Portuguese revolutionary Miguel Urbano Rodrigues, 1925 – 2017

first_imgThe following obituary about the life of Miguel Urbano Rodrigues was published on May 27 by the editors of the Portuguese-language website ODiario. It was translated by WW managing editor John Catalinotto, who participated in the three conferences at Serpa described below and is a contributor to the ODiario.info site.ODiario.info informs its readers and friends of the death of its founder and publisher Miguel Urbano Rodrigues.Born in Moura, in the Alentejo region of Portugal in 1925, the son of a journalist father and writer, in the midst of a family of well-to-do republican [anti-monarchy] farmers, he lived through the establishment of the Estado Novo [fascist] dictatorship while absorbing the influence and inspiration of the people of his native soil who refused to submit.Miguel Urbano Rodrigues attended the Faculty of Letters of Lisbon. He came to be editor of Diário de Notícias (beginning in 1949) and editor-in-chief of Diário Ilustrado. A young man endowed with unusual intellectual curiosity and talent, and committed to the causes of the people, he found himself constrained and threatened by the fascist regime that gagged and imprisoned his country.Exiled in Brazil, he was an editorialist of the daily newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo (1957 to 1974) and international editor of Visão magazine (1970 to 1974). During this period, he accompanied or intervened in key events weakening the fascist regime on the international arena, namely the assault on the regime’s ship “Santa Maria” and the progression of the MPLA [Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola] and PAIGC [liberation organization in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde] struggle against Portuguese colonialism. In 1963 he joined the Portuguese Communist Party.He returned to Portugal shortly after April 25, 1974, at the height of the explosion of popular enthusiasm, incorporating himself in the construction of the democratic regime as a militant communist. He was the editor of the PCP weekly newspaper, Avante! in 1974 and 1975 and director of the newspaper O Diário from 1976 to 1985. He was president of the Municipal Assembly of Moura [the equivalent of mayor] from January 1986 to June 1988, a member of the Assembly of the Republic from 1990 to 1995, and also a member of the Parliamentary Assemblies of the European Council and the Western European Union.While in exile he developed a vast network of working contacts and ties of friendship and cooperation with numerous progressive political personalities of Latin America. On his return to Portugal he carried out numerous missions of a political or journalistic character and expanded his vast network of international cooperation and solidarity.Miguel Urbano Rodrigues was the founder of the website periodical resistir.info in 2002 and of the site ODiario.info in 2006. He was the main promoter of the memorable “Civilization or Barbarism” meetings at the small city of Serpa [in the Alentejo] in the years 2004, 2007 and 2010, where numerous local activists and some of the most prominent progressive intellectuals from the five continents of the world gathered to discuss the issues of the revolutionary transformation of society.A tireless traveler and observer, an exceptional intellectual who nevertheless assumed and demanded no special attention in all the latitudes in which he lived or visited, he leaves us an extensive work encompassing diverse genres, always inspired by the understanding and celebration of the condition and action of the individual in the revolutionary transformation of humans and society, in the supreme achievement of Justice and Happiness.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Press release: Boris Johnson pursues global figures to ensure girls’ education around the world

first_img Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Girls’ education is manifestly in the global interest. It is the Swiss Army knife, the Rosetta Stone, the Black and Decker toolkit that solves a multitude of the world’s problems. If we fail to educate girls, we store up huge problems for the future and wilfully miss out on boosting economic growth, managing population pressures and creating stable, prosperous societies – and most importantly, it is the right thing to do. Gordon understands this, which is why he is a passionate advocate of improving education for women and girls around the world. It was a pleasure to listen to his ideas and exchange views on the ways which the UK can become the global leader in ending the gross sexism behind attitudes which shut 130 million girls out of the classroom. Political heavyweights Boris Johnson and Gordon Brown today (Wednesday 16 May) joined forces to discuss improving education for the world’s most marginalised girls.The Foreign Secretary met the former Prime Minister as part of his campaign to deliver 12 years of quality education for women and girls around the world.The meeting with Mr Brown – now the UN’s Global Education envoy – is the latest in a series of high profile engagements Mr Johnson has held as part of his #LeaveNoGirlBehind campaign.In recent weeks, Mr Johnson has discussed his campaign with girls’ education activist and Nobel Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, senior adviser to President Trump, Ivanka Trump and philanthropist Melinda Gates.The Foreign Secretary has also spoken to HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle about his campaign during a star-studded launch at last month’s Commonwealth Summit.Mr Johnson hopes that his drive will build a coalition of political heavyweights and cultural icons that will lobby the world’s leaders to prioritise girls’ education.Speaking after the meeting the Foreign Secretary said: Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Media enquiries Email [email protected] Appallingly 90% of world’s poorest children leave school unable to read and write. Mr Johnson believes that one of the root causes of girls’ illiteracy and poor schooling is sexism masquerading as ‘tradition’, which is holding millions of the world’s poorest girls back. Britain is leading by example by providing £212 million through the Department for International Development to ensure 1 million vulnerable girls across the Commonwealth get 12 years of quality education by 2030.The Foreign Secretary believes that the single biggest thing that can be done to improve stability and reduce conflict in the world is to make sure that every girl gets 12 years of quality education.During last month’s Commonwealth Summit, Mr Johnson pushed for firm commitments from Foreign Ministers to make girls’ education a priority. The Foreign Secretary wants to remove the barriers to girls’ education, and will use the UK’s Presidency of the UN Security Council in August, and the UN General Assembly in September, to pursue this.Further information For journalists last_img read more

Baldwin Man Charged With Fatally Shooting Penn. Man

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An accused gunman has been arrested for allegedly killing a 39-year-old Pennsylvania man in the suspect’s hometown of Baldwin over Labor Day weekend, Nassau County police said.Nathan Barnwell was charged with first-degree manslaughter, criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that the 45-year-old suspect fatally shot Winfield Gillespie on Woodoak Drive at 12:50 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.The victim died at a local hospital four hours later. Barnwell will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Establishment of the War Crimes Court Establishment: Managing Fears and Expectations

first_imgBy Tennen B. DaliehPresident Weah, after nearly two years into his presidency, on September 14, 2019 finally submitted to the Liberian Legislature a proposal seeking the honorable legislature to advise his government on the processes and mechanisms to implement one of the key Truth and Reconciliation recommendations.The decision is a dramatic twist from his initial indecisive and non-committal posture on the agitations that had mounted for the establishment of the court. Many are of the view that the political decision could not have come without behind the scene arm-twisting. For President Weah is believed to have a soft spot for Senator Prince Johnson, the former warlord who killed former President Samuel Kanyon Doe, and many others who names are tagged for criminal accountability in the records of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The reality is sinking in and the country is somewhat divided on the mechanisms to address war crimes accountability, reconciliation and nationally healing.In retrospect, the story is reflecting the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in August 2003 in Accra made provision for the setting up of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a hybrid restorative justice pathway.Perpetrators of the war and financiers of the gross human rights abuses and violations that attended the war of attrition were recommended for prosecution. The period for the criminal accountability was set between 1979 to October 2003. Others were to be blacklisted from holding public office(s) for a period spanning thirty years. Liberia’s former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was supposed to be among this category after her confession at the TRC was in admittance of having doled out US$10,000 to the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) of erstwhile President Charles Taylor. She had suggested that the offer was not in support of the arms struggle but humanitarian gesture, even though the NPFL was an arms group.It is then possible to understand why the process to implement this aspect of the TRC recommendation has been contentious. It has been a sheer display of political lip-service much to the frustration of many victims of the brutal civil conflict, international human rights bodies and TRC former commissioner Jerome Verdier, etc. He would later flee the country claiming that his life was under threat for pushing the case of implementation. Other commissioners were divided on the issue of implementing the recommendation so as not to ruffle feathers of political heavyweights. And the issue of implementing the TRC is kept in abeyance with some people citing flaws in the document in attempt to discredit its authenticity.One dicey issue has been the constitutionality or legitimacy of the war crimes court establishment outside of the Liberian judicial system. But this is supposed to be an international court based on international humanitarian law, which supersedes national laws. Liberia is also signatory to many international treaties like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), amongst many others, hence Liberia’s legitimate basis for establishing the War Crimes Court.Meanwhile, Senator Prince Johnson and many of those who bear the greatest burden of the 14 years conflict remain unrepentant and are on record justifying their participation in the crisis.In the face of the fragility and poverty situation attributed to the war, the voices clamoring for retributive justice say it is about addressing impunity and sending the strong message that never again will armed struggle that violates international and national laws be employed by warlords. How to reconcile that legitimate argument with the equally important imperative of preserving the peace by not creating conditions where the vulnerability of unemployed youths, cannot be manipulated to make the country ungovernable, combined with a neo-patrimonial semi-democratic state where state resources are still available to persons named in the TRC report — this is the thrust of the article.In trying to play the balancing act, key questions comes to mind, namely: have the pre-war conditions that stirred the conflict been addressed? This major object of the TRC is enunciated in the need to investigate, “the antecedents of the crises which gave rise to and impacted the violent conflict in Liberia…” What are the goals of retributive justice and restorative justice? What purpose does each of them serve?There is, therefore, sufficient reason to embrace transitional justice as it is further seeking to heal historic identity cracks between so-called settlers and indigenes, as well as the lingering effects of authoritarian and politicization of the military all of which is bundled in the narratives of inordinate human rights abuses and Liberia’s political history.But there are those who hold contrarian positions on the matter and are referring to socioeconomic woes that are prevailing as the priority need of ordinary Liberians, women and youths especially who were exploited and abused in the war. The TRC is not silent on the matter and even suggested reparations. The delivery in this area has been very negligible to note, with sprinkling of actions from the Peace-building Fund in league with the Independent Human Rights commission, working on series of palava hut mediations and some youth empowerment projects that have not been very transformative.All Liberians’ eyes are on the unequal distribution of national wealth which has also opened an increased advocacy window for the economic crimes court as a supplement of the war crimes court advocacy. The hordes of ex-combatants that are now increasing in narcotics substance abuse and are tagged ‘zogos’ represent threats to national stability, but not much has been done to retrieve, reintegrate and purposely engage them in the needed productive sector.Dr. Walt Kilroy, who studied Liberia’s attempt at reintegrating ex-combatants, argues that the DDRR process was far from participatory, neither did it consider the inputs of ex-combatants into programs development and decision making.Additionally, the prevailing state of Liberia’s security sector cannot be ignored in making a case for war crimes court. There is a theoretical affirmation on point that democracy flourishes when ordinary citizens can have access to the law and break the culture of impunity. This was a strong basis for development partners’ support towards Liberia’s attempt to reform its justice system. Like several countries coming from civil conflict, the challenges are still herculean — courts still marred with corruption, unnecessary bureaucracy, untrained staff members, centralized judicial system etc. The process of access to justice is still far-fetched with citizens having little or no trust in the justice system.Communities continue to take self-help steps, such as community watch teams to serve in the place of inaccessible Police personnel and community palava huts to “settle civil matters” outside of the bureaucratic judicial system. The lack of trust in the justice system remains a substantial ‘piece of the pie’ that has to be dealt with as Liberia moves toward a sustainable peace and development as there is a correlation between justice and development.However, many are asking: Is the establishment of the court capable of curtailing the uneven distribution of wealth and improvement in service delivery? This is an area for open debates to better educate the public on the pros and cons of the proposition to have the court. The heightening poverty levels beyond Household Income and Expenditure statistics 54%, according to the Institute of Statistics and Geo Information Services, are widening and making it more challenging for national stability, as evidenced by rising crime rates and mass actions calling attention to political corruption and hardship. These are conditions that create a restless society and, as Paul Collier argues in his Greed vs. Grievance theory, the motivations for conflict are manifested in the germane concerns of citizens.The figures in the education sector also paint a grim picture, explaining the depth of the socioeconomic strait-laced conditions that drive proponents of the benefits of the war crimes court.By 2008, after the conduct of Liberia’s census, with a growing population of about 4 million, UNESCO states that Liberia’s adult literacy rate was at 42.94% while the male literacy rate was 60.77% with females at 27.03%, a huge gap between the sexes. Post-conflict status, the quality of education in Liberia ranks the lowest in the Mano River Region, with the country’s young population having little access. As one of the major causes for the conflict, it still remains prevalent.It is therefore imaginable how challenging it is for the majority of the citizenry to appreciate the political questions that need answers in taking position on a critical issue such as establishment of war and economic crimes court.In the same vein, there are questions on: how can rising gender based violence reminiscent of the war days be sacrificed implicitly by not accommodating war crimes in dealing with the notoriety?Liberia is still caught in the web of neo-patrimonialism as defined by Diana Cammack — a form of governance where real power and real decision making lie outside the formal institutions; decisions about resources are made by big men and their cronies, who are linked by informal private and patronage clientelism before and beyond the state structures. Within this framework, it is understandable while accountability for war crimes remains highly contested, 15 years after the CPA. Also, addressing corruption and promoting transparency remains far-fetched. The retributive justice opportunity against the option of restorative justice becomes a hard choice to make.The establishment of the war crimes court could be a ‘potential source of conflict’ and scrimmage, if not analyzed through the neo-patrimonialism lens, within which context Liberia fits.Those culpable under the law currently wield high influence in the underworld that controls the ‘upper world’, the public space. They have amassed ill-gotten resources. They have the guts to throw spanners in the work of the war crimes court. The scope of the would-be war crimes court, given the legislative submission for its establishment, remains murky in terms of the number of persons under the blanket of notorious persons to be tried. So the fears that loom large cannot be elevated.For example, Former President Sirleaf (2011 Nobel Peace Laureate) is named and placed on 30 years ban from public service. Former Supreme Court Justice Kabineh Ja’neh was LURD’s head of delegation at the Accra Peace talks. Toga Gayawea McIntosh, Liberia’s ‘Statesman’ who recently led Liberia’s National Economic Dialogue (NED) and Isaac Nyenabo, Liberia’s Ambassador to the European Union and Belgium, are named ‘financiers’. Furthermore, at the Legislature, are Sen. Prince Y. Johnson, Sen. Morris Saytumah, Sen. Sando Johnson, and Senator Peter Coleman and Representative George Boley. Benoni Urey, Liberian businessman and politician plus Emmanuel Shaw of Lonestar Cell, one of Liberia’s communication giants, both named in the TRC report, are or were ‘advisors’ to President George  Weah. The complexities of the relational interlinks must not be taken for granted nor ignored.Madam Sileaf told Al Jazeera journalist, Mehdi Razzan Hassan in a television interview that the findings and recommendations of the TRC were taken to Liberia’s Supreme Court, and the opinion of the Court reduced the War Crimes Court establishment to ‘palaver hut’ discussion items. Palava hut has not provided the needed healing of a cracked nation in want of reconciliation that cannot blur justice. So a recourse to the Statute of the ICC — known as the Rome Statute, establishes a permanent, independent Court to investigate and bring to justice individuals who commit war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide becomes the option to go for.The lessons of the past in this experimentation and how it has worked in other context must be considered. Even as the court option becomes the fair recourse in dealing with grave human rights issues of the past, the issue of reparation of approximately US$500 million to be paid over 30 years to deserving women as victims of the carnage cannot be buried in the frenzy to punish notorious warlords, still having the upper hand to unleash more havoc.The United Nations Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Rights to a Remedy and Reparation for Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law [8] provide five formal categories of reparations: restitution, compensation, rehabilitation, satisfaction, and guarantees of non-repetition.  These phases must be crossed for justice to come full circle.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Cyberwar Rules Of Engagement: Will The U.S. Draft Companies To Fight?

first_imgbrian proffitt Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Last week’s call from U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for an expanded offensive role in cyberwar activities may have the ring of Hollywood drama, but the real-world implications for U.S. companies could be just as dramatic. Some observers speculate that American enterprises could be conscripted in order to create a coherent national response to cyber threats.Going On The Cyberwar OffensiveIn a speech to business leaders in New York City Oct. 11, Panetta for the first time admitted the U.S. armed forces were prepared to take on an offensive role against any cyber attackers who seek to cause significant harm to the U.S. – or the loss of life to its citizens. Prior to this statement, the military has acknowledged only a defensive stance against such attacks.Panetta touched on revised rules of engagement (ROE) for cyberwarfare, which the Secretary said were the most significant changes to the nation’s Standing Rules of Engagement in seven years. The Washington Post reports that among those new rules of engagement, “for the first time, military cyber-specialists would be able to immediately block malware outside the Pentagon’s networks in an effort to defend the private sector against an imminent, significant physical attack, The Post has reported. At present, such action requires special permission from the President.”While the new ROEs are not officially outlined, it is hard not to imagine they would not involve an unprecedented level of cooperation between the military and the private entities who will very likely be targets of such attacks.“More than anything, there will have to be data collection and data sharing” when a cyber attack occurs, explained Jeff Carter, Chief Strategy Officer of EyeLock. But the price of not doing anything could be enormous. In his speech last Thursday, Panetta brought up the example of a derailed chemical train. While he emphasized the tragedy of any loss of human life, Carter added that just ten minutes of the U.S. financial industry being offline would have far more serious ramifications.That’s the kind of threat Carter sees coming, as many recent attacks could be seend as a cover for attacks on the financial sector for pure gain, or on other industries to obtain intellectual property for competitive or state-motivated reasons.How Far Can The Military Go?Panetta was careful to state that the government would not be monitoring private networks, nor involved in the day-to-day protection of corporate and other private infrastructure. That raises questions about the effectiveness of the defense strategy, let alone the usefulness of an offensive response, since cyber attacks can happen faster than the blink of any eye. Would companies need some kind of “panic button” to alert the military that they were under attack? And if a company were especially tied to some portion of the nation’s infrastructure, such as a power company or railroad operator, would such a system be mandated by law?Introduction of that kind of legislation could raise very large concerns for IT departments. In the near-term, more regulations are something that many companies resist by reflex, even if they are for a broader good. And on a broader scale, it is not at all clear how much the military (or Congress) could legally compel companies to participate in any sort of cooperative response.The Third Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which you don’t hear raised in discussion all that often, explicitly forbids the quartering of soldiers in a home without the owner’s permission. This is a historical throwback to pre-Revolutionary War days, but the logic of the amendment could be extended to cover the intrusion of military assets (read: software) onto private servers and networks.The Fifth Amendment, so often used as a free pass in incriminating courtroom testimony, has a related clause at its very end: “…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”Neither amendment, of course, prevents voluntary participation in an active cyberwar program, but fiscal limitations, manpower, or evenethical disagreements might be enough to keep a critical company from joining.For instance, hospitals and medical centers could be regarded as critical infrastructure. But how would the interface between government and hospital function with HIPPA regulations designed to absolutely protect patient records?Here Comes The Draft?Nevertheless, at least one academic paper has argued that companies be drafted to participate in cyberwarfare.“Cyberwarfare… will penetrate the territorial borders of the attacked state and target high-value civilian businesses,” wrote University of Dayton Professor Susan Brenner in 2011. “Nation-states will therefore need to integrate the civilian employees of these (and perhaps other) companies into their cyberwarfare response structures if a state is able to respond effectively to cyberattacks.“While many companies may voluntarily elect to participate in such an effort, others may decline to do so, which creates a need, in effect, to conscript companies for this purpose,” Brenner and her co-author, attorney Leo Clarke, added.Those are just some of the thorny legal issues with which the Department of Defense’s Rules of Engagement for cyber warfare will have to contend.“The legal and policy entanglement in cyber is far, far more difficult than it is in some of the other domains,” said former Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn at a 2011 cyber security conference.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 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Reyes to pick just 2 players even as Gilas reps from GlobalPort grow to 4

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSamahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio shed some light on GlobalPort’s situation for the Gilas Pilipinas program, with the team housing four players who are part of coach Chot Reyes’ pool.Originally, Terrence Romeo and rookie Von Pessumal are the Batang Pier representatives to the pool.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Panlilio added that the move is aimed to keep the parity between the 12 teams and avoid GlobalPort from being forced to give up four players once the pool members are called up for national team duty.READ: Ex-NBA vet Greene open to playing for Gilas“It’s going to be unfair for GlobalPort because the commitment is a minimum of one (player). So we’ll have to ask Chot who among the three he will choose. Your guess is as good as mine whoever that is and I think it’s obvious. Chot will then choose from Meralco and NLEX on who he feels should be part of the pool. For that, it will have to be a question that you will ask Chot,” he said.Panlilio reiterated that the partnership between SBP and the PBA is still going strong, and the two parties just need to hash out some issues in preparation for the upcoming international tournaments, especially the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon.READ: Fajardo all ears as he sits out Gilas practiceADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View comments “It was reinforced in the board meeting that the commitment of both the SBP and the PBA is the same and we’re on the same page. We want to work together and really build the best competitive team we can come up with to join the important tournaments. The objective hasn’t changed, and so is the desire. The spirit is there to help each other out,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES Lassiter heats up as San Miguel cruises to PBA semiscenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games But the list was expanded after the three-team trade involving GlobalPort, Meralco, and NLEX led to Bradwyn Guinto and Jonathan Grey changing jerseys to neon green.READ: Greg Smith welcomes naturalization for GilasFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe affable executive explained on Monday that Reyes will drop two players from the four and will pick the replacements for Meralco and NLEX, the two teams which were left with just one representative to the pool.“The spirit of the agreement is sacred. One player per team is committed to the pool, together with the cadets which were picked in the draft. It’s the prerogative of the national coach to identify the player which will join the pool. Because of trades, there will be adjustments,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

UK Monthlong suspension of Parl to begin late Monday

first_imgLondon: The month-long suspension of the British parliament ordered by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in an apparent bid to stop MPs blocking his Brexit strategy will begin late Monday, his spokesman said. “Parliament will be prorogued at close of business today,” the spokesman said, using the parliamentary term for the suspension. He added it would take place regardless of the outcome of a government-led vote on holding a snap election next month. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USJohnson last month asked Queen Elizabeth II to close the Houses of Parliament until October 14, claiming it was needed to allow him to introduce a new domestic agenda. But the suspension’s timing and longer than unusual duration sparked uproar across the political spectrum, with critics calling it a “constitutional outrage” and a coup. Lawmakers opposed to a no-deal Brexit said it was clearly aimed at hobbling their efforts to prevent such a scenario, while it also prompted several so far unsuccessful court challenges. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHowever, the move appeared to backfire on Johnson by galvanising opposition MPs and Conservative rebels into passing legislation forcing him to seek a Brexit delay next month if he has not reached a deal with the EU. That law is expected to receive royal assent on Monday. Johnson responded to the Tory rebellion by kicking 21 MPs out of the party — including Winston Churchill’s grandson — and barring them from standing as Conservatives in the next election. The hardline response prompted a fresh revolt, with several ministers — including Works and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd — quitting the government and the party.last_img read more

New Chief at Bahamas Princess Margaret Hospital

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 17, 2017 – Nassau – Dr. Caroline Burnett-Garraway has been appointed Medical Chief of Staff for the Princess Margaret Hospital and she is already working.   Already Health Minister, Dr. Duane Sands has commended the appointment of Dr. Burnett-Garraway who has served as Senior Registrar/Assistant Medical Director in the Accident and Emergency Department, eventually becoming Consultant, Medical Director and ultimately the Chief of Service for the Department for the last three years.Among the studies which have readied #DrCarolineBurnett-Garraway for this role is her 2004, Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers program at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.   Quite accomplished is this violinist, mother of a daughter, wife and international speaker.The Public Hospitals Authority in making the announcement this week shared that Dr. Burnett Garraway has been published in peer reviewed journals, winning the Residents Prize for her paper “EMS – A Year in Review.”#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#DrCarolineBurnett-Garraway, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more