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



first_imgDungloe forward Donal Rodgers hopes Dungloe’s experience will be enough to get them over the line in their Donegal Reserve Championship Final Replay against St Eunan’s. Pic by Mary Bonner.Dungloe wing-half forward Donal Rodgers is hoping Dungloe’s experience will be enough to get them over the line in the Donegal Senior Reserve Championship Final replay against St Eunan’s on Saturday.Dungloe and St Eunan’s played out an enthralling draw in the first clash a fortnight ago.However, Rodgers felt the majority of the Dungloe team didn’t perform on the day and that they were lucky to get a replay. Dungloe led by a point as the game ticked into injury-time, but a Sean Hume free forced a replay, although James Boyle almost nicked it for Dungloe at the death.Rodgers said the players were ‘gutted’ they let the lead slip, but was honest enough to admit that over the course of match St Eunan’s were the better side.Rodgers told Donegal Daily, “I don’t think we performed well in the first match, and to be honest on reflection we were probably lucky to get out of there with a draw.“Now I know we led at the end, and Monty nearly won it for us, but I did feel St Eunan’s were the better side, put it this way if we did win it would’ve been a bit of smash and grab win. Rodgers felt that some of the younger Dungloe players playing in their first senior final suffered from nerves, and that the more experienced players, himself included didn’t perform.“There was nerves there, there’s no doubt about that, some of the younger lads were affected by it, but I was disappointed with my own performance and I know some of the other lads felt the same.“Collectively we just didn’t perform, but I suppose it’s the sign of a good team that we just kept plugging away and stayed in the game.“Obviously it was the curtain-raiser to the Donegal SFC final and there was a big crowd there and that played a part, but we’ve trained well the last fortnight and we’re just raring to go now.Rodgers played in the last Dungloe team to win the Senior Reserve title in 2009, his brother Alan, Stephen Doherty, Declan O’Donnell and Mark Boyle are the only surviving members of that team still around. However, with Brendan McGarvey, Paul McGarvey, Mark Clerkin and James Boyle in their side, Dessie Gallagher’s team have huge experience.“We’ve boys that have a lot of senior experience and that’s a massive help, especially in games such as Saturday.“There’s a few of us that know how it feels to win a championship and it’s a brilliant feeling.“I’m just hoping some of the other lads experience it this weekend. Rodgers says the return of midfielder Stephen Doherty is a huge boost to the Dungloe side, but said the loss of Jamie Sweeney is a hammer blow.“He’s a huge player for us, he has great energy and gets through a mountain of work, it’s great to have him back.“Unfortunately Jamie is still out, it’s a real blow for us as he’s a class player.“It’s his first year with the reserves, as he’s played senior his whole career and has been an absolutely outstanding player and servant to the club.“We don’t need any more motivation to win it, but it’d be nice to win it for him too.“We’re confident and we’ll give it 100%, if we can perform to our capabilities we’ll not be too far away.RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: DONAL RODGERS HOPING DUNGLOE’S EXPERIENCE CAN GET THEM OVER THE LINE was last modified: November 13th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Donal RodgersDonegal Reserve FinalDungloe. St Eunan’snewsSportlast_img read more

New minister wants end to mining strike


first_img27 May 2014 New Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramathlodi has appealed for an end to the four-month strike in South Africa’s platinum mining belt. “I appeal to all stakeholders to assist this country to emerge from the crippling strike that is really hurting the economy and individuals involved,” Ramathlodi said after being sworn in to office at the Sefako Makgatho presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Monday. Mineworkers affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) downed tools over wages at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin mines in January. “Everyone would be keen to see the strike end as quickly as possible,” Ramathlodi said. “It will be my first job tonight, as I will be briefed by my director-general so that I have a sense of what are the issues that are holding the agreement back. “I’m sure we will succeed,” he added. “I am aware that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration is mediating, and I think we must give them the necessary support. “But, for my ministry, I’ll be meeting the trade unions individually, collectively [and I’ll also] be meeting the mining houses as well as the traditional leaders in the areas that the mines are operating [in].” Ramathlodi was one of 35 new Cabinet ministers who were sworn in to office following President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of his new Cabinet on Sunday evening. He takes over from former minister Susan Shabangu, who has been moved to the Ministry of Women. Source: read more

JD(U) signals intent with its choice of Delhi for meeting


first_imgThe Janata Dal (United) will hold its national executive meeting here on July 8, an exercise which assumes significance ahead of the next Lok Sabha polls when the seat-sharing formula among the BJP-led NDA partners is likely to be a tricky affair.In a statement, JD(U) secretary general K.C. Tyagi said the meeting will take place at its Jantar Mantar office here. Political issues “The party will deliberate on the current political issues and its strategy for the upcoming elections,” Mr. Tyagi said.Led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the JD(U) had joined hands with the BJP last year, dumping the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, its allies in the 2015 State Assembly polls.Mr. Kumar’s switchover has strengthened the NDA in a State crucial to its fortunes in the Lok Sabha elections but has also made the existing seat-sharing formula among the ruling block’s constituents irrelevant.The BJP had contested 30 of the 40 seats in the State in the 2014 polls with its two allies — Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party and the Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samata Party — getting seven and three seats respectively to contest.Big share of seatsThe JD(U) is likely to demand a big share of seats, citing its higher tally of the MLAs in Bihar.Seniors leaders of the BJP and the JD(U), however, insist that all parties will agree to a formula, to be worked out later.The JD(U) is likely to articulate its position on a host of political issues during the executive meeting.To make its position clear That it has chosen to hold the meeting of its high-profile decision-making body in the national capital and not in Bihar, indicates that it will use the occasion to make its position clear on national issues, including the Lok Sabha polls besides some State polls scheduled for later this year. The party, however, doesn’t have much of a presence in any big State outside Bihar.last_img read more

Sensex surges over 400 pts bank stocks rally


first_imgMumbai: Equity benchmark BSE Sensex rallied over 400 points in early session on Thursday, led by gains in banking stocks, tracking positive cues from global markets. After hitting a high of 39,008.83, the 30-share index was trading 384.54 points, or 1 per cent, higher at 38,978.06 at 0945 hours, while the broader Nifty rose 120.75 points, or 1.06 per cent, to 11,560.95. In the previous session on Wednesday, the BSE barometer ended 503.62 points, or 1.29 per cent, lower at 38,593.52. The broader NSE Nifty plunged 148 points, or 1.28 per cent, to 11,440.20. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra Top gainers in the Sensex pack in early trade included ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Bank, L&T, M&M, Bajaj Finance, ONGC, Tata Steel, Maruti, Bharti Airtel, Tech Mahindra and Asian Paints, surging up to 3 per cent. On the other hand, Yes Bank, HCL Tech, SBI, Infosys, HDFC, PowerGrid, ITC, Sun Pharma and TCS fell up to 3 per cent. According to traders, domestic investors followed cues from global markets that rallied on reports that US President Donald Trump asserted a trade deal with China could happen sooner than expected. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Bourses in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul were trading significantly higher in their respective late morning sessions, while Shanghai Composite Index was trading on a negative note. Shares on Wall Street ended in the green on Wednesday. Further, experts continue to believe that the recent policy announcements are structurally positive for equities. The scenario is expected to improve with the monthly derivative settlement and ahead of the much-awaited RBI policy review meet next week, said Gaurav Dua, Sr VP, Head Capital Market Strategy & Investments, Sharekhan by BNP Paribas. On the currency front, the rupee appreciated 10 paise against its previous close to 70.93 in early session. Global oil benchmark Brent crude rose 0.10 per cent to 62.45 per barrel (intra-day). On Wednesday, foreign portfolio investors sold shares worth a net of Rs 342.40 crore, and domestic institutional investors offloaded equities worth Rs 762.48 crore, provisional data showed.last_img read more