Public Works employees demonstrate for unpaid wages

first_img Tweet Share LocalNews Public Works employees demonstrate for unpaid wages by: – November 18, 2011 Mr Thomas Letang (in the middle) demonstrating with members of his union. See photo gallery below)The employees of Public Works Corporation have staged another demonstration for delayed salary payments and salary deduction among other reasons.This morning, staff members along with union representatives were seen outside the Public Works Corporation’s office on Goodwill Road with placards demonstrating their concerns.General Secretary of the Public Service Union, Thomas Letang told reporters that they believe they have done everything humanly possible yet salary payment and deductions are delayed causing embarrassing and stressful situations for his union members.“We continue to experience the situation where people are working and not being paid fortnights upon fortnights they are not being paid and month end comes and month end goes and people do not get their salaries. We have done everything that we could do to really sick an amicable solution to these problems but it appears to us that some people are just not concerned as to what is happening at the Public Works Corporation; how employees are being seriously affected, you can look at some of the placards and they tell a story that they are not being paid and they cannot provide for themselves, they cannot provide for their families, a lot of uncertainty surrounds their jobs, we see projects going on and the corporation they are not getting work,” he said.A major concern for the employees of the corporation is that they believe they are being sidelined while other contractors are awarded contracts for ongoing road works and this places them at a disadvantage.According to Letang by staging this protest the employees are sending a clear message to the authority that enough is enough.“What you are seeing here this morning is just to send a clear message that we are fed up, that we want to work, that the employees have their commitments to the bank and at the end of the day some of them cannot meet those commitments, they have additional interest to pay, some of them are being threatened by legal action by some of the institutions and some of them they walk into the banks and institutions and cannot get a loan because nobody knows when their deductions are going to be made. Some of them they have insurance policies and you have to understand what that means; if you’re not paying your premium it means that your insurance can be cancelled, you get sick and believe that you are covered and you are not covered so therefore the problems are many and we believe that this morning we are just beginning, I repeat, we are beginning to send a message.”Here are a few photographs of this morning’s protest: [nggallery id=89]Letang also reported that he is “very happy that the members have decided to stand up, that they are fully behind the union and they are ready and the union is behind them 110%”.Meantime a female employee of the corporation says that protest should not be seen as a political one but as a protest over money issues and that they sacrificed their salaries for the implementation of an Asphalt Plant which has not brought any revenue to the corporation.“I love the prime minister, I put him there but I need my money. It is not a political issue it is a money issue for the public works workers and we are not getting work to do so we need work we need money. The monthly workers have not yet been paid for October and the fortnight workers haven’t drawn a fortnight. We sacrifice our salary to make asphalt for the Chinese to do the road and the Chinese refuse our asphalt that is our problem. I wouldn’t say that we are being betrayed by the government but we need our money; we have children to send to school, we have our bills to pay like everybody so we need our money,” she said.She further explained that there have been instances where the government has assisted vendors during the off-season while employees who have worked are unpaid.“When the tourist boats don’t come for two months the prime minister is paying the people, we work we’re not getting paid – we need our money. When the hurricane passed and it destroyed the vendors thing in the market, the prime minister giving them money we work – we want our money.”Another employee explained that the corporation is not receiving enough projects to make it a viable entity and that the government has left them in the cold.“We’re not getting paid on time and not getting viable projects so that Public Works can be a viable entity. Public Works is struggling right now because a lot of projects going on all around the country but where is Public Works? Public Works is a government institution. They have left us in the cold to fend for ourselves and yet we are government, that is not right and we are saying that we need to be treated better than that and we need viable projects so that we can be a viable entity,” he said.The union representative did not indicate what their strategy is moving forward, but he did indicate that they have exhausted all means to get the matter resolved and are at a point where they believe that they have had enough unfair treatment.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

City Council Caucus Set For March 31

first_imgRipley County Republican Chair Ginger Bradford has announced the caucus to elect a District 3 City Council Member in Batesville.Bob Narwold accepted a position with the Batesville Buildings Department in March forcing him to vacate his seat on council due to state law.The caucus will be held at the Sherman House on Monday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m.The location of District 3 caused some confusion for election officials last week. Since the district is in both Ripley and Franklin County, the caucus location was believed to be based on which county had the larger voter population in the district.State election officials clarified the situation, saying that is not the case.“It is a situation where all of Batesville votes on the each council seat,” Bradford said. “When I explained it to them at the state, and they realized their not running in district, but for a district, the whole city votes.”Voter population in each county of the district was not a determining factor for the caucus location.Four precinct committeemen will vote for a new council member next Monday. The committee is composed of John Moton, Don Dickey, Mike Weiler and Dogger Dickey, Bradford said.“Dogger Dickey will be representing Franklin County,” Bradford added.Batesville resident Jim Fritsch is the only citizen to file for the city council seat.last_img read more

The Latest: NCAA to distribute $225 million to Division I

first_imgA soccer exhibition between Mexico and Colombia on May 30 at Denver has been canceled because of the new coronavirus pandemic.Soccer United Marketing, the wing of Major League Soccer that was promoting the match, said Thursday the federations will attempt to reschedule the game before the World Cup in November 2022.___The Italian soccer federation has offered up its hotel and auditorium for people having their health monitored amid the coronavirus outbreak.The facilities outside Florence are normally used by Italy’s national soccer teams and also host high-level courses for coaches and sporting directors. The quarterback and his wife run the Brees Dream foundation, which has spent tens of millions helping to fund charitable endeavors in New Orleans and surrounding areas along the Gulf Coast. Most of those efforts have focused on improving learning and recreational opportunities for children as well as health and wellness for children and seniors.___The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. The race will instead be held Aug. 23. It was an inevitable decision but still had to be difficult for Roger Penske, who completed his purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in January and has already pumped millions into capital improvements to ready the historic venue for its first 500 under new ownership. The German Football League, which oversees the top two divisions, will decide how the money is distributed. The league has previously said it fears many clubs could face financial collapse if games can’t resume.Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says “in these difficult times, it’s important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders.”___Paris Saint-Germain is selling a new jersey online with the profits going to local hospitals and nursing staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.The French champion’s jersey bears the emblem “Tous Unis” (All United) on the front. Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “now that we are not playing soccer, to return to doing so we need to win together the most important match against coronavirus.”Italy has nearly 75,000 infections and more than 7,500 fatalities from the virus.___Real Madrid and Spanish sports authorities say the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be used to store donations of medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.The soccer club says it will use the stadium to store private donations. They will then be distributed by government authorities to hospitals. March 26, 2020 Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement: “Year after year, Coloradans have supported our Denver Broncos, and today I am beyond proud to thank the Denver Broncos for their support of Coloradans in our time of need.”The Broncos also donated 100,000 meals to the Food Bank of the Rockies and jointly hosted a personal protective equipment drive at their stadium last weekend.Elway said he wanted to support hospital workers, doctors and nurses who are the front line in the coronavirus pandemic. Elway mentioned his son-in-law, who is a doctor in Sacramento, California. “They truly are the warriors,” Elway said.—AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton reporting from Aurora, Colorado.___ “Whatever is the fairest,” Jordan Staal said. “Everybody would kind of accept that.”___Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he and his wife, Brittany, will donate $5 million to help Louisiana businesses and communities contend with challenges brought on by the rapid transmission of the coronavirus in the state.Brees, who posted his pledge on a social media account on Thursday, says the money will help several restaurants in which he has an ownership stake as well as a major hospital chain and charities like Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver about 10,000 meals per day to people in need.Brees says he hopes to fund the program “for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need,” adding, “Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.” The next race at risk is the French Grand Prix on May 17 at Le Mans.___The Turkish Boxing Federation says national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifying competition in London.The federation says the boxing team went to a training camp in Sheffield on March 3 to prepare for the competition and traveled to London on March 11. All team members stayed at the same hotel and ate at the same cafeteria.The IOC is running the qualifying competitions for boxing because governing body AIBA has been suspended. Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield expressed “deepest condolences” to Reed and his family in a release and said the program is there to support them. Satterfield added, “This horrible virus has affected so many people, and it’s even more difficult when it touches someone in the UofL football family.”Reed caught eight passes for 145 yards in 13 games in 2017 and played in two contests the next season. He returned to Louisville this spring after transferring to Iowa Western Community College.___Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol have launched a campaign to encourage donations in the hope of raising 11 million euros ($12.1 million) to help Spain fight the coronavirus.The tennis and basketball stars said in videos posted on social media that they are supporting a Red Cross fundraising effort to help with the public health crisis. IndyCar was supposed to resume racing May 9 on the road course at Indianapolis. That race will now be run on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard.___Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be in quarantine for two weeks.Castellano tested positive as part of a physical that officials at Gulfstream Park mandated as a prerequisite before being cleared to ride in Saturday’s Florida Derby. Castellano says that he has not had “known contact with anyone that has tested positive.” Nadal and Gasol say they have made donations and urged others to follow their lead. Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas quickly said he would pitch in.Nadal says “I believe that we are who we are in large part thanks to your support and now we have to be there for you.”Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the virus.___Two major triathlons in Spain have been postponed and the world university triathlon championship in Hungary has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak. Castellano last rode on March 15, when he had two mounts at Gulfstream. He returned to New York to see family afterward and was scheduled to ride at Gulfstream this weekend.It’s unclear if Castellano could have ridden at Gulfstream this weekend even if the physical had not found that he has the coronavirus. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order earlier this week calling for anyone who flies to Florida from New York City or the surrounding areas to self-quarantine for 14 days.— Reporting by AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami___Louisville says the father of junior wide receiver Corey Reed Jr. died Wednesday morning from coronavirus in an Atlanta hospital. Corey Reed Sr. was 43.center_img The Turkish team competed on March 15 and 16 and returned home on March 17 after the IOC halted the competition. All team members were quarantined on return.The federation says Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of high fever are awaiting the results of their tests.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NCAA will distribute $225 million to its Division I members in June’. The Olympic mixed relay qualifying race had already been relocated to Valencia from Chengdu, China, and was scheduled for May 1.A World Cup event in Valencia had been scheduled for the next day. It’s the seventh World Cup race to be postponed.The International Triathlon Union says it will try to find new dates for both.The university worlds were to be staged on June 27-28 in Kecskemet.___ Associated Press The Green Bay Packers have extended the closure of Lambeau Field through at least April 24 to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a “safer at home” order through that date.Packers officials said the closure would continue until that order expires or until a superseding order is issued.This closure also applies to the Packers’ pro shop and the Packers Hall of Fame as well as any team-run public activities in Titletown, a complex of shops and restaurants near the stadium.Packers officials said Lambeau Field and Titletown will only have essential personnel in place for non-public operations of the facilities. Most of the other Packers personnel will continue to work remotely as duties permit.The Packers had announced March 13 they were closing their businesses to the public for two weeks. This move continues those closures. The Latest: NCAA to distribute $225 million to Division I A total of 262,500 euros (about $288,000) will be raised if all 1,500 jerseys priced at 175 euros ($192) are sold.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi says “we can only be sensitive to and grateful for the astounding work” that medical staff on the front line have done against the virus.___The Spanish Grand Prix on the MotoGP circuit scheduled for May 3 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.It is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed. ___Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby says he wouldn’t mind if the NHL went straight to the playoffs if the season is able to resume.“You try to get in as many games as you can … but wouldn’t mind starting right at the playoffs,” Crosby said on a video conference with media members Thursday.Crosby was joined by Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux, Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal, and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. Crosby joked that everyone was looking at him for an answer about what he’d prefer about the resumption of the season after a pause for the coronavirus pandemic.Opinions vary on what’s next for the NHL, especially because there were 189 games left in the regular season and not all teams had played the same amount. That total is $375 million less than had been budgeted this year because the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament. The NCAA says $50 million of the payout will come from its reserve fund. A $270 million event cancellation insurance policy will be used to pay off a line credit that will cover the remaining distribution.___Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is donating $50,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund.Elway’s personal donation follows a $500,000 donation by the team. Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the COVID-19 virus.Civic groups, businesses and individuals are donating much-needed masks and any material that can used to make protective gear for doctors and nurses.___Four German soccer clubs have pledged 20 million euros ($21.9 million) to support other teams struggling to stay afloat after games in the country were suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen will forgo 12.5 million euros ($13.7 million) in as-yet undistributed TV money and add another 7.5 million euros ($8.2 million) from their own funds. All four clubs played in the Champions League this season, giving them extra income.last_img read more

Guardiola won’t revel in Mourinho’s woes

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola isn’t glorying in Jose Mourinho’s problems at Old Trafford © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 31 – Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has refused to gloat over his old rival Jose Mourinho’s troubled start to the season at Manchester United.Guardiola was asked about the pressure which is mounting on his United counterpart following consecutive Premier League losses to Brighton and Tottenham. The pair have had a strained relationship since their days as rival managers of Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga.But, despite United’s problems and the growing storm around Mourinho, Guardiola insisted City’s arch rivals remain a force to be reckoned with.“We’re in August. There are a lot of points to play for and the real season starts after the international break,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.“We dropped two, or won one, point at Wolves. The secret last season was when we did that we won the next game.”Champions City finished 19 points ahead of second placed United last season and have made an unbeaten start to the new campaign, while Mourinho’s team have stumbled from one crisis to another.Asked about the personal pressure on Mourinho, who has faced speculation about his relationship with United midfielder Paul Pogba and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, he added: “Unfortunately it’s our job. Our job depends on results.“When we win we are good, when we don’t we are not good. When you get to this level, they are top, top managers.”– Gomes potential –Meanwhile, Guardiola wants another option in his City midfield, but refused to confirm if that would mean making a signing in the January transfer window.City missed out on landing Jorginho from Napoli during the summer when the Italian opted to join Chelsea instead.Guardiola can call on former Paris Saint-Germain teenager Claudio Gomes, who is on the fringes of the first-team squad after arriving in the summer from the French club.When asked about the 18-year-old ahead of the weekend’s Premier League clash with Newcastle, the Catalan admitted he has been impressed by the youngster, but also did not rule out adding a new face.“Claudio Gomes is a young player. He was in pre-season with us and we were delighted with him, his personality,” Guardiola said.“The January market is a long time away. We’re looking at options for the future. We decided to pick Claudio up because of his potential.”City will face a defensively-minded Newcastle team at the Etihad Stadium, but Guardiola insists dealing with teams who set out to thwart them with a negative approach is not a concern.“That is not a problem. They believe in their styles. It’s in our hands to solve that. That is the trick,” he said.“We spend more time on ourselves and what we need to do. We can only imagine what our opponents maybe will do but we don’t know 100 per cent.“Huddersfield we expected five at the back and they were four.“We analyse our games, we spend our times analysing training and games on ourselves to improve. The players have to adapt, of course.“You have to know what they do and inform the players what they are going to do. But it’s more productive to concentrate ourselves, what we can do.“We talk about ourselves, normally about 80 per cent of it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Euros resume with a reshuffled all-star cast

first_img0Shares0000France’s head coach Didier Deschamps shares a laugh with forward Antoine Griezmann in training ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifiers © AFP / MARTIN BUREAUPARIS, France, Sep 4 – Euro 2020 qualifying resumes on Thursday with several of the biggest teams such as world champions France sporting a changed look for the new season, in some cases not by choice.Less than a month into the new European season, France have been particularly hard hit by injuries ahead of home matches against Albania on Saturday and Andorra next Tuesday in Group H. They will be without four members of their 2018 World Cup-winning squad — Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele — as well as emerging stars Aymeric Laporte and Tanguy Ndombele.Coach Didier Deschamps blamed football’s “crazy schedules”, saying he always expects to lose players, but this was exceptional.“At one time it is one of them, at another time it is another,” Deschamps said, before adding: “Now I’m not hiding from you that I have a lot of them at the same time and I could have done without that.”While Group H is one of the tightest, with France, Turkey and Iceland level at the top in the pursuit of one of two qualifying berths, Deschamps faces Albania and then Andorra at home. The real test will come in October when France travel to Iceland and then host Turkey, who beat Les Bleus 2-0 in Konya in June.European footballer of the year Virgil van Dijk has scored twice for the Netherlands against Germany in the last 11 months © ANP/AFP / Olaf KRAAKThe heavyweight clash in this batch of games pits Germany against the Netherlands in Hamburg on Friday in Group C.It will be the third meeting of the old rivals in less than a year.The Dutch thrashed the Germans 3-0 in the Nations League in Amsterdam last October, with Virgil van Dijk scoring once. In Schalke in November, the Liverpool defender’s 90th minute equaliser put the Dutch through to the finals of that competition in Portugal.Back in Amsterdam in March, Germany won a Euro qualifying match 3-2, with a 90th minute goal.This time Germany will be without Leroy Sane, who scored in the last two encounters.Yet absences create opportunities.“There’s a space free in attack now because of Leroy Sane’s unfortunate injury,” said Timo Werner, a scorer against the Dutch last November.The 1.93 metre (6ft 3ins) Van Dijk, recently voted European male player of the year, looms large.“If I stand next to him, it gets dark pretty quickly,” said Werner, who is 1.80m.Victory would put Germany, who have won all three of their games, nine points clear of the Dutch. But there is another perfect team in the group. Surprising Northern Ireland, who have won all four of their games, host Germany in Belfast on Monday.Most teams will pass the halfway point in their schedules over the next week. Poland, Belgium, Italy and Spain, all in six-nation groups, are also perfect after four matches. England, in a five-team group, have won the two games they have played.For Spain, the change is at coach, with Roberto Moreno, a career assistant, confirmed as head coach. He took over on an interim basis when Luis Enrique quit in March because his daughter Xana was ill. She died, aged nine, last week.Spain, another team to have won all four games, take on Romania in Bucharest in Group F on Thursday. Moreno said he was worried his players “might think we think we are superior.”Declan Rice, who is 20, and newcomer James Maddison, who is 22, are part of England’s youth movement © AFP / Paul ELLISEngland also have a perfect record after four games and are at home to Bulgaria on Saturday and minnows Kosovo on Tuesday with coach Gareth Southgate focused on building squad depth.“We have got a depth of talent now because we have approached it slightly differently to look at younger players,” said Southgate, after adding youngsters James Maddison, Mason Mount and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to his squad.“We can’t stand still and there are young players coming through,” Southgate said. “We need to start integrating them.”Southgate’s plans hit an injury bump on Tuesday when Manchester United defender Wan-Bissaka had to drop out.0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Player ratings

first_imgShare via Email First published on Wed 23 Apr 2008 20.47 EDT match reports Barcelona Sid Lowe Share on Twitter Manchester United Share on Pinterest Share via Email BarcelonaVictor Valdés 6 A spectator throughout the match including on Ronaldo’s wild penalty. Was quick to distribute the ball to get Barcelona going forwardGianluca Zambrotta 7 More willing to progress up the line than normal but his only telling cut back fell behind team mates. He was happy to take long shotsGabriel Milito 6 Guilty of the rash handball that gifted a first-minute penalty to United. The Argentinian defender looked nervous thereafterRafael Márquez 7 Booked for a foul on Ronaldo but happy to take card. Rarely forced to defend and not always at ease when he was. Dangerous at set playsEric Abidal 6 Most of his surging runs were ignored by his team mates. The French international was quick and strong, and defensively solidYaya Touré 8 Competitive, powerful and impeccably positioned throughout. The Ivory Coast midfielder showed his unusual forward driveXavi 9 A little less fluid than normal early on but maintained possession, was always intelligent with the ball and ended up totally dominantDeco 7 Occasionally imprecise but always wanted the ball and gave Barça some of the competitive intelligence otherwise lacking.Lionel Messi 8 Dipped after a phenomenal start but still the side’s most dangerous player. Wonderful footwork, vision and touch. Only lasted an hourSamuel Eto’o 7 Worked really hard, always offering himself but seemed to mistime many runs. Wasted game’s best chance. Should have earned a penaltyAndrés Iniesta 8 Guilty of almost costly give away. Not as comfortable on left and much more significant when drifting inside and later switched to rightManchester UnitedEdwin van der Sar 6 Made a couple of routine saves as Barcelona camped in United’s half but made few testing attempts on goal. Saved a late Henry free-kick.Owen Hargreaves 6 At right-back because of the absence of Vidic and was not comfortable but nor was he tested as often as Barça would have liked. Booked.Wes Brown 6 Defended reasonably but looked ill at ease on the ball as Barcelona pressed to the edge of the penalty area with neat passes.Rio Ferdinand 7 Showed his pace against Samuel Eto’o and responded well on a difficult night when the United defence was forced very deep.Patrice Evra 6 Barça had a lot of early joy down Evra’s wing, especially through Messi, but the French defender grew in confidence.Cristiano Ronaldo 6 A dreadful penalty miss and, despite some bursts of pace, was disappointing. Prone to hitting the deck at the slightest tap.Michael Carrick 7 Neat, tidy and admirably unfussy on the ball but too often forced deep. Lashed one chance into the home side’s side-netting.Paul Scholes 6 Never got a grip on the game, with or without the ball. Harried and pressed as Barcelona teased with their flowing passes and confident possession.Ji-Sung Park 5 Essentially selected as an additional defender, who contributed nothing to attack on a night when United put discipline before flair.Carlos Tevez 6 Came deep – often behind the midfielders – to bolster United’s defence. Willing attitude was often counter-productive.Wayne Rooney 6 Played in a right-sided position and worked hard but made little real impact. Made way for Nani late in the second half. Share on WhatsApp Topics Player ratings Barcelona Share on Twitter @sidlowe Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Shares00 Wed 23 Apr 2008 20.47 EDT Reuse this contentlast_img read more