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

GTI student slapped with illegal ammo charge

first_imgA Government Technical Institute (GTI) student was granted bail on Tuesday by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after he was found with ammunition hidden in a $100 bill.Renardo Morgan, of Charlestown, Georgetown, denied the charge which stated that on June 9, 2018 at Lombard Street, Georgetown, he had three rounds of live .32 ammunition without being licensed for same.His Attorney, Nikesha Persaud told the Court that the teen found the $100 bill on the road.However, Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield explained that the teen was seen by ranks acting in a suspicious manner. This led to him being stopped and searched by the ranks. He was arrested and charged. The prosecution is contending that the ammunition was found wrapped in a $100 bill in his left hand.Morgan was released on $10,000 bail. As a condition of his bail, he has to report to the Police Station nearest to his school every day. He will be assigned a social worker.last_img read more

Manchester United hold on to beat Real Madrid

first_imgBut seeing his side establish a two goal lead in the first half was encouraging, as was holding Real at bay after Karim Benezema’s goal just before the interval gave the Spanish side hope of mounting a comeback.“I didn’t learn anything (from this tour),” said Mourinho. “I know what Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez are.“I know the kids are very young and need time to grow up, I know my players gave everything and in the last 15 mins we are dead and they bring on Toni Kroos and Asensio and Isco and I thought we wouldn’t resist but we did.“That’s the spirit we need because our first two or three weeks in the Premier League are going to be really hard for us because we didn’t prepare for that.”Ander Herrera (C) of Manchester United celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Real Madrid during their International Champions Cup match, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, on July 31, 2018 © GETTY/AFP / Rob FoldyThe Portuguese has been without 12 key players for most of the tour with many enjoying an extended break following the World Cup.In front of 64,141 at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, United were finishing off their pre-season preparations against a Real Madrid side just starting theirs.La Liga starts a week later than the Premier League so new Real manager Julen Lopetegui was able to name the likes of Gareth Bale to start while Germany star Toni Kroos was on the bench.Spanish international David de Gea was making his first start since returning from the extra time given to him following the World Cup and he was almost beaten in the eighth minute – Bale starting a move which saw Benzema fire just wide from close range.Brazilian Fred, who was signed earlier this summer for £52 million, was making his first United start and looked comfortable in his new surroundings.And on 18 minutes, United were ahead. Herrera fed Matteo Darmian and teed up Sanchez who clinically swept the ball home.– Taken superbly –It was Man United’s first real opportunity – and it was taken superbly.“Alexis Sanchez is fresh, the way the man is running, I think he is in a fantastic condition,” said Mourinho.The second goal which arrived on 27 minutes was equally impressive.Darmian lifted the ball to Mata and once the Spaniard had regained his composure he crossed for Sanchez who was able to divert the ball into the path of Herrera who made no mistake.Bale curled wide soon after but just before the interval, Benzema tapped in an excellent Theo Hernandez cross to give the vast amounts of Madrid fans in Miami something to cheer.Bale, a one time target for Mourinho, was withdrawn for the second half as Lopetegui shuffled his pack and one of the substitutes, Martin Odegaard should have levelled on 56 minutes when he blazed over the bar from eight yards.The Norwegian saw a free-kick saved by De Gea late on but United held firm to lift Mourinho’s mood.It was their first victory in regulation play this pre-season – AC Milan were defeated on penalties in Los Angeles last week.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez (top) fights for the ball with Real Madrid’s Javier Sanchez during their International Champions Cup friendly match, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, on July 31, 2018 © AFP / RHONA WISEMIAMI, United States, Aug 1 – Jose Mourinho was finally given something to smile about as a tempestuous trip to the United States ended with Man United’s 2-1 win over former club Real Madrid thanks to first-half strikes from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera.Mourinho has cut a miserable figure during their two week trip to the United States, lashing out at a lack of transfer activity while reserving stinging criticism for a number of first team players.last_img read more

Messi ‘bitter’ as Colombia stun Argentina

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi had an anonymous first half and failed to spark Argentina after the break in a 2-0 Copa America defeat to Colombia © AFP / Juan MABROMATASALVADOR, Brazil, Jun 16 – Lionel Messi said his team was feeling bitter after Argentina lost their opening Copa America match 2-0 to Colombia despite dominating the second half.Goals from Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata in the final 20 minutes gave Colombia their first tournament victory over Argentina in 20 years as Messi’s hopes of finally landing a major international tournament after losing in four finals suffered a serious blow. “We leave here feeling bitter,” said Messi following the Group B clash in Salvador.“In the second half we had our chances.”One of the best of those fell to the 31-year-old Barcelona icon but he headed wide after Colombia’s goalkeeper David Ospina got down quickly to push out a header from center-back Nicolas Otamendi.But although Argentina dominated possession and created more chances in the second period, they rarely caused Ospina any serious concerns.“We didn’t want to start this way, obviously, but now we have to lift our heads and keep going,” said the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who lined up in an enviable forward trio with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria of Paris Saint-Germain.“In the first half we retreated a little and were holding on, but in the second we really opened up,” said Messi, the Argentina captain.“Whenever you lose it’s hard for us, we usually take it badly. Now we have to think about Paraguay.”Argentina can still make the knock-out stages with games against Paraguay and guests Qatar, the Asian champions, to come.Midfielder Leandro Paredes, who forced a diving save out of Ospina with one long range strike and sent a second whistling past the post, was pleased with the second half performance.“We created a lot but unfortunately they scored in our best period,” he said.– Controlling Messi –Colombia were the better side in a goalless first half but scored twice against the run of play in the second period, with both goals coming from substitutes.“I came on and helped my team. We did the best we could and we managed to turn the game around at the end of the second half. We played really well,” said Zapata, who this season helped Italians Atalanta qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, who only took over Colombia after leaving his job with Iran at the end of the January-February Asian Cup, paid tribute to the side’s collective effort.“Colombia as a team was the best player on the pitch. We played with a lot of discipline, concentration, with responsibility, and players with the quality of James (Rodriguez) and (Radamel) Falcao helped us a lot in this organization,” said Queiroz.And he praised his team for “controlling Messi a bit,” noting that “we’re always talking about him and you cannot neutralize him.”Both he and Argentina counterpart Lionel Scaloni agreed that each side had their moments during the game.“In some moments we were on top, then they were superior to us — that’s how football goes, there are different stages in matches,” said Scaloni.Colombia, though, are well placed to win the group now.“We’re still a long way from where we want to go,” warned Colombia’s playmaker James Rodriguez.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_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

NBC’s Oxygen purchase aimed at attracting women viewers

first_imgNBC Universal plans to put resources into making Oxygen more widely known, including cross-promoting the network on iVillage and other NBC Universal properties, Zucker said during a conference call. “We’ve learned that the ability to cross-promote and to use each of those properties together will make us very strong,” he said. “We will look to create a virtual women’s network so that when we go to market we’re selling young women, and affluent women, in a way that virtually no one else can.” NBC Universal plans to fund the transaction through the sale of noncore assets, including two independent Telemundo TV stations – KWHY (Channel 22) in Los Angeles and WKAQ in Puerto Rico. Zucker said the company did not yet have a buyer for the stations. He stressed that the sale should not be seen as a move by NBC Universal to pull back from its investment in Spanish-language media or its Telemundo TV network. “We are as committed as we have been,” Zucker said, noting that the company has been adding Spanish-language TV stations during the past 15 months. Under media-ownership rules, NBC Universal was required to divest itself of the Los Angeles station, one of three NBC Universal-operated TV stations in the Los Angeles market. Laybourne declined to say how much the original Oxygen investors stood to profit from the deal announced Tuesday. The independent network has become available in a large number of homes but needs to increase exposure, she said. “What is apparent now is that we need cross-promotion and that really is the biggest issue for Oxygen,” Laybourne said. Laybourne agreed to stay on with Oxygen until the end of the year. She did not disclose what she plans to do afterward. The acquisition was expected to close in November, subject to customary regulatory approvals. NBC Universal is 80 percent owned by General Electric Co.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – NBC Universal said Tuesday that it will buy Oxygen Media, a cable TV network featuring programming for women, for about $925 million in a move to attract more advertisers targeting female viewers. The acquisition is in line with previous deals by NBC Universal to build female audiences. Last year, it bought the iVillage group of female- oriented Internet sites for $600 million. The acquisition of Oxygen “increases our foothold in the advertiser-coveted young, upscale, female demographic,” NBC Universal President and Chief Executive Jeff Zucker said in a statement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOxygen was founded in 2000 by current Chairman and CEO Geraldine Laybourne, Oprah Winfrey and TV producers Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner and Caryn Mandabach. It broadcasts syndicated sitcoms such as “Mad About You” and “Roseanne,” as well as reality shows and movies geared to women. It’s now available in about 74 million homes and drew a record number of viewers in its most recent quarter, NBC Universal said. Oxygen will be folded into NBC Universal’s entertainment cable division, which includes USA Network, Bravo, SciFi, CNBC and MSNBC. Excluding financial assets, the deal is worth about $875 million, NBC Universal said. The company expects the acquisition to add to earnings after the first full year and produce savings of about $35 million next year. It estimates that the deal will cost roughly less than $12 per subscriber. last_img read more

Juventus join Manchester United in eyeing Atletico Madrid star

first_imgJuventus have set their sights on Atletico Madrid winger and Manchester United target Yannick Carrasco.The 23-year-old has matured during his second year in Spain since leaving Monaco and has reached double figures for league goals for the first time in his career.The Belgian’s performances for Atletico have caught the eye of Manchester United, who are also in pursuit of Carrasco’s team-mate Antoine Griezmann.There has been talk United could swoop for both Carrasco and Griezmann but now, according to Tuttosport, they face competition from Juve.The Italian champions have joined the running to sign Carrasco as they are in the market for a new winger this summer.Juventus have compiled a shortlist of several names, which includes Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa, Federico Bernardeschi of Fiorentina and Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.Carrasco is now the latest player to be added to that list, although Atletico are reluctant to let him leave. Yannick Carrasco is set to be a man in demand this summer 1last_img read more

GAA: NAOMH BRID GAA CLUB NEWS – GREAT RESULT FOR UNDER-14s

first_imgNaomh Brid Gaa ClubThe Under 14s had another great result in the league beating Four Masters. Well done to all the players and the management team of Darragh Brogan, Michael Gallagher & Dermot McGrane.Naomh Brid won their second game on the trot as they put away Four Masters B at pairc Naomh Brid. Playing with a strong breeze in the first half it was the away side who started brighter going two points ahead but Naomh Brid responded with a goal Billy Harron. With strong running from Jarlath Leonard, Ryan Brogan going well at half forward and Keelan Heaney a constant threat at full forward, the home side started to take control with goals from Jack Britton, Heaney and Ethan Gallagher and another point from Keelan Heaney left the halftime score 4-1 to 0-4. With the wind with them Naomh Brid always looked in control and could afford missing some real good scoring opportunities as the defence was being well marshalled by Conor Mc Gloin and with Jack Britton moving onto the dangerous Four Masters centre half forward there was nothing really being created by the visitors. A free from Ryan Brogan followed by a points from Harron and Britton pushed the home side further in front. This gave a good opportunities for the substitutes to impress and Luke Burgess will have giving the management selection dilemmas for next weekend. Four Masters rose to life in the final five when the home side were probably thinking off what was on the post match sandwiches and allowed 2 goals passed them. But the stage was set for the man of the match Britton to have the final say with great link up play from Leonard and Heaney, Jack got in the end off a pass and fired to the net. A final score off 5-4 to 2-4. A great team performance with alongside Britton, Leonard, Eoin Mac Grane and Brogan standing out with a united defensive performance that will hopefully set the home team up for a good game against a strong Naomh Ultan side next Sunday away at 12pm. A big support would be a big lift to the lads who are finally getting results which merits their training efforts. Team: Francis Barron, Ryan O’Leary, Conor Mc Gloin, Reece Mc Grath, Jack Britton (2-1), Joseph Mc Grory, Eoin Rush, Jarlath Leonard, Eoin Mc Grane, Ryan Brogan (0-1), Billy Harron (1-1), Ethan Gallagher (1-0), John Honey, Keelan Heaney (1-1), Philip Quinn. Subs: Luke Burgess, Evan Walsh, Owen Kilpatrick, Joe Britton, Jason GallagherThe Lotto Jackpot not won this week and now stands at a massive €13,550.00,The numbers from the 25/03/2013 where 1,3,8,10,23. The Winners : Finlay Anderson,Jimmy Mc Groary,Shirley Walsh,Mc Daid Clan.Next Weeks Draw in 7 Arches on Tuesday 2nd April 2013 due to the Bank Holiday.Our Seniors drew with Erne Gaels last sunday morning. Thank you to Erne Gaels for coming down for the game.Our Reserves played against a weakened Bundoran Team and lost by a point. Thank you also to Bundoran for travelling.Both teams start the League with away games to Carndonagh on Easter Monday. All supporters would be welcome.Club Membership is now due and maybe paid to Pat Sweeney or Padraic Molloy asap. Lotto tickets are available from local outlets and club members.GAA: NAOMH BRID GAA CLUB NEWS – GREAT RESULT FOR UNDER-14s was last modified: March 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: NAOMH BRID GAA CLUB NEWS – GREAT RESULT FOR UNDER-14slast_img read more

PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL HIGGINS TO VISIT DONEGAL ON FRIDAY

first_imgPresidential poll-topper Michael D Higgins is to visit Donegal this Friday.The Labour Party candidate will be at Letterkeny’s An Grianan Theatre at 9.30am and then attend a number of other engagements.He will also travel to Inishowen as part of his visit to the county. Mr Higgins said he has always regarded Donegal as one of Ireland’s most unspoiled counties and always looked forward to his visits here.EndsPRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL HIGGINS TO VISIT DONEGAL ON FRIDAY was last modified: October 11th, 2011 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:MICHAEL D HIGGINSlast_img read more

McGUINNESS DEFENDS COST OF TRIP TO PORTUGAL FOR WARM-WEATHER TRAINING

first_imgDonegal manager Jim McGuinness has taken his players on a training camp to Portugal and has been defending the cost of the trip.Jim McGuinness – Donegaldaily FileMcGuinness said it will be a good warm up for their championship campaign and believes the benefits will outweigh the criticism of such trips.He told the Irish Times: “One of the things about trips away is you get the chance to sit down and talk to players one-on-one. “You’re also without the pressure of the lads going to work or going training or running home again. Everybody has their own little pressures at home as well, so to be out of that environment, and be nice and relaxed, is always good. And I suppose the bit of sun helps as well.“It’s also good for us just to recharge the batteries after a hard enough league campaign, and just talk about football all the time. That can only be good for the whole group…”It is not known the cost of the trip.McGUINNESS DEFENDS COST OF TRIP TO PORTUGAL FOR WARM-WEATHER TRAINING was last modified: April 9th, 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:Jim McGuinnessportugalWARM-WEATHER TRAININGlast_img read more