Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Associated Press Wallace is the only Black driver in the elite Cup Series, and just two weeks ago he successfully pushed the stock car series to ban the Confederate flag at its venues. NASCAR has launched an investigation. Meanwhile, the series races at Talladega today after a one-day rain delay.ZANARDI INJUREDZanardi stable but not ready to be brought out of comaSIENA, Italy (AP) — Doctors say Alex Zanardi remains in stable condition after a crash on his handbike and for now will stay in a medically induced coma. A hospital in Siena says the Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist spent a third night in intensive care without change and that his neurological condition remains grave. The hospital’s medical director says “we need to have patience.” Zanardi has been in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator since he crashed his handbike into a truck near the Tuscan town of Pienza on Friday during a relay race.DJOKOVIC EVENT-VIRUS CASES2 virus cases following Djokovic’s charity event PARIS (AP) — Formula One has announced an initiative aimed at tackling racism and encouraging more diversity within the series. F1 says “We Race As One” will also address issues surrounding inequality, sustainability and the coronavirus pandemic. F1 intends to send a strong message about equality when the season begins on July 3 at the Austrian Grand Prix as the first of eight scheduled European races through September. F1 says “we want our restart to show that as a sporting community we stand united against racism and we will do more to address inequality and diversity.”Women’s WCup-Japan ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Two tennis players have now tested positive for the coronavirus after participating in Novak Djokovic’s charity tennis exhibition in Croatia. Borna Coric, ranked 33rd in the world, tweeted that he feels well and has no symptoms, but is urging anyone who has had close contact with him to be tested for COVID-19. Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov also has said that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Djokovic will now be tested as well. His media team says he has no symptoms but “he needs to do the test and then we will see what’s going on.”F1-DIVERSITYF1 announces new initiative to tackle racism and inequality June 22, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-TALLADEGA-NOOSEBubba Wallace says racial incident won’t break himTALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace says a noose found in his garage stall at Talladega in Alabama “will not break me.” Wallace says, “I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in.” Japan out of 2023 Women’s WCup; Australia-NZ bid favoredTOKYO (AP) — Japan has pulled out of bidding to host soccer’s 2023 Women’s World Cup. That leaves the top-rated joint bid by Australia and New Zealand a clear favorite in the FIFA vote on Thursday. That bid received the highest evaluation from FIFA with Japan rated second and Colombia third. Japan and Australia are both members of the governing body of Asian soccer. Asian soccer president Sheikh Salman of Bahrain praises Japan’s decision as “another impressive show of Asian football unity.”last_img read more

Suggestions to save sugar (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,On the evening of January 6, 2018, at the reception to observe India’s Republic Day, the Indian High Commissioner and Guyana’s President spoke at the event. Both of them alluded to India’s readiness to assist Guyana to develop the sugar industry.That has put to rest some Government spokesperson’s claim that they knew nothing of this, which I had mentioned on several occasions before. Now, all have admitted that the offer is there for the taking.Therefore, there is no sound reason to continue the programme to close estates. Indeed, the argument can be made not just to halt that programme, but also to reopen Wales Estate. The reopening of the Wales Estate should be done now before its infrastructure is destroyed.The task of GuySuCo’s management and the Government is to clearly identify the help that is needed and to make concrete proposals to the Indian Government and allow the industry to emerge from its present difficulties and become prosperous again.In this regard, I wish to make some proposals, not exhaustive, but some which I think can help change the fortunes of the industry.In the first place, it is clear that we need to immune the industry from the crisis which has come from outside, that is mainly low prices on the international market.To do so, we have to move towards producing new products. The PPP/C Administration had begun that process. It needs to be continued. New revenue streams must be pursued.One of the important products that can be produced by GuySuCo is ethanol. This offers great possibilities. Ethanol can take the place of 10 per cent of the gasoline that is imported for vehicles immediately. That would be a big revenue enhancement to GuySuCo.The fact that GuySuCo is still State-owned and we have in our hands Guyoil, another State-owned company, helps to facilitate this easily. The two companies can partner to blend ethanol with gasoline and sell at the pumps. Both companies stand to gain greatly. Our country can save valuable foreign exchange in reducing our gasoline imports for vehicles and equipment by 10 per cent.This is another cost-cutting measure for GuySuCo, whose fuel bill is significant. It can use fuel that it produces.Moreover, it is a product that can be exported to many countries. That can earn us quite a bit of foreign exchange and enhance GuySuCo’s fortunes greatly. GuySuCo was already pursuing a value-added policy.We have established packaging plants at Blairmont and Enmore. That can allow us to get higher prices for our sugar and we can become independent of the world market prices. This process has gone a far way.We have also seen the concern of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) in relation to getting molasses for its own distillery. It is also a fact that Banks DIH Limited spends millions to import raw alcohol to produce its brand of rum.It is clear that both or one of these companies can partner with GuySuCo to produce raw alcohol right here. It would save our country the foreign exchange that Banks DIH Ltd now expends to import this product. It could earn money by supplying alcohol to our hospitals and export to the Caribbean. Banks DIH Ltd and DDL are already branded product, therefore, our returns here would be great. We could get premium prices.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more