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House Cuts Number of Proposed Seats in Affirmative Action Bill

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first_imgThe House of Representatives has endorsed the establishment of seven Special Legislative Constituencies for which an additional seven members would be elected, in addition to the already 73, totaling 81members in the House.The motion indicated that there would be five seats for women to be divided among five regions; while the youth and persons living with disabilities will have their respective seats.Deputy Speaker Hans M. Barchue broke the tie to concur with the Senate on the Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act after a vote of 18-18, for which some of the lawmakers accused Senior Stenographer Conmicks Chea of inflating the votes in favor of the pro-Tyler lawmakers to compel a draw.The Senate’s version of the Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation provides the establishment of 21 Special Legislative Constituencies for which an additional 21 members of the House of Representatives shall be elected – with 15 seats for women, 3 seats each for the youth and persons living with disabilities.The House’s concurrence, which has altered the Senate’s account, would compel a Conference Committee comprised of both Houses to reconcile the Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act.However, Maryland County Representative Dr. Bhofal Chambers has filed a motion of reconsideration for the vote on the passage of the Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act, which would be considered today, Friday, September 30, in a Special Session. It may be recalled that on August 25, it was reported that the Senate unanimously passed the “Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act of 2016,” which was forwarded to the House of Representative for concurrence.At Wednesday’s public hearing, Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell told the 28-member House’s Joint Committee that the Affirmative Action Bill aims to elevate the level of equitable representation and participation in the governance process. The Joint Committee comprisedGender, Judiciary, Good Governance and Election & Inauguration.The Gender Minister reminded the Legislature that Article 5 (a) of the Constitution empowers the Legislature to enact laws that promote the realization of social justice and increase citizens’ access for political and economic participation.“There are international instruments to which Liberia is a signatory and acceded to, which call for the enactment of affirmative action legislation for the empowerment of women, youth and persons living with disabilities,” she said.“ECOWAS and AU Protocols, CEDAW, CRPD, the Beijing Declaration, and the African Youth Charter are some of the international instruments supportive of affirmative action to accelerate their participation in politics for adequate representation.”The National Chairperson of the National Civil Society Council, Madam Frances R. Deigh Greaves; the Vice President for Association of Female Lawyers in Liberia (AFELL), Atty. Nadia S. Kamara; Mrs. Daintowon Domah Payebaye, representing the disabled community; and Mr. Amos Williams, Deputy Secretary General for Programs of the Federation of Liberian Youths (FLY) are among Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that also urged the Legislature to enact the Affirmative Action Bill.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘300’ wins this box office battle easily

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first_img“300” played in 3,103 theaters, about 850 fewer than the “Ice Age” sequel, making its box-office performance even more notable. The movie averaged $22,567 a theater, a whopping number for a wide release. The total for “300” includes $3.4 million from 62 IMAX theaters, a record opening weekend for the large-screen format. Buoyed by “300” and some solid holdovers, Hollywood business soared, with the top-12 movies taking in $139.4 million, up 49 percent from the same weekend last year. “300” bumped off the previous weekend’s No. 1 movie, Disney’s “Wild Hogs,” which slipped to second place but held up well with $28 million, raising its total to $77.4 million. In limited release, Fox Searchlight’s immigrant drama “The Namesake” opened strongly with 250,762 in six theaters, averaging $41,794. Centered on an Indian family’s assimilation in America, “The Namesake” expands to more theaters Friday. Going into the weekend, movie attendance had been lagging 1 percent behind last year’s because of a slump in January and February. Attendance now is up nearly 2 percent for the year because of the strong weekend, according to Media By Numbers. Adapted from Frank Miller’s graphic novel, “300” stars Gerard Butler as Leonidas, king of the Greek city state of Sparta, who leads his vastly outnumbered men against the Persian invaders. Directed by Zack Snyder (“Dawn of the Dead”), “300” presents the actors against digitally created backgrounds to re-create the look of Miller’s graphic novel, a technique similar to that used on the movie adaptation of Miller’s “Sin City.” “It’s a new-fashioned version of an epic movie. Great, old-fashioned storytelling with all the brilliant use of the technology available to us now,” “300” producer Mark Canton said Sunday. Heavy on violence, the movie had an R rating, normally a damper on a film’s blockbuster potential. But “300” wound up with the third-best debut ever for an R-rated movie, behind “The Matrix Reloaded” at $91.8 million and “The Passion of the Christ” at $83.8 million. “The violence doesn’t bother anybody because it’s done in a way that’s not offensive,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. head of distribution. “People love the movie, they love the originality. The best thing you can have for a film is great word of mouth. When the public is selling the movie for you, that’s when you have a real success.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The ancient battle of Thermopylae was the stuff of 2007’s first certified blockbuster as the bloody action tale “300” debuted with $70 million over opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That’s about $233,000 for every one of the legendary 300 Spartan soldiers who fought off a much larger Persian force in the epic battle. “On a Spartan-by-Spartan basis, that’s a lot of money,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “Summer came a little early, because this is a summer-style opening.” The number of moviegoers for the Warner Bros. epic “300” outnumbered crowds for the rest of the top-10 movies combined. If the estimate holds when final numbers are released Monday, “300” would break the record for best March debut ever, topping the $68 million haul for “Ice Age: The Meltdown” last year. last_img read more