Deputy Solicitor General decries abuse from AG

first_img…Kissoon attempting to cloud facts – WilliamsDeputy Solicitor General Prithima Kissoon has accused the Attorney General Basil Williams, SC, of setting up stumbling blocks in place aimed at restraining her from executing her functions and of going to extremes to frustrate her from demitting office.Attorney General Basil WilliamsDeputy Solicitor General Prithima KissoonKissoon filed a complaint against the Attorney General to the Public Service Commission (PSC) after his most recent action of banning her from presiding over all court matters involving the AG Chambers.Detailing her abuse from the beginning, Kissoon said Williams would not approve, correct or alter any draft pleadings presented to him prior to court hearings despite those documents being sent to him via email or being given to his Confidential Secretary, Demi Hipplewith, Andrea Marks and other assistants he has retained over the past year.“Even though reminded regularly this is not done or is done so belatedly and at the ninth hour that I have been embarrassed before the courts or had to resort to my legal acumen to ensure that the State is properly represented. On occasions when legal matters do arise in court, in which I appear in the majority of cases, although the Attorney General, in writing, undertakes to the court to appear and conduct the matters he does not do so or his appearance is merely cursory,” she outlined.Kissoon highlighted that on numerous occasions the Attorney General requested adjournments for matters and despite the honourable courts adjourning matters to accommodate the AG, he has continued not to give instructions or examine documents she prepared before they were filed or presented to the Court.She further claimed that the AG instructed his assistants to refuse to accept any documents or correspondence delivered by her and as a result, she would have to resort to “registering or express mailing him correspondence and “at all times, emailing him and carbon copying relevant recipients”.The Deputy Solicitor General observed that the concatenation of the aforesaid events were then revealed in the State newspaper where the AG accused her and the acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl Singh of conspiracy in the race baiting case against former President Bharrat Jagdeo.In fact, Kissoon disclosed that the AG was reluctant to file an Affidavit in Answer as required in the matter.“This was not done even though I diligently prepared a draft Affidavit and presented same to him; he did not see it fit to peruse or discuss or give me instructions on same.  I have records to show my notification and reminders to him,” she stated.She outlined that while this step, that is to have the Affidavit in Answer filed, was not taken to satisfy the procedure of the court, the court continued to fix a date for the hearing of the matter.“Adjourned dates are continued to be given in which I have to appear and I am duty-bound to the court who enquire about my course of action.  In the Attorney General v Bharrat Jagdeo, I sought to make oral submissions which were put in writing and sent to the court as well as copied to the AG. I was sick between the 5th January 2017 to the 21st January 2017, for which I submitted medical reports and case lists on his request for all matters that would be heard in my absence; all the cases are matters concerning the Attorney General of which the Chambers of the Attorney General has custody,” she stated.Kissoon highlighted that the AG appeared in court whilst she was on sick leave and applied to the court for leave to file further submissions, which he did not do.“On the date of the ruling, he did not appear in court but sent Miss Stuart, my subordinate, for the first time to take the decision which was duly made by the court dismissing the appeal as the wrong party was the Appellant and not Miss Artiga.  Here I must emphasise that the appeal in this matter was prepared and approved by the Solicitor General, now resigned.   I sought to remedy the mistake,” she stated.Kissoon was adamant that this matter caused the AG to abuse her, to “vilify and libel me in the press”.The Deputy Solicitor General further highlighted that she resumed duties on January 23, 2017, with the intention of reporting directly to the AG.However, she said she discovered that he was at a meeting and, therefore, went to her office and cleared it of accumulated documents.Kissoon added that a memo was directed her to cease conduct of all court matters involving the AG Chambers until further notice.“On the 24th Jan, 2017, in pursuance of AG further humiliating me and seeking to find a reason lawful or unlawful to oust me from my post, he sent members of his admin staff to record from my office all the cases that are contained therein, whatsoever – that means I don’t know – for I deal only in court cases, for which all pleadings and documents are a matter of public record, having been filed. This course of action employed by him during the last year has been recorded in various memos sent to me by him, with replies,” Kissoon outlined.In desperately seeking intervention, the Deputy Solicitor General told the PSC: “I always hold the belief that the Public Service is a neutral entity that employs Guyanese regardless of their heritage or ethnicity so long as such persons are qualified in the opinion of the PSC.   To the best of my knowledge and belief I have fractured none of the Public Service Rules since I joined the service in 2007.”She posited that in the prevailing circumstances, the AG has ensured that “I am prohibited and restrained from performing my functions”.“Commissioners, I respectfully wish to inform you that the course of conduct administered unlawfully by the AG personally upon me is reprehensible, unbearable and malicious, initiated and executed by the AG, Basil Williams, SC, so that I leave the office which I consider through the opinion of my lawyers as CONSTRUCTIVE DISMISSAL,” she stated.The Deputy Solicitor General also applied to proceed on her deferred leave from since 2016 which was denied by the AG, while she awaits directions from the PSC. She is also requesting permission to leave the country.The complaint was copied to the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.Clouding the factsMeanwhile, the Attorney General late Sunday evening responded, stating that Government could no longer sustain Kissoon’s unrelenting undermining of its cases. He said having been employed by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) regime and paid over one million dollars and other benefits per month, Kissoon has been openly supportive of Nandlall and the PPP/C even when seated on Government’s bench.He further stated that in every case involving now Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and the PPP/C’s surrogates, where the former Attorney General is the opposing counsel, in which Kissoon appears for the AG Chambers, glaring errors have been made.He said in cases where President David Granger, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and the Attorney General were sued, Kissoon deliberately disobeyed the instructions of the Attorney General and Solicitor General with regard to challenging the applications on lack of jurisdiction, thereby causing the matters to be protracted, effectively aiding Nandlall in saving face.“Last week, prior to my departure from Guyana for a Council of Legal Education meeting in Jamaica, I instructed the Permanent Secretary of the Attorney General Chambers/Ministry of Legal Affairs to inform the Public Service Commission of the Chambers’ intention to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Ms Kissoon, and further, to enquire of the PSC’s procedures pertaining to same,” Williams saidAccording to Williams, the Deputy Solicitor General is attempting to cloud the facts of a situation, where there are numerous memoranda issued to her for numerous infractions.last_img read more

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Costly payout for LAFD

first_imgAsked whether the city had attempted to settle, he said, “We engaged in settlement discussions prior to trial, but the parties were too far apart.” The award is less than the $2.7 million payout recommended by the City Attorney’s Office for former Firefighter Tennie Pierce, an African-American who filed a discrimination suit after dog food was slipped into his dinner in what colleagues said was a prank. The City Council approved the settlement, which sparked public outrage and focused attention on horseplay and practical jokes in the 3,500-member department. The settlement was later vetoed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and the case now could head to trial. Kitson’s co-counsel, Genie Harrison, represents Pierce and several other Los Angeles firefighters with discrimination cases against the city. The steady drumbeat of scandals, preceded by a scathing audit from City Controller Laura Chick that found inconsistent discipline, discrimination and a desire by some to downplay offenses, prompted LAFD Chief William Bamattre to retire Jan. 1. Interim Chief Douglas Barry has vowed to clean house. “This verdict underscores what my audit of the Fire Department found last year,” Chick said in a statement. “It is my hope that with new leadership in the city and the department, we are truly moving forward to end the culture of discrimination, harassment and hazing.” Among the allegations, Bressler said he was treated “like a rookie” and berated and yelled at, according to a court filing. He also alleged Battalion Chief Roderick Garcia threatened him in 2004 with “one year of misery” if he pursued his harassment complaints. When higher-ups began asking about rumors of problems at the station, Garcia told them the captains there – the very people being accused – would conduct their own investigation, according to court documents. LAFD spokesman Antoine McKnight declined to comment on the jury award, but said, “Our focus is to continue to make sure we treat all our employees with our core values, and with dignity and respect, and to ensure a workplace that’s free and clear of any type of discrimination or harassment.” Kitson said the jury clearly held the city and the LAFD responsible. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bressler also said in the 2005 lawsuit that he was discriminated against because of his age and because he is a Jehovah’s Witness. A third plaintiff, Capt. Gary Mellinger, who also alleged age discrimination, settled with the city for $350,000 last year. Bressler’s attorney, Robert Kitson, said his client was “very gratified” when the jury delivered the verdict to end the two-week trial. “He gave 26 years to the Los Angeles Fire Department, and the campaign of unlawful actions that ended up forcing him out is egregious,” Kitson said. “When he brought them an important message how a subordinate was being treated, they decided it was a message they didn’t want to hear and got rid of the messenger.” Nick Velasquez, spokesman for City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, said his office was disappointed in the verdict. “We’re reviewing the trial records and are considering our options,” he said. In yet another black eye for the city Fire Department, a veteran Los Angeles firefighter who said he was forced to retire for blowing the whistle on harassment of a colleague won a $1.73 million jury award Friday in a retaliation and age-discrimination case against the department. The verdict for Lewis Steven Bressler comes as the embattled Los Angeles Fire Department confronts a series of lawsuits and complaints that allege the department hasn’t done enough to stamp out unprofessional – and sometimes offensive – behavior. Bressler, 68, said he was given poor reviews by his superiors and placed in a hostile work environment at Fire Station 96 in Chatsworth in retaliation for reporting mistreatment of Firefighter Brenda Lee. An African-American lesbian, Lee said she was harassed by her superiors – who put her through grueling drills without proper safety precautions and made derogatory comments – because of her race and sexual orientation. She has a pending discrimination case against the city. last_img read more

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Peace Region students would have chosen Liberal candidates

first_imgThe B.C. Liberals also won both seats in the 2009 Student Vote. Overall, 690 schools took part in the Student Vote with over 100,000 ballots cast. In the preliminary results, the students elected a B.C. NDP majority government, giving the party 54 seats and 38.54 per cent of the popular vote. The B.C. Liberals took 20 seats, and the Green Party won eight. Although the B.C. Conservatives did not earn a seat, they took 8.59 per cent of the popular vote. In Peace River North, six schools took part, with 383 students casting their vote from Clearview Elementary, Bert Bowes, North Peace Secondary, C.M. Finch, Chalo, Upper Pine and Charlie Lake Elementary. B.C. Liberal Pat Pimm won with 40.99 per cent of the vote, while Independent Arthur Hadland was a close second with 34.46 per cent. The B.C. NDP’s Judy Fox-McGuire earned 16.45 per cent of the vote, and Wyeth Sigurdson of the B.C. Conservatives got 8.09 per cent. The students closest to voting age at North Peace Secondary gave Pat Pimm the majority of their votes. – Advertisement -In Peace River South, eight schools took part, including Dawson Creek Secondary, Tumbler Ridge Secondary, Chetwynd Secondary, Tremblay Elementary, Parkland Elementary, Notre Dame, Rolla Traditional, CrescentPark, and Canalta Elementary, with 1,007 students voting. B.C. Liberal Mike Bernier won that riding with 36.05 per cent of the vote. B.C. Conservative Kurt Peats came next with 28.7 per cent, followed by Darwin Wren of the B.C. NDP with 18.67 per cent and Independent Tyrel Pohl with 16.58. High school students across the riding were split, as Dawson Creek Secondary actually voted for Kurt Peats, while Tumbler Ridge chose Darwin Wren and Chetwynd picked Mike Bernier.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Leeds United player turned pop star, fog, crisps and failing to hit double one – it’s the Warm Up podcast

first_imgListen to Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning discuss the world of sport, give away bags of crisps and garner some football fog anecdotes from the listeners.It’s Barry’s last show ever, for six weeks, as he’s going on holiday. For six weeks. SIX WEEKS!Meanwhile, Shaun Derry reveals how Max got him the Cambridge United job, and Nicky Byrne of Westlife fame talks about his spell as a footballer for Leeds United and Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier.Plus, 1983 darts world champion Keith Deller recalls the time he couldn’t hit double one to close out a match.Not forgetting Linvoy Primus being nice.To get the Warm Up with Max Rushden podcast every week, click here and download from the iTunes store for freelast_img

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Comfortable as Tottenham narrow gap on Leicester at top – report

first_img Tottenham players celebrate Harry Kane’s goal 1 Tottenham moved to within two points of Premier League leaders Leicester following this 2-0 win at Villa Park.Spurs were not even at their best, but against Aston Villa you don’t have to be and Harry Kane scored twice in what was an easy three points as Mauricio Pochettino’s men deservedly led at the break.The hosts’ best chance of the game did not come until the final 10 minutes when they twice hit the woodwork through Rudy Gestede and Joleon Lescott.But it always looked like Spurs would score first and it was through Kane on the stroke of half-time.The England striker had been threatening to add to his goal tally from the start and he hit the bar early on and should have scored 20 minutes later when presented with one of the easiest chances he’s ever likely to get.Brad Guzan, however, was equal to it.Gestede and Jordan Veretout had half chances of their own and Kane had another opportunity to open the scoring when he charged down the left hand side and into the area, but Guzan parried his angled shot.Lamela hit the post shortly afterwards and Villa should have made Hugo Lloris work harder than he did when Gestede had a free shot 12 yards out.Guzan was finally beaten with virtually the final kick of the opening 45 minutes when Dele Alli’s quick free-kick found Kane’s run and the striker steered his effort across the goal and into the bottom corner.Tottenham were quickest off the blocks after the restart, too, when Lamela played in Alli down the left whose cross was met by Kane for his second of the game.It was Kane’s 19th league goal of the season and 21st in all competitions, which is one less than what Villa’s entire team have managed in 30 games so far.Villa rallied late on when Jordan Ayew overpowered Mousa Dembele on the left and his shot hit the post with Gestede’s follow up rattling the bar.Minutes later Lescott missed a sitter inside the six-yard box as his shot struck the post and rolled behind the goal.Tottenham fans will now be hoping Newcastle do them a favour against Leicester on Monday night, while Villa’s fans, players and manager will be wishing the season could simply end tomorrow.last_img read more

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No one saw this Man City signing coming! Arsenal star heads for Etihad Stadium

first_img1 Mikel Arteta has left Arsenal to join Manchester City in a coaching role under new boss Pep Guardiola.The 34-year-old also confirmed his retirement from playing after a five-year stint with the Gunners, during which time he won two FA Cups.The former Everton and Rangers midfielder, who started his career at Barcelona, has been a rumoured target of Guardiola since the Spaniard’s appointment as City boss in February.“Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm that I will be leaving Arsenal and retiring from playing to take up a coaching position at Manchester City,” Arteta wrote on Twitter.“I’ve enjoyed an amazing five years at Arsenal and it’s been an honour and a privilege to captain such a great club.“I am now looking forward to the challenge ahead at Manchester City. The opportunity to join Pep Guardiola and his team was an amazing opportunity for me and I am incredibly excited for the future.” Mikel Arteta waves to the Arsenal fans following the last game of the 2015/16 season last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho hits out at attitude of Man United players after Wolves draw

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS ADVICE silverware Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED 3 United couldn’t hold onto their lead “This is something you learn when you are a kid in the academy, you don’t need experiences at the highest level to learn that.”Mourinho bristled at a suggestion that senior players had let him down, happily spreading the blame far and wide.Only his redoubtable goalkeeper De Gea, without whom United would surely have been staring at a first defeat in the fixture since 1980, will feel able to rise entirely above the criticism. REVEALED MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack “It’s not about the biggest names, it is my team. And I expect my team to play better than we did,” the manager continued.“It is a basic law of football, you have to play at the maximum of your potential, unless you are playing in such a weak league against such weak opponents where playing at 30 percent of your potential is enough. We all know that is not the case.“I can’t explain difference of attitude because I never had a difference of attitude. For me is difficult to explain that.”center_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Sir Alex returned to Old Trafford A frustrated Mourinho said: “Not a good performance, not a good result. But a fair result.“They (Wolves) play like I like to play which is like the World Cup final. That’s the attitude I like my teams to have every match. We didn’t have that, they did.“They play every ball with every second with the maximum intensity and desire and we didn’t. impact England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Mourinho was disappointed with his team 3 Jose Mourinho accused his Manchester United side of taking their foot off the gas and ignoring “the basic law of football” after their disappointing 1-1 draw with Wolves at Old Trafford.Having strung together wins over Burnley, Watford and Young Boys, United had seemed to be finding a groove but produced a sluggish display against the Premier League new boys in front of legendary former boss Sir Alex Ferguson. REVEALED They were comfortably second best in the opening exchanges but took the lead after 18 minutes when a classy, instinctive pass off Paul Pogba’s instep teed up Fred for his first goal in English football.The Brazilian’s crisp finish lifted United but not sufficiently to make the game safe and Wolves grabbed a deserved point in the second half when Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho curled a fine finish past David De Gea.The afternoon started with a heartfelt ovation for Ferguson, back in the directors’ box for the first time since undergoing brain surgery in May, but it was the travelling support who were celebrating by the final whistle.last_img read more

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DDTV: VIDEO FROM OPENING NIGHT OF RATHMULLAN FESTIVAL

first_imgDDTV: Watch the opening parade from the Rathmullan Festival on Friday night. Click Play to Watch DDTV: VIDEO FROM OPENING NIGHT OF RATHMULLAN FESTIVAL was last modified: August 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: VIDEO FROM OPENING NIGHT OF RATHMULLAN FESTIVALlast_img

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NAOMH MUIRE PLAYERS IN TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO CONOR BOYLE

first_imgThe trophy takes pride of place at a tribute to Conor at his gravesideNAOMH Muire’s championship win on Sunday was filled with pride – and a tinge of sadness.Pride at winning only their third intermediate championship with their win over St Naul’s.But the memory of former team mate Conor Boyle was never far away. Conor died last month after a road traffic accident near London.His passing has been felt by everyone in the Rosses and wider Donegal community, particularly among so many young people who knew him so well – and many of those young people from throughout Ireland who knew him through their visits to the summer colleges.Naomh Muire players and supporters dedicated the win to Conor.And took the trophy to his grave in tribute. “This one was for you buddy! I’m sure you’ll be doing your own bit of celebrating up there.. Love you and miss ya lad,” wrote friend Jack O’Brien.ConorNAOMH MUIRE PLAYERS IN TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO CONOR BOYLE was last modified: October 14th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Championship winConor BoyleGAANAOMH MUIRElast_img read more

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JUDGE ORDERS ARREST OF DONEGAL ELECTION CANDIDATE OVER YOU TUBE CLIP

first_imgThe High Court has ordered the arrest of a Donegal candidate in this month’s local elections over her failure to remove allegedly defamatory posts about a town council on YouTube.Judge ordered the arrest of Patricia McCafferty.Mr Justice Paul Gilligan ordered that independent candidate Patricia McCafferty be arrested and brought before the High Court for alleged contempt in the face of orders directing her to remove the video clips. The Irish Independent reports the orders were sought by lawyers for Bundoran Town Council which claims its members and officials have been defamed in the posts where allegations of corruption, fraud, and intimidation are made by Ms Cafferty, a former traffic warden who was dismissed in 2008 by the council.The court heard the YouTube clips are entitled “What Bundoran Town Clerk is really like” and “Bundoran Joint Policing SHAM cover up assaults and quash speeding fine”. It is claimed they are highly defamatory.Orders were granted by the High Court against Ms McCafferty of Rockingham, Main Street Bundoran on May 1 last compelling her to remove both the YouTube posts and large signs located in the town alleging the members and officials are corrupt.The signs have been removed since the court orders were obtained.However, she has failed to remove the YouTube material.Ms McCafferty was not present in court.The court was told that in addition to the posts and the signs, Ms McCafferty had followed and filmed ordinary council workers going about Bundoran doing various work.She also turned up at council meetings and had to be asked to stop video recording the proceedings.Last year, the council obtained injunctions against Ms McCafferty, preventing her publishing allegedly defamatory material after she turned up at council meetings wearing a high visibility jacket with “Bundoran Town Council are Corrupt” written on it along with pictures of eight of the nine town councillors.Yesterday, Mr Justice Gilligan said he was satisfied Ms McCafferty had breached the court orders.He directed that she be arrested and brought before the court next Tuesday.JUDGE ORDERS ARREST OF DONEGAL ELECTION CANDIDATE OVER YOU TUBE CLIP was last modified: May 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDonegal County CouncilelectionPatricia McCaffertyYou Tubelast_img read more

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