The National Transit Authority (NTA) and the United Workers Union of Liberia (UWUL) have signed a new collective bargaining agreement aimed as enhancing the working relationship for both the management and the workers.Collective Bargaining Agreement is a process of negotiation between the employee or group of employees and their employer with the aims of promoting, regulating good and professional working relationship.“Our interest as management is to maintain industrial management and we strongly believe as long as there is peace, there will be improvement at NTA. We are very happy as management of NTA to have such document that both the management and the workers can use in achieving its goals. We completed all terms of the CBA on January 22, 2015.”At the official Signing ceremony yesterday held at the compound of the NTA in Gardnersville, Monrovia, the Managing Director, Tarnue N. Jeke, said the situation of signing the CBA was tough but was glad that such a document would be used to help in moving the institution forward.According to NTA Managing Director, the document has a lot of good things that everyone would hope for in working at the NTA especially in doing the Liberian people’s work and, by extension, the management.He emphasized that the negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement between the NTA and workers union was a long process, which involved the representation of the workers and the management of NTA working hard to ensure that the discussion of terms were rigorously negotiated.Mr. Jeke explained that, “As management of NTA, they must be able to balance the welfare of the employees while ensuring the company sustainability for the benefit of all stakeholders.”According to him, the issue of collective bargaining agreement is also a human rights issue and was important to prioritize such agreement, referencing article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which references the ability to organize workers’ unions.In remarks, David Sackoh, Secretary General of the United Workers Union of Liberia, expressed gratitude to the NTA management for the initiative that would help in creating better working relationship at the NTA for the next three years.A cross-section of the workers lauded the NTA management for the atmosphere they continued to create at the NTA in ensuring that the work of the Liberian people is done.“The management has been very concerned about the workers and creating such document will help in solving some of the internal situations first. We are grateful that we can have such working relationship with the management,” Mr. Sackoh said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
BUSINESS NAME: Mystic Water Gardens BUSINESS ADDRESS: 18062 Rosita St., Encino PHONE: (818) 424-6836 WEB SITE: www.mysticwatergardens.com OWNER: Steve Sandalis ESTABLISHED: 2000 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Eight DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: Mystic Water Gardens designs, builds and maintains custom-crafted waterfalls, ponds and streams. These water features are low maintenance with high enjoyment. We do both residential and large scale/commercial properties. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? No. WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? It began as a hobby. I built a water feature for my own home, then friends began asking for ones for their yards, and the referrals kept growing. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? I grew up around contracting, and this was a great way to combine my passion and my business skills. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? One year. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? I took classes to improve my skills and became a licensed contractor. And lots of networking to gather referrals. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? Just a wheel barrel, a shovel, work boots and a pickup truck. All from personal savings. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Other local contractors in my area. I admire Greg Wittenstock of Aquascape Design. He’s built an empire for himself and I plan to do the same with Mystic Water Gardens. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? All the paperwork that goes with running a business like this. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $800,000 WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? In the long term, I want to create a product line that sells products that develop a garden and water features, to develop a TV program that inspires people to “create romance in their own backyards” and to host my own seminars. To be considered for a small business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3699. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Buncrana GAA Notes For Week Ending Sunday 30th DecemberCongratulations: All at Buncrana GAA would like to congratulate Claire and Paul McNicholl on the recent birth of their baby daughter. Congratulations also to proud Grandparents Patricia and Eamon and Uncle Fergal.Applications for Managers: C.L.G Bun Cranncha is seeking applicants for the following positions: Mens Senior Football Manager, Senior Reserve Football Manager, Senior Ladies Football Manager, and Under 21 Men Football Manager. Interested parties should contact Club Secretary Grainne on 0876351664 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org with an expression of interest in the relevant position. The closing date for applications is the 31st December 2012. Please leave details of name, contact information and the team(s) you are interested in managing. Christmas Charity Swim: Well done to the Buncrana GAA Senior Footballers who battled the cold on Christmas morning during a charity swim to raise funds for Insight Inishowen, an excellent local charity. Thanks to Gareth Porter, Calvin Jones, Liam McGinley, Kevin O’Loughlin, Rónán Doherty (Fahan), Odhrán Doherty, Rónán Doherty (X), Oisín Doherty, Paul McGonigle and Noel O’Donnell. Thanks also to Roisin Doherty who supplied the much needed hot whiskey and to chief photographer Aine Daly.Coaching: The Ulster GAA Coaching Conference is taking place in Cookstown on 26th January 2013, the Croke Park GAA Coaching Conference will take place on 12th January 2013, all coaches who are interested in attending please contact Coaching Officer Odhrán Doherty. Anyone interested in doing a Foundation or Level One coaching course in the New Year please contact Odhrán Doherty also.Ryan Bradley Coaching Sessions: Ryan Bradley GAA Coaching Sessions for under 6’s are taking place every Saturday in Crana College, with children asked to be present at 11.15am. A €2 contribution will be used exclusively to purchase equipment and gear for participating children. The sessions focus on fun, enjoyment, participation, balance, coordination and basic skill of football and hurling.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at email@example.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at firstname.lastname@example.org by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaa Nollaig shona agus athbhliain faoi mhaise dár mbaill agus dár gcairde go léir.GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 25th, 2012 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:BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES
Coleman celebrates at Goodison today. Pic: Helen MayoKILLYBEGS soccer star Seamus Coleman scored another superb goal for Everton today – to give his side the lead against Southampton in the English Premier League clash at Goodison Park.The Donegal man collected the ball on the right in the 9th minute, used his left foot to cut inside before switching to his right once more and firing an angled shot past Kelvin Davis to send home fans wild.The Saints equalised through Ramirez in the 71st minute but Lukaku restored Everton’s lead three minutes later after being set up by James McCarthy. SUPER SEAMUS SCORES ANOTHER SENSATIONAL SCREAMER was last modified: December 29th, 2013 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:evertongoalseamus colemansouthampton
Damn the Red Line. If it weren’t for the subway, I would have loved my first experience on the Valley’s new Orange Line busway. If it weren’t for the smooth ride, the comforting darkness of the journey from downtown to the Valley as I made my way to North Hollywood for a test ride, I wouldn’t have noticed every bump, every red-light stop or the glare bouncing off the hot asphalt of the busway. But I did. And there’s no taking back first impressions. I want to love the Orange Line very much. I want to wake up each morning, glad that I get to take a seat aboard one of those 80-foot articulated buses (that means it has an accordion in the middle) and leisurely do the Sudoku puzzle in the paper as I cruise to work. Still, I long to find an alternative to traffic and was excited when I set out to take a test ride Tuesday on the busway. For fun, I decided to add in the Red Line to simulate the experience of traveling between the deep Valley and downtown. After some fumbling with cranky ticket machines, I caught the subway and settled in for the 28-minute ride which, surprisingly, took exactly 28 minutes. It was only my second trip in the subway, and I started to get excited. Public transportation is awesome, I thought. The Orange Line is definitely not coming too soon. In every direction – from its starting point at Lankershim Boulevard – there are buildings and apartments under construction. Also, the midday traffic to the end of the subway line was impressive, and presumably many of them would have headed to catch the bus across the street had it been running yet. The test trip was fairly unremarkable other than the TV cameramen making us stop periodically so they could drive ahead to get a moving shot of the bus and noting that the stop near Reseda Boulevard was right in front of the Frisky Kitty strip club. If you close your eyes, the 42-minute ride is still a bus ride, with plenty of red lights and jarring stops and starts. At the end of the test, which had taken a combined total 3 hours and 45 minutes, counting the subway portion, I was exhausted, frozen from the enthusiastic A/C on the new buses and glad that I ended my journey in the relative luxury of the subway train. If only they had extended the light rail along the journey instead of buses, I thought, then I might be a little more excited. I would like to say that I will ride use the busway regularly. I will mean to, and even go so far as to look earnestly at the schedules from time to time. But, ultimately, I will hope that someone’s getting some good use out of the $330 million-project and that they are doing so instead of tailgating me on the Ventura Freeway. Mariel Garza email@example.com 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week See, I am one of those hapless drivers stuck on the 101 Freeway, who passes the time thinking up screwball traffic-relief projects that involve, variously, conveyor belts of different speeds, cars completely clad in rubber so you could bump slower and dimmer drivers out of your way and highway ferries. But that’s another column. When the busway debuts its 14-mile route from NoHo to Warner Center on Oct. 29, I wanted to be first in line. It’s the biggest public transportation project since they bored tunnels through the Cahuenga Pass for the Red Line subway, and is actually the above-ground extension of that very line. To hear MTA folks talk about, this is the best thing since sliced bread. Maybe better, since sliced bread is no longer all that cool. At first, I was somewhat skeptical about the whole thing. I mean, it is the bus. It may be a fancier, clean-air version. It might run most of its route on its own lane fenced off from other traffic and meandering wildlife, and it might have technology to help it catch the green lights (help, but not change, as it turns out). But, well, it’s the bus. I am a Southern Californian, and therefore conditioned to leave my car for the bus only under extreme duress, e.g., broken bones, severe car trouble or at gunpoint.
The Grootbos Foundation and Football Foundation of South Africa uses sport to lure youngsters in small Western Cape towns away from drugs, alcohol and crime.The football foundation runs football, netball, hockey and athletics training sessions in Gansbaai, Stanford and Hermanus which reach 2 000 individuals weekly. (Image: Grootbos Foundation)Sport has the potential to change lives. It transcends the boundaries of race, religion and class. It is this potential that the Grootbos Foundation has tapped into, to help change the communities of Gansbaai, Stanford and Hermanus.The Football Foundation of South Africa (FFSA), established in 2008 and merged with the Grootbos Foundation in 2014, uses sport to encourage social integration in the Western Cape towns. It also educates and empowers young people, using sport as the tool.The football foundation runs football, netball, hockey and athletics training sessions in Gansbaai, Stanford and Hermanus which, according to its website, reach 2 000 individuals weekly.It uses this range of sports to appeal to the youngsters, offering them more constructive ways to use their time. This way, it draws them away from getting caught in a culture of drug and alcohol abuse and gangsterism.The Grootbos Green Futures Horticulture and Life Skills College, another project run by the foundation, looks to educate between eight to twelve unemployed young adults.In addition to the sports training sessions, the organisation also runs programmes aimed at educating the youth about major social issues such as HIV, female empowerment, the environment, nutrition and enterprise development.By promoting education, health awareness and skills development, as well as providing leadership opportunities within the organisation itself, the FFSA looks to equip the youngsters involved in the programme with the knowledge and skills needed for them to develop and increase their chances of finding employment.“In South Africa there is a massive demand for skills,” said the director of the Grootbos Foundation, Leán Terblanche, during an interview with former Manchester United Football Club player Rio Ferdinand.“Employment is a problem worldwide, but by giving these people the skills and this kind of education and the accredited training which is key in this programme as well, it enables them to go on and their chances of finding employment vastly improve.”HOW YOU CAN HELPThere are a range of options for those looking to get involved in the activities of the organisation, including making a monetary donation to help cover expenses. You can also offer your time to volunteer with Grootbos.As a volunteer you can help the coaches in the running of the Football Foundation sports outreach projects throughout the Western Cape or assist with some of their administrative work at their offices.The organisation also welcomes those looking to make a donation of old sporting equipment or funds to help them continue reaching as many people as it can.Those interested in playing a part in the future successes of the organisation can have a look at Grootbos’ donate, volunteer or internship pages for more information on how you can get involved.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
30 March 2016“Make sure that you use water more than once so that we can ensure that those (who) are not serviced do get services,” said Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane at the launch of the Bulk Water Supply Scheme in the iLembe District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.She appealed to the beneficiaries of the Lower Tugela Bulk Water Supply Scheme to not only save water, but to reuse it too.The R1.32-billion project, which was launched on 22 March, includes the infrastructure required to abstract and treat water from the uThukela River to supply to secondary bulk and reticulation networks within the iLembe District Municipality.These networks will supply both developed and unserved areas. On completion, the scheme will reach a total of 750 000 inhabitants.“As we continue to bring this infrastructure into place, let us ensure that we do not do illegal connections, steal water or destroy infrastructure,” Mokonyane said.She encouraged those who could afford to pay for water services to do so, while those who could not pay should register as unable to pay.“The first phase of the Umgeni component is due for commissioning by May 2016,” she said. “The first phase is designed to produce 55 mega-litres of potable water per day. The design, however, is such that it is relatively easily upgraded to a 110 mega-litre plant.”Some 1 163 job opportunities have been created by the project to date.Source: South African Government News Agency
Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Follow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Related Posts Tags:#automation#business efficiency#business operations#Chatbots#Gig Economy#streamlining processes#technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Once upon a time, companies kept physical databases to store customer information, and these records had to be meticulously kept up-to-date by hand. Today, there’s a whole host of automated CRM tools designed with various industries in mind. Businesses of all sizes used to have to bill clients with paper invoices and wait weeks or longer for payment. Now, there are apps such as Wave that allow anyone to accept instant electronic payments via bank account or credit card. Tech is changing the way we do business, and it can help enable your company to accomplish more using less time and money.Armed with the right knowledge and tools, you can expand your business capabilities and meet more customer needs in less time. For example, chatbots are revolutionizing customer service because they allow AI to answer the majority of customer queries. If your service reps are trained to work in conjunction with chatbots, they can jump on the most difficult questions that software isn’t able to answer, using the context the customer has already provided.To get the best business results, you’ll need to prepare your company to take advantage of emerging tech. After all, change can be hard — especially for employees who don’t necessarily see it coming. To take advantage of what tech has to offer, embrace the following three principles.1. Tech is enabling a stronger gig economy, which you should be utilizing.When it comes to the gig economy, Uber is just the beginning. In the near future, Raad Ahmed, founder and CEO of AI hiring platform LawTrades, envisions that a “new age of marketplaces will emerge, tackling regulated industries by productizing complex services and creating income equivalent to a full-time position for independent service professionals.” In other words, a wider range of industries will be represented among gig workers. This is good news for business leaders. Instead of hiring a full-timer and paying a salary with benefits for work you might not need, join the 42 percent of large and mid-sized companies that are capitalizing on the freelance economy to meet seasonal demand. In fact, 43 percent of companies using gig workers report that they’re already achieving more with less, saving at least 20 percent in labor costs alone.2. Automation is freeing up your team for more complex tasks.Automation is often lauded for its ability to improve efficiency, but there are other profound benefits as well. In addition to performing work more rapidly, automated processes are far more accurate than humans. In fields such as finance, where a small change in error rate makes a big difference, automation is becoming the new standard. And by boosting efficiency and reducing errors through the automation of rote tasks, you’ll enable your team to focus on more strategic, big-picture ones.The benefits may be clear, but implementation isn’t exactly a cake walk. According to a study from KPMG, a third of business leaders are concerned about how automation will impact their workers. The study goes on to relate how one insurance company launched a project to automate certain administrative tasks with the hope of freeing up employee time to work on more complex customer issues. First, the company made a list of core businesses processes it wanted to automate and prioritized the list based on the anticipated benefits. Then, after picking a tech service provider, the company’s management team began working its way down the list. Mimic this methodical process if you’re wondering how to implement automation or feeling unsure about what to automate — and how it could impact your team.3. Tech can push your business forward if you push your team forward first.Technology can provide big benefits, but to reap the rewards, you’ll need a flexible workforce that can adapt to evolving job descriptions. Differentiate your business and make the most of tech by helping your employees undergo upskilling. By guiding workers through changes in their job descriptions, you’ll help ease them through transitions as smoothly as possible. The pace of technological innovation necessitates rapid adaptation. In the past, the most specialized workforce performed the best. In the future, it will be the most flexible one.In addition to coaching your employees in their current roles, keep an eye on what the future might hold. AT&T, for example, has shifted its HR focus in recent years to ensuring that its teams have the know-how to keep up with new tech. As Scott Smith, AT&T’s senior vice president of human resources operations, explains, “You can go out to the street and hire for the skills, but we all know that the supply of technical talent is limited, and everybody is going after it. Or you can do your best to step up and reskill your existing workforce to fill the gap.”Technology offers more benefits than ever before, and new innovations continue to shake up entire industries. By utilizing technology properly, you can improve efficiency, reduce costs, and increase profits — a powerful trifecta that can catapult your business to the top.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Star triathlete Nick Baldwin during the press conference for 2019 Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 in Subic. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSUBIC, Zambales—The stinging heat in the Philippines isn’t just messing with the locals, it’s also affecting peak athletes who are used to performing at the mercy of the weather.Nick Baldwin, the winner of the 2018 full Ironman face, said the blistering temperatures in Subic Bay could play a major factor in the Ironman 70.3 in Subic Bay Sunday morning.ADVERTISEMENT View comments He singled out Tim Reed, winners of Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Champion, (2015 and 2016), 2019 Ironman 70.3 Port Mac and 2018 Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast.“All the guys present their own strength but you got to look at Tim Reed, a former World Champion in this distance,” said Baldwin, who’s the first person from Seychelles to win the full Ironman. “Amongst the other guys, he’s the one we’ll keep an eye out.”“I wouldn’t say I’m the favorite, certainly there are other athletes who are far more accomplished, but I’ve got good memories from Subic. Subic is good to me last year and hopefully, it’ll be good to me this year.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Temperatures reached upward of 30 degrees for the past two days in the coastal city and the same could be expected for race day.“The condition looks like it’ll be hot all day this year, last year we had a storm that came through that cooled us off so we stood it a little bit,” said Baldwin during the race’s press conference Saturday at Boardwalk Tent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think it’s going to be hotter this year than when it was last year, it’s possible it’ll be hotter and more difficult than last year.”Baldwin added that even though he won the inaugural full Ironman in the Philippines, there are still competitors in the field that should be considered favorites. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Rookie CJ Perez lifts Dyip to 1st win with career performance PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
Third seed Stanislas Wawrinka was sent packing in the round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open in California on Wednesday and was very nearly joined by Rafael Nadal, who pulled off a Houdini-like escape to reach the last eight.Fourth seed Nadal, three times a champion at Indian Wells, came from 5-2 down in the final set and saved a match point before battling past 18-year-old German prospect Alexandr Zverev 6-7(8), 6-0, 7-5.The power-hitting Zverev had been bidding to become the youngest quarter-finalist at the event since 1989 and led 40-30 when serving for the match but his nerve deserted him at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.The German, rated by Nadal as “a possible future number one”, netted a forehand for deuce, then netted another for break point before dumping a third into the net to be broken.Spanish left-hander Nadal won the last five games of the deciding set to reach the quarter-finals, where he will face either fifth-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori or American John Isner, who were playing later on Wednesday.Wawrinka was ousted by Belgian David Goffin, who sealed a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(5) victory when his Swiss opponent netted a forehand in a closely contested tiebreak after a wildly fluctuating match that lasted nearly two-and-a-half hours.It was only the second time in his career that Goffin had beaten a player ranked in the top 10, and it earned him a spot in the last eight of an ATP Masters 1000 event for the second time.The 25-year-old Belgian will next meet big-serving Croat Marin Cilic, who beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-5, 5-7, 6-2.advertisement”It was the best win of my career, for sure,” Goffin told Tennis Channel after an often erratic encounter in searing heat that featured 13 breaks of serve.”I had some problems with my serve, a little bit with my toss. It was tough with the heat and the sun to control the ball.”After breaking Wawrinka three times to sweep through the opening set, Goffin raced into 5-3 leads in both the second and third without managing to serve out for victory.Wawrinka, who smashed his racket in frustration early in the second set, levelled the match as the Belgian’s service game wavered and won three of the last four games in the third.However, at 5-5 in the tiebreak, the Swiss stunningly hit a forehand smash long with Goffin completely stranded to hand his opponent match point and the Belgian clinched the win when Wawrinka hit a forehand into the net.Also advancing into the last eight was Canadian Milos Raonic, the 12th seed, who overpowered sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-6 (7).In other later matches on Wednesday, defending champion and world number one Novak Djokovic faces Spaniard Feliciano Lopez while seventh-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes on Austria’s Dominic Thiem.