Nigeria governors warn they may have to stop paying workers’ salaries

first_imgGovernors of Nigeria’s 36 states have warned that they may not be able to pay workers’ salaries if revenue collection continues to fall. Nigeria has seen a drastic revenue shortfall owing to the drop in global oil prices. President Buhari has already asked parliament to approve a plan to borrow to fund the country’s budget. The Governors say they have reached a point that is difficult to pay the current minimum wage of workers because of a severe shortfall in federal allocations to the States.“Situation is tough. Most states can’t pay salaries and going into next year, even those states that are able to pay now are likely going to get to a stage where they are unable to pay salaries. I believe that is the same situation as the federal government. The oil revenue is actually going down and it is likely going to go down further down a lots more next year. salaries have gone up. so all kinds of consideration would be given . we would need to look at salaries of political office holders and also all other salaries because it’s a question of being able to run governance now, most states are not able to pay salaries not to talk of capital projects and if we cannot free funds for capital development, then the rest of Nigerians are just shut out of government.”  Said Ifeanyi Okowa,Governor, Delta Statelast_img read more

‘Anti-terror bill has enough safeguards vs rights abuse’

first_imgMANILA – Sen. Panfilo Lacson has defended the proposed anti-terrorism act, saying it has enough safeguards from human rights abuses as being feared by the critics of the measure.Lacson, the bill’s proponent, said in a statement Tuesday that concerns being raised by various human rights groups have already been taken up into consideration when the measure was being drafted.“The concerns being raised by the progressive and leftist groups as well as human rights advocates have been adequately addressed during the Committee on National Defense and Security public hearings as well as the debates and interpellations in plenary,” Lacson said.“Enough safeguards are in place. The critics should read first the bill itself to see for themselves what I am saying,” he added.Lacson also said that he is confident that the measure will be pass the soonest at the House of Representatives after it was certified by President Rodrigo Duterte as urgent on Monday afternoon.“That gives the bill a chance to [be] enacted into law within 30 days unless vetoed by the President which is very unlikely considering the certification that he issued,” Lacson said.In a letter to House of Representatives Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, President Duterte called for the immediate passage of House Bill No. 6875, which amends the Human Security Act of 2007.The call for a speedy passage aims to “address the urgent need to strengthen the law on anti-terrorism in order to inadequately and effectively contain the menace of terrorist acts for the preservation of national security and the promotion of general welfare.”Malacañang has also defended President Duterte’s decision to certify as urgent the passage of the measure as there was no “draconian provision” to be feared on the proposal.“Wala naman pong Draconian na provision diyan, lahat po ng provision diyan ay binase natin sa batas ng ibang bansa,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said./PN “Enough safeguards are in place. The critics should read first the bill itself to see for themselves what I am saying,” says Sen. Panfilo Lacson as he defended the proposed anti-terrorism act. SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINESlast_img read more

Jamal Murray scorches with 46 on 9 3s as Nuggets hold off Suns

first_imgTIP-INSNuggets: F Paul Millsap returned to action after missing the past eight games with a broken right big toe. He played 14 minutes. “We’ll see at altitude, I think that’s going to be the big challenge,” Millsap said about getting back into game shape. … Beasley played through a sprained left ankle. … Five other Nuggets players were inactive, including G Will Barton (hip/core surgery) and G Gary Harris (right hip).Suns: Booker was assessed a flagrant foul in the third quarter when his hard contact on Craig sent Craig sprawling to the floor under the basket after a breakaway. … Booker has 25 or more points in eight straight games. … Bridges, a rookie, made a career high five 3s.UP NEXTNuggets: Host New York on Tuesday night.Suns: Host Golden State on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phoenix, the last-place team in the West, is 0-6 on the second night of back-to-backs this season and has lost four of its last five overall.Suns star Devin Booker bruised his lower back in the second quarter after he stepped in to draw a charge on the Nuggets’ Torrey Craig. Though announced as questionable for the second half, he returned and scored 27 points for the game, 20 in the second half.“We were worried if he could finish the game and be on the court,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “He was fighting through pain and he was leading the group when we needed him the most.”Murray started hot, knocking down his first three 3s and finishing the first quarter with 13 points. He had 15 in the fourth.Murray lobbed to Mason Plumlee for a dunk with 2:39 left in the first half, giving Denver a 57-37 lead.The Suns went on a 12-2 run to cut the lead to 59-49, but Juancho Hernangomez hit a 3 just before the halftime buzzer for Denver. The Nuggets made 11 3s in the first half.Denver led by as many as 23 in the third quarter, but Ayton’s hook with 19 seconds got the Suns within 90-78. Denver scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter, but the Suns stormed back to make it interesting at the end.EXCHANGE OF THOUGHTSAs the Suns rallied in the fourth quarter, a fan yelled from the stands at Kokoskov. “Hey Igor, we can make some free throws!” the fan shouted.Kokoskov looked at him, pointed and said, “You’re right!” The Suns made nine of 14 for the game. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) drives against Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — There was no getting around the pain in his right ankle, so Jamal Murray figured out a way to deal with the injury.“I was trying not to move as much, kind of relied on my shot,” Murray said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES He’s rarely shot it better than he did Saturday night.Murray scored 46 points and made a career-high nine 3-pointers, carrying the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets to a 122-118 victory over the Phoenix Suns, the adrenaline from a big night helping him deal with the ankle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMurray was 16 for 24 from the field with the second-most points he’s scored in a game this season. He scored 31 a night earlier in a win over San Antonio.The Suns almost overcame a 22-point, fourth-quarter deficit, drawing to 113-110 on Mikal Bridges’ 3-pointer with 1:51 to play. T.J. Warren hit a 3 to cut the lead to 117-113 with 30 seconds remaining, but the Nuggets closed it out with free throws in the final seconds. View comments Kyrie Irving, Al Horford rally Celtics past Grizzlies Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nikola Jokic added 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for Denver, while Malik Beasley came off the bench to hit a career-high five 3-pointers for his 15 points.“He’s my security blanket,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said of Jokic. “At the end of the game, when the ball goes to him I know something good is going to happen.”Rookie Deandre Ayton scored a season-high 33 points and added 14 rebounds for the Suns. Ayton made 12-of-13 shots in the second quarter for 24 points, the highest-scoring quarter by a Suns rookie and sixth-highest by any Sun in franchise history.“I don’t think I started off playing well,” Ayton said. “Coach took me out and I got my second wind and went out and forgot about the scoreboard and just played hard.”Denver improved to 4-1 in the second of back-to-back games this season. The Nuggets made a season-high 18 3s for the second straight night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Orlando Pirates disappoint at home in CAF CL

first_img0Shares0000Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic believes the South African club will reach the CAF Champions League group stage despite being held 0-0 at home by African Stars of Namibia © AFP / ISSOUF SANOGOJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Dec 16 – Former winners Orlando Pirates of South Africa were left fighting for CAF Champions League survival after being held to a scoreless draw at home by minnows African Stars of Namibia on Saturday.The clubs meet again next Saturday in the second leg of the round-of-30 tie with Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic convinced they can do better in Windhoek than in Soweto. Pirates, who shocked ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast in 1995 to become the first South African winners of the continent’s premier club competition, dominated Stars at Orlando Stadium.But wasteful attackers, especially Zambian Justin Shonga, left Pirates with a much tougher return match than originally anticipated.“I am satisfied that we did not concede a goal, but absolutely not satisfied with the result of a match we should have won comfortably,” said Serbia-born Sredojevic.“It will not be easy in Namibia because we must play on an artificial surface, which is a rare experience for us, but I am convinced Pirates will qualify for the group stage.While Pirates battled, fellow former champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and ASEC took significant steps toward sealing places in the 16-club mini-league phase.Wydad defeated ASC Jaraaf of Senegal 2-0 at home in Cssablanca while ASEC won 1-0 away to Stade Malien in Bamako.Liberia captain William Jebor gave two-time winners Wydad an early lead before a huge crowd at the Stade Mohamed V in the Moroccan commercial capital.But the crowd, many dressed in the red of Wydad, endured an anxious wait until three minutes from time before Mohamed Nahiri doubled the lead.Veteran Faouzi Benzarti is back in charge of Wydad after a successful but unappreciated short spell in charge of the national team in his native Tunisia.He was dumped without an explanation as coach of the ‘Carthage Eagles’ two months ago after sealing a place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.Malien are making a 16th attempt to qualify for the group stage and appear doomed to fail once again after conceding a stoppage-time goal against ASEC.Ahmed Toure, one of several Burkina Faso stars with the Abidjan outfit, scored the goal that leaves 1998 champions ASEC needing just a draw at home to progress.In other matches, Nkana of Zambia edged Simba of Tanzania 2-1 in Kitwe and JS Saoura of Algeria triumphed 2-0 against Ittihad Tanger of Morocco in Bechar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

The Mayer building at 342 N Water St in the His

first_imgThe Mayer building at 342 N. Water St., in the Historic Third Ward.Last updated on May 15th, 2019 at 04:52 pmBrown Deer-based manufacturer Rite-Hite announced today that it is opening an office in the Historic Third Ward in Milwaukee. The office, located in The Mayer Building at East St. Paul Avenue and North Water Street, will house sales management, marketing and training functions.The Mayer building at 342 N. Water St., in the Historic Third Ward.The 12,500-square-foot office space at 342 N. Water St. will be home to more than 20 full-time sales management and corporate marketing employees. Another 24 people at a time will also work out of the office for the company’s three-month sales training programs. The first of three annual training classes started at the end of February.“As Rite-Hite continues to experience tremendous growth, it’s essential to make sure we have the most skilled and highly trained sales and service professionals possible,” said Sara Everts, Rite-Hite director of corporate marketing and communications. “Milwaukee’s Third Ward is the perfect place to bring in young motivated people for our training program. We’re excited to be part of the energetic and vibrant downtown.” Rite-Hite makes material handling systems including vehicle restraints, dock levelers, integrated controls, dock seals and shelters and industrial doors. The company’s Brown Deer facilities at 8900 N. Arbon Dr. include the company headquarters and a research and development facility. There are also plants in Iowa and Mississippi and sales, service and manufacturing operations in China, Europe and Canada.The company was founded in 1965 and grown to more than 2,000 employees worldwide, including adding 200 since 2014. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more