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Pres. Weah Signs Several Acts into Law

first_img…Including UN Convention Against Illicit Narcotic DrugsPresident George Weah has signed into law several Acts ratified by the Legislature, an Executive Mansion release has said.According to the release, the instruments signed on Tuesday, 17 September 2019, include the Act to Amend the Executive Law of Liberia to create a National Food and Feed Quality and Safety, the Financing Agreement Tree Crops Extension Project II (TCEP II) between Liberia and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Act to Establish the Liberia Fertilizer Regulatory Division and an Act to Establish Liberia Plant Pesticides Regulatory Services Bureau.IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized agency of the United Nations, dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries.Other Acts the President signed included the Act Ratifying the Minimum Convention 138, Economic Partnership Agreement between West African States, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) on the one hand and the European Union (EU) and its members on the other; United Nations Convention Against Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances 1988 and the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.The Ratified Acts passed are geared towards creating an enabling environment that will improve the government’s development plans and programs, in order to strengthen the country’s ailing economy and alleviate poverty amongst Liberians.For instance, according to the release, the purpose of the UN Convention Against Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic is to promote co-operation among the Parties so that they may address more effectively the various aspects of illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances having an international dimension.In carrying out their obligations under the Convention, the Parties shall take necessary measures, including legislative and administrative measures, in conformity with the fundamental provisions of their respective domestic legislative systems.Among other things, each party shall adopt such measures as may be necessary to establish as criminal offences under its domestic law, when committed intentionally: The production, manufacture, extraction; preparation, offering, offering for sale, distribution, sale, delivery on any terms whatsoever, brokerage, dispatch, dispatch in transit, transport, importation or exportation of any narcotic drug or any psychotropic substance contrary to the provisions of the 1961 Convention, the 1961 Convention as amended or the 1971 Convention.The cultivation of opium poppy, coca bush or cannabis plant for the purpose of the production of narcotic drugs contrary to the provisions of the 1961 Convention and the 1961 Convention as amended.The possession or purchase of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance for the purpose of any of the activities enumerated in above.The manufacture, transport or distribution of equipment, materials or of substances listed in Table I and Table II, knowing that they are to be used in or for the illicit cultivation, production or manufacture of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances.The organization, management or financing of any of the offences enumerated in the above categories.“The signed instruments take effect immediately upon printing into handbills by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” the release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ex-Whittier College chief faces charges

first_img — Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 A search of the vehicle netted a suitcase containing many hypodermic needles and a plastic bag containing more than 5 grams of suspected meth, investigators said. Ash is on probation for a July 2003 arrest that prompted the end of his career at the Incline Village college, Nevada’s only private four-year college. That arrest came after police found a bag of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a room registered to him at the Western Village Inn and Casino in Sparks, Nev. He received probation in exchange for his guilty plea to a felony count of possession of a controlled substance. Ash was president of Whittier College for 12 years, from 1989 to 1999, when he stepped down. At the time of his resignation, he explained that he had accomplished all of his goals at Whittier College and wanted to pursue other opportunities. RENO, Nev. — Former Whittier College president James Ash Jr. has been arrested again on drug charges, officers said. Ash, 60, of Fallon, Nev., who also is the former president of Sierra Nevada College, was booked into the Washoe County Jail on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and violating probation. He had been free on bail awaiting sentencing in Washoe District Court for possessing a trafficking amount of meth, police said. The latest arrest was made Tuesday outside a Reno fast-food restaurant where police said he had been parked in his pickup truck from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Rep Frederick casts vote to lower car insurance rates

first_img Categories: Frederick News 09May Rep. Frederick casts vote to lower car insurance rates House approves historic reforms after decades of gridlockThe Michigan House tonight approved a landmark plan to fix our state’s much-maligned car insurance system and reduce rates for all Michigan drivers, state Rep. Ben Frederick announced.Frederick voted in favor of the plan which allows for the best life-saving medical benefits in the nation, provides seniors and those with other health insurance coverage the ability to opt out of personal injury coverage, rein in medical costs, and fight fraud – features designed to end Michigan’s long-standing tenure as the state with the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation.Frederick has played a key role at leading reform efforts as a member of the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates Committee, the special panel solely dedicated to crafting a long-lasting solution that cuts down drivers’ rates.“The high cost of auto insurance is crushing families in mid-Michigan and across the state,” Frederick, of Owosso, said after the vote. “We needed a plan which saved Michigan drivers a significant amount of money while protecting families and their loved ones injured in auto accidents. As a member of the special committee, it was a pleasure being a part of the reform process. We spent over three months poring over every aspect of this issue to secure the right reform path. The House-approved plan does just that and delivers real, guaranteed savings to all drivers.”The sweeping legislation passed in a bipartisan vote and now advances to the Senate for consideration.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Ben Frederick address the full House body on Thursday in favor a House plan to bring relief to Michigan drivers through lower car insurance rates.last_img read more

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Music video website Vevo has launched a 24hour li

first_imgMusic video website Vevo has launched a 24-hour linear music TV channel in the US and Canada.Universal Music and Sony-backed Vevo has initially launched the channel on the web and via Xbox and Roku set-tops, as well as on iOS devices and Android and Windows Mobile handsets. However, it also has expressed an ambition to strike traditional carriage deals with cable operators.Vevo TV will feature a constant stream of videos curated by VJs on the model pioneered by MTV in the 1980s. Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff told the Financial Times that the channel was “about a return to how it used to be” and that the company saw a demand for a “programmed, linear experience”. The channel will be supported by advertising.Billboard cited Caraeff as saying that Vevo planned to launch Vevo TV channels in international markets including Europe and Latin America in the near future, and is currently working to add local programming capabilities.Vevo is currently in negotiations with Google to renew its existing distribution deal with YouTube, which Caraeff said was “nearing completion”.last_img read more

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Amazon said it plans to increase its spend on vide

first_imgAmazon said it plans to increase its spend on video throughout 2018, after the company more than doubled its profits in Q1.Brian OlsavskySpeaking on Amazon’s first quarter earnings call, chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky said that “video content spend will increase year-over-year” and predicted that strength areas like Amazon Web Services, and advertising will continue to perform for the company.Asked whether Amazon would include advertising around its Prime Video offering, Olsavsky said: “There may be opportunities over time to have more advertising in our video, but we choose not to do that right now.”The comments follow reports from last year claiming that Amazon was developing a free-advertising-supported offering to complement its Prime Video subscription video-on-demand service.Amazon’s results came as the company renewed a deal with the NFL to stream Thursday Night Football games in 2018 and 2019 to Prime subscribers around the world. The deal will also reportedly see Amazon broadcast matches through its videogame-streaming platform Twitch.For the three months ended March 31, 2018, Amazon reported revenues of US$51.0 billion, up 43% year-on-year. Net income more than doubled to US$1.6 billion, compared to US$724 million in Q1 2017.The results sent Amazon’s share price to an all-time high in after-hours trading after it climbed by more than 7%.The news comes a week after Amazon chief Jeff Bezos revealed in his yearly shareholders letter that Prime now has 100 million members, which he partly attributes to continuing content expansion.In the statement, Bezos said that Prime Video continues to drive Prime Member adoption and retention, adding: “We’ve expanded our slate of programming across the globe, launching new seasons of Bosch and Sneaky Pete from the US, The Grand Tour from the UK, and You Are Wanted from Germany, while adding new Sentosha shows from Japan, along with Breathe and the award-winning Inside Edge from India.”In December research firm Ovum predicted that Amazon will overtake Netflix to generate more over-the-top video revenue in 2018 thanks to its “growing array of ways to pay for video”.The research firm said that Amazon’s combination of subscriptions, digital rentals, electronic sell-through and bundles of TV apps will see it generate US$5.8 billion in video-related revenue in 2018, compared to US$5.3 billion for Netflix’s subscription-only offering.last_img read more

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Telecom Italia TIM has revealed that it has sign

first_imgTelecom Italia (TIM) has revealed that it has signed a non-disclosure agreement with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) and Enel with a view to starting talks about the possible sale of its fibre network.The discussions will centre around the potential integration of TIM’s fibre network with the Open Fiber infrastructure, owned by CDP and Enel.TIM said that the goal of the talks is to verify the feasibility of such an operation, the related procedures and the perimeter of activity subject to a possible agreementThe sale of TIM’s infrastructure has been a key goal of activist investor Elliott Management, whose supporters dominating the TIM board seized control of the direction of the company’s strategy at the turn of the year after the previous CEO, the Vivendi-nominated Amos Genish, was ousted.Elliott had previously engineered the removal of Vivendi’s control of TIM’s board.TIM’s board approved a new strategic plan in January that included the opening of discussions with wholesale fibre network provider Open Fiber, with “all possible options” including a sale of the TIM network, on the table.TIM said that the strategy “marks a discontinuity with the past” and focuses on taking action “to unlock value”.Elliott’s push for the separation of TIM’s infrastructure is linked to a government plan to create a single network infrastructure for Italy combining the assets of TIM and Open Fiber.Genish had opposed Elliott’s desire for a separation of infrastructure. The company’s previous strategic plan, supported by Vivendi, ad envisaged a tripling of entertainment platform TIMVision’s base by 2020, among other things.last_img read more