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Local Content Policy within 1 month of PPP Govt – Jagdeo

first_img…says many “carpetbagger” investors in Guyana taking advantage of underhand dealsDisclosing that foreigners are benefitting from underhand deals by the caretaker coalition Government, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said that if the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) wins the upcoming national elections, then within a month Guyanese can expect a Local Content Policy.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoSpeaking at his weekly press conference on Thursday, Jagdeo alleged that there are many “carpet bagger” investors coming here to take advantage of underhand deals and are benefitting from land giveaways, at a time when the Government should be in a caretaker mode.“In Diamond (East Bank Demerara), the Trinidadians are coming in and getting a ton of land there and a lot of them are paying bribes. I don’t have a problem with Trinidadians coming here and investing but not in this period. The ‘carpet baggers’ are coming. I heard that (Social Protection Minister) Amna Ally and others who went to Trinidad, and a private businessman who took the team for the investors’ conference in Trinidad, have been brokering these arrangements. So they met with the people and give donations in Trinidad and they are offered land here now too,” he disclosed.The Opposition Leader noted that this situation is particularly worrying especially in the absence of a Local Content Policy to protect the interests of Guyanese.“Let me tell you something about local content. Before the Government changes, almost all of the opportunities that are going [to] be available for our people are gonna be gone… There is no Local Content Policy. We will become second class citizens in this country because this Government doesn’t care, and is not looking out for Guyanese and is part of these deals,” he stressed.According to Jagdeo, while Guyana can benefit from the expertise of its Trinidadian neighbours, he believes Guyanese should be able to broker the same benefits as foreigners.“When are you gonna protect our people; when you gonna have the courage to protect our people through a solid Local Content Policy… I don’t have a problem with people from Trinidad coming here. I believe they have a lot of expertise in the oil and gas sector, we need skilled people but they must come in transparently and Guyanese must have the opportunity to access the same resources they are getting now at this rate,” he contended.To this end, the Opposition Leader went on to say that “we have to have a Local Content Policy – within the month of a new PPP Government – that emphasises Guyanese benefitting from these things.”In recent years, pressure has been mounting from stakeholders, including the diplomatic community here, for the coalition Government to have a Local Content Policy in place so that Guyanese can benefit from the budding oil and gas industry.The local Private Sector bodies and other stakeholder agencies had expressed dissatisfaction with the slothfulness in which the local content laws are being developed. Calls are constantly being made for the policy to be finalised before first oil in the first quarter of 2020, when United States oil giant, ExxonMobil is slated to commence production in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana.However, Energy Director Dr Mark Bynoe last week disclosed that the first draft of the Policy is completed and that they are working on establishing a Compliance Unit to monitor data from the sector and ensure that the oil resources are managed prudently. He had promised too to have issues raised by Guyanese addressed.The Local Content Policy would guide the State in guarding against local companies being bypassed for contracts and services while foreign companies and workers are favoured.But last month, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had stated that activities in the oil and gas sector are moving full steam ahead without the critical piece of legislation.last_img read more

Halfway home

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now the Los Angeles City Council is proposing a new, separate agricultural district so that both the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys can each have their own fair. Fine, but accommodating two fairs was never the problem. It was the unwillingness of the city and the fair’s organizers to compromise that drove the fair out of the Valley this summer and led to this strange division. Still, now that the fair is halfway back, how hard would it be to bring it all back to the Valley for 2008? THE animals, at least, will be back. After a week of wrangling over the livestock portion of the relocated San Fernando Valley Fair, a deal was finally worked out in which agricultural enthusiasts could have their own event at Hansen Dam. What this means is that the Valley Fair, exiled to Saugus this summer thanks to silly politics, is halfway home. This split fair – half in Santa Clarita, half at Hansen Dam – is ridiculous, as City Councilman Tony C rdenas points out. But what’s more ridiculous is how politics polarized a successful and enjoyable event to the point that it will be hard-pressed to be either. last_img read more

Teenager leads Inter to first win in two months

first_imgBut Karamoh, 19, marked his first Serie A start by grabbing a stunning winner after 63 minutes to give Luciano Spalletti’s side their first three points since December 3.“It’s not easy to get through times like this,” said Spalletti whose side had taken just six points from their previous eight games.“We started very strong this season with an incredible run of results, so expectations were unduly raised.”Bologna were down a man after Ibrahima Mbaye was sent off on 68 minutes for a second yellow card, with defender Adam Masina also seeing red in injury time for a foul on Lisandro Lopez.“Today we did really well. We took the lead, there was an error for the equaliser and the ghosts of games past came back to haunt us again,” continued the Inter coach.The win lifted Inter up to third place, one point ahead of Roma who moved into the Champions League spots after coming from a goal down to beat bottom club Benevento 5-2 at the Stadio Olimpico.Lazio drop from third to fifth after suffering their third consecutive defeat — a 4-1 thumping by leaders Napoli on Saturday.Napoli maintained their one-point advantage on champions Juventus who beat Fiorentina 2-0 on Friday with Inter now 15 points off top spot.– ‘Incredible fire’ –Sidelined: Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi watches his team win as he recovers from injury © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOInter’s top scorer Mauro Icardi remained on the sidelines through injury with Karamoh getting his first start in place of Antonio Candreva.And the teenager made an immediate impact, opening the way for Croatian Marcelo Brozovic who set up Eder for the close-range opener.But Palacio, who left Inter for Bologna last year, equalised on 25 minutes after a blunder saw defender Miranda mistakenly pass to the Argentine.Karamoh grabbed the winner after exchanging passes with Rafinha, dribbling past two opponents with his left-footed effort from distance leaving Antonio Mirante with no chance.Mbaye and Masina were sent off for tackles on Rafinha and Lopez respectively, but Bologna, who drop to 13th, still threatened in the final minutes.“He (Karamoh) did well, but at other times he takes a break and it becomes difficult for us if we lose possession of the ball,” said Spalletti.“As a boy he easily gets depressed, but then he has incredible fire. In short, he must grow.”Turkish youngster Cengiz Under scored a brace as Roma came back after conceding a shock early goal when new Benevento signing Guilherme Costa scored after seven minutes.Federico Fazio headed in on 26 minutes to equalise, with Edin Dzeko also getting on the scoresheet in the second half before 20-year-old Under netted on 62 and 75 minutes.Benevento, with just seven points from 24 games, fought back with former Manchester City and Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna making his debut, Enrico Brignola scoring their second.But Gregoire Defrel scored the fifth from the spot two minutes into injury time to give Roma their second consecutive win.“Benevento had nothing to lose and are starting to form an identity, so we did well to turn it around,” said Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco.Elsewhere Sampdoria, in sixth, saw off second-from-bottom Verona 2-0 to stay ahead of European rivals AC Milan, who went on a four-goal spree at SPAL on Friday.Andrea Belotti scored on his return from injury as Torino, in ninth, beat Udinese 2-0 amid more video assistant referee (VAR) controversy.Udinese looked to have taken the lead after a Kevin Lasagna header bounced off the crossbar with Antonin Barak finishing off the rebound.But after minutes viewing VAR, the referee disallowed the goal for a Maxi Lopez push on Nicolas Burdisso.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Teenage kicks: Inter Milan’s Yann Karamoh celebrates his winner © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Feb 12 – French teenager Yann Karamoh scored the winner as Inter Milan ended a two-month victory drought to move back third with a 2-1 win against nine-man Bologna on Sunday.Eder opened the scoring after three minutes at the San Siro only for former Inter Milan star Rodrigo Palacio to pull Bologna level after 25 minutes.last_img read more

Messi, Suarez to support South American World Cup host bid

first_img0Shares0000World Cup bid organisers hope Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will back a joint 2030 candidacy from Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Apr 9 – Stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are set to offer their backing to a joint bid from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to host the 2030 centenary World Cup, bid organisers told AFP.“Messi will join us in this initiative, and Suarez certainly,” Fernando Marin, the joint bid co-ordinator, told AFP on Monday. “We told him (Messi) about our aims, and he feels it’s doable.”Argentina’s minister of sport Carlos Mac Alister said “it’s important to know we have the support” of such high-profile players as Argentina’s five-time world player of the year Messi and Uruguay striker Suarez.“In 2030, we won’t be there any more, Messi will.“He showed great desire to help us. He will surely be the flag-bearer for the World Cup.”The very first World Cup in 1930 was held in Uruguay and won by the hosts, who beat Argentina 4-2 in a memorable final at the Centenary Stadium in Montevideo.Paraguay were also one of the 13 participants, but the World Cup has grown immeasurably since then and now features 32 teams, although that number will rise to 48 at the 2026 World Cup.In 1930 there were 18 matches, but that will become 80 in a 48-team tournament, making it far more difficult for a single nation to host alone.Before then the World Cup will be held in Russia later this year and then Qatar in 2022. The bid city for the 2026 edition has yet to be decided.The joint bid has the support of the heads of state of the three countries, all of whom were president of a football club before leading their country.Argentina’s Mauricio Macri used to head Boca Juniors, the country’s most successful club; Tabare Vazquez was in charge at Uruguay’s Atletico Progresso; while Paraguayan Horacio Cartes was once the boss at Club Libertad.The joint bid would see Argentina host eight of the 12 groups in the opening phase, with Uruguay and Paraguay given two each.The initial idea centred around a joint Uruguay-Argentina bid, which was announced in July.Paraguay were added to the bid in October with the backing of the South American federation, CONMEBOL.Uruguay and Argentina have both hosted the World Cup before, winning on home soil in 1930 and 1978 respectively.They have also both won the global football showpiece a second time — in 1950 for Uruguay and 1986 for a Diego Maradona-led Argentina.No other potential candidates have expressed an interest in hosting the 2030 tournament, but China are rumoured to be preparing their candidature.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Silva scores twice as Man City rallies to beat Bayern

first_img0Shares0000Two goals from substitute Bernardo Silva (R) helped Manchester City come from 2-0 down to end a run of two defeats in their International Champions Cup campaign with a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich © AFP / RHONA WISEMIAMI, United States, Jul 29 – Pepe Guardiola finished Manchester City’s US tour with a deserved 3-2 victory over former club Bayern Munich, but his evening was soured with an injury to new signing Riyad Mahrez.Two goals from substitute Bernardo Silva helped Manchester City come from 2-0 down to end a run of two defeats in this International Champions Cup campaign with youngster Lukas Nmecha scoring in between. Mahrez, however, went down twice with what looked like an ankle problem. He was eventually forced off after just 27 minutes and looked in discomfort.With the traditional English season opener – the Community Shield – taking place next Sunday at Wembley against Chelsea, coach Guardiola will assess the Algerian’s fitness as the start of the Premier League campaign looms into view.Meanwhile Guardiola’s squad flew back to Manchester at the end of the Saturday match.City’s opening games against Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool had both ended in narrow defeats, but with Guardiola opting for familiarity — eight players in the starting lineup here had begun all three games of this US tour — it was another young side full of running.Bayern Munich’s goal keeper Sven Ulreich tries to block Manchester City’s Brahim Diaz during their International Champions Cup friendly in Miami © AFP / RHONA WISE“We analyzed our mistakes in the previous games and did it better against Bayern Munich,” said Guardiola. “We were able to play good and overcome the situation when we were 2-0 down.”Bayern’s main men Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery looked dangerous on the ball, yet with Mahrez afforded plenty of space in midfield the English champions dominated the early stages and really should have opened the scoring.Mahrez, who had already spent a few minutes getting treatment after being challenged, sent German-born City striker Nmecha through only for his shot be saved by Sven Ulreich.It wasn’t long before Nmecha had the opportunity to make amends as another classy through ball from Mahrez set him free, but this time he was denied by the post.That was to prove a costly couple of misses because on 14 minutes, Bayern were ahead.– Finds space –The lively Rafinha found space on the right and his cross was headed in by Meritan Shabani.It was a good team goal and on 23 minutes, Ribery and Robben combined for number two. The French midfielder’s lofted through ball found the Dutchman in the area and his two touches – one to control and one to expertly lift the ball past Claudio Bravo – were top class.And all of a sudden, a difficult evening for Guardiola darkened on 27 minutes when Mahrez was forced to leave the field with an injured ankle.Manchester City’s Douglas Luiz gets to grips with Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery (L) during their International Champions Cup friendly in Miami © AFP / RHONA WISE“We will see, maybe it is not a problem,” said Guardiola.The Algerian limped off to be replaced by Portuguese midfielder Silva, who scored the goal his team’s display had deserved on the stroke of half-time.The former Monaco star ran unchallenged 25 yards out and produced an excellent low, curling finish leaving Ulreich with no chance.The Bayern keeper was being kept busy and on 51 minutes, he was picking the ball out of the back of the net once more after Silva fed Foden and when his curling shot was parried, Nmecha was on hand to steer home from close.No-one could begrudge this young City side a share of the spoils, but the game was turned on its head with 20 minutes remaining.A first City appearance for 17-year-old Spanish attacking midfielder Adrian Bernabe quickly resulted in a third goal for Guardiola’s side. The former Barcelona youngster teed up Silva who wriggled clear in the area before drilling low past Ulreich for the winner.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Christmas jumpers and more great presents for sport fans

first_img 8 More ‘ugly sweaters’ – NFL style! Click the arrow above, right, to see more gift ideas for the sport fans in your life – If NBA isn’t your thing then check out the Chrimbo jumpers on offer from NFL teams. In fact, NFL UK are having an Ugly Jumper day on 6 December if you can’t wait until 25 December to open yours. Have a look for your team here  and keep your eyes peeled for #NFLXmasJumperDay Subbuteo salt and pepper grinders plus bottle opener – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more ideas – This is one bottle opener that definitely won’t go missing, while you can pass the salt and pepper with ease at the dinner table on Christmas day. And you don’t have to worry about ironing any table cloth!  Have a look at them at Thatbo here. 8 Football Christmas jumpers! Click the arrow above, right, to see more gift ideas for those sport fans you know – Stuck on a present to buy the sport fan in your life? Then read on for some suggestions beginning with the classic Christmas jumpers, like these Arsenal ones from the club’s Christmas shop. And if you don’t want to don the Gunners’ colours, then most other teams have their own. Give Jose a home this Christmas – Click the arrow above, right, to see more Xmas pressie ideas – Mourinho’s job as Chelsea manager may be safe for now, but with Roman Abramovich as your boss, who knows what can happen. And if he does get the chop, then the Chelsea fan in your life can always remember him with this cardboard cut out from Kitbag. For the little fans in your life! – So now you’ve treated yourself, it’s time for your kids or little brother and sister. And if they’re a football nut, you can’t really go wrong with a bag shaped like one. Or you can create a football career for them with this personalised children’s football book. Head over to prezzybox for more info. 8 8 8 Seeing as it’s now December, you better start thinking of what to buy for Christmas.Here, talkSPORT attempts to help… 8 St. Pauli Advent calendar – click the arrow above, right, to see how you can make a Subbuteo fan very happy – St. Pauli, Germany’s ultra cool club with their skull and crossbones logo might not win much, but they have devoted fans all over the world. Being the type of club they are, we can only imagine the joys each window of this Advent calendar will bring. Probably chocolate, but you can dream – check out NBA ‘ugly sweaters’ – Click the arrow above, right, if basketball isn’t your thing – That’s what they’re called and the ‘ugly’ merchandise is growing in popularity. They may be bright, but they feel great and are a better bet than those sleeveless shirts during the winter months! Check out your team’s jumper at the NBA shop here. 8 Hang Maradona… from your office/bedroom wall – Click the arrow above, right, to see the ultimate Christmas gift for a football hipster – If you think your office needs some football colour, then spruce up the walls with a few footy prints. They’re not hugely expensive and as well as the ones above, by Kieran Carroll, there are loads more, so check out box2boxfootball, who also have some lovely vintage football shirts, for more. 8last_img read more

French starlet on verge of joining Tottenham after undergoing medical

first_img1 Moussa Dembele Fulham striker Moussa Dembele is undergoing a medical at Tottenham and is expected to complete his move to White Hart Lane, according to reports.Under the terms of the deal, the teenager is set to stay with the Championship strugglers for the remainder of the current campaign before joining Spurs in the summer.Mauricio Pochettino has been searching for another striker to ease the burden on Harry Kane and has cash to spare after selling Andros Townsend to Newcastle for £12million.Dembele joined Fulham from Paris St Germain in 2012 and has scored 11 goals all in competitions this season but his contract at Craven Cottage is due to expire in the summer.The deal could cause some degree of confusion as it comes just one day after unrelated midfielder Mousa Dembele signed a new three-year deal with the London club.last_img read more


first_imgThe ladies of Otway believe they are definitely in the favour of the golfing Gods, as they were blessed on all of their big days this year with glorious sunshine.The opposite was the case on club president Gerry McGivern’s big day when the heavens opened and gale force winds blew the poor souls who galantly braved the elements in search of the big prize.Paul Murray’s hard fought 37 pts were just enough to get him over the line to claim victory, just piping Damian Gallagher into second place, with Mark Canning taking the gross. John McClafferty took third place, with the nines going to Shaun Duffy and Dave Hughes, while nearest the pin was taken by Sidney Anderson and Noel Kiernan getting the longest drive. Lady captain Mary Hassan won the ladies section, and Brighdin McDaid took second spot, and the visitors prize went to Phil !Congratulations to all the prizewinners for the effort they put in on a miserable days weather, and to Gerry & family on a very enjoyable day and night.The last singles competition to count for Golfer of the Year takes place this Sunday 15th, with the Fort Royal cup, in stroke format. There are three or four still possible contenders who can still take top spot, and also a race to get into the play offs to be held later in the year.GOLF NEWS – WEATHER FAILS TO DAMPEN SPIRITS ON PRESIDENT’S DAY AT OTWAY was last modified: September 9th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:OTWAY GOLF CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

Everton reportedly agree £28.5m deal to sign Yerry Mina from Barcelona

first_img REVEALED targets BIG PRESENTS UP TOP The Toffees are understood to have been interested in Mina since his star performances for Colombia at the World Cup.They were always seemingly behind United in the race for his signature, but have ultimately come up trumps and Marco Silva has seemingly got his man. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 gameday cracker smart causal How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures targets Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won revealed What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 1center_img Mina scored Colombia’s goal against England in the World Cup last 16 REVEALED possible standings Latest Everton News Duncan Ferguson: ‘All I’ve done is walk up and down the touchline shouting’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Everton have reportedly agreed a €32m (£28.5m) deal to sign Yerry Mina.The Barcelona centre-back has been strongly linked with Manchester United this summer, however it was reported on Sunday morning that their deal was in jeopardy. Now, according to Sport, Everton have pounced and snatched the Colombian defender for themselves.Mina, 23, is reportedly set to sign a five-year deal at Goodison Park after concluding swift negotiations with the Blaugrana. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT HUMBLE last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said the Family Home Tax will be “unsustainable for many” and shows the government is “out-of-touch with citizens and economic reality”.Deputy Doherty insisted: “Today we saw the government rush through the second piece of legislation on the Family Home Tax. Once again their arrogance resulted in little or no debate on the most important issue facing many people.“This cabinet with their large salaries will not feel the effect of this new tax but hundreds of thousands of others in mortgage arrears, unemployed or simply struggling month to month will feel it acutely. The government needs to get out of their comfortable seats and recognise this fact. “This legislation is being rushed through without debate so that the Revenue Commissioners can post out letters of demand over the coming days. This is yet another bill on top of increases in motor tax and other direct and indirect taxes for many families. We know this government is hell-bent on taxing water as soon as possible too and the reality of cuts is clear to all after five years of austerity budgets. That is the reality this government must face up to.“At some point this government must recognise that people are carrying a great burden which in many cases is unsustainable. This should be clear from the mortgage arrears crisis and the stagnant sky-high rates of unemployment and famine level emigration.“We have shown how an alternative Wealth Tax would be a fairer alternative which would not dampen the domestic economy.“Sinn Féin is the only party with a clear and consistent opposition to a Family Home Tax. This is an unfair tax which takes no regard to stamp duty paid, management fees or ability to pay in most cases. Sinn Féin is determined to see this tax repealed rather than simply tinkered with.”  FAMILY HOME TAX IS UNSUSTAINABLE, SAYS DOHERTY was last modified: March 5th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FAMILY HOME TAX IS UNSUSTAINABLESAYS DOHERTYlast_img read more