SARA seems unwilling to investigate actions of this Govt

first_imgDear Editor,I read the report from another section of the media about the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) working with regional administrations to ensure that budgetary funds are properly spent and accounted for. This support role is a new turn when you consider what the SARA law is mainly focused on. The SARA law, when you read the reports from the Department of Public Information, stipulates the functions of SARA to include investigating whether State property was obtained through unlawful conduct involving a public official or any other person and the tracing and identifying of property wherever situated, suspected to be State property obtained from unlawful conduct involving a public official or any other person.But SARA isn’t talking about taking the Regional Executive Officers (REOs) to court over overpayment on contracts and that sort of action. All Guyanese have seen the unwillingness of SARA to investigate anything connected with actions of this Government; even last week’s media reports about Government Ministers selling passports and work permits and setting up front companies to benefit from taxpayers’ monies. So, if SARA isn’t going after Government Ministers, why would they go after these REOs who are acting contrary to the laws, right?Or is it because most of the REOs were appointed by the same Government that appointed the people running SARA? Aubrey Heath-Retemyer himself said SARA is not in the regions to “run things,” but is there to “point out” where there are things that are going in the wrong direction.Or it is that SARA knows that if it takes cases against these REOs, or even Government Ministers to court, it would not win the case? The SARA Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) are in positions, despite what the law says about how appointments to these positions should be made. Everyone was of the view that a new Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) would be appointed, once the Bill was passed last year. Their functioning of Aubrey Heath-Retemyer and Clive Thomas is unconstitutional and in contravention of the law.Editor, these are serious issues that raise many worries for Guyanese people. The SARA law gives much power to the people running it and since the people running it were handpicked by this APNU/AFC Government, the SARA Bill gives much power to them.Sincerely,Attiya Bakshlast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)Shift: ▲1Hi: 1Lo: 2Comment: Man, Kareem Hunt is the greatest Kareem in sports history. OK, on second thought… — MarottaNext: at Los Angeles Chargers (Sunday)2. Oakland Raiders (2-0)Shift: ▲2Hi: 2Lo: 4Comment: Beast mode could be the Comeback Player of the Year. — JureckiNext: at Washington (Sunday Night)3. Atlanta Falcons (2-0)Shift: ▲4Hi: 2Lo: 6Comment: Remember that thing I wrote about a Super Bowl hangover? Never mind. — MorganNext: at Detroit (Sunday)4. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0)Shift: ▼1Hi: 1Lo: 5Comment: Vikings defense is legit. With Bryant in the fold the Steelers have too many options. — BurnsNext: at Chicago (Sunday)5. New England Patriots (1-1)Shift: —Hi: 2Lo: 6Comment: Oh hey look – losing in Week 1 didn’t destroy the Patriots’ season. Shocker. — LapinskiNext: vs. Houston (Sunday) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 6. Denver Broncos (2-0)Shift: ▲5Hi: 4Lo: 9Comment: Did what no one else has done so far, including the commish: shut down Zeke. — BurnsNext: at Buffalo (Sunday)7. Baltimore Ravens (2-0)Shift: ▲5Hi: 7Lo: 9Comment: Surprising 2-0 start, defense has forced eight interceptions, Suggs has 3 sacks. — JureckiNext: vs. Jacksonville (Sunday in London)8. Green Bay Packers (1-1)Shift: ▼7Hi: 6Lo: 10Comment: The NFC championship game rematch had a familiar feeling for the Packers. — MorganNext: vs. Cincinnati (Sunday)9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)Shift: ▲5Hi: 8Lo: 14Comment: I think Koetter’s crew is going to have a great year. — BurnsNext: at Minnesota (Sunday)10. Seattle Seahawks (1-1)Shift: ▼1Hi: 8Lo: 13Comment: One offensive touchdown in two games. Still can’t understand their offensive line strategy. — MarottaNext: at Tennessee (Sunday)11. Carolina Panthers (2-0)Shift: ▲2Hi: 8Lo: 15Comment: Defense has given up 12 points in 2 games, Newton still knocking off the rust from shoulder surgery. — JureckiNext: vs. New Orleans (Sunday)12. Detroit Lions (2-0)Shift: ▲3Hi: 6Lo: 16Comment: Made the playoffs last year and haven’t lost this year. May need to start taking them seriously. — LapinskiNext: vs. Atlanta (Sunday) 13. Dallas Cowboys (1-1)Shift: ▼7Hi: 10Lo: 15Comment: Tough day for Ezekiel Elliott, but at least he didn’t pout. — MarottaNext: at Arizona (Monday Night)14. Tennessee Titans (0-2)Shift: ▲2Hi: 12Lo: 16Comment: Hello, Derrick Henry. — Dave BurnsNext: vs. Seattle (Sunday)15. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)Shift: ▼6Hi: 8Lo: 16Comment: Only Brady, Rodgers and Brees have thrown for more yards than Carson Wentz this year. — LapinskiNext: vs. New York Giants (Sunday)16. Miami Dolphins (1-0)Shift: ▲5Hi: 14Lo: 21Comment: Jay Cutler was turnover-free in his Dolphins debut as Jay the game manager. — MorganNext: at New York Jets (Sunday)17. Minnesota Vikings (1-1)Shift: ▼7Hi: 15Lo: 20Comment: Dalvin Cook could be in the Offensive Rookie of the Year conversation with Kareem Hunt. — JureckiNext: vs. Tampa Bay (Sunday)18. Arizona Cardinals (1-1)Shift: —Hi: 17Lo: 20Comment: May have saved their season by converting that 3rd-and-20 play on Sunday. — LapinskiNext: vs. Dallas (Monday Night)19. Washington Redskins (1-1)Shift: ▲4Hi: 18Lo: 25Comment: Dominating running performance vs. Rams even with Donald back. — MarottaNext: vs. Oakland (Sunday Night) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 26. Buffalo Bills (1-1)Shift: —Hi: 24Lo: 27Comment: After beating the Jets in Week 1, actually played well on the road against the Panthers. — JureckiNext: vs. Denver (Sunday)27. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2)Shift: —Hi: 26Lo: 29Comment: The worst team in Ohio. — BurnsNext: at Green Bay (Sunday)28. Chicago Bears (0-2)Shift: —Hi: 27Lo: 30Comment: They’re not booing. They’re saying Truuuubisky. — BurnsNext: vs. Pittsburgh (Sunday)29. Cleveland Browns (0-2)Shift: —Hi: 27Lo: 29Comment: Two weeks in, and DeShone Kizer already has headaches. — MarottaNext: at Indianapolis (Sunday)30. Indianapolis Colts (0-2)Shift: ▲1Hi: 28Lo: 31Comment: Jacoby Brissett passed the eye test until he threw an interception in OT to Tyrann Mathieu. — JureckiNext: vs. Cleveland (Sunday)31. San Francisco 49ers (0-2)Shift: ▼1Hi: 30Lo: 31Comment: Over 137 minutes without a TD. I guess an offensive genius still needs players. — MarottaNext: vs. Los Angeles Rams (Thursday Night)32. New York Jets (0-2)Shift: —Hi: 32Lo: 32Comment: Not even close to an NFL-caliber team. — BurnsNext: vs. Miami (Sunday) Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) is congratulated by wide receiver Chris Conley (17) after scoring a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)center_img Top Stories 3 Comments   Share   Here’s the rest of this week’s NFL Power Rankings from will go to the team that receives the majority of higher rankings from our panel.Week 3 CompositeBurns | Jurecki | Lapinski | Marotta | MorganBiggest Risers: Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Miami, Tampa Bay ▲5Biggest Fallers: Dallas, Green Bay, Minnesota ▼7 If this NFL season continues they way it’s started, the top spot in the Arizona Sports Power Rankings will be like youth sports — everyone will get a turn.On the strength of their Week 2 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, and Green Bay’s loss at Atlanta, the Kansas City Chiefs become the third team in as many weeks to occupy the catbird seat. The New England Patriots were No. 1 heading into Week 1 and the Green Bay Packers were on top last week, but fell to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night. 20. Houston Texans (1-1)Shift: ▲5Hi: 15Lo: 22Comment: Deshaun Watson made his first start on the road vs Bengals, had a 49-yard TD run, threw for 125 yards. — JureckiNext: at New England (Sunday)21. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1)Shift: ▼2Hi: 18Lo: 25Comment: Calais Campbell was quiet in Week 2. So were the Jaguars in a blowout loss to Tennessee. — MorganNext: vs. Baltimore (Sunday in London)22. Los Angeles Rams (1-1)Shift: ▼2Hi: 19Lo: 23Comment: It’s clear that getting rid of Jeff Fisher has made them a better football team. — BurnsNext: at San Francisco (Thursday Night)23. New York Giants (0-2)Shift: ▼6Hi: 20Lo: 26Comment: Eli responsible for sloppy QB play. Who’s responsible for Ben McAdoo’s sloppy haircut? — MarottaNext: at Philadelphia (Sunday)24. Los Angeles Chargers (0-2)Shift: —Hi: 21Lo: 26Comment: If Younghoe Koo misses a last-second kick but nobody’s around in the stadium to witness it, does it count? — LapinskiNext: vs. Kansas City (Sunday)25. New Orleans Saints (0-2)Shift: ▼3Hi: 24Lo: 26Comment: The Saints are allowing a league-worst 512.5 yards per game and a league-worst 32.5 points per game Those are not typos. — MorganNext: at Carolina (Sunday) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more