Wavell Hinds, president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), has described as surprising, claims by West Indies Twenty20 captain, Darren Sammy, that the organisation has not represented their best interest as it relates to contracts for ICC Twenty20 World Cup in India next month.Sammy, in a recent letter to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), claimed that a reduction in payments for players to participate in the tournament, has ran contrary to their expectations, and, as a result, members squad, are seeking a renegotiation.However, Hinds, whose entity has been at loggerheads with several of its senior playing members, especially since their aborted tour of India in October 2014, has defended negotiated contracts between WIPA and the WICB, saying that what has been arrived at represents the “best interest” of all players in the region.”I am surprised that they (World Twenty20 squad players) are behaving this way, as the information (based on new payments) would have been disseminated to them nine months ago,” stated Hinds.”I was present at all the meetings, and Darren Sammy was not, so I think he is speaking on information he has gotten.”[However], as far as I am concerned the team that I lead, and the executive that I lead, and the members of the (WIPA) negotiating team, did all the best that they could to get the best.”He continued: “This was not just for a selected group of players, but for all the players of the region, including first-class players.”Currently serving his fourth year as president, Hinds explained that the contracts were negotiated based on new payment conditions stipulated by the WICB, as a result of changes at the International Cricket Council (ICC) level.This, he continued, has subsequently resulted in players being offered less money as compared to the Twenty20 World Cup in 2012.LESS MONEY”In February 2014, the International Cricket Council (ICC) agreed to have a new payment scale for its members, and this took effect January 2016,” said Hinds.”The new (players’) remuneration package is therefore based on current commercial revenues available to the WICB, and not that of commercial revenue that obtained in 2012 when the West Indies won the tournament.”There is no specific fees for Twenty20 World Cups anymore. Its ICC Events payments,” he stressed.Hinds also expressed that the disbursement of monies from the ICC has also change with payments now being collectively issued twice per year over a new four- and eight-year period, in comparison, to it’s prior one-off payment regimes.Hinds, in further explaining the new payment structure, also said that player match fees for Twenty20 World Cup has been increased from US$1,750 to US$6,900.This is in addition to an incentive 80 per cent of prize money won, and 50 per cent of sponsorship fees, should there be any.
The Region One (Barima-Waini) Administration is looking to convert an abandoned bond in Central Port Kaituma into a market, to relocate some of the vendors from the community’s congested waterfront.Region One Chairman Brentnol Ashley said the Regional Administration was working to bring order to the waterfront by relocating some of the vendors who ply their trade in the area.“We are hoping to between 2016 and early 2017, we can have the organising of the Port Kaituma waterfront, because, it is congested, and most of the structures that are there are illegal,” Ashley told the Government Information Agency (GINA).Region One Chairman Brentnol AshleyThe Chairman added that many of the vendors in the area are those who did not “have the permission to construct, nor do they have the lease for the lands that they want to construct on”.Ashley explained to GINA that the Region’s Administration would work with the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) to relocate the vendors, with serious consideration being given to the use of the old abandoned Barama Company bond, and the unused large cassava mills for their placement.“One of the things is to work with the NDC, and the NDC to work with the people,” Ashley said. “… we cannot displace people, and we have nowhere to put them, and so in central Port Kaituma, there is a clear brick bond that the Barama company would have built some time ago, that was abandoned. The RDC is going to work with the NDC and also the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to see how best we could resuscitate that bond and make it into a market for the people so they can move from that area and, hence, give us the space to make a better plan for the community,” Ashley said.The NDC has already informed the vendors of the move to bring order to the waterfront.“I know for a fact that the NDC would have met with the people at the greens market, the stallholders at the bus stop, and they would have started writing letters to various persons informing them (of the relocation). This most likely will be the way forward and to advise them that they would have the time to ensure that they dismantle, and at the same time, looking at ways and places that we could correct the situation,” Ashley said.As a result of the congestion of vendors at the waterfront, the flow of traffic in the area is greatly affected. The area also suffers from flooding, owing to drains clogged by the careless disposal of waste from the market or vendors constructing structures over the drains.