United Minibus Union (UMU) President Eon Andrews is calling on minibus and taxi drivers not to hike their fares today – Christmas Eve.Buses on the Route 44 minibus parkAndrews related that fares should remain standard during the Christmas season, and no passenger should have to pay extra or exorbitant fares to get home.“It is against the law. It is bullying people to pay… if the fare is one thing, that is it. Hire cars are also doing this nonsense, persons should make complaints to the Ministry of Business Consumer Affairs Department …. at any time of the day or night, the fare is standard and they choose the night to rob people,” Andrews said in an interview with Guyana Times.Commuters are already complaining about the hike in fare by both minibuses and taxis.When this publication visited the minibus parks around the city, persons expressed their concerns about the hiked fare.A resident of Golden Grove on the ECD said: “The fare is $180, but the conductors are demanding $200. Twenty dollars is not bad, but today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday), the fares will go sky-high.”Another commuter related that he lived in Strathspey, ECD, where his fare is $140, but on Christmas Eve, he was usually forced to pay $500.Meanwhile, Abigale Samuels of Victoria, ECD, said: “It is crazy on Christmas Eve; we always have to pay a lot of money to go home. The funny thing is, not only we will have to pay $500 and a $1000 to go home, but we will have to sit four and five in a seat. If we only talk about the double up, we will have to sleep in town,” she explained.At the Route 42 Minibus Park, a resident of Soesdyke said that persons living on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway were also facing the same challenge.“They calling for $300 today (Monday), but tomorrow we have to pay $1000 which is ridiculous. If we don’t pay it, how will we get home? What I am scared of is that they got us sitting four in a seat to go home.”
A good showing against a fighter like Darchinyan was only going to boost the career of Burgos, a 32-year-old fighter who, though decent, has toiled in relative obscurity. He wasn’t about to quit. And he would not have wanted his trainer to quit for him. Burgos was asked between the 10th and 11th rounds if he wanted to continue, and he said yes. It’s not always someone’s fault when something like this happens. The commission did a good job of rapidly getting Burgos on a stretcher. Bottom line is, this is a vicious sport. Brain injuries are going to happen. It’s a bummer, but it’s reality. Armando Garcia, chief executive officer for the California State Athletic Commission, said Wednesday he is investigating the events surrounding the brain injury suffered by Victor Burgos at the hands of Vic Darchinyan during their flyweight title fight last Saturday at Home Depot Center. Garcia said little else about the fight that left Burgos seriously injured. Burgos, who lost via a 12th-round technical knockout, had post-fight surgery late Saturday to remove a blood clot on his brain. On Tuesday, he had come out of a medically induced coma and was responding to verbal commands given by doctors. He remains hospitalized at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. “I don’t mean to be evasive or anything, but the state has decided to respect the family and not make any comment,” Garcia said. “I have to do some checking so I can finish up the report. At some point, I think we will be able to talk in detail. And when I give you point A to point B, you are going to feel good about this terrible, terrible tragedy.” Two things crossed the minds of several ringside reporters last Saturday: Why didn’t referee Jon Schorle stop the fight sooner? And why didn’t the Burgos corner, headed by Roberto Sandoval, save him further punishment by throwing in the towel? The observation here was that Schorle could have stopped the fight earlier than he did in the final round. But that doesn’t mean Burgos’ injuries were not already present before he halted the proceedings. Asked about that, Garcia again balked. After Burgos got up from what was ruled a slip in that 12th round, he staggered even as Schorle was waving on the fight to continue. Darchinyan threw two more punches. One appeared to miss, the other landed to the head; it was not, however, a tremendous blow. Schorle then stepped in. As for the corner, Burgos more than likely came into the fight with the mentality that he would give his life in the ring. That is not uncommon in Mexican fighters.