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Stabroek News Sunday - - WEEK­END MAG­A­ZINE -

Gordon Mans­field ob­jected to bail be­ing granted given the se­ri­ous­ness of the threat. Inc. The com­pany’s op­er­a­tions is lo­cated on the Ber­bice River be­tween Kwak­wani and Lin­den with em­ploy­ees from those ar­eas mak­ing up the ma­jor­ity of its labour work­force. “I hope it is not go­ing to have any long-term im­pli­ca­tions for the so­cial well-be­ing of our peo­ple, em­ploy­ment lev­els and ex­port earn­ings. But more im­por­tantly, in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture, that it has no chal­lenges as re­gards em­ploy­ment and so­cial wel­fare,” Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Carl Greenidge said yes­ter­day when asked about the is­sue by Stabroek News. Ef­forts to con­tact rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the com­pany here proved fu­tile. How­ever, em­ploy­ees here told this news­pa­per that while op­er­a­tions con­tin­ued up to yes­ter­day they have been told by com­pany executives to hold all load­ing of barges and that the com­pany will make an an­nounce­ment on the 15th of this month. The halt of the load­ing would be as a re­sult of the Rusal baux­ite be­ing black­listed on ma­jor ex­changes such as the London Metal Ex­change. Nabadingi Gobin, 33, a trader of Char­lotte Street, Ge­orge­town; Re­nard Khan, 31, a fish ven­dor of Cooper Street, Al­bouys­town; Mark Prince, 39, a taxi driver, of Par­faite Har­monie, WBD; Ed­ward Skeete, 30, a trader of In­de­pen­dence Boule­vard, Al­bouys­town . Among the items re­cov­ered by the po­lice were four firearms; two 9 MM Glock pis­tols, one Beretta pis­tol and one .32 Taurus Pis­tol, one sledge­ham­mer, two pairs of la­tex gloves, trade plates and a quan­tity of live rounds. of Guyana for $598,659,398, VAT ex­clu­sive with­out hav­ing a val­u­a­tion of the prop­erty from a com­pe­tent val­u­a­tion of­fi­cer. In the third joint charge, Singh and Brass­ing­ton were jointly charged for the sale of land to Multi- Cin­ema Guyana.

Jagdeo dis­misses charges against Singh, Brass­ing­ton as friv­o­lous

While call­ing the charges laid yes­ter­day against for­mer Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ashni Singh and then head of the Na­tional In­dus­trial and Com­mer­cial In­vest­ments Limited (NICIL) Win­ston Brass­ing­ton over land sales friv­o­lous, for­mer pres­i­dent Bhar­rat Jagdeo yes­ter­day said that both acted in ac­cor­dance with de­ci­sions made by his Cabi­net. “It is a Cabi­net de­ci­sion, which has been is­sued back to the Min­istry of Fi­nance and to the Pri­vati­sa­tion Unit to ex­e­cute. So, Brass­ing­ton or Ashni Singh could not have ex­e­cuted th­ese de­ci­sions un­less the mat­ter came [and] the rec­om­men­da­tion was ap­proved by the Cabi­net,” a seem­ingly up­set Jagdeo yes­ter­day told a two-hour long press con­fer­ence he hosted. Singh and Brass­ing­ton were yes­ter­day charged in ab­sen­tia with three counts of mis­con­duct in pub­lic of­fice over the sale of three tracts of gov­ern­ment land on the East Coast of De­mer­ara, be­tween De­cem­ber, 2008 and May, 2011. In one in­stance, it is al­leged that the prop­erty was sold be­low mar­ket value, while in the other two the deals went ahead with­out proper val­u­a­tions of the land. It is al­leged that Singh and Brass­ing­ton sold a tract of land, be­ing 4.7 acres at Plan­ta­tion Lilien­daal, East Coast De­mer­ara, which was the prop­erty of Guyana, for the sum of $150 mil­lion to Scady Busi­ness Cor­po­ra­tion, while know­ing that the prop­erty was val­ued at $340 mil­lion by Ro­drigues Ar­chi­tects Limited.

Ap­peal court clears way for trial of West­ford, Cum­mings over al­leged bid to steal gov’t ve­hi­cles

The trial of for­mer Pub­lic Ser­vice Min­is­ter Dr. Jen­nifer West­ford and the min­istry’s for­mer Chief Per­son­nel Of­fi­cer Mar­garet Cum­mings, who are ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to steal state ve­hi­cles, can now con­tinue af­ter the Ap­peal Court dis­charged their re­quest to stay the pro­ceed­ings against them in the mag­is­trate’s court. On Wednesday, Jus­tices of Ap­peal Rishi Per­saud, Arif Bulkan and Rafiq Khan lifted the stay which had pre­vi­ously been granted by Jus­tice of Ap­peal Dawn Gre­gory, thereby paving the way for the trial to pro­ceed. Jus­tice Gre­gory had granted the stay to halt the trial, un­til the hear­ing and de­ter­mi­na­tion of an ap­peal the women had filed against for­mer act­ing Chief Jus­tice Yonette Cum­mingsEd­wards’ re­jec­tion of their ap­pli­ca­tion to have the High Court hear their case, in­stead of the lower court. A date is yet to be set for the hear­ing of that ap­peal. In ar­gu­ments be­fore the Court on Wednesday, Solic­i­tor Gen­eral Kim Kyte ad­vanced that Jus­tice Gre­gory had mis­di­rected her­self in law, while not­ing that she had no ju­ris­dic­tion to grant the or­der. Kyte ar­gued, also, that the ap­pli­cants’ ap­peal has no merit and no real prospect of suc­cess.

Nabadingi Gobin

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