Hancock County Special Olympians

first_img Fenceviewer Staff Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Several athletes who are program participants with Downeast Horizons competed recently in the Penobscot Area Basketball Special Olympics at the University of Maine in Orono. {gallery}olympic{/gallery} Among the participants were Jeff Mason of Ellsworth, who placed first in the individual skills category, and Ben Graves of Brooklin, Tia Springer of Bangor, Gary Ray of Ellsworth and Michael Rich of Trenton. Graves and Springer were part of a team that placed fourth in the five-on-five competition. Other individual skills award winners included Linda Mathis of Ellsworth, who placed second, and Michael Petros of Ellsworth, who placed seventh.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Bio Latest Posts Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014last_img read more

The Latest: Minnesota’s Fleck taking a week off without pay

first_img___The New York Jets and team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson and his family are making an additional $2 million donation to support the COVID-19 relief response in New York and New Jersey.The Johnson family and the Jets last month made a joint $1 million donation to multiple local United Way agencies to help combat the pandemic.The latest contribution, announced by the Jets on Thursday, will provide funding to organizations that are focused primarily on food insecurity, first responders and regional relief.“No region in the country has been affected by COVID-19 more than ours and because of that, our resolve has only grown,” Johnson said in a statement. “These organizations continue to nourish the vulnerable and target the needs of those on our front lines. At no time has being a good teammate ever mattered more.” He also had to ask some residents for payment if they hadn’t done so online.Moyes says one incident “with this particular older lady, I think it was 16.80 pounds ($20.70) for one box of fruit and veg. She gave me a 20-pound note and said, ‘Here son, just keep the change.’”The Premier League has been suspended since March 13. That was the day after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus.Moyes had to self-isolate after that because he had come into close contact with Arteta days earlier.___ Players selected for the Euro 2020 tournament will earn at least 130 million euros ($140 million) more for their clubs from UEFA.___West Ham manager David Moyes has been delivering fruit and vegetables to elderly residents in his village during soccer’s lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak.The former Manchester United coach says he saw a sign in the window of a local shop asking for volunteers to be delivery drivers.Moyes answered the call and says “all I was doing was dropping (the packages) at the door, knocking and then going away. It was beautiful big boxes of fruit and veg.” Organizers said the meet in Oslo would still offer prize money from a $50,000 contribution by World Athletics. It will feature 400-meter hurdles world champion Karsten Warholm attempting a world record in the rarely raced 300 hurdles.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 President Joan Gabel announced the furloughs earlier this month.Fleck confirmed Thursday on a video conference call with reporters he’s taking part, saying he and his wife, Heather, “immediately jumped on it.”“Anything we can do to continue to help,” Fleck said.Fleck’s 2020 salary is $4.6 million.___ Colorado athletic director Rick George said he and 11 head coaches will take pay cuts for the upcoming fiscal year in light of the budget impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The salaries for George along with football coach Karl Dorrell, men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle and women’s basketball coach JR Payne will be reduced by 10%. The other eight varsity head coaches will have their salaries reduced by 5%.“It’s the right thing for all of us to do,” George said Thursday in a statement. “There are a lot of unknowns ahead of us, and while we don’t exactly know yet the financial impacts for the upcoming year, for them to agree and voluntarily take pay cuts is important at this time for our student-athletes and the overall direction of all our sports programs and support areas.”___New York’s public university system announced plans Thursday for an esports tournament that will have students competing for $20,000 in prize money for their schools’ student emergency funds. UEFA says it is ideal for countries to complete seasons but acknowledges that might not be possible because of government orders banning sporting events.UEFA also accepts “insurmountable economic problems” could make finishing seasons “impossible because it would put at risk the long-term financial stability of the domestic competition and/or clubs.”UEFA’s own club competitions remain incomplete.___German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan. ___Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, and 2019 Australian Open semifinalist Stefanos Tsitsipas are starting an auction to raise money for tennis players ranked outside the top 100 and in need of financial help during the coronavirus pandemic.Mouratoglou and Tsitsipas tweeted about Beyond 100 Support on Thursday.They say the funds will go to professionals in both men’s and women’s tennis.Most tennis players only make money when they are able to enter tournaments. But all tennis events are suspended at least until mid-July because of the COVID-19 outbreak. ___Three more Diamond League meetings will not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 and the meet in Paris on June 13 have both postponed with no new dates set. The Bislett Games in Oslo on June 11 will be rebranded as the Impossible Games and turned into an exhibition event.The first nine scheduled events of the 15-meet season have all now either been postponed, rescheduled or downgraded. The Anniversary Games in London on July 4 are now the earliest scheduled competition of the season.There is a larger window to reschedule meets in the second half of the year because the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021. Bunthoff adds the agency is talking with the German soccer federation and the men’s league. She says “most important are the security measures to make sure there is a proper prevention system in place to prevent infections with the virus.“___Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party, highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief.The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945. The computer-generated Derby created by Inspired Entertainment will feature past Triple Crown champions using data algorithms, including historical handicapping information for each horse to determine the probability of potential finishing positions.“Our fans will be captivated by the realistic view of the virtual race,” Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said in a release, “and we can debate, as we do each year, our favorite to win.” April 23, 2020 State University of New York Chancellor Kristina Johnson said the three-week tournament beginning Monday will help students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The health crisis has forced SUNY’s 64 campuses and universities to shift to remote instruction for the remainder of the academic year and forced many students out of jobs.The SUNY Chancellor Esports Challenge was organized by SUNY Canton, the site of SUNY’s first varsity esports program, and co-sponsored by Extreme Networks. Each college can enter two teams of students to compete in “Fortnite” by Epic Games, “Super Smash Bros Ultimate” by Nintendo, or “Rocket League” by Psyonix. The top prize for each game is $2,000, to go to the winning team’s student emergency fund. A $5,000 grand prize will go to the SUNY campus with the best overall score.“Sports are a great unifier, be it on or off the field,” Extreme Networks Chief Operating Officer Norman Rice said in a statement. “In times where we aren’t able to come together in stadiums, fields, and arenas to cheer our favorite athletes, esports competition is an ideal way to keep students engaged with each other.” The $1 million contribution from the Johnsons and the Jets last month supported the United Way of New York City’s COVID-19 Community Fund, the United Way of Northern New Jersey’s ALICE Recovery Fund and the United Way of Long Island’s United Together: A Response Fund for COVID-19.___The German anti-doping agency says it plans to test soccer players if the season resumes in empty stadiums.NADA spokeswoman Eva Bunthoff tells The Associated Press the agency has “developed concepts” for urine and blood tests at games.The German league hopes to resume next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. Fans can choose their horse on www.KentuckyDerby.com starting April 30 and donate to COVID-19 relief efforts. Churchill Downs will match donations up to $1 million for the Team Kentucky Fund and Direct Relief.Participants who choose the winner will have the chance to win a Kentucky Derby VIP Experience. The virtual Derby will be shown May 2 on NBC during a special broadcast featuring the 2015 Kentucky Derby, when American Pharoah began his Triple Crown run.___German clubs are being urged not to bank on ticket sales for much of next season.League CEO Christian Seifert says “we don’t know if there will be games without fans in February or March still. We asked the club to plan without spectator income for the first part of next season.” The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said May 9 would be acceptable but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May.League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.”Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area.___UEFA is sharing almost 70 million euros ($75.5 million) among 676 clubs that released players for European Championship qualifiers and Nations League games in the past two years. The Latest: Minnesota’s Fleck taking a week off without pay Associated Press German clubs are hoping to resume games next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic and to finish in time for many players’ contracts to end June 30. But a restart needs agreement from regional governments.Seifert says most of the league’s broadcast partners have agreed to pay up front to help clubs continue operating until the end of June. Some of that money may have to be paid back if the 2019-20 season can’t be finished.___UEFA says it will allow leagues to determine the final places for Champions League and Europa League qualification on “sporting merit” if they can’t resume during the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body of European soccer says qualification from a “prematurely terminated domestic competition” can be rejected if “there is a public perception of unfairness in the qualification of the club.” It’s still not clear when baseball or soccer will resume in Japan but it will likely be without fans when it does.That was the decision when the heads of Japanese professional baseball and soccer met in online meetings.Japanese baseball commissioner Atsushi Saito says “my feelings that I want to start the season without spectators haven’t changed.”Baseball and soccer officials both agreed nothing could begin until a state of emergency was lifted in Japan. The earliest that can happen is May 6. They are expected to wait until that date before moving forward.The J-League’s top two soccer divisions were suspended in February. Japanese baseball played some preseason games without fans before all play was stopped. UEFA says it’s releasing the money early to help “in light of the current crisis and the financial difficulties many clubs are facing” during the coronavirus pandemic.A long-standing agreement between UEFA and the European Club Association guarantees clubs at least 200 million euros (216 million) from Euro 2020 revenues to compensate for releasing players to national duty in the 2018-20 cycle.Payments were due after Euro 2020 but are now sending much-needed cash to clubs after the coronavirus outbreak forced the tournament to be postponed by one year.The highest-earning club will get 630,000 euros ($680,000) calculated pro rata per player named on a national team’s match sheet. That club was not identified.UEFA says 2.7 million euros ($2.9 million) of the money will go to clubs after the 16-nation Euro 2020 playoffs later this year. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinReddit The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck is taking an unpaid week, along with about 200 other leaders in the university system in response to the budget crunch caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. last_img read more

Men’s water polo team continues USC’s winning tradition

first_imgWhen goalkeeper Joel Dennerley left the pool after defeating UCLA 7-4 on Sunday Dec. 4, 2011, he could call himself a national champion — four times over. Four national championships in four years.Unheard of.Champions · Senior goalkeeper Joel Dennerley and the USC men’s water polo team won their fourth consecutive national championship. – Chris Roman | Daily TrojanIn the grand scheme of college athletics, the Trojans’ four-peat is truly historic. There are few runs in college sports that have matched that of the USC water polo team. To put what the Trojans have done into perspective, here are a few of the great dynasties in college sports.UCLA Men’s BasketballFrom 1966-1973, the Bruins won the national title every year. For those counting, that’s seven straight. Under coach John Wooden, the Bruins had three undefeated seasons with 30 wins and lost a total of five games. Players such as Bill Walton, Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Sidney Wicks made the UCLA basketball dynasty.USC BaseballFrom 1970 to 1974, USC baseball won five straight national championships. Led by legendary Rod Dedeaux, the Trojans featured stars such as Fred Lynn and Jim Barr. Under Dedeaux, USC won a total of 10 titles.Nebraska FootballUnder coach Tom Osborne, Nebraska won three straight national championships between 1993-1995. Because college football does not have a playoff system, several different organizations hand out national titles. Before the BCS era, the AP was the most prominent. Osborne won two AP titles and one other from a lesser polling organization. Nevertheless, the team went 36-1 over three years.Oklahoma FootballBud Wilkinson led the Oklahoma Sooners to 47 wins in a row, which stands as a record in college football history. They won three out of four titles, including two from the Associated Press.Princeton Men’s LacrosseFrom 1992-1998, Princeton won five out of seven championships, including three in a row.Virginia Men’s SoccerThe Cavaliers won the national championship between 1991-1994. In four championship games, they did not give up a single goal.Connecticut Women’s College BasketballLed by Geno Auriemma, the Huskies won four titles between 2000-2004. From 2009 to 2010, they had a 90-game-winning streak.When looking at some of the historic runs in college athletics, USC’s run of four straight titles in water polo is incredibly impressive. Over the past four seasons, the Trojans have lost a total of seven games, including an undefeated season in 2008-2009. Their roster was filled with numerous All-Americans, including Dennerley, who leaves USC as the school’s all time leader in saved goals.Water polo might not be the revenue sport at USC, but there is no denying the incredible streak the team has been on over the past few seasons. In fact, there might not be a more underrated coach in all of college athletics than Jovan Vavic, who, since taking over 17 years ago, has won six men’s national championships, he’s accumulated a winning percentage of 86 percent and has been named the coach of the year on nine separate occasions by the NCAA.Though other consecutive national champions have seemingly been honored and revered, the Trojans have been overlooked for the most part. Unless you’re an avid water polo fan, you might have missed the championships.That, however, does not make it right. The Trojan legacy deserves to be remembered. It should not be cast aside because water polo is not one of the most popular sports on college campuses. It is just as legitimate as football or basketball in its competitive nature. In fact, the streak is as majestic as any in recent college sports memory.“Goal Line Stand” runs Thursdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Michael at katzml@usc.edulast_img read more

Sport Ireland release doping test results

first_img1,028 anti-doping tests were carried out in 2015, 295 of these were blood tests. Sport Ireland says it’s moving away from the emphasis on in-competition testing, with three quarters of tests now done out of competition.last_img

No. 5 Islanders Handle No. 8 Cowgirls in First Round

first_img“We just came out with more intensity,” said Mbamalu. “We accentuated since July that we wanted to be playing good when March rolls around,” said Chadwick. “That’s all we talked about.” Second team all-conference guard Brittney Mbamalu scored 22 points as the fifth-seeded Islanders used a 19-6 run in the second quarter to eliminate the No. 8 Cowgirls 75-52 in the opening round of the Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Merrell Center on Thursday afternoon. Mbamalu hit five of A&M-Corpus Christi’s seven three-pointers while the Islanders limited McNeese (12-18) to 32.8 percent shooting. Box Score | Photo Gallery | ESPN3 Replay | HighlightsKATY, Texas – Eight days after losing at McNeese in the final regular season week, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi emphatically settled matters. “I think they hit some big-time shots in big time moments,” said Cowgirls coach Kacie Cryer. “Credit to our kids. They didn’t give up and that’s been our theme this year. We don’t give up.” Mbamalu bounced back from her 4-for-15 effort in the previous meeting against McNeese, hitting two of her treys from beyond NBA range and finished with her sixth game this season with at least 20 points. When A&M-Corpus Christi wasn’t forcing McNeese to miss, they made the most of 18 Cowgirls turnovers which resulted in 24 points. After Dede Shepard’s free throw tied the game at 18 with 8:23 left in the first half, the Islanders made their decisive move. Mbamalu authored eight straight points with a pair of free throws sandwiched around a pair of treys before capping off the 12-0 run with a short jumper that gave A&M-Corpus Christi a 30-18 lead at the 3:36 mark. The Cowgirls were unable to contain the Islanders in the paint as they were outscored 36-18 in the interior. The Islanders’ dominance was best defined by their 21-12 edge on the offensive glass that translated to a 16-8 advantage in second chance points. “I just got into a rhythm,” said Mbamalu. “This whole week, I’ve been putting extra shots in the gym, so the hard work paid off.” Behind the play of Emma Young (10 points, eight boards), the Islanders broke further away in the third quarter. Young scored six of the first eight points of the quarter for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, including a put back following an offensive board to extend the Islanders’ lead to 46-28 with 4:41 remaining. Mbamalu capped the quarter with her fifth triple of the afternoon in the closing seconds of the third to give the Islanders a 61-34 edge leading into the final quarter. “I thought our team came ready to play,” said Islanders coach Royce Chadwick. “The defense, I thought, was March-ready. When you bring your defense every night, you’ve got a chance to win games.” Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (19-11) will play No. 4 Nicholls Friday at 11 a.m. CT. The Islanders handed the Colonels a 76-55 defeat in Corpus Christi on January 17 in their only meeting during the regular season. McNeese struggled mightily in the second quarter, hitting on only a pair of their 13 field goal attempts. Making matters more frustrating for the Cowgirls was the inability to take advantage of a 10-4 edge they had in offensive rebounds in the first half. Kre’Ana Henry added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Islanders while Dae Dae Evans scored 10. Dede Sheppard led McNeese with 20 points with Keara Hudnall finished with 10 for the Cowgirls.last_img read more

SAN SIMEON STAKES QUOTES-SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESTIAGO PERIERA, LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN, WINNER: “I was supposed to be sitting a little closer to the pace, closer to Conquest Tsunami, but my horse broke a little slow. The three horses went fast up front. This made it easier for my horse to relax the first part and once we hit the dirt my horse took off.”TRAINER QUOTESMARK GLATT, LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN, WINNER: “I thought we’d be sitting second behind the one horse (Conquest Tsunami) down the hillside and it would come down to the two of us, but a couple of others decided to go and when my horse didn’t break that sharply, it set up perfect for him. He’s very good down this course (four wins from seven starts). He’s been just a cut below some of these horses in the past, but we were kind of able to turn the tables today.”NOTES: Law Abidin CItizen is owned by Agnew, Schneider or Xitco.Law Abidin Citizen and jockey Tiago Pereira win the Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes, Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

Q & A—Kaifa Discusses LMA’s Success

first_imgThe Second edition of the Liberia Music Awards (LMA), ended few weeks ago but K- Zee, DenG and Eric Geso captured big at one of the biggest events in the music industry. With the visa denial saga that hit them badly, we wondered how they managed to muster so much courage to have mastered such a challenge. To led us through with the success, Kaifa Yamah, founder and chief executive officer of LMA told the Daily Observer as he talked about the secret.LIB Life: What formulas did your team use to make LMA come to reality after that visa saga?Kaifa: Formula as you may call it; our secret to LMA success is owed to getting LMA to the right people in the music industry. Promoting the Liberian Music to people that hasn’t been listening to Liberian music.LIB Life: How did your team manage to increase the viewership for LMA this year?Kaifa: Nothing much, but we’ve just been bless with the right people and individuals that are involved in the promoting of Liberia music on the ground, as well as the artists who are part of the growing process.LIB Life: What should we expect from the LMA next year—2016?Kaifa: A bigger and better event more than the second edition. We are hopeful that Ebola will not continue to resurface and artists that were denied visas could be given the second chance by the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia.LIB Life: How did you feel about the recent LMA visa saga?Kaifa: I felt very bad. However, the U.S. Embassy made their decision. We may not have an answer to it. Nevertheless, hope is still there for 2016.LIB Life: What was the most exciting moment you can recall from the 2nd annual edition of LMA?Kaifa: All the performances, a full house including other nationalities that joined us to celebrate Liberian music in one building.LIB Life: Was there any nightmare you encountered on your way to success?Kaifa: There were some but I consider it as a blessing or success that gave the LMA team more courage to succeed.LIB Life: Thanks for your time. Kaifa: The LMA team would like to welcome more sponsorship from businesses and individuals for its LMA 2016 event and we appreciate everyone’s support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

House to Probe JFK Financial Conduct

first_imgThe Plenary of the House of Representatives yesterday mandated its Committees on Ways, Means, Finance, Social Welfare and Judiciary to probe claims of improper financial and employment practices at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital.Plenary gave the Committees one week to investigate claims of rampant corruption at the hospital.The action was prompted by a complaint filed against the hospital’s management by Montserrado County District # 4 Representative Henry Fahnbulleh and Montserrado County District # 3 Representative, Bill Twehway.Representatives Fahnbulleh and Twehway in a joint statement addressed to Speaker Alex Tyler dated February 3, alleged that fees collected from patients by the JFK management are exorbitant thus depriving ordinary Liberians of the right to medical care.The two lawmakers further claimed that the hospital management, without the knowledge of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, has stashed away in a local bank account millions of Liberian dollars in fees collected from patients.Representatives Fahnbulleh and Twehway colleagues that the JFK management deceived Plenary through the Committee on Ways, Means and Finance when it requested US$6.8m in appropriation as subsidy while it has millions of Liberian dollars lying idle.Moreover, the two Montserrado lawmakers claimed that the hospital management runs a patronage payroll system of higher salaries and benefits for healthcare workers who favor management whereas those who adhere to professional conduct and just want to do their work, are paid less. The two representatives notified their colleagues that qualification and experience are no longer the basis of recruitment and retention at the JFK.They recommended that the Plenary act decisively to redeem the situation.It may be recalled that Montserrado County lawmakers, Saah Joseph and Edwin M. Snowe recently criticized the JFK administration for poor medical practices and called on the President to overhaul the hospital’s management.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sinoe Rep. Seeks 3rd Term

first_imgAmidst reports of an increasing number of aspirants for the Sinoe County District #1 Representative Seat in 2017 presidential and legislative elections, Rep. Jefferson Kanmoh believes that he will be reelected for the third term.Rep. Kanmoh said he is confident of his re-election for another six years, having positively served his people for the last 11 years.“Besides my constitutional responsibility, I have immensely impacted the youth, by awarding them 500 scholarships and I have accrued over US$5m to the county through national budgetary allocation,” Rep. Kanmoh said. Rep. Kanmoh said he is also convinced of re-election in 2017 after he ran unopposed and was elected for his third term to the ECOWAS Parliament.He pointed out that he has secured the district election but did not state whether he has aspirations for the Senate.“I have a sense of balance,” he said. “I have six children, three boys and three girls and I was re-elected for my 3rd term for the ECOWAS Parliament, so it will be in the ensuring 2017 elections,” he added.Rep. Kanmoh, 51, is Liberia’s longest serving representative in the ECOWAS Parliament and Sinoe County’s longest serving representative in the Legislature.He was elected in 2005, and upon his election, he was then elected to represent Liberia in the ECOWAS Parliament. He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Liberia, and served as student activist with the UL and the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU).It may be recalled that amongst several contenders in the Sinoe County’s District #1 Representative seat, Sinoe County Superintendent Thomas Romeo Quioh and the County’s Representative to the Mano River Union Youth Parliament (also Speaker), Melvin Sarh, are both eyeing the District #1 Representative Seat in 2017 presidential and legislative elections.Supt. Quioh told the Daily Observer that though he has not “finally concluded whether to contest the District # 1 Representative slot in 2017, it is possible that he might.”Mr. Quioh, who is also a Liberty Party (LP) executive member, boasted that if he considers running for District # 1 Representative seat, he would be a formidable force.Sarh, who is also the Youth Representative to the MRU Youth Parliament, said the youth, which comprises of 65 percent of the county’s population, have resolved to elect a “youthful representative” to seek and promote their welfare.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Some 86 persons hired at Wales job fair – suggests PSC Chairman

first_img– berates non-attending critics– Enmore event slated for month-endFollowing inaccurate reports that hundreds of persons in the sugar belt were hired at a job fair recently held in the Wales area, Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Eddie Boyer, has indicated that approximately 86 individuals were hired by employers.He made this disclosure in an interview with Guyana Times on Sunday, when he reiterated his hope that more persons could be hired.“The response we got for the first fair was overwhelming. The average companiesPSC Chairman Eddie Boyermay be hiring about 6 persons and there were 21 companies; but whether the people stayed, I can’t give a final [number],” he stressed.The private sector-organised event was held on January 31 in light of the noted challenges faced by hundreds of dismissed sugar workers, their family members, and other persons in the surrounding communities, who have been affected by the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate. The West Demerara entity was shuttered on December 31, 2016, displacing more than 1000 workers, over 300 of whom are yet to receive severance pay.Boyer contends that job fairs and similar recruitment exercises should be held to ensure that more persons are employed.Many persons, including former Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) employees, however contended that the job fair was not appealing to sugar workers, and some even remarked that the fair was a show. Some sugar workers remarked that some companies requested persons with three CXC subjects and they have none.When questioned about some of the criticisms, the PSC Chairman told this newspaper that he need not offer a response to such remarks, as many of the persons, in his view, did not realise the rationale behind the private sector-ledThe defunct Wales Estate is open for scrap metal tendersevent.“I can’t respond to sentiments of individuals who were not there, didn’t understand the objective, and did not see the response to the fair and that we tried to make the people marketable,” Boyer retorted.Boyer last month disputed reports carried in the State media that some 800-plus persons were instantaneously hired at a job fair it held for ex-Wales workers at Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WBD). He clarified then that it was over 800 jobs which were available, and not that hundreds of persons were provided with employment.Enmore leg of fairMeanwhile, <> understands that another job fair is planned for March month-end at Enmore. This follows reports that the PSC was making arrangements to coalesce with additional companies to host a similar exercise in the environs of the East Demerara (Enmore) Estate, where many sugar workers have lost their jobs.Despite its plans, the Private Sector has been accused of displaying an inability to pressure Government against dismissing thousands of sugar workers. In fact, Advisor to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Peter Ramsaroop, said there was contempt for the working class when the PSC hosted the job fair. He has called the exercise “nothing but a public relations stunt”.According to Ramsaroop business leaders, instead of presenting workable and viable options, plans and information to the sugar workers and others who were seeking employment, “chose instead to pontificate on the disillusioned people learning to accept change, and pointing to cultural shifts in an attempt to placate those devastated by the ad-hoc decision-making of the Government of the day – decisions they in the Private Sector stood by and watch the unfolding of these callous actions”.When Boyer spoke to this newspaper in January, he said he supported calls for the establishment of a new industrial zone at Wales, but cautioned that training was needed to provide former sugar workers with skills to get gainful employment in other fields.Late last month, the Finance Ministry’s Special Purposes Unit (SPU) announced that 100 cane harvesters would be re-hired to cut cane at Rose Hall. Wales workers expressed hope that their estate could have a similar re-opening, but this is unlikely based on reports that much of the equipment has been sent to other estates. SPU has recently invited tenders for the entity’s scrap metal and several lots near the estate. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more