Strike halts racing


first_img With the CTL chairman Chris Brown off the island, it is understood that Azar has been asked by the finance minister to intervene with a view of finding a solution in short order. A CTL source said it will cost the company $28 million to sign off on the deal. Efforts to contact CEO Stewart proved futile as calls to his mobile phone went to voicemail. Meanwhile, the workers were adamant that they would stay off the job until the issue is resolved. This was the position coming out of a meeting yesterday afternoon between Ennis and more than 50 members of staff in the grandstand at Caymanas Park. They shouted ‘No racing! No racing!’ in the presence of Azar on the conclusion of the meeting at 4 p.m. The 10-race programme scheduled for Caymanas Park yesterday had to be abandoned following strike action by unionised workers of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL). The workers claimed that the action was taken because of the failure of the promoting company to sign off on phase two of a reclassification exercise. More than 150 workers represented by the Union of Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Personnel (UTASP) took industrial action minutes after 5 p.m. on Thursday. Normality returned on Friday, but following a lengthy meeting between UTASP general secretary St Patrice Ennis and the management of CTL, the workers resumed their protest. A second meeting with the CTL management late into Friday night failed to resolve the issue. This not only resulted in yesterday’s shutdown, but the February 10 holiday meet, featuring the Ash Wednesday Trophy, also hangs in the balance unless there is a breakthrough by Monday, noted CTL’s racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr. According to Ennis, the workers representing all categories were asked to hold strain last November to ensure that the two major races on the calendar, the November 14 Superstakes and the inaugural staging of the rich Diamond Mile on December 5, were run. “But we waited more than six weeks after for a response from CTL and had to force their hand by taking industrial action on Thursday. “Following the back-to-back meetings on the nights of Thursday and Friday, it came down to CTL signing off on the agreement on benefits to the workers, but were told that neither Cedric Stewart, chief executive officer (CEO) of CTL, nor the company’s human resource manager, Tanya Wilson, both of whom were present (along with CTL’s deputy chairman Andrew Azar) had the authority to sign the document on behalf of the board,” explained Ennis. FIND A SOLUTIONlast_img read more

Mohamed Salah posts cryptic Tweet, but was it aimed at Sergio Ramos?


first_imgDuring the Champions League Final, the Liverpool star tangled with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and was substituted in tears.And, given the timing, fans think he was Tweeting with Ramos in mind.Salah Tweeted: “Some might think it’s over but it isn’t over. There needs to be change.” 2 After Sergei Ignashevich put the ball into the back of his own net, eagle-eyed fans think he said: ““Sue me, Mo.”The 2010 winners were eventually pegged back through Artem Dzyuba’s penalty, before succumbing to a penalty shootout defeat.Several members of the Spanish team came under fire for their efforts during the game, with Manchester United star David De Gea bearing the brunt of the abuse. Some might think it’s over but it isn’t over. There needs to be change.— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) July 1, 2018The Spain captain appeared to bait Salah after La Roja opened the scoring. 2center_img Mohamed Salah caused controversy after posting a cryptic Tweet shortly after Spain crashed out of the World Cup.The Egypt forward, who could not help his country get out of the group stage in Russia, missed the first game of the tournament through injury. Ramos was pictured in tears on the pitch in Moscow Ramos and Salah tangle during the Champions League Final in Kiev last_img read more

Cong. leaders to oppose entry of BJP MLAs who backed M.P. govt.


first_imgAfter two BJP MLAs this week voted in favour of the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh, several Congress MLAs are planning to register a protest against their entry into the ruling party. On Wednesday, BJP MLAs Sharad Kol (Beohari) and Narayan Tripathi (Maihar) backed the seven-month-old Congress-led government during voting on a Bill in the Assembly. Congress leaders termed Mr. Tripathi a “habitual turncoat”. “This is for the eighth time Narayan Tripathi has changed sides. He is exposed now. He had left the Congress only two days ahead of Lok Sabha election in 2014,” said Congress leader Shrikant Chaturvedi. Mr. Chaturvedi was defeated by Mr. Tripathi in the November 2018 Assembly elections. “Mr. Tripathi has been a leader of different parties like the Janata Dal, the Samajwadi Party and the BJP, besides the Congress, which he had termed his mother organisation when joining last time,” he said. Mr. Chaturvedi held a press conference at Maihar in Satna district along with a dozen party leaders and supporters, and said the Congress should take local leaders into confidence before allowing Mr. Tripathi into the fold. “We respect our top leaders but we should be consulted before any decision about Mr. Tripathi,” he said. ‘Resign as MLA’Other Congress leaders, including Dharmesh Ghai and Shrinivas Urmalia, said Mr. Tripathi should be told to resign from the BJP and also as an MLA before formally joining the Congress. They said they will convey their feelings to Chief Minister Kamal Nath in this regard. Meanwhile, M.P. Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi said any decision about the support of the MLAs was the prerogative of Chief Minister Kamal Nath.last_img read more