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            [post_content] => The West Indies Cricket Board has announced that a task force has been organised to investigate the circumstances that led to the controversial withdrawal by senior cricketers of the West Indies team from their tour in India.

Comprised of Chairman Michael Gordon, and members Sir Wes Hall and Sir Richard Cheltenham, the task force team held its first meeting in Bridgetown on Monday, as reported by WICB.

The meetings are expected to include all parties which encompasses, the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) and the players, before the findings are finally reported to the board.

“While it is regrettable that the situation into which we are enquiring occurred, the Task Force recognizes the responsibility to West Indies cricket and is honoured to have been chosen for this assignment,” Chairman Gordon said.

“We commit to pursuing the facts and circumstances in a fair and unbiased manner and to allow for all the critical matters to be highlighted and ventilated”.

After the West Indies players went on strike, abandoning their tour to India with five fixtures still to play, including three Tests, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) cancelled tours to the Caribbean and demanded a compensation of US$42 million.

According to sources involved, the pull out was linked to a pay dispute with WIPA over a change in their Collective Bargaining Agreement with the WICB.

The WICB has reported that talks with the BCCI are progressing well so far, and that it remains confident that a resolution with India can be reached.

According to the WICB release, the task force was embarked to investigate the cause of the players’ actions, recommend measures to improve the relationship between WICB and the players, and design a fast-track dispute resolution mechanism.


 
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Task Force Organised To Investigate West Indies Cricket Team's Indian Tour Abortion

November 21, 2014
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            [post_date] => 2014-11-20 10:00:09
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            [post_content] => During a violent anti-government demonstration occurring in sections of the capital of Haiti on Tuesday, at least three people were injured as stated by the police.

The march which began peacefully reportedly grew tense as more people, government and opposition supporters joined and they began to clash with each other.

In efforts to disperse the crowd, members of the Haitian National Police fired tear gas in a bid. Spokesman Frantz Lerebours made no immediate comments regarding the incident.

At the demonstration, protesters were demanding the resignation of President Michel Martelly, as well as the holding of the long-delayed legislative and municipal elections.

In 2011, the president was supposed to initiate elections for a majority of Senate seats, the entire Chamber of Deputies and local offices. Due to the fact that the Senate has yet to approve an electoral law to authorize the vote, President Martelly did not carry out the election process blaming the six senators and stating that his administrators wants to hold the elections, but are being impeded by the actions of the opposition legislators.

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe tweeted urging the six senators to “break with their outdated chaotic policies”  and stating that they need to “unlock the democratic process”.
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November 20, 2014
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            [post_content] => In an effort to help with the resuscitation of the economy, the St. Lucia Trade Union Federation (TUF) which encompasses most of the islands public sector unions, has agreed to a three-year wage freeze. The decision was announced in a statement made earlier this week at the conclusion of negotiations between Government and the Federation for the period April 2013 to March 2016.

The TUF has described the wage freeze as a "huge contribution" to the development of the nation, and hopes that other sections of the country will follow the “good example” in making a sacrifice for the country as desperate times calls for desperate measures.

“The Federation conveyed to government its understanding of the current economic situation facing the country, and was ready to assist by making certain sacrifices towards alleviation of the situation,” the statement signed by the TUF President, Julian Monrose noted.

It however made no reference to the government's request to cut the wages of public sector workers by five per cent, as part of their prescription to deal with an EC$76 million fiscal crisis.

Although the Government's initial proposal for the wage cut was rejected by all public sector unions, Prime Minister Kenny Anthony urged the public servants to either keep it on the agenda or come up with alternative ways in which the fiscal deficit could be funded.

While the TUF made a list of recommendations, which included to instead introduce VAT (Value Added Tax) on electricity, non-members of the TUF, the St Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) refused to include the wage cut in any discussions with the GNT.

Having heard of the the recent decision of the TUF to accept a wage freeze, the CZA President, Mary Isaac said she was not surprised, and declined further comment until negotiations between the CSA and government are concluded.

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony who has not spoken publicly for several weeks on the state of the economy, gave the unions several ultimatums for resolution of the wage cut issue, all of which have longed passed.

Without prior consultation with public service unions, Dr. Anthony legislated the 5% wage cut during his budget presentation in April this year, and said that it was urgently needed to resolve the islands fiscal crisis.
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