Opposition demands President’s resignation in formal letter

first_imgAdherence to Constitution, CCJ rulings…calls for dissolution of Parliament, elections dateIn the wake of the coalition Government’s reluctance to dissolve Parliament and set an election date in accordance with the Constitution and recent court rulings, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has written President David Granger demanding his resignation.President David GrangerIn the letter, which was seen by this publication, the Opposition Leader reminds the President that since July 12, 2019, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) delivered its consequential orders in the matters of Zulkficar Mustapha v the AG and others, Christopher Ram v the AG and others, Bharrat Jagdeo v the AG and others and Charrandas Persaud v Compton Reid and others.He listed several conditions for the President to accede to, including that the President and his Cabinet immediately resign and that the President issue a proclamation dissolving Parliament. He also called for the President to fix a date for the next general and regional elections, not beyond September 18, 2019.Jagdeo also reminded the President that CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders had said that when the No-Confidence Motion was passed on December 21, 2019, Article 106 of the Constitution had immediately been activated.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoArticle 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) states: “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”.Jagdeo also cited the Judge’s ruling, which states that there was no need for the Court to gloss over Article 106’s provisions but it is, in fact, the responsibility of the constitutional actors to be faithful to the rule of law and operate within parameters of the Constitution.“Upon the passage of a vote of no confidence, the Article requires the resignation of the Cabinet including the President. The Article goes on to state, among other things, that notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and that an election shall be held 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.”Further, the CCJ President noted that with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) also being responsible for the conduct that elections, it, therefore, means that the elections body “too must abide by the provisions of the Constitution”.He went on to point out that elections should have been held on March 21, 2019, following the December passage of the Opposition sponsored motion but that process was on “pause” pending the legal proceedings. That process, he added, however, was no longer on pause following the Court’s June 18, 2019 ruling, which upheld the validity of the No-Confidence Motion and thus triggering the need for fresh elections. This means that General and Regional Elections would have to be held on or before September 18, 2019, to be consistent with the three months’ constitutional deadline.PressureThis latest move from the parliamentary Opposition comes as pressure continues to mount on the Government to comply with the Constitution of Guyana. Recently, representatives of the international community had urged the country’s political players to act swiftly and in compliance with the Constitution, as ordered by the CCJ.In a joint statement issued last Monday, members of the diplomatic community in Guyana, including the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union, stated that they have taken note of the CCJ’s pronouncements on July 12.They said it is important for the rule of law that all invoked actors abide by the CCJ’s ruling and the relevant provisions of the Constitution. The diplomats furthered urged that this adherence be done expeditiously.“The Caribbean Court of Justice – Guyana’s Supreme Court – has spoken. It is important for the rule of law that all invoked actors abide by its ruling and the relevant provisions of the Constitution. We urge everyone to do so expeditiously,” the diplomats said in the joint communique.This follows statements issued by the Private Sector Commission (PSC), which also urged compliance with the Court and Constitution.Dissolving Parliament is a necessary step before calling an election. But so far, the President has made no moves to do this.last_img read more

TNT takes 3rd win, sends Phoenix crashing to 6th straight loss

first_imgPBA IMAGESTNT bounced back and humbled Phoenix, 110-103, for its third win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The KaTropa got out of the .500 plateau and improved to 3-2 and redeemed themselves after their humiliating 104-73 loss to Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 View comments LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Valdez: Vietnam really prepared for us Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kelly Williams finished with 18 points to complement Rice’s scoring while Ranidel de Ocampo added 14.Pogoy and Jayson Castro also finished in double digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively for TNT.Brown lit up the Fuel Masters, who lost their sixth straight for a 2-6 record, with 49 points and 19 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Roger Pogoy gave TNT a late buffer after his inside bank shot put the KaTropa up 107-101 with 1:46 left in before import Glen Rice Jr. secured the victory after picking off Brandon Brown’s pass with 40 ticks to go.Rice not only willed TNT to victory with his 38-point, 9-rebound, 5-assist line, he also bounced back from his subpar PBA debut.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“We went to this game with the hope of Glen playing a lot better than he played the last game, and today he did,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela.Rice struggled mightily in his debut against the Elasto Painters chucking up numerous shots and finishing on a disastrous 6-of-22 clip for 19 points. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Kylian Mbappe scores 14th of Ligue 1 in PSG’s 3-0 win at Amiens

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 The win moved PSG 13 points clear of second-place Lille , having played two games less.Edinson Cavani put PSG ahead from the penalty spot after 57 minutes and, after Mbappe struck in the 70th, center half Marquinhos completed the scoring in the 79th.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIt was a return to winning ways after the humiliating home defeat to struggler Guingamp in the League Cup on Wednesday.Amiens almost caught PSG with a perfect sucker-punch seconds before halftime, when a PSG free kick was cleared and Colombian Stiven Mendoza sprinted down the field before crossing into the penalty area. The ball fell to midfielder Eddy Gnahore, whose shot was kicked away by goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. View comments MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting It was a reprieve for PSG, which was missing Brazil star Neymar. He was rested by coach Thomas Tuchel after taking a minor knock to his knee against Guingamp.“There was a clash of knees and he felt some pain in the knee. He wasn’t free in his movements,” Tuchel said after the Amiens game. “It was too risky (to play him). It’s more important he’s not injured so he can be with us in Doha.”Qatar-owned PSG is flying to Doha on Sunday for a four-day training camp.Amiens looked in control until midfielder Alexis Blin slid to block a shot from Angel Di Maria with his arm. In the absence of Neymar, Cavani took the penalty and converted it confidently for his 11th league goal.Midway through the second half, Amiens went down to 10 men when left back Khaled Adenon was sent off for a second yellow card after pulling back Mbappe.ADVERTISEMENT Moments later, Mbappe swept in a fine cross from Cavani following a counterattack quickly launched by midfielder Julian Draxler, who dribbled his way into the area to set up Marquinhos.OTHER MATCHESTunisia forward Wahbi Khazri’s deflected free kick helped Saint-Etienne win at Guingamp 1-0 to move up to fourth place.It was Khazri’s career-best 10th league goal.Former France and Arsenal great Patrick Vieira’s Nice side is up to sixth after beating Bordeaux 1-0 at home.Allan Saint-Maximin’s penalty after 16 minutes was enough for victory.SUNDAY’S GAMESIn the pick of Sunday’s games, midfielder Cesc Fabrergas could make his debut for 19th-place Monaco at Marseille.Elsewhere, Montpellier is at relegation battler Dijon. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PSG’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the French League One soccer match between Amiens and Paris-Saint-Germain at the Stade de la Licorne stadium in Amiens, France, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS — Kylian Mbappe struck his French league-leading 14th goal as Paris Saint-Germain won at Amiens 3-0 on Saturday.The 20-year-old Mbappe has 14 goals in only 13 games, compared to 13 in 27 matches last season for PSG. France’s World Cup star is well on course to eclipse his best tally of 15 in 2017, when he was a rising star of world soccer and won the title with Monaco.ADVERTISEMENT Katie Ledecky wins 4 events at Swim Series meet Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

17 days agoEverton hero Tim Cahill linked with Millwall

first_imgEverton hero Tim Cahill linked with Millwallby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton hero Tim Cahill could be returning to English football.The Telegraph says he’s a candidate for the Millwall manager’s job.Following Neil Harris’ surprise resignation last week, the Championship outfit are now eyeing a replacement and Cahill is reportedly among those linked with the post.The 39-year-old Australian is on a list of managerial candidates listed as potential suitors for the vacant role. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Florida Alum Tim Tebow Won A Celebrity Par-3 Contest

first_imgTim Tebow on the field before a game.GAINESVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 07: Tim Tebow watches the action during the game between the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow wasn’t able to make it as a professional signal-caller in the NFL, but perhaps he still has a chance to be a star athlete after all. Tebow, playing at TPC Scottsdale Wednesday, won the Phoenix Suns Charities Shot at Glory competition by putting his tee shot just 12 feet from the pin on the 16th hole. The shot won him $40,000 – which goes to his favorite charity.Okay, so maybe Tebow doesn’t really have a shot at being a professional golfer. But that’s definitely a shot that’s going to keep him coming back.last_img read more

Study reveals how ASV and HIV1 share similar structural features that drive

Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 18 2018A key step in retroviral growth inside a cell, as described by Jamil Saad, Ph.D., and colleagues, is portrayed on the cover of The Journal of Biological Chemistry. It is a visual image, in molecular detail, of their journal article inside that looks at avian sarcoma virus, or ASV.The University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers used nuclear magnetic resonance, or NMR, to detail how the matrix domain of the ASV Gag protein binds to certain phospholipids. These phospholipids are vital for Gag protein binding to the plasma membrane of a cell, as the virus replicates and takes its first step toward virus formation and budding.ASV, a retrovirus that causes cancer in chickens, is the first oncovirus to have been described, more than a century ago. It belongs to the retroviridae family and is closely related to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. ASV is widely used as a model to study mechanisms of HIV infection and replication. By studying similarities and differences in replication of the two viruses, researchers learn basic knowledge that can inform efforts aimed to halt replication and spread of HIV. Despite great similarities in their Gag proteins that initiate virus assembly, retroviruses have distinct mechanisms for assembly that are incompletely understood.The work led by Saad, associate professor of microbiology at UAB, and a companion paper, led by Carol Carter, Ph.D., professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at Stony Brook University, examined how the ASV Gag protein is targeted to the plasma membrane of the host cell to initiate virus assembly. Their findings elucidate the plasma membrane binding by the matrix domain of Gag, all the way from determining the precise molecular shape of the protein domain to studying its vital activity in living cells to initiate viral budding.At UAB, Saad and colleagues elucidated the molecular determinants of ASV matrix interaction with lipids and membranes, and they provided a model of how the matrix binds to a cell membrane.Related StoriesAlcohol reduction associated with improved viral suppression in women living with HIVPatients with HIV DNA in cerebrospinal fluid have high risk of experiencing cognitive deficitsNovel method can help clinicians identify individuals most in need of PrEPImportant findings included: They also show that, although the HIV matrix domain uses more structural tools to bind to the membrane, both ASV and HIV matrix proteins share almost identical interacting motifs that drive assembly.As part of the UAB experiments, the researchers found that replacing lysine residues in the binding site of matrix with a different amino acid greatly diminished binding to lipids and membranes.In the companion paper, Carter and colleagues at Stony Brook University used those mutations in the matrix domain of the ASV Gag protein to show that disruption of the phosophoinositide binding site on the matrix domain inhibited Gag localization at the cell periphery in two different cell lines and severely reduced viral particle production, as compared with unmutated ASV.”These studies solved a longstanding mystery on how a virus discovered a century ago utilizes the plasma membrane of the host cell to replicate,” Saad said. “What is even more remarkable is how ASV and HIV-1 share very similar structural features that drive membrane targeting and assembly.”Source: https://www.uab.edu/news/research/item/10039-uncovering-a-key-mechanism-in-assembly-of-avian-sarcoma-virus-a-100-year-old-oncogenic-virus-often-used-to-study-hiv-1 Obtaining a significantly improved structural model of the matrix domain and identifying a membrane binding site that was not obvious in previously determined structures. Providing compelling evidence that a cluster of four lysine amino acids in the matrix domain create a basic surface, which acts as a single binding site that directly interacts with acidic membrane lipids called phosphoinositides. Demonstrating that Gag-membrane interaction is governed by charge-charge interactions. read more