Ministers differ on leave for former SWAT boss

first_imgAlcohol smuggling – but Ramjattan backs downWhile he is not in agreement with Citizenship Minister Winston Felix’s decision to have former SWAT Commander Motie Dookie sent on leave; Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan is refusing to touch on the issue.Former SWAT Commander Motie DookieThis position was taken by Ramjattan during an Alliance For Change press conference on Friday. He noted that at present, he is trying to appraise himself on the matter. However, he observed that to all intents and purposes, Felix’s decision, taken a few days ago, while acting as Public Security Minister, was a legitimate one.“I didn’t touch it,” Ramjattan said, on disciplining Dookie, “I said wait until the Police Service Commission (comes into effect). But in my absence, he (Felix), touched it. And he was performing the functions of Public Security Minister. Just like when Ramnarine was performing the functions of Commissioner, he promoted a couple people.”“And the Seelall (Persaud) came and… no, I had to restore it. Because when you’re performing you can do it. And it is valid and legitimate and legal. But I’ll be taking a look at (it). And I’m trying to advise myself on it. Because a number of people have called me, well the man going to get free salary and isn’t doing anything.”Leadership of the forceHe noted that when one is sent on special leave in the interest of the public, they receive their full pay. This is versus them being transferred to another section. Ramjattan admitted that he would have preferred the former SWAT commander to remain working on the job.Ramjattan made it pellucid, however, that he was not going to amplify a disagreement with a fellow Cabinet colleague. He also noted the need for the Force to retain senior officers, as the leadership is a limited one.“It’s a matter of opinion and an opinion was given and a decision made. And I am not going to go and do all kinds of disagreements with my fellow colleague Cabinet member. And I am not going to also go and attack other senior members who have also done somethings.”“Because we need senior members in the Police Force to manage it, notwithstanding their indiscretions,” Ramjattan said. “A number of people, the Commissioner has said, have been removed through retirement. So upon are left with a leadership that has risen to the (rank) of Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent, that is very limited.”Ramjattan noted that while the argument can be made about the inconsistencies regarding the removal of delinquent senior officers; Ramjattan stated that he is “not going to remove the other seven or eight of them.”Earlier this year, Dookie was removed from his post as SWAT Unit Commander, pending the outcome of an investigation into alcohol smuggling. At that time, the former SWAT Head had only been at his appointed post for three months following the dismissal of his predecessor, Deputy Superintendent Lonsdale Withrite. According to information at the time, on December 31, 2017, Dookie was taken into Police custody at the Whim Police Station and placed under close arrest after 30 cases of illegal whiskey was discovered in a vehicle in which he was travelling.The discovery was made when officers stopped the minibus on the Whim Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice, to conduct a routine search.Dookie reportedly told the Police that there were only 10 cases of whiskey but a search later unveiled that there were actually 30 cases.It is understood that on Tuesday last, a directive was made by a Government Minister to have Dookie sent on “special leave” with pay. That Minister was later revealed to be Felix, at the time acting in lieu of Ramjattan, who was overseas.Less than two weeks ago, although the investigation was ongoing into the smuggling allegation, Dookie was posted to A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) as one of the five Sub Divisional Officers.last_img read more

Man Utd blow another lead to lose ground ahead of Mourinho’s return

first_imgBut a week after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men surrendered a late lead to draw 3-3 with Sheffield United, they did not learn their lesson as Tyrone Mings secured a deserved point for Villa.The loss of those four points has cost United the chance to climb up to fifth in the table.Instead they lie down in ninth and trail two points behind a revitalised Tottenham, who visit Old Trafford on Wednesday with new boss Jose Mourinho eying revenge against the club that sacked him 11 months ago.“I wouldn’t be sat here talking about us sitting fifth if we had got that goal extra,” said Solskjaer.“The league table at this point is not the biggest concern, it’s so tight. I just need to make sure we get performances and get three or four performances and results after each other.“What I can say is so far we have had the lead in so many games and haven’t been able to win those games. Six or seven times we have been up and we should be better at seeing these games into wins.”First, United themselves had to come from behind after a superb 11th-minute opener from Grealish, who has scored three league goals and made four assists this season.Anwar El Ghazi burst down the right wing before crossing through the United area for Grealish to gather the ball on the left-hand side and take advantage of Andreas Pereira’s decision to back off by curling a precise shot into the top corner of David de Gea’s goal.“It was a super goal but that’s what I’ve come to expect from him,” said Villa manager Dean Smith. “I thought the first 30 minutes he was running the game.“But then he missed a chance he would have scored 99 times out of 100 and they go up the other end and score.”That miss, just after the hour, saw Grealish slide in six yards out and shoot wide from a Trezeguet cross, although, by that stage, United had drawn level just before half-time.Fred and Juan Mata moved a short corner onto Pereira, whose hanging cross towards the far post was headed off the post by Rashford and the ball ricocheted in via Heaton.It was from another corner that United took the lead. Fred swung over a cross which took an unkind deflection off the head of Douglas Luiz, moving the ball onto the far post where Lindelof sent a powerful header flying past Heaton.If Villa’s confidence was dented, they did not show it and took just two minutes to equalise when Matt Targett played an accurate cross onto the six-yard line where Mings was able to volley past the helpless De Gea.United appealed for offside but VAR showed that Brandon Williams had clearly played the England defender on.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Anthony Martial holds his head as Manchester United drew 2-2 with Aston Villa © AFP / Oli SCARFFManchester, United Kingdom, Dec 1 – Manchester United threw away a second-half lead to remain eight points outside the Premier League’s top four with a 2-2 draw at home to Aston Villa on Sunday.Jack Grealish put Villa in front with a superb solo effort, but United levelled before the break when Marcus Rashford’s header hit the post and came off Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton into his own net before Victor Lindelof then headed the hosts in front.last_img read more

The Governor General Hosts the Prime Minister and Members of His Cabinet

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 12, 2017 – Nassau – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling hosted the Prime Minister and members of his Cabinet to the Annual Cabinet Ministers Christmas Luncheon at Government House on Monday, December 11, 2017.Pictured in the Drawing Room seated with Dame Marguerite are Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis (centre left) and Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs the Hon. Carl Bethel (centre right).  Also pictured from left are: Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames, Minister of Works the Hon. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. Renward Wells, and Minister of the Public Service and National Insurance the Hon. Brensil Rolle.  Standing from left: Minister of State in the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs, the Hon. Elsworth Johnson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Kwasi Thompson, and Minister of the Environment and Housing the Hon. Romauld Ferreira.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)Photo caption:Insert: The Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling gives welcome greetings to the Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis (second left), and members of his Cabinet at the Annual Christmas Luncheon at Government House, December 11, 2017.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Mesut Ozil delighted with Arsenal fans

first_imgArsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has revealed his delight with the club’s supporters for their support.The former Schalke trainee is pleased with the way the Gunners fans have taken him to their heart, and explained how much it means to him to hear the song the fans have dedicated to him.The World Cup winner joined the Gunners in the summer of 2013 and helped put an end to a barren spell of almost a decade without winning a major trophy, as he helped the club lift the English Football Association Cup (FA Cup) in 2014.“In the game you don’t really realise so much because you’re concentrating and want to give everything on the pitch,” Ozil said, according to the club’s official website. Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“But I had friends and some of the family sending me videos on the underground before the game against Stoke where they were singing this song.”“It was crazy to hear and I was really, really happy because it was the first time the fans had a song for me. Thank you for that and I really appreciate it.”“It’s crazy. I can just say: thank you guys and thank you for supporting. It’s been a lot for me, of course.”last_img read more

Obama Defers Judgement on Key Military Compensation Reforms

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR President Obama is withholding judgement on the most controversial recommendations of an independent panel to update military pay and benefits, he told Congress Thursday.One of the most significant reforms urged by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission would transform the existing pension plan that only pays benefit to personnel serving at least 20 years to a hybrid system that would allow troops serving at least two years to invest in a 401(k)-type plan. Interestingly, the House Armed Services Committee early Thursday morning approved language adopting the commission’s recommendation as part of its fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.The president also put off endorsing a recommendation to shift military families from the Tricare health system to commercial plans and giving them allowances for healthcare.  Other recommendations the White House deferred judgement on called for merging the military commissary and exchange systems, consolidating the duty statuses of reservists and reforming support for dependents with special needs, reported the Hill. Obama did endorse 10 of the commission’s less controversial recommendations.“As President Obama informed Congress earlier today, we are now prepared to support specific proposals for 10 of the commission’s 15 recommendations, and, given the complexities of four others, we will continue to conduct analysis and work with the commission over the next few months,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a written statement.“In some instances, the Defense Department is already taking steps to implement these first 10 recommendations, but in areas that will require legislative changes to do so, we will work quickly to submit proposed legislative language to Congress as soon as possible,” Carter stated.last_img read more