Gov’t Assures Health Workers of Hazard Pay Benefits

first_imgThe Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), has assured all public health workers of its commitment to settle their hazard benefits.The MFDP in a release yesterday, informed all beneficiaries that hazard payments of all public health workers’ hazard benefits will end as at May 31, 2015. The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning therefore reiterated that hazard payments will be made to private health workers covering four months, while death benefit payments will continue through the validation process.The MFDP release also noted that the government will continue to make payments until all targeted beneficiaries are fully settled for nine months, which began September 2014. Also, one-off payments are budgeted for private health facilities, to be graduated on the basis of size of the targeted facilities. The Ministry of Health is finalizing work in this regard, the released stated.“At the conclusion of all hazard and related payments, the total cost would be US$23.1 million with approximately 11,500 persons paid.Following the settlement of public health workers hazard payment, the government, through the Ministry of Health, will ensure the setting up of a resource centre, certification of health workers, medical and psycho-social care for responders.The MFDP release noted that the Ministry is once more on behalf of the government commending all health workers for their “esteemed service” to humanity and the country as their devotion and the resilience of the populace resulted to the World Health Organization declaring Liberia an Ebola-free country.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Read More →

Legislature to Scrutinize Referendum in Ganta

first_imgThe agenda for the referendum on the crucial change in the 1986 Liberian Constitution will be finalized by the House of Representatives at the end of an upcoming five-day Constitutional Proposed Amendment Retreat sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), House Speaker J. Alex Tyler has said.Speaker Tyler and 34 other Representatives of the 15 sub-division of the country are expected to meet in the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County, from Tuesday, November 17 to Saturday, November 21, 2015 to make the crucial decision.The Chairman of the Joint Committee on Good Governance, Election and Inauguration, Nimba County Electoral District #8 Rep. Larry Younquoi, said in a major press conference yesterday that the five-day retreat would allow the lawmakers to dissect the 25 proposals from the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC), which were compiled after consultations throughout the country’s 73 Electoral Districts as well as in selected foreign countries where large numbers of Liberians reside.He said the House will also put the President’s proposals under spotlight.The Acting Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Nimba County Electoral District #7 Rep. Worlea Sayway Dunah, said the Lawmakers’ decision to set the agenda for the Referendum would be done based on the opinions of experts.According to him, former Solicitor General and Labor Minister of Liberia, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, and Law Professor Nevada Ricks will give their respective expert opinions.Land and Environmental Advocate, Cllr. Alfred Brownell, the President of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA), Dee-Maxwell Kemayan, as well as former Senator and former Chief Justice, Cllr. Gloria Scott, who is also Chairman of the Constitution Review Commission (CRC), will also give their opinions.Cllr. Scott told journalists at yesterday’s press conference that the Referendum can be held no sooner than one year after Lawmakers endorsed the holding of the Referendum.She also said there would be special designs for the ballot, which will be understandable to people who can and cannot read and write, “but all will have ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ columns in accordance with Article 92 of the Constitution.” According to Article 92, “Proposed constitutional amendments shall be accompanied by statements setting forth the reasons therefore and shall be published in the Official Gazette and made known to the people through the information services of the Republic. If more than one proposed amendment is to be voted upon in a referendum they shall be submitted in such manner that the people may vote for or against them separately.” Cllr. Scott also said the change in the Constitution would serve as reparation for those who suffered from the country’s 14 years civil crisis.It may be recalled that in an eight-page letter to House Speaker Tyler, President Sirleaf concurred with 18 out of the 25 suggestions from the CRC and seeks an endorsement from the Legislature for a referendum on the proposals to change the Constitution.President Sirleaf agreed with the first three recommendations of the CRC, which called for the reduction of the presidential tenure from six to four years; Senatorial term from nine to six years; and the reduction of representatives from six to four years.The President also concurred on the suggestions that private owners on whose land mineral or natural resources are found should share the benefits accrued by the government and be part of the negotiation; that the Chief Justice should not be elected; superintendents, commissioners, mayors and chiefs be elected and election commissioners be appointed by the President.Other proposals that the President agreed with include: respect and recognition for persons with disabilities, which should be enshrined in the Constitution, and education and job opportunities accorded them; prioritize the participation of Liberians in economic activities, and; that traditional people should own their own lands and be party to any negotiation. The President further concurred that the constitution should ensure women’s participation in governance and national affairs; the constitution and all legal documents should carry the pronouns he/she, and; the age of marriage for girls should be at least 18 years.The remaining concurrences by the President are that women have access to equal economic and social opportunities; the Constitution should guarantee inheritance rights for traditional women, and; people in prolonged cohabitation should enjoy marital rights, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Read More →

Superintendent denies instructing junior rank to change statement

first_imgSuperintendent of Police Gary McAllister has denied instructing a junior rank to change his statement in the matter of Police vs Maryann Daby, the businesswoman accused of attempting to kill a Police rank.Maryann DabySuperintendent McAllister told the court that he instructed Police Constable John Holder to ensure that his statement was in sync with Police Constable Christopher Kissoon’s, the Policeman Daby is accused of attempting to kill.Constable Holder was charged in November 2018 with attempting to pervert the course of justice at some time by deviating from his statement dated May 13, 2018 in relation to the charges against Daby.On Wednesday last, Superintendent McAllister testified before Acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus. In the past he had also given inconsistent evidence against Daby, resulting in the magistrate declining to tender the firearm the woman allegedly used in her attempt to kill Kissoon.McAllister told the court that he is attached to the Brickdam Police Station and, during 2018, some of his duties included the perusal of case files and the provision of directions where needed.According to him, he observed a number of discrepancies in the statements of Constable Holder and Constable Kissoon. For instance, he said, Kissoon in his statement said Daby pointed a gun at him, while Holder said he did not see Daby pointing a gun at Kissoon.McAllister said that after realising that both Holder and Kissoon were together that night, he summoned Holder to his office and highlighted the inconsistencies between the two statements.According to McAllister, he advised the constables that their statements should corroborate, since they were together on the night of the incident.He added that at no time did he tell Constable Holder to change his statement. Rather, he said, he expected Constables Holder and Kissoon to sit together and make sure that their statements were consistent.After McAllister finished his testimony, he was subjected to cross-examination by Constable Holder’s lawyer. Police Inspectors Suraj Singh and Prem Narine also testified.The Magistrate, after listening to evidence of the witnesses, adjourned the matter until July 9, 2019 for continuation.A few months ago, while giving evidence against Daby, Constable Holder testified that he had lied in his statement.According to information, Holder gave several statements during the investigation in relation to the matter. Sometime later, he deviated from his statement and told the court that a top ranking officer instructed him to change his statement to support that of his colleague.25-year-old Maryann Daby, of 127 D’Aguiar Park, Houston, Georgetown, was not required to plead to a charge which alleges that on May 13, 2018 at Albert Street, Thomas Lands, Georgetown, with intent to commit murder, she attempted to discharge a firearm at Police Constable Christopher Kissoon.It was also alleged that on May 13, 2018 at the same location, she had a .32 pistol in her possession when she was not the holder of a firearm licence enforced at the time.It was further alleged that on the same day she had six live rounds of .32 ammunition in her possession when she was not the holder of a firearm licence enforced at the time. She denied the latter two charges after they were read to her.According to reports, on the day in question Daby and her friends were at the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club. Constable Kissoon, who was off-duty and at the Club at the time, reportedly heard what appeared to be gunshots going off.While checking for the source of the gunfire, he reportedly saw Daby firing rounds into the air and, as a result, he confronted her.Daby allegedly became annoyed and pointed the firearm to his head and pulled the trigger. Fortunately, there were no more rounds in the gun.last_img read more

Read More →

Wanyama nears return from injury

first_img“He’s back in training with the team,” said Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. “Now we need to see how he reacts, his knee. But it’s a very good feeling from him.”Pochettino said Tottenham, who are currently seventh in the Premier League table ahead of Saturday’s trip to sixth-placed Burnley, have missed Wanyama’s power in midfield.The 26-year-old came on as a substitute in Tottenham’s first game of the campaign, against Newcastle, and started in the 2-1 defeat by Chelsea a week later, but has not played since.Tottenham will be hoping that he is fit enough to make his return during the busy festive schedule, in which Tottenham face Southampton, Swansea City and West Ham United over a period of 10 days.“Last season, he was such an important player for us,” Pochettino said. “And this season, it’s true, in a position that you need to be strong we have missed a player like him.“It will be fantastic if, as soon as possible, he can be again involved and available to be selected because he is a very good player. A very important player for us.”Pochettino added that he would not accept a fourth-placed finish at the end of the season despite his side facing an uphill battle to qualify for next year’s Champions League. Tottenham are currently three points behind Liverpool in fourth.-By Telegraph–0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Victor Wanyama in training at Tottenhams Headquarters this week.LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 23- Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama is nearing a comeback from injury and could make his return during the festive period after resuming full training this week.Wanyama has played less than 100 minutes this season after picking up a knee injury at the start of the season.last_img read more

Read More →

Monsignor is suspended over talk of gay sex

first_imgVATICAN: In a hidden-camera TV interview, the priest told a visitor he “didn’t feel he was sinning.” By Frances d’Emilio THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VATICAN CITY – The Vatican said Saturday it has suspended a monsignor from a senior post at the Holy See after an Italian TV program using a hidden camera recorded him making advances to a young man and asserting that gay sex was not sinful. “Higher-ups are evaluating the situation with the necessary reserve and with the obligatory respect for the person involved, even if this person has erred,” Lombardi said. Vatican officials “had to intervene decisively and with the severity required by conduct not compatible with priestly service and with the mission of the Holy See,” he added. While the Vatican rarely comments on individual sex scandals, this case directly touched the Holy See, apparently prompting the confirmation of the report. Vatican teaching holds that homosexual activity is a sin. Stenico said to call back later in the day when he would have more to say, but later attempts to reach him were not successful. The Italian news agency ANSA quoted him as saying he had sent his superiors “a dutiful memo” about the case. Milan daily Corriere della Sera had previously reported that a young man had contacted La7 and said he had been in contact with several priests on chat lines popular with gay men. Corriere said La7 then filmed encounters between the man and priests with a hidden camera. A woman identifying herself as a producer for La7’s “Exit” program declined to comment about the case, saying only that the program could be seen on the network’s Web site. In the program, the faces of those speaking with the young man are obscured and their voices altered so they would not be recognized. The man La Repubblica identified as the Vatican official can be heard saying that “he didn’t feel he was sinning” by having sex with gay men and asking his visitor if he liked him.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Vatican did not identify the monsignor by name. But Monsignor Tommaso Stenico confirmed in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that he had been suspended from his post at the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy, an office that aims to ensure proper conduct by priests. “Don’t condemn me,” Stenico said, adding that the program “was done fraudulently” because it used a hidden camera. In the program on private Italian network La7, a man identified as a priest is heard saying that he “didn’t feel he was sinning” by having sex with gay men. Rome daily La Repubblica reported Saturday that Vatican officials recognized the monsignor’s office in the background of the program, which aired Oct. 1. The Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, said the Italian monsignor was suspended while the case was under investigation. last_img read more

Read More →

DDTV: VIDEO OF A DONEGAL FAN’S DAY AT CROKE PARK

first_imgTHE GAA slogan says that you can’t beat being there. And you really can’t.For those of you who couldn’t make it to Croke Park on Sunday, the good people at jacksonsmediatv took along a video camera.And this view from the Hogan Stand (must be loaded!) is worth watching.There’s even a cameo role later on from Seamus Coleman! Click to play.  DDTV: VIDEO OF A DONEGAL FAN’S DAY AT CROKE PARK was last modified: August 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: VIDEO OF A DONEGAL FAN’S DAY AT CROKE PARKlast_img read more

Read More →

Man United turn attention to £62m midfielder after finalising Romelu Lukaku deal

first_imgManchester United have stepped up their pursuit of Real Madrid star James Rodriguez.Spanish newspaper AS claim that Wayne Rooney’s move to Everton has allowed United to intensify their interest in the Colombian.Rodriguez has been linked with United for the past 18 months after struggling to fully establish himself at the Bernabeu since his arrival in 2014.The 25-year-old wants his future sorted ideally before the start of Madrid’s pre-season campaign this week and may get his wish from United, who have already splashed out £75m to land Romelu Lukaku.But they will have to shell out another £62m if they wish to prise Rodriguez away from Spain, according to AS.It has been reported that the breakdown in negotiations for Alvaro Morata should not affect the discussion regarding Rodriguez. 1 James Rodriguez last_img read more

Read More →

DDTV: VIDEO SHOWS TRUE HORROR OF DONEGAL GORSE FIRES

first_imgDDTV: THIS  was the Meenderrynasloe gorse fire in the early hours of this morning.Paddy Barry’s short footage is nothing sensational.But it shows the horror our fire service personnel are facing on a nightly basis.Click play to watch   DDTV: VIDEO SHOWS TRUE HORROR OF DONEGAL GORSE FIRES was last modified: April 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: VIDEO SHOWS TRUE HORROR OF DONEGAL GORSE FIRESlast_img read more

Read More →

County councillor sent forward for trial on alleged assault charges

first_imgA county councillor has been sent forward for trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court on assault charges.Councillor John O’Donnell was charged with two cases of alleged assault at Newline Road in Letterkenny on February 23rd last, 2015.Pictures of injuries caused to the alleged victim were previously handed into court to be viewed by Judge Paul Kelly. The court heard that Mr O’Donnell, 35, and another man, Conor Ferguson, 26 were both charged in connection with the same incident.Details of the alleged incidents were not given in court.The court heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions that Mr O’Donnell’s cases be forward to the Circuit Court for Trial on Indictment.He is charged with two counts of assault against two different people on the same date. He is charged with assaulting Emmet Gallagher at the Sultan Takeaway and also with assaulting Seamus O’Donnell at Gortlee, Letterkenny.Inspector Michael Harrison said a full book of evidence for Mr O’Donnell will have to prepared and put the case back until October 24th next.Judge Paul Kelly said he will deal with an application for legal aid for Mr O’Donnell on that date.The co-accused Conor Ferguson, of Gort Na Ri, KIlmacrennan, charged with assaulting Kirstie Callaghan causing her harm at Station Roundabout.Judge Paul Kelly had refused jurisdiction in the case and had adjourned it until yesterday (Mon) for directions in the case. The court heard yesterday (MON) how the Director of Public Prosecutions has consented to send both men forward for trial to the next Criminal sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court on December 6th next.County councillor sent forward for trial on alleged assault charges was last modified: October 24th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Read More →

CSIRO trims Australian space science slots

first_imgSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Australian space scientists are lamenting news that up to 30 astronomy jobs will be eliminated at the national research body, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The $21-million-a-year CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) program is being reduced by 15% in the wake of an austerity budget announced in May by the country’s conservative government.CSIRO’s current budget of roughly $700 million is being trimmed by $27 million in this fiscal year and a total of $115 million over the next 4 years. That reduction could lead to as many as 420 fewer jobs across the agency. But those cuts are not spread equally across the agency’s portfolio: Some areas are relatively unaffected, while the space science program is being hit especially hard.“We’ve been forced into a completely reactive mode,” says CASS head Lewis Ball. In addition to the size of the cuts, Ball is unhappy with what he sees as the frequent changes in government policy toward research and the lack of stable funding for the country’s shared major research facilities. The current ad hoc approach, he says, “barely stops us from dropping off the edge of the cliff each year.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)CSIRO did not respond to questions from ScienceInsider about how it selected certain programs for funding cuts or elimination and spared others. But last week, scientists attending the annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of Australia learned a few more details about how the overall cuts would affect their discipline.Roughly two-thirds of the personnel cuts will be achieved by not filling vacant or term positions when they come to an end, Ball says. But there will “certainly” be some layoffs at the Parkes radio observatory, he adds. Cuts to support services, he says, will require scientists to operate the Narrabri radio observatory remotely, either from CASS headquarters or their home institutions.The program’s shrinking budget will also take a toll on Australia’s participation in the $2.5 billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The position of CSIRO chief scientist for Australia’s participation in the world’s largest radio telescope, set to begin in 2018 in western Australia and South Africa, will remain vacant, and the Australian government has not committed funding for SKA beyond 2017. “We will aim to fill this role as best we can from within the existing, significantly reduced, astronomy staff in CASS,” says Ball, who calls the cuts to radio astronomy “very shortsighted.”last_img read more

Read More →