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LIAT pilots apologise for inconvenience, outline new agreement

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – The President of the Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association (LIAPLA), Captain Carl Burke, has apologised to the travelling public in the Caribbean after pilots refused to fly the ATR72 aircraft operated by the regional carrier, LIAT, over salary increases.“Well first of all, with the most recent situation which took place last week, I want to apologise to any persons that were inconvenienced and I want to give them all reassurance that the pilots normally, usually exhaust all means of negotiations with LIAT….,” Burke told WINN FM radio station.He told radio listeners the LIAPLA had brought in an attorney to assist it with the negotiations and that “there was a deal that was brokered in the Attorney General Labour Minister’s office on the 24th of May and we thought that would have put the matter of negotiations to bed.“Unfortunately the company did not follow through, or wrote us on the second of June indicating that they could not meet to some of the terms and conditions which were agreed to, but in general before any action is considered we always try to exhaust all means of negotiations that are arriving at.“We just don’t take action like that and in this case the pilots had no alternative than to stop flying the ATR 72, I think that they could be viewed as being reasonable that they were negotiating a rate of pay for an aircraft that is not covered under your contract for four years, I think four years is a long time,” Burke said.According to LIAT, it operates 10 ATR aircraft with the ATR72 capable of carrying 68 passengers, “by refusing to fly the ATR72 on the morning of June 7th, several aircraft and passengers were delayed at points of departure, including Trinidad, St Vincent, Tortola and Guyana”.The airline which denied reports that it had abandoned its pilots, said that “in this situation, the company’s priority remains to transport our loyal and paying passengers”.Burke said that under the new the agreement that ended the three-day industrial action, “the pilots will start receiving the wage package or the new ATR salary from July 19th 2017”.He said the retroactive payments will be in three tranches paid from August.“So I guess August, September, October, and then there’s a gap and then there’s another schedule which will commence I think December for six payments. This was an agreement that was reached, it was formalised by way of a consent order which was filed in the Industrial Court on Saturday,” he said, adding “this has basically brought a close to the negotiations with LIAT as it pertains to wage packages with the pilots”.Asked by his radio host as to whether the agreement will work given that the airline and its pilots have had a series of disputes over the years linked to pay and work conditions,’ Burke told listeners he was confident it would succeed.“Well it should because as I said it is now a legal obligation on the part of the company, the mere fact that it is filed in the Industrial Court, any breach of the agreement, any party will be charged with contempt of court, we are hoping that everything stays on schedule, that we can have this matter behind us and we can move forward.”LIAT’s main shareholders are the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Efforts to get other regional governments to become shareholders have so far proven futile. 130 Views   2 comments Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img BusinessLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel LIAT pilots apologise for inconvenience, outline new agreement by: Caribbean Media Corporation – June 13, 2017 Share Sharelast_img read more

Area Basketball Scores

first_imgWRBI Area Basketball Scores.Tuesday (12-16)Girls Scores.Batesville  68     Franklin County  64  (OT)Batesville JV won 43-26Jac-Cen-Del  53     North Decatur  27Switzerland County  42    South Ripley  25Conner  58     Lawrenceburg  41Connersville  48     Muncie Central  37Rushville  47     Greenwood  44Hauser 57     Edinburgh  33Waldron  58     Indy Arlington  32Lapel  63     Eastern Hancock  47Boys Scores.Shawe Memorial  73     South Decatur  62last_img read more

Saints pile pressure on Palace

first_img Press Association Three years to the day after facing Yeovil in League One, Saints’ impressive rise was highlighted by the fact seven of the starting line-up at Selhurst Park were away on international duty during the week. Rodriguez was one of four called up for England’s friendly against Denmark and struck the decisive blow on his return to club duty, with his first-half goal enough to secure the win. The hosts had a flurry of corners in quick succession, but the third ended with them falling behind. With the set-piece hoofed away, Puncheon’s attempted header back to Dean Moxey was weak and intercepted by Rodriguez, who won a challenge with Speroni and managed to slot into the empty goal as he fell on his rear. It was an unorthodox goal and a mistake Puncheon attempted to immediately atone for, only for his fine cross to be met by a wayward Bolasie effort. The pacy winger did better by stinging the palms of Artur Boruc in first-half stoppage time, but it was Southampton that went in at the break on top. Davis threatened and Luke Shaw – fresh from his England debut – stung the palms of Speroni either side of a fine effort from Lambert, who made the most of Palace’s inability to clear an Adam Lallana cross and flicked the ball with the outside of his right foot onto the post. Palace attempted to make amends for the visitors’ missed opportunities as they returned for the second half rejuvenated. Bolasie was proving a handful and, having darted past two Saints players, was brought down by a poor Lovren tackle when through on goal. The Palace fans called for the Croatia international to be sent off, but Howard Webb did not deem him the last man so only produced a yellow card. Lovren joined fellow centre-back Jose Fonte in the referee’s notebook, which soon also included Davis and Palace captain Mile Jedinak as tempers began to fray. The latter’s foul allowed Lambert to come close with a 25-yard free-kick, which came shortly after Murray saw penalty appeals waved away at the other end. Morgan Schneiderlin was booked for a lunge on Jedinak as the visitors looked to maintain their lead, with Nathaniel Clyne, making his first appearance at Selhurst Park since leaving Palace, clearing a dangerous cross from substitute Cameron Jerome. Lovren hacked away a Joe Ledley cross as Jerome loitered with intent and Shaw tested Speroni as the match entered the final 15 minutes. Palace desperately searched for a leveller but, aside from Boruc gathering a looping header from the offside Jerome and Clyne being booked, there was little to report as Saints held firm. The 24-year-old, restricted to a watching brief at Wembley, brought a dull match to life in the 37th minute, latching onto a weak header by former Southampton winger Jason Puncheon and then beating Julian Speroni in a 50-50 challenge to finish into an open goal. Saints came close to adding to Rodriguez’s eighth away league goal of the season as half-time approached, with fellow England international Rickie Lambert hitting the base of the post. Palace felt aggrieved that Dejan Lovren avoided a red card for what some deemed a last-man challenge on Yannick Bolasie early in the second half. The match began slowly with Rodriguez and a weak Glenn Murray penalty appeal the only moments of note until the ninth minute, when Speroni produced a wonderful save to deny Steven Davis – unaware the offside flag had been raised. It was one of few clear-cut chances created by Southampton in a frustrating opening 30 minutes, with diligent Palace defending meaning their possession counted for nothing. Murray and Rodriguez had efforts blocked in that period, before Jack Cork’s match was ended prematurely. The midfielder landed awkwardly on his ankle when clearing the ball, leading to Victor Wanyama’s 34th-minute introduction. Perhaps destabilised by the enforced change, Saints were forced onto the back foot as Palace enjoyed a spell in the ascendancy. Southampton’s international players showed no ill-effects as they returned to the day job at Crystal Palace, helping Saints secure a 1-0 victory as Jay Rodriguez’s strike ended a three-game losing streak. last_img read more

The Latest: Sports teams in Russia face funding cuts

first_img Associated Press The Latest: Sports teams in Russia face funding cuts Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus. The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund.Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts.All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended.___ The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial.The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 1, 2020last_img read more

Nomination for NSA Awards Closes on Sunday

first_imgThe ornanisers of the prestigious Nigerian Sports Award, Unmissable Incentives Limited has announced that the nominations of Sports men and women for the various categories of awards for the 2018 edition would close on Sunday, October 7, 2018.Executive Director, Unmissable Incentives Limited, Kayode Idowu disclosed this while briefing the media on developments on the 2018 edition of the Nigerian Sports Award.Idowu also commended all sports lovers as well as stakeholders in the sports community in Nigeria for participating in the nominations process thus far.“Although Nomination would close this Sunday, the quality of nominations we have gotten so far for this year’s edition of the award have been very impressive and this does not come as a surprise as our sports athletes have performed commendably at the different major sporting activities throughout the year,” Idowu said Idowu then reiterated the call for all sports loving Nigerians who has not been involved to seize the opportunity of the remaining few days to nominate their favourite Nigerian athletes who have recorded excellence performance in the various sports during the course of the year for the 2018 award programme.He urged Nigerian sports enthusiasts to visit the website of the award using the link – or nominate on Facebook, Instagram &Twitter.The nomination phase of the 2018 edition of the award opened on May 23rd, 2018. There are 21 categories of the award open for nominations this year including; Racket Sports Person of the Year (tennis, table tennis, badminton squash) Team Sports Person of the Year, Coach of the Year, Combat Sports Personality of the Year (karate, judo, taekwondo, wrestling, boxing), Wrestler of the Year, Discovery of the Year, Footballer of the Year (Women), Footballer of the Year (Men), Athletics Star of the Year, School Sports Award, Sports Administrator of the Year,  Sports Governor of the Year and Para Sports Person of the Year.Entry verification by Nomination Auditors would hold between October 8th and 9thwhile the announcement of final shortlist would be made public on October 10th, 2018. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Rookie starter Jaime Barria continues to impress Angels

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros FERNANDEZ HURTJose Fernandez was hit in the right hand by a Justin Verlander pitch in the first inning and came out of the game. X-rays showed no fracture, and Fernandez is considered day to day.He’s essentially become the Angels’ everyday first baseman in the three weeks since Albert Pujols underwent season-ending surgery.Fernandez had played only 27 games at first in the last two years in the minors, and seven in his eight years playing in Cuba. He was at in the lineup at first for the 26th game with the Angels, but he came out before taking the field.Previously a second baseman, Fernandez has impressed Scioscia with his ability to adapt at firsts. He also plays third.“He’s worked extremely hard,” Scioscia said. “He worked hard in spring training. He worked hard at Triple-A. He’s applied himself. This is the first time he’s played first base. You start to see things come a little more natural to him. A player always wants to continue to improve and work, and I know he will.”DINGERSThe Angels have hit 202 homers, the second most in franchise history. They are fifth in the league, ahead of the Boston Red Sox (195) and Houston Astros (194).“I think the guys that are supposed to drive the ball are driving the ball,” Scioscia said. “As far as the depth of our lineup, it has been a challenge because of some guys having rough first halves, and some guys were traded so less experienced guys have played.”Despite the homers, the Angels have scored 4.46 runs per game, which is just below league average. Their .314 on-base percentage and .414 slugging percentage are both just below the league averages of .318 and .416.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Tyler Skaggs, 8-8, 3.69) at Astros (RHP Charlie Morton, 15-3, 3.15), 11 a.m., Sunday, Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Barría got Alex Bregman on a popup and then the Angels called a pitchout and threw out José Altuve trying to steal second.Barría escaped with a performance the Angels needed after their starters had been hit hard three games in a row. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 20 of his 25 starts.“I thought his stuff was as good as we’ve seen in the last three or four starts,” Scioscia said. “It picked up. He hit his spots. He had to work hard to get through five. I thought he did a good job.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros HOUSTON — A night that ended with a few Angels rookies letting the game get away began with another rookie continuing to show he’s one of the season’s bright spots.On Saturday night, Jaime Barría gave up one run in five innings against a Houston Astros team that has now seen him four times.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Barría has a 2.57 ERA against the Astros, better than his 3.54 overall ERA through 25 starts.“He’s made adjustments along the way,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “I think he has great feel on the mound. He pitched well with his fastball again. He kept those guys off balance. He didn’t use as many changeups, but the slider was good. He definitely gave us a chance to win.” Barría walked three and hit a batter, and he got bailed out by the Angels recording outs on the bases twice. He needed 96 pitches to get through five innings.He was in a particularly tough spot in the fifth inning. With the Angels trailing 1-0, the Astros had runners at first and third with one out and the heart of the order due.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

New York: Izetbegovic met with Borut Pahor

first_imgChairman of the Presidency of BiH, Bakir Izetbegovic, met in New York with the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor.During the meeting, Chairman Izetbegovic and President Pahor exchanged their views on the situation in BiH and the region, when it comes to recent events.The President of the Republic of Slovenia congratulated the Chairman Izetbegovic on acceptance of the application of BiH for membership in the European Union, describing it as a very important step. He expressed the readiness of Slovenia to continue with its support to BiH, especially when it comes to meeting the next steps on the path towards the European Union.Chairman Izetbegovic thanked for the strong support of Slovenia to BiH, especially in the process of Euro-Atlantic integration.They discussed the bilateral cooperation between the two countries at the meeting, with special focus on economic cooperation.Chairman Izetbegovic informed President Pahor that the reform process that are taking place in BiH in the context of the reform agenda are giving results, especially in the socio-economic domain. He also emphasized that all the economic indicators are recording an increase and that BiH is currently the fastest growing economy in the Western Balkans.(Source: read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2013

first_imgWellington Police Notes for Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2013:•2:10 a.m. Melissa D. O’Neal, 44, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with no proof of insurance and emerging traffic.•8:58 a.m. Officers investigated burglary, theft and criminal damage to property in the 20 Industrial Avenue, Wellington.•2:52 p.m. Officers took a miscellaneous report in the 800 block. S. C, Wellington.•5:12 p.m. Gayle R. McCarty, 51, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dogs at large. (REF#13CR0185)•5:14 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal bite in the 100 block. N. Washington, Wellington, known owner.•7:32 p.m. Linda L. Clinkingbeard, 44, Wellington was arrested on a city of Wellington Warrant for obstructing official duty.•Chase D. Clinkingbeard, 24, Wellington was served a summons for theft.         •8:43 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of gasoline in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington.last_img read more

Florida DOH: Third presumptive positive Coronavirus case in Broward County

first_imgFlorida Department of Health confirms a 67-year-old Broward County man has tested presumptive positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) Sunday. This brings the total to three reported coronavirus patients in the county.The health department tweeted, the patient is currently in isolation. Two patients in Broward county were confirmed presumptive positive for COVID-19 Friday. FDOH announced those cases during the same time it confirmed a COVID-19 patient in Lee County.Palm Beach County Department of Health Director Dr. Alina Alonso, County Administrator Verdenia Baker, county commissioners and representatives from emergency management announced Sunday evening that the Pennsylvania Department of Health had recently advised the Florida Department of Health that a man who traveled to West Palm Beach for a convention Feb. 28 has tested positive for COVID-19. The man has since flown back to Pennsylvania.According to the Florida Department of Health, there is a total of 17 positive cases of the coronavirus connected to Florida. Of those cases, 11 patients are Florida residents, one patient is an out-of-state resident and five are repatriated cases.The CDC is also advising the elderly to not board crew ships or take cruises at this time.IF YOU FEEL SICK:The Florida Department of Health has opened a 24-hour COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Questions may also be emailed to Email responses will be sent during call center hours.Gov. Ron DeSantis met with Vice President Mike Pence, Florida’s two U.S. senators and cruise line officials Saturday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale asthe state Department of Health announced more presumptive cases of the disease — this time in Charlotte, Okaloosa, Volusia and Manatee Counties.Just after 9:30 p.m. Saturday the Florida Department of Health tweeted about a new presumptive positive case in Manatee County where it said the patient is in isolation and being cared for.The Department of Health also announced cases in Volusia and Okaloosa counties in a tweet just after 7 p.m. Saturday. The post affirmed both individuals are now isolated but had recently traveled on a Nile River Cruise in Egypt.A press release issued by the department reported the patient in Volusia county is a 66-year-old woman and the patient in Okaloosa County is a 61-year-old woman.As a result of the cases, the department is now advising individuals who traveled on the Nile River Cruise from Feb. 4 to 18 to isolate themselves for 14 days upon returning home after multiple passengers tested positive for the virus.FIU infectious diseases expert Dr. Aileen Marty joins Jen and I’ll Monday morning at 7:05 for the latest on COVID-10. She is featured in this interview on Sunday in Miami.For more information On COVID-19 from the CDC click here.last_img read more

Leafs expect injured vets back in lineup for weekend

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily Sports EditorIf the Nelson Leafs didn’t have bad luck the team would have no luck at all.Already icing one of the youngest rosters in the entire Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, the Leafs played most of last weekend without the services of three veteran players — forwards Gavin Currie and Cody Abbey and defenceman Tyler Parfeniuk.The result had the Leafs losing two of three, including a 6-2 pasting at the hands of the lowly Grand Forks Border Bruins.On the positive side, the 2010 KIJHL finalists did manage to get its first win of the season, a 3-2 win against an ever-improving Penticton Lakers squad, to right the ship, a little.“We haven’t been healthy since the beginning of the season,” Leaf coach and GM, Chris Shaw told The Nelson Daily Tuesday.“We have such a young club that the impact of losing three veterans is huge and changes the dynamics of the team.”Currie did manage to get in a few shifts during the loss to Beaver Valley and Sunday’s win over the Lakers, but did not look at full strength fighting a nagging upper body injury.Abbey spent Sunday’s encounter sitting in the stands. The Leafs definitely missed the 6’2”, 200-pound winger huge body in front of the net.As for Parfeniuk, the rugged Kelowna defenceman has played in just one game this season thanks to a shoulder injury.Shaw expects Abbey and Currie back in the lineup in the return match Saturday against the Bruins in Grand Forks.However, Parfeniuk will remain on the disabled list. “The game last week was a weird one,” Shaw explained when asked about the loss to the Bruins. “Grand Forks scored six power play goals, which is almost unheard of in junior hockey.”“Still there are no excuses the way we played in Grand Forks,” he added.Shaw did add a fresh face to the Leaf lineup Sunday in the form of Marcus Dhal, a speedy, but small, 17-year-old forward from the Calgary Royals of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.At 5’8”, 165-pounds, Dahl adds some speed to the Leafs front line.“He’s a skilled forward who played last season for the Okanagan Hockey Association Major Midget team,” Shaw said.The road doesn’t get any easier for the Leafs. After playing Grand Forks Friday, Nelson plays host to the always-tough Fernie Ghostriders Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.STAT LINE: Nelson, 1-4, is not only last in the Murdoch Division, but the Green and White hold down the bottom spot in the league in goals scored this season at 1.80 per game. Fernie Ghostriders are tops with 4.70 goals per game. Nelson has also allowed 4.40 goals per game, second worst in the KIJHL behind Princeton Posse. . . . Connor McLaughlin leads the team in scoring with four points, including three goals. In contrast, Thierry Martine of Osoyoos Coyotes and Duncan Schulz of Kamloops Storm lead the league, each with nine points. Martine has six goals in four games.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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