European rugby dispute resolved

first_img The RFU said in a statement: ” A new deal on European club rugby has been signed. All nine stakeholders have underlined their commitment to an invigorated competition that will start in the 2014/5 season and meets the requirements of all the parties involved.” The RFU statement added: “BT and Sky have reached an agreement in principle concerning arrangements for the European Rugby Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup competitions, both of which would be broadcast jointly by BT Sport and Sky Sports.” Simon Green, Director of BT Sport said: “It is fantastic news for rugby fans that we have reached a deal with Sky Sports. The game of rugby had to come first and both companies have recognised that by showing a high degree of maturity and flexibility. We are delighted with the deal that has been struck and are hugely excited about bringing live action from both tournaments to our TV customers.” BT Sport and Sky have agreed a four-year rights-sharing deal, with both parties admitting compromise was in all interests. Allied to a second-tier Challenge Cup, there will also be a new, third-tier qualifying competition, expected to be held in September to feed teams into the Challenge Cup. The top six Premiership and Top 14 finishers this season will qualify automatically for next term’s Champions Cup, along with the top seven in the PRO 12. The final qualification berth will be taken by the winner of a play-off between the seventh-placed English and French league clubs, with exact details yet to be finalised. The two-year disagreement over the future of European club rugby has been resolved. An agreement for a new tournament to replace the existing European Cup structure has been signed, European Rugby and the Rugby Football Union announced on Thursday night. The 20-team Champions Cup will be the showpiece event of European Professional Club Rugby, the newly-established Switzerland-based organisers. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

West Indies vs Pakistan First Test…Pakistan on top after day one

first_imgTHE FUTURE of the opening Test of the Haier Cup looks ‘pink’ for Pakistan, as they dominated the West Indies on the opening day of the second-ever day/night Test match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium yesterday.A record opening stand of 215 between Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali left the West Indies limping at the end of the day, as Pakistan closed on 279 for one. Ali was unbeaten on 146, while Aslam made 90 and Asad Shafiq not out 33.The West Indies cricketers were made to chase the pink ball for the entire afternoon and into the night, as the experiment of playing the longest format of the game from 15:30hrs looked promising.During the afternoon fans were seen coming to the ground with their families and this was one of the benefits of staging the match at this time of day. While the crowd dynamics changed, the West Indies’ problems since arriving in the UAE a month now, did not, as they continued to suffer against the world-ranked number two Test side.Earlier, West Indies lost the toss and without hesitation the Pakistanis decided to take first strike. Openers Aslam and Ali ran out looking to give their team a good foundation. The aim was to take the West Indies bowlers out of the game early and pile on the pressure, leading to a big score and the ultimate scoreboard pressure.When tea was taken after two hours’ play, the effort was well employed to build a huge total and the construction was underway. After 10 overs the pink ball stopped swinging and it was a hard grind for the West Indies thereafter.During the warm-up games, the bowlers were able to get the ball to seam around just after tea but Shannon Gabriel and Miguel Cummins could not reproduce that.After the break it was the same story as the Pakistanis continued to send leather to all parts of the field and some tired-looking West Indian legs were in pursuit. Aslam was the first of the batsmen to reach fifty. He did it off 105 balls with five fours. Ali then recorded his off 115 balls with five fours as well.The experienced Lahore batsman turned up the heat on the West Indies after the milestone and raced to his 11th Test hundred in his 50th Test match. His century came off 184 balls with 10 hits to the fence and in the process he joined a very elite group of Pakistani stroke-players.A wicket seemed impossible to come by with the closest option looking to be a run-out, as Ali and Aslam gave chances with their running between the sticks.The breakthrough finally came after 67.5 overs, when Aslam enjoying his Test-best of 90, swept at Roston Chase, only to hear the dreaded sound of timber falling behind him. His effort came in 290 minutes in which time he negotiated 212 balls and struck nine fours.The rock-solid Asad Shafiq then joined Ali and they continued to play good Test cricket, rotating the strike and putting the bad balls away efficiently. When stumps were drawn Ali had batted for 366 minutes, faced 268 balls and struck 14 boundaries.SCOREBOARDPAKISTAN vs WEST INDIESPAKISTAN 1st inningsS. Aslam b Chase 90Az. Ali not out 146A. Shafiq not out 33Extras: (b-1, lb-2, nb-6, w-1) 10Total: (for 1 wicket, 90 overs) 279Fall of wickets: 1-215.Bowling: S. Gabriel 14-2-55-0 (nb-6), M. Cummins 16-2-62-0 (w-1), J. Holder 15-4-30-0, K. Brathwaite 8-2-21-0, D. Bishoo 16-3-45-0, R. Chase 21-2-63-1.last_img read more

E. Michigan looks for home win vs N. Illinois

first_imgE. Michigan looks for home win vs N. Illinois For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNorthern Illinois (16-11, 9-5) vs. Eastern Michigan (15-12, 5-9)Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Eastern Michigan looks for its 10th straight win over Northern Illinois at Convocation Center. The last victory for the Huskies at Eastern Michigan was a 55-52 win on March 5, 2012.center_img SENIOR STUDS: Northern Illinois’ Eugene German, Lacey James and Noah McCarty have combined to account for 52 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 56 percent of all Huskies points over the last five games.EFFECTIVE EUGENE: German has connected on 33.2 percent of the 187 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 11 of 34 over his last five games. He’s also made 71.9 percent of his foul shots this season.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Eastern Michigan is a perfect 8-0 when it scores at least 69 points. The Eagles are 7-12 when scoring any fewer than that.THREAT FROM DEEP: Northern Illinois’s McCarty has attempted 43 3-pointers and connected on 32.6 percent of them, and is 2 for 4 over the last three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Eastern Michigan defense has allowed only 62.2 points per game to opponents this season, ranking the Eagles 17th among Division I teams. The Northern Illinois offense has averaged 66.8 points through 27 games (ranked 260th, nationally).___ February 24, 2020last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Morgan was on the U.S. team that won the World Cup last summer in France. She hopes to return to the team following her maternity leave in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 10, 2020 Just 0.7% of MLB employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19. Results were based on about 5,600 completed records from employees of 26 clubs. Samples were obtained on April 14 and 15.The start of the baseball season has been delayed because of the virus outbreak. There’s no timetable for when the season might begin.Sixty people tested positive in the raw data, and adjustments were made for false positives and false negatives.One of the study’s leaders says the survey had a 0.5% false positive rate and demonstrates MLB employees have been less affected than their surrounding communities have been.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: Associated Press — The British government says tennis courts and golf courses in England can reopen starting Wednesday, but people can only play with members of their own household. Gyms and swimming pools remain closed, although swimming in the sea or lakes will be allowed. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave no indication when professional sports can resume competition. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can set their own stance on tennis courts and golf courses, and they have already indicated a more stringent version of the lockdown will be maintained.— The president of the University of Virginia says he hopes college football can be played this fall, but he doesn’t expect it to seem like “normal football seasons.” James Ryan told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that athletic director Carla Williams and football coach Bronco Mendenhall are committed to a safe return to play. But Ryan says nothing will proceed until medical officials say it’s safe to resume workouts. Ryan says school officials are taking things day by day. He says students need to be back on campus before football can begin.— The Spanish soccer league is not changing its plan to resume competing after five players from clubs in the first and second divisions tested positive for COVID-19. The league confirmed the positive tests on Sunday but said it was not going to alter the practice protocol that got underway last week. Players from most clubs began individual training sessions on Friday after nearly two months of confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic.— A player for English Premier League team Brighton has tested positive for the coronavirus as clubs prepare for talks on how to resume competition during the pandemic. The southern England club told The Associated Press there is no need for other members of the squad or coaches to self-isolate since players have only worked in isolation when at the training base. The Premier League has government support for “Project Restart” and it will be trying to secure agreement among the 20 clubs on the plans during a conference call with them on Monday.— America’s Cup teams are returning to the water in varying degrees nearly two months after the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of what would have been an impressive global road show for sailing. Defending champion Emirates Team New Zealand has returned to training on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbor with its half-size test boat after a mandatory lockdown was lifted. By Monday or Tuesday, the New York Yacht Club’s yacht Defiant will be headed from Pensacola, Florida, to Auckland on a 500-foot ship. The Ducks also signed forward Sam Carrick to a one-year extension worth $700,000.SOCCER-MORGAN-BABYUS soccer star has babyUNDATED (AP) — U.S. national soccer team star Alex Morgan has become a mom just in time for Mother’s Day.Morgan announced Saturday on social media that she gave birth to daughter Charlie Elena Carrasco at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. — Chinese Basketball Association president and former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming says his league has three options for resuming a season that has been on hold since Feb. 1 over the pandemic. Yao says the league might play out the full schedule, play a shortened season with some games dropped, or end the regular season and go straight to the playoffs based on teams’ current rankings. Yao told state broadcaster CCTV that he hopes as much as the season can be played as possible, but that public health and fairness are the key considerations.— The president of the French Tennis Federation says holding the French Open without fans later this year is an option. The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7 but has been rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4. Bernard Giudicelli tells a French newspaper (Le Journal du Dimanche) that organizing it without fans would allow a part of the economy to keep turning.NHL-DUCKS-CONTRACT EXTENSIONSDucks extend Guhle, CarrickANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Brendan Guhle (GOO’-lee) to a two-year, $1.6 million contract extension. Guhle has four goals and eight points in 30 games this season for the Ducks this season. He was acquired by Anaheim from the Sabres in February 2019. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMLB has low percentage of employees test positive for coronavirus antibodiesUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball appears to have successfully handled the first wave of the new coronavirus.last_img read more

Johnson’s unbeaten double century lifts GCC to big win over UG

first_img-Alimohamed grabs five wickets in second inningsLEON Johnson was a class above the rest over the weekend as he lifted home team, the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), to an emphatic innings and 254-run victory over a disappointing University of Guyana side in the 2019 GISE Star Party Rental and Trophy Stall First Division Two Day clash at the Bourda ground.The national skipper, who ended the opening day (Saturday) on 154 not out, continued his majestic strokeplay on Sunday morning to push the home team to 405-8 before they declared. In the process, he registered a double-century. His 200 unbeaten runs came off 153 balls and included 12 fours and eight sixes.Ronaldo Alimohamed finished with match figures of 8-20 from 17.4 overs.Johnson’s innings was not just an aggressive, boundary-laden performance. It was clinical: a mixture of delicate strokes, controlled aggression and smart shot selection.When the dust had settled, UG, who were slaughtered for 47 in their first innings, were given an insurmountable total to overhaul.By lunch, they were already struggling at 40-2, with the openers back in the pavilion. The second session proved relatively fruitful for the home side as six wickets fell, including that of Omesh Danram, who topped scored with 29 and Linden Austin who scored 20. The home team could not, however, end the game before the break as UG’s tail wagged momentarily.After tea, Alimohamed proved decisive to pick up his fourth and fifth wickets of the innings in quick successions. He knocked Devon Paul’s off stump out of the ground, before he delivered a ball that kept low and trapped Y. Favourite LBW later in the over.In the second innings, the pacer finished with 5-13 from 11.4 overs, taking match figures of 8-20 from 17.4 overs.UG were able to get to three figures (104-all out in 46.3 overs), but the clash was always one-sided.last_img read more

Volleyball: Badgers travel to Waco for face-off against Bears

first_imgThe Wisconsin Women’s Volleyball Team made a big leap in the rankings all the way to No. 2 in the polls after knocking off the previously second-ranked Longhorns Saturday night. However, as sophomore setter Sydney Hilley explained, “rankings are just rankings,” which is the mindset the girls need to have for this upcoming road trip down to Waco.  Friday at 6 p.m. the Badgers will square off against No. 15 Baylor in Waco, Texas. Baylor is sporting a 4-2 record after dropping their last two games to ranked opponents. The Bears came out strong winning their first four games, including a big win over the now-25th-ranked Marquette. After the hot start to the season, Baylor lost in five sets to ninth-ranked UCLA before losing again the next day to No. 16 San Diego in the USD Invitational out in San Diego California. Although they are now 1-2 against ranked opponents, there is nothing to take lightly about this Baylor team, especially when playing in Waco, where the Bears are undefeated this season.   The Badgers will have to focus on containing the stealthy six-foot sophomore, Yossiana Pressley. Pressley has already made a significant impact for the Bears this season recording 116 kills through the first six games. Pressley also has her name on the 2018 Preseason All-Big 12 Watch List, which is not an unfamiliar sight for the Texas native.  Football: Safety Patrick Johnson leaves programPatrick Johnson, a safety for the University of Wisconsin football team, left the program Wednesday morning citing personal reasons. The Read…As a freshman, Pressley raked in the awards as she earned herself the 2017 Big 12 Freshman of The Year award, and she was a unanimous pick for the All-Big 12 First team and the Big 12 All-Freshman team. Pressley was also a five-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and a four-time Big 12 Freshman of the week, leading to an eventual AVCA All-American honorable mention. Pressley will be looking to make the difference on Friday but she still must go through a red-hot Badger team. This game will be another great test for the Badgers as they look to build off their 4-0 start to the season and begin preparation for Big Ten play. Baylor will be a tournament team this year which means these two foes may even meet again come November. As for Friday, you can catch the game on Fox Sports Go or you can listen to the game on the Badger Sports Network, channel 100.9FM.last_img read more

Responsible Betting: 7 Golden Rules about betting

first_imgThe last few days will go down in history as one of the most iconic times in Ghana betting history after a twitter user, @Oswaldtheson, trended for days for apparently winning bet slips spanning two days straight.A successful Tuesday night of betting in the Champions League was followed by a similar feet on day 2 of Europe’s biggest club competition.When people found out, his twitter followers spiked out of control, moving from 14,000 followers to nearly 60,000 in just 24 hours, all of them hoping for a lucky day 3.His telegram group had more than 20,000 people joining just few hours after he created it, lots of them newbies looking to make a quick cash.Well, that did not happen. Oswald’s picks bombed and quite a number of people called him “fraud” out of frustration.Betway is currently on a campaign to promote responsible betting.Here are 7 tips to help you manage your passion:YOU WIN SOME, YOU LOSE SOMETruth is that you’re not going to win half the bets @oswaldtheson gives you. You probably won’t win 90% of them. But you’ll win some and when you do, it’s an amazing feeling. It’s just how the game works. He’s been through it, everyone has. It’s normal. There is no single punter out there who has won more bets than he has lost. It is just the way it is.DO NOT CHASE LOSSESOne rookie mistake for a lot of newbie punters is a quick attempt to recover monies invested in lost bets. They do this by quickly selecting what they deem an easy game or cheap odds hoping for something small. It doesn’t work. You will just end up losing more bets. You need to take your time, be patient, study the games, regroup and go again another time. Once you lose, keep your mind sane and don’t go splattering cash around trying to win a quick recovery bet. Chances are that you won’t win it.BET WITH MONEY YOU CAN AFFORD TO LOSENo smart punter has ever gone broke. The reason is that no smart punter has ever invested money they can afford to lose. And this is crucial because in every game of chance, you really can lose everything if you throw everything at it. Of course you can win as well but is it’s not worth the risk.Instead, set a budget. The majority of people who bet on football do so responsibly. They might lose money, but losing money in itself is not a problem if it’s affordable. Betting on football, like any form of gambling, is as much about entertainment as it about winning money, but it is important to ensure that the expenditure is controlled.Bet Responsibly.DO NOT GET GREEDYWhen you’re experiencing win after win after win, it’s natural to feel like you’re going to keep on winning for the foreseeable future.Unfortunately, most winning runs come to an end sooner rather than later. There’s no reason why you can’t win money consistently over the long run, but really hot streaks are a rarity and they’re not going to last forever.Therefore, it’s important to resist the temptation of increasing your stakes every time you’re on a very good run. Keep them at a sensible level, because if the results start going against you then your winnings won’t disappear as quickly.DO NOT BET ON YOUR FAVORITE TEAMSuccessful betting means making rational decisions instead of emotional ones. Bettors are rarely able to make rational decisions when betting on games involving a favored team, as they’ll simply be unable to be objective enough.There are always plenty of other games going on, so try to avoid those where you have a personal interest. If you feel like you absolutely have to bet on them, at least stake less than the normal amount.TAKE ADVANTAGE OF BONUSESThe vast majority of sites offer all new customers a sign-up bonus of some description, and these sign up bonuses usually provide some genuine added value.Betway for example have a 50% offer on all first deposits of more than Ghs 200.It’s possible to take full advantage of this value just by signing up on and claiming the relevant sign-up bonuses. This is something you should definitely do.TRY LIVE BETTINGIf you’re not familiar with the term, it’s basically a form of betting that allows you to place wagers on sports events AFTER they’ve started. So you can sit down and watch the start of a football game, for example, before deciding where to put your money. This gives you some additional information to work with, which can, in turn, make it easier to make good decisionslast_img read more

New Edubiase goalie wants Black Stars call up

first_imgNew Edubiase goalkeeper Idrissa Salia wants Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah to hand him a call up to the Black Stars.The young goalkeeper was adjudged as the best goalkeeper in last season’s MTN FA cup after keeping a clean sheet in the tournament.In an interview with JOY Sports Idrissa Salia noted that he is ready for a call up to the national team and calls for Coach Kwasi Appiah’s attention.“My target is to earn a call up to the national team”, said goalkeeper Salia“I have to work hard and not relent on this achievement so I can be called by Coach Kwasi Appiah. I will really love it and prove myself when the call up comes”.last_img

Kobe Bryant’s pep talk boosted Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs

first_img“I think it’s a great starting point for him,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “It looked like he just picked up where he left off.”The Angels haven’t set a target date for Skaggs’ first regular season start. At least, he isn’t aware of one yet. For now the first innings are in the books, a huge check mark in a rehab process full of them. By coincidence, this one came 24 hours after Skaggs crossed a big item off his bucket list.“I grew up idolizing the Lakers,” he said. “I’m going to tell my kids that I met Kobe.”Ethier’s rehab beginsDodgers outfielder Andre Ethier returned to the clubhouse two days after he was diagnosed with a fractured right tibia. Ethier is still walking in crutches and probably will be for six weeks. That’s how long he was told not to put any pressure on his broken leg.“It never felt right,” he said. “Still isn’t.”The Dodgers are preparing to be without Ethier for 10 to 14 weeks from the time he fouled a ball off his leg Friday in a Cactus League game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. That projects to a return sometime between late May and late June.In the meantime Ethier will have the option of doing his rehab in Arizona, where he lives and where the Dodgers hold extended spring training. Manager Dave Roberts said that Ethier will join the team in San Diego on April 4 for Opening Day, then again the following week for the Dodgers’ home opener.“If he wants to do his rehab here until he starts doing baseball-related activities, there’s really no need for him to be with us,” Roberts said. “I’d rather him be comfortable and keep his mind right on as he’s rehabbing.”Ethier said his leg will be immobilized in a removable fitted brace, not a cast, and he’ll wear a small bone-stimulating device during the process.AlsoTests on the right forearm of Yasmani Grandal showed “no significant damage,” in Roberts’ words, but the Dodgers’ catcher will refrain from hitting or throwing until Sunday. Roberts couldn’t confirm that Grandal will have enough time to be ready by Opening Day. … The news was better for Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, who got four at-bats in minor league games at Camelback Ranch. Seager, who’s recovering from a sprained left knee, has yet to run the bases in a competitive game. … Carlos Frias will start for the Dodgers against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. The right-hander is vying for the fifth starter’s job along with Zach Lee.Angels 5, Chicago White Sox 4Angels starter Matt Shoemaker tossed six innings, allowing six hits and four runs — one a wind-aided solo homer by Jimmy Rollins and a longer two-run blast by Brett Lawrie. Mike Trout hit a three-run home run against Chicago left-hander Chris Sale, and Yunel Escobar had two hits for the Angels (12-8-4). “He just was explaining how it’s all about winning,” Skaggs said Thursday after his first appearance in a competitive game since July 2014. “You push your teammates to become better. You push yourself to become better. You can’t cut any corners in the rehab process. That’s exactly what he was saying to everybody.”Skaggs said he slept well Wednesday night, slept in Thursday morning, then got really nervous on the way in to Camelback Ranch to face the Chicago White Sox — something he hadn’t felt in one year, seven months and 25 days.It was the first time Skaggs had faced major league opponents since he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow on July 31, 2014. The 24-year-old missed the final two months of that season and all of 2015 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.“A lot of days have felt (lousy) but you have to push through it,” Skaggs said. “Today I felt great. I feel very happy with myself that I put in the hard work, put in the time. I didn’t cut any corners.”The feeling in Skaggs’ left elbow matters more than his results. For the record, he struck out two batters, walked none, and scattered all his pitches among a rough total of 30. Skaggs allowed one hit, a line-drive single to right field, which scored an unearned run. GLENDALE, Ariz. >> You don’t have to look too far into the future to imagine Kobe Bryant as a motivational speaker, standing on an auditorium stage and speaking to rows of eager corporate folks wearing pressed khakis.For now, imagine this: Wednesday night in Phoenix, Bryant was on a trainer’s table getting treatment inside Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix. The Lakers had just lost to the Suns. Bryant’s audience was a small group of baseball players.“Me, (Mike) Trout, (Garrett) Richards, Weav (Jered Weaver), James Shields and Matt Kemp,” said Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, a Los Angeles native and a diehard Lakers fan.Bryant, like any good motivational speaker, made Skaggs feel like he was speaking directly to him.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Communal pastures should remain communal

first_imgDear Editor,There is now land giving away galore at the Office of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) at Corriverton.On February 13, 2018, nearly 800 prospective and current cattle and rice farmers flocked the GLSC’s office to apply for lands located at the #52/66 Communal Pasture. Some even came all the way from the USA allegedly making gifts to certain officials in an attempt to get preferential treatment. It is also alleged that many local applicants followed suit. There was a haste to dispense of monies for favours – a typical Guyanese sickness!This pasture comprises 17,000 acres and has been in existence for decades but in the last 12 years or so, there has been a gradual fencing of portions of this pasture by cattle farmers who have been trying to stake ownership.This was accelerated since this coalition took office. These cattle farmers have been digging and fencing huge areas which makes it impossible to drain the Pasture since water is now being trapped in these canals. The drainage and irrigation system bore no structured design. This was evident during the heavy rainfall last year. The savannah was heavily flooded and the water took a long time to recede.Unfortunately, this has now progressed to the stage where the GLSC at Corriverton has been inviting and receiving applications from farmers inviting them to show an expression of interest. The Application Form is on the GLSC letterhead. These prospective applicants have been told that they should apply for the lands at that particular location.On many occasions, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder would have made statements on his visits to Region Six in support of the development of our cattle and dairy farming. This was also supported by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and the Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma. However, from the applications made, it is evident that many of these applicants, nearly 90 per cent, are rice farmers and many applicants do not own any cattle, especially those from abroad. It is apparent also that those overseas applicants have real estate intentions or intentions to rent the lands at a later date, especially when it is a known fact that many of the lease land owners reside abroad and are renting their lands for hefty rental fees.Moreover, many cattle farmers would have complained to the PM’s representative in Region Six, Gobin Harbhajan, about the constant problems and struggles they face with rice farmers and it is clear that should rice be planted in localised areas within this savannah, then bloody and murderous conflicts may arise among these farmers.It is indeed baffling why the Commissioner of the GLSC, Trevor Benn has not seen it fit to discuss this matter at length with Regional Chairman David Armogan so that a collective decision can be made at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) level. Many times, the GLSC would try to impose its will in the region and the RDC have had to block the applications after the matters were reported by the affected Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC).I have two cases at the Kilcoy/Hampshire NDC where communal pastures of more than 200 acres have been applied for and claimed by avaricious individuals to the detriment of the residents who now have no pastures to rear their animals. Although the applications to the GLSC were blocked by the RDC upon my intervention, the individuals went ahead and fenced the lands.These communal pastures should remain as that and should not become the private property of greedy individuals. There are lands available in remote areas – let them apply for those. Everyone should have access to these pastures to rear their cattle and it is the function of the Government to provide access roads and proper drainage to facilitate this. Why would Trevor Benn desire to commit such an injustice?Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor –Region SixChairman (Kilcoy/Hampshire NDC)last_img read more