The Supreme Court heard a pair of cases on Tuesday challenging Arizona’s election laws. Democrats claim that state laws on ballot harvesting and absentee ballots violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and the Constitution’s Fifteenth Amendment. Arizona law requires each voter to cast his ballot in his assigned local precinct. The Grand Canyon State’s laws also forbid most third parties from collecting and delivering a voter’s ballot. “The Court has a stark choice between two systems here,” Supreme Court heavyweight Michael Carvin said in conclusion of the Arizona Republican Party’s argument. “Ours is clear, and we think derived directly from the text, and is easy to apply.” Chief Justice John Roberts kicked off the questioning of Carvin, with the chief questioning Carvin’s argument that VRA and the Constitution are violated when a legislature intends to disadvantage a racial group, rather than the Democrats’ argument that the law is violated whenever plaintiffs can … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Hears Arizona Cases on Absentee Votes and Ballot Harvesting
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JAKARTA: The Attorney-General of Indonesia on Monday (Jul 22) defended the government after the country's Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling which blamed President Joko Widodo and his cabinet ministers, as well as regional administrations, for failing to control the wildfires in 2015. The wildfires which raged through Indonesia in 2015 caused thick haze to engulf the country and neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia, the Jakarta Post reported on Monday. “The conclusion is the government should fulfil its obligation to protect its citizens against the disaster," said Supreme Court spokesman Abdullah after the ruling on Friday. "It should work on necessary efforts to stop wildfires from happening." Attorney-General H M Prasetyo on Monday said the government has acted to tackle the wildfires issue. "Recent statistics show that forest fires have decreased in numbers. Many individuals and companies have also been charged in court, and will eventually be convicted," he said, … [Read more...] about Indonesian Supreme Court declares Jokowi among those liable for 2015 forest fires resulting in regional haze: Reports
SINGAPORE: “It’s difficult to cope. At the start, I really couldn’t sleep,” said Kathy Ong ’s mum Jacqueline Ng, describing the loss of her 19-year-old daughter after a taxi driver’s negligent actions caused her death. “I feel that what is missing is all her laughter. When she was at home, she laughed a lot,” Jacqueline recalled. “We don’t know what we’re going to do moving forward, without her.” Taxi driver Yap Kok Hua was sentenced to eight weeks’ jail and banned from driving for five years on Aug 2, but for Kathy’s family, it is a life sentence. Her parents Jacqueline and Keith feel the pain of losing Kathy as strongly as the day she died on Apr 19 last year. She had been in a taxi with three friends, going from Clementi to the National University of Singapore (NUS), where they were studying. Yap decided to make a discretionary right turn from Commonwealth Avenue West into Clementi Road despite seeing a car coming towards him. The other driver Ng Li Ning - … [Read more...] about ‘We miss her laugh, her warmth’: Family, friends remember NUS undergrad Kathy Ong, who died in a taxi crash
Germany on Wednesday took a step towards forcing companies to take responsibility for any labor or environmental abuses in their global supply chain. A new law (Lieferkettengesetz in German) allows for hefty fines starting at several hundred thousand euros if their contractors abroad are found to breach human rights or environmental rules. The fines go up to two percent of the company's annual revenues if they exceed 400 million euros ($484 million). The companies are held responsible for every step of the way: from the raw materials to the finished product. "This law protects workers from exploitation across sprawling supply chains and protects human rights across the world," Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday, adding "In future, it will be clear that 'Made in Germany' also means respect for human rights." The SPD-run development and labor ministries initially wanted the law to also target smaller companies, but backed down in the face of strong opposition from the … [Read more...] about Germany to implement supply chain law against exploitation
Zohnerism drives our daily consumption of news and shaping our understanding of most issues, warns Sandeep Goyal. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/ Rediff.com In 1997, a 14-year-old schoolboy, Nathan Zohner, at Eagle Rock Junior High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho, presented his science fair project to his classmates, seeking to ban a highly toxic chemical from its everyday use. The chemical in question? Dihydrogen monoxide. Throughout his presentation, Zohner provided his audience scientifically correct evidence as to why this chemical should be banned. He explained that dihydrogen monoxide: Causes severe burns while it is in gaseous form. Corrodes and rusts metal. Kills countless number of people annually. Is commonly found in tumours, acid rain, etc. Causes excessive urination and bloating if consumed. Zohner also noted that the chemical is able to kill people if they depend on it, and one experiences an extended withdrawal. He then asked his classmates if … [Read more...] about Beware Zohnerism!