Clemson’s Dabo Swinney explains why he’s ‘Osama Bin Dabo’ when recruiting in Alabama

first_imgMORE: Swinney shuts down possibility of return to AlabamaSwinney recently was asked on SiriusXM if Alabama would have to put up a wall to keep him from pillaging the state of its top recruits. And Swinney had an interesting response.”I don’t know about walls, but I’m kind of like Osama Bin Dabo,” Swinney said (via “I have to navigate my way through the caves and back channels to make my way through Alabama these days. They aren’t as happy to see me. But it’s all good. It’s a good problem.” Unsavory language aside, Swinney certainly has made good use of his recruiting trips to Alabama. He lured five-star receiver Justyn Ross, the state’s top player in the class of 2018, to Clemson. Ross then went on to torch the Tide for six catches, 153 yards and a touchdown in the title game.”It’s almost like you are playing your brother or your cousin,” Swinney said. “Even though you are brothers, and they blow the whistle, you want to compete and you want to win. But when it’s over you hate you lost and you are like, ‘Crap, I lost. But at least it’s to my brother.'”I think they’ve made me a stepbrother now. But I am still in the family.” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will always be tied to the state of Alabama. He is, after all, a native of Pelham, Ala., a 1993 graduate of the University of Alabama and former Crimson Tide assistant.​Swinney, however, said recently the state might not be quite as happy with that association as it was in years past, especially after his Tigers downed the Crimson Tide 44-16 in the 2019 College Football Playoff championship game. That’s especially true on the recruiting trail, where Swinney has dipped into the state on several occasions to pluck some of its best blue chip talent.last_img read more

Union secures 6.5 % salary increase for GPL staff

first_imgAfter about six months, negotiations between the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) and management of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) concluded on Friday with the parties signing off on salary increases for the power company’s staff who come under the purview of the union.The salary increase will be retroactive to January 1, 2017. General Secretary of NAACIE, Dawchan Nagasar told the Department of Public Information (DPI) thatChief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle hands over agreement to General Secretary of NAACIE, Dawchan Nagasarapart from increases on the actual salaries, there are a number of other incentives that will boost staffers’ finances paid.“The company and the union has agreed to a 3 percent in scale increments and a 3.5 percent across the board which total 6.5… (There are also increases in) meal allowances, commuters’ allowance for meter readers, night shift premiums and other incentives for persons climbing poles, towers … Also increases and over-time for those working the sick shift and also an agreement for annual performance incentive”, the General Secretary is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.It was disclosed that another cycle of negotiations will commence soon. Chief Labour Officer of the Social Protection Ministry, Charles Ogle said, “Don’t let us sign one-year agreements because as you are signing here now, it’s time to start the negotiations. We should look at two years or probably three years. Most people have been going that way, even five years is considered.”He added that salary negotiations for the GPL staff should begin “the latest, in the second quarter.” Further, it has been noted that throughout the negotiations there has been much back and forth amidst disagreements however both sides were satisfied with the outcome.Chief Executive Officer (ag) of GPL, Renford Homer added that the level of professionalism that was maintained throughout the negotiations has resulted in both parties coming to an agreement, with hopes of improvement in the coming year.“With the recognition that we needed to be quite prudent in our deliberation as to what we considered to be a reasonable increase in salaries, and I think that level of maturity and understanding came out of these engagements,” Homer said.last_img read more