Govt used 33 majority to carry other motions – Nandlall tells court

first_imgNo-Confidence motion challengeAs oral submissions into the no-confidence resolution cases continued before acting Chief Justice (CJ) Roxane George at the High Court on Friday, Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall who appeared on behalf of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo argued that the court has no jurisdiction to deal with the application filed by Attorney General Basil Williams to “strike out” the vote on the no-confidence motion.During his argument, Nandlall stated that 33 votes were always calculated as a majority and were also valid as it was used to carry motions in the past. As such he gave the court an example of when such an instance occurred. “When the Government didn’t want Member of Parliament, the Honorable Clement Rohee to deliberate during the 10th sitting of the Assembly, they voted and that same 33 votes majority was able stopped him. So how is it difficult now?” he asked.According to Nandlall, the Blacks’ Law Dictionary states “A majority always refers to more than half of some defined or assumed set. In parliamentary law, that set may be all of the members or some subset, such as all members present or all members voting on a particular question.”The Oxford Dictionary defines a majority as “the state or fact of being greater, the number by which in voting, the votes cast on one side exceeds those cast on other.”Moreover, the Webster Dictionary states that a majority is “the quality or state of being greater: a number greater than half of a total: the excess of such a greater number over the remainder of the total.”Meanwhile, Attorney General Basil Williams, through his Attorney Maxwell Edwards, argued on several grounds stating that in order for the motion to be carried, the Opposition would need “half plus one”, that is, 34 votes.According to him, the provision in the Constitution which provides for the no-confidence vote is unacceptable to the earlier constitutional provision, as stated in Article 70 (3) which guarantees an elected Government a five-year term.In this submission, Williams claimed that 33 is not a majority of 65. As such, the Attorney General maintained that in order for a decision to be passed in the National Assembly under section 168 (1), where all 65 members are present and voting, the votes of 34 members must be obtained.No-Confidence resolutionOn December 21, 2018, the no-confidence motion brought by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo sent the Government toppling when then Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud supported the motion.Jagdeo has for some time argued that Cabinet should have resigned by now, pursuant to the laws of Guyana. Article 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, clause 7 goes on to state that “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.”Even though less than 90 days remain in which elections must be held, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has made no significant moves towards preparing for holding elections.Chief Justice George has set January 31, 2019, as the date for the decision in these matters.last_img read more

Another FSJ child cyclist collision

first_imgFort St. John has recorded another child cyclist collision, but in this case there were only minor injuries reported.The RCMP says at around 5.30 yesterday afternoon a 7 year old boy, wearing a proper helmet, was riding his bicycle on the 89-A street sidewalk, when a vehicle turned into a driveway in front of him.When the bike hit the side of vehicle, the boy was knocked to the ground, and one of the vehicle’s rear wheels ran over his leg.- Advertisement -The child was taken to hospital, but was released a short time later.A police report says no charges were laid because numerous vehicles were parked on the side of the street, obstructing the motorist’s view of the sidewalk.last_img

Casillas wife reveals she is fighting ovarian cancer

first_imgShe said on social media, in an emotional post less than three weeks after her partner suffered a heat attack while training for club side Porto: “When we hadn’t yet recovered from one shock, life has surprised us again.“This time it’s me, that six-letter word I still struggle to write. A few days ago during a check-up, doctors described a malignant ovarian tumour and I have been operated on,” she wrote.Sara Carbonero made shock announcement on Tuesday after being diagnosed a few days ago. Photo/DAILY MAIL“Everything has turned out okay and fortunately we caught it in time but I’ve still got some months left fighting while I have the corresponding treatment. I’m calm and confident everything is going to be okay. I know the road will be tough but will also have a happy ending.”“I have the support of my family and friend and a great medical team.”READ: Carbonero’s shock announcement comes just weeks after Casillas’ heart attackThe legendary goalkeeper suffered a heart attack during Porto training earlier this month. Photo/Daily MailThe TV sports journalist added: “I take advantage of this moment to ask that my journalist colleagues show the respect and understanding they have always shown me, especially in these difficult and delicate times for me and my family.”Sara’s whereabouts on Tuesday were unclear.The 35-year-old, who has two sons with her husband, helped organise his 38th birthday on Monday before breaking the news of her own health battle.She was filming in Tarifa in southern Spain when former Real Madrid shotstopper Casillas suffered his heart attack on May 1.-By Daily Mail-0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Casillas pictured here with his wife Carbonero during a special event in Madrid last year. Photo/DAILY MAILLONDON, United Kingdom, May 22 – The wife of goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who suffered a heart attack earlier this month, has revealed she is fighting ovarian cancer.Sara Carbonero made the shock announcement on Tuesday.last_img read more


first_imgSJP and family spotted leaving Baskin’s Fish and Chip Shop in Dunkineely yesterday.Exclusive: Sarah Jessica Parker and her family have jetted back into Donegal and have even become GAA fans.The Sex in the City star and hubby Matthew Broderick own a holiday house in Kilcar.And the Hollywood stars have arrived back to enjoy a few days of relaxation there. The couple’s son James was even spotted wearing a brand new Donegal jersey in Dunkineely.The family enjoyed a bite to eat in the famous Baskin’s Fish and Chip Shop yesterday.And the mystery of the Donegal jersey was solved when Gareth Britton of All Sports in Donegal Town told Donegal Daily the family had been to his shop.“They called in yesterday and didn’t create any fuss at all. They have been in to us before. “They bought three or four Donegal jerseys but they didn’t get any payers names on them.“We didn’t ask them to pose for photos or anything like that. I think they just prefer to be left alone – I think that’s why they enjoy coming to Donegal and relaxing,” he said.The couple are understood to be staying in Donegal for a couple of weeks before jetting back to America. SEX AND THE CITY STAR SJP IS BACK AND TIPPING DONEGAL FOR ALL-IRELAND! was last modified: June 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDunkineelyGAAkilcarmatthew brodericksarah jessica parkerSex and the Citylast_img read more


first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has strongly welcomed the unanimous decision of Donegal ETB members to keep Gaelcholaiste Chineal Eoghain in Buncrana open.Charlie McConalogue TDBut the Inishowen TD says the decision must be underpinned with a joint plan from Donegal ETB and the Department of Education to support the school into the future.Deputy McConalogue commented, “The decision to keep Gaelcholaiste Chineal Eoghain open recognises the demand for a second level Gaelsccoil in Inishowen and is a victory for the parents and local community who successfully campaigned to get the initial decision for the school to be closed overturned. Tremendous effort and resources have been invested in the school in recent years and any closure would have seen that work wasted. “It is now important that Donegal ETB and the Department of Education work together to put a plan in place that will see the school expand through increased enrolments in order to secure its position into the future.“This requires an immediate action plan by Donegal ETB to address low enrolment numbers and restore confidence in the future of the school. The Department of Education must also step up its effort by committing to providing the school with recognition for a number of years, rather than the one year temporary rolling recognition, which has contributed to the erosion of confidence about the school’s future.“It is also crucial that the Department of Education now moves to secure a site for the development of a three school campus in Buncrana, which will see Colaiste Chineal Eoghain, Crana College and Gaelscoil Bhun Cranncha built in the one location. Donegal County Council has delivered a report to the Department of Education outlining a number of options in recent days and it is crucial that the Department doesn’t delay on the purchase of a site.“I will be pressing the Minister for Education directly on these issues and will be working closely with my party colleague and ETB member Cllr Rena Donaghey and all public representatives to ensure that Colaiste Chineal Eoghain gets the support it needs to succeed”.  ETB AND DEPT OF EDUCATION MUST WORK TOGETHER FOR FUTURE OF COLAISTE CHINEAL EOGHAIN – McCONALOGUE was last modified: April 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranadeputy charlie mcconaloguedonegalSCHOOLlast_img read more

Why the A’s poor start in Japan was so concerning

first_imgThe A’s won 97 games last year, but instead of thoughts of World Series contention, there was a precarious feeling around the team heading into this season.After all, last year was a surprise — while some thought the A’s would be good, no one saw 97 wins coming.Alas, they arrived — perhaps a year or two ahead of schedule — and now the 2019 A’s aren’t sneaking up on anyone.But Oakland’s starting rotation doesn’t put a scare in anyone, either. And that’s a big problem, even in his era of …last_img

Education goes mobile with Vodacom

first_imgVodacom’s Mobile Education Programme will make use of mobile technology to improve the quality of teaching in schools. (Image: F T I Consulting) MEDIA CONTACTS • Esmé Goosen  Project Co-ordinator  Vodacom Foundation  +27 11 653 5277RELATED ARTICLES • Tackling SA’s education challenges • SA prioritises quality education • Budget big on education, jobs • SA businesses urged to adopt schoolsWilma den HartighVodacom’s new Mobile Education Programme, the first countrywide teacher-development initiative of its kind in South Africa, will make use of mobile technology to improve the quality of teaching in schools.The focus of the programme is to improve instruction in all subjects, with an emphasis on maths, maths literacy and physical science from grades 10 to 12 – which are considered the most challenging subjects for pupils in South Africa.The programme is a collaborative effort of the Department of Basic Education, Vodacom, Microsoft, digital content provider Mindset Learn and ICT skills developer Cisco.Together the project partners will ensure that schools, teachers, pupils and communities have access to ICT and the internet.At the launch in Midrand, Gauteng, on 18 October 2011, Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys said the project is one of the most ambitious and important projects yet to be spearheaded by the mobile telecommunications company.“It involves a significant investment in our youth, who are the future of our country, and is a critical component of our commitment to using mobiles for good,” he said.Improving education in SAThe project hopes to offer solutions to some of the biggest shortcomings in South Africa’s education system.The mobile education scheme has four components: the mobile education ICT resource centres, the web-based digital classroom education portal, the mobile education virtual private network and the mobile education training programme.Through the initiative, the project partners hope to upgrade the quality of instruction by ensuring that teachers throughout the country, in both rural and urban areas, have access to the highest quality teaching resources.Uys said the project will help level the playing field for rural schools that often don’t have access to the same quality of teaching material that urban schools have. “We are absolutely committed to helping government improve on the quality of education in our schools,” he said.The other goal is to use mobile technology to help the Department of Basic Education meet its objective of ensuring that a significant number of pupils have exposure to ICT.Mobile education centresVodacom and the Department of Basic Education have set up nine ICT resource centres, one in every province, each serving up to 200 schools.The nine centres are located in the following areas: Tshwane in Gauteng, Emalahleni in Mpumalanga, Worster in the Western Cape, Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal, Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape, Upington in the Northern Cape, Makhado in Limpopo, Ganyesa in North West province and Mangaung in the Free State.Uys said that six of the nine centres are already operational.These centres will be the hub of each district’s teacher-training programme where professional teacher-development training courses will take place. Training will focus on ICT literacy and the integration of digital content in the classroom.Each centre has a computer classroom, equipped with 50 terminals, and an internet café.“Technology and ICT can play such a big role in the country and the economy, and it starts with young children and giving them access to information,” Uys said at the launch.Vodacom digital classroomTo support the teacher training provided at the nine centres across the country, all teachers will have access to the digital classroom website. Here they can download web-based resources and teaching material presented in an accessible and attractive way.The website will also provide information on each of the nine centres, discussion forums where teachers and trainers can help each other resolve education-related problems, education news and links to local and international educational resources.In addition, teachers can access material on the site provided by the various technology partners of the project.Microsoft will be supplying the software and Microsoft certification for teachers. Cisco is providing computer technician certification and entrepreneurship training through its Cisco Networking Academy programme and Mindset Learn has made the South African educational curriculum content available throughout the programme.How does it work?Uys said that for the first time, cloud computing will be used to allow teachers to access vital content, teacher-aids and resources to help deliver quality education.Cloud computing uses a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage and process data, rather than a local server.All the ICT Resource Centres are connected through a virtual private network to Vodacom’s head office in Midrand. This connection serves as a pipeline of information, connecting the centres, participating schools and teachers to the internet and to teacher training resources.Prioritising teacher developmentIn a statement, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said that her department has given its full support to programme.At the launch Mohamed Surty, deputy minister of Basic Education, said that teacher development is a key component to improving education in South Africa.When visiting schools across the country, he had found that the main challenge was the teaching methods, not the ability of pupils.The department has found that the country has 10 000 under-qualified and 20 000 unqualified teachers in need of further education and training.“It has the support of my department and the nine provincial education departments and I am sure it will go a long way in addressing the ICT challenges we have in education,” Motshekga said.last_img read more

Speed in the Feed: Google Reader and PubSubHubbub

first_imgdana oshiro A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market For more information on PubSubHubbub check out a great post by Dave Winer, the father of RSS. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google Reader is about to get much faster for developers. You’ll be pleased to note that Reader has just adopted the PubSubHubbub protocol for shared items. This means that instead of repeatedly requesting that Reader’s shared items reload from the server, the feed automatically updates via a distributed hub model. Rather than waiting on the back and forth pings of update notifications and polled Atom URLs, feed subscribers can receive both the notification and the message from a hub. Subscribers get the latest content on their favorite feeds in near real time (sans repeated links), while publishers let the hub handle the subscription load. This distributed model allows publishers and subscribers to reduce the number of actions required to serve up feeds and is what Anil Dash eloquently describes as the Pushbutton Web. This latest Reader effort is a 20% Google project of Mihai Parparita, Brett Slatkin and Brad Fitzpatrick. Slatkin and Fitzpatrick co-created PubSubHubbub to increase efficiency across the cloud and decentralize services. Fitzpatrick is best known as the founder of LiveJournal and co-creator of Memcached and OpenID. Given that Memcached speeds database-driven websites and OpenID decentralizes the social graph, PubSubHubbub fits nicely into the group’s accomplishments. Friendfeed is already benefiting from the PubSubHubbub experience. If you’re currently sharing Reader items in your Friendfeed account, your Friendfeed subscribers can already see your updates in real time. last_img read more

As Gilas enters crucial stretch, Yeng Guiao’s system helps players get ‘mentally locked in’

first_img“Just doing his system and I think anybody who’s watched coach Yeng can see that everybody’s going to have an opportunity to play,” said Norwood after Gilas’ 100-82 win over Meralco in a tune-up game Friday.Guiao’s system usually employs 12 players on a team and this assurance that everyone would get minutes is what motivates players to lock in the game, which is what Gilas badly needs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWith only the better of two fourth seeds advancing, the best chance for the Philippines, which holds a 5-5 record in Group F,  is for Lebanon, the no.4 team in Group E,  to finish the second round with a worse card.Only seven teams will qualify for the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup in China–the top three seeds for each group and the better of the two no.4s. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao during the national team’s tune up before heading to Doha and Kazakhstan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas is facing its biggest challenge yet in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers as one slip could very well eliminate Filipinos from the competition.The Philippine national basketball team needs all the positivity it can get and Gabe Norwood said he and the team’s continued familiarity with head coach Yeng Guiao’s system could prove vital in their quest for the World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES NBA All-Star: 10 things to know about the weekendcenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It’s not like things in the past when sometimes guys already know they’re not going to play or they might not be able to mentally lock-in,” said Norwood, who has been part of the national team program since 2007 and was part of the team that went to the 2014 World Cup in Greece.Norwood played for Guiao from 2011 to 2016 in Rain or Shine and this partnership produced two championships and numerous playoff appearances.“You will have 12 guys who know they’re going to step out into the court and all are going to be mentally locked in,” said Norwood whose Gilas team will face Qatar and Kazakhstan in late February.“Coach Yeng’s system will help us maximize everybody’s effort and if you know you’re going to go all out the next is going to the same thing and hopefully that translates to win.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

UAAP volleyball: Tigresses near Final 4, fend off Lady Maroons

first_imgSisi Rondina, Eya Laure, Dimdim Pacres and Caityln Viray. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–University of Santo Tomas needed a big finishing kick before disposing of University of the Philippines, 25-21, 25-12, 26-24, Wednesday and gaining a playoff spot for the Final Four of the UAAP women’s volleyball at FilOil Flying V Center.Staring at two set-points, 22-24, after a Marian Buitre four-point binge, the Tigresses steadied their defense and forced the Lady Maroons to commit three successive errors.ADVERTISEMENT Eya Laure then iced it with a block on Buitre for UST’s eighth win in 11 matches.UST, which faces Far Eastern University and National University next, needs just one more win to clinch outright semifinals spot.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, logisticsSisi Rondina blasted away with 20 points but she got enough help from the rest of her teammates who are aching to make the Final Four after missing it the previous two seasons.Laure finished with 10 points, while Dimdim Pacres had nine and Kecelyn Galdones eight points. Caitlyn Viray and Alina Bicar wound up with six points each with the later also tossing 14 excellent sets. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles 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 MOST READ ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Playoff-ready Raptors wrap up regular season with dominant wincenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more