‘No Mass Dismissal Plan at LPRC’

first_imgThe Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC), T. Nelson Williams II, has categorically denied rumors that his corporation was contemplating dismissing several employees, among them those who were sent home as non-essential staff in wake of the Ebola epidemic.Appearing before the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Mineral Resources and Environment yesterday, Mr. Williams disclosed that on the contrary, the employees were sent home as a means of helping to decongest and ensure the health, safety and clean environment of the LPRC facilities during the Ebola epidemic.He described the layoff reports as rumors, saying there is no intention of senior management or the Board of Trustees of the LPRC to down-size.Said Mr. Williams, “Our employees are at home resting because we decided to decongest the Terminal because of the Ebola epidemic. At no time did we insinuate or disseminate information that we were terminating or down-sizing people at the LPRC.”  He further informed the Committee chaired by Grand Kru County Senior Senator Cletus Segbe Wotorson, that with Ebola retreating from the country, leading to Liberia being declared Ebola-free sometime soon, the Corporation is looking forward to having its employees return, post-Ebola.He said management was in constant communication with those on leave, making sure that they are well and that they continue to adhere to the preventive measures and respond to awareness in their communities.“We are hoping that they will be returning not later than January.  Meanwhile, they are still taking pay. The only people that will be leaving permanently in January are six of our employees who will be honorably retired after 25 years of service and having reached the age of 65 years. The additional 175 employees will be returning; there will be no mass dismissal at LPRC,” MD Williams declared. The LPRC boss informed the Committee that his corporation has a total workforce of 283 employees, and a contract staff of 200.  He explained that most of the people currently at home are contract staff.Responding to questions on the national fuel security and progress on the expansion work at the LPRC, Mr. Williams said that at this point, the facilities of LPRC are 100 percent full and that there are also vessels enroute. He emphasized that there have been no gaps in supply of petroleum products into the country.“In our plan B, we have contacts with Offshore Lome, just in case there is an issue in Ivory Coast.  By this arrangement, we will continue to receive supplies from other parts of the world. I think we are fine for this year; and going into 2015, we do have fuel security.”   On the expansion work at the LPRC, Mr. Williams said the expansion project for the Kru Storage Terminal, which is located at the Freeport of Monrovia, is about 85 percent completed, and will be finished by the end of December. He said the facility will be used to import heavy fuel oil (HFO), and that by the first quarter of 2015 the new facility will allow those in the business of using heavy fuel oil for their operations to import.The major clients for the usage of that oil is the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC). This oil is about 50 percent the cost in diesel fuel, and will also cut the cost of tariff for customers that use LEC and will bring relief for the end users of LEC current.Mr. Williams further indicated that the number of Liberian importers of petroleum products into the country will reach 73 percent by 2016 from the current 58, recalling that when he took over at LPRC, Liberian importers accounted for only 30 percent.The only reason why the LPRC has not increased the number of Liberian importers is because the corporation does not have the capacity.Also appearing yesterday was the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Patrick Sendolo who briefed the committee on the impact of the Ebola epidemic on the Hydro Project, and the electricity distribution and situation report on the southeast.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wakenaam businessman killed during attempted robbery in city

first_imgA Wakenaam, Essequibo Island, businessman was shot and killed on Tuesday, after two bandits attempted to rob him of his bag. The incident occurred sometime around 11:05h on Alexander Street, between Regent and Robb Streets, Georgetown.Dead is 26-year-old Mahendra Persaud, called “Amar”, of Lot 22 Good Success, Wakenaam. The man, who ran his family-owned supermarket, got married in February.Investigators at the scene following Tuesday’s shootingDead: Businessman Mahendra PersaudGuyana Times understands that Persaud was on his weekly trip to Georgetown to get goods for the business and was in the front passenger seat in the parked vehicle along with his driver on Alexander Street in front of the Torginol building, when two men road up alongside him on a CG motorcycle.As he was existing the vehicle, one of the men whom was armed demanded that he hand over the bag which contained a large sum of money; however, Persaud put up resistance. A struggle then ensued between the businessman and the bandit during which Persaud was shot.The 26-year-old fell to the ground but held on to the bag as the armed man continued his attempt to relieve him of it. At this point, a licensed firearm holder who was in the area pulled out his weapon and went to Persaud’s aid. However, the bandit saw the armed man approaching and let go of the bag, and began running.Further information revealed that as the bandit was running in the direction of Robb Street, the licensed firearm holder opened fire in his direction. There was an exchange of gunfire between the two men during which the bandit was reportedly hit. Nevertheless, the injured bandit managed to escape as his accomplice was waiting at the corners of Robb and Alexander Streets.On the other hand, as gunshots ran out, the driver of a car that was approaching the scene reportedly panicked and ran over Persaud, who was lying at the corner of the road. The injured businessman was picked up by his driver and immediately rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival (DoA).Persaud reportedly sustained three gunshot wounds, one to his neck and two others to his chest.Meanwhile, at the Georgetown Public Hospital, the young man’s aunt,Dr Koushilyia Persaud, who is a staff at the medical facility, related that she was informed of the shooting by their driver and immediately rushed to Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit where her worst fears were confirmed.The woman said that her nephew’s parents separated, so he grew up with her and her parents. “He and his younger brother were brought up by my parents and so we are all very close… I can’t believe that he is gone… he used to come visit me every time he is in town and would bring me lunch,” the grieving woman lamented.The aunt described the 26-year-old as a friendly, non-confrontational, funny and helpful young man who just began life, having got married just two months ago.Back home in Wakenaam, the news of Persaud’s death spread, leaving relatives and friends shocked and dumbfounded. Persons began gathering at his home to extend condolences to his family. The man’s friends even blocked off the street in front of his home with motorcycles and vehicles as they mourned his untimely demise.They described him as a very independent and consoling friend who is always willing to lend a helping hand to whomever is in need. Many persons even took to social media on Persaud’s facebook page, expressing their shock and sympathy over his sudden death.According to Police reports, the bag that Persaud had in his possession was recovered and handed over to relatives. The Police also revealed in a statement that a man was seen attempting to change the number plate of the vehicle that had run over the Wakenaam businessman. He has since been arrested and told investigators that he is a mechanic who was asked to replace the number plate by the owner. The car has been impounded.The Police said they are yet to arrest the driver of the car. Nevertheless, Head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Wendell Blanhum told Guyana Times that they are looking for an individual who is known to the Police.The Crime Chief disclosed that investigators were able to obtain CCTV footage from the area and were able to identify one of the suspects. Investigations are continuing.last_img read more

BRAC Increases Maternal, Neo-Natal Child Health Services

first_imgWhen parents have a child in Finland, they don’t have to worry about a huge medical bill. In Liberia, the story is quite different.BRAC-Liberia has scaled up on reproductive maternal and neonatal child health services in the country. It is a leading a non-profit development organization with a mission to fulfilling the potential of underprivileged people through the implementation of programs in health, agriculture, poultry and livestock, youth empowerment as well as microfinance.Accordingly, BRAC’s Reproductive Maternal, Neo Natal and Child Health (RMNCH) program is implemented by their staff, who work in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, along with community health promoters, whose works are aimed at improving health at the community level.BRAC has designed this program as a way forward in giving its own support to the government by helping people to recognize the importance of accessing health facilities, thereby reducing maternal and child mortalities in the country.At age 19, Deborah Dixon is one of the BRAC RMNCH project beneficiaries. Ms. Dixon is grateful to the Community Health Promoter for the continuous health awareness, which has so far encouraged her to always seek treatment at a health facility rather than staying home. “BRAC workers also talk to us on breastfeeding and taking our children for vaccination,” she said. She also talked about how BRAC health workers pass by after every two weeks to do follow up.Sonnie Scott, another beneficiary and a mother of three, who lives in West Point, told the Observer Health Desk that she didn’t know anything about the program until she came in contact with the health promoters. She had swollen feet as a result of pregnancy. The health promoters encouraged her to go to the nearby health facility, where she remained and delivered her baby recently. “After giving birth, they normally make sure everything is in place for the baby, including breastfeeding,” she said of BRAC’s health workers.Kumasa Mulbah, a health coordinator, mentioned that as these health promoters visit the people daily from house to house, they are able to interact with them, encouraging the patients to realize the need to come to the health facility.“Learning to recognize high risks in pregnancy,” Mulbah indicated, “is among a series of trainings conducted by BRAC in partnership with the Ministry of Health, where all of the community health promoters and trained traditional midwives (TTMs) are taught to encourage pregnant women go to health facilities as often as possible.“A lot of people in the communities believe in the health promoters and TTMs because they are living in the community with them and are always on hand to provide much needed health services and tips,” Mulbah stated. She further said some women, who were previously refusing to seek health care at the facility, now have a great deal of confidence in the TTMs and community health promoters.“We currently have booths at different weekly markets where we give services like female condoms, injectables and pills. As we go to the communities, we encourage them to go to the facilities and to take family planning seriously,” she added.According to BRAC, West Point and parts adjacent have approximately 4,000 households and 20 community health promoters. Under the RMNCH, BRAC Liberia encourages TTMs and the community health promoters to identify pregnant women and girls and refer them to the nearest health facility through their household visits to community dwellers.Mr. Mohammed Abdus Salam, BRAC Liberia Country Representative, expressed his organization’s total commitment to reducing maternal and newborn deaths in the country. He stressed the need to work with other partners and key stakeholders to realize this goal.Meanwhile, scores of residents in the West Point area are calling on the Ministry of Health to prioritize the Reproductive Maternal, Neo Natal and Child Health services for women and adolescents. This, they believe, will help reduce risks associated with maternal and child health. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Video: Real Madrid new boy Kroos gives Ronaldo the runaround in training

first_imgToni Kroos leaves Cristiano Ronaldo chasing shadows in a Real Madrid training session, and doesn’t appear to have endeared himself to his new teammate.last_img

Poll: Is Mario Balotelli Liverpool’s worst signing ever?

first_img1 Mario Balotelli As Balotelli leaves the Premier League to join AC Milan for a second time, the Drivetime team want to know your thoughts …last_img

INVESTORS MOVE IN TO TAKE OVER MILFORD INN HOTEL

first_imgDonegal businessman Neil Blaney has officially ended his long association with the Milford Inn Hotel.The Milford Inn has been taken over again.The operating company managed by Mr Blaney will no longer continue to manage the Milford Inn Hotel and will cease operations at the popular venue.However, jobs at the hotel have been saved and the premises will remain open as investors have moved in to take over the running off the hugely popular hotel. Martin Kelly owner of Bluebird Care will take over the hotel while his wife Patricia will act as General manager.Mr Kelly has moved quickly to dispel any fears over pre-booked weddings and parties at the hotel and says all functions will go ahead as planned.He told Donegal Daily, “I invested in the company two years to try and save The Milford Inn from closure and we leased it to an operating company managed by Neil Blaney.“Regrettably the company can no longer continue to run and as a results the investors are taking over the running of the business from tomorrow onwards. “Neil Blaney wished the company well in the future.”The Milford Inn will be closed this Wednesday and Thursday but will  re-open on Friday through to Bank Holiday Monday.The Milford Inn will be closed on Monday to Thursday for the rest of May.It will be open as normal every Friday to Monday.Kelly added, Any weddings or functions previously booked will go ahead as planned. “Wedding parties have already been contacted and reassured this morning.“Bingo on Tuesday nights will also go ahead as normal.”INVESTORS MOVE IN TO TAKE OVER MILFORD INN HOTEL was last modified: April 28th, 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES:

first_imgFEB 15TH, 2011ResultsThere was a large turnout at Portsalon Golf Club on Sunday last for the members competition. Playing in excellent weather conditions, the winner was Kieran Mc Fadden (12) 38 points, 2nd Chuck Mc Taggart (12) 38 points, Gross Pascal Cullen (6) 30 points, 3rd Sean Gibson (15) 38 points. The CSS was 37 points. On Wednesday the winner of the open competition was Keith Shields (8) Letterkenny with 41 points, 2nd Seamus Patton (6) 37 points Gross Joe Coyle (5) 29 points 3rd Aneas Connaghan (20) Letterkenny 34 points. The CSS was 34 points. Mulroy LinksThe Mulroy Links competition was staged at Rosapenna Golf club on Saturday last and playing on the Sandy Hills course the winner of the nett section  was Joe Hensey (13)  with 38 points 2ND Charlie Mc Bride (15) 37 points, 3rd Pauric Mc Hugh (7) 37 points 4TH Cathal Toland (12) 37 points 5th Joe Mc Hugh (16) 35 points. In the gross section the winner was Seamus Clinton (0) 31 points, 2nd Enda Kennedy (0) 31 points. 3rd Stephen Connolly (4) 31 points 4TH Seamus Connor (5) 29 points, 5th Brian Devlin (6) 28 points next outing of the Mulroy Links will take place at Portsalon Golf Club on Saturday 26th February. EventsOn Saturday 19th there is a gents 18 hole stableford open competition and on Sunday 20th February there is a members competition. On Wednesday 23rd February an open 18 hole stableford event. a time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon Golf Club, contact 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at portsalongolfclub.com Gaeltacht LeaguePortsalon’s next match in this season’s Gaeltacht League is scheduled for Saturday 19th with a home match against Cloughanelly Golf Club. The match is due to tee off at 10 a.m.Otway Drive In The Captain of Otway Golf Club Denis Friel extends an invitation to all Portsalon Golf Club members to attend his drive in competition on Sunday 27th. There is two official tee times on the day 9.am andWinter placing Members and visitors should note that there is 6 inch placing on all fairways.PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES: was last modified: February 15th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea Ladies boss nominated for Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2018 award

first_imgEnglish coaches Emma Hayes and Mark Parsons have both been named on the shortlist for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2018 award.Chelsea Ladies boss Hayes led the Blues to the Women’s Super League and FA Cup double last season, while Parsons guided Portland Thorns to the National Women’s Soccer League championship in the United States. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Hayes has enjoyed incredible success with Chelsea highlights possible xi Australian Sam Kerr, Germany captain Dzsenifer Marozsan, Lyon skipper Wendie Renard and team-mate Ada Hegerberg are among the other nominees, along with Megan Rapinoe, who helped the USA to victory in the 2018 SheBelieves Cup.The candidates were selected by a panel of football experts, with fans now also able to cast their vote until August 10. The winners of all the categories will be announced at FIFA’s official awards ceremony in London on September 24. Other nominees include Wolfsburg coach Stephan Lerch and Dutchwoman Sarina Wiegman, whose Holland team won the Euro 2017 championships on home soil.The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2018 nominations included England’s Lucy Bronze, who won a league and European double during her maiden season in France with Lyon.Brazilian Marta – who scored 13 goals in helping Orlando Pride reach the NWSL play-offs and captained Brazil to the Copa America Femenina title – is also on the 10-strong shortlist. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS ALTERED Lucy Bronze was nominated for Best Player gameday How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence center_img How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? who plays? 2 Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 2 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes smart causal NEW ERA predicted Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decadelast_img read more

Carabao Cup: Boro and Forest survive scares, Bamford scores for Leeds, full results

first_img possible standings silverware 5 Exeter City 1-1 Ipswich Town (Exeter win 4-2 on pens)Millwall 0-0 Gillingham (Millwall win 3-1 on pens)Milton Keynes Dons 3-0 Charlton AthleticNorwich City 3-1 StevenageOxford United 2-0 Coverntry CityPortsmouth 1-2 AFC WimbledonQueens Park Rangers 2-0 Peterborough United How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Championship sides Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest both survived scares among a host of Carabao Cup first-round ties to be settled on penalties.Middlesbrough were held 3-3 over 90 minutes by League Two Notts County in an eventful game at the Riverside Stadium but prevailed 4-3 on spot-kicks. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Bamford scored on his full Leeds debut Lampard returned to winning ways 5 Karanka’s Forest eventually progressed Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Burton AlbionTranmere Rovers 1-3 WalsallBristol City 0-1 Plymouth ArgyleBristol Rovers 2-1 Crawley TownCambridge United 1-4 Newport CountyCheltenham Town 2-2 Colchester United (Cheltenham win 6-5 on pens) Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United lost on pens ALTERED highlights NEW ERA Steve McClaren watched a comfortable win for his QPR side 5center_img Oldham Athletic 0-2 Derby CountyPort Vale 0-4 Lincoln CityPreston North End 3-1 MorcambeRotherham United 3-1 Wigan AthleticScunthorpe United 1-2 Doncaster RoversSheffield United 1-1 Hull City (Hull win 5-4 on pens) Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Boro trailed three times in normal time but two goals from Ashley Fletcher and another from Enes Mahmutovic cancelled out a Jon Stead double and Tom Crawford strike. With extra time no longer played at this stage of the competition, Andy Lonergan then made two saves in the shoot-out.Forest, reduced to 10 men after the first-half sending off of goalkeeper Jordan Smith, looked to be heading out at the City Ground until Matty Cash made it 1-1 against Bury with a stoppage-time equaliser. The Shakers had led since Eoghan O’Connell’s second-minute strike. Forest won 10-9 on penalties.Bristol City did go out to lower division opposition, falling 1-0 to League One Plymouth at Ashton Gate. Yann Songo’o claimed the only goal.Blackburn had no such worries as they thrashed Carlisle 5-1. Adam Armstrong and Bradley Dack both got on the scoresheet twice for Rovers with Kasey Palmer also on target. 5 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack gameday impact LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal 5 Aston Villa were made to work hard for their 1-0 victory over League Two Yeovil at Huish Park. Alex Fisher missed a penalty for the Glovers before Conor Hourihane claimed Villa’s 77th-minute winner.West Brom also found things far from straightforward against League One Luton but eventually came through at The Hawthorns with a 62nd-minute goal from Oliver Burke.Leeds prevailed 2-1 in their all-Championship clash with Bolton at Elland Road. Patrick Bamford and Saiz Samuel struck before Erhun Otzumer replied.Reading saw off Birmingham 2-0 in another Championship meeting, Yakou Meite and John Swift netting their goals.Full Carabao Cup results:Nottingham Forest 1-1 Bury (Forest win 10-9 on pens)Blackpool 3-1 BarnsleyCarlisle United 1-5 Blackburn RoversCrewe Alexandra 1-1 Fleetwood Town (Fleetwood win 4-3 on pens)Grimsby Town 0-2 RochdaleLeeds United 2-1 Bolton WanderersMacclesfield Town 1-1 Bradford City (Macclesfield win 4-2 on pens)Mansfield Town 6-1 Accrington StanleyMiddlesbrough 3-3 Notts County (Boro win 4-3 on pens) Southend United 2-4 BrentfordSwindown Town 0-1 Forest Green RoversWycombe Wanderers 1-1 Northampton Town (Wycombe win 7-6 on pens)Yeovil Town 0-1 Aston VillaReading 2-0 Birmingham CityWest Bromwich Albion 1-0 Luton Townlast_img read more

THE HOOPS REPORT: WATT A WEEK FOR TONY BUT CELTS CAN ONLY DRAW WITH ST JOHNSTONE

first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY AT CELTIC PARK: TEENAGER Tony Watt scored for Celtic again as the Hoops took on St Johnstone here today – but had to settle for a 1-1 draw.Watt came on at the start of the second half for Miku and nine minutes later he was in the right place and the right time (again) to bundle a Mulgrew cross over the line from the far post.And he wasn’t the only Hoops player to show the same prowess which led to that 2-1 win over Barcelona. Fraser Forster pulled off a stunning one-handed save.But he could do nothing a minute later when St Johnstone striker Nigel Hasselbaink fired in the equaliser.Bayal fired in a cracking shot with ten minutes left but it went just over the bar as Celtic pressed for a winner.But the Hoops failed to find a second goal and remain in second place in the league after Hibernian won earlier today. “There was no spark,” said Lennon afterwards, citing the hard work of last Wednesday.“You’re looking for that wee spark and Tony gave us that but some of them are dead on their feet [in the dressing room].“It’s the second time in two weeks now we’ve taken a lead and conceded it and that’s disappointing.“We rested them as best we could. Mentally, I’m sure the game [against Barcelona] took a lot out of them. There’s no doubt the physical side of it, they are sort of struggling with it a wee bit at the minute.“The players that played the other night gave us everything again but there was just that bit of flatness about us. I accept that but I’m not happy about it. “The squad’s getting stretched but that’s not an excuse and we have already played maybe nine, 10 games more than any other team in the country.“St Johnstone have had a full week to prepare for this game. We’ve had half a day.“While it’s difficult, I’ve got the players to be able to cope with that but they’re just suffering a little bit from mental and physical fatigue.”THE HOOPS REPORT: WATT A WEEK FOR TONY BUT CELTS CAN ONLY DRAW WITH ST JOHNSTONE was last modified: November 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:THE HOOPS REPORT: WATT A WEEK FOR TONY BUT CELTS CAN ONLY DRAW WITH ST JOHNSTONElast_img read more