Basil Williams is no Anil Nandlall

first_imgDear Editor,The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, once said, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt.”Another section of the media, on September 1, quotes Attorney General (AG) and Legal Affairs Minister, the Hon Basil Williams as saying, “Nandlall will be placed before the Privileges Committee” for “lying” in the National Assembly. It is unclear whether the learned AG is oblivious to the mounting pressure to send one of his own colleagues to the Committee of Privileges for a much more serious offence, or he is under the illusion that he can use this utterance as a threat to deter and dissuade the PPP/C from pursuing their demands that Public Health Minister, the Hon Dr George Norton, be sanctioned by the National Assembly over the Bond gate fiasco.Editor, I’m not implying here that Minister Basil Williams is a fool, far from it. But he does make a fool of himself sometimes when it is clear that, as Attorney General, he appears to not always understand certain sections of the law, and is often the recipient of a classroom lecture by the former AG, Anil Nandlall during debates in Parliament and in the media.So whether he’s aware of it or not, the AG now makes it difficult for himself, the Speaker of the National Assembly and his Parliamentary colleagues to not support a PPP/C resolution to place Dr Norton before the Committee of Privileges when Parliament resumes. To do otherwise would be seen by all Guyanese at home and in the diaspora as hypocritical at best.According to Williams, the PPP/C Member of Parliament, Anil Nandlall “lied” in the National Assembly when he informed the House that “Former President, Donald Ramotar had met with the wife of Walter Rodney in the United States, and that she had requested the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into her husband’s death be held without the involvement of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) and the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR).”The PPP/C’s Motion to adopt the recommendations of the Rodney Commission of Inquiry was debated in the National Assembly on August 4, where Nandlall is alleged to have made the statement quoted above. The AG had an opportunity and the votes during the following sitting of the House on August 8, to send Nandlall to the Committee of Privileges if indeed he was convinced and had evidence to prove that Nandlall “lied”. He chose not to do so. And so, his desire to sanction Nandlall at a time when Dr Norton is called upon to account for misleading the National Assembly, must be seen as a childish ‘tit for tat’ reaction in support of his APNU colleague, and indeed a smoke screen designed to shift the daily outrage aimed at the APNU/AFC Administration vis-a-vis the pharmaceutical storage bond fiasco and other scandalous revelations.Considering the AG is so anxious of sending a PPP Parliamentarian to be sanctioned by the Parliamentary Committee of Privileges, was he not lying to the nation when he insisted in an article on August 22, that on April 8, 2016, “Government had not yet finalised a settlement with BK”, knowing fully well that according to Finance Minister, Winston Jordan, the US$5.7M settlement was hammered out since the year before?And shouldn’t Williams himself go before the Committee for deliberately lying to Parliament by insisting that the US$5.7 million given to Brian Tiwarie in relation to the Haags Bosch dumpsite was to settle a US$10 million lawsuit which Williams knew was never part of any court action?Shouldn’t the Finance Minister, the Winston Jordon be sent to the Committee of Privileges for denying rice farmers the $23B he claimed had been set aside in his 2015 National Budget presentation to pay rice farmers following disclosures that the PetroCaribe Fund was empty? Wasn’t this lying to the National Assembly?And shouldn’t Minister Raphael Trotman and Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo also face the Committee for misleading the House when they accused the former administration of mismanaging the nation’s forest reserves?And who should face the Committee of Privileges for misleading the nation on the Durban Park 50th Anniversary project when we were first told that it would not cost taxpayers a single cent, then subsequently the public was told it would cost $150 million, and when the supplementary budget was recently tabled in Parliament, we now know that it cost the Guyanese taxpayers $400 million to construct the Durban Park project.Editor, after reading the merits of his contention I am left to wonder whether the Attorney General was present in New York during the discussion that former President Donald Ramotar had with the Rodney Family.How could he have known what was what Ms Rodney said to President Ramotar, regardless of whether she may have given evidence to the CoI to the contrary.Is he prepared to bring Ms Rodney to Guyana to testify before the Parliamentary Committee? Basil Williams is our Attorney General, but Basil Williams is no Anil Nandlall. I fear if he pursues this vindictive course of action, he will only present yet another opportunity for Nandlall to embarrass him as he does almost weekly in the media.Sincerely,Harry Gill, MPlast_img read more

USC NOTEBOOK Frustrating times for prep buddies

first_img“We were on the sideline watching that one,” Tyler said. Quarterback update John David Booty enjoyed another better-than-expected day passing the ball in practice and will rest today and Friday to see how his broken finger responds. Mark Sanchez remains the likely starter unless Booty feels much better by Saturday. “What could change is John just feels great,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “There’s no question he can play. We’re staying the course we’ve been on. Mark’s had a great week.” Sanchez fumbled a snap during practice, but also took more snaps than usual because Booty is hurt. “I’m trying to get as close as I can to the receivers so that we’re ready to rip,” Sanchez said. Sanchez said he did not know if he would start. Booty said his only problem Wednesday was on long passes. “I really feel good with the intermediate throws,” he said. “Some of the longer throws can be painful, which is a given. I feel if I had to, I could go.” Booty said doctors could increase his pain medication if he plays Saturday to reduce discomfort from his broken finger. Other painful problems Tailback Stafon Johnson did not practice as much the past two days as expected and said he remains day-to-day with a sprained foot. “He’s going to have to show us he can play,” Carroll said. Defensive tackle Fili Moala is bothered by a bone bruise in his foot but will play. Chilo Rachal (sprained knee) is bothered by a sore calf but said he will play. However, Alatini Malu (Torrance High) will start at offensive guard in place of Rachal. Linebacker Brian Cushing (sprained ankle) will play and might start. Linebacker Rey Maualuga (hip pointer) said he felt much better and did not rule out playing despite the fact he did not practice. “Now I’m seeing myself playing,” Maualuga said. “I can’t run full speed yet. There’s some pain there. I’m not counting myself out of the game.” But Carroll said Maualuga appeared unlikely to play. Offensive tackle Sam Baker (hamstring) said he would try to practice today in order to be able to play in the game. “A shoulder I could play through it, but a hamstring you have to respect,” Baker said. “That’s the hard thing.” Green practices Freshman tailback Broderick Green, who missed the first six games with a stress fracture in his foot, practiced Tuesday. He is not expected to play this week. scott.wolf@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Tyler and Clausen never lost a game in three years of varsity football at Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village, but they might just be spectators Saturday. Tyler is redshirting, but will travel with the Trojans to South Bend. But he is disappointed Clausen is unlikely to play after Irish coach Charlie Weis named Evan Sharpley the starter. “It’s not special because we’re not playing,” Tyler said. “I think it’s different for me because I had to redshirt. He’s not used to losing and being sacked. That’s frustrating for him. He never lost at Oaks Christian.” Two years ago, Tyler and Clausen flew to Notre Dame and attended the USC game, taking a late-night flight after playing for Oaks Christian. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER One reason Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen lost his starting job for this week’s game against USC is because of a sore hip, according to his close friend, Trojans tailback Marc Tyler. “I wish he were starting,” Tyler said. “He said his hip bothered him.” last_img read more

Grandparents favor genetically close grandchildren

first_imgThis image shows the coding region in a segment of eukaryotic DNA. Courtesy: National Human Genome Research Institute More information: William R. Rice et al., The evolution of sex-specific grandparental harm, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published online before print April 28, 2010, doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.0409 © 2010 ( — New research suggests that grandparents naturally and subconsciously favor the grandchildren who are most closely related to them genetically. The phenomenon is called “sexually antagonistic grandparental care,” and it has been known for some time that a grandmother will naturally prefer her son’s daughters (with whom she shares 31 percent of her genes) to her son’s sons (with whom she shares only 23 percent, suggesting she will most nurture the grandchild who inherits more of her genes. Explore further Citation: Grandparents favor genetically close grandchildren (2010, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Dr Urban Friberg of the University of California, Santa Barbara and colleagues used mathematical methods to test the supposition that grandparents “differentially” care for grandchildren according to their lineage and gender. A father has an XY chromosome pair, with the X derived from his mother and the Y derived from his father. He passes copies of the X to his daughters and Y to his sons. This has evolutionary consequences, according to Friberg’s team, because of the innate drive to ensure the survival of our genes in future generations. The team developed a new paradigm they called the “no-cost-to-self nepotism” rule to generate predictions about the behaviors of grandparents.The major prediction the group found was that grandmothers (and to a lesser degree, grandfathers) will evolve grandson-harming phenotypes that effectively reduce the competition between siblings, and favor their more closely related granddaughters, especially daughters of their sons (who have definitely inherited the grandmother’s X chromosome).Women always know their children are their own, while fathers always have some uncertainty because of the possibility they were cuckolded. This means maternal grandmothers know for certain their grandchildren are recipients of copies of their genes, while paternal grandfathers are doubly uncertain about the genetic inheritance of their grandchildren. The results of the current research supports the findings of previous studies that showed a baby girl’s chances of survival are increased if a paternal grandmother cares for her, while a boy’s chances are diminished. If a maternal grandmother is involved, the boys have improved chances of survival.The results of the study are published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Family ties that bind: Maternal grandparents are more involved in the lives of their grandchildren This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

18M new look at Sydney Harbour Marriott begins to take shape

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Lunch in the presidential suite hard hat used to tour construction site mmm…tool box with chocolate tools A select group of media representatives were invited to a sneak-preview of the 18 million dollar refurbishment, which is currently under works at the Sydney Harbour Marriott. The premier waterfront hotel is undergoing its first refurbishment since 2003, with the first stage to be completed by April. The first stage of the refurbishment will include all 550 accommodation suites. Sydney Harbour Marriott owner representative, John Van der Wallen at Colonial First State, partnered with leading design and architecture firm CHADA to create the new look under architect Michael Watson. Sydney Harbour Marriott General Manager, Jennifer Brown said, “We are thrilled to offer our guests an exciting and fresh experience through our newly designed rooms that incorporate state of the art technology to suit both our business and leisure travellers alike. “We believe this new experience captures the essence of Sydney – a vibrant, contemporary Harbour-side city.” The second stage of the refurbishment will incorporate Icons Brasserie and the Macquarie Lounge, with a full facelift to all public areas scheduled for 2012. The Sydney Harbour Marriott team thanked the media supporters who went on the hardhat tour of the construction levels with a modern-Australian Thanksgiving lunch in the Presidential Suite of the 5-Star Circular Quay property.  last_img read more