Sister of Celtics star Thomas dies in road accident

first_imgMOST READ Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas gestures during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas’s sister Chyna Thomas was killed Saturday in a single-car road accident, the Tacoma News Tribune reported.The Celtics confirmed the death with the release of a statement later in the day.ADVERTISEMENT Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 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 On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska towncenter_img It was not immediately clear if he would be available for the team’s first-round series opener against the Chicago Bulls in Boston on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Leonard drops 32 as Spurs rout Grizzlies in game 1 View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We are terribly saddened by the tragic loss of Chyna Thomas,” the NBA team said. “The thoughts and prayers of the entire Celtics organization are with Isaiah and his family.”​The Washington State Patrol said Chyna Thomas, 22, died at the scene of the accident at around 5 a.m. in Federal Way, Washington, located between Tacoma and Seattle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWitnesses told authorities that her car was moving normally before drifting into a barrier then hitting a post head-on.Isaiah Thomas was instrumental in Boston’s emergence as the top seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs.last_img read more

Westbrook fined $15,000 for profanity after Game 2 loss

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook walks down the court in the final seconds of Game 2 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston. Houston won 115-111. APNEW YORK—Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Friday for using inappropriate language during a post-game interview session, the league announced.Westbrook uttered a profanity in comments following the Thunder’s 115-111 playoff loss at Houston on Wednesday, a defeat that gave the Rockets a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first round series that continues Friday at Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Westbrook was fined $25,000 last year for cursing at a spectator who was heckling him during a first-round playoff series against Dallas.Westbrook led the NBA in scoring this season with 31.6 points a game and also averaged 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per contest, joining Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple double for an entire season. He also had 42 triple doubles this season to break Robertson’s record for the most in a single campaign.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoscenter_img Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Thomas, top-seeded Celtics bounce back against Bulls MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test READ: Rockets overcome Westbrook’s 51, take 2-0 lead over ThunderWestbrook scored 51 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and passed off 13 assists in the loss, setting a club playoff one-game scoring record and producing the most points in any triple-double in playoff history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBut when asked about his statistics during a post-game news conference televised live by several media outlets, Westbrook said, “I don’t give a f*ck about my line.”Asked about the fine after practice Friday, Westbrook said, “If somebody is cussing me, I hope they get it too. I’m OK with it. I’ll take it.” Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out View commentslast_img read more

Start with Smashing One

first_imgSMASHING ONE has shown significant improvement over the past two months and is handicapped to have a strong say in tomorrow’s opening race of the Sunrise-6. The Anthony Ferguson-trained five-year-old mare ran no race last time out over 1700 metres but was much too high in the handicaps to figure. She has dropped 7kg to meet tomorrow’s engagement and will be a very dangerous contender. In a previous race at this level, and over tomorrow’s distance on August 6, SMASHING ONE was slowly out but was doing her best work in the final 100 metres of that 1300 metres race. PHOTOGENIC and MR DOITBETTA were also in that race but SMASHING ONE is just too light to be ignored. Female apprentice Natalie Berger has the ride. Race Two should see American-bred SUPER SPARKLE making it three straight. The three-year-old filly led all the way over 1700 metres on August 11 and with the distance reduced to 1500 metres it should be an afternoon stroll for the Ian Parsard-trained filly. NUCLEAR LAVA ran extremely well on debut on August 15 but ran into a super-fit Kingswood. The three-year-old filly, by Nuclear Wayne – Molten Lava, has trained really well to meet her second engagement, pacing 1800m in 2:04.3 x 1:35.2 on August 25. Shane Ellis has retained the ride so look for NUCLEAR LAVA to go all the way in this third event over 1820 metres. Race Four is tailored for UNCLE WAL. The Anthony Nunes-trained ICE COLD won impressively while making her debut on August 25 but did not beat much while posting a a very slow time over 1000 metres round. UNCLE WAL, on the other hand, tracked Chrisanli in 23.2×46.3 splits on August 18 and should be well clear of rivals coming into the final straight tomorrow. Newcomer CASUAL DRINK is well advanced and is the pick for the fifth, the Front Runner Sprint for two-year-olds while the fast AWESOME CAT is favoured to capture the sixth. 1. SMASHING ONE 2. SUPER SPARKLE 3. NUCLEAR LAVA 4. UNCLE WAL 5. CASUAL DRINK 6. AWESOME CAT SUNRISE-6 SELECTIONSlast_img read more

“The Legend of Tarzan” misses the vines and falls flat on its CGI face

first_imgDavid Yates’ “The Legend of Tarzan” got lost somewhere between the treetops and the fall to a big fat F. Alright, maybe not an F but a C minus. This film is undeniably one of the most disappointing adaptations of the original Tarzan.Sure, there were some fantastic ape-yelling, vine-swing scenes but everything was so grim – even the green CGI could not salvage it. This movie killed every child’s vision of Tarzan being the funny, cool hip ape-man saving his lass from a menace that hates the ape world.Now, the audience reaction to this contemporary Tarzan might be polarising, but everyone can admit Alexander Skarsgard was game – chest and abs. It is funny though, he looked more of a Calvin Klein model than an ape-man with a lot on his plate. A refined Tarzan? Yup – that is exactly what Yates and his screenwriters put us through in the cinema. Tarzan is a teacup drinking, sandwich loving Lord in England. There is no loincloth; instead our hero swings around in nice khaki pants while his far from 19th Century love Jane is a 20th century feminist.The film is literally weighed down by a thematic load too much for a single movie to bite. The story is so stuffed with ideas of animal versus human conflicts, exploration v exploitation, and primitivism v civilisation that it deflates into jungle mess.It just failed to compel and entertain like other Tarzans in the past. The story does not meet its audience emotionally although it attempts. There are a lot of flashbacks for the audience to bond with the character but the minute an atom of empathy, rises up they flash back to the future. So instead all they managed to do is defeat the crux of telling a gripping story.Basically, the story is surrounded by elements that sort of just feel like an excuse to have Tarzan swinging around on vines while the elements of the story that do feel like they have more emotional weight are rushed and brushed aside.It also revolting that the computer generated apes have more tension and life than the humans; it might as well have been an animated film. But not all is bad. The CI in the movie is fantastic; the apes were striking and excitingly real, while the scene when a pair of lions nuzzle Clayton is heart-melting.Even though it is hard to fault Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films excellently, it is safe to say, the “Legend of Tarzan” has too much ambition, so much it flopped. Yates did great things with Harry Potter so this is indubitably a long fall from glory.His Tarzan is too tame to be wild.last_img read more

Unclaimed through FASHION billed for ACDA on Sunday

first_imgOn Sunday evening, the ACDA building on Thomas Lands will come alive when “Unclaimed through Fashion” is held. The event which will showcase several pieces by prominent designers is promoted by Abeni Sullivan and Mark Junor. The show will commence at 15:00h and will feature pieces by Kramronuj Designs; Favourite Ensemble; Abeni Designs; WJ Designs; Rudy Richmond Creation; Lip Richard Designs; Tricia Thomas Designs and many more.This is the first show to be organised by the duo and it is one that is highly anticipated. “Unclaimed through Fashion” is one that you do not want to miss.VIP tickets cost $5000 while general admission is $2000 and can be picked up at the ACDA Building, Thomas Lands. Persons can also contact Mark Junor on telephone number 663-8966 or Abeni Sullivan on 699-7799.last_img read more

Planning for the future

first_imgWhen my family gets together for our annual reunion, we invariably linger over old photographs and videos. One video goes back to 1988: we’re driving towards Parika and I recorded some shacks built on the swampy reserve adjoining the Zeelugt public road. In my running commentary, I predicted that within a decade those shacks would be transformed into comfortable homes. And so said, so done.I could be so confident with my prediction because I felt I knew the mentality of the people, who, at the time, were taking a huge risk that the Government would not bulldoze them off the land. They still retained much of the cultural trait brought by their forbears from India that impelled them towards owning a house rather than renting one. VS Naipaul captures the drive in his epic, “House for Mr Biswas”; the house was a trope for a particular view of life. To rent a house was to somehow accept that you did not have the self-control to save in order to build your house: that you assure continuity for your children – your future.This capacity to save, by people who were at best grubbing out a day-to-day existence from cane cutting, farming or fishing, was sustained by a willingness to delay their gratification. Conspicuous consumption was not a part of their repertoire as immigrants. The old cultural trait to look to the future to ensure that their children lived ‘better’ was reinforced by the newer immigrant mentality adopted after their arrival in Guyana. They were here to ‘make it”.Today, this willingness to imbibe self-control, plan for the future and defer gratification to ensure that the plan gets accomplished in the face of humble circumstances, is fast disappearing. We are now generally living and consuming for the moment, but still want to see our lives improve over time. We want to “suck cane and blow whistle at the same time”. It can’t be done, so we end up frustrated; sink into despair or demand handouts. Some, of course, use force and take what they want.From where have we imbibed this new ‘don’t give a damn’ attitude? For one, in any group there will be some that go against the grain. But generally it’s as a result of outside pressures and influences – cultural and otherwise. In the Caribbean, there are aspects of the dominant Creole culture that present some of these pressures and influences. And this has been part of my rejection of the assimilationist imperatives in the present dominant mode of ‘integration’. As Malcolm X said in an analogous context, “Why integrate into a burning house?”Back in 1984, there was an International Roundtable in Guyana to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery. Then Prime Minister Desmond Hoyte delivered an address: “Towards 2034: A Deeper View of the Horizon” in which he made some pertinent remarks on the refusal of some to live for the future. Because my assertion about Creole culture can be (and has been) egregiously misinterpreted, I quote rather liberally from Mr Hoyte’s address, who made the same point.“…one of the most pernicious consequences of slavery was that it bereft the slave of a vested interest in the future by imposing upon him the need to be constantly preoccupied with the exigencies of the moment. Indeed…the African slave on a WI plantation found himself in a world without horizons. His condition circumscribed within very narrow limits not only his physical but also his spiritual being. It deprived of the cohering and creative influences of his social organisation and his culture.“Uprooted from his natural milieu, no longer able to fulfil his civic and religious duties, he was robbed of his spiritual points of reference. His personality disintegrated and, in a word, he suffered “social death”. It is not to be wondered at, then, that his outlook was little informed by any curiosity beyond the immediate, by any speculation about the distant future.“And so, lacking a social motive, he developed no interest in, or aptitude for, making long-term arrangements. Moreover, the colonial polity which succeeded the era of slavery did not provide the former slave and his descendants with significantly greater incentive or opportunity for cultivating these pursuits. Thus, there persists in our society, even to this day, a reluctance to focus too intently on the future.“It is critically important, I believe, that we should analyse and understand this phenomenon of our lack of interest in the future and our failure, generally, to plan in a serious methodical way with respect to it.”last_img read more

Phagwah – Breaking ethnic barriers

first_imgYou know Phagwah is around the corner when you see brightly coloured powders for sale but nothing puts you in the mood better than hearing the distinctive voice of Bollywood legend Amithab Bachan singing “Rang barse bheege chunar wali, rang barse”.The song from the movie Silsila is synonymous with Ohagwah celebrations in Guyana and even further afield. Basically translating to “colours are showering,” rang barse is perhaps the most well-known phagwah song among Guyanese despite their ethnic or religious background.Phagwah is a community’s exuberant expression of joy to welcome the warmth of spring. In a reflection of nature’s abundance, Hindus celebrate with bursts of colour, camaraderie and shared abandon. It begins on Purnima, full moon day, in the Hindu month of Phalguna (February/March) and lasts for as long as 16 days.On the day of Holi, people celebrate by playing, dancing and running in the streets. Water pistols are filled with coloured water and squirted on family, friends and strangers alike. Dye powders and water balloons are a big part of the play. The wise wear old clothes, usually white, in anticipation of the mess! Virtually anything goes.Etiquette on Holi requires that one accept all overtures with an open heart, burying grievances to begin relationships afresh. People of all walks of life mingle and greet, applying vermilion on each other’s foreheads in an uninhibited exchange of goodwill.Love, positive values and goodness are celebrated on Holi. Their triumphs over divisiveness and negative forces have been reinforced in legends, such as that of Holika and her brother Prahlad. The famous king Hiranyakashipu had earned a boon that made him virtually indestructible.Blinded by this power, he thought he was God, the only being worthy of worship. His young son Prahlad was devoted to Lord Vishnu and refused to obey his father.Infuriated, the king devised the cruellest punishments. In one attempt, Prahlad’s evil aunt Holika, who possessed the power to withstand fire, tricked him into climbing a burning pyre with her. Prahlad’s love for true Divinity protected him from the flames. Holika burned while Prahlad lived. The bonfire of Holi is symbolic of this victory of good over evil.Coinciding with the advent of spring, the festival symbolises growth and fertility of the land for many Indians. Some Jains and Sikhs also partake in the festivities. The vibrant pigments used were traditionally made of ground vermillion, turmeric and neem, but synthetic pigments are common now.Legend has it that Krishna noticed one day how much lighter Radha’s complexion was than His own. His mother playfully suggested that He smear Radha’s cheeks with colour to make Her look like Him, which Krishna did. The strong-willed Radha gleefully retaliated, and merry chaos ensued.Another legend has it that Krishna celebrated this festival with His friends and the gopis. They danced and frolicked, filling the air with colour in a joyous welcome of spring.In keeping with the essence of Phagwah, Guyanese across the spectrum take the time out to enjoy this festival. It is a time when the motto “One People One Nation One Destiny” is truly lived. Despite differences throughout the year, Phagwah day is one that would see Guyanese smearing each other with colours or dousing with water as they all celebrate the triumph of good over evil.Evidence of the ability of Phagwah to break the ethnic barriers can be seen at the different melas, street corners and even in the homes. It is truly a Guyanese thing to see non-Hindus preparing sweetmeats and having a ball of a time as Hindus would.last_img read more

“I pardoned him and he did not even say sorry” – Bhagwanlall Ramlagan

first_imgBy Mohanlall SuelallOne of the leading principles in Bhagwanlall Ramlagan’s life is the ability to forgive people despite their shortcomings. He, however, expects those who are pardoned to be somewhat remorseful, but he got a rude awakening a few weeks ago.On November 20, 2019, Ramlagan was walking along Anna Regina Market Street in the Pomeroon-Supenaam region when he was hit from the back by a young man who was riding his motorcycle in a reckless manner. The 67-year-old recalled that all he felt was a heaviness on his back and then he fell face down onto the pavement.He lost consciousness. When Ramlagan regained consciousness, he was already being transported to the Suddie Hospital on the Essequibo Coast, where he was treated and later sent away.The youthful rider of the motorcycle was apparently blazing his way through the busy market area when he lost control of his bike and crashed into the Councillor. Ramlagan never expected that he would have been in an accident that would leave him in pain to this day.The motorcyclist was reportedly not wearing any safety gear, also putting himself at risk for serious injuries as well.Ramlagan, popularly referred to as “Haribol”, because of his religious beliefs, said that he was following a spiritual path, so he decided that forgiveness was the right thing to do. Although the young man did not render any assistance to him or even apologised for crashing into the elderly man, he was forgiven. With no strings attached to that forgiveness, Ramlagan said he later learnt that the young man has since paid for the damage he caused to the stalls at the market, but has yet to reach out to him to check to see how he is doing.He said that he suffered injuries to his back, knees and other parts of his body and could not have worked for more than two weeks. The elderly man is still in pain, but because of religious teachings that he should show mercy to all of God’s creation, he did not report the matter to the Police. He wanted to meet the young man personally and give him some good words of advice so as to be more careful on the roadways, but he was not fortunate because the young man did not make contact with him after the accident.Ramlagan said that he was very much concerned about the many road accidents and fatalities and was calling on drivers to apply the 5 ‘Cs’ when driving, especially at this time of the year. He is calling on them to be extra careful when driving and also insisted that drivers stop speeding and not drink and drive.He noted that while there were some reckless drivers, there were also some careless pedestrians who did not care how they used the roads. He urged all road users to be careful especially during the holiday season. He said that Christmas was a time of sharing and loving and he hoped that drivers would do the right thing to show love and compassion to the other road users by driving carefully, to avoid causing grief, sadness, and pain to themselves, families, friends, neighbours and the general public.last_img read more

In solidarity with Palestinian people

first_imgThe International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on or around 29 November each year, in accordance with General Assembly mandates contained in resolutions 32/40 B of 2 December 1977, 34/65 D of 12 December 1979, and subsequent resolutions adopted under agenda item “Question of Palestine.”According to the UN, the date of 29 November was chosen because of its meaning and significance to the Palestinian people. On that day in 1947, the General Assembly adopted resolution 181 (II), which came to be known as the Partition Resolution. That resolution provided for the establishment in Palestine of a “Jewish State” and an “Arab State”, with Jerusalem as a corpus separatum under a special international regime. Of the two States to be created under this resolution, only one, Israel, has so far come into being.The Palestinian people, who now number more than eight million, live primarily in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967, including East Jerusalem; in Israel; in neighbouring Arab States; and in refugee camps in the region.Guyana and Palestine formally established diplomatic relations in 2013, with the signing of a Communiqué by Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador George Talbot and the Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine Ambassador Riyad Mansour.The two countries committed to enhance their existing friendly and cooperative relations. Guyana is the first member of Caribbean Community (Caricom) to establish diplomatic ties with Palestine. In January 2011, Guyana was also the first Caricom country to recognise Palestine as a free, independent and sovereign State based on its 1967 borders.During the establishment of formal ties, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had reminded that Guyana is a member of the United Nations Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian people. The government has been a longstanding supporter of the people of Palestine in their struggle to realise their rights to self-determination, an independent state and permanent homeland.Back in November of 2012, Guyana also supported Palestine’s bid for Non-Member State Observer Status in the United Nations. Guyana was among UN Member States that voted in favour of what was dubbed the de facto recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state and it used the occasion to reiterate its solidarity with the Palestinian people and their struggle for recognition.The International Day of Solidarity has traditionally provided an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the question of Palestine remained unresolved and that the Palestinian people are yet to attain their inalienable rights as defined by the General Assembly, namely, the right to self-determination without external interference, the right to national independence and sovereignty, and the right to return to their homes and property from which they had been displaced.In response to the call of the United Nations, various activities are undertaken annually by governments and civil society in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.These activities include, among other things, the issuance of special messages of solidarity with the Palestinian people, the organisation of meetings, the dissemination of publications and other information material, and the screening of films.In his message, the UN Secretary–General reminded that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not just one of many conflicts in the region. It is in many ways a long-standing, gaping wound that has fed tension and conflict throughout the Middle East.“Israeli and Palestinian leaders still voice their support for the two-State solution. However, without urgent steps to revive a political perspective, they risk entrenching a one-state reality. Recent years have witnessed two unsuccessful attempts at negotiating a peaceful settlement, three armed conflicts, thousands of dead – the vast majority of them Palestinian civilians – rampant incitement, terror attacks, thousands of rockets and bombs fired at Israel from Gaza, and an expanding, illegal Israeli settlement enterprise that risks undermining Israel’s democratic values and the character of its society.This year, the number of demolitions of Palestinian houses and other structures by Israeli forces has doubled, compared to 2015.Gaza remains a humanitarian emergency, with two million Palestinians struggling with crumbling infrastructure and a paralysed economy, and tens of thousands still displaced, awaiting reconstruction of homes destroyed by conflict.”last_img read more

Broken promises at Wales

first_imgIt must be remembered that the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate was only revealed a year ago by this newspaper and the Government grudgingly conceded the grim truth after a month of stonewalling. Information about the fate of the estate and its workers was forced out of the Government in dribs and drabs with the Agriculture Minister not even having the decency to face the workers for months to apprise them of their plans beyond the “closure”. The shock was even more palpable since an extensive Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the sugar industry; commissioned and accepted by the Government, did not recommend any closures of estates.Dr Clive Thomas, Chairman of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and a member of the CoI, promised that farmers’ cane, which supplied a third of the Wales factory intake, would be transported to Uitvlugt Estate. He said, “… already the mapping of transport for the canes is underway; engagement with potential cane farmers has started; and logistics are being developed.”A road was necessary since there was no direct route to transport canes from the backlands of the West Bank of the Demerara River to the West Coast Estate. To construct one across the intervening Canal Polders would be a billion-dollar undertaking. However there has been no mention of the status of this road and harvesting of the farmers’ cane will soon begin for the 2017 “first crop”. Farmers are in danger of having their entire investment literally go down the drain.As to the fate of the 1700+ workers, the Government announced most would be “retrenched and paid off,” while, according to Chairman Thomas, “Discussions are also afoot to see how many workers (and where) can be absorbed at Uitvlugt.” Earlier this month, it was announced that 650 workers from the cane cutting/harvesting gangs would be transported to Uitvlugt to harvest that estate’s canes. Since Uitvlugt has not embarked on any increase of its present cultivated acreage, it is not clear how all these workers will be absorbed.But it is possible the Government always knew the point was moot, since many of the identified workers are balking at the time it would take to cover the 22 miles to Uitvlugt via the Public Road and then the unknown distance to the particular fields to be reaped. These workers are demanding to be “paid off” but those who were already retrenched have complained their moneys have not been forthcoming.And this raises the question that was the elephant in the room from the time the closure of Wales was admitted: where will the retrenched workers find employment in an economy that is shrinking faster than a cheap suit? Dr Thomas had promised, “…the closure of Wales is immediately linked to the commencement of diversification programmes envisaged to begin in October coming this year (2016). Some of these programmes involve lands for workers to engage in peasant cane farming and lands for their farming other crops as well. There are also programmes to seek to determine the commercial feasibility of alcohol production and aquaculture by GuySuCo at Wales.”We are well into 2017 and none of the abovementioned programmes have been unrolled and since the Government has followed through with the abandonment of cane harvesting on the 14,000 acres that was under the control of Wales, these are now quickly reverting to “bush”. If the Government is serious about producing ethanol at Wales, the cost of clearing the bush and reintroducing sugar cane will be unnecessarily prohibitive.Last year, the Government also announced they were converting 500 acres of cane fields to cultivate rice and they were retaining the mechanical tillage equipment to extend this further. But this too appears to be an empty promise since the last rice crop came and went without any paddy being produced.We cannot emphasise enough the enormity of the tragedy unfolding at Wales and the entire West Bank Demerara to which the estate acted as an economic anchor. The Government must be made to keep their promises.last_img read more