Mercury Liberia Terminates Employees’ Contracts over Ebola Fears

first_imgTension brewed on Thursday, August 14, at the Randall Street office of Mercury-Liberia after employees stormed the company’s offices in demand of their salaries.They were demanding that the company settle their arrears, when executives announced that their contracts had been terminated due to the rapid spread of the Ebola virus in the country.Mercury-Liberia is the operator of the Premier Sports Betting Games in Liberia.The employees in an interview with the Daily Observer described the termination of their contract as “illegal” and called on government to hold the company responsible to pay them off.The employees through their spokesperson, Barnabas S. Nagbe, explained they were shocked to hear from the company’s management about the termination of their contract. “They told us in the meeting that they were suspending their activities in the country, due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus,” Nagbe said, quoting the company’s management.“Because of that they wrote and informed us that they have agreed to terminate the contract we have with them,” he narrated.“We know about the Ebola outbreak in the country; but, if they are terminating our contact, then they need to pay us for the remaining months. We signed a one-year contract with the company; and if they are terminating the contract, they need to pay us,” Nagbe further explained.He called on the national government to intervene and have the company settle their arrears.However, the communication of termination of contract, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer reads: “Following calls from the Liberian authorities restricting large gatherings of people in response to the Ebola virus, which is affecting many Liberians, we at Mercury-Liberia, wish to take our responsibilities seriously and are deeply committed in helping in the national efforts.“Therefore, from Wednesday August 13, we have taken the decision to close gaming centers in line with government advice.“All of our lotto games and sports betting games will be temporarily closed to protect all of you and us and for the company to play its part in helping stop the spread of the Ebola virus.“Sadly, this means, in line with your contract, we have to give you one month advance to terminate your contract with effect from Wednesday, August 13.”In conclusion, the communication said, “You will be paid one month salary for August and half of your salary for September, taking you up to the 13th of September.“You will not be required working for this period, but will continue to be paid until September 13, in line with Liberian laws.”When the management of Mercury-Liberia was contacted through mobile phone, they could not deny nor confirm the communication.Instead, they told our reporter that they would issue a response in due course.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police, Infrastructure Ministry in talks to ease traffic woes

first_imgGafoors EBD junctionOne day after a lowbed truck was involved in an accident at Mc Doom, East Bank Demerara (EBD) clocking off three lanes of the roadway, the Guyana Police Force and the Public Infrastructure Ministry are in talks to find a workable solution to traffic woes on the East Bank of Demerara.This was related to Guyana Times on Monday by Traffic Chief Linden Isles. On Sunday, commuters traversing the EBD highway were blocked off for over two hours after a lowbed truck carrying oil rig equipment made a U-turn at Mc Doom, causing the gear to topple off onto the roadway.Traffic Chief Linden IslesIsles, while not divulging much information, noted that systems have to be developed to reduce traffic backup in that specific area.“Presently we would have already, in conjunction with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, we already looked at the area and plans are in place to have something be done there (so) something is on stream to deal with the traffic at that particular junction,” the Traffic Chief informed.He explained that an assessment of the area was conducted and the necessary systems are likely to come on stream soon.Meanwhile, in relation to the investigation into the accident, the Traffic Chief noted that Police have since launched a probe to determine whether the lorry driver will be held liable for the incident.“We are doing some investigation and coming out of that investigation, if we find that negligence and faulty packing (was involved) he will be charged,” Isles noted.The Traffic Chief said the matter has sparked concern from a number of persons. In this regard, he said the police is concerned about the manner in which such vehicles that have the responsibility of distributing and transporting these containers actually pack them.The lorry which was transporting the oil rig equipment that toppled on Sunday causing the major traffic buildupAsked if the Force is likely to prohibit U-turns at the junction, the Traffic Chief reminded that the Ministry has its plans which are likely to bear fruit soon, especially since an assessment of the area was already conducted.This publication understands that the lorry, GWW 8170, was transporting oil rig equipment and while negotiating a U-turn, the items fell on the roadway.No one was injured.It was, however, a frustrating period for commuters, who had no other option but to sit and wait for over two hours in the lanes of traffic. Guyana Times was told that the traffic was backed up all the way to Diamond on the East Bank, while the lines in the opposite direction reached as far as Mandela Avenue.Although Government received funding for a bypass road from Diamond to Ogle, East Coast Demerara, the project is yet to commence.The preliminary report has pegged the project cost at US$104 million.This Diamond-Ogle bypass project will see some 26 kilometres of roadway constructed, linking two of the country’s main thoroughfares – the East Bank Highway and East Coast Highway. This new road link will also be connected to key communities in Georgetown and along the East Bank of Demerara. These include Diamond, Mocha, Eccles – all on the East Bank – and South Ruimveldt (via Aubrey Barker Road) in Georgetown.Back in 2016, Finance Minister Winston Jordan signed a US$50 million loan with the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India for the construction of a 20-kilometre road from Ogle on the East Coast of Demerara, to Diamond.Since the Indian Government is funding the project, it is required that the contracts be awarded to companies from that country and as such, the 10-month design consultancy project was awarded to RITES Limited.last_img read more

Another motorcyclist dies in accident

first_imgA Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) motorcyclist died on Tuesday after he was struck by a car at Mackenzie, Linden. Three persons, including an 11-month-old child, were injured in the accident.Dead: Florenda BenjaminDead is Florenda Benjamin of Block 22, Wismar, Linden. Injured are Leinani Ally, 31, of Lot 26 Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward; Emily Ally, 11 months of the same address, and Mary Fraser, 16, of 24 Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward. The three injured persons were all occupants of the car.Reports are the accident occurred about 16:30h on Sir David Rose Avenue, Mackenzie. Guyana Times understands that 37-year-old Benjamin, who was riding motorcycle CJ 1644, was struck down by motor car HC 6299, which was driven by 31-year-old Michael Stewart of Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie.According to the Police report, the driver of the car, which was proceeding north, reportedly overtook another car and in the process he struck Benjamin, who was proceeding south along the eastern side of the road.Benjamin and other injured persons were rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC), where Benjamin was pronounced dead on arrival, while those injured were treated.The motorcycle at the scene of the accidentThis publication understands that this is the second accident to have occurred at the location this week; however, the first accident had no casualties. In the accident which occurred on Monday evening, a motorcyclist narrowly escaped with minor injuries after his motorcycle collided with a car at Wismar Housing Scheme, Linden. The accident occurred about 17:00h as the motorcycle CH 8217, which was ridden by Kellon Nicholas, proceeded east along the northern side of Allan Lewis Drive and collided with motor car PTT 8052, which was driven by Tonisha Bridglall.At the time of the accident, Bridglall was reportedly proceeding from the Wismar Hill access road without stopping onto Allan Lewis Drive which resulted in the collision. The motorcyclist who reportedly jumped off his motorcycle fell to the ground and his motorcycle broke in two. The rear right-side door and fender of the car were slightly damaged.Residents have since called for speed bumps to be placed in the area, which is noted for such accidents. There is also a blind turn at the intersection, which residents are calling on the authorities to look into, more so since it is in the vicinity of the Wismar Hill Primary School. Meanwhile, E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander Anthony Vanderhyden has issued a warning, urging road users to be cautious on the roadways, especially when it is raining. (Utamu Bell)last_img read more

Northeast BC Wildlife Fund offering boat safety course

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Boaters and would-be boaters in the Peace Region can improve their on-the-water savvy with a boating safety course later this month.The course is being put on by the Notheastern BC Wildlife Fund on July 25th in Fort St. John at the Qwest Helicopters hangar at the North Peace Airport. There will also be a second course in Fort Nelson on July 27th, also at the Qwest hangar at the Fort Nelson Airport. The first hour of the course will be taught in a classroom, with the remainder of the course happening on the water. The practical classes will provide registrants with scenario-based rescue training including; swamping, parbuckling, man overboard drills, capsizing and more.The course costs $100.00 per person, and participants need to bring their own lifejacket. For more information, or to register, call (250) 500-2720, email northeastbcwildlife@gmail.com, or contact the Northeastern BC Wildlife Fund on Facebook.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Zlatan, Rooney among MLS Most Valuable Player finalists

first_imgZlatan scored 22 goals and added 10 assists — only the fourth 20-and-10 season in MLS history — but the Los Angeles Galaxy just missed out on a playoff berth.Rooney revived DC United after his mid-season arrival, lifting the club from last place into a fourth-place finish in the Eastern Conference and a playoff spot. The former England and Manchester United star netted 12 goals and assisted on seven others in 18 matches.Vela, a World Cup starter fior Mexico, scored 14 goals and added 13 assists to spark Los Angeles FC to the best season by any first-year expansion club in league history.Rooney, Zlatan and Vela are also the finalists for Newcomer of the Year, a pro player who made his MLS debut this year.Martinez shattered the MLS record with 31 goals this season for Atlanta United while teammate Almiron, last year’s Newcomer of the Year, contributed 12 goals and 14 assists for Atlanta’s league-best scoring attack.Zlatan is also in the last three for Comeback Player of the Year along with Cuban midfielder Osvaldo Alonso of the Seattle Sounders and American forward Gyasi Zardes of the Columbus Crew.MLS Coach of the Year candidates included Americans Bob Bradley, who guided LAFC to an expansion-team record 57 points and Peter Vermes, who oversaw Sporting Kansas City to the Western Conference title, and Argentina’s Gerardo Martino, who managed Atlanta United’s second-place run in the Eastern Conference.Goalkeeper of the Year finalists were Swiss Stefan Frei of Seattle and American Luis Robles of New York Red Bulls and Zack Steffen of Columbus.Defender of the Year finalists were Americans Aaron Long of the New York Red Bulls, Chad Marshall of the Seattle Sounders and Michael Parkhurst of Atlanta United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000English striker Wayne Rooney of DC United was named a finalist Wednesday for Major League Soccer’s 2018 Most Valuable Player Award © AFP/File / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDSNEW YORK, United States, Oct 31 – Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, England’s Wayne Rooney and Venezuelan striker Josef Martinez were among five finalists named Wednesday for Major League Soccer’s 2018 Most Valuable Player Award.Hours before the North American league began its playoff championship run, the league announced finalists for its season awards, topped by the MVP race, which also includes Mexico’s Carlos Vela and Paraguayan midfielder Miguel Almiron.last_img read more

Man United pay Mourinho Sh1.9bn in compensation

first_img“There are no issues over Jose’s contract with Manchester United. Everything has been sorted,” the newspaper reports the source as saying.“Jose is able to take on another job right now, but is in no rush.“He is very relaxed about it and would be happy to wait until the end of the season if he needs to.”The Sun reports that United agreed to the payment after his disappointing two-and-a-half-year stint at Old Trafford following a meeting between Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes and United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.The pay-out leaves the 55-year-old Portuguese free to be considered for Madrid if the club decide to dismiss under-pressure coach Santiago Solari.Mourinho’s time at Real between 2010-2013 — which brought a league title and a Spanish Cup but saw them largely play second fiddle to Barcelona — ended as it did at United and Chelsea, with bad results and discord in the dressing room.However, Real president Florentino Perez remains a fan and with the club 10 points behind La Liga leaders Barca and outside the Champions League places, Solari is under intense scrutiny.“There has been no contact, but they did get in touch with Jose after (Julen) Lopetegui was dismissed (in late October),” the Mail reports the source as saying.“He told them he was the manager of Manchester United and totally committed to the club.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho is free to return to management after Manchester United paid him compensation following his sacking © AFP / JOSE JORDANLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 10 – Jose Mourinho is available for a dramatic return to Real Madrid after Manchester United paid him a reported Sh1.9bn ($19 million) in compensation following his sacking last month, according to British media on Thursday.The Daily Mail reports that a source close to Mourinho — whose contract was due to run till the end of the 2019/20 campaign with the option of an extra season — has revealed that compensation has been paid.last_img read more

Newcastle agree £9.5m fee to sign striker

first_img Latest Newcastle United News gameday cracker Alternative Premier League table based on expected goals – lucky Spurs? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade smart causal Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Muto represented Japan at the 2018 World Cup REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Newcastle have reportedly agreed a fee to sign Yoshinori Muto.The Mainz striker is understood to have boarded a flight from Japan and is set to arrive in Newcastle shortly. REVEALED 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Last season at Mainz, the striker netted ten times in 30 matches, also recording five assists.Muto had earlier posted a cryptic picture of him boarding his flight on Instagram. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade targets What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas ANALYSIS RANKED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sky Sports claim the fee is £9.5m and will see the 26-year-old arrive to potentially replace Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is currently in negotiations with Fulham.The deal for Muto is subject to him securing a work permit, which is not expected to be an issue. possible standings revealed @SkySports_Keith @lee_ryder @MsiDouglas Muto on his way? #NUFC pic.twitter.com/3Jhs4HmHCi— Adam Ryland Hall (@adamrylandhall) July 26, 2018last_img read more

Official: Bush approved secret eavesdropping

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake In a broad defense of the program put forward hours later, however, a senior intelligence official told The Associated Press that the eavesdropping was narrowly designed to go after possible terrorist threats in the United States. The official said that, since October 2001, the program has been renewed more than three dozen times. Each time, the White House counsel and the attorney general certified the lawfulness of the program, the official said. Bush then signed the authorizations. During the reviews, government officials have also provided a fresh assessment of the terrorist threat, showing that there is a catastrophic risk to the country or government, the official said. “Only if those conditions apply do we even begin to think about this,” he said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the classified nature of the intelligence operation. “The president has authorized NSA to fully use its resources – let me underscore this now – consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution to defend the United States and its citizens,” the official said, adding that congressional leaders have also been briefed more than a dozen times. Senior administration officials asserted the president would do everything in his power to protect the American people while safeguarding civil liberties. “I will make this point,” Bush said in an interview with “The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer.” “That whatever I do to protect the American people – and I have an obligation to do so – that we will uphold the law, and decisions made are made understanding we have an obligation to protect the civil liberties of the American people.” The surveillance, disclosed in Friday’s New York Times, is said to allow the agency to monitor international calls and e-mail messages of people inside the United States. But the paper said the agency would still seek warrants to snoop on purely domestic communications – for example, Americans’ calls between New York and California. “I want to know precisely what they did,” Specter said. “How NSA utilized their technical equipment, whose conversations they overheard, how many conversations they overheard, what they did with the material, what purported justification there was.” Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., a member of the Judiciary Committee, said, “This shocking revelation ought to send a chill down the spine of every American.” Vice President Dick Cheney and Bush chief of staff Andrew Card went to the Capitol Friday to meet with congressional leaders and the top members of the intelligence committees, who are often briefed on spy agencies’ most classified programs. Members and their aides would not discuss the subject of the closed sessions. The intelligence official would not provide details on the operations or examples of success stories. He said senior national security officials are trying to fix problems raised by the 9-11 commission, which found that two of the suicide hijackers were communicating from San Diego with al-Qaida operatives overseas. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush has personally authorized a secretive eavesdropping program in the United States more than three dozen times since October 2001, a senior intelligence official said Friday night. The disclosure follows angry demands by lawmakers earlier in the day for congressional inquiries into whether the monitoring by the highly secretive National Security Agency violated civil liberties. “There is no doubt that this is inappropriate,” declared Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He promised hearings early next year. Bush on Friday refused to discuss whether he had authorized such domestic spying without obtaining warrants from a court, saying that to comment would tie his hands in fighting terrorists. last_img read more

Allan Okello in Switzerland ahead of potential move to FC Zurich

first_img Tags: Adamson Fahadallan okelloCAF Champions LeagueCAF Confederations CupFC ZurichKCCA FCMustapha KizzaSwitzerland Okello (left) poses for a picture with Zurich Chief Scout Adamson Fahad (Right), in Zurich. (PHOTO/AGENCY)ZURICH/SWITZERLAND – KCCA FC attacking midfielder Allan Okello is understood to be in Switzerland as he hopes to secure a move to FC Zurich.The 20 year old departed the country in the wee hours of Sunday morning and will hold week-long trails with the Switzerland Super League side.Okello had a stop-over at Aturtuk Airport, Istanbul in Turkey at 9:30 AM before setting off by noon to Zurich where he touched down at 2:20 pm and was received by the Sporting Director/Chief Scout Adamson Fahad.If the trails are a success, Okello will complete the move at a fee expected to be around $1m.In the past few weeks, Okello has been training with both the AFCON and COSAFA bound Uganda Cranes squads. He was allowed to leave the COSAFA camp last week and will not be part of the championships in South Africa.Okello has been training with both the AFCON and CECAFA squads. (File Photo)A KCCA FC academy graduate, Okello has impressed throughout his two full seasons at the 13 time Uganda Premier League champions.He has featured prominently for KCCA FC in CAF competitions including the Champions League and Confederations Cup.It is believed that it was in those two competitions that Okello caught Zurich’s eye and invited him for the trails.Okello is expected to start training on Monday, 27th May 2019. He will also play two trial matches on 29th and 31st May before returning to Uganda on 1st June 2019.Okello becomes the second KCCA FC player to depart for trails in Europe in the current off-season.A month ago, Left-back Mustapha Kizza had trails at Spanish top tier side Rayo Vallecano which did not work out.Kizza (12) had trails at Vallecano last month.Kizza returned to Uganda and was named one of KCCA’s captains for the upcoming season.Comments last_img read more

Darwinians May Be Their Own Worst Enemy, Says Darwinist

first_imgEvolutionists have only themselves to blame for the rise of anti-Darwinian sentiment, says Michael Ruse in a new book, The Evolution-Creation Struggle (Harvard, 2005).  Peter Dizikes reviewed this premise in The Boston Globe.  By portraying evolution in overtly atheist terms with religious fervor, certain individuals like Richard Dawkins are creating a backlash, says Ruse.  “This is not just a fight about dinosaurs or gaps in the fossil record,” he said.  “This is a fight about different worldviews.”  In his book, Ruse traces the anti-religious polemics of various Darwinists since 1859, who claimed evolution has replaced religion and now answers all the great questions.    Ruse said he expects a backlash from his fellow evolutionists over this book.  Some will feel he is giving creationists a platform for claiming evolution is a religion.  Eugenie Scott, whose full-time job is keeping creationism and intelligent design out of the public schools, feels things have to be worded very carefully these days.  She said, “I’m a hell of a lot more careful than Michael.  I personally prefer not to provide ammunition for the opposition.”  When creationists latch onto his statements, he responds, “What am I supposed to do?  I’m an academic.  I believe in freedom.  I believe the most important thing you can do is criticize your own ideas.”If he believes in freedom, he is not a true Darwinist.  Freedom does not derive from material substances; on the contrary, it is an endowment from our Creator: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.    Thank God for a more fair-minded evolutionist like Michael Ruse who is willing to look at the problems on his own side.  Pray for Ruse, and for Scott, too.  They appear desperately trying to defend an indefensible position, an antiquated Victorian dogma that is no longer up to explaining the complexities of biology.  They must realize this in their heart of hearts.  When intelligent design finally dismantles the Darwinian regime, it will be a day to proclaim liberty throughout the land, unto all the inhabitants thereof.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more