Tension 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)
LISCR FC Coach Tapha Manneh and Defensive Midfielder Allen Njie celebrate their team’s triumph in the LISCR Trust Tournament. (Photo Credit: LISCR FC.) LICSR FC continue to show their strength as double champions and their readiness for the upcoming league season after narrowly defeating NPA Anchors 1-0 to win the LISCR Trust Tournament over the weekend at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.A lone goal from midfielder Sekou Sheriff in the 65th minute secured the victory for Coach Tapha Manneh’s side to clinch the pre-season tournament trophy.The weekend triumph for the ‘Shipping Boys’ recorded their third trophy in 2017, having won the First Division Championship and the FA Cup during the 2016/2017 league season.Both LISCR and NPA Anchors advanced to the final after edging out their opponents in the first and second rounds.LISCR saw off newly promoted second division side Pags FC and Small Town in their first two matches (3-0 and 4-0 respectively) to book their ticket to the final, while NPA Anchors defeated Monrovia Club Breweries and Bristol FC 2-0 and 3-2 respectively before conceding their only defeat in the final.Eight teams, including LISCR FC, NPA Anchors, Watanga FC, Bristol FC, Small Town FC, Monrovia Club Breweries, Keitrace FC and Pags FC, competed for the L$30,000 cash prize.Following the climax of the tournament, several players received individual awards for their outstanding performances during the tournament, with striker Christopher Jackson walking away with two awards.Striker Jackson was recognized as the Highest Goal Scorer and Best Forward in the tournament. He was joined by teammates Sekou Sheriff, who was awarded the Most Valuable Player title; Kemoh Kamara as Best Defender; and Coach Manneh as the Best Coach.Others included Joshua Williams of NPA Anchors and teammate Kortee Symthe as Best Midfielders.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Cross section of senior Staff during the training in Monrovia The Civil Service Agency (CSA) in concert with the Center for National Documents and Records Agency/ National Archives (CNDRA) recently trained at least 25 senior staff and sectional heads of the agency in performance and management skills.The training, which was conducted September 12 at the central office of the National Archives on 12th Street in Sinkor, Monrovia, was the first of its kind since the inception of the C. Neileh Daitouah Administration at the NCDRA, which is seeking to enhance the performance and management skills of CNDRA senior staff.According to CNDRA Deputy Human Resource Director Christian J. Jlatuh, the one-day training exercise seeks to respond to the capacity needs of the agency as well as the effectiveness of the trainees.Jlatuh said performance management is a process by which managers and employees work together to plan, monitor and review an employee’s work objectives as well as overall contribution to the agency.It is the continued process of setting objectives, assessing progress and providing ongoing coaching and feedback to ensure that employees meet their objectives and career goals.Mr. Daitouah, CNDRA Director General, has meanwhile extolled CSA for the training, noting that it will enhance the performance and productivity of the agency. He described the capacity building as a revolving process that could promote and improve employees’ output of the institution.Kaipee L. Newray, communication officer of CNDRA, expressed gratitude to CSA for the training because of its timeliness.According to Newray, the training will strengthen and provide guidance for them in the governing process of Liberia. He further said such a training should not be just for a day. Rather, it should be a continued process that would get other agencies of government involved.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…as 96 graduate from skills training programmeThe graduating class pose for a picture with Minister George Norton (centre) and other facilitators of the programmeNinety-six persons graduated with honours on Tuesday from the 2019 youth entrepreneurial skills training programme coordinated by the Ministry of the Presidency, Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport.As more expertise will be added into the country’s workforce in areas such as catering, masonry, plumbing among others, the graduating youths were urged to use the newly acquired skills to start their own businesses.This charge was made by Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport Minister, George Norton, who noted that the entrepreneurial component of the programme was specifically designed to promote self-employment among youths.“The entrepreneurship component of this programme was strategically crafted to enable you not only to become employable in your field but improve you to start your own business and that I want you to take seriously,” the Minister stated.Adding to this, Minister Norton urged the graduates to further develop the skills learnt in order to pave the way for a better future and opportunities.“Ninety-six of you have made it, and I want the country out there, the society out there to know that we have ninety-six youths who have turned a new leaf in their lives and are out there to make a positive impact…It is my hope, that when you leave here today (Tuesday) you do all that is necessary to develop your trade and continuously upgrade your skills so that you may have a better future,” he underscored.Meanwhile, on the sidelines, this publication spoke to the valedictorian of the programme, 17-year-old Isaiah Knights, who explained that he encountered some challenges during the training course in plumbing, but said that a lot was learnt.“You learn a lot from the Sophia Training Centre and my experience there was challenges because for a first comer I didn’t know anybody there but after I made friends and got comfortable with the class well then everything began to fall into place…I always saw youths home doing nothing, and I said I don’t want to be like that cause I came out of school last year and I wasn’t doing anything so I decided to come out and do this course,” Knights said.A similar level of enthusiasm was expressed by 18-year-old Daniesha Jonas, as she was the only female who graduated from the programme’s plumbing course.The programme had commenced in February of this year at the Sophia Training Centre, and included both technical and vocational courses for youths between the ages of 16 and 25, specifically those who did not complete their secondary education.
The Fort St. John RCMP are looking for a suspect involved in a break and enter in Taylor on Friday. At around 11:15 p.m., a male suspect broke into a fenced compound at 9356 Cherry Avenue. Fungicide and round-up chemicals were stolen from a locked shed. If you have any information on this incident, call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8577.- Advertisement –
Each week a top artist from the music world takes our very special Q&A. Up next… Fryars.What’s your favourite talkSPORT Show and why?Keys and Gray – They should have never been removed from Sky.talkSPORT give you your own show, what’s it’s called and what’s it about?Bore Draw – The most interminably dull characters to phone in each week get rounded up and we sit around a table talking about sport.Who are the greatest football team in the land?Arsenal.Who is the most rock ‘n roll player playing the beautiful game right now?Andrea Pirlo.If you were put in charge of the pre-match entertainment for the FA Cup Final at Wembley, what band do you want playing live?Can.Who’s gonna sing the National Anthem?Antony and the Johnsons.What track are the players walking down the tunnel and on to the pitch to?Fryars – Cool like Me.What’s on the stereo in the dressing room to psyche the players up?Oompa Loompa from the Willy Wonka Official Sound Track.You build your own Rock ‘n Roll five-a-side football team. Which five artists are in the team?Fryars (me) as the midfield general; that guy from Death Grips in goal; Louis Tomlinson from One Direction as a goal hanger; Rod Stewart at centre-back and Lil Wayne on the wing.You get to pick one footballer to work as roadie with your band. Who is it and what do you have them doing?Nacho Monreal as guitar tech, just to get him off the pitch!What’s going on for you as an artist at the moment?I’m releasing my album this week, then I’m off on tour with Lily Allen around the UK and by myself around Europe.Fryars debut album ‘Power’ is out now on Fiction Records 1 Fryars isn’t a fan of Nacho Monreal
That would rule Sissoko out of the north London club’s home leg against Dutch giants Ajax on April 30, with Tottenham already missing South Korea star Son Heung-min through suspension.Son has been a key man for Spurs while England captain Harry Kane has been sidelined with an ankle injury.“Moussa Sissoko is not going to be fit, maybe for the next two weeks, we hope he can recover before but I am not so optimistic,” Pochettino said ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League match at home to Brighton.“Harry Winks we don’t know because it is a problem that is one day very good, next day not very good, it is about assessing each day.“We hope he will be available for Tuesday but we are not sure.”There are also doubts over the fitness of France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, with Pochettino saying: “Lloris I hope yes, we are going to assess, we have a training session and we hope it is not a big issue, we hope he is going to be available.”– ‘Thinking in the today’ –Tottenham may have lost to Manchester City in their second game at the Etihad inside 72 hours but they remain firmly in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League after both Arsenal and Manchester United lost as well at the weekend.If Spurs beat Brighton and West Ham in back-to-back games at their new ground they will be on course for a top-four finish that would qualify them for next season’s Champions League regardless of whether they win this season’s edition of European club football’s elite competition.“We are not thinking of Ajax,” Pochettino said. “We showed at Manchester City that we are thinking in the today and that competition, the Premier League.”The Argentinian added: “Now our energy is in Brighton. It is so clear that we have two objectives — one is to be in the top four at the end of the season and the other is to beat Ajax, but we need to go step-by-step.“The players, they know it, I think the behaviour and the mentality is perfect.”Despite concerns a mid-season move to a new ground may prove unsettling, Pochettino’s men have won all their three matches so far at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, scoring seven goals and not conceding any in the process.“We hope we can keep going, getting the same result,” said Pochettino.“It is going to be fantastic and it is going to be helpful for us playing in the new stadium with our fans and we hope and wish to repeat the performances of the previous results.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Injured – Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 22 – Tottenham Hotspur suffered a fresh blow to their Champions League hopes on Monday when Moussa Sissoko appeared to be ruled out of the first leg of their semi-final against Ajax.The midfielder, one of Tottenham’s outstanding players this season, suffered a groin injury in the return leg of the quarter-final tie at Manchester City and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino believes he will not be fit for another two weeks.
The high court will hear a challenge early next year from two inmates on death row in Kentucky who claim that lethal injection as practiced by the state amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of the Eighth Amendment. The last time the court considered a challenge to a method of execution was in 1879, when it upheld the use of a firing squad in Utah. Lethal injections, devised as a humane alternative to electrocution and the gas chamber, have come under attack in recent years amid reports the three-drug cocktail doesn’t always work as quickly as intended and inmates are subjected to excruciating pain. A California ruling in the case of Michael Morales resulted in the statewide suspension of executions. The state has proposed resuming them, but a federal judge has yet to rule. The Supreme Court has previously made it easier for death row inmates to contest lethal injections. But until Tuesday, the justices had passed up cases that questioned whether the mix of drugs and the way they are administered in three dozen states violate the Constitution. EXECUTION: Inmates claim method used in most states is cruel and unusual punishment. By Mark Sherman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to take a hard look at the method of lethal injection most states use to put inmates to death in a case that could further slow the pace of executions. The appeal was among 17 new cases the court accepted for its term that begins Monday. The other high-profile appeal granted Tuesday is a challenge to the constitutionality of a voter photo identification law in Indiana. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
18 The Hound, though not quite as elegant as his doppelganger, mind 18 18 Bran Stark! Let’s face it both have quality vision. Now click the arrow to see more Game of Thrones football look-alikes! 18 18 18 18 Dani Osvaldo looks like… 18 18 18 Kieran Gibbs looks like… Which Game of Thrones character does Lionel Messi look like? Click the arrow above, right, to find out! 18 18 Ser Jorah Mormont, a wise and commanding presence in his boss’ eyes Owen Hargreaves looks like… 18 Maxi Lopez looks like… Diego Lugano looks like Khal Drogo – they both have a similar temperament, too 18 Andrea Pirlo looks like… Xabi Alonso looks like… Game of Thrones series five is just around the corner, so naturally talkSPORT is looking at some of football’s most recognisable faces and comparing them with their look-alike characters from the series, which begins on 12 April.You’ll find stars from Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and more!Have we missed out any good football Game of Thrones look-alikes?Let us know by leaving a comment below! 18 Grey Worm, who is much less injury prone 18 Julian Draxler looks like… 18 18 Daenerys Targaryen? Tyrion Lannister, underestimated by many but has proven to be a real leader Robb Stark, whose career at the top was cut short Podrick Payne, the young squire
A new production of Brian Friel’s much loved classic, marking the play’s 25th anniversary of its premiere.Presented by Lyric Theatre, Belfast in association with the inaugural Lughnasa International Friel Festival (August 20-31) – Ireland’s first annual cross border arts festival. Winner of an Olivier Award and a Tony Award, Dancing at Lughnasa is one of the most acclaimed and loved Irish plays of recent times.Set in County Donegal in 1936 during the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasa, the play tells the story of the five Mundy sisters and their brother Jack, who has returned home from the missions after 25 years away.The story is told by the sisters’ nephew, Michael, who recalls the summer spent with his aunts when he was seven years old. As August gives way to September, Michael recounts his memory of childhood in his native Ballybeg, where his aunts raised him in their crumbling, rural home and where once they danced. A wild, raucous dance. A dance to the exciting, fleeting melody of the past and a dance against the harsh, progressive beat of the present.One of the greatest plays ever written, this is a play about dance – the dream-wild dance of our memories. This new production, which marks the 25th anniversary of the play’s premiere in Dublin, is directed by award-winning Annabelle Comyn.Charlie Bonner -Michael EvansDeclan Conlon -Father Jack MundyCatherine Cusack -Agnes MundyVanessa Emme – Christina MundyCara Kelly – Maggie MundyCatherine McCormack – Kate MundyMary Murray -Rose MundyMatt Tait -Gerry EvansFor further information on the Lughnasa International Friel Festival please visit www.lughnasainternationalfrielfestival.com or call the box office on 0749120777 (INT: 00353 749120777).Category: Drama / HighlightsDate: Thursday 20 August 2015 – Sunday 23 August 2015Time: Thursday to Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2.30pmTickets: Thurs – all tickets €20 or buy four for €70Fri/Sat €25/€20Sunday matinee €20/€15Book now!BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR DANCING AT LUGHNASA AT THE AN GRIANÁN THEATRE was last modified: August 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnews