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first_imgThe Board Chairman of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), Ian Yhap, has disclosed that the turbine at Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant, which has the capacity of 22 megawatts, will finally come on line on Thursday, December 15.Announcing the development yesterday at the Information Ministry’s regular Thursday press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Yhap said testing of the first generating unit of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant in Harrisburg is ongoing in Caldwell to ensure that the inauguration of the 22-megawatt turbine on December 15 is successful. According to him, engineers from Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant and LEC are working now to have electricity on Bushrod Island from the hydro.When distribution on Bushrod Island is completed, he said, “We will now start to distribute power to other parts of Monrovia. As we speak today, serious work is ongoing and things remain in control.” Chairman Yhap said the second turbine, also with a capacity of 22 megawatts, will come on by February 15, 2017, with the remaining two turbines coming on after four months. “We want to thank the government and partners for the support. We want to also thank all the engineers for working tirelessly to ensure that we have power as scheduled,” Chairman Yhap said.Meanwhile, he said the board of LEC has appointed a new management team that is energetic, hardworking and motivated to steer the affairs of the corporation from January 2017.“We need to develop the capacity, because Liberians have not been managing such a system for many years. We have also called on our international partners to help in building our capacity. We have some new things now in LEC and everyone is going through the learning process,” he said. The first phase of the reservoir impoundment (filling the reservoir with water) of the Dam Project was successfully completed on October 19 this year. On October 15, the spillway gates were gradually closed in order to increase the water level in the reservoir, he said.Currently, the water level has increased to 28.5 meters above sea level, which is just 0.5 meters below the maximum operating level. During the testing exercise, he said customers may experience brief and periodic interruptions in power supply. The testing will continue up to December 15, when the first operations of the hydropower plant are officially inaugurated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Meanwhile, the LEC management has issued an apology for any inconvenience as a result of this exercise and has asked for the support of the Liberian people leading up to this very important milestone for the nation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img “We felt that the severance on offer was unacceptable,” Owen Davis, a former IBTimes finance writer, tells Folio:. “A lot of us put in long hours, and helped establish IBTimes as a more reputable brand and source of quality journalism.” The letter also requested compensation for accrued paid time off. In the letter denying severance adjustments, an HR rep said that vacation pay was only given to IBT Media employees working in states, like California, that mandate such compensation. Laid-off employees of IBT Media — owners of Newsweek and the International Business Times —  are speaking out against the company, claiming employees were let go with no warning and insufficient severance during major cuts to staff at the end of June. The workers took to Twitter on Thursday under the hashtag #IBTWTF, after IBT Media denied a group request for better severance packages. Employees were offered one week of severance for every year at the company, with those employed any less than a year receiving nothing. IBT Media announced at the end of June that the International Business Times will integrate with IBT’s other brands, including Medical Daily, iDigitalTimes, Fashion Times, and the Latin Times. That entity will be led by International Business Times editor-in-chief Dayan Candappa. Thirty-two people signed a letter dated July 22, which demanded that the company pay two weeks of severance for every year of service, plus one week to employees at the company for less than a year. — Ned Resnikoff (@resnikoff) July 28, 2016 IBT owes me several thousand dollars for two Newsweek stories I wrote. The refusal to pay despite my follow-ups is disgusting #IBTWTF You know what’s not fun? Spending two weeks unsure whether you have health care because the place that laid you off won’t email back #IBTWTF Others complained about a general lack of responsiveness from IBT Media. IBTimes changed HR managers in the days preceding the mass layoffs, leaving a new replacement to handle layoffs and severance concerns.center_img Newsweek, acquired by IBT Media at the end of 2013, is being spun off into its own operational entity under editor-in-chief Jim Impoco. Six employees were let go from the publication on July 1. Image via Columbia Journalism Review While severance was at the forefront of the conversation, other journalists chimed in with their experiences at IBT Media. Some international and freelance journalists claimed they haven’t been paid for the month of June, while another claimed unpaid invoices worth several thousand dollars. An estimated 50-plus people were laid off by IBT Media this year through layoffs in March and June. This included the elimination of the IBTimes Los Angeles Bureau, and the near elimination of the San Francisco office, which a source tells Folio: shrunk from six people to one person. “After a pattern of what we felt was a lack of respect from the company, we decided that some of us were going to speak out and bring this to public attention,” Davis says. “It’s a definite issue in the industry and we wouldn’t like to see it again.” Some of the signatories have since signed severance agreements, but others, like Davis, are holding out for better offers. To that effect, IBT Media did not respond to multiple requests from Folio: for comment. — ((RossKennethUrken)) (@RossKUrken) July 28, 2016last_img read more

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