Reps defend National Water Resources Bill, say critics misconceive new law
The House of Representatives has risen in defense of the contentious National Water Resources Bill, arguing that the piece of legislation is meant for the statutory regulation of the use of water across the country and has no negative provisions against States and Local Government Areas.The National Water Resources Bill which was reintroduced to the 9th Assembly by the Executive after it failed to pass in the 8th Assembly has generated a lot of controversies due to certain provisions that seek to usurp the powers of federating units on water resources and attempt to surreptitiously snatch land...
Defense Consultant: Any activities conducted in Nagorno Karabakh by Armenia – illegal
By TrendAny activities conducted on the territory of the Nagorno Karabakh of Azerbaijan by Armenia are considered illegal from the point of international law, Defense Consultant Peter Dunai told Trend.“Armenia has occupied one-fifth of Azerbaijan illegally, although at least three UN Security Council decision in favor of Azerbaijan were made, telling Armenia to immediately withdraw its forces from illegally occupied Azerbaijani territory, that is Nagorno Karabakh and some other Azerbaijani territories in the south-western part of the country. So any activities conducted on the territory of the...
Amy Coney Barrett: Religious conservative US Supreme Court pick
Washington (AFP) - Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who was nominated Saturday to the US Supreme Court, is a darling of conservatives for her religious views but detractors warn her confirmation would shift the nation's top court firmly to the right.A practising Catholic and the mother of seven children, including two adopted from Haiti and a young son with Down's Syndrome, Barrett is personally opposed to abortion, one of the key issues dominating the cultural divide in the United States.As a federal appeals court judge since 2017, she has taken positions backing gun rights and against migrants, wome...
US judge blocks Texas law that would end straight-ticket voting
AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge on Friday ordered Texas officials to allow straight-ticket voting for the Nov. 3 election, ruling that a state law ending the practice would endanger voters by causing longer lines at polling places during the pandemic.The ruling, coming only 18 days before early voting was set to begin, will cause problems for election officials who must reprogram voting machine software and reconfigure ballots, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo acknowledged in her ruling.“The substantial injury to (voters) is outweighed by the inconvenience,” the Laredo judge wrote.G...
Addiction, PTSD treatments could be more accessible for Californians under new law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Some Californians may have an easier time accessing treatment for mental health conditions like anxiety, PTSD and addiction under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Friday.The measure, Senate Bill 855, requires insurance companies to cover all mental health and addiction treatment deemed “medically necessary” by a doctor.Federal law already broadly requires insurance plans to provide comparable coverage for mental and physical illnesses, what’s known as mental health parity. California law also has parity requirements, but bill author Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat, a...
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Election 2020: Could Trump reject the results?
Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump sparked a furor suggesting he might not accept the results of the November 3 election if he loses.His stance drew comparisons with lawless dictators -- Belarus and North Korea were mentioned -- and raised fears that he could fracture the US democratic system in a cling to power.Trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden in polls, the US leader refused to rule out the prospect on Wednesday when asked if he would support a peaceful transition."Well, we're going to have to see what happens," he replied.Trump has already prepared the ground should he decide to...
Lissu: We’ll inquire into all injustices
Dar es Salaam. Chadema’s presidential candidate Tundu Lissu yesterday pledged to form a judicial commission of inquiry into incidents of injustice against fishermen in Nkome Village and other places in the country.The ex-Singida East legislator and Tanganyika Law Society president made the promise during a campaign rally at the village.The firebrand politician who addressed other rallies in Rwenzela and Katoro villages said the commission will be tasked to reveal the truth on claims of involvement of government officials in the vices.“The law will take its course against government officials w...
Ask the law: Is compensation payable in case of an accident by a drunken driver?
Question: Two months ago, my friend had a car accident and the police report said my friend was at fault and there was a lot of damage as a result of the accident. The insurance company refused to pay the compensation under the pretext that the driver was under the influence of alcohol, according to the police report. Does the insurance company have the right to refrain from paying compensation under the pretext that the driver was under the influence of alcohol? When is the insurance company entitled to refrain from paying compensation for car accidents according to the law?Answer: Yes, the i...
Britain unveils law to protect soldiers from prosecutions
TheBritishgovernment on Tuesday unveiled plans to provide "stronger legal protections" formilitarypersonnel and veterans who could face war crimes allegations but denied they amounted to an amnesty.The prosecution of British soldiers for historic alleged crimes in Northern Ireland, and more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been a controversial issue that has dogged the military and government for years.The draft legislation proposes measures to "reduce uncertainty arising from historical allegations and create a better legal framework to deal with claims from future overseas confl...
‘Martires may have misread SALN law’
‘Martires may have misread SALN law’MANILA, Philippines — Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is giving her successor Samuel Martires the benefit of the doubt concerning his new policy restricting public access to the statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) of government officials, although she says he may have misread the law.In an interview with ANC yesterday morning, Morales said that while she does not think that Martires was protecting public officials suspected of corruption, the new policy goes against the constitutional principle that “public office is a public tru...