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Job cuts hit LIAT, other Antigua businesses

first_img 40 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share NewsRegional Job cuts hit LIAT, other Antigua businesses by: – June 3, 2011 ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Scores of workers in Antigua and Barbuda were yesterday considering their job future as two of the island’s most prominent businesses and regional airline LIAT, based in that island, moved to cut jobs. Efforts are being made by government to jobs at another company which has announced its closure.The decision by the Observer Media Group and Hadeed Motors Ltd. to offer staff voluntary separation packages came a day after LIAT informed more than 70 workers at their City Ticketing Offices (CTOs) that they would be getting their pink slips.The other company, Antigua Brewery, earlier this week indicated that it will be moving its production operations to neighbouring St Vincent, putting about 42 jobs on the line.Observer and Hadeed blamed financial difficulties for their decisions, while the LIAT move is part of the airlines effort to cut expenses. The company had previously announced that it would be closing its CTOs throughout the region in hopes of saving US$3 million annually.The redundancies at LIAT will take effect on June 30. Meantime, other airline workers have until tomorrow to decide whether they will accept a voluntary separation and early retirement package offered by the airline.Employees at Hadeed Motors and the Observer Media Group will have to make a similar decision in coming days.In letters to its approximately 28 workers yesterday, Hadeed gave them a month to decide.The correspondence said that car sales had plummeted by more than 60 percent in the past three years and the company could no longer continue absorbing the losses.“No company can sustain such a situation for such an extended period of time, and should we continue to maintain the current level of employment, Hadeed Motors Ltd would not be able to survive, and any equity payment due to our longstanding employees could be in jeopardy,” it said.The 75 workers at Observer Media Group – which includes The Daily OBSERVER and OBSERVER Radio – have been given until next Friday, June 10, to express interest in voluntary severance.The letter from Chairman Winston Derrick said the company has been seriously affected by a significant contraction in the local economy and is being forced to reduce the cost of operations. He later told the newspaper that the aim is to trim 25 percent of costs.“To this end, we have been reviewing the expenses associated with running our business activities with a view to seeing where cuts could be made. As the next step in the process of reducing costs we are giving persons, who so desire, the opportunity to apply for a voluntary separation package from the company,” the memo stated.Derrick said that lay-offs could follow if enough people do not express interest in the offer.“If nobody is being voluntarily separated then we’ll have to take the next step and maybe we’ll lay off persons for a period of time, but we haven’t gotten that far yet,” he said.Meantime, Finance and Economy Minister Harold Lovell met on Tuesday with a delegation representing Empresas Leon Jimenez SA, the company from the Dominican Republic that owns Antigua Brewery, in efforts to keep the business open.He said the government is exploring a number of options designed to preserve the production of beer and soft drinks in Antigua. The company has said the economic downturn is taking a toll.“We understand the circumstances that have led the company to take this decision,” Lovell said, “but we also understand that, under the right circumstances, the production of beer and soft drinks can still be a profitable and successful sector in Antigua. We are therefore looking at all the options, including sale, lease, new investment, and others to revitalize the sector.”International Director for Antigua Brewery Hector Marine said the company was willing to work with the government to arrive at a resolution that would ensure the company does not completely abandon the Antigua market.Both sides agreed to resume discussions within a week regarding the proposals that had been put on the table.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

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Bulldogs MS Grapplers Get Win Over Golden Bears

first_imgThe Bulldog Middle School wrestling squad started off their final week of the season with a bang.  Hosting the Shelbyville Bears the Bulldogs put up a solid battle the entire night to walk away with a 58-57 win, taking them to 2-10 on the season in dual meet action.The evening started out with the bears giving up five weight classes and Batesville jumped out to an early 36-0 lead.  Receiving forfeits for the Bulldogs included; Joey Gutzwiller, Caleb Bischoff- Niece, JT Linkel, Andy Gutzwiller, and Henry Lipinski.  95 pounder, Isaiah Riffle continued the trend as he pinned his opponent in 1:12 in the first period.  Dallas Lamping walked away from a hard fought match with a 9-1 major decision over his 105 bout.  Jackson Wooldridge, Kevin Crowell, and Hunter Hon put together a trio of pins that increased the Bulldog lead to 58-30.  With the host team giving up six weight classes toward the upper weights, it lead to a nail biting end where the Bulldogs came out on top.Other wrestlers seeing varsity matches included, Noah Hewitt, Cole Streuwing, Ethan Gibbs, and Mitchell Thomas.  A great evening of effort and improvement came through for the Batesville grapplers.The Bulldogs will be back in action this Thursday as they host visiting Greensburg at Batesville Middle School starting at 5:30pm.Submitted by Cassie Mumaw.last_img read more

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Lady Wildcats Battle It Out At Madison Invitational

first_imgSaturday morning came extremely early, we loaded the bus at 6:45 am to play Madison in the first game of pool play at 9 am.We held our own with them but still lost in 2 sets. 25-8 and 25-16. We had a few serve errors at critical times. Rachel Bischoff had 2 kills. Makyah Richardson had 2 kills and 4 blocks. Mercedez Waddell had 1 kill and 1 dig. Rae Ertel had 1 kill. Anna Sacksteder had 1 kill. Alex Gillman had 1 block and 1 assist. Kelly Layton had 3 assists and 1 dig. Audrey Reister had 3 assists and 1 dig. We then played in the 3rd game around 11 am against South Ripley. This game went very well. We won in 2 sets 25-20 and 25-17. The girls cleaned up on serves this game. Kelsey Vail, Audrey Reister and Makyah Richardson each had 2 ace serves. Makyah Richardson had 3 kills, 4 blocks and 2 digs. Rachel Bischoff had 2 blocks and 1 dig. Mercedez Waddell had 2 blocks and 1 assist. Kelly Layton had 1 kill and 2 assists. Audrey Reister had 1 assist. Kelsey Vail had 3 digs. Jalynn Rogers had 1 dig.Our next game was at 2 pm against Rock Creek, we had sat for 2 other games to be played. We fell to Rock Creek in 2 sets 25-17 and 25-7. The first set went well. The second set, we couldn’t get a good pass on their serve. It was 0-12 when we finally took possession of the ball. I’m not sure but I think we just needed to be more focused. Kelsey Vail had 1 ace serve and 2 digs. Rachel Bischoff had 1 kill and 2 digs. Charlotte Barrett had 1 kill. Makyah had 3 big blocks against there middle hitter. Anna Sacksteder had 1 block. Kelly Layton and Audrey Reister each had 1 assist. Jalynn Rogers had 5 digs.We are on the road all this week. Tuesday, Sept 3rd, we are at EC!!! Come on out and support your Lady Cats!! We are FC!!!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.last_img read more

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