The Cadillac lifestyle has gotten better for Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who can now import unlimited vehicles which will be exempted from Value Added Tax (VAT).This is in addition to the duty-free vehicle he is already entitled to as a Member of Parliament (MP), along with many other extravagant benefits he enjoys at the expense of the public purse, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira has revealed.Teixeira, in her presentation to the National Assembly on Monday, highlighted that the list of VAT exempt vehicles were expanded to include those imported by and for the use of the Prime Minister and the President.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo“I had to scratch my head because I thought when you buy cars for presidents’ use; there are all sorts of things that they don’t pay, because it is the Government buying it for the President. But then I saw the word ‘by’. So it’s motor vehicles imported ‘by’ or ‘for’. When I saw it at first I thought it was normal because you got to buy the cars for the President and you got to buy the cars for the Prime Minister. And then I said ‘oh shoot’. It’s true what they say. One little word, one tiny word called ‘by’, that ‘by’ certainly changes the meaning of this amendment,” the former Presidential Advisor pointed out.Teixeira said she was confused even more as to why Nagamootoo was entitled to such a benefit, since he already had duty-free concessions.Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma had clarified that VAT-exempt items do not attract additional charges for the consumer.Since assumption to executive office, Nagamootoo has been accused of going to extreme lengths to ensure that he would be enjoying quite a sybaritic lifestyle for the next five years.In fact, just three months after being sworn in as Prime Minister, a $22 million customised luxury Land Cruiser was added to his existing fleet of more than 20 vehicles.The Prime Minister’s salary amounts to a whopping $1.7 million monthly and if he is to retire tomorrow, he will receive a pension, calculated to be higher than the pension enjoyed by any former President.Millions of taxpayers’ dollars have been pumped into improving the lavish lifestyle of the Prime Minister.Nagamootoo has cashed in on hefty amounts for the repairs to the bridge and road to his private residence, repairs to the official Prime Minister’s residence and the Office of the Prime Minister.Nagamootoo had refused to move into the State residence, saying that it was unfit for inhabitation, and he would only move in after it was upgraded. He exclaimed that he would not let his dogs live there and then demanded upgrades be done to the tune of millions of dollars before moving in.Cabinet had given its no-objection to the award of a contract for renovation works at the Prime Minister’s residence. The contact was approved to the value of $29,328,078.The PM is cashing in on all these benefits at the expense of taxpayers when his portfolio has been described as nothing short of what was the responsibility of a former Media Liaison attached to the Office of the President under the former Administration.Interestingly, it was Nagamootoo, who popularised local usage of the term “fat cat salaries” and condemned the living of a “Cadillac lifestyle in a donkey-cart economy” when he was sitting on the Opposition benches before May 2015.
That’s the type of shot the Harvard-Westlake of Studio City girls’ water polo team had to make in an 11-8 win against Burbank in the second round of the Southern Section’s Div. IV playoffs. The Bulldogs (21-8) made the Wolverines (16-8) work for their goals with a stingy defense that held Harvard-Westlake’s potent offense to three in the first quarter. Burbank pressed the Wolverines’ attackers, trying to limit shooting angles. Harvard-Westlake used a zone defense to keep the Bulldogs from spreading the ball around. Despite the defensive strategies, both teams were able to open up the scoring in the second quarter, which featured 10 goals, including Moody’s shot that just got past Singleton. “They had really a good corner shot,” said Singleton, who finished the game with 10 saves. “They really didn’t have anything different in terms of shot power that we haven’t seen before, but I think they had one girl who’s got some past me because, I think she’s a lefty. I haven’t seen a lefty shooter this season.” Singleton was referring to driver Nadia Dan, who led Harvard-Westlake with six goals. Wendy Perez added three goals. Ani Shirinian led the Bulldogs with three goals, while Jordan Meir added two. Hannah Moody’s shot skid off the water and squeezed beneath Lachee Singleton’s arm into the left lower corner of the goal Friday. Moody’s shot didn’t come with a lot of power, but its location worked against the Burbank goalkeeper. Burbank kept pace with the Wolverines and tied the game at four, midway through the second quarter. “I didn’t expect it to be this tight,” said Larry Felix, the Wolverines’ coach. “We were a bit tight there at the start, this being the first CIF game for some of my girl,but they picked it up in the third (quarter).” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!