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Foreign Affairs Ministry says termination of non-career diplomats normal

first_imgNawbatt’s M lawsuitThe Foreign Affairs Ministry is disputing the claims made by former Guyana High Commissioner to CanadaHarry Narine NawbattHarry Narine Nawbatt that he was “unlawfully dismissed”, pointing out that it was normal practice to terminate the services of non-career diplomats upon a change in administration.Nawbatt is suing Government for over $49 million in damages for what he said was unlawful dismissal from his duties.However, the Foreign Affairs Ministry, in a statement on Wednesday, said when there was a change in administration, there may be termination of non-career diplomats who serve as Heads of Missions at the pleasure of the President of the day on a contractual basis.“In practice, such Heads of Missions would normally submit their resignations when that Administration demits office. Following the results of the General Elections in October 1992, the PPP Administration terminated the services not only of non-career Ambassadors and High Commissioners but also of the career diplomats. The only exception was Ambassador Samuel Rudolph Insanally, who was serving at the time as the Permanent Representative of Guyana to the United Nations,” the Foreign Ministry said.It said in May last year, only two career diplomats headed Guyana Missions.“Consequent upon the results of the May 11, 2015 elections, the services of all political/non-career officers would have come to an end anyway. Of these political appointees, only Ambassador Bayney Karran, who heads Guyana’s Embassy in Washington, DC and is also Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States, submitted a letter of resignation.”It said in doing so, he indicated his availability and willingness to serve the new Administration if so desired.“On the other hand, notwithstanding the protocol of resignation, Mr Nawbatt and the other political officers submitted no letters of resignation or expression of willingness to serve. His contract, like those of the other non-career officers, can be said to have been thereby frustrated.”The Ministry said it was remarkable, although not surprising given the effrontery of some of those officers that Nawbatt could claim to have been since May 11, 2015, in a position to give and receive instructions and to discharge duties as a diplomatic representative of Guyana.The Ministry said there was no record of it having any involvement in the settlement of the terms of the contract to which Nawbatt has made reference. The contract on which he is basing his appeal was signed a mere few weeks before the 2015 elections. It said he and the other persons signing such contracts would have been aware of the risks involved in signing so close to national elections, a document linked to the provision of service to a President and Administration whose tenure was the subject of the very elections. The contracts ought to have been extended to May 11 or 12 or end of May as agreed by the Inter-Party Transition Committee.The Ministry said too that it was also unaware of when Nawbatt left his post in Canada. According to the court papers, Nawbatt is suing for damages in excess of $25,000,000 for breach of contract of employment and special damages for $24,295,104.The former High Commissioner said on June 8, 2015, Audrey Waddell, Director General (ag) of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, wrongfully and in repudiatory breach of the said agreement purported to terminate the plaintiff’s employment and wrongfully dismissed him.last_img read more

The Welfare of Youth and Children Should be Prioritized

first_imgThe founder and executive director of the Media Women Center for Democracy and Development (MEWOCEDE), Mrs. Patmilia Doe Paivey, is calling on the Government of Liberia to take concrete steps towards the implementation of goal number 4 of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development (GASD 2030).Making the call when she served as keynote speaker at program marking the celebration of the 2016 Day of the African Child organized by the Pursuit for Positive Action Youth Organization (PPAYO), Mrs. Paivey said, the access to quality education remains a major challenge, therefore, it is important that government guarantees the welfare of boys and girls having access to quality primary and secondary education leading to a better generation of young people.According to Mrs. Paivey, there are huge number of children whose rights have been violated, while others are being victimized through the acts of rape, child trafficking and slavery among others. “It is about time that the welfare of children and youth in our society be prioritized. Therefore, on behalf of the Women Working Group on Women Peace and Security, I would like to call on the government to commit and take tangible steps towards the realization of goal number 4 of the GASD 2030,” Mrs. Paivey said.Goal number four of the GASD 2030 states that, by 2030, there should be an inclusive and equitable quality education and the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all. Mrs. Paivey, who also a member of the West African Working Group on Women Peace and Security, at the same time called on would-be first time voters not to be misled and used by politicians in the up coming 2017 presidential and general elections, but should rather focus on issues that will positively impact their lives as young people.She added, “As you all leave today, make it your responsibility as young people, especially you the females to serve as agents of positive change within your schools, home and your community.”The program brought together over 300 hundred students from some government schools in central Monrovia, including the Gray D. Allison High School, Soniwen Public School and the Buzzi Quarter Community School, among others. The DAC is celebrated on June 16 of every year in honor of hundreds of young students who participated in the Soweto uprising in 1976, protesting for improvement in the quality of their education and demanding their right to be taught in their own language instead of the Afrikaans language of the white South Africans. The day is also observed to create awareness of the ongoing need for improvement in the standard of education provided to African children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ANGLERS LOSE LONG-RUNNING LEGAL CASE OVER FISHING RIGHTS ON GWEEBARRA

first_imgA JUDGE has ruled against anglers involved in a long-running dispute over a Co Donegal fishery.The anglers had been fishing the Gweebarra for a number of years until new rules came into force in 2007.But a judgement in favour of the Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has sounded the deathknell for anglers hopes of being recognised as having “rights” to fish. In a statement to Donegal Daily, the IFI said Ms Justice Laffoy’s delivered judgement in the High Court on the first module of the trial in the case of Inland Fisheries Ireland (“IFI”) v Peadar O’ Baoill and Others had ruled in its favour.The organisation said the trial was sought by IFI to allow key issues to be determined in this first module with the objective of saving court time and costs. The module related to the most important sections of the fishery, parts of which are in State ownership and part private. All these sections are managed by IFI and include the famous “Mayo Pool”.Said the IFI statement: “The key claim by the Defendants and others opposed to the new fishing arrangements introduced on the Gweebarra by the Northern Regional Fisheries Board (now IFI) in 2007 (following agreement with other stakeholders), was that they had acquired rights to fish freely without permit or other restriction by virtue of fishing in this manner for many years prior to 2007.“They claimed they could continue to fish without the need for a permit from IFI on behalf of the State or private owners, as appropriate. If such rights were upheld it would have made the arrangements introduced in 2007 unworkable as the rod management plan which was central to the changes was dependent on regulation by issue of permits.“The decision on this key claim for any section of the fishery had application throughout the freshwater fishery as if there were such rights, they would affect all owners and all sections. However the Judgement was emphatic in rejecting the Defendants’ claim in that regard stating-“The reality is that the defendants have not established any right, public, or otherwise, to fish in the freshwater part of the Gweebarra River, including the part thereof the subject of this module”.The IFI said the questions to be determined by the Court in this module and the answers given by the Judge were as follows-(a) Does the plaintiff (Inland Fisheries Ireland) have the right to manage, control and regulate access to the lands marked in yellow (State owned) and green (Privately owned) on the relevant mapAnswer: Yes(b) Is the plaintiff (Inland Fisheries Ireland) entitled to the reliefs sought against the defendants insofar as the lands at (a) above are concerned?Answer: Yes(c) Are the defendants entitled to the reliefs set out in the counterclaim insofar as the lands at (a) above are concerned?Answer: NoIn short, said the IFI, it succeeded and the Defendants failed on all issues which were the subject of this module and, as already outlined above, the rejection of their claim to have acquired rights to fish without the permit of the owners extends to the entire freshwater part of the Gweebarra.The IFI went on: “The statements on behalf of the Donegal Game Angling Federation as reported in the edition of the Donegal News on the 21st December are therefore quite incomprehensible in the circumstances given they claim among other things that the Judgement confirmed the Defendants’ rights to fish the Gweebarra when the exact opposite is the case.“In her concluding remarks, the Judge urged the parties to avoid further expense by endeavouring to resolve the remainder of the dispute by local agreement and stated that “the Gweebarra River is a precious resource, which requires to be protected for this and future generations”- a view which IFI fully endorses.“In that context IFI repeats it’s previously stated position that it has absolutely no wish to be involved in proceedings of this nature and remains committed to the protection of the Gweebarra fishery in its entirety, the public portion of which is a state asset. It welcomes any initiative which will allow for sustainable management of the fishery into the future. It is happy therefore to seek to resolve the remainder of the dispute, but such would have to be found in the context of existing legal agreements with other stakeholders.”ANGLERS LOSE LONG-RUNNING LEGAL CASE OVER FISHING RIGHTS ON GWEEBARRA was last modified: December 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ANGLERS LOSE LONG-RUNNING LEGAL CASE OVER FISHING RIGHTS ON GWEEBARRAlast_img read more

DONEGAL BOXER CATHAL GETS BEHIND HARD-HITTING SAMARITANS SUICIDE CAMPAIGN

first_imgDonegal boxer Cathal McMonagle is spearheading a campaign to highlight the issue of suicide.The Letterkenny heavyweight has teamed up with the Samaritans for the launch of the ‘We’re In Your Corner’ scheme which was launched today.To highlight the issue, a large boxing ring has been erected in the waiting area of Belfast Central Station as part of the hard-hitting campaign. Cathal spends a lot of his time in Belfast and knows the reality of the problem of suicide.Cathal said: “It doesn’t matter how big or tough we are, we all suffer our own heartaches/troubles in life, big or small.“It’s not a sign of weakness to talk about your problems, in fact it takes a bigger man to admit he has a problem and ask for help.”Campaign organisers say they are particularly targeting men, who are said to be three times more likely to take their own lives than women. Suzanne Costello of Samaritans said: “We know that men remain a high-risk group and we believe that they don’t feel able to talk about their problems.“These can spiral out of control, sometimes with tragic consequences. Talking to someone is better than bottling things up and we hope that the poster campaign will prompt more people to seek support.” DONEGAL BOXER CATHAL GETS BEHIND HARD-HITTING SAMARITANS SUICIDE CAMPAIGN was last modified: February 16th, 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:BOXERCATHAL MCMONAGLESAMARITANSlast_img read more

LARGE CROWDS EXPECTED FOR LETTERKENNY AC’S FIVE MILE RACE

first_imgIt’s full steam ahead for Sunday’s five mile road race in Letterkenny which has an 11 am start.The race, which starts outside the O’Donnell Park and finishes at the back of the Aura Centre, was first held a year ago.Given that this will be the first race of the year locally, a large turnout is expected for this out and back race over a flat course. Registrations will be taken from 10 am at the Aura Centre, with refreshments and the presentation of prizes also in the Aura afterwards. The club was well represented at the Finn Valley 5K on Stephen’s Day which attracted huge numbers. Letterkenny runners filled the top three places – Christopher Johnston won the race in 15:26, with Danny Mooney second in 15:36 and Peter Gibbons third in 15:51.Well done to Maria McCambridge who won the Greencastle 5-miler in Tyrone, also on St Stephen’s Day. This was Maria’s first race since winning the national marathon championship in Dublin in October. Stephen Scullion of North Belfast Harriers was the overall winner.Club captain, Aidan McKenna and Padraig Friel opted for the cross country race at Cranford Park on St Stephen’s Day. Both ran well and placed in the top ten, with Aidan the first over-40.Best wishes to Garvan McCloskey who is relocating to America next week. Garvan is an extremely popular member of the club who has tackled all distances from the mile to the marathon and who also served his time on the club executive as assistant treasurer. Hopefully, Garvan, who was given a big send off on Saturday night by his club mates, will continue the wear the black and amber vest with the same distinction on the other side of the Atlantic. Sympathy is extended to club coach, Marie Gibson on the recent death of her father, Barney Murray, from Raphoe.Happy new year wishes are extended to all Letterkenny AC members. Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30 pm, with runners meeting up at the front door of the Aura Centre. New members are always welcome. LARGE CROWDS EXPECTED FOR LETTERKENNY AC’S FIVE MILE RACE was last modified: January 4th, 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:Letterkenny Athletic Clublast_img read more

JUDGE TURNS DOWN ASSAULT APPEAL AND WARNS THUG TO PAY COMPO TO VICTIM

first_imgA JUDGE has ordered a man behind a cowardly attack outside a pub to come up with cash for his victim.Richard Doherty, of Derryreel, Falcarragh, and pictured right threw a lousy punch at an innocent Carrigart man, outside a pub in Dunfanaghy on December 5, 2010.Doherty, 22, was convicted in his absence last April. He was living in Perth, Australia, at the time. However he returned to Co Donegal to hear the case as he appealed the harshness of his sentence – an order to pay his victim €4,800 in compensation, €4,000 for the injuries and €800 in medical expenses.He was also fined €800.Gda Brendan O’Connor told Doherty’s appeal at Letterkenny Circuit Court that there had been a fight inside the nightclub. Gardai had contained the situation and discovered a group of Carrigart men had been assaulted by a gang from Falcarragh.However later on, one of the people from Carrigart – Fergal Doherty – was standing outside when he was the victim of a total unprovoked assault. He was punched twice in the face and sustained a broken nose.A solicitor for Richard Doherty said he had “matured considerably” since the incident, had returned to Donegal from Australia, but simply didn’t have the funds to pay anything.He faces 110 days in prison if he fails to pay the money.But Judge Keenan Johnson told Doherty he must come up with “a substantial part of it” at the next court sitting on April 1.He said Doherty must turn to family and friends if necessary.At the original last April the presiding District Court judge said that if he was making laws, he’d argue to make the consumption of drink an aggravating factor in cases rather than a mitigating one.Judge Conal Gibbons also remarked about how Doherty, from Derryreel but then living in Perth, hadn’t appeared before the court in person whilst his victim, Carrigart man Ferghal Doherty had done so.Gda Brendan O’Connor told the court, sitting in Letterkenny that a fight broke out outside a nightclub in Dunfanaghy in the early hours of December 5, 2010.“The injured party and friends were attacked by another group of youths. The injured party had no part in the aggression whatsoever and was entirely innocent,” said Gda O’Connor.“He was struck in the face twice. The incident was viewed by me, the injured party and the accused on CCTV and the accused readily admitted his involvement.”Ferghal Doherty had suffered a broken nose in the incident, said the Garda, and required hospital treatment in both Letterkenny and in Sligo.Richard Doherty’s solicitor Fiona Brown, in mitigation, said that her client had left Ireland in October 2011. He was then working as a plasterer in Perth, Western Australia.He had been in bother before, she said, but this was mainly road traffic offences with one public order conviction.“His behaviour was shocking,” said Judge Gibbons.“I suppose this was about geographical areas? – two different parishes? – are we going back to that? it is quite outrageous.”The judge asked Ferghal Doherty about his injuries.“I got over it anyway,” said the victim.Judge Gibbons said it was “an appalling state of affairs that someone can go out and do this to someone completely innocent.“This speaks volumes about the modern age.”Commenting on Richard Doherty’s presence in Perth and not before the court in Letterkenny at the time, the judge said: “There was a time when people sere went to Australia after a court case, not before a case appears before the court.”The judge went on: “In every town where there is entertainment at a nightclub or a large pub, these places have to have very big individuals suitably attired (bouncers) standing outside maintaining order. We are supposed to be progressing and evolving as human beings.“If you spend time in court you would take serious issue with the theory of evolution.”When the solicitor said her client had consumed drink on the night in question, Judge Gibbons said: “The problem is with the human, not the drink.“Your client has to lift it up and put it to his mouth. The drink was voluntarily taken by the client. Drink is an aggravating factor and not a mitigating factor.“If I was writing laws in this country, I would amend the legislation to state that fact – that the court would see drinking as an aggravating factor.“I’m very disturbed by your client’s behaviour. I understand that Irish people have to go abroad but if he behaved like this in Australia they wouldn’t tolerate it; in fact most progressive countries would not tolerate it“Drink is an inert substance. The problem is not the drink – it’s mixing the drink with the human.”JUDGE TURNS DOWN ASSAULT APPEAL AND WARNS THUG TO PAY COMPO TO VICTIM was last modified: February 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:CarrigartDunfanaghyFalcarraghFightLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

New playground and road safety measures on the way for six Donegal areas

first_imgAlmost €200,000 has been approved for improved road safety measures near schools and communities in towns and villages across Donegal, along with a new play area for Falcarragh.The CLAR funding allocation was announced today by Minister Joe McHugh. The funds will be used for works to improve road safety, parking, lighting and footpaths around two schools and for development associations.Two schools in the north of the county are among the project list – Cranford NS will see road resurfacing, pedestrian crossing, footpath and public lighting with €45,000 funding, while Trentagh NS will see parking facilities and public lighting with a €14,400 investment. Minster McHugh said: “Almost €60,000 on two schools to make it safer for children and parents is a hugely important investment.”Other projects being funded are – Malin Development Association secured €45,000 for resurfacing, car parking, footpath and road markings; Drimarone Development Association awarded €35,972 for resurfacing, car park, footpath, road marking and fencing; Falcarragh Development Association got €35972 for a playground; and Carrigans Tidy Towns secured €19,800 for a pedestrian crossing.Minister McHugh said: “These projects will help improve the safety around schools while the wider community will also benefit. They also help to improve the lives of children with better play areas and a better environment for them to explore and grow up in.“I am delighted to see the fund continuing to support those communities in Donegal.” Minister McHugh added: “This comes on the back of a similar amount which was spent in the last year in other areas.“These investments make an important difference in our communities and it is yet another example of the huge benefit that the Clár programme brings to our county.“Crossing points will be more visible and safer, pedestrian access will be easier and the money will also make sure resurfacing takes place.” New playground and road safety measures on the way for six Donegal areas was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

SleepWise Letterkenny have the solution to your chronic pain and sleeping troubles

first_imgAre you having trouble sleeping, lack of energy, stress or struggling with a chronic illness or pain?If so, well the solution is simple and you can heal yourself while you sleep with Sleepwise Grounding Bed Sheets.Now available on the top floor of the Courtyard Shopping Centre Letterkenny, or call Jude on 0871822847 SleepWise Letterkenny have the solution to your chronic pain and sleeping troubles was last modified: December 10th, 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:Courtyard Shopping CentresleepwiseSleepwise Grounding Bed Sheetslast_img read more

Google Cloud Connect: A Microsoft Office Plugin for Syncing with Google Docs

first_imgklint finley Google Cloud Connect is a Microsoft Office plugin released today by Google. It has been available for testers since November, but it is now generally available. It syncs a user’s Office docs with their Google Docs, and adds a toolbar for sharing documents right into Office. We’ve been asking for offline access for Google Docs for years now, and this is a step towards that. Google Cloud Connect is available for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 are all supported.Several other services sync Google Docs with offline folders, including Gladinet, Insync, Memeo, Offisync and Syncplicity. We looked at some of these here.Google has slowly but surely been turning Google Docs into the mythical Gdrive, and we’ve been tracking that progression.Google also announced today its 90-Day Appsperience program – a way for those curious about Google Apps to get a chance to try it out for a “nominal fee” for 90 days. Tags:#enterprise#saas Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw inducted in US-India Business Council board

first_imgBiotechnology pioneer Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw was among two-dozen board members inducted in the US Indian Business Council, according to a statement.Abbott CEO Mikes White and former CIA director Michael Hayden and ex-national security advisor Stephen Hadley were also inducted in the USIBC on Thursday. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img