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LACC Supports GAC Report on Use of Ebola Funds

first_imgThe Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has expressed confidence in and support for the General Auditing Commission’s (GAC) report in the performance of its mandate to review the handling and expenditure of Ebola funds by government officials tasked with that responsibility.The LACC believes that persistent attacks on the GAC by officials of Government charged with irregularities in the audit report on the use of Ebola resources are unhealthy and that officials involved should engage the Commission constructively rather than vilifying it in the media.The GAC and all integrity institutions have a responsibility to ensure transparency and accountability in the use of public resources and should therefore remain resolute in the discharge of their duties without fear or favor, a LACC press release said.The LACC statement was triggered by the recent strong reaction to the GAC Ebola audit report by the head of the Incident Management System (IMS). IMS expressed disappointment and outright rejection of the report, describing it as entirely “out of context, unbalanced, unfair and most unprofessional in numerous other respects.”The GAC report holds members of the NTFE responsible for financial irregularities and material control deficiencies.IMS conceded that the GAC mentioned in its report correctly that on July 26, 2014, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, announced that Ebola was a national emergency and set up a National Ebola Task Force to coordinate all interventions for containing and eliminating the fast spreading epidemic. However, IMS said the financial activities of the NETF that GAC says ‘were marred by financial irregularities and material control deficiencies’, were done in a state of national emergency which GAC has consistently failed to take into account. IMS head, Tolbert Nyenswah, said the financial transactions of IMS were in keeping with the urgency of the particular interventions undertaken by the Task Force specifically aimed at containing and eliminating the deadly Ebola virus.The GAC report holds several institutions accountable for ”financial irregularities and procedural errors” of Ebola funds, including the Liberia National Police (LNP), Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Labour dept to mediate between RUSAL, Bauxite Union

first_img– meeting planned for today as union complains of more violations Government’s Department of Labour will be mediating talks today at its office in Georgetown between the Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc (BCGI) and Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU) to iron out an industrial dispute.According to GBGWU General Secretary Lincoln Lewis in a statement on Sunday, the 10:00h meeting was arranged after Chief Labour Officer Charles Ogle intervened and extended invitations to both sides.“GB&GWU shall attend, not only confident the laws are on the workers’ side, but in quickened steps to bring about resolution, conscious that the soil we walk on is drenched with the blood, sweat and tears of our forebears and made more enriched for the workers of today to first reap of its bounty,” Lewis made it clear in the statement.This comes, however, even as the union complains that the company has ratcheted up its actions against striking workers. Lewis revealed that BCGI, which is owned by Russian firm RUSAL, even hired transportation to enforce their orders that striking employees leave their premises.“The Russian management of BCGI must not be allowed to exploit our resources and in the process violate Guyanese and disrespect our laws. Not here in Guyana! 120 bauxite workers, including their families, who permanently reside in the residential location at Aroaima, owned by BCGI, were issued a circular last Friday to immediately vacate the community.”“The company hired buses to facilitate the move to enforce its edict. The children of these workers attend the nursery and primary schools in the area. The surrounding communities are dependent on the workers.”In addition, Lewis noted that other workers who live part-time on site have had kitchen services taken away from them. He explained that these workers spend two weeks on site and take their days off offsite.“It is evident in the management thinking that workers can be brought to their knees by depriving them of food.  This tactic will not break the indomitable spirit and will of those who are committed to struggle for their freedoms.The many examples of history are on their side.”According to Lewis, Friday’s strike action was inspired by BCGI’s failure to respect the workers’ rights to a union of their choice and collective bargaining. According to the union representative, the workers have only acted in accordance with Article 147 of the Guyana Constitution.“The further act of seeking to physically dispossess them is not only lawless, inhumane, vindictive and uncalled for but a violation of their conditions of employment. Workers have ignored the edict and are resolutely standing their ground. They, along with their families, remain within Maple Town.”“The Government of Guyana, the Ministry of Public Security now has the responsibility to ensure their safety and well-being in the area and immediate environs since their lives have made untenable by management.”Lewis made it clear that the Government has joint shareholding interest in the bauxite company. He noted that therefore, the actions of management are also being perpetuated in the Government’s name.“GB&GWU is on record saying the stalemate is much more than that of an industrial nature; it has elements of ethnic disrespect, political bias, political inaction and disrespect for Guyana’s sovereignty (Laws). Friday’s act by management, in closing down critical areas of operation (mining and maintenance) and ordering workers and their families out of the town, has escalated the contempt.”“Enough is enough or as one striking worker said, if we don’t stand up now and fight, we won’t be able to fight in the future! That worker echoes the conviction of citizens of the world who believe in the benefit of respecting basic right of freedom of association,” Lewis stated.last_img read more

Nevada judge orders O.J. Simpson, 2 others to trial

first_imgGalanter rejected the idea of a plea agreement and estimated that it would take a year to bring the case to trial. Stewart’s lawyer, Robert Lucherini, said he might seek to have his client’s trial separated from Simpson’s. “We’re disappointed, but we understand the judge’s decision,” Lucherini said. Ehrlich’s attorney would not comment. Bonaventure ruled hours after listening to 3 days of testimony by witnesses. Another Simpson lawyer, Gabriel Grasso, argued it was unclear whether prosecutors considered as kidnapping the act of luring two sports-memorabilia dealers to a hotel room – or whether the charge was based on a confrontation that followed. “This is clearly overcharging,” he said. Simpson, 60, has maintained that no guns were displayed during the confrontation, that he never asked anyone to bring guns and that he did not know anyone had guns. He has said he intended only to retrieve items that had been stolen from him by a former agent, including the suit he wore the day he was acquitted of murder in 1995 in the slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Simpson and the other defendants did not testify in their own defense at the hearing. In their closing arguments, attorneys for Stewart and Ehrlich questioned the credibility of the prosecution’s witnesses. But prosecutor Chris Owens said the witnesses corroborated each other’s stories and that recordings, video and photographs supported the case. A defense lawyer contended that the case was based on the accounts of “crackheads and groupies and pimps and purveyors of stolen merchandise and gun carriers and con artists and crooks.” “These guys are bad. The court can’t ascribe any credibility to what came out of their mouths,” said attorney John Moran Jr., who represents Ehrlich. “Every witness up there was looking to sell testimony and make money off of this case,” Moran said. Owens offered no defense of their character but said, “It’s not like the state went out and found the witnesses. These are people aligned with O.J. Simpson. These are the people he surrounds himself with.” Earlier, sports-memorabilia dealer Alfred Beardsley, 45, testified that he tried to make clear to an “irritated” Simpson during the Sept. 13 confrontation that he had not stolen items from him. When the men came in the room, “somebody yelled out, `Police,”‘ Beardsley testified. “I was ordered to stand up. I was searched for weapons.” Beardsley testified that he did not steal any of the items and that he told Simpson the memorabilia came from a former partner of dealer Bruce Fromong. Simpson “felt violated and gave me a lecture,” Beardsley said. Beardsley said he was ordered to pack up the memorabilia, which had been laid out on a bed, and that the group left. He then called 911. Under cross-examination by one of Simpson’s lawyers, he blamed Simpson for the incident.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – O.J. Simpson must face trial on kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges stemming from a suspected sports-memorabilia heist, a justice of the peace ruled Wednesday. Defense attorneys had argued during a preliminary hearing that the case was based on the accounts of con artists and crooks, and they asked for the charges to be dropped. Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure ruled that all charges in the 12-count complaint would remain against Simpson and co-defendants Clarence “C.J.” Stewart and Charles “Charlie” Ehrlich. “This is what we expected,” Simpson told The Associated Press before he left the courtroom. “If I have any disappointment, it’s that I wish a jury was here. As always, I rely on the jury system.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Bonaventure acknowledged that the testimony of the witnesses was an issue to be weighed by the court and that the defense had raised questions of “bought” testimony. He said there were a number of motive and credibility issues, but that they were “not so incredible or implausible” to keep the case from a jury. Kidnapping convictions could result in a life sentence with possibility of parole. Armed robbery convictions would require some time in prison. The defendants were ordered to arraignment on Nov. 28. The case stemmed from a Sept. 13 confrontation in a casino hotel room where Simpson and a group of men are accused of stealing items from two sports-memorabilia dealers. Outside the courthouse, Simpson’s attorney, Yale Galanter, argued again that the former football star was trying only to reclaim family heirlooms and that he believed no crime was committed. last_img

WATCH: Manchester United starlet’s SENSATIONAL rainbow flick golazo

first_imgAidan Barlow is not a name known to football fans across England, but he certainly has the skill to make it at the top of the game.Still just 16-years-old, the midfielder currently plays for Manchester United’s academy, and he recently scored a goal which any Red Devils’ first-team player would be proud of.Taking on Newcastle United’s youth team, Barlow rainbow flicked the ball over a defender’s head, before firing the ball into the back of the net.It was a sensational strike, and you can check it out above…last_img read more

Help sought for trash-hauler’s family

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Co-workers of a trash hauler who died of a heart attack last week are coming to the aid of his young family and asking residents to help out, too. Pablo Meza, 33, a driver’s assistant for Waste Management/Blue Barrel Disposal died Jan. 20, leaving his wife, Guadalupe, and three children, Vanessa, 12, Pablo Jr., 9, and Isabelle, 2. The family lives in Lancaster. To address the Mezas’ immediate needs, Waste Management has established the Pablo Meza Family Fund. Waste Management drivers in the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys and in Sun Valley are sending in contributions that will be matched by the company through today. “The example that Pablo Meza set as a friend, co-worker and a man will never be forgotten,” said Fernando Jimenez, a close friend and co-worker. “He treated everyone he came in contact with with respect and kindness.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardcenter_img Meza died in his sleep after complaining earlier in the week of fatigue, a company spokeswoman said. The cause of death was determined to be a heart attack. A wake was held Sunday at Joshua Memorial Park in Lancaster, followed by the funeral Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, also in Lancaster. Meza’s co-workers left picture boards with condolences for their friend’s family. Contributions for the Meza family can be delivered to the Waste Management/Blue Barrel Disposal office, in cash or by checks payable to the Pablo Meza Family Fund, 25772 Springbrook Road, Saugus, CA 91350. last_img read more

‘New stadium delays have affected Tottenham players’, claims Gus Poyet

first_imgTottenham’s form has been affected by the delays to the club’s new stadium and their extended stay at Wembley this season, according to Gus Poyet.The former Spurs and Chelsea star joined the Weekend Sports Breakfast to preview Saturday night’s Premier League clash between the London rivals – which is LIVE on talkSPORT!It’s a huge game for both clubs, with Chelsea aiming to keep their unbeaten start intact, while Tottenham could rise above the Blues into third with a victory.It’s been a strange season so far for Spurs, who have struggled to hit their top gear and yet have kept finding a way to win, and go into this game just one point behind unbeaten Chelsea. 2 2 Spurs had not planned to stay at Wembley for this long… Tottenham vs Chelsea can be heard live on talkSPORT! Mauricio Pochettino’s side don’t appear to have the same rhythm to their game as last season and Poyet believes effectively playing away for over a season is a big reason why.Tottenham were initially meant to move into their new £1billion home in August or September, but it now appears they may have to wait until January or February.Speaking to talkSPORT on Saturday morning, Poyet said: “It was a difficult change and the first few games at Wembley were very tough for Tottenham last season.“You could see the players were not playing at home, it was like they were playing an away game with plenty of their fans.“Then they got used to it and when everything is looking that you’re going to go back home and having your own incredible stadium, everybody knows what happened – there have been delays, problems and they’re back to Wembley and it’s another frustration. “A lot of people have said, ‘that doesn’t affect the players’, but it does.“It’s not the same as when you’re at home, when it’s your own stadium, your fans, your dressing room you’re used to, you really enjoy playing at home.“And with everything going on at Wembley with this with the pitch as well, that just shows you that you’re not playing at home.”Listen back to Gus Poyet on the Weekend Sports Breakfast IN FULL above!Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE and EXCLUSIVE commentary of Tottenham v Chelsea, Kick Off: 5:30 – STREAM DETAILS HERElast_img read more

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BPO incentives to drive growth

first_img5 July 2007South Africa is looking toward the business process outsourcing sector to help drive economic growth, and is offering potential investors incentives in the form of start-up and expansion grants and developmental pricing for telecommunication, said Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa.BPO involves relocating certain business processes that are usually performed in-house by a company, to a third party service provider, such as customer care or call centres, to carry out the services on behalf of the concerned company.Addressing the media in Pretoria this week, Mpahlwa said the incentives comprises a grant towards approved qualifying expenditure for start-ups and expanding BPO operation, aimed primarily at serving offshore clients.In March, it was announced that the government had set aside R1.1-billion, which includes a R100-million contribution from the Business Trust, to used for incentives in the sector, which will be effective until March 2011.However, Mpahlwa said the cost of telecommunications has been a harmful factor in attracting global investors: “The cost of telecommunications is crucial if we are to succeed in attracting investment.”“It is a concern to us and we have not really concluded work on issues such as developmental pricing and benchmarking telecom prices,” he said.However, Mpahlwa said the government was working to improve affordability and access to broadband technology, as well as finalising the issue of developmental pricing in the sector.During a media briefing following the tabling of the first annual report on the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA) in March, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said that the government was working with operators such as Telkom to ensure that costs were reduced.This sort of arrangement has been termed developmental pricing, with state-owned electricity utility Eskom being the first to use such pricing, in an effort to secure investment toward an aluminium smelter in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, outside Port Elizabeth.Grants for seatsThe Business Day reported in March that companies investing in new call centres in South Africa, depending on the size of the investment and the number of jobs created, could claim grants of up to R60 000 per call centre seat.One “seat” could provide jobs for up to three people, depending on how many shifts the company operates.A company employing between 200 to 499 people, with an investment expenditure of at least R74 000 per seat, would qualify for a grant of R37 000 to R44 600, while a company employing more than 500 people with a qualifying investment of R89 200 per seat could receive up to R52 000.“This support package is in line with our national industrial policy framework, which recognises the services sector as a significant element of our growth strategy,” Mpahlwa told BuaNews in MarchTraditionally, countries such as India and the Philippines have led the way in servicing markets for the United States and Britain, among other countries. South Africa is quickly catching up, however, thanks to a range of factors working in its favour.South Africa is mainly targeting clients from the UK, Europe and the US due to closer cultural ties, use of the English language and, in the case of Europe, being in a similar time zone.Key to growth and employmentBPO is considered a key sector under the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA), which seeks to achieve an annual economic growth rate of 6% between 2010 and 2014, in order to halve poverty and unemployment by 2014.Upon announcing the incentive scheme in Pretoria in March, Mpahlwa said the sector had the potential to create up to 25 000 direct and 75 000 indirect jobs, and contribute about R7.95-billion to the country’s economy, by 2009.“In the first six months of 2006, South Africa created 3 000 jobs in this sector. Based on this evidence, we are of the view that we should achieve our targets of 100 000 new jobs by 2010,” he said.According to Business Day, the local call-centre industry has grown by some 8% per year over the last four years, and currently employs some 54 000 people and contributes 0.92% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP).However, Mpahlwa said, there was considerable evidence to show that the South African services sector was not achieving its full potential contribution to growth, employment and human development targets, hence the incentives.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

Championship or bust for Jaja Santiago in her final year in NU

first_imgJaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJaja Santiago’s volleyball resume is already worth of anyone’s envy.The 22-year-old middle blocker has won the Rookie of the Year, Best Attacker, and several Most Valuable Player plums while playing in the club level.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Ross displeased after Miranda says groin kick ‘part of game’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ And although Santiago won four titles with NU in the offseason tournaments, and two in the club leagues, the closest she got to the UAAP trophy was in her first two years when the Lady Bulldogs reached the Final Four.“Now that this is my last year I won’t allow myself to not get that title,” said Santiago. “And I won’t forgive myself if I will graduate without having led the team to the title.” View comments Santiago has also become a key figure for the Philippines in the international level having competed in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, Southeast Asian Games, and the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship.Of all those accolades, however, Santiago still needs one more piece in her stacked trophy cabinet—the UAAP title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd as she enters her final collegiate year, Santiago said only the championship will complete her Lady Bulldog career.“Of course that’s the one thing I’ve been searching for since I was a rookie, in the four years that have past I never got that,” said Santiago of the title in Filipino. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Diego Costa relishing Eden Hazard partnership at Chelsea

first_imgChelsea striker Diego Costa is enjoying his “beautiful” partnership with playmaker Eden Hazard and hoped he could play with the Belgian for a long time.Hazard and Costa have been crucial to Chelsea’s Premier League title challenge, scoring 14 and 17 league goals respectively. They have also provided five assists each, helping Chelsea lead the Premier League table by seven points.”Playing with Eden is something beautiful. You’re playing on the field and at the same time enjoying what he does because he is a top player,” Costa told British media.”At every moment I know when he is going to pass the ball to me and I also know when he wants the ball from me to complete the move.”Hazard has been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award and media reports have linked both players to transfers away from Chelsea at the end of the season.”He’s a boy that impresses me every day, he has a huge potential. He is a beautiful person, a humble guy,” Costa said.”We get on really well while playing and I hope we stay together like this for a very long time.”Chelsea travel to fifth-placed Manchester United on Sunday with their last three visits to Old Trafford ending in draws.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more