‘Money’ on his mind as Pacquiao faces ex-teacher Horn

first_imgMOST READ LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs “Even though Pacquiao is the smaller man he’s the biggest mountain I’ve had to climb,” Horn said.Pacquiao hasn’t scored a knockout in eight years and Horn says he suspects Pacquiao fights more cautiously since his knockout against Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.“Ever since that knockout loss against Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny doesn’t pull the trigger like he used to when he was on his big run of wins,” Horn said.“He’s looked good in his last two fights but he hasn’t been able to win inside the distance for a long time and I think that’s because of the KO loss he suffered against Marquez in 2012.“I don’t know if he has lost his knockout punch and I hope I don’t find out on Sunday.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “If Manny puts his mind to it he destroys anybody in the world. He’s busted up some of the greats. Jeff Horn is the guy to knock out and we’re in the hurt business.”Knockout drought Pacquiao has beaten some of the best — Oscar de la Hoya, Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton, Jesse Vargas — while 29-year-old Horn is stepping up in class substantially in the World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight.“This guy (Horn) has nowhere near the experience at all. He hasn’t walked out in front of 50,000 people, ever,” Fortune said.“Nerves take a lot out of you when you fight. Manny’s done it, he’s used to it, it’s no big deal. Jeff’s not. I don’t think they’ve realised that.”Pacquiao, who is also a senator in the Philippines, regained the welterweight world title belt he lost to Mayweather when he knocked Vargas down in the second round and cruised to a unanimous decision in November.He will be making his first defense against Horn after a big-money fight with British boxer Amir Khan in the United Arab Emirates fell through earlier this year.“In all my years of boxing, I have never been as motivated and fired up as this fight,” Pacquiao said.“My team is very happy with my preparation. I am looking forward to this and I will be going home as world champion.”Horn stands to make huge money — reported at seven figures — if he can defy the odds and inflict only Pacquiao’s seventh defeat inside the ring. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Fresh Federer ready for Wimbledon history bid Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite READ: Pacquiao team says Horn fight will be ‘short and sweet’The eight-weight world champion, 38, one of the greatest fighters of his generation, is an overwhelming favorite to improve on his fabulous career record of 59 wins, six losses and two draws at the expense of Horn (16-0-1).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’It is revealing that the Pacquiao camp has already spoken of setting up another showdown with the unbeaten ‘Money’ Mayweather, who outpointed ‘Pac-Man’ in the “Fight of the Century” two years ago.“We’re chasing a rematch with Floyd Mayweather and we know he has to score a spectacular knockout win over Jeff Horn if that’s going to happen,” Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said. READ: Pacquiao eyeing Mayweather rematch, says Roach“I’m looking for a big win in Brisbane so we can go on to bigger and better things.“I’ve been looking for a big knockout from him for a long time now and I think you’re going to see it in this fight.”While Pacquiao has been respectful towards his relatively novice Aussie opponent, members of his entourage have talked dismissively of Horn’s chances of causing one of boxing’s greatest upsets.“Manny is one of the greats and Jeff Horn is in a different league,” Pacquiao’s Australian strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune told reporters.ADVERTISEMENT LSU title parade draws massive crowds LATEST STORIEScenter_img Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Manny Pacquiao. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netBRISBANE, Australia—Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao faces unheralded Australian challenger Jeff Horn in Sunday’s world welterweight title fight in Brisbane in pursuit of a dream rematch with Floyd Mayweather.The Pacquiao camp says it is anticipating a “short and sweet” win over the unbeaten Horn, a former school teacher and 2012 Australian Olympian, before an expected 50,000 crowd at Suncorp Stadium.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Apprentice Thomas stars with three-timer

first_imgIN-DEMAND three-kilo claiming apprentice Anthony Thomas yesterday booted home a three-timer, including 9-5 favourite WONG DON in the O & S Tack Room feature race. Thomas, who has been attracting the interest of trainers due to his allowance of seven pounds, started his run with 2-1 chance CHIEF PROSPECT in the fifth before landing the eighth and ninth with MY ANGEL BRIANNAH and WONG DON, respectively. A disqualified winner on July 29, WONG DON returned seven pounds lighter in the 1300-metre event for three-year-olds, non-winners of four races. Facing foes, most of whom he had beaten in either of his last two races, including BALAZO, runner-up in both events, WONG DON easily tracked the pace from fourth down the backstretch before mounting his challenge along the rail entering the straight. BALAZO was taken on by United States-bred DANBURY coming off the turn, but both were left standing when WONG DON attacked a furlong-and-a-half out, sprinting away to win by five lengths in a decent 1:19.2. The stewards afterwards disqualified second-past-the-post BALAZO for hindering horses shortly after the start of the event. The chestnut colt was taken out of the frame and DANBURY promoted to second. Champion jockey Omar Walker won the co-feature Portmore Cycle Centre Trophy in a driving finish aboard 6-5 favourite PROLIFIC PRINCESS, beating subsequently disqualified POLLY B by a length at five-and-half furlongs in a fast 1:05.4. The five-year-old chestnut mare was not the best away from post-position two in the 10-horse field stacked with speed and was forced to bide her time, next-to-last down the backstretch, before turning for home wide in mid-track. Roused by Walker in the stretch run, PROLIFIC PRINCESS, owned by the race’s sponsor, Oneil Hinds, under the nom de plume Oshaun Connection, responded by weaving her way through the field before collaring long-time leader POLLY B close home. Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday.last_img read more

Solskjaer breaks Busby record

first_imgLONDON (AP): On a day of commemorations for Matt Busby, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer surpassed the start of the late, great Manchester United manager. With a 2-1 victory over Brighton yesterday, Solskjaer racked up a sixth successive Premier League win since replacing the fired Jose Mourinho. Busby, who died 25 years ago this week, only managed five in a row when he started out at United in 1945. Although United remains in sixth spot – just like a month ago when Solskjaer was hired – it is now only three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford secured the latest victory with first-half goals. Chelsea’s grip on the final Champions League place was loosened by a 2-0 collapse at Arsenal, who are ahead of United on goal difference. United are still waiting for their first title since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. Liverpool have been waiting since 1990 but are now well placed to dethrone Manchester City as champions. A 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace put Liverpool seven points ahead of City, who play today against last-place Huddersfield. It wasn’t the only 4-3 scoreline on Saturday, with Wolverhampton edging a pulsating encounter with Leicester when Diogo Jota completed a hat-trick in the third minute of stoppage time. Newcastle climbed out of the relegation zone and sent Cardiff into the bottom three, with a 3-0 victory over the Welsh club. Southampton’s revival under Ralph Hasenhuettl continued with a 2-1 victory over Everton, taking the south-coast team three points clear of danger. Burnley are between Newcastle and Southampton after drawing 0-0 at Watford. In a mid-table meeting, Bournemouth beat West Ham 2-0.last_img read more

CRICKET – THIRD TEST: England beat West Indies by 232 runs

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – England defeated West Indies by 232 runs on the penultimate day of the third and final Test at the Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium here Tuesday. Scores: ENGLAND 277 all out (Ben Stokes 79, Jos Buttler 67, Rory Burns 29; Kemar Roach 4-48, Shannon Gabriel 2-49, Keemo Paul 2-58, Alzarri Joseph 2-61) and 361 for five decl. (Joe Root 122, Jose Denly 69, Jos Butter 56, Ben Stokes 48 not out; Shannon Gabriel 2-95) WEST INDIES 154 all out (John Campbell 41, Shane Dowrich 38; Mark Wood 5-41, Moeen Ali 4-36) and 252 (Roston Chase 102 not out; Alzarri Joseph 34, Kemar Roach 29; Jimmy Anderson 3-27, Moeen Ali 3-99, Ben Stokes 2-30)last_img

Thompson wins 60m thriller

first_imgAfter she opened her 2019 season at the Queens/Grace Jackson track meet last month, Olympic 100 and 200 metres champion, Elaine Thompson,  vowed that she will learn how to compete with an Achilles tendon injury that has become an albatross on her illustrious career. And on Saturday she took the first step in surmounting the challenge by winning a thrilling women’s 60m final at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, England. Thompson stopped the clock at 7.13 seconds, her fastest time over the distance since 2017. In a three-way photo-finish, British sprinter and former World Youth 100m champion, Asha Phillips, was just behind in 7.14 while Marie-Josee Ta Lou of  Cote de’Ivoire took third in 7.15. Three Jamaicans ran in the final. Ramona Burchell, who made the final  in the event at the World Indoor Championships last year was fifth in 7.21 and Gayon Evans, the Commonwealth Games 100m bronze medallist, was in 7.28. Stephenie Ann McPherson was also a winner on the day as she captured the women’s 400m in 52. 24 seconds. Britain’s Eilidh Doyle was second in 52.43 while Lisanne De Witte of the Netherlands rounded out the field with 52.61. Tajay Gayle picked up where he left off last season as he leaped to a personal best in the men’s long jump with 8.10 metres. His effort was only bettered by Cuban star jumper, Juan Miguel Echevarria, who produced 8.21m on his final attempt to grab the first position.  The performance of the meet went to Ethiopia’s 19-year-old Samuel Tefera who ran a world record in the men’s 1500m. He stopped the clock at 3:31.04 to erase Moroccan Hicham  El Guerrouj’s 22-year-old mark of 3:31.18.last_img read more

C-rich & Kenzie – New kids on the block

first_img“C-rich and Kenzie” was founded but two young men who have a passion for music and who fell they could transform the musical landscape of the local music fraternity.Twenty-year-old Chardon Antoine Richardson, also known as “C-Rich” and 22-year-old Shaquille Gordon Mckenzie, called “Kenzie” chose the moniker “C-Rich & Kenzie” as they embark on their musical careers together.They both grew up in Georgetown. It all stared around June last when Mckenzie was writing a song which required a rapper. Immediately he started asking around until a producer recommended Richardson.At that time, he was not sure who Richardson was and as such, jumped on Facebook and searched for the young man. In a flash, he realised he knew the person but was unaware he was so talented.Mckenzie contacted Richardson and the collabortion started after the young rapper sent him a demo of his work. In an instance, they agreed that they should work together.In a matter of weeks, Kenzie sent the rapper a new piece he was working on and it instantly set off a spark. For the first time, after weeks of being in contact, the duo met and put the track together.The duo’s focus is mostly on mixing R&B with a touch of Hip-Hop, but intends to explore other genres of music. The due however, continues to promote their skills and was recently part of an ‘open mic’ night at Indulgence Bar.Although it was a small gig, it gave them the much needed exposure and some practice since it was their first time performing together. They have been working on other songs to bring to the table with the aim of attracting positive responses from spectators.This, they believe, can work as a motivator to do more and record more music but more so, to secure more gigs.Meanwhile, inspired by family, friends and artistes such as Drake, Chris Brown, Bryson Tiller, Kendrick Lamar and a few others, the duo is optimistic that in a few years from now, they will be performing at hundreds of shows, tours, and promotions; gained millions and have lots of fans.When they have accomplished a portion of their set goals, they intend to reflect on their past as they move forward in the future.The duo claims that their hit single “All I Want”, which is available on YouTube and all popular music platforms, being their first release, is not the first song they wrote together. The song was recorded at DP records.last_img read more

New low…

first_img…in race relationsThree Afro-centric organisations of Guyana, The African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA); Pan African Group (Guyana) Branch; The All African Guyanese Association, and “Concerned Citizens in the Diaspora” weighed in on our most recent political contretemps with a most intriguing conclusion. They declared: “The recent Constitutional appointment by His Excellency David Arthur Granger has publicly revealed what Africans in Guyana and the Caribbean all know. Indians do not want to be ruled by an African Leader because they believe they are superior to Africans.”Now, up to now, your Eyewitness hadn’t been seized by this nugget of political insight. It’s clear he was suffering under some misapprehension because the AFC of Moses Nagamootoo and Khemraj Ramjattan had brought in some 11% Indian Guyanese votes to the APNU/AFC Coalition – which had pushed them over the winning line. Surely, those Indians – most from their “heartland” of Berbice — didn’t mind being “ruled” by an African Leader. But then again, Nagamootoo did say he was NOT an “Indian”, so maybe he doesn’t count — in more ways than one!!But one of those AFC Indian MPs, one Charanrass Persaud, just published a very spirited defence of the “African Leader’s” decision on the GECOM Chair!! Surely, he doesn’t mind being so “ruled”. And over the last two years, two of the most prolix defenders of that “African Leader’s” policies overall have been from two young Indians from Reg 5 and 3.Or could it be they thought they wouldn’t be “ruled” by any one person, but by a coalition of parties — including their AFC — which would have some influence? And what about those Indians in APNU, like PNC General-Secty Amna Ally and Ronald Bulkan? They don’t seem to have a problem being “ruled” by an African Leader.  Or Rupert Roopnaraine, the key ally of the PNC to form APNU? Isn’t he Indian? In fact some say he’s the architect of that early coalition which served to give the “African leader” cover for his PNC baggage!But going by the blogs and social media, it appears that ACDA’s position — Indian’s refusal to be “ruled by an African leader” — is very widespread in the Afro-Guyanese community. And it isn’t only directed at the usual “Indian” suspects; for instance, the cane-cutters etc. Joe Singh used to be the paradigmatic “good Indian” – both because of his personal and professional choices.Yet, his resignation and Chris Ram’s were bitterly condemned as an “Indian” act. And finally, does Glen Lall also not want to be “ruled by an African”?Have we finally crossed the Rubicon in race relations?…in fake newsTo the credit of some in civil society, there’s been some effort to educate the Guyanese people about the heist that is being planned to take place when the petroleum revenues start flowing. At the last forum, former Speaker Ralph Ramkarran dared to point out there’s no DIRECTIVE in the Petroleum Act (“shall”) for the said funds to go into the Consolidated Funds.For this he was taken to task in a NEWS ARTICLE” in the Muckraker, which purported to prove Ramkarran wrong.They pointed out that the Minister SHALL direct the Commission on funds collected but he MAY direct those revenues into the Consolidated Funds!! So, placing the use of funds totally at the DISCRETION of the Minister should put the minds of the Guyanese people at ease? But the Muckraker takes the cake when it points out: in the event there’s a shortfall in the Commission’s expenditures, that SHALL be covered FROM the Consolidated funds!!The Petroleum Funds are like cockroaches in the baited trap: they check into the Minister’s pockets — but can’t check out!!…on CV buffing?Your Eyewitness know we all “puff up” our resumes – especially with the descriptive language concerning our qualities. But not on qualifications and jobs held!Say it ain’t so, Justice Patterson, or you wouldn’t be “fit OR proper”!!last_img read more

Missing the point…

first_img…on Parliamentary protocolsThe Speaker and the Clerk – and a host of commentators — made a big stink about “the Protocols of Parliament” during the Budget Debate. The Clerk even issued a detailed list of “dos and don’ts” for the Parliamentarians. Nothing wrong with that, your Eyewitness is as peeved as anyone else at MPs eating in Parliament; (painfully) reading their speeches, or not genuflecting to the Speaker when leaving the Chamber etc.But he’s even more peeved that none of these guardians of Parliamentary propriety is concerned about the trammeling of the more substantive rules with the tacit acceptance of the Speaker. Take the matter of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who was sworn in to perform the duties of the President when the latter was away in Cuba. The Opposition made cogent arguments, citing the relevant sections of the Constitution, which ineluctably concluded this “squatting” just wasn’t kosher.They then formally petitioned the Speaker to order Mr Nagamootoo to remove himself from the premises and not participate in the debate. The Speaker duly solemnly PROMISED to give a ruling on the petition. It’s a good thing the Opposition MPs weren’t holding their breaths waiting for the ruling; because, five days down the road, with the final aspect of the Budget – consideration of the Estimates – about to end, nothing’s been said by the Speaker.And this is what’s so hypocritical about the big brouhaha over some MPs picking their noses in the National Assembly. Sure, it’s gross, but is that the alpha and omega of the “rightness” of Parliamentary behaviour? All the rules of Parliamentary practices that are intended to facilitate the fundamental values of constitutionalism are adhered to; and the most important is the “rule of law” – that no one is above the law — and it should be applied without fear or favour.The Prime Minister, acting for the President, is not above the strictures of the Constitution. There has been one opinion proffered that the PRIME Minister is not a “Minister” and the Constitutional Articles cited by the Opposition refer to “Minister”. This is like saying a Prime number isn’t a number!! Nagamootoo might be a specific type of minister – the PRIME one – but he’s still a Minister who’s been sworn in to act as President.Now, if the Speaker disagrees with the Opposition’s argument in their petition, he should so state, as he promised. By remaining mute, he’s allowing the matter to become moot, since the debate is going to be over. This is tantamount to ruling in favour of the Government, but without any stated reasons.By worrying about form, he ignores the substance of Parliamentary procedures, and commits the sin of “ignoratio elenchi”, or missing the point.…on gas for electricity generationThis fellow Patterson’s definitely full of gas on the 200MW gas-fired electricity plant he keeps mouthing off about. From the very beginning, Exxon’s been pointing out that our gas will be coming up with the oil – hence “associated gas” — and will be separated in their Floating Production and Storage Unit (FPSU). They’ve made it clear that it’s in Guyana’s interest to reinject the gas into the field to bring up more oil, rather than using far more expensive specialised “muds”. Since we’re receiving 50% of oil profits, and oil has a far greater selling price than natural gas, it’s in our interest to go along with it.So, one wonders at the idee fixe of Patterson on his gaseous idea. Did he consider costs? There has to be the power plant; a liquefaction plant to convert and store the gas to LPG, then a regassification plant to supply the gas. Costing at least US$500M!!And let’s not even talk about the transmission costs!!…on Constitutional ChangeGuyanese ought to heed this folk wisdom: “wha rain na full, dew cyaan full”!” when they hear about the Government summoning two meetings of the “Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Change” in as many weeks, when they only had one in the last YEAR!!last_img read more

Losing corn…

first_img…and huskIn our present circumstances, the “corn” is our oil and the husk is the “local content” and together, they represent how we— the people of Guyana— should be benefiting from those undersea gushers that are popping up faster than jumbie umbrellas. Well, we know for sure, we’ve already lost the corn. And your Eyewitness is still hopping mad that those responsible for boasting about us receiving 12.5% of the take on all that corn aren’t being fitted for orange jumpsuits. Especially when from our crumb, WE’VE got to pay the income tax on the profits that IOCs will be raking in!! If that isn’t rubbing salt into our wounds, then what is??Anyhow, as we’ve been harping away in this space, we still haven’t lost all the husk of “local content” as yet. But from the way this PNC Government has been going, unless something changes pretty quickly, that’ll soon be gone for channa. It’s obvious this Government hasn’t the foggiest idea of what “local content” is all about – so it’s not surprising that one IOC listed that buying cane juice and pine tarts from the vendor on the road is “local content”!!The fact of the matter is that the PNC had three years to start preparing for substantive benefits of local content and they haven’t done squat. Take that company that wanted to store chemicals for the FPSO at Houston but faced a firestorm of protests from local residents and decided to relocate “temporarily” to T&T. Any government worth its salt would’ve had experts advise it of all the ancillary activities that the offshore oil extraction demanded and worked with the business community to get ready since 2015. As the old folks say, “you cyaan wait ‘till yuh belly hu’t, fuh buil’ latrine”. Why are we only finding out now that the industry needs benzene, which must be readily available? We have a whole community in economic crisis over at Wales with huge swathes of land near a river; couldn’t the Government have created an industrial estate there to service the oil industry??Whatever happened to that US$500 million facility that Trotman was talking about on Crab Island?? Has the idea been ‘privatised’ to a few insiders who were granted all that land a few miles away at Bohemia?? Wouldn’t it have been best for the venture to be a PPP – Public Private Partnership!! – model so that local businessmen could’ve been guided up the technological ladder with the requisite skills imparted?? And couldn’t a couple of hundred scholarships been given to locals to pick up the requisite skills right over in T&T?So we wouldn’t be stuck with spreading grease at US$350/GY$70,000 a month?…but claiming benefitsYes…Guyana will only benefit from the funds that’ll flow from the 12.5% of the crude oil that we’ll get as our “share” and the “local content” benefits. But the Government is already hyping claims that we’ll become the richest country in this hemisphere on a “per capita” basis once the oil starts flowing. Now this is where you, dear reader, will have to pick sense from nonsense – and there’s a whole lotta nonsense floating around.But without getting involved with GDP vs GNP and all that jazz, we just have to follow the money. Take all that gold that was produced over the past decades in our country by those big foreign companies like Omai. Apart from the 5% royalty the Government collected and the wages that workers earned, did it improve YOUR per capita income?? Nope!! All that equipment was paid for overseas and all the profits were repatriated overseas. And it’ll be the same for oil.And even for the portion passed on to the Government – that was money for “the boys”.…and getting chickenfeedWhile corn may be used to feed chickens overseas, “chickenfeed” here is rise husk (“boosie”) and broken rice.So with our oil money going overseas to feed their fat cats, we should be happy with chickenfeed?Alast_img read more

Creating tragedy in cane

first_imgThe heart-wrenching images of wives of sugar workers in Berbice protesting the imminent closure of the Rose Hall factory without any alternative employment or source of employment provided to their soon-to-be unemployed spouses should be to the nation a wake-up call to be aware of the human tragedy that is being created by the Government in the sugar belt.After appointing a commission of inquiry (CoI) into the admittedly troubled sugar industry, the Government rejected its recommendations and — without warning — plunged into a massive closure of more than half of the estates, which collectively employ more than 22,000 workers and affect the livelihood of more than four times that number.The CoI had essentially made an eminently sensible suggestion: inject funds immediately into the industry to bring the estates into a state of readiness, and then privatise them in three years’ time, when an optimum price could be obtained.The Chairman of GuySuCo, Dr Clive Thomas, was a member of the CoI, yet he participated in the immediate closure of Wales Estate on the West Bank of Demerara within months of the Report being submitted to the Government. The fate of Wales and its 1700 workers illustrates what is in store for the more than 7000 workers in the other estates to be closed this year.The infrastructure of the Wales factory and its 14,000 acres of arable land were described by the Government as “run down”, even though this was not the position of the CoI. The Government announced it was closing the factory, and the hundreds of employees that manned it were immediately made “redundant” and given “severance pay”. By the end of 2016, this was also the fate of the field workers. However, the Government played a very cynical game when it specified that some six hundred cane-cutters would have to be “transferred” to Uitvlugt Estate, where there was a shortage of labourers.The Government in general, and the Labour Department in particular, could not have been oblivious to the fact that the labour agreement with the sugar union explicitly forbids workers being sent to work more than 10 miles from their homes. This was a right won after one hundred years of struggle by indentured workers; since, if the workers were to spend hours getting to and from the site of labour, their working day would extend long beyond their stipulated hours of labour. Not surprisingly, the cane-cutters of Wales rejected the order and demanded their severance payments. This the Government has denied them, and in effect has ironically taking those workers back to the days of indentureship, even though the cessation of that “bound labour” occurred exactly 100 years ago.Wales also had the largest percentage of cane farmers contributing to the cane intake of the factory — one-third — and the Government promised their canes would be transported to Uitvlugt. However, there was no direct road for tractors to use in pulling the laden punts; and even though this was promised, a year later, nothing has been done. In the meantime, the farmers’ canes have been left standing in the fields and losing their sucrose content. The Government does not even mention the status of this road anymore.The Government spoke glibly about “diversifying” the 14,000 acres at Wales by leasing land to the unemployed workers to cultivate “other” crops. In their recently released “White Paper” on the sugar industry, which was remarkable for its brevity and vagueness, the Government mandated: “crop types to be decided by GUYSUCO and the Ministry of Agriculture.” This is a most regressive step, since it unrealistically assumes that, without any coordination, cane workers with absolutely no farming experience will be able to successfully introduce new crops into the domestic and foreign markets.At this time, there has been no attempt by the Government to engage the unemployed workers in going forward with their “diversification” panacea. Concerned Guyanese have been forced to start delivering “care packages” and “hampers” of food to the Wales residents. The other estates to be closed should be forewarned.last_img read more