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

Bodybuilder caught with €10,000 of steroids and tanning products


first_imgA bodybuilder who was caught with anabolic steroids and tanning products worth €10,000 has appeared in court.Gardai raided the home of Francis McAleavey of Church View Street, St Johnston, Co Donegal on March 9th, 2017. The accused man, who was a bodybuilder at the time, was not at home.However, more than 8,000 substances including vials, powders and tablets were uncovered in the raid.A legal representative for the Health Products Regulatory Authority said the premises which was raided was a domestic dwelling but which was being used as a distribution outlet.He said a number of the products were anabolic steroids but another was also used for self-tanning.The court heard that McAleavey, now aged 33, pleaded guilty from an early stage.Solicitor Ciaran Mac Lochlainn said his client started bodybuilding in 2014 in “the quest for the perfect body.”Mr Mac Lochlainn said “Anybody can buy these things on the internet. Believe it or not but this is part of the sport.“It is not really regulated and he was only a bit player. He had no idea he was breaking the law.“When I asked him the value he said it was more than €5,000 so to hear the real value today is quite a shock.“I’m told that the country is awash with the stuff but that the authorities are taking a grip on it.“My client has stopped bodybuilding and has moved away from the sport altogether.”The court was told that to analyse the various substances for identification and then to dispose of them cost in the region of €6,500 for the work carried out by the State Laboratory.Judge Paul Kelly said whatever the argument over the valuation of the products found was the actual amount of “substantial.”He said “Eight thousand items is a substantial amount and it is clear that this was being done on some scale.”He fined McAleavey a total of €750 on three of the nine charges and took the other charges into consideration.He added there was no point in making an expenses order as it was not realistic to expect the accused to pay €6,500.Bodybuilder caught with €10,000 of steroids and tanning products was last modified: June 5th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bodybuildercourtdonegalFrancis McAleaveySt Johnstonsteroidslast_img read more

China to Launch National Internet of Things Plan


first_imgTags:#Government#international#Internet of Things#web “It started on Aug. 7, when Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao made a speech in the city of Wuxi calling for the rapid development of Internet of Things technologies. It included this equation: Internet + Internet of Things = Wisdom of the Earth. Wen Jiabo followed up with a speech on Nov. 3 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, in which he encouraged breakthroughs in key technologies for sensor networks and the Internet of Things.”IoT CapitolAn interesting by-blow of this plan is the de facto emergence of the city of Wuxi as the China’s IoT capitol. A sensor project helped to clean up a lake there and the city’s mayor proclaimed it the 530 Project: bring 30 IoT entrepreneurs to Wuxi within five years. Startups are supported and given free office space. “When the Chinese government gets behind something, it’s usually a done deal,” says Robert Kong Hai (@weirdchina), an American writer and author living in China. “This is the advantage or disadvantage of a socialist/capitalistic type of system. As an example, just look at how much money China threw at its railroad secter to now lead the world. IoT technology with be no different. Remember, with a one party system most people get on board; this means less dissent so things tend to move really fast.”China vs. Everyone ElseYou have to wonder if there are American mayors taking such brave positions (or Finnish, Russian or Botswanan mayors for that matter). But then, Chinese mayors are in some ways inheritors of the powers of the old war lords of history. (The occasional prosecution of mayors for corruption is a good indicator of this.) Not to mention, it’s always easier to take such a step when someone in a position of profound national power sanctions it. It will be interesting to see how China’s plan compares withEurope’s. For one thing, given China’s militant dedication to supression of non-official speech, progress will certainly not hang-fire on privacy concerns. Security issues on a national level will be important but personal security probably won’t. Perhaps this is one situation in which the omission of pesky human rights will speed the plough. Robert Kong Hai:“The EU is different because, since it’s a more open system, political parties, interest groups, etc., can demand changes – and more importantly, apply pressure to ensure privacy protections. With a one party system like it is here, politically, everyone agrees, so when the government backs something, it generally moves as one machine to get it done and without much dissent. As for the business, many of China’s business leaders are also part of the same system, so most would naturally back the government.”Wuxi photo from Wikipedia Commons Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Xi Guohua, China’s vice-minister of industry and information technology, has announced that the MIIT is working toward a national IoT plan. The announcement was made at the recent China IoT Conference in Shanghai. TCMnet reported the announcement. “According to Xi, MIIT will fix a clear positioning, development goals, timetable and roadmap of IOT industry… It will strengthen policy supports to IOT, including financial and taxation measures.”The seriousness of the Chinese effort is underscored by the source of the push. Florian Michahelles blogged about attending the conference. “(T)he entire hype for Internet of Things has actually been jump started by the current premier minister Wen Jiabao mentioning Internet of Things as one of the key industry areas for China.”ReadWriteWeb covered the speech Michahelles mentioned, among others from the Chinese leadership earlier this year. Internet + Internet of Things = Wisdom of the Earth curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

One Maoist killed in Chhattisgarh


first_imgSecurity forces gunned down one alleged member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and arrested three others in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, on Thursday.“An encounter took place between the police and the Maoists near Hiroli village of Dantewada district last night. One Maoist was killed in this encounter and one weapon was also recovered from the spot of the encounter. The encounter took place when a joint team of Chhattisgarh Special Task Force and the DRG [District Reserve Guard] were carrying out an anti-Maoist operation in the forest near Hiroli,” a police officer from Dantewada said. The Maoist was identified as Hunga, who was working as a militia commander in the border areas of Dantewada and Bijapur districts.In a separate incident, the police arrested three Maoists in Bijapur. Raju Tati and Hadmo Podiyami were working for the militia, and Budhram Padiyam was working for the Dandakaranya Kisan Majdoor Sangh. All three were wanted for the murder of a police constable.In a third incident, a group of Maoists was spotted near a depot of the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) plant in Bacheli, Dantewada, on Thursday. An exchange of fire took place between the Maoists and a CISF team. “The CISF neutralised the Maoists [who] ran towards Bijapur district … normal operations at the mining area have resumed,” a police officer said.last_img read more

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first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Rafi Reavis played his best game in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Sunday night, logging a double-double in an 86-82 Game 3 win to help Magnolia seize a 2-1 lead over four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer.Having been through 17 seasons and notching 11 championships along the way, Reavis has seen a lot and said he cares only about notching one statistic: a win.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated For coach Chito Victolero, though, Reavis is one of the team’s barometers for winning.“He’s our veteran and he’s the best matchup for June Mar (Fajardo) and Arwind (Santos),” he told reporters during the post-game interview. “Whenever Rafi gives us a good game, we have a good chance [at winning].Aside from Reavis’ 16-point, 15-rebound Game 3 line was his defense against the five-time Most Valuable Player Fajardo, who ended up with just 17 that night after scoring 35 in Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “I don’t really have any, to tell you the truth,” he said when asked to comment on his performance which earned him the citation as the game’s best player. “I’m just trying to do my job. I’m just trying to take what comes with it, and also hoping its a ‘W.’”“The thing with me is—one point, 15 points; two rebounds, 10 rebounds, nothing—it’s all the same to me,” he added. “The only difference is the W and that’s all I care about.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsReavis’ performance in Magnolia’s Game 3 win at the Big Dome was a vast improvement from his showing in the prior contest, where he ended up scoring only two points and grabbing six rebounds.Compounding matters for him was that the Hotshots took a lopsided 108-101 loss. Cardiff fetes Etheridge CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules PLAY LIST 02:31CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules01:09‘Disappointment’ if no cases filed vs ‘ninja cops’ – Gordon01:12Sotto: Expect something explosive as new evidence, witnesses appear vs ‘ninja cops’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more