With our new “crisis a week” norm, the sugar industry’s crisis has been pushed off the front pages of the newspapers but the contradictions precipitated by the Government’s actions to “save” the industry have intensified and may soon explode like an unattended sore. It has been almost two years since this newspaper uncovered that Wales Estate was going to be shuttered and eight months since it actually was.Five months after that precipitate action, the Government unveiled its “State Paper on the Future of the Sugar Industry” which announced: “The proposed courses of action are to amalgamate Wales Estate with Uitvlugt Estate and reassign its cane to the Uitvlugt factory, since the estate is operating at 50 per cent capacity. Sixty per cent of its drainage and irrigation infrastructure is in a dilapidated condition. The Corporation furthermore seeks to divest itself of the Skeldon Estate. The estates of Albion and Rose Hall are to be amalgamated and the factory at Rose Hall is to be closed.”The plan added, seemingly as an afterthought, “In the case of Enmore, that factory will be closed at the end of the year when all cane would have been harvested and the East Coast Estates would be earmarked for diversification.” After the bloodletting, the Guyana sugar industry, run by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), would consist of three estates and three sugar factories: Blairmont on the West Bank Berbice, Albion-Rose Hall in East Berbice and the Uitvlugt-Wales estate in West Demerara. They are expected to produce a total of 147,000 tonnes annually; less than half of its historic average production.But we can look at what has played out at Wales Estate, since its closure as part of the “amalgamation” with Uitvlugt Estate, twenty-two miles away, as a precursor as to what lies ahead for the other estates to be closed or ‘amalgamated”. There, approximately 1200 of the workers were offered and accepted “severance pay” for their termination of services. Three hundred and fifty canecutters are being coerced to transfer to Uitvlugt against their will and the law.Most Guyanese are unaware of the quantum of the severance pay to appreciate a family cannot long survive on it. For an average worker who might have accumulated, say, 15 years of service, this pay would amount to 30 weeks of their average weekly wage. What this means is that by now, if the Wales dismissed workers were very disciplined and prudent and stuck to a budget, their severance pay would have been exhausted by now. What are they to do henceforth?The State Paper promises: “Employees are to be leased land by GuySuCo to engage in crops (crop types to be decided by GuySuCo and the Agriculture Ministry).” This signalled that the Government was going to transition sugar workers into farmers, which would be a very positive and salutary measure. But up this point at Wales, no employee has been leased any of the approximately 8000 acres of land that had been cultivated by the estate. It would appear that, as was the case with the closure of Wales long before a “State Paper” was articulated, the modalities of leasing of lands to former workers – if in fact the Government is serious about that move – is yet to be worked out.In the meantime, GuySuCo announced it had converted some 400 acres of land at Wales to produce “seed paddy” that would be sold to rice farmers at the beginning of their crop. This is not adding any new production or employment in Guyana since all seed paddy needed for the industry has been supplied by National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) and private contracted farmers. Because of the purity of seeds needed, seed paddy demands a level of care that is unlikely to be supplied by the inexperienced workers at Wales.What is then clear is after the closure of all sugar operations at Enmore/LBI and the other locations identified, at least 10,000 workers and their families will be on the breadlines in an economy that is contracting. Tragic.
By Lakhram BhagiratWhether it is made with mixed beans, black-eyed peas, split peas, calaloo, pigeon peas, or a combination of all, cook-up rice must be present in every Guyanese home on December 31.While for many the origin of the old year’s day cook-up rice is a bit sketchy, the delicious tradition remains unchanged. It is perhaps the only day when you can visit different homes and have the same meal in completely different styles.You see, cook-up rice is versatile. It is one of the dishes where the core ingredients remain the same but the method of preparation changes from person to person, hence the reason for no two cook-ups tasting the same. While there are recipes that guide one’s cooking, the responsibility of preparing the traditional Old Year’s cook-up rice is usually given to the best cook in the family.In my family, that would be my mother. However, the extended family’s favourite cook-up rice would ideally be the one prepared by my aunt, Annie. Her cook-up rice has the right balance of rice-to-bean-to-meat ratio; the right balance of spices and wetness.For me, a good cook-up rice is not too dry or too soupy, and it takes great skills to achieve that level of ‘cook-up perfection’.Like everything in life, everyone has a preference when it comes to food and with cook-up rice, it is no different. Some prefer simplicity while others prefer extravagance and for me, the more extravagant the better. However, there needs to be a balance between the extravagance and the taste because quite frankly, no one wants a tasteless cook-up rice on Old Year’s Night.I remember my grandmother telling me, after I asked her, that cook-up in the house on New Year’s Eve brings good luck and assures you that the incoming year will be filled with promises. In some customs, it is believed that beans signify wealth and having them in the house as well as consuming them assures the promise of wealth in the forthcoming year.Armed with that knowledge, cook-up became one of my must-haves.In Guyana, we go to great lengths to have that pot of cook-up in the house on December 31. I have seen women, and some men, spend hours standing at butcher shops waiting on that tripe, salted beef, pigtails, chicken, oxtail and other cuts of meat to ensure that they have the best for what is considered as perhaps the most anticipated meal of the year.Beans and peas would disappear from the supermarket shelves after Boxing Day as persons would stock to quell the fear of not getting them.Here in Guyana, unlike in other countries, we would not dare make our cook-up rice with canned beans and peas. Everything must be sourced as fresh as possible and every ingredient has a part to play and don’t even think if you miss one, no one will notice.The early hours of December 31 would be spent at the markets and meat shops sourcing the ingredients. The night before the beans and peas would be soaked so as to ensure easier cooking. We got to have the freshest fine leaf thyme, the proper smelling broadleaf thyme, and don’t ever forget the marrid-man poke!These three herbs are the foundation of the cook-up flavour and if you are going to be using canned or packet coconut milk then just forget it. Nah baddah mek no cook-up!After a morning spent gathering the right ingredients, preparation would start around 16:00h. We getting out the pressure pot to cook the beans.One whistle, two whistle, three whistle – yuh bettah air out de pressha pat and check de beans.The beans have to be soft but still retain their integrity because they would get another cooking with the other ingredients. Oh, please don’t forget to add salt to cook the beans.Seasoning is vital people, it is!Now that we have the beans cooked and waiting, we begin with the meats. Properly washed with some vinegar and lime juice to get rid of the ‘rank’ smell and we’re marinating it in the proper things. Yuh homemade seasoning blend of peppers, garlic, onion, and other herbs. Chip up lil mo marrid-man poke, fine leaf and broad leaf thyme and let it soak.Now we come to the rice. Some people prefer the good old white rice while others settle for parboiled rice and yes the rice makes a complete difference. In typical Guyanese, we would say “brown rice is scattah and white rice does stick up”. But no what type of rice you choose, please ensure that yuh wash am!The Old Year’s cook up is sacred, so preparation carries the level of sacredness and the oil to fry up never gets heated before sundown.That cook up has to be finished by 21:00h before the partying starts.So cooking starts around 19:00h when we bring out the big ‘canaree’ or that special heavy-bottom pot. We firing up the stove or fireside set in a corner of the yard and throwing on that vessel. Oil heating, but here is where things get a little haywire and preparation varies.For me, I would first sauté my meats ensuring that it is browned and all the fat gets rendered down. I would then remove the meat and in goes my rice that has been seasoned with a good helping of herbs and spices. Now is where we resurrect the good cassareep that was left back from the pepperpot.I like a cook up that has vibrancy and since we eat with our eyes my cook up should be a rich chocolate coloured. Not too dark and definitely not too light.Back to the pot, we’re adding the beans, chopped up veggies now and ‘frying up’ until we are satisfied- which is usually about 10 minutes. In goes the browned meat, and we frying up some mo!Nah fuhget the salt, please.We bringing out the coconut milk and it better be freshly squeezed and nah nothing from a packet or can. The fire should be medium heat, a steady simmer after you add that coconut milk is all you need. The meat is half cooked, the beans almost cooked and we only got to cook that rice and allow those flavours to marry in the pot. So the amount of coconut milk should be just enough to do that. Remember we are making cook-up rice and not soup!Heat should be steady and not too low. If we’re cooking with gas, then we’re making sure there is enough in the tank for a good cook. If you like the good ole fireside, like me, then mek sure yuh get plenty firewood or yuh might have to pull out the paling staves halfway through cooking.Oh, and if yuh think yuh gonna cook that cook-up in a pressure pot then just don’t. Just don’t! Yuh better off buying some from Compton.After we taste enough for seasoning and made sure that our rice is cooked, we taking it off the fire. Make sure you take it off before all the liquid dries out because we have to remember that it thickens as it cools down.Serve up and enjoy before you get all festive ringing in the New Year.RECIPEIngredientsChicken or meat combination2 cups riceBlack eye peasRed beansCoconut milk, freshly squeezed3 stems celeryWiri-wiri pepper1 onion3 stems approx. marrid man poke6 stems scallionsbroad thymefine thymecassava cassareepsalt to tasteChopped veggies – carrot, cabbage, sweet pepper, spinachMethodCut up, wash and season meat with salt, chicken seasoning, black pepper, blended garlic, fine thyme, half of the onion and some cassava casareep. Mix well, set aside. Chop the rest of seasonings, leave the pepper whole. Wash and season rice with chopped seasonings, salt, cassareep.In a pot heat some vegetable oil and add seasoned chicken and cooked for about 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan and seasoned rice and beans. Sauté for about 6-8 minutes. Add coconut milk and simmer until rice is fully cooked.
At least 50 people were at the party when the argument broke out, said Sgt. Mike Rodriguez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau. Most of the guests were not gang members, he added. However, members of two local gangs crashed the party, Rodriguez said. “It appears both sides weren’t invited to the party. We believe there was an argument at the location,” he said. Shots then rang out. Andrew Santistevan Jr., 20, of Pomona was pronounced dead at the scene. He died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to Lt. John Kades of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. The shooting also wounded three others. Detectives said Tricha Camacho, 20, was shot in the abdomen, Adrian Quesada, 19, of La Verne was struck in the lower extremities, and Gabriel Gonzales, 23, from Pico Rivera sustained a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen. “We’re trying to determine if any of the victims are suspects,” Rodriguez said, referring to Gonzales and Quesada. Gonzales and Quesada left and were later found at separate houses, he said. They were taken to hospitals. Rodriguez said Camacho was transported from the scene to a hospital. Rodriguez believes all three have since been released from the hospitals. No descriptions for the suspects were available. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Sgt. Mike Rodriguez or Detective Linda Muse of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, (323) 890-5500. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Detectives have released additional details on a shooting last month that killed one man and injured three other people, but investigators say they still need the public’s help in solving the crime. An argument between rival gang members apparently led to the early morning shooting May 20 at a house party in the 9000 block of Rex Road. One neighbor said it was an after-prom party. Investigators are looking for information on what triggered the dispute.
Alan Stubbs: The former Everton defender leaves his role as head coach of Hibernian Alan Stubbs has been appointed manager of Rotherham United on a three-year deal. The Championship side have been without a boss since Neil Warnock’s departure at the end of the season and John Doolan follows him to the AESSEAL New York Stadium as assistant manager. The duo leave their roles at Scottish Championship side Hibernian, where they oversaw a Scottish Cup final win over Rangers last month.News broke on Tuesday night that Stubbs had agreed to turn his back on Hibs despite having a year left to run on his contract, but the announcement was delayed after negotiations over compensation dragged on for almost 24 hours.And after a package could not be agreed between the two clubs, Stubbs and Doolan were forced to quit their positions at Easter Road in order to force the move through.Hibs initially rejected Rotherham’s advances last week but – after meeting with their manager on Monday – “reluctantly” allowed him to open discussions before further digging their heels in over compensation.Stubbs, 44, made over 500 professional appearances for the likes of Everton, Bolton and Celtic as a central defender before taking his first job in management at Easter Road in 2014. 1
Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson are splitting up after nearly six years of marriage, said her publicist, Brad Cafarelli. “Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson have confirmed that they are separated,” Cafarelli told The Associated Press on Monday. The couple married in 2000. They have a 2-year-old son, Ryder Russell Robinson. Hudson, 27, is the daughter of Goldie Hawn. She was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for her role as rock groupie Penny Lane in 2000’s “Almost Famous.” 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles Her screen credits also include “You, Me and Dupree,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “The Skeleton Key.”Robinson, 39, is the lead singer of The Black Crowes. Attempts by the AP to reach a representative for Robinson were not immediately successful..
7 The West Ham United has gone being withdrawn at half time at Anfield on the opening day, to bullying seasoned Premier League midfielders in the space of just six months.Rice’s decision to switch international allegiances has drawn criticism from both fans and pundits alike.According to Dean Saunders, the versatile star should NOT be allowed to represent England. Tony Cascarino also said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast he felt ‘gutted’ by the decision.His impressive form has not gone unnoticed, with Southgate reportedly ready to call up the youngster to the England squad for the fixtures against the Czech Republic and Montenegro in March. gameday cracker Here’s how Rice could fit into the England team latest 7 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Henderson was the main man for England in Russia RANKED 7 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The West Ham defender is a danger from set pieces REVEALED REPLY HOW COULD HE FIT IN?Given Rice’s age and inexperience, it is unlikely he will be thrust into the big games for England straight away by Gareth Southgate. However, it would seem as though this is where he would excel for the Three Lions.As a natural midfielder, Henderson possesses the passing range and tactical nous required to be England’s main man in Southgate’s preferred formation with three at the back.Used against sides who are willing to sit back, the full backs push on and England are required to be forward thinking to break down the opposition. Rice is not quite up to international standard yet in terms of creativity.However, when England have played more forward-thinking teams (i.e. Spain and Croatia in the Nations League) Southgate has used a 4-3-3 formation. This is where Rice should be used for the Three Lions. 7 In order to make the step up to international football, Rice must develop his game with the ball if he is to become England’s main man in midfield. Although the Hammers do not enjoy as much possession as Liverpool or Tottenham, the West Ham man is some way behind his rivals.His pass success rate, key passes and though ball stats are decidedly lacking and, in Gareth Southgate’s system, this is likely to hinder Rice’s progression into the England set-up.At the World Cup, Henderson was the heartbeat for England. An out and regista, he took games by the scruff of the neck and his use of the ball stretched teams to exploit the spaces for England’s pacy and more creative players.Against Tunisia, he was superb. The opposition players looked lost as the Liverpool skipper mixed up his passing game to either release runners from deep with balls over the top or draw players out of position with incisive, short passes. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade SORRY Henderson and Dier have often shared defensive midfield duties for England With fans already concerned for the futures of Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson, it seems apt to compare the three midfielders to see just who deserves to start those crucial Euro 2020 qualifying games.Scroll down to see how Rice compares against the Liverpool and Tottenham stars, according to data collated from whoscored.com.DEFENSIVE CONTRIBUTIONS 7 As the midfield anchor in West Ham’s midfield, Rice is tasked with freeing Mark Noble and Robert Snodgrass of their defensive responsibilities. As a result, his attacking stats are not as impressive as his defensive contributions.Although he can claim to have more dribbles and more shots per game than his midfield rivals, his strengths are undoubtedly in the opposition box.Standing at 6″1, Rice is not spectacularly tall but he has an incredible spring and is not afraid to put his head in where it hurts. His strike against Arsenal in January shows he also has the necessary composure in front of goals.PASSING STATISTICS Having spent virtually the entirety of his youth career as a centre-half, Rice can naturally spot danger when the opposition have the ball. As he has matured into a holding midfielder under Manuel Pellegrini, his reading of the game and interceptions have become vital to the way West Ham play.Rice averages 1.6 interceptions per game as opposed to 0.8 from Henderson and 1.0 from Dier. Similarly, his tackle rate is a lot higher. Rice averages 2.6 tackles per game in comparison to 1.5 from Henderson and 1.6 from Dier. In fact, Rice is only beaten by his more senior counterparts in the ‘dribbled past’ and ‘clearances’ sections.What we can infer from this data is that, like Rice, the Spurs midfielder has utilised the skills he honed from playing as a defender to be effective without the ball in the midfield areas.As a defender first and foremost, the West Ham star will look to protect his defenders at all times. He covers the channels when the Hammers’ rampaging full-backs are caught up-field, perhaps explaining his high defensive stats.OFFENSIVE CONTRIBUTIONS Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Rice is beaten by either Dier or Henderson in just two categories (courtesy of whoscored.com) 7 Declan Rice’s decision to play for England instead of the Republic of Ireland has presented Gareth Southgate with the sort of welcome conundrum every manager dreams of.The 20-year-old explained his decision to play for the country he was born and raised in via a heartfelt statement on Wednesday, describing it as an ‘extremely difficult decision’. revealed The one area where Rice is soundly beaten by his more experience colleagues, Rice needs to offer more on the ball huge blow MOST READ IN FOOTBALL 7 Rice’s discipline and ability to do the simple things well make him an excellent choice for the holding midfield role Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Against both of those nations, England played much more compact and looked to utilise the pace of their wingers to devastating effect.However, without the tireless work of their midfielders in winning and then releasing the ball quickly, the system effectively fails. Having kept Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard and Roberto Firmino quiet for West Ham at home this season, Rice has shown he is more than capable of executing this role.His reading of the game and aggressive pressing make him an ideal candidate to be the anchor for England’s midfield role ahead of Eric Dier, who performs virtually an identical role.The 25-year-old was fantastic for the Three Lions against Spain at the tail end of last year, despite picking up a booking for an almighty tackle on Sergio Ramos. CONCLUSIONWhile the West Ham midfielder has no guarantees his international switch will guarantee England caps, there is certainly room for Rice in the England set-up.Even if he does not start (or even get on the pitch) after his first call-up, Southgate will be keen to ingratiate the 20-year-old with the squad and allow him to gain an understanding of how to play the roles.However, it would be unwise to suggest Dier and Henderson deserve to be shifted out just yet. Both are diligent and strong leaders in this young Three Lions side and are trusted by Southgate.Rice has some way to oust them just yet, but the future certainly looks bright.
DAZN Martin Keown on Arsenal’s Xhaka storm: I blame Emery for making him captain“Emery has created this situation, which is probably why he didn’t force the player to come out publicly and make a statement earlier in the week.“I want to see the players who really want to fight for Arsenal, build the team around Ozil, find a plan. I know his attitude has been poor, but does the manager have the technical nous to play a system that brings Ozil into the team?“It’s worrying, but he can rescue it. He’s worker. We need to move on and pull together as a club.”Listen back to an extended clip of Martin Keown on talkSPORT aboveSaturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Arsenal vs Wolves at 3pm! 2 2 “I start to look deeper and think, have we solved the defensive issues? What was the problem when he came into the job?“Were they solid enough? No.“Are they solid now? No.“You look at Ceballos’ amazing debut, and then he’s sitting on the bench. You look at Torreira who looks like a good signing, but he’s sitting on the bench.“The only player who plays all the time is Xhaka, and the fans are feeling that he’s not actually playing well enough. So then that hatred is aimed at the player and he is the one who is suffering. AFP or licensors Xhaka completely lost his cool with the booing Arsenal fans on Sunday Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:25Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream Type LIVERemaining Time -3:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Martin Keown has accused manager Unai Emery of ‘creating’ the bust-up between Arsenal fans and captain Granit Xhaka.Xhaka told Gunners supporters to ‘f**k off’ as he was booed off the pitch in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at home to Crystal Palace.In a statement published on Wednesday evening, the midfielder clarified his outburst, saying he was at ‘breaking point’ over vile abuse that has been aimed at him, his wife and daughter on social media. Unai Emery has come under fire over the apparent lack of improvement at Arsenal since his appointment as manager But Keown says his ‘veiled’ apology was not strong enough and should have been issued much sooner to properly appease the fans.The Arsenal ‘Invincible’ also explained why he believes Emery is at fault, and why the whole situation is a reflection of the Spaniard’s poor leadership and management.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, Keown said: “What all this has done is cast the eye on Emery. You start to look at his leadership in all this.“I blame Emery for making Xhaka captain in the first place. He’s given the captaincy to a player who the fans were booing just five days before when they played Villa. They wanted him off the pitch.“With all due respect, he should have given it to Aubameyang.“Emery has to make the right calls at the right times and, I’m sorry, but he’s not doing it.“I would have told Xhaka to go back out there, admit your mistake and apologise, but that takes leadership. And so I start to look at the manager.
“The phenomenal success of INBiz speaks to the relevance of its mission and design,” said Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “Business owners need to spend time working on their business, not hours being transferred between government agencies to ensure basic compliance. INBiz allows just that – owners and managers can focus on what matters. INBiz is a clear example of government working for its people, instead of the other way around.”In April 2016, the State of Indiana launched INBiz, the first phase of its business one-stop web portal. Included in the first phase were services from the Secretary of State’s office that allowed Hoosiers to register their businesses, file key reports, and request key corporate documents, such as a Certificate of Existence. In August 2016, the site expanded to allow business owners access to services from the Department of Revenue and Department of Workforce Development through INBiz. The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency joined in late 2017, and just last month, the Office of the Attorney General became the newest member of INBiz.The Secretary of State’s office is working closely with the cities of Greenwood, Evansville, and Speedway to extend services to local permitting and licensing, with more innovative additions planned for the future.Secretary Lawson extended thanks to all involved in the project for their hard work and cooperation, particularly Governor Eric Holcomb. This partnership would not be possible without support from the administration.Visit www.inbiz.in.gov today to learn more about how INBiz can serve your business needs.About INBizINBiz is the state of Indiana’s one-stop resource for registering and managing your business and ensuring existing businesses are compliant with state laws and regulations. It is a best-in-class portal that provides a streamlined and expedited process for your business needs. INBiz utilizes state-of-the-art security features so businesses can feel safe about inputting business information into the system. The locally-hosted INBiz call center is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., to answer questions and help new users develop their profiles. INBiz, Indiana’s one-stop business portal, continues to reach new heights. The site registered its first user in April 2016, and now – just over two years later – 300,000 users have signed up to do business with the state through INBiz.These users included business owners, entrepreneurs, managers, attorneys, CPAs, and more. Since launching, Hoosier businesses have conducted more than 513,000 transactions through INBiz, including nearly 100,000 on-line business formations.
Australia Test opener Chris Rogers appears set to retire from international cricket after the upcoming Ashes series in England. The 37-year-old’s first two Tests were separated by more than five years but he has been a fixture in Australia’s opening partnership with David Warner since a surprise selection for the 2013 Ashes tour.That call-up was based on the left-hander’s prolific batting over several years in the English county game and Rogers said a final campaign in Britain would be an appropriate way to bring an end to his Test career.”I’m very happy, I’ve been pretty fortunate to have this second go at it and have loved every moment of it,” he told Fox Sports TV at Sydney airport on Monday.”But time calls on everyone and I think it’s nearly up for me.”I think to go out in the Ashes and in England, where I’ve played a lot of cricket is pretty fitting.”Despite the efforts of Rogers, who scored 367 runs at an average of 40.77, Australia lost the 2013 Ashes series 3-0. They swept England 5-0 in the return series in Australia in 2013-14, however, raising hopes of a first series victory on English soil since 2001 in July and August this year.Rogers, who was leaving Australia for the tour of the West Indies which precedes the Ashes, has scored 1,535 runs at an average of 39.35 with four centuries in his 20 Tests to date. Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who announced his retirement from one-day internationals on Sunday, said he was not yet contemplating quitting the longest form of the game.advertisement”It’s definitely my last overseas tour but I haven’t really thought about it, to be honest,” said Haddin, who will be 38 in October.”You have to give the Ashes campaign the respect it deserves and I’m not thinking any further than that.”I still think I’ve got a lot of Test cricket ahead of me so from that point of view, I’m comfortable with where my game is at and all of that. I just want to be part of this campaign.”