– as Bank secures stay of execution in remaining $20M paymentThe Appeal Court of Guyana has upheld the High Court’s awarding of over $59 million in pension benefits to former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Building Society (NBS), Maurice Arjoon, more than 10 years after he was dismissed from his post. However, the remaining $20 million for which the High Court had also determined that Arjoon should receive was not awarded and will form part of substantive appeal as the Bank secured a stay of execution againstDismissed former NBS CEO, Maurice Arjoonthe former CEO’s judgment.These determinations were made by Appeal Court Justice, Rishi Persaud, who on Wednesday ruled that there was no basis for a stay of execution in relation to the former CEO’s more than $59 million lump sum which was described as the pension amount. Arjoon’s Attorney, Sanjeev Datadin explained that this means that NBS has to pay the former CEO’s pension. The $20,249,000 for which NBS obtained the stay, relates to $4.1 million for pay in lieu of notice, in accordance with Clause 10 of Arjoon’s contract and $16.1 million for severance benefits.Guyana Times understands that now the stay of proceedings is complete, the record will have to be assembled and when the record is assembled, then the substantive appeal will continue. Wednesday’s matter was heard in chambers and lawyer for NBS, Ashton Chase indicated to this publication that a date for the continuation of proceedings will be determined in the future. In the meantime, Datadin is optimistic that his client will receive his pension.“Presumably New Building Society is going to pay my client,” the Attorney noted.The back and forth for this case has been ongoing for years. The former CEO took NBS to court for his outstanding pension and other benefits in 2011. Arjoon had originally sued the lending agency for some $550 million in damages on the following grounds: that he had been wrongfully dismissed from his post, and that his former employer had withheld pension and other benefits due to him. The former top official was fired from his position 10 years ago in connection with a Magistrate’s court matter wherein he, NBS Operations Manager Kent Vincent and NBS Assistant Mortgage Manager Kissoon Baldeo were all accused of conspiracy to defraud the NBS of $69 million. The court matter was eventually dismissed, and Arjoon and the co-defendants took the financial institution to court.High Court Judge, Justice Brassington Reynolds on July 17 ruled in the dismissed CEO’s favour, awarding him more than $79 million in outstanding payments and benefits. The court also ruled that he should be paid a monthly pension of $372,498 from July 1 onwards. The Judge further ordered that the former CEO should receive financial compensation for the damages he had suffered; and moreover, that he was entitled to his pension and severance benefits, in accordance with provisions stipulated in the laws of Guyana.The NBS had contended that an unauthorised withdrawal of nearly $70 million had been made from an account that its client Bibi Shamina Khan held. The NBS’s issue with the withdrawal was that it was made through a Power of Attorney, and the company had implicated Arjoon for misconduct. The court in its determination contended that the NBS had failed to provide evidence that supported its claim of misconduct, whether serious or otherwise.Arjoon, who told media operatives that he was sick, had claimed that he was set-up on the fraud allegations because he allegedly refusal to approve a loan of some $2 billion applied for in 2006. He had also noted that the investigation into the fraud allegations was conducted later that same year, implicating him as CEO, as well as the co-defendants.
Huge numbers of basking sharks and other sea-life have gathered in the waters off Co Donegal.A rise in sea temperatures in recent weeks has seen many of the creatures return to our coastline – especially off Inishowen.As well as large numbers of Porbeagle sharks and basking sharks, there have been sighting of huge minke whales which can grow up to 24 ft and weigh five tonnes. As well as these larger creatures, there have been sights of large shoals of jellyfish.Wildlife ranger and marine expert Emmett Johnston said up until recently there were very few sightings of many creatures especially basking sharks.The rangers had been left baffled after the shark’s disappearance but soon realised it was related to the drop n sea temperatures.However he said in the past couple of weeks, Donegal’s waters have literally been awash with sea-life. “It is a complete transformation as to what was happening a few weeks ago.“Back then a number of creatures including the basking shark were nowhere to be seen because they had passed through our waters.“They had headed out into deeper waters where the temperatures are a little warmer and where they can feed better.“However the temperature has risen now and there are lots of sightings of a lot of different species including basking sharks and even minke whales,” he revealed.Ends RISE IN SEA TEMPERATURES SEES SHARKS, WHALES AND JELLYFISH GATHER OFF COAST OF DONEGAL was last modified: August 2nd, 2011 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:Basking Sharksminke whale