Securitas Security Accused of Bad Labor Practices

first_imgSwary, in an angry mood,  stressed that over the past months the management of the security firm has avoided contacting them and that the workers continue to work without knowing their status.According to him, the management compelled them to work 12 hours without a day off instead of the usual 8 hours.“When we confronted them on the matter, they told us they were not responsible because the nation was in a “state of emergency” and management can, therefore, do anything in line with workers’ demands.”“We live far off from places we work.  As a result of not paying us, we are made to walk long distances which cause us to be late most of the time.  We want our pay to get out of this company’s way because it is involved in a bad labor practices,” Swary stressed.He said clients that hired the services of the firm have terminated the contracts because of management’s refusal to pay the workers.One of the workers said, “Other salaries we got in the past came because we demonstrated against the management.  Without demonstration or strike action against this management, we cannot receive pay for our labor.”Securitas Security Operational Assistant, Flomonah Johnson,  in response to the workers’  allegations,  said the salaries are delayed because their  clients have not paid them.According to him, they have planned to pay the staff on Wednesday (yesterday, Oct. 1, and to reassign people who would want to remain with the entity.He said the companies they serve have terminated the contracts because of the current state of emergency in the country.The Labor sector in Liberia is often vulnerable.  There is often public outcry that managers and owners of entities often exploit people’s labor.It is against such bad labor practices that labor unions and citizens have consistently petitioned the National Legislature to pass the Decent Work Bill Act, which calls,  among other things, for the setting up of a minimum wage for an average Liberian worker.Delay in paying salaries to employees, especially in the private sector, has become a culture, and in most instances some are denied their salaries while others work but without status on the job.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Securitas Security, one of the firms providing security services for multinational firms and businesses, came under fire yesterday when its aggrieved security officers converged at the main office in Vai Town accusing the management of bad labor practices.The disenchanted workers,  represented by Gafe F. Swary,  told the Daily Observer that the management of the firm had deliberately refused to pay them for the past two months, but diverting their salary money to a construction company owned and managed by the manager, Sam Sanyon.last_img read more

Building a Stronger Liberia After Ebola

first_imgWhen I briefed the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Liberia last September, I described the Ebola crisis as the gravest threat facing the country since the civil war ended in 2003.The crisis exposed how fragile Liberia remains. With the number of new cases rising exponentially, suffering people streamed to the few Ebola treatment centres in operation. Many died before they could be admitted by overwhelmed health care workers. In many places health services virtually ceased. Trade plummeted and food prices rose. Schools were closed and the army was deployed in the streets. Panic and mistrust gripped the nation.Four months on and I am hopeful. The Government has gotten out ahead of Ebola with massive support from international partners. My optimism is grounded in observing the resilience Liberians displayed during some of their most difficult days.In my frequent travel outside the capital Monrovia at the height of the crisis in August and September, I met with county superintendents (the equivalent of the governor in a U.S. state) and county health teams that were getting on with the difficult tasks of community education, body collection and building isolation facilities — often with minimal funding.They played a critical role in changing dangerous practices, such as the ritual washing of the dead at funerals. In contrast to the dependency syndrome often bemoaned by Liberia’s partners and analysts, the can-do attitude that I saw in the hardest hit communities could indeed be an engine for a better Liberia after Ebola.The fight against the disease is still very much on, with the government-led response shifting strategy to move quickly to isolate localized outbreaks before they spread.In the past three weeks, there has been an average of one new confirmed case recorded in Liberia each day. That is very good news compared to five cases a day in the previous three weeks and 21 per day the period before — and the hundreds of cases recorded each week in August and September.But five cases a day would have been considered a catastrophe in the first six months of last year when the epidemic began. The number of new cases must be reduced to zero and the same must be achieved in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, where progress has been far slower.Virtually all of us in Liberia were caught off guard by the speed with which the disease spun out of control, triggering a multifaceted crisis with economic, political, social and security reverberations — the costs of which are still being tabulated.The presence of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia (known by its acronym UNMIL) provided early and critical support to the Government-led Ebola response. Equally vital were reassurances that the mission and UN family would remain in Liberia through resolution of the crisis. But UNMIL is no long-term solution for securing stability in Liberia. This year, the United Nations will continue to draw down its peacekeeping forces, which now stand at 5,000 from more than 15,000 in the aftermath of the civil war. At this juncture, Liberia must address the factors that made it possible for Ebola to spread so quickly — including the deep mistrust among Liberians, weakly-functioning social services, poor accountability and an overly centralized government. If left unaddressed, Liberia’s fragility will continue to hold the country back. In the absence of a stabilizing force like UNMIL a future shock could set the country back further. There are important ways in which the international community can help Liberia to build on some of the positive developments that grew out of the Ebola tragedy. Directing development aid toward empowering communities that did so much with so little during the crisis can be a key to building a more inclusive society. The can-do attitude in the counties has given impetus to Liberia’s stalled decentralization process. Transferring decision-making and requisite resources to the populations across the country might seem radical to some; it is long overdue and necessary. Having contributed billions of U.S. dollars in the past decade, donors ask how aid can be made more effective. The stimulus package the Government is seeking should be linked to accountability measures, such as a compact with clear provisions on revenue management.Strengthening access to basic social services for all would go a long way to promoting reconciliation and cohesion in Liberian society where many still feel historically excluded. The Ebola response engendered cooperation across communities and counties — for instance, in the tracing of people who might have been exposed to the disease. Further cause for optimism comes from the mid-term senatorial elections, which were held on 20 December under peaceful conditions. The difficult decision on whether to proceed with polling during the Ebola epidemic was resolved following a national consultative process that took into account the associated health risks. Liberia showed extraordinary resilience during the height of the Ebola crisis. Building on this will require bold leadership to move forward on decentralization, stronger accountability measures, and better health and education for all Liberians. Such steps to cement the country’s fragile peace deserve continued support.Karin Landgren is the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Coordinator of UN Operations in Liberia. The views expressed here are her own. This article was originally published on this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Council will debate pay increase on Tuesday

first_imgBy Adam ReaburnFort St. John Council could get a pay raise.At Tuesdays meeting, Councillors could vote themselves a raise following a report created by a group of local citizens. In November of 2009, Council agreed to partner with three stakeholders in the city to review other communities similar in size and services.- Advertisement -Those invited to take part in the study were chosen by City Human Resources Manager Grace Fika, and included a local Chamber of Commerce member, someone with a strong financial background, and a former city council member.The group will recommend on Monday that Councillors receive a pay increase of just under $2,000 a year, which would bring their total remuneration to $22,404. As for the Mayor, the group recommends his current pay be kept the same until the end of his term in 2011 (The Mayor receives $59,743 per annum).In the report to Council, the group says the remuneration for Councillors, as a percentage of the Mayor’s renumeration is slightly below the average of both BC and Alberta communities. The current rate is 35% of the Mayor’s pay and the average for comparable communities is approximately 40%.Advertisement For a copy of the full report that will be presented to Council, click on the pdf file below. If this report is approved, the pay increase would go into effect as of June 6th, 2010.The report also includes a possible increase for the remuneration when a Councillor is “acting” Mayor. Currently a councilor receives $100 per month when they fill in for the Mayor, the report suggests that amount increase to $500 per month.The report further recommends that effective December 1, 2011, pay for both Mayor and Councillors increase by 3%. They then wouldn’t see another increase until the end of the next term in 2014.Again Council will have an opportunity to debate the entire report during the meeting on Tuesday. Following that debate, they will make a decision regarding any possible pay increases. This would be the first pay increase for City Councillors since the fall of 2007.Advertisementlast_img read more

Little evidence of cooler weather helping fires

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — To date there’s little evidence that the cooler temperatures yesterday and today have done anything to relieve the current Peace Region wildfire situation.On the first three days of May, the local airport weather station posted highs of 23.1, 28.1, and 25.6 degrees. The last two established new local records.However, yesterday was considerably cooler with a high of 16 point three, and the forecast suggests today will be much the same.- Advertisement -Still, for firefighters, the west wind and lack of moisture remain a troublesome combination.Environment Canada put the peak wind gust yesterday at 63 kilometres per hour and has issued a forecast today calling for only a slight improvement at around 40 kilometres per hour.In addition, the first four days of the month have produced only a trace of rain and while the revised forecast is now calling for some weekend showers Environment Canada meteorologist Lisa Caldwell told us earlier this week, don’t expect them to amount to very much.Advertisement What the area could really use in terms of precipitation is what we got on this day last year, which was 0.4 millimetres of rain and a May 5 record of 14.6 centimetres of snow, resulting in a new precipitation record of 15 millimetres.Instead, what we have is Minister of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources Steve Thomson hoping along with many others, that what we’ve experienced in this area in the past two and half weeks, isn’t an indicator of what lies ahead for rest of the B.C. wildfire season.Locally there’s plenty of historical data to prove that point, and one only has to go back five years for a classic example.In 2011, after posting 12.8 millimetres of precipitation in May, the airport weather station recorded 176.5 in June, and then 144.9 in July.Advertisement So with that in mind, farmers, ranchers and fire-fighters move forward hoping to on the one hand to seed crops that get enough moisture to grow, and on the other hand, to get the upper the hand, on fires that are growing far too quickly.last_img read more

Defiant Guardiola insists on business as usual

first_imgCity follow up Sunday’s visit to Southampton with a home match against leaders Liverpool on Thursday, before struggling Championship side Rotherham United visit in the FA Cup three days after that.Liverpool are 10 points clear of City after crushing Arsenal 5-1 on Saturday.Guardiola said that even if City lost all three of their next matches, he would not waver from the high-pressing, fast-passing principles with which he has made his reputation as a coach.“That is not going to happen. It did not happen in the first year; it is not going to happen,” he said.“Why should I? Because I lost two games? No way. It is definitely not going to happen.“The same applied in my first season when I answered this question, 10 or 20 times, when people wondered about this guy, about what he believes, coming here and playing this way in England.“It’s not because I ever tried to show you through my words that I am special, or better, or unique, or something like that. I defend what I believe, and I believe in that.”City’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season was ended by a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on December 8, but they appeared to have rediscovered their form as they beat Hoffenheim in the Champions League.They then defeated Everton in the Premier League before beating Leicester City on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup, keeping alive the possibility of a clean sweep of four trophies this season, a feat unprecedented in English football.– ‘I trust what we do’ –Successive defeats against Crystal Palace and Leicester in the league were significant setbacks, with Guardiola suggesting that he and his players had to work harder to tackle the strengths of their opponents.“Every team has its specific things,” Guardiola said. “(At Leicester, goalkeeper Kasper) Schmeichel put long balls there and there, and Southampton are always (playing) in the middle. We try to discover what they do.“But change? That is not going to happen, because I trust what we do. I trust a lot in the way we want to play.“You can lose two, and three, and four, five. That can happen. Tomorrow we can lose, then again at Liverpool and again in the FA Cup.“In my experience, when this happens is for everyone to look in the mirror, and work harder, harder. After that, you win one or two, everyone is coming back, and everything becomes normal.”Guardiola said he had spent plenty of time reflecting on his own performance as manager during their recent run.“I’m disappointed in myself,” he said. “I look at myself first of all. What can I do to help the players?“It is the job of a manager to analyse through the game. You look for what you have to do better.”Guardiola, though, refused to get too despondent, pointing out that City’s performance over the first half of the season has largely been positive.“We got 44 points in the first half of the season. If you get the same number of points in the second half, that’s 88 points.“With 88 points, you are champions. At least, you have the numbers to be champions. Most of the Premier League champions in the past 20 years won it with fewer points.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000My way: Pep Guardiola © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 30 – Pep Guardiola says he will never change his football principles even if Manchester City’s poor run of form continues into the new year.A run of three defeats in four Premier League matches has seen Guardiola’s side slip from first to third in the Premier League table, severely damaging their chances of retaining the title they won with a record 100 points in May.last_img read more

Turn holiday parties into networking occasions

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ Do some research: Knowing ahead of time who will be at the party is useful. You might even be able to create a list of people whom you want to seek out. If the party is a gathering of members of an organization, team or association, you can ask the organizers for a list of attendees. If it’s a private social party, you’ll need to try to gather the list yourself. This can be done fairly easily if you receive an invitation via e-mail. Unless the host chooses to make the guest list confidential, you’ll have access to all of the invitees – or at least their e-mail addresses. You might not be able to identify everyone on the list, but if they use their name for their e-mail address or use a company e-mail address, you’ll get some clues. Do some research on the companies, and then Google or do a MySpace search of the names. If you receive an invitation via mail, your only option is to contact the host or hostess and find out if he or she would be willing to share the guest list with you. Be fashionably early: Arriving on the early side will give you many advantages. If you are there as people arrive, for example, you will be able to hear the host or hostess greet them with their names. They might even say something along the lines of, “How did the game go today?” or “How has work been going?” giving you fodder for conversation. Between now and Jan. 2, you’ll no doubt celebrate the holidays at a number of parties – some business-related. While you’re tasting the hors d’oeuvres and sipping the fine cocktails, don’t forget to also professionally network. Social events such as holiday parties present excellent opportunities to meet people who could influence your career. Here are a few party networking tips: Arriving early also enables you to spend some time with the host or hostess before he or she is bombarded by other guests. Let him or her know who you might be interested in meeting, and ask for an introduction. Work the room: Remember that this is a social event and keep the conversation social. Try to find a reason to get business cards. If someone mentions he’s planning a trip to New Orleans, for example, tell him you have a friend from there who can suggest some great restaurants. Get his card so you can e-mail him later. The key is to mix and mingle, and to gather information. But don’t be a hard sell. This isn’t the place for it. Make the contacts now; follow up with them later. Dawn Anfuso is a Southern California-based business writer and former managing editor of Workforce magazine. If you have workplace or job-search questions, e-mail Dawn at Writers will remain anonymous.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

Cohn’s quest has universal support

first_imgWhether you high jump, triple jump, throw a discus, or, in Linda Cohn’s case, throw a javelin, you might notice a level of camaraderie in field events that is unique in track and field. Cohn has, and the 53-year-old standout for College of the Canyons’ women’s track team’s quest is to get better, compete at higher levels and ignore the number hung above her head. In the process, she’s captured the interest of her teammates and coach Belinda Kane – and her opponents and their coaches. “What’s so interesting this year is no one sees me as a threat or anything like that,” Cohn said. “I’m trying to break 120 (feet), and other coaches on other teams have even helped. It’s funny and bizarre, but I love it.” As for that elusive perfect throw? “Your best throws are when you’re not focusing on much at all, without thinking too much and letting the muscle memory kick in.” Par for the course: COC’s men’s golf team secured its 10th straight WSC championship and 16th in the past 17 years, Monday at the Conference Championships at Lost Hills Golf Club in Simi Valley. The Cougars were led by Phil Martinez (Granada Hills High), who shot 77-72-149, and Hart High product Joe Greiner, who shot 75-75-150. Greiner finished fifth in the conference for the season. COC plays at the SoCal finals Monday in Santa Maria.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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventCohn is looking for her second state championships appearance after posting the day’s best mark last weekend during the Western State Conference finals at Moorpark College with a throw of 115 feet, 9 inches. Cohn is ranked second in the Western State Conference (119-11) and looks to qualify for the state meet Saturday at the SoCal Prelims at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. “Last year, everything was a bonus,” Cohn said. “I’ve got a little more pressure on me this year.” Cohn has prepared by increasing her strength training this year. And her biggest strength might be her mental preparation, which can help close the gap on younger, stronger opponents. “It’s kind of like going after a perfect golf swing,” Cohn said, “preceded by a long run-through. It’s very, very technical.” last_img read more


first_imgThe DPP is to appeal a sentence against a drunk driver who killed a Co Donegal woman and her unborn child.The late Roisin and her husband Stephen.Roisin Connolly, from Fanad, was killed when returning to Dublin after spending Christmas in her native county in 2010. Kevin McArdle of Longfield, Carrickmacross was released from prison last month.McArdle was three times over the legal alcohol limit and on the wrong side of the road when he crashed into a car on the Carrickmacross by-pass on December 27th.Two of his friends were killed along with the passenger in the other car 39 year old teach Roisin and her unborn daughter.Kevin McArdle was jailed for 4 years and disqualified from driving for 12 years at Carrickmacross Circuit Court in 2011.The DPP is now appealing against the sentence claiming that it is too lenient as the accused had previous driving convictions and showed limited insight into the devastating consequences of his actions.McArdle’ s lawyers say he knows his actions were wrong, he has served his time and the appeal should fail.Ms Connolly was in the car with her husband Stephen at the time.DPP TO APPEAL SENTENCE OF DRUNK DRIVER WHO KILLED DONEGAL WOMAN was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 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) Tags:drunk driverFanadKevin McArdleroisin connollystephenlast_img read more

GAA News: Glenswilly face Glenfin in Laurence McGinty Cup Final

first_imgGlenswilly GAA notesTicketsMany thanks to all club members for their ticket orders for the All-Ireland quarter finals. Please keep an eye on the club facebook pages for details on when to collect your tickets. Under 10s big day outThe U10s are travelling to Dublin for a blitz hosted by the Fingalians GAA Club on Saturday and will travel to Croke Park for the big game afterwards. Good luck in the tournament. Seniors/ReserveThe seniors beat Cloughlaneely on Thursday 28th in Glenswilly in the Laurence McGinty Cup and will now face the other winners Glenfin in the final which takes place next Tuesday, August 9th in Glenswilly with a throw-in time of 7.30pm.Manus wins the lottoNot content with winning the Donegal International Rally, Manus Kelly decides he has to win the club lotto too.Manus scooped €2,080 when his numbers 9,22,23 and 24 came up last week. We’re all delighted for you Manus – now buy a drink!Next week’s lotto starts again with a jackpot of €1,000. Lottos can be bought in all local outlets and your support is appreciated.Best of luckThe best of luck to Michael, Neil and the boys in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin this Saturday. Do us proud lads. U8s trainingA quick reminder that the U8s have training this Thursday at 6.15 at the clubhouse field.Summer CampThe club’s annual summer camp takes place this week between Wednesday and Friday. A big thank you to all the parents and young adults who gave their time and energy to the young people in making it another great camp. BingoBingo is on  every Wednesday night starting at 9pm. More than €2,000 paid out each night with €500 paid out on the 9th game.SchemeIf anyone is interested in taking a position on a TUS scheme at the club, male or female, can they please contact club chairman Peter McConnell.NotesIf anybody has anything for the club notes can they please email them to before Monday night. Thank you.GAA News: Glenswilly face Glenfin in Laurence McGinty Cup Final was last modified: August 2nd, 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)Tags:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

Track & Field Completes Action At The Holiday Inn Invite

first_img60-Meter Hurdles (Final)1. Mary Young, 8.496. Victoria Coombe, 9.11 60 Meters (Prelims)4. Mary Young, 7.8113. Mariah Crawford, 7.9616. Ebele Okoye, 8.07 400 Meters1. Rai Ahmed-Green, 56.5011. Mariah Crawford, 59.5613. Ebele Okoye, 1:00.68 LINCOLN, Neb. – The Drake University track and field teams recorded more strong individual performances on Saturday during the final day of competition at the Holiday Inn Invite, hosted by the University of Nebraska. The men’s team was led by Bas Van Leersum (Zandaam, The Netherlands) with a third-place finish of 48.29 in the 400 meters. Van Leersum also ran the anchor leg on the Bulldogs’ fifth-place 4×400-meter relay team that finished in 3:21.36. “Bas has been putting in some fast practice times and it’s great to see the results of that,” Bennett added. “He has some big goals, so we are just taking it week by week in order to hit those goals. We had a plan to come in and shoot for 48.5. So, for him to run 48.2 shows he’s ahead of schedule.”In the field events, Johnathan Osifuye (Woodbury, Minn.) was just shy of his personal best in the triple jump with a fifth-place jump of 48-0.5. Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) had similar success in the women’s triple jump by finishing third with a leap of 39-6. Complete Results (PDF) 4×400-Meter Relay5. Priebe, Barrow, Lombardi, Van Leersum, 3:21.36 The Bulldogs continue their indoor season on Jan. 20 at the Tiger Invite, hosted by the University of Missouri. 400 Meters3. Bas Van Leersum, 48.2924. Hudson Priebe, 53.08 Drake Individual Men’s Results60 Meters12. Demetrius Shelton, 7.0519. Deonne Witherspoon, 7.09 Distance Medley Relay4. Yeager, Cozine, Webb, Fischer, 10:15.41 Drake Individual Women’s Results60 Meters (Final)4. Mary Young, 7.81 60-Meter Hurdles10. Dominic Lombardi, 8.5212. Hudson Priebe, 8.55 Triple Jump5. Johnathan Osifuye, 48-0.5  Distance Medley Relay8. Cole, Lang, Nicholson, Garcia, 13:03.59 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)1. Mary Young, 8.624. Victoria Coombe, 9.1728. Bryce Lang, 10.03 The Bulldogs got 10 top-five performances against a strong field that included competitors from the likes of Nebraska and Oklahoma State in their first competition since early December.”Coming off of a long winter break and having great performances at our December meet,” said co-interim head coach LaRon Bennett. “I was anxious to see where our fitness level was as a team and I was satisfied with how our team competed, especially our freshman. To come off a break and to have a big meet like Nebraska be your first meet back can be overwhelming, but the team showed great maturity in handling that pressure.”Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) and Rai Ahmed-Green (Irvine, Calif.) led the women’s team with a pair of first-place finishes. Young equaled her personal best to win the 60-meter hurdles in 8.49 while Ahmed-Green won the 400 meters in 56.50. Young also finished fourth in the 60 meters in 7.81 while Ahmed-Green narrowly missed her person best in finishing third in the 200 meters in 25.14.”Mary started us off with a personal best in the preliminary heats of the 60 meters, then she followed that up with a 8.49 in the hurdles and really lead the way for the team this week,” Bennett said. “Rai also had a great showing in the 200 with her 25.14. She had some great practices this week, so it was great to see her hard work pay off.”In addition to their individual successes, Young and Ahmed-Green teamed up to lead off the Bulldogs’ second-place 4×400-meter relay that finished in 3:50.61, the seventh-fastest time in school history. Triple Jump3. Taryn Rolle, 39-6 200 Meters3. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.1418. Kaylen Rettig, 26.54 Story Links Shot Put10. Ryan Lemke, 41-8 600 Meters7. Meghan Kearney, 1:38.668. Kayla Guiliano, 1:39.17 200 Meters6. Caulin Graves, 22.18 4×400-Meter Relay2. Ahmed-Green, Young, Crawford, Okoye, 3:50.61  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more