Image Courtesy: AP/GettyAdvertisement 3p8ptmNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsj1k2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4vc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) d2qqgfWould you ever consider trying this?😱bbCan your students do this? 🌚tuemRoller skating! Powered by Firework After an outlandish draw leading to a highly tensed tie breaker super over, the match finally goes to Team India as they trample New Zealand for the third consecutive time in the ongoing T20 series today at Seddon Park cricket ground. Commanding the team to victory from an astoundingly difficult position was none other than Rohit Sharma, who destroyed the opposition with two back to back sixes in the super over.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AP/GettyAfter equalling India’s score of 179 in the second innings, New Zealand were the first to bat in the super over. Facing the superstar Jasprit Bumrah, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill set a target of 18 for the visitors.After a boundary from KL Rahul, the strike went to the talented Rohit Sharma. From a near impossible requirement of 10 runs off 2 balls, the swashbuckling opener sent Tim Southee’s last two deliveries away and beyond into the stands.Advertisement In the post match interview, Rohit Sharma revealed that it was the first time for him to bat in a super over.“Never done that before. I didn’t know what to expect, whether to go from the first ball or wait for a while. I just wanted to stay still and then try my best. Good performance with the bat, disappointed at having thrown my wicket away though.” Sharma told reporters.Advertisement The 32 year old, who impressed in the first innings with a stormy 65 runs off 40 balls including six fours and three sixes, was selected the Man of the Match.“I hadn’t got runs in the first two games, wanted to do well today. We knew we would win the series today if we win the match – in important games, the main players need to step up.” he added.Check out Rohit Sharma’s double over boundary from the super over int he video below, courtesy of Twitter fan account @Im_Ro45FC.Video : Rohit Sharma 2 Sixes In Last 2 Ball In Superover Against New ZealandWatch & Retweet & Don’t Forget To Follow Our Page#RohitSharma #INDvNZ#Rohitpic.twitter.com/p4tBH4pbkI— Rohit Sharma Fan Club (@Im_Ro45FC) January 29, 2020Kane Williamson, who’s spectacular knock of 48-ball-95 ultimately fell short of victory for the Black Caps, lamented that the tie breakers have never proven to be lucky for them.“Super overs haven’t been too successful for us. India showed their experience in the crunch situation. We bowled well after they got off to a superb start. Very disappointing.” the host skipper told reporters.Losing his wicket to Mohammed Shami in the last over, the 29 year old fell just five runs shorter from his first ever T20 international century.Williamson continued: “It was nice to spend some time in the middle. It was disappointing not to cross the finishing lines. It is a game of small margins. It was a much better performance from us.”Eulogy came from Virat Kohli, not just for his brilliant vice captain but also for his bowlers.“Rohit was superb for us. When Shami bowled those two dot balls, I thought we can go to super over. In the super over, Kane came out and smashed Bumrah who is one of best death over bowler in World Cricket.” the Men in Blues skipper said in the interview.With a lead of 3-0 for India, the penultimate match of the series takes place this Friday at the Wellington Regional Stadium.Also read-Virat Kohli reacts after India pulls off massive chase: ‘80% of the crowd was behind us!’See which young star India’s batting coach has predicted a big future for! Advertisement
The meeting was to discuss how the LOC will work with the venues team during the hosting of the World Cup.CEO of the PNGSF, Peter Tsiamalili said there are only six months before the tournament and the constant dialogue with the LOC will ensure that his team brings the venues up to FIFA standard requirements.“This is a partnership and we need to work together to deliver the tournament, so it’s really a collective effort,” said Tsiamalili.CEO of the LOC, Seamus Marten said this is going to be the biggest sporting event that will ever be broadcasted from PNG.“There’ll be over 124 million television viewers from 100 countries watching the tournament from Papua New Guinea and this is our opportunity to showcase PNG.“There are people who doubt we can deliver the tournament but I can tell you that if there’s anywhere that can deliver a tournament at such limited time, it’s PNG,” said Marten.The World Cup will be played at four different venues. Sixteen training sites have been identified and are being prepared for the 16 participating nations who will be competing.It is estimated that 560 players and officials will be in the country for the event.Five hotels in the city will be accommodating the players, including technical officials, during the tournament.Meanwhile, the LOC will be using the Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup in June in Port Moresby as a test event in preparation for the World Cup.The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be held from November 13 to December 3.
“What would you say if I beat you at Dover?” Kyle Gregg jokingly shouted across the showroom to Doug Gore. With a broad grin, Gore told the scores of diehard motor-sports fans that he would respond to Gregg’s question when they clash at the Dover Raceway, St Ann, on Monday. Both drivers were among a large turnout at the launch of the Carnival of Speed race meet, which is scheduled to take place on Easter Monday. The launch was held in the main showroom of the Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG), Spanish Town Road, Kingston, on Monday night. After posting a 1:19-second lap time during a recent practice session – with his newly acquired United Kingdom-manufactured Radical race car – Gregg has become an overwhelming favourite to upstage Gore and David Summerbell in the Thundersport II Class. This showdown has been generating a lot of interest because it is the first in a long time that so many well prepared, highly competitive cars will be participating in the stellar event. “The car is nice and I am looking forward to Dover,” said Gregg, who up to four months ago was concentrating on rallying, until he got bitten by the bug and went shopping for a new circuit-racing machine. Gregg, in a previous interview with The Gleaner, sent a stern warning that the lap record at Dover may be erased at this meet Gore was not amused and has since brought down a first-rate mechanic, out of the Czech Republic, to assist with the final preparation of his Audi. At Monday night’s launch Gore, who sat beside his old rival, David Summerbell in the front row just kept smiling. He had already indicated that he has a trump card up his sleeve. “I will be doing all my talking on the track,” Gore told his rivals. Dubbed as ‘King David’, the usually high-spirited Summerbell was in jubilant mood and told his fans that as the king of circuit racing he is not ready give up his throne. “I am going to make sure that my sponsors, Total Lubricants, is proud of me. It is going to be a great race meet,” said Summerbell. Organiser of the event, Dean Corrodus, said there will be 21 races and the meet will get under way at 8:30 a.m. on Easter Monday. “We have expanded our parking area, renovated the road surface leading to the entrance, plus the police will be exercising tighter traffic management controls,” said Corrodus. Newly elected president, Monique Gibbs, said the meet promises to be a thriller, as apart from the high expectations of the top drivers, the ‘Bracket 45 Class’ is back and this she said will be used as a strategic development for circuit racing at Dover. Howard Henry, marketing manager of the title sponsor Total Lubricants, said he anticipates a great race meet and his company is committed to the development of motorsport in Jamaica. TRUMP CARD
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Wade scored 17 in the quarter, 11 on free throws, as he was able to draw fouls with drives and extra-effort plays.“He continues to play the same way and that’s what you need from vets and future Hall of Famers,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Guys like that who understand the game and when it gets tough, don’t panic and continue to play the same way.”UP NEXTClippers: Continue road trip on Saturday in Charlotte.Cavaliers: At Detroit on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump welcomes college sports champions to the White House LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, right, drives against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-113 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James knows about the narrative bouncing around the NBA that Cleveland can be dethroned in the East.He’s ignoring it, and slowly changing it.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “You know I could care less what people say,” James said. “I’m so far beyond that. I don’t care what people say.”Just to make sure everyone understood him, James asked his two sons waiting for him in Cleveland’s locker room to chime in on whether he was concerned about outside voices.The boys had dad’s back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneJames had another of those games that he only seems capable of, scoring 39 points with 14 rebounds in 46 minutes as the Cavaliers continued to improve from a shaky start with their fourth straight win, 118-113 in overtime on Friday night over the skidding Los Angeles Clippers, who dropped their seventh in a row.Kevin Love scored 25 and drained a pair of 3-pointers in OT, when the Cavs, who didn’t take the lead until the first minute of the extra session, outscored the Clippers 13-8. “They made some big 3s,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “You have to give them credit. That’s why they’ve been in a lot of Finals.”The Cavs spent all night chasing the Clippers and caught them at 105-all when Love grabbed an offensive rebound and fed James, who dropped an uncontested 3-pointer with 47 seconds left.Griffin missed tough shots on consecutive possessions, giving Cleveland one last chance in regulation but James missed an off-balance left-hander just before the horn.James made a free throw to open OT — he went 1 of 5 at the line — and give Cleveland its first lead. Then, after Love made his two 3s, James sealed the Cavs’ fifth win in six games with a jumper.“Well defended,” Rivers said. “It’s LeBron James.”TIP-INSClippers: Jordan made his first eight shots, three on dunks. … G Patrick Beverely (sore right knee) missed his fourth straight game. … Rivers is “amazed” by James, who just over a month shy of his 33rd birthday, hasn’t slowed physically. “Most players when they get to his age are smart enough now they see everything,” he said. “But usually when they get to that age, they’re too old to do anything about it. He has both going for him. He can beat you with his brain. He can beat you with his power. It’s a daunting task when you watch him on film.”Cavaliers: PG Derrick Rose will miss at least two more weeks with a nagging left ankle injury. Rose’s ankle will be immobilized in a boot for the next week and he could undergo treatment for as many as three more weeks. … Iman Shumpert started again at point, but left in the first quarter a sore left knee and didn’t return. … G Jose Calderon played his first minutes since Nov. 1. … Working toward his return from a hip injury, G Isaiah Thomas got in two on-court workouts before the game. … Cleveland has won 33 of its last 39 home games against Western Conference teams.D-WONDERFULWade’s aggressiveness in the second quarter helped the Cavs shake off an atrocious start. Down 10 points, Cleveland chipped away and despite some defensive lapses, the Cavs somehow tied the Clippers 56-all at halftime. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Dwyane Wade gave Cleveland a huge spark, scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. The Cavs’ win wasn’t eye-pleasing, but it was another step in the right direction for the three-time defending conference champions, who went 3-1 on a just-completed road trip.On Thursday night, James said he watched Boston beat Golden State to improve to 14-2, a stunning start that has prompted discussion about Cleveland’s vulnerability.James dismissed any concern about the Celtics’ early burst.“I’ve got too much to worry about around here right now trying to get our ship going in the right direction,” he said.The Clippers’ ship is taking on water fast. Los Angeles has lost nine of 10 since a 4-0 start.Blake Griffin scored 23 and DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 22 rebounds for Los Angeles, which didn’t give up the lead until the first minute of overtime.The Clippers had chances to put the Cavs away in regulation, but they didn’t execute down the stretch and then had defensive breakdowns in overtime.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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
Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “With a handful of follows and some likes on Twitter, my fate has been sealed in your minds,” Sandgren said, reading from his mobile phone. “To write an edgy story, to create sensationalist coverage, there are a few lengths you wouldn’t go to to mark me as the man you desperately want me to be.”Sandgren refused to answer questions about his statement, saying that the focus around him “has gone very far away from the tennis.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIf one thing is clear after the past few days, it certainly has.Given what he’s accomplished on the courts at Melbourne Park, Sandgren’s story was initially focused on his tennis. The 26-year-old Tennessee native has never come close to experiencing this type of success before. Prior to coming to Melbourne, Sandgren was a mainstay on the second-tier Challenger Tour — the minor leagues of tennis. He had only won two matches at the ATP Tour level — and never played in a Grand Slam. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases United States’ Tennys Sandgren leaves Rod Laver Arena after losing his quarterfinal to South Korea’s Chung Hyeon at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)MELBOURNE, Australia — After losing in the Australian Open quarterfinals on Wednesday, Tennys Sandgren saved his final shot of the tournament for the media.Sandgren opened his news conference following a 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3 loss to Hyeon Chung by reading a prepared statement directed at the media that has scrutinized his Twitter feed during his unexpected run at Melbourne Park.ADVERTISEMENT #KicksStalker: George dedicates 2nd shoe to up-and-comers 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 Williams had apparently taken notice, sending her own tweet during Sandgren’s match, saying “Turns channel” — a message her followers interpreted as a response.Sandgren has defended his social media activity this week, denying being a supporter of the far right while saying he finds “some of the content interesting.”“Who you follow on Twitter I feel doesn’t matter even a little bit,” he said following his win over Thiem. “To say, well, he’s following X person, so he believes all the things that this person believes, I think it’s ridiculous.”He explained in an interview with ESPN that he deleted all of his tweets not because it’s “something that I’m really necessary embarrassed about,” but because he thought that “creating a version of a cleaner start is not a bad call.”With his prepared statement on Wednesday, though, Sandgren made clear he’s done explaining his tweets.“You seek to put people in these little boxes so that you can order the world in your already assumed preconceived ideas,” he said, addressing reporters at his news conference. “You strip away any individuality for the sake of demonizing by way of the collective.”Refusing to take any more questions about social media, Sandgren then shifted gears and offered praise for his quarterfinal opponent, Chung.Later, though, he did return to the subject briefly to offer perspective on the storm of attention he’s received in the past week and a half, saying he was going to go home, turn his phone off and reflect on everything that’s happened.“I constantly try to be introspective as to what’s going on in my life,” he said. “This has been a lot of information to digest in the last few weeks. So I need to take ample time to do so, so I can move forward correctly.” But in Melbourne, Sandgren came out of nowhere to stun two top-10 players — Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem — en route to being just the second man in the last 20 years to reach the quarterfinals on his Australian Open debut.What started off as a fairytale story, though, began to change tenor when Sandgren’s social media activity came to light.Before he scrubbed his Twitter history on Tuesday, Sandgren’s tweets had included one saying the unfounded “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory linking Democrats to a child-sex ring at a Washington pizzeria was “sickening and the collective evidence is too much to ignore.”Among his recent retweets was a video by Nicholas Fuentes, former host of a podcast called “America First” who attended last year’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.And he apparently targeted Serena Williams, calling a video of her yelling at Roberta Vinci during their U.S. Open semifinal in 2015 “disgusting.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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The IOC said in a statement its ethics panel can intervene for misconduct “even if it is not related to sport.”The Olympic ethics panel had confirmed last year it was studying separate allegations against Sheikh Ahmad relating to bribery in international soccer elections.Sheikh Ahmad left the FIFA Council days after being identified in April 2017 as “co-conspirator 2” in American federal court documents.The spinoff case of the U.S. Department of Justice’s sprawling investigation of corruption linked to FIFA detailed payments from the Olympic Council of Asia to win influence with soccer officials. A member of the FIFA audit committee from Guam pleaded guilty and said he understood “co-conspirator 2” was the source of the bribes.The Geneva public prosecutor’s investigation was first reported in 2016 by Le Temps. It reported late Friday that an indictment was filed this month against the sheikh and four others, including three lawyers.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Pacquiao, Broner bout confirmed for January 19 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ FILE – In this Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 file photo, Olympic Council of Asia president Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah gestures as he addresses the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad has stepped aside from his IOC work while facing a criminal trial in Switzerland. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)GENEVA — Facing a criminal trial in Switzerland, Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al Fahad al Sabah temporarily stepped aside from his IOC work on Monday.The Kuwaiti sheikh denies wrongdoing but said in a statement he did not want “these politically motivated allegations to distract attention” from the Olympic movement’s work.ADVERTISEMENT 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 “Sheikh Ahmad has every confidence and trust in the Swiss courts and IOC Ethics Commission’s impartial due processes,” the statement from his personal office in Kuwait said. “He fully intends to continue serving the IOC again at the earliest opportunity.”The sheikh has been indicted for forgery in Geneva and faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years, city daily Le Temps reported . The investigation arose from a dispute with another royal family member, who is a former prime minister of Kuwait.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSheikh Ahmad has been an International Olympic Committee member for 26 years, a close ally of president Thomas Bach, and leads the global and Asian groups of national Olympic bodies. He also chairs an IOC panel which will give $500 million to Olympic bodies and athletes before the 2020 Tokyo Games.He is due to be re-elected unopposed in Tokyo next week as president of the global Olympic group known as ANOC. During an alleged political rivalry between Sheikh Ahmad and Sheikh Nasser al Sabah, a video circulated on social media in 2013 seeming to implicate the former prime minister.It is claimed Sheikh Ahmad and lawyers acting for him later took part in a false arbitration case held in Geneva, staged to try to prove the authenticity of the video.Kuwaiti authorities later ruled against Sheikh Ahmad and he read a public apology on national television in 2015. In fallout that year, Kuwait was suspended by FIFA and the IOC over a proposed law which broke their rules prohibiting government interference in sports.Still, Sheikh Ahmad continued to have some influence within FIFA — sitting on an anti-corruption reform panel in 2015 — and a greater say in Olympic affairs as a trusted Bach supporter.___Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments
Residents and communities affected by the recent flooding caused by overtopping of the sea defences on the West Coast of Demerara, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) will receive further assistance as ExxonMobil (Guyana) has made a donation of $2 million towards relief efforts.ExxonMobil Guyana Community Relations Manager Suzanne De Abreu said that the company considered its community relationships an essential element of its business and added that in times of crisis, it was important that resources were combined, so ExxonMobil decided to provide financial support.“We have been continuously impressed by Guyana’s Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and their ability to respond in real time to distress caused by natural disasters around the country. ExxonMobil is proud to offer assistance, through the CDC, to the West Demerara residents whose lives have been affected by the flooding. We are glad there was a way we could help,” the company’s official said.Meanwhile, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who holds responsibility for the CDC, expressed the Government’s appreciation to all members of the Private Sector, including ExxonMobil, who have made resources available to the CDC to support its work.The Minister also extended gratitude to other Private Sector entities, who also contributed to the relief efforts. Banks DIH Limited, which donated 300 small boxes of crackers, 75 cases of water (1 litre bottles) and 150 cases of small Aqua Mist water to aid in the provision of food at the emergency shelters.Bakewell Bakery donated 300 loaves of bread and tennis rolls for the feeding programme at the shelters while the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Uitvlugt Sugar Estate provided the services of its caterers and kitchen to help in the preparation of meals. The Estate also offered the CDC the use of its community centre as an emergency shelter.Camex Restaurants Incorporated, under its Church’s Chicken and Pollo Tropical brands, aided in the provision of meals at the emergency shelters by donating 100 lunches while the Demerara Charitable Foundation assisted in the mobilisation of donations from the Private Sector towards the relief effort.Meanwhile, with regard to the situation on the ground, the water has receded, and the Minister is expected to undertake a visit today to meet with the residents.
– as GRDB launches new paddy variety The introduction of a new variety of paddy will not only see increase in rice production in less time, but also guarantee low risk of crop losses, given its high resistance to rice blast diseases.The new rice variety – GRDB 15 – dubbed “Guyana Pride”, was launched on Thursday by the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB). It is an early duration, semi-dwarf paddy. GRDB 15 will produce some seven to 8.5 tonnes per hectare, that is, 45 to 55 bags per acre; contains 150 to 250 grains per panicle, and has a maturing period of 105 to 110 days, and 73 days to flower after sowing. The average weight of this new grain is 26.6 grams, while its average length is 9.7 millimetres.With cultivation of this new rice variety to commence this year, the optimum sowing periods are May 15 to June 30 and November 15 to December 15. It is critical that sowing be done during these periods, so that maximum sunlight us available during flowering and grain filling.According to GRDB’s Chief Scientist and Plant Breeder Dr Mahendra Persaud, this new paddy variety is unexpectedly a significantly improvement of Guyana’s current top grain – GRDB 10.In a detailed presentation on the vision and developmental process behind GRDB 15, Dr Persaud noted that the high yielding capability of the new paddy variety will prove to be beneficial not only to farmers by increasing their outputs, but the country as well, by broadening its products to tap into the many opportunities available on the international market.“We have to think ahead in terms of what we gonna deliver. The work that we start in breeding today, you will see it bearing fruits in the next five sThe packaged new paddy variety, GRDB 15, which was launched on Thursday at the Pegasus Hotelix years, so our vision was (to) provide varieties beyond seven tonnes per hectare… We have noticed, if you look at it, around 6.7 bags per acre, close to seven bags per acre yield advantage over the 31 trials that we harvested so far. This is chalking out to be like 17% yield advantage over the current dominant variety – GRDB 10,” the Rice Board’s Plant Breeder stated.Meanwhile, President of the Rice Producers Association, Leekha Rambrich, posited that as both a farmer and miller, he is excited about the new variety.“This would be a great plus… I’m sure that farmers with even five or six bags more per acre would earn much more for their pockets when it comes to returns on their investments; and I’m sure that with the 4000 bags of seed that we have within the system, (it) would be enough to give to the farmers,” Rambrich posited.On this note, GRDB General Manager Nizam Hassan urged farmers to secure their new paddy variety seeds from the research station as soon as possible, so that cultivation can commence early. He indicated that the new variety will be sold at the same price as existing seeds on the market.Meanwhile, in his feature address before formally releasing the new paddy variety to the public, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder expressed Government’s continuous efforts towards the development of more new varieties and technology to further enhance the country’s rice industry.“I pledge my Ministry’s and Government’s support for a partnership with Guyana’s rice farmers in ensuring the continued growth of the local industry, not only in the yields per acre, but in the amount of lands cultivated… We will also continue to use green technology and renewable energy in production of our rice variety,” the Agriculture Minister asserted.
– massive protest, one-day strike for this morningEnmore Estate closureTwo weeks after the announced closure of the East Demerara (Enmore) Estate, more far-reaching consequences are being exposed. Ahead of a “massive” protest planned for the Estate’s factory this morning, Guyana Times was on Monday informed that some 200 female workers attached to the entity stood to be directly affected. This publication understands that at the Estate, some 40 women engage in weeding tasks while another 40 are part of the “creole gang”. It was disclosed that several women work as cleaners in the factory’s offices, while 17 are attached to the packaging plant. More alarming, it was further related that the majority of these women are married to cane cutters, which means that both parents of many households stand to be unemployed.These issues will be highlighted in this morning’s protest that workers have planned. It is expected that the wives and other family members of sugar workers will come out in their numbers to voice collective condemnation of the decision to close the Estate which was confirmed by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder when he presented Government’s white paper on the industry’s future on May 8.This publication has been told that workers and families in the East Coast Demerara communities of Buxton, Annandale, Cane Grove, Enmore, Success, Ogle, Lusignan, Enterprise, Foulis, Bare Root, Mahaica and Lusignan all stand to suffer from the imminent shutdown.An official attached to the East Demerara Estate disclosed that workers intend to engage in the massive one-day strike action. This may significantly alter the Estate’s optimum output, as it was also revealed that production for the current crop would miss the projected target. Uitvlugt Estate also missed its target earlier this year.When this newspaper had visited a group of community members at a small market at Enterprise, East Coast Demerara earlier this month, they highlighted their worry over the entity’s closure. In fact, a few sellers in the area had noted that community members had already began to reduce their spending, which mirrored the situation at Wales, West Bank Demerara last year when residents there had also reduced buying goods upon the announcement that the Wales Sugar Factory would be shut down.Mayaram Sundar, a harvester and father of two, had noted the hardships his family would face, saying that his son’s education may be held up if he could not find the means to support him. He had also suggested that severance pay was a temporary benefit.“If you say you will pay severance, how long will the severance last?” Sundar had questioned.“Tolly” (only name given), a greens and provisions vendor and mother of six, had stressed that she was already facing challenges.“I have six children to maintain and [buying and selling greens] is the only thing I does do here. I got children going to school; books very expensive and passage for them to go to school so I would like if the Estate could not close down,” she appealed.When the Agriculture Minister had presented the white paper on the future of the industry in Parliament, he had told the House by the end of 2017, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) will have three estates: Blairmont on the West Bank of Berbice, Albion-Rose Hall in East Berbice and the Uitvlugt-Wales Estate in West Demerara.“…the Enmore Factory will be closed at the end of 2017 when all cane would be harvested. The East Coast Estates would be earmarked for diversification,” the Minister had stated.Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) President Komal Chand had long contended that Government had not conducted any social impact studies before it had opted to close estates. The GAWU President reiterated this position on Monday. In December 2016, sugar operations ended at the Wales Estate.
0Shares0000Muhoroni Youth’s Bliss Kityo against Posta Rangers captain Jockins Atudo during their KPL match on 13th September at the Ruaraka Sports Club. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 13- AFC Leopards positive run in the Kenyan Premier League was halted after losing 1-0 to resurgent Sony Sugar at the Kericho Green Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.Yema Mwana scored the lone goal for the Sugar Millers a minute to half time, sinking Ingwe who had come into the fixture on the backdrop of a 3-1 win over Zoo Kericho at the same venue last Sunday. At the Ruaraka Complex in Nairobi, Posta Rangers’ drought continued as they went for a sixth successive match without victory, being held to a 0-0 draw by bottom side Muhoroni Youth.Posta had brilliant scoring opportunities late on in the game but were undone by poor finishing.“It is quite disappointing because this is the sixth game we are failing to win and it all goes down to finishing. We were better today compared to last weekend, but we could not hit the back of the net with more than three good scoring chances,” Posta Rangers head coach Sammy Omollo told Capital Sport.Posta Rangers coach Sammy Pamzo Omollo. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHis opposite number James ‘Odijo’ Omondi was gracious with the point, saying it will go down a long way to lifting their bid to avoid relegation.“This is a point gained for me and it is very important. We played well today; defensively we were okay and offensively as well we did well though we could not score. We can build on this point in the remaining 11 games and I am sure we will avoid relegation,” Omondi further said.Posta dominated possession, but just like last weekend, they could not make it count. It was an opening 45 minutes of few chances which were far in between.In the 38th minute, Muhoroni had a chance with Yussuf Mohammed’s freekick going through a forest of legs inside the box but Posta keeper Patrick Matasi managed to knock the ball away and was cleared by Jockins Atudo.Two minutes to halftime, Muhoroni broke away on the counter with Thomas Venval breaking into the box after stealing the ball off Atudo, but a backtracking Titus Achesa slid in with a perfectly timed tackle knocked the ball off.Muhoroni Youth head coach James ‘Odijo’ Omondi. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIn the second half, Posta started off with Omollo pulling out Edwin Mwaura for John Nairuka, a change meant to inject pace in attack.But it was Muhoroni with the best chance of the game, Venval missing a glorious opportunity at the far post after being picked out by a well struck Farouk Mudoola cross.Nairuka’s influence into the game was almost immediate and in the 55th minute, Jerry Santo’s connection from his corner went inches over the bar. Two minutes later, Gaerson Likonoh also had a chance with a header from Kennedy Otieno’s cross but it went wide.Muhoroni Youth’s Collins Agade against Posta Rangers’ Georson Likonoh. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIn the final 10 minutes of the game, Omollo’s men piled pressure on the visitors, seeking a goal that would aid their push into the top three.Likonoh had a brilliant chance after getting the ball inside the box, turning his markers inside out but his shot was meek, earning an easy save from the Muhoroni shot stopper Salim Soweedi.Minutes later, Atudo’s diving header unmarked at the far post from a Simon Mbugua delivery went wide. In the 89th minute, Dennis Mukaisi’s effort from a header rattled the crossbar after connecting to a Likonoh brush off a Luke Ochieng long throw.Posta remains fourth with the point on 36 points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)