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Chaos Looms at ArcelorMittal

first_imgTension is said to be mounting at the operation site of ArcelorMittal in Nimba County, reportedly between the management and one of its sub-contractors, Engineers and Planners (E&P). E&P claims ArcelorMittal allegedly owes the subcontractor millions of United States Dollars for work it has done.ArcelorMittal is one of the world’s largest iron ore mining companies and has a Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) with the government of Liberia.E&P was contracted by ArcelorMittal to carryout the mining activities of the company. The two companies have been in the contractual agreement since 2011. The agreement comes to an end on the 31st of this month.The situation is reportedly due to the alleged failure of the ArcelorMittal management to fully settle E&P for services rendered the steel giant. The situation has further exacerbated the mounting tension between some employees of E&P and the management.The management of E&P had earlier promised their employees some benefits and bonuses.The situation has left the fate of about 189 personnel, who are legitimate employees of E&P, in limbo. All of the employees concerned are Liberians.Speaking to newsmen in Monrovia on Monday December 9, 2013, the Country Director of E&P, Madam Pamela Bowen, said the management as ArcelorMittal has failed to pay them since 2011, a situation that is inconveniencing the operation of her company.According to her, this has led to her company halting all operations at the mining sites until the matter is adequately addressed.She indicated that her company’s decision has been ignored by the management of ArcelorMittal, who are prevailing on E&P’s employees to go to work under threat of being fire, “though they (employees) are not under their jurisdiction.”Madam Bowen said that several employees of E&P are now threatening to seize the company’s equipment or vandalize the company’s warehouse.Some of the employees have even threatened to take severe actions against some senior staffs if their severance, bonuses, and other benefits owe them are not paid before the festive season, she disclosed.“If not properly handled, the situation may escalate into a complete chaos as some of the employees of E&P have threatened to seize equipment belonging to the company,” Madam Bowen added.She said a fraction of the 189 employees has now ignored the order of their original employer (E&P) to stop work and have now deflected to ArcelorMittal because of threats emanating from ArcelorMittal’s management.She stated: “We have been having problem with some of our employees who decided to ignore our decision to halt every operation until the company can pay our money. They are still working without our consent. This technically means that they have ended all agreements they had with E&P.”“What is troubling is that though they decided to disobey our order, but they are still demanding us to meet up with the agreements that we had with them which is not possible, because we were using our halt action to prevail on the Mittal Steel’s management to pay our money.”“But they decided to listen to Mittal Steel rather than us who employed them. Some of the employees have threatened some of our senior staffs that if we don’t pay them before the Christmas, people are going to die; a situation that we don’t want to happen.”ArcelorMittal responds: “To date, ArcelorMittal Liberia owes no past due payments to Engineers and Planners (E&P).  Each month, E&P bills ArcelorMittal Liberia for services rendered in the previous month and those payments are paid as per terms of the contract. All payments are current to the contractor; however the contractor has requested an advance payment against their November bill, which ArcelorMittal Liberia has agreed to pay in good faith, once that bill is received.“Absolutely no threats have been issued against any employee of Engineers and Planners, and furthermore, ArcelorMittal Liberia has no authority to hire or fire any E&P employee.  The Ghanaian-owned company was contracted by ArcelorMittal Liberia in May, 2011 to carry out mining activities at the Tokadeh mine in Nimba County; however, ArcelorMittal Liberia’s management informed Engineers and Planners in October, 2013 that at the end of the current contract, which expires on December 31, 2013, ArcelorMittal Liberia will take over the running of the Mine as part of its localization strategy, which is consistent with the Company’s compliance to the MDA.  We do not want to see any Liberian unemployed; therefore all Liberians currently employed by E & P will be given first and top priority to join ArcelorMittal Liberia as full time workers. “We value our relationship and partnership with E &P and are open to further dialogue and discussions.  As a Company we believe in full transparency as it relates to all of our agreements.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Swapping classrooms for military

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Hart High School counselor Mario Mercado said that three students are headed for the Air Force, three to the Army, two to the Navy and seven are joining the Marines. Several Canyon High graduates are joining the Army, including Sanford Jones, Greg Thompson, Garrett Gordon, Bobby Brown, Jennifer Restivo and Danny Brutz. Cameron Beckett is headed for the Air Force Academy and Tyler Hawkins has earned an appointment to the Naval Academy at Annapolis. Ilene Blok at Saugus High said that senior Brett Santana is headed for the Air Force Academy and Robert Doyle is going to the West Point Naval Academy; in addition, joining the Army will be Richard Burns and Armen DerNersesian. An honors student at College of the Canyons is even getting into the mix. Christopher Marcial’s parents wanted him to be a “professional student” and made him a deal to help him succeed in college after graduating last year from Hart High. In lieu of working his way through college, the Marcials offered to pay Christopher what he would make if he took an entry-level job – on the condition that he work hard at school. On June 8, Marcial is set to graduate with honors from College of the Canyons at the age of 18, having achieved his two-year degree in biology. But Marcial plans to take a diversion from school for a little bit. He starts Marine boot camp on June 18. “I’ve been thinking about it since I was about 15 or 16,” he said. “I feel lucky to be an American and feel like it’s my duty to serve. This country has given a lot to us and to my family.” Asked how he feels about the situation in the Middle East, Marcial hesitated slightly. “I’m real patriotic, I feel if I was sent to serve there, I think that freedom does need to be experienced by other countries. As Americans we have a responsibility to spread freedom because we are so blessed with it. “I’ve seen videos of people in Iraq and people dying; that kind of thing can happen to anyone in the military and it makes me scared, but if that’s what I need to do for us, it needs to be done. I’m excited about the challenge of becoming a Marine and traveling to see other places in the world.” Thompson, who will be trained in interrogation techniques that he hopes will lead to a career with the Central Intelligence Agency, said that he is carrying on a military legacy handed down from his grandfather. “My mother is anxious,” he said, referring to the conflict he might join in Iraq. “I was in ROTC for three-and-a-half years and a lot of my friends also signed up. I know one of them wanted to do something better with his life.” Jones, who hopes to become an airborne ranger, will ship out Aug. 1 and is looking forward to a new adventure. “It sounded like fun,” he said. “A lot of my friends say I’m gonna die, but I tell them everyone has to die sometime, that’s inevitable. My parents are happy and supportive.” Jones, who credits his military inspiration to friend and fellow Canyon student Ricardo Chinchilla, who served as an airborne ranger, is the first in his family to join the military, much to the delight of his younger brothers. He describes his sister as “neutral” on the issue. “She’s trying to put up a brave front for me,” he said. (661)257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Despite increasing casualties in Iraq and the war’s growing unpopularity, the graduating class of 2006 is stepping up to serve its country. Over the last four years, an average of 4 percent of local high school graduates have enlisted in the military around graduation time, according to the William S. Hart Union High School District. This year’s figures aren’t in yet, but several students are headed for boot camp – and quite possibly, to war. At Bowman High School, nearly 20 students have signed up and either have taken basic training or are ready to go in, according to counselor Suzy Mansfield. last_img read more

HP Omen X Emperium 65 is a great gaming monitor youll never

first_img Comment Preview • The HP Omen X Desktop is for gamers on the edge 1 Review • HP’s PC gaming flagship turns PC gaming on its side The hardware in Metro Exodus’ menu system is practically life size on this monitor. Lori Grunin/CNET Gaming monitor manufacturers love to throw around the term “immersive” when referring to their products — the bigger and curvier it is, the louder the proclamations get. Well, no monitor to date can hold an immersive candle to the HP Omen X Emperium 65. It swallows you whole. I’m lucky it let me out long enough to get this written.It’s also $5,000 (about £3,830 or AU$7,000). So the most frequent question we get is “How is it better than a good 65-inch TV, which costs half as much?” The answer, at least for most people, is it’s not. But for a tiny subset of PC gamers, it’s more fun than a battle royale of monkeys.The Emperium was first announced at CES 2018 as part of Nvidia’s BFGD (Big Format Gaming Display) initiative, but HP is the only manufacturer from the group to have actually shipped a monitor. It feels like a Frankenstein’s monster of features: There’s a 65-inch Nvidia Shield smart HDR TV-slash-monitor that supports Nvidia’s G-Sync adaptive refresh technology and integrates Google Assistant. (So if you value your privacy, you may think of it as a personal-data-collecting portal of doom.) 22 Photos Mentioned Above HP Omen X CNET may get a commission from retail offers. HP Omen X News • HP Omen X 2S gaming laptop sports a second screencenter_img HP’s Omen X Emperium 65 and more gaming goodies come to CES 2019 See it Share your voice HP Nvidia $3,199 Gaming Accessories Monitors Tags Despite wanting to throw myself across it and plead with HP to let me keep it a while longer, it’s hard to recommend it as an actual purchase. Partly because pieces of it are bound to obsolesce within the next couple of years and partly because you’re probably better off spending less and putting the money you save into better-performing hardware and more games, at least until gaming figures out where it’s heading — the cloud, your phone, next-gen consoles or someplace as-yet unimagined.And she’ll have fun, fun, funConnected to a PC, the Emperium’s a jumbo-sized equivalent of a great 27-inch HDR (technically, HDR10) monitor like the Acer Predator X27, with similar specs but really, really big. I hooked the Emperium to a Falcon Northwest desktop equipped with an overclocked (to 4.9GHz) Intel Core i9-9900K and dual Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti cards. That’s pretty much the configuration you need to really appreciate all aspects of the Emperium simultaneously — the 4K, HDR and G-Sync.I didn’t see any artifacts, no matter what frame rate I threw at it, whether I went far beyond its native 120Hz (or 144Hz overclocked) or well below it — because 4K at ultra-everything including ray tracing still drops to unplayable frame rates. In this respect, it was one of the best G-Sync monitors I’ve used.While a 27-inch HDR monitor looks great, at 65 inches it really wows. The size alone ramps up Resident Evil 2 from scary-if-you-play-in-the-dark to leave-the-lights-on terrifying.Each game handles HDR differently. And because you’re looking at computer-generated graphics and not the real world depicted in movies, you don’t have the frame of reference to tell you whether a game’s colors look “correct” or the control you need to fine tune them. You just go with what appeals most and make sure the shadows aren’t so dark that you can find the object you’re looking for and won’t get ambushed by a mutant or a zombie. The otherworldly glowing reds and eye-searing brights in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice lend it that extra touch of surreality, so who cares if her face paint probably isn’t the correct shade of blue?hp-omen-x-emperium-65-8The on-screen display. (Aside: Dear Google, can you please suggest “try searching for ‘how to make Google stop suggesting things'” instead? Thanks!) Lori Grunin/CNET I didn’t run a full suite of tests in the short time I had with the monitor, just enough to confirm that it hits the most important marks. In HDR mode it covers 97 percent of the P3 D6500 color gamut — that’s close to one of the best OLED TVs we’ve tested, which hits 98.4 percent (95 percent in SDR). It’s got a typical black level of 0.009 nits (minimum is 0.001). So it’s not OLED-level black, but it’s visibly impressive. It seems to overshoot peak brightness to roughly 1,100 nits and then gradually decline, outputting over 1,000 nits in 5 percent, 10 percent and 25 percent windows.The VA-IPS panel has 384-zone local dimming with no edge bleed that I could spot. It has typical off-axis viewing for the technology, so all but the most oblique angles look good.The soundbar that comes with the Emperium is an aesthetically pleasing, well-built and aurally balanced 2.1 system that fits snugly under the display and can be controlled by the Shield remote. But it connects to the monitor with a surprisingly low-end analog cable. It does have a DSP input.hp-omen-x-emperium-65-5Enlarge ImageOne nice design touch is the automatic lighting strip and illuminated labels. Lori Grunin/CNET There’s a solid selection of connections on the Emperium:Four USB-A (two on each side)One DisplayPort 1.4Three HDMI 2.0 (1 ARC)SPDIFGigabit Ethernet802.11ac Wi-FiBluetoothYou should be able to connect peripherals, such as external storage or wired keyboard and mice via the USB ports, to use with the Shield — that’s what the menus imply. But I couldn’t get it to recognize any USB devices. Even if that’s just a bug, you can’t use the ports as a hub the way you can on a desktop monitor because there’s no upstream USB connection from the PC to the display.Nor did the monitor like our 5GHz network — it kept saying that the signal was weak and refusing to connect, even after I moved the monitor into the same room as the router. A keyboard, mouse and controller all connected through Bluetooth, but the controller especially tended to be too laggy, even for simply navigating Steam.Not ready for the futureIf you take the monitor capabilities out of the equation, the Emperium’s just a pretty good, overpriced Shield TV with the same annoying remote. All non-PC gaming, whether you’re using a console via HDMI or cloud via GeForce Now (GFN), is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and generally delivers the frame rate to match that, so you don’t need the refresh-rate versatility of the Emperium. Nor do you need a TV this high-end to play games over GFN. In fact, the broad tonal range of the display ends up emphasizing the artifacts — color contouring, desaturation and blockiness — of the compressed stream delivered by cloud-based games. GFN and the Google universe, including Android apps, Play games, streaming and video, adds value to the package, but you can get a box for $180 and attach it to a $2,500 OLED TV for the same capabilities. The sound bar should probably be optional.The Emperium offers fast refresh, but only connected to a PC with an Nvidia graphics card over DisplayPort. The HDMI connection is fixed at 60Hz for 4K. There’s a 1080p/120Hz option in the menu that I didn’t try, but HD on a 65-inch monitor has a pixel pitch you could drive a truck through (you sit much closer while gaming than you would just watching movies) and while it’s nice, it certainly isn’t worth five grand. 60Hz over HDMI is fine for now because console output is fixed there, too. But we’re expecting new consoles from Sony and Microsoft within the next couple of years, and you can bet they’ll have HDMI 2.1 connections to support variable or adaptive refresh technologies.So the Emperium won’t be able to take advantage of one of the most significant technology improvements to come to consoles in a while. And any gamer who’s going to plonk down this much for a monitor probably has a couple of consoles in addition to a power desktop, especially in the age of exclusives.It’s usually unwise to buy the first generation of anything — I’m looking at you, 5G and foldable phones — and while this is a good and polished one, the Emperium 65 is definitely a first-gen product.last_img read more

Make in USA or Pay More Its Toyotas turn to face Trumps

first_imgDonald Trump slams Toyota after GMReutersUS president-elect Donald Trump, who has been slamming automakers for selling cars made outside the US, has threatened Toyota in his latest tweet, hours after lashing out at General Motors for its plans to make cars in Mexico other than US.Make in USA or pay more: Donald Trump’s ultimatum forces Ford to scrap Mexico plant; GM faces heatTrump, in his continuing twitter tirade against the auto majors, warned Toyota against making Corolla for US in Mexico. He said doing so will face huge tariff. Trump, who threatened to impose “big border tax” tweeted, “Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.” Trump’s’ tweet is a reference to Toyota’s new plant — which was announced in April 2015 — which would make 200,000 Corolla compact cars per annum for the North American market starting 2019.Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017Toyota, in a response to Trump’s tweet, said that the new plant in Mexico will not have any impact on the production of Toyota in US and also will not cost jobs in the country. The company also expressed its willingness to work closely with the new administration in US.”Toyota looks forward to collaborating with the Trump Administration to serve in the best interests of consumers and the automotive industry,” the company said.Earlier this week, Trump had turned up the heat on General Motors for its decision to send Mexican made Chevy hatchbacks to US. While it was the first time Trump targeted GM in its tweet, Ford Motors Company has been facing the heat for a while, after which Ford decided to call off its plans to build a plant in Mexico. Ford announced that company will now invest $700 million in metro Detroit’s Flat Rock Assembly plant in the state of Michigan and will also add 700 new jobs in the unit.But that is not the end of the story. Reuters reports that Trump’s threat to impose big tax on the vehicles manufactured outside US would have bigger impact on Nissan Motor Co than anyone else as the company’s Mexico plant contributes to one-quarter of Nissan’s total vehicle sales in the US. Japan’s second-largest automaker Nissan, which went to Mexico 50 year ago, now produces more than 800,000 cars in that facility.last_img read more

Woman killed in Bhola launch accident

first_imgA woman was killed and three others injured as a launch ploughed into the pontoon after being hit by another at Hakimuddin Launch Ghat in Burhanuddin upazila in Bhola on Saturday evening, reports UNB.The deceased is Bilkis Begum, 30, of Chokdos village in the upazila.Quoting witnesses, Burhanuddin police station officer-in-charge Asim Kurmar Sikdar said Dhaka bound launch MV Tasrif-4 hit the pontoon after being hit by another launch MV Karnaphuli, killing Bilkis Begum on the spot.last_img