The regime’s deaf, blind position on sugar

first_imgDear Editor,The Chairman of Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Board of Directors, Dr Clive Thomas, in another section of the media on Sunday spoke about how well the industry performed in 2015. The entire Government body has been making statements about how good the second crop was.Dr Thomas mentioned that the punt dumper at Skeldon estate works very well. This is true since a lot of work was done on it.He also mentioned that new markets have been found in Italy for Guyana’s sugar.Well, in my view, the Chairman made an excellent case for saving the industry and to prevent its closure. To his credit, he, as head of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI), did not recommend closure.The gains made in 2015 were as a result of the work of the PPP/C government.The old punt dumper was replaced in 2014 and commissioned in the beginning of the first crop in 2015. Indeed, GuySuCo’s projection was that the punt dumper would have averaged 275 tonnes of cane per hour. That was possible, the fact that in some days, it was lifting 280 tonnes per hour.The highly lauded achievements of the industry during the second crop of 2015 were due to the good management of Dr Raj Singh (the immediate past CEO), who ensured that every effort was made to see the canes planted.That, of course, is the main factor in dealing with the cane supply chain.The poor performance in the first and anticipated poor performance in the second crop of 2016 is due to the lack of canes in the fields—a clear managerial issue. The new board should find out why not enough canes were planted. The talk about drought is just an excuse.The Chairman also spoke about the new market in Italy.GuySuCo actually started selling sugar to Italy in 2013. In 2014, the quantity supplied was increased. It is good that GuySuCo has kept this market.The market in the US, where we are selling ‘Enmore Crystals,’ was launched in 2014. It is good that the new board has managed to hold onto this market as well.I wish also to point out that in recognition of the fact that the European Union (EU) had ended the Sugar Protocol, which cost the industry billions; the EU has been compensating the industry. They are giving ACP sugar-producing countries some financial assistance to cushion the ending of the Sugar Protocol. Of course, they attached certain conditions on its disbursements.Only last week, Finance Minister Winston Jordan received a cheque from the EU for €.4M (G.4B).This was money which the PPP/C Government had negotiated. Indeed, it was the PPP/C administration that met all the conditions for that money. It is intended to be pumped into the sugar industry.It is hoped that the regime would give that money to GuySuCo, which could help in staving off closures.The fact that this year’s production is down is due to many factors. The contempt shown to the workers and their unions is one of them. No discussions, no involvement, just dictation is now the new style of management. I suppose this reflects Central Government’s administrative style.The decline in production is also due to the racial and political discrimination that is so rampant in the industry. Many managers with lifelong experience in the industry, some of the best the industry had, were fired for no credible reason. The only reasonable conclusion was racial and political discrimination.I had, in a previous article, spoken about this and listed the names of the persons dismissed – all of whom were Indo-Guyanese.These are things that the board should investigate. Racial discrimination will ruin the industry as it did to the whole country in an earlier PNC regime.The regime has also gone on a hiring spree of high paying persons. The decisions being taken are very poor.For instance, the Wales Estate is one of the cheapest estates to operate. This estate is totally gravity drained. No money has to be spent on pumps and fuel. Moreover, 40 per cent of the canes grounded at that estate come from farmers.The APNU/AFC regime should be told that closing sugar is a bigger mistake than the scrapping of the railways by an earlier PNC regime.It will have major consequences on the workers, the sugar communities and on the economy as a whole.It would also add to the growing unemployment and fuel even further the crime wave.Dr Clive Thomas should look again at the plan left by the last GuySuCo Board. The industry can be saved and could prosper.Thomas is eminently qualified to so advise the regime. The problem is that it appears the Cabinet is made up of the deaf and blind when it comes to sugar.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

Tough calls prove again that sports aren’t perfectly fair

first_imgFILE – In this April 6, 2019, file photo, Virginia’s Kyle Guy (5) takes a shot as Auburn’s Samir Doughty (10) was called for a foul during the second half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, in Minneapolis. Guy sank all three free throws and Virginia defeated Auburn 63-62. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The toilet paper was already flying at Toomer’s Corner, the spot where the biggest celebrations go down when Auburn’s sports teams win big.Then, the whistle blew.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Read Next 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 No official is perfect.No instant replay is going to fend off all mistakes.Even when the call is the right one, sports aren’t always fair.And when they’re being played on the biggest stages, those facts of life are placed out there on vivid, often heart-wrenching display.“At that level, you’d hope it’s not going to happen because of what’s at stake, but it’s going to happen,” said John O’Suillivan, founder of the Changing The Game Project, which teaches about keeping perspective in youth sports. “It has always happened, and it always will.”ADVERTISEMENT Virginia earned a date with Texas Tech in Monday’s national title game because of the foul and those three free throws, to say nothing of the whistles that weren’t blown in the moments before.In Virginia’s 63-62 win over Auburn on Saturday, the discussion about whether Samir Doughty fouled Kyle Guy as Guy was shooting a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining turned out to be the simplest part of the debate.More difficult to untangle: Should that foul have been called under those circumstances? Many see it simply, others point out that worse infractions have been ignored.And what about the Ty Jerome, the Virginia guard who lost the ball, picked it up and then started dribbling again, on the play that came seconds earlier near midcourt? Should that have been whistled? And why didn’t the refs call a foul when Bryce Brown grabbed Jerome’s jersey as Jerome was trying to re-collect the ball just before he double-dribbled?It all happened in the blink of an eye — much easier to detect, and break down, with the help of super slow-motion and a couple different angles that none of the three officials had the luxury of seeing either while it was happening, or directly after it occurred. It was a judgment (non) call, so it wasn’t subject to being reviewed, the way many tough, late-game calls are under the rules in college hoops.“I would challenge anyone complaining about that call, I’d say, ‘Did you recognize that in real time?‘” said Dean Blandino, the former vice president of officiating for the NFL. “It’s just one of those unusual plays that happen. When I used to be in officials’ meetings, we would always say, ‘Something is going to come up that’s never happened before, so you just have to anticipate that.’”But how to react to something that’s never happened before?Less than three months ago, the Los Angeles Rams made the Super Bowl at the expense of the New Orleans Saints in the wake of an unthinkable non-call of an obvious pass-interference infraction late in that game.The NFL got pilloried for the call. Lawsuits were filed. The commissioner, Roger Goodell, got destroyed during his annual Super Bowl press conference for failing to promise immediate change.Only last week did the league’s teams vote to make pass interference calls, and non-calls, reviewable . For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES MOST READ But even at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn, the sun came up the next morning. America started counting down to Monday night’s big game, and fans on every side could agree on one thing: Hopefully an official’s call won’t decide it.“Regardless of the circumstances, we’re all human,” said Craig Littlepage, the former athletic director at Virginia. “We all have to realize that it’s sports. There are going to be mistakes made along the way.” A foul. Three free throws.A comeback win transformed into a devastating loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAnd within seconds, the pain and second-guessing of the final plays flowed from everywhere. From TV: ”Man, I want to cry right now,” said Auburn alum Charles Barkley. From Twitter on a non-call: ”Were they paid by Virginia? ” From the headlines: ”Foul Play.”Lost somewhere amid all that agony at Auburn and euphoria in Virginia heading to the NCAA Tournament final was the fact that we’ve seen all this before. Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart “But you do that, and you’re potentially creating a whole host of other issues,” Blandino said.Only time will tell what they are.Serena Williams in tennis. Dustin Johnson in golf. The 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team. The ”Hand of God” in soccer. Fifth down for Colorado in college football.Blown calls, controversial calls and calls that were “correct” according to the rulebook but questionable given the circumstances are nothing new to sports. Sometimes, the reaction of the wronged party can be as memorable as the call itself.After Saturday’s whistle, Auburn coach Bruce Pearl, apoplectic at first, diffused the situation as best he could: “There are lots of calls during the game, and you’re going to get some, and some you’re not going to get,” he said.That’s boilerplate material for good sportsmanship and teaching your players, and fans, how to handle the toughest of situations.Similar emotions sometimes manifest themselves in other types of cruel or redeeming moments. On Sunday, Guy explained how his winning free throws followed a year rebuilding his confidence after Virginia’s historic 16-over-1 loss last year. A few hours later, Notre Dame star Arike Ogunbowale lost a chance to repeat as hero in the women’s NCAA final by missing a free throw she intended to make and then making a free throw she intended to miss.In general, O’Sullivan warns it’s not good to use the examples set in elite sports as lessons for how to behave at the youth or recreational level.“Those are two different things,” he said. “One is sport for entertainment, the other is sport for development.”Sometimes, especially in places where sports are so enmeshed with daily life, they seem hard to separate. 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Chelsea eye double swoop, Liverpool striker move, Arsenal in talks with manager rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Monday’s papers and online… Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son latest Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future stalemate Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:27Loaded: 6.71%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Nigeria international Maja, 20, joined Bordeaux in January after scoring 17 goals for the Black Cats, and he’s so far netted seven times in France. He was highly-rated as a youngster and was linked with moves to the Premier League before Bordeaux secured his signature. ( Blues have also put Brighton centre-back Ben White on their wanted list, with a £25m move mooted when the transfer window opens. White, also wanted by Liverpool, has caught the eye since joining Leeds on loan during the summer. His performances have played a key role in the Whites’ excellent campaign which sees them as one of the favourites for promotion to the Premier League. (Sun) AFP or licensors statement Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti on target targets appointed center_img Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Everton interim boss Duncan Ferguson is set for talks with Moise Kean after introducing him as a substitute against Manchester United – before taking him off just 18 minutes later. Kean only joined Everton during the summer but speculation suggests he may leave Goodison Park next month having failed to establish himself with the Toffees. (Telegraph)Swansea are the frontrunners to sign Liverpool wonderkid Rhian Brewster on loan in January. The Welsh club’s manager, Steve Cooper, has a good relationship with Brewster having coached him with England’s Under-17s. Brewster has also been linked with Leeds United as he seeks for more game time. (Telegraph)France boss Didier Deschamps has urged his striker Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea amid the striker’s links with a move to Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan. Giroud has struggled for game time at Stamford Bridge this season with Frank Lampard favouring Tammy Abraham as first-choice and Michy Batshuayi as his backup striker. (Mirror) Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 2 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ update Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule LATEST Coutinho is flourishing at Bayern Munich – could he join them on a permanent basis? Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The Arsenal hierarchy are putting off candidates to become the next manager of the club due to their reluctance to back them in the transfer market. The Gunners continue to hunt for a new head coach after sacking Unai Emery last month. Freddie Ljungberg has been in charge on an interim basis since the Spaniard’s departure. (Mirror)Despite numerous reports, Arsenal have not approached Wolves for permission to speak to Nuno about becoming their new manager. The Portuguese was said to be one of the club’s top targets, but it appears Arsenal no longer want him. (Express and Star)Instead, Arsenal have allegedly made Mikel Arteta their prime candidate for the job and club chiefs were spotted leaving his Manchester mansion on Sunday night. Arteta used to play for the Gunners and currently works as an assistant to Pep Guardiola at Man City. – FULL STORYBayern Munich players have urged the club to sign on-loan Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho on a permanent basis following his match-winning display against Werder Bremen on Saturday. Coutinho joined Bayern on a season-long loan during the summer after failing to establish himself in Catalonia. (Mirror)last_img read more