Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin during his submissions to the CCJ on FridayFormer AFC parliamentarian Charrandas PersaudThirty votes have been accepted over the years in Guyana’s National Assembly as the majority and have been the deciding figure for numerous bills and motions being passed or shut down.Therefore, to say that the vote in favour of the No-Confidence Motion against the Government by former AFC parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud did not help tip the scales to the majority is not in keeping with Guyana’s parliamentary trend.This is according to Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin, who is representing Persaud at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in relation to the No-Confidence Motion against the APNU/AFC coalition Government which was passed on December 21, 2018, where Persaud’s vote was seen as what has been described as the “deciding factor”.Datadin in his submissions to the CCJ on Friday said that the Opposition – People’s Progressive Party (PPP) – when it was in Government, in the 2011 National Elections, had secured 32 seats in the National Assembly and the APNU and AFC together had one more seat than the ruling party of the day.This, he said, resulted in a number of motions and bills put forward by the Government side in the House being voted against and ultimately no progress for some years since together, the two opposition parties joined forces and voted them down.The CCJ heard that eventually, the now Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, then brought a No-Confidence Motion against the PPP in 2014 but before that motion could have been debated, the then President, Donald Ramotar, had prorogued Parliament which eventually led to elections being called in a short time frame.Datadin further explained that after the 2015 elections, the APNU/AFC coalition took office and had a one-seat majority in the National Assembly which they used to pass a number of motions and bills to date.He pointed out that in some cases, the PPP had a majority on some of these bills since, in a few instances, Government Ministers themselves abstained from voting, adding that some of these very Ministers were also “dual citizens”.Giving an example to the court, Datadin said that on July 30, 2018, several Government Ministers abstained from voting for duty-free concessions for two officials of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). He noted that despite the fact that they did not vote with their party, they were not removed from Parliament by the Government.“Apparently, as much is being said about what transpires and yesterday (Thursday) there were some comments about the society that Guyana is…the truth is that before now several dual citizens have been in Parliament, participated in Parliament, continued. It was more honoured in its breach than in its observance. I am not saying that it is right your honour,” the lawyer said.According to the attorney, 33 votes had been accepted as the majority when voting in the National Assembly for years by all parties in the House and, therefore, it still should be seen as such in the case of the validity of the No-Confidence Motion where Charrandas Persaud voted against the Government.“We go on and on about where we would find a view about the interpretation of the Constitution. We have a Constitution that is fairly simple in what it says. It is unique.”Crossing floor positionMeanwhile, attorney-at-law and President of the Guyana Bar Association, Kamal Ramkarran in his arguments pointed out that Guyana’s history in the National Assembly does entail the “crossing floor position”.He explained that three members of three different parties had left their respective parties but were still sitting in those seats in the Parliament and continued to do so for a number of years.“Two are now Ministers in this Government, Minister Raphael Trotman and Minister Khemraj Ramjattan. One is now dead, Mrs Shelia Holder, so both parties had a rare moment of bipartisanship and got together and put this recall legislation in process.And to answer the question of any similar No-Confidence Motion ever brought? One was brought in 2014 by current Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo. But before it could be debated, the President prorogued Parliament and six months later dissolved Parliament and called elections, one was brought but it was never heard,” the lawyer submitted.According to Ramkarran, interestingly enough, at the time that the 2014 No-Confidence Motion was brought to the House, the combined Opposition (which is now Guyana’s Government) had 33 seats in Parliament.He reiterated that given the historical background of Guyana, the case being tried in the Court has fundamental issues of democracy and rule of law intertwined with it.“Those issues cannot be untied from the case, your honours…the suggestion by the Attorney General (AG) that the vote of a person against the votes desired by the other members of his list means that that vote is automatically nullified from the time he makes it or even from the time that he gets the idea. But this could not be so, that would mean that there is some sort of dictatorship of the list, we would not need the National Assembly, we could just have decisions by decree based on numbers in Parliament….”He added that if the court were to take this this argument to its logical conclusion, then Parliament is a charade – that is – a dictatorship of the list. (Kristen Macklingam)
Throughout history, Jews have predominantly thought of themselves as a group on the verge of disappearing. No matter the terms used, from an insider’s perspective, we Jews have been awaiting our end ever since our inception. From our very beginning as a religious group, we have obsessed over a sense of impending doom. Immediately after being saved from Egyptian slavery – by God Himself no less – our Jewish forebears bemoaned their newly gained freedom: “Better to die in the fleshpots of Egypt than to die in the desert.” After the destructions of the temples in Jerusalem and the annihilation of the Jewish commonwealth, the feeling of doom reached a plateau. Consistent throughout our history as one of the oldest religions on Earth, we have feared, even prepared for our imminent demise. Paradoxically, this negative self-image is inconsistent with our theology. Judaism has always been a religion that is immediate and life-affirming. The Talmud mentions, “Whoever saves one life, (it) is as if he saved the entire world.” The disparity between these destructive images of gloom and doom, versus a positive, life-affirming ideology, is problematic and nothing less than self-imposed. Inexplicably, the impact that Jews continue to have on their surroundings far exceeds their numbers. Jews total well less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the world’s population; some 13 million in all. Yet the Jewish contribution to the world is unparalleled. Judaism brought the notion of one God into the world. It is the religion responsible for the establishment of Christianity and Islam. It has and continues to help shape and enhance Western Civilization. And, given the course of history, so long as there are humans left alive, some of them will be Jews. So as Jews celebrate Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year – another year of existence – may the feeling of pending doom edge way to the feeling of hope and joy. May the “ever-dying” people finally come to grips with the reality that they are here to stay. And may they continue on course with their lofty goal of making God’s Earth a more inhabitable place for all humanity. Michael Gotlieb is the rabbi of Kehillat Ma’arav in Santa Monica.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “L’chaim – to life,” has been the rallying call of the Jews. “To life,” here and now, on this planet. Who should know the value of life better than Jews? We grew out of an ancient Egyptian civilization that worshipped death. The holiest Egyptian text was called “The Book of the Dead.” No wonder the rabbis wrote: “So long as there is life, there is hope.” Fittingly, the national anthem for the modern state of Israel is called “Hatikvah,” the hope. Yet for reasons that defy history, we Jews continue to doubt our viability, we continue to anticipate our demise. This fear is not entirely without justification. Anti-Semitism still exists – particularly within the Arab world and parts of Europe. There are those who, if given their way, would cheer the annihilation of the Jews. Nazis and Communists made it their life’s work to murder Jews and destroy Judaism. And while a more than 50 percent interfaith-marriage statistic worries me, it is more a reflection of the non-Jewish community’s acceptance of us. Several generations ago, Jews did not intermarry, yes out of conviction, but largely because of the non-Jewish family’s reluctance in having a Jewish son- or daughter-in-law. What scares me far more is our internalization of the insidious myth that we are on the brink of extinction. I am afraid that the groundless fear of our demise has caused havoc to our soul, deeply permeating and affecting our psyche. From the Inquisition to the pogroms, the Holocaust, suicide bombings and terror organizations that refuse to discuss the possibility of a balanced applicable peace, Jews have understandably feared for their existence. But despite it all, we continue to contribute to the good of humanity, we continue to exist – even thrive.
QPRDefender Max Ehmer has extended his loan at Gillingham until 7 February. The 22-year-old first joined the League One club towards the end of November and has featured six times.FA CupChelsea could face London rivals Millwall for the first time since 1995, in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Blues were drawn at home to the winners of the replay between the Lions and League One side Bradford. Fulham, if they can overcome Wolves, will travel to Gus Poyet’s Sunderland. Ties will be played on the weekend of 24 and 25 January.FulhamThe club have confirmed that their FA Cup replay at Wolves will be played on Tuesday 13 January, with a 7.45pm kick-off, subject to any television scheduling.BrentfordThe Bees will be hosting open trials at their Jersey Road training ground in May, with a professional contract up for grabs. Players born between 31 May 1994 and 30 May 1999 are eligible, with those in the 16-18 age range attending on Saturday 30 May, and 19- to 21-year-olds on Sunday 31 May. The best will be selected to play in a match against Brentford’s academy squad.Jack WarburtonThe son of Brentford manager Mark has joined the club’s development squad until the end of the season. The 21-year-old midfielder came through the youth ranks at Watford before moving to Leicester City at the age of 17. After turning professional, he later moved to Canada, winning player of the year at fourth-tier side Kitchener-Waterloo United in 2013, before coming back to the UK. He played two Under-21 games as part of a trial with the Bees and will now be part of Lee Carsley’s second string until June.Chelsea LadiesChelsea Ladies have signed highly-rated Sweden international Marija Banušić, 19, from Kristianstads. The forward, who made her debut for her country in November, is regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in Europe and will link up with the Blues squad later this month for pre-season training. She is the fifth signing of the winter, after Gemma Davison, Millie Bright, Niamh Fahey and fellow Swedish international Hedvig Lindahl. However, Yuki Ogimi and Rachel Williams have left the club, to join VfL Wolfsburg and Notts County respectively.Sam RobsonThe Middlesex opener scored 109 on the first day of England Lions’ opening match of their tour of South Africa. Robson struck 12 fours and a six before retiring as the Lions made 361-4 against a Gauteng Invitation XI in Soweto.MiddlesexTim Murtagh, Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie have all been named in Ireland’s squad for this year’s Cricket World Cup. Stirling, 24, played in all six of Ireland’s matches at the 2007 tournament, scoring a century against the Netherlands and making 32 in their shock win over England, but Balbirnie, 24, and London-born Murtagh, 33, will be at their first World Cup.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Srinagar experienced the coldest night of the season on Saturday night as the mercury continued its downward spiral in most parts of the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region. Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday night, down from minus 4.2 degrees Celsius the previous night, MET officials said on Sunday. It was the coldest night of the season so far in the city, they said. The night temperature in the city has dropped over five degrees since Thursday as the valley is moving closer to the 40-day harshest winter period, locally known as ‘Chillai Kalan’, which begins on December 21. The officials said Qazigund, Kupwara and Leh also experienced the coldest night of the season on Saturday night along with Srinagar. Qazigund, the gateway town to the Valley, in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday night, compared to the previous night’s minus 5 degrees Celsius. Coldest DecemberThe officials said it was the coldest December night in Qazigund in the last four years. The town had recorded a low of minus 5.9 degrees Celsius on December 27, 2014. The nearby Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 5.7 degrees on Saturday night, up from minus 6.6 degrees the previous night. Kupwara in north Kashmir saw the mercury going down from minus 4.5 degrees the previous night to settle at a low of minus 6 degrees Celsius on Saturday, the official said. They said it was the coldest December night in Kupwara in the last five years.
Mission Hills Group will design and build the school and its six indoor courts, but it will be operated by NBA China.The NBA already has three training academies in China for top male and female prospects.NBA China chief executive David Shoemaker said in a Mission Hills press statement: “This groundbreaking NBA Basketball School in Haikou further builds upon our commitment to developing young basketball talent in China. “We are delighted that Mission Hills Group shares our vision and are thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the government’s pledge to grow a sporting culture in Hainan Province.”Hainan, sometimes referred to as China’s equivalent of Hawaii, already hosts a Barcelona football academy, also in partnership with Mission Hills.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH chess team eyes 7 golds or more in 2017 ASEAN Para Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Along with football, basketball is the most popular sport in China and Bryant said the new facility — construction begins later this year — will be a boon to the Chinese game.“The Chinese youth will benefit from a complete approach to player development that combines NBA-quality coaching with NBA-level training,” said the retired five-time NBA champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I believe this partnership will lift the game of basketball to a higher level in China.”The 39-year-old was in the city of Haikou, on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, to unveil the project. Retired basketball superstar Kobe Bryant enjoying himself during his Mamba Mentality Tour on Saturday night, June 25, 2016, at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLos Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant announced plans Tuesday for China’s first NBA basketball school, a development the 18-time All-Star says will improve the game in the country.The NBA Basketball School-Mission Hills Haikou will be open to male and female players from junior up to professional level after its completion in 2019 and could help unearth the next Chinese basketball star.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Read Next LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments
Just too good Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said at the end of the season that Boylen would likely get an extension. The Bulls made it official on Friday, though they did not announce the length or financial terms.“Jim has a strong vision on where he wants to take this team, and he has done a great job establishing the culture that we want this organization to stand for as we continue to progress,” Paxson said in a statement. “He has tremendous passion for developing young talent, is a strong communicator and a good fit for this team. The organization is confident in the direction that he is taking our players, and we are committed to him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Bulls went 22-60 in the second year of their rebuild and finished with one of the worst records in franchise history. They were 5-19 when Hoiberg got fired and went 17-41 the rest of the way under Boylen.His first week was a rocky one with a team-record 56-point blowout loss and a few players raising the possibility of boycotting practice the following day after back-to-back games. Instead, there was a team meeting and a session with coaches and management. And Boylen started to connect with players. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Chicago believes it has the makings of a promising foundation with Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine, Wendell Carter Jr. and Otto Porter Jr. The Bulls figure to get a high draft pick, though they have just a 12.5% chance to win the lottery.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Head coach Jim Boylen of the Chicago Bulls reacts as his team takes on the New York Knicks at the United Center on April 09, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Knicks defeated the Bulls 96-86. NOTE TO USER: Head coach Jim Boylen of the Chicago Bulls reacts as his team takes on the New York Knicks at the United Center on April 09, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Knicks defeated the Bulls 96-86. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPCHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls and coach Jim Boylen have agreed to a contract extension.Boylen was already under contract for next season when the Bulls promoted him from assistant coach to take over for the fired Fred Hoiberg in December. They never gave him the interim tag.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
YouTube/SyracuseThe Syracuse Orange were hit by the NCAA with some rough sanctions this past offseason, but unlike last year, in 2015-2016, the team will be eligible for the NCAA Tournament. Of course, they’ll need to post a better record than 18-13 to make it happen.Friday, ahead of the team’s first game of the season, Syracuse released a hype video titled #CuseMode. It features highlights of the team’s preseason games this year. Check it out:Syracuse returns a number of key contributors from last year’s squad – including Trevor Cooney, Michael Gbinije, Kaleb Joseph and Tyler Roberson. It’ll be interesting to see if they can compete in the ultra-competitive ACC.
The logo on Michigan’s football jerseys isn’t the only thing that’s changing regarding the Wolverines’ look heading into the 2016 season.Jim Harbaugh’s team also has different helmets.Michigan will still be sporting its “iconic” winged helmets, but they’re a bit different. The Wolverines’ helmets are now of the “matte” variety.The program’s equipment staff tweeted out a couple hi-res pictures of the helmets with the caption, “Still Iconic.” @HailEquipment @HailEquipmentWhat do you think, Michigan fans?More Photos Of The Wolverines’ New Uniforms Below
The cast of FOX’s GREASE: LIVE has teamed up with DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change, for its annual Teens for Jeans campaign.Grease Live Teens For Jeans CampaignTeens for Jeans encourages young people to run a gently-used jeans drive in their schools and communities and donate the jeans to their local homeless shelters.The GREASE: LIVE cast hosted its own Rydell High drive, with cast members Keke Palmer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jordan Fisher, and more donating their denim to help youth who are experiencing homelessness in the Los Angeles area.Audience members attending the live broadcast were encouraged to bring their jeans to donate to the drive.Over one million young people in the United States experience homelessness every year, and a pair of jeans is one of the items most often requested by young people entering homeless shelters. In the past eight years, DoSomething.org’s Teens for Jeans campaign has provided over 5 million pairs of jeans for youth experiencing homelessness.For more information on how to participate in Teens for Jeans click here.
On November 13th 2017, LOUIS XIII Cognac premiered “100 Years” – The Song We’ll Only Hear If We Care – a unique musical composition created by Pharrell Williams that will not be released until 2117.Pharrell – #IfwecareLOUIS XIII partnered with Pharrell on this innovative project due to a shared dedication to environmental issues. The original song is a creative expression of the delicate relationship between nature and time, and the effect humans have on their environment. Each decanter of LOUIS XIII represents the life achievement of generations of cellar masters, so LOUIS XIII must always think a century ahead.Pharrell’s exclusive track was recorded onto a record made of clay from the chalky soil of the Cognac region, and stored in the cellars of LOUIS XIII in a state-of-the-art safe specially designed by Fichet-Bauche that is only destructible when submerged in water. If sea levels continue to rise at such an alarming rate due to climate change, scientists project that in 100 years, a significant portion of the world’s land might be underwater. The only way to guarantee this original piece of music will be heard again in 2117, one century from now, is if we address the tragic consequences of global warming – if we do not change our way of living, future generations will never be able to hear this song. “100 Years” by Pharrell Williams will be out in 2117, but only #Ifwecare.“I love the fact that LOUIS XIII thinks a century ahead,” said Pharrell Williams. “We should all do the same for the planet. We have a common interest in preserving nature for the future. Each bottle is the life achievement of generations of men and women. It’s all about legacy and transmission.” Pharrell has long been passionate about preserving our environment and how important human action is to addressing climate change.“100 Years” premiered during a private listening party in Shanghai, where Pharrell presented the song one time only. The one hundred lucky guests in attendance were not allowed to record the once-in-a-lifetime experience, so the song remains a secret for the next century. LOUIS XIII and Pharrell aimed to inspire these guests to take action and motivate others to get involved in the international effort to curb global warming.“We are incredibly proud of this innovative project,” said Ludovic du Plessis, Global Executive Director of LOUIS XIII. “Nature and time are at the heart of what we do. If the environment is unstable, even the greatest cellar master would not be able to compose the exceptional blend that is LOUIS XIII. Global Warming is one of the most important issues of the 21st century; with 100 Years – The Song We’ll Only Hear If We Care, we hope to inspire people around the world to take action.”In 2015, LOUIS XIII partnered with renowned actor and creative visionary John Malkovich to create “100 Years: The Movie You Will Never See,” a thought-provoking artistic work that explores the relationship of past, present, and future. “100 Years” – The Song We’ll Only Hear If We Care – was previewed in Shanghai on November 13th, 2017. For more information, visit the brand website – WWW.LOUISXIII-COGNAC.COM.GLOBAL WARMING LOUIS XIII was founded in 1874 by Paul Emile Rémy Martin and is the pure result of the genius of its creators: the environment and generations of owners and cellar masters. Mother Nature is at the heart of what we do: without her full balance and wellness, the greatest cellar masters or vineyards would not be able to grow and assemble the exceptional blend of up to 1200 eaux-de-vies that compose each LOUIS XIII decanter. Like Paul Emile Rémy Martin, André Giraud, Georges Clot and Pierrette Trichet did in the past; today’s Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau is setting aside our finest eaux-de-vie as a legacy to his successors, for the coming century.Following the event in Shanghai, LOUIS XIII Cognac will launch an international tour in major cities all around the world in order to raise awareness and funds for environmental organizations through charity dinners. Through these events, LOUIS XIII will directly support associations dedicated to curbing climate change on a local level.Thanks to the gift of our Grande Champagne Terroir where LOUIS XIII soil and vines are nestling, each decanter is the life achievement of generations of cellar masters. From its birth in 1874 to the Universal Exhibition in Paris, or by accompanying the royal dynasties of Europe, LOUIS XIII was a privileged observer of the 20th century. Today, it is only natural that we care deeply about our environment and work to serve as a flag bearer to address this major issue of the 21st century. Where protecting our terroir is a day-by-day necessity, to think a century ahead has been the core tenet of our philosophy since LOUIS XIII was founded, as the cellar master must set aside the finest eaux-de-vie as a legacy to his successors for the coming century. Preparing the legacy we will leave behind for future generations is an integral part of our brand DNA and our involvement in the international effort to combat climate change is not only legitimate, it is imperative.The Remy Cointreau Group, including LOUIS XIII, has long been dedicated to the international effort to curb global warming. The group joined the United Nations “Global Compact” environmental organization 14 years ago, and has been a member of the U.N.‘s elite “Global Compact Advanced” since 2014. The group is dedicated to contributing to the international effort with its 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, within the U.N. environmental framework. Taking action to help battle climate change is one of the main objectives of the 2020 program, with one of its goals being to reduce the group’s greenhouse gases and carbon footprint. Top priorities of this program include sustainable wine-growing practices, energy efficiency, eco-friendly packaging, optimization of product shipments and forest conservation. Given its niche production, LOUIS XIII contributes to a very small CO2 emission.“As a company, we must do the best we can every day to make the world a better place,” explained Ludovic du Plessis, Global Executive Director of LOUIS XIII. ” But no single person or brand can stop global warming on their own – it must come from the unified global actions of all people around the world. Together we are much stronger than any person or brand is on their own. This is not about any one city or country but the future of our planet as a whole. Our concern is not primarily for Cognac, but for every city around the world.”