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Afidep hails Parliament for passing Amendment Bill

The African Institute for Development Policy (Afidep) has commended the government and Parliament for passing the Constitutional and Parliamentary Service Amendment Bills that enhance Parliament’s independence in discharging its oversight, legislation and representation functions.

 In a statement issued yesterday, Afidep executive director Eliya Zulu states that the reforms will help strengthen democracy in the country.

Zulu: The reforms will strengthen the country’s democracy

 He said: “These constitutional reforms are a major breakthrough in efforts to improve Malawi’s democratic governance and if assented by the President, they will go a long way in positioning Parliament as a strong Third Arm of Government able to steer accountability and socioeconomic development.”

 According to the statement, the key effect of these reforms revolve around elevating and entrenching the Parliamentary Service in the Constitution in the same way that the Civil Service and Judiciary Service are created.

 “Secondly, the Parliamentary Services Commission will be a constitutional body responsible for managing the affairs of the parliamentary service, and its membership will be expanded by including two external experts who are not parliamentarians,” it reads further.

 The reforms will also enable Parliament to set its own calendar and have its oversight function defined in the Constitution, which will provide for a third sitting of Parliament to focus on examining committee oversight reports and general legislations.

Zulu: The reforms will strengthen the country’s democracy

 With the reforms, the approved budget of Parliament will become a protected expenditure, giving Parliament autonomy to manage its financial resources.

 “The salaries of the Speaker and Deputy Speakers will be protected in the same way that the salaries of the President and Vice-President and Chief Justice and Judiciary officers are protected,” reads the statement in part.

 According to Afidep, the Bills, tabled in Parliament as Government Bills, were championed by the Parliamentary Service Commission and the parliamentray Legal Affairs Committee following extensive benchmarking over the past three years on how parliaments in Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa have achieved similar legal, administrative and financial autonomy.

 Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara and Leader of the House Richard Chimwendo Banda, who is also Minister of Homeland Security, have since commended parliamentarians for passing the landmark bills.

Chimwendo Banda: These are
landmark bills

 In their remarks during the closing session of the last seating of Parliament, the two also hailed the Royal Norwegian Embassy for providing financial support to Parliament through technical assistance from Afidep which facilitated the parliamentary autonomy over the past three years.

“Since 2017, Afidep with the help of the Royal Norwegian Embassy have supported the process to Parliament’s autonomy. We will not forget the role the organisation played even when it seemed like the process had stalled and would not see the light of day,” said Chimwendo Banda.

Currently, the Malawi Constitution only provides for the law-making function of Parliament, but not the oversight and representation functions. This hinders Parliament’s performance of oversight, budget appropriation, legislation and representation.

The new constitutional amendments will enable Parliament  to effectively perform its critical functions and enhance transparency and accountability to ensure that public resources are well-targeted to sectors that can drive economic growth.

Afidep is a development thinktank that aspires for an Africa where evidence transforms lives. It works towards systemic actions that promote active use of evidence in decision-making to enable the right investments towards the transformation of people’s lives for the better.

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Agar hails Rhinos’ effort in win at Wolves

Leeds held off a late rally from Warrington after having two men sin-binned to claim a fourth straight win in Super League. “It was a magnificent effort from our boys,” head coach Agar said

Last Updated: 05/07/21 11:23pm

Leeds' players celebrate their win over Warrington

Leeds’ players celebrate their win over Warrington

Richard Agar was delighted by the effort put in by his side after Leeds Rhinos recorded a 22-16 victory over Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The Rhinos built up a 22-6 lead early in the second half but had to survive a frantic rally from the Wolves as Josh Charnley claimed two late tries, while the visitors had both Liam Sutcliffe and Robert Lui in the sin-bin in the final 10 minutes.

Leeds scored three tries through Lui, Alex Mellor and Ash Handley, while Rhyse Martin kicked five goals from as many attempts.

Rhinos hold out to end Wolves’ winning run

Leeds survived having two men sin-binned inside the final 10 minutes to hold out for a 22-16 win away to Warrington.

“It was a magnificent effort from our boys,” Agar said. “We came to play and as the energy dropped out of the game it was like touch and pass in the second half and we were clinging on and had to hang on by our fingernails for dear life.

“But we hung on and came up with some great last-ditch efforts and only conceded with 11 men in the second half with a few minutes left on the clock, so it was a magnificent effort.

“It was an enormous task to come to Warrington on the back of a really tough schedule and the spirit we showed sticking in for each other was fantastic.

Leeds Rhinos coach Richard Agar said his side was 'clinging on' at the end, but did enough to claim victory over Warrington Wolves.

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Leeds Rhinos coach Richard Agar said his side was ‘clinging on’ at the end, but did enough to claim victory over Warrington Wolves.

Leeds Rhinos coach Richard Agar said his side was ‘clinging on’ at the end, but did enough to claim victory over Warrington Wolves.

“I thought in the first half we were magnificent, we tackled really well, and we just got away from that for 10 minutes and they ended up getting a soft try. We knew we were going to do it tough and when you throw in the two sin-bins as well, the spirit we showed was fantastic.”

The packed schedule continues for the Rhinos on Friday when they face another tough test against the high-flying Catalans Dragons at Emerald Headingley.

“We go again in four days’ time and I’m thinking: ‘how do we do it again?’,” Agar said. “The boys need mentally refreshing because after a good backs-to-the-wall effort like that, you could hear a pin drop in the dressing room.

Brad Dwyer gives his reaction after Leeds Rhinos beat Warrington Wolves 22-16

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Brad Dwyer gives his reaction after Leeds Rhinos beat Warrington Wolves 22-16

Brad Dwyer gives his reaction after Leeds Rhinos beat Warrington Wolves 22-16

“They are absolutely exhausted, and I’ve never heard a dressing room so quiet. But we will have a day off and go again later in the week to play the team at the top of the competition.”

Warrington coach Steve Price believed his side got what they deserved after their six-match Super League winning run came to an end.

“We came up with 19 errors and completed at 60 per cent and you don’t give yourself a chance to win the game when you deliver that,” Price said. “Our tackle control was not up to standard tonight and that performance was not acceptable.

Warrington Wolves coach Steve Price told Jenna Brooks it was a 'hugely disappointing night' after seeing his side lose to Leeds Rhinos

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Warrington Wolves coach Steve Price told Jenna Brooks it was a ‘hugely disappointing night’ after seeing his side lose to Leeds Rhinos

Warrington Wolves coach Steve Price told Jenna Brooks it was a ‘hugely disappointing night’ after seeing his side lose to Leeds Rhinos

“We were disappointing tonight from the first set when we made less than 30 metres and it has been one of our strengths.

“They dominated field position for the majority of the game and were clearly the better team, while we had one decent set in the first half when we scored a try, but we needed to be better.

“It’s individuals’ responsibility to control the football, be disciplined and to get the tackle control right, which are all effort areas and they did that better than us.”

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Gareth Southgate hails four England unsung heroes as Three Lions ease into Euro 2020 semis

“But we have got to make those decisions, the right call for the right game, the right system, but all of the players have been brilliant.”

Southgate does not want to get carried away but is delighted to create such joy back home.

“Look, it’s fabulous,” he continued. “I suppose it’s still sinking in a bit. We’re in another semi-final, that’s three in three years.

“We obviously want to go the step further, the two steps further, I know what will be happening at home – and that’s great.

“It’s lovely to send everybody on a Saturday night, beer in hand, whatever it is and they should enjoy it. I’m chuffed that the two performances has brought so much enjoyment and happiness to people.”

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GB News hails boycott victory – Full list of advertisers BACKING Andrew Neil's channel

Speaking on Thursday night, Mr Neil dismissed the Stop Funding Hate group, which published a list of companies whose adverts were seen on GB News in a bid to starve the channel of advertising income.

Mr Neil claimed the group were opponents of a free society and said firms which kowtowed to their demands were acting as the “useful idiots of bigots bent on censorship”.

He added: “It is quite remarkable that serious executives and well-established companies can be so easily cowed.

“They have all taken the knee to Stop Funding Hate. It is important they – and you – realise to whom they are in thrall.

“Stop Funding Hate does not stand for a liberal, inclusive society. It is dominated by far-Left agitators and cranks that push for advertiser boycotts of any media organisation with which it disagrees.”

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Gary Lineker mocks, then hails, Gareth Bale after Wales' win over Turkey in Euro 2020

But he was left with his head in his hands after smashing his effort high over the bar.

Lineker poked fun at Bale’s effort by tweeting: “Bale went all Welsh rugby with that penalty.”

However, Bale was clearly keen to make amends for his missed penalty and almost scored with a strong header down low, only for Ugurcan Cakir to keep his effort out.

Bale continued to impress with the ball at his feet and was in no mood to keep the ball in the corner deep into stoppage time.

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Joe Biden hails the 'RFA' in major embarrassing gaffe on arrival in the UK for G7 summit

Mr Biden flew into Britain on Wednesday to attend the G7 meeting in Carbis Bay, Cornwall which starts on Friday. He is scheduled to meet Boris Johnson on Thursday ahead of the summit and will also have an audience with the Queen. Thereafter, he will fly to Brussels to attend both a NATO and EU summit.

On arrival at RAF Mildenhall, the President delivered a speech to cheering US military personnel and their families.

Embarrassingly, Mr Biden managed to turn the RAF into the RFA, when referencing the UK’s military air force.

The 78-year-old said: “These partnerships have been hardened in the fire of war.

However, Mr Biden is known to have considerable concerns about Brexit and the current dispute over the Northern Ireland protocol.

Jack Sullivan, the President’s national security adviser, said Mr Biden viewed the protocol as “critical” to protecting the Good Friday Agreement.

He told the BBC: “Whatever way they find to proceed must, at its core, fundamentally protect the gains of the Good Friday Agreement and not imperil that.”

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Gary Neville hails Edinson Cavani's Man Utd stay: 'He's been an absolute joy'

Neville then extolled the virtues of Cavani as an old-fashioned number nine who can lead the line and provide stability and leadership up front to help bring the best out of his young emerging teammates in the United strikeforce.

“This is a throwback. A classic centre-forward, makes brilliant runs, runs that you’d be taught 20 years ago, and I just think he’s been an absolute joy,” he enthused.

“We questioned at the beginning whether he actually could do it for Manchester United, but he’s done it and I’m delighted he’s going to be at Manchester United next season.

“They’re a better team with him in it. I think he’s in the best team. Always in great positions, the timing of his runs and finishing from those positions is the best in the league.

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Paul Pogba hails Man Utd team-mate as ‘future of football’ in Mbappe comparison

Paul Pogba believes Manchester United have a player who stands alongside PSG star Kylian Mbappe as “the future of football”.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side host Liverpool on Sunday looking to cement second place in the Premier League and inflict a damaging blow on their fierce rivals’ top four hopes.

Pogba goes into the game with his future shrouded in doubt, with United ready to offer the World Cup winner a new deal after his agent Mino Raiola teased the possibility of a swap deal for Real Madrid midfielder Eden Hazard.

But one player whose does seem set to stay at Old Trafford for the long haul is Marcus Rashford – who Pogba believes is on a level with his fellow France international Mbappe.

The midfielder was asked to compare the two players in a Q&A with fans – while he also gave his verdict on who is the best finisher at United.

“They’re two big, big, big talents,” Pogba said of Rashford and Mbappe in the Q&A on United’s official website.

“I think they are so young and so talented. They achieved so much for their young age. I think they are the present and the future of football.”

Pogba was asked who is United’s best finisher, after Luke Shaw was praised by team-mates for his shooting in training.

The 28-year-old said it was a toss-up between Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani while also aiming a cheeky dig at skipper Harry Maguire.

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“This a nice one. Besides him [Shaw]? I would like to say Maguire,” Pogba joked.

“The best finisher, I think it’s Mason. Yeah, Mason, I would say. And Edi. Yeah, Mason with the feet and Edi with his head.”

United are set to open talks with Paul Pogba about a new £400,000-a-week contract this month in a bid to prevent the club’s £89million walking away for nothing at the end of next season.

But they have also been looking at potential replacements and are prepared to sell the midfielder this summer if the demands of his agent become too prohibitive or if he threatens to run down the final 12 months of his current deal.

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Dom Littlewood hails bus company as 'lifeblood of the community'

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TV presenter Dominic ‘Dom’ Littlewood has described Hull-based bus company East Yorkshire (EY) as the “lifeblood of the community” after taking up his latest challenge.

The consumer campaigner and exposer of rogue tradesmen has been experiencing life with essential workers for his new series, Dom Digs In, seeing if he can make the grade within the various organisations he visits.

Wanting to see how a bus operator was faring during the height of a pandemic, Dom arranged to film for a few days with EY and earlier today BBC One viewers were able to see the ins and outs of the company’s activities through Dom’s eyes.

Dom tried his hand at various tasks, learning how to drive a double-decker, running the control centre, carrying out an oil change and having a crack at renewing the livery of one of the bus fleet, with varying degrees of success.

“Running a bus service is a much bigger challenge than I ever imagined,” said Dom, who learned from area director Ben Gilligan that the company runs 250 buses, employs 650 people and that a “sense of humour and a thick skin” were among the necessary attributes for a role at EY.

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Dom gets some bus driver training with Tracy Beadle, training supervisor
Dom gets some bus driver training with Tracy Beadle, training supervisor

The presenter, kitted out in EY uniform, had his driving skills assessed first by Darren Kendrew, training manager, but only in a van before he was considered safe to be let loose in a bus.

Dom then shadowed driver Sarah Daddy on the 104 service to Castle Hill Hospital, chatting to passengers including hospital cleaner Brenda and support worker Penelope, who said the service was vital to their daily lives.

With training supervisor Tracy Beadle keeping a watchful eye, and the loan of Hull City’s car park for some manoeuvring tests, Dom managed to “squish” one traffic cone and mount a kerb in his practice run.

After driving a double-decker through the bus wash with no mishaps, Dom joined Les Taylor, paint shop supervisor of 41 years, for a lesson in refreshing the livery of a bus, with the instruction, “don’t hit it, don’t pat it, you roll it, you have to get a move on, Dom”.

With apprentice mechanic Jack Jackson, Dom climbed into the 4ft deep pit to do an oil change but literally slipped up when he lost his grip on a container of fresh engine oil, dropped it and covered Jack in the contents.

“All of a sudden, this job just got a whole lot messier,” said Dom.

An oil change proves tricky for Dom when a container of fresh engine oil slips out of his grasp
An oil change proves tricky for Dom when a container of fresh engine oil slips out of his grasp

Lunch with some of the EY crew revealed the feelings of the team about it being “like a massive family” and that they were genuinely pleased to get out of bed to come to work every day.

A stint in the control centre had Dom saying he would have “crumbled” without Simon Cowey, service delivery controller on hand, as drivers radioed in about a road closure, caused by an accident involving a pedestrian.

“As soon as I answer one call, another one comes in,” he said, learning that he could have a “lie-in” the next day and come in for 6am, rather than 4am, when he would be helping with detailing the drivers.

“I have loved my time at East Yorkshire buses,” Dom said. “These men and women go above and beyond to keep the wheels on this essential service.”

Dom Digs In airs Monday to Friday, 11am, on BBC One or catch up on BBC iPlayer.

‘We’re not treated as human’: NBA ace says cops see ‘black people as a threat’, hails Chauvin guilty verdict in George Floyd trial

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NBA star Draymond Green has said it was “really great” to see killer cop Derek Chauvin tried for the killing of George Floyd but warned that he sees a long road ahead before widespread social justice is achieved in the US.

Found guilty on all three charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the case, Chauvin is facing up to 75 years behind bars when he is sentenced in two months.

Despite justice seemingly being served at the conclusion of the high-profile case, three-time NBA champion Green has warned that there is still plenty of work to be done to see African-Americans treated fairly in society.

“I think it’s great that we finally saw a cop get tried,” Green told TMZ when he was asked if Chauvin’s conviction was positive news for the US.

The challenge to the country now is to make sure [police officers are] being held accountable.”

“I think [the way police treat ethnic minorities] is a totally different story. When you look at the way these officers treat black people, we’re not treated as human.

“We’re treated as a threat by our skin color,” Green added, claiming that the US remains “a long way away” from equality when it comes to law enforcement.

Green’s team, the Golden State Warriors, also released a statement on the verdict, stating that it was “encouraged” by the jury in Minneapolis “moving quickly to impose accountability where it is so often missing”.

The Warriors then echoed Green’s sentiments by calling the judgement “only the beginning” in “an effort to achieve racial justice in America”.

“Today was a step in the right direction but the long journey must continue,” they concluded.

Elsewhere, LA Lakers legend Magic Johnson celebrated the news by saying: “Thank God… guilty. Justice has been served.”

Back on the court, the Warriors shared a viral clip of Green celebrating a three-pointer from Steph Curry before it had even hit the net. 

The Warriors thumped the Philadelphia 76ers 107-96 on Monday, but Curry expressed dissatisfaction with his 49-point display after missing a free throw following a poke in the eye. 
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