DPP dismisses 2nd set of charges against Govt Ministers

first_imgThe Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has again dismissed ‘misconduct’ charges brought against three more Government Ministers by the PPP Opposition, this time over the controversial D’Urban Park Project.The private criminal charges were filed on Monday against Finance Minister Winston Jordan, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, and Public Service Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall as the Attorney, and Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill as an applicant.The charges against the ministers alleged a breach of the Procurement Act in relation to the expenditure of $906 million in public funds to a private company, Homestretch Development Inc, for construction of the controversial D’Urban Park Project, which has, for some time now, been a contentious issue.Jordan and Patterson were jointly charged with misconduct and abuse of public trust for having allegedly authorised the payment, while Dr Roopnaraine, who was a director of the company, was charged with alleged misconduct and the abuse of public trust for having received, in his capacity as director, the $906 million in public funds while serving as minister. However, the DPP’s Chambers said in a statement issued late Thursday afternoon that the private criminal charges against Ministers Jordon, Patterson and Roopnaraine, for misconduct in public office, contrary to the Common Law, were discontinued by the Director of Public Prosecutions under Article 187 (1) ( c) of the Constitution.“These charges concern a grave issue under the criminal law in relation to (three) serving ministers. In the interest of good governance in the State of Guyana, such allegations ought first to have been reported to the Guyana Police Force for an investigation to be launched and the advice of the DPP sought,” the Chamber said.Confirmation from the DPP’s Office comes following a report published in the state-owned Guyana Chronicle newspaper on Thursday, announcing the dismissals.Meanwhile, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams, at a press conference on Thursday, also revealed that he was informed of the dismissal since Wednesday, when his office received a copy of the dismissal order that was sent to the magistrate by the DPP.According to Williams, the DPP, Shalimar Ali-Hack, has a proactive role to patrol the corridors of justice, which she did.“I think the DPP was clear that the charges hadn’t been filtered through any established state investigatory body. They have no evidence; if you have evidence that means you’re supposed to take the evidence to the relevant and appropriate authorities; and those authorities, if they investigate and had a charge, they would have sent it to the DPP for them to look at it,” the AG posited, while hinting at the possibility of impending counter libel action to be taken by the Government ministers.This is the second set of charges filed by the Opposition that the DPP has thrown out, citing the same reasons. On Monday, she also discontinued against Government Ministers Volda Lawrence and Dr George Norton charges that were filed last week respectively over the sole-sourcing of more than $600 million in drugs and other pharmaceuticals for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, and the rental of a house in Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown to be utilized as a drug bond at a cost of $12 million monthly.last_img read more

Skeptic Says Tesla Will Likey Hit Q3 Delivery Guidance

Even the skeptics now think Tesla will meet Q3 delivery guidanceTesla has said in its second-quarter report that production of Model 3 during Q3 should be between 50,000 and 55,000. If we assume some 25,000 Model S/X, total volume could be 75,000-80,000.Tesla production Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 26, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Tesla Production At 6,700 In Last 7 Days? Turning Towards 8,000/Week As always, we’ll present estimated sales figures for all three Tesla models soon after the month of September comes to an end. Analysts Impressed By Tesla Model 3 Tent, Build Quality, Production Speed Deliveries could be similar because the third-quarter began with some 11,000 cars in transport to customers.As the quarter comes to the end, even the Tesla skeptics report that the lower end of the guidance is likely to be achieved:“Goldman Sachs analyst David Tamberrino kept his Sell rating and $210 price target on Tesla ahead of its Q3 production numbers coming just before the end of the quarter. The analyst estimates about 27.5K Model S/X vehicles and about 52K Model 3 vehicles delivered, which is closer to the bottom end of its guided range of 50K-55K. Tamberrino adds that while the Model 3 deliveries would be just above Tesla’s “compiled consensus estimate” of 51.9K, he also sees an implied slowdown in Model 3 production based on the velocity of Vehicle Identification Number registration trends that is likely associated with the “issues with bottlenecks at the company’s paint shop”.The biggest factor is how many Model 3s Tesla can produce, as 6,000 a week or even 5,000 a week was not sustained, besides maybe some rush days.The second problem is how many cars can be delivered, because the delivery system has become a bottleneck, in part solved by Tesla building its own car carriers and delivering direct to door. We could guess that the number of cars in transport to customers or awaiting delivery could increase well beyond the previous 11,000. Tesla Model S/X/3 Production (quarterly) – through June 2018Tesla Model S/X/3 Deliveries (quarterly) – forecast for Q3 2018Source: thefly.com via Teslarati Source: Electric Vehicle News Tesla Addresses Paint Shop Bottleneck By Ditching Two Color Options read more