Going backwards…

first_img…in sugarThose who thought your Eyewitness might’ve been a bit over the top when he predicted the remaining three sugar estates will end up being shuttered, should consider the report that they fell short of achieving even their modest first crop target of 36,000 tonnes. And this, in the face of Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt being adjudged as the best in the industry and capable of bringing down the cost of production that had skyrocketed to over US$.40/lb when world market prices were hovering around US$.12/lb.That Albion, always the most efficient estate, took another week’s production and still couldn’t reach its target, is an ominous sign. Similarly, Blairmont’s failing to meet its modest target after an extra THREE weeks! What this means is the cost of the sugar produced is even HIGHER than the old, unacceptable costs. The rump sugar industry is fast going backwards – and approaching the abyss of no return. No end to subsidies!We once hear that absenteeism of cane cutters (imagine the powers-that-be thinking that calling them “cane harvesters”, would motivate them!!) contributed to the shortfall. So why is this news?? Absenteeism in ALL the estates has been endemic for the past decade: exactly what was done to bring them back in the fields?? Closing the other estates?? If the Wales cane cutters refused to move to Uitvlugt to work, why would, say, Rose Hall workers go to Blairmont or Skeldon to Albion??The unilateral closure of the four estates by the PNC Government signalled to the workers on the remaining estates they were expendable…and therefore it’s not surprisingly they would’ve begun hedging their bets. The workers at the bottom of the work-chain frankly don’t give a damn that GuySuCo still doesn’t have a Board. But the managers and field superintendents would be affected since they’re virtually on their own.Even in the best of times recently, the latter group were conspicuous by their absence from the fields – and with no one looking over their shoulder, it’s hooky time, baby!! Slavery and then indentured labour were introduced because sugar production demands labour be absolutely guaranteed during the harvesting season. Since your Eyewitness doesn’t think world opinion would approve us returning to those days, then it’s up to the powers-that-be at GuySuCo, to introduce INCENTIVES to get cane-cutters to come out.And this is what this government isn’t prepared to do – even though the Desmond Hoyte administration in 1990 showed what wonders could be achieved by sweetening the pot. Nope! This government will say, sugar isn’t viable; close down the remaining estates, and then sell them off with the others for a song.Of course, that’ll be AFTER the vigorish is passed under the table!!…on child labourYour Eyewitness notes a host of full-page ads by the Government trumpeting “World Day against Child Labour”. This is so hypocritical!! How can this PNC Government fire 7000 rural, agricultural workers – with no alternative employment in sight – and expect their families to survive without their children having to “labour”?? Does this PNC Government understand the nature of our rural economy? Even in the best of times, children of sugar workers have to perform all sorts of part-time labour in order for food to get on their table. Fishing, vegetable gardens, rearing chickens and sheep/goats, etc, is not child’s play – but in the rural areas, it’s certainly child’s work!!But since Guyana has now graduated to a cash economy – light bills, phone bills etc – those “chores” of the rural children in the sugar belt will now be formalised as they’re forced to take paying jobs – full time or part time – in whatever openings there might be in local workshops etc.But so what? Vengeance is mine, says the PNC!!…on catfish/gilbakaThe PNC Government had since 2016 to address concerns by the US Food Safety Inspection Services (FSIS) on our export of catfish to the US. They still haven’t done so!So what? Their constituency isn’t affected!!last_img read more

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AFC shrugs off claims about party losing ground in Berbice

first_imgAlliance For Change (AFC) General Secretary David Patterson on Sunday sought to put to rest notions thatAFC General Secretary David Pattersonhis party has been losing its supporters in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), particularly since it coalesced with the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).The AFC is considered the second largest party in the APNU/AFC partnership, which was successful in the 2015 General and Regional Elections. Even before the coalition’s success at the elections, the AFC had been heavily criticised for coalescing with APNU.It seems, however, that up until now the party was still being flayed for the alliance with APNU. Speaking on a public programme in New Amsterdam, Berbice, on Saturday evening, Patterson claimed that the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has been peddling a “series of lies” about the status of the AFC.He said that as General Secretary, he was also the keeper of the records.“I can say that this is hogwash on the part of the Opposition. That is their job, and the PPP knows very well that the powers reside primarily with the Alliance For Change – we are the balance of power,” AFC’s General Secretary said.He added that it was the AFC which formed the coalition. “We drafted the agreement. So they have to attack the Alliance For Change for their own survival: that’s why they are attacking us,” Patterson reiterated in explaining the PPP’s allegations.He continued that the AFC was the most liberal party in the country as members were free to voice their opinion publicly and internally.“But we are still strong and committed. You can refer to us as free thinkers,” he said.Prior to the signing of the Cummingsburg Accord, which created the coalition, back in February 2015, the PPP had heavily criticised the AFC‘s decision to join forces with APNU.General Secretary Clement Rohee had labelled the move a “death warrant”.“…this so-called ‘Cummingsburg Accord’ would be remembered down the halls of shame with time as the day of betrayal of principles on the part of the AFC which has through its leader, Ramjattan, had vowed that it would never join the APNU,” Rohee said back in 2015.Rohee opined that the AFC would lose the supporters it had managed to accumulate during the elections since it would no longer be seen as the middle ground for those who distrusted the People’s National Congress (PNC), the major partner in APNU.He pointed out that with the coalition, the AFC would have no other choice but to follow the dictatorial rule of the ‘PNC/APNU”.“Their [AFC’s] supporters had already begun returning [to the PPP] and the coalition process has placed impetus on this…the people weren’t convinced back in the day of a coalition between the PNC and the TUF and they won’t be convinced now. Who don’t end up dead politically will end up badly wounded,” Rohee declared.last_img read more

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France’s Benzema available for Euro 2016

first_imgBut an appeals court upheld an investigating magistrate’s decision to lift the restrictions, allowing Benzema to be involved in the same national squad as Valbuena, if the two are selected for the tournament that France is hosting.“Good sense has won the day,” one of Benzema’s lawyers, Sylvain Cormier, told reporters.“Now the decision (of Benzema’s potential involvement in Euro 2016) is no longer ours,” he added.France coach Didier Deschamps suspended 28-year-old Benzema from the national team after he was placed under formal investigation over the affair in November.Despite Friday’s ruling, Benzema remains under investigation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is France’s leading scorer with 27 goals in 81 games. PHOTO/AFPPARIS, March 11-  France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is free to play in Euro 2016 after legal restrictions placed on him over his alleged involvement in a sextape blackmail case were lifted Friday, his lawyers said.Under the restrictions, Benzema was not allowed to come into contact with his international teammate Mathieu Valbuena who was the target of the blackmail attempt.last_img read more

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Man United legend Denis Law recovering at home after collapsing at airport

first_img 2 2 Denis Law with his OBE Manchester United legend Denis Law is recovering at home after collapsing at Manchester Airport.The 76-year-old fell ill as he was about to board a  plane to Menorca on Saturday for a sunshine break with his wife Diana.He was taken to Trafford General Hospital for tests and doctors put the incident down to a ­vasovagal condition, where sufferers faint unexpectedly.Law is now back home and has since told The Sun: “I feel better now, but I’m having tests as it’s happened a few times in the past few years.“It’s not pleasant, one time I thought I’d snuffed it. Hopefully I’ll be able to join the holiday soon.”Laws is regarded as one of United’s best-ever players.He spent 11 years at Old Trafford, scoring 237 goals in 404 appearances, and was one third of what was known as the ‘Holy Trinity’, alongside George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton. He won two league titles during his time at Old Trafford and helped United become the first ever English club team to win the European Cup in 1968.Law also spent two spells at Manchester City and famously helped relegate United in 1974 with a backheel goal in a derby clash.last_img read more

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This Liverpool team to bounce back from Bournemouth draw? Predicted Reds XI

first_img 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 21. Lucas Leiva (centre midfield) 32. Joel Matip (centre back) 27. Divock Origi (centre forward) 11 6. Dejan Lovren (centre back) 11 11 Liverpool need to get back to winning ways if they are to keep their place in the top four come the end of the season.An 87th-minute goal from Josh King saw Bournemouth snatch a point late on at Anfield mid-week, leaving Jurgen Klopp frustrated as his side failed to capitalise when Manchester City dropped points at Chelsea.And this weekend’s opponents, Stoke, will be buoyed by the injury and fitness concerns of the Reds.Sadio Mane has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, Adam Lallana hasn’t yet fully recovered from a thigh injury sustained on international duty, and it’s touch and go with Philippe Coutinho a doubt due to illness.So who might Klopp start?Scroll through the gallery above to check out talkSPORT’s predicted Liverpool XI.TUNE INTO LIVE COMMENTARY OF STOKE V LIVERPOOL ON TALKSPORT 2, FROM 3PM 11 11 11 11 7. James Milner (left back) 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 11 23. Emre Can (centre midfield) 10. Philippe Coutinho (left attack) 11. Roberto Firmino (right attack) 11 5. Georginio Wijnaldum (centre midfield) last_img read more

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Celtic now guaranteed at least €28.8m in Champions League revenue

first_imgThe figures represent a significant increase on last season, where Celtic received €3m for exiting at the play-off round, €550,000 as a solidarity payment for not reaching the group stage and €5.8m for Europa League participation, making a total of €9.35m.UEFA also confirmed solidarity payments for other Scottish clubs who played in Europe last season but failed to reach the Europa League group stage. Aberdeen received €630,000, St Johnstone netted €200,000 and Inverness Caledonian Thistle earned €210,000. The value of the UK pot was projected to stand at between €110m and €125m but has now been confirmed as a record €143m.The Scottish champions, who receive 10% of that pot, are therefore guaranteed €14.3m from the broadcast deal in addition to prize money for reaching the elite stage of the competition.Participation in the play-off round nets Celtic another €2m, with a group stage place bringing in another €12m, meaning a total €28.3m was guaranteed before a ball was kicked against Barcelona, Manchester City or Borussia Monchengladbach.Clubs net €1.5m per win in the group stage and €500,000 per draw. Brendan Rodgers’ side have already picked up a point from their 3-3 draw with Manchester City and could yet earn more from remaining games. Celtic will receive at least €28.8m (£26m) from UEFA for participation in this season’s Champions League group stages, the governing body has confirmed.UEFA has announced details of payments to clubs for last year’s competition, which will apply for three seasons, and the revenue from television deals is higher than previously anticipated.A near-£900m broadcast deal signed with BT Sport, which started last season, has significantly increased the “market pool” payment to clubs, which is distributed based on the value of the TV market a club resides.Celtic are counted as part of the UK market because there is no Scottish broadcasting deal with UEFA. last_img read more

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Scott McKenna returns as Alex McLeish names Scotland squad

first_imgSunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin has been named as cover for Craig Gordon and Allan McGregor ahead of Jordan Archer. Scott McKenna and Oli McBurnie have both been named in Alex McLeish’s Scotland squad to face Israel and Portugal.The duo were both injured when Scotland kicked off their Nations League campaign with a 2-0 win over Albania last month but will now get their chance to help the side when they face Israel in Haifa on October 11.However, there’s no place in McLeish’s squad for Fulham star Tom Cairney. The midfielder withdrew from the previous squad through injury but made his return to club action last weekend.McLeish said that there was no cause for concern as Cairney, who is also eligible for England, gets back to full fitness.last_img read more

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Paraguay win Women’s World Cup

first_img22 January 2007Paraguay, playing in the Women’s World Cup of Golf for the first time, stunned the other 21 competing countries at Sun City, to win the event by a big seven-shot margin. The United States finished second, with South Korea in third, and South Africa tied for sixteenth.Paraguay has only six golf courses in the entire country, but the tournament rookies made their mark from the opening round of singles, carding a 69 and a 70 to register a tournament record five-under-par for the opening round.Celeste Troche, who has only conditional non-exempt status on the LPGA Tour, fired a three-under 69 over the Gary Player Country Club course, while Julieta Granada, a rising star on the LPGA, went around in 70.Wire-to-wire victoryIn the alternate foursomes, played on Saturday, the Paraguayans posted a 75, before sealing a convincing wire-to-wire victory on Sunday with a seven-under-par 65 in betterball competition. That left them on nine-under-par 279, well clear of the USA, represented by the experienced duo of Juli Inkster and Pat Hurst.“Hopefully this win will boost golf back home in Paraguay and get the young girls interested,” said Granada, who won the LPGA’s season-ending ADT Championship to pocket a record $1-million.Looking back on her experience at Sun City, Granada said: “The people are so good. The crowds were awesome this week. They were cheering us on and they liked our outfits. It was a lot of fun. And the baboons. I liked the baboons. They are all my friends.”‘The whole resort is just amazing’Troche loved her experience at the world-famous resort. She said: “The hotel was fantastic. I’ve never been in a place like that. The whole resort is just amazing.”The USA’s Inkster, a Golf Hall of Fame member, complemented the South Americans on their victory. “Paraguay deserved to win. They played great three days in a row,” she said.The opening day of singles left the Americans in a hole from which they were unable to recover at they turned in rounds of 74 and 75, which left them 10 shots adrift of the Paraguayans. A 70 in the third round, the best score of any team, pulled them back to within five shots of the winners.South Korea secured third-place on 287 after matching the USA with a final round 67. Their third-round performance, a five-over 77, kept them from passing the Americans.Scotland, runners-up at Sun City in 2006, tied for fourth with Italy.Hosts’ struggleHosts South Africa never managed to mount any sort of challenge after a poor opening round in the singles, with Laurette Maritz posting a 77 and Ashleigh Simon a 78. In the alternate foursomes they combined for a 78 before closing strongly with a 66 in the betterball competition.Assessing South Africa’s showing, Laurette Maritz said: “We tried a bit too hard on the first day. We should have just stayed steady. But we really came back on the final day.”South Africa’s 301 tied them for sixteenth with last year’s champions Sweden and Spain.Results 279 – Paraguay (Troche, Granada) 69-70-75-65286 – United States (Hurst, Inkster) 74-75-70-67287 – Korea (Shin, Young) 71-72-77-67289 – Scotland (McKay, Moodie) 69-76-76-68; Italy (Sergas, Zorzi) 72-73-73-71291 – Australia (Wright, Garrett) 72-76-74-69293 – Taiwan (Hung, Ling) 71-79-77-66294 – Wales (Brewerton, Morgan) 74-74-78-68295 – England (Johnson, Davies) 76-78-74-67296 – New Zealand (Brooky, McKinnon) 72-74-77-73; Finland (Kuosa, Hakkarainen) 74-76-72-74297 – Brazil (Hanneman, Iida) 77-77-72-71299 – France (Nocera, Arricau) 78-79-73-69300 – Japan (Ueda, Moromizato) 77-78-78-67; Denmark (Juul, Tinning) 74-75-83-68301 – South Africa (Maritz, Simon) 77-80-78-66; Spain (Elosegui, Sanchez) 77-78-80-66 308; Sweden ( Alfredsson, Koch) 78-79-81-70313 – Germany (Monke, Simon) 72-93-73-75; Norway (Saether, Skarpnord) 80-80-75-78315 – Ireland (Kavanagh, Coakley) 80-80-80-75339 – Kenya (Njoroge, Naliaka) 81-88-91-79last_img read more

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Callaway County deputies arrest parole absconder

first_imgCallaway County deputies said Thursday they arrested a man for violating parole.Samuel Gourley, 37, was on parole for burglary, stealing, property damage and other related crimes. A warrant for his arrest for absconding parole was issued by the Missouri Department of Corrections on March 26.Deputies said they were patrolling near Auxvasse and Hatton on March 27. During the patrol, a deputy pulled Gourley over for a traffic violation near the intersection of County Road 245 and County Road 282.He was arrested and taken to Callaway County Jail, where he’s being held without bond. He’s set to be returned to the custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections.last_img read more

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India, Australia get ready for emotional first Test in Adelaide

first_imgThere will be inevitably a sombre cloud hanging over the Adelaide Oval, home ground to Phillip Hughes when the first delayed Test series gets underway on Tuesday. Any series involving India and Australia in the past had been highly competitive and acrimonious, it is believed things won’t change this time around despite Hughes sad death. The Australian players will be remembering their former team-mate, but have promised that their intensity against India won’t go down.After a minutes of silence as the players take to ground, it would be cricket as usual. However, there are doubts regarding captains of both the teams – Michael Clarke and MS Dhoni, who are recovering from injuries. But India and Australia are confident that both of them are shaping up well and could be ready for the first Test.There were talks and debate regarding the use of bouncers, but current and former players are of the opinion that the short stuff should be allowed. In the recent past, under coach Darren Lehmann, Australia are a transformed side and they are back to playing their aggressive cricket. England were blown away by the sheer pace and bounce of Mitchell Johnson in the Ashes series, however, his approach in the first Test will be keenly followed.India just had two warm-up games leading to the actual series, where the batsmen and bowlers had a decent outing except a couple of them. In the Test rankings, India have slumped to sixth after series defeats in New Zealand and England. While, Australia despite losing to Pakistan 2-0 recently have retained their number two position.advertisementThe team selections would be tricky for India, will Suresh Raina be preferred ahead of Rohit Sharma in the No.6 slot? Will India play an extra spinner? During Sunday’s training session, legspinner Karn Sharma was seen bowling with team director Ravi Shastri keeping a close eye. The visitors would have taken note of Australia’s struggle against spin playing Pakistan, but conditions in Australia will differ where pace and bounce rule.The last time India were here, they had the batting pedigree comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid, yet they struggled to be drubbed 4-0. A relatively inexperienced and young Indian side will start their campaign in the hope of winning a Test series at their 11th attempt.The key for Indian batting will be the middle-order starting from Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli to MS Dhoni. Australia have 10 pacers at their disposal and can rotate them, but in the first Test the experienced trio of Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson looks like leading the attack.India would be tempted to go in with four-pronged pace attack led by Ishant Sharma, but considering spin being Australia’s nemesis an extra spinner would be a viable option. However, the tragic death of Hughes will surely have an impact on the first Test and maybe the series would surprisingly be played in good spirit devoid of any acrimony.last_img read more

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