New, Incumbent appointees Struggle for Power in Bassa

first_imgThe appointment of new local leaders in the various districts of Grand Bassa County has resulted in a power struggle between the newly appointed and the incumbents, who are refusing to relinquish their respective offices/positions. Those replaced included Diaplae Statutory District #1 Superintendent Samuel Karmenjay, who was replaced by Worr Administrative District Commissioner, Samuel Moore; Edward L. Beyan replaces Commissioner Oretha Taya of Hoe Barn Township in District #2; Peter Naleh replaces CommissionerJeremiah Gardee of Gorblee Administrative District #3 ‘A’; and James Kannan, who replaces Commissioner James Taylue of Blezee Administrative District #3 ‘B’.Ozinga Gborhwie replaces Commissioner Mathew Gibson of Dogbarn Glaydor Administrative District #4, while Daniel Dayougar, replaces Commissioner David Gborgar of Vambo Township in District #2 ‘A’; Othello Russell replaces Commissioner Agnes Artis of Lloydsville Township in District #1, but a former District #1 lawmaker, Austin Spiller, replaces former Edina City Mayor Etweda Cooper and former Grand Bassa County superintendent. In separate interviews with this newspaper, the incumbents said that they will not give up their offices to the incoming officials because the office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has not informed them of their replacement.“The central government has not informed us via any genuine communication as to whether we have been relieved of our respective posts,” the replaced officials claimed.Therefore, they vowed to remain in their various offices “until the President can officially write us and state the reasons for our dismissal or replacement.”However, when contacted for verification, Grand Bassa County Information Officer Eddie Williams told this newspaper that the replacement of the local leaders was done by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf through a recent communication.He said Superintendent J. Levi Demman only implemented the President’s pronouncement, which was not his own, as it has been widely speculated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 held with gold bars worth 7m at Dhaka airport

first_imgRepresentational image of gold bullion. Reuters file photoCustoms officials detained two people along with gold bars weighing 1.4 kilogramme at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the city on Thursday, reports UNB.Sources at the airport said a customs preventive team challenged the duo—Anwar Hossain, a resident of Mymensingh, and Tapan Chandra Pal of Lakshimpur—following their suspicious movement while crossing the green channel in the afternoon. The customs officials recovered 1.4 kg of broken gold bars, hidden in their bags, worth around Tk 7 million, said assistant commissioner of customs preventative team Saidul Islam. Anwar and Tapan arrived in Dhaka from Singapore by a Biman Bangladesh flight that landed at the airport around 6:15pm.last_img read more

Frequent travellers earn free days with Nationals Rent Rent Reward

first_img Friday, August 25, 2017 Tags: Car Rental, National Car Rental, Promotions Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Frequent travellers earn free days with National’s ‘Rent Rent Reward’ TORONTO — National Car Rental’s ‘Rent Rent Reward’ promotion is back, giving registered Emerald Club members the chance to earn one free rental day for every two qualifying rentals during the promotion.Each free day covers base rate (time and mileage) only. The earning window runs through Feb. 28, 2018, with a redemption period through June 15, 2018.To further increase the chances to earn free days, this year’s promotion offers additional promotional points to members who complete any five bonus opportunities through Rent Rent Reward and to members when they complete their third qualifying rental during the promotion.“Once again, we’re proud to show our Emerald Club members our appreciation for their loyalty and support with our annual ‘Rent Rent Reward’ promotion,” said Rob Connors, vice president of brand marketing for National. “For over a decade, we’ve offered this promotion with a focus on helping new and existing members earn more free rental days while providing them with premium service and a convenient, efficient car rental experience.”More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthRegistered members receive one free rental day for every 600 points accrued through the promotion period, and every qualifying rental is worth 300 points. Additional bonus points can be earned through both rental and non-rental activities, including:Utilizing National’s mobile app to book rentals while earning unlimited points (75 points per completed rental).Renting any size vehicle in Latin America and the Caribbean (one-time bonus of 300 points upon completion of a rental).Renting any size vehicle in Europe (one-time bonus of 300 points upon completion of a rental).Participating in the Emerald Reserve service – which accommodates members who require a specific car class, such as a convertible, SUV, minivan, etc. – at Emerald Aisle locations (one-time bonus of 25 points upon completion of a rental).Completing an online customer survey (one-time bonus of 50 points).New this year, members can earn even more points by:Completing three qualifying rentals (one-time bonus of 200 points upon completion of third rental).Completing any five bonus opportunities available through Rent Rent Reward (one-time bonus of 75 points upon completion of fifth bonus opportunity).More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemEmerald Club is free to join and members get expedited service at airports and free upgrades in National’s Emerald Aisle, an exclusive section of the lot where members can select any vehicle as long as they reserve a mid-sized or larger car.Emerald Club members can register for the promotion at emeraldclubpromos.com/rentrentreward2017. Free days earned for qualifying rentals through Rent Rent Reward are awarded in addition to a member’s chosen rewards earnings (frequent traveller miles/points or rental credits).Registered Emerald Club members may track and redeem the free rental days they earn through Rent Rent Reward between today and June 15, 2018, by visiting emeraldclubpromos.com/rentrentreward2017.Up to three free days can be redeemed per rental at any time, including weekends. National notifies participants about their free rental days via email. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Rice U expert available to discuss US Supreme Court ruling on legality

first_imgShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs/News & Media RelationsEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice U. expert available to discuss US Supreme Court ruling on legality of same-sex marriageHOUSTON – (June 25, 2015) – In the next few days, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to release its much-anticipated decision on the legality of same-sex marriage. Brian Riedel, assistant director of Rice University’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, is available to discuss this timely issue.BRIAN RIEDELThe decision will address two questions: Does the 14th Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? Does the 14th Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out of state?“If the court says no to both questions, and especially if they do so explicitly on the basis that voters or legislators – not judges – should make such decisions, it will clarify the path forward for marriage equality in the few remaining states that specifically bar same-sex marriages,” Riedel said. “Given the success of marriage equality at the polls since 2012 (Maryland, Maine and Washington legalized gay marriage by popular vote), the question for states like Texas will be how long we wish to be seen as trailing the rest of the nation.”Riedel said that if the court says yes to the first question, he sees no logical way they can say no to the second question. However, he noted that they could say yes to the second question and no to the first question. He called this potential scenario “an awkward compromise” honoring the will of voters and legislators.“Framed as positively as possible, it would refrain from so-called ‘judicial activism’ by leaving intact existing bans on same-sex marriages while honoring the intent of marriage-equality states,” Riedel said. “Framed realistically, marriage-ban states like Texas would lose out economically to marriage-equality states when same-sex couples go elsewhere to wed or perhaps even relocate. In marriage-equality states, the compromise would also leave open a door for those who wish to overturn these protections.”Riedel said that if the court says yes to both questions, the ruling will build on a long sequence of Supreme Court decisions and national conversations stretching back at least into the 1950s.“A ‘yes’ to both questions from the court would resoundingly affirm that those in same-sex relationships are worthy of full participation in the institutions of the state,” Riedel said. He noted, however, that “real marriage equality” would require federal protections against employment and housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.In addition to his involvement with the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Riedel is a professor in the practice of humanities and has taught Introduction to LGBT Studies and Sexual Debates in the U.S. at Rice. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Rice and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Riedel’s research interests include international activism and the preservation of Houston’s LGBT history.To schedule an interview with Riedel, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at amym@rice.edu or 713-348-6777.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Brian Riedel photo link: http://bit.ly/1JlogWaLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked among some of the top schools for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” click here. AddThislast_img read more