IRELAND trail Afghanistan by 120 runs with nine second-innings wickets remaining after day two of their one-off Test match in Dehradun, India.Having started the day on 90-2, the Afghans were bowled out for 314, Rahmat Shah top-scoring with 98 and Stuart Thompson taking 3-28.Ireland lost William Porterfield for a duck in the second ball of their innings and ended the day on 22-1.Andrew Balbirnie is 14 not out and Paul Stirling eight not out at the close.Skipper Porterfield was caught by Ikram Ali Khail off the bowling of Yamin Ahmadzai.After bowling out Ireland for 172 on the opening day, Afghanistan took control on the second day at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, building up a first-innings lead of 142 runs.Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi (61) put on a partnership of 130 for the third wicket and Asghar Afghan produced some power hitting to score 67 with the help of six fours and four sixes.In addition to Thompson’s three-wicket haul, Andy McBrine, debutant spinner James Cameron-Dow and George Dockrell took two wickets apiece.Thompson believes Ireland can still win the contest despite Afghanistan’s strong position after day two.“There are still three days to play in this Test, and a lot of time to bat,” said the Irish all-rounder.“If we can put on some big partnerships – the two lads tonight looked set so if they can kick on and we bat for a long time then we can go past them and get a big lead.”The two teams are playing their second Test match, with Ireland in their first overseas game, following last May’s five-wicket debut defeat against Pakistan. (BBC Sport)
VETERAN Clifford Reis continued his winning drive to emerge winner in his flight and overall champion of the Global Auto Spares inaugural golf tournament last Saturday at the Lusignan Golf Course.Noticeably, rookie Eureka Giddings registered her entry in the winners’ row, placing a definite second.The tournament was played in two flights. Winners in the 0 –14 flight were Aleem Hussain (70/10), and Roy Cummings (74/12).In the 15 – 28 flight, winners were Reis (64/26); Giddings (71/28) and Shanella Webster (74/15).The grounds were in fine condition, and the new LGC member and owner of Global Auto Spares, Hardeo Ganpat and his wife were on hand to congratulate the winners and express their delight in supporting the Lusignan Golf Club. Meanwhile, Reis, CEO of Banks DIH, took full advantage of the conditions to maintain his great performance.In the special awards area, Minister Ronald Bulkan came out of a long absence to provide an excellent drive and win the Nearest The Pin (some 6ft) prize. Parmanand ‘Max’ Persaud also came to the fore in his unique area of the Longest Drive, being one of the club’s golfers with a huge drive; he recorded a 310 yards drive.Hussain took away two prizes, obtaining the Best Gross for the day, along with his flight win. Meanwhile, a packed and exciting series of tournaments are set for the next few weeks at the Lusignan Golf Club, starting with the Assuria Insurance Companies inaugural Open Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 27th at 12:30 p.m., to be followed each weekend by a tournament sponsored by MTV, RRT, Banks DIH, Torginol Paints, Macorp, El Dorado, Kissoons and a grand AMCHAM Open on June 15th.In the spirit of generosity and rejoicing of the Easter season, LGC, in partnership with the Shafura Hussain (charitable) Foundation of Albouystown and New Trend Auto’s Rudy Ramalingum, began distributing kites to children in the Albouystown community. President Hussain indicated that some 200 kites would be given over the period, Easter Saturday to Tuesday, to kids in the Albouystown community and at the Lusignan ground during the kite-flying excitement that normally takes place there on Easter Monday and Tuesday.The public is invited to spectate free of charge at all the tournaments identified. For more information on how you can be a part of these or other activities at the LGC, and get FREE golf lessons to learn the game, or how to become a member, please call 645-0944 or visit our facebook page at lusignangolfclub.
After the release of the demo last week there were some more grand reveals about the forthcoming edition of EA’s FIFA franchise. FIFA 18 will be the first title to feature a handful of esports team jerseys in the game.Official jerseys from the likes of Fnatic, Vitality and Team Liquid will be available to use in the game, as the game publisher looks to push further with its esports agenda.Most of these announcements came through Twitter, and there could potentially be more on the way. Another team, Hashtag United, a popular YouTube football team with a number of FIFA players on its books, will also have its kits in the game.We’re very happy to announce that this year’s #ASRoma eSports kits will be available on @EASPORTSFIFA Ultimate Team! ??? #FIFA18 pic.twitter.com/cIX77eDDcT— AS Roma eSports (@RomaeSports) September 15, 2017To our knowledge, this is the first time that a FIFA title has included non footballing team kits in its game. The kits will be available in FIFA 18’s Ultimate Team mode, and the full game is due out on September 29th.We’ll be interested to see what else EA Sports has planned in esports teams for this year’s FIFA title, as rumour has it there will be some serious push on this side. We expect there’ll be a number more pro football clubs signing up players, especially in the Premier League, and more tournaments and leagues to boot.Last year’s FIFA Interactive World Cup saw its prize pool increased 100% from the year prior, which is testament to EA looking to progress the game’s somewhat nascent esports scene. This year could well prove a turning point for FIFA esports, though getting strong viewership numbers for pro matches and tournaments will remain a significant challenge. Esports Insider says: FIFA 17 sold an estimated 6.91m copies in its first week of retail. FIFA 18 is likely to be similarly huge. In terms of getting the word of esports out there, and moreover publicising some of the teams in the space, this is a major move to bring it to a massive new audience.
Bosa would help Arizona and he knows it. He’s just making his case and he has a good argument.And also, if Bosa doesn’t go No. 1, he will likely go No. 2 to the 49ers and Arizona will have to face him twice a year, every year for at least five seasons. That might be a good deterrent, as well. “They already have a QB,” Bosa wrote in a text to ESPN. “A QB can be hit or miss. If you don’t take me I’ll be sacking Kyler Murray & if u do pick me you’ll have one of the best Dlines/(Front 7) in the NFL.”Spoke to Nick Bosa over the phone a couple of days ago I asked him what’s his case for #1 to Steve Keim: “They already have a QB..A QB can be hit or miss..If you don’t take me I’ll be sacking Kyler Murray & if u do pick me you’ll have one of the best Dlines/(Front 7) in the NFL.”— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) April 25, 2019Bosa is considered by many to be the No. 1 prospect in the 2019 draft class but reports have been rampant in recent months saying the Cardinals have zeroed in on Murray. Related News NFL Draft 2019 rumors: Patriots, Packers, Bills all exploring moving up The reason being is because of the apparent fit between Murray and new Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, who runs a similar offense to the one at Oklahoma.However, as Bosa said, the Cardinals already have quarterback already in Josh Rosen. Players can have success quickly in Kingsbury’s offense, so saying Murray should be taken because he’ll pick up Kingsbury’s offense doesn’t really hold water.But, the Cardinals don’t exactly need a ton of help on the pass rush as they finished in a tie for fifth last season in the NFL with 49 sacks as a team. But, Bosa is a complete defensive end who plays the run well and Arizona gave up more rushing yards (2,479) than any team last year. NFL Draft 2019: Tom Brady sends future players inspirational message Nick Bosa believes he should be the No. 1 pick.The former Ohio State defensive end thinks the Cardinals should take him No. 1 over quarterback Kyler Murray.
“Honestly, I don’t think I even said this — I probably said it to my own inner circle — but if it wasn’t for all the years and groundwork that I did before then, none of them things would’ve been possible,” DeRozan said. “Yes, I fought, I sacrificed, I pushed the limits to where I had to be the sacrificial lamb.”You just have to sit back and understand, like, you know, you are the reason so many things was even possible.” Related News “I had to be the sacrificial lamb” @DeMar_DeRozan is still rooting for the Raptors in the Finals but explains why he was so hurt when the trade went down. Season finale of “Take It There” with @TaylorRooks https://t.co/CNL1gyPDtm pic.twitter.com/WKUtzvow29— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 4, 2019DeRozan, who turns 30 in August, averaged 21.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.2 assists in his first season with San Antonio.The Spurs made their 22nd straight postseason appearance but were eliminated by the Nuggets in the first round.Meanwhile, the Raptors and Warriors enter Wednesday’s Game 3 matchup tied at 1-1 in the title series. Draymond Green’s late-season success keyed by 25-pound weight loss, improved self-control DeRozan doesn’t hold a grudge but said he did face some hard feelings in the aftermath of the deal.”More hurt,” DeRozan continued, “because, you know, being invested from 19 to — I was what, 28? Everything you learned was from there. Everything you gained was from there.”So for that to be gone like that, when you least expect it, it just throws you off guard. You know, we human at the end of the day, and it definitely hits you.” Raptors star Kawhi Leonard reportedly suing Nike over logo dispute DeMar DeRozan wants to see his former team stop the Warriors from extending their championship streak, though he can’t help but feel a little used by the Raptors.The veteran guard left Toronto for San Antonio last July as part of the trade that saw Kawhi Leonard join the Raptors, but DeRozan called himself the “sacrificial lamb” for the team’s playoff run to the NBA Finals in an interview with Bleacher Report.
Senior national team member of BiH in speed skating (short track), Edin Brankovic, failed to win a placement in the final race at the European Championships in Turin, as announced by the Alliance of Skating Sports BiH.“He had an outstanding performance on the second day of the competition in the semi-final race at 1500 m, but in a very strong competition, and even though it was close, he failed to enter the finals. His placement in this tournament is the 17th place in the competition of 47 best speed skaters of Europe, which represents an extraordinary result. Also, the placement of our team member enabled the Alliance of Skating Sports of BiH to have two representatives next year at the European Championships,“ as stated from the Alliance.After the end of the European Championship, Edin will briefly go to Sarajevo, and then travel again to continue preparations in the Belgian Hasselt, where he will train with the world-renowned coach Pieter Gysel and perform at the World Cup, which will be held in Dresden (Germany) from the 3rd to 5th of February and Minsk (Belarus) from 10th to 12th of February this year.“Those performances and preparation are aimed to prepare Edin for successful qualification and going to the Winter Olympics in 2018 in South Korea,” as said from the Alliance of Skating Sports BiH.(Source: klix.ba)
To the editor: The recent Sumner County Farm Bureau Political Forum held July 9 in Wellington and published in the Sumner County Newscow (see here) underscores the importance of the August 2 primary. The incumbents who spoke at the Raymond-Frye Complex clearly donâ€™t understand that Kansas is being driven off a fiscal cliff. Instead, they think that current policies are fine, that there is plenty of revenue, and are roads are great.They are living with head-in-the-sand syndrome. Brownbackâ€™s tax policies are ruinous.Brownback and his legions of Republican rubber-stampers thought they could spin tax cuts into gold. The 2012 tax cuts cut individual tax rates by 25 percent and went even further by eliminating taxes on businesses.With the spinning wheel on full tilt, Kansans had nothing better to do than to wait for the tax cuts to pay for themselves. This â€œgoldenâ€ opportunity has failed spectacularly.From June 2013 to June 2014, all Kansas tax revenue plunged by 11 percent.Individual income taxes fell from $2.9 billion to $2.2 billion and all income tax collectionsÂ dropped more than 20 percent, according to Forbes.Most Kansans probably arenâ€™t really feeling â€œreliefâ€ as a result of the tax cuts. To offset the dramatic revenue loss, other tax increases were implemented. For example, Kansas now has the â€œdistinctionâ€ of having the largest tax on food in the nation.Other burdens are being placed. Tuition rates have increased in state universities. University of Kansas undergraduates will pay 5 percent more to attend this fall. In addition, many have been burdened with property tax increases and mill levy hikes.Brownback is as popular as bindweed in Kansas, but he has been helped with noxious legislators who see no problem with the current financial fiasco.One candidate at the forum, Larry Alley, who is running for Kansas Senate Seat in District 32, even stated that there isnâ€™t a problem with revenue. Another, Kasha Kelley, District 80 incumbent, blames the media for not reporting the â€œgrowthâ€ that is happening.Hogwash.Like all Kansans, I want good schools for my children and grandchildren â€” and good health care. The state of Kansas is jeopardizing all of childrenâ€™s futures. We can change the future in this primary by electing people who favor fiscal responsibility, good schools, and good health care.In this election vote for Michelle Schlitz, Anita Judd-Jenkins in District 80, Don Shimkus for District 32 Senate, and Jolene Rice-Roitman in the 116th district.We need change. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™ll be placing my vote for new leaders on August 2.Kay RyanSouth Haven Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (9) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +11 Vote up Vote down No one special · 212 weeks ago KU has a fixed rate for freshman. In other words whatever you pay per credit hour on admission to the school, you will keep that rate through your undergrad. My son is going into his senior year at KU and will not be effected by the raise. High school grads need to be shopping around for fixed rate colleges or schools that you pay a flat rate for 12 hours and can take as many as you want like Emporia State. In other words you may not get the school you want but the education you need. It’s a sad story, and I agree we need a total change in the leadership of Kansas. Get out and vote! Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago -12 Vote up Vote down I.B. Well · 212 weeks ago Liberals have done nothing but ruin this country for the past eight years. No thank you! At least Brownback has fought hard to protect our Constitutional Rights. I urge every Conservative to vote a straight Republican ticket. Report Reply 4 replies · active 212 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Tired of the BS · 212 weeks ago A Republican controlled Senate and House, both on the national and Kansas state level for the past eight years, and the liberals have ruined this country? Nice try. Think again. Don’t forget that the stated goal of the Republican Party when Obama was inaugurated was to insure that his presidency failed. As for Brownback, he has bankrupted this state and either is too stupid to realize his policies are a disaster, or too arrogant to admit his mistake. So ask yourself what the obstructionist Republicans have done to improve this country. Think for yourself. Report Reply +8 Vote up Vote down Eric · 212 weeks ago Oh I suppose you will vote for the Lying Crooked Hillary Clinton?Thats just what this country needs at this point in time.WAKE UP! Report Reply -8 Vote up Vote down Tired of the BS · 212 weeks ago Merely parroting back what Trump told you to say does nothing to further your argument. It only proves you to be an unthinking robot. I’m not drinking all the Kool-Aid Clinton is dishing out, but at least she knows how to give clear and concise answers to important questions. Trump will dodge the issues time and again and will say what he has to say to whomever he is talking to at any given moment. Report Reply +7 Vote up Vote down I.B. Well · 212 weeks ago If you’re so delusional that you can’t see what the obama administration has done to destroy this country over the past eight-years, then I don’t know what to say. Race relations are much worse now, our military and defense structure is much weaker, Christians don’t have the right to stand by their principles, and our country is filled with illegals invaders whom we know nothing about. Regarding the Republican Party, their failure to confront obama was the main problem. And, I am thinking for myself. My views come from what I’ve seen. I’m not the one who has worn blinders. Brownback has made some mistakes, but at least he has protected our Constitutional Rights. No democRAT will do that. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 212 weeks ago …..tic…….tic……..tic…… Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down John · 212 weeks ago There are liberal Republicans as well. Term limits and repeal 17th amendment so that the senators are appointed out if the House which makes them more accountable. Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down southsideresident · 212 weeks ago Good points. Larry Alley is blind as a bat. Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPFilipino mixed martial artist Eric Kelly is set to move up one weight class as he faces Japanese fighter Kotetsu Boku in the ONE Championship: Kings & Conquerors in Macau on August 5.Kelly has been a featherweight throughout his professional career where he won 12 and lost three, but against Boku “The Natural” will fight in the lightweight division.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments MOST READ Guiao admits he hasn’t fully gotten over departure from Rain or Shine LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets “It’s been a year since the last time that I fought, I am looking forward to put on a great performance for my beloved country,” said Kelly. “I have been training hard and going through strategies. I hope to give my 110 percent inside the ONE Championship cage in Macau.”“I am coming to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a new beginning for me, and it’s somehow a permanent move since this is my walking weight,” said the 35-year-old Baguio native. “We have to abide by the weigh-in rules of the company. I am comfortable with the weight.”“I am excited to be in this journey. I hope everything will turn out great for me as a lightweight.”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’Kelly, however, has suffered back-to-back losses inside the ONE cage and he sees this upcoming match against former lightweight champion Boku (25-11) as his road to redemption in the Asian promotion.His last fight ended badly after Narantungalag Jadambaa knocked him out in the first round back in July of 2016. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return
‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West What made the march to the title even more remarkable for the Ceres was the fact that it has been playing almost every week since January when the Busmen started their journey in the AFC Champions League qualifying where they beat Brisbane Roar.The Bacolod-based side is still on track for two more trophies with the PFL’s second tournament of the year, the Copa Paulino Alcantara, while a win over Home United will also give Ceres back-to-back AFC Cup crowns.But coach Risto Vidakovic doesn’t want the Busmen to get ahead of themselves.“Of course, we want to celebrate this win, but our season is not yet finished,” said the Serbian coach. “We still want to make more history this year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments The win pushed Ceres to 54 points from 22 matches this season, giving the Busmen an unassailable 21-point lead over second placer Kaya-Iloilo.With each team playing 25 matches this season, the victory meant the Iloilo club won’t have enough matches to catch up with the Negros-based team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’More than securing the crown, the Busmen also captured a playoff spot in the prestigious Asian Football Confederation Champions League next year.“This wasn’t an easy year,” said defender Carlie De Murga. “We didn’t have pre-season because we played right away in the Champions League. And it seemed like we were always playing three matches in eight days. But we persevered and sacrificed to reach our goal.” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 27-0: After MPBL shame, Sharks look for answers CONTRIBUTED PHOTORelentless right from the start, Ceres-Negros clinched back-to-back Philippines Football League (PFL) titles with three games to spare after whipping Global Cebu, 6-1, on Wednesday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.The Busmen flashed their newfound depth with Spanish striker Bienvenido Marañon firing a hat trick, while Omid Nazari, Mike Ott and new signing Blake Powell also found the back of the net in another dominant performance.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team The victory also augured well for the Busmen as it comes a week before they take on Home United in the AFC Cup Asean zonal final in Bacolod and in Singapore.“We wanted to get the pressure from winning the PFL out of the way before we play Home United,” said De Murga. “I think being the best club in the Philippines gives us that confidence going into the (Asean zone) final.”The match also marked the return of goalkeeper Roland Muller to the squad, even as coach Risto Vidakovic gave another new signing, Jerry Barbaso, a start against his former team.The Busmen snuffed out hopes of an upset in the first half with Marañon knocking in the opening goal in the 29th minute, before Ott rifled home a shot from outside the box seven minutes later.Nazari’s rocket from the edge of the area capped a solid display for the Busmen, who won the league last year via a one-game playoff against Global following a quadruple round classification phase.ADVERTISEMENT
With Government set to close several sugar estates across the country next year, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce (GCCI) is warning that it would be difficult to recover from the economic harm that this will cause.GCCI President Deodat IndarSpeaking at a recent press conference, GCCI President, Deodat Indar, pointed out that despite being such a major sector in the local economy, the projected percentage of the sugar industry in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at the end of the year is somewhere around 1.3 per cent.“This is an industry that has been in the double digits in the past, and we believe that shutting down these four estates will cause economic harm to the country, and it will be difficult to recover,” Indar said.According to the GCCI President, the country does not have the periphery of the other sectors to mop up the job losses from the sugar industry once the estates close.“So you will have people unemployed, and unemployment means lack of spending; lacking of spending means lack of consumption; and lack of consumption means reduced importation and reduced manufacturing. So is a whole spin-off of issues you have there,” he posited.However, during the presentation of the White Paper to privatise the cash-strapped and heavily indebted Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), back in May, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder had noted that even with major restructuring of the industry, GuySuCo is required to retain many of its workers for all operations on the merged estates, or factories, and those employees are to receive leased lands from the sugar company to engage in crops to be decided by both GuySuCo and the Ministry of Agriculture.Holder had announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall sugar estates by year-end, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, and reduce the annual production of sugar. This will see three estates and three sugar factories in operation: Blairmont, on the West Bank Berbice, Albion-Rose Hall on the Corentyne Coast East Canje Berbice, and the Uitvlugt-Wales estate in West Demerara.However, State Minister Joseph Harmon had two weeks ago said that the closure of the Rose Hall and Enmore estates would not take effect until next year, since systems are not yet in place for the post-shutdown period.On Monday, during the 2018 Budget presentation, Finance Minister Winston Jordon told the National Assembly that sugar production is expected to decline further, come next year.Government had, under the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL), established a Special Purpose Unit (SPU) at the cost of $130 million to manage the divestment of GuySuCo’s assets, including the estates and factories.Last week, the Unit announced that three firms who met the October 30 deadline for tender for International Financial Services Provider have all made presentations to a NICIL evaluation team. The three contenders: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and Deloitte.Head of the SPU, Colvin, Heath-London, said the second stage — the process of selecting an international financial services provider — was done on Monday last, and the Unit is expected to announce a selection by mid-December.In the meantime, the SPU has been meeting with the management of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as well as with other industry stakeholders, including the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial, and Industrial Employees (NAACIE).According to a statement from the SPU on Monday, both GAWU and NAACIE have expressed support for the Unit’s efforts to keep the estates operational in the interest of the economy and the workers.The Opposition has since said that the SPU set up by the administration in order to sell assets belonging to (GuySuCo) is nothing but a vehicle for corruption completelThat completely bypasses the established privatisation procedures and the sale of State assets.