– yet Plantation White Sugar project to start this yearDelayed capital investments and industrial unrests coupled with mechanical failures and adverse weather were contributing factors that led the cash-strapped Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to record a shortfall of 17,000 tonnes (sis) of sugar in its production target for 2019.SPU Head Colvin Heath-LondonIn a statement on Thursday, the sugar company reflected on its operations and performance over the past year. It was noted that a total of 92,246 tonnes (sis) of sugar was sold in the local, regional and international markets.During last year, Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt Estates produced 46,651, 23,325 and 20,270 tonnes of sugar respectively. This, according to GuySuCo, represents an underachievement of 17,000 tonnes from the estimated Second Crop production objective.“The shortfall has been the consequence of major mechanical failures in the Albion and Uitvlugt factories and from the latter half of October 2019, increasing industrial unrest in which Blairmont was most affected. The advent of adverse weather from the last week of November also influenced the progress of harvesting,” GuySuCo noted.It went on to outline that the Second Crop production was closed on December 21, 2019, with 1981 hectares that could not be harvested and will be carried over to the First Crop of 2020. As a result of this, a further shortfall was recorded with in excess of 80,000 tonnes of cane from Albion; 60,000 tonnes of cane from Blairmont and 11,000 tonnes of cane from Uitvlugt were not harvested.“The industry will continue to face challenges to achieving reliability in the factories if operation capital investments continue to be delayed,” the sugar company warned.On a positive note, however, GuySuCo said the productivity of cane fields continued to improve as reflected by cane fields that exceeded the crop estimate on all estates.“The Corporation thanks all employees for their efforts throughout the year and encourages greater dedication, improved attendance and performance in the year 2020,” it noted.According to GuySuCo, it was successful, with assistance from the Foreign Affairs Minister, last year in paving the way for the protection of white sugar produced in the Caribbean Community (Caricom) by securing the commitment of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) for the application of the Common External Tariff to all non-regional sugars.To this end, the Corporation noted that the feasibility study for the Plantation White Sugar Project was completed and the project was found to be feasible. As such, it has commenced preparations to embark on this new venture in 2020.“The addition of Plantation White Sugar and ‘A’ grade molasses for the production of genuine Demerara Rum to the Corporation’s line of value-added products will see an increase in revenues both regionally and internationally for the Corporation and all of Guyana,” it said.However, the Plantation White Plant is supposed to Produce more than 50,000 tons of that form of White sugar beyond the present production level, which cannot even meet present market demand. As such, the question from analysts is whether “GUYSUCO will be able to increase overall production from the present anemic levels after the unilateral closure of four of seven estates and throwing 7000 workers into the unemployment lines.”Going forward, GuySuCo anticipates the expansion of its operations this year with planned improvements in the fields and factories, as well as the commencement of preparatory works for the installation of a co-generation plant at Albion Estate. This is anticipated to support the supply of power to the East Berbice region.The Sugar Corporation thanked its employees for their commitment in the year 2019 and anticipates improvements and deepened co-operation for a successful and more productive 2020.GuySuCo has repeatedly cried out about lack of financing for its operations. However, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has stated that with the $30 billion bond it received in 2018, it should have been utilised to safeguard sugar production in Guyana and the jobs of the remaining thousands of sugar workers.In the last four years, the coalition government, insisting that the sugar industry was bleeding the treasury, has closed four sugar estates, sending home over 7000 workers.While the future of the country’s sugar industry remains uncertain, GAWU last month contended that any turnaround plan must include the reopening of those four closed estates.The National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) has set up a Special Purpose Unit (SPU) to divest GuySuCo’s assets from the closed Wales, Enmore, Rose Hall and Skeldon Estates. But the Sugar Corporation and the SPU have been at loggerheads.In fact, SPU Head Colvin Heath-London had accused GuySuCo of not being forthcoming with information on how the $7.420 billion disbursement from the bond was used— something which he said is proving problematic for bondholders.However, the Sugar Corporation subsequently denied this, showing proof of documents provided. GuySuCo went on to call out the SPU over its unprofessionalism and criticised its approach to divestment.
Anything but an emphatic win for Mexico and the wildly popular Sanchez’s firing may not be far away given the weight of the nation’s expectations. Then Mexican soccer would truly find itself in turmoil with the start of World Cup qualifying a little more than a year away. Mexico has always under-performed on the international stage. Mexican coaches have customarily blamed the insularity of the nation’s domestic game for that. Players and coaches have long been reticent to join overseas clubs, although that is slowly changing as the money in Europe becomes bigger and ever more alluring. Still, against the United States, it was apparent that Mexico’s biggest problem was a massive case of overconfidence. Manchester United plays Reading in a fifth-round FA Cup replay live at noon today on Fox Soccer Channel, and D.C. United and the Houston Dynamo both play CONCACAF Champions Cup games Thursday on the same network. But the most fascinating game this week from a U.S. fans’ perspective may be Wednesday’s Mexico-Venezuela encounter in San Diego, which will be shown live at 7:30 p.m. on Telemundo. Fresh off a 2-0 loss to the United States, its biggest regional rival, Mexico faces what is generally acknowledged to be South America’s weakest national team. If it was important for Mexican coach Hugo Sanchez to lead his nation to success against the U.S. in his first game in charge, it is imperative for El Tri to defeat the South American minnows. Sure, poor finishing and lax defending played a role in the loss. But the overarching impression given by Sanchez and his players was that Mexican futbol is far superior to U.S. soccer and a win was virtually a national right. Mexican machismo extended to Sanchez’s melodramatic sideline pouting during the game and the players’ refusal to shake hands with their U.S. counterparts afterward. In truth, however, the Mexicans had psyched themselves out before kickoff. Confident they would enjoy the bulk of the crowd’s support even while playing in the United States, and with the talismanic Sanchez at the helm and its stars recalled from Europe for the game, the Mexicans had conditioned themselves to believe victory was inevitable. Never mind that Mexico hadn’t scored a goal against the Americans on U.S. soil in six years. Or won outside of massive Azteca Stadium against the United States in seven years. Or that Mexico had lost to the United States at the 2002 World Cup. Even if it’s generally accepted that Mexican players on the whole are technically superior to those in the United States, the Americans have consistently showed that what counts just as much is hard work and playing as a team. How many more times must Mexico pay a price for taking supposedly lesser teams too lightly before learning its lesson? Bring on Venezuela. The U.S.-Mexico game set rating records on both English-language and Spanish-language television. The game was the most-watched U.S. game in history outside of the World Cup or World Cup qualifiers on ESPN2, with about 1.1 million viewers. On Univision, six million tuned in, making the game the most-watched Spanish-language sports event in history, beating every Super Bowl. Former South Torrance High star Shannon Boxx was recalled to the U.S. squad for the Algarve Cup in Portugal March 7-14. She had missed seven months with a serious knee injury. U.S. Soccer has announced it will employ four referees on a full-time basis for the first time, a move that hopefully will raise the quality of officiating in MLS. The National Soccer Hall of Fame will announce its 2007 class of three inductees this morning in Carson. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Ronaldo has lifted a record five Champions Leagues titles — four with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United.Another with Juventus would see him join Dutch great Clarence Seedorf, the only player to win the top European trophy with three different clubs.Seedorf won the European title four times — with Ajax, Real Madrid, and twice with AC Milan between 1995 and 2007.“We’ll focus on that, with my teammates, but without obsessing over it. We’ll go step by step and then we’ll see, if it’s this year, next year or the year after that,” continued Ronaldo who has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal to become DAZN’s first global ambassador.“The objective for the club is to win the League, Coppa Italia and, of course do our best in the Champions League.”Seven-time reigning Serie A champions Juventus have lifted the Champions League twice — 1985 and 1996 — but finished runners-up twice in the past four seasons.Ronaldo earned a standing ovation from the Turin crowd when he scored a spectacular overhead kick at the Allianz Stadium for Real Madrid last season.“The small details make the big difference at the end of the day so…I would say what I saw in the stadium helped (his move),” Ronaldo said.“And, of course, when the people start to applaud me in the stadium I was like, ‘wow’.“It surprised me a lot because this has never happened in my life, so it was an unbelievable moment.”The five-time Ballon d’Or winner said he had been impressed with his new club since joining last month in a 100-million-euro deal.“I’m very happy, the team is strong and Juve, as everyone knows, is one of the best clubs in the world,” continued the Portuguese captain.“I’m positively surprised, we train hard twice a day. I like how they train, their mentality. They have special methods, they are very, very professional and for this reason I feel good.‘Mini me’ – Ronaldo reveals his son doesn’t like losing either. © AFP / Sergei SUPINSKY“There are things in life that seem to be dictated by destiny and in this case it was like that.“I never expected to play in this team, but some things happen naturally, for me it was an easy decision, what was done in Madrid is incredible, I won everything, my family lives there, but it’s part of the past.“I want to try to write the story in this club.”Meanwhile Ronaldo revealed that his eight-year-old son Cristiano Jr was also a promising footballer.“He’s very competitive. He’s like me as a child. He doesn’t like losing.“He’ll become like me, I’m 100 percent sure of it. I’d like to teach him some things, but ultimately he will choose what to do and he’ll always have my support.“But of course, I’d like him to become a player because I think he has a passion for it too.”Perform Group’s DAZN secured streaming rights this season to three Serie A matches in Italy per week with the other games to be broadcast by traditional broadcaster Sky.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000‘No obsession’ but Cristiano Ronaldo wants Champions League glory with Juventus © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIMILAN, Italy, Aug 22 – Cristiano Ronaldo said it had been an easy decision to leave Real Madrid for Juventus as he bids to become just the second player to win the Champions League with three different clubs.“I want to win the Champions League with Juventus and we will do everything to win it,” the 33-year-old Portuguese superstar said in an interview with streaming broadcaster DAZN.
Nottingham Forest players celebrate 1 Nottingham Forest claimed their second win in a row under new boss Dougie Freedman as they dispatched Wigan Athletic 3-0 at the City Ground.The Scottish boss, who replaced Stuart Pearce at the start of February, got off to a great start last weekend with a 3-2 win away at Brighton and he followed that up with a comprehensive victory on home soil.Britt Assombalonga started the scoring with a low strike from a Chris Burke cross after 34 minutes and provider turned scorer after the break when Burke lashed a Michail Antonio pass into the back of the net.And the Tricky Trees rounded off the win in style as Henri Lansbury curled home an excellent strike, which moves them up to tenth.Meanwhile, Wigan remain 23rd and eight points from safety in the Championship.
“That’s the plan (qualifying) because we have been missing AFCON for most years and I believe our time is now. If it is not now, then I don’t know,” Wanyama told Capital Sport.He added; “We have to be humble and take game by game. For us I think it’s a realistic chance and things are looking good, but still there’s lots of work to do. We have to stay on our feet and try to do the work.”Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama in training during a session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHis sentiments were shared by striker Michael Olunga who believes the team has placed itself in an advantageous position especially with the Ghana and Ethiopia results and has called upon his teammates to pull together and get the team across the line.“Of course the players now believe this is our time. We have a huge chance of qualification, but the job is not yet done. We have to keep working for the remaining games,” Olunga noted.Stars might book themselves a slot at next year’s Cup of Nations as early as this Sunday if they win against Ethiopia, but this will be determined on whether or not Sierra Leone will be admitted back to the qualification process.The Sierra Leonians were banned by FIFA over government interference and consequently their double header against Ghana cancelled.Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga attempts to make a pass under pressure from David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluCAF in a statement on Thursday said the Leone Stars will only be reinstated once they fully comply with FIFA’s requirements. A source at CAF says there is the possibility of the West Africans being ejected off the qualifiers especially with little time left for qualification.If they are ejected, then Stars win against Ethiopia, they go to seven points with only the match against Ghana remaining. Ethiopia will remain on one with the three points gained from Sierra Leone deducted.But, if Sierra Leone remain in contention, then Kenya needs two win against Ethiopia then beat the West Africans in November to rubber stamp their tickets to Cameroon.But even before all that, Stars have a tough assignment against Ethiopia’s Walia Ibex at Kasarani on Sunday and their target is nothing short of three points.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama challenges winger Paul Were for the ball during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Ethiopia were very dangerous when we played against them in Bahir Dar and it is not a team we can take lightly. It will be 90 minutes on the pitch and we urge our fans to come out and support us and we will represent them with a result,” Olunga noted.Skipper Wanyama has also urged the side to be at their best and has also congratulated his teammates for their performance in Bahir Dar, saying they showed they can grind out results and will do so for the win on Sunday.“I have to congratulate the team for the character and mentality they showed in Bahir Dar in a full stadium. We had a very strong mentality because managing the game with such a crowd is not easy. The fans were behind them from the first minute and the players showed they are mature to give their best in such circumstances,” Wanyama noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama passes the ball in training during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 12 – Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama believes that the national football team has a decent chance of qualifying to next year’s African Cup of Nations in Cameroon after their win over Ghana and a draw over Ethiopia put them top of Group F.The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder believes that the current generation of players have what it takes to steer the team into Africa’s biggest stage and has vowed the team will work their socks off to get to Cameroon, breaking a 14-year drought.
A statement released by the club said: “Leicester City Football Club has today (Sunday) parted company with Claude Puel, who leaves his position as first team manager with immediate effect.”First team coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler will assume caretaking responsibilities.“The club would like to thank Claude for his efforts in leading the team during his 16 months in the role and wish him well in his future career,” the club added.Puel’s assistant manager Jacky Bonnevay has also been let go.The 57-year-old Puel is the fifth English topflight manager to be sacked this season, following Slavisa Jokanovic from Fulham, Mark Hughes (Southampton), Jose Mourinho (Manchester United) and David Wagner (Huddersfield).The Foxes’ miserable run includes a defeat to League Two side Newport in the FA Cup.Their dip in form followed a promising period over Christmas when they beat both Chelsea and Manchester City, their last home success on Boxing Day.Their last win was on New Year’s Day, with Jamie Vardy scoring the goal in a 1-0 victory at Everton.The Midlands side have endured a traumatic season with the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others in a helicopter crash outside the club’s King Power stadium in October.Puel took over from Craig Shakespeare at Leicester in October 2017 after a year long spell in charge of Southampton.The Frenchman steadied the ship and eventually led the side to a ninth-place finish in the Premier League.He was backed by the club’s board last summer, spending money on the likes of James Maddison, Ricardo Pereira, Rachid Ghezzal and Caglar Soyuncu as he aimed to change Leicester’s style of play.However, the Frenchman’s approach came under fire from fans, especially his use of Jamie Vardy – with the former England striker also publicly questioning his manager’s tactics and training regime.Celtic manager and former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is reported to be among the front-runners to replace Puel in the summer, with the club set to install an interim manager for the remaining 11 matches of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manager Claude Puel pays price for Leicester’s poor run © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 24 – Leicester announced the sacking of manager Claude Puel on Sunday following the struggling Premier League side’s sixth defeat in seven games.Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Crystal Palace dropped the 2015/2016 champions to 12th, only eight points above the relegation places.
1 Pedro Caixinha has guided Rangers out of the Europa League at the first hurdle Rangers have suffered what is perhaps the most embarrassing defeat in their history having been knocked out of the Europa League by Progres Niederkorn.The part-timers finished fourth in the Luxembourg top division last season, but managed to claim a 2-1 aggregate win over Pedro Caixinha’s side.Tonight, two second half goals from Niederkorn gave them a 2-0 home victory – their first ever win in Europe – after the Gers won 1-0 at Ibrox last week. In fact, Niederkorn have only scored three goals in European competition since 1977 – with two of them coming against Rangers!The result was so embarrasing people cannot actually believe it happened. Social media was abuzz with reaction after the game, and we collect some of the best tweets below… [View the story “‘How could you top Celtic losing to Lincoln Red Imps?’” on Storify]
The inaugural Northwest GAA Schools League will commence this month involving 10 primary schools across the region.The aim of the competition is to offer as much playing time as possible for school children (boys & girls) to develop their skills.The competition consists of three groups. Each group will play two blitzes with the top school in each group qualifying for the blitz finals. This is a 7 a-side competition. Group 1 (Millford; Kilmacrennan; Downings; Murroe)Group 2 (Termon; Falcarragh; Carrigart)Group 3 (Creeslough; Ramelton; Kerrykeel)GAA NEWS: NORTHWEST GAA SCHOOLS LEAGUE LAUNCHED THIS MONTH was last modified: March 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NoticesSport
2 Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will not play for Wales against the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday.The 27-year-old has withdrawn from the squad for the Nations League encounter in Dublin and returned to London for ‘family reasons’. Wales will be without Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey against Ireland 2 Ramsey’s club future is currently the subject of much speculation.He is out of contract at Arsenal next summer and the club have taken the offer of a new deal off the table.Ramsey insists he will stay with the Gunners until the end of the season, when he will be a free agent.Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with moves for the midfield ace. Ramsey’s wife is due to give birth to twins this month.The Football Association of Wales said in a tweet: “Daniel James has been called up to the senior team from the under 21’s this morning.“Aaron Ramsey will no longer travel with the squad to Dublin due to family reasons.”Ramsey collected his 56th international cap in Wales’ 4-1 friendly defeat to Spain last Thursday, captaining the team in the second half.His absence is a further blow to Wales boss Ryan Giggs, who is also missing Gareth Bale.Bale has not featured regularly for Real Madrid in recent weeks because of a groin problem and has not travelled to Dublin. Aaron Ramsey has returned home to London
ATLANTA – Drake University women’s basketball junior Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) is an all-region finalist for the 2019 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America team, the WBCA announced last week. The selection committee will select the 10-member WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America team from 52 all-region candidates. Allazia Blockton Marquette University This year, Hittner, who was the MVC’s top scorer last season, averaged a league-best 19.7 points per game while her name is found among the MVC leaders in several other statistical categories, including three-point percentage (40.4, 4th), field goal percentage (46.9, 7th), free throw percentage (82.1, 6th) and rebounding (5.2, 15th). Hittner recorded a league-best 15 20-point plus scoring games, a league-high four 30-point plus scoring games and scored in double digits in 32-of-34 games. She was named to the All-MVC First Team for the third-consecutive season and joins Wendell as the only Bulldogs to earn All-MVC First Team honors in each of their first three seasons. Hittner made 76 three-pointers, which tied for fifth most in a season in school history. Natisha Hiedeman Marquette University An excellent student, Hittner, who holds a 3.96 GPA in marketing, was selected to the Google Cloud (CoSIDA) Academic All-American Third Team, to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team and was named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week during the regular season. Megan Gustafson University of Iowa Becca Hittner Drake University Kaila Charles University of Maryland Hittner, who is a region 4 finalist, is the first WBCA all-region nominee for Drake since Lizzy Wendell in 2017. Hittner, who has been named the Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year each of the last two seasons, is the first Bulldog to be named the conference player of the year twice since Drake legend Wanda Ford in 1985 and 1986. Hallie Thome University of Michigan Mart’e Grays DePaul University Kenisha Bell University of Minnesota Her 1,565 career points are accompanied by 98 steals, 188 three-pointers, 221 assists and 503 rebounds while shooting a program-leading 44.2 percent from three (leads all active NCAA players), 48.7 percent from the floor and 83.5 percent from the free throw line (3rd all-time at Drake). Her points total and career scoring average of 16.1 rank 17th and seventh, respectively, going into her final season. Name School Teniya Page Penn State University Print Friendly Version Region 4