Big prize money for General Accident tennis tourney

first_imgMore than $700,000 in prize money will be up for grabs when the 2016 General Accident Insurance Company tennis tournament serves off tomorrow at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. The tournament will end on Sunday, April 10.This tournament will be part of the Llockett McGregor tennis series, and for the first time, it will be an Open tournament, with prize money attached. There will be Men’s and Women’s Open, Men’s Professional 35 for older players, and a Men’s Class 2 team event that will feature teams from Oaklands, Police Officers Club, Montego Bay, the Pegasus and Ocho Rios, and a special Liguanea Club doubles championship. Sixteen junior doubles teams will also participate.The whole idea, McGregor told The Gleaner, is to make the tournament more attractive to various groups of players, many of whom will participate so as to gain bragging rights among their colleagues, over the next year.At the launch of the tournament on Wednesday at the Liguanea Club, General Accident’s business development officer, Nadia Mitchell, lauded the organisers of the tournament and pointed to the fact that each year, the tournament was well supported by players and spectators. One hundred and fifteen players are expected to participate this year.Her company’s vision, Mitchell said, “goes way beyond the tennis courts because each year, this prestigious event brings together world-class players, and tennis enthusiasts” and this she said, “bolsters personal development of the youth players in particular, and creates the opportunity for individuals to engage in a diverse community centred activity.”The top-seeded male player is Damion Johnson, a former Jamaica No. 1 player. Current female champion Ffion Fletcher is the top female in the line-up, and in the Men’s 35, Dwayne Pagon, a former Davis Cup captain is the top seed.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

Fiorentina weigh up move for Liverpool and Tottenham target

first_img1 Yevhan Konoplyanka in action for Dnipro Fiorentina are weighing up a move for Liverpool and Tottenham target Yevhen Konoplyanka, reports in Italy claim.The Ukraine international has been linked with a move away from Dnipro for some time now, having been the subject of much interest during the summer transfer window.West Ham reportedly had a £12m bid rejected, while Liverpool and Spurs were also said to be monitoring the situation.Konoplyanka’s current contract runs out at the end of this season and the 24-year-old has told Dnipro that he has no plans to sign a new deal.That means the winger would be available on a free next summer, a proposition that has attracted the attention of a host of English clubs.However, according to Tuttosport, Fiorentina are now contemplating a January move for Konoplyanka in attempt to beat off any competition for his signature.The January transfer window will be the last time Dnipro can source a fee for the midfielder and as such he could be available for around £8m.last_img read more

Facebook shares progress on civil rights audit We need to do more

first_img 2 Tech Industry Digital Media Politics Internet Services Tags Comments Facebook Facebook has released a progress report on its civil rights audit, which shows it’s made some significant changes like strengthening efforts to fight voter suppression and cracking down on fake accounts seeking to influence political views.The social network unveiled on Tuesday the results of the first six months of the audit (PDF), which it launched in May in response to demands from civil rights organizations. Laura Murphy, a civil liberties leader and longtime ACLU director, led the audit. After meeting with civil rights leaders and experts, Murphy said in the progress report, Facebook decided to focus the first phase of its audit on preventing voter intimidation and suppression ahead of the US 2018 midterm elections.The social network acknowledged that implementation took longer than expected but said it was able to make important changes on its platform including strengthening efforts against voter suppression; supporting voter engagement; bringing in voting experts to inform training and policy; adding ways for users to report incorrect voting information; creating channels for state election authorities to report potential voter suppression content; and tackling fake accounts. Facebook also highlighted its “war room” efforts to combat fake election news leading up to the midterms. “Facebook is committed to working with leading US civil rights organizations to strengthen and advance civil rights on our service. They’ve raised a number of important concerns, and I’m grateful for their candor and guidance,” Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, said in a blog post. “We know that we need to do more: to listen, look deeper and take action to respect fundamental rights.” The social media giant plans to continue the audit in 2019, focusing on content moderation and creating a “civil rights accountability infrastructure” to make sure Facebook stays on the right track. Facebook will release another progress report on the audit next year, Murphy said. Share your voice Facebooklast_img read more