BFF Calls for Trust Between Gov’t, Civil Service

first_imgAmid threats of imminent go-slow action expected to commence on December 16, 2019, Better Future Foundation (BFF), has appealed to the Consortium of Public Sector Workers Organizations to remain constructively engaged with the government in response to the workers’ demands as contained in the October 23, 2019, seven-count Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).In a statement issued in Monrovia on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, BFF also called on the government to remain committed to honoring its binding obligations, as contained in the MoU signed between the government and the over 77,000 public sector workers.BFF said the MoU, which was made and entered by the parties on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, borders on the payment of salary arrears, and improving the economic livelihood of public sector employees and their families.The MoU was also based on an earlier resolution signed by the Consortium on October 23, 2019, to peacefully engage the government aimed at addressing the plight of the workers, and for the preservation and sustainability of Liberia’s hard-won peace and democracy.BFF, in the release further said that an essential component of mitigating problems in a post-conflict and fragile state, such as Liberia primarily borders on government’s sincere commitment in building a relationship of trust, and confidence with its citizens, especially public sector workers, who constitute a major source of revenue generation for sustainable economic, peace and development in the country.According to the BFF, the government, which is represented in the MoU by the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel F. McGill, Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel D. Tweah, Jr.; Moses Kollie, Minister of Labor; Cllr. Frank Musah Dean, Minister of Justice; and the Director General of the Civil Service Agency of Liberia, Laurine W. Johnson, have committed to work with the Consortium of Public Sector Workers Organizations, to implement protective adjustments to civil servants salaries, while maintaining the government US$297 million to ensure stability in the civil servants’s salaries before the end of November 2019.“The government has also committed to regularize the monthly payment of all civil servants, and to issue monthly pay slips by December 2019 consistent with the stable pay determined by end of November 2019,” BFF added.In the MoU, the government further committed to regularizing the employment status of all public school teachers on the Supplementary payroll, who received salary increment under its “harmonization program” on or before end of December 2019, said the BFF release, signed by its secretariat.In line with the MoU, the Consortium, which comprises a workforce of over 77,000 employees, was represented by Moibah K. Johnson, president Civil Servants Union of Liberia; Mary W. Mulbah Nyumah, National Teachers Association of Liberia; Joseph Soko Tamba, National Health Workers Union of Liberia; Vinton Gareay, MCSS Teachers’ Association, etc.It was further agreed upon that the government and the Consortium remain engaged during these periods for better communication and problem-solving and that the Inter-Agency Wage Harmonization Team, will improve data and information sharing amongst technicians of the CSA and MFDP to ensure better communication, and information dissemination to the Consortium of Public Sector Workers Organizations, and civil servants across the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

TRANSFER FIGHT! Arsenal, Man United and Barcelona in battle to land ‘new Ozil’

first_img1 Hakan Calhanoglu Barcelona have joined the race for Arsenal and Manchester United target Hakan Calhanoglu, according to reports in his native Turkey.The Bayer Leverkusen man, hailed as ‘the new Mesut Ozil’, has emerged as one of the biggest prospects in the Bundesliga since arriving from Hamburg in 2013.As well as some eye-catching performances at club level, Calhanoglu has also starred for his national team, who have secured their qualification to Euro 2016.Leverkusen are bracing themselves for offers for the 21-year-old midfielder with both Manchester United and Arsenal keen on bringing him to England.AC Milan have also been credited with an interest but now, according to sources in Turkey, Barcelona are keeping close tabs on his progress.Barca are expected to be busy in the January transfer window, when they will be allowed to sign players again, with reinforcements in attack said to be high on their wish list.And with set-piece specialist Calhanoglu on their radar, his Premier League admirers may have to move quickly to sign him.last_img read more

Crown Princess makes unexpected stop in Juneau

first_imgThe Crown Princess cruise ship arrived unexpectedly in Juneau on Sunday. The ship was scheduled to arrive on Tuesday. Kirby Day, manager of port operations for the Holland America Group, said operations in Vancouver — where the ship’s journey began — were slower than usual.Download Audio“There were three ships in Vancouver on Friday and with about 8,500 people the embarcation process just went very slow for all three ships,” Day said. “All three ships sailed late, including the Crown Princess.”Day said the ship is now heading to Skagway and Ketchikan.last_img

New Lego Minecraft packs let you show some skin

first_imgYour Lego Steve and Alex minifigs are great, but you’re pretty limited when it comes to faithful Lego clothing options. Fortunately the new Minecraft Skin Packs have arrived to address that little problem.Sure, you could easily just pop Steve’s head onto one of the numerous extra torsos you have laying around, but that wouldn’t look very Minecraft-y, would it? There’s just too much non-pixelated printing on most minifigs… though Steve could probably get away with slipping on the video gamer’s or DJ’s t-shirts.AdChoices广告Now, though, Lego’s got some authentic options for you. They’ve put together a pair of skin packs, and they’re pretty much the minifig equivalent of the ones you’ve been buying for your digital Minecraft characters for years.Each Lego Minecraft Skin Pack comes with four complete(ly pixelated) minifigs. They’re skinned head to toe, and Lego throws in an accessory for each, including shovels, picks, swords, axes, and bows. These are regular minifigs, too, so you’re free to take them apart and reassemble them as you please. They aren’t frustratingly fused like Lego’s magnets are.The Skin Packs are on sale over on Lego’s official online shop, and you’ll probably be able to find them at your favorite brick(no pun intended)-and-mortar stores soon, too. They go for $14.99 each, which makes them the cheapest way you can pick up a handful of Minecraft minifigs to add to your collection by five bucks.Minecraft and Lego have proved to be a perfect fit, so you can probably count on additional skin packs launching in the future. You know, until the franchise stops printing money.last_img read more