President David Granger on Thursday met with a visiting delegation comprising Congressmen and other officials from the United States of America at the Ministry of the Presidency, where a number of issues were discussed and areas of cooperation explored.The Delegation during talks with President David Granger on ThursdayAccording to a release issued by the Ministry of the Presidency, the four areas discussed surrounded a geographic overview of Guyana, its hemispheric affiliations and shared borders; a strategic outline, which outlined the Guyana/Venezuela border controversy, territorial controversy with Suriname, Guyana’s international relations and the migration of Venezuelans into Guyana; an economic overview, which dealt with the traditional sectors, the emerging oil and gas sector; and Guyana’s pursuit of a ‘green’ agenda and environmental conservation.“I dealt with the geographic scenario and the fact that Guyana is a continental state. It is a part of the South-American continent but with Caribbean characteristics. It’s the only English-speaking State and as a result of that, we have lots of advantages, but at the same time, you know, we are not only perceived as the gateway to South America for the Caribbean but we’re the gateway to the Caribbean for South America. Our geographic situation has, of course, implications for border security because of the territorial claim by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and also claims by Suriname. So, they were interested in that and I gave them the assurance that we are on our way to the peaceful resolution of the territorial controversy with Venezuela,” the Head of State stated in an invited comment.Head of the delegation, Republican Bob Goodlatte was greeted by President David Granger at Ministry of the PresidencyIn addition, Guyana’s political and governance systems were also discussed. “The [other] area I dealt with was political. I gave them the assurance, truthfully, that Guyana is a very stable country, law-abiding country, and our National Assembly functions, our Judiciary functions independently and also the Executive branch. So, those three branches are separate and the Executive does not interfere in the Judiciary or the autonomous commissions, like the Guyana Elections Commission, the Judicial Service Commission and so on. So, I think from the point of view of governance, we were able to explain that Guyana is a stable, well-governed State,” the President stated.The Head of State said Guyana’s ‘green’ agenda was also discussed and the team was impressed with Guyana’s commitment to protecting the environment.“They were quite impressed with our environment [and] our commitment to the environment. We believe that climate change can have harmful effects and we’re taking measures to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. We can see that our coastal zones are being damaged partly as a result of global warming and we are committed to protecting our rivers, protecting our air quality, protecting our forests. So, we’re able to explain and convince them of our commitment to protecting the environment even as we go more deeply into the extractive industries,” he noted.President Granger noted that the two sides also discussed areas of cooperation, which can be built and enhanced where needed, in areas such as security, energy and disaster response and preparedness.“The territorial controversy has been our biggest concern but most recently, and because of our long borders we have a 1300 feet kilometres with Brazil, 800 kilometres nearly with Venezuela and also with Suriname, but we don’t have the assets to protect our borders and there has been some trafficking across the borders; trafficking in guns, Trafficking in Persons, trafficking in narcotics and trafficking in other contraband goods. These are areas where there could be deeper and more intense cooperation between the United States and Guyana. Also, we are aware of the repeated danger of hurricanes and other disasters in the Caribbean and the United States has assisted us, particularly the Civil Defence Commission, in preparing for disasters and management of disasters. Again, this is one area that we want to continue our collaboration with the United States because we don’t have the airlift or the technical capabilities to respond to these disasters,” President Granger said.He noted too that the Congressmen particularly have expressed interest in the energy sector and the possibility of access to cheap electricity for Guyanese and other stakeholders.“We explained that we’re not wedded to one concept. Some areas may have solar, some areas may have hydro, some areas may have wind, some areas may have natural gas so we’re looking at a mix of energy sources and we’re confident that we’ll bring the tariff rate down to below US$0.15 cents per kilowatt hour. Maybe we’ll keep moving downwards and have cheap energy and this will be important to manufacturers. So some of the questions were concerned with the possibility of cheap energy,” the President explained.The US team, which was headed by Republican Bob Goodlatte, included Republicans Steve Cohen, John Rutherford, Scott Peters, Mark Sanford, Richard Hutson and Tod Rokita and other officials.The Guyanese Head of State had Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge; along with Minister of State Joseph Harmon at his side.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John residents that are fans of the morning McMuffin or Big Mac for lunch might have noticed some changes going on at the McDonalds on Alaska Road.General Manager Steve Reese says that the restaurant is undergoing a renovation for approximately the next three months that will see a revamping of the Golden Arches location. The renovations are part of the chain’s Vision 2017 modernisation, which will feature updates to the restaurant including custom-order kiosks, table service, updated furniture, and a new, larger play area. Reese says that new play area will be 100 sq. ft. larger in size, and will be the largest in Canada, and one of the largest in North America.According to Reese, since the renovations were required, the owner decided that the restaurant would feature a larger play area, since it gets a lot of use, especially during the winter months. Schematics of what the new restaurant and play area will look like will be mounted outside the restaurant in roughly one week’s time.- Advertisement -The renovations started last Monday, and Reese added that the new play area should be open for kids to play in by the end of December.
0Shares0000Senegal coach Aliou Cisse consoles defender Salif Sane after defeat in the final © AFP / Khaled DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, Jul 20 – Senegal coach Aliou Cisse rued his side’s inability to recover from an early goal as their wait for a first Africa Cup of Nations title was extended following Friday’s 1-0 loss to Algeria.The Teranga Lions arrived in Egypt as the top-ranked nation in Africa but finished runners-up for the second time after a second defeat by Algeria at this tournament. “They put away the chance they needed. On the whole we didn’t let ourselves down. We created chances but weren’t able to score,” said Cisse, whose team also lost 1-0 to Algeria in the group phase.“When you concede a goal so early in the match the plans become clear. You have to attack against an aggressive defence and we weren’t able to find the solutions.Senegal were without key centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly through suspension while Liverpool star Sadio Mane found it difficult against a solid Algeria defence.“What are we missing?” asked Cisse. “Being consistent. The last time Senegal reached this point was in 2002. The experience of big matches, we want to be here more often. We’re getting closer to winning.“The team has been making progress these past five years. A final is decided by fine margins and we deserved better tonight.”Cisse, captain of the side that lost the 2002 final, has been in charge since early 2015 and refused to be drawn on his future in the job.“It’s been 17 years since Senegal got to this stage of the competition. We’ve only experienced disillusion and disappointment,” he said.“I’m not important. What counts is what I’m doing the with players and the fact the federation has confidence in me.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Blackpool fan at Bloomfield Road 1 Blackpool’s abandoned Championship clash with Huddersfield will be recorded as a goalless draw, the Football League has announced.The game on the final day of the season on May 2 was called off in the 48th minute after Blackpool fans staged a protest in the centre circle, with the score at 0-0.The Football League board has decided that result should stand and have charged the Seasiders with failing to fulfil a fixture.Although awarding Blackpool, who were already relegated to League One, a point, the league will review its regulations for future games which are abandoned in similar circumstances while also considering ordering refunds for the 2,287 Huddersfield fans who made the journey across the Pennines.A statement from the governing body read: “The board took the view that the 0-0 scoreline that stood at the time of the game’s abandonment (in the 48th minute) should be officially recorded as the final result of the match, as it believes that league points should always be earned on the field of play.“In addition, the board agreed to charge Blackpool with failing to fulfil a fixture and the matter will be heard by a Football Disciplinary Commission (FDC) in due course.“In making its judgment the FDC will be asked to consider any matters relating to compensation to Huddersfield Town and ticket refunds to supporters.“The board also asked its executive to review the league’s regulations regarding abandonments to ensure that any such matches can always be played to a conclusion or replayed altogether if deemed necessary.”The ruling means that Huddersfield finish the season in 16th with 55 points while Blackpool register 26, the joint lowest points tally since the second tier was expanded to 24 teams in 1988.
1 Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will undergo knee surgery which will keep him out for ‘quite a long time’, Jose Mourinho has confirmed. The Belgian international injured his right knee in training on Thursday and is now set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines. The news is a big blow for the champions after the 23-year-old played such a vital role during their 2014-15 title-winning campaign.Mourinho will now have to rely on summer recruit Asmir Begovic, who joined from Stoke City to replace Petr Cech as the club’s No. 2. Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Mourinho said: “Courtois was injured in a training session with the goalkeepers and I cannot tell you much, but I can tell you that he needs surgery in his right knee. “As a consequence of that he will be out for quite a long time. I cannot be at this moment more specific about the injury or the time he will be out.” The Portuguese manager also revealed that Oscar will miss Saturday’s trip to Everton but could return in time for their Champions League opener at home to Maccabi Tel-Aviv next Wednesday. Thibaut Courtois
Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar revealed she was dreading returning home empty-handed from Rio after she narrowly missed out on a Bronze in the vault final in the Games. Competing with the best, Dipa executed a perfect produnova and scored a 15.066 but had to settle for a fourth-place finish in her maiden Olympic appearance. (FULL COVERAGE – RIO OLYMPICS) The 23-year-old, who said she was in no rush to get back home from Rio, was given a rousing welcome when she returned to the capital city in the early hours of Saturday.Sporting a huge smile, Dipa thanked the country for the support. “I want to thank India for giving me such a great welcome,” she said.Dipa also revealed she felt sad to have not got her country a medal but promised to bag one in four year’s time. (‘Rustom’, Hyderabadi biryani await Sindhu after Silver in Rio)”I am very disappointed that I missed a medal. But still I have this satisfaction that people would now feel that India can win a medal in Gymnastics. Tokyo Olympics is my next target,” she said, brimming with confidence. (Sindhu fought like hell, says coach Pullela Gopichand)The memory of losing an Olympic medal by just 0.15 of a point in Sunday’s vault final continues to haunt her. Dipa didn’t show much emotions immediately after the event but reveals she broke down on return to the Games Village in Rio on Sunday.WATCH – TOKYO NEXT TARGET, SAYS DIPA “I was satisfied with my performance when I finished the vault final but when I reached my room and saw that I missed out on a medal by such a small margin, my coach and I cried a lot. (Name a storm after PV Sindhu, says Kapil Dev) “I am very happy that I competed with the legends of the game and against them I finished fourth.”advertisementDipa has now been recommended for India’s highest sporting honour. However, the gymnast is not sure whether she should celebrate the moment. Reason: “I am very happy that I have been chosen for the Khel Ratna but would have been happier if I would have received that award with a medal.” (Also read: Dipa Karmakar recommended for Khel Ratna after spectacular Rio show)She got the people in the country behind the Rio athletes after a first few disappointing days. She set the tone and compatriots Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu took it from there. Wrestler Sakshi opened the account for India with a bronze in the 58kg freestyle wrestling and shuttler Sindhu, in her Olympic debut, fought her way through to a silver.Dipa said the Rio show will help the Indian girls come up with a better show in Tokyo. “I am very happy that Sakshi and Sindhu have won a medal and now feel that in Tokyo we have far better chance for Indian girls.”And the Bishweshwar Nandi, Dipa’s coach, was standing right besides her watching her ward grab all the attention. Banking on the support he is expecting to get from the government, Nandi is optimistic of a medal in Tokyo for Dipa”I am sure Dipa will win a medal at Tokyo Olympics. We need more facilities and authorities are supporting us,” Nandi said.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)No college football coach has been close to as successful as Nick Saban over the last 10 years or so. Alabama’s head coach has led the Crimson Tide to several national titles and SEC championships.CBS Sports published today a ranking of the most-overrated and most-underrated head coaches in the sport, based on anonymous voting from coaches.Saban, unsurprisingly, was not voted one of the most-overrated coaches, but one rival coach did call him out with a fiery quote.The rival coach is accusing Saban of cheating.“If you had the No. 1 recruiting class in the country every year [you’d win like Nick Saban]. He shows up at every single game with a better roster than the teams he ‘s playing. … If you count cheating and getting the best players in the country as part of running a program, he’s the best in the country. It’s like saying an NFL coach is the best coach in the league if he gets 25 first-round picks every year.”Oh boy.Saban and Alabama do dominate the recruiting circuits like no one else, but calling him out for “cheating” is pretty bold.Any guesses on who that was?
Not all Nova Scotians who need dialysis will have to travel to a hospital for treatments. Beginning July 1, a new provincial program will offer continuing-care clients with renal failure the option to have dialysis treatments in their homes and at designated long-term-care facilities. “Today, many dialysis patients must travel to the hospital, three times a week, to receive hemodialysis treatments on someone else’s schedule,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “This new option gives some the freedom that comes with getting the treatment they need in the comfort and privacy of their own homes.” Peritoneal dialysis is a well-established alternative to traditional hemodialysis. In hemodialysis, blood is passed through an artificial-kidney machine to be cleaned. Peritoneal dialysis uses a similar filtration process, but the blood is cleaned inside the body rather than in a machine. This form of dialysis can be performed in the home or in the community, reducing the need for patients to travel, or relocate, to be closer to hospitals. Less invasive and less expensive, peritoneal dialysis is, in many cases, better suited to elderly and disabled patients. It improves blood-pressure control, preserves remaining kidney function and expands dietary options. Combined with the fact that patients do not need to leave home for treatment, peritoneal dialysis often improves overall quality of life. There are about 95 peritoneal dialysis patients in the province; 10 per cent of those patients are continuing-care clients. Based on health and population trends, it is expected demand for dialysis-treatment options will increase. Peritoneal dialysis will be available to continuing-care clients with renal failure through home-care service providers. It will also be available in one long-term-care home in each health district across the province. The new peritoneal dialysis program makes services already available in some areas of the province available to eligible continuing-care clients across Nova Scotia. Continuing-care clients who require dialysis can call 1-800-225-7225 (out of province 1-902-424-4288), any day of the week between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for more information on peritoneal dialysis services. The Continuing Care Strategy is a 10-year plan to enhance and expand Nova Scotia’s continuing-care system. By building on community support, increasing local solutions and ensuring care options are available when and where they are needed, the strategy aims to create a system that supports Nova Scotians in their desire to live well in a place they can call home. A peritoneal dialysis patient is available for interview upon request. For more information see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/health/ccs/ccs_strategy .