William Glay Petitioned for the Senate

first_imgReports say Grand Gedians residing in the United States of America, Australia, Nigeria, Ghana, and Liberia have petitioned one William Khon Glay to contest for the senatorial seat of Grand Geddeh County in the upcoming 2014 mid-term election.The group under the banner ‘Friends of William Glay’  said, “As a well connected man, a former regional forester, as well as a former representative of Legislature, we believe in Mr. Glay, due to his vast experience and proven leadership ability.”It was revealed by his supporters that Glay would bring a ‘viable representation’ to the table if elected.Glay’s fans believe that electing him in Senate would bring about the continuation of brighter days for Grand Geddeans, a situation they are said to have enjoyed before the Liberian civil war.The group’s statement further said, Glay’s leadership would buttress an agenda for job creation, better farm-to-market roads, adequate schools and affordable healthcare services for the people of Grand Gedeh.Receiving the petition, Glay expressed his thanks and appreciation to the organizing committee for their thoughtfulness and sense of gratitude.The former law maker said he was deeply honored by the citizen’s request and promised to make a comprehensive response at a possible time.Concerning their endorsement he explained: “The request brought tears to my eyes because you all realize the importance of power and how it should be channeled to bring about improvement in the lives of the people of our county.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt ordered to pay $25M to former Guyana High Commissioner to Canada

first_imgUnfair dismissalThe Government, through Attorney General Basil Williams, has been ordered by the High Court to pay former Guyana High Commissioner to Canada, Harry Narine Nawbatt, some $25 million in court costs.Former Guyana High Commissioner to Canada Harry Narine NawbattNawbatt’s appointment to that post commenced under the then People’s Progressive Party/Civic Government on February 9, 2015, three months before the May 2015 General and Regional Elections. However, less than one month after being in office, the new A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Coalition Administration dismissed him.The ruling on the statement of claim proceedings was handed down by Justice Diana Insanally on Monday.Nawbatt, through his attorneys Anil Nandlall, Manoj Narayan and Rajendra Jaigobin, sued the Attorney General in April 2016, claiming that his contract of employment was not lawfully terminated, thus he was seeking salaries, emoluments and other benefits owed to him.Following the trial, Justice Insanally granted judgment to Nawbatt in the sum of $24,295,104 for “special damages”. She also awarded $500,000 for breach of contract, and court costs in the sum of $50,000. Additionally, the court ordered that interest on the said sums be paid at the rate of 6 percent per annum from the date of filing to the date of judgment, and thereafter at the rate of 4 per cent per annum until fully paid.Nawbatt, in his legal suit, was seeking over $49 million for wrongful dismissal and a breach of contract. He stated that his firing was enshrined in a letter dated June 8, 2015 when the Director General (ag) of the Foreign Affairs Ministry wrongfully, and “in repudiatory breach” of the above-mentioned contract, purported to terminate his employment, and therefore wrongfully dismissed him.This letter had stated that his appointment would end on August 31st, 2015 and that he should report to Georgetown.The former ambassador had requested damages in excess of $25 million for breach of contract and “special” damage in the sum of $24,295,104, the latter of which was awarded.Nawbatt, in documents, had said he was tasked with performing the functions and duties of High Commissioner to Canada, and was being paid a monthly salary of $773,801. His contract would have expired on February 9 of 2016. According to the contract inked, the cost of education for Nawbatt’s children would have been paid by the Government, and he was also entitled to this and other allowances.Nawbatt would have been allowed to terminate his services, provided that a written notice of three months was given. Likewise the Government would have had to give notice for the same time frame, or pay Nawbatt six months’ salary and station allowance if such notice was not given. According to Nawbatt, he was owed $4.3 million for salary up to February 2016; $5.7million in gratuity; payment of $4 million for 158 days’ leave; $4.8 million in station allowance; $4.6 million in station allowance for leave for five months, and $2million in business class return air passages, among other things.Nawbatt had once served as a Government Minister under the PPP/C Administration. In a statement to the press on Monday, Anil Nandlall outlined that his legal team has filed many similar cases in 2015 and 2016. He, however, claimed that in all the cases, the plaintiffs sued for damages for wrongful dismissal or unlawful termination of their contracts of employment, and were awarded various sums as compensation, along with interest and costs.He said that while the Attorney General was the defendant in all of these cases, and no appeal was filed against any of the decisions, the Attorney General has “consistently refused to honour these judgments, although we have made repeated written requests for him to do so”.Nandlall concluded that “the relevant proceedings will be commenced shortly to commit the Minister of Finance to prison for non-payment of these judgments”.last_img read more

Father of 2 killed in hit and run

first_imgA father of two was in the wee hours of Sunday killed after he was struck down by a speeding car along the Supply Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Dead is 34-year-old Shayne Haynes of Supply Village.Dead: Shayne HaynesBased on reports received, the now dead man left his sister’s home about 04:00h, and as he was walking along the roadway, he was struck by a speeding car which fled the scene. The impact was loud enough to wake his neighbours who, upon checking, saw the injured man lying on the roadway.An alarm was raised and the injured man was taken to the Diamond hospital, but was later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he died while receiving medical attention.The Police have since visited the scene and retrieved Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage from a resident.The recording is being reviewed in an attempt to identify the registration plates of the vehicle which caused the accident. Police are continuing their investigations.Earlier in the month, Karamchand Khemraj was killed while his friend, Reaz Shaw was injured after they were struck down by a minibus while riding along the Annandale Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD). After hitting the two teenagers, the minibus driver continued on his way without stopping to render assistance.Both young men were tossed off the pedal cycle they were riding and landed on the roadway. Khemraj died while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital while Shaw was admitted a patient in critical state.However, days after the accident, the minibus was found under a tarpaulin at a house in Mon Repos, ECD. The driver has since been identified as a Chinese National. He, along with his wife, has reportedly gone into hiding since the accident.The Chinese Association had visited the families of the two victims and offered compensation, but it was refused.last_img read more

Vandals torch club

first_imgPICO RIVERA – A contingent of investigators with bloodhounds scoured through a popular nightclub/restaurant Thursday after several men smashed through a glass door and torched a hallway. Only a custodian was inside El Rodeo, 8825 Washington Blvd., when the vandals broke in at about 5:30 a.m. by smashing the glass door on the west side of the building. The intruders then threw a flammable liquid on the walls and floor of the club’s main hallway and lighted parts of it on fire, said Detective Mike Cofield of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Arson/Explosives Detail. The custodian smelled smoke and called the club’s owner, who notified authorities, sheriff’s Sgt. Robin Limon said. Cofield said the fire extinguished itself shortly after it was set. The vandalism was captured on El Rodeo’s surveillance camera, officials said. The fire caused an estimated $15,000 in damage. “It’s pretty minor damage,” said Cofield. He said the arsonists were in the building for a short time. Their only apparent intention was to cause damage. Nothing was stolen, he said. Property owner Henry Aguila said he suspected the assailants may have been disgruntled customers, or someone from a competing business. “It looks like somebody was trying to torch the place,” said Aguila. “They wanted it to go up in smoke.” Investigators, assisted by scent-identifying dogs, spent most of the afternoon sifting through the club for evidence. Capt. Mike Rothans of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station said the incident seemed odd to him. “It’s a strange one, because it doesn’t appear anything was stolen,” he said. “It appears their only intent was to damage the restaurant.” sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DONEGAL ‘CORNER SHOP’ IN FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL AS 40 CLOSE IN TWO YEARS

first_imgMore than 40 corner shops across Donegal have closed down in the last two years.And trade is down by more than 15% for those still in business according to Chief Executive of the Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association.Vincent Jennings said local shop owners are facing a huge uphill battle to keep their open signs up. He warned the recession is taking its toll with the government, banks and wholesalers heaping more pressure on shopkeepers.“Banks are withdrawing overdraft and loan facilities leaving some shop-owners unable to weather the economic storm.“Suppliers are increasing their wholesale prices, which the retailer cannot pass on to hard-pressed customers,” he said.Family-run and local shops are also facing the increasing threat of anti-social behaviour as well as an increase in shoplifting and hold-ups, he added. He also urged local authorities not to see the local shop owner as a soft touch for easy revenue but to set ‘realistic rates and fair charges’.‘Our customers value the convenience of shopping in well appointed stores open at times and in locations that suit them.“But the actions of the government, banks and wholesalers make it very hard for our members to survive without compromising on the value and service the shopper wants’, said Mr. Jennings.Accountants and business advisers are meeting Donegal shop owners on a daily basis trying to work out business survival plans, he said.He claimed government policy of implementing ‘excessive excises and VAT hikes’ is playing a major role in the sector’s dire difficulties. DONEGAL ‘CORNER SHOP’ IN FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL AS 40 CLOSE IN TWO YEARS was last modified: August 8th, 2012 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:corner shopsdonegalVincent Jenningslast_img read more

A ‘Pat’ on the back for Creeslough woman after raising €2,300 for Alzheimers Society

first_imgCreeslough woman Patricia (Pat) McCarry has said a big thank you to everyone who helped or donated in any way to her recent Alzheimers Tea Day.Pat has held the fundraiser at her home for the past number of years.And this year the event managed to raise a whopping €2,300 to add to the huge amount she has already raised for the Donegal branch of the society. “Thanks to family, neighbours and friends and everyone for their support,” said Pat.A ‘Pat’ on the back for Creeslough woman after raising €2,300 for Alzheimers Society was last modified: September 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:CreesloughPat McCarrytea daylast_img read more

Fan Vote: Shanahan or Gruden? Which Bay Area coach is NFL Coach of the Year?

first_imgThere is plenty of football left to be played this NFL season — ample time for top teams to fall and sleeper squads to make a late run.But as we fast approach the home stretch of the campaign, I can’t help but think that when it’s all said and done, the NFL Coach of the Year award is going to come to the Bay Area.Which Bay Area coach wins it, I cannot say just yet.I’ll concede that the Coach of the Year award should probably go to New England’s Bill Belichick every season, but it’s worth …last_img

Ohio Soybean Council announces annual meeting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) will hold its annual meeting on Monday, November 28, 2016 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest in Dublin, Ohio. The meeting will begin at 3:00 p.m. and all Ohio soybean farmers are invited to attend.The meeting will include a discussion of Ohio soybean checkoff investments, audit review and acceptance of new members of the OSC Board of Trustees.For meeting information, contact OSC at 888-769-6446.last_img

BJP is a party of sycophants: Yashwant Sinha

first_imgStating that ‘Modi magic’ was on the wane, former Union Minister and ex-BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday said the electorate had expressed their ire and frustration. Mr. Sinha, one of the bitter critics of the Narendra Modi regime, lauded Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s conduct and democratic style of functioning which enabled his party to come back in the Assembly polls.Commenting that Mr. Gandhi knew how to move with everyone, he said: “The BJP says it does not have an alternative for Mr. Modi, but the country will chose its alternative soon …The BJP will now have to think ten times before denigrating Rahul Gandhi as ‘pappu’,” Mr. Sinha said while delivering a lecture at the Pune Patrakar Sangh. He said soon after the results, he had received phone calls from several BJP leaders from Jharkhand, who were secretly happy at their own party’s defeat.Saying that everybody in the BJP was frightened of Mr. Modi, he added that nobody within the party had raised a voice against him [Mr. Modi] and party president Amit Shah despite the party’s spectacular defeat in the key states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.“For the last four-and-a-half years, Narendra Modi has been deified by sycophants in the party who think he can do no wrong…Modi thinks he can play God and can bypass the council of ministers. But this defeat will put a check on his arrogance,” Mr. Sinha said, stating that it appeared all administrative activities and policy decisions emanated from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).The veteran politician, who held the Finance and External Affairs portfolios under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government (1998-2004), hit out at Mr. Modi’s ‘dictatorship’ and said the BJP’s losses had taken the wind out of its sails.Hitting out at Mr. Modi’s highly authoritarian manner of functioning, Mr. Sinha said that due procedures had been bypassed in the Rafale fighter aircraft deal with the Defence Ministry left in the dark.“The entire nation is being run only by two persons, Mr. Modi and Mr. Shah [BJP president]. The council of ministers is never taken into confidence while implementing any important policy decision,” he said.Observing that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was reduced to being a ‘Twitter Minister’, Mr. Sinha said: “When I was External Affairs Minister under Mr. Vajpayee, he always used to consult me and take me along during his foreign visits. But that portfolio today is sadly reduced to being a political sinecure as Mr. Modi does not bother to consult the External Affairs Minister.”Similarly, he observed that the Finance Ministry was all but ignored in the momentous decision on demonetisation.“Demonetisation has achieved nothing except wiping out the livelihood of crores of small traders and bringing about widespread unemployment,” he said.Mr. Sinha further commented that nobody in the BJP would get a get a shot at leading the party as long as Mr. Modi and Mr. Shah were in control. “There does not seem to be any likelihood of someone else like Nitin Gadkari leading the party as long as Mr. Modi and Mr. Shah are driving the BJP,” he said.last_img read more

‘Our alliance is one of ideas’

first_imgBahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati on Friday termed the BSP-Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance a combine of ideas.“Unlike the Bharatiya Janata Party, this alliance is one of ideas and it will not sit silent till it uproots the Yogi Adityanath government along with the Narendra Modi government,” the BSP chief said, addressing rallies for the candidates of the alliance in Mirzapur and Chandauli.“The sad faces of the BJP leaders after the completion of six phases of polling indicate that they know it’s time for the Modi government to go. Their bad days will start from May 23. After that, preparations for Adityanath to return to his mutt will start,” she said.Seeing the party’s sorry state of affairs in the polls, the BJP and its supporters tried to create misunderstanding between the BSP and the SP but they failed, said Ms. Mayawati.“This alliance has been formed after due consideration and will last long,” she asserted.Ms. Mayawati exhorted the electorate to ensure BJP State unit president Mahendra Nath Pandey, in the fray for the Chandauli seat, loses his deposit. She said the amount of work the BSP and the SP have done for the sisters and daughters of the State had not been done by any other party.She said when in power her government had taken steps to connect Maoist-hit areas with development works.“Instead of killing Maoists, we extended employment and food. We gave employment to the poor people of Sonebhadra (a Maoist-hit area) and later the SP government did a lot of work in this direction,” she said.Praise for AkhileshStating that SP president Akhilesh Yadav had put in a lot of effort to ensure BSP candidates fared well in the polls, Ms. Mayawati said it was the BSP’s moral responsibility to ensure the victory of the SP candidate from Chandauli.Mr. Yadav, in his address, said the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ had wiped off the BJP in the six phases of polling because of which their leaders were having sleepless nights.“As May 23 is nearing, their (BJP) fear is rising,” he said.last_img read more