, while helping local school districts better protect their students who are victims of such crimes. At right is state Rep. Sylvia Santana, of Detroit, and at left is Meghan Reckling, legislative director for Rep. Theis. BOTTOM: Brighton resident Ashley Duva (right) speaks before the Law and Justice Committee, while Theis and Brighton High School student Gianna Duva listen. Categories: News,Photos,Theis News,Theis Photoslast_img

Canal Group has acquired AlternaTV the platform

first_imgCanal+ Group has acquired Alterna’TV, the platform set up by Eutelsat Americas to distribute Latin American channels overseas, notably in North America.Aterna’TV channels are currently received by over six million subscribers in the Americas via cable and internet TV. Along with the acquisition, which was carried out via its Thema channel distribution subsidiary, Canal+ has signed a long-term capacity agreement with Eutelsat to distribute the platform via the Eutelsat 113 West A and Eutelsat 117 West A satellites.Canal+ said the acquisition aligned with its ambition to grow its position in North America, where Thema set up a local office in 2013. Thema will create a new integrated business unit that will combine its existing activities in the region with Alterna’TV.“The acquisition of Alterna’TV marks a new step in our partnership with Eutelsat with whom we have been working since our creation. It will allow us to scale up our presence in North and Latin America and will reinforce our team and the portfolio of channels we offer pay-TV operators in these markets. It will complement the platform we already operate in Canada with Terra Terra – that notably distributes Planète+ in Canada and became part of Thema in January 2016 – to create Thema America which aims to become a privileged partner of operators, replicating our success with our European model that draws on an innovative editorial and commercial approach,” said Thema CEO, François Thiellet.Patricio Northland, CEO of Eutelsat Americas, a subsidiary of Eutelsat, added: “Our relationship with THEMA and Canal+ enters a new phase with the signature of this agreement. We plan to continue to support the growth of Alterna’TV in the Americas through our fleet of high-power satellites and unique local infrastructure. I take this opportunity to thank the Alterna’TV teams for their significant contribution to its success over the years.”last_img read more