Mercury Liberia Terminates Employees’ Contracts over Ebola Fears

first_imgTension brewed on Thursday, August 14, at the Randall Street office of Mercury-Liberia after employees stormed the company’s offices in demand of their salaries.They were demanding that the company settle their arrears, when executives announced that their contracts had been terminated due to the rapid spread of the Ebola virus in the country.Mercury-Liberia is the operator of the Premier Sports Betting Games in Liberia.The employees in an interview with the Daily Observer described the termination of their contract as “illegal” and called on government to hold the company responsible to pay them off.The employees through their spokesperson, Barnabas S. Nagbe, explained they were shocked to hear from the company’s management about the termination of their contract. “They told us in the meeting that they were suspending their activities in the country, due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus,” Nagbe said, quoting the company’s management.“Because of that they wrote and informed us that they have agreed to terminate the contract we have with them,” he narrated.“We know about the Ebola outbreak in the country; but, if they are terminating our contact, then they need to pay us for the remaining months. We signed a one-year contract with the company; and if they are terminating the contract, they need to pay us,” Nagbe further explained.He called on the national government to intervene and have the company settle their arrears.However, the communication of termination of contract, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer reads: “Following calls from the Liberian authorities restricting large gatherings of people in response to the Ebola virus, which is affecting many Liberians, we at Mercury-Liberia, wish to take our responsibilities seriously and are deeply committed in helping in the national efforts.“Therefore, from Wednesday August 13, we have taken the decision to close gaming centers in line with government advice.“All of our lotto games and sports betting games will be temporarily closed to protect all of you and us and for the company to play its part in helping stop the spread of the Ebola virus.“Sadly, this means, in line with your contract, we have to give you one month advance to terminate your contract with effect from Wednesday, August 13.”In conclusion, the communication said, “You will be paid one month salary for August and half of your salary for September, taking you up to the 13th of September.“You will not be required working for this period, but will continue to be paid until September 13, in line with Liberian laws.”When the management of Mercury-Liberia was contacted through mobile phone, they could not deny nor confirm the communication.Instead, they told our reporter that they would issue a response in due course.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

McHugh: Department make more Glas Payments to farmers

first_imgDONEGAL TD Joe McHugh says more GLAS payments to farmers have been made today with more due next week – but appealed for those applying for the grants to “check your paperwork”.The Minister of State was speaking this evening as he confirmed around 8,550 GLAS cases currently awaiting payment.The Green Low Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) provides support to farmers under the Rural Development Programme to deliver environmental benefits and public goods which will enhance Ireland’s agriculture sustainability credentials into the future. “This scheme is playing a critical role in enhancing Ireland’s efforts to deliver sustainable agricultural production,” said McHugh.“It provides support to Irish farmers aimed at enhancement of biodiversity, water quality and mitigation of future impacts of climate change while allowing Irish farmers to improve their agricultural productivity and practices in a sustainable manner.“It is critical that we protect the Irish countryside for the benefit of all and GLAS provides support to Irish producers to do this while enhancing their ability to deliver sustainable food production, food production which is making a critical contribution to growth in the Irish economy.”GLAS has been extremely successful in the range of actions undertaken. Under the commitments made as part of the first two tranches targets have been met or exceeded in some areas. On the basis of these commitments, the benefits achieved already include the conservation of 243,000 hectares of permanent pasture, protection of 12,000 km of watercourses and preservation of 90,000 hectares of habitat and 75,000 hectares for endangered bird species. In addition, Commonage Management Plans will be prepared for over 75% of commonages nationally.GLAS has a maximum annual payment of €5,000 under the general scheme with provision for payment up to €7,000 (known as GLAS+) where the farmer is required to give exceptional environmental commitments in a limited number of cases.Said McHugh: “The first two tranches of the GLAS scheme resulted in almost 38,000 farmers being approved into the scheme in its first year of implementation. This represents an unprecedented level of participation in the first year of an agri-environment scheme in Ireland.“My colleague Minister Creed recently signalled that all eligible applicants under the third tranche of GLAS will be accepted into the scheme, bringing overall participation levels to 50,000 farmers.”The Donegal politician warned however that payment can only issue where all the required validation checks have been successfully passed. “Further payments valued at €5.3M issued to just under 1,500 participants last week and another payment run issued today, Friday 3rd February. A further payment run is expected mid-next week,” he said.“Approximately 8,550 cases remain outstanding. Further payment runs will be made on a weekly basis as cases are cleared.”He said that given the range of actions in GLAS and the associated validations there are therefore a number of different reasons why payment may not have issued.Many of these issues given their complexity require review on a case by case basis and this work is ongoing at present – the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine is in contact with farmers on additional documentation needed to resolve queries. As issues are resolved payments will continue to issue on an ongoing basis.“I can assure farmers in Co Donegal that Minister Creed is very keenly aware of the need to process these payments without delay and is ensuring that all resources required both on the I.T. and administrative side are directed towards resolving the outstanding queries on these cases,” said McHugh.Tonight the Department of Agriculture issued specific reasons for the delay in processing:These include;o the declaration of an incompatible parcel usage for GLAS action choseno changes in parcel boundaries on which a GLAS action is chosen including splitting or merging of parcelso The applicant no longer claiming parcel on BPS 2016,o incomplete documentation such as incorrect information on Low-Emission Slurry declaration,o incomplete interim commonage management plans,o incompatible data and parcel history on Department databasesMcHugh: Department make more Glas Payments to farmers was last modified: February 3rd, 2017 by John2Share 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:donegalFine GaelGLAS paymentsJoe McHughminister creedlast_img read more