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Island Clinic Health Workers Halt Strike

first_imgHealth workers at the Island Clinic at Bushrod Island have decided to end their strike and resume work until their needs of better working conditions, risk benefits and employment payment can be met.On Monday, many health workers, hygienic workers and security guards working at the Island Clinic Ebola treatment center were optimistic about a planned strike that could possibly help their appeals to be heard.But instead, they were met by Rep. Saah Joseph of District 8, Montserrado County, who said he was on the scene “as a follow up of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s previous visit to the hospital on Saturday October 11, 2014.”According to Mr. Joseph, there was an arrangement made over the weekend during the President’s visit to the ETU in relation to the public outcry by the workers. The workers are said to be dissatisfied with low income or no income at all, and also being shortlisted or not being on the employment list at all. “The arrangement arrived at  during that visit was that health workers would continue to work while the Ministry of Health tries to process their salaries. They also asked for a bus and I have brought one for them,” Rep. Joseph stated.According to heath workers at the ETU facility, they were told the same day that they would receive a text from various banks. The text would alert them on their pay being placed in their accounts.  But many of them say they have yet to receive any text.“Some people have received their texts, but majority of us have not received ours yet,” added a worker who has asked not to be identified.Rep. Sah Joseph, who stood witness to the meeting among  health workers and the President, says workers were given the opportunity to receive pay then and there.“The issue is not about money;  it’s about Liberia verses Ebola. The President told them, “If you know you don’t want to be on the side of Liberia, you just want your money, walk now and let me give you your money.”  But nobody came out, he said.Meanwhile, dozens of workers stood in front of the health facility with sullen looks on their faces yet again, impatiently waiting for their needs to be fulfilled. Rep. Saah Joseph counseled them in understanding the horrifying effect their strike could cause if played out.“It affects us if you don’t work. Why leave the job while we’re trying to solve this problem,  and watch some of our sisters and brothers die as a result? It’s not fair,” he told the health workers.He added: “The President says the worker’s that are working here are not even signed contract workers. Then there are the ones who have signed contracts but the length of time they have signed the contract for has expired.“We are saying that we need a management team that will concentrate on the daily management of the place [ETU] while the nurses are doing their job. We need a delegation of five to ten persons who can sit with the President and discuss what we are up against.  But leaving the job to talk about money will solve no problem. When you leave the job, people are dying: that is our point. Please continue your job, form this delegation, let us talk and solve the problem, because no matter what, we will solve the problem,” he assured the workers.Saah Joseph also mentioned  that banks that payments are being made to for the intended striking workers should also help in ironing out the situation.“The bank should be able to help us while the workers wait for a text from the banks; everyone needs to play a role. “While we are waiting for your checks, let the banks pay you and we will be committed to pay them back,” he suggested.Meanwhile, a leading prayer group of women who are normally seen praying in front of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s home were also on the scene trying to help in the effort.“We don’t want to see our children of God dying, risking their lives and not being cared about by the government. We are here to make sure their cries are heard,” one of the prayer women said.Also, several health workers brought to our attention the strenuous environment in which they find themselves, and said they are working only because they “don’t want to see people dying from Ebola”Speaking with a security guard who identified himself as the “third shift commander,” he said he had been working at the ETU for more than a month and had not been contracted or paid.A doctor on the scene said  hundreds of people are laying on bed, including one of their colleagues working at the hospital who contracted Ebola and had just passed away.The doctor said the reason why he had decided to listen and not to strike is, “I have people on bed inside of the ETU, and I can’t leave them like that. I mask my face as if   everything is okay whenever I go inside the unit, but out here, things don’t look good,”  he added.Meanwhile, it has also been said that dozens of patients have died as a result of workers leaving and abandoning their duties, an  action which they all regret.“We don’t want anyone else to die. We have the highest success story when it comes to treating Ebola.  We are the only unit that gives IV’s” stated Mr. Brown, a health worker.The spokesman for the ETU,  Alphonso Massaley, has stated that his workers will continue working until further notice, as he is optimistic that his workers’ needs will be met.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No Winner of the 2016 Ibrahim African Leadership Prize

first_imgThe Mo Ibrahim Foundation has announced that there is no winner of the 2016 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.The announcement was made following a meeting of the independent Prize Committee, chaired by Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Board meeting last weekend.Commenting on the decision of the Prize Committee, Dr. Salim said: “As I emphasize each year, a very high bar was deliberately set when the Prize was launched in 2006. We recognize and applaud the important contributions that many African leaders have made to change their countries for the better. But thePrize is intended to highlight and celebrate truly exceptional leadership, which is uncommon by its very definition. After careful consideration, the Committee has decided not to award the Prize in 2016.”The candidates for the Ibrahim Prize are all former African executive Heads of State or Government who have left their office during the last three calendar years (2014-2016), having been democratically elected and served their constitutionally mandated term.Since being launched in 2006, the Ibrahim Prize has been awarded four times. The previous Laureates are President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia (2014), President Pedro Pires of Cape Verde (2011), President Festus Mogae of Botswana (2008), and President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique (2007). NelsonMandela was the inaugural Honorary Laureate in 2007.The Foundation looks forward to hosting its flagship event, the Ibrahim Governance Weekend, in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7 to 9 April 2017. The event will open on the Friday evening with a high-profile discussion titled “A Conversation on Leadership,” looking at the challenges of global leadership in the 21st century.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

War Crimes Court Liberia Campaign Intensifies at US Congress

first_imgRep. Daniel Donovan (left) has presented to the United States Congress a resolution that calls for the full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) recommendations, including the establishment of an extraordinary criminal tribunal for Liberia, an issue that Liberia’s President George Manneh Weah (right) has tried his best to avoid. -US Congressman over major Liberian constituency joins campaignCalls for the establishment of a war and economic crimes court in Liberia may not be getting the needed reception at home from those in authority, but the calls seem to be resonating abroad, with strategic and deliberate efforts being made to ensure that Liberians get justice.The global effort is now rendering the process seemingly inevitable—a call to which, according to many, President George Weah must adhere to ensure sustainable peace and reconciliation.The latest effort comes from a man that represents the 6,000 strong direct immigrant Liberian community on Staten Island, New York. The man is Representative Daniel Donovan, Jr., who represents Staten Island and parts of South Brooklyn in the 11th Congressional District of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected on May 5, 2015, during a special election, and sworn in on May 12, 2015.With his constituency being home to one of the largest concentrations of Liberians in the United States, Donovan may be well aware of the atrocities that were perpetrated in Liberia’s 14 years of civil unrest—and is endeavoring to seek justice for many of his constituents, who still carry the scars of one of Africa’s most brutal civil wars.He has presented to the United States Congress a resolution that calls for the full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) recommendations, including the establishment of an extraordinary criminal tribunal for Liberia. His resolution also seeks to affirm America’s strong ties with Liberia.The resolution, submitted by Donovan, was a simple decision and, according to reports, is meant to express the collective opinion of a chamber of Congress on public policy issues.Donovan is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as well as part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s Republican Party. He has already received the endorsement of the President’s 2018 re-election campaign. With this, he will be able to influence the U.S. President to support the resolution to establish a war crimes court in Liberia.With this latest move, the Weah Administration has again been put on official notice by the world’s most powerful nation. This is not the first of such high profile moves, as a top official of the United Nations recently told President Weah, regarding the full implementation of recommendations of the TRC.At a National Peace Conference in Monrovia on March 22, 2018, Deputy UN Secretary-General Madame Amina Mohammed said: “It is also critical to implement the recommendations of the TRC, and for the legislature to pass key bills that would support local inclusion and reconciliation. These would be timely measures that would assure Liberians that there is strong resolve to see a conclusion to the process”Madam Mohammed, who was visiting as representative of the UN to participate in the official end of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), told the news conference that, “To ensure reconciliation and a peaceful and prosperous future, it will be crucial to deepen efforts to address the underlying causes of conflict in Liberia.” She also said that prevention is critical in averting a relapse into violence.There has been a barrage of calls of late for the court to be established. Some groups that have been leading the campaign recently, want the establishment of a special court to try war and economic criminals. They include the Global Justice and Research Project, Coalition for Justice, National Student Movement, Flomo Theatre, Fubbi Foundation for Development and Sustainability, Citizens Action, Liberia Trust Communications and the International Justice Group.A staunch war crimes court advocate in the last regime, Maryland County Representative Bhofal Chambers, who is the current Speaker, has now reversed his earlier position and has been calling for restorative justice. According to him, restorative justice, which focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and communities, would offer genuine peace and stability in the country.Liberia was plunged into a brutal armed conflict beginning December 1989, following a rebel invasion that was led by now convicted former President Charles Taylor.An estimated 250,000 people died and another 1.5 million others were internally and externally displaced. Neighboring countries, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Guinea, also saw a spill-over of the war. Thousands more were maimed, raped and mutilated by bands of militias from warring factions that included ULIMO (United Liberation Movement for Democray), LPC (Liberia Peace Council), LDF (Lofa Defense Force), LURD (Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy), NPFL (National Patriotic Front of Liberia), etc.But Cllr. Jerome Verdier, TRC former head, and Executive Director of the International Justice Group said recently: “We are glad that the international arrests, detentions, deportations and travel ban of these war and economic crimes’ perpetrators will continue until they are eventually prosecuted for their heinous and egregious crimes against human kind. There will be no hiding place. Not anymore.”The TRC, created as part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, in 2009, released its final report after hearing the testimonies of victims and perpetrators of atrocities committed during the civil war.The commission made over 200 recommendations, including prosecution of individuals  found responsible for various kinds of gross human rights violation and war crimes.Among several recommendations advanced in the 370-page report, several Liberians associated with former leaders of warring faction, political decision makers, financiers, organizers, commanders and foot soldiers, were recommended for public sanctions (lustrations- to purify by means of religious rituals or ceremonies).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

APNU/AFC protests GECOM to encourage delaying elections

first_img…“the sole purpose of that protest is to violate our Constitution” – JagdeoA small group of A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition supporters on Thursday called for house-to-house registration, which will delay General and Regional Elections, constitutionally due by March 19.The small group of protesters at the Police barricade outside of GECOM on ThursdayGovernment Ministers and a few supporters turned up at the Guyana Elections Commission headquarters, High and Cowan Streets, Kingston, Georgetown, in a protest, effectively calling for national elections to be delayed.The protesters also called for house-to-house registration; a process that is time consuming and will push national elections further away from when it is constitutionally required, that is, March 19.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan spoke to media operatives, where he claimed that there are provisions in the Constitution which result in the postponement of these polls.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, who was on the protest line, was asked why Government was advocating for a new list, given that it will delay the constitutionally due elections. His response was that “list is bloated”.Questions were raised as to whether a new list is needed when the previous list was used less than three months ago when GECOM successfully ran the Local Government Elections to which Bulkan responded, “Local Government Elections and General Elections are two different animals.”Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday said “the sole purpose of that protest by APNU and AFC is to violate our Constitution… It seems as though the Ministers of this Government and the leadership of the two political parties, mainly the major political parties in the coalition are still in the fantasy world that they have been living in for the past several years in Government.”On January 31, Chief Justice Roxane George in handing down her decisions in the challenges to the No-confidence Motion which was passed in the National Assembly, ruled that the December 21, 2018 motion, which tumbled the Government, was successfully passed.Consequent to the declaration that the 33-majority meant that the motion was carried, the Chief Justice observed that the President and the Ministers cannot therefore remain in Government in accordance with Articles 106 (6) and 106 (7) after three months.According to the Constitution of Guyana, it is the President and not GECOM that has to announce a date for elections.last_img read more

Hunters who survived bear attack in Peace Region meet rescuers

first_imgHe choked back tears after meeting the crew, saying words can’t describe his gratitude. He and Eyre are trying to give back, and have raised $33,000 since the attack, to donate to the search and rescue team out of Prince George.Read the full story here. KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Two BC hunters who had an encounter with a grizzly bear last September that could have been deadly in the Besa River area north of Fort St. John got to meet face to face with some of the rescuers who saved their lives.According to CFJC News, Robbie Austin and Chris Eyre were hunting in the region, and Eyre had just got a sheep. On the way back, the two startled a mother grizzly with her cubs.Thankfully, the two men were prepared with a two-way transponder, and could communicate their whereabouts with search and rescue crews.- Advertisement -Both men still sport the scars from the attack that occurred. Eyre told CFJC News he thought he wouldn’t make it out of the attack.“It was terrifying, I really thought my days were over on the Earth,” he said. “Seeing her above me, and her power.”Austin said the attack let him with a hook-shaped scar on his neck from the bear’s tooth, where it hit his carotid artery. A resulting blood cot gave him a stroke.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘I’m not worried’: Sarri doesn’t fear the sack

first_imgAnder Herrera headed United into the lead from Paul Pogba’s cross in the 31st minute.France star Pogba doubled United’s advantage on the stroke of half-time when he met Marcus Rashford’s cross with a diving header.Sarri endured chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” and “you’re getting sacked in the morning” as furious Chelsea fans showed their frustration at the club’s fifth defeat in their last 10 games.Chelsea’s stars, publicly criticised by their manager on several occasions this term, hardly looked to be battling to keep the Italian as they failed to muster a shot on target after the 11th minute.Sarri’s fragile relationship with his players, combined with the mutinous atmosphere among supporters, increased the feeling that the former Napoli boss might not survive until the end of his first season with Chelsea.Demanding Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has acted quickly in the past when managers have been perceived to have lost the support of the squad.But Sarri is adamant he isn’t concerned about his perilous position and he claimed he is solely focused on salvaging his club’s turbulent season.Asked if he was worried Abramovich might be ready to wield the axe, Sarri said: “It’s not my problem.“I was only worried about my position when I was in League 2 in Italy, not now.“I am worried about the results, not about the fans. Of course I can understand the situation.“I can understand our fans, because the result wasn’t really good. We are out of the FA Cup.”Following widespread reports that Sarri’s players are underwhelmed by his stubborn refusal to change his tactics, the 60-year-old did make the alarming admission that he wasn’t certain he still had their backing.“Of course I’m not sure, but I think so. I think the situation with the players is very good in terms of our relationship but that’s not so important,” he said.“What’s important is to play and get good results.”– Sarri taunted –Chelsea supporters called for their club’s former legend Frank Lampard, now in charge at Derby, to be hired and directed foul-mouthed abuse at Sarri, who suffered chants of “F*** Sarri-ball” in a scathing reference to his failing tactics.“Not really very well, but sometimes yes. For everything there is the first time,” he said when quizzed on if he heard the taunts from his own fans.Sarri believes his situation will be improved significantly if Chelsea can string together a winning run, starting with Thursday’s Europa League last 32 second leg against Malmo and the League Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday.“It’s really very easy. If we are able to win three or four matches in a row, it will be easy. Of course it’s difficult to win five matches in a row,” he said with a curious smirk that suggested he didn’t really believe his own outward optimism.“We need of course more aggression, more determination in the situation inside our box and inside the opposing box.“My job is to work with my players to try and improve in a few days because we conceded the second goal without determination or aggression.“The difference was there. We played 78 balls in the opposing box and United only 16 balls our box. We are supposed to win.”Having previously questioned whether his players understood his football philosophy, Sarri repeated that complaint.“Not completely at the moment because, especially in a situation like the second half, we have to move the ball faster mentally and materially,” he said.“We need more movements without the ball and less individual actions.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Maurizio Sarri insists he doesn’t fear the sack at Chelsea © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 19 – Maurizio Sarri insists he isn’t worried about being sacked as Chelsea manager despite his troubled side’s lacklustre FA Cup surrender against Manchester United.Sarri faces a fight to save his job after FA Cup holders Chelsea crashed to a 2-0 fifth round defeat at Stamford Bridge on Monday.last_img read more

Liverpool fan fury: Reds supporters believe this player’s issue is he ‘thinks he’s better than he is’

first_img Liverpool midfielder Emre Can 1 Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has left many torn.The Germany international earned plenty of supporters in his debut campaign on Merseyside, but patience from Reds fans could be wearing thin with plenty dissatisfied by his lack of development in the Premier League.And the 22-year-old has come in for considerable criticism for his performance during Liverpool’s clash with Norwich City.Here’s what they had to say over his display…last_img

DD LOCAL: BURTONPORT COMMUNITY NEWS

first_img3rd Annual Great Rosses Turkey TrotCalling all you hunter/gatherers amongst you. You are all invited to come along to “3rd Annual Great Rosses Turkey Trot” to see which of you can bring the xmas dinner home. The trot, which is a fun c5km Fun Run, jog or walk for all the family, is being held on Sunday December 15th @12.30 and is leaving from St. Columba’s Community Centre, Burtonport. Registration at the community centre from 12.  RACE RULESWhen you enter, you have to give your estimated finishing time. The winner of the race is the person who gets closest to their predicted time. Eoin’s decision final Prizes: Turkey’s for the Winners – lots of spot prizes to random participants  CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR, BurtonportSunday December 15th from 11.30 – 3.00.There will also be a CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR in the Community Centre after mass on the same day as THE GREAT ROSSES TURKEY TROT. This is usually one of the last craft fairs of the Christmas shopping period so ideal for all the late shoppers amongst us.If you would like to book a table at the fair please contact Margaret on 0876317683. Tables cost €10 each and it is necessary to book prior to arriving. Christmas @ The Breakfast ArTBoXThe Breakfast ArTBoX is an activity group suited to toddlers and their carers. It is held in the CDP building in Dungloe every Monday morning between 10 – 12. An ideal group to help develop your child social and creative side whilst giving you a chance to meet other parents/carers and build friendships. Cost €2 per child – includes all art materials, tea/coffee and a light snack. DD LOCAL: BURTONPORT COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: December 9th, 2013 by John2Share 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:DD LOCAL: BURTONPORT COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more

Sharks get performance they need from Aaron Dell

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Sharks coach Pete DeBoer didn’t mince words earlier this month when he was asked what his rationale was for starting Martin Jones in goal several times in a row instead of giving Aaron Dell more opportunities.After all, it was DeBoer’s hope when the season began that he could start Dell in net more consistently than he did last year.“He’s got to make it easier for us to stick him in there,” DeBoer said Nov. 12.Dell had to wait until Thursday’s game with the Vegas Golden Knights …last_img read more

Apple’s Earnings Still Aren’t Good, But Its Swagger Is Making A Comeback

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#business#earnings#iPhone What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … taylor hatmakercenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Apple’s numbers are in, and the big one doesn’t look good. For the second consecutive quarter profits are down. So are iPad sales. Yes, iPhone sales were up and Mac sales bested their modest estimates, but on the whole, the company’s performance was sort of lackluster. So what’s going on?Considering the company’s unprecedented success, comparing Apple to Apple is a tricky business. And to be honest, Apple hasn’t really seemed like itself lately, what with its deflated stock, executive shakeups and product snafus (Maps, anyone?).See also: Apple’s Profits Are Down: Welcome To The New NormalBut in sharp contrast to his deflated performance at this time last quarter, today CEO Tim Cook channeled his predecessor’s winning formula: Unyielding confidence, total secrecy, and an obsessively product-minded approach. It’s possible that Apple’s long game just got interesting again. Cook’s Got Cards Up His SleeveThree months ago, Cook reluctantly reported—proverbial tail between his legs—that his company’s profits had fallen for the first time in ten years. Yikes. The call was about as upbeat as a funeral with a Q&A tacked on the end. But the call today struck a very different tone from that earlier Great Apple Humbling Of 2013. Instead of scrambling for answers, Cook was cool and confident—even evincing a touch of the classic Steve Jobs hubris on occasion.See also: Join ReadWrite And Ashton Kutcher To See The New Steve Jobs MovieCook answered nearly every question with an allusion to Apple products in the pipeline instead of reframing lagging stats in a positive light (i.e., making excuses). And he sounded like he might be checking his watch so he could get back to the whole making-the-iFuture part. “We’re here to make great products,” Cook said. “We think that if we focus on that and do it really, really well, then the financial metrics will also come.” Fair enough.And the “one more thing” thing? That vibe was back too. In the earnings report, Cook claimed that Apple is “laser-focused and working hard on some amazing new products that we will introduce in the fall and across 2014.” In the call, he sounded it.Apple’s September Surprise (Hint: It’s An iPhone)Sure, the explosive growth that we’ve come to expect from one of the world’s most valuable companies has stalled. But Apple is in a unique position: measured only against its own astronomical success to date, it’s really hard to look good. While there’s been no flashy new mobile gadget to buoy its stock prices or keep consumers in its thrall, 2013 won’t be a wash for the tech titan.According to Cook, Apple is “on track to have a very busy fall.” Translation: a new iPhone that will sell like hotcakes. More exciting—though perhaps less “sexy”—is the first total overhaul of Apple’s iconic mobile operating system, which hasn’t seen a dramatic redesign since its 2007 launch. With iOS founder Scott Forstall out as of late last year and design rockstar Jony Ive at the wheel, iOS 7 will be the most risky and exciting iPhone shakeup to date—and that goes for hardware too. Fingers crossed for a one more iThing. Apple’s Next Next MovesHow do you sell iPhones when everyone already owns an iPhone? How do you follow up a game-changer like the iPad without just iterating indefinitely? Well, you either create a new product category altogether or you fix what’s broken in other ones. Looking to Apple’s record, if you can’t be first, be best.For as many game-changing products that Apple has released over the years, it’s refined many more. The notebook computer, the MP3 player, the smartphone—all were honed to near-perfection by tight-lipped Cupertino tinkerers. Apple’s next trick? The iWatch rumors could very well pan out in 2014, or even this fall.See also: Why Apple Will Win The Battle For Your WristBut if Cook’s final comment of the call is any indication, Apple might have bigger plans for the connected car market than the iOS 7 liner notes have made plain. “Having something in the automobile is very, very important,” Cook said. “I think that Apple can do this better than anyone else.” That was literally the ending note.Connected car tech remains a manufacturer-made nightmare of buggy proprietary software and prohibitive pricing. In other words, it’s the exact kind of rough-around-the-edges market that Cook and co. could be the antidote for. Mysteries remain. How integrated will this “iOS in the car” system be? Is it just a glorified dashboard mount, or does Apple have some serious stuff cooking with major automakers? Today, it sounded like the latter.  Apple’s numbers may be in a holding pattern, but Apple is starting to sound like itself again. For a company with a fiercely product-centric philosophy, that can only mean one thing: Apple’s got some cool stuff in the pipeline and we probably can’t even imagine what some of it will be.Just like old times. Related Posts last_img read more