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Warner’s stock continues to rise as IPL playoffs loom

first_img(REUTERS) – David Warner has enhanced his leadership qualities with some stellar captain’s displays to keep his Sunrisers Hyderabad side on course for a second successive Indian Premier League (IPL) triumph.The Australia vice-captain struggled in the four-Test series in India preceding the IPL but has been at his attacking best in the Twenty20 tournament, where he has registered back-to-back 600-plus run seasons.The explosive opener was the league’s second-highest run-scorer during the franchise’s maiden triumph last year and Warner’s consistency helped Hyderabad finish third in the eight-team standings by the end of the regular season on Sunday.Hyderabad will be hoping Warner continues his rich vein of form when the side face Kolkata Knight Riders, who were fourth in the standings and are one of the IPL’s most consistent teams, in an elimination showdown tomorrow.The victors of the contest will advance to meet the losers of today’s Qualifier 1 match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant, who finished first and second respectively, for a place in the final.Australia captain Steve Smith has been Pune’s leading scorer and will be hoping he can lead the franchise to an IPL title in their second and last season in the tournament.Pune and the Gujarat Lions were drafted into the IPL as short-term replacements for the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who were banned for the 2016 and 2017 seasons for their involvement in a spot-fixing scandal.Smith’s side will, however, be without their talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has to report for national duty with England ahead of next month’s Champions Trophy.“We have got a couple of options that we can talk about. It is going to be a big loss,” Smith told reporters on Sunday. “Stokes has been a big name. But hopefully, the other guys can step up.”MAXWELL FLOPSThe Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians will be playing at their home Wankhede Stadium and will be keen to avenge two regular season losses to state rivals Pune today, with the winner advancing to Sunday’s final in Hyderabad.The third Australian captain in the IPL, Kings XI Punjab’s Glenn Maxwell, did not have a great tournament, with his side finishing just outside the top four and coming under fire from former India opener Virender Sehwag.“We always knew that when Maxwell fires, then he can win the match on his own,” Sehwag, the franchise’s director of cricket operations, said.“But he didn’t fire in eight or nine games. That is a big disappointment, especially since he’s experienced, having played for Australia’s Test and ODI teams.“He didn’t take the responsibility as a captain and didn’t perform for Kings XI Punjab.”Gujarat and the Delhi Daredevils also finished outside the playoff spots, while the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore finished last among the eight teams.Last year’s runner-up Bangalore, led by India skipper Virat Kohli and boasting the big bats of South Africa’s AB de Villiers and West Indian Chris Gayle, won just three of their 14 matches.last_img read more

Golden Jaguars to kick off Qatar World Cup Qualifier in October

first_imgGUYANA’s ‘Golden Jaguars’, the country’s senior Men’s National Football team, will kick off their Qatar World Cup campaign in October, according to CONCACAF’s latest announcement  and updated men’s international calendar, which includes a new format for the Concacaf Qualifiers to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and updates on the Nations League and 2021 Gold Cup. The teams will play home and away in a direct elimination format in the FIFA match window of March 2021. The three winners will progress to the final round.The final round (eight teams) of the Concacaf Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will see the three winners from the second round join the Concacaf Member Associations ranked 1-5 (Mexico, USA, Costa Rica, Honduras and Jamaica) based on the FIFA rankings as of July 16, 2020. According to a release from the confederation responsible for football in North and Central America and the Caribbean, the new CONCACAF Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 comprise three rounds and provide all participating Member Associations with the chance to compete for the Confederation’s three and a half World Cup spots.The First Round (30 teams) will be played between the Concacaf Member Associations ranked 6-35 based on the FIFA rankings as of July 16, 2020.Guyana is currently ranked 16 in CONCACAF and 166 across FIFA, according to the latest global rankings.The 30 men’s national teams will be drawn into six groups of five in a seeded draw. The six highest ranked teams, El Salvador, Canada, Curacao, Panama, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago will be pre-seeded into groups A to F respectively.Each team will play every other team in their group once, playing a total of four matches– two home and two away. These games will be played in the FIFA match windows of October 2020 and November 2020.At the end of the first round, the six group winners will progress to the second round.The second round (six teams) will be played between the group winners from the first round, with the match-ups pre-determined where Group A winner will play the winner of Group F; winner of Group B will collide with Group E winner; and Group C winner will face the winner of Group D. center_img The national teams ranked 1-5 had already gained enough FIFA ranking points to guarantee their place in the final round prior to the development of a new format.Final round teams: (1) Mexico  (2) USA  (3) Costa Rica  (4) Jamaica  (5) Honduras (6) Second Round winner (7) Second Round winner  (8) Second Round winner.The final round will begin in the double FIFA match window in June 2021 and continue in the FIFA match windows of September, October, November 2021 and January and March 2022.The eight teams will play each other on a home-and-away basis, with each team playing 14 matches.At the end of the final round, the top three finishing teams will qualify directly to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The fourth placed team will qualify for the FIFA Intercontinental Playoff, scheduled to be played in June 2022.last_img read more

No. 67 Syracuse drops 4-3 home match to No. 21 Duke

first_img Published on March 8, 2015 at 7:43 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Rhiann Newborn and Breanna Bachini fell short of a victory with an 8-4 doubles loss. It gave Duke the doubles point, which proved to be crucial to the match’s outcome.Because singles play was split, the doubles point served as a tiebreaker as No. 67 Syracuse (6-6, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) lost to No. 21 Duke (8-5, 4-0) 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at Drumlins Tennis Center. It was the second loss of the weekend for the Orange, who is now entering an 11-day break from match play.Syracuse’s only victory in doubles play came from senior Komal Safdar and sophomore Valeria Salazar, who won their match 8-5. Senior Amanda Rodgers and freshman Nicole Mitchell found less success as they lost their match, 8-3.Rodgers found herself in the win column in singles play with a 6-4, 7-5 victory. Other singles victories came from Newborn, who won 7-5, 6-3, and Safdar, who earned her singles point in a grueling fashion (6-1, 5-7, 10-6 super-tiebreak).Salazar played a complete match on Sunday against Duke after retiring in her match on Friday. She didn’t find the result she was looking for, though, as she lost 6-2, 6-2.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite a strong fight against Miami on Friday, Bachini wasn’t able to win her singles point, losing 6-4, 6-2.Sophomore Olivia Messineo had not played a match since Feb. 27 against Notre Dame, but she played in the singles lineup on Sunday. She only won one game in a 6-0, 6-1 loss.Syracuse will attempt to snap its two-match losing streak against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on March 20.Compiled by Kevin Pacelli, staff writer, Commentslast_img read more

Ambassadors discuss US-China relations, Hong Kong protests

first_imgTensions were high in the Annenberg School for Communication auditorium as Clayton Dube of USC’s U.S.-China Institute sat down with Ambassador Jeffrey Bader and Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles Zhang Ping for a discussion on United States-China relations Tuesday.  The discussion was held just hours after the U.S. Senate approved the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, legislation dedicated to supporting protesters in Hong Kong fighting for democracy.  Bader, the founding director of the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution, outlined what he believes has changed between China and the U.S. over the last few decades, criticizing the current state of the trajectory of the country’s economic reform.  “Since 1978 when Deng Xiaoping presided over the … Chinese Communist Party, China has been committed to restructuring its economy away from the Maoist, state-centered model towards a market-driven model,” Bader said. “There was, for some period after that, sort of a drift in economic restructuring and reform in China under subsequent leadership. In the last five or six years, it’s the consensus of most Western observers that there has been backsliding. The drive towards economic restructuring and reform and market-based change has been substituted for by an emphasis on civility and party control.” Some students in the audience scoffed at Zhang’s response. Some got up and left the auditorium. Of the students who stayed were seniors Shichen Liu and Siyi Zhang, two public policy graduate students from China. They both criticized Zhang’s tendency to be out of touch with the people of China.  “The pressure on China is very much, I’ll say influenced by the Western media reports on China, which in most cases we think is pretty biased, or intentionally biased,” Zhang said. “I think they try to portray it as an issue of human rights. That kind of media influence has played a role in the perception of China. That’s why I think we need to present China in a very objective way.”  “China is a very big country. As we said, it’s pretty easy when you start reform because there are lots of things that can be changed easily,” Zhang said. “After certain years, what’s left? what we called hard blows, which are difficult because that kind of reform needs to be studied carefully in order to minimize the negative impact on the people … I don’t think the reform process has been slowed down.”  Zhang, the former Chinese ambassador to Fiji, opened the conversation with a statement on China’s development since the beginning of U.S.-China relations in the 1970s. Zhang said China is “going through profound changes unseen in a century,” in reference to the recent technological boom as well as the protests happening in Hong Kong.  “China-U.S. relations are also going through some profound changes,” Zhang said. “Some people perceived [China’s development] as a threat to the U.S. supremacy, so they are trying to depict China as a major adversary.”  “[He] has a tendency to… represent the officials,” Liu said. “He said a lot of official words and didn’t say a lot from his own perspective. He was there to represent the government.”  “We want to hear something different from the Chinese side, like not what the Chinese media will say,” Zhang said. “Maybe something from his own interpretation and experience.” In a later response to both Bader and the moderator, Zhang rebutted claims that economic reform in China has halted. As the hour wound down with a discussion on trade and economic ties between the two countries, the unease in the room did not. Dube discussed the state of human rights in China, directly referencing the government’s detention centers in Shanghai, prompting Zhang to criticize American coverage of Chinese affairs.last_img read more

ManBetX pockets key snooker sponsorship deal

first_img Share Related Articles Betfred extends World Snooker Championship sponsorship May 2, 2019 Share StumbleUpon Sportradar supports snooker’s Championship League with data deal June 2, 2020 ManBetX aims for ‘huge impact’ with Wolves partnership June 5, 2019 Submit Matchroom Multi Sport has announced that ManBetX will title sponsor snooker’s Champion of Champions tournament for the next two years.Taking place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry from Monday to Sunday 5-11 November, the 2018 the ManBetX Champion of Champions will be broadcast live in the UK on ITV4 throughout and on networks around the world including CCTV in China.Barry Hearn, Chairman of Matchroom Sport, outlined: “We are delighted to once again be working with ManBetX on what is one of the biggest events on the snooker calendar. We have an ongoing relationship with ManBetX, who are a great supporter of world-class snooker and we are pleased that they will title sponsor the Champion of Champions.“The tournament attracts great crowds and a huge international TV audience, with top-class snooker assured as 16 champions of sport compete to determine the ultimate Champion of Champions.”The ManBetX Champion of Champions features World Snooker tournament winners from the previous 12 months, including World Champion Mark Williams, UK Championship winner Ronnie O’Sullivan and Shaun Murphy, who will defend the title he won last November.The tournament begins with four groups, each featuring a semi-final and final on the same day with the group winners progressing to the tournament semi-finals on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November. Sunday’s final will be played over 19 frames with the winner taking home £100,000.Luis Álvarez-Cervela, spokesperson of ManBetX also commented on the deal: “ManBetX continue to overtake competitors and become a trusted brand through our title sponsorship of the Champion of Champions showpiece event. We look forward to seeing the ManBetX brand feature alongside many of the best snooker players on the planet.”Scott Taylor, Partner at Project11, added: “We are delighted to announce this strategic and exciting addition, boasting the prestigious Champion of Champions title and reinforcing ManBetX’s position in world snooker.”last_img read more

Steelers to watch playoffs on TV

first_imgWhere did we go wrong? That will be the question the Steelers will ask themselves for the next few months. Then they must correct the problems if they are to challenge for that seventh Super Bowl trophy next season.The Steelers held on once again in the fourth quarter to defeat the Miami Dolphins 30-24 to finish the season 9-7, and then they prayed for other teams to lose to get them into the playoffs. Well, not enough teams lost so they will be watching the playoffs and the Super Bowl on television. Despite the disappointing season, most teams in the league would love to have the Steelers’ problems, because they can easily be fixed.Number 1:  First priority must be a big, defensive back. They must get a tall coverage cornerback to compliment Ike Taylor. William Gay is not the answer, nor is Deshea Townsend.Number  2: They must totally overhaul the special teams. The only pluses are the kickers along with Stefan Logan, who set a Steeler record in punt and kickoff return yardage. But the coverage was terrible, worst in the league. You can’t run down speedy returners if you don’t have speed. What about using Mike Wallace on the coverage team?Number 3: The defensive line. Will Aaron Smith be back healthy? And will they re-sign Casey Hampton? Most feel Hampton, because of his age, and the offers he will get from other teams, will not be back. So that leaves Chris Hoke who has been solid as a backup but can he do it game in and game out? And what if he gets hurt? The line is the anchor of the defense. When it falters all other weaknesses are exposed, such as slow cornerbacks.Number 4: More creativity in the offense. Much of the blame is being put on the defense, but a lot of the blame falls on the offense. They were great in the first half, but completely died in the second half, especially the fourth quarter. They are loaded with talent, thus breaking just about every Steelers record in sight. Ben Roethlisberger led the way by becoming the first quarterback in Steelers history to pass for over 4,000 yards, finishing the season with 4,328. As a result of these huge numbers his receivers had their best season. Hines Ward with 1,167 and Santonio Holmes with 1,248, marking the first time in Steeler history two receivers have had 1,000 yards or more. Heath Miller set a record for receptions by a tight end with 76. Rashard Mendenhall gained 1,108 yards despite not starting until the fourth game of the season, and even then not getting the ball as often as he should because of the passing game.With all this talent why weren’t the Steelers more productive in the second half? This will be a question coach Mike Tomlin will put to his offensive coordinator and if an answer is not found, we may see a move made there.The Steelers did some things this season they haven’t in the past, which should make them more productive. They passed to the tight end at a record pace, and with Miller returning next season look for that spot to be even more productive. Joining what will probably be a three-wide receiver set, Mike Wallace, with a year under his belt, should be one of the most explosive receivers in the game next season. With Ward, Holmes and Miller on the field, teams can’t double team him, and like Randy Moss, no one can cover him one-on-one.Another new addition to the offense this season was passing the ball to the running backs, partly because Mendenhall is the best receiving back the Steelers have had since Preston Pearson, way back in the ’70s. This versatility should lead to far more scoring opportunities next season, making it much tougher for defenses to figure out what the Steelers are going to do.Another question mark is the future of Willie Parker. He still has several good years left, but not with the Steelers. In the past when the primary game was the run, we needed two solid backs, but now he would be limited to less than 10 carries per game which he’s not going to accept. There will be several teams offering him a nice buck for his services; in turn he will carry the ball more.However, the Steelers do need a second back in case Mendenhall gets hurt, plus most teams today have two backs. Mewelde Moore has looked good as a third down back so he could be used more. But if Mendenhall gets hurt, the Steelers will be hurting.So, don’t be surprised if the Steelers are once again in the Super Bowl hunt next season, with just a few minor changes. This is where Mike Tomlin will prove if he’s a great coach or not.2010 schedule(AP)—The Steelers will play division champions New England, New Orleans and Cincinnati in 2010, based on the NFL’s scheduling formula. The Steelers play home and away against AFC North rivals Cincinnati (11-5), Baltimore (9-7) and Cleveland (5-11). They will also play the four AFC East teams: New England (10-6), New York Jets (9-7), Miami (7-9) and Buffalo (6-10).Under the NFL’s interconference rotation, they will meet New Orleans (13-3), Atlanta (9-7), Carolina (8-8) and Tampa Bay (3-13) of the NFC South. The Steelers will meet third-place teams from the other two AFC divisions, Oakland (5-11) and Tennessee (8-8). Six opponents will be holdovers, including Miami, Oakland and Tennessee. SCARY MOMENT— Dolphins quarterback Pat White goes down as he is hit by Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor (24) during the second half, Jan. 3, in Miami. White was carted off the field with a head injury following the helmet-to-helmet collision with Taylor. last_img read more

2014 already shaping up as year to remember

first_imgIn this Oct. 10, 2010, file photo, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice laughs after autographing a football following her visit with the Cleveland Browns coaches and players at the team’s NFL football training facility in Berea, Ohio. Rice was the only female named to the College Football Playoff selection committee (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)Cold and snow for the Super Bowl, balmy temperatures and palm trees for the Winter Olympics. A college football champion that nobody can question and a golf major guaranteed to go two weeks. There’s also the never-ending mess with Alex Rodriguez, and a World Cup that may — or may not — come off as planned.The New Year hasn’t even arrived yet, and 2014 is already shaping up to be one odd year.While it’s impossible to predict everything that will happen in the coming months, especially when it comes to sports — raise your hand if you saw that World Series title for the Boston Red Sox coming, or that swift kick to Alabama’s hopes for a three-peat — one thing is for certain:It’s going to be a year like few others.In this Dec. 15, 2013 file photo, a mound of snow is shown outside of MetLife Stadium before an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Giants, in East Rutherford, N.J. NFL officials may be embracing the notion of a cold-weather Super Bowl, but seriously: What happens if there is, in fact, a snow storm on Feb. 2? (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)SUPER BOWL, Feb. 2Yes, teams play in the cold and snow all the time during the regular season, and some of the NFL’s most memorable games were played in wintry conditions. And yes, there’s a chance it could be in the 40s on game day. But the NFL is taking a big gamble by holding the Super Bowl, its marquee event, at an outdoor stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., in the dead of winter.While some folks shelling out big bucks for Super Bowl tickets are fans of the two teams playing, most come for the experience — and that wasn’t meant to include frostbite. There will be plenty of mumbling and grumbling if the Big Apple is hit by a blizzard or cold snap Feb. 2, to say nothing of the potential embarrassment of empty seats. Bad weather wouldn’t be any picnic in the days before, either, wreaking havoc with the other events that make the Super Bowl the spectacle that it is and keeping fans hunkered down in their hotel rooms.If they can get to their hotel rooms, that is.Tennis champion Billie Jean King is introduced during a town hall conversation hosted by the group Women for Hillary in New York. The White House says King and U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul will join the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics next year in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)WINTER OLYMPICS, Feb. 7-23Weather has been a concern since the Winter Games were awarded to Sochi, a resort city on the Black Sea where the average high in February is nearly 50 degrees and rain is far more likely than snow. The temperatures should be lower in the mountains, where the outdoor events will be held, and organizers have guaranteed snow, even if it’s the stuff they’ve been squirreling away since last year, when un-Winter Olympic-like weather forced the cancellation of some test events.Warm temperatures and slushy snow might wind up being the least of the worries for Russian president Vladimir Putin and Sochi organizers, however. Russia’s new anti-gay laws have sparked outrage from the rest of the world, as has Putin’s human-rights record. The International Olympic Committee has reminded athletes that protests or political gestures violate the Olympic charter, and Sochi organizers have said they will set up special “protest zones.” But the criticism isn’t likely to quiet once the games begin, not when the whole world is watching.ALEX RODRIGUEZA decision on whether the New York Yankees’ third baseman will play this season is expected in January. Rodriguez was banned for 211 games last August for violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, but he played out the season while the union appealed. The Yankees have made it clear they’ve had it with Rodriguez, which would make spring training all kinds of awesome if he reports in February.Oh, A-Rod is also suing Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig. Not that that’s awkward or anything.__BOSTON MARATHON, April 21The field for this year’s race will be 36,000-strong, the second-largest in history, as runners honor not only the victims of last year’s bombings but the city’s resilience.__WORLD CUP, June 12-July 13Six of the 12 stadiums won’t be ready until January or February, though organizers insist that’s still more than enough time to hold test events. But despite spending billions to prepare for the World Cup (and the 2016 Olympics), questions remain about Brazil’s infrastructure, with many fearing the airports, roads and local transportation systems won’t be able to handle the crush of tourists. All that spending also has created resentment among Brazilian citizens, who disrupted last summer’s Confederations Cup with violent protests.On the field, however, this could be one of the most entertaining tournaments yet. Led by budding star Neymar, host Brazil has its most intriguing team since its last title run in 2002. Lionel Messi is finally showing the sublime form for Argentina that’s become his trademark with Barcelona. The Europeans are, simply, stacked, with reigning champion Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium all legitimate front-runners. And parity has made for some very competitive — some would say cruel — group-stage matchups.Tiger Woods makes his approach shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)US OPEN, June 12-15 and 19-22For the first time, the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens will be played on the same course, Pinehurst No. 2, in the same year. A week apart, no less.While it’s a terrific showcase for the women — odds are the upcoming women’s Open will be mentioned a time or 12,000 during the men’s broadcast — there are concerns, as well. Like the state of the domed greens after a week of being tromped on by Tiger, Rory and the rest of the guys. If there are weather delays or a playoff, the women won’t get on the course until Tuesday, giving them just two days to prepare for their biggest major.This combo of undated file photos shows 12 of the 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee that were announced on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 by committee chairman Jeff Long, the athletic director at Arkansas. (AP Photo/File)COLLEGE FOOTBALL, August-JanuaryNo matter what else happens, there will be peace in the land come the end of the year in the form of the first college football playoff.Unless, of course, five or six teams finish the year unbeaten.last_img read more

Dutch teen is youngest-ever F1 winner

first_imgMercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg initially stole the headlines, after a second-corner collision left the two drivers out of the race — the first time in history Mercedes has lost both its cars on the first lap.But the incident should take nothing away from the teenager, who sped to the front alongside Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo after the safety car had been deployed.Verstappen showed maturity beyond his years, as he led for the final 21 laps of the race on deteriorating tires and with far more experienced drivers on his tail. “It feels amazing,” the Verstappen said on the podium. “I cant believe it.”It was a great race — I have to say thank you to the team for giving me such a great car. To win straight away in the first race is a great feeling.”When asked if he thought his father, Jos, a former Formula One driver himself, would be proud, Verstappen replied: “I think so. From a very young age my dad helped me a lot and to achieve this amazing.”last_img read more

Ulloa, operated on by the crusader

first_imgIf this season in Vallecas has been characterized by something, it is serious injuries that have plagued the team practically since summer. The first was Velázquez with a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and then Baby followed with the same problem in his right knee. Captain Alberto has also had to undergo surgery twice, although in his case the reason was the cartilage of his left knee. Leo Ulloa, 33, He underwent surgery on Wednesday for the rupture in the anterior cruciate ligament and the internal lateral aspect of the left knee. that occurred during training last Wednesday, February 12. The operation was carried out by doctors César Flores and Manuel Leyes at the CEMTRO Clinic. The estimated recovery time for the Rayo striker amounts to seven months. The last footballer to be operated has been the Argentine Ulloa – Comesaña did it before for a bilateral inguinal hernia – who says goodbye to a season in which he has contested a total of 1,513 minutes spread over 17 matches (all of them as owner) and in which he scored six goals (the last, Oviedo, just a few days before he was injured) and assisted twice. (Almería and Ponferradina).center_img This serious injury forced the franjirrojo club to look for another striker, since he only had Yacine as ‘nine’ after this unexpected loss. This situation opened the doors to Juan Villar, who came to Vallecas on loan until the end of the season. At the moment, Yacine has participated in five games (four of them as a starter) and has scored a goal (Albacete), while Juan Villar has 64 minutes in the last three games.last_img read more

Sugar workers protest President’s office

first_imgMerging of LBI/Enmore Estates“We want wages!” and “No merging!” were the echoing sounds of sugar workers as they took their protest action to the Ministry of the Presidency on Tuesday. This action comes in light of their frustrations over the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) finalising its decision to merge the La Bonne Intention (LBI) and Enmore estates. About 100 workers and their union representatives braved theGAWU President Komal Chand standing on the picket lineSugar workers and union representatives want more dialogue with GuySuCoThe protesters outside the Ministry of the Presidency on Tuesdaymorning rains, and continued to denounce what they described as “bullyism” and “hostility” meted out to them by GuySuCo.According to the protesters, La Bonne Intention (LBI) workers are being “treated like footballs” by management and they are calling on Government to ensure that the Sugar Corporation engages in more dialogue with its workers. It was related that the workers are concerned with how some of their fellow colleagues have been transferred and it was noted that their rates of pay at Enmore are lower than what they currently receive at LBI. This publication was told that this figure moved from $2100 per day to $700 per day.Many of the protesters, who have not performed duties in over one week, exclaimed that they are not prepared to move to the Enmore estate.“It got over 2700 hectares cane plant in LBI and LBI people (workers) must remain at LBI. It got fertiliser, spraying and cane cutting; it got all work over at LBI,” expressed Balkissoon Ramdasoon.He also decried the Sugar Corporation’s treatment of workers and noted that the entity is trying to “cripple” their representative, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU).“Them seh you [have to work] at Enmore but when you go over, no [work is there]…dem only frustrating de workers,” Ramdasoon stressed, noting that eight months into 2016, workers have not seen any increase in wages.“You claim yo mek 247,000 tonnes sugar last year, you pass the target… eight months [we] deh in; GuySuCo is trying to cripple the union but we standing up with our union [and] we gonna stand up until betterment reach,” the frustrated man pointed out.One Enmore worker who joined the picket line claimed that the current wages workers are receiving, cannot meet their needs.“Me want de President fo call on GuySuCo to come out and talk to the people [so that they] could go back to work,” the Enmore worker expressed.However, some LBI workers said that moving to Enmore signals that they would have to spend more time travelling and stated that GuySuCo ought to pay out severance packages.“Leh deh close it down and pay people they lil money!” a female sugar worker expressed. A male nearby exclaimed: “To go to Enmore you have to wake up one hour in front of time, one hour late, you meet back home and more time for you waste,” the protester stressed.Meanwhile, GAWU President, Komal Chand, who stood in solidarity with the sugar workers, claimed that Noel Holder is the first Agriculture Minister who has not engaged the Union and by extension, sugar workers, in open dialogue since the sector was nationalised in 1976.“I personally asked the Minister to engage us [but] he has never…we had been able to meet all the Ministers in the PNC (People’s National Congress) Government, under President Hoyte and President Burnham and all the other Presidents but this Minister is behaving in a queer way, in that he is not wanting to meet with the Union – no dialogue, no discussion,” Chand postulated.The veteran sugar representative further explained that he is hopeful that GuySuCo will meet with GAWU to discuss the matters at hand.“We cannot allow this situation go on like this…we are looking forward to immediate discussions between the Union and GuySuCo to address the issues where they are violating even the law, not only the agreement, in the forceful nature of the merger of LBI with Enmore,” Chand pointed out.Meanwhile, some workers said they feel “embarrassed” that the Minister doesn’t want to meet with them. GAWU in a statement claimed that in “recent months”, there has been an erosion of their “gains and benefits” which were secured by workers after “hard and bitter struggles”.last_img read more