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Jan
14

Restructuring Plan for NOCAL

first_imgThe Board of Directors of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has announced that the company has embarked on an internal re-organization exercise aimed at ensuring the survival of the entity.Addressing the company’s management and staff Friday, August 21, at a general staff meeting in Monrovia, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Counselor Seward Cooper, explained that the continuing fall in the price of oil on the global market has caused serious fiscal difficulties for the company.He said despite the best efforts of the board and the management to put in place several austerity measures to manage the situation, the continuing crumbling oil prices have severely undermined NOCAL’s capacity to meet its operational and personnel obligations.Accordingly, he regretted that the company is left with no options other than putting in place a company-wide restructuring plan to include personnel and related administrative and operational adjustments that could significantly reduce the entity’s overhead costs.Disclosing that the management will work out the details of the plan with each staff/employee in the coming weeks, Counselor Cooper called on the NOCAL family to show understanding for the personnel reduction and re-arrangement scheme.He stressed that the restructuring and administrative adjustments will affect every layer of the company, including the Board and Management, and a new recruitment of re-employment exercise will be guided by the highest standard of transparency, with the Board having hired an external consultant to carry out the entire process.The NOCAL board chairman also emphasized that what is taking place at the company is not unique, as several State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in the country and usually productive sectors such as Agriculture and Mining continue to struggle to stay afloat in the face of the overall decline in global economic activities.Counselor Cooper then reminded the NOCAL staff and employees that “despite the unfortunate and unexpected situation that we at NOCAL find ourselves in now, we must nevertheless never forget that NOCAL has had some good times that have benefitted not only the NOCAL family, but the Government and people of this country as a whole.”He declared, “We are indeed very proud of what NOCAL, at the best of times, has done for our people, especially in regard to our CSR interventions in such areas as granting local and international scholarships, support to the University of Liberia, capacity building for our young people, public transportation, the efforts to beat back the Ebola virus, water and sanitation, among others.”He then appealed to the workforce that despite “these hard times that have hit us, we must all now come together to stand as one family to deal with the situation in a way that can help our sector and country move forward.”He then thanked the management and staff for the quality level of productivity each and every one of them has rendered to NOCAL and by extension to the country and encouraged those employees who wish to continue to work at a restructured NOCAL not to hesitate to apply for positions that will be advertised in due course.Following a question and answer period, during which employees sought clarification on the re-organization plan, some staff expressed thanks to the board and management for the briefing, saying they look forward to timely receiving their severance packages, a press release from NOCAL said yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jan
12

Protests against closure of sugar estates gain momentum

first_imgThe protests against the impending closure of sugar estates across the country have gained momentum on the ground, as hundreds of workers of Rose Hall Estate staged a picketing exercise on Tuesday.The Estate, which employs some 2400 persons, has not taken lightly the proposal made by President David Granger to have Albion, Blairmont, and Uitvlugt Estates remain open.The peaceful protest at the Rose Hall EstateMany workers believe this is a clear indication that Rose Hall is one of the Estates that could be next to close its operation, and workers there are likely to be placed on the breadline.The workers backed by their Union, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) displayed placards as they vented their anger at the announcement of the President.The otherwise peaceful protest was disturbed momentarily when former workers’ union representative Paul Austin, who was fired from the Estate and was now an Alliance For Change (AFC) activist, engaged protesters.Traffic was stopped along the East Canje roadway for a few minutes as the protest took over the road.Austin was taken away by the Police, and the several hundred protesters continued their peaceful protest.One protester carrying a placard which read “Your own words, ‘Sugar too big to fail’”, called on the President not to close the Estate.Another worker holding a placard which read “What about the 20 percent promise?” said they were all fooled by the coalition when its promise of a 20 per cent increase was made. “They raise they pay 100 per cent. The treasury isn’t running down with all the Minister’s pay since they double they salary? They are milking the taxpayers to full their pockets…”The protest caused the Estate to cease grinding operations, as no cane was burnt on Monday in anticipation of the workers’ protest action.Workers also reminded that just a few weeks ago, acting President Moses Nagamootoo in his substantial position as Prime Minister, while speaking at the remembrance event for the Rose Hall Martyrs, promised that “sugar will never die”. However, they say they are now faced with the real prospect of joblessness and impoverishment.Furthermore, the workers are convinced that the plans touted by Administration and Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) officials offer little hope for a secure and bright future.They say the closure of Rose Hall Estate – should it proceed, would take a heavy toll on many communities. The town of New Amsterdam would also be affected adversely in a big way.According to one of the protesters, if the Estate is closed, there will be nothing for the more than 2000 workers to do as well as those who operate businesses that serve estate workers, as there will be no money to sustain those businesses.“They talking about education – where you gon get money fo send the children to school? Two years they in there and they ain’t do anything fo sugar… nothing at all. Now they trying to take away bread from we.”The emotions exhibited by the worried workers showed that it was not a politically motivated protest but one in which the workers were pleading with the Government to rethink a decision it has made which would adversely affect generations. More particularly, the effects of that decision would almost be irreparable, at least for decades.GAWU’s Berbice Representative, Harvey Tambron, who stood with the more than 600 workers Tuesday morning, noted that the Wales Estate was ordered closed without any consultation with the Union, the legal bargaining agent for the workers. He says the Union is fearful that the Government is planning to do the same thing in Berbice.“And you go to Wales, you will see the entire area is a ghost town, people are without jobs and this is what will happen here if they close Rose Hall. If there is a proposal or an announcement to close Rose Hall, they should look at it and do a feasibility study. If they are to sell Skeldon, then they should do a study.A study will reveal how people will live if they are to sell the Estate, what will be the result and that will tell you what the alternatives are. So, it is important that they should do a feasibility study before any announcement,” Tambron said.A statement from GAWU on Tuesday said the workers were worried about the issues they may face should the closure plans be implemented.“The workers are convinced that the plans touted by Government and the (Guyana Sugar Corporation) GuySuCo officials offer little hope for a secured and bright future,” the statement said.GAWU said too that if these plans materialised, the town of New Amsterdam would also be particularly affected given that sugar workers and their families were the source of much business there.“The GAWU finds it puzzling, indeed disheartening, that such plans are contemplated when other jobs, especially in the East Canje area, are simply unavailable,” the Union added.GAWU has vowed to cripple planned efforts to close other estates, including the East Demerara Estate (Enmore Estate), in the name of restructuring.GAWU President Komal Chand had told Guyana Times that the Union would begin amassing workers to take to the streets in massive protests against this move.While the Union has been engaged in some level of protests over the past weeks, particularly in Enmore, Chand stated that the numbers were likely to grow in coming weeks and months.“They hope that they will draw support from the residents and others, with the view to build a strong protest because that might be one of the ways to get Government to rethink its position,” he added.GAWU said if the protest attracted enormous crowds like the parking meter project protests in Georgetown, it would send a strong message to the coalition Government.last_img read more

Jan
11

Tridents hold off rampant Tallawahs

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018…The Jamaica Tallawahs left Florida heart-broken and winless as they lost by two runs Wednesday evening against the Barbados Tridents, in the 14th fixture of this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).Steve SmithAfter two consecutive losses at the Central Broward Stadium, in Lauderhill, the Tallwahs looked on course to break the streak but made a mess of an entertaining run chase in the final over. Tridents amassed 156 – 6 which in the end proved too much for the opposition that fell short at 154 – 3.The chase began with Johnson Charles and Glen Phillips seeing off Mohammed Irfan and Ashley Nurse in the first two overs to take Tallawahs to 11 – 0, but with the captain Jason Holder putting himself on to bowl the third, he found himself in quite unlucky.Johnson picked up five consecutive fours from Holder in an eventful string of deliveries, but Holder’s luck wasn’t all bad as he finished with a dot ball. He made no mistake of trying another over in the match.Charles (42) and Phillips (36) continued the onslaught until the former was caught behind by Pooran off Steve Smith, who easily broke the 80-run opening stand. Smith then claimed the wicket of Phillips four balls later.Kennar Lewis put 17 on the board but became Irfan first victim, nicking one to Pooran. Tallawahs were now 100-3 from 12.5 overs.Of course, the five earlier dropped catches by the Tridents could have changed the course of the game on several occasions but it just was not their night in the field.With 57 from 43 needed to seal the deal, the Tallawahs chance of victory remained high with the experience of Ross Taylor and destructive force of David Miller at the crease.They of course navigated the challenge cautiously and executed their job beautifully up until the final over that was bowled by Raymon Reifer. The left-arm medium bowler presented a tight and full line which cost only six runs, to win a final over battle.Earlier in the night, the Tridents were the first up to bat, and had a decent start going at nearly 10 runs per over, when Dwayne Smith was run out for 18 and the score dialed to 36 – 1, one ball short of the fifth over.Hashim Amla (15) followed two balls later when he lobbed a catch to Adam Zampa at cover and now the two new batsmen were Martin Guptil and Steve Smith. Guptil was the next to make the highlight reel when Oshane Thomas bowled him with a full and fast delivery, dipping inwards. He departed without scoring and Tallwahs were certainly on top with the score reading 39 – 3, with the eighth over approaching.However, Shai Hope and Smith’s staged a massive recovery as they featured in a 103-run fourth-wicket partnership that took the Bajan side to 142 before the next wicket fell.Smith’s mastery took him to 63 from 44 deliveries while Hope had 43 after facing 35 balls. The Australian, adjudged man-of-the-match for his performance, struck five boundaries while Hope hit only two. However, both batsmen slammed three sixes each and ironically were both dismissed by Dre Russ.Nicholas Pooran contributed a run-a-ball 7 while the skipper Jason Holder was run out on the final ball in his team’s scramble for runs in the 20th over.Russell ended with 2 – 32 while Samuel Badree had 1 – 19 and Thomas 1 -27.last_img read more

Jan
11

Industry insider says low value in oil self-inflicted

first_imgHowever, Salkeld remains convinced the industry is just in the middle of a correctional learning curve.“We will come out the other end leaner, and when the prices come around again, because we’re lean, we’ll be making good money,” Salkeld concludes. “So there is some good news.” The debate covers a wide variety of reasons from the traditional supply and demand explanations to those which go to geopolitics.However, the President of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada Mark Salkeld says most of our wounds are self-inflicted.He says new methods of extracting resources like multi-stage hydraulic fracturing and multi-well pads, as well as the ability to read the data is real time, is almost overwhelming the industry.- Advertisement -“Geopolitics has a place, there’s no doubt it has an affect – there’s no doubt about it – but as far as our pricing and the affect of our industry over here, it’s us that’s doing it,” says Salkeld. “We are the wildcard that is producing oil and gas, and more reserves than we ever thought possible.”He uses the Montney and Duvernay reserves as examples of areas in which it’s always been known there are excess resources, but the industry now has the technology to extract it at an exponential speed and sell it at a decent price.“We’re our own worse enemy.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Jan
10

Conte not worried about his future

first_img“No, I’m not worried,” Conte said, when asked about his future.“Honestly. I think that I’m giving – the players are giving – everything this season. We are working very hard to try to have a good season, but I think that, in the end, we are deserving this season. It means that our value is this.“You have to ask the club, not me. I repeat: my task is to work, to work and I know I work 24 hours for Chelsea. Me and my staff. This is our task. Then the club has to take the decision. But, I repeat, I’m not worried about this.”Asked of his complaints about not being fully backed in the transfer market, and whether Chelsea’s position was a result of this, Conte said: “I think that now is not the right moment to say. I said this before. Now is the moment to try and continue to work with great professionalism.“We are doing this. We are doing this and we have to try until the end to do our best. But I think that, if we are in this position, we deserve to be in this position.“It’s difficult… I don’t know. I think I have my idea, my opinion, but I don’t want to tell you in this situation. I’m very tired for one season to repeat always the same things. I have my opinion and I’ll keep that in my mind. I don’t want to create problems.”Nevertheless, he said that his team would not give up the race for the top four.“I don’t know. On the one hand, we must be realistic and understand the teams that stay ahead of us are going very fast, at great speed. Today we had a great chance to close the gap with Tottenham and we lost this chance.“On the other hand, we have to know that, until the end, we have to try and do our best. To try in these seven games to do everything and try to take a place in the Champions League. But it won’t be easy. We know this.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Antonio Conte watched his Chelsea side beaten 3-1 at home by Spurs Sunday but won’t concede the top four is beyond the BluesLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 2- Antonio Conte insisted that he was not worried about his future after defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday left Chelsea eight points behind their London rivals in the race for the final Champions League qualification spot.Rumours are circulating that the Italian will leave Stamford Bridge in the summer if Chelsea fail to qualify for the Champions League, a fate that looks increasingly likely given their are just seven games remaining.last_img read more

Jan
6

Italy gun for Brazil scalp in clash to stir World Cup memories

first_img0Shares0000“I have vivid memories,” says Italy’s coach Milena Bertolini of classic Italy-Brazil World Cup encounters © AFP / FRANCOIS LO PRESTIREIMS, France, Jun 18 – Surprise package Italy are aiming to emulate Germany and France by topping their group when they face Brazil on Tuesday in an encounter that evokes classic World Cup memories.Milena Bertolini’s side have a perfect six points after scoring seven times in their opening two matches, including a shock opening win over pre-tournament dark horses Australia, and need a draw against Brazil to ensure topping Group C. The clash harks back to some pulsating men’s World Cup encounters, including the Pele-inspired 4-1 destruction of the Italians in the 1970 final and Paolo Rossi’s hat-trick in 1982, which downed Zico’s flamboyant Selecao 3-2 as Italy went on to lift the trophy.“I have vivid memories of the Italy-Brazil match in 1982 and being here to experience such a match in person is incredible,” said Bertolini.The Italians have surpassed all expectations in France and have shone a light on women’s football in a country where there are just a fraction of the players that world champions the United States can call upon, despite being a powerhouse in the men’s game.“We need to be good at everything,” added Bertolini of the clash in Valenciennes.“In the first match it was important that we kept the ball so we could breathe, against Jamaica we needed to maintain a balance (in attack). With Brazil we need to bring it all together.”Australia can snatch second place if they beat Jamaica, who have failed to score in losing both their matches, and Brazil fail to win.The Matildas looked dead and buried as they headed towards half-time against Brazil two goals down, but Caitlin Foord’s stoppage-time strike sparked an incredible fightback to win 3-2.– Koreans crash out –Norway await the Group C runners-up in the last 16 after Martin Sjogren’s side inched past South Korea 2-1 in Reims on Monday, thanks to two penalties, to finish second in Group A.Norway’s Caroline Graham Hansen (centre) is congratulated after opening the scoring from the spot against South Korea on Tuesday © AFP / THOMAS SAMSONCaroline Graham Hansen gave Norway a third-minute lead after Cho So-hyun grabbed Maria Thorisdottir.Graham Hansen was chopped down by Kang Chae-rim shortly after half-time but the Barcelona striker was receiving treatment and had to watch as Isabell Herlovsen squeezed home Norway’s second from the spot.Yeo Min-ji’s poked finish 12 minutes from time ensured a nervy finale for Norway.The Scandinavians survived a stoppage-time scare when Yeo’s header was a fraction wide for the impressive Koreans, who are out after three defeats.Norway will have to sweat on Graham Hansen’s fitness, but the 24-year-old said “the doctors are positive” she’ll be ready for Saturday’s last-16 match in Nice.France confirmed top spot in Group A after Wendie Renard scored the only goal against Nigeria with a retaken spot-kick in Rennes.They face the prospect of a quarter-final against defending champions USA if the Americans top Group F and get through the last 16 as expected.Germany made sure they avoided the USA in the next phase after hammering South Africa 4-0 to finish top of Group B.The Germans finished on a perfect nine points without conceding a goal despite being without injured star Dzsenifer Marozsan for the past two games.Spain will likely face the USA after qualifying second in Group B behind the Germans, after a goalless draw with China who are also guaranteed to go through as one of the four best third-placed sides.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jan
3

Questions raised in La Jolla slide

first_img“If it happened to them, what’s to stop it from happening to us?” she said shortly after she was allowed to return to the $1.7 million gray-stone property, which sits about a hundred feet downslope from the toe of Wednesday’s landslide. City geologists say the collapse has apparently stabilized now that the stress has been relieved on the weak earth, which caved beneath a 50-yard stretch of road. But answers explaining why the collapse happened are harder to find. Four houses sank into the 20-foot-deep fissure, while tons of dirt carrying fully grown pines and eucalyptus shoved a wall of road asphalt and broken curb into two houses on the street below. Seven houses were so severely damaged that residents can’t even get inside, and 22 more are off-limits except with safety escorts. City officials estimate the damage could be $48 million – $26 million for broken sewer and water mains, and $22 million for private property losses. By Allison Hoffman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – Jeanne Plante didn’t pay much attention this summer as city engineers worked to figure out why the busy road up the hill from her house was ominously cracking. Then the ground below the road suddenly collapsed last week, taking four houses with it and burying two others. Now, she and her neighbors want to know why it took so long for the city to recognize that a major landslide risk was imminent. The area where the collapse occurred, Mount Soledad, is an upper-middle-class residential neighborhood that boasts views of mountains to the east and a short commute to the surf spots and tony restaurants of downtown La Jolla. Residents who live near the slide zone criticized the city for not warning that a slide was possible after concerns about water main leaks, sinking curbside meters and creeping gaps in the sidewalk first cropped up in July. “We are helpless,” said Joseph Tsai, a retired engineer who moved to Mount Soledad 12 years ago. “It depends on the city to address the problems.” City officials have said they were considering new vehicle weight limits and other stopgap measures early in the week but didn’t realize a collapse was imminent until shortly before it happened. Residents of the four houses directly atop the collapse were advised late Tuesday not to sleep in their houses; homeowners whose properties were buried said they had no notice. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Dec
29

Michy Batshuayi’s brother joins Marseille on loan

first_img1 Aaron Leya Iseka: The striker, left, leaves Belgium for the south of France Marseille have signed Aaron Leya Iseka, the younger brother of their departed striker Michy Batshuayi, on loan from Anderlecht.Belgium international Batshuayi left for Chelsea earlier this month for a reported £33million.And his 18-year-old sibling, known by their mother’s surname, has made the temporary switch to help fill the void.“I chose Marseille because it is a big club and I want to discover new things,” Leya Iseka told om.net.“It’s a dream. I want to make the most of it.“The supporters are extraordinary, I am desperate to get started at the Stade Velodrome and score some goals.“I want to bring something extra to the group, to work at 2,000 per cent, and to bring the smiles back to the supporters as quickly as possible.”Batshuayi wrote on Twitter: “Welcome to the most beautiful club in France little brother. Make the most of the Vel (Stade Velodrome), it is a family.”And Leya Iseka said: “I spoke about it with him very briefly and my brother advised me to come here.”L’OM have also been linked with strikers Bafetimbi Gomis and Clinton Njie of Swansea and Tottenham respectively.last_img read more

Dec
28

Tips for parents for making the transition to pre-school as fun as possible!

first_imgEarly Childhood Ireland have a few tips for making the trasition to pre-school as fun as possible! In terms of first day tips, the advice is to: · Give yourselves plenty of time in the early days. Soon the new routine will become automatic, but in those first few days you need extra time.· Choose clothing that is ‘play friendly’ and easy to move in. Young children can be anxious about getting paint, playdough, glue or mud on their clothes. Reassure them that it is ok if the clothes get dirty.· If your child wants to bring something from home (blanket or loved toy) encourage them to keep it safe in their bag. Children often feel secure in having something from home close by. · Arrive to the pre-school in good time (not too late or too early). Ensure you have time over the first few days in particular to settle your child. This settling in period is unique and will be different for each child. It is important that you give the time necessary in the early days to help your child be comfortable and happy in the new setting.· On reaching the door, smile and talk with the teacher in a friendly way. Seeing Mammy or Daddy talking with the pre-school leaders will give your child a sense of ‘this is a good place to be’.· Relax & don’t fuss. Let your child know that you’re confident that they can manage. Remember that your child is alert to the emotional messages you send out, so don’t panic and don’t let the child see you crying. If they do, explain that you are crying because this is a happy day.· Allow your child time to observe. He may be unused to the noise, he may feel comfortable just watching the other children for a while. Follow his cues as to whether he wants to sit and play with some toys or join in with others.· When it is time to leave, let him know that you are going and will be back. If he gets upset take the time to reassure him and take some guidance from the pre- school leader (who is experienced in helping children to settle, but of course you know your child best).· Finally, head out of the pre-school confident that your child will successfully manage this key transition in his life. Leaving your child, especially if he has been upset, can be emotional for you as the parent. Plan to have time in these early days, to drop and collect, to listen and talk with your child. Time invested now will settle both you and your child.· The golden rule is to be there on time to collect your child. Being there builds your child’s trust and confidence, allowing him to get on with the business of play and learning. Early Childhood Ireland have plenty of information for parents and guardians on the preschool curriculum which is child centred and play-based, what parents can do to support their child’s early years learning and practical information on the ECCE (free preschool) scheme. This can be viewed on their website.Tips for parents for making the transition to pre-school as fun as possible! was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Back to schoolearly childhood irelandPARENTSplay schoolPre-schoollast_img read more

Dec
28

12 year old Donegal girl set for stardom

first_imgMulti-talented Letterkenny lady Frankie has gotten through to the final stages of not one prestigious talent competition; but two!Frankie sailed through the semi-final of Ireland’s Talent Search at Wynn’s Hotel in Dublin at the beginning of October, and is now set to perform at the grand final in the lavish Hilton Hotel this November.On Thursday, she got word that she made it through to Teenstars Ireland’s prestigious singing competition, where the next round will be taking place at the end of November. She is planning on singing Fight Song by Rachel Platten and Dog Days are Over by Florence and The Machine.A busy girl, Frankie is also currently working very hard to perfect her Irish dancing for the Ulster Championship this weekend, and then must set her sights on focusing on her Jiu Jitsu grades next month.She will also be taking pat in the Derry Carnival Halloween Parade this Monday.Frankie’s mum Joanne says; “She is a busy wee lady! She is taking it in her stride, she is a wee performer through and through.” Donegal will be very well represented in the final of Ireland’s Talent Search, with Burtonport magician Dylan Murray and Ramelton vocalist Lauren Friel Gormley to make the journey to Dublin for the final.Good luck Frankie – watch this space!12 year old Donegal girl set for stardom was last modified: October 29th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:frankieirelands talent searchIrish Dancingletterkennysingerteenstarslast_img read more