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Victorian Labor MIA while half a million Victorians fall behind in electricity and gas bills

Victorian Labor MIA while half a million Victorians fall behind in electricity and gas bills

first_imgVictorian Labor MIA while half a million Victorians fall behind in electricity and gas bills Liberal Party VictoriaAlarmingly 510,260 Victorian residential customers have fallen behind in paying their electricity and gas bills and have not set up payment assistance plans or deferrals, the latest Essential Services Commission report has found. A further 33,457 residential customers, who are already on payment plans, say they cannot pay for ongoing electricity or gas usage.The report also identified that since the end of Victoria’s second lockdown, a staggering 3,454 Victorian homes and small businesses have had their electricity or gas disconnected because they have not been able to pay their bill.Just last year, Labor’s Energy Minister said that “…we know Victorians are doing it tough and affordable and reliable power is more important than ever”. If this were true, why is the Andrews Labor Government allowing electricity and gas to be disconnected from struggling households and small businesses?With the start of winter only six weeks away, Labor’s Energy Minister must guarantee that no more households or small businesses will be cut off from their electricity or gas supply.Labor’s Minister must urgently consider extending protections for consumers who are still recovering from the economic impact of COVID-19. This could include extending the period of a moratorium on disconnections and requiring power companies to offer greater support for those not able to pay bills.It’s also clear that the Andrews Labor Government’s poorly advertised $250 Power Saving Bonus has been as effective as an ashtray on a motorbike. Labor’s Energy Minister must immediately review this payment with a view to increasing and expanding its reach.The time for empty words has now ended. Victorian households and small businesses need the Andrews Labor Government to step up and guarantee that their household and business power won’t be switched off.Victorian Labor needs to do the right thing by struggling Victorians and they need to do it now. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, Australia, business, Commission, covid-19, electricity, energy, gas, Government, Impact, Liberal Party, Liberal Victoria, lockdown, Minister, Motorbike, Small Business, VIC, Victorialast_img read more

Jimmy Adams ecstatic with pilot training programme for cricket coaches

Jimmy Adams ecstatic with pilot training programme for cricket coaches

first_imgThe Cricket West Indies (CWI) Level Two coaching programme which, for the first time, was done in collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI), has been completed with 27 persons attaining their certificates and CWI Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams is ecstatic about the ground-breaking development. Speaking to Stabroek Sport in an exclusive interview, Adams said, “In terms of the Level Two itself, it has been a while under construct…I’m happy to get the pilot off the ground. Thanks to all the folks here in Guyana for hosting it and hopefully it wouldn’t be too long before we are delivering regular courses throughout the Caribbean.”With this being the first time a partnership between the two Caribbean entities to deliver a coaching programme at this level has taken place, Adams expressed his happiness with the alliance. “…We are able to get this far due to the collaboration with the University of the West Indies who we want to continue to build a relationship with, not just the Level Two, but one day, a Level Three…” he said.The Director of Cricket went on to indicate that the programme is one which has been influenced by scientific studies of sportsmen and women and said that there could be other areas of collaboration. “As is [the case] with most elite cricket entities in the world, there is a lot of science that underpins these games and most of these territories partner with tertiary institutions who can add that science component to what we are trying to do and I think in that regard, UWI is important to have on board and be a working partner,” he asserted. On Monday, the four-day course culminated with the likes of Akshaya Persaud, Anthony D’Andrade, Travis Dowlin, Steven Jacobs, Vishal Singh, Ramnaresh Sarwan,  Leon Johnson, Veerasammy Permaul, Antony Adams, Jermaine Neblett, Ryan Hercules, Kenroy Joseph, Andre Percival, Floyd Benjamin, Nicholas Fraser, Zaheer Mohamed, Travis Harcourt, Tremayne Smartt, Bevan Butts, Ravindranauth Seeram, Garvin Nedd, Latchman Yadram, Jeremiah Harris, Quasen Nedd, Clive Grimmond, Subrina Munroe and Anil Persaud all participating in the sessions, held at the National Stadium, Providence.With the programme attracting a mixture of current and past players, coaches and administrators, the former West Indies captain explained that, in his view, it “is very important to try and develop areas of participation for players once they have finished playing for two reasons. One, in terms of a holistic approach to life after cricket and also, we think as coaches they have a lot to offer, having seen it and done it, basically bought the T-shirt so to speak.”Adams, who played 181 international matches for the West Indies, accepted the importance of having experienced personnel in the fold. “We are very keen as we deliver more of these courses to actually develop more coaches who come out of an elite background because we feel it is a bonus to have far more elite coaches who are elite-trained, working in our pathway,” he indicated. The programme was facilitated by Guyana’s Territorial Development Officer Colin Stuart, along with UWI lecturers Keshava Ramphal and Ryerson Bhagoo while there were also presentations from Adams and Dr Oba Gultson.last_img read more

`Dre Russ’ is the best!

`Dre Russ’ is the best!

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Former West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo has likened allrounder Andre Russell to Brian Lara and Chris Gayle, and described him as the best player in T20 cricket. Bravo, who has captained the West Indies in all formats, spoke highly of the Jamaican on the I955 FM’s ISports radio show here.Russell, widely regarded as one of the most powerful strikers of the ball in limited-overs cricket, was a key figure in the Caribbean side’s sweep of the two-match T20 series against Sri Lanka earlier this month.In the first match at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium he put 35 runs on the board, before hitting an explosive 40 not out to help West Indies to a seven-wicket win in the second match at the same venue. “He’s the best in the world and we’re happy to have him in our team,” said Bravo.“It’s the same thing I used to say about Chris Gayle – we are happy to have someone like Gayle representing us, we don’t have to come up and bowl against him in an international match. I think it’s the same with Andre Russell. Andre Russell now is our Chris Gayle, is our Brian Lara in the T20 format. He is a superstar, he’s the best player and we are happy.”The 32-year-old Russell is one of the most sought-after players in T20 cricket. He has the highest scoring rate in the format, at 10.92 runs per over. Bravo, who was a member of the winning squad for the Sri Lanka series, was also impressed by some of the other players. He said it felt good to be part of a team with so much young talent, even if it meant he had to be far down the batting lineup.“I was down to bat at number nine and I said to the guys ‘this is the first time I’ve ever been in a T20 team and I’m down to bat at number nine’,” the 36-year-old Trinidadian recalled.“And putting all egos aside, I’m happy with that because at the end of the day, I accept the fact guys like Rovman Powell and Fabian Allen and [Shimron] Hetmyer and these guys [have] the talent and the ability to hit the ball. I’m just happy to be like that father figure, mentor, guide, to allow these young boys to go out there and showcase their talent to the world and keep guiding them.” The right-handed batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler said the T20 squad had gone into the Sri Lanka series with a mission, which he believes they accomplished.“Prior to that, we weren’t really consistent as a team over the years in T20 cricket. With the 3-nil loss in the ODI series [against Sri Lanka in February], the T20 guys had a chat among ourselves along with the management staff and we made a pledge that…we want to start back winning series, we said we want to start back being the most dominant team in the T20 format,” he recalled.“We have produced some of the best players in the world singlehandedly and when we are together in the same team we have to stamp our authority…and just to get back the cricketing world to respect West Indies cricket again and especially West Indies T20 team…. And that’s what we did.”last_img read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through March 2

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through March 2

first_imgXtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 506; 2. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 469; 3. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 458; 4. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., 436; 5. Ryan Gaylord, Lakewood, Colo., 385; 6. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz., 375; 7. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 368; 8. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 364; 9. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 344; 10. R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz., 309; 11. Michael Jergens, Plover, Iowa, 306; 12. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif., 297; 13. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., and Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., both 259; 15. Brent Schlafmann, Bismarck, N.D., 240; 16. Shawn Strand, Mandan, N.D., 200; 17. Justin Zeitner, LaVista, Neb., 188; 18. Marlyn Seidler, Underwood, N.D., 187; 19. Steve Simpson Jr., Kingman, Ariz., 172; 20. Russell Allen, Brawley, Calif., 165.IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 75; 2. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 74; 3. Bryan Debrick, Irving, Texas, 64; 4. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 62; 5. Tucker Doughty, Heath, Texas, 52; 6. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, and Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, both 38; 8. Joshua Hawkins, Whitehouse, Texas, 36; 9. Payton Williams, North Richland Hills, Texas, and Weldon Buford, Alvin, Texas, both 32; 11. Martin Edwards, Forney, Texas, 27; 12. Chase Parson, Abilene, Texas, and Regan Hawkins, Troup, Texas, both 26; 14. Jerry Butch David, Geismar, La., 23; 15. Jarrett Lucito, Burleson, Texas, 19; 16. Justin Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, and Joshua McCord, Bossier City, La., each 17.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Jody York, Lubbock, Texas, 230; 2. Manny Baldiviez, Yuma, Ariz., 222; 3. Aaron Corley, Meadow, Texas, 216; 4. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 195; 5. Jimmy Davy, Yuma, Ariz., 194; 6. Steve Kihle, Williston, N.D., 192; 7. Thomas Daffern, Brawley, Calif., 191; 8. Greg Wichman, Bonduel, Wis., 190; 9. Joe Haines, Yuma, Ariz., 185; 10. Andy Altenburg, Truman, Minn., and Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., both 179; 12. Tony Hill, Cortez, Colo., 173; 13. Steven Daffern, Brawley, Calif., 149; 14. Race Fisher, Dove Creek, Colo., 134; 15. Eric Jones, Troy, Texas, 132; 16. Joey Essary, Yuma, Ariz., 130; 17. Rob Krull, Shiocton, Wis., 126; 18. Billy Wade, San Angelo, Texas, 125; 19. Joe O’Bryan, Round Rock, Texas, 124; 20. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 120.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Bob Horton, Yuma, Ariz., and Jason Beshears, Yuma, Ariz., both 216; 3. Brent Wofford, Yuma, Ariz., 215; 4. Jim Robinson, Yuma, Ariz., 214; 5. Francisco J. Cordova, Somerton, Ariz., 200; 6. Scott Shaw, Red Deer, Alb., 187; 7. Aaron Norman, Carlsbad, N.M., 179; 8. Harvey Quinn, Yuma, Ariz., 165; 9. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 80; 10. Paul O’Connor, Surprise, Ariz., 79; 11. Richard Bennett, Mesa, Ariz., 76; 12. Jay Crowe, Phoenix, Ariz., Gerald Spalding Sr., Stamford, Texas, and Ryan Wilkerson, Midland, Texas, each 72; 15. Wesley Warren, Fairfield, Texas, 71; 16. Gerald Spalding Jr., Abilene, Texas, 70; 17. Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, 68; 18. Clint Day, Odessa, Texas, 66; 19. Cory Adams, Des Moines, Iowa, and Wesley Mayer, Hobbs, N.M., each 65.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 290; 2. Dennis Gates, Claypool, Ariz., 276; 3. Kyle Smith, Yuma, Ariz., and Miles Morris, Yuma, Ariz., both 228; 5. Adolfo Noriega, Yuma, Ariz., 200; 6. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 197; 7. Tim Reese, Yuma, Ariz., 187; 8. Corey Clayton, El Centro, Calif., 186; 9. Gary Dutton, Bakersfield, Calif., 185; 10. Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 163; 11. Cody Daffern, Brawley, Calif., 152; 12. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 148; 13. Levi Kiefer, Bakersfield, Calif., and Thomas Harrison, Somerton, Ariz., both 143; 15. James Dupre, Yuma, Ariz., 141; 16. Cory Hemphill, Yuma, Ariz., 135; 17. Ray Czumaj, Gold Canyon, Ariz., 130; 18. Brady Bjella, Williston, N.D., and Erik Shaw, Casa Grande, Ariz., both 126; 20. Austin Frye, Taft, Calif., 121.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 151; 2. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 146; 3. Bradley Poor, Abilene, Texas, 79; 4. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 72; 5. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, 71; 6. Terry Owen, Merkel, Texas, 66; 7. Nick Clinkenbeard, Weatherford, Texas, and David Sanford, Abilene, Texas, both 64; 9. Shane Priddy, Merkel, Texas, 62; 10. Matt Mueller, Stamford, Texas, Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, and Lodi Mitchell, Abilene, Texas, each 60; 13. Ronnie Welborn, Princeton, Texas, Travis Johnson, Enid, Okla., Billie Bivens, Hawley, Texas, and Bret Bush, Cisco, Texas, each 59; 17. Greg Frazer, Joshua, Texas, and Nathan Arms, Weatherford, Texas, both 58; 19. Kyle Wisdom, Abilene, Texas, and Dakota Moore, Blair, Okla., both 55.last_img read more