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But the context of the Cuban market has changed so much — even in the four years since Puig signed in June 2012 — that dollar-for-dollar comparisons are inexact.What’s more, Zaidi said the Dodgers’ front office doesn’t limit its thinking to the trials and tribulations of Puig, Alex Guerrero, Erisbel Arruebarrena and other Cubans who have passed through the organization.“I think you sort of gain information from not just players you’ve signed from that market in the past, but who other teams have signed, what kind of players have succeeded. Why they’ve succeeded,” Zaidi said. “Not just their inherent talent level, but were they given the support system that I think these guys need to succeed?”So, what are the Dodgers thinking? Hits and missesOne of the principal reasons Puig is still a Dodger: His $24.6 million salary over the next three years is considered a relative bargain. At 25, the organization believes Puig’s promise still outweighs the concerns behind his diminishing statistics the past two seasons.For his part, Puig reported to spring training earlier and 15 pounds lighter than a year ago. He seems more engaged with new manager Dave Roberts than he was with Don Mattingly, who left the team in a “mutual decision” after last season.Asked in January about Mattingly’s dismissal, Puig said flatly (through an interpreter), “obviously that was a decision made by the front office. They have a new manager in place. Our former manager’s no longer there.”Anyone who’s ever been challenged to get along with a co-worker knows relationships are key to happiness in the workplace. This is especially true for Cuban players who are rushed to the major leagues. Puig and Guerrero each spent less than a year in the minors prior to their debuts.“For any Latin player coming to the States for the first time — Cuban, Latin American in general — the discipline of the game, the culture and the language would be most difficult for anyone,” Guerrero said. Attitude and assimilation will take a player only so far. Talent matters too, and that’s why the Dodgers are not as upbeat about Guerrero’s future. His struggles on defense are problematic for a National League team, and have fueled speculation he’ll be traded to the American League so he can be a designated hitter.Zaidi, President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and recently hired international scouting guru Ismael Cruz weren’t in charge when the Dodgers signed Puig, Guerrero or Arruebarrena — a Cuban shortstop whose $25 million contract remains buried in the minors after he was briefly suspended for disciplinary reasons.In a way, the Dodgers were victims of their own success for correctly gambling on Puig. The contracts for Guerrero, signed in October 2013, and Arruebarrena, signed in February 2014, were known to be major risks at the time.But, as one agent based in Latin America summarized: “The demand for Cuban players was so high [after Puig signed] compared to the supply, they jumped.”Lessons learnedSo, why gamble again now?For one thing, it isn’t just the Dodgers who are learning from the industry’s mistakes. When Puig defected, the same agent said: “Teams didn’t know what they were looking for at those showcases. Now they’re trying to work out the player five, 10, 15 more times after the showcase.“You’re not going to see a food critic write up a restaurant based on one finger bite.”Teams can also afford to be more cautious because the supply-to-demand ratio is in their favor now. The Boca Chica showcase was one of many in the Dominican Republic in the past year.As another Latin American player agent explained: “There are so many players, scouts are trying to see as many as possible before making a decision on who they want to pursue.”Once a scout has done his due diligence and signed a Cuban player, it’s up to the club’s player development team to make him feel more at home. Some basic things American adults take for granted — fluent English, a driver’s license, knowing what kind of food to order off a restaurant menu — are typically out of the Cuban player’s grasp upon arrival.“Part of our goal with a lot of these guys coming over is to create a stronger assimilation program for these kids, just to give them a maximum chance to succeed,” Zaidi said. “Off the field, it’s probably a bigger transition that is often given credit for.”Zaidi declined to give the exact details of the Dodgers’ new assimilation program. But he mentioned providing players with an interpreter, cell phone and driver’s license among the keys, regardless of the size of a player’s signing bonus.The next step is to have patience.When he was the Angels’ general manager, current Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto signed a 20-year-old Cuban shortstop named Roberto Baldoquin who hadn’t played competitive baseball in two years. Most of Baldoquin’s $8 million bonus was subject to the 100 percent tax, and cost the Angels the ability to give an international amateur more than $300,000 for two years, until July 2017. The Dodgers face the same penalties for their current spending spree.Baldoquin’s transition was slow not only because of his assimilation off the field, but because of his long layoff from baseball. He batted .235 for the Inland Empire 66ers last year and struggled often in the field.“I have not yet met the player in Cuba who lands in your camp and is fresh off seeing 50 at-bats versus high-end pitching,” Dipoto said. “Most of them haven’t played because the defection from Cuba over the last 20 years is a little more complicated that hopping in your car and driving from Oklahoma for the start of spring training.”Some believe a Cuban teenager has a better chance of assimilating than an older player. Yaisel Sierra, a 25-year-old pitcher who left his 6-year-old son in Cuba to sign for six years and $30 million, will be an interesting test of the Dodgers’ assimilation protocol.Meanwhile the team is betting $37 million on Alvarez, Diaz and Estevez alone, and the wisdom of these investments won’t be revealed for years.“When you’re paying 4, 8, 16, 60 million, the expectation both from the fan base and the media and ownership and upper management is that he should be able to go out and compete at the next level,” Dipoto said. “It’s not always true. Sometimes they just need a slower start.”Next stepsAs much as the Cuban market has shifted over the past four years, it’s expected to change again soon — maybe even more radically. As one player agent said: “Teams are cashing out their chips. Time is running out.”The collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the Players’ Association runs through the end of the 2016 season. For the next CBA, the idea of an international draft has been floated as an alternative to the current system of free agency, bonus pools and overage penalties for teams who sign Latin American players. Many within the industry believe the obstacles to an international draft are too great to overcome. Others think the dream of 18-year-old Latin Americans being drafted alongside American college and high school players is worth fighting for.Cuba is unique in the region, of course. It’s an island both geographically and politically. International tournaments serve as a unique breeding ground for detailed scouting reports on Cuban baseball players.But that isolation is weakening. The U.S. government is actively normalizing diplomatic relations with Havana, and MLB reportedly submitted a proposal to the Treasury department that would allow Cuban players to sign directly with teams in the United States.Already, the talent pool has thinned as hundreds of defectors establish residency elsewhere in the region, further pushing teams like the Dodgers to scoop up whatever young talent remains. The Dodgers’ 2015-16 international amateur signing class might go down as one of the most expensive in history. It also might be one of the last.Worldwide webThe Dodgers have signed 45 international amateurs during the current free-agent signing period beginning July 2, 2014. Their signing bonuses reportedly exceed $40 million. Here’s how they break down by country of origin:19 – Dominican Republic11- Venezuela4 – Mexico3 – Cuba3 – Colombia2 – Nicaragua1 – Spain1 – Germany The Dodgers blew past their international amateur spending limit for the one-year period beginning July 2. They were willing to pay taxes to MLB in excess of $40 million, and restrict their international spending until July 2018, to sign some of the best teenagers from a market so saturated that there are now more Cuban-born free agents than there are roster spots.One analyst, Keith Law of ESPN.com, suggested in his annual column ranking every team’s farm system that the Dodgers “bought” their No. 1 ranking.Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi read that column.“I think it’s fair,” he said recently.Now, fans will be tempted to look at the money going to unproven teenagers like outfielder Yusniel Diaz ($15.5 million), pitcher Yadier Alvarez ($16 million) and infielder Omar Estevez ($5.5 million), and judge them against the contracts the Dodgers have given more established Cuban stars in the past. About 45 Cuban baseball players gathered on a field in Boca Chica, a coastal city in the Dominican Republic near the capital city of Santo Domingo, for a showcase earlier this year.Representatives from about 15 to 20 major league teams attended. Every player left without a contract.In baseball circles, this is no longer considered unusual. Some of the 45 players might have been rewarded with a private workout, and some might ultimately be rewarded with a contract. Those that remain unsigned will have plenty of company: The number of Cuban-born free agents scattered around the Caribbean is thought to number in the hundreds. Against this backdrop, the same organization that once gambled $42 million on Yasiel Puig after one workout in Mexico went on a different Cuban spending spree over the winter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 171219No change in the outlook today. We still look pretty good for the next few days. We dry out, stay above normal for temps, and see better sunshine chances through Thursday. Winds go west at a moderate clip today, and stay like that through Thursday as wellFriday, winds turn more southwest, and clouds move in. Friday itself we do not see an exceptional amount of precipitation – only a few hundredths to a tenth or two over about 40% of the state. But, that action ramps up overnight Friday night through Saturday morning, where we see rains of .25”-.75” over 90% of the state. There still a threat of thunderstorm action down in far southern Ohio, near the river. In those areas, we can see some rain totals pushing closer to 1”.For the rest of Saturday and most of Sunday we dry back down, but we see much colder air starting to push in from the NW. Precipitation continues to flow up the old, slowing, stalling frontal boundary over KY and areas south, but at this point, we do not expect any of it to get into the state. Sunday is very cold in the north, but only slightly below normal in the south. Christmas day continues to be the wild card. We actually have good cold air in over all of the state, and the track of moisture from the southwest actually sets us up much better for Christmas Day snow than our neighbors to the west. Right now, we think we need to be on the lookout for anywhere from a couple of inches all the way through 10 inches for Christmas. This means a large part of the state may end up with white Christmas potential. The map above is a map of 24 hour snow totals from the night of Christmas Eve through sunset Christmas night. This map is NOT AN OFFICIAL FORECAST!! This is a forecast that we will be refining as we move through the rest of this week, but for now, we need to start planning on some inclement weather on Christmas Day. IT may not be enough to cause major problems in all areas, but it could cause some issues in parts of the state, and it will be nothing like what we have for the next couple of days either. And still, even with the potential for snow here, perhaps the bigger story will be the brutal cold for next week. From Tuesday right on through the end of the week, temps will be well below normal, and will be the coldest of the season to this point.In the extended period, we see another strong storm circulation developing in the southern plains for the New Year’s weekend. Current track is far south, but we continue to watch this one for an adjusting track that may start off 2018 with a significant winter event. Stay tuned!
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slaughter starts, sets tone for Gin Kings in Game 5 win MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Hunger has been a word constantly thrown through the course of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, with both sides repeatedly saying that whoever wants the game more will win the plum.LA Tenorio has no doubt that Ginebra was the hungrier team on Sunday as it came out like a house on fire and hounded Meralco in Game 5.ADVERTISEMENT “We started really aggressive. We did it the whole game, so we ended up winning the game. I think that’s really the key when we’re aggressive defensively, offensively, it’s automatic that we’ll get the win,” Tenorio said.With Tenorio steering the ship, the Gin Kings took control early before holding off the Bolts in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe veteran playmaker got the job done on offense, orchestrating the flow for Ginebra with 17 points and four assists, while also doing his job on defense as he bullied the Meralco guards to also finish with six rebounds and three steals.Tenorio’s stellar showing, though, didn’t come as a surprise to coach Tim Cone, who asked him to play extended minutes with the loss of Sol Mercado to injury in Game 4. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next But the heavy minutes are the least of his concerns with the Kings only a win away from repeating as Governors’ Cup champions.“Actually, coach Tim was apologizing to me because of my extended minutes. But I don’t care. This is the championship. I’ll just rest after the series. If I have to play for 48 minutes, I’m ready. I told him even in next game, we don’t have Sol now, so I’m ready to extend my minutes,” he said.“Hopefully next game, we can bring this aggressiveness. But for sure, what we did today is not enough for next game. For sure, they’re going to adjust, so we just have to double our effort if we want to close out the series,” he said.“We know what to do, so we did what we’re supposed to do. Next game, we’ll bring it.”Game 6 is on Wednesday, still at the Philippine Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals PLAY LIST 01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments
View comments MANILA, Philippines—Milena Alessandrini’s rise didn’t stop when she won Rookie of the Year in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament with the outside spiker getting named the co-captain of University of Santo Tomas in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Alessandrini was chosen to be the second-in-command to captain Cherry Rondina for the Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament in what she believes was a reward for the hard work she put day in and day out.“Maybe it was because of the performance I did because I’m very shy so I need to become extra vocal with my teammates,” said Alessandrini who’s of Filipino-Italian decent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAlessandrini missed four games in the first round of Season 80 due to a shoulder injury but was still able to average 10.5 points in the 10 games, one of which was when she was used as a libero in her return against University of the East.Despite being a wallflower in practice, Alessandrini said that she’s willing to take on the leadership role that her coaches entrusted to her. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Thank you to the coaches for this responsibility and it’s an honor for me,” said Alessandrini. “I want to help the team do their best.”Apart from Alessandrini’s shyness, there’s also the issue of the language barrier within the team since the new co-captain isn’t well versed in Filipino but Rondina said it’s not a problem to them.“It’s a given that there’s still a language barrier between us and Milena but it won’t matter because when we play our hearts out there won’t be any problems,” said Rondina in Filipino.“She’s a fighter and she’s always willing to be mingle with us whatever the situation and that’s one of the best things about her,” added Rondina.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Calvin Abueva gets last laugh over CJ Perez in ‘battle of the beasts’
Arsenal kid Bukayo Saka thrilled to make Premier League debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBukayo Saka was thrilled to make his Premier League debut in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Fulham.Saka replaced Alex Iwobi with three minutes remaining in our 4-1 win over Fulham, adding to his two appearances in the Europa League late last year.“Right now I’m feeling so happy,” he said. “I feel blessed to have made my debut and get minutes on the pitch. I just want to thank my family, my friends and everyone at the club who’s helped me to get to this stage.“It’s been a tough stage, a long stage, but through hard work and determination I managed to get here.“I’m not stopping now. I’m very hungry. I just want to work hard with every chance I get. In training I just want to impress the coach so I can get back on the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari: Isco can play anywhereby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari insists he has no set position for Isco.Solari was happy with the midfielder for the 2-2 draw with Villareal.He said, “I believe that Isco’s a player with that much quality that he can operate anywhere on the pitch. “Sometimes it’s not all about making the difference with pace, but rather by using your quality, creativity and technique. “Each player has their own qualities.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
MONTREAL – An Air Canada-led consortium has reached a $450-million deal to acquire the Aeroplan loyalty program from Aimia Inc., earning plaudits from analysts but leaving questions about Aimia’s future.The group, which includes TD Bank, CIBC and Visa Canada Corp., has agreed to pay $450 million in cash and assume the approximately $1.9-billion liability associated with Aeroplan miles customers have accumulated.“We are pleased to see that an agreement in principle has been reached as Aeroplan members can continue to earn and redeem with confidence,” Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu said in a statement on behalf of the consortium Tuesday.“This transaction, if completed, should produce the best outcome for all stakeholders, including Aeroplan members, as it would allow for a smooth transition to Air Canada’s new loyalty program launching in 2020, safeguarding their miles and providing convenience and value for millions of Canadians.”The agreement comes weeks after Aimia rejected an earlier offer from the consortium as too low and outlined that it believed $450 million would be a fair price, saying that a number of shareholders were upset with the low offer.The price is up from an initial offer in July of $250 million in cash and the assumption of the reward point liability that was rejected by Aimia.Aimia shares were up 9.4 per cent at $4.20 in afternoon trading after hitting a 52-week high of $4.60 earlier in the session. Air Canada shares jumped nearly eight per cent to $26.69.Any deal between the consortium and Aimia, which had been seeking out new partners to offset the loss of Air Canada when a current agreement was set to end in 2020, would be a fruitful outcome for all stakeholders, said GMP Securities analyst Martin Landry.National Bank Financial analyst Adam Shine, however, said he was “left wondering how Aimia could trumpet its Plan B strategy with such optimism and yet set a seemingly low Aeroplan value.”The Aeroplan deal is expected to close this fall.The agreement, which is supported by Aimia’s board and Mittleman Brothers, Aimia’s largest shareholder that had previously opposed the lower offer, is subject to shareholder approval and other closing conditions.Mittleman Brothers, which holds a 17.6-per-cent stake in Aimia, defended its acceptance of the deal and suggested a price tag of $1 billion — which it demanded earlier this month — now seemed unfeasible.“We believe that our acquiescence in agreeing to sell Aeroplan for $450M in cash was the best available outcome for all Aimia stakeholders,” the investment firm said in a statement Tuesday.The bid would leave Aimia with more than $1 billion in cash to invest elsewhere, Mittleman Brothers said.Christopher Mittleman, chief investment officer of the New York-based company, bristled earlier this month at a $325-million offer from the consortium, calling it “coercive” and “blatantly inadequate” in an open letter to Aimia’s board.Mittleman recommended on Aug. 6 that Aimia accept no less than $1 billion, “especially not with a gun held to its head by its key commercial partners.”Aimia’s recent Aeroplan partnership agreements with three Canadian airlines — Air Transat, Flair Airlines and Porter Airlines — are now up in the air.“Those were perhaps part of the negotiations and trying to build the pressure on getting a transaction,” said AltaCorp Capital analyst Chris Murray.Aimia had also been in discussions with the Oneworld airline alliance, whose members include British Airways, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific.Gabor Forgacs, associate professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, said the key incentive for Canada’s largest airline is customer data that can be used to encourage more member spending.“Every time a member of the loyalty program goes to make a purchase and taps or swipes that card, he or she would earn points — however, they will agree to give away the information,” Forgacs said. “They will know where I was, what I bought, how much I spent.”Earlier this month, Aimia management said in a conference call it has considered further asset sales and a wind-up of the company. One analyst noted that Aimia could soon resemble a “holding company with limited assets.”Analysts predicted about 1,000 Aeroplan employees — roughly 60 per cent of Aimia’s workforce — would transfer to Air Canada if the deal goes ahead.Aimia’s other assets include a 48-per-cent stake in Aeromexico’s loyalty program, PLM, and a 20-per-cent share of Air Asia’s loyalty program, Think Big.“With the sale of Aeroplan, the focus for Aimia investors will shift to actual net proceeds received from the sale and the company’s subsequent capital redeployment strategy,” RBC Capital Markets analyst Drew McReynolds wrote in a report.The future of the program has faced questions since Air Canada announced last year that it planned to launch its own loyalty rewards plan in July, 2020 when its partnership with Aimia expires.The May 2017 announcement caused Aimia shares to nosedive 63 per cent in one day.Air Canada created Aeroplan as an in-house loyalty program, but it was spun off in 2005 as an independent business under a court-supervised restructuring of the airline. At the time, CIBC was Aeroplan’s main bank partner.Since 2014, TD has been Aeroplan’s main Visa card partner although CIBC continues to offer cards that earn Aeroplan points that can be redeemed for Air Canada flights and other rewards.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:AIM, TSX:TD, TSX:CM)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misattributed a quote from Air Canada’s CEO to an analyst.
Delancy challenged on leadership style, calls Floyd Hall, ‘man of integrity’ Related Items:andrew mitchell, Chal Misick, clayton greene, Earlson Robinson, Jeffrey Hall, lilian boyce, Melbourne Wilson, michael misick, quinten hall, ralph thorne, sipt trial BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continues Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Feb 2016 – Evidence will today begin being presented against the men and women accused of abusing their government power and connections to defraud the public purse of the Turks and Caicos of tens of millions of dollars. When the Special Prosecution proceedings wrapped up on the Friday February 5, 2016, Andrew Mitchell laid out that in six years Michael Misick, the former premier managed to spend over $28 million dollars on a lavish lifestyle; and that it was ill gotten monies which he allegedly siphoned from the people of the TCI. The special prosecutor says Misick used his government credit card for personal purchases, and allegedly tried to force TCIG to pay for it…. That he paid school fees for ex-wife LisaRaye’s daughter… that he chartered planes and yachts, allegedly at the expense of the people of the TCI and that he had many companies set up to allegedly launder money. Misick had told media before the holidays in 2015 that he would not take a plea deal in this case because he is completely innocent of all charges.Still, Mitchell painted a very different and compelling picture of Michael Eugene Misick and his colleagues in an opening statement which lasted three weeks. When it came to the ex deputy premier, Mitchell summed up that Floyd and Lisa Hall went from having no declarations once he became a member of parliament to having a whole lot. The former PNP deputy leader is charged with funneling money on deals made while in office through the PNP account to his own; that he got, allegedly, some $1.13 million from government and as Mitchell put it, his spending was inconsistent with his government salary… $700,000 was said to have been his credit card bill alone. When it came to McCallister Hanchell, the former Minister of Lands it was also about drawing the contrast between Hanchell’s beginnings in government and his declarations as a House of Assembly member over time. There were hardly any declaration of assets in the beginning, but that mushroomed as did Hanchell’s personal account and assets over the years. A one million dollar wedding, $1.2 million in credit card spending, a near million dollar house in Chalk Sound and payments from the PNP of $113,000 were all linked to Hanchell by the Special Prosecutor. When it came to Lillian Boyce, the former Health and Education Minister it was about the $1 million cheque her brother, Earlson Robinson received from a North West Point land deal and money she told the SIPT was loaned to her by him and money loaned to Michael Misick by them both. This is the one charge against Boyce, who is alleged to have gained $1.3 million from TCIG and who also never received any payment from the PNP party account. Andrew Mitchell, QC also said Jeffrey Hall benefited from what he called the spoils power as his declarations showed amassing properties and showed hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits to the former Minister of Housing. This allegedly included a payment from the PNP party, often through the bank account of his wife and an individual named as Charles Hall. Jeffrey Hall, unlike Lillian Boyce did not cooperate with an interview with the SIPT. The Crown charges Chal Misick, attorney brother of Michael Misick with assisting the laundering of money from corrupt and dishonest activities for his brother and others. The SIPT charges that Chal Misick played a leading role, but he too declined to answer any SIPT questions. Still the Crown said Chalmers must have known what he was doing and demonstrated various payments made on behalf of the former premier. Even a chart was created to show the rise of income for Mike Misick.Another attorney, Clayton Greene, who is also former Speaker of the House of Assembly is caught up in a one million dollar transaction linked to the Juniper Hold land deal. Reportedly, Greene, who is Floyd Hall’s first cousin deposited the million dollars to TCI Bank in an account, owed by Quinten Hall, Floyd Hall’s brother. The SIPT charges Greene with money laundering for this action. The final presentation on that final opening statement day related to Melbourne Wilson, also an attorney who did cooperate with an interview but for the most part told the SIPT that he could not remember the finer details of a transaction related to the North West Point Land deal. Wilson described himself as the close friend of Jeffrey Hall; he is answering for allegedly laundering $200,000. When court resumes today, in all that Andrew Mitchell, QC has already laid out – he now says he will provide the evidence to support the allegations against the nine defendants.Ralph Thorne, QC for Michael Misick is due to first give his response to the Opening Statement by Mitchell. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Karen Delancy, former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness stand in SIPT trials