Ganta Receives New Stipendiary Magistrate

first_imgA new stipendiary magistrate has been assigned to steer the judicial affairs of the Ganta Magisterial Court, replacing outgoing Victoria GbalazayThe newly assigned Stipendiary Magistrate,  Attorney-at-Law Nyan Meator Ben, previously served as  stipendiary magistrate at the Paynesville Magisterial Court for several years.Magistrate Ben, who was inducted into office by Chief Justice of Liberia, Cllr. Francis Korkpor, on July 11, expressed the happiness at being assigned as to Ganta City because, according to him,  every government worker  should be able to take assignment everywhere.Attorney Ben vowed to bring transparency to the justice system in Ganta during his tenure as stipendiary magistrate.“By virtue of our education, we have been encouraged to do our best to bring fair judgment to the people of Ganta and Nimba at large,” he said.He urged the citizens to be law-abiding by taking their grievances to the law instead of taking it law into their own hands.“We have come to uphold your rights, whether in the capacity as the defendant or plaintiff,”  he said.There had been many complaints of judicial malpractices during the tenure of the outgoing magistrate,  including claims of allegedly  receiving bond fees and alleged instances of intimidation.  But she often denied such allegations.Outgoing Stipendiary Magistrate Victoria Gbalazay served the Ganta Magisterial Court for over ten years.But during the induction ceremony, Chief Justice Korkpor said her removal had nothing to with complaints; it was rather a normal judicial  routine to change judges whenever the need arises.Ganta is one of the most diverse municipalities, where the issue of mob violence appears to be commonplace;  but there had been complaints that the justice system,  beginning with the  police, was not fair and that it was very hard to get redress from the court unless you spent money.  But the new stipendiary magistrate has vowed to change this “if such were indeed happening.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Greece to receive 75bln in two tranches

first_imgThe Eurogroup approved the release of Greece’s two next bailout installments, totaling 7.5 billion euros, but was told that it would have to complete certain structural reforms before the second tranche is released in June.Eurozone finance ministers agreed that Greece should receive 4.2 billion euros later this week after the Euro Working Group and the directors of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) meet. The second sub-tranche of 3.3 billion euros will be disbursed once Greece has met the “milestones” agreed with the troika.Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who heads the Eurogroup, said that in order for Greece to receive the second sub-tranche, Greece would have to reform tax collection, liberalize professions and overhaul its public administration. Among other things, Athens has agreed to sack 2,000 civil servants by the end of June.“We welcome that fiscal performance in 2012 complied with the program targets and that this is expected to continue in 2013 and 2014,” the Eurogroup said in a statement. “Greece is quickly regaining cost competitiveness, but product and services market reforms will need to accelerate to allow gains in cost competitiveness to translate more rapidly into prices.”The head of the EFSF, Klaus Regling, said that Greece would receive the 7.5 billion euros in two tranches as it does not need the whole amount now and because it has to complete its “prior actions” first.The disbursement, however, will take place before the troika’s next review of the Greek program. European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said that inspectors would return to Greece in the next few weeks.While the Greek side would have been encouraged by the outcome of the Eurogroup, Rehn may have put a damper on proceedings by underlining an earlier Commission report that sees the possibility of Greece having a larger-than-expected fiscal shortfall in the next few years.“The Commission estimates that the fiscal gap for Greece could be larger in 2015 and 2016 than previously thought but it could also be lower if growth is larger,” he said, adding that it was too early to say if Athens would need to adopt new austerity measures to make up for such a shortfall.Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras insisted that Greece would not have to raise taxes or cut wages. “We knew about the possibility of a gap,” he said, suggesting that Greece would beat its targets over the next two years and no extra measures would be needed.Back in Athens, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras castigated the government for its attempts to convince Greeks that the country is turning a corner. He accused the coalition of engaging in mythmaking.“It is a myth that we are coming out of the tunnel,” said Tsipras at the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) general assembly. “It is a myth that growth has begun. It is a myth that unemployment is being overcome. It is a myth that society has accepted the sacrifices.”Tsipras accused the government of trying to “fool” society as he criticized SEV for not taking part in collective labor contract talks with unions. The SYRIZA leader added that a leftist government would not accept Greece’s public utilities being in private hands.“A SYRIZA government and full privatization of water and electricity are incompatible things,” he said. “Growth equals democracy plus investment.”Tsipras was given a warm welcome by SEV president Dimitris Daskalopoulos, who called for a “genuine dialogue” between SYRIZA and the entrepreneurs’ group. “SYRIZA’s radicalness is useful and welcome,” said Daskalopoulos.Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more