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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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Soccer prelim, volleyball quarterfinal matchups set

first_imgBelow are times and dates for local high school playoff games to be held this week. A list of next week’s games will be posted Monday, Oct. 22. Road teams are listed first.Friday, Oct. 19Boys’ soccer, Class B North: (9) Mount Desert Island vs. (8) Hermon, 4 p.m.Boys’ soccer, Class C North: (10) Piscataquis vs. (7) George Stevens Academy, 3:30 p.m.Girls’ soccer, Class D North: (12) Deer Isle-Stonington vs. (5) Katahdin, 3:30 p.m.Saturday, Oct. 20Girls’ soccer, Class B North: (10) Ellsworth vs. (7) Mount View, 3 p.m.Girls’ soccer, Class B North: (12) MDI vs. (5) Caribou, 1 p.m.Girls’ soccer, Class C North: (9) Penquis Valley vs. (8) Bucksport, noonVolleyball, Class C: (8) Bucksport vs. (1) Calais, 1 p.m.Volleyball, Class C: (7) GSA vs. (2) Washington Academy, 3 p.m.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Juventus clinch Serie A title for ninth time

first_img(BBC) – Juventus clinched a record-extending ninth successive Serie A title as they defeated Sampdoria in Turin.Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 31st league goal of the season from Miralem Pjanic’s short free-kick in first-half injury time and Federico Bernardeschi sealed the victory after 67 minutes.Maurizio Sarri’s side are the only team to win nine consecutive titles in one of Europe’s top five leagues.It extends their own record, which Bayern Munich had matched in June.Ronaldo missed the chance to get closer to Ciro Immobile’s tally of 34 at the top of the Serie A goal charts as he struck a penalty against the crossbar in the final minutes.Juventus had missed the chance to claim the title in what manager Sarri described as a “messy” defeat at Udinese on Thursday and began Sunday’s match with just one win in their last five games.They were far from their free-flowing best and were forced to withstand plenty of pressure in the second half but Bernardeschi’s goal from Ronaldo’s saved attempt ensured former Chelsea manager Sarri won the first league title of his managerial career.Sampdoria’s hopes of finding a way back into the match ended as they were reduced to 10-men following a second booking for Morten Thorsby.Ronaldo’s goal sees him move to within three of leading Serie A goalscorer Immobile, who scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 win over Verona earlier on Sunday.Juventus extend record dominationJuventus are one of three European teams to be on a run of nine titles in a row, alongside Celtic in Scotland and Ludogorets Razgrad of Bulgaria.The world record for consecutive league titles is thought to be Tafea, who won the Vanuatu league for 15 seasons in a row (1994 to 2009), while Gibraltar’s Lincoln Red Imps and the now dissolved Skonto of Latvia have the European record with 14 in a row.Lyon won seven French titles in a row (between 2002 and 2008), while Real Madrid have won five consecutive Spanish titles twice and Huddersfield, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are the only teams to win three in a row in England.Within Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues – England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France – Juventus’ 36 titles is a record, two ahead of this season’s Spanish champions Real Madrid.last_img read more

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FCBESCOLA: Imparting Barcelona Football Culture to Nigerian Youths

first_imgTaking the kids through the basics is Barnat Villa, who had been in charge of the Barcelona academy in Spain for several years and is supported by Nigerian coaches that had been equally imbued with the philosophy of the Spanish team.“The aim of the FCBESCOLA is to teach the kids the same way as we teach in Barcelona using the same methodology and drills. For now we are having about 1,000 kids out of which about 700 would eventually make it through for the school proper. I’m being supported by some local coaches of whom I have explained to them our methodology and we are teaching them our philosophy,” Villa said.Villa is very optimistic that from what he had seen so far, there were great potentials that could eventually make it to the top of their career in football.“We’ve seen a lot of good players that are on very good level. But the most important thing is for these players to be in good physical condition as their counterparts in Europe and if they can understand how we work and train, which is our methodology, in few years some of them can make it to good clubs in Europe and eventually their national team,” the head coach noted.Asked the major difference between an average Nigerian player and their European counterparts, Villa said, “The kids here are more of individual players, though they have good technical skills but they have problems technically and collectively. They are too individualistic, they always think they can take on their opponents and go alone with the ball and finish the ball by themselves. We have to make them realise they should play with the team.”Villa said about 1,100 players were registered in the first phase, while the registration for the second phase slated for October was ongoing and he is hoping that the academy could register about 1,000 more players for the second phase.According to him the players would train all year round and the very good ones could be transferred to La Masia (Barcelona Academy in Spain).For now, the players will be coming from home, but plans are in the offing to build hostels where the kids would be camped. “There is no hostel provision for now, but it’s an idea that would be developed in a few years. For now the kids just come from their homes and train for one hour fifty minutes thrice in a week and on Saturdays they are involved in competitive matches. At the end of the exercise if we discover some distinguished players, why not, in few years they could be transferred to Barcelona,” he explained.He said the sole aim was to imbibe the Barcelona culture into Nigerian football and to develop the talent in Nigeria and make them great players in future.Also speaking on the vision, mission and the model which the academy would adopt in its operation, the academy’s Sport Director in Nigeria, Lesile Oghomienor, said it would be of world standard.“We are planning to have a 7,000 capacity academy stadium with all the sports facilities such as gyms offices and training pitches. The academy will also admit children from ages six to 18 that are good for grassroots development. We hope to do that within the next two years. We hope that in the next few years, products of our academy will win the U-17 World Cup for Nigeria,” he said.On how the academy would benefit Nigerians, Oghomienor said, “the nation’s kids are going to benefit a whole lot, as they would be certified by Barcelona after they leave the school. In other words, they will become marketable and attractive to global soccer industry. Scouts would be scrambling for them as they have gone through the same model that players like Lionel Messi and other Barcelona stars went through. They would be attractive to big European clubs and even in Nigeria. The ripple effect is that our senior team will get better, the age grade teams will be better and that will be more glory for the nation.”Meanwhile, the Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Deji Tinubu, has said the government would ensure the smooth operation of FC Barcelona Academy in Nigeria by supporting its plans for the engagement of youths in the state. “Our youths will get the right value of Barcelona FC which will be more beneficial the development of football in Lagos, Nigeria and Africa in general,’’ he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Even for those who are not Barcelona, their model and style have come to be accepted as the right way football should be played and the Blaugrana are not resting on their oars as they are trying to spread the philosophy across the world.  through the Barcelona Football Academy-FCBESCOLA. Kunle Adewale caught up with the head coach of the academy in Lagos- Bernat Villa, and he gave an insight into what FCBESCOLA stands forAfter successful experience in Egypt and Morocco, Nigerian kids will be having a taste of the philosophy and Barcelona brand of football, which is being temporary sited at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.last_img read more

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Liverpool back to second in the table

first_imgLiverpool are back within six points of Premier League leaders Chelsea this morning.Striker Sadio Mane’s is the Liverpool hero – after his stoppage time winner sealed a 1-nil victory over Merseyside rivals Everton.Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson says he’ll hold no grudge against his England team-mate Ross Barkley.  The Everton midfielder was lucky to avoid a red card for a dangerous second half tackle on the Liverpool captain. Henderson says any issues between he and Barkley are left on the pitch.last_img

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An unusual Mother’s Day celebration

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich -Today is the one day that you want to shower mom with not only gifts but hugs and kisses. but due to COVID–19 restrictions, this was not possible for those with aging parents in facilities.   Two sisters had a unique Mother’s Day with their mom.Waving through a glass window two sisters had to blow kisses and mouth words to their mom while holding a sign that read, “We love you.”Boots Worniak,  who has been at Medilodge of Alpena for approximately one year, kept waving for her daughters to come in.As hard as it was, Jane Fortner and her sister, Susan Decker, had to explain as best they could that they were unable to do so.Jane had a series of emotions at today’s visit but she’s thankful to the facility for accommodating them as best as they were able.She reflected back on this past January when they were able to celebrate their mom’s 100th birthday and how so much has changed since that time.Jane is thankful to Medilodge for arranging Skpe, Facetime, and sending pics during the COVID–19 pandemic but she is already planning her visit after restrictions are lifted.We spoke with Life Enrichment Director, Kathy Klimek, about the unusual Mother’s Day at Medilodge and she said giving out carnations and pie to all of the mothers today seemed to make them happy.  She also added that patients are being tested and thankfully tests are coming back negative.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Wishing moms everywhere a happy Mother’s DayNext Daily COVID-19 update May 11, 2020last_img read more

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