Senate Receives Code of Conduct Repeal Act

first_imgSenator H. Dan Morais – Advertisement – The Senate yesterday received an Act calling for the repeal in its entirety of “The Act of the  Legislature prescribing a National Code of Conduct for all pubic officials and employees of the Government (2014).”Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morais, in his three-page communication read before Senate plenary yesterday, argued that his action is in line with the cardinal purpose of the Code of Conduct as prescribed in its preamble, which “has now been reversed by the ruling of the Supreme Court.”The Code of Conduct was approved March 31, 2014, and printed and published on June 20 of the same year, became enforceable law, and was used in the special senatorial election in 2014.“The purpose of the Code of Conduct becomes unattainable when ruling from the High Court, renders laws made by the legislature only enforceable when it is validated by its constitutionality,” Senator Morais said.Outlining further reasons for his proposed Act, Morais said when a law that was in force since 2014 is now opinionated by the Supreme Court in the form of a ruling in the case of “Karnwea versus National Election Commission, the Legislative response to this Judicial Review cannot be less than the entire repeal of the Code.”Sen. Morais is the Senate chairman on the Committee of Foreign Affairs. He wondered where the impartiality, objectivity, transparency, integrity, efficiency and effectiveness lies when “people who have wantonly and fragrantly violated the Code of Conduct, which became an eligibility criteria almost three years ago and a subject of a judicial review in 2017, can celebrate.”“Where is the justice and fairness in a level playing field to a free, credible, transparent and democratic election,” the Maryland County lawmaker wondered, noting, “when the violation of an eligibility criterion of an election is now a subject anything than a disbarment or disqualification?”Sen. Morais reminded his colleagues that “as gatekeepers of the people we must ensure fairness that Abu Kamara, the assistant minister, who the NEC denied from contesting cannot and must not be the only Liberian whose disbarment or disqualification is applicable to. Justice is not blind when it sees only Kamara and sees no other violator.”But in a brief debate following the reading of the communication, Senator Varney Sherman, chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Claims and Petitions, said instead of repealing the entire Code of Conduct, the author of the Act must be requested to do another letter requesting an amendment of the code that is found conflicting, adding: “we cannot repeal the entire code when there is no code to replace it.”Sen. Sherman was returning to the Capitol Building for the first time since he fainted a few months ago minutes before the commencement of a program to endorse the presidential bid of the President of the Senate and Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Boakai, by 19 Senators.Other Senators agreed that the Supreme Court was not clothed with the authority to make law, and cited that its recent decision constitutes law-making.The letter was later unanimously voted on and sent to the Judiciary Committee to report next Tuesday and advise the Senate plenary.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DD LOCAL – DRUMKEEN MAN PAURIC’S SKYDIVE RAISES €700

first_imgDrumkeen Community ChildcareECCE & playschool children enrolments for September 2013 Playschool open morning will be held on Monday 26th August from 10.30 am-11.30 am for all new playschool children starting 2nd September 2013. Please call 074 91 34844.Drumkeen Old School Reunion On behalf of the committee we would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended our weekend and to all the people who helped out over the two days. A special word to those who travelled from overseas to celebrate our reunion, we hope you enjoyed your stay. We have over 530 photos from the weekend up on our Facebook page so please check them out. This was a fantastic achievement by the people of Drumkeen. Thanks again.Pauric Duffy’s Charity SkydiveHi folks, I completed my Skydive last week and raised a grand total of €700 which will go towards SNAP- Special Needs Accessible Park. MS Donegal. Little Angels School, Letterkenny & Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way and a special word of appreciation to Patrick Gildea Hairdressing, FM Cleaning Group and Watson’s Menswear. Irish Wheelchair AssociationWe would like to thank everyone who donated to the recent Irish Wheelchair AssociationChurch gate collection. A grand total of €112 was raised, many thanks.Tyrconnel Martyrs Flute BandPractice every Tuesday in the hall @ 7.00pm. All new members welcome. We’ll teach you to play the flute or drum and have some fun!!Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann Drumkeen Lotto Results 07th Aug 01, 10, 11, 14. No jackpot, 2 winners €50 each. Trevor Rowan, Drumkeen. Pauline Hunter, Creeslough. Next weeks jackpot €1,375 Go raibh maith agat.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen Notes Anyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm) Please note the new deadline.DD LOCAL – DRUMKEEN MAN PAURIC’S SKYDIVE RAISES €700 was last modified: August 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more

‘Our experiences are not because we’re an interracial couple – we’re just a couple.’

first_imgCassarica Nadas and Gareth Mays see themselves as an ordinary couple – even if other people refer to them as being in an interracial relationship. The pair has been dating for five years, having met online on a MXit chatroom.Cassarica Nadas met Gareth Mays on a MXit chatroom and fell in love after meeting him in person. The two speak about their families’ reaction when Mays became Nadas’ first boyfriend. (Image: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanThere was a time in South Africa when laws such as the Group Areas Act, the Immorality Act and the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act stopped people of different races from having relationships or from living in the same communities.However, since the democratic dispensation brought South Africa’s Constitution and Bill of Rights, people such as Cassarica Nadas and Gareth Mays have been able to build close relationships without being harassed by the law.Mays and Nadas marked their fifth year as a couple on 8 November 2016. The two were in a long-distance relationship when Mays moved to Cape Town for work in January 2013. Nadas eventually moved to Cape Town in September 2014. They now live together in Johannesburg.In light of Brand South Africa’s campaign, Play Your Part and Know Your Constitution, Play Your Part and Live Your Constitution, which was launched in October, this couple have spoken about their relationship.The three-month-long campaign focuses on empowering people with knowledge and information about their rights as enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Brand South Africa says this awareness is integral to the promotion and advancement of South Africa’s constitutional values.Cassarica Nadas and Gareth Mays enjoy gaming and watching animation movies together. (Image: Melissa Javan)MJ: How old are you and where did you grow up?CN: I am 26. I grew up in Malabar, Port Elizabeth.GM: I’m 30. I’m also from Port Elizabeth, the friendly city.MJ: What month and year did you meet?CN: We met in August 2011.GM: Oh that’s trouble. I can’t say which month exactly, but it was mid-2011.MJ: How did you meet?CN: Gareth and I met while in a chatroom on MXit. I thought he was interesting and we continued to chat over the next couple of weeks. He then wanted to meet me in person, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to. I was aware of all the horror stories people tell of meeting people online.One day after his badgering, I finally said yes and told him to come on that specific day or I wasn’t going to agree on meeting him again. I remember thinking there was no way he would come, with having responsibilities at work. I was so wrong. Gareth took off time from work and we met at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University campus where we chatted for a few hours. I skipped class and he showed me the architecture building I had never seen on campus.GM: We met online, over MXit. I was charming and mysterious, of course.Cassarica Nadas says when people judge her and Gareth Mays’ relationship, they should think before they say hurtful things – even if it’s not to them. (Image: Melissa Javan)MJ: How did it feel when you started dating someone from a different culture?CN: There were no real feelings towards dating someone who was out of my culture. Gareth was my first boyfriend and I had more feeling towards my new relationship than any feelings towards his culture.Gareth’s family is very much like my own in a sense that they look after each other and I felt very comfortable with them. I also feel quite westernised in my own culture and I identified with Gareth’s culture more than what someone would think I did in my own culture.GM: My feelings were somewhat neutral, because cultural differences aren’t a major focus in my family. Essentially Cassie’s and my interests and habits were similar already.MJ: How did your families respond to your relationship?CN: My family were a bit cautious when I first introduced Gareth to them. He was the first boy I brought home who was not a friend. It was new to everyone. They didn’t have a problem with his race or culture. They had more of a problem that he was the guy who was taking away their daughter, like most parents have.GM: They were positive. Cassie is my sweetheart and probably more favourited by my parents than me.MJ: How have their attitudes changed or evolved over time?CN: My parents are very accepting of Gareth. They treat him like a son and are always buying him gifts. He is part of the family.GM: Only in the sense that we or they are closer and more loving.MJ: How did your family feel when you moved in together?CN: My parents were not keen at first. They are old school and have different principles and values. It was tough at first but they quickly came around. When we moved in together I moved to Cape Town from Port Elizabeth, so my parents were also dealing with my moving away as well as moving in with Gareth. We then moved from Cape Town to Johannesburg together. Skyping my parents helped a lot with this transition and I keep in touch via Whatsapp and phone calls.GM: My family is indifferent. We believe individuals are free to make their own choices. I suppose supportive would be more accurate to say. Bottom line is it was our choice, not anyone else’s.MJ: How do young people versus older people react when they see you together – especially strangers?CN: We have never really had any outwardly negative reactions from other people. Most people are accepting of us or hide it really well. Young people don’t seem to be bothered about our relationship but I do get some stares from the older generation when we are out shopping.GM: I’d say younger ages don’t really react differently. Older people may give one or two odd stares. This is the best time to kiss your girlfriend.MJ: What have been your worst and best experiences as an interracial couple?CN: The worst experience has been people judging Gareth based on the colour of his skin. I lived in a predominantly Indian and coloured neighbourhood. When Gareth used to drop me off at my parents’ house while we were still in Port Elizabeth, we had incidents of people who lived in my street making comments as I got out of the car. They would remark on his race and what car he drove.One lady who lived a street away from me saw my friend’s mum at a corner shop and said: “Cassie walks on egg shells, because of her white boyfriend who drives a BMW.” My friend’s mum didn’t even respond to that lady. I feel people are quick to pass judgement without knowing how it can hurt others.I wouldn’t say that there has been a best experience as an interracial couple, but we have had many experiences as a couple that have been amazing. A particular one was when we lived in Cape Town and we were walking to the shops. Gareth was helping me to put on a plaster because I had burnt my hand. To people who were passing by, it must have looked like he was proposing and this lady basically pushed half her body out the car window and started shouting at me to say “Yes!” and she wouldn’t stop until I did.Of course, he wasn’t proposing but it was wonderful to see a random person get excited for someone else’s happiness.GM: I really can’t say what the worst was. I guess those types of events I let go and move passed quickly. It’s no one’s business except our own. The best experiences are just like anybody else’s. I guess the only stories that spring to mind are when we approach counters or clerks and they don’t know we’re together so we let them think that till the last moment. Then a surprise kiss or hug throws them.MJ: What do you love most about each other?CN: My favourite things about Gareth are that he knows me very well it is almost scary. He knows when I want something and I haven’t asked yet, and then he just does it. It is almost as if he reads my mind. I also like that he is very intellectual and that we can discuss serious topics and joke about crazy things.GM: Cassie’s cheeky or mischievous laugh, or when she knows she’s up to nonsense and I catch her. I love her cute and lovable nature. Also, I love how much she likes unicorns. She makes me feel whole and happy.MJ: What do you have in common?CN: We love technology, gaming, and enjoy the same movies, especially superhero movies and animation.GM: We love being comfortable and growing together.MJ: Finish this sentence: Love is…CN: Being able to count on one another, to look past the flaws and accept all of a person.GM: Tea… and maybe roti.MJ: What do you like about the Constitution?CN: Our Constitution looks after our interests and makes it easier for us to be who we are. Without the Constitution in place we would not be able to express ourselves freely or be with who we love.GM: We have one of the best if not most advanced constitutions in the world. I’d say it is part of what makes me a proud citizen of this country.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more