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Mesut Ozil’s agent denies Arsenal star has been ‘dumped’ by Adidas

first_imgAdidas design Arsenal’s jerseys (Picture: Getty)‘Mesut will be 32 in October,’ Sogut said. ‘He knows if he signs another two or three-year boot deal now, it could last for the remainder of his active playing career. ‘For him, it’s not about the money — he wants to use that time to help build his own M10 brand.‘After this contract, he doesn’t have to wear something just because the sponsor says,’ Sogut added. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Maybe he’ll wear Puma for a couple of days, then one day, Nike; maybe a brand from Indonesia or Malaysia. ‘Who knows? It’s up to him now. There are some classic boots from the past he wants to wear.’ Comment Ozil’s deal with Adidas is ending (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil will not be signing a boot deal with any rival brand after parting ways with Adidas, the Arsenal star’s agent has confirmed.Reports on Wednesday claimed Adidas had ‘dumped’ Ozil due to concerns about his public image and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.But Ozil’s agent Erkut Sogut has rubbished those rumours and revealed the lengthy contract is simply coming to an end. ‘There is no termination,’ Sogut told The Athletic. ADVERTISEMENT‘The contract is running out. It’s like any other contract agreement or contract you have with a club — like if Mesut’s contract runs out with Arsenal next year, Arsenal wouldn’t say one month before they were dumping him.’AdvertisementAdvertisementSogut also announced Ozil has no intention of signing another boot deal in his football career.The German wants to build his own brand, M10, although there are no plans for Ozil to release his own football boot. Coral BarryThursday 4 Jun 2020 10:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link215Shares Advertisementcenter_img Mesut Ozil’s agent denies Arsenal star has been ‘dumped’ by Adidas Premier League football returns and a third matches free-to-viewTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:52FullscreenPremier League football returns and a third matches free-to-viewhttps://metro.co.uk/video/premier-league-football-returns-matches-free-view-2181992/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Leicester identify Arsenal star as replacement for Chelsea target Ben ChilwellMORE: Kai Havertz is a ‘taller, faster’ Mesut Ozil and would be a ‘great fit’ for Liverpool, says Don HutchisonFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Women More Likely to Die After Abortion, Not Childbirth

first_imgLifeNews.com 5 Sep 2012A new study of the medical records for nearly half a million women in Denmark reveals significantly higher maternal death rates following abortion compared to delivery. This finding has confirmed similar large-scale population studies conducted in Finland and the United States, but contradicts the widely held belief that abortion is safer than childbirth.By linking records from Denmark’s fertility and abortion registries to death registry records, the researchers examined death rates following the first pregnancy outcome for all women of reproductive age in Denmark over a thirty year period, charting death rates at 180 days, 1 year, and in each of 10 subsequent years following each woman’s first pregnancy outcome.Significantly higher rates of death were observed among women who aborted in every time period examined (see Figure 1). Overall, the study found that women who had first-trimester abortions had an 89 percent higher risk of death within the first year and an 80 percent higher risk of death over the full time period studied.Published in the Medical Science Monitor, this is the first record linkage study of maternal death rates associated with abortion to be published using Denmark’s centralized health data. Record linkage studies of the population of Finland and of low income women in California have also found higher death rates associated with abortion.http://www.lifenews.com/2012/09/05/study-shows-women-more-likely-to-die-after-abortion-not-childbirth/last_img read more

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Holland: No slip-ups

first_img Press Association Scotland head to Dublin for Saturday’s Group D encounter looking to put another dent in the Republic’s hopes of reaching France next summer, following their 1-0 victory in Glasgow in November. Leaders Poland are a point ahead of Germany and the Scots, but Ireland are only three behind. Holland, who earned 49 international caps and played at the 2002 World Cup, expects a response in Dublin, but knows there is now little further margin for error. “The last Euros did not go to plan, and it would be nice to qualify for this one, particularly with it being extended to 24 teams. It would probably feel a bit of a missed opportunity if we don’t make it this time,” Holland told Press Association Sport. “It is a tight-knit squad, we have some very good players and if we can find some goals from someone other than Robbie Keane, I think we have a chance.” Holland, who is taking part in the Prostate Cancer UK London to Amsterdam bike ride, added: “It is a must win game now on the back of losing in Scotland. “But we are in the most competitive and tighest group. “You would imagine Germany would rise to the top, then Poland, Scotland and ourselves are all right in the mix.” :: Men United is Prostate Cancer UK’s movement for everyone who believes that men are worth fighting for, to help us beat prostate cancer and keep friendships alive. This summer Men United has many fun ways for people to see their mates, from bike rides, sponsored walks, BBQs and quiz nights – all whilst doing something great for Prostate Cancer UK. Search Men United, or visit http://prostatecanceruk.org/menunited center_img Former Republic of Ireland captain Matt Holland feels failing to reach an extended Euro 2016 finals would be viewed as a missed opportunity for Martin O’Neill’s squad. last_img read more

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Eflin, Hoskins lead Phillies past Braves for 5th win in row

first_img Associated Press Television News Written By Rhys Hoskins had three hits, including a three-run homer, and Zach Eflin pitched seven strong innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to their fifth straight victory, 4-1 over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.Bryce Harper doubled and drove in a run for the Phillies, who pulled within two games of Atlanta for first place in the NL East. Philadelphia last won five in row in August 2018.Eflin (2-1) allowed one run on four hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. He likely would’ve come out for the eighth, but the game was delayed for 37 minutes due to rain with the Phillies batting in the seventh.Johan Camargo homered for the Braves, and Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 12 consecutive games with a ninth-inning, opposite-field single that beat the shift.Hoskins gave the Phillies a 4-0 lead with a three-run drive in the fifth, ending the day for Josh Tomlin (1-2). Hoskins nearly homered in the third, but he settled for a double when his drive to right-center hit the top of the wall and bounced back into play.Philadelphia got on the board in the first inning when Andrew McCutchen scored on Harper’s sacrifice fly.Brandon Workman pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save in eight tries this season.Camargo snapped an 0-for-18 skid with a solo homer to the second deck in right with one out in the sixth.Austin Riley just missed a homer in the fifth for Atlanta when his drive to left hooked just foul. Riley ended up striking out. Riley’s foul was one of the few hard-hit balls hit off Eflin,Atlanta’s Nick Markakis hit his 507th career double, passing Babe RuthTomlin gave up four runs — three earned — on five hits with two walks and a strikeout in 4 ⅓ innings.Center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. robbed Harper of at least a double with a stellar diving catch for the final out of the seventh.TRAINER’S ROOMBraves: DH Matt Adams did not return after striking out in the fifth. He fouled a ball off his left leg during the at-bat. … OF Adam Duvall (sore left Achilles) was out of the lineup a day after getting hurt while beating out a single in the fifth inning.42 TAKE IIThe Phillies and Braves all wore the No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson for the second consecutive day. After donning No. 42 on Friday in honor of Jackie Robinson Day, players were given the option to continue wearing it through the weekend.UP NEXTRHP Jake Arrieta (2-3, 4.32) takes the mound for the Phillies on Sunday night in the conclusion of the three-game weekend set and 10-game season series. The Braves haven’t announced their starter.Image credits: AP FOLLOW US LIVE TV COMMENTcenter_img WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 30th August, 2020 08:14 IST Eflin, Hoskins Lead Phillies Past Braves For 5th Win In Row Rhys Hoskins had three hits, including a three-run homer, and Zach Eflin pitched seven strong innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to their fifth straight victory, 4-1 over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday First Published: 30th August, 2020 08:14 ISTlast_img read more

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March Madness 2019: Wofford’s Fletcher Magee sets regrettable record in Kentucky loss

first_imgFletcher Magee has made more 3-pointers than anyone in NCAA history, but it was the shots he didn’t make Saturday that will haunt him.Magee went 0 for 12 from beyond the arc in Wofford’s 62-56 loss to Kentucky in the Round of 32. That is the most attempts ever without a make in NCAA Tournament history, according to ESPN.Wofford’s Fletcher Magee has made the most 3-pointers all-time in Division I history, but he went 0-for-12 behind the arc in today’s loss to Kentucky.That’s the most 3-point attempts without a make in a game in NCAA Tournament history. pic.twitter.com/yzpw0BSvdE— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 23, 2019It’s just a brutal stat for Magee, who is truly one of the best 3-point shooters of all time, as just two makes would have sent the game to overtime. Related News Magee added: “They played pretty good defense as far as topping me and trying to deny me the ball and not come off screens and stuff. But a lot of schools have done that. A lot of teams have done that to me before, and we’ve found ways to get around it. Today we — I feel like we got a decent amount of quality looks, and we didn’t knock them down. I think some of it definitely was their good defense, and mainly a lot of it was just me being off my shot.”Magee, the two-time reigning Southern Conference Player of the Year, went 7 of 12 from beyond the arc in the team’s first-round win over Seton Hall on Thursday and made 509 career 3-pointers for Wofford. “It’s incredibly disappointing,” he told reporters after the game. “I feel like if I make three of those shots, we win the game. You know, a lot of them were good shots, and just — they didn’t go in.”center_img March Madness 2019 wrap: UC Irvine gets first ever tournament win; Liberty upsets Mississippi State March Madness 2019: Updated odds to win the NCAA Tournament after Round of 64last_img read more

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Holmdel Rec Survey Results Highlight Residents’ Wishes

first_imgBy Jay Cook |HOLMDEL – Holmdel residents find time to visit recreation areas every week. They like hiking and walking trails. And on their wish list? More adult fitness programs and a summer concert series, too.Those were some of the takeaways from the results of a township-wide recreation survey that reached 1,184 of the 5,834 households in Holmdel over a one-month span near the end of last year.“To have over 20 percent of households respond, I think that’s a huge accomplishment, it really is,” said Holmdel Committeeman Greg Buontempo. “It means that people were interested, willing to spend the time and want some investment into the community.”Bayonet Farm was one of the top visited parks by Holmdel residents last year. It’s passive walking and hiking trails fit in with what residents desire in a park. Photo by Jay CookThe survey was created by a recreational ad hoc committee, appointed by Holmdel elected officials last year. The ad hoc committee was borne out of criticism the township endured after Holmdel residents successfully petitioned the governing body to repeal a $3.3 million bond ordinance for two collegiate-sized synthetic turf fields at Cross Farm Park. A month later, Holmdel began seeking residents to form the recreation committee.One of those committee members is Lea Shave, who told The Two River Times on Tuesday that the survey results should be used as a guiding tool for any and all recreational expenditures the town incurs in the future.“We hope that (the survey) will be listened to objectively as possible without the results being skewed to other groups in town,” she said.Here are some of the takeaways found in the Holmdel Township Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment Report:Holmdel Park and Thompson Park, both entities of the Monmouth County Park System, were the two most heavily used recreational areas by Holmdel residents over a 12-month span. Nearly 88 percent visited Holmdel Park and nearly 61 percent went to Thompson Park. Cross Farm Park and Holmdel High School were the highest-visited township-owned properties, with 47.5 percent going to Cross Farm Park and 38.5 percent using the facilities at Holmdel High School.The Mahoras Greenway, Neil Waackaack Reserve, and Labbe Park were the three least-trafficked Holmdel parks, each visited by 1 percent or less of households surveyed.Sixty-six percent of all households surveyed said Holmdel has an adequate number of active recreational facilities, and a majority of respondents (48 percent) said Holmdel shouldn’t consider improving, developing or expanding active township parks.The five most desired recreational options were walking and hiking trails (77 percent); nature trails (61 percent); biking and mountain biking trails (46 percent); natural and wildlife areas (41 percent); and natural grass fields (38 percent). The five least desired amenities were roller hockey rinks, shuffleboard courts, pickleball courts, special needs fields and courts, and equestrian trails.Ninety-one percent of respondent households said Holmdel has “good” or “excellent” parks.If Holmdel were to offer other potential indoor recreational options, 53 percent of households responding said a fitness center would be the best choice. Thirty percent said indoor courts would be a good choice, and only eight percent sided with adding e-sports/gaming options.The top five programs residents are seeking are adult fitness and wellness programs (48 percent); a summer concert series (43 percent); adult continuing education programs (32 percent); outdoor movies (29 percent); and active adult programs for residents 50 and older (29 percent).Holmdel’s township engineer Fran Mullen said a full report will be presented to the governing body at a March 13 meeting, which will outline all the findings from two open houses and the survey.Though in the meantime, Buontempo said the survey responses speak for themselves.“When you look at the results, it really laid out where people’s thoughts are on where they want recreation enhancements or improvements to be made,” he said.For the full survey results, visit HolmdelTownship-NJ.com and look under the News and Announcements section on the front page.This article was first published in the March 1-8, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Toronto beats Seattle to win first MLS Cup title

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Toronto FC players celebrate a goal by midfielder Victor Vazquez (obscured) in stoppage time against the Seattle Sounders during second-half MLS Cup final soccer action in Toronto, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — This wasn’t the kind of MLS Cup performance the Seattle Sounders were hoping for.Far from it.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “To cap it off the way we did shows what this team is all about,” he said.Altidore scored in Toronto’s 1-0 victory over Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference final. He had 15 goals in the regular season, second on the team to Giovinco’s 16. Altidore, who injured his right ankle minutes after scoring against the Crew, was replaced by Nick Hagglund in the 86th minute.Toronto won the title in its 11th season, TFC did not reach the playoffs until 2015, the first season it avoided losing more often than it won.Toronto’s 69 points this season are the most in league history, and the team won its first Supporters’ Shield as regular season champion. Toronto also won the Canadian domestic championship, defeating MLS rival Montreal Impact in that final.“In terms of seasons, I think we had the greatest season in the history of the league,” Toronto coach Greg Vanney said. “I don’t think it’s debatable.”Seattle was seeking to become the fourth back-to-back champion in league history, joining D.C. United (1996 and 1996), Houston (2006 and 2007) and the Los Angeles Galaxy (2011 and 2012).“The final game is what matters most and we didn’t come to play,” midfielder Cristian Roldan said.Toronto outshot Seattle 22-7 and had 11 shots on target compared to two for the Sounders.“At some point, if you’re going to rely on your goalkeeper that often and in that many critical moments, one of them is going to get through,” Schmetzer said.Frei, who began his MLS career in Toronto, said he was “frustrated and disappointed” by Seattle’s failure to match Toronto’s desire and intensity. Clippers beat Wizards in wild finish with clock malfunction Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “We picked the wrong time to have a game that was below our standards,” Schmetzer said. “We put our best attacking lineup out there but we weren’t able to keep the ball in any part of the game. That was not one of our stellar performances.”In the 67th, Sebastian Giovinco’s pass from just inside the Seattle half helped Altidore split a pair of defenders. Altidore took a few steps to his left and fired the ball over goalkeeper Stefan Frei, setting off a wild celebration among the 30,584 fans that left BMO Field shaking.Altidore’s goal snapped Seattle’s lengthy streak of keeping opponents off the scoreboard. The Sounders had not been scored upon since a 2-0 loss to Philadelphia on Oct. 1, going six games without conceding.Victor Vasquez made it 2-0 in injury time when from close range after substitute Armando Cooper’s shot rebounded off the post.Altidore was selected MLS Cup MVP.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “I’m disappointed in our performance,” Frei said. “Toronto deserves to win, there’s no two ways about it. You can only weather the storm for so long.“I felt like we were defeated,” Frei added. “That’s what’s disappointing. I feel like we accepted defeat. Before they even scored we accepted the way the game was being played and it’s wasn’t good for us, obviously.”After going without a shot on goal in last year’s MLS Cup, Seattle struggled to find the target in the opening 30 minutes Saturday, finally ending its dubious streak when defender Joevin Jones fired a tame effort into the arms of goalkeeper Alex Bono.“When you don’t have any rhythm to your game, you don’t create a ton of chances,” Schmetzer said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jozy Altidore opened the scoring in the 67th minute and Toronto FC beat Seattle 2-0 on Saturday to become the first Canadian champion in league history, and denying the Sounders a repeat triumph.Toronto avenged a penalty-shootout loss to Seattle last year in the title game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“Lifting this trophy has been an obsession for the last 364 days, not just for me but for every single guy on our team,” Toronto captain Michael Bradley said. “There’s no other word for it.”Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer pointed to a single statistic, duels won, to illustrate the disparity between the teams. 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Setting the record straight: What the APNU/AFC really inherited from the PPP/C in 2015

first_imgDear Editor,During the TV programme Square Talk, televised on Monday, August 26, 2019, an obviously irate caller, annoyed with the host, Kwame Mc Coy, for saying that the Granger Administration had done nothing constructive for Guyana since taking office, asked “What did the APNU inherit from the PPP?” This loaded question was meant to justify the non-performance of the Granger Administration by insinuating there wasn’t much they could have done with a “bankrupt” economy.Sadly, this caller was one of the many mindless PNC/APNU apologists who are unwilling to think for themselves, and prefer to repeat the mantra started by the caretaker President himself when he announced in the National Assembly that his Government inherited a “depressed economy” from the PPP/C in 2015. As we approach another national and regional election, it is, therefore, necessary to once again set the record straight by reminding everyone what the Guyana economy was like when the PPP/C demitted office, and why the PPP/C is the best choice, the most experienced, the most knowledgable with the best leadership to rebuild this economy when this caretaker President and his minions are through depleting the treasury.In 1992, the Guyana economy was bankrupted. The then Finance Minister, Carl Greenidge, can testify to this. The country’s infrastructure was in a state of disrepair. Schools and hospital buildings were dilapidated and unfunded. Basic food items and pharmaceuticals were in short supply. And foreign currency was unavailable for the importation of vehicles, equipment, spare parts or anything else. 153 per cent of the country’s revenue was used to service foreign debt. In May 2015, this was reduced to just 5 per cent. The road to economic recovery came with a heavy price tag and lots of sacrifices. Over its 23 years in Government, the PPP/C paid off US$3 billion in external debts that the PNC had accumulated during its 28 years in Government. It took prudent management of our resources by successive PPP/C Administrations to rebuild Guyana to the robust economy David Granger inherited in 2015, and it was done without waiting for oil revenue.From 2006 to 2014, the Guyana economy was the fastest growing in the region with a continuous positive growth rate of 4.5 per cent per annum. This was also the longest period of uninterrupted economic growth in the history of independent Guyana. By contrast, due mainly to poor management and excessive spending, this growth rate declined to 3.1 per cent in 2015; 3.4 per cent in 2016; 2.1 per cent in 2017 and 3.4 per cent in 2018. (https://countryeconomy.com/gdp/guyana). In 2014, the last full year of the PPP/C in office, Guyana’s total international reserves were US$668 million. By March of last year, that amount fell to US$518.5 million. At the end of 2014, gold reserves in the Bank of Guyana totalled $25 billion. In June 2018 this amount was reduced to $3.1 billion, and today, this has further dwindled to a disturbingly low $589 million.In 2014, the last year that the PPP produced a budget, the total tax take by the GRA was $135 billion. Since 2015, the Granger Administration has introduced over 200 new tax measures on the backs of ordinary Guyanese, raking in $223 billion in taxes, that’s $88 billion more in tax revenue on an annual basis. At the end of 2014, the total assets held at commercial banks were $421.8 billion. Commercial banks were therefore in a position to provide substantial credit to the Private Sector. Interest rates in 1992 were 35 per cent. By the end of 2014, Interest rates had reduced to 10.8 per cent, much more favourable to those borrowing. At the same time, our exchange rate was very stable. It was $206 to US$1.00 in 2014, compared to $216 to US$1 today. In addition, the APNU/AFC coalition borrowed over US$900 million, US$600 million of which was funded by the local banking system, adding to the national debt and making it difficult for ordinary citizens and the Private Sector to borrow money from commercial banks.These figures, however, do not tell the whole story. The strides by the PPP/C were made in a very hostile environment by the then political Opposition, the APNU/AFC. One must recall the riots and destruction by fire after the 1992, 1997 and 2001 elections when businesses suffered millions of dollars in damage. These were clear attempts to destabilise our country.And we must not forget that the last three years of the PPP/C Government were even more difficult. The APNU and the AFC displayed their total anti-developmental and anti-national side. They used their combined one-seat majority to block every developmental project including the Amaila Falls Hydro Electricity Project and the Specialty Hospital Project. They voted against paying Government workers, voted to cut the capital budget of the Ministry of Works and the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs. They voted against money to help the sugar industry to restructure and mechanise more of its operations in the field and factory, just to name a few. The achievements were made in very unfavourable international circumstances as well. One may recall the destructive financial and economic crisis that gripped the world at the beginning of 2008 and lasted until 2012. That crisis affected our entire region, including our major trading partners. But impressive as the PPP/C Government was in the economic sphere, it was not all they managed to achieve. The PPP/C had secured US$250 million under the Guyana/Norway partnership on climate financing. Of this, US$190 million was already earned and only US$40 million disbursed to projects at the end of 2014. The APNU regime, therefore, had a lot of money to spend. More than US$500 million of resources were already secured to finance developmental projects. These included US$30 million for China Exim Bank to construct a new airport; US$66.2 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to fund a road network upgrade and expansion project; US$64.6 million from the IDB and EU to fund a power utility upgrade programme; US$50 million from the India Exim Bank to fund the East Coast to East Bank bypass road; US$34.4 million from the Caribbean Development Bank to fund the West Coast Demerara highway upgrade project; US$31.7 million from the IDB and EU to fund a water and sanitation infrastructure improvement project; US$15 million from IDB for a new Citizens Security project; US$12 million from the World Bank for a Flood Risk Management project; US$10 million from the World Bank for a new Secondary Education Improvement project; US$10 million from the World Bank for the University of Guyana’s Science and Technology Support project; US$7.5 million from the Caribbean Development Bank to fund a sugar industry mechanisation project; and a firm commitment from the Indian Government to help in the re-capitalisation of the sugar industry.The above projects and figures were sourced from several credible online financial institutions including the Bank of Guyana and the World Bank. Former President Donald Ramotar also contributed and alluded to most of these facts in a letter, “Under the PPP/C, Guyana had the fastest growing economy in the region”.Apart from the dynamic investments above, the PPP/Civic Government had secured not just growing local private investments, but some important foreign direct investments into our economy, many of which are now contributing in driving our economy. The following are some of these investments that came into commercial operation at the end of the PPP/C Administration, or shortly thereafter: Major oil and gas exploration activities, these included Exxon/Esso, Repsol and CGX; three major gold mines were ready to commence commercial operations, namely, Guyana Gold Fields Ltd/AGM, ETK/Sandsprings and Troy Resources. Mining of other minerals including Reunion Manganese and First Bauxite; a large scale agricultural project in the Rupununi – Santa Fe farms; two large information and communications technology investments – Qualfon and Teleperformance. The performance of the PPP/C Government, therefore, generated great confidence in both local and foreign investors. The above is a snapshot of the robust economy that the PPP/Civic left. Our economy was clearly strong and growing fast despite the Opposition and any challenges it encountered.The APNU regime took over at a time when Guyana was leading the rest of the region. This regime had a very sound foundation on which to build upon. They screwed up big time.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member of Parliamentlast_img read more

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CAPE, CSEC exam locations moved to accommodate jubilee float parade

first_imgCaribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) students from seven city schools sitting examinations on Thursday, May 26 will be relocated to facilitate the float parade to mark the country’s 50th Independence Anniversary.According to the Education Ministry, students from The Bishops’ High, St John’s College, St Rose’s High, and St Stanislaus College will write their examinations at Queen’s College. It said too that students from Central High School will be relocated to St Joseph’s High School. Students from Christ Church Secondary and Brickdam Secondary Schools will be relocated to Tutorial High School. Students from the Josel Education Institute will also sit their examinations at Tutorial High School.During the week leading up to the 26th, CAPE candidates will be sitting Literature, Physics, Applied Maths, Biology, Management of Business, Environmental Science, Law, Electrical and Electronic Technology, Physical Education and Sport, Pure Maths, Agricultural Science, Food and Nutrition, Digital Media, and Building and Mechanical Engineering Drawing.Meanwhile, CSEC candidates will be sitting Biology, Building Technology Construction, Social Studies, Principles of Business, Geography, Physical Education and Sport, and Office Administration.A number of activities had been rolled out to mark the anniversary during the one-week period when school will be suspended.These include the largest May 26 float parade that is the embodiment of the Republic Day parade that was postponed given the anniversary.Also set for that day is the GTT Mega Concert slated for the National Stadium after the float parade.Another of the grand events set for the period is the National Flag-raising ceremony at D’Urban Park as well as the Independence Jouvert, both scheduled for May 25.From the 22nd to the 24th, other activities consisting of symposiums, book launchings, pageants and a long list of additional events have been planned.Being one of the most anticipated and monumental events in Guyana’s history, the Government has gone all out in ensuring that this indeed leaves an imprint on the minds of those who are lucky enough to be part of the celebrations.Over the past few weeks, activities, promotions and special packages leading up to the anniversary have been launched.Corporate support for these activities has been flowing in, since the beginning of the year, from both local and international sponsors.The country is expected to be transformed into a business paradise fostering economic growth and placing the country on the international map.A large turnout is expected from the Diaspora, as persons from across the world have been indicating their interest in celebrating the Golden Jubilee through “Reflection, Celebration and Inspiration”.last_img read more

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Orange Line extension studied

first_imgMetropolitan Transportation Authority officials propose extending the busway along the former railroad right of way that the agency owns along Canoga Avenue – land now holding used-car dealerships and auto-body shops. The MTA has included $300,000 for community outreach as plans for the bus line shape up. Lures needed If approved by the MTA board, construction could start by 2009 and be completed in three years. But luring people out of cars and onto public transportation could be difficult unless they have to cope with a long commute, high gas prices or costly parking fees, said Brian Taylor, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Why would they use it?” Taylor asked. “For people with automobiles, it has to be worth their while to make the switch, and the time savings has to be strong.” The continuing popularity of the Orange Line has spurred MTA efforts to extend the 14-mile busway and connect residents living outside the San Fernando Valley with the hugely popular “subway on wheels.” A $6 million study is being conducted on a plan to extend the line – which now runs between Woodland Hills and North Hollywood – northward to the Ronald Reagan Freeway in Chatsworth. Transportation officials hope the connection would entice commuters from Santa Clarita or Ventura County to park their cars and climb aboard. “We’re trying to be better than cars,” said Walt Davis, Metro’s transportation planning manager for the San Fernando Valley. “We’re trying to get you from Point A to Point B faster.” Researchers in the multimillion-dollar study – expected to be completed by August 2008 – also are studying whether the busway can be extended north along Canoga Avenue to the Chatsworth Metrolink Station and whether there’s land near the freeway for a Park and Ride lot. But tens of thousands of Valley commuters have found the Orange Line to be a godsend during morning and evening rush hours. Except for an occasional dip – during summer vacation and the winter holidays – the busway has averaged more than 20,000 daily boardings since shortly after it debuted Nov. 1, 2005. To meet the demand, Metro plans to experiment this summer with 65-foot-long buses. Each could hold 14 more passengers than are held by one of the 60-foot-long buses now in use. The MTA could eventually use 80-foot-long buses, boosting the capacity to that of rail lines. Averaging 35 mph, the Orange Line makes the 14-mile trip in about 40 minutes. By comparison, the Red Line subway averages 32 mph, taking 29 minutes to travel between North Hollywood and Union Station. The subway makes up time, however, as it accelerates to 70 mph traveling under the Santa Monica Mountains between Universal City and Hollywood, said MTA spokesman Marc Littman. Potential use the key Robert Rodine, who co-chairs the Valley Industry and Commerce Association’s transportation committee, heralded the proposed Ronald Reagan Freeway connection. Commuters from Simi Valley and Moorpark need more alternatives, he said. “If the Orange Line is attractive enough to them, they will perhaps exit the freeway, park their cars and ride the Orange Line the rest of the way,” he added. Daniel Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Research Center at California State University, Northridge, said the link could ease freeway traffic and air pollution, but he questioned how frequently commuters would use the busway. “As long as it would be used and not running empty, I think it would be terrific,” Blake said. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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