DPSU official wants new measures to address employee challenges

first_imgLocalNews DPSU official wants new measures to address employee challenges by: – May 3, 2012 Share 15 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! DPSU’s General-secretary Thomas LetangThe General-secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union has calling for the adoption of new approaches in addressing current issues affecting employees on the island.Letang made those remarks while addressing the 6th biennial conference of the DPSU Wednesday evening.He said as governments battle with the effects of globalization, free market economies and the economic down turn, they are placed under increasing pressure, to focus less on measures geared toward the protection and well being of all employees.“That diminish lack of interest on the part of some government and complacency place great demands on trade unions and those they represent to become more active and vocal in addressing the rights of workers”.He said the Constitution of Dominica, provides for all citizens the rights to join and belong to a union of his or her choice.“This is emphases in the Industrial Relations Act, which makes it an offence to discriminate against an employee because of his or her interest and membership in a trade union or participation of that workers organization,” he added.According to Letang, “without abandoning the strategies used in the past to promote and guard workers rights, today’s situation calls for the adoption of new approaches, in addressing current issues, so as to achieve effective and favorable results”.“In that context, it is therefore imperative that employees get the opportunity to influence policies, resources allocation and direction through direct participating in decision making,” he added.Meanwhile the Union informed its membership that plans to take industrial action against government has been aborted.Letang told the membership last night that two successful meetings have been held with government and an agreement was entered into.He said the meeting did not only have a favorable outcome, but it is in the best interest of public servants.“The Union forwarded two resolutions to the government of Dominica. One had to do with statements by a particular gentlemen and another had to do with salaries and the fact that we should get back to the negotiating table, instead of waiting for the outcome of the classification exercise which is taking place within the public service”.Letang said government’s negotiating team and an agreement to conclude negotiations were agreed upon.“That is what we wanted so we cannot embark upon industrial action because we got what we wanted,” he explained.The General-secretary said progress has also been made in membership, grievance handling and positive results from statements relating to national policies.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

SU rolls over Black Knights, remains perfect at Drumlins

first_img Comments Drumlins Tennis Center is not the Carrier Dome. Luke Jensen knows that. But if this season is any indication, the head coach of the Syracuse tennis team may have the biggest home-court advantage on campus.The Orange battled to a 6-1 victory over Army on Wednesday in front of 47 at Drumlins, advancing its overall record to 16-2 and its home record to a perfect 8-0. SU has not lost a home game since Feb. 22, 2009, against Iowa State.‘We just don’t lose here,’ Jensen said. ‘This is our place, it gets loud and it’s hard to play here if you’re the opposition. Orange fans are so fired up about this team.’The win ties Syracuse for the most victories it has had under the fourth-year coach Jensen with only three regular-season matches remaining before the Big East tournament.The fans had a lot to be excited about right away against Army, as the Orange opened the day with three doubles wins to lock up the first point of the match. All three were decided by an 8-5 score, and the second-seeded pair of Alessondra Parra and Eleanor Peters earned its seventh straight doubles win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite the fact that the game was at noon during the school week, the Orange got a comparatively surprising large supportive crowd, and the players fed off that energy.‘It was a great amount of people that came out today,’ said freshman CC Sardinha, SU’s top-seeded singles player. ‘The atmosphere and people cheering for us was amazing, and it’s always great when people come out.’    Sardinha and Peters set the tone for the Orange during singles play. Peters, a senior transfer from Maryland, sat out the previous two matches after tweaking her surgically repaired left ankle.    She started slow and dropped the first game but rallied and took complete control of the match. Putting on a dazzling display of powerful serves and crosscourt winners, Peters notched a 6-1, 6-1 victory to bring home SU’s second point of the day.    ‘I have a little trouble starting out sometimes,’ Peters said. ‘Just a little nerves and the fact that I hadn’t played in a couple days, and I think it just got to me. I made a couple easy mistakes, but I just concentrated on putting the ball in play. I was surprised I was able to play so well.’    Sardinha also put on a dominant performance in the top-seeded singles match. Her energy captured the attention of the crowd, and her 6-0, 6-1 win over Army’s Anne Houghton was the point that guaranteed the victory for the Orange.In the middle of the second set, with the match’s outcome still in question, Sardinha let out an exuberant yell after her winner ended a crucial game. Her reaction set off the crowd and secured momentum for the rest of the match. Both Sardinha and Houghton tried to play at a steady pace, but Sardinha’s resiliency won out and caused Houghton to become increasingly frustrated. After one winner went by her in the second set, Houghton threw up her hands and yelled ‘Really?’ to the Drumlins ceiling.    ‘I just played my normal game,’ Sardinha said. ‘I’m a consistent player and I just want to keep my consistency up. I didn’t know exactly how she would play, but I figured it out and kept my own game plan.’    Peters and Sardinha were just two of the bright spots for the Orange in the continued dominance at home. Parra won 6-0, 6-1 from the fourth-seeded singles slot, and junior Christina Tan won her sixth-seeded match, 6-2, 6-1. Second-seeded sophomore Emily Harman bounced back after losing her second set and won her match in a 10-4 tiebreaker.    The Orange’s 10th straight victory was even sweeter for Jensen and the returning members of the team because they lost to Army 5-2 last season.    ‘It’s a big deal because you lose to someone and you set a mark,’ Jensen said. ‘It gets personal and it gets extremely competitive. To come out after losing to them last year just shows you that this team is the real deal.’    jakrakow@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 31, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

International field to contest Reid Trophy

first_img30 Jul 2016 International field to contest Reid Trophy The Reid Trophy returns ‘home’ next week when an international field of U14 boy players head to Porters Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire.The Reid Trophy – or the English U14 boys’ open championship – is one of the most prestigious titles in the junior game and the golf will be of the highest standard. The 54-hole event will be played from Tuesday to Thursday, August 2-4.The English challengers include Dominic Clemons, 14, and Conor Gough, 13, who have already made an impact in the U16 McGregor Trophy this season.Clemons (Gog Magog) scored 68 in the last round and finished on three-over, sharing fifth place, while Gough (Stoke Park) tied ninth.The Reid Trophy is the legacy of Malcolm Reid, a great supporter of junior golf and a long-time member of Porters Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire.He always believed there should be a national competition for under 14s and in 1995, two years before his death, he launched the Reid Trophy at his club.Over the years the championship has grown to become a thoroughly international event, attracting the best boy players from across England, Europe and beyond.Past winners include England’s Eddie Pepperell, now a successful European Tour player and Scotland’s Bradley Neil who went on to become the Amateur Champion and a Walker Cup player before turning professional. England international Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park) won the trophy in 2011.The Reid Trophy was hosted at Porters Park for its first five years before moving to other courses around the country, but regularly returning ‘home’.Image copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more