Opposition returns to High Court seeking constitutional compliance

first_imgResignation of Cabinet case…submissions made, case adjournedThe parliamentary Opposition has returned to the High Court seeking to force the Government to comply with the Constitution of Guyana, this time Article 106 of the Constitution which sets out that Cabinet must resign after a No-Confidence Motion.Former AG Anil NandlallBringing the case is former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who is seeking from acting Chief Justice Roxane George orders compelling Cabinet, which has been meeting despite the clear language of the Constitution.“We are asking for a declaration that Cabinet was resigned on the passage of the No-Confidence Motion. Alternatively, we’re asking for an order that Cabinet be resigned, because the Chief Justice had ruled that they were resigned by application of law,” he said in an interview afterwards.He added that the Opposition is asking for an order giving effect to that resignation. “And we’re asking for an order restraining Cabinet from meeting, because they are disbanded and no longer in existence,” Nandlall further explained.In response to Nandlall’s submissions, Attorney General Basil Williams is arguing that his return to the court is an abuse of the court process. Nandlall slammed the AG for skimming over the constitutional provision requiring his and the rest of the Cabinet’s resignations.“It’s unfortunate that we have to resort to this kind of strenuous efforts in the court to get the Government to obey the Constitution. Every one of you read the Constitution and would know that Article 106 says that upon the successful passage of the No-Confidence Motion, Cabinet inclusive of the President shall resign.”He added that 10 months after the passage of the No-Confidence Motion, the Opposition is “battling for the Government to give effect to that provision of the Constitution which is our supreme law. This is the level to which we have descended. And rather than the AG come here and concede, he comes here and says it is an abuse of process. It’s an atrocious contention. Instead of come here and apologise to the court and then go and advise his Cabinet to resign, he comes here with a straight face and says we are abusing the court.”According to Nandlall, all they are seeking is for the Government to comply with the Constitution. In her deliberations, Chief Justice Roxane George gave Nandlall five days in which to make their submissions while Williams was given until September 21 to file on behalf of the Government. The next court hearing will be held on September 30 at 13:30h.Attorney General Basil WilliamsArticle 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, Article 106 (7) goes on to say: “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”A No-Confidence Motion was passed against the Government since December 21 of last year. However, elections were not held and there was no resignation. Instead, the Government went through several levels of court, unsuccessfully arguing that the No-Confidence Motion was not validly passed.At the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the final court had thrown out the Government’s case and had handed down judgement saying that when the No-Confidence Motion was passed on December 21, 2019, Article 106 of the Constitution had immediately been activated. In addition, the court had noted that the provisions of the Article were clear.Instead of immediately starting serious preparations to hold elections in the shortest possible time, however, GECOM proceeded to carry out House-to-House Registration based on the orders of unilaterally appointed former Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson. The exercise has since been stopped, but GECOM has since proposed a March 2020 timeframe for holding elections.When it comes to Cabinet resigning, Government had initially announced that it would no longer be holding Cabinet sessions but rather, decisions would be made using a “ministerial plenary” that still retained the powers of Cabinet. They have since resorted back to using “Cabinet” to describe these meetings.last_img read more

South Africa’s culture, heritage and people defined

first_imgSouth Africa needs to use its strengths, tied up in the spirit of ubuntu, to our advantage.(Image: Brand South Africa) 30 August 2016South Africa was still a young, evolving nation, agreed participants in the Culture, Heritage and People plenary session of the Brand South Africa Nation Brand Forum. It was, however, a nation of stories, with a people who were inventive, spellbinding storytellers.The forum is a gathering of the government, business and civil society with the objective of defining an inspiring narrative that can be used by all stakeholders when marketing South Africa internationally. It was launched by Brand South Africa on 24 August 2016.It is a proactive marketing programme that will be a flagship initiative for Brand South Africa and will be used to promote a positive nation brand image and reputation.The plenary participants said that apart from this storytelling talent, South Africans were also passionate, friendly, tolerant and kind. These qualities – summed up in one word, ubuntu – were the strength and advantage that set the country apart from other nations. This was what people experienced when they visited South Africa, and what they remembered when they returned home.The group took the time to define arts, culture and heritage to guide their conversation. For the group, the arts served as a means of individual and collective creativity and expression. It was through art that a nation created identity.This identity, especially as it was expressed through popular art forms, was our culture, the things we held important that formed our collective identity.Heritage, in the opinion of the group, was the shared inheritance that South Africans embraced as a people.Together, they created an identity that referred to as Brand South Africa. If it was true that a brand was more than symbols, as was argued in the group, and was the emotional connection a person formed through experience, then South Africa worked from a position of strength.How best to take advantage of its strengths led to lively debate. Through consensus, participants decided on four points:–   South Africans needed to focus on their shared history and heritage.–   They needed to document their history, keeping in mind the context.–   South Africans needed to avoid selective amnesia.–   The country needed to build up and promote new icons who embodied the South African story.In relooking at who South Africans were, it was important to remember their place in Africa, geographically and historically. South Africa had a unique recent history, one that gave it a louder voice to change the “heart of darkness” narrative people used to tell the story of Africa.For Brand South Africa, it is important to find a way to change the misguided, but popular narrative of the country. The country should remind the world that it is a “nation of achievers in the midst of adversity”. South Africa’s  great richness is its  rich heritage and cultural history. (Image: Brand South Africa)last_img read more

Cong. worker murdered in Ghatkopar, party cries foul

first_imgMumbai: A 45-year-old Congress worker was allegedly murdered at Asalfa in Ghatkopar on Monday morning. While the Congress has called it a political murder and an attack on democracy, the Saki Naka police believe the victim was killed in a road rage incident. Manoj Dubey used to stay with his family in Shivaji Nagar of Asalfa. Dubey, the police said, was found in a severely injured condition near Asalfa Metro station around 1.30 a.m., and was rushed to Rajawadi Hospital, where he died during treatment. After Dubey was identified based on some documents on his person, the police contacted his family.“Dubey’s family told us that he had got into an argument on Facebook after he put up a status saying the next government would be formed by the Congress, which attracted the ire of some local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers. On Sunday evening, Dubey and a BJP functionary came to the police station and Dubey registered a non-cognisable complaint against the people threatening him. To the best of our knowledge, the matter ended there,” an officer at Saki Naka police station said. Inquiries established that Dubey left his residence after midnight on Sunday to meet someone, and got involved in an accident. “We have found eyewitnesses who saw Dubey drive on the wrong side of the road and hit another car, after which an argument ensued between Dubey and the car owner. Dubey’s murder seems to have occurred during this argument, although we are verifying whether the people threatening him could be behind it,” the officer said. Meanwhile, calling it a murder of democracy, Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan said the BJP has brought in a new tactic of eliminating political rivals by murdering them. “This is not only the murder of a Congress worker but that of democracy. Our nation follows the tradition of discussion over differing views. Goons of the BJP murdered Dubey over his Facebook post,” Mr. Chavan said. Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam slammed the BJP and demanded action against its party workers involved in the crime. Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said the murder of the Congress activist merely over a Facebook post is absolutely shameful. “Is this State run by the law or goons?” he asked. BJP denies allegationReacting to the allegation, Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar said the government is doing its duty and an FIR has been filed against the accused. “None of them are BJP office-bearers. Above all, the police are investigating. Merely an allegation by the Congress does not prove anything. The law will take its own course,” Mr. Shelar said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone X) N.D. Reddy said, “An FIR of murder against unknown persons under the IPC has been registered, and several suspects are being questioned.”last_img read more

Namajunas snatches 115-pound title at UFC 217

first_imgThe referee stops the fight, after which Rose Namajunas celebrates a win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of Poland, at UFC 217. APNEW YORK — Rose Namajunas took the 115-pound championship away from undefeated Joanna Jedrejczyk with a dominant performance at UFC 217.Namajunas connected with a left in the first round and pounced once Jedrejczyk (14-1) hit the canvas on Saturday night. Namajunas pounded away at the fallen champ as the Madison Square Garden crowd went absolutely wild for a fighter that had been soundly booed during her entrance.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Wilder knocks out Stiverne in 1st round Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes PLAY LIST 01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Namajunas (17-3) ended Jedrejczyk’s bid at matching Ronda Rousey’s women’s record with six straight title defenses.Namajunas choked back tears as UFC President Dana White slapped the strawweight championship belt over her shoulder. She was drowned out by the roars as she spoke about what the championship meant to her inside the octagon.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“Just confidence, conditioning, composure, content that I’m the champion,” she said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

‘Premier closer’ Castro comes through for Gilas

first_imgLATEST STORIES Reyes said the risk of missing Castro in the last game against Australia paid off with this superb showing in the clutch.“We rested him the last game to make sure he was ready for tonight because he’s our premier closer,” the mentor said. “And he came through tonight.” The veteran national team playmaker sanm the game-clinching floater with 10.6 seconds to spare, securing the Philippines’ third win in four games.“That’s why we have Jayson,” said coach Chot Reyes. “That’s why we made sure Jayson is in this lineup.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCastro missed the Australia game last Thursday due to an ankle sprain, but made sure everyone remembered why he was named the best point guard in Asia twice.He saved his best for last and came alive in the second half, where he scored all of his eight points and none bigger than the game-sealing baskets in the waning seconds. Castro returns, rescues Gilas Pilipinas in close win over Japan AFP official booed out of forum Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn the end, Gilas Pilipinas knew where to go when it mattered the most.Jayson Castro once again saved the day for Gilas Pilipinas in a 89-84 victory over Japan Sunday in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid maintain watching brief for Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid maintain watching brief for Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabiaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are maintaining a watching brief on Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia.The former Castilla star is under consideration at Real as a 2019 signing, says AS.With 18 months left on his current deal, Sevilla find themselves in the position of needing to sell this year if they wish to make money from Sarabia’s departure.The 26 year-old’s deal carries an affordable €18m buyout clause.At Real, they see Sarabia as a natural successor for veteran midfield schemer Luka Modric – or as a replacement for Isco.And thanks to his time at Real, there would be a smooth transition as he is good friends with Dani Carvajal and Nacho. last_img read more

INTRODUCING THE RESIDENTS OF THE 2018 CBC ACTORS CONSERVATORY

first_imgDaniel Jun is a Korean-Canadian storyteller with an eclectic track record. He was born in Taiwan and grew up in China, New Zealand, Korea and Canada. In addition to being a dedicated actor, he is also a former Marine sergeant, a professional street dancer, a McGill alumnus, and an avid shower singer. Jun has worked with Cirque du Soleil and Tangente, and his recent screen credits includeDesignated Survivor, The Hummingbird Project and the lead in the indie feature Stand Up Man. ARAYA MENGESHACharacter Araya is inspired by: “I watched The Mask a million times. A guy with a green face became anyone he wanted, saved the day and he got the girl.” Advertisement Get to know our 2018/19 CBC Actors Conservatory residents below. We asked the incoming residents what character from a notable film or TV show has inspired them and why. Read their answers and bios:ANNIE BRIGGSCharacter Annie is inspired by: “Anne Bancroft (The Miracle Worker). I find myself attracted to characters that ignite a polarized response in me. I fell in love with her violent relentlessness, layered with surprising humour. And those spectacles!” Araya Mengesha is a Toronto born and raised actor. Mengesha’s stage credits include Breath of Kings(Prince Hal/Henry V) and Rice Boy for the Stratford Festival, as well as War Horse and The Lion King(Young Simba) for Mirvish Productions. His screen credits include recurring roles on TV series Anne with an E, Shoot The Messenger, Hemlock Grove and Rogue, as well as appearances in Man Seeking Woman,Saving Hope and Mystery Hunters, and films Run This Town(upcoming), Jean of the Joneses, Cul de Sac and Nurse.Fighter.Boy. Mengesha is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. We’re gearing up for the 10 th year of the CBC Actors Conservatory, Canada’s only full-time comprehensive professional onscreen acting program. The conservatory is renowned for offering a transformative artistic experience that strengthens the performers’ instrument, builds their professional and creative skill sets, and empowers them to navigate career and marketplace opportunities.The Actors Conservatory now boasts an impressive 74 alumni – alumni who are recognized industry-wide, in Canada and abroad, for their unique and exciting talent. Alumni who have landed lead roles on a range of hit TV series in a variety of genres (like Annie Murphy on Schitt’s Creek, Giacomo Gianniotti on Grey’s Anatomy, Emily Coutts and Patrick Kwok-Choon on Star Trek: Discovery, Alex Paxton-Beesley on Pure, Emmanuel Kabongo on Frankie Drake Mysteries, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs on American Godsand the list goes on …) and roles in hit feature films (like Canadian Screen Award-winning actor Nabil Rajo for his performance in Boost, and Erin Carter and Grace Glowicki in Suck it Up). Actors Conservatory alumni are garnering international industry attention (like Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs making The Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 list of Canada’s Rising Stars: 15 Breakouts Making an Impact in Hollywood), are creating exciting content, and are enriching the global entertainment landscape. Alumni of the conservatory have inspired tremendous interest in this program – the work they are doing and their long list of successes are the best tools for recruiting future residents!And now, we are thrilled to welcome eight talented actors into this year’s program. The Canadian talent pool is deep and strong – as a result, our selection process was harder than ever. As Kathryn Emslie, CFC’s Chief Programs Officer, explains, “The CBC Actors Conservatory continues to attract wonderful actors that reflect an exciting range of backgrounds and experiences, stemming from theatre, dance, musical theatre, improv, comedy, TV, film and yes – even Cirque du Soleil! This year’s actors have much to offer our community and our creative industries; we’re delighted to have them join our program and we can’t wait to see them get to work!” NICKI WHITELYCharacter Nicki is inspired by: “Christine Baskets on FX’s series Baskets is the most heartwarming, heartbreaking, hilarious character I’ve ever seen. She is so genuine – the comedy never feels scripted.” Brandon McKnight is a Jamaican-Canadian actor who had his feature film debut in the Academy Award-winning film The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro). His other notable credits include the hit comedy series Kim’s Convenience (CBC), the upcoming feature film I’ll Take Your Dead (Chad Archibald), opposite Aidan Devine, Arri Millen and Jessica Salgueiro. Most recently, McKnight finished shooting Nose to Tail (Jesse Zigelstein), alongside Aaron Abrams. VIVIEN ENDICOTT-DOUGLASCharacter Vivien is inspired by: “Maria in The Sound of Music is an inspiration. I mean she sings whenever she has feelings about anything. Brilliant.” BRANDON MCKNIGHTCharacter Brandon is inspired by: “Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood – the first time I saw what work and commitment looked like.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ERIC HICKSCharacter Eric is inspired by: “Joker in The Dark Knight makes me question the dimensions of complexity possible in character work and has me itching to get innovative.” MICHELLE MCLEODCharacter Michelle is inspired by: “Harriet. M. Welsch from Harriet the Spy inspires me to be intrigued by perspective. She also inspires me to dance to James Brown in a potato costume.” Michelle McLeod is a Toronto-based actor and comedian and a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Theatre Program, Humber College’s Acting for Film and Television Program and the Second City Conservatory Program in Toronto. McLeod’s credits include the lead role in Pat Mills’ Don’t Talk to Irene(TIFF 2017; 2018 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Feature Film), Angry Angel, They Eat Your Teeth, and most recently, the feature film Natalie. Originally hailing from Halifax, NS, Annie Briggs is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. Her select screen credits include Murdoch Mysteries, Before The Dark: Digital (Shaftesbury), Dark Matter (SyFy), Couple-ish (Square Balloon) and Luvvie (short). Briggs is best known for her work as “Lola Perry/The Dean” in four seasons of the multi-award-winning webseries Carmilla as well as the feature film adaptation, The Carmilla Movie. Most recently, she co-created, wrote and starred in the new Shaftesbury digital series CLAIREvoyant. Briggs has worked with a variety of Canadian theatre companies, including Neptune Theatre, Single Thread Theatre Co., Food for Thought, Festival Players of Prince Edward County, Chester Playhouse and Shakespeare by the Sea. Login/Register With: DANIEL JUNCharacter Daniel is inspired by: “The Terminator (Terminator 2). If ever I get slowly lowered into a pool of molten steel, I’m going down with my thumbs up. And screaming.” Nicki Whitely is a Toronto-based actor who became an ACTRA member at the age of 11. Her television credits include Workin’ Mom’s (CBC), Conviction (ABC)and a recurring role on The Strain (FX). Whitely is especially proud of her role in the TV movie Betty and Coretta (Lifetime), where she played Attalah Shabazz, the eldest daughter of slain civil rights leader Malcom X.Her training includes classes at Neptune Theatre School in Halifax, NS. Twitter Vivien Endicott-Douglas is best known for her work on stage with many of Toronto’s foremost theatre companies. She was recently nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in Nightwood Theatre’s production Lo or Dear Mr. Wells.Endicott-Douglas has starred and guest starred in several films and television series, including Hemlock Grove, Copper, Murdoch Mysteries, Rookie Blue and The Line, and was nominated for an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance for her work in the feature film The Shape of Rex. Eric Hicks is a Saskatchewan born actor who starred in more than 30 short and independent films before joining ACTRA in 2015. His credits include Quantico(ABC), The Strain (FX), Reign (CW) and a recurring role on all three seasons of the multi-award-winning detective series Cardinal (CTV/eOne). Most recently, Hicks landed the recurring role of Detective Ken Tucker on Season 2 of Bad Blood (CityTV). Advertisement Facebook These eight residents will start at the CFC on Monday, July 16, 2018. Stay tuned for more updates on their activities throughout the six-month program.Want to learn more about the CBC Actors Conservatory? CLICK HERE for more information.By Cory Angeletti-Szasz | CFClast_img read more