Jose: Pogba is best midfielder

first_imgPogba has been slowly improving after a slow start to the season following his world record £93.25m move from Juventus in the summer.Mourinho says any player would find the Premier League tough after four years in Italy, but is tipping him to be a Ballon d’Or contender next year, if the voters judge the players on more than goals.”The Premier League is very difficult,” Mourinho told French TV station SFR. “You play three, four years in Italy and you come to the Premier League and the world is completely different.”He’s doing well, he’s doing more than well. His evolution is clear. So I can imagine that next season for Paul will be top.”Pogba made the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or this year, but finished down in 14th despite a title-winning season with Juventus and helping France to the final of Euro 2016.Mourinho feels that the sheer volume of goals scored by this year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo and his only real rival, Lionel Messi, means the less glamorous work Pogba gets through in midfield is overlooked.”At the moment, if you’re not a goal scorer, you cannot win the Ballon d’Or,” Mourinho said. “But if the perception changes, then Paul can win it, because Paul is not a goal scorer.”Paul is a midfielder who will score more and more goals, because I think he has good conditions to score goals. Paul is a midfielder, in my opinion, the best, the best in the world.”Obviously, he’s young, he can still improve, he wants to improve, which is even better.”last_img read more

PPP advisor balks at split severance for sugar workers

first_imgSugar workers now on the breadline with a promise of severance payment coming to them in tranches should take no comfort from this fragmented offer, and must in fact demand their just dues promptly, whether through their parliamentary representatives or by considering taking to the streets — a language the ruling People’s National Congress (PNC)-led coalition Government “understands all too well.”This is according to Economic Advisor to the Political Opposition, Dr Peter Ramsaroop, who has said he believes those are the only feasible options available to the more-than 4,000 persons that were recently laid off by GuySuCo; and more recently those notified of imminent retrenchment as a result of the coalition Government’s decision to close another set of working sugar estatesWales workersEconomic Advisor Peter RamsaroopThe economic advisor, in an interview over the weekend, expanded on the troubling state of affairs in the Guyana sugar belt. He reminded that just after coming into office more than two years ago, this Government announced plans to close the Wales Estate, and dismissed hundreds of workers at the end of 2016 with a promise of GuySuCo and/or Government finding gainful employment for those dismissed.“When they announced that they would close Wales, there was the promise of diversification of the fields into more productive sectors, suggesting aquaculture, an initiative that was stillborn from its inception”, he noted.According to Dr Ramsaroop, not only are those families struggling now more than ever in this “January hard guava season, but they are still to receive what was promised… Hundreds laid off in Wales are still to be paid the other half that was promised.“Which of those dismissed workers from the Wales Estate have been able to successfully enter into subsistence farming or was able to secure any kind of employment through mechanisms offered by Government?”  Ramsaroop questioned.“Sugar workers in Berbice must pay heed to these recent developments, and be reminded of this when listening to the bogus promises being made by this Government,” Ramsaroop cautioned,Ramsaroop is adamant that sugar workers should consider taking to the streets to demand the timely payment of their dues, since he is of the conviction that the explanations handed down by those in high office do not hold water.Government, over the weekend, fielded a high-level delegation led by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Cabinet Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and Cathy Hughes—all members of the Alliance for Change faction of the coalition Government. Their overtures, according to Ramsaroop, were rightly rebuffed, as he pointed to the hundreds of protestors that greeted the Government delegation, “protesting the mismanagement of the industry, which has now led to the lives of thousands of Guyanese being disrupted.”Ramsaroop, who once served as the Chief Executive Officer of the AFC before mounting the PPP’s platform in 2011, posited, “One must go back in history when slavery was abolished and indentured labourers were brought in to save the sugar industry.”AppallingHe noted thus, “This Government’s callous actions in dramatically laying off thousands of sugar workers can be seen by some as an attempt by the historian Granger to redress historical grudge… ”Ramsaroop said, too, “It is appalling that the international community can just sit back and be spectators at this ‘economic destruction’ of an entire section of our society. We must stand up at all costs and stop this madness, where our people are being made to suffer.”last_img read more