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Monday, October 12, 2020

New salary structure for Nigeria teachers

In a bid to enhance the welfare of teachers, the Federal Government has approved a new special salary scale for teachers in basic and secondary schools across the country. The teachers are also entitled to rural posting allowance, science teachers allowance and other incentives. President Muhammadu Buhari, who made the disclosure through the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, during the 2020 World Teachers’ Day celebration, reeled out exciting packages that will improve the lot of the teachers. These include a special pension scheme to enable the teaching profession retain its experienced talents as well as extension of teachers’ retirement age to 65 years and the duration of teachers’ service years to 40 years.  At present, the retirement age for teachers is 60, while service year is 35.

Other incentives include the building of low-cost houses for teachers in rural areas, sponsorship to, at least, one refresher training per annum to improve teaching and l


Sunday, October 11, 2020

Breaking news: Buhari disband Fsars

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has announced the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.

Adamu announced this in a live broadcast on Sunday.

The announcement came after days of online and offline protests against the brutality and extra-judicial killings by SARS operatives nationwide.

Details later

Friday, October 9, 2020

Nigeria lose 0-1 to Algeria in Austria friendly


Ramy Bensebaini’s fifth minute strike settle score as the Super Eagles slumped to a third straight defeat to African champions Algeria 1-0 in an international friendly at the Worthesee Stadium, Klagenfurt, Austria on Friday.

Bensebaini poked home from close range after the Eagles defence failed to clear their lines from a corner kick.

Thereafter, the Algerians were clearly the better side in the friendly tie, as the Eagles largely struggled for pace, and stability following the absence of midfield duo Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo.

The defeat was the 11th the Eagles have suffered under Gernot Rohr and. It also ended their five-match unbeaten run of three wins and two draws, since they lost to Algeria in the semi-finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Everton forward Alex Iwobi had the Eagles’ best chance in the 21st-minute with a long range effort that went just wide.

In the 35th minute, Paul Onuachu’s flick off a cross from Zaidu Sanusi narrowly missed target.

Said Benhrama and Andy Delort were at the forefront of the Desert Foxes’ onslaught, with the later forcing a brilliant save from the impressive Maduka Okoye with a 25-yard free-kick early on.

The Eagles had conceded three goals in their previous two games, and their defensive fortitude was managing to keep the Fennecs at bay as the game wore out.

In the second half, the Eagles failed to record a single short on target, as the Algerians piled on the pressure.

Okoye made a smart save to deny Farid Bolaya a goal.

The 21-year-old keeper made four fantastic saves including palming away a dangerous effort at the near post.

Despite the defeat, Nigeria coach Rohr will have some positives to take home.

Sparta Rotterdam keeper Okoye will definitely stake a claim for the team’s number one position with his saves against the North Africans.

Returning right-back Tyrone Ebuehi was also impressive in Klagenfurt.


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

How to keep your floors sparkling clean


It’s the final chore on your long cleaning list: you’ve dusted, tidied, vacuumed and polished, and all that remains is to make the floor sparkle.

If only it were that simple!

Not all floors need the same treatment, and if you get it wrong, you could be doing more harm than good. From laminate to carpet, here's everything you need to know to keep your floors gleaming.

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How do I keep my floors clean for longer?

We all know how quickly dirt, dust and grime builds up. Prevention is better than cure. Use doormats at entrances, take your shoes off and ask guests to do likewise, and groom pets regularly and always outdoors. Immediately wipe up any spills, especially on porous surfaces like marble. Other than that? Sadly, you've simply got to keep cleaning!

What is the best way to clean floors?

Carefully consider the surface you are cleaning, before you do any damage. Once you know what material you are dealing with, you can follow our handy guide below:

Laminate

Vacuum, dust or wipe with a lightly dampened mop – never use soap-based detergents, as they can leave a dull film on the floor, and avoid over-wetting. Don’t use wax polish, either: it will make the floor too slippery.

To remove marks and stains, use a dilute solution of water and vinegar. Never be tempted to use abrasive cleaners, such as nylon scouring pads or steel wool, as they can scratch laminate.

Stubborn marks, such as shoe polish, can be removed with nail polish remover containing acetone, or other mild solvents. Trusty old WD-40 is also effective.

To protect the floor, put felt pads underneath furniture legs and drip trays under plant pots.

GHI TIP: Vacuum or sweep all types of hard floors regularly to prevent the surface being scratched by grit, and remove shoes at the front door.

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Ceramic and quarry tiles

Hurrah, these need minimal maintenance! Sweep and wash with a mild detergent solution, before rinsing with clean water. Never use wax polish – the tiles will become slippery.

You could also try a steam cleaner. "Steam cleaners are a quick and effective option for cleaning sealed floors and tiles, and they only need water to get the job done," says Katie Mortram, Head of Appliance Testing at the GHI.z

Terracotta tiles

For the first year after installation, terracotta tiles mature. Most floorsuppliers stock a special cleaner, sealant and polish, so use recommended products from yours.

Vinyl

Sweep with a soft brush or vacuum, then wipe with a damp mop, using a mild detergent. Rinse thoroughly after wiping. To remove scuff marks, use a cloth dipped in neat washing-up liquid or white spirit, then rinse off.

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Wood

Sealed floors need only to be swept and damp-mopped. Don't use too much water or the wood could swell and split.

Unsealed and waxed floors should be swept regularly and occasionally repolished. Use wax sparingly, as any excess will leave a tacky residue and attract dirt, and buff well. Should worn patches appear on the surface, apply a non-slip floor polish.

On a waxed floor, polish and dirt builds up over time. The only way to clean it is to remove the wax and start again. Use a cloth moistened with white spirit. Let it soak in, and as the wax and dirt begin to dissolve, wipe it away with crumpled newspaper. Scrub obstinate parts by hand, or with abrasive pads on a floor polisher. Once all of the polish has been removed, damp-mop with clean water. Leave it to dry completely before applying new polish, one small section at a time.

For protecting your wooden or parquet flooring, we recommend Dr Beckmann Hardwood & Parquet Floor Cleaner. It nourished our boards and brought slightly faded ones back to life.

GHI TIP: Never varnish a waxed floor – it won't dry!

Cork

Wipe factory-sealed cork tiles with a damp mop, using a washing-up liquid solution. For an extra layer of protection, especially in high-traffic areas like the bathroom and kitchen, apply an acrylic or polyurethane sealant.

Never over-wet cork floors, and take care not to damage its seal or protective coatings by dragging appliances or furniture across them.

GHI TIP: Scuff marks on your skirting boards? Squirt them with WD-40 and wipe them away with a soft cloth.

​Linoleum

Sweep or vacuum to remove grit and dust. Clean with a mop or cloth dampened with a floor cleaner or detergent solution. Use water sparingly. Rinse after washing.

Stubborn marks can be removed by rubbing lightly with a dampened fine nylon pad.

Stone

Stone is susceptible to staining, so it should always be protected with a resin sealant. To clean sealed stone, vacuum it thoroughly, before mopping with a mild detergent solution.

To remove grease or oil, use a proprietary spot-treatment stain remover for stone.

Carpet

If you own a carpet cleaning machine, this is the best way to clean your floor. If not, you can still do a good job without one.

Start by spot-treating any stains. We like the Dr Beckmann Carpet Stain Remover for removing stains. Simply use it according to the manufacturer's instructions, but remember that it's always best to target stains quickly. ‘The longer stains are left to dry into fabric, the harder they will be to remove,’ says Verity Mann, Head of Testing at the GHI.

Next, you'll want to tackle the carpet with your vacuum. Once you've been over it once, use your vacuum accessories to clean hard-to-reach areas. Use the crevice tool to vacuum the edges of your carpet and under radiators - this will help to prevent black lines forming around the skirting board. If your carpet is particularly thick, use the turbo brush (or power brush) to collect stubborn dirt and pet hairs.

GHI TIP: Remove any annoying indents and impression marks left by furniture by rubbing an ice cube over the affected area

Friday, October 2, 2020

Meet the 10 richest documented Russian billionaires, who have a collective net worth of almost $180 billion


Net worth: $26.1 billion

Age: 59

Industry: Metals and mining

Source of wealth: Self-made; Norilsk Nickel; metals

Net worth year-over-year change: Down by $1.91 billion.

Most of Potanin's wealth comes from his stake in Norilsk Nickel, Russia's largest metal and mining company.

His Bloomberg profile calls him "the mastermind behind [Russia's] so-called loans-for-shares program," where individuals and companies lent money to the country in return for stakes in its natural resource companies.

In 1992, he joined forces with another Russian billionaire, Mikhail Prokhorov, to found Onexim Bank, one of the largest private banks in Russia.

Potanin has been married twice and has seven kids.

He's a part of The Giving Pledge, the charity founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, and is ice hockey buddies with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

SIMMONS: How did the NHL and Sportsnet mess up the Canucks TV schedule?

 

SIMMONS: How did the NHL and Sportsnet mess up the Canucks TV schedule?

The only Canadian team left in the Stanley Cup playoffs — the very exciting Vancouver Canucks — will barely be available on television to more than half the country when the next round of the post-season begins.

And how has the NHL or its Canadian carrier, Rogers Sportsnet, allowed this to happen?

The latest Sportsnet snafu — and there have been so many since the network paid a king’s ransom to be the national rights-holder — has the Canucks opening their series against the No. 1-seeded Vegas Golden Knights at 10:30 ET on Sunday night.

That’s 11:30 p.m. in Eastern Canada. That’s midnight in Newfoundland, where Bob Cole lives. That’s middle of the night for many.

This basically assures hockey lovers across the country that the majority — Ontario and Quebec alone represent 66% of the Canadian population — will not be awake to see all of Game 1, and the 9:45 ET starts for Game 2 and 3 would mean overtime would start some time around 1 a.m.  Eastern time. And that late, even the insomniacs such as me are doing head-bobs to keep listening to the great Chris Cuthbert.

The idea, of course, as always, is for Sportsnet to engage people, to bring them in, to get them excited about hockey. If you can’t watch Bo Horvat and Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson and not want to see more, check your pulse or your vision. The Canucks may not beat Vegas, it’s possible no one will, but they just knocked off the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, and I happen to know that because I woke up just in time to see the series-clinching empty-net goal and then tried to get back to sleep.

The NHL, as always, needs to better understand Canada’s love of hockey and Sportsnet needs to be stronger with its voice, its scheduling. It has something to sell here — an easy sell — and it’s maddening why the network can’t figure a way to get it right.

THIS AND THAT

There was nothing wrong with Kyle Dubas trading away Nazem Kadri. After two irresponsible suspensions in two playoff seasons, he had to go. The problem is the return wasn’t good enough. Tyson Barrie didn’t help the Leafs on defence and Alex Kerfoot couldn’t take Kadri’s spot as third-line centre. Now it’s a tough loss to recover from … The Leafs’ third line was a lost cause against Columbus in the pre-playoff round. Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay third line of Yanni Gourde, Barclay Goodrow and Blake Coleman was semi-dominant against Columbus, with each player scoring in the five-game series … Because he played so many years for rather ordinary Winnipeg Jets teams, Dale Hawerchuk never got the recognition he deserved for being the sensational player he was. When I covered the Smythe Division in the 1980s, I always thought the top three centres in the division and in the league until Mario Lemieux arrived were Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Hawerchuk, who passed away of cancer the other day. In the West, Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver (once) played for the Stanley Cup nine straight seasons, winning six. The Oilers and Flames were full of Hall of Famers. Winnipeg had one. The last conversation I had with Hawerchuk was in Connor McDavid’s final year of junior. I asked him about McDavid. “Whatever they’re saying about him,” said Hawerchuk. “He’s better than that. Believe me.” … I don’t cheer for teams, but inside I do cheer for people and for stories. And if this is Zdeno Chara’s last NHL season, I’d love to see him carry the Stanley Cup again … Is there anything more poorly named than the NHL’s Department of Safety? … Of the eight teams left in the Stanley Cup playoffs, not one player is paid more than $10 million a year on the salary cap, all significantly less than the Leafs pay John Tavares, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. The highest-paid player left in the playoffs is the Stars’ Tyler Seguin, whose cap hit is $9.8 million … Pat Quinn used to joke — or maybe not joke — that you should never hire your replacement as an assistant coach. But Sheldon Keefe apparently has no objections if Bruce Boudreau is added to the Leafs staff next season. Keefe already has former Flyers coach Dave Hakstol on his staff, so what’s another ex-NHL head coach to help out?

HEAR AND THERE

Sportsnet gets one thing right. The Blue Jays broadcasts with Dan Shulman and Buck Martinez, even from a studio away from the ballparks, are as good it gets. Getting Shulman every night is a treat. There are those in the TV world and around the NHL who believe Sportsnet favours the baseball team it owns over the hockey responsibilities, and with Shulman we understand why … Unwritten rules in baseball aren’t worth the paper they’re not written on … The Raptors are about to play the Boston Celtics in Round 2 of the NBA playoffs and without any home-court advantage, it’s hard to handicap this series. The Raptors have been 11-3 against the Celtics at home since Brad Stevens took over as Boston’s coach in 2013. Their record in Boston is just 5-9. Now take away the crowd and what do you have? … It used to drive former Raptors coach Dwane Casey just a little bit crazy that the NBA media fawns over Stevens when he had a 13-7 record head-to-head against him during his time in Toronto … The end of this coming week marks the first half of the Major League Baseball season and how weird does that feel? This whole season seems like spring training to me. Just a collection of guys you’ve never heard of playing against a collection of guys you’ve never heard of. The rather-hot Blue Jays have played 25 games and made 33 player transactions thus far. Try keeping track of that on a daily basis … The Philadelphia 76ers are a chemistry experiment gone wrong. They are part Maple Leafs, part Edmonton Oilers, mostly confounding … Fred VanVleet is sixth in the NBA in scoring in the playoffs. Those ahead of the undrafted VanVleet are Kawhi Leonard and four rather early NBA draft picks … Wonder what second -round match will do better on Canadian television, Canucks-Knights or Raptors-Celtics?

SCENE AND HEARD

Mike Palmateer is no different than many fans of the Leafs. He wonders if Frederik Andersen is the right goaltender for the team. “You can develop confidence, but a competitive drive and spirit is part of your DNA. Either you have it or you don’t. It’s wonderful to be skilled,” Palmateer told Howard Berger, who writes the Between The Posts blog and used to cover the team regularly. “Yet it doesn’t matter much without a passionate desire to win. And it has to flourish in the playoffs. Everything else is the buildup. If you cannot ‘bring it’ while playing for the Stanley Cup, there isn’t a lot of hope for your team.” Palmateer, who played great goal in Toronto, used to scout for the Leafs. He was let go by Brendan Shanahan five years ago … If there’s a Zoom media conference to announce John Tortorella as NHL coach of the year, should reporters show up on the call, then simultaneously exit the conference without asking a question? … Another thing the Leafs need: A big shot from the point. You watch enough playoffs you come to value the big slap shot with bodies in front of the opponent’s net … The NBA informed teams this week they are no longer allowed to report injuries in any kind of general terms. They must use specific reasons and body parts. In other words, none of that ‘unfit to play’ NHL nonsense for the NBA, which has at least one gambling website as an advertiser on its playoff broadcasts.

AND ANOTHER THING

It is paramount that the CFL take the nine months and harshly evaluate everything it does, everything it can do better. Especially for teams in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, which need to be creative and inventive about how they will return football to those tuned-out markets … And yes, I can love the CFL and scream loudly about its problems all at the same time. That’s not being negative. That’s being honest … Julian Merryweather. It is alive … It may be a cliche, that the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win, but look at how St. Louis went out this year and how Washington has gone out the past two years. In order to win, they needed every player at maximum, delivering over a two-month period. And they needed bounces and calls and goaltending and good health. The Capitals looked to be at the end of the line against the Islanders, who can make you look that way. And now Pittsburgh and Washington — three of the past four Cup winners — with their stars all signed up, have to be asking what’s next for their teams? … Kobe Bryant would have been 42 on Sunday and it still feels wrong that he’s gone … And a happy birthday to Pat Gillick (83), Paul Molitor (64), Ray Ferraro (56), Glenn Healy (58), Carl Yastrzemski (81), Anthony Calvillo (48), Bill Parcells (79) and Sonny Jurgenson (86), Julio Franco (62) and Billy McKinney (26) … And hey, whatever became of Vesa Toskala?

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CFL VIEWERSHIP TELLS A STARTLING STORY

If you walked into any television network in Canada and promised them more than 250 hours of programming, 86 episodes in all, three hours or more per show, with a guaranteed viewership of more 48 million people, the response would be: Where do you sign up?

And how fast can we get the deal done?

Those are the numbers of the Canadian Football League. Pretty much year after year, pretty remarkable numbers. And in this time of a pandemic and trying to deal with the new realities of our world and country, the forever-struggling CFL will not play this season, insisting it can’t afford to play without fans in the stands, having bungled attempts to get government help along the way, and now caught in the waiting game of an uncertain future.

But those who see the CFL as irrelevant — and many Canadians take that view, especially in southern Ontario — the television numbers remain startling. You couldn’t take Schitt’s Creek and Kim’s Convenience and Murdoch Mysteries and Letterkenny and whatever else you might determine to be the best Canadian programs on television and do numbers that compare to CFL broadcasts.

Years ago, my colleague Jim Hunt described the CFL as the equivalent of Canadian pornography. “People will watch in the privacy of their homes,” the late Hunt insisted, “they just won’t tell anybody they’re doing so.”

MUSICAL CHAIRS AWAITING FREE-AGENT GOALIE CROP?

Jacob Markstrom and Braden Holtby are both 30 years old and available. Robin Lehner is one year younger and also available.

All of them free-agent goaltenders at what might be the worst possible time to be free agents in the NHL. And also available, 35-year-old Cory Crawford, winner of two Stanley Cups. Possibly available: The likely to be bought out Devan Dubnyk. Available for trade: Two-time Cup winner Matt Murray.

In other words, the goalie market is going to be flooded heading into fall free agency.

And with the salary cap flat, with the logistics of moving a family suddenly complicated, with the spectre of COVID-19, this could well be an autumn game of goaltender musical chairs, with somebody left without a seat at the table.

Around the NHL, it is believed the Minnesota Wild will be one team acquiring a goalie and will buy out Dubnyk. It is also believed there will be teams such as Calgary, Carolina, possibly Edmonton, some but not all of them, looking to upgrade in net. There has even been a story around that the Leafs might consider trading Frederik Andersen if the right kind of deal could be made.

Markstrom has had a great season in Vancouver and has followed it recently with an impressive early playoffs. He’s probably the best buy on the cluttered market, and maybe the only sure thing. For now, projecting goaltending is like weather reporting in Alberta. Wait 15 minutes and it will be certain to change.

THE GROWTH OF NICK NURSE AS AN NBA PERSONALITY

Whatever it was that Masai Ujiri believed he was getting when he gambled and hired Nick Nurse to replace the uber-popular Dwane Casey, he’s gotten more.

Way more.

An NBA championship in Nurse’s first year on the job followed by the best winning percentage  season in team history this season. And so far, an undefeated playoffs this summer. And now, the not-surprising news of Saturday afternoon with Nurse becoming the third Raptor to be named the league’s coach of the year.

It’s remarkable, really, just how Nurse has transformed, grown and matured as a public figure as he has gotten more comfortable with himself, more trusting in his environment and more available as part of the NBA’s personality landscape.

It wasn’t easy to replace Casey. That, of course, got easier when Kawhi Leonard was acquired two summers back and a title followed that. But this season, there was supposed to be a drop-off. No Leonard, no contending. Or so it seemed. But Nurse has shown himself to be a fascinating strategist, a new-born celebrity, a coach comfortable in his own skin and with the decisions he is making. Easily, the coach of the year.

52 black McDonald's ex-franchisees file $1BILLION racial-discrimination lawsuit


More than 50 black former McDonald's franchise owners are suing the burger chain in a $1billion lawsuit, saying the company steered them to less-profitable restaurants and didn't give them the same support and opportunities given white franchisees.

The 52 plaintiffs filed the racial-discrimination lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Chicago, where McDonald's is based.

They say they owned around 200 U.S. stores before being forced to sell them over the last decade and are seeking compensation of $4million to $5million per store, with collective damages of more than $1 billion, according to the lawsuit.  

McDonald's 'systematically steered' black franchisees to stores in inner-city neighborhoods with lower sales volumes and higher security and insurance costs, the suit claims.

More than 50 black former McDonald's franchise owners are suing the burger chain, saying the company steered them to less-profitable restaurants and didn't give them the same support and opportunities given white franchisees

More than 50 black former McDonald's franchise owners are suing the burger chain, saying the company steered them to less-profitable restaurants and didn't give them the same support and opportunities given white franchisees 

McDonald's would allegedly provide black franchise owners with misleading financial information or push them to decide quickly when a store became available, the lawsuit says.

Once black franchisees owned a store, they would be asked to rebuild or remodel within a shorter period of time than white franchisees without the rent relief and other financial support given to white franchisees, the lawsuit says. 

Black franchise owners were also denied the chance to buy more profitable stores in better neighborhoods, according to the complaint.

As a result, the plaintiffs averaged sales of $2million per year. By comparison, McDonald´s average U.S. store brought in $2.7million annually between 2011 and 2016 and $2.9million in 2019, the lawsuit says.

'Revenue is determined by one thing and one thing only: location,' James Ferraro, the Miami-based attorney representing the plaintiffs, said. 

'It has nothing to do with the taste of a Big Mac. You don’t go to a different McDonald’s because the Big Macs are better. You go to the closest McDonald’s, period,' he added.

CEO Chris Kempczinkski claimed on CNBC that the company minted more black millionaires than any other corporation back in June. Attorney James Ferraro representing the black franchisees in the lawsuit says his statements were 'odd and false'

CEO Chris Kempczinkski claimed on CNBC that the company minted more black millionaires than any other corporation back in June. Attorney James Ferraro representing the black franchisees in the lawsuit says his statements were 'odd and false'

Ferraro also noted that the number of black McDonald's franchisees has fallen by half over the last two decades.

The chain had 377 black franchisees in 1998; it has 186 now. At the same time, the number of franchised restaurants has more than doubled to 36,000.

The company said while it may recommend locations, the decision is ultimately up to franchisees.

But the lawsuit alleges that black operators who rejected offers to continue running their restaurants in low-income neighborhoods faced retaliation. 

One restaurant owner said in the complaint that black franchisees were at such a disadvantage that acquiring McDonald's locations was a 'financial suicide mission'.

McDonald's Corp. denied the allegation and defended its history with black franchisees. 

'These allegations fly in the face of everything we stand for as an organization and as a partner to communities and small business owners around the world,' the company said. 

McDonald's Corp. denied the allegation and defended its history with black franchisees saying: 'These allegations fly in the face of everything we stand for as an organization and as a partner to communities and small business owners around the world'

McDonald's Corp. denied the allegation and defended its history with black franchisees saying: 'These allegations fly in the face of everything we stand for as an organization and as a partner to communities and small business owners around the world'

'Not only do we categorically deny the allegations that these franchisees were unable to succeed because of any form of discrimination by McDonald's, we are confident that the facts will show how committed we are to the diversity and equal opportunity of the McDonald´s System, including across our franchisees, suppliers and employees,' the statement added.

In June Ferraro’s firm informed McDonald’s of the lawsuit and several weeks later in the wake of national protests against police brutality and racism, CEO Chris Kempczinski claimed on CNBC that the company minted more black millionaires than any other corporation.

Ferraro called this statement 'odd and false' to CNBC, saying the NBC and NFL have created more black millionaires.

McDonald's has a troubled history with black franchisees. 

In 1969, activists boycotted four McDonald's in Cleveland until the company sold them to black owners. In 1983, a black franchise owner from Los Angeles sued the company for discrimination; McDonald's eventually paid him $4.5million.

Victoria 'Vicki' Guster-Hines

Domineca Neal

In January two black McDonald's executives Victoria 'Vicki' Guster-Hines and Domineca Neal, both senior directors at McDonald's office in Dallas, sued the fast food company alleging the workplace is rife with racial discrimination as they and fellow black staffers have been consistently passed over for promotions

In 1996, McDonald's leadership acknowledged that black franchisees weren't achieving parity with their white counterparts and resolved to make changes. 

Don Thompson, the company's first black president and CEO, served from 2012 to 2015.

But charges of discrimination continued. 

In January, two black McDonald's executives - Victoria 'Vicki' Guster-Hines and Domineca Neal, both senior directors at McDonald's office in Dallas - sued the company. 

They claimed McDonald's shifted advertising away from black customers, graded black-owned stores more harshly than white ones and implemented business plans that had a discriminatory impact on black franchisees.

At the time, McDonald's said it disagreed with the characterization of its actions. It noted that 45 percent of its corporate officers and all of its field vice presidents are people of color.

Three black restaurant workers also sued McDonald’s this year, alleging racial harassment, discrimination and retaliation at a Florida restaurant

The United States Mission to Nigeria has celebrated Dr Onyema Ogbuagu, for his role in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The United States Mission to Nigeria has celebrated Dr Onyema Ogbuagu, for his role in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. . Ogbuagbu, wh...