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IAAF will have to help athletes … JAAA boss responds to body ban of allegiance transfer

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Dr Warren Blake said the IAAF will have to find a way for lower-tier athletes to make a liveable income from track and field after the world governing body on Monday placed a freeze on athletes’ transfers of allegiance.According to statistics on the IAAF’s website, since 1998, 11 Jamaicans have switched allegiance.In 2015, three Jamaican sprinters – Winston Barnes, Kemarley Brown and Andrew Fisher – switched allegiance to Turkey and Bahrain, respectively. All three represented their respective countries at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.The transfers were controversial, and Blake had raised concern about the practice.He said that the fact that some countries went only in search of the top-tier athletes meant that if more Jamaicans were gobbled by wealthy countries, within 10 years, the country would begin to suffer a shortage of talent.”They (other countries) are not really interested in second-stream people. It is only top- tier people they are after, and they have significantly deep pockets and if you remove 10 people each year out of the programme, it would not take long to affect Jamaica,” Blake told The Gleaner.MAIN CONCERNBlake added that the IAAF’s main concern was with African countries such as Kenya and Ethiopia, evidenced from the statement by its president Sebastian Coe on Monday.”It has become abundantly clear with regular multiple transfers of athletes, especially, from Africa, that the present rules are no longer fit for purpose. Athletics, which at its highest levels of competition is a championship sport based upon national teams, is particularly vulnerable in this respect. Furthermore, the present rules do not offer the protections necessary to the individual athletes involved and are open to abuse,” Coe’s statement said.Blake said that in Kenya, once an athlete switches allegiance he is stripped of nationality, which raised problems if he or she failed to perform satisfactorily for their new countries.”What has been happening is they are not given full citizenship of those countries. They are given passport and nationality and if anything happens to them, they find themselves stateless and once they can’t run anymore, they can’t go back to the home country, and they can’t stay where they are. It’s only good for them while they continue running,” Blake said.He also noted that in the case of Jamaicans, many of them continue to train in Jamaica even after switching allegiance.”… And it’s clear they don’t live in the country. It’s things like that that prompted the IAAF to say they need to regularise it,” he added.He admitted, however, that with so few spots for the highest calibre athletes, the IAAF would have to find a way to make the lower-tier athletes earn enough on which to live.”Because right now, only the top of the top can live comfortably off the sport, and once it remains that way, it will always be for people to find ways to around it.”last_img read more

Taylor, Bromfield head Carifta Games squad

first_imgAn 82-strong squad has been named to represent the island at the 2017 staging of the Carifta Games, which is scheduled to take place at the Ergilio Hato Stadium, Willemstad, Curacao from April 15-17.The 22-member boys’ Under-20 squad is headed by Calabar High’s Christopher Taylor, who won the 400 metres at the trials in a national leading time of 45.41 seconds.Taylor is stepping up to the senior-age group for the first as he won the Under-18 one-lap event a year ago in Grenada. Taylor is joined in this age group by Kingston College’s Jhevaughn Matherson, who won the Under-20 100 metres at the Trials in 10.25 seconds.World Under-20 400m silver medallist Junelle Bromfield will lead a strong senior girls team. Now a student at the University of Technology, she won the one-lap race in an impressive 52.75 at the trials.Full squadUnder-18 girls: Britanny Anderson, Annia Ashley, Abigail Brooks, Lotavia Brown, Janique Burgher, Kevona Davis, Lamara Distin, Cemore Donald, Rushana Dwyer, Shaquena Foote, Marie Forbes, Daszay freeman, Michae Harriott, Shaday Hudson, Joanne Reid, Kimone Reid, Taffara Rose, Danielle Sloley, Sanique Walker, Briana WilliamsUnder-20 girls: Gabrielle Bailey, Aneka Brissett, Junelle Bromfield, Amoi Brown, Devia Brown, Janeek Brown, Kasheika Cameron, Britnie Dixon, Taqece Duggan, Nicolee Foster, Kara Grant, Kayan Green, Tissanna Hickling, Chrissani May, Kimoria Muchette, Lorean Murray, Myesha Nott, Fiona Richards, Shian Salmon, Sah-jay StevensUnder-18 boys: Ricardo Clarke, Daniel Cope, Dashinelle Dyer, Michali Everett, Kimar Farquharson, Cobe Graham, Renardo Johnson, Ramone Lindo, Damar Marshall, Xavier Nairne, Wayne Pinnock, Tyrese Reid, Tarees Rhoden, Dejour Russell, Michael Stephens, Antonio Watson, Rovane Williams, Safin Wills, Terrol Wilson, Tyreke WilsonUnder-20 boys: Gabriel Allen, Timor Barrett, Orlando Bennett, Ryan Brown, Tyreke Bryan, Ackeen Coley, Delano Dunkley, Ronaldo Griffiths, Agerian Jackson, Keenan Lawrence, Jhevaughn Matherson, Carey McLeod, Kyle Mitchell, Dashawn Morris, Kevin Nedrick, Kobe-Jordon Rhooms, Alex Robinson, Shemar Salmon, Malik Smith, Roje Stona, Christopher Taylor, Jelani WalkerOFFICIALSChef de mission: Colleen MontagueTeam manager: Ewan ScottAssistant manager: Orett WallaceAssistant manager: Georgia FrancisHead coach: Corey BennettCoaches: Glasford Stona, Marion James, Ruel James, Dwight Jones, Roderick Mile.Doctor: Dr Peter SoltauMasseurs: David-Patrick Thompson and Rory Rhodenlast_img read more

Last-place Grizzlies stun Blazers

first_imgMemphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (0) knocks the ball loose from Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — With a 10-day contract to make an impression, MarShon Brooks got off to a very nice start.Brooks scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter in his first game with Memphis, helping the last-place Grizzlies beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-103 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View comments Brown nails game-winning 3 as Celtics escape Jazz Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil CJ McCollum led Portland (46-29) with 42 points, and Wade Baldwin IV added 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting.The Trail Blazers went 3 for 8 at the line in the final 7 minutes. A handful of turnovers in the fourth only made matters worse.“In the fourth quarter, you have to make free throws,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “You can’t miss free throws, and you have to guard better. You can’t give up 32 points in the fourth quarter and have turnovers and missed free throws. Not going to win many games like that.”Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard, who had 41 points in Tuesday’s win over New Orleans, was not with the team after the birth of his son.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Played their third game in four days. … Shabazz Napier started his eighth game of the season in place of Lillard. … Portland had won seven in a row on the road. … The Blazers have scored at least 100 points in 18 straight games. … McCollum’s 42 points were his second-highest of the season. He scored 50 on Jan. 31 against Chicago.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Grizzlies: Had not won consecutive games since a three-game winning streak from Jan. 15-19. … Jarell Martin had a career-high 14 rebounds. … Of Memphis’ 21 victories this season, 11 have come against teams currently in playoff spots.PLAYOFF WATCHThe Trail Blazers hold a two-game lead over fourth-place Oklahoma City in the Western Conference standings.DRAFT WATCHThe Grizzlies moved into a tie with Atlanta for the second-worst record in the NBA. The Hawks lost Wednesday night to Minnesota. Both still have a better record than the Phoenix Suns.LAST WORD“He’s a bucket-getter.” — Memphis interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff on MarShon Brooks.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on FridayGrizzlies: Play the Jazz in Utah on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brooks made each of his four 3-point attempts in the final period in his first NBA appearance since April 16, 2014, with the Lakers. He signed a 10-day contract with Memphis on Tuesday.“You don’t really have time to get comfortable on a 10-day. You just don’t,” Brooks said. “Thank God I made shots. That helps.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBrooks, who averaged 36.6 points for the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association this year, was 7 for 12 from the field.Dillon Brooks had 18 points for the Grizzlies (21-54), who trailed 93-86 with 7 minutes left. Chandler Parsons finished with 15 in Memphis’ second straight win.last_img read more

Bad Road Hurts New Georgia, Caldwell Residents

first_imgResidents of the sprawling community of New Georgia, near Caldwell (across the train track) on Bushrod Island, have appealed to the Ministry of Public Works to help ease their transportation problems and to give the community a sense of dignity. During a tour of the community last week by the Daily Observer, many of the people interviewed complained their community has been abandoned to suffer. “I’m sure you came by a motorbike and you experienced what we have been experiencing for many months,” Willie Logan told the Daily Observer reporter. “It was not a good experience.” Logan said the poor road has made it extremely difficult for the community to engage in other projects that are supposed to make life better for them. “We worry about the poor road condition,” he said. “There are several large potholes filled with mud water. Traveling on a bike from your house to the main road means you need to stop somewhere to clean yourself.” He said while the recent dedication of the Caldwell Bridge showed the government’s interest in making life easier for Caldwell and other residents, “the government should know that roads that join the main Caldwell road are horrible.” “The danger is that whenever any resident here is sick we don’t have the means to rush them to hospital because vehicles are not available here,” he said. Another resident told the Daily Observer, “I am losing faith in those who have the duty to represent our district but would not do what is necessary to in this situation.” The resident, a female student at the University of Liberia, said she could not understand why the Ministry of Public Works or Rep. Adolph Lawrence never saw the urgency to get the road rehabilitated. She wondered the value of voting people into office when it makes no difference in their suffering. The community is in District #15, represented by Adolph Lawrence, whose office told the Daily Observer that he is aware of the prevailing situation and promised a workable solution to rehabilitate the road.“Reconstruction of road networks in the district has always been a priority of Rep. Lawrence, who believes that the people he represents at the House deserve better,” his office said. His office could, however, not explain Lawrence’s lack of contact with the community to know what is going on. Several students interviewed in the community expressed disappointment about the deplorable road condition and appealed to the government, the Ministry of Public Works and Rep. Lawrence to rush to their rescue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New crime-fighting tool leads to suspect

first_imgLANCASTER – A newly employed crime-fighting tool and a tip from the public helped sheriff’s deputies find an armed robbery suspect less than 45 minutes after the crime was reported Friday. CodeRED, a communications tool that allows law enforcement and other public safety agencies to place thousands of automated calls instantly, led to the arrest of a Lancaster man accused of robbing a pharmacy at gunpoint, sheriff’s Deputy Kelly Simon said. Charles Johnson, 20, was found with a gun and the painkiller Oxycontin in the backyard of a home in the 44500 block of Lowtree Avenue, police said. Kelly said deputies employed the CodeRED – the first time they’ve used it – after receiving a call from Valley Pharmacy at 1324 W. Avenue J at 8:54 a.m. Johnson was found 40 minutes later. Lancaster pays a $20,000 annual fee for the service, which is part of its effort to reduce the city’s crime by 30 percent in five years. Simon said an automated message, which went out to thousands of homes within a contained area, featured a description of the suspect that followed an advisory warning residents to stay at home. Another CodeRED phone message was sent out after the suspect was apprehended. (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

City Council members say gang crisis warrants faster action

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A lack of significant new funding to launch Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s anti-gang program drew complaints and concern Friday as the plan received its first official review. The plan, unveiled during the mayor’s State of the City address, allocates $168 million for intervention and prevention programs, but just $16.8 million of that is new funding. At a meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on Gangs and Youth, City Council members and others said the gang crisis warrants faster action. “I think we know what a lot of the problems are and where they exist,” said Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who represents the Harbor Gateway area. “We shouldn’t be wasting time.” Harbor Gateway was not among the eight gang-reduction zones outlined in the mayor’s plan. Harbor Gateway has become a symbol for much of Los Angeles’ gang problem. On Dec. 5, immigrant Arturo Ponce, 34, was shot and killed in the neighborhood, and 10 days later, 14-year-old Cheryl Green was shot when she was believed to have crossed a gang line. Deputy Mayor Arif Alikhan said the mayor’s initial program is merely the first step in a long-term prevention and intervention campaign. “We are starting in areas where we have existing programs to maximize and leverage the money that is there,” Alikhan said. “As we get more funds, we will be able to expand to other areas.” Alikhan said the mayor plans to appoint an interim director to conduct initial assessments in four prime areas — Foothill, Northeast, Newton and Southeast — and the eight identified gang-reduction zones. Former state Sen. Tom Hayden urged the city to work on a variety of levels to combat the problem. “You have to sit down with the governor and deal with this,” Hayden said. “Prisons are the incubation of where violence occurs. And I urge you not to forget juvenile halls. Any kid that can be saved early is to the good.” — Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390rick.orlov@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Suns 113, Lakers 100: Lakers one game from elimation in NBA playoffs

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The Phoenix Suns wanted to speed things up against the Los Angeles Lakers. So they gave the ball to two-time MVP Steve Nash and took off. Nash had 23 assists _ one shy of the NBA playoff record _ to go with 17 points, Amare Stoudemire had 27 points and a career playoff-high 21 rebounds, and the Suns raced to a 113-100 victory Sunday for a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series. Nash left the game to a mixed reception with 1:02 remaining and the outcome long since decided. Magic Johnson and John Stockton share the single-game playoff assist record _ Johnson doing so for the Lakers against Phoenix in 1984, and Stockton accomplishing the feat against the Lakers for Utah four years later. Game 5 in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night in Phoenix, where the Suns won the first two games. A sixth game, if necessary, would be Friday night at Staples Center. The Suns averaged an NBA-leading 110.2 points during the regular season, scoring at least 100 in all but 14 of their 82 games and less than 90 only twice. After losing Game 3 to the Lakers 95-89, coach Mike D’Antoni and his players knew they had to quicken the pace. Did they ever. Shawn Marion had 22 points and 11 rebounds, supersub Leandro Barbosa scored 16 points and James Jones added 11 for the Suns. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 31 points, seven rebounds and nine assists, but scored only three points in the fourth quarter. Lamar Odom added 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and Maurice Evans and Smush Parker scored 11 points each for the Lakers, who committed 20 turnovers to 15 for the suns. Outrebounded 44-35 in Game 3, the Suns won that battle 44-39 in this game. The Suns scored seven straight points for a 93-77 lead with 8:50 remaining, and two baskets by Boris Diaw and two free throws by Nash made it 105-85 with 5:06 left. Odom scored five points during an 8-0 run that cut Phoenix’s lead to 105-93 with 3:46 to play, but the Lakers weren’t able to get closer than 11 points after that. Jones scored five points during an 8-2 run to begin the third quarter, putting Phoenix on top 66-53. The Lakers drew within eight three times before the Suns outscored them 10-4 to finish the third period for an 85-71 lead. Evans, who scored a total of 10 points in the first three games, had eight during a 16-4 run that put the Lakers ahead 38-35. The Suns responded with a 12-2 spurt for a seven-point lead. The Lakers drew within one before the Suns went on an 8-2 run to finish the second quarter for a 58-51 halftime lead. Nash had 15 assists at that stage, matching the NBA playoff record set by Johnson and equaled by Doc Rivers. After scoring only 89 points in Game 3, the Suns made good on their vow to speed things up, racing to a nine-point lead in the first nine minutes. It was 33-28 entering the second period.< 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set!last_img read more

Extraordinary! Man United legend leads praise for De Gea after stunning display against Everton

first_img Extraordinary! Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel leads praise for David de Gea after stunning display in 2-1 win against Everton 1 Manchester United are up to fourth in the Premier League after a nervy 2-1 victory over Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday lunchtime.Radamel Falcao’s first goal for United earned Louis van Gaal’s side the win, but the real hero for the hosts was goalkeeper David de Gea.The Spaniard kept out Leighton Baines’ first-half penalty and then made two stunning saves late on to deny the Toffees a point.United supporters and former players duly took to Twitter to hail De Gea’s performance, with Red Devils legend Peter Schmeichel among those dishing out the praise…last_img read more

Premier League Previews – follow the action live on talKSPORT

first_img Tottenham will take on Arsenal in the big north London derby this weekend 1 This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on twitter @sportmagukTottenham v Arsenal; Saturday, February 7, White Hart Lane, 12.45pm (Live on outside the UK and Ireland)Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon got the goals the last time Tottenham beat Arsenal, back in March 2013. Both are gone, and Tottenham have had more remodelling work than you’d see in an Essex nightclub since. But there are signs that Mauricio Pochettino’s team is starting to gel.Christian Eriksen is consistently proving his worth, Erik Lamela is showing signs that he’s settling in English football and Harry Kane, it turns out, could be the next Alan Shearer.Kane will certainly be a handful for Arsenal’s centre-backs – it could be a baptism of fire for Arsenal’s new man Gabriel Paulista, if he plays. The Gunners are on a five-game winning streak though, and haven’t conceded a league goal since New Year’s Day (although one of those games was against hapless Aston Villa).They’ll be buoyed by the goalscoring return of Theo Walcott in the 5-0 win over Villa, and Alexis Sanchez should be back in the squad after missing that game with a hamstring problem. Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain scored Arsenal’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw at the Emirates in the reverse fixture in September, but he’s a doubt. As is Danny Welbeck, who is still awaiting his first appearance of 2015.A win would actually see Spurs leapfrog the Gunners ahead of the upcoming midweek round of fixtures, so there are more than bragging rights at stake. We’re hoping to see a cameo from Emmanuel Adebayor, whose proposed move to West Ham fell apart late on deadline day.He loves a reunion.Aston Villa v Chelsea; Saturday, February 7, Villa Park, 3pm (Live on outside the UK and Ireland)Villa are truly dreadful, as last week’s tonking at the Emirates showed. But then Chelsea, with no wins in their last four (at least in 90 minutes) are not much better. A nil-nil banker, surely, with Diego Costa still suspended.Leicester City v Crystal Palace Saturday, February 7, King Power Stadium, 3pm (Live on outside the UK and Ireland)Oddly, for something of a relegation battle, both sides are in reasonable form. Leicester are bottom but have only two defeats in their past seven games, while Palace’s defeat last week was their first since Boxing Day.Manchester City v Hull City; Saturday, February 7, Etihad Stadium, 3pm (Live on outside the UK and Ireland)Batten down the hatches! City, with just one Premier League win all year, are due a big one. Injury-hit Hull, given a lesson last week by Newcastle, could be the victims.QPR v Southampton; Saturday, February 7, Loftus Road, 3pm (Live on outside the UK and Ireland)Harry Redknapp blah blah 5.30am blah bad knee blah. All is not lost: QPR have managed 19 points at home this season – from their total of, um, 19. Southampton, in fourth, continue to defy the doubters.Swansea City v Sunderland; Saturday, February 7, Villa Park, 3pm (Live on outside the UK and Ireland)Here’s a thing: Swansea have failed to score in only four of their 23 games, but have scored only 27 goals. Well, we thought it was interesting. They’ll get one, then – and Sunderland, with two away wins this season, will get none.Everton v Liverpool; Saturday, February 7, Goodison Park, 5.30pm (Live and exclusive radio commentary on talkSPORT, and live on outside the UK and Ireland)Liverpool’s Novembus horribilis is well behind them, while Everton – last week’s win at Palace notwithstanding – are in a hole. The Reds should have a little too much class in a game that will be played at 100 miles per hour.Burnley v West Bromwich Albion; Sunday, February 8, Turf Moor, 12noon (Live and exclusive radio commentary on talkSPORT, and live on outside the UK and Ireland)The sun will be barely over the yard-arm when this lot kick off, but it might be best viewed through the fug of booze. Burnley have improved as the season has gone on, but only Villa have scored fewer away goals than the Baggies.Newcastle United v Stoke City; Sunday, February 8, St James’ Park, 2.05pm (Live and exclusive radio commentary on talkSPORT, and live on outside the UK and Ireland)Papiss Cisse, back last week from both suspension and the Africa Cup of Nations, could hold the key for Newcastle, for whom last week’s 3-0 win at Hull was a desperate relief. But Stoke have lost just one in their past six Premier League games, and are a tough nut to crack.West Ham United v Manchester United; Sunday, February 8, Upton Park, 4.15pm (Live on outside the UK and Ireland)Recent defeats to Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool suggest West Ham don’t do so well against the league’s better sides, but what does that have to do with United? Boom tish! All eyes on big signing Andy Kellett, eh?last_img read more

A sweet deal for city unions

first_imgLos Angeles officials and six unions have negotiated a contract that will give the bulk of the city’s civilian work force up to a 23 percent pay hike at the end of five years, the Daily News has learned. The deal means thousands of city workers will see salary increases even greater than a controversial 16.8 percent salary deal recently negotiated for Department of Water and Power workers. Details of the six-union deal have remained secret since the tentative pact was reached late Sunday. Sources familiar with it say the package includes a 14.25 percent raise over five years for all of the unions’ 22,000 workers. But they also note that the deal is sweetened by an additional 8.25 percent hike over the last three years for the most experienced and skilled workers – or up to 80 percent of the unions’ members. Factoring in those three extra 2.75 percent annual increases, most employees would see a pay boost of nearly 23 percent by the end of the contract. With a payroll of about $1 billion – and each 1 percent in salary increase worth about $12 million for the entire work force – the first year of the pay hike would cost the city roughly $30 million. The final five-year cost of the contract would be just over $200 million. Earlier this year, the Engineers and Architects Association staged a three-day walkout in protest of salary disparities and won a three-year contract with annual raises of 3 percent. The most recent contract for civilian workers in the city was for a three-year deal with a total of 6.25 percent salary increases and no raise the first year. City officials declined Thursday to discuss many of the terms of this week’s contract deal. Details could be under wraps for up to a month as the unions’ 22,000 members vote on whether to ratify the pact. Officials have noted that the contract includes a unique cost-savings provision in its final two years that forces employees to find savings in the way they work or face penalties. The deal was reached just as the current contracts expired and ended days of intense negotiating in which the unions sought parity with DWP workers, who are among the highest-paid employees in the city. Two years ago, DWP workers – long some of the highest-paid in the city – got a five-year contract guaranteeing 16.8 percent raises and up to 28 percent, depending on inflation. While the six-union deal offers many workers raises significantly higher than the DWP raises, it still fails to close a wide salary gap that already exists. The civilian employees’ contract also is not tied to the same national Consumer Price Index, sources said. Barbara Maynard, spokeswoman for Coalition of L.A. City Unions that is representing the unions, also declined comment Thursday. “We’re not going to comment on anything with regard to a labor agreement,” she said. But one source who described details of the package said the 2.75 percent increases for the top-tier workers was unexpected. Sources earlier this week had told the Daily News that the increase was about 13 percent – but did not mention the remainder of the deal. The contract must still be ratified by union members and approved by the City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The civilian coalition in the recent talks included Service Employees International Union Local 721, representing 9,160 workers from custodians and trash-truck drivers to street-services employees. It also represented 9,000 American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 36 employees, including clerical workers, librarians, professional medical employees, Community Redevelopment Agency workers, and mostly part-time Recreation and Parks employees. Other unions include the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 501; Laborers International Union Local 777; Los Angeles/Orange County Building & Construction Trades Council; and Teamsters Local 911. Council members also have either declined to talk about the deal or said they haven’t seen a final version. Dennis Zine, chairman of the council’s Personnel Committee, said he’ll wait to see the justification for the pay raises. “Are they reasonable?” he asked. (818) 713-3731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more