Samuda gives testimony at Enquiry

first_imgRelatedSamuda gives testimony at Enquiry CONTACT: LATONYA LINTON Samuda gives testimony at Enquiry Office of the Prime MinisterMarch 2, 2011 RelatedSamuda gives testimony at Enquiry FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda, today (March 2), gave his testimony at the Commission of Enquiry into the extradition of Christopher Coke. Under cross examination from attorney-at-law, K.D. Knight, Q.C., Mr. Samuda said that the investigations he conducted were really to investigate the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) relationship with the United States (US) law firm, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. “Public pronouncements by two functionaries within the party had reached a stage of some degree of impasse and therefore it was felt, as General Secretary, I should try and interact with both and try to calm the situation, because it had appeared that it was getting a bit heated. It is in that context that I had to investigate the situation,” Mr. Samuda said. Mr. Knight also asked Mr. Samuda to disclose the names of the four persons who approached Mr. Harold Brady to engage Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.However, Mr. Samuda declined to divulge the information noting that he has “no intention of revealing those names.” The Minister also stated that when he issued the press release on the investigations he carried out,  it was an attempt to allow the public to have a better understanding of the situation. Mr. Samuda also  said  he knew Mr. Coke  and that he was a supporter of the Jamaica Labour Party. “We have never viewed him as a political operative,” Mr. Samuda said. In the meantime, the JLP said it will not object to representatives of the US based law firm, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips assisting the Commission of Enquiry into the extradition of Mr. Coke. This follows Tuesday’s (March 1) disclosure by Chairman of the Commission,  Emil George, Q. C.,  that representatives from the law firm had expressed a willingness to assist the Enquiry, but could not do as they were bound by attorney client privilege.  The Chairman also received a letter from Prime Minister Hon. Bruce Golding outlining the government’s position on the engagement of the US law firm. “The Government has not, at any time, engaged or authorised the services of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips in relation to the request by the United States Government for the extradition of Christopher Coke or any other extradition matter,” Mr. Golding said. He added that the government therefore, was not in a position to claim privilege in relation to the law firm, while noting that the Government has no objections to representatives of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips testifying before the Commission. Mr. George then stated that he will inform the US law firm’s attorneys of the development and will await the firm’s position on the matter. The Commission of Enquiry will continue on Thursday (March 3) at the Jamaica Conference Centre, with the testimony of Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Senator Dorothy Lightbourne. RelatedSamuda gives testimony at Enquiry Advertisementslast_img read more

Nigerian authorities criticise 9mobile sale process

first_img Nigeria suspends SIM card sales, registration Related MTN Nigeria payments access restored AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 NOV 2017 Home Nigerian authorities criticise 9mobile sale process MTN Nigeria mulls pricing change after bank row Previous ArticleTelecom Italia mulls appeal to interference ordersNext ArticleDeutsche Telekom inaugurates NB-IoT development lab Tags Nigeria Saleha Riaz Nigeria’s central bank and telecoms regulator expressed “serious concerns” about how Barclays Africa is handling the sale of 9mobile, TheCable reported.The authorities believe companies with strong financial standing and advanced technical capabilities were dropped from the final bidding process.In a joint letter, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) said they want the sale process to be “transparent and fair”, but stated financial adviser Barclays Africa had “repeatedly exhibited signs of opacity”.“Given the overriding public interest in the company and the need for transparency, we advised that Barclays advertise the call for ‘expression of interest’. Barclays declined, insisting instead that the company, being a private one, should not be taken through a public sale,” the pair wrote.“This lack of a transparent process has proven to be selective and arbitrary, leading to allegations that the process is being teleguided to a rigged and predetermined outcome. The CBN and the NCC will not fold their arms and allow this to materialise,” they added.Umar Danbatta, executive vice-chairman of NCC, and CBN governor Godwin Emefiele said their concerns were heightened following complaints from stakeholders, including some bidders.CBN and NCC called for all decisions taken by the financial adviser to be approved by them in writing and said a 31 December deadline for the handover of 9mobile to the preferred bidders is “sacrosanct”.The letter was sent to GTBank, the facility agent for a $1.2 billion loan Etisalat Nigeria was unable to pay to a consortium of banks, leading to parent Etisalat terminating a management agreement and the operator being rebranded as 9mobile.Ten companies reportedly moved to the financial stage of the bid process, including Globacom Nigeria Limited, Bharti Airtel, Smile Telecoms Holdings, Helios Towers and Africell. Author Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more last_img read more

Council to consult on safety works between Polestar and Dry Arch

first_img Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Donegal County Council has published proposals for safety works between the Polestar and Dry Arch Roundabouts in Letterkenny.The “N56 Four Lane Road Letterkenny Safety Improvement Scheme” includes proposals for the construction of a centre median, with turning lanes for the Bonagee Road and the Cullion Road.A walkway/boardwalk adjacent to the River Swilly, footpaths and cycle ways and other improvements works are also proposed.The consultation process gets underway on Wednesday next from 2pm – 8.00pm at the Letterkenny Public Service Centre.Local Councillor Dessie Sheils is urging people to attend……….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Twitter Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCarndonagh meeting hears calls for more gardaiNext articleMurray wants to see the 19th Hole open again as quickly as possible News Highland More details – It is important that business owners or residents along this section of road make any submissions they deemnecessary now during the public consultation process. Transport Infrastructure Ireland are now keen toprogress the plan and it is likely to go ahead in the short term. The plan will be likely be voted upon/ implementedat Full County Council level in Lifford sometime in late Summer/early Autumn 2017. WhatsApp Facebook Council to consult on safety works between Polestar and Dry Archcenter_img By News Highland – June 9, 2017 Google+ Facebook Homepage BannerNews The project will include:a)      The provision of a centre median over the schemes length with the inclusion of right turning lanes for the L11142 Bonagee Road  and the L1094-1 Cullion Roadb)      The provision of footpaths and cycle waysc)      The construction of a walkway/boardwalk for approx 100m adjacent to the River Swillyd)      The provision of signalised pedestrian crossingse)      Junction improvement works, pavement, signage and lining and other ancillary works Pinterest The Safety Improvement Scheme being developed on the N56 ‘Four Lane Road’, Letterkenny consists of approximately 1.4km of the N56 starting at the Dry Arch Roundabout and terminating at the Polestar Roundabout and is currently at public consultation under Part 8 of the Planning and Development Regulations. The public information day will help to maximise engagement and awareness locally ahead of the end of the display period after which no submissions can be made. Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

After 6-year-old boy vanishes in park, FBI tapes his parents’ voices and plays recording in area in hopes of finding him

first_imgGastonia Police Department(GASTONIA, N.C.) — A massive search effort is underway in Gastonia, North Carolina, where a 6-year-old boy with autism vanished over the weekend after going to a local park with his father.As the search continues for Maddox Ritch, who was last seen Saturday at Rankin Lake Park, authorities recorded messages from Maddox’s parents and are playing those messages in the woods of the park, in hopes that their voices will persuade him to come out if he’s there, FBI Special Agent Jason Kaplan said Monday.Former FBI agent and ABC News contributor Brad Garrett said that the idea of broadcasting the familiar voices of Maddox’s parents makes perfect sense.Children with special needs “tend to be extremely close to their parents,” Garrett told ABC News. “If you have a kid that can’t really communicate but his parents talk to him every day … I completely understand why they would do it.”Garrett said the FBI likely recorded the phrases Maddox’s parents use with him most often.But as authorities turned to the media for help this week to spread the word of Maddox’s disappearance, the boy’s family did not come forward.At a news conference Monday, authorities said Maddox’s mother and father have asked for privacy, and their names have not been released.Maddox, who is described as nonverbal, was walking near a lake at Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia at around 1:30 p.m. Saturday when his father and another adult lost sight of him, authorities said.“They were walking around the lake,” Rachel Bagley, a spokeswoman for the city of Gastonia, told Charlotte ABC affiliate WSOC. “They got around to the back side of the lake. He started running, according to the parents, and when they started running after him, they lost sight of him, and no one has seen him ever since.”When asked Monday if the father is a suspect, authorities said they are looking at all possibilities.The FBI has joined more than two dozen local and state law enforcement agencies in the search for Maddox.On Monday authorities checked dozens of dumpsters and went to businesses near the park asking for surveillance video, while police dogs re-searched areas, Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton said.The search area was expanded 2 miles outside of the park Monday and authorities are implementing nighttime and daytime drones, officials said.More than 80 leads have been generated, but the police chief is still asking for help, stressing Monday that anyone who was at the park Saturday should come forward.“We’re going to explore all possibilities, including abduction. But we’re also going to make sure we search every inch of land around here to make sure that he’s not simply lost,” Kaplan said Sunday.The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which is also assisting in the search, said Maddox may be in need of medical attention, according to a statement on its website.Police said Maddox is 4 feet tall with blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing an orange T-shirt with the words “I am the man” and black shorts.Anyone with information is asked to call the police department’s special tip line at 704-869-1075.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Studies Find ‘Easy’ Material May Not Be Easy to Learn

first_imgEDUCATION WEEK:Emerging research suggests that, contrary to what students may think, material that’s easy to understand is not always easy to learn—and working harder can help them hold on to what they’ve learned.It’s a typical school scenario: A student strolls into class on test day, telling classmates how he crammed the night before and certain he will ace the exam, only to be confounded by how little he actually remembers from hours of studying.Read the whole story: EDUCATION WEEK More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more