Kerr set for another round of rotation

first_img“I definitely will and I don’t think I have much of a choice. Look we have a huge game against Esperance on the 17th and we have a very good chance of making it. I would want to have a strong squad to get a good result. Also, this game against Nzoia will be a chance to the other players to show they deserve to be in that travelling team,” Kerr said.Gor Mahia’s Wesley Onguso takes a cross. Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYAWith a particular keen eye on success in continental football, Kerr has not used a consistent starting team in all his first five KPL matches, choosing to give an opportunity to the rookie players who have not disappointed.K’Ogalo leads the KPL log with 13 points having won four and drawn one of their opening five fixtures and Kerr hopes the team can keep the streak running against a tricky Nzoia side.“Every team that comes to play against Gor Mahia gives their best because they want to open the papers the next day and see that they beat us. Nzoia is a tough team and this will not be an easy walk for us,” the tactician offered.-Facing former side-Nzoia United players celebrating.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThree ex-Nzoia Sugar players will potentially line up against their former employers.Despite joining Gor from the sugar millers at the beginning of last season, this will be the first time that defender Joachim Oluoch will have a chance of facing his ex-team.Also lining up against the sugar belt side for the first time is midfielder Lawrence Juma who left the team at the end of last season. Winger Boniface Omondi will also be facing his former team.Nzoia lost both their maiden league meetings against Gor Mahia last season, losing 1-0 in the first leg in Mumias while the second leg in Kisumu ended in an embarrassing 4-0 loss.Nzoia United head coach Bernard Mwalala in a past match. PHOTO/COURTESYBernard Mwalala’s young side has not had a good start to the season especially after the exit of key players and only won their first match of the season last weekend with a 3-1 thrashing of Kakamega Homeboyz.This came after a run of four back to back losses against Kariobangi Sharks, Mathare United, Nakumatt and Tusker.They should expect a tough encounter against K’Ogalo with Kerr having asked them to show the same enthusiasm they did against Esperance on Wednesday.“I want that same kind of performance from the first to last minute of the game. That is how we should play week in week out and the players know what I want and what I demand for them. I want a headache for myself when selecting the team to go to Esperance,” the tactician said.The tie will be one of three fixtures set for Sunday with Nakumatt taking on Chemelil in the early fixture in Machakos while in Mombasa, Bandari will be taking on Sony Sugar.Kenyan Premier League weekend fixtures:Saturday: Kariobangi Sharks v Sofapaka, Mathare United v AFC Leopards (Machakos), Kakamega Homeboyz v Ulinzi Stars (Bukhungu), Posta Rangers v Wazito (Narok), Tusker FC v Thika United (Ruaraka), Zoo Kericho v Vihiga United (Kericho).Sunday: Bandari v Sony Sugar (Mombasa), Nakumatt v Chemelil, Gor Mahia v Nzoia Sugar (Machakos).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr giving out instructions to his players during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Bandari on March 3, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has hinted that he will once again rotate his squad for their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash against Nzoia Sugar in Machakos on Sunday.Kerr says this will be a move to keep the core of his squad fresh ahead of their potential history making clash against Esperance in the CAF Champions League first round return tie in Tunisia on March 17.last_img read more

Regulating labour relations

first_imgThe post-1994 labour legislation, the product of extensive consultation between government, labour and employers, has established institutions to nurture sound, co- operative industrial relations.Organised labour is represented in Nedlac by the three main labour federations, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, National Council of Trade Unions and the Federation of Unions of South Africa. (Image: South African Federation of Trade Unions)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa’s labour legislation is among the most progressive in the world, providing for institutions to settle disputes and ensure fairness in the workplace.This was not always the case. Industrial relations in the apartheid era were characterised by high levels of racial discrimination, conflict, union repression, cheap labour policies and authoritarian management style.The post-1994 labour legislation, the product of extensive consultation between government, labour and employers, has established institutions to nurture sound, co- operative industrial relations:NedlacCCMACommission for Employment EquityEmployment Conditions CommissionProductivity SANational Skills AuthorityUnemployment Insurance BoardNational Economic, Development and Labour CouncilNedlac aims to allow inclusive and transparent decision making about labour issues. Launched in 1995, it brings together representatives from all sectors of society who debate and try to reach consensus on social and economic policy issues in what the body terms “social dialogue’.Funded by the Department of Labour, Nedlac’s work is conducted in four chambers: the labour market chamber, the trade and industry chamber, the development chamber, and the public finance and monetary chamber. The chambers report to a management committee which oversees the work programme and administrative issues.Organised labour is represented in Nedlac by the three main labour federations, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, National Council of Trade Unions and the Federation of Unions of South Africa.Read more: Trade unions in South AfricaOrganised business is represented by Business Unity South Africa, an umbrella body which brings together the Black Business Council and Business South Africa.Website: www.busa.org.zaOrganised community is represented by the South African Youth Council, the National Women’s Coalition, the South African National Civics Organisation, Disabled People South Africa, Financial Sector Coalition and the National Co-operatives Association of South Africa.The government delegation to Nedlac includes ministers, directors-general and senior officials from ministries and departments including Labour, Finance, Trade and Industry, and Public Works.Website: www.nedlac.org.zaCommission for Conciliation, Mediation and ArbitrationThe Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) was established in terms of the Labour Relations Act of 1995 as a dispute prevention and resolution body. Although it is publicly funded, it is not controlled by any political party, trade union or business organisation.Its policy-making structure is an 11-member governing body comprising three state representatives, three representatives of organised labour, three representatives of organised business, a chairperson and the director of the CCMA. It replaced the Industrial Court.The CCMA’s main brief is to:Mediate to prevent and settle industrial disputes;Conciliate workplace disputes;Arbitrate disputes that remain unresolved after conciliation; andFacilitate the establishment of workplace forums and statutory councils.Commissioners are selected on the strength of their experience and expertise in labour matters, particularly relating to dispute prevention and resolution. The CCMA has offices in major towns in all nine provinces.Website: www.ccma.org.zaCCMA call centre: 0861 16 16 16Commission for Employment EquityThe focus of employment equity is to create equitable workplaces that are free from unfair discrimination. South African businesses are legally obliged (under the Employment Equity Act) to ensure representation of black people, women and people with disabilities in the workplace.A statutory body that falls under the Department of Labour, the Commission for Employment Equity monitors employers who employ 50 or more workers to ensure that they:Eliminate unfair employment discrimination by promoting equal opportunity and fair treatment; andAchieve a diverse workforce that is broadly representative of South Africa’s people.The nine-member commission is appointed by Nedlac, and includes a chair and eight members (two representatives each from the state, organised labour, organised business and community).Read more: Employment Equity FAQWebsite: www.labour.gov.zaEmployment Conditions CommissionThe Employment Conditions Commission was established in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, which aims to advance economic development and social justice by regulating the right to fair labour practices.The commission’s brief is to advise the Labour Minister on any matter concerning basic conditions of employment and trends in collective bargaining.Website: www.labour.gov.zaProductivity SAProductivity SA is a tripartite body of employers, government and labour dedicated to the development and enhancement of South Africa’s productive capacity through research, information dissemination, training, facilitation, consultation, auditing and monitoring all productivity issues and challenges.Website: www.productivitysa.co.zaNational Skills AuthorityThe National Skills Authority was established in terms of the Skills Development Act and is made up of representatives from organised business, labour, government and community organisations. Its main function is to advise the Labour Minister about a national skills development strategy and its implementation.The Act seeks to address the reality of the global economy and the need to increase skills in the country to improve productivity and the competitiveness of industry, business, commerce and services. It also looks at ways of making society more inclusive.As part of this developmental approach, employers are obliged to contribute a percentage of their annual payroll towards skills training. The Skills Development Levy is paid to the SA Revenue Service, the majority of which is distributed to Sector Training and Education Authorities (SETAs).See the Seta contact list on the SA Qualifications Authority‘s websiteUnemployment Insurance BoardThe Unemployment Insurance Board advises the Labour Minister on:Unemployment insurance policy;Policies arising out of the application of the Unemployment Insurance Act;Policies for minimising unemployment; andThe creation of schemes to alleviate the effects of unemployment.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

2G: Kanimozhi learns candle making in Tihar Jail

first_imgKanimozhi at the Patiala House court for the 2G trial in MayLodged in the assistant superintendent’s office in Tihar Jail in a cell especially created for her because of security reasons, Kanimozhi misses her 10-year-old son Adithyan the most. He is under the care of his grandmother Rajathi Ammal. She,Kanimozhi at the Patiala House court for the 2G trial in MayLodged in the assistant superintendent’s office in Tihar Jail in a cell especially created for her because of security reasons, Kanimozhi misses her 10-year-old son Adithyan the most. He is under the care of his grandmother Rajathi Ammal. She also misses her diamond nose-pin, an accessory she has sported since she was a little girl. She had sought permission to continue wearing it, saying she felt “improperly dressed” without it, but jail authorities did not allow it, or indeed any other jewellery.Adithyan visits her often, but not often enough, as jail rules allow visits by family members twice a week. That is the only time her calm cracks. “Once she broke down and kept saying sorry to her son”, disclosed a jail official who understands Tamil. Though the prisoners meet their families in ‘mulaqaat’ (meeting hall) with a glass shield in between, she was allowed to meet her son in the superintendent’s office because she wanted to hug him.Jail officials say Kanimozhi keeps to herself and does not interact much with other inmates. By various accounts, she appears to be an Orhan Pamuk fan. On May 20, when she was sent to jail, she carried a half-read My Name is Red with her. Museum of Innocence by the same author is keeping her company now. Kanimozhi spends her time reading and writing poetry. “She keeps writing something or the other and is completely immersed in it”, reveals a jail official. She was earlier lodged in ward number 8, which is called the ‘mulayaza’. It is a place where new inmates are lodged for the first six months to prevent them from interacting with the more hardened inmates. It is the only ward which has a spacious courtyard in the centre, where inmates can mingle with each other.advertisement”She is the calmest of the 2G lot and doesn’t make unreasonable demands”, says the jail official, referring to the other vvips lodged in Tihar for the 2G spectrum scam. They include former telecom minister and Kanimozhi’s party colleague A. Raja, the Balwa brothers, Unitech’s Sanjay Chandra, Karim Morani, Kalaignar tv’s managing director Sharath Kumar, senior bureaucrats and corporate executives.Till June 10, it was not very difficult for her or for the others in the 2G case to spend the day since they had daily hearings at Patiala House. They were out of the prison at 9 a.m. and returned around 6 in the evening. The day was spent in the air-conditioned CBI court, where the accused could meet their families. Now, with the courts closed for vacation till June 24, the day has to be spent in the jail.A jail official said that she once enquired about a beauty parlour on the premises. “She was told about one run by jail inmates which is free of cost, and the other run by Jawed Habib which costs money. She has not visited either yet”, the official saidlast_img read more

World Cup match preview: Suarez the target for both Uruguay and England

first_imgUruguay’s Luis Suarez at Arena do Jacare Stadium in Sete Lagoas, Brazil, on June 17. (AP PhotoThe must-win World Cup encounter between England and Uruguay could boil down to which team best targets Luis Suarez. Both former champions realise a loss on Thursday could signal the end of their World Cup campaign after just two matches.Uruguay, semifinalists in 2010, will be desperate to have Liverpool striker Suarez back after he missed the opening loss to Costa Rica with a knee problem. He has declared himself fit, and if he starts Uruguay will be trying to feed him as many balls as possible.England, all too familiar with Suarez’s goal-scoring abilities from the Premier League, will be aiming to shut him down.The other matches on Day Eight at the World Cup are in Group C, with Colombia taking on Ivory Coast – both winners in their opening group matches – and Japan against Greece in a struggle to stay alive.Focusing ForwardThere are six Liverpool players on England’s squad, and they know better than most the threat that Suarez can pose.Having Suarez consigned to the bench was a major setback for Uruguay in its opening 3-1 loss to a rampaging Costa Rican team. Even if he plays, Uruguay has a weakened defense because of the loss of captain Diego Lugano. He was ruled out of the England match due to a left knee strain.Suarez had surgery on his left knee immediately after the Premier League season, and while Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is happy to have him back, he’s lowering expectations.advertisement”In the case of whether Luis plays, there is a possibility that he won’t be like the Luis Suarez that was the top goal scorer of the Premier League,” Tabarez said.Suarez scored 31 goals to help Liverpool finish second in England’s top flight, somewhat reviving his image after bans for racism and biting, and his blatant handling of the ball on the goal-line that deprived Ghana a winning goal in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals.Uruguay will be relying on Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani to take some heat off as Suarez finds his feet.England lost its opener 2-1 to Italy, but took some consolation from the impressive performances of Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.England’s biggest concern remains Wayne Rooney’s inability so far to score a goal in three World Cups. Rooney played out wide against Italy, and there’s been speculation in Britain that the Manchester United star may not start against Uruguay.last_img read more

Sorry not sorry

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “I understand coach Tim’s frustration … But if we get into a situation where we’re tied, you know, who knows? I don’t want to miss the playoffs because I honored a tradition that nobody else in the league honors,” Compton said. “When teams score on us at the buzzer when we’re getting killed … I’m not offended. I would’ve been offended probably three or four years ago. But the league has set up the quotient system in a way that if we don’t make that play, [then] we [might not] make the playoffs again by one point.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES Simon Enciso of Alaska (left) rises to score over Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter. —PBA IMAGESAlex Compton remembers missing the playoffs by passing up on a last-second shot out of tradition. So as much as he hates doing something like this to a coach he respects, he’d rather take the cold shoulder than the anger of the guy that signs his paycheck.“[T]he way that we grew up, if you play college basketball in the United States, you don’t take that shot. You don’t ever take that shot,” Compton told reporters following the Aces’ 104-78 victory over Barangay Ginebra in Antipolo—the last three points came at the buzzer from guard Simon Enciso, who fired a bench-sanctioned triple.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedcenter_img Alab-PH back on track “There’s a quotient system and then we lost eight straight and we didn’t make the playoffs because we had a layup [that] I told [my players] not to take … And that was my fault. We literally lost because we didn’t make that play—and we didn’t make the playoffs,” said Compton.So it all boiled down to who Compton wanted to offend the least: Cone, the all-time leader in championships won among coaches, who Compton respects too much? Or Alaska team owner Fred Uytengsu?“I mean, I’d think Fred (Uytengsu, Alaska team owner) might’ve had more than strong words for me,” Compton said. “I might be covering a lot of games and looking for another job.”The PBA employs the quotient system to break ties, making every margin of victory precious. But Cone has never been a fan of scoring on a defeated opponent at the buzzer or close to it.Back in 2008, he took offense on a last-second slam dunk by Kelly Williams, who was then playing for Sta. Lucia. During the 2017 Philippine Cup Finals, the decorated tactician lashed out at San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross for firing a trey in the final moments of Game 3.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Compton sounded apologetic over the shot, especially with Ginebra mentor Tim Cone— a staunch critic of such shots—walking off without going through the postgame handshake.“He hates the rule and he hates [the play],” Compton said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I think you saw how much I respect coach Tim, when he turned his back and walked away, I ran after him,” he added. “I was like ‘Coach, I missed the playoffs because I didn’t make that play.”And Compton doesn’t want that to happen again. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more