Marotta: “Arturo Vidal is one of our goals”

first_imgThe Milanese club, trained by Antonio Conte, works to reinforce the squad for the second leg of the season, in which he will fight for the league title with Juventus Turin, in addition to competing in the Europa League and in the Italian Cup. In this sense, Conte considers Vidal as an element capable of giving a boost to the center of the field, which is suffering in recent months because of a long series of injuries suffered by Nicoló Barella or Stefano Sensi, who returned to the group in the last days after several weeks of absence. The Inter coach already knows Vidal for having worked with him from 2011 to 2014 when training Juventus. At that stage, Conte and the Chilean midfielder won three consecutive league titles. Giuseppe Marotta, CEO of Inter Milan, said Thursday that the Chilean Arturo Vidal, midfielder of Barcelona, ​​is “one of the objectives” of the Milanese club in this winter market session. “Vidal is one of the objectives. It is well known that important things happen in this market at the end of January,” Marotta said on the sidelines of an event organized by the Italian Serie A League in Milan.. “We are working to improve the quality level of our group. To do so we must have important objectives and this entails some difficulties,” added the director of Inter.last_img read more

UG staff threatens industrial action over salary increase

first_img– demands Administration abandons 10% increase for top officialsAmere few days following the installation of its ninth chancellor, the University of Guyana (UG) is again facing challenges, as its academic and non-academic staff have threatened a series of industrial action today, Friday 20, if the administration does not concede to their demands.The University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) and the University of Guyana Workers Union (UGWU) said if the fairly new administration does not adhere to their calls for increases in salaries, the situation could become harsh.They are also demanding that the planned 10 per cent increase for senior officials of the institution be abandoned.In a release Wednesday afternoon, the two unions said faculty and staff at the university will be launching a protest calling for increased salaries and benefits as talks between the unions and the administration hit a roadblock.They said UG’s administration and council have already been warned that if their demands are not met some form of industrial action could begin as early as today.The two unions are demanding, among other things, that academic and non-academic staff receive 23 per cent and 25 per cent increase in their salaries respectively, retroactive to January 2016 along with all benefits submitted to the university’s administration on April 20, 2016. This they require to be paid in their May 2016 salaries.The unions said the administration has not been keeping the promises it made on April 18, 2016, to stop the across-the-board increase for the statutory officers. Among the key demands is for the council to rescind its decision to pay statutory officers—two deputy vice chancellors, the registrar and the bursar—a 10 per cent increase in salaries retroactive to January, 2015, until it can offer adequate justification for such actions.They said it is the very administration which claimed it had no monies to pay benefits including 10 bursaries for their children who performed with distinction at national exams, yet the administration found over $8 million to increase the salaries of statutory officers who had just joined the university, a mere 8 months ago, and all others within the last two years. “Some of whose take-home pay amounts to approximately $1 million per month.”“If the University of Guyana’s administration and Council go ahead and pay the 10 per cent increase to the statutory officers, the unions say they will “reassert their previous demand of a 60 per cent increase in salaries retroactive to January 2016 and all submitted demands contained in our Memorandum of Demands dated February 16, 2015.”The new development by the two unions has come one year after a similar exercise of this nature came up, where under the leadership of former Vice Chancellor Dr Jacob Opadeyi, the two unions protested for nearly five weeks, demanding better working conditions and salary increases.The series of protests had caused massive disruption of classes, much to the annoyance of the UGSS which also took to protesting for the resumption of classes.The protests finally ended following the signing of a Terms of Resumption Agreement.The Terms of Resumption Agreement stated that upon the recommencement of classes, there would be no victimisation or harassment by either side such as dismissals, demotions, transfers, among others.The first issues that were to be addressed, as outlined in the agreement, were allowances and other conditions of work.The UG Administration was also expected to broker agreements with the Guyana Revenue Authority; National Insurance Scheme; credit unions; and all other loan agencies paid through the university to prevent penalties to staff for outstanding payments.Some of the other demands made by the unions were for projectors to be installed in all large classrooms, well-refurbished blackboards and whiteboards to be available in all classrooms; sufficient markers, chalk, erasers, among other teaching materials, as well as an adequate internet supply, and for computers to be supplied for the desks of all Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments, Heads of Sections and Coordinators.The unions had said a few days later that the administration had violated those terms of resumption.last_img read more

Snowboarders looking for air

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaIn the women’s division, the top competitor takes home $1,000 in cash, a Kawasaki KLX 110 off-road motorcycle, a one-year clothing sponsorship from Girl Powder and a pre-paid Boost Mobile phone. John McColly, director of marketing for the resort, describes the Triple Air as the largest event of the season. “We see riders from all over the western part of the country coming out to compete,” he said. In the event, snowboarders must tackle three enormous jumps in a row. Participants, including both amateurs and professionals, are judged on their overall performance including difficulty, height, style and landing. After the event, all competitors take part in a raffle and an after- party at the Bullwheel Bar & Grill. Past participants include Shawn White, Blaise Rosenthall, Matt Hammer and Gabe Taylor. Mountain High resort in the San Gabriel Mountains is going strong, thanks to ongoing snowmaking and recent storms that dusted the peaks with snow. This Saturday will mark the 10th annual $25,000 Kawasaki Triple Air at the ski area, the richest one-day snowboarding event in the country. Divisions consist of professional men, amateur men and open/pro women. Entry fees are $160 for professionals, $110 for amateurs and $110 for women. Fees include lift ticket, USASA membership, breakfast, lunch from Wahoos, drinks from Chambord, the raffle and after-party. Registration takes place from 7 to 9:30 a.m. in the West base lodge. The event begins at 11 a.m. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Prizes are awarded to the top 16 competitors. First place in the men’s division takes home $6,000 in cash and a Kawasaki KLX 110 Off-Road motorcycle. A Rolex watch, provided by sponsor Active Ride Shop, also goes to the rider with the best trick. last_img read more