Top-Ranked Argonauts Roll Past #20 Wildcats Share May 9, 2007ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Continuing their march to third national title, top- ranked West Florida (26-3) defeated 20th ranked Abilene Christian (23-10), 5-0, in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Division II Men’s Tennis Championships at Sanlando Park. The Argonauts dominated the Wildcats without dropping a match to improve to a 2-0 in the all-time series.”I thought we played solid in doubles, and once we got the 3-0 lead, it took the pressure off in singles,” said head coach Derrick Racine. “Everyone won the first set of their singles matches and fortunately Eduardo (Cavasotti) and Nicolas (Barrientos) were able to close out the match.”The Argonauts swept the doubles action. Dante Bottini (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Nicolas Barrientos (Cali, Colombia) pulled out a 8-6 win in the first position, improving their doubles record to 23-3 on the season. Argonaut teammates Diego Zorzi (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Luis Arboleda (Medellin, Colombia) defeated their opponents 8-5, improving to 21-1 this season.Following the doubles action, the Argonauts earned two more points in singles play. Eduardo Cavasotti (Florianopolis, Brazil) had little trouble in defeating his opponent 6-2, 6-1, while improving his singles record to 11-10. Barrientos easily won over his opponent, 6-2, 6-0, improving his singles record to 15-9 and completing the West Florida win.West Florida will return to action tomorrow in the quarterfinals against fourth-ranked South Carolina-Upstate (23-4) at 10:30 a.m. EST. South Carolina-Upstate defeated 17th ranked Concordia (N.Y.) in Wednesday’s Round of 16. West Florida defeated South Carolina-Upstate, 6-3, earlier this season.Results:#1 Singles: Diego Zorzi (UWF) against J.J. Nunez (ACU), DNF#2 Singles: Dante Bottini (UWF) against Ryan Hudson (ACU), DNF #3 Singles: Nicolas Barrientos (UWF) def. George Carstens (ACU) 6-0, 6-2#4 Singles: Eduardo Cavasotti (UWF) def. Kevin Beeby (ACU) 6-2, 6-1#5 Singles: Luis Arboleda (UWF) against Luke Hawk (ACU), DNF#6 Singles: Luiz Bernardi(UWF) against Bryce Hicks (ACU), DNF#1 Doubles: N. Barrientos/D. Bottini (UWF) def. G. Carstens/J.J. Nunez (ACU), 8-6#2 Doubles: D. Zorzi/L. Arboleda (UWF) def. B. Hicks/L. Hawk (ACU), 8-5#3 Doubles: E. Cavasotti/L. Bernardi (UWF) def. K. Beedy/R. Hudson (ACU), 8-4 (By Gui Amaral Jasmin) Print Friendly Version
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes his omission from the starting line-up for his final match against Manchester United was “a classic case of muscle-flexing” by boss Brendan Rodgers. Gerrard, who announced at the start of the year that he would be leaving Anfield at the end of the 2014/15 season, had thought he was in line for a recall ahead of his last meeting with the Reds’ fierce rivals in March. He was surprisingly left on the bench, though, before being introduced at half-time – only to be sent off after just 38 seconds for sinking his studs into Ander Herrera in what turned out to be a 2-1 defeat. Press Association Gerrard reveals in his autobiography – ‘My Story’, being serialised in the Daily Mail – that he was summoned to Rodgers’ office before training a couple of days prior to the match, with the manager telling him he would not be starting. “‘Okay’, I nodded. ‘I respect your decision’,” Gerrard wrote. “We left it at that. I walked out and got ready for training. My mind was swimming. I couldn’t believe it. It felt to me, then, like a classic case of muscle-flexing. “My relationship with Brendan was too good for him to need to make a point to me. He was someone I respected and liked: his training sessions were among the best I had ever experienced while his man-management was excellent, generous and imaginative. “But I wondered if this was his way of showing the press that he was strong enough to make a difficult decision.” Gerrard said the ” anger in the caged animal grew and grew” during the first half of the match, leading to the red card. And following a “fair, but slamming tackle” on Juan Mata, Gerrard found himself coming face to face with Herrera. The 35-year-old wrote: ” I completed a simple pass as Herrera came flying in with his sliding tackle. His right leg stretched out invitingly on the Anfield turf. I couldn’t stop myself. “Without even giving myself time to think I brought my left foot stamping down on Herrera. I felt my studs sink into his flesh just above the ankle. It had to have hurt him.”
(BBC) – An unbeaten 85 not out from Lee-Ann Kirby helped Team Dottin secure a 26-run victory over Team Selman in the West Indies Women’s second practice match at the Incora County Ground.Kirby, along with her captain Deandra Dottin, posted 55 runs in 9.2 overs before Dottin fell to Shabika Gajnabi for 29. The remaining batters looked on as Kirby smashed the bowlers around for 7 fours and 3 sixes, as Team Dottin posted 132-5 from their 20 overs. Hayley Matthews was the pick of the bowlers for Team Selman, finishing with figures of 2-31 from her four overs.In their chase, 27 seemed to be the figure for Team Selman, as Hayley Matthews, Chinelle Henry and Shabika Gajnabi all registered the same score with the bat. Team Dottin’s bowlers stifled the scoring of Team Selman. Shamilia Connell was the best bowler for Team Dottin, finishing with figures of 2-18 from her four overs.After the match Dottin said, “These 2 practice matches felt good to be back out in the middle playing competitive cricket. Personally, it was nice spending some time at the crease after such a long layoff.Generally, we are all looking and feeling good, after the last couple weeks of training. So we’re just looking forward now to start the series on Monday and put all that hard work into action.”
UW forward Carolyne Prevost scored her first career hat trick in Friday\’s 5-3 win over St. Cloud State. The Badgers were unable to get the sweep in game two though, falling by a score of 4-3.[/media-credit]It was exciting, physical, frustrating and ended in yet another split series for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team.After a thrilling 5-3 win over the St. Cloud State Huskies on Friday, the Badgers came out Saturday hoping to get their second sweep of the season only to fall 4-3 in the second game, resulting in their seventh split series of the season.Friday’s win was highlighted by sophomore forward Carolyne Prevost’s hat trick, leading to the Badgers’ momentum going into Saturday.But SCSU also wanted a win on the weekend, making the game more physical than the night before.Things were looking good for the Badgers as sophomore forward Brooke Ammerman scored a power play goal assisted by freshmen defensemen Stefanie McKeough and Saige Pacholok.The Huskies were not going to leave the first period without their own say, however, scoring with 13 seconds left.St. Cloud also struck quickly in the second — three minutes in, freshman Lisa Martinson was able to knock the puck past UW goaltender Becca Ruegsegger in what looked like a complete pile up in front of the net.Despite struggling with power play goals this season, the Badgers were able to get another one as Mallory Deluce capitalized off assists from Ammerman and Pacholok only a minute later.“It’s definitely a positive what we can take away from the game with our power play,” Deluce said. “We scored two goals today off of them. We’ve been struggling in the past with power plays, so it’s been looking good now.“That’s something we can take away from the game as a positive.”The Huskies weren’t ready to settle on a tie and found the back of the net again as Roberts took advantage on another power play.Wisconsin came out in the third period down 3-2 before Decker tied it up on a shorthanded goal assisted by Prevost.“Prevost picked off the pass, she set it up to me, I knew the goalie was coming out so I decided to get in on my back hand,” Decker said. “It was great. I knew what the goalie was thinking and I knew she was coming out to take the shots away so it was nice to finally get one in.”As the offensive battle continued, the Huskies later took the lead for good.With five minutes left, SCSU’s Meaghan Pezon slid the puck past Ruegsegger.Friday night, junior defender Geena Prough set the Badgers out on the right track, scoring in the sixth minute from the slot off assists from Emily Kranz and Anne Dronen.“I was just trying to get in a good scoring area and I got a nice pass from the point and I just spun around and shot it in,” Prough said. “I knew we had to get this goalie moving.”A minute later, Deluce scored off an assist from Ammerman, giving the Badgers the best start they’ve seen all season, scoring two goals off of only six shots on goal.Interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser was pleased to have the 2-0 lead after the first period.“The most important thing is we came out strong,” DeKeyser said. “To go back into the locker room after the first period with two goals, that was extremely important just to get momentum working in our favor. That was one of our goals.”In the second period, SCSU cut UW’s lead in half as senior forward Holly Roberts scored an unassisted shorthanded goal five minutes in. The game became more physical, but the Badgers stayed cool under the Huskies’ pressure.Seventeen minutes in, Prevost extended Wisconsin’s lead 3-1, scoring from the crease.“I was trying to get it out of our end and then I chipped a pass to the first defensemen,” Prevost said. “I had someone almost pulling me down and I saw [Prough] on the far side and I just made it to her.“Then she had a nice pass to [Deluce] who just missed it and it went right to my stick for the open net.”SCSU was quick to respond.A minute and a half later senior forward Felicia Nelson scored the first of four St. Cloud power play goals on the series.The Huskies still kept fighting back again, cutting the Badger lead 4-3 off another Nelson goal in the eighth minute. But Prevost was not going to let the Huskies have the last word.Only three minutes later she completed her first career hat trick, assisted by Kelly Nash and Deluce, sealing a Wisconsin victory.Prevost credited her hat trick to being in the right place at the right time.Even with the win, the physical game still provided lessons for the team.The Badgers took 15 penalties in the game, and DeKeyser noted many were unnecessary penalties and how they have to learn from them.“We don’t need to go in the box unnecessarily and we did that twice,” DeKeyser said. “We went to the box twice and got scored on twice. We’ve got to live and learn from it.” Ammerman placed the blame for Saturday’s loss on the team itself, and the amount of penalties they take.“We’ve had a rough go of it — most of it’s our fault, we’ve got to take responsibility for that, we have to be better,” Ammerman said. “We take a lot of penalties, we have a pretty bad reputation.“We’re haunting ourselves and getting ourselves out of games.”
Quick HitsHeidari’s second-quarter field goal marked the first time all season that the Trojans were unable to score a touchdown in a goal-to-go situation.USC racked up eight penalties in the first half alone, totaling 85 yards.Kessler finished 31-42 with 371 yards. After a career-high 400-yard performance against Washington State on Nov. 1, this game marks the first time Kessler has thrown for 300-plus yards in consecutive contest.Telfer’s touchdown was his first of the season and the 11th of his USC career.Notable Trojan supporters in attendance included former quarterback Matt Leinart, actor Adam Sandler and recording artist Miley Cyrus. Junior wideout Nelson Agholor became the first player in USC history with consecutive 200-yard receiving games and redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler added four touchdowns to his season total in an ugly, penalty-filled 38-30 win over Cal on Thursday night.The Trojans (7-3, 6-2 Pac-12) jumped out to a 31-2 lead midway through the second quarter behind the Kessler-to-Agholor connection, but could not close out the resilient Golden Bears (5-5, 3-5).Cal quarterback Jared Goff found wide receiver Stephen Anderson for a 29-yard touchdown with just 1:36 remaining, cutting the Trojans’ lead to eight. The Bears’ dreams of a remarkable comeback came to end, however, when James Langford’s onside kick landed in the waiting arms of USC sophomore wide receiver Darreus Rogers. The Trojans proceeded to run out the clock, surviving another disastrous second half performance.USC head coach Steve Sarkisian recognized that his team dodged a bullet against a tough Cal squad, but refused to admit that his team suffered a second half letdown.“We knew all along that their offense would start clicking,” Sarkisian said. “I wish we would’ve performed a little better in the red zone. We left some points on the board and we have the ability to play better. But I don’t think we let down.”Agholor, who finished with 16 reception for 216 yards and two touchdowns, downplayed his monster night.“My job is just to get open,” Agholor said. “Coach called great plays and Cody [Kessler] gave me opportunities.”Sarkisian was straightforward in his praise of Agholor.“When you practice well, the results show up on game day,” Sarkisian said. “This guy practices his tail off. The first day back after the Washington State game, he was out on the Jugs machine catching balls. Work ethic pays off.”Though they managed just seven points in the final 31 minutes of the game, the Trojans looked unstoppable out of the gate. The offense got on the scoreboard immediately, driving 85 yards on their opening possession for the game’s first touchdown. Fittingly, the drive ended on a 10-yard strike from Kessler to Agholor.After a Cal three-and-out, USC was back in the endzone in a flash. Two quick outs to Agholor set up Kessler’s second score, a 32-yard play action bomb to speedy junior wideout George Farmer.Agholor pulled down another touchdown midway through the second quarter, a 10-yard missile set up by a forced fumble from sophomore safety Leon McQuay III. On the ensuing possession, Bears’ head coach Sonny Dykes dialed up a disastrous fake punt, allowing USC to take over with excellent field position. Unsurprisingly, Kessler and the Trojans cashed in, extending their lead to 29 after a chip shot field goal from senior kicker Andre Heidari.Though the Trojans’ offense will get the recognition for a dominant first half, it was the team’s defense that set the tone. Goff, who came into the game averaging 346.6 pass yards per game, was held to just 96 yards in the first 30 minutes of the game.As should be expected in the wild Pac-12 conference, the Bears refused to go quietly. Goff led a nine-play, 60-yard scoring drive just before halftime, cutting USC’s lead to 31-9.The Trojan defense continued to falter for the rest of the contest, first allowing an 11-play, 79-yard drive on Cal’s second possession of the third quarter that culminated in a five-yard touchdown from running back Daniel Lasco.As the much-maligned Pac-12 referees slowed the game’s pace down to a crawl in the final quarter, USC senior tight end Randall Telfer attempted to put the game out of reach with a 16-yard touchdown grab. Kessler, who expertly avoided the Cal pass rush and scrambled to his right to find Telfer, was flagged for taunting after the play. The Trojans accumulated 14 penalties over the course of the game, for a total of 159 yards. Sarkisian hinted that he was unhappy with the officials after the game.“I’m gonna refrain from getting a fine,” the first-year coach said.The Bears added another score midway through the fourth, cutting the gap to 38-23. USC then punted with less than four minutes remaining, setting up Cal’s last scoring drive.Even after the late-game drama, Sarkisian was adamant that he will accept any win, regardless of the circumstances.“We played a really good football game,” Sarkisian said. “all in all its a really good win in November. The goal is to be 4-0 in November, and we’re on track to do that.”The Trojans will take the field again next Saturday, when they head across town to face archrival UCLA at the Rose Bowl.
Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Trout had arguably his best season, hitting .312 with 39 homers and a major-league leading 1.088 OPS, but it is likely that Betts will win the MVP. Betts finished just behind Trout in OPS, at 1.078, but he led the majors in WAR – according to Baseball-reference and FanGraphs – on the strength of his defense.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone CARLSBAD — A pair of Angels are closing on major awards.As expected, Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani were included among the top three finishers for the American League MVP and Rookie of the Year, respectively, when preliminary results were announced on Monday.The Baseball Writers’ Association of America released the top finishers, in alphabetical order, as a prelude to next week’s announcement of the winners. The Rookie of the Year will be announced on Nov. 12 and the MVP on Nov. 15, both on MLB Network.Voting was completed before the start of the postseason. Trout, who has won the MVP twice and finished second three other times, will finish in the top three for the sixth time. His worst finish was in 2017, when he missed seven weeks of the season with an injury and finished fourth.Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox and José Ramírez of the Cleveland Indians join Trout in the top three.Ohtani is joined by New York Yankees teammates Miguel Andújar and Gleyber Torres in the race for the Rookie of the Year.Ohtani is considered a slight favorite for the award. He’s already been named Rookie of the Year by Baseball America and Baseball Digest.Ohtani hit .285 with 22 homers and a .925 OPS in 326 at-bats, including playing for a month after he was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament that temporarily halted his pitching career. Ohtani logged a 3.31 ERA in 51-2/3 innings as a pitcher. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros
OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER is unlikely to be replaced by Mauricio Pochettino this season due to a clause in the Argentinian’s exit package from Tottenham.Spurs’ settlement means the North London club could be due up to £10million in compensation if Pochettino were to take over at Manchester United before the end of the season, the Mirror reports.3 Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is unlikely to take Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job at Manchester United this seasonPressure is mounting on the United boss after run of poor results that saw Burnley win at Old Trafford for the first time in 58 years in their last Premier League outing.Fans are planning a mass walk-out during their next league game against Wolves on Saturday evening as concerns over the direction of the club as well as the leadership of the Glazer family mount up.However, Solskjaer is thought to have been assured of his place at least until the end of the campaign.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the Red DevilsSolskjaer wants years rather than months to construct a side, something he believes other managers at the top of the Premier League have been afforded.Comparing himself with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, he said: “We do have a way of doing things, of course.”You can see other teams have done well. Jurgen spent four years building his team, and they’re going well now.”United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and the club’s American owners want to give the former Cardiff boss time to turn things around after he was given the job on a permanent basis in March 2019.Woodward is in the firing line for United supporters unhappy at the club’s transfer dealings and was targeted by a gang of furious fans who launched a smoke bomb and fireworks at his home last night.A source told The Sun: “We didn’t get to speak to Woodward but hopefully he’ll get the message because we’re not going away and we won’t stand around doing nothing while our club is ruined.”A club statement said after the attack on Woodward’s £2million Cheshire mansion: “Fans expressing opinion is one thing, criminal damage and intent to endanger life is another. There is simply no excuse for this.”Despite the unrest, United look to have finally sealed a deal for Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes after a drawn out transfer saga.United upped their original bid by £4m to £55m including bonuses, after late interest from Barcelona, to land the 25-year-old Portuguese midfielder.The club’s recruitment policy has been slammed since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson with a number of big money signings failing to deliver on the pitch.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes3United fans’ worries grew even further when Solskjaer revealed Alexis Sanchez will return to Old Trafford after his Inter Milan loan move.The former Molde boss said the £505,000-a-week flop would prove his doubters wrong.Supporters took to social media to voice their frustration with one calling it “mind boggling” and another going as far as to say the Norwegian is “the worst Premier League manager of all time”.3 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims Alexis Sanchez will return to Old Trafford and prove his doubters wrongCredit: AFP or licensorsMan Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskajaer is convinced he will be given time to complete his rebuilding project at Old Trafford
The Portuguese coach of Rome, Paulo Fonseca, said Tuesday in an interview with the EFE Agency that the Italian squad “is in a good moment” and that they will play against Sevilla “without fear, but with respect”.This Thursday is played the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 between Seville and Rome, Y Paulo Fonseca, in his first interview with an international media since he arrived in Rome, He explains that they will go out to play true to their style of ball possession and with a very offensive midfield.“I admire Lopetegui very much, he was my successor in Porto and whoever sees us on Thursday will find two very offensive teams that will try to dominate the game, “he said.The staff of Rome highlights the good adaptation of the two young Spaniards arrived in January, Carles Pérez and Gonzalo Villar, the 23-year-old Italian international Mancini, the good form of goalkeeper Pau López or the experience of Smailling and Serbian captain Kolarov.In Fonseca’s opinion, UEFA must get involved so that decisions are taken together for all European leagues in relation to the coronavirus.Question: What will the team be like in Seville next Thursday?Reply: (smiles) I can’t reveal the secrets. There will be two teams with very offensive game ideas. I know Lopetegui very well, it happened to me in Porto and he is a person and a coach that I admire a lot. They are two teams that want to dominate the ball, play and create offensive situations. Sevilla has good results and Rome is in a good moment and motivated. We are not afraid, we go without fear, although we have a lot of respect for Sevilla, which is a very strong team. R: It’s very easy (smile). It’s like any other player. For me, Justin Kluivert is a normal, team player, a young man with great talent.Q: Fifth in the League, 3 points from the fourth, the Atalanta, which is the first place to qualify for the Champions League. What does it mean?R: Is not easy. Atalanta is a very strong team right now. But, honestly, I trust it is possible, there is still a lot of championship. Here, in Italy, the last one can win the first and if we are well until the end of the championship we can achieve it.Q: Have you met in Italy with Cristiano Ronaldo?R: I already played against him, talked to him. I cannot say much more about him than what has already been said. He is a great player, a great professional. If you wanted, contrary to what some think, he is a very nice, friendly and open person. An excellent professional, although I never worked with him. And here in Italy it is not easy to score goals.Q: Tell me your dreams as a coach, your preferences and a favorite for the Champions League.R: I always dreamed of training in Italy, Spain or England, which are, for me, the three best leagues in the world. The team that I like, because I’m a big follower of Guardiola, is Manchester City.Q: But he also admires Jorge Jesús, who trained him when he played at the Estrela Amadora luso, where he retired, right?R: In those years (2001-2002) Jorge Jesús was already a very different coach, with great tactical rigor. I still have a good relationship with him.Q: The big leap in his career was when he trained Paços de Ferreira in 2011-2012, with whom he was third in the League and managed to play in Europe to sign a year later for Porto?R. The Paços de Ferreira is a great club, very welcoming, like a big family and is a team that gives opportunity to young coaches. And in Porto (2012-2013) I trained players like Jackson Martínes or Danilo. I also trained, coincidentally, the Brazilian Fernando, a player who is now in Seville and who in Porto was always a starter with me, although he is now injured, the coach lamented.Q: The coronavirus is already a serious problem for Italian football, will it be for all European football?R: There is one thing that is more important than football, which is people’s health. I think that these days very important decisions will be taken and should not be taken only by the respective leagues, they should be taken in conjunction with UEFA. We cannot have the Italian League stop and then play a Valencia Atalanta, for example. UEFA’s involvement will be very important for all championships. Q: How does it take to train Patrick Kluivert’s son? Q: In Rome, the game starts from the Spanish Pau López.R: He’s a great goalkeeper. For those who like to play like me (going out with the ball under control), he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world with his feet, there is almost none who does it like him. He is a very calm goalkeeper, with a lot of confidence and that gives the team a lot of stability. He is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe and is in a good moment.Q: Carles Pérez – granted by Barça – and Gonzalo Villar – from Elche – the two incorporations of January.R: Gonzalo Villar (Mucia, 1998) is a young man we discovered in Elche. He is a strong, courageous soccer player, international with Spain (U21) and will be a big surprise in a few years. And Carles Pérez is adapting well, because Italian football is much more tactical. He is a young man of great quality that we trust a lot and, if he continues like this, working like this, he will be a great player.
West Indies all-rounder Krishmar Santokie is hoping to contribute to development while motivating his rural community of Race Course in Vere, Clarendon, by staging the Santokie Eight-a-Side Football Competition.”Because of the violence and crime, I just decided to organise some funds and see if I could just get back the place lively and happy,” said Santokie of the competition, which is played on Thursdays and Sundays.”It’s all about giving back to the youth, because them not doing anything and everybody loves football, so this draws people together. You come and play and enjoy yourself. At the end of the day, we try to let them know you have to have discipline and be determined to achieve,” he said.Santokie first represented West Indies in the Under-15 Costcutter Cup in England in 2000, then made his Jamaica senior debut in 2007-08.He has since featured for the West Indies, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica, Jamaica Tallawahs, Mumbai Indians and West Indies A.The cricketer is greatly respected by his community folk and remains encouraged by the turn-out on match days, following the start on Heroes Day, October 19. The competitors are vying for cash prizes, trophies and medals.”I was a footballer in high school, … (but) things changed and the opportunity presented itself with cricket, (but) football and my community are two things I love,” Santokie pointed out.He added that his project has got good corporate/community-based support from the member of parliament, councillor and some business places.”I am not the one who is gonna run away from where I am just to go live somewhere else. I decided that I am here and we are respected in the community, so I have taken the responsibility to plan and execute this community idea,” he assured.”Inside, I really feel good to know I tried something and it worked. It’s not about going on the street and a man beg me a $1,000 or a $200. It is about community partnership, unity and building the community vibes and helping youths,” Santokie told The Gleaner.
Firing of striking workers…as bauxite company defends firing striking workersRussian bauxite company RUSAL is maintaining its contention that it does not recognise the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GB&GWU), something the Government’s Labour Department is rebuffing.RUSAL officials: In foreground is former Chief Labour Officer Mohamed Akeel, followed by RUSAL’s representative (right) and another officialThe matter came up at the Social Protection Ministry on Tuesday where RUSAL officials met with the Labour Department. Afterwards, the RUSAL representative was asked about the relationship between his company and the Union.The GB&GWU has complained about the company’s refusal to negotiate with the Union. This is despite winning a recognition poll in 2017 involving bauxite workers by an overwhelming majority as the preferred representative of workers in the sector.“We have no relation with this union,” the Russian company’s representative said. “It happened before I came to Guyana to work … it was an alternative poll. This poll took place on October 3, 2017. It was won by Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union.“Only a few weeks after, we got information that the judge in (a case decided) this board was constituted with some breaches and could be considered illegal. It meant former worker was considered by decision of judge illegal. I think many people knew the board was illegal. But nobody said to us such a (poll) could be considered nil and void.”Chief Labour Officer Charles OgleThis is a reference to the judgement issued in the case of the Trade Union Recognition and Certification Board (TURCB) versus the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG).FITUG General Secretary Carvil Duncan had claimed that TURCB unilaterally appointed a chairman in 2015 without consulting them, and only recognised the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC).In the written judgment issued by the High Court on November 8, 2017, it said FITUG was not consulted prior to the appointment of a chair in 2015. This was found to be in violation of the Trade Union Recognition Act, especially as it relates to the selection of a chairman of the organisation.RecognisedWhen asked, however, Chief Labour Officer Charles Ogle maintained that the GB&GWU by virtue of winning that poll should be the duly-recognised representative of the bauxite workers. This is, after all, the approach the Ministry has adopted.“They (RUSAL) can’t say that. A poll was done there. The Union is the recognised union; there’s no doubt about that. The GB&GWU is the recognised union. They did a poll and the Union won that poll.”The poll came against the backdrop of eight years of refusal by the Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI), RUSAL’s local subsidiary, to treat with the GB&GWU. This Union has been crusading against the transgressing of workers’ constitutional right to Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining (Article 147), and the violation of Section 23 (1) of the Trade Union Recognition Act (1997) in the domestic and international communities.The GB&GWU, as a result of the poll, had renewed calls for the BCGI to honour the laws of Guyana and treat with the Union according to said laws, failing to do otherwise would constitute a breach of the law and be continued high-handedness and disrespect shown by management for the sovereignty of Guyana and the workers of Guyana.The GB&GWU said too it called on the coalition Government, with authority vested by way of recognition, to cause the BCGI to respect the will and rights of these workers. Back then, the Union had warned that after any failure to do so, Government could not absolve itself from taking responsibility in siding with foreign forces to undermine this nation’s integrity and sovereignty.Company defends decisionMeanwhile, the company’s managers have defended the firing of 60 of its employees, saying that the workers’ contracts do not cater for them taking industrial action.When asked, RUSAL’s representative said that workers sign contracts which stipulate they could be dismissed if they down tools. According to the official, firing workers for breaching their contracts by striking is a ‘usual practice’ in the mining sector.The fate of the 60 workers who were dismissed remains in limbo, as the RUSAL representative noted that their re-employment depended on a number of factors. According to RUSAL’s representative, the company has already tried to get the striking workers to resume work by reaching out to them, with only one success story.RUSAL’s representative was also asked about RUSAL’s reluctance to pay more than one per cent increases. This is believed to have directly led to the strike. The official said that for some time RUSAL has not been making a profit, but rather breaking even.Meanwhile, Chief Labour Officer Ogle was very guarded when asked by the media about the meeting and the way forward. However, he revealed that more meetings will have to be held, including one tentatively scheduled for tomorrow with Russia-based RUSAL officials who are flying in to Guyana. He also revealed that Government would put two proposals to RUSAL on the way forward.The striking workers were fired last week after they downed tools and protested an arbitrary one per cent salary increase. The workers said that they were told that the one per cent was sanctioned by the Government itself.