Guyana Bar Association walks out of CoI

first_imgBY SHEMUEL FANFAIR“Improper, unethical” and “unprofessional” were the words Attorney and President of the Guyana Bar Association Christopher Ram uttered, as he marched out of Wednesday afternoon’s session of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the deadly Camp Street Prison riots. This walk-out occurred during the cross-examination of Deputy Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels who prisoners claimed gave the orders to lock the prison door.The Attorney sought to make the correlation that Attorney Selwyn Pieters, who is representing the Joint Services and appointed by the State, is also representing Deputy Director Samuels .Ram grilled the witness over the supposition that Pieters’ counsel representation of Samuels is “a private arrangement” – a line of questioning that was discontinued by Commission Chairman James Patterson, who noted that divulging those details would violate lawyer-client privilege.Attorney Christopher Ram walks out of Wednesday’s session of the CoIThis did not however sit well Attorney Ram who pointed out a conflict of interest.“Here it is we have an entity that is subject of this enquiry, set up by the President and the same Government providing legal counsel,” the Bar Association President expressed.At this point, it was Attorney representing the Disciplined Services, Pieters who now attempted to object to Ram’s continued line of questioning. This however prompted the Bar Association to interject before Pieters could raise any of his concerns.“Mr Chairman, I am not going to take this interruption from the other side unless it’s a proper point of objection, we had enough from that side,” he noted. As Ram was subsequently allowed to proceed, he then asked Samuels if he was aware of any prisoner or survivor of the prison fire being provided with legal counsel by the State. Samuels responded in the negative.When Ram attempted to ascertain the reasons behind Samuels being sent on leave, Attorney Pieters was swift in disallowing a response from his witness.“Any personnel issues between Senior Superintendent Samuels and the Ministry of Public Security and the Director of the Prison are matters that are private,” Pieters opined.Ram then responded “The Bar Association will not sit down here and be interrupted; we have a serious problem in that we are not being allowed full opportunity to cross-examine. This is a matter that is in the press. A statement made by the Minister of Public Security, he says that ‘him going on leave’, that is, Mr Samuels is a necessity at this stage.”As he was not allowed to pursue this line of questioning, Ram then opted to withdraw from the CoI and reiterated that the decision has been taken since the Bar Association was not provided with a proper opportunity to examine the witnesses.“We believe that the purpose and objective of this Commission is being seriously compromised,” he stressed.Justice Patterson told Ram that if he decides to withdraw, he may not be allowed to return. At this point, Attorney Pieters in cross-talk questioned Ram if he had consulted with the Bar Association’s Board or if he “unilaterally” made the decision to withdraw. In a show of frustration, Ram uttered: “You give me a break” and departed from the room, shutting the door behind him.Earlier this week, questions over the lack of transparency were raised after the media and members of the public were barred from hearing the testimonies of Prison Service members Cleveland Hudson and another whose name was only give as “Officer Lyken.”“Officer Lyken” was reportedly ordered by his superiors to take video footage of the prison riots, while it is being floated that it was Hudson who gave the orders to lock the prison doors.Public Security Minister Kemraj Ramjattan when questioned on Monday, opined that the closed door setting is within the authority of the Chairman.“The CoI is controlled by the CoI members… he has authority to do that. I suppose under the Terms of Reference and if he thinks it is a matter for security reasons, why not,” the Minister had noted. Following a period of rioting at the Camp Street penitentiary, 17 inmates lost their lives as a result of fire.last_img read more

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Cajun-Light Flavors at Port Orleans French Quarter

first_imgShare This!If you’re not a fan of intense spice and spicy foods, Cajun food can sound scary. Between bold flavors and lots of spice, it may be a tough sell for fans of milder foods. But sometimes on vacation, it’s nice to do things outside of your norm. At Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Port Orleans French Quarter, many of the items on the menu are “Cajun-inspired”, but they are mild enough for all palates. Two of the meals that you’ll find that embrace that Cajun-inspired vibe are the Jambalaya and the Shrimp Po’ Boy.If you want to make the Shrimp Po’ Boy a safe option for all palates, simply ask for the remoulade sauce on the side. (For those who aren’t familiar, remoulade is a spicy mayonnaise sauce — the flavors the way that Disney makes it remind me almost of a zippy tartar sauce.) Without the sauce, this becomes a sub roll with shedded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and fried shrimp. For the amount of shrimp you get, the $11 price for the sandwich and chips is very reasonable.Another Cajun staple is Jambalaya — a mix of chicken and andouille sausage with vegetables, stewed together in a spicy sauce with rice. If you head to Louisiana, you can find some jambalaya that will make you believe in the existence of hell with the amount of spice burning up your mouth. But this is Disney — no more hell at WDW since Mr. Toad went to the great beyond. What you’ll find is a lovely blend of flavors with a hint of heat–just enough so that you’re eating jambalaya and not just a rice bowl with sausage. It also comes with a mammoth piece of cornbread, making this an incredibly filling meal for the $12 price tag.Do you like that Disney has presented these foods in a way that is pleasing for just about everyone, or do you think Disney should turn up the heat and make these dishes full Cajun spice? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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SA launches R71m graduate placement programme

first_img6 March 2014 South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched the R71-million Itukise Unemployed Graduates Programme, which will help unemployed graduates get work experience by negotiating placements at companies for them. Through Itukise, the DTI will engage with companies that have received different government incentives to provide work experience to unemployed graduates for 12 months, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the launch of the programme in Cape Town on Tuesday. The department will also seek to place interns at companies interested in the programme. “Today most companies are looking for a high-quality skilled force, and that makes it more difficult for those without skills to find jobs in the labour market,” Davies said. “Graduates represent a small but important share of the human resource capacity towards a competitive and value-adding economy. Itukise will contribute to reducing the loss of investment in education.” He said the programme also presented an opportunity “to develop and market the profile of the manufacturing sector to young people, in the provision of decent work and in increasing opportunities for learning both on and off the job”. The National Skills Fund, within the Department of Higher Education and Training, has approved the R71-million funding over a two-year period, to be overseen by the DTI, which will disburse monthly stipends for placed graduates. The programme will be implemented in three sets of intakes over two years, with the first intake in April, the second in August and the last one in April 2015. Minister Davies said these programmes were necessitated by the structural changes to the country’s economy, which had seen the demand for unskilled labour waning. National Skills Fund CEO Mvuyisi Macikama said every workplace in South Africa “should be turned into a training space to create a skilled labour force”. He urged the youth to work hard and absorb as much as they could in order to master their craft. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Line-ups: Brescia v Inter

first_imgInter start Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez again, but bring back Kwadwo Asamoah, while Brescia have Mario Balotelli and Alfredo Donnarumma with a new goalkeeper. It kicks off at the Stadio Rigamonti at 20.00 GMT. You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Parma-Verona on the LIVEBLOG. Antonio Conte’s Nerazzurri missed the opportunity to close on leaders Juventus, as both teams were held to draws at the weekend by Parma and Lecce respectively. The coach complained that he had very few options available to him following an injury crisis, as Stefano Sensi, Alexis Sanchez, Matias Vecino and Danilo D’Ambrosio are still out of action. It means there is no rest for Lukaku and Lautaro, while Roberto Gagliardini again takes the midfield slot. Asamoah returns after a knee issue to take the left flank from Cristiano Biraghi, while Diego Godin completes the defence. Brescia boss Eugenio Corini is already under pressure, with reports Cesare Prandelli is being lined up to replace him just months after taking the team to the Serie B title. He has more problems to deal with, because goalkeeper Jesse Joronen suffered a knock against Genoa and is not even in the squad, so 31-year-old former Inter shot-stopper Enrico Alfonso has to make his career Serie A debut. Leonardo Morosini has also been left out, apparently in a technical decision, with Jhon Chancellor, Ernesto Torregrossa, Luca Tremolada, Giangiacomo Magnani, Federico Viviani and Daniele Dessena injured. Alfredo Donnarumma returns to the starting XI with star man Balotelli, who so far has only one goal to his name in the Rondinelle jersey. The trequartista role seems to be scrapped, moving to a 3-5-2 formation this evening that mirrors Inter, with 21-year-old Massimiliano Mangraviti brought in. Inter could win their first five away games of the Serie A season, something this club only achieved in 1966-67, 1997-98 and 2012-13. Brescia: Alfonso; Mangraviti, Cistana, Gastaldello; Sabelli, Bisoli, Tonali, Romulo, Mateju; A Donnarumma, Balotelli Brescia bench: Andrenacci, Ndoj, Spalek, Zmrhal, Aye, Matri, Martella, Semprini Inter: Handanovic; Godin, De Vrij, Skriniar; Candreva, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Barella, Asamoah; R Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez Inter bench: Padelli, Berni, Ranocchia, Politano, Lazaro, Borja Valero, Dimarco, Esposito, Biraghi, Bastoni Ref: Fabbri Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Moto X (2nd Gen) 32GB now available at up to Rs.6,000 discount via Flipkart

first_imgIn line with our earlier report, Lenovo-owned Motorola has launched the 32 GB variant of its much acclaimed Moto X second generation smartphone in India. The 32 GB variant just like the 16 GB variant is now available for grabs exclusively via online retail site Flipkart at a price tag of Rs.32,999.Moreover, Flipkart is also offering a discount of up to Rs.6,000 when you buy the Moto X (2nd Gen) 32GB variant in exchange of your old smartphone. Under the scheme, customers can get the Moto phone at a price as low as Rs.26,999. The scheme is applicable under Flipkart’s general terms and conditions, which can be read in detail upon visiting the website.That’s not all, Flipkart has also cut the price for the Moto X (2nd Gen) 16 GB variant by Rs.2,000. The 16GB variant of the second gen Moto X is now available at a price tag of Rs. 29,999 (for the basic plastic back panel version) and Rs. 31,999 (for the leather and wood finish back panels variants). The 16 GB variant was initially launched at Rs. 31,999 and Rs. 33,999 respectively.The 32GB variant of the Moto X (2nd Gen) boasts of the same specifications set as that of the 16GB version with the only difference being that the former comes with 32GB of internal storage. The device comes with 5.2-inch full-HD AMOLED display with a 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution and is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor alongside 2GB RAM.It sports a 13MP rear camera with dual-LED ring flash and a 2MP front-facing camera. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box and decks in a 2300mAh battery.advertisementlast_img read more

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12 hours agoRoma coach Paulo Fonseca: My players are devastaetd

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma coach Paulo Fonseca: My players are devastaetdby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma coach Paulo Fonseca admits his players are stunned after their 1-1 draw with Europa League opponents Borussia Monchengladbach.Nicolò Zaniolo had Roma in front with a header, but deep into stoppages the referee awarded a penalty in the Europa League match for handball, even though it clearly hit Chris Smalling in the face.“It is difficult to accept a decision like that,” Fonseca told Sky Sport Italia.“All the players are devastated. We faced the Bundesliga leaders and were in constant control of the game, despite the difficulties. It’s really hard to accept this, we deserved a different result.”Fonseca played centre-back Gianluca Mancini in midfield on the night.“He’s a fighter and a good player. He’d never played in that position, so it wasn’t easy, but he did very well. We’ll see if he plays there against Milan at the weekend, the truth is we don’t have many options.“If Edin Dzeko can’t play, then I may as well go upfront! I think Zaniolo is the only possibility, even if it’s not his position.” last_img read more

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Watch: UNC’s Brice Johnson Finds Out About All-American Selection, Jersey Honor

first_imgBrice Johnson on the couch finds out about All American selection and jersey honor.North Carolina senior forward Brice Johnson was named a First Team All-American today by the United States Basketball Writers Association. As a result, he will have his jersey put up in the rafters at the Dean Dome as part of the program’s tradition of honoring All-Americans.The Tar Heels put out a very cool feature showing Johnson finding out about his All-American status from head coach Roy Williams, as his teammates cheered him. The video goes on to include Williams talking about Johnson and Johnson saying how much the honor means to him. If you bleed Carolina blue, this is a must-watch. Watch @bjohnson_23 find out the 1st team All-American selection means his jersey will be in Smith Center rafters! https://t.co/WCZJjF1KBS— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) March 14, 2016last_img read more

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Talk session to foster economic cultural ties between India and China

first_imgKolkata: Zha Liyou, Consul General, the Consulate General of the Peoples’ Republic of China in Kolkata felt that the sectors such as manufacturing, food processing, finance, technical training, sports, tourism and shooting films could play a major role in strengthening the bilateral relationship between India and China.He was addressing a Special Session “India-China Economic Ties: A Sub-National Perspective” organised by Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry at its office on Thursday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe also mentioned about cultural and educational exchanges and spoke about Kunming which could be a dream wedding destination for the people from across the country. Referring to age-old relationship of India and China, Liyou said that the relationship in both the state and provincial level should be fostered better as a part of bilateral relationships. He pointed out that there could be an exchange of more business delegations between Kunming and Kolkata and focus areas would be agro technology, mining, healthcare and hospitals tourism and hotels and solid waste management. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBoth the Centre and provincial governments may find business solutions to further promote economic, cultural and educational ties between two countries at the sub national level. He said that Kolkata – Kunming and West Bengal – Yunnan relationships could be taken to a new high even though India and China have different structure with India having collaborative federalism and China having strong Government at the Centre. On tourism he said that while in 2018, 8 lakh Indian tourists went to China, the corresponding figure for Chinese tourists to India was only 2 lakh, which needs to be addressed. He also urged the governments of both the countries to generate more business. Earlier, in his welcome address, Vishal Jhajharia, President of the Chamber spoke about India’s huge trade deficit with China, which has been an area of concern over the years.last_img read more

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India Britain in talks to build copycat Naval supercarrier

first_imgLondon: The UK is in talks with the Indian government on building a new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier along the lines of Britain’s HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of the ongoing ‘Make in India’ negotations, according to a media report. The talks are under way for the Indian Navy to buy detailed plans for the 65,000-ton British warship to build a so-called “copycat supercarrier” to be named INS Vishal in 2022. “An Indian delegation has already visited Rosyth dockyard in Scotland where HMS Queen Elizabeth was assembled and where a second supercarrier, HMS Prince of Wales, is now being built,” the ‘Sunday Mirror’ reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”If a deal can be agreed, the new warship would be built in India but UK companies could supply many of the parts,” it claims. The report notes that such a new Naval carrier would serve alongside India’s 45,000-ton carrier INS Vikramaditya bought from Russia in 2004 and the future 40,000-ton INS Vikrant and could give India a larger carrier fleet than Britain. “We have regular discussions with India on a range of equipment and capability issues. It would be inappropriate to comment further,” UK Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said, declining to comment on the reports. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe design for UK aircraft carriers is owned by the British and French aerospace giants BAE and Thales. “Discussion have begun with India. The design can be modified to meet Indian Navy and local industry requirements,” a BAE spokesperson said. The reported India-UK Naval deal would follow the sale of Britain’s Falklands War carrier HMS Hermes to India in 1987, which was renamed INS Viraat and decommissioned two years ago.last_img read more

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Valencia agree personal terms with Javier Hernandez

first_imgValencia have reached a personal agreement with West Ham striker Javier Hernandez according to reports from the Spanish press.It’s believed under-pressure boss Marcelino Garcia Toral had given the green light for the deal as the player himself is keen on a move to the club.The news comes following the departure of striker Michy Batshuayi, who has returned to Chelsea ahead of a loan move to Monaco.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).According to Football Espana, Mexico’s all-time top scorer is keen on regular first-team football and is looking for a move to La Liga due to lack of game time at the East London club.Hernandez spent the 2014/15 campaign on loan at Real Madrid, where he netted seven goals in seven league starts and has played in Germany and England since.In an interview with Marca in November, the striker ‘did not rule out’ a departure from the Hammers: “My only desire is to play as much as possible and earn a starting place.”last_img read more

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