Ramotar lashes back at Brian Tiwarie

first_imgDear Editor,Brian Tiwarie has reacted, strongly, to a letter I had sent to the press, in which I stated that the APNU/AFC regime handed over eight containers of steel that were imported by Surrendra Company for the Construction of the Specialty Hospital, to BK International Group, days after the 2015 General Elections. I indicated that the PPP/C Government had paid all required charges to GRA and to the Wharf, took the containers off the Wharf and the Ministry of Health took possession of these containers.In the meantime, the PPP/C Government had moved to the Courts to sue Surrendra to recover monies paid to them after the Government terminated the contract. The intention was to execute the judgment obtained against Surrendra by levying on the containers to recover the judgment.Mr Tiwarie claimed that we did not know what were in the containers, or their value. That also is not true. At the request of the Office of the President, the GRA did a 100 per cent inspection of the containers. As a result, we were assured that the value was sufficient to satisfy the judgment.These containers were removed at the instance of Mr Tiwarie. Therefore, I maintain that millions of dollars’ worth in steel were virtually handed to him by his new-found political friends.After I released the letter Mr Tiwari sent to me dated March 23 2015, in which he assured me that he was a “born PPP” and still is, obliviously embarrassed, Mr Tiwari seemed to have gone on a frenzy, throwing caution to the wind and unleashed a wild set of charges against me.He claimed that he sent that letter to me because I threatened to stop his company from using GuySuCc’s hangar. This is absolutely untrue.GuySuCo granted his company permission to use that facility, not me nor the Government. It was not my policy or that of my Government to interfere with entities governed by a board of directors. He alluded to an incident where certain APNU officials travelled on a flight which the Government of Guyana had chartered. Of Course I objected. I had every right to do so. In any event, this incident is absolutely unconnected to his letter 23rd March 2015. This incident occurred long after.Mr Tiwari also claimed that the PPP/C had allowed Surrendra’s representative to leave Guyana. That is another lie. The truth is that after his case was completed with Surrendra, the court discharged the injunction which prevented the representative from leaving Guyana. There is a Court Order to this effect. As a result, the representative was free to leave the Country. This had nothing to do with the Government.The fact is that the PPP/C ended this contract with Surrendra after their breach and took legal and administrative measures to recover tax payers’ money.Mr Tiwari’s actions prevented the Government from recovering these monies.In clear Mafiosi style, Mr Tiwari made a lot of allegations against my brother. Let me state from the outset that I am not my brother’s keeper. However, I feel compelled to respond because, Mr Tiwari attempts to implicate me in a number of wrongdoings. As a result, I took the time to speak to my brother to ascertain these claims of Mr Tiwari.He informed me as follows:1. My brother never purchased any land from GuySuCo. No one owns any such land on his behalf.2. My brother offered to purchase lands from GuySuCo. He never received a response. I challenge Mr Tiwari to produce evidence to the contrary.3. My brother never purchased any pontoons or tugs from NICIL.4. My brother owns a tug, which he has owned long before I became President.5. As regards the barge, this barge was owned by MARAD. Mr Tiwari used this barge for years and when it became unworkable he abandoned it at Parika and left to sink.6. My brother was awarded a contract to fetch materials for the Government. He was permitted to repair and use this same barge. This he did for years. Eventually, MARAD offered to sell him the barge. They produced a certificate of valuation. My brother purchased at a price above that valuation.7. A few months ago, Mr Tiwari caused SARU to investigate this matter. I believe Mr Tiwari wants back this barge because it is now in good condition. SARU investigated this matter and examined my brother’s documents. My brother has heard nothing since.8. Mr Tiwari also charged that my brother received a container of parts from a Chinese businessman. Another lie. I was told that it is Mr Brain Tiwari who introduced my brother to the Chinese businessman. He told me that he had ordered from this businessman a part for the steering of his tug. The gentleman obliged and brought it in. It was housed in a box not more than five feet long and three feet wide. That is a far cry from a forty feet container. He also informed me that in Mr Tiwari’s presence, he enquired from the gentleman, the cost, however, this gentleman refuse to accept any payment.Mr Tiwari conveys the impression that I have some personal vendetta against him and his company. This is another fabrication. I have known Mr Tiwari for many years before I became president. Why then would I suddenly develop a vendetta for him?The truth is that when I assumed office, it was reported to me that Mr Tiwari’s company has a long history of not meeting contractual deadlines and submitting huge variations to contracts already signed, sometimes more than the original contract value. I was unprepared to tolerate such abuse. Also, there was a long line of contractual breaches by Mr Tiwari’s company which he was failing to deliver on. These include:1. His company was contracted to rent the GRDB Wharf, and to develop it with an option to purchase in the end for 0 million. The rent was million per year. No rent was paid for four years. No development works were done. As a result, legal proceedings were file by NICIL. The matter is still pending in the Court.2. His company also miserably failed in respect to a contract to build a wharf for GPL at Vreed-en-Hoop. GPL faced tremendous cost overruns and delays as a result. GPL was forced to move fuel by road instead. This cost the company millions of dollars in additional expenses.3. Bk International fabricated a claim that GPL destroyed 0 million of heavy-duty equipment which he claimed were on a piece of land at Vreed-en-Hoop, which he owned. In response GPL contended that the land was abandoned, over grown with bushes and had some pieces of old iron on it, which they dumped in the bushes nearby. In fact GPL claimed they spent million to clear the land and pieces of old iron are still in the bushes. BK International demanded 0 million in compensation and when this demand was refused they sued. The matter is still in Court.4. BK’s management of the Haags Bosch project was a complete disaster. They ousted Puran’s Bros from the project and took over management of the site. It was so bad that the IDB refused to fund the project if BKs continued to be the contractor. Our Government terminated the contract. BK went to court. Even this Government could not help him. They eventually ejected him from the site.5. The East Bank Road Project is another casualty. I do not believe the contract is completed as yet.6. Three contracts to drill wells for GWI were awarded to him years ago. To date none has been completed.I can go on but I think I have said enough.I hope that I have made it clear that I have no personal axe to grind with Mr Tiwari. Mr Tiwari has a problem with me. It all started when I begun to demand that contractors fulfil their contractual obligation.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

Saluting…

first_img…el CommandanteIt’s a supreme irony that Fidel Castro, the man who for over fifty years rejected bourgeois values, died on US “Black Friday” – a day epitomising the capitalist drive to squeeze the last penny from the workers through fetishizing bourgeois consumerism. But then the irony was probably lost when American designers from the sixties onwards made Castro’s “anti-bourgeois” military fatigues into a chic fashion statement. Banana Republic, anyone?Castro was one of the last real “revolutionaries”. Not just a revolutionary to overthrow a repressive government – even though that’s nothing to scoff at. Not just a revolutionary to bring poor Cubans of African descent into the cities and install them into the posh homes of the departed ruling strata who’d departed to Florida…and helped to break the racial segregation that’d prevailed up to then.Not just a revolutionary who insisted education must be available all the way to university and medical schools – absolutely free. And ditto on free medical care to one and all. Not just a revolutionary to remove the exclusivism and elitism from medical schools to train and export doctors to all Latin America and Africa. Not just a revolutionary who insisted all jobs are of equal dignity and workers must be paid so as not to create class differences.No. Castro was a revolutionary who believed that there could be a total transformation of the human psyche so that folks would be able to accept the egalitarianism he insisted was necessary for a just society. From each according to his ability; to each according to his needs. And we know in this he failed – because so many Cubans are just raring to enjoy the spoils of the consumer society and the inequalities that go with it – even though by all the measures mentioned above, Cuba’s done better than any other society in the Caribbean.But Castro really “failed” because of two factors. First there was the economic embargo imposed since 1960 and is still in place. Who can predict where Cuba would’ve been today if it could import spare parts for its industrial base during those fifty+ years? Then there’s the TV programmes from the US that’s beamed into Cuba which flaunts the “good life” in that society. Who supports Castro to mention the US and the “developed world” are able to enjoy that sybaritic lifestyle because of their historic exploitation of the Third World?Most commentators predict that with the passing of Fidel and then of his brother Raul, the new generation of Cuban leaders will go the way of China and graft a capitalist economy onto a socialist society.But Castro must be saluted for fighting the good fight.…a principled stanceYou gotta hand it to Juan Edgehill for sticking to his guns in the obvious attempt to bully him into submission in Parliament. Here it is… over a year ago he calculated the Guyanese tax payers would be set back a Billion dollars over the government’s 5-year term to deal with the 50% salary increase the Cabinet awarded itself.And for the third time he refused to bow and scrape when he was convinced he was right. Now in the latest meeting of the Parliamentary Privileges Committee – which is being used like the Spanish Inquisition on him, Edgehill produced the figures to back-up his assertion. And the Committee, headed by Speaker Bartland Scotland, were struck dumb! They now say they have to “consider” Edgehill’s submission.But one has to ask why the persecution of Edgehill? Was he correct when he asserted that African-Guyanese who join the PPP get singled out more for “condign” treatment?The PNC-led coalition Government couldn’t possibly be that racist, could they?…the printer’s devil?The Chronic reported that Prezzie called for a return of the glory days when Linden produced Aluminium. Surely Prezzie didn’t say that, did he? Linden produced ALUMINA and not aluminum.Must be that pesky printer’s devil again!!last_img read more

Study: Getting jokes may suffer as you age

first_imgST. LOUIS – It’s no laughing matter: A new study suggests older adults have a harder time getting jokes as they age. The research indicates that because older adults may have greater difficulty with cognitive flexibility, abstract reasoning and short-term memory, they also have greater difficulty with tests of humor comprehension. Researchers at Washington University tested about 40 healthy adults over age 65 and 40 undergraduate students with exercises in which they had to complete jokes and stories. Participants also had to choose the correct punch line for verbal jokes and select the funny ending to series of cartoon panels. Findings were published earlier this month in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. The research conducted by graduate student Wingyun Mak and psychology professor Brian Carpenter showed that the younger adults did 6 percent better on the verbal jokes and 14 percent better on the comic portion than did older participants, Mak said. Researchers used a verbal joke test developed in 1983 and used in other humor studies. Mak added a new element, though, by showing participants cartoons from the Ferd’nand comic strip, and asking them to choose between four panels to locate the funny ending. Three of the choices for each cartoon were the wrong ones, created by an artist for the study. “This wasn’t a study about what people find funny. It was a study about whether they get what’s supposed to be funny,” Carpenter said. “There are basic cognitive mechanisms to understanding what’s going on in a joke. Older adults, because they may have deficits in some of those cognitive areas, may have a harder time understanding what a joke is about.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Nasri reveals MLS move on cards after Man City exit

first_imgManchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has revealed he would be open to ending his career in the MLS.Several of the Premier League’s stars have made the move to America in recent years, including the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.Nasri insists he has no plans to quit Manchester City, who he joined from Arsenal for £25m in the summer of 2011, in the immediate future.But the 28-year-old has admitted he would like to experience the MLS after his time at the Etihad.“I do not see myself returning to Ligue 1,” Nasri told Canal+. “I love the Premier League. I like my life in England.“I see myself going to play in the MLS, to discover something other than France.” Samir Nasri 1last_img read more

‘Any other boss but Benitez, Newcastle fans would be calling for a sacking’

first_img[View the story “Newcastle fans blast Rafa Benitez after another defeat” on Storify] 1 Rafael Benitez is a popular figure on Tyneside.He has been widely praised for the work he has done at Newcastle, despite little backing from owner Mike Ashley, and most fans seem eager for him to stay on as manager if a much-mooted takeover goes ahead.But questions are starting to be asked about the Spaniard and his tactics after a woeful run of form.The Magpies have lost four Premier League matches in a row and the manner of their latest loss – a 3-0 reverse at home to Watford – has led some to question whether Benitez is getting too much of an easy ride at St James’ Park.Check out a selection of comments from disgruntled Newcastle fans about their boss on Twitter…center_img Rafa Benitez is coming under-fire from Newcastle fans last_img read more

Leeds vs Derby live on talkSPORT: Stream and confirmed line-ups for play-off clash

first_img REPLY LATEST CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS GREAT NEWS Derby now have it all to do with no side ever reaching the Championship play-off final having lost at home in the first leg.Tonight’s key game, as well as every EFL play-off tie, will be live on talkSPORT and here’s how you can tune in. Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues 2 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ROUND-UP Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place EFL result Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer Leeds will take a slim advantage into their Championship play-off semi-final second-leg tie with Derby tonight.Kemar Roofe netted the only goal in the first tie in a controversial clash at Pride Park.center_img Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off goalless Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship stalemate getty Leeds vs Derby: How to listenFull commentary from Villa Park will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage getting underway at 7pm.Natalie Sawyer will bring you all the build-up with Nigel Adderley and Simon Grayson on commentary duty.To tune into our coverage just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.Leeds vs Derby: Kick-off timeThe Championship play-off semi-final second-leg will get underway at 7:45pm on Wednesday, May 15.Leeds won both their league meetings this season, claiming a 4-1 victory at Pride Park before make it a double with a 2-0 success at Elland Road. Leeds hold a narrow 1-0 advantage over Derby 2 Frank Lampard’s Derby have a mountain to climb in the second leg against Leeds Leeds vs Derby: Line-upsLeeds: Casilla, Ayling, Cooper, Berardi, Dallas, Hernandez, Shackleton, Phillips, Klich, Harrison, BamfordSubs: Peacock-Farrell, Jansson, Brown, Clarke, Struijk, Gotts, BoguszDerby: Roos,Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Malone, Mount, Johnson, Wilson, Holmes, Lawrence, BennettSubs: Carson, Jozefzoon, Marriott, Evans, Cole, Huddlestone, Knightlast_img read more

Parlour reveals extreme way Arsenal legends taught Emmanuel Petit to be polite

first_img on target LIVE on talkSPORT “He just didn’t realise, he thought it was just a job. When he played in France as players you were just there.“But it was different at Arsenal; we said no, we’re all together. It’s like a family and we’ve got to stick together. We go through highs and lows together and that’s what makes a winning team.”Watch Ray Parlour tell his hilarious story live on talkSPORT, above Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman What was his offence, we hear you ask? He kept blanking his fellow players when they greeted him in the morning!This didn’t go down well with the rest of the Arsenal ‘family’, so Ray found some scissors and they pinned the Frenchman up against a wall to teach him a lesson…Unsurprisingly, Petit caught on quickly. latest BIG PRESENTS UP TOP deals What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas “So, one morning we nailed him against the wall and told him: ‘Make sure you say good morning to everybody because, if you don’t, we’ll cut your ponytail off!’“We even had scissors.“After that, he was good as gold!“He got the hang of it straight away. He was saying ‘good morning’, ‘good afternoon’ and ‘good evening’. Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Petit spent three years with the Gunners from 1997-2000 statement Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship stalemate Ray explained on Wednesday’s Sports Breakfast: “When the French lads came over, we had Gilles Grimandi, Remi Garde and Emmanuel Petit and the atmosphere was a little different.“Us British guys had a little bit more fun.“Dennis Bergkamp was another one, they were a little more bit serious and we tried to get a bit of fun out of them.“They did change quickly and they did really enjoy the banter, but every now again, for example, Manu Petit sometimes would walk straight past you.“You’d say, ‘morning Manu’, and he’d walk straight past you. He did it to all the players. He did it to Tony Adams, he did it to David Seaman and that’s not acceptable.“Whatever problems you have, you say good morning to somebody don’t you. It’s very rude if you just walk past someone. It’s just having that respect for other people targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Germany vs Netherlands (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2MK Dons vs AFC Wimbledon (Saturday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Coventry City vs Blackpool (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2England vs Bulgaria (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORT When Ray Parlour says ‘good morning’, you better say it back…Listen to Parlour’s hilarious story of how his Arsenal team-mates gave Emmanuel Petit a lesson in English politeness when he first arrived at the club from France.Speaking on talkSPORT, the Romford Pele revealed they threatened to cut off Petit’s famous ponytail because he was so rude. GETTY 2 rookie error getty 2 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Petit quickly became a part of the Arsenal family… after an extreme lesson from Ray Parlour and his team-mates LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINESlast_img read more

Transfer Talk: Norwich want McLean, Leeds after Windass

first_imgThe west of Scotland may have ground to a halt due to snow but the January transfer speculation still carries on as normal.Norwich City have lost Russell Martin to Rangers and are on the verge of losing Steven Naismith to Hearts but they hope to add Aberdeen’s Kenny McLean to make up for it.Leeds are said to be interested in Josh Windass despite Graeme Murty saying he has opened contract talks with him and Danny Wilson.Meanwhile, Christian Dailly’s son has left Dundee United, St Mirren have completed Mark Hill’s move from Celtic and St Johnstone want Danny Swanson back for his third spell.last_img read more

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Finalized Their Divorce: Who Gets What?

first_imgHopefully, this puts a stop to all the chaos:  A judge granted JOHNNY DEPP and AMBER HEARD their divorce on Friday.  Even though Amber tried to get more than the $7 million they agreed to last year, the judge decided that was enough.But Amber also gets Pistol and Boo, the dogs that almost got them into trouble in Australia, plus a horse named Arrow and a Ford Mustang.Johnny gets to keep most of what was already his . . . including properties in L.A., Kentucky, Colorado, the Bahamas, and France.  He also holds onto 42 vehicles.And he doesn’t even have to pay that $7 million all at once.  He’s paying it in chunks stretching from now until February of 2018.Meanwhile, Johnny is suing his former business managers for $25 million, saying they mismanaged his cash.last_img read more

Pastels for Fall? It’s a Yes for These Cozy Items

first_imgShare This!A new line of pretty pastel girls’ clothing is now available in the WDW parks and resorts. These are springtime colors, but the long sleeves and cozy fabrics make them warm enough for fall. The collection includes tops, leggings, accessories, and our absolute favorite item – a fuzzy spirit jersey. The jersey is super soft and evokes a Muppety vibe that we can’t resist. Hey Disney merch folks, can you make that item in size grown-up, please? Are you a pastels fan? Let us know what you think of these items in the comments.last_img read more