first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sports has released the fixture fot the Special Intra-Government Tournament with an adjustment from Wednesday, July 8 to Friday, July 10.Deputy Sports Minister and organizing Chairman of the tournament, Henry B. Yonton, Jr., said besides the adjustment of the date, the venue for the tournament has also been changed from Blue Field to the Antoinette Tubman Stadium from 10:00am to 4:00pm daily.Speaking to the Daily Observer yesterday, Deputy Minister Yonton said the change of the date, from the 9th -11th July to the 8th – 10th July was owing to the international female match between Liberia and Nigeria at the ATS, the venue of the recreational football and kickball tourney.Mr. Yonton said the eight participating teams, which reached the 2014 Intra-Governmental quarter-finals in the football and kickball editions, are part of the tournament.He reiterated that the reduction of participants in the tournament and the removal of the volleyball version are because of budget cut and lack of playing facilities in the country.The Intra-Governmental League, formerly Inter-Ministerial League, is a tournament that brings together all line ministries, agencies, public corporations and other branches of government together through various sporting disciplines.The multi-purpose SKD Sports Complex where most international games and national games are held is currently under renovation by the People’s Republic of China. According to the fixture on Wednesday, in kickball Nasscorp meets Ministry of State and Ministry of Finance and Development Planning faces Justice Ministry. In the football category, GAC hosts Nasscorp; Libtelco will lock horns with Defense and Judiciary engages the Legislature.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA Los Angeles County’s sheriff’s union has filed suit to allow disabled employees to cash out vacation time to boost their pensions, although a state Court of Appeal rejected a similar lawsuit. Currently, sheriff’s employees cannot use the first 320 hours of vacation cash-out pay to calculate their pensions. But under an ordinance the Board of Supervisors approved in 1993, sheriff’s employees can use vacation cash-outs in excess of 320 hours to increase the income their pensions are based on. However, the vacation cash-out pay can be used to increase pensions only if it’s taken before the employee retires, not at retirement or afterward. “If you get it one minute before you retire, it’s pensionable,” Santa Monica attorney Stephen Silver said Monday. “But if you get it one minute later, it’s not.” 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 Silver is representing the Professional Peace Officers Association, whose members include sergeants and higher-ranking employees. The lawsuit, which names 15 sheriff’s employees as plaintiffs but represents a much larger number of employees who retired with excess vacation pay that was not used to boost their pensions, was filed against the county. David Muir, chief counsel for the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, said the county plans to argue that only vacation time cashed out prior to retirement is pensionable. “If someone is on disability leave and never came back to work, then they have to get the the cash while already retired, and any cash received while retired is not pensionable,” Muir said. The lawsuit comes amid growing concern about how cities and counties will pay for already lavish public retirees’ pensions and benefits. Government agencies are expected to have to set aside at least $110 billion and perhaps as much as $185 billion to pay for these benefits, a result of numerous public-employee pension boosts in recent years, many of which were retroactive. Earlier this year, a report by county Risk Manager Rocky Armfield found that the county’s liberal injured-worker policies encourage employees to file workers’ compensation claims shortly before retiring to boost their retirement packages with hefty disability pensions. An average of 79 percent of firefighters and 56 percent of sworn sheriff’s employees received disability pensions in the past decade, a rate among the highest in the state. In the previous lawsuit, the state Court of Appeal rejected the association’s claims that sheriff’s employees who were out on workers’ compensation were discriminated against because state law protects the pay and benefits of peace officers. The court ruled that sheriff’s employees who missed work because of their disability would have had no excess vacation to cash out at the end of the year because of an unwritten policy forcing individuals to take off excess vacation hours to avoid the year-end cash-out, Silver wrote. In the new lawsuit, Silver alleged that the sheriff’s employees were serving in assignments where there was an established practice of not forcing individuals in certain jobs to take vacations at unwanted times. “(The judges’) answer wouldn’t be applicable to these people because they were working in assignments where people were not forced to take excess vacation time off,” Silver said. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more