KUALA LUMPUR: Anifah Aman on Wednesday (Sep 19) became the second former minister from the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) to announce he was quitting Malaysia’s former ruling party. The member of parliament for Kimanis in Sabah, who served as foreign minister in the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government, said his resignation from the party he had served for more than 25 years was effective immediately.“Yes, I have quit UMNO. It is with immediate effect,” he told Bernama.In a statement issued later, Anifah said he was quitting the party in the interests of Sabah's rights, and that the decision was made after a period of "self-reflection and deep thinking". "I made this decision because I once told my voters in Kimanis, as well as the people of Sabah, that I would step down should UMNO and BN fail to keep its promises in issues regarding the 1963 Malaysia Agreement," said Anifah.The agreement states, among others, … [Read more...] about Former Malaysian foreign minister Anifah Aman quits UMNO over Sabah rights
Annual general meeting format
Sport Proposals to revamp the Davis Cup into a season-ending 18-team event were backed by national federations at the International Tennis Federation annual general meeting in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday. 17 Aug 2018 12:31AM Bookmark LONDON: Proposals to revamp the Davis Cup into a season-ending 18-team event were backed by national federations at the International Tennis Federation annual general meeting in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday.The makeover to one of sport's most famous and oldest international team tournaments has been a contentious issue within tennis but the ITF's plans received the necessary two-thirds majority from its 210 member nations.Founded in 1900, the Davis Cup, considered the World Cup of tennis, has suffered in recent years because top players have found its format of several three-day ties, featuring five five-set rubbers, dotted during the season a draining distraction.The first edition of the new event will be held in Madrid or Lille from 18-24 … [Read more...] about Davis Cup makeover plans backed
caption Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snap, which held an extremely abbreviated annual meeting on Thursday. source Getty/Bryan Bedder Snap held its annual shareholder meeting on Thursday. It was a brief affair, lasting less than three minutes. The duration and format of the meeting demonstrated CEO Evan Spiegel’s control over the company. Evan Spiegel just demonstrated another one of the great perks of being king – short meetings that you don’t even have to attend in person. Spiegel’s company, Snap, held its annual shareholder meeting on Thursday afternoon. While such affairs can be long, drawn out, and contentious, that wasn’t the case here. Snap’s was held online, and – lacking the typical management presentation and question-and-answer period with shareholders – it lasted less than three minutes. If you really want to listen to the two-minute-and-forty-six-second webcast, you can find it here. There’s a reason … [Read more...] about Snap’s shareholder meeting was less than three minutes long because Evan Spiegel controls so much of the company anyway
By Gilbert Ngabo Staff Reporter Mon., July 16, 2018 Women tennis players who fought for equal playing time in a GTA league have won their case at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario — with the tribunal ruling the association discriminates against women by offering them half the number of playing opportunities as it provides to men. In a decision reached last week, the tribunal’s vice-chair Jo-Ann Pickel ordered the mixed league of the InterCounty Tennis Association to provide equal playing time to both men and women who play at various levels, starting next year. Under the existing rules of the association’s evening mixed league, which has been in place since 1962, local clubs put forth 12 player teams consisting of eight men and four women. Throughout the competition season, there are three men’s doubles teams, two mixed doubles teams and one women’s doubles team. About five years ago some players started voicing their … [Read more...] about Toronto women tennis players win human rights case over equal playing time
By Mitch Potter Foreign Affairs Writer Sat., June 9, 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau was fond of the concept. So too was his son Justin, who pledged to make it happen. And Stephen Harper? He was so taken with the importance of electoral reform that he once described it as “the key to Canada’s survival as a nation.” Yet once inside the halls of power, each managed to shelve the idea of updating our democracy-distorting first-past-the-post electoral system to something more modern that accurately reflects the actual vote. The tyranny of the plurality — that winner-take-all format that awards majority governments a blank cheque to legislate with impunity, often with little more than a third of the electorate onside — never seems quite so bad when you are the winner who took it all. Unlike his federal counterparts, Doug Ford made no such promise on the campaign trail. And so now, with 40.6 per cent support, his Progressive Conservatives … [Read more...] about Will Ontario’s vote results open the door to electoral reform?