RelatedSamuda 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 Advertisements
New details have emerged about Demi Lovato’s character Dani on the fifth season of Glee. MTV caught up with cast member Naya Rivera (Santana) who spilled some big news about her and Lovato’s on screen relationship. View Comments “She’s playing my love interest, so I’m very, very excited about that,” she said. “We get to sing a song together. It’s gonna be good. I’m excited to work with her. We’re bringing her to the dark side.” Glee Glee returns to FOX on September 26. It was reported earlier this summer that Rivera’s former TV lady love Heather Morris (Brittany S. Pierce) wouldn’t be appearing much in the upcoming season due to the actress’ real-life pregnancy. Season five will also welcome another new love story, Broadway veteran Phoebe Strole is joining the show as a love interest for Chord Overstreet’s character Sam (who coincidentally also dated Morris’ Brittany).
Audra McDonald is in Disney World, which sounds like the best thing ever. The six-time Tony winner brought her daughters Zoe and baby Sally down to the happiest place on Earth—and Sally fangirled out about Donald Duck. She stopped by The View on March 8 to discuss her “diva” role as Garderobe in Beauty and the Beast — as fans saw in the first clip of her in the film (finally!). McDonald is perfect in the role. Contrary to popular belief, however, perfection does not follow her wherever she goes. At the ceremony for her Medal of Honor, someone (who has just become Broadway.com’s Most Wanted) skipped her name on the list. Luckily, President Obama cleared up the flub. Take a look at the interview below! View Comments Audra McDonald(Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
IRELAND: The 2030 Rail Network Strategy Review of the medium-term needs and long term vision for investment in the national rail network was published on February 22. It recommends that improvements to speed and capacity on inter-city lines should be prioritised, with electrification of the two main routes considered in the longer term.National railway Iarnród Éireann commissioned the Strategic Rail Investments Needs Review from AECOM and Goodbody in the light of the government’s new National Development plan. This will set out public investment priorities for 2012-19 in the context of Ireland’s revised economic circumstances since the financial crisis. The review focuses on long-distance and regional routes, with the Greater Dublin area to be considered separately by the National Transport Authority. The final report recommends that investment should be concentrated on links between the major cities, based on a value for money approach. A three-phase strategy is proposed, with an estimated annual spend of €215m on infrastructure and €116m on rolling stock maintenance and renewals to 2030. The first phase to 2015 would focus on ‘quick wins’ generating large returns in passenger benefits and fare revenue. These include ‘modest’ infrastructure improvements to reduce journey times on the routes from Dublin to Cork and Galway, and development of a Dublin (M50) Parkway station on the line into Heuston station where passengers would change for a bus link to the airport. If additional money could be found, further journey time improvements would enhance the benefits. Phase 2 in 2015-20 would include Portalington – Athlone double tracking to increase capacity, a DART suburban link between Clongriffin and Dublin Airport, and various upgrades which rely on growth in demand to make a satisfactory return. Phase 3 in 2020-25 includes electrification of the Cork and Galway routes, which could generate ‘significant returns’ but only if aligned with rolling stock life cycles; premature replacement of existing inter-city DMUs would reduce the economic case.Predicted demand on the Dublin – Belfast cross-border route is found to be to low to justify electrification, even if aligned with fleet renewal, but this ‘should be kept under review’. The report highlights the need to ensure that maintenance and renewal is safeguarded, to avoid assets being run down over time. A strategic decision is need to retain viable freight capacity, and public funding models devised for freight services which might not be profitable but would generate wider economic benefits. A revision of the fares structure is suggested, with a clearer split between advance and walk-on tickets, and the elimination of anomalies such as return tickets being cheaper than singles. Options for the lightly used Waterford – Limerick Junction and Limerick – Ballybrophy lines ‘range from closure to more targeted services over sections of the routes.’ Of possible new lines or reopenings, only Athenry – Tuam is proposed for further consideration. IÉ Chief Executive Dick Fearn said the economic crisis should not prevent planning for the future. ‘It would be easy in today’s environment to focus solely on short-term measures needed to ensure financial viability and the protection of existing services’, he said. ‘However, public transport in general and rail development in particular must always be considered in the medium and long-term strategic context.’
Thibaut Courtois is currently with Belgium, preparing for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The goalkeeper’s future at Chelsea still remains uncertain as he has one year left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge. Belgium publication Het Laatste Nieuws explain the Blues wanted to tie the former Atletico Madrid star to a new deal. The FA Cup winners were ready to offer Courtois a weekly salary of €220,000-a-week, which it’s stated would have made him the highest paid goalkeeper in the world.However, Courtois rejected the offer from the west London club in January. Instead, the Chelsea stopper wants to keep his options open and has set his sights on returning to La Liga this summer. Courtios’ two children are in Madrid and that is why he wants to move back there.Real Madrid were believed to be interested in signing Courtois, but he is not the only goalkeeping target for the Champions League winners. They have also identified AS Roma’s Alisson Becker as a target in the same position.The Belgium international even had a meeting with Paris Saint-Germain in London, something which has been repeated claimed by the French media. However, PSG have decided to sign Gianluigi Buffon on a free transfer, which has ended Courtois’ chances of moving to France.Liverpool were rumoured to be interested in the player, but HLN dismiss that. Chelsea have not yet given the “green light” to allow him to leave the club this summer and will only consider it there’s no renewal, and a club puts forward a ‘tempting proposal’.Otherwise, they’ll keep Courtois to his contract despite the risk of losing him on a free transfer.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending Today美術寶1對1再多名畫都比不上孩子的塗鴉；現在報名，見證小藝術家的誕生美術寶1對1UndoForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoNutrition Explained7 Natural Pain Relief Remedies for Chronic PainNutrition ExplainedUndoL&C MagazineFeeling stuck? 15 Tips&Tricks to Improve YourselfL&C MagazineUndoVPN MentorHow To Watch NBC if You Are Outside The USVPN MentorUndoLifeStly.comThe greatest guitarists of all time, rankedLifeStly.comUndolivesmag.comTop 9 richest actors in the worldlivesmag.comUndo