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The players have previously done visits to schools, communities and hospitals in Kokopo and over the weekend, they had their first big community event in Port Moresby.They were involved in the Street kids Christmas Feast helping to feed more than 1,500 settlement kids.The players responded to an invitation and were happy to come out and be part of the community and be involved in supportting community initiatives.Hunters’ assistant coach Nigel Hukula said it is very important that the Hunters participate in community incentives or networking with the community.Hukula said a lot of the players come from communities and have different backgrounds and walks of life and most of the team’s support comes from the communities.“We try to assist where we can as we have great corporate support from business houses as well as making sure that we give back to the community.“It’s very encouraging and allows us to be part of the community and it shows the children that whatever sport they choose to play, it’s good to give back to the community,” he said.The club is hoping to have many more community outings in the future and will plan certain schedules and places they will visit as part of their long term community service obligation.
Guyana and many countries around the world will tomorrow observe Labour Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, or simply May Day. Generally, on this day, labour and labourers from the working class are celebrated. As achievements are boasted upon, the occasion is also used to highlight challenges faced. Here, in Guyana, two different perspectives are sometimes presented — from both the Government and the Opposition.As expected, the Government will boast of its efforts to safeguard the welfare of workers, which would encompass protecting their rights, thwarting exploitation, improving working conditions, and increasing wages and salaries. The language will be skilfully crafted to convince workers that the Government cares about them.In such instances, for example, a miniscule increase of a Gy$1000.00 will be made to appear hefty, with powers to bring ends together.The Opposition will naturally call out Government on its lack of care, inability to take action, and deliberate attempts to mislead the already burdened workforce.Aside from the expected dual perspectives — even from the unions — there is always the question of: What is there to celebrate? The answer has to be in the context of what the workers are experiencing, and what would have been responsible for their current situation.Within recent times, there have been accusations of actions tantamount to exploitation being levelled against some employers. In one high-profile case, the authority with the responsibility to safeguard workers’ rights was accused of dragging its feet on the matter. While there was an intervention eventually, questions were asked about promptness. That in itself exposes a major grouse of both workers and trade unions: the absence of a designated Ministry of Labour.Under the current APNU/AFC Government, the Ministry was abandoned, and matters pertaining to labour are now confined to a department under the Ministry of Social Protection. This has been viewed by many as a deliberate attempt to de-emphasise the importance of labour, especially when thousands of workers were fired, including those following the abrupt closing of some sugar estates. The plight of the sugar workers and the humiliation they were forced to endure to collect their rightfully earned severance pay are well documented. Those workers felt victimised, and that feeling was compounded by the seeming lack of proper recourse, due to the absence of a designated Ministry. They would have also felt that their situation was not made a priority, causing some to ponder whether that was the Government’s intention all along.It still remains mind-boggling that Government would scrap the Labour Ministry as existed under the previous Administration throughout its tenure, and, to date, has not taken corrective action despite vehement calls even from some sympathetic to it. A refusal to care is what workers may have taken away from that particular action by the Government — a Government that boasted during the election campaign of making workers a priority.The abandonment of the Labour Ministry is a fact. There are other facts: the untold number of new taxes introduced on the backs of workers by this Government; the constant rise in the cost of living, which has not been mitigated by the minuscule increase offered; the closing of some industries and many businesses, forcing thousands jobless and onto the breadline; the increases in vendors’ licences and farmland rentals; and the growing social ills and humiliation that have redounded from the above.All this occurred within the short period of four years since the Government took office, with one of its first actions being the firing of some two thousand Indigenous workers in what many deemed an act of political vendetta.Yet the Government spares no effort to try and convince on how caring it is towards the workers. The reality of what transpired has rendered those boasts disingenuous.A parallel is very noticeable in its current rush to take government to the people in parts of the country. For almost four years, many complained bitterly of being unable to engage a vast majority of Government officials. There were no outreaches, as many Ministers took to the comfort of their offices. This is despite their having promised a Government for the people. Many interpreted that as callous disregard for the populace by a Government that was seemingly unwilling to hear first-hand what are the issue affecting people.Suddenly, the no-confidence motion of December 21, 2018 has awakened the realisation of the need to engage the populace, hence the current frenzy. With a plethora of accusations of corruption levelled against it, including prioritising its own comfort at the expense of the workers, the Government is now trying to appease as an election nears. Fresh promises are now being made, and may be reiterated tomorrow, when Government officials speak at May Day events.It takes either gumption or barefacedness on the part of Government to speak to the workers when they fully know that labour-related priorities have been impacted by the scrapping of the Ministry, and workers are experiencing tremendous difficulties in providing for their families, having been shackled by taxation and the high cost of living as unemployment rapidly continues.The facts pertaining to what truly transpired within the past four years with regard to the Government’s treatment of labour would rule out gumption. That leaves little or nothing to celebrate.
During in-season testing on the same circuit Tuesday McLaren detected a water leak on the first lap and worked all day to repair it, completing only 17 laps and two timed runs.“I’m really grateful for giving me the opportunity to drive here in Bahrain. It’s frustrating to have had an issue this morning which cost us a lot of track time,” Turvey said having waited all day to get back behind the wheel.Stoffel will complete the testing on Wednesday.McLaren have produced a promising chassis this season but have been unable to show its potential because of Honda’s failure to deliver a reliable engine.Mercedes by contrast completed 97 laps and Hamilton was fastest on the day at 1min 31.358sec ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi for Ferrari at 1min 31.984sec and Daniel Ricciardo for Red Bull at 1m 32.349sec.“Today was tricky with it being so hot and very gusty but we still managed to get through plenty of work,” Hamilton, second to Vettel on Sunday, said.“Our focus was on advancing our understanding of the tyres and also the rear of the car so that we can improve our long runs.”Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas will be behind the wheel on Wednesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton was the fastest of the day completing 97 laps in 1min 31.358sec © AFP/File / ANDREJ ISAKOVICMANAMA, Bahrain, Apr 18 – The turmoil at McLaren deepened Tuesday when development driver Oliver Turvey missed most of testing in Bahrain with an engine leak, as Lewis Hamilton went fastest in his Mercedes.At the weekend Bahrain Grand Prix McLaren’s Fernando Alonso complained he had never raced with so little power, while his teammate Stoffel Vandoorne had no power at all after engine failure prevented him even starting Sunday’s race, which was won by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
“That is a part of business,” Willdan said. Mayor John Tran, who has said for several months that he thinks Willdan overcharges the city, said one of the reasons for the change is because of a potential conflict of interest regarding the Garvey Bridge, which is undergoing a $10.8 million upgrade project. Willdan performed the geological study as well as construction management services. The city is being sued by resident Jim Flournoy over the construction of the bridge. “The Garvey Bridge project is not the impetus, but it is one of the factors,” interim City Manager Oliver Chi said. “Members of the council have requested knowing whether our current way of providing services is the best way of doing things.” Cutting billing rates is among the leading motivators for the change, Chi said. Costs have gone down as a result of renegotiating, Chi said. Last year’s budget for building and safety costs to Willdan was $1.1 million, Chi said. For the 2007-08 budget, that number was reduced to $895,000. “Those are the kinds of efficiencies that we can continue,” Chi said. The Garvey Bridge project will cost nearly $12 million. Of that, Willdan will get $1.8 million. Chi said existing construction management staff “shouldn’t worry” about their employment with the city. “The intent isn’t to force Willdan out,” Chi said. “What they should be thinking about is, how do we provide a better service to Rosemead at a better rate and price.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSEMEAD – A 26-year-old contract could be on the line now that the City Council is seeking bids for its construction management services. Rosemead has utilized Willdan Associates for all construction management related services since 1981. The city also contracts with Willdan for engineering and building services. “Willdan is very capable and has provided these services to the city for many years,” a staff report submitted by Brian Saeki stated. “It could be beneficial to the city to have two or three firms available to provide this service.” Dave Willdan, president and founder of the 40-year-old Anaheim-based company, had only limited comment on the city’s decision to seek other bids.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA — Erin O’Brien was asleep in her Canyon Country home when she awoke to a strange man on her bed, trying to cover her mouth. She screamed and didn’t relent, possibly saving herself from rape. Sheriffs’ deputies believe the man, who fled, could be the rapist who has attacked two other women at knifepoint this year in her neighborhood. O’Brien’s assailant hit at 3:30 a.m. June 26. She remembers he reached toward his waistband, and then she began to scream. At a press conference this week, the petite blond woman said she knew she had been lucky. “If I would have been raped things would be different,” O’Brien said. Since then, O’Brien has bought a pit bull for protection and taken other security measures. She suggests other women take such precautions. According to the National Violence Against Women Survey more than 300,000 women are raped annually and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says those numbers are usually skewed because the crime so often goes unreported. Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Cambra, of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, said O’Brien saw an opportunity and took it. This, she said, is what women are advised to do if they’re attacked. “She took that opportunity to make noise. She screamed and he fled,” Cambra said. Cambra said victims have every right to grab anything that can be used as a weapon and use it. At the same time, they should look for ways to escape. “It’s not about staying there and fighting,” Cambra said. “Just stopping the attack and getting out of there.” Cambra suggested women also set up a system with their neighbors in case there is an emergency. “Let your neighbor know what a warning sign is,” Cambra said. “Tell them that if you run to their door in the middle of night you want them to answer it and let them know what is not normal for your household.” Sheriff’s officials are urging women in the community to be diligent about locking their doors and windows and Cambra said installing outdoor lights activated by motion detectors is a good idea. Tim Mitchell, general manager of the Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall, said gun safety courses offered there are becoming more and more popular among women seeking protection. “It’s important for women to learn how to defend themselves by either learning how to use a handgun, pepper spray or stun guns and by learning moves to protect themselves,” Mitchell said. Still, organizations that support rape victims are wary of advocating self-defense. “It’s controversial,” said Susan Lewis, spokeswoman for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. “To say there was a way for the victim to prevent the act implies guilt. It is never the victim’s fault.” Lewis suggested women take precautions to reduce risk, especially women attending college where sexual assaults tend to be more common. Ultimately, Lewis said, the biggest threats for women often lurk in unexpected places. “Something like seven in 10 sexual assaults are non-stranger assault, that could be someone known or someone you see regularly,” Lewis said. Cambra added that, even in a community touted for its family atmosphere and low crime, terrible things can happen. “This city rates highly in safe city contests every year but that doesn’t exclude all crime,” Cambra said. “But these types of crimes happen everywhere.” — Connie Llanos (661) email@example.com
Michael Jacobs 1 Wigan Athletic’s latest signing Michael Jacobs says his time at Wolves had run its course.The winger spent time on loan at Blackpool last season before moving to Gary Caldwell’s side and signing a three-year deal.The 23-year-old thanked the fans at the Molineux but admitted the time was right for him to leave Kenny Jackett’s side.“All the best to the boys at Wolves for this season and the future!” Jacobs said. “Really enjoyed my time at the club but was time to move on.“Delighted to have signed for Wigan and looking forward to the season getting underway.”Caldwell added: “He is a potential match-winner on his day and will add terrific competition to the squad, which is now starting to take shape.”
On-loan striker Enner Valencia may yet have a significant part to play in the remainder of Everton’s season after choosing the new year to provide a reminder of his qualities.The home game with Southampton appeared to be drifting towards a dreary goalless draw until the Ecuador international’s introduction just past the hour.He scored the opening goal, won a penalty for the second and was generally bright throughout in the 3-0 win with all the goals coming in the final 17 minutes.Valencia arrived on loan from West Ham on the final day of the summer transfer window but it was the reopening of it in January – with Ronald Koeman looking to considerably strengthen his squad over the next month – which sparked his best performance and a first goal after making just 12 appearances, most as a substitute.“He can play a lot of different attacking positions and give the manager a lot of possibilities to change systems,” said Koeman.“It is too early to make a final decision about his future but it was a good signing for us.“We waited for an hour and I think at that stage we needed something different up front.“He was one of the players who changed the game, scored the first goal and created difficulties for Southampton.”Koeman had preferred 19-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin to support Romelu Lukaku, scorer of Everton’s third after the Belgium international allowed Leighton Baines to score the second from the penalty spot, in attack.The experiment lasted just 12 minutes before the teenager’s first start for the club was cut short by injury which later saw him leave Goodison Park on crutches with his left ankle in a protective boot.“We had to make a decision whether to bring in the boy and make Enner wait,” added Koeman.“I wasn’t happy with the support we gave to Rom from the midfield in the last few weeks so that was the reason we started Dominic behind Romelu.“We need to wait until tomorrow (for the injury assessment). We are disappointed but he is young and he will come back.” 1 Enner Valencia: The Ecuador international scored the opening goal and won a penalty
Jack Wilshere in action for Bournemouth 1 Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe feels on loan Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere faces an “interesting” decision in the summer over where to further his career.The 25-year-old swapped north London for the south coast in August, joining the Cherries for the remainder of the campaign as he looked to make the most of first-team opportunities.Recently, though, Wilshere has not been able to force his way back into the side on a regular basis following recovery from an ankle injury and had to make do with a place on the bench for the last three matches before the international break.Wilshere was not called up by new England boss Gareth Southgate and there has been speculation the combative midfielder might look to move abroad for the next stage of his development, with Italian club AC Milan one possible destination.Howe has yet to rule out looking to make Wilshere’s transfer permanent and will keep a close eye on developments.“Jack will be the one who decides his future, in conjunction with Arsenal,” Howe said.“It was very clear at the start of this loan he was going to make his decision in terms of the next steps for him in the summer.“He just wanted to concentrate on his football with us, to try to just have the best season that he can.“Jack has certainly had a good season with us as far as I am concerned, and it will be interesting to see what happens beyond that point.”Howe hinted he could bring Wilshere back into the team for Saturday’s late-kick off at south-coast rivals Southampton.“He is certainly in the mix, a player of his quality,” Howe said at a press conference.“Jack picked up an ankle injury against Manchester City and in the following games we have picked up some good results, so it has been difficult to change a winning team when it is performing so well.“We know his qualities and he is ready to go if he is selected on Saturday.”Bournemouth would move above Southampton with a first ever away victory over their neighbours, and put themselves within touching distance of securing another campaign in the Premier League.Howe, though, will take things one step at a time.“From our perspective, it is a slightly different game, Southampton are the nearest club to us, so the supporters would feel the importance of this game and we respect that, we want to give them a win,” Howe said.“It is a case of looking at the game, knowing its importance especially with the fixtures we have got to come beyond this one.”Howe added: “We have had three really good results in our last three games, so there is some consistency there, but we know we have got a long way to go.“Games like this one will define that, so we are looking for a good performance and then hopefully the result will follow.”