Ramjattan defends “illegal” SARA Director

first_imgPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Tuesday defended what is considered to be an illegal occupancy of the position of Director of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) by Professor Clive Thomas.SARA Director, Professor Clive ThomasRamjattan told this newspaper on the sidelines of an event at the Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel that “he is there lawfully…he has been there for a couple of years now and all of a sudden people feel that he’s illegal? Apparently, this illegal viral is all over the place.”Professor Thomas was Head of the State Assets Recovery Unit – which was the name of the organisation when it was operating without a legislative framework.However, in 2017, the requisite legislation was passed, prompting SARU to be renamed SARA.The SARA Act stipulates that “Within a period of not more than four months from the date of commencement of this Act, the Parliamentary Committee on appointments on the notification by the Minister shall recommend to the National Assembly a person to be appointed as Director of the SARA”.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanHowever, this was never done and Professor Thomas has remained as Head of SARA – which goes against the law.Notably, Professor Thomas was politically appointed to that post and this raises concern about the credibility and integrity of the work of that agency which is empowered to seize citizens’ assets.In fact, according to the law, the Head of SARA will be answerable to no one.One of the major concerns of stakeholders was that of SARA’s Head being bestowed with a seemingly unlimited amount of power, practically second to the President’s.SARA recently filed lawsuits against several persons including former President Bharrat Jagdeo in relation to the sale of lands at Sparendaam, popularly known as “Pradoville 2”.But Jagdeo said he is unbothered by this action since he believes it is just politics at play.The Opposition Leader recently said that the Director and Deputy Director of SARA, Aubrey Heath-Retemyer are holding their respective posts illegally. He argued that the SARA Act provides very clearly that their appointments shall be made through a parliamentary process.The Opposition has argued too that a transition provision in the Act allowed the Director, who operated in the agency before the Act came into force, to continue to act in that office for a limited period. They noted, however, that the period has long expired.Jagdeo recalled that SARA had stated publicly that they are working on some high-profile cases, with recoveries above US$10 million and these cases would be filed by the third quarter of 2018, which they did not do. Instead, they have gone to the Pradoville issue.Jagdeo had said that SARA is just another means for the Government to secure employment for retired citizens. “If you shut down SARA, you can hire 400 people. Where are these US$10 million cases that SARA was supposed to discover, (they said) that how many people had US$10 million and above abroad? What is happening with them? They are just wasting our money.”After Guyana Times had published an article on the lavish salaries of the executives, the organisation later came out explaining the remunerations.“Our monthly earnings are listed for the public to see… the basic salary for the Director is $1 million per month with added allowances, he moves up to $1,080,000. The Assistant is $700,000 and with some allowances he moves up to $780,000 per month,” Heath-Retmeyer said.last_img read more

Fine for woman ‘frothing at the mouth’ when apprehended by Gardaí

first_imgA woman found ’frothing at the mouth’ became aggressive to Gardaí after being arrested.Corrina Murray (32), of 10 Glenabbey Heights, Derry, had to be restrained by Gardaí at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, on 17 June, 2017. Murray was arrested for a breach of the public order act and conveyed to Letterkenny Garda station.“She was very intoxicated, had slurred speech and was frothing at the mouth,” Garda Monaghan told Letterkenny District Court.Murray was subsequently taken by paramedics to Letterkenny University Hospital.Judge Paul Kelly issued a €150 fine, giving two months to pay.Fine for woman ‘frothing at the mouth’ when apprehended by Gardaí was last modified: June 22nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Judge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

Derby v Chelsea player ratings

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Watch: South Africa at the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa

first_imgSouth Africa sent a high-powered delegation of government, business and civil society leaders to the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa, held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 11 to 13 May. Watch video coverage of their contribution to the continental gathering.South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (right) greets Philipp Rösler, head of the Centre for Regional Strategies at the World Economic Forum, at WEF Africa in Kigali on 12 May 2016. (Image: WEF / Benedikt von Loebell)last_img

How Netflix Stole my Eyepatch & I Stopped Stealing Movies

first_imgTags:#Analysis#Video Services#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img I think it was about a decade ago now when I downloaded my first camcorder movie off the Internet and a love affair was born. Why bother going out and renting something from Blockbuster or forfeiting your first born for a movie ticket and a bucket of popcorn when you could nearly replicate the entire experience, for free, on your couch with Orville Redenbacher at your side? As time went on and peer-to-peer file sharing grew – and the movies went from shaky, “down in front!” home movies to near-DVD quality replicas – it only got worse. And then, suddenly, it all came to an end. “Cold turkey,” as they say. But why?Today, after reading an article over on TorrentFreak about how Netflix is killing BitTorrent, I suddenly felt like a reformed smoker who never intentionally put down the cancer stick. It all made sense.As TorrentFreak’s Ernesto writes, “It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that Netflix’ popularity has a negative effect on the movie piracy rates in the US.”In the States, Netflix nearly doubled the number of new subscribers in the first quarter of 2010, from 1.7 to 3.3 million. In total, Netflix now has 22.8 million paid subscribers in the US, which generated a total revenue of $706 million in the first quarter of this year.But where did this influx of subscribers come from? Everyone in the know will point to one thing – streaming video. When Netflix first began offering unlimited streaming in 2008, some forecast that it would only erode the companies profits and spell gloom for the company. Quite the opposite. By November 2010, streaming surpassed DVD subscriptions. Rather than cost Netflix the bottom line, streaming – thus far, though we’ll see what happens – has saved the company enormous amounts of money from delivery costs.When Neftlix finally came around and said it would give me as many movies as I’d like for $8 a month, the love affair with free movies was over. After all, $8 barely gets you in the door at most movie theaters and in some cities it won’t even cover a matinee. For the convenience of never having to plan, eat up my bandwidth and risk getting a letter from the MPAA, $8 is but a pittance. I was one of the 7.7 million new subscribers that jumped on board in 2010 and I haven’t looked back since. It wasn’t a conscious decision, it wasn’t a pang of guilt, it was a simple, cheap way to fulfill my desire to go on Battlestar Gallactica benders and quickly queue up whatever movie everyone else had raved about six months ago that I’d never gone to see.  Sure, Netflix doesn’t get first-run movies, or those not-yet-in-the-theater screeners, like peer-to-peer networks do, but my eight bucks buys me a peace of mind and enough content to keep me happy until it makes its way around. As Ernesto concludes, “Netflix shows that people are willing to pay for access to movies online, even when plenty of pirated copies are available. The next step is to offer easy access to movies in the rest of the world, and get rid of the artificial delays in release dates.”Besides, if the movie is that good, I might actually hit the theater…and once again be convinced that the only logical approach to movie theater popcorn is the large, because who can justify paying 75 cents less for half as much popcorn? That’s just silly. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melansonlast_img read more

10 months agoDean Holdsworth joins management team of Palermo

first_imgDean Holdsworth joins management team of Palermoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bolton Wanderers striker Dean Holdsworth has joined the management team of Palermo.David Platt, formerly of Juventus and Sampdoria, has also been assisting the club’s new owners.It was announced over the weekend:”Sport Capital Group Investments Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sport Capital Group Ltd) has today completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of US Città di Palermo Spa, through the completion of the previously announced preliminary contract dated 30th November.”At a shareholders’ general meeting of US Città di Palermo Spa a new board of directors shall be nominated, with Clive Richardson as President, Emanuele Facile as Chief Executive and John Treacy as third director. The new board and a group of senior football advisors lead by Dean Holdsworth will be working on plans for the remainder of the 2018-19 Season with the current management team. “Sport Capital Group Investments Ltd will in the coming days be calling a shareholder meeting to increase its share capital to up to €20m.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Commentary Ohio States LaQuinton Ross still not ready for primetime

It feels like depth has always been an issue for Thad Matta-coached basketball teams. It’s not that the Ohio State players who are on the bench aren’t talented, but more that those players on the bench stay on the bench. Matta has a tendency to find a few guys that he really trusts, usually five or six guys, and rotate that small group instead of giving them a rest and letting younger players grow. Although Matta’s success here at OSU can’t be questioned, his system has started to show its weakness in recent seasons when fatigue begins to set in during the NCAA Tournament. This year though, that formula has changed out of necessity rather than revelation. Matta has been swapping about eight players consistently, with three players – junior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. and junior forward Deshaun Thomas – averaging about 30 minutes a game. But outside of Thomas, the Buckeyes don’t have a consistent second scoring threat. A few players have stepped into the role on a game-by-game basis (like Craft, Smith Jr. or sophomore forward Sam Thompson) but aren’t able to keep it up over an extended stretch. It is a perplexing problem, but many fans think they have the solution. Sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross has been singled out by some fans for his natural scoring ability as the obvious choice to take some of the pressure off of Thomas’ shoulders. Against Wisconsin Tuesday, Ross totaled eight points on 3-of-4 shooting. For the most part, Matta has remained defiant and Ross continues to sit on the bench for many of OSU’s contests this season. Ross is only averaging 17 minutes a game, despite being second on the team behind Thomas in terms of scoring efficiency. And while, relatively, Ross’ time on the court isn’t anything to snicker at, it’s not reflective of a player with the potential to be an elite scorer. But why wouldn’t Matta play Ross if OSU is so desperate for a second option? Thomas can’t carry the team on his own forever. Although the fans have a point about Ross being a talented scorer, the problems with Ross might outweigh the rewards. As good as Ross is on offense, he is equally bad on defense. It is hard to imagine that on an OSU team, a squad that has been known for its defense since Matta took over the program in 2004, that someone who is such a defensive liability would get significant playing time. Notice during the final five or so minutes how rare it is for Ross to receive minutes. He might aid in games during the middle stretches, but never starts and never closes, a sign of Matta’s lack of trust in the young forward. Although his outing against the Badgers shows marked improvement, it is still not enough to convince Matta to give Ross a more significant role. He might see more playing time come his way during certain games this season, but don’t expect for him to play vital minutes against Michigan Tuesday or Indiana on Feb. 10. For the Buckeyes to make a run in the NCAA Tournament similar to last season’s, they need someone to come out of the woodwork to help Thomas. Ross might be that guy someday. But for now? He’s not quite the answer. read more

Football Ohio State lands commitment from 2019 fourstar running back Sampson James

Ohio State added to its future depth at running back Monday, with 2019 four-star prospect Sampson James tweeting he was committing to the Buckeyes.110% C O M M I T T E D @OSUCoachMeyer @CoachTonyAlford @SWiltfong247 pic.twitter.com/Fp6z0Q6wGn— Sampson (@Sjames_2) March 19, 2018James is listed as the 142nd-best overall prospect in the 2019 class, while also ranking eighth at running back and second from Indiana, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.The 6-foot-1, 211-pound running back is the third recruit to commit to Ohio State, joining four-star offensive tackle Doug Nester and three-star offensive tackle Ryan Jacoby. Though still very early in the recruiting process for the 2019 class, Ohio State is now listed as having the 21st-best national and sixth-best Big Ten class.James will join what will be an impressive class of running backs returning to Ohio State in 2019. The Buckeyes landed three four-star running backs in 2018: Jaelen Gill, Brian Snead and Master Teague. The three are listed as the No. 30, 80 and 228 top overall prospects in the class, respectively. read more

Aubameyang had reservations about Lacazette

first_imgArsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang confessed that he initially had reservations about Alexandre Lacazette, but is pleased with how well they gotten on since his arrivalBoth strikers had played in the Ligue 1 together with Aubameyang having played for St Etienne, while Lacazette played for Lyon.But, on the back of the duo making their first start together up front in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Newcastle last weekend, Aubameyang confessed that he was worried that he would struggle to get on with his new strike partner.“My friend Lacazette was at Lyon when I was at St Etienne,” Aubameyang told the club website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He’s a player I appreciate and was good for me when I arrived here as he’s a nice person, very positive.“I wasn’t 100 per cent sure about him when I came here as there were some Lyon players I didn’t get on well with but he wasn’t someone I had problems with when I played against them.“I’m really happy to get to know someone so positive and he helped me settle into the dressing room.”The Gabon international is expected to start for Arsenal in their Premier League match against West Ham United on Sunday, but will be cup-tied for the semi-final against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League.last_img read more

Lucas Paqueta Kakas my idol

first_imgAC Milan new signing Lucas Paqueta revealed his desire to follow in his “idol” Kaka’s footsteps during his own playing careerDespite reported interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona, Paqueta chose to join Milan for a reported €35m fee from Brazilian side Flamengo.The 21-year-old midfielder is regarded as one of most exciting talents in South American football and has been compared to Milan legend and fellow Brazilian Kaka.Now Paqueta, who will officially join Milan on January 1 when the transfer window opens, revealed his admiration for Kaka.“Kaka’s my idol,” said Paqueta, according to Football-Italia.“He had a brilliant career and it’s clear that I’d like to follow in his footsteps, but I also want to tell my own story at Milan.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“I’d like to take his best traits did and do the best I can. I’ve already been to Milan and everything’s been very calm so far.“It was a period of adaptation, also for my family. I hope to adapt as quickly as possible when I go back to Milan and help the team on the field.”Kaka himself was a former midfielder who managed 104 goals and 65 assists in 307 appearances for Milan across all competitions.The ex-Brazil international won the Serie A, Champions League, Club World Cup and Italian Super Cup at the San Siro.The 2007 Ballon d’Or winner also had spells with Sao Paulo, Real Madrid and Orlando City before retiring in 2017.last_img read more