The Liberian government has settled the two-month salary arrears of doctors who last week threatened a nationwide strike action if their arrears were not paid within 72 hours.The government without further delay has paid the doctors for the months of September and October, and included November for good measure, thus averting a widespread disruption of medical services throughout the country.A 72-hour ultimatum beginning last Tuesday, Nov. 15, was announced by doctors demanding their salary arrears. Upon receiving the news of the threatened strike action, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was in Morocco attending the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 22), appealed to the doctors to show “patience and patriotism” until she returned to the country.However, the Concerned Medical Doctors, the organization representing the doctors, also advised the government to demonstrate its commitment to improving the country’s health care delivery system by procuring basic diagnostic tools and other laboratory equipment for the various hospitals.According to a press statement under the signature of spokesperson Dr. Jonathan Hart, after the arrears were cleared, a roundtable discussion was held with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other major stakeholders in the health sector.“The Ministry of Health is proposing that the National Drug Service be privatized in order to improve delivery of basic and essential drugs to hospitals in the country. On the issues of housing and other benefits for medical personnel, the government promised to improve on what is being done to meet those expectations stating that housing units are being constructed in rural Liberia for health workers,” the statement said. “Also health authorities may negotiate with homeowners to improve the facilities being used and said expenses must be deducted from the cost of lease or rent,” Dr. Hart suggested.As for the primary teaching hospital, JFK Medical Center, the renovation of its famous intern’s dormitory is to commence shortly.Dr. Hart added, “The Ministry of Health already has a national plan for health workers that it has been working on for several months.” Following a few adjustments it will be submitted to the government on behalf of doctors and other medical workers, he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 22-year-old real estate agent was on Wednesday before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for the second time, this time charged with three counts of fraud.Basdeo Persaud, of Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD), denied the charges put to him by city Magistrate Fabayo Azore.He denied that he fraudulently obtained a total of $320,000 from Rohini Persaud between January 6 and January 19, 2018 pretending that he was in a position to obtain for her a plot of land.He further denied obtaining $140,000 from Mohani Ramdeen for the same purpose between February 27 and February 30, 2018.The women reportedly filed reports with the Police after they saw a news item about Persaud being charged. Further, Persaud was also charged for committing the same offence on April 10, 2018 against Anarada Persaud, from whom he reportedly obtained $450,000 for allegedly the same purpose. The woman reported to Police that she paid $450,000 to Persaud in two payments. She also reported that when she begun construction, she found out that the land was not up for sale. In court on Wednesday, Persaud was placed on $150,000 bail.On June 11, the 23-year-old was slapped with a fraud charge after he allegedly took $100,000 from Anarada Persaud by falsely pretending that he was in a position to obtain a plot of land.On that charge, Magistrate Judy Latchman released him on $100,000 bail. Police Prosecutor Arwin Moore had told the court that after making the initial down payment, the woman had begun building on the land when she was informed that the land was not for sale.The cases will continue on July 25, 2018.
A Campbellville Housing Scheme, Georgetown, woman is now counting her losses after she was attacked and robbed by two gun-toting bandits after leaving a supermarket on Sheriff Street on Friday afternoon.The 52-year-old was robbed at about 15:00h while heading East onto Fourth Street, Campbellville.According to Police, the victim had just left a supermarket on Sheriff Street and headed East onto Fourth Street, Campbellville then turned onto Stone Avenue when she noticed two males on a bicycle ride up to her from behind and dismount.One of them drew a black handgun from his pants waist and pointed it at her and demanded her handbag. In fear, the woman dropped the bag, and the perpetrators picked it up and escaped West along Forth Street.The women’s handbag valued at $4500, contained her Galaxy J7 cellphone valued $75,000, $12,000 cash and documents.The matter was reported to the Police and an investigation is in progress.
Other interviews showed an increasingly agitated Ayala denying to reporters she put the finger in the chili. “Where would I get a damn finger?” she asked on camera. Forensic tests later showed Ayala never chomped down on the finger. The sentencing followed a 90-minute hearing in which several Wendy’s employees testified, including the man who made the chili and the cashier who helped Ayala on the day she made the claim. The couple must pay about $170,000 in restitution for workers’ lost wages. The judge also ordered them to pay nearly $21.8 million to Wendy’s International and JEM Management, which owns the restaurant. Both corporations agreed not to collect from the couple, provided they never benefit from the ruse. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – The Wendy’s finger-in-the-chili story was a running joke on late-night television last year, but it was no laughing matter to the company, its employees – or the judge who handed out stiff prison sentences to the couple who pulled the scam. Anna Ayala, 40, who said she bit into the digit, was sentenced Wednesday to nine years. Her husband, Jaime Plascencia, 44, who obtained the finger from a co-worker who lost it in a workplace accident, was sentenced to more than 12 years. “Greed and avarice overtook this couple,” said Superior Court Judge Edward Davila, adding that the pair had “lost their moral compass.” The two pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to file a false insurance claim and attempted grand theft with damages exceeding $2.5 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Although authorities suspected a hoax – in part because the finger was not cooked – word of the stomach-turning find quickly spread around the world. The Dublin, Ohio-based fast food chain claimed it lost $2.5 million in sales because of the bad publicity, and dozens of workers at the company’s Northern California franchises were laid off. Denny Lynch, Wendy’s senior vice president, asked the judge to send a message that “consumer fraud is a serious crime that demands a severe penalty.” In a tearful plea for leniency, Ayala apologized to the courtroom gallery and said the scheme was “a moment of poor judgment.” Earlier, she watched news footage of herself describing how she sat down March 22 with her family at the Wendy’s in San Jose, put crackers in her chili and started eating until she chewed on something “kind of hard, crunchy.” She said she spit it out and realized it was a human finger. “There’s no words to describe what I felt. It’s sick, it’s disgusting,” she said in a clip played before sentencing. “Just knowing there was a human remain in my mouth is tearing me apart inside.”
Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? 18. West Ham UnitedReal points = 0 | Expected points = 3.0217. Crystal PalaceReal points = 3 | Expected points = 3.4916. BurnleyReal points = 1 | Expected points = 3.7715. FulhamReal points = 4 | Expected points = 3.7714. EvertonReal points = 6 | Expected points = 4.2613. Leicester CityReal points = 6 | Expected points = 4.3512. Cardiff CityReal points = 2 | Expected points = 4.4011. Brighton and Hove AlbionReal points = 4 | Expected points = 4.6510. ArsenalReal points = 6 | Expected points = 5.629. SouthamptonReal points = 4 | Expected points = 5.638. Manchester UnitedReal points = 6 | Expected points = 5.96 SORRY England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won We are four games into the Premier League season and now have to take a break for the return of international football.It has already proven to be a thrilling campaign, with, amazingly, THREE teams still retaining 100 per cent records – Liverpool, Chelsea and, to wide shock, Watford. Bournemouth should be higher in the table than they are in reality latest 4 Manchester City have already dropped points and are playing catch up, while Arsenal and Manchester United are stuck in mid-table after shaky starts to the season.West Ham have their own 100 per cent record – four losses from four – intact, and they are joined in the bottom three by Newcastle and Burnley, who appear to be suffering from a Europa League hangover.But is the real table following expectation and do the stats say this is how the top flight SHOULD be shaping up? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2. LiverpoolReal points = 12 | Expected points = 9.831. Manchester CityReal points = 10 | Expected points = 9.93 whoops The Hornets are flying high at the top of the league silverware How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings revealed 4 Most read in Premier League Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? tense 7. Wolverhampton WanderersReal points = 5 | Expected points = 6.246. WatfordReal points = 12 | Expected points = 6.925. Tottenham HotspurReal points = 9 | Expected points = 7.594. ChelseaReal points = 12 | Expected points = 7.753. BournemouthReal points = 7 | Expected points = 8.26 4 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 predicted Expected goals (xG) is a breakthrough football statistic that attempts to reveal the precise score of every game using the quality of chances created. If a team has a high xG but low goals scored they were wasteful, whereas a low xG but high goals scored suggests they are performing far better in front of goal than they should be.Using expected goals, which you can learn more about here, and data from Understat, we present how the table should look after four games, according to the stats experts.20. Huddersfield TownReal points = 2 | Expected points = 1.9919. Newcastle UnitedReal points = 1 | Expected points = 2.85 REVEALED Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle have found it hard going this season 4 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Man United are performing almost exactly as expected changes gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update
Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 1 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED huge blow Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REPLY Galatasaray are under pressure from Financial Fair Play regulations and could be forced to sell their star players in order to comply with the rules.Rodrigues is wanted by Valencia and Villarreal too but admitted in the summer that he would be open to a potential move to the Premier League.And Newcastle have been boosted by the news that their transfer target has been put up for sale.The Magpies are hopeful of completing a cut-price deal for the in-form winger and believe they can see of competition from Spain to land him during the mid-season window. REVEALED REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY BEST OF shining Galatasary winger Garry Rodrigues is wanted by Newcastle. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Newcastle have received a major boost in their pursuit of Galatasaray winger Garry Rodrigues, after he was put on the transfer list, according to the Hurriyet newspaper.Rodrigues, 27, has made a strong start to the season, bagging three goals in eight appearances in all competitions, but could now be on his way out of the club in January. Latest Football News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade
rookie error The win sees the north London side extend their unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions.They are now just a point off the top four after Tottenham inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Chelsea earlier this weekend.Arsenal will overtake Tottenham if they beat their local rivals at the Emirates Stadium next Sunday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT.And Gunners defender Holding believes his side has what it takes to break into the top four, while also praising Arsenal’s character after getting over the setback of conceding a goal late in the first-half. gameday cracker 3 REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED 3 Speaking to talkSPORT’s Alex Crook after the game, Holding said: “We’ve had tough games here [Vitality Stadium] and when they scored seconds before half-time we could have put our heads down and came out in the second-half not at it.“We put it behind us though and went again and we have been strong in the second-half this season so we knew we’d get goals.“You’ve got Manchester City and Liverpool at the top who are very strong but if we can keep chipping away and get the points we need then I feel we could be up there [top four].“We never give up and never stop trying but I think tactically we’re stronger and we’re a bit more organised this season.” Holding was pleased with Arsenal’s character after conceding this goal right on half-time Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Lerma inadvertently gave Arsenal the lead after half an hour LATEST Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Aubameyang was Arsenal’s match winner targets Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT BIG PRESENTS UP TOP What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Rob Holding is confident Arsenal can challenge for the Premier League’s top four following their 2-1 victory at Bournemouth on Sunday.The Gunners took the lead when Jefferson Lerma diverted Sead Kolasiniac’s pass into his own net in comical fashion – something which amused these Gooners. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Arsenal FC News Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 3 appointed However, Unai Emery’s men were pegged back on the stroke of half-time through Josh King’s neat finish.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang restored Arsenal’s lead halfway through the second-half and despite suffering a few scares before the end, the visitors managed to hold on.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Garcetti, who had abandoned an effort this summer to unseat Padilla, said it was important for the council to have a smooth transition. “We both have support around the horseshoe, and rather than have a divisive fight we will talk about what needs to happen,” Garcetti said. “The two of us want to work together.” Garcetti was said to be close to collecting the eight votes needed to win election as council president, but was hoping he and Padilla could reach some kind of agreement rather than force a fight. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 email@example.com Moving to end a week of rumors, City Council President Alex Padilla and Councilman Eric Garcetti said Friday that they plan to meet over the weekend to discuss a transition in the office of City Council president. “Everyone knows I’m running for the state Senate and that will take time away from my job as council president,” Padilla said. “So we will be sitting down to talk about what’s next.” Padilla has been serving as council president since 2001, and there have been grumblings in the past about how long he would hold on to the post in a time of term limits and others wanting a chance to lead. Padilla, who is being termed out in 2007, has announced plans to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys, in which he will challenge Assemblywoman Cindy Montaez, D-San Fernando. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
LANCASTER – Sheriff’s deputies and the California Highway Patrol are stepping up enforcement through the holiday season with sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints and deployment of additional officers. Lancaster deputies will conduct at least two checkpoints on Thursday and Dec. 30 as part of a crackdown on motorists who drink and drive and those who drive without a license. The CHP will have additional officers out on the roads, along with patrols by helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, to track down drunk drivers, speeders and people who don’t use seat belts. “The focus of the department is to save lives.” CHP Lt. Andria Witmer said. “Our goal is to prevent people from getting killed and injured in traffic accidents.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake According to CHP statistics, more than 31 percent of all fatal collisions in California in 2004 involved drunk drivers. Nearly 11 percent of injury traffic collisions were alcohol-related. The increased staffing is part of the CHP’s second annual Operation STAR, or Statewide Traffic Action Response, which began Friday and continues through Jan. 2. “As part of our second annual Operation STAR, additional uniformed CHP officers will be out on the roadways,” said Capt. Doug Rich, commander of the Antelope Valley CHP station. “Last year, this resulted in a dramatic 25.5 percent drop in deaths. We hope to continue that trend with this year’s Operation STAR.” Sixty-three fewer people were killed statewide in 2004 compared to the same period in 2003. Witmer said in some areas, the aircraft will be flying over freeways and notifying officers on the ground about speeders and other violators. She said traffic fatalities in the local CHP jurisdiction are down so far this year compared to 2004. There have been 31 fatal collisions, with 38 people killed, in 2005, compared to 42 fatal collisions at this time last year, resulting in 47 deaths, Witmer said. The sheriff’s sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints are being funded through a state grant. “This will be off a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety,” Deputy Jon White said. “We are planning on doing two of them by the end of the year. With the holidays, there’s lots more people drinking and driving and we are going to crack down on it.” Traffic fatalities are increasing in Lancaster, White said. This year, there have been 24 fatal collisions resulting in 26 deaths. Last year, 15 people were killed in traffic collisions, White said. Those driving without a valid license, or on a suspended license, risk receiving a citation and, under certain circumstances, having their vehicle impounded for up to 30 days, deputies said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
By Anne Taylor25 April 2014Brand South Africa has launched a new campaign in celebration of South Africa’s 20 years of democracy. Remembering where we come from is important if we are to celebrate where we are. And the ads – which will flight across TVs, radios, laptops and mobiles this weekend, achieve just that.With the headline, “Here’s to you, South Africa”, the ads are a toast to South Africa’s achievements. “Here’s to 20 years of inspiring achievements and many more to come.”“We have overcome so much and come so far, it is time to celebrate the miracle of South Africa. We can be proud to be South Africans. We are confident in the future we are building, and are constantly amazed at what we have achieved.” – Wendy Tlou, Brand South Africa’s director of strategic marketingThe campaign aims to generate pride and love – and what else could you feel when you see two students, sitting on a bench, marked “Europeans Only”? Europeans? Seriously?! On a bench in a public place? I’m especially grateful that it is not something my children would recognise. When I tell them that there was once a time when white South Africans referred to themselves as “Europeans”, we all shake our heads at the madness of it all. When I tell them that once, there were different benches for people with different skin colours, they don’t even believe me. Thank God for that. Thank God we live in a different country – one that is nothing like it was two decades ago.The past is truly a different country. And who would want to live there anyway?Read more about the campaign’s launch on SouthAfrica.info: Advert celebrates 20 years ‘with pride, wonder’