Bermuda’s Chief Justice Ian Kawaley Wednesday ruled that some sections of the controversial Domestic Partnership Act 2018 (DPA) were unconstitutional, paving the way for gay couples to once again marry in the territory. But even as he upheld the constitutional challenge to the DPA, the Chief Justice said that he was allowing time for the government to appeal the ruling before the new measure goes into effect.Inconsistent with Bermuda’s Constitution Delivering his judgement before a packed courtroom, Justice Kawaley, who steps down as Chief Justice later this year, said the sections of the act which revoked the right to same-sex marriage were invalid because they were inconsistent with provisions in Bermuda’s constitution which give the right to freedom of conscience and creed.His ruling came five days after the DPA came into effect, banning same-sex marriage in Bermuda but giving gay and straight couples the chance to enter into civil unions.Judgement stayed for 6-weeks The Government has an automatic right to appeal the ruling.The Chief Justice agreed to an application by Solicitor-General Melvyn Douglas to stay the effect of the judgement for six weeks until it decides whether to appeal, meaning the current ban on same-sex marriage will remain in place.The latest civil proceedings in Supreme Court were brought against Attorney-General Kathy Lynn Simmons by gay Bermudians Rod Ferguson and Maryellen Jackson and the charity OUT Bermuda.They claimed that the part of the DPA that reaffirmed that a marriage is void unless the parties are male and a female was unconstitutional.The DPA was approved by the island’s parliament last December, sparking criticism from human rights activists and UK MPs, including Prime Minister Theresa May, who said she was “seriously disappointed.”
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Authorities in South Carolina have arrested a woman who reportedly licked her hands and began touching various items while shopping inside of a grocery and sandwich shop.The incident occurred on Saturday at an IGA grocery store in Sumter, South Carolina.Authorities say they were called to the store once employees noticed that the woman, Shenir Gibson Holliday, return to the store after causing problems the week before.The manager of the Sub Station II sandwich shop told reporters that in the week prior to this incident,the same woman was seen licking coins and putting them back inside of a tip jar. She then licked her hands before handing over money to pay for items and touched the shop’s credit card machine. The manager says Holliday then left the shop before staff members finished making her food and said that she would be back.When authorities arrived for the incident, Holliday was not at the store.In this recent incident, surveillance video showed Holliday coughing, then licking her hands before opening a freezer door and touching various items.She has since been charged with aggravated breach of peace and food tampering and is being held at a detention center on a $100,000 bond.Additionally, she has been issued a trespassing order for the sandwich shop, has been cited for violating the state’s home or work order, and has been ordered to get tested for the coronavirus.
By John Burton |FAIR HAVEN — “It’s not a matter of want. It’s a matter of need,” said Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli, speaking about plans to renovate and upgrade the police headquarters and community center, and a little further in the future, to have a new Department of Public Works facility.The Borough Council on Monday night will consider a capital project bond ordinance for about $2.1 million for work to be done on the headquarters and community center, 35 Fisk St.Lucarelli said of the stone-structure facility, “conditions there are in need of an upgrade.”There is a need “for new efficiencies,” such as added storage space because, even in the digital age, “the amount of records that have to be stored are voluminous,” Lucarelli noted.“The biggest problem here is we have no storage,” said Police Chief Joseph McGovern.The location could benefit from being reconfigured to allow for more office workspace, according to Lucarelli and McGovern. In addition, the department has a female officer but the existing facility has only one locker room. That is something that would be addressed in the new plan that is currently being drafted by architect Grammer Designs, Red Bank, McGovern said.An important part of any renovation will be to bring the facility up to contemporary codes, Lucarelli said, especially coming into compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). And that would include installing an interior elevator, according to the mayor.“Basically, we’re going to make it more modern and more user-friendly,” and do needed repairs as well as the upgrades, McGovern said.The adjacent community center will have some improvements to its restrooms and some other relatively minor but needed, long-delayed work, Lucarelli added.“Obviously, everything has a lifespan,” said Borough Council President Jonathan Peters, and it has reached the end point with this facility.The Fisk Street facility dates back to the late 1920s, when it served as the borough’s Fisk Street School, a replacement for the original wooden school building destroyed by fire, according to some sources. Police moved into the location in the 1970s and there hasn’t been any substantial work done to it since the 1980s.Lucarelli complimented the police department for working with the governing body in keeping the cost down. “They didn’t ask for all the bells and whistles,” he said. “What they want is a plain, simple, new, clean structure.”With the likely passage of the bond ordinance, Lucarelli is hopeful to be able to advertise for bids by mid-July. “And the goal is to have hammers swinging come September,” though he acknowledged that maybe overly optimistic.Officials plan on applying for a Community Block Grant from the state Department of Community Affairs to help offset costs, he said.The borough police department has 13 officers, including the chief, and an additional four or five special officers, according to Lucarelli.The Public Works facility, 1 Allen St., will need substantial work, likely requiring new construction, Lucarelli acknowledged. Some money from the bond will be allocated to review that project and tentative plans are to move ahead with it sometime next year.This article was first published in the June 22-29, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
Embattled National Patriotic Party (NPP) chairman Cllr. Theophilus C. Gould has termed as illegal, a recent convention of the party as announced by some National Executive Committee members of the party.Representatives James Banney, George Mulbah and Abraham V. Coneh, along with several others are holding a political rally in Congo Town for the purpose of conducting the 6th Biennial Convention of the NPP.In conversation with the Daily Observer Thursday, January 09, Cllr. Gould described the rally as “George Mulbah and others illegal rally.”He maintained that the rally is for a few renegade members and does not cover the entire membership. He announced that NPP has a planned convention as mandated by the electoral governing body and not an event recognized by an illegitimate body.Cllr. Gould said he remains chairman who has the all- legal standing to conduct the convention, according to the laws of the party and the National Elections Commission (NEC).However, Rep. Banney told reporters that the convention is legal and considered by a two-third membership of NPP.Rep. Banney agreed that chairman Gould will not attend the convention as presiding officer but failed to name who chairs the convention in the absence of NPP chairman.NEC recently suspended NPP for failing to conduct its affairs properly in accordance with party policy and electoral laws.According the Commission, the party remains suspended until a convention can be conducted under the authority of Cllr. Gould as chairman, Joel Kennedy Media and Outreach Director of NEC told this paper yesterday.The “so-called convention” as claimed by Cllr. Gould started yesterday with only two counties’ delegates in attendance, River Cess and Montserrado.Interestingly, the ‘James Banney and others convention’ started with delegates having no access to the party’s building that remains lock with Gould in possession of the keys to the building.For hours, Representatives Banney, Mulbah and Corneh were lockup in a car strategizing how to begin the process that is heavily guarded by police officers. Up to press time, delegates could not get in the main headquarters and setup tanks for shelter.Rep. Banney accused Cllr. Gould of leasing NPP property in Sinkor to Ezzat Eid for 60 years without the consent of the National Executive Committee members; but Gould rubbished the allegation stating “the party leadership does not need the signatures of the entire body for such a legal document or arrangement.”NPP headquarters was Wednesday, 8 January a scene of disorder and rioting with party authorities nearly engaging in a fist fight. Police had to quickly rush in to save lives and property.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The entry fee for adults are $25, for children are $10 and families can go for $35. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Carnival of Hope, an all-new fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, will be happening this June — and the organizers have all sorts of fun and games planned for the day.The organizers, Brenda Baumeister and Lisa Behrens, challenged regional mayors — including Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman — to take on the Dunk Tank for the event.However, at Monday’s council meeting, Mayor Ackerman said she can’t confirm she will be in town available to participate. The acting mayor at that time is Councillor Larry Evans.- Advertisement -The invitation was also extended to mayors in Taylor, Hudson’s Hope and the PRRD Electoral B and C — as well as the Emergency Services in the region.Baumeister said the event still holds the same vision as the relay for hope, which is to recognize cancer survivors in the community and to remember the friends and family who have passed away due to illness.Other events taking place on the day of the fundraiser will be a movie on the big screen, a photo booth, snacks for sale, a jelly bean guess jar, among other fun activities. Along with entry fees, the Carnival of Hope will raise money at all of those activities.Advertisement
Leicester boss Rodgers: Chilwell has ‘scary’ potentialby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrendan Rodgers says Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell has ‘scary’ potential.The England international, 22, has been scouted by Manchester City and Manchester United in recent times.As one of the first names on his team-sheet, Foxes boss Rodgers has been wowed by Chilwell’s room for growth.”The beauty with Ben is the more I work with him, the more I realise how much he is going to improve,” said Rodgers.”It is scary really. He has only really broken through in the last couple of years and yet when I talk to him he is learning and wanting to learn all the time, so he has still got levels to come up.”It’s frightening because he is up there with the best at this level. He is young and he is only going to get better. Like James [Maddison], they are hungry to improve and that is important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ajax defender Blind on Chelsea defeat: It was a 0-0 gameby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax defender Daley Blind says they have themselves to blame for defeat to Chelsea.Chelsea won the Champions League tie 1-0 thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s goal. “We were sloppy at times and we can blame ourselves for that, we have to improve that,” Blind told Ajax TV. “Normally we are stronger than that, but not today. We sometimes know it. If someone plays a bad ball, he does not do it on purpose. We want to do it as well as possible, but sometimes this type of competition is tough. “Then it comes to a struggle and we certainly did, we didn’t make it easy for them. They’re just a top team.”He added: “It was a 0-0 match, both teams didn’t really create great opportunities in the second half. I think that would have been more appropriate.”
Advertisement Facebook LOS ANGELES — In a wholly unprecedented move, Kevin Spacey is being cut from Ridley Scott’s finished film All the Money in the World and replaced by Christopher Plummer just over one month before it’s supposed to hit theaters.People close to the production who were not authorized to speak publicly said Wednesday that Plummer is commencing reshoots immediately in the role of J. Paul Getty. All of Spacey’s scenes will be reshot, the people told The Associated Press. Co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are expected to participate.Scott, who is known to be an efficient director, is intending to keep the film’s Dec. 22 release date. Kevin Spacey, left, and Christopher Plummer.AP LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Representatives for Scott did not immediately return email messages seeking comment.The film was originally set to have its world premiere at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Nov. 16 but was pulled earlier this week amid the sexual harassment reports surrounding Spacey, who has also been fired from House of Cards and dropped by his talent agency and publicist.All the Money in the World was primed for a plush awards season release from distributor Sony Pictures Entertainment and its advertising campaign, which prominently features Spacey, has been public for about a month already. But its plans have been in question since Spacey’s reputation has diminished over the past week with harassment allegations growing daily.The film chronicles the events surrounding the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and his mother’s attempt to convince J. Paul Getty, his billionaire grandfather, to pay the ransom.The 87-year-old Plummer was reportedly Scott’s first choice for the role of J. Paul Getty, but the director was pressured into casting a bigger name. Plummer is probably best known for The Sound of Music. He won his first Oscar in 2012 for the film Beginners.One of the people close to the production said that Scott’s plan caught Sony by surprise, but the studio is supporting the switch.The trade publication Deadline first reported the news. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement
NEW DELHI: The AAP is neither open nor closed for any alliance with Congress but as the Congress is yet to reach any concrete decision over the alliance the AAP decided to announce all the candidates without any delay, asserted AAP Delhi Convenor Gopal Rai. He also said the party waited for long but could not afford to lose more time owing to “Congress’ state of confusion” over an electoral alliance in the city.Sources said the AAP was in talks with the Congress over seat-sharing but both the parties wanted to contest from the same seats due to which they could not reach a consensus. Moreover, Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit has not been in favour of an alliance with the AAP but many leaders and workers in the Delhi Congress were in favour of the alliance. Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit appeared to be isolated over the issue of alliance with AAP for Lok Sabha polls, as AICC in-charge PC Chacko on Friday claimed that “many” in the party were in favour of such up tie-up. He, however, said that a final call on the issue of alliance with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi will be taken by the Congress president Rahul Gandhi. In 2013, AAP received less votes than the BJP but briefly formed a government in a post-poll coalition with the Congress. In 2014, AAP improved to 33 per cent but the BJP jumped to 47 per cent and swept all 7 Lok Sabha seats. In 2015, AAP shot up to 54 per cent to sweep 67 of the 70 Assembly seats. In the 2017 Assembly elections, AAP remained at 24 per cent and won 20 seats to emerge principal Opposition against the Congress (38%, 77 seats) while SAD-BJP slipped to 29 per cent and 18 seats.
New Delhi: The NITI Aayog will organise the FinTech Conclave 2019 on financial technologies in the national capital on Monday, according to an official announcement here. A NITI Aayog statement on Sunday said that the conclave, to be inaugurated by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das, will be attended by senior government and RBI officials, as well as more than 300 representatives from the leading financial institutions “The objective is to shape India’s continued ascendancy in fintech, build the narrative for future strategy and policy efforts, and to deliberate steps for comprehensive financial inclusion,” it said. “The Conclave will be featuring representatives from across the financial space – central ministries, regulators, bankers, startups, service providers and entrepreneurs. “The conclave will host more than 300 representatives from the leading financial institutions, including HDFC Bank, IndusInd, ICICI Bank, SBI Card, Tata Capital and fintechs like BankBazaar, PhonePe, Capital Float, Zerodha, PayTM, MobiKwik and PayU,” it added. Leading venture capital investors, state governments, micro, small and medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and industry experts will also be present. The statement also said the valedictory session of the conclave will have presentations consolidating sector-specific findings of the various panels on themes such as “digital onboarding of customers and merchants for financial inclusion, building financial products for millennial India and emerging areas of fintech.” Citing industry research that $1 trillion, or 60 per cent, of retail and SME credit will be digitally disbursed by 2029, it said that India is one of the fastest growing fintech markets globally. The Indian fintech ecosystem is the third largest in the globe, attracting nearly $6 billion in investments since 2014, the statement added.