AG out-of-court settlement proposals receive Cabinet approval – Harmon

first_imgIn defending the coalition Government’s out-of-court settlements – a move which Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said has caused the Treasury billions of dollars – Minister of State Joseph Harmon said Attorney General Basil Williams would have recommended these settlements after the previous Administration failed to defend the State in the respective cases.Speaking at this week’s post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday, Minister Harmon explained that Cabinet was briefed on and approved the settlements.“These are recommendations made by the Attorney General and… whether it is out of court or in the court, whatever settlements are made that requires the State to pay over any resources, it is dealt with at Cabinet and full discussions take place there. Cabinet gives its guidance to the responsible minister,” he pointed out.Of recent, Government, particularly the Attorney General’s Chambers, has come under much criticism for not being able to secure success for several cases against the State. 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.At his weekly press conference on Wednesday, Jagdeo had raised concerns about this practice, asking whether the State is deliberately losing millions of dollars in court cases.“I wonder if people are benefiting financially from all of these settlements by claiming lack of knowledge?… I probably should say I am confident; but I am saying I wonder now that it is a conduit for corrupt activities – these big judgements,” the Opposition Leader suggested.However, on Friday, the Minister of State sought to bosh the claim saying these cases started under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) regime, which failed to defend them.Attorney General Basil WilliamsOn the other hand, the Government’s spokesperson went on to say that the present Administration wanted to uphold the rule of law by honouring those judgements delivered in the court against the State.“The matters which we settled were matters which were decided by the court and we felt that it was important to establish a regime of the rule of law, which said that we respect the judgements of courts… we cannot say that citizens who have been granted awards by the court that we can pay them.He noted that there are more cases and at the appropriate time the Attorney General will make a full statement of those matters.Among the cases which the State has lost is the one brought by local construction company, Dipcon Engineering Company at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in which Government was ordered to pay over $446 million. More recently, the State lost a case to another company, Toolsie Persaud Limited (TPL) in the local High Court and was ordered to pay $187 million.On several occasions, Attorney General Basil Williams would have blamed the fact his predecessor for dropping the ball on the cases, many of which he said were contracted out to private lawyers.However, only a few days ago, the Attorney General’s Chambers published an ad, calling on private lawyers representing the State on cases that were not handed out by him to notify the office immediately.However, the Opposition Leader questioned why such a move was made now and not three years ago when the Attorney General assumed the post.“Now he wants to know who had been doing representations on behalf of the Chambers for cases in the past and current cases… If anyone is worth his salt or even a one per cent level of competence, when you go to a desk you would say to the staff can you find out for me all the cases we have outstanding so that I could be apprised of the cases outstanding,” Jagdeo opined.Moreover, the Opposition Leader pointed out that his party had offered, through Nandlall, the coalition Administration, upon its assumption to office, assistance on many of the outstanding cases the State had in the courts. But the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change regime never accepted the offer.“They ignored the offer. He didn’t find out and then (AG Williams) blames the PPP every time there is a ruling against him,” Jagdeo said on Wednesday.Back in January, Williams had defended his performance, saying that the Chambers under his leadership has “won more than we’ve lost.”last_img read more

8 Things to Know About Mary Kills People

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Add Dr. Mary Harris to the list of complex and layered lead female characters that Canadian TV seems to be giving us lots of at the moment (and that we’re totally loving by the way!). Mary is a strong, intriguing, smart and mysterious woman who, after two episodes, we can’t wait to learn more about. Dr. Mary Harris: angel of death or murderer? That’ll be for viewers to decide in the new Global TV drama Mary Kills People, premiering Wednesday, January 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and April 23 at 10 p.m. on Lifetime in the U.S. Hannibal’s Caroline Dhavernas stars as Mary, an overworked single mother and ER doctor who is running an illegal business assisting patients in going out “on their own terms.” While Mary has managed to build her business and be busier than ever, she’s also on the brink of having her double life exposed and things getting a lot more complicated.From creator Tara Armstrong and showrunner Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue), the one-hour drama has also been picked up by Lifetime in the U.S. Over the course of its six episode first season, Mary Kills People will follow Mary’s exploits as she balances her family life and day job with side duties helping terminal patients end their lives on their own terms…all while eluding the police. Dhavernas is joined by a talented ensemble that includes Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast), Lyriq Bent (The Book of Negroes), Richard Short (Vinyl), Greg Bryk (Bitten) and Charlotte Sullivan (Rookie Blue).We here at The TV Junkies were lucky enough to screen Mary Kills People’s first two episodes and thought we’d pass along a few teases to help get fans even more excited for the premiere. So check out our main takeaways from watching those first two episodes and everything we thinks fans should know before they meet Mary.Dhavernas is Divinelast_img read more

Police chief sees no scope for militancy in Rohingya camps

first_imgThe inspector general of police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque said on Sunday there is no room for militant activities inside the Rohingya camps in disguise of relief.The police chief came up with remarks while addressing the briefing on law and order situation at the police headquarter with the chief of law enforcing agencies and the leaders of Puja and Ashura celebration committees, according to UNB.AKM Shahidul Hoque said “Our regular supervision and special monitoring is going on to check any militant activities inside the Rohinga camp. So it is not possible to conduct militancy activities.”He said “Police and their agents are kept alert to thwart any such attempt. No aid materials will be distributed without goes unchecked. The locals and Rohingyas are being made aware of it too for safety.””Some ill motivated efforts can be conducted to propagate militancy inside the helpless Rohinga. We will rule out all possibilities by our regular monitoring. We won’t allow Bangladesh’ soil to be used as a breeding ground for militants,” AKM Shahidul Hoque assured.IGP also said “Police have arrested over 200 Rohingya refugees from all across the country who will not be detained. Rather we will return them to their camps. We will conduct our drive everywhere to restrict their movement outside the camp for their better treatment.””If they spread in the country, they will become illegal immigrants. We will return them to their camp without arresting them on the humanitarian perspective. Registration will ensure their relief, accommodation, medicine and proper assistance,” he said.The country’s top policeman included that security measures will be enhanced to ensure a smooth and peaceful celebration of Durga Puja and Muharram as usual.last_img read more

Bob cut in rose gold hues Hair trend this year

first_imgTry new looks, experiment with your hair colour with shades of coffee or the new rose gold on a bob cut or a top knot, suggest experts. Experts have listed a few trending hair colours and hair styles you could try out for a change:Colour your hair in coffee hues in the same old balayage technique but in strong dark espresso or soft latte brew shade.One of the biggest hits this summer is the shade rose brown. A perfect shade for the summer, the hue of brown shade concocted with pink rose is just what is left to try this year. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPut some drama into the hairstyle. One way to opt for it is by volumising your regular braids. It looks more amazing with curly hair. Deep middle part your hair and you can pull off any silhouette with that. Be it any length, blobs or ultra long locks, deep middle parts accessorised with barrettes and pins, would give your simple look a glamorous touch.The bob cut is here to stay. You can wear it straight, curly, or wavy. This is the season to be brave and embrace a super-short hairstyle. Whether you have thick hair or fine, bobbed haircuts and the chin-skimming styles are a winner regardless. We’re talking a minimalist style that lets you wash and go. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt stays away from too many layers, and it works super well for fine hair. Some adventurous ladies are bringing it up to ear-length, but we always love the chin-grazing length.A 1960s flip is a look that’s eternally cool. Variations date back all the way to the bubble flip in the era. These days almost anything goes when it comes to end bends, from the slightest beachy waves to full-on vintage vibes. You can give a fresh spin to the vintage look by keeping the top flat. To get this look, start with dry hair. Using a curling iron, curl just the ends of hair.Combine two classic styles – the half-up-half-down and the top knot, to create this singularly great look. It can be styled for a chic date night look or a lazy sunday, but the thing we love most about this look is how versatile it is with all hair lengths and textures. To get the look, let your hair dry, then make a horizontal part from ear to ear. Twist hair up into a top knot, then secure with a ponytail holder.last_img read more

A New AllInOne Printer from Lexmark

first_img This story appears in the February 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » January 25, 2011 Lexmark GenesisPhoto © David JohnsonThe all-in-one business printer/fax machine/scanner is becoming a work of art.The touch-activated Lexmark Genesis pushes the bounds of small-business imaging both in performance and good looks. The 15-inch-by-16-inch Genesis is about half the size of an average all-in-one printer. It holds pages vertically, so it can scan both sides of a document in a zippy three seconds. And the unit, which connects directly to the web, is controlled via a slick 4.3-inch touch-activated screen that’s about the size of an iPhone.Performance is solid, with high quality and decent speed: 33 pages per minute in black and white, and 30 pages in color. But what really makes the Genesis unique is its design. Its attractive black form factor looks more like a high-end audio component than a printer, yet it doesn’t compromise its image quality or functionality for light business use.The Genesis is far from perfect. The vertical page layout can be clumsy when lots of copies are required, and it is not a battle-tested concept for printers. (Who knows how hinges, hardware and electronics will hold up after years in the office?) And then there is the cost: $400, in a world where $60 buys a lot of printer.But for folks who want their printers to make a statement, the Genesis is an intriguing option.last_img read more