Dear Editor,The Honourable Finance Minister, Winston Jordan in his 2018 Budget presentation assured the agriculture sector that “the Government is committed to improving the livelihoods of rice farmers”. He further added that “one important aspect of strengthening stability and sustainability of Guyana’s rice sector is to increase productivity per unit”. However, he needs to observe what is currently happening in the rice sector in order to achieve this objective.Currently, rice farmers are facing two serious constraints: high land rent and a high rate of paddy damage due to paddy bug infestations. Both of these have resulted in an escalation of the cost of production by at least 30 per cent. The Government can make a huge difference in Region Six, but it is clear that sound economic advice on agricultural policies is seriously lacking or overlooked.Many representations were made by rice farmers and interested stakeholders who would have foreseen that unless the Government encouraged the mechanisation of the rice industry, then there will come a time when rice farmers within the industry will feel the negative effects and suffer declining profitability, and many will be forced to exit the industry.However, even though the Finance Minister is ecstatic about his allocations to Public Infrastructure and Agriculture of $35 billion and $19.5 billion respectively, Region Six is not the beneficiary of any transformative project despite being plunged into serious impending social and economic crisis which will arise from the negative ripple effects emanating from the GuySuCo restructuring and privatisation. Privatisation will not magically and immediately bring Skeldon and Rose Hall Estates to prosperity; time is of the essence to allow the benefits to flow. Downsizing of estate operations will also mean more jobs on the breadline as in the case of the Rose Hall Estate.On many occasions, President David Granger had thrown the gauntlet to Berbicians to come up with transformative plans to stimulate economic recovery, as he alluded to the fact that Berbice is a ‘sleeping giant’ and can become the ‘rice bowl’ of the country. He knows too well that oil is not the answer and examples are abound of countries being oil rich and yet starving. We must note that fossil oil is not a renewable resource, but coconut oil is!Much touted and publicised is the Number 58/59 all-weather road; it is capable of opening up approximately 150,000 acres of arable land, which is suitable for rice cultivation, cattle farming, citrus, provisions, vegetables, coconuts, and aquaculture. Immediately, this will solve the problem of high rentals since the supply of rice farming and other arable lands would have been greatly increased. This is taking into consideration both sides of the Canje Creek.The establishment of industrial sites will make way for agro-processing plants to be established to widen the markets for the produce. More so, the residents of Baracara will benefit enormously from such a road making it possible for this village to greatly expand its borders and get immediate access to markets for their produce. This road will also provide impetus to our fledgling tourism industry, more specifically eco-tourism. The flora and fauna are simply breathtaking.Moreover, there are many such revenue-generating projects which are standing idle simply because of permission not being granted. Businessmen are investing monies and are willing to make huge investments, but ‘red tape and bureaucracy’ are stifling or strangling them. The Finance Minister had promised to remove these fatal obstructions a few Budgets ago, yet they continue to thrive luxuriantly.In addition, many businessmen have applied for lands to do investments such as cattle rearing and livestock production, but the files are facilitating the reproduction of cobwebs at the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission. Some have moved on with their finances.The Finance Minister and the Business Minister must take a serious review of these impediments to economic growth.I am calling on the Government through the Finance Minister and the Business Minister to allow these transformative projects to bear fruit. As an RDC Councillor, I envisage dark days ahead in Region Six if our agriculture-based economy is not given the boost and stimulation it so badly needs.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor –Region 6
Story Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues rowing teams head to the 2018 OUA championships this weekend, October 26-27, at the Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course in St. Catharines, Ont.The women’s team will look to build on last year’s fourth-place finish, while the men’s team aims to improve upon their sixth-place finish in 2017.Races will start on Friday afternoon (Oct. 26) for those events that require heats (more than seven entries) and crews are awarded extra points toward their final tally if they win their heat. The following day, the 20 varsity events will race for gold. The OUA rowing championships will also be preceded by the OUA development regatta, an opportunity for novice and up-and-coming Junior Varsity athletes to hit the water with an overall goal of increasing participation and competition within the sport.Second-year Varsity Blue standout Kendra Wells is expected to lead Toronto’s women and is bringing notable international experience to the championship. In July, the kinesiology major won gold in Canada’s women’s eight boat at the U23 world rowing championships. She then went on to represent Canada at the senior world championships in September.Wells had a breakout first season on the Blues rowing team last year, helping U of T to a bronze-medal finish in the heavyweight fours at the OUA championships. She and teammates Robyn Loves, Megan Kamachi, Claire Kendall and cox Zoe Thompson will be looking to build on that finish this year. Wells will also compete in the heavyweight women’s single, while Devin Ward will represent the Blues in the lightweight women’s single this weekend.The Blues women’s eight boat of Lucy Lu, Megan Kamachi, Robyn Loves, Claire Kendall, Julia Toljagic, Emily Principe, Ray Ray Lau, Devin Ward and cox Zoe Tompson competed well this season, finishing fourth at Trent and then fourth again at Guelph, subbing Ward for Hannah Fronenberg. This crew will race for the podium this weekend.The Guelph Invitational also boasted a strong showing for Lau and Lu in the lightweight women’s double, having earned the bronze. Lau and Lu will race the women’s lightweight double while Emily Principe and Julia Toljagic will race the heavyweight double. On the men’s side, sixth-year Andrei Vovk continued to impress this season, picking up two third-place finishes at the Head of the Trent, one in the men’s university lightweight single and one in the lightweight double with partner Will Sati.Sati really made a name for himself throughout the season, reaching the podium three times at the Guelph Invitational earlier in September, winning the lightweight men’s single, earning silver with Andrei Vovk in the lightweight men’s doubles and then a bronze-medal showing in the men’s eight. He will race the men’s lightweight single as well as the lightweight double with his partner Andrei Vovk.Chris Hill and Terek Been, meanwhile, also earned the bronze at Trent in the men’s university double. They will compete in the same race at OUA championships.Rounding out Toronto’s entries vying for the podium this weekend are Matthew McNeil in the heavyweight single, while Esteban Poveda Torres, Matthew Chen, Alex King, Simon Plenderleith and cox Nir Vaswani will compete in the men’s fours.Toronto’s men’s eights of Alexander Marcopoulos, Chen, Poveda Torres, Rui Xu, King, Hill, Been, Plenderleith and cox Hannah Fronenberg are also set to turn heads this weekend.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version
Preview Next Game: at Trent University 9/29/2019 | 5:00 p.m. Matchup History Full Schedule Roster The No. 7 nationally-ranked University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to the No. 6 Ryerson Rams on Saturday, September 28 at Downsview Park.The loss marks Toronto’s first of the season as they drop to 5-1-2 in the OUA East division. The Blues sit in third place, with one game in hand over the Rams (6-1-2).HOW IT HAPPENED: Ryerson opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Abdallah El-Chanti found the back of the net. The home team took a 1-0 lead into halftime. Kai Martin put the Rams up by two in the 49th minute. The Blues finally got on the board in the 90th minute when team captain Nikola Stakic made good on a penalty kick. Blues netminder Sebastian Sgarbossa made five saves in the loss. UP NEXT: The Blues are back in action tomorrow as they travel to Peterborough, Ont., to take on the Trent Excalibur. Game time is set for 5 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version
His late fastest lap lifted him ahead of Hamilton, who aborted his final lap after running wide at Turn Seven, and put a grin back on his face as the Mercedes pair delivered another front row lockout.It was his second pole this year and the sixth of his career. “Alright guys, good job that,” said Bottas, as he controlled his feelings after the session.“I’m really happy, but it’s only the first step this weekend. It’s a massively long run to Turn One from the start.”Bottas claimed his maiden Formula One victory in Russia last year and showed a clear affinity with the track as Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, who trails Hamilton by 40 points in the title race, took third.“I messed up in the last sector,” said a downcast Vettel. “It was at Turn 15 and I think there were one and half or two tenths lost, but not enough.“It was important to get as close as possible and it should have been closer, but not enough to be a threat.”Vettel said he had reminded Bottas of the start of last year’s race when Bottas, from third, passed both Ferraris to take the lead and win. “I just spoke to him so maybe we can turn that around this time,” added Vettel.– Raikonnen fourth –Vettel’s Sauber-bound Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen wound up fourth ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Haas, job-hunting Frenchman Esteban Ocon of Force India and Ferrari-bound Charles LecLerc of Sauber.Sergio Perez, in the second Force India, was eighth ahead of Romain Grosjean in the second Haas and Marcus Ericsson in the second Sauber.The two Red Bulls did not qualify for the top-10 shootout, knowing they face engine penalties that will mean they start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid along with both Toro Rosso cars and Fernando Alonso’s McLaren.On a bright blue-skied day by the Black Sea, Bottas began by setting the early pace ahead of the Ferraris until Hamilton emerged to establish his supremacy again, trimming his lap record, set in the morning’s final practice session, to 1:32.410.To the dismay of home fans in the crowd at the Sochi Autodrom, Russia’s only representative, Serge Sirotkin, spun heavily and brushed the barriers in the closing minutes in his Williams at Turn Nine.This wrecked his hopes and left him exiting along with Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso, retirement-bound two-time champion Fernando Alonso and his McLaren team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne, who sandwiched Sirotkin in 18th, and last man Lance Stroll in the second Williams.It meant that, not for the first time, two of the sport’s biggest and most famous teams, multi-champions Williams and McLaren, had lost both cars in the opening session.Bottas and Hamilton continued to top the times early in Q2, both taking the more durable ‘ultra-soft’ tyres, as did the two Ferraris, as part of a plan for Sunday’s race strategy. After their opening runs, the ‘scarlet scuderia’ trailed by nearly half a second each.Hamilton switched to ‘hyper-softs’ and was significantly quicker before he aborted the lap, under instructions, to avoid being required to start on those tyres.The session, as a result, was relatively insipid as the two Red Bull drivers, Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso who faces a penalty, Marcus Ericsson of Sauber and Nico Hulkenberg of Renault were eliminated without much of a fight.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Valtteri Bottas upstaged his championship-leading Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton with a dazzling lap in the qualifying session to seize pole position for the Russian Grand Prix © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVSOCHI, Russian Federation, Sep 29 – Valtteri Bottas upstaged his championship-leading Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton with a dazzling lap in Saturday’s qualifying session to seize pole position for the Russian Grand Prix.The Finn, who has struggled to keep pace with the defending four-time champion for much of the season, relished the confines of one of his favourite tracks as he clocked a record lap in one minute and 31.387 seconds.
Messages left at the office of San Bernardino National Forest Supervisor Jeanne Wade Evans and the Forest Service’s Washington, D.C., office were not immediately returned. The arson fire was ignited on Oct. 26, 2006, and was spread by fierce Santa Ana winds. The five members of San Bernardino National Forest Engine 57 were overrun by a 90-foot wall of flame as they tried to protect an unoccupied vacation home in the mountain community of Twin Pines, about 90 miles east of Los Angeles. The blaze eventually charred more than 60 square miles. The tragedy could have been avoided if the firefighters had not been on a steep slope blanketed with highly combustible vegetation, according to OSHA, which issued the Forest Service a Notice of Unsafe or Unhealthful Working Conditions. The firefighters and their supervisors also failed to ensure a safe exit from the scene, the agency said. OSHA’s conclusions follow a May report that blamed risky decisions, failure to fully plan an escape and pressure to ignore hazards in the firefighter’s deaths. That investigation was conducted by the Forest Service and the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Jim Wilkins, a firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service for 35 years who worked the Esperanza Fire, was critical of OSHA’s findings and said it’s easy to find fault once the fire is out. “What we do is inherently dangerous,” he said. “You can’t make it a sterile, safe environment. You can’t make it into a video game … What do they want people to do? Completely disengage from the fire?” An internal document, signed by Chief Forester Gail Kimbell and obtained by The Associated Press last month, calls for seven changes in agency policy when fighting wildfires. Firefighters Jason McKay, 27; Jess McLean, 27; Daniel Hoover-Najera, 20; Mark Loutzenhiser, 43, and Pablo Cerda, 23, died in the fire. Raymond Lee Oyler, a 36-year-old auto mechanic, is charged with starting the blaze. He has pleaded not guilty to five counts of first-degree murder and multiple counts of arson and using an incendiary device to start fires between May 16 and Oct. 26, 2006.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The U.S. Forest Service committed serious safety violations that contributed to the deaths of five of its firefighters in a Southern California blaze last year, workplace safety regulators alleged Thursday. The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the Forest Service for nine safety violations, including failing to provide firefighters on the front lines of the Esperanza Fire with maps and crucial information about potentially hazardous weather conditions. OSHA ordered the Forest Service to fix the unsafe working conditions within 15 days. Asked whether the agency believed the violations led to the firefighters’ deaths, Department of Labor spokesman Roger Gayman responded, “By implication, yes.”
Mauricio Pochettino insists his Tottenham side were not lucky to remain in the FA Cup as Harry Kane’s controversial late penalty earned a third-round replay against Leicester.Kane had started the match on the bench at White Hart Lane but was called upon as the Foxes looked to be on course for another famous victory in their impressive season.Christian Eriksen had fired the hosts ahead on eight minutes before Marcin Wasilewski levelled and substitute Shinji Okazaki struck moments after coming on to turn the game – only for Kane to thrash home an 89th minute penalty, and his 50th Tottenham goal, to secure a 2-2 draw.Nathan Dyer conceded the untimely spot-kick having been adjudged to have handled the ball as Danny Rose broke into the Leicester penalty area and Kane, who had not had a chance until that point, emphatically finished to set up a replay.It means Tottenham and Leicester will meet three times inside a fortnight as next week’s replay is preceded by a Barclays Premier League clash between the pair on Wednesday night.Asked if his side were lucky to get a replay, Pochettino replied: “Lucky? No. You must never give up.“I didn’t see if it was or not. But sometimes the decisions are for you sometimes they are against you. If I watch it again I can give a better opinion.“It’s true we are happy and very pleased to get the draw at the end. It’s important for us to stay alive in the competition. But if we analyse, the first half, we deserved more. We dominated the whole game. But I’m happy. The performance was good. We have another chance.”Both sides made wholesale changes as Tottenham made seven alterations to Leicester’s eight – with Kane only on the Spurs bench and his fellow England forward Jamie Vardy not involved for the Foxes after recent minor groin surgery.The replay adds to an already congested month of fixtures but Pochettino has backed his squad to prove its strength in depth as they embark on an important January.“It is tough for us and tough for them (Leicester),” he added.“We need to be strong in our mind. We have a strong squad. Today showed that those not playing in the first team can fight for a place.“It’s complicated. It’s tough to play Premier League, Europa League and cups. But it’s for that we have a very strong squad and we made seven changes.“We need to keep fit all the players, and motivated. It’s a good thing to compete and that the squad believes everyone can compete for a consistent place in the team.”
Mamadou Sakho will wear number three on his back this season 1 Mamadou Sakho’s popularity will only increase among Liverpool fans after the club announced the Frenchman will make a goodwill gesture to supporters inconvenienced by his shirt number change.Having switched from no.17 to no.3, Liverpool have revealed the defender will autograph jerseys bought by fans bearing his name and old shirt number.Since arriving at Anfield in 2013, he has acquired cult status, so if any fans have bought the official 2016/17 kit with ‘Sakho 17’ on the back, then the club are encouraging them to send a stamped self-addressed envelope to:Mamadou Sakho Shirt SigningLiverpool Football ClubAnfield RoadLiverpoolL4 0THMan City striker Sergio Aguero performed a similar gesture when he switched from no.16 to no.10 in 2015.On that occasion, the Argentine striker offered to either sign any 2015/16 shirt bearing his previous number, or the club offered to swap it for his new no.10 kit.
10 Pele (Santos) v Gremio – Back in 1963, the Brazilian legend stood in for the sent off Gilmar for the final five minutes of a match. Just like Harry Kane, the forward had already netted a hat-trick so took the opportunity to see how his opponents felt by standing in between the sticks. Santos, in the end, ran outwinners with Pele not conceding a goal. Pepe, who scored the fourth goal in Santos’ 4-3 win, said. “He was a great goalkeeper lithe, as if he could fly.” Nothing is ever dull when it comes to the beautiful game, with some brilliant moments punctuating even the most boring of matches.One of the sport’s lesser-spotted moments of madness is when outfield players must get their gloves on and take the role of goalkeeper, whether due to injuries or red cards.On Tuesday night, Paris Saint-Germain star Dani Alves was the man who took the call of duty when team-mate Kevin Trapp was sent off in a 4-1 victory over Sochaux in the French Cup.He didn’t have much to do as the game was already in injury time, but it gave spectactors some exhilaration in the closing stages.So, here at talkSPORT we’ve gathered up nine other times outfield players went in goal, including some legends!Click the right arrow above to scroll through our gallery… 10 10 10 10 10 Felipe Melo (Galatasaray) v Elazigispor – With a slightly erratic playing career, you never know whats next for the Brazil midfielder. His time in Turkey made him one of the most decorated foreigners the countrys top-flight has ever seen. His proudest moment, though, might be the time he saved an injury time penalty in a 1-0 win. He was pretty modest about his actions, though. Am I a hero? Absolutely not! 10 Niall Quinn (Manchester City) v Derby County – After netting a first half goal against Derby in April 1991, the 6ft 4in Irishman then found himself being called upon to perform heroics at the other end when City goalkeeper Tony Coton was sent-off just before half-time. Derby striker Dean Saunders confidently stepped up for the Rams but saw his penalty fantastically saved by the former Sunderland chairman, whose stop actually managed to relegate the midlands outfit. Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) v Portsmouth – With first choice goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar taken off with injury and his subsequent replacement Tomas Kuszczak sent-off, Rio took his place between the sticks at Old Trafford and was immediately faced with the task of dealing with Sulley Muntari’s penalty in this 2008 FA Cup tie against Portsmouth. Although the defender dived the right way, the Ghanian’s penalty was far too powerful and led to United being dumped out of the competition. John O’Shea (Manchester United) v Tottenham – The Red Devils were 4-0 up at White Hart Lane in 2007 when, having used all three substitutes, Edwin van der Sar broke his nose. Unable to be replaced, the Red Devils went down to ten men and OShea went between the sticks. He looked the part too, punching clear once and then impressing fans of both clubs by sprinting off his line and stopping Robbie Keane in a one-on-one. 10 10 Harry Kane (Tottenham) v Asteras Tripolis – With Spurs already winning 5-0 thanks to a Kane hat-trick and an Erik Lamela double, the Lilywhites were coasting to victory. But Hugo Lloris received a late red card and, ever the professional, Kane opted to take the gloves. He faced the resulting free-kick and, despite looking confident, he nudged the strike from Jeronimo Barrales into his own net. Cosmin Moti (Ludogorets) v Steaua Bucharest – Not only did Romanian defender Moti step between the sticks when his sides goalkeeper was sent off with no substitutions remaining in their Champions League play-off clash he had to face a penalty shoot out. And not only did he do this, he scored one and saved two of Steauas kicks putting the Bulgarians in the group stage for the first time ever! John Terry (Chelsea) v Reading – In 2006, the Blues infamously lost both Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini to head injuries against the Royals. As you can imagine, only man was going to step up and replace the duo captain, leader, and legend John Terry. Thankfully, in the closing minutes of the game he barely had a thing to do. Peter Beardsley (Newcastle United) v West Ham – The former England and Newcastle star is more fondly recalled for his goal scoring antics rather than his ability to keep the ball out of the net. And nothing changed that fact during the Magpies 8-1 humiliation against West Ham at Upton Park in 1986. Beardsley was Newcastle’s third goalkeeper of the evening and was so poor that even talkSPORT’s very own Alvin Martin, a defender, managed to bag a hat-trick. Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain) v Sochaux – Click the right arrow above for more outfield players who went in goal… – With no substitute goalkeeper and Kevin Trapp sent off, the eccentric Brazil star donned the gloves in added time during their 4-1 French Cup win. The free-kick conceded by Trapp was blocked by the wall and he was able to see out the match without letting in a strike. 10
JIBE Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Getty Images – Getty TROPHY Lampard oversees his second friendly in charge Lampard, who named two different XIs in each half of the 1-1 draw with Bohemians on Wednesday, insists every player will start his reign with a clean slate.He already knows the talent possessed by Mount and Tomori after they both starred on loan at Derby during his season as manager of the Championship club.Meanwhile, Abraham is another player expected to shine at Stamford Bridge next season following his 25 goals for Aston Villa last term, with the Blues expected to rely on youth due to their two-window transfer ban. Chelsea academy starlets Mason Mount, Fiyako Tomori and Tammy Abraham will get the chance to impress Frank Lampard against St Patrick’s on Saturday.The Blues trio were named in the starting XI for the pre-season friendly in Dublin alongside first-team regulars like David Luiz and Jorginho. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS latest boost The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star deals Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea punished REVEALED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The Chelsea manager also welcomes back several senior players following an extended summer break.While Lampard usually favours a 4-2-3-1 formation, which was used throughout the Bohemians friendly, it looks as though they will play with a midfield diamond on Saturday.Confirmed XIChelsea: Caballero, Zappacosta, Tomori, Luiz, Emerson, Jorginho, Mount, Kovacic, Barkley, Abraham, Batshuayi. Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions 1 LATEST
Hearts boss Craig Levein is confident that his squad can raise their game for “one more big performance” in the Scottish Cup final against Celtic.The Tynecastle side have had a disappointing league campaign but could yet finish the season in style if they can defeat ‘triple treble’-hunting Celtic at Hampden on May 25.Levein says he’s seen enough in certain games this season to suggest his players can hit the heights in the showpiece game to lift silverware.“What’s encouraging for me is that when it comes to the cup final, I believe we’ve got one more big performance in us and that’s what we’re looking for,” he said. “Looking at us sporadically over the last wee while, we’ve picked up a few results when we needed to. “We haven’t been at our best recently but I do believe we can pull out a performance when needed. “If I can make sure everybody who I feel can help us on that particular day is fit and available, then that will give us the best chance possible.”That squad management means the manager will take no risks with injured duo Uche Ikpeazu and Peter Haring. With league matches against Aberdeen and Celtic to go before the Hampden date, the duo have already been ruled out of the game against Derek McInnes’ side but could return for the dress rehearsal against the champions. “I’ll make some changes over the next couple of games for sure,” said Levein. “There are some people who need matches and others who could do with a break. “That’s the challenge working back the way from the game at Hampden.”Levein reitierated that points from the final league games weren’t the priority with his focus on engineering one last push when there’s a trophy on the line.He said: “I’d like to be in great form going into the final but if we’re not, I’m not particularly concerned about that. “We’ve proved we can raise our game for particular matches and that’s what we’ll need to do. “If that is the case then it’s incumbent on me we get as many players fit and available so selection can be from a wide band.”