LBA, UBA May Face Damages Suit

first_imgFour days after counselors Arthur T. Johnson and Swaliho Sesay, co-owners of the Johnson and Sesay Law Firm, were named as “bad debtors” by the Liberia Bankers Association (LBA), the pair has threatened to file a defamation suit against the association for wrongful publication.LBA, in its publication, alleged that Counselors Johnson and Sesay owed the United Bank of Africa (UBA) US$27,105.15.Out of the US$27,105.15, the LBA claimed Johnson owed US$13, 671.58 and Sesay, US$13,433.57.Recently, LBA launched a massive publication of the names of institutions and individuals allegedly indebted to commercial banking institutions.Although the association did not publish details of the loan agreement entered between the counselors and the UBA, the LBA claimed that the action was an attempt to shame those indebted to commercial banking institutions, including Johnson and Sesay, for their failure to honor their arrangements with the banks. The publication labeled debtors, including both counselors, as “bad debtors.”“Publishing us as bad debtors without conducting an inquiry was wrong and it also tarnished our hard earned reputation,” Cllr. Sesay claimed.Sesay further alleged that the publication showed that the evidence gathered by the LBA was tainted with errors and is subject to rebuttal, although Sesay admitted crediting from the bank.He claimed that they took US$27,105.15 as part of a contract arrangement they held with the UBA in 2013, of which the bank was to pay the law firm the amount of US$39,192.58, after they recovered US$391,925.83 for the bank.“We agreed that the US$27,105.15 be subtracted from the US$39,192.58 that was transferred into our accounts at the bank. This was what we have been thinking about, but the LBA without any investigation, published our names as bad debtors,” Sesay explained.Sesay claimed that the publication was “baseless” and lacked respect for their law firm, which had assisted the UBA to recover thousands of United States dollars from debtors.“We have never experienced such a bad publication and we are not going to sit down and allow the allegation to go free. We are going to file for damages, if they do not retract their erroneous publication that put our reputation at stake.” In 2013, the UBA appointed the Law Firm as debt recovery agents.The bank’s letter, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, reads: “Following the meeting held between our organizations, we write to confirm the appointment of your law firm as debt recovery agent based on the following terms and conditions.“The mandate on which the bank will be assigning any account to your law firm will be on a case by case basis.”The remuneration for recovery service, according to the letter, is fixed as follows: “Recoveries from 0-US$33, 333, 33 the firm shall be paid 10 percent; recoveries from 33, 333, 33-US$100,000 the firm shall be paid 7.5 percent; recoveries from 100-US$333,333 the firm shall be paid 5 percent; and recoveries from above US$33, 333, 33 the firm shall be paid 2.5 to 3.5 percent.” The letter concluded: “We expect the law firm to successfully conclude the assignment within a reasonable period of not exceeding 90 days from the date of the agreement. The law firm is required to send regular updates to the bank of any progress made on recoveries.”According to Sesay, based on the agreement, his law firm was successful in recovering US$391,925.83 from 40 individuals and institutions that were indebted to the bank, of which the bank owed the law firm US$39,192.58.The recoveries, he said, were done from 2013 to 2015.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minister Harmon to partner with Queen’s Young Leaders Awardee

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon on Wednesday received a courtesy call from the Queen’s Young Leaders Award recipient, Marva Langevine. The brief meeting was held at the Minister’s Office at the Ministry of the Presidency.Minister Harmon expressed his pride in seeing a young Guyanese receive such a prestigious award and expressed an interest in having his office in Region ThreeMinister of State Joseph Harmon and Marva Langevine share a light moment on Wednesday(Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) work closely with Langevine.Having returned to Guyana hoping to build her network in Guyana, Langevine said the Minister of State’s office was an excellent place to start.“He’s reaching out to the people and I love that. With him on my side, I know I will be able to reach an even greater audience… I’m thankful for the Minister’s support. It’s going to really take the project on a platform where more persons will be able to be more open to the work… [and] the support that we’re providing,” she said.Langevine was selected for the Queen’s Young Leaders Award for her work with bereaved and underprivileged children and families in Guyana through the Guyana Golden Lives Organisation, of which she is the founder. She received her award at Buckingham Palace in London last week.last_img read more

Local democracy key to realising ‘good life’– Harmon

first_imgMinister of State, Joseph Harmon on Saturday assured the residents of Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) that Government would continue to strengthen local democracy so that all citizens could enjoy ‘the good life’.Minister Harmon was at the time addressing Barticians during a community outreach held at Tarzie’s Square, in the town.“We are here because we believe that local democracy can only be strengthened if you have democratic renewal and democratic renewal starts with regular Local Government Elections,” Harmon said.“If you have representatives within your community that do not perform, you get the opportunity to say goodbye and welcome new ones, this is what we believe in and very early in our administration, President David Granger said that we are going to have democratic renewal in our communities… The previous Administration disbanded over 38 local democratic organs and in their places put IMCs (Interim Management Committees) and Bartica was a casualty of that high-handedness,” Minister Harmon continued.While in Bartica, Minister Harmon led a walkabout where he met with residents of the town. He also engaged members of the business community.Also present at the community meeting were Social Protection and Social Cohesion Ministers, Amna Ally and Dr George Norton respectively. Minister Ally, through the Public Education Transport Service (PETS), an initiative of President Granger, distributed 30 bicycles to schoolchildren in Bartica.Meanwhile, Dr Norton announced that Government would soon complete a playground in Bartica and a synthetic track was earmarked for the town.“We can bring back Bartica and put it on the sports map where we really deserve to be … this Government is so much concerned with the state of affairs of our youths that only recently we signed a contract for two synthetic tracks … the next track should be in Bartica,” Norton stated.last_img read more

Cuban accused of forging passport stamp

first_imgA Cuban was charged and released on bail at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was allegedly caught at the Guyana Passport Office with a forged passport stamp.Kenlhys Hernandez CartayaThirty-six-year-old Kenlhys Hernandez Cartaya appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty on Wednesday and denied the charge which stated that on January 6, 2020, at the Central Immigration Passport Office, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he uttered to Jenell Lovell, an Immigration Officer, one Cuban passport in favour of himself containing one forged Guyana immigration stamp.Defence counsel Latchmi Rahamat, in a bail application, told the court that Cartaya and his wife entered Guyana illegally; however, the couple are presently working with a United Nations organisation which assist persons like them who came to Guyana to get jobs.She added that the couple work as interpreters, adding that her client was not a flight risk.However, the Prosecutor objected to bail citing the prevalence of the offence and the fact that the Cuban man has no ties to Guyana.Cartaya was released on $100,000 bail. As a condition for bail, he is required to report to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters every Monday until the completion of the case. The matter will continue on February 5, 2020.last_img read more

1900 gallons of illegal fuel seized in Mahaica

first_img…smugglers escape after trying to sink vesselSmugglers made good their escape by jumping overboard after they were caught transporting some 1900 gallons of illegal fuel.The bust was made during the course of an operation conducted by inspectors of the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) with support from the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) in the vicinity of Helena NumberThe smaller of the two vessels also seizedOne, Mahaica on Monday.Officers observed two boats linked together, with several drums on board, according to a statement from the GEA.The GEA said the occupants of the vessels refused to comply with instructions issued by the officers for them to come ashore and initially started to sail away.However, shortly after, they abandoned the vessels and jumped into the river, making good their escape. The GEA said efforts to pursue them proved futile.A public-spirited citizen assisted the authorities by swimming out and pulling the boats ashore, according to the GEA.Upon retrieving the vessels, it was discovered that there were efforts by the occupants to sink the larger of the two.Thirty-eight drums containing fuel were also discovered. They were estimated to be holding 1900 gallons of fuel.Field tests carried out by GEA’s Inspectors revealed that the fuel was illegal as theSome of the drums of fuel seized by the GEAmarker concentration was below the legal level.As a result, all 38 drums of fuel were seized, along with both vessels, an outboard engine and a gasoline powered pump. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.The GEA lauded its Inspectors and Field Operation Coordinator for their diligence and commitment in managing the operation.The Agency said it continued to monitor fuel-related activities to ensure compliance with the GEA Act and Regulations. The GEA also reminded the general public that fuel smuggling affected everyone, and urged anyone with information on fuel smuggling activities to report same to the GEA on 226-0394, extensions 204 or 239, or 629-3391.last_img read more

Wilsona seeking portion of schools settlement

first_img“The school is eligible for reimbursement for critical facility repairs and improvements,” McNabb said. “Even though that school is in a well-kept condition, there are a couple of issues that are expensive.” One item is the repaving of the school’s parking lot, which is estimated to cost $350,000. To qualify for funding, the district must show that it has spent all its deferred maintenance funds, McNabb said. The lawsuit, known as the Williams case, was filed in 2000 in San Francisco County on behalf of nearly 100 students alleging that the state failed to provide public school students with equal access to instructional materials, safe and decent school facilities, and qualified teachers. The case was settled in 2004, resulting in the state allocating $138 million in additional funding for instructional materials for schools that scored in the bottom 20 percent of schools statewide. LAKE LOS ANGELES – The Wilsona School District will pay a consultant $10,000 to help get money from the settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the state alleging inferior education in public schools. The settlement called for schools in the bottom third of academic ratings to be allocated $138 million for textbooks and other instructional materials and $800 million for repairing school buildings. “We are hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Superintendent Ned McNabb said. The board at last week’s meeting approved hiring Golden State Facility Services to get money for Vista San Gabriel Elementary School. The settlement includes an additional $50 million for implementation costs and other oversight-related activities for schools that scored in the bottom 30 percent. An additional $800 million will be provided in future years for critical repair of facilities for schools in the bottom third. As many as 2.3 million California public school students may benefit from funding from the Williams case settlement, according to the state education department. In Los Angeles County alone, 600 schools are ranked in the bottom third. In the Antelope Valley, 47 schools were affected by the settlement in the Antelope Valley Union High, Eastside Union, Keppel Union, Lancaster, Palmdale, Wilsona, Mojave Unified and Muroc Joint Unified districts. The settlement requires county offices of education to monitor the implementation of the settlement, requiring visits to schools to make sure every student has access to textbooks, that facilities are safe and healthy, and that teachers with appropriate qualifications are assigned to every class. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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

Power restored in Chetwynd

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. — Good news: power appears to have been restored to Chetwynd, following a power outage that left over 1,400 residents without power.The power went out just after 7 a.m. this morning, and was out for over an hour before crews restored it.The cause of the outage seems to still be unknown at this time.- Advertisement -Updates on power outages can be found through BC Hydro’s website.last_img

GAA NEWS – RED HUGHS CLUB NOTES

first_imgLotto & 100+ ClubThere was no jackpot winning sequence in this weeks Lotto draw but Mary Anne Ward, Tiernisk won €30 in the lucky dip. Numbers drawn were 4,7,6,5,3,8,1,2. Next weeks Lotto jackpot is €2,350. The Lotto sellers in the coming weeks are: 1st June – Samuel Patterson, 8th June – Liam Kelly, 15th June – Paul Bradley and 22nd June – Kieran Bradley. The winner of the 100+ Club draw this week was Eamonn Byrne, Cronalaghey who wins €100. Thanks to all for their continued support of the weekly Lotto & 100+ Club.Seniors & ReservesThe seniors & reserves played N. Colmcille, Newtown at home on Saturday evening. The reserve game was tight and low scoring with the lads having plenty of chances but lost out in the end by 4 points. Final score: Red Hughs 1-5 N Colmcille 1-9. The senior game was also tight but it was goals from the away side in either half that made the difference. There was nothing between the sides in general play and possession. Final score: Red Hughs 0-6 N Colmcille 2-6. Damien Browne, Calvin Bradley and Peadar McGlinchey got the scores.There are no fixtures for either team next weekend. Both teams next fixture is expected to be against Naomh Columba in Glen on the weekend of 8th June.Minor BoardThe U12 A & B teams take on N. Padraig, Lifford away next Monday 3rd June at 7.00pm.Underage training continues this Saturday from 11.00-12.00 noon for all children. U12 girls training is also on Saturday from 11.00-12.00 noon. New players are still welcome.U14 girls training continues at the pitch on Wednesday from 5.30pm to 7.00pm. New players still welcome.Donegal v Tyrone Congratulations to the Donegal team on their great victory over Tyrone.Well done to Aaron McGlinchey who represented the club and Dromore NS by playing for Donegal in the half time Cumann na mBunscol mini games at McCumhaill Park on Sunday.Donegal Creameries 5K Run/Jog/WalkDonegal Creameries are holding a 5k run/jog/walk this Tuesday 28th May starting from the Cross at 7.00pm. Registration at Donegal Creameries until 6.30pm. Cost of entry €5. All proceeds are in aid of Special Olympics Ireland and all are welcome. Circuit TrainingCircuit training classes take place in the clubhouse on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Classes are open to men and women of all fitness levels and are a great chance to meet your fitness goals giving a total body workout. Classes takes place on Monday at 7.00pm, Wednesday at 10.30am and Thursday at 6.30pm. Classes are open to all within or outside the Red Hughs club. Contact Troy McCormick (087) 7501680 or Calvin Bradley (086) 2424248 for more details.GAA NEWS – RED HUGHS CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 27th, 2013 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:RED HUGHS CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

CON: Bureaucrats just want to silence classroom educators

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Groups fighting the measure are joined together in the Alliance for a Better California, which includes most of the state’s major labor unions, such as the California Teachers Association and California Professional Firefighters, as well as the California Democratic Party. A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, said education needs to be improved by putting more money into classrooms and reducing class sizes. “It has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with helping the classroom,” Duffy said of Proposition 74. “Instead of giving the education community the money that (Schwarzenegger) owes us, he’s created an illusion that the problem with public education is that we can’t fire bad teachers.” Duffy noted that bad teachers with permanent status can be fired, although they have more protections and appeals available than probationary teachers do. Removing those protections could silence teachers who want to speak out against poor conditions in classrooms or other problems, Duffy said. SACRAMENTO – Opponents of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s teacher reform measure say it would do nothing to improve education in California and would also discourage teachers from entering the profession. Proposition 74 would increase the time – from two years to five years – before teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade receive permanent status. Probationary teachers have fewer protections against disciplinary measures, including dismissal, while permanent teachers are entitled to lengthy appeals processes. “This measure will, in the long run, hurt our ability to attract the best and the brightest among us,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. He also said it would allow school districts to cut costs by rotating in beginning teachers every five years, rather than allowing experienced ones to accumulate seniority, along with higher salaries. Some districts, he said, already do that on a two-year basis under current law. In Los Angeles Unified School District, the due-process system for permanent-status teachers involves a system of grievances and hearings. If a teacher is written up for poor performance or fired, the union and teacher have the right to file a grievance. That triggers a series of discussions between the union and administrators, first at the school and later at the district office. Eventually the case could be referred to an independent arbitrator. Probationary teachers have some minor protections, while teachers with emergency credentials are the most vulnerable and can be fired with little course to appeal, Duffy said. Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com 160Want 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

Drake goes after Draymond, ‘Yay Area’ after Raptors win Game 4

first_imgWe knew it was coming.The spice from rapper Drake after the Raptors’ stunning Game 4 win over the Warriors emanated through the screen of a cell phone, and it packed quite a punch.Drake had something ready for Draymond Green, putting the Warriors forward on blast for the outfit he wore to Golden State’s Game 3 loss: A double-breasted pink blazer and jean shorts.The rapper posted two side-by-side photos of Green on Instagram, and some goofy character speaking over the post compared Green to …last_img