Difficult not to be suspicious about huge settlements

first_imgDear Editor,I have, with keen interest, observed the issues regarding the settlement of court cases involving billions of taxpayers’ dollars published in the press. I do not recall, at any time in living memory, such a large number of cases being settled for such huge sums of money. It is difficult not to be suspicious about these settlements. I do not rule out the possibility of some type of corruption.What strikes me as strange is Attorney General Basil Williams’s constant reference to “inheriting cases from the PPP Government.” My understanding is that those cases were not filed against the PPP, but the Government of Guyana. So, when there is a change in Government, the cases are bound to continue against whosoever assumes the reins of Government. Therefore, cases filed while the PPP was in Government must continue against the new Government, even though there was a change of Government after May 2015.I am shocked that AG Williams seems not to be able to understand this simple principle. It is as if he expected the PPP to take away the cases to Freedom House when they left office.While I am not a lawyer, I have been around Croal Street for over three decades. The truth of the matter is that Mr Williams has had a long career in the Magistrates’ Courts, arguing cases against Police prosecutors. The older lawyers will confirm that he never did any civil or constitutional case of worth. That lack of experience is now magnified on a national stage, because all the cases at the AG’s Chambers are civil and constitutional matters. Therefore, do not expect these outpourings of blame from Mr Williams to stop in the near future.Since these settlements involve billions of taxpayers’ dollars, in the public’s interest, I wish to ask Mr Williams for clarification on the following matters:1. RUDISA beverage caseDid the CCJ not adjourn this case for Guyana to remedy the breach of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas? And when a Bill to amend the Customs Act to bring it into conformity with the Treaty of Chaguaramas was tabled in the Parliament, did not the APNU/AFC with its one-seat majority in Opposition vote down this Bill twice?Mr. Williams was part of an AFC/APNU one-seat majority that voted down this Bill twice, was it not explained to him in the Parliament that if this Bill was not passed, then the CCJ would have awarded judgement against Guyana? How can Nandlall and the PPP be blamed for this?2. Toolsie Persaud Ltd v AGInformation published in the press suggests that this case started since 2008. Mr. Williams took office in May 2015. Judgement was handed down in April 2018. Could Mr. Williams explain how, after three years in office, he did not know a case as big as this case was being tried in the High Court, and that the Attorney General was a party? Is he asking this nation to believe that in this three-year period, no one even whispered anything to him about this matter?How come a lawyer from the AG’s Chambers was present when judgement was delivered? Could Mr. Williams explain how, after judgement was delivered, he said to the press that the AG was not a party to the proceedings? So, even when judgement was delivered, and it was published in the newspapers, he still did not know that the AG was a party?3. BK InternationalMr. Williams is quoted in the press as saying that Mr. Nandlall had agreed to pay BK $225 million for service rendered. Could Mr. Williams make public any document which supports this contention? This would go a far way in settling the public record, because the PPP Government terminated the contract with BK International. As a result, BK International sued, challenging the termination. These are facts which cannot be disputed. The court proceedings are there to verify it. In fact, Williams admits this in the press, but claims that he filed an appeal in that case. Could Mr. Williams explain why, instead of prosecuting his appeal, he withdrew it and paid BK International US$5.7 million as compensation?4. H. Sugrim v NDIABased on what is reported in the press, this case was filed in June 2015; that is, after the PPP left office. It concluded in 2017. Could Mr. Williams explain how he “inherited” this case from the PPP Government?I hope Mr Williams would clarify the matters mentioned above as soon as possible. The public awaits with bated breath.Yours faithfully,Nandkumar Puranlast_img read more

Wenger to drop underperforming trio? Arsenal XI to start v Swansea City tonight

first_imgArsenal take on Swansea City in the Premier League tonight, kick off 19:45 at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners are looking to bounce back from their 3-2 defeat to an injury-hit Manchester United at the weekend, and will have watched with delight as Leicester City were held at home to West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday.But with a win enough to send Tottenham Hotspur top in the wake of the Foxes’ result, Arsene Wenger’s side can afford no slip ups, particularly with a trip to White Hart Lane to come in three days’ time.So, should we expect Wenger to make some notable changes to his starting line up?Will Olivier Giroud return? Could Mohamed Elneny get his first Premier League start?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal XI v the Swans by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11 34. Francis Coquelin (centre midfield) 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 11 11 11 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 23. Danny Welbeck (right wing) 11 11 18. Nacho Monreal (left back) 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) 4. Per Mertesacker (centre back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 17. Alexis Sanchez (left wing) 11 11 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 12. Olivier Giroud (striker) 11 11 35. Mohamed Elneny (centre midfield)last_img read more


first_imgMartin is a shadow of his former self!An overweight chef who shed a gut-busting five stone has revealed the secret to his weight-loss – midnight jogging!Martin Anderson, who is now known as Fat Chef Slim, has trimmed down from 19 stone 6 pounds to just 14 stone 6 pounds since January.Popular Martin, 45, from Letterkenny, admits the last straw came for him when his health insurer put his policy up by €19 a month. Martin says he was really up against it because he cooks and eats for a living.“Most chefs have to test their food al day and so they find the pounds piling on very easily if they don’t exercise.“I wasn’t exercising and eating so much food that I never stood a chance of losing weight.“So that’s when I decided that after eating and tasting food all day I had to exercise at night time. “People would pass me going home late at night and me out walking and jogging after midnight in the dark but it was the only time I got to do it,” he laughed.Martin, who runs the Crest Cookery School, has gone from size 44 trousers to where he can now fit into a size 34.He now ignores the size XXXL shirts and can pick large and even medium shirts sometimes.“I used to shop by size and it never matter what the clothes looked like or their colour. Now I can actually pick the clothes I want to wear,” he said.Martin has written a book about his slimming experiences called Fat Chef Slim – Recipes From The Journey, which will be available shortly. And he is not the first to say that “if I can do it, then anyone can.”“I just made up my mind I had enough. I think everyone who is overweight gets to that point but the secret is to keep with it.“Take one day at a time, watch what you eat and exercise. It’s not rocket science and it works. Believe me I know now,” he said.FAT CHEF SLIM LOSES FIVE STONE – ON THE RUN! was last modified: December 19th, 2012 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:5 stoneCrest Cookery SchoolFat Chef SlimMartin Andersonweight losslast_img read more