As some 628 applications have been received for land at Millie’s Hideout, there continues to be a “mad rush” for land, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Regional Executive Officer (REO) Orrin Gordon said.According to the REO, with the Region Ten administration’s efforts in constructing a road that will lead to the Berbice River, the interest by farmers and others to secure land there continues to be significant.Millie’s Hideout is the area in Region 10 where Police conduct constant raids as it is a haven for marijuana cultivation. This year alone, Police have unearthed and destroyed thousands of marijuana plants on large acreage in that area.According to Gordon, Government had given the region $13 million, which was supposed to complete some two miles of road; however, they were able to complete nine miles instead, and is determined that the project which was originally pegged at $300 million can be completed for one-fifth of that amount.Gordon said that some 628 persons have applied for land at the area, noting that the interest in farming continues to increase, and stressed that the public is becoming aware that agriculture is critically important to Guyana.He disclosed that from the 628 applications, the Region has some 21,000 acres of land that will be distributed among the applicants. He added that the region is awaiting the green light from Guyana Lands and Survey Commission before the applications are processed.The REO stressed that the greatest challenge facing the Region Ten administration in its distribution is that the Lands and Survey Commission is not moving as fast as they expected them to move, noting that its slowing the process.REO Gordon declared that the lands that the Region intends to distribute are for serious farmers, warning that the monitoring and evaluation process would be rigged so as to ensure that those who are genuine about farming can benefit.In June, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo called on President David Granger to answer for a massive distribution of prime State lands to certain employees of the Ministry of the Presidency, as well as to cronies in the PNC-led A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) fraction of the coalition Government and officials of the States Assets Recovery Agency (SARA), which were supposed to recover State assets.Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader said its quite worrying since a top-ranking official of Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) also received land. That land is located at Millie’s Hideout in Linden.
Failing to make the Premier League’s top four would not make it a ‘catastrophic season’ for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho, former defender Henning Berg has told talkSPORT.The Portuguese boss has been criticised after describing Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second clash with Celta Vigo as the ‘most important match of our history’.The Red Devils go into the second-leg match at Old Trafford leading 1-0 after Marcus Rashford’s late strike in Spain.United are currently sixth in the Premier League, but winning the European competition would hand them a Champions League lifeline, qualifying automatically for next season’s group stage.READ MORE: Jose Mourinho calls Europa League clash with Celta Vigo the ‘most important match in Manchester United’s history’Berg, who was part of the Red Devils’ 1999 treble-winning team, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I think when you live in the moment it is difficult to see the whole history of United.“It is a massive game for United this season, that is for sure. I don’t think it has been a catastrophe season, it has been a long time since United won the league, they have been trying to rebuild and adjust after Sir Alex Ferguson and they have not been able to do it yet.“Mourinho is getting there and he is taking it by being solid and strong first, and then hoping to add to that – they have won the League Cup already, they can win the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League.“Sometimes you have to realise where the club is at the moment, ten years ago this season would have been a disaster, no question [about it].“Today, the way the competition is, where United has been in the last two, three or four years, it’s not a disaster to win the Europa League if they do that. Of course it is very disappointing [if they don’t] finish in the top four. Maybe it is taking a little more time than [Mourinho] expected.”Henning Berg (left): The Norweigian defender made over 100 appearances for Manchester United in three yearsUnited’s 25-match unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end on Sunday as they lost 2-0 at Arsenal. Fans and pundits have often been critical of Mourinho for his approach after drawing 12 of those matches and Berg, currently in charge of Hungarian side Videoton, thinks he will get it right.“What do you expect?” he added.“When you bring in Mourinho, if he feels he doesn’t have a team that can dominate, when you go away to the big teams they will not play open football.“He will play safe and see if they can get the result, that will mean sometimes you have the wide players at full-back, it’s not good to watch, not good for the neutrals, not good for United fans as long as they don’t win.“You saw what he did with Chelsea when he first came – they were solid, defensive, counter-attacking football. The second time he came to Chelsea, it was different. Before Christmas it was open, entertaining, offensive football scoring a lot of goals. At Real Madrid he also played a different way.“So I think he is capable of playing the dominant football, the offensive and attacking football. At the moment I don’t think he has the players or squad to be dominant in every game, to be competitive in the league, Europa League/Europe and in the League Cup. I don’t think he is comfortable at the moment.”Europa League on talkSPORT2: Lyon v Ajax: Listen to the semi-final second-leg clash with buid-up from 7pm