Govt to go after lawyers withholding State’s cases

first_imgAttorney General Basil Williams said he would have to commence going after lawyers who have cases for the State, since he would have requested that they submit those cases; but to date, there has been little response.Williams made the statement when he called a press conference on Wednesday to address the issue of several multimillion-dollar out of court settlements made by him.He said since assuming the office of the Attorney General following the May 2015 General and Regional Elections, he would have had cause to write to several lawyers and even published public notices in the local newspapers requesting they provide all the cases they were engaged in on behalf of the State. However, with the exception of Attorneys Ashton Chase and Stephen Fraser, no one else even acknowledged the request.Some of the lawyers that were written to include names such as Nigel Hughes, Ralph Ramkarran, Ruben Stoby, Neil Boston, Bernard De Santos and Sase Gunraj. Williams further stated that he would have also written to the courts to provide the Ministry with a list of cases but noted that the list was not “exhaustive”.Out of court settlementsAdditionally, after being criticised for a number of multimillion-dollars out of court settlements, the Attorney General said he would have inherited those cases when he assumed office and blamed his predecessor, Anil Nandlall, for them.Since taking office, in addition to losing cases, Government has opted to enter into out-of-court settlements. Among those companies to benefit from these out-of-court settlements are BK International, which cashed in on US$5.7 million on a settlement, and more recently, a $226 million settlement with Guyana Tractor Equipment (Guytrac). Additionally, local spirits giant, Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) would have also benefited from a $3.8 billion tax write-off in another out-of-court settlement.These settlements includes Rudisha Beverages vs the Attorney General – $7.2 billion; NH International Ltd; Emile Elias vs the Attorney General – US$11 million, plus $403 million; Toolsie Persaud Ltd vs the Attorney General – $1.7 billion; the Communities Ministry vs BK Int’l – US$5.7 million and NDIA vs H Sugrim – $226.1 million.“Cabinet gave its seal of approval. It is apposite to note that Nandlall failed to appreciate that his conduct in failing to act in the face of repeated breaches by BK amounted to a waiver of them,” Williams said.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo posited the cases were settled because there appeared to be some sort of kickback for the Attorney General, but Williams rejected the comment.last_img read more

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REDUCTION IN STAFF AT ST JOSEPH’S COMMUNITY HOSPITAL ‘A DISGRACE’ – DOHERTY

first_imgSt Joseph’s Community Hospital in Stranorlar.Councillor Gary Doherty has labelled as ‘scandalous and deeply shocking’ figures showing that total staffing levels at St Joseph’s Community Hospital in Stranorlar have fallen by over 22% since Fine Gael and Labour entered government.Councillor Doherty’s comments come following figures obtained from the HSE which show that the number of personnel employed at the hospital dropped from 140 in 2005 down to just 98 last year.A total of 25 permanent and temporary positions alone having been lost under the lifetime of the current Fine Gael/Labour government. Cllr Doherty said these shocking figures.“I have obtained these figures through my party colleague Deputy Pearse Doherty following a request to the HSE, and they show that last year there were 42 less members of staff employed at St Joseph’s Community Hospital than there were back in 2005.“In fact, the majority of these permanent and temporary positions were lost during the current Fine Gael and Labour government’s term in office, falling from 123 positions in 2010 down to just 98 positions in 2015.“This reduction represents over a twenty per cent drop in overall staffing numbers in the five years between 2010 and 2015, during which time the current government parties have been at the helm. “For any hospital, especially one as strategically important as St Joseph’s in Stranorlar, to lose over one fifth of their staff in such a short space of time is not only deeply shocking but a scandalous indictment of government attitude towards the health needs of the people of the Finn Valley.“St Joseph’s hospital has served the people of the Finn Valley for decades ever since it was first established originally as a district hospital. Over the years, the hospital has been modified and today provides primarily nursing care for older people throughout the region, including rehabilitation, convalescence and respite care.“In 2014 alone, the centre had 561 admissions through its doors which demonstrates the importance of St Joseph’s Community Hospital to the Finn Valley as not only an integral part of our health infrastructure but it also reflects the faith and confidence which local people have in the care and treatment which its hard working and dedicated staff provide.“It is an insult to the people of east Donegal that such an important facility is allowed to be neglected as has been the example shown under the current coalition.”REDUCTION IN STAFF AT ST JOSEPH’S COMMUNITY HOSPITAL ‘A DISGRACE’ – DOHERTY was last modified: January 10th, 2016 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:CLLR GARY DOHERTYdonegalST JOSEPH’S COMMUNITY HOSPITALlast_img read more

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India’s Jet Airways to fly to SA daily

first_imgIndia’s Jet Airways has announced the introduction of daily direct flights between Johannesburg and Mumbai from 14 April, using a state-of-the-art Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route. He said that South Africa and the African region was an important market for the airline, and that they were confident of capturing and growing the market. The launch of the new route marks the first time that Jet Airways will fly to Africa. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘Strong linkages’ 3 March 2010 Karkassis said the airline was confident that it would soon emerge as one of the first-choice carriers on the popular route, given its vast domestic network in India and expanding international footprint. “Given the strong linkages between India and South Africa, and the large number of people of Indian origin living in and/or working in South Africa, we believe that there is untapped potential, and this new route promises to serve the needs of our discerning corporate and leisure flyers,” he said. The wide-bodied twin aisle cabin of the A330-200 will be configured in two classes, with 30 seats in business class and 190 seats in economy. Flight 9W 242 will depart Mumbai at 2.05am daily, arriving in Johannesburg at 7.35am. On the return leg, flight 9W 241 will depart Johannesburg at 11am daily, arriving in Mumbai at 11.30pm. “Jet Airways is delighted to enter Africa with its daily Mumbai-Johannesburg service,” Jet Airways CEO Nikos Kardassis said in a statement last month. “South Africa’s reputation as a leading tourist and business destination, and the fact that it will play host to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, also presents a huge opportunity for Jet Airways.”last_img read more

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‘Be careful what you share online’

first_img8 October 2012With October being International Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has warned South Africans to be responsible with the information they share on internet, especially on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.The Cyber Defence Research Group of the CSIR will be hosting a series of talks on cyber security awareness-related topics this month. The talks will include practical cyber security awareness tips, tricks and policies; mobile phone hacking, cyber terrorism and information warfare; live fire exercises; and social networking and social media.“Sharing personal information online about ourselves and those around us has become second nature, to the extent that we are not aware when we actually do it,” CSIR researcher Zama Dlamini said in a statement last week.“Our children, friends, partners, helpers and even colleagues have inadvertently posted pictures online; whether it is a picture of you at a team-building exercise, or a picture of your new car showing its registration number outside your house, which might also happen to have the address in bold. All this information can be used against you by cyber criminals.”Information that is regarded as private include – but is not limited to – bank and credit card numbers, income, ID number, full names, street address, phone numbers, e-mail address, names and addresses of children’s schools, and photos.Dlamini warned that this type of private information should not be shared with strangers nor made available online, as it can be easily accessed by cyber criminals.“This is the information that is often required to legitimately open new charge accounts, buy online or borrow money,” Dlamini said.“If cyber criminals were to get hold of it, they could use it to open accounts, buy online, and borrow money while pretending to be you. They can even marry you off to a stranger without your knowledge or consent.“Victims usually do not know that they have been victimised until collection agencies begin pursuing them to cover debts they did not even know they had.”According to Sipho Ngobeni, also a CSIR Researcher, there are many other tricks, like hacking, that cyber criminals can use to get people’s personal information.“Once they have achieved this, they could perform malicious activities such as infecting your computer with malware, which in turn can lead to your computer being used as a botnet (internet-connected computers with breached security defences that are controlled by a ‘botmaster’); steal confidential information that resides on your computer and perhaps sell it to the black market, and use your computer to launch further criminal activities,” Ngobeni said.The internet has no boundary; and therefore it is important that technology users are made aware of what could go wrong, as well as tips and tricks to protect themselves while online, Ngobeni added.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Springboks do South Africa proud

first_imgSpringbok wing Bryan Habana after scoring his third try in the match against USA, which drew him level with Jonah Lomu’s record of 15 World Cup tries. (Image: World Rugby via YouTube)Johannesburg, Wednesday 7 October 2015 – The Springboks have once again flown the South African flag proudly in their fourth and final Group B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.With this successful game against the USA, the Springboks now lead the South African charge into the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup.Congratulating the team on their outstanding success in their match against the USA, Brand South Africa’s CEO Kingsley Makhubela said, “Our team in green and gold carried the hopes of the South African nation into the Olympic Stadium in London and emerged with a splendid victory.”“Your valiant spirit and unwavering determination on the sports field embodies the resilience and tenacity of the South African nation. Your excellent teamwork highlights the way South Africans come together to achieve to do great things for our country. Brand South Africa and the South African nation salute you and wish you well in your next encounter in the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup. We stand with you wherever we are,” concluded Mr Makhubela.last_img read more

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Carl Icahn Makes Dell Buyout Offer: Let’s Fire Michael Dell!

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… readwrite Tags:#Carl Icahn#dell#Michael Dell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Notorious activist investor Carl Icahn has officially filed an offer for Dell that would let investors keep their stake in the company while forcing out CEO and founder Michael Dell. See his full interview with Bloomberg below: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Wimbledon 2011: Painful exit for Sania in first round

first_imgSania Mirza’s form kept changing just like the London weather, sunny to start with and gloomy towards the end as the tired Indian diva lost 6-7, 6-2, 3-6 to Virginie Razzano in the ladies singles first round on Tuesday.As one who has been playing virtually non-stop tennis in the last one year, Sania stepped on Court No. 9 in a spotless white skirt and tee. She looked in great touch to start with, reeling off three games in a row before something wrong happened.”I cannot figure out if something happened with my left hamstring or knee at that stage. After that, I could only serve and return,” said Sania, who played her hearts out before losing.Razzano is the typical battle-hardened pro. Playing for the ninth time at Wimbledon, she was a picture of confidence, though for a short spell in the second set, she was flummoxed by the Indian’s aggression.The Frenchwoman does not have a great serve and she relies more on her height (5 feet and 9 inches) to get a sharp trajectory when she fires the ball. If you look it from a technical point of view, there is no racquet head acceleration. Yet, she is consistent, which helped her in the third set against Sania.For her part, Sania could have served better. However, considering the pain barrier she did well to stand on court and win the second set at a fast clip. The third set, too, was full of ups and downs and the big moment came in the seventh game after Sania was broken after five deuces.advertisement”To be honest, even if I had pulled this win, I would possibly not have been ready for (Caroline) Wozniacki,” said Sania.Sania goes for an ultrasound and MRI scan to check where the problem is. “I have been playing in pain since the French Open. It was 21 days of non- stop tennis from Paris to Birmingham. Such kind of abuse was going to hurt,” Sania told Mail Today.Reflecting on her comeback in tennis after marrying Shoaib Malik last year, Sania said being on the court without a break was taxing. “I played the Commonwealth Games, the Asian Games, WTA Tour events and also the Fed Cup. Add to it singles, doubles and qualifying, it has been a hard grind,” said Sania.However, the Indian superstar is not sure about the immediate future. “If you ask me now how it feels now, it is bad. I haven’t decided on the women’s doubles and mixed doubles,” added Sania.Talking about her opponent, Sania said: “Razzano is a tough player. You cannot go by her ranking now, she has been at the Wimbledon fourth round and she fought well today. She is a very strong player.”Asked to comment on the emotional comeback by Serena Williams, Sania said she could understand how the American felt.”Tennis takes a lot out of you. It’s great to see Serena back as she loves tennis. When you are forced to do something you love doing, it’s painful. So I can understand the emotions Serena felt in her comeback,” added Sania.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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PBA: Phoenix outlasts San Miguel, gets twice-to-beat bonus

first_imgWintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Yeng Guiao: Gilas Pilipinas ‘overwhelming underdog’ in Group D SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting No other team in the field will be able to match that, and with the Beermen dropping to 6-4 after seeing a four-game winning streak come to a halt, San Miguel bowed out of the race for that quarterfinal bonus.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, logistics LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other PBA IMAGESPANABO—Jason Perkins and Matthew Wright hit the shots that mattered in the stretch and led Phoenix Pulse to a pulsating 96-93 victory over San Miguel Beer for top seeding—and the first twice-to-beat advantage—in the first round of the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.The gunslinger Wright hit a triple with 1:16 remaining to snap the game’s last tie at 90 before Perkins, the reigning Rookie of the Year, dropped the last three points in the Petron Saturday Special Game that had the Fuel Masters closing out with a 9-2 card.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Leicester City hunt for hard workers ahead of European excursion

first_imgLeicester City head of recruitment Steve Walsh has said the newly crowned Premier League champions will focus on signing players with a strong work ethic in the close season to bolster a squad preparing to fight on two fronts.The Foxes romped to a maiden league title with two games to spare, outperforming their rivals due largely to a willingness to outrun the opposition and Walsh said a focus on strength of character would continue to underpin their recruitment policy.”It’s about making sure the players you bring in are strong of character, and can do the tasks we ask them to do when we haven’t got the ball,” Walsh, one of two assistants to manager Claudio Ranieri, told the BBC.”We have a DNA. For me, it’s not just about their ability on the ball. It’s what they’re prepared to give to the team when we haven’t got it.”Obviously, the character of the person shines through. If you’re prepared to put in a shift when we haven’t got the ball, that says a lot about you in terms of your work ethic.”Walsh, who was instrumental in signing Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante from the French second tier, acknowledged that Leicester needed to strengthen with an eye on the Champions League next season, but insisted the club would not deviate from the recruitment strategy that had served it so well in the past.”I think we’re going to need more personnel,” he added. “We’ll go from playing one game a week this year to two games a week. That, in itself, says you need more personnel on the ground.advertisement”But we’re in the Champions League now. It’s fantastic for Leicester to actually be in the Champions League.”If you just needed to get all the best players, talent scouting would be easy, wouldn’t it? You’ve got to look at the players maybe through different eyes and see what they can achieve. That’s the skill.”last_img read more

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Lyon players attacked during match in a Ligue 1 clash against Bastia

first_imgThe latest incidents on Sunday in Corsica during a domestic league game between Bastia and Lyon – which was abandoned at halftime – raised questions about security in French venues.The game was stopped for good after fans from the Corsican side twice invaded the pitch to attack opposition players. After kickoff was delayed by 55 minutes, the match was abandoned when more trouble erupted at the interval with the score at 0-0.#RIOTS #HOOLIGANS #BASTIA FANS ATTACKED #LYON PLAYERS ON #PITCH BEFORE THE GA… https://t.co/HT7tuENUsa via @YouTube- Casual life Style (@ultras_life0) April 17, 2017Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes was calmly walking off the field – after referee Amaury Delerue whistled the end of the first half – when he was confronted by a man. Lopes pushed him back as clashes erupted between home fans and Lyon players.Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, who was rested for the game, took to Twitter to express his anger. “Pfff, shameful!!” Lacazette wrote. “Nonsense!!!!”Pfffff honteux !!!Nimporte quoi !!!! ????????- Alexandre Lacazette (@LacazetteAlex) April 16, 2017Speaking to L’Equipe TV, junior minister for sports Thierry Braillard condemned “unacceptable actions that will need to be sanctioned equally to their seriousness” and lamented a “bad day for French sports.”The first pitch invasion took place about 15 minutes before the end of the warmup at Armand Cesari stadium when supporters from the Bastia 1905 group of fans came on the field and jostled with Lyon players, including Memphis Depay and Mathieu Gorgelin. Players from both teams went back to their changing rooms before calm was restored.advertisement@rexfordamaky @Abrahamkotey Bastia v Lyon earlier fans attack players on the pitch pic.twitter.com/9H0Kmm3L3whttps://t.co/1ZrxpBQ781- big boy (@bigboyk75) April 16, 2017None of the players involved in the two brawls appeared to be injured.The game was abandoned in accordance with French authorities’ guidance following the urgent meeting that took place before the start. The French league said in a statement that, after the first trouble, it had been decided that the match could go ahead but would be stopped if another incident happened.It was the second time this week that a Lyon game was marred by violence. Lyon is facing likely sanctions from UEFA after crowd disorder delayed its Europa League home quarterfinal against Besiktas midweek.Incidents inside Lyon’s stadium – which will host the final of the tournament next season – followed fighting among French and Turkish fans earlier in the city on Thursday. About 20 minutes before the scheduled kickoff, Lyon fans spilled onto the field for their own safety after fireworks were set off and missiles thrown from an upper section of the stadium housing Besiktas supporters. The game finally began 45 minutes late after police intervened in the stands.The French league said it would investigate the Bastia incidents and urged the club to ban the fans responsible.”The French league is asking Bastia to take all necessary measures in order to issue stadium bans against those responsible for these acts,” the league said. “And more generally to take all measures required to guarantee the security of matches played in its stadium.”In a statement issued a couple of hours after the match was abandoned, Bastia “firmly condemned” the vioence and said it would attend a disciplinary committee at the French league on Thursday.Last-placed Bastia, which has struggled the whole season, risks seeing its slim hopes of staying in the top flight hit by heavy sanctions, possibly including points deduction.Lyon is fourth, some 19 points behind third-placed Nice, and can’t secure a top-3 finish. Monaco tops the standings with a three-point lead over Paris Saint-Germain.last_img read more

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