Extraordinary? It’s business as usual in Trump’s White House

first_imgIn foreign policy, the area which garners the most global media attention, Trump’s brashness and lack of diplomatic tact worry and confuse allies and appear to be disrupting the international system. But so far he has delivered outcomes based on familiar assumptions that are relatively ordinary and limited.Trump’s worldview is rooted largely in an orthodox set of realist assumptions that reject globalism, emphasise the role of nationalism, are sceptical of international organisations and multilateral agreements, and see the balance of global power as a mostly zero-sum game.Compared to the Obama administration, this appears to be an extraordinary, revolutionary change in direction.Yet, as with much of Trump’s domestic agenda, what his administration has done is largely to return the US to an emphasis on traditional Republican foreign policy priorities, utilising an underlying strategic approach that reverts to the long established Republican idea of seeking “peace through strength”.The dangerous rhetorical assault on North Korea followed by summits looks extraordinary on one level, but it fits within this tradition, and has also so far failed to deliver concrete outcomes. Extraordinary? It’s business as usual in Trump’s White House Trevor McCrisken If Trump had delivered on his promises to protect the economically precarious and insecure, it would have been a truly extraordinary accomplishment for a Republican President. But there is huge chasm between Trump’s words and actions, his promises made and promises delivered.He is a faint-hearted revolutionary, talking the talk but not walking the walk – the people’s tribune turned mainstream Republican.Trump has overused executive actions to try to deliver on campaign promises, like building the wall along the Mexican border, rather than using the skills required to secure successes as President. The resistance from Congress, even when controlled by his own party, and from the courts has frustrated his excesses, just as it was designed to.Outsider Presidents are usually not well equipped to govern. He does not have the experience or political connections that a successful presidency requires. In fact it is precisely the attributes and methodology that make Trump an extraordinary President that also make his presidency ordinary.Trump’s personalised version of leadership undermines the White House’s work. He has created a divided team, refuses to manage the divisions carefully, and adds a layer of further chaos with his hyperactive Twitter thumbs. He has not understood how to mobilise the power of the presidency to pressure the key Washington players who can make or break his agenda. His base strategy has failed to deliver action on his more radical proposals. whatsapp The Trump administration has not yet bucked the trend of recent presidencies that have struggled to secure US interests abroad.Like his predecessors, Trump is faced with intractable international problems, allies who do not always share US goals, adversaries who will not bend to the will of the US no matter how great its military and economic might, and a world that is increasingly interconnected in ways that limit the power the US has to get its own way.So for all the extraordinary behaviour of the President himself, the fanaticism whipped up among his supporters and the attacks heaped on him by his critics, in terms of actual outcomes both at home and abroad, the presidency of Donald Trump is so far rather ordinary. But in substance, policy, and deeds, his presidency is largely conventional and conservative, rather than revolutionary or radical, while its outcomes to date have been meager, mediocre, and quite ordinary.US Presidents are constrained by a constitutional structure that deliberately makes it very difficult to get things done. The checks and balances were designed specifically to hold ambitious and potentially tyrannical executives in check. They are the constitutional equivalent of a dog leash and muzzle.Strong partisanship between Republicans and Democrats also stifles reform. It is all very well to run on a promise to “drain the swamp”, but how do you do that when the swamp is full of clever, large and aggressive alligators, and your lead is short and muzzle strong?Trump is ordinary in that, like most Presidents, his accomplishments are few and not radical. The few successes he can lay claim to, like the 2017 tax cut, are largely mainstream Republican ones.Thus the alleged tribune of the working class has morphed into a classic Republican plutocrat, with the richest cabinet in history, cutting the taxes of the wealthy and the social provisions of the poor, striking free-trade deals that all but mirror those they replaced. Tags: Donald Trump People Tax Twitter Wednesday 17 April 2019 8:14 am Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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In almost everything he says and does, how he projects himself in speeches, tweets and meetings with world leaders, Trump is unorthodox, unconventional, and anything but ordinary. 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Ketchikan overwhelmed after 40 animals removed from home

first_imgFamily | SoutheastKetchikan overwhelmed after 40 animals removed from homeOctober 20, 2015 by Maria Dudzak, KRBD Share:Two of the dogs impounded at the Ketchikan animal shelter Oct. 9th. (Photo by Maria Dudzak/KRBD)Dogs impounded at the Ketchikan animal shelter. (Photo by Maria Dudzak/KRBD)Entering the kennel area at Ketchikan’s Pat Wise Animal Shelter, you are greeted by a chorus of nonstop barking, each dog jumping up on the kennel gate seeking attention. With the shelter at near capacity, staff is extremely busy, and volunteers have been stepping up to help. One volunteer is Susan Thompson.Thompson is a member of the Ketchikan Humane Society board. She says she usually focuses her time with that organization, but when she heard about the overwhelming number of animals, she decided to help out. She was laundering bedding when I spoke with her.“I feel terrible for the whole situation. I feel terrible for the woman and her family and particularly for these little animals who don’t know where they are or why they are and they’re scared and confused and need some help. And the shelter officers need help,” Thompson said.Earlier this month more than 40 animals, mostly small dogs, were removed from a home and taken to the shelter. The question now is what to do with all the animals and how to care for them while they are waiting to be placed in homes.On Oct. 9, Alaska State Troopers were called to a North Tongass home where they found an elderly woman in need of medical assistance. The North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department responded to the medical call and transported the woman to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center. She was later medevacked to Seattle. In the home Troopers found more than 40 animals. They contacted Ketchikan Gateway Borough Animal Protection for help.Animal Protection Director Eddie Blackwood was one of the people who responded.“They were living in substandard conditions,” Blackwood said. “They had some issues with medical conditions such as skin problems, eye problems, ear infections, things like that.”Blackwood says the floor of the small, dilapidated home was covered with about 6 inches of feces. Removed from the home were 31 small dogs, 6 cats and three chickens. Blackwood says one dog, one cat and one duck were found dead in the home. At the shelter, Animal Protection moved healthy animals upstairs to make space for the dogs in the kennels downstairs.Blackwood says because the homeowner was incapacitated and unable to verbally surrender the animals to the shelter, they are not the property of the Borough and therefore cannot be fostered or adopted at this time.“The Alaska State Troopers are the lead investigators on this,” she said. “So we are in the process of making contact with family members to either make arrangements for these animals or have them signed over to the shelter.”As of Saturday afternoon, surrender or transfer of ownership of the animals had not occurred.Blackwood believes the shelter will get custody of the animals soon and, once they are declared healthy by the veterinarian, can be placed for adoption or fostering. In the meantime, Blackwood says donations are appreciated.Disclosure: Maria Dudzak volunteers at the shelter.Share this story:last_img read more

Alaska Legislature recognizes Tlingit code talkers for their efforts during WWII

first_imgShare this story: Alaska Native Arts & Culture | History | Juneau | Military | Southeast | State GovernmentAlaska Legislature recognizes Tlingit code talkers for their efforts during WWIIMarch 8, 2019 by Henry Leasia, KHNS-Haines Share:Representatives from Sealaska Heritage, Alaska Native Brotherhood, Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and descendants of the five known Tlingit code talkers on the steps of the Alaska Capitol on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska)The Alaska Legislature adopted a citation Wednesday recognizing the contributions of Tlingit code talkers during World War II. During floor sessions, representatives and senators spoke about the outsized role that Alaska Natives have played in the military.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/03/07CodeTalkers.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Any history buff would know of the Navajo code talkers that developed secret battle communications for the U.S. military.But until recently, few people knew that Tlingit soldiers also used their language to pass along secret information during WWII.Former state legislator and Sealaska Board of Directors member Bill Thomas said he was friends with Robert “Jeff” David Sr. and George Lewis Jr., two former Tlingit code talkers who lived in Haines. He didn’t know the role they played in the war until after they passed away.“We all like to brag about what we did. Neither one of these two could say a word. I’m totally surprised that these two were able to hold that secret and not let their children or wives or anybody know what they did,” Thomas said.Code talker missions were highly classified, and the number of Tlingit people who served in this capacity is unknown.In 2013, Thomas attended a ceremony in Washington, D.C., where Congress awarded Congressional Silver Medals to five deceased Tlingit code talkers. Along with David and Lewis, Richard Bean Sr. and brothers Harvey Jacobs and Mark Jacobs Sr. were also honored.Six years have passed since the medals were awarded, and Thomas felt it was time that the state of Alaska recognized the soldiers’ efforts as well.“It had been too long as far as I was concerned,” Thomas said. “I felt it was disappointing not to recognize these men and the significance they had in the war effort.”Thomas and Sealaska Heritage recently proposed a legislative citation recognizing the importance of the Tlingit code talkers.Several senators pointed out Alaska Natives’ high rate of participation in the U.S. military before adopting the citation.Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, said he found it ironic that Native languages were used as a tool in the military while they were suppressed in civilian life.“Many of those Native Americans who served our country so nobly, and who saved so many lives with their rapid communications and unbreakable code, were punished for using their Native languages in schools when they had been younger,” Kiehl said.Thomas said five flags at the Capitol building will fly at half-mast next week in honor of the five known Tlingit code talkers. The flags will then be presented to the families of the code talkers on Monday, March 18, during the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.Watch the latest legislative coverage from Gavel Alaska:last_img read more

Juneau Assembly accepts settlement agreement with cruise industry

first_imgJuneau | Local Government | TourismJuneau Assembly accepts settlement agreement with cruise industryMarch 22, 2019 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:Cruise ships in port in Juneau in August 2012. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)The Juneau Assembly on Friday evening put an end to the three-year legal fight over how it spends money collected from cruise ship passengers.“Any objections?” Mayor Beth Weldon asked before the final vote. “Seeing and hearing none, Resolution 2852 is passed.”After a pause, the chambers burst into laughter and applause.The city announced last week that this agreement with Cruise Lines International Association Alaska, or CLIAA, had been tentatively reached.The organization is made up of cruise ship companies that do business in Alaska. It filed a lawsuit in 2016 calling Juneau’s $8 tax on passengers unconstitutional, leading to a three-year court battle over how the fees were collected and spent.A federal judge eventually ruled that Juneau could keep collecting the fees. But the city and CLIAA continued to disagree over how the fees could be spent, leaving open the possibility of an appeal from either side.Under the terms of the settlement, Juneau will pay CLIAA $1.5 million to cover its legal fees. Eventually, cruise ship passengers will pay for that with the very fee the city and CLIAA have been fighting over.The city will also pay the remainder of its own $800,000 legal bill with passenger fees.CLIAA agrees not to object to how the city spends the fees going forward, but both parties will meet annually to discuss those plans. Both parties also agree to continue working together and to settle future disagreements outside of court.CLIAA Executive Director John Binkley and Juneau City Manager Rorie Watt exchanged thanks at the meeting.“We’re certainly pleased with the settlement,” Binkley said. “It’s really an opportunity for all of us in the cruise industry and the community of Juneau to move forward. We realize that when we bring visitors here, we are guests in your community, and it’s our primary responsibility to make certain we act as guests and work with you to make certain we sustain and maintain the excellent quality of life for people here in Juneau. So to that end, we want to work together as we go forward. And we’re excited about this, and happy to be turning a new chapter and working together. So thank you.”“Both parties are relieved to have settled the litigation in such an amicable manner,” Watt said. “While CBJ and CLIAA haven’t agreed on the exact meanings of the law, but both parties recognize solid communication will continue to be necessary to keep the parties together. … I look forward to continue collaboration with cruise ship industry representatives and heartily thank them for their extensive, good-faith negotiations.”The Assembly unanimously passed the measures Friday allocating the money and authorizing the city manager to execute the settlement agreement.Read the full settlement agreement between CBJ and CLIA Alaska below:Jeremy Hsieh contributed to this report. Share this story:last_img read more

AO World share price jumps as revenues rise on Black Friday bonanza

first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp The figuresIt was less a case of “Black Friday”, more a case of “white goods Friday” for recently-listed AO World. Shares in the online washing machine/fridge/dishwasher retailer rose more than five per cent in early trading this morning, after it reported third quarter revenues from its website were up 38 per cent in the three months to the end of December, in part thanks to the discounting bonanza that is the US post-holiday retail frenzy. For the first time this year, customers lapped up Black Friday deals as retailers engaged in heavy discounting. According to AO World, total revenue (which excludes its German arm) rose 26 per cent. Sales of “audio visual categories” – ie. TVs – “built well” during the period, it said, adding that “we were particularly pleased with performance in the run-up to Christmas”.Why it’s interestingAll eyes have been on AO World since it was floated at the peak of IPO frenzy, in February last year. Even its bankers eventually admitted its flotation, at 72 times forecast underlying profits, was “punchy”.Having fallen to a low of 154p in October, shares in the retailer only rebounded to the 285p at which they floated last month. However, analysts have generally been positive, maintaining that the company is in a strong position (just not “72 times underlying profits” strong).Today AO World confirmed that, pointing out that it’s outlook for the full year remains unchanged.What AO World saidOperationally we managed very well over the peak trading period, maintaining our industry-leading website response times, service levels and logistics performance, in spite of large spikes in volume, particularly on “Black Friday”. As a result, customer satisfaction levels remained high, reflecting our market leading proposition.In shortThe company may be closely watched because of its “punchy” IPO, but trading is reasonably strong.  whatsapp Monday 12 January 2015 2:50 am center_img Emma Haslett Share AO World share price jumps as revenues rise on Black Friday bonanza Tags: AO World Black Friday 2016 Companylast_img read more

Mark your calendar for Financial Planning Week

first_img Related news Leah Golob FPSC recognizes outstanding achievements Keywords Financial Planning WeekCompanies Financial Planning Standards Council November is Financial Literacy Month Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Sousa is expected to speak on the government’s response to the Final Report of the Ontario Expert Committee to Consider Financial Advisory and Financial Planning Policy Alternatives, the FPSC says in a statement. Created by the FPSC and the Institut québécois de planification financière (IQPF) in 2009, Financial Planning Week is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance and benefits of financial planning with a qualified professional, encouraging Canadians to take control of their future and achieve their goals through sound financial planning, and ensuring Canadians are armed with the information they need to find the right financial planning professional. “Recent research commissioned by the FPSC found that Canadians feel they don’t have their financial future under control and are overwhelmed with their financial options,” says FPSC president and CEO Cary List, in a statement. “During Financial Planning Week, we educate consumers on the benefits of receiving professional advice and encourage them to take control of their finances by enlisting the help of a CFP professional.” The FPSC will be hosting events in both Toronto and Vancouver to promote networking and professional skills development. More information regarding Financial Planning Week is available at FinancialPlanningWeek.ca. Photo copyright: jirsak/123RF FPSC announces Financial Planning Week schedule of events Ontario Minister of Finance Charles Sousa will deliver the keynote address for the Financial Planning Standards Council’ s (FPSC) Celebration of the Profession reception during the 9th annual Financial Planning Week, which runs from Nov. 19 to 25, the FPSC has announced. last_img read more

Interested parties encouraged to share views with task force examining effects of pharmaceutical mergers

first_imgInterested parties encouraged to share views with task force examining effects of pharmaceutical mergers From: Competition Bureau CanadaThrough its participation in the Multilateral Pharmaceutical Merger Task Force, the Competition Bureau, with its counterparts in the U.S., the European Union and the U.K., is reviewing its approach to the analysis of pharmaceutical mergers.May 11, 2021 – GATINEAU, QC – Competition BureauThrough its participation in the Multilateral Pharmaceutical Merger Task Force, the Competition Bureau, with its counterparts in the U.S., the European Union and the U.K., is reviewing its approach to the analysis of pharmaceutical mergers.The task force is seeking input from stakeholders to inform its review of a variety of issues related to mergers in the pharmaceutical industry, including potential new or refreshed theories of harm, the evaluation of the effects of a merger on innovation and potential remedies to resolve competition concerns.The task force encourages stakeholders, including health policy experts, economists, attorneys, scientists, health care practitioners, academics, and consumers to share ideas that will lead to the development of future enforcement and policy efforts.The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, will collect submissions on behalf of the task force. Interested parties can review the consultation questions and provide written comments to the U.S. FTC by following the instructions in its public request for comment. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Canada, Commission, Europe, european, European Union, Federal, Force, future, Government, industry, innovation, Scientists, tradelast_img read more

Afternoon Brief, August 9

first_img TAGSAgustin Huneeus Jr.Berlin PackagingBurgDirect.comE. & G. GalloEl Camino Homeless OrganizationEuro-Machines Inc. Multi-Color CorporationFrancis Ford Coppola WineryFraudstersFree Flow WinesGrace Family VineyardsJUSTIN Vineyards & WineryLaffort USALarkmead WineryMarylandMaryland Wineries Associationmike dunneNapa ValeyNaylor WineryOregonPaso RoblesPetaluma’s GapSymington Family EstatesUC DavisWally’sWashingtonWeird Wine Email Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement Pinterest Share Facebook Trending Story:The Wine Mavericks That Heralded a New Generation at U.C. DavisRecently, I had dinner with my partners uncle, Dan Baron, and he opened a bottle from his new label, Complant. Vinified in Napa, California, from fruit cultivated in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County, that Pinot Noir was one of the brightest, most lithe California wines I’ve tried …Today’s News:Grace Family Vineyards SoldGrace Family Vineyards, a Napa Valley winery known for producing some of Napa Valleys first cult wines, has been sold. Ann and Dick Grace, founders of Grace Family Vineyards and well-known philanthropists, have sold their St. Helena-area property after 40 vintages …Organic Wine Forecasted to Reach 87.5M Cases Globally by 2022Though organic wines represent a small subset of the total global still wine industry, new research from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis shows a rapid increase in the coming years as consumer sentiment for sustainability and organic products grows …US Threatens $11BN Tariffs on EU Goods Including Wine and CheeseThe USTR has released a list of products including wine, cheese, aircraft, motorbikes and olive oil which will be affected by the proposed tariffs. It cites evidence put forward by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) which found that EU subsidies to Airbus have caused adverse effects to the United States …RNDC-Breakthru Deal: FTC Raised Concerns About “Anticompetitive Harm,” but Didn’t Respond to Concessions OfferedWine Game Changes on Red MountainPetaluma Gap’s Battle of the Sexes Takes to the AirwavesWashington Boasts Second Largest Wine Grape HaulPhylloxera Outbreak Simulation Drives Biosecurity Best PracticeOregon Wineries Quarrel Over ‘Purity’Proposed Federal Alcohol Labeling Revisions Retain Constitutionally Suspect Review StandardsPaso Robles Master Class to Be Led by Joe Spellman, MSMaryland Wineries Association Unveils Weird Wine: A Celebration of Maryland Wineries’ Most Unique CreationsHow Wally’s in Los Angeles Transformed from Retailer to Luxury HybridSangiovese Throws a Strange Quercetin DepositBlogs:Anatomy of the Rising Import Threat to U.S. WineOn Wine Marketing – Be the Winery That Champions Your AVAMillennials Are Sick of DrinkingA Sweet Wine Revelation That May Prove BitterWorst Wine Marketing SlogansWineIndustry.Jobs:Business Development Account ManagerFree Flow Wines – Sonoma, CA, USAAssistant Vineyard ManagerRecruiting Associates Network – Sebastopol, CA, USAGeneral ManagerMitroff Consulting & Associates – Santa Rosa, CA, USAMore Wine Industry Jobs…Feature Your Job Listing in the Afternoon BriefPeople:Columnist Mike Dunne’s Takes on Great Wines He’s SampledNapa Valley Vintner Agustin Huneeus Jr. to Plead Guilty in Nationwide College Admissions CaseLaffort USA Names Cayla Dee Porter as Nobile Business Development ManagerFraudsters Involved in £1M Wine Scam Jailed for 17 YearsWashington Wine PioneerSupplier News:Old Burgundy Meets New Technology – BurgDirect.comBerlin Packaging Continues European Expansion with Acquisition of Verrerie Calvet in FranceEuro-Machines, Inc. Announces New Location in Donald, OregonWhat Is AR and NFC Technology?More Supplier News …Vineyard & Winery:Symington Family Estates Announce First Consecutive Vintage Port Declaration in Family HistoryNaylor Winery, Vineyard Purchased by York County Neighbor AllegroEl Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) Receives $5,000 Community Grant from Justin Vineyards & WineryLarkmead Winery of Napa Valley Balances Brawn with ComplexityThe Latest Chapter in the Napa Valley’s Franciscan Wine Saga: Sale to E. & J. Gallo Linkedincenter_img Twitter Home Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, August 9Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, August 9By Editor – April 9, 2019 135 0 Advertisement Previous articleFIVS and Oenoppia Lay a Foundation for Better Producer-Supplier RelationshipsNext articleWine Will Never Fall Into the New Tobacco Trap Editor ReddIt Subscribe to the Afternoon Brieflast_img read more

Acting Public Defender Calls for Review of Parole Act

first_imgActing Public Defender Calls for Review of Parole ActJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Acting Public Defender Calls for Review of Parole Act JusticeSeptember 16, 2014Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker Advertisements RelatedStudents Receive School Supplies from Administrator-General’s Department RelatedPublic Education Central to Disabilities Act RelatedWest Kingston Enquiry Commissioners Sworn Incenter_img Photo: JIS PhotographerActing Public Defender, Matonda Mukulu, addresses the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) breakfast meeting, held at the Knutsford Court hotel in New Kingston, on September 16. Acting Public Defender, Matondo Mukulu, is calling for a review of the country’s Parole Act, noting that much has changed since the law was passed almost 40 years ago.Mr. Mukulu, who was addressing members of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF), during a breakfast meeting at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, on Tuesday, September 16, said the current law is, in some instances, unconstitutional and antiquated.“To be fair, I don’t think our legislators sat down and said ‘let us create a statute that is unconstitutional’. I think things have developed, but we haven’t managed to develop,” he said.Mr. Mukulu said as such, his office has been working with the Ministry of National Security to effect changes to the Act.He noted that among the areas of concern is the fact that under the law, an inmate who applies for parole is not required to be present at the hearing where his or her fate is being decided. It is up to the discretion of the Parole Board to determine whether or not the inmate is present.“There is something anomalous and wrong in saying to me that ‘you are about to determine whether or not I have been rehabilitated and whether I can go back into society’, and I am not, as a matter of right, allowed to even be in the room where my fate is being determined,” Mr. Mukulu argued.The acting Public Defender said the procedure cannot be deemed fair if the inmate or a representative is not present at his own parole hearing.He pointed out that discussions with some 13 inmates from the St. Catherine Adult Correctional Facility and the Tower Street Correctional Facility, over the last two months, have revealed that none of the inmates, who have applied for parole, were ever informed that the Board had the discretion to invite them to the hearing.Mr. Mukulu is, therefore, calling for a review of this aspect of the law, noting that in most jurisdictions across the Commonwealth, an applicant is given the right to appear before the Parole Board.“Even if one is not allowed to be present, the second option is that the inmate should have a representative there,” he said.Additionally, Mr. Mukulu argued that the inmates or their representatives are not allowed to view the reports, which are often submitted to the Board by the Probation Officers.“The applicant is not given that all important opportunity to consider and respond to that report. That again has been found in other jurisdictions to be against the basic right to a fair hearing,” he said.“If I can’t challenge what you have said against me ‘how fair is that process?,” he questioned.However, Mr. Mukulu concedes that his office recognises that there must be instances in which reports are withheld from inmates.The acting Public Defender explained that an amendment of the law is necessary to protect the rights of citizens and to safeguard against “a litany of constitutional motions being brought before the Courts” by applicants who feel they have been wronged.Mr. Mukulu further noted that his office has an obligation to contribute to law-making to ensure that laws which are passed achieve balance between protecting human rights and those of the public. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsActing Public Defender, Matondo Mukulu, is calling for a review of the country’s Parole Act, noting that much has changed since the law was passed almost 40 years ago.Mr. Mukulu said the current law is, in some instances, unconstitutional and antiquated.Mr. Mukulu said as such, his office has been working with the Ministry of National Security to effect changes to the Act.last_img read more

Arris chief shifting to CommScope role

first_img Tags Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more CommScope, Ericsson prove CBRS compatibility AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 18 FEB 2019 CommScope announced Arris International CEO Bruce McClelland will join its leadership team as COO once a pending $7.4 billion acquisition of the latter is complete.The company’s current COO Morgan Kurk will shift roles to fill CommScope’s vacant CTO position. Both McClelland and Kurk will report directly to CommScope CEO Eddie Edwards.In a statement, Edwards said the pair will “play pivotal roles in leading our combined companies into a successful future” in which CommScope aims to “capitalise on emerging trends, including network convergence, fibre and mobility everywhere, 5G and Internet of Things”.The announcement follows Arris stockholders’ signing off on the deal at a meeting on 1 February. The transaction is expected to close during H1.CommScope previously said the deal will more than double its addressable product market to more than $60 billion and yield a company with annual revenue of around $11.3 billion. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Diana Goovaerts CommScope acquires Arris for $7.4B Related Home Arris chief shifting to CommScope role Previous ArticleTurkcell receives boost in MTN bribery lawsuitNext ArticleNew Zealand to reassess Huawei 5G restriction CommScope takes on Fractus antenna tech Author ArrisCommScopelast_img read more