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            [post_content] => The ongoing pay dispute between the West Indies Cricket team and their Union WIPA has forced the players and the rest off staff to take drastic action by cutting short their One-day International (ODI) tour in India. The move has generated a lot of anger among fans in India and in particular the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI). The West Indies team has made it clear that they will finish the fourth ODI but will not consider the fifth that was scheduled to be played in Kolkata, India on Monday.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has yet to make an announcement regarding the ongoing saga and have remain tight lipped on the situation. Should the West Indies players and staff continue with their plans, a raft of games will be missed that include a twenty20 international and a three-test series beginning October 30th in Hyderabad.

The West Indies players have reached an impasse with WIPA over what they claim is a 65% reduction in their earnings, stemming from the recent Collective Bargaining Agreement  and Memorandum of Understanding the Union signed with the WICB. Captain of the West Indies Cricket team, Dwayne Bravo, hinted at the unfolding scenario when he told commentators at the toss on Friday before the start of the fourth ODI that it was “time to make a decision.”

The BCCI said it was notified by the WICB that the tour would be cut short and that the players would return home immediately. The board also revealed that it was "shocked" and "surprised" at the decision to cancel the tour.  “The West Indies Cricket Board has informed the BCCI of its decision to cancel the rest of its ongoing tour to India because of a dispute with its players, and has advised the BCCI that its players will return home immediately,” BCCI secretary, Sanjay Patel said in a statement.

“The BCCI is shocked and extremely disappointed at the decision taken by the WICB. The WICB’s inability to resolve internal issues with its players and allowing the same to affect an ongoing bilateral series does not reflect well on any of those involved. The withdrawal gives little thought to the future of the game, the players and the long standing relations between the BCCI and the WICB.” he added. Patel described the decision to halt the tour as a "unilateral decision taken by the WICB and its players" and revealed that the BCCI would go to every length to protect their interests.

 

 

 

 

 
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West Indies Halt India Tour Over Pay Dispute with WIPA

October 18, 2014
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The ongoing pay dispute between the West Indies Cricket team and their Union WIPA has forced the players and the rest off staff to take drastic action by cutting short their One-da...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Caribbean labour officials have begun to closely monitor the impact of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus on regional workforces. One country which remains undisclosed has already made an urgent call for an assessment to be done on the public service sector which has been troubled by the virus known more commonly as Chik-V.

President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, O'Neil Grant told the Caribbean Media Corporation that the situation in his home country is "grave", stating that the situation can no longer be measured in just "man hours", but in "man days".  Grant indicated that Jamaica's Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson has already pleaded with Private Sector employers to put the health of their affected employees first.

“An impact assessment is needed to measure the number of man-days being lost in the service,” said Dr. Ferguson.  Some schools have been closed on the island, state offices are suffering from absenteeism whilst the private sector is wrestling with financial losses as a result of the disease. Trinidad and Tobago Labour Minister, Errol McLeod, said the situation was one in which “all hands are being invited to be on deck.” He cited that the arrival of the Chikungunya virus, whose symptoms include fever and severe joint pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash has reduced productivity tremendously.

General Secretary of the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) in Trindad and Tobago, Michael Annissette, indicated that the government, employers, the labour movement and non-governmental organizations need to get involve.  “There is need for more involvement of all stakeholders,” he told CMC, adding “this is not simply a medical issue for doctors. “There is need for greater public awareness and the involvement of everybody.”

President of the Caribbean Congress of Labour, David Massiah, said that the impact in his native country Antigua and Barbuda  “has not been a serious matter per se, but it is serious from the standpoint of the authorities putting things in place to ensure they can arrest the problem of Chikungunya.” The total costs associated with controlling and treating the Chikungunya virus has not yet been calculated, however it is expected to that the amount will put a significant dent in several countries across the region.

 

 

 

 
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Caribbean Labour Officials Monitor Chikungunya Impact On The Caribbean

October 17, 2014
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            [post_content] => As the deadly virus Ebola continues to spread via tourist, the Grenada government has announced that they are considering suspending travel visas for travellers that reign from countries Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea of West Africa, to serve as a preventative measure from allowing the introduction of the disease onto the island.

Statistics state that more than 4,500 people have died from the incurable disease, with most of the deaths occurring in the three African countries and some in other countries including the United States, Spain and Germany.

Prior to a conference held in St. Vincent with health ministers from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) on Wednesday, the government mentioned that with the mortality rates escalating in the affected countries and the potentiality of outspread become more and more absolute, the decision to suspend the visas could soon be passed.

“Amidst tougher immigration and border control restrictions currently being employed in some countries and contemplated by others, the Government has decided to adapt this measure in the best interest of safeguarding the Public Health of the country.”

The government led by Keith Mitchell said that the stratagem is being discussed due to the presumption that "there is no readily available vaccine to protect ones-self against the disease, no available medicines to treat the condition and the recognition that the introduction of one case of the disease could potentially undermine the health and financial infrastructure of the country."

The government also added forewarning citizens "who decide to travel to the affected countries with the intention to return despite this advisory, that they will be subjected to strict screening and other health and safety measures at our ports of entry”.

They also added that "the Government will continue to regularly monitor and update citizens on the situation with Ebola throughout the world in order to take appropriate actions."
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October 16, 2014
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As the deadly virus Ebola continues to spread via tourist, the Grenada government has announced that they are considering suspending travel visas for travellers that reign from cou...Continue reading