Farmers charged for trespassing on Belle Vue “private” lands

first_imgAs tensions rise over several acres of land continue at Bell Vue, West Coast Demerara, 11 farmers have been charged for trespassing on private lands.This was related to Guyana Times on Friday by a farmer, Satesh Rajpat, who explained that several farmers – including Ramcharran Sookram, Imraz Hassan and his father Ramesh Rajpat – who have been planting pineapples, corn, cassava, sweet potatoes, plantain and banana sucker, red bean and cash crops; including tomatoes and other vegetables, were told they were planting on “private lands”.A few of the aggrieved farmers complaining to Police Officers recently at Belle VueAccording to him, those farmers were taken to the Wales Police Station on Thursday and released on $20,000 station bail each for trespassing. Satesh Rajpat added that those charges were instituted after a report was made by the Belle Vue Cane Farmers Marketing Co-op Society Chairman, Deodat Deokinandan, who is claiming the farmers have been squatting on the land.Rajpat added the matter is expected to come up at the Wales Magistrate’s Court later in March; however, the farmers are also contemplating taking legal action as they believe their rights are being stifled by a wealthy businessman.“They are claiming now that they have a lease from NICIL (National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited) who is now the owner of all of the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) Wales Estate assets but when we spoke to NICIL, they (said) they never issued such a document, so an investigation would be launched into that to find out who issued them with a lease from NICIL,” the farmer stated.He added that they are making arrangements to file legal actions in the High Court for damages and compensation. The farmer said they have reached out to the Government to intervene in the matter.Although the farmers are confident that they have been utilising State lands to ply their trade since the fall of the Wales Sugar Estate, the Co-op Society Chairman recently produced documents to prove that many of the farmers allegedly sold their shares to the society while others supposedly relinquished their lands for the society to operate.“I am never a bully and will never be a bully. These people come illegally and squat on the Society’s land and it is not the right thing to do and dem ah seh de President tell them to do that… I don’t know who is the real bully but these people already take compensation from the Society; some in 2011 and some in 2014,” Deokinandan explained during a previous interview.The dispute between the farmers and the businessman erupted on February 17, 2019, when the Police were called in after farmers contended that they, and their predecessors, have cultivated cane from 1956 to 2016 under a co-operative arrangement following an initial Bookers contract, but a businessman had erected a fence adjacent to the Belle Vue Public Road and other partitions, including one blocking the entrance on a reserved space for a dam along which machines could be driven to clean waterways.When the Wales Sugar Estate ceased operations by the end of 2016, the farmers petitioned Government to be allowed to cultivate diversified crops as their original contracts disallowed them from doing so. They indicated that after President David Granger granted the approval, they opted to begin planting in 2017. However, according to the Belle Vue farmers, they are being bullied for the land.They said the businessman allowed cows to graze in the crops which would hinder a return on investment.Deokinandan explained that the cows grazing in the lands fenced off are legally placed since this was passed during a general meeting of the Society. He also denied claims that he has been threatening the farmers at Belle Vue.Society Secretary Antoinette Manichand meanwhile said many of the farmers were errant members and were taken to arbitration for not paying their share of fees in land rentals to GuySuCo. She observed that it would be unfair for the Society’s contributing members to offset the costs for those who were not paying their dues. It was earlier explained by members that the descendants were reportedly no longer interested in cultivating sugar cane.She also claimed one such farmer was Francis Ferreira, who was allegedly paid $290,000 in compensation; a cheque made out in the name of the businessman, while others were paid hundreds of thousands and some over a million dollars for their fields. She provided documents to this effect.last_img read more

Liverpool, Arsenal in Premier League summit clash as United eyes return to winning ways

first_img Tags: premier leaguetop Norwich City vs ChelseaCarrow Road, NorwichSaturday, 24-08-2019 @2:30pmReferee: Martin AtkinsonChelsea will be hoping to pick up their first victory under Frank Lampard when they travel to Norwich City in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off. The Blues have so far played three fixtures under Lampard, losing two and drawing the other and will be desperate to straighten that statistic against Norwich. The home side will however have different ideas after winning their first game back in the top flight last weekend in the 3-1 victory over Newcastle United-with Timo Pukki grabbing a hattrick.Chelsea are on a 15-match unbeaten run against Norwich in all competitions, avoiding defeat in their seven trips to Carrow Road during that period (W4, D3). Norwich have only taken two points from 10 Premier League meetings since a 3-0 home victory in December 1994 (D2, L8).Norwich defender Timm Klose could feature for the first time this season after recovering from a hip injury. Onel Hernandez will be out for three months after having knee surgery but Christoph Zimmermann could return next week from a knee injury.Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is a doubt with an ankle problem. The game will come too soon for defender Antonio Rudiger, but he could feature next week after four months out with a knee problem.The Blues haven’t failed to win any of their opening three Premier League games in a season since 1998-99. They went on to finish third in that campaign. Frank Lampard is looking to avoid becoming the first Chelsea manager since Bobby Campbell in 1988 to fail to win any of his first four competitive games in charge. Chelsea have gone four Premier League away matches without a victory, failing to score in three of them (D2, L2). They last endured a longer winless away streak between September and December 2015, when drawing three games and losing four. Their only two defeats in the last 22 Premier League fixtures against newly-promoted teams came against reigning Championship title winners: Newcastle in 2017-18 and Wolves last season. Willian’s next Premier League appearance will be his 200th.Brighton vs SouthamptonThe American Express Community Stadium, East SussexSaturday, 24-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Kevin FriendBrighton head coach Graham Potter has no new injury problems to contend with ahead of the visit of Southampton. Winger Jose Izquierdo, defender Ezequiel Schelotto and midfielder Yves Bissouma all remain sidelined.New Southampton signing Kevin Danso could make his debut, having been an unused substitute against Liverpool. Back-up goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has recovered from the minor injury that saw Fraser Forster replace him on the bench last weekend. Brighton are yet to beat Southampton in the Premier League (D3, L1). The Seagulls have won only one of their last 10 matches with Southampton in all competitions (D5, L4), winning 3-0 at the Amex Stadium in the Championship in January 2012. Southampton won at Brighton twice last season, winning 1-0 in both the league and the EFL Cup.Man United vs Crystal PalaceOld Trafford, ManchesterSaturday, 24-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Paul TierneyMan United must be furious for not having maximum points after two games following their disappointing 1-1 draw away to Wolves this past Monday. The game which they dominated saw Paul Pogba miss a second-half penalty, one which clearly would have seen them take all three points and put them joint top of the log with leaders Liverpool and Arsenal. On Saturday, they face a side that they have not lost to-at home in 30 years and will be favourites to win the contest.Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot has been ruled out until after the international break next month due to injury. He joins fellow defenders and long-term absentees Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah on the sidelines.Crystal Palace remain without injured central defenders Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins. As a result, summer signing Gary Cahill could make his debut for Roy Hodgson’s side.Manchester United are unbeaten in 22 league meetings since a 3-0 defeat at Selhurst Park in May 1991 (W18, D4). Crystal Palace are winless against United in all 20 Premier League meetings – the most any team has faced another in the division without ever earning a victory. The Eagles last won a league game at Old Trafford in December 1989 courtesy of a brace from Mark Bright in a 2-1 victory. They’ve failed to score in 11 of their subsequent 12 away league games at United, and earned a solitary point.United have only won three of their last 14 matches in all competitions, as well as keeping a solitary clean sheet in 17 games. They have been beaten in two of their past four Premier League home fixtures, as many as they lost in their previous 27 at Old Trafford. A second successive home clean sheet would equal United’s league tally at Old Trafford for the whole of last season. Paul Pogba has missed four Premier League penalties since the start of last season, more than any other player. Anthony Martial could become the fourth player to score in each of United’s opening three matches of a Premier League season, emulating Dwight Yorke in 1999, Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2005 and Wayne Rooney in 2011.Sheffield United vs Leicester CityBramall Lane, SheffieldSaturday, 24-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Andy MadleyThis is the first-ever Premier League match between the sides. They last met in the top flight back in 1976. The teams met twice last season – both times came in cup competitions, with Leicester winning on each occasion. In fact, Leicester are unbeaten in their last six meetings with Sheffield United (W4, D2).Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck is a doubt after limping off in the win over Crystal Palace with a leg injury. But Callum Robinson, who went off with a thigh problem in that game, is fit again while midfielder Ravel Morrison could make his Blades debut.Leicester’s Ben Chilwell is expected to miss out again with a hip problem. The left-back should be fit for the following weekend but in the meantime, Christian Fuchs is set to deputise, as he did against Chelsea last Sunday.Watford vs West Ham UnitedVicarage Road, LondonSaturday, 24-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Chris KavanaghWatford captain Troy Deeney will be sidelined for several weeks after having minor knee surgery. Abdoulaye Doucoure and Roberto Pereyra are injury doubts, but record signing Ismaila Sarr could make his debut.West Ham captain Mark Noble has recovered from the calf injury that saw him miss the start of the season. Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson are both fit again after recovering from the knocks that saw them miss out last weekend.West Ham won the corresponding fixture 4-1 last season, with Watford finishing the match with 10 men after Jose Holebas was sent off early in the second half for a professional foul; the red card was later rescinded. Watford have won five Premier League matches against West Ham, more than they have against any other side. The Hammers have scored four goals in two of their last five visits to Watford.Liverpool vs ArsenalAnfield Stadium, LiverpoolSaturday, 24-08-2019 @7:30pmReferee: Anthoney TaylorLiverpool and Arsenal clash in a top of the table game on Saturday afternoon. After two match-days, both sides still have a 100% record and that statistic will surely change at the end of 90 minutes at Anfield. In the recent past, this fixture has been dominated by the Reds but after a decent transfer window, the Gunners may once again have a good here.Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson remains on the sidelines with a calf injury so Adrian will continue to deputise. Naby Keita and Nathaniel Clyne are also out, but Dejan Lovren could be included in the squad following his return from illness.Arsenal head coach Unai Emery may give club-record signing Nicolas Pepe his full debut. Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka face late fitness tests after illness and injury respectively.Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight matches against Arsenal. The Gunners are without a win in their last six league games at Anfield, and have conceded at least two goals in each of those matches (22 in total). This is the highest-scoring Premier League fixture with 155 goals across 54 games. It has also seen a record six hat-tricks. There have been 53 goals scored in the last 12 matches between the sides in all competitions, at an average of 4.4 goals per game.Liverpool have not lost a Premier League match at Anfield for 41 matches, since a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in April 2017. Their only loss in their last 42 games in all competitions was a 2-1 defeat at Manchester City in January (W33, D8). Roberto Firmino has scored eight league goals in eight games against Arsenal, more than he has against any other side. He is one goal away from becoming the first Brazilian player to score 50 times in the Premier League.Arsenal are aiming to win the first three games of a top-flight season for only the ninth time in their history and for the first time since 2004-05, when they finished second behind Chelsea. The Gunners are without a win in their last 22 Premier League away fixtures against other ‘big six’ teams, since a 2-0 victory at Manchester City in January 2015. They have lost only one of their past 26 league games when scoring first, winning 21 of them. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored nine goals in his last seven games in all competitions. However, he has scored just three goals in 13 league matches against fellow ‘big six’ sides, averaging a goal every 356 minutes. In games against other sides, he has scored 31 times in 38 matches, averaging a goal every 94 minutes.Comments last_img read more