Court orders Finance Minister to pay up or face jail time

first_imgDIPCON’S US$2.2M paymentThe hearings into the civil matter involving Trinidadian company, DIPCON Engineering Services and Finance Minister, Winston Jordan on Monday came to a conclusion before Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, as final rulings into the matter were made at the Demerara High Court.Attorney General Basil WilliamsJustice PriyaSewnarine-BeharryFinance MinisterWinston JordanJustice Sewnarine-Beharry, in delivering her decision, ruled that the applicant (DIPCON) recover from the respondent (Minister Jordan) costs in excess of US$2.2 million together with interest at a rate of 4 per cent per annum by July 8, 2019, which was outlined by the court.The High Court judge further ruled that the Finance Minister’s failure to comply with the court orders will result in him being liable to imprisonment until the judgment is paid in full.At the commencement of the hearing of the legal proceeding, Attorney General, Basil Williams had made an application for an extension of 14 days (two weeks) for the State to serve and file a defence into the case challenging the Finance Minister. The said application was accepted.This application was made in light of DIPCON moving to the court over non-payment of some US$2.2 million which the Government was ordered to pay back in 2015. The legal proceedings were this time brought against the Finance Minister as he failed to adhere to the court order, compelling the State to pay the aforementioned amount of money to the Trinidadian company.In 2015, the case, heard by Justice Rishi Persaud, concluded with a judgment in favour of the company, however, the Trinidadian company claimed that Minister Jordan did not take steps to make the payments.As such, the company’s lawyers have applied to the court for an administrative order to compel the Minister to pay.Justice Persaud had ruled that DIPCON recover from the Government of Guyana, the amount in excess of US$2.2 million together with interest of six per cent per annum from February 10, 2009, to October 21, 2015, and thereafter at a rate of four per cent per annum until fully paid.It was also ordered that Government pay DIPCON costs to the tune of $1,200,000 along with a stay of execution for six weeks from the date of the ruling.last_img read more

Bill to move up presidential primary on track to passage

first_imgWhittier-area state Sen. Ron Calderon’s bill to move up the presidential primary to February – instead of June – passed a key committee Wednesday and appeared to be on a fast track for approval. The Senate Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments Committee, which Calderon chairs, voted 3-0 to approve SB 1213. One committee member abstained, while a fifth was absent. The bill now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee, where it is expected to be voted on today. It could receive a vote on the Senate floor as early as Tuesday. Calderon, D-Montebello, said his bill will give California the political clout it has long deserved. “This is designed to give California a greater voice in determining who will be the next president,” he said. “California is the biggest state in the union and yet its June primary ensures the major primary nominee will be determined long before the state casts its ballots.” Some have concerns about the bill, particularly about who will pay for a third statewide election in 2008. If it passes, California will hold a presidential primary in February, a June primary for state candidates and the presidential elections in November. It would cost up to an additional $90 million to hold a separate presidential primary in February, county officials said. County governments, which conduct statewide elections, want to make sure they won’t get stuck with the bill. “We would suggest the author amend the bill to ensure that the counties’ costs are addressed,” said Karen Keene, legislative representative for the California State Association of Counties. Calderon said those concerns would be addressed, but not until the bill is approved by the Senate and sent to the Assembly. “The Legislature did reimburse counties for costs in the 2005 election,” he said. “I am confident we will do the right thing again.” But state Sen. Dave Cogdill, R-Fresno, a member of the Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments Committee, abstained from voting on Calderon’s bill. Too often, the Legislature promises to pay back money “some day” but doesn’t live up to it, he said. He also wants the bill to include provision to allow the state to revert to a June primary in the event that the earlier primary doesn’t work out. “Hopefully those amendments will be addressed as the bill moves through the process,” he said. Calderon’s measure did, however, get support from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “The governor wants to move the presidential primary forward to make California a place where candidates want to come and do more than just fundraise but engage California in the national debate,” said Sue Blake, deputy director for legislation for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 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

Former Stoke star praises Pulis’ appointment as West Brom boss

first_imgJames Beattie believes West Brom are in good hands with Tony Pulis at the helm.The former Crystal Palace and Stoke manager has signed a two-and-a-half year deal to succeed Alan Irvine as head coach of the Premier League strugglers.Pulis takes over a Baggies side sitting just a point above the relegation zone after a run of just one win in nine games, but Beattie, who played under the 56-year-old during his time at Stoke, reckons his arrival is likely to spark a turnaround.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the ex-England striker said: “He has never been relegated as a manager. What he did when he went into Crystal Palace last year and what he did when he was at Stoke – consolidating them as a Premier League team – his reputation has gone before him.“At Palace he was named Premier League Manager of the Year having done a great job for them and West Brom believe he can do something similar for them. His record certainly speaks for itself.”last_img read more

Distinguished Donegal woman to lead NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

first_imgA proud Irish-American with Donegal roots will lead one of the world’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations as Aide to the Grand Marshal in New York.Katie Barrett (nee Gallagher) grew up in Gweedore before immigrating to New York in 2000. She will represent the United Irish Counties and join Grand Marshal, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, in leading the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade up Fifth Avenue on Saturday, March 17 2018.Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Grand Marshal for the 2018 parade, with Katie Barrett, Aide for the United Irish CountiesEach year, 13 distinguished Irish-Americans are chosen to serve as Aides in recognition of their outstanding service to the Irish-American Community of New York. Katie was selected as an Aide in acknowledgement of her years of service to the New York and Irish communities and contribution to Irish faith, culture and heritage.Katie was born in Manchester to Denis and Sheila (nee Coll), before moving to Donegal with her family, including her younger siblings Sarah and Donnchadh.She immigrated to New York to join her boyfriend Michael Barrett from Gweedore, and they were married in February 2004. The couple now live in Connecticut and have two children, 12-year-old Neil and 10-year-old Megan.Katie Barrett and family at the Aides to Grand Marshal with Reception in New York, February 2018Katie, who works in healthcare, is a keen Gaeilgeoir and has served two separate terms as President of the Donegal Association of New York . She has served various offices of the United Irish Counties Assn. of New York, currently being the Immediate Past President. Katie was the fourth woman, and first woman to represent her native Donegal as President of The United Irish Counties Association. She just ended her tenure as President of the UIC. She has received many honours for her work promoting Irish heritage among immigrants in America.The Grand Marshal and Aides were honoured at a special ceremony on Sunday, February 25th.NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Aides 2018 Distinguished Donegal woman to lead NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade was last modified: February 26th, 2018 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:Irish AmericanKatie Barrettnew yorkSt Patrick’s Day Paradelast_img read more

Beers for beating Spurs! Terry offer to West Ham for turning over Tottenham

first_img1 Terry made the offer to West Ham players James Collins and Mark Noble John Terry promised to take West Ham’s players on a night out if they beat Tottenham at the London Stadium. Terry contacted James Collins and Mark Noble and offered to take the Hammers out as thanks if they did the job against Spurs – and help Chelsea land the title. West Ham duly obliged, beating their London rivals 1-0, clearing the way for Chelsea to land their fifth Premier League crown. Collins told Betway Insider: “John Terry text me and Mark Noble saying, ‘If you boys beat Tottenham there’s a dinner or a night out on the Chelsea boys,’ so that was nice. “But we wanted to beat Tottenham anyway. We’re lucky we did in the end looking at the result we got after that [a 4-0 loss against Liverpool]. “It was a massive result, it put us safe and obviously to beat our closest rivals at home was massive.“It’s all about the tactics on the night, you change formations, change tactics for each team you play. “Credit to the gaffer he got it spot on and we stopped them.”last_img read more

Sheephaven Divers find rare fish in Lough Swilly

first_imgSwilly RocksThe Sunday morning dive was to the Swilly Rocks, which lie on the western side of Lough Swilly between Fanad Head and Portsalon.These two rocks are occasionally covered by water and are the location of two significant ship wrecks, the first in 1811 when HMS Saldanha struck the rocks and subsequently sank near to Ballymastocker Bay with the loss of all 253 on board. The Saldanha was a significant Frigate rated warship of nearly 1,000 tons, over 44 metres long and armed with 36 guns. Her captain at the time of the sinking was William Pakenham, who was the brother-in- law of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington.The second notable sinking associated with the Swilly Rocks was that of the SS Pandion a cargo steamer of some 2,000 tonnes in 1941. She was initially attacked out at sea and abandoned by her crew; she then drifted ashore until finally sinking on the Swilly Rocks.While the divers did not find any significant remains of ship wreckage on Sunday they did observe a wide variety of marine life, in particular some very large flatfish including Plaice and a very rare sighting of a Dover Sole, which was worth the dive in its own right. The Dover Sole, with the scientific name of Solea Solea, had its identification was confirmed by its trademarkdesigner stubble.Sundays’ two boat dive party was led in a very competent and efficient manner by Kieran Mc Glynn to a depth of no greater than 18 metres and for dive times of 40 minutes.The dive was conducted in one stick thanks to the expert coxswain duties of Brendan Proctor and his very capable assistant and grandson Ben. Clearly the apple didn’t fall far from the tree with Ben’s boat handling skills evident to all involved on Sunday morning. Once again water temperature was over 16 degrees Celsius but in-water visibility was much better at around 10 metres horizontally.A feature of a dive from Rathmullan is the fantastic scenery all along Lough Swilly, but especially on the western shore from Portsalon back to Rathmullan with the Donegal mountains as a backdrop.Thanks to Dave Mc Gloin for taking us to these two dive sites, which most of the dive party had never been on before and once again a very special thanks to Kieran Doherty who towed boats during the week even though he didn’t have the opportunity to dive himself.Jiving Sheephaven SAC activities started last week in Burtonport when Caroline Mc Gee got some divers out for an evenings’ jiving on Wednesday.The evening was for a world record attempt for the most number of jivers dancing at the one time and while no records were broken it was still a great night’s entertainment.The open air venue and the drizzle that came in from the sea didn’t make much difference as some of the divers couldn’t dance much before the conditions deteriorated.Well done once again to Caroline and maybe next year there will be world record jivers included in Sheephaven SAC list of accolades, while all fund raising on the evening was donated to the local RNLI station. Black Hole diveHowever before the dancing there was a dive in the Black Hole at high water slack, led by Anne Boyle, with Kieran Doherty providing dry coxswain duties.As always if this dive is done at the right time it can provide a great show of marine life, such as some very photogenic Tompot Blennies, Conger Eels, Dogfish, Lobster and Brown Crab and thankfully last Wednesday did not disappoint.Sheephaven SAC’s weekend diving activities were conducted from Rathmullan, when club member Dave Mc Gloin brought us onto two sites not normally frequented by Sheephaven divers.RathmullenThe Saturday morning dive was led by Kevin Boylan and the divers were taken to a dive site upstream of Rathmullan pier, were they conducted a two stick, forty minute dive to a maximum depth of nearly 20 metres.In-water visibility was limited to a few metres on the seabed, while the water temperature was a very warm 17 degrees Celsius.Sheephaven Divers find rare fish in Lough Swilly was last modified: July 26th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:dover soleLough Swillyrare fishsheephaven diverslast_img read more


first_imgBus Éireann has announced it expects to be able to replace all of the School Transport Scheme bus services that were operated by Lough Swilly Bus Company in Co Donegal prior to it ceasing to trade.The company says it plans to have the new services in place in time for the return to school on Monday morning the 28th of April.Over 2,000 schoolchildren hold tickets issued by Bus Éireann for use on over 50 school bus routes and a number of public scheduled bus services formerly provided by Lough Swilly Bus Company. Bus Éireann has asked parents and guardians of schoolgoing children using the services to ensure that their children are at the normal pick-up points in good time.The vehicles providing the services from Monday the 28th of April will be contracted from local private bus operators operating on behalf of Bus Éireann. Further information is available from Bus Éireann, Stranorlar at 074-9131008.Bus Éireann operates the School Transport Scheme nationally on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills. Every school day approximately 114,000 primary and post-primary children are transported on almost 4,000 dedicated school transport vehicles across 6,000 routes serving some 3,000 schools across the country under the scheme.This includes some 10,000 children with special educational needs who are provided with services tailored to meet their individual requirements on a door-to-door basis. Schoolchildren traveling under the scheme make over 40 million individual journeys every year. BUS EIREANN TO REPLACE SCHOOL BUSES OPERATED BY LOUGH SWILLY SERVICE was last modified: April 24th, 2014 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:bus eireanndonegalLough swilly buslast_img read more


first_imgTo celebrate International Credit Union day, Letterkenny Credit Union is giving one lucky member the chance to win an Apple Ipad with Retina Display. Letterkenny Credit Union joins 57,000 other Credit Unions around the world to celebrate International Credit Union Day this Thursday.Letterkenny Credit Union has been committed to the local commumity it has supported for the last 52 years. On Thursday, Letterkenny Credit Union will join other Credit Unions from around the world to celebrate International Credit Union Day, an annual event which celebrates the role financial cooperatives play in improving the communities they serve and the lives of their members the world over.In Honour of this special day, Letterkenny Credut Union is giving one lucky credit union member the chance to win an Apple Ipad.All you have to do is call to the office on International Credit Union Day and carry out a transaction on your account.Since 1948, International Credit Union Day has been celebrated annually in October. Each year, the international event affords the opportunity to remember credit unions’ proud history and promote awareness of and support for the credit union difference.This year’s theme, “Local Service, Global Good” encapsulates what has long been credit unions’ philosophical principles – service to members and social responsibility.Speaking about International Credit Union Day, Gordon Randles, Manager at Letterkenny Credit Union told Donegal Daily, “The Credit Union movement only came to Ireland in 1958 but it tapped into the co-operative spirit in communities all over the country.“It’s a worldwide phenomenon that just keeps on growing, which is a real cause for international celebration!“It is a unique people-centred service to meet the unique needs of ordinary people. “Anyone can join a credit union – one of the differences from opening a bank account is that you become a member – and not just a number.“Yes, we’re changing to meet member’s needs, like introducing new electronic payment services, online access to accounts, new Travel and Car Insurances through and a raft of other services like bill pay and foreign exchange.“But our ethos remains the same and change will not be allowed to compromise what we stand for, or how we serve members’ best interests.Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that provide an effective and viable alternative to for-profit financial institutions for almost 203 million members in 103 countries worldwide. The Irish credit union movement is one of the most popular in the world with over 3.3 million members across the 32 counties.Letterkenny Credit Union like all credit unions exists to serve its members, providing a great place to save money and access affordable loans.Established in 1962, Letterkenny Credit Union has been serving the people of Letterkenny area for 52 yearsGordon concluded by saying; “Letterkenny Credit Union is embedded in the community.“Because of our members, we are able to play a vital role in the development and financial stability of the community.“Our strength lies in our difference and we are very proud of this fact.LETTERKENNY CREDIT UNION GIVING MEMBERS THE CHANCE TO WIN A FREE APPLE IPAD was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesLetterkenny Credit Unionnewslast_img read more

Civil Aviation Authority hosts stakeholders’ meet to boost industry performance

first_imgThe home of Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). CAA is meeting stakeholders to find ways of improving the industry in the country. (COURTESY PHOTO)KAMPALA – As the International Aviation Week concludes tomorrow December 7, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is conducting a one-day stakeholders’ breakfast meeting at Kampala Serena Hotel.The event that started at 7:30am this morning, Thursday December 6, is aimed at featuring brief presentations about the status of the aviation industry in Uganda. Attendees will also discuss opportunities in the industry, and ways of achieving growth of aviation in the country.According Vianney Luggya, the CAA Manager Public Affairs, the event is one of the activities lined up by industry players in Uganda to join the global aviation fraternity in commemorating the International Aviation Week under the theme: Working together to ensure no country is left behind.Details to follow…Comments Tags: AviationCAALuggyatoplast_img read more

My Donegal – with musician, journalist and PR specialist Garrett Harte

first_imgGarrett Harte, is the founder of Harte Media, specialising in PR and Communications strategy. A native of Raphoe, he is the former Editor in Chief of Newstalk. His band The Lost play at Oakfest in Raphoe this evening. This is his ‘My Donegal.’Garrett HarteWhere is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Tough one as there are so many places to choose from!If I go back to my childhood then I have great memories of spending weekends with my Mum & Dad at the beach in Rathmullan. Diving off the pier with my brother Emmet and eating sand soaked sandwiches washed down with gallons of Football Special!Going to Rathmullen now still brings back those great times. Where in Donegal do you call home?Raphoe, the smallest city in the British Isles!It was a great town to grow up in. Football, music and devilment!Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?There are two people to be honest. My late father, Paddy, and my mother, Rosaleen. They both dedicated their lives to public service, instilling the importance of social justice, community and fairness. My father was a source of great strength and I miss not being able to call on his advice. My mother is the boss in the house, always with wise words and a positive outlook. What do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?Oakfield Park in Raphoe. Gerry & Heather Robinson have created an amazing, public space with beautiful gardens, walks and a steam train. They are always adding new designs and offerings including the Oakfest music festival. It’s a must visit.Do you prefer Donegal summers or Donegal winters?I’d say summers but there was nothing like sleighing down Mongorry hill in Raphoe on a frosty winter’s night.What would you do on your ideal day out in Donegal? Catch up with a few old school friends in Letterkenny, bit of storytelling and slagging!What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Football Special!Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? Shay Given – a gentleman who has never forgotten his roots or his Lifford accent!Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Sir Gerry RobinsonWho is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Jim McGuiness. The masterplan he created to deliver All-Ireland success in 2012 was outstanding. I first met Jim almost 30 years ago when I played in a band called The Lost and we would go on tour to Glenties! The week before the 2012 All Ireland final I sent Jim a text to say if Donegal were to win the All Ireland then The Lost would reform. They did and so did The Lost!!What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Friels of Raphoe. Home from home!If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I dream about getting the train to Donegal!What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“Would you catch yourself on…”What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?In my business I never talk about challenges, I talk about opportunities. Beyond Brexit I think Donegal has the potential to be a tech hub for the country. Offering better work life balance and cost of living for companies.What is your favourite Donegal food?Dulse!Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?NoDo you have a favourite local band?Control The Dark & Frankie DolanIf you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?That train line!Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Packie Bonner.Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of? There are many things. If I was to pick one it would be the people. I think Donegal people have a great outlook on life, passionate about their county and don’t take themselves too seriously!Would you like to take part in the My Donegal interview series? Just send us an email on info@donegaldaily.comMy Donegal – with musician, journalist and PR specialist Garrett Harte was last modified: June 4th, 2019 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:Garrett HarteMY DONEGALlast_img read more