Valencia arrived at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, facing the Red Sea

first_imgThe day for Valencia in Jeddah it will begin in the middle of the afternoon, when you go to the training center of Ittihad, where it will be exercised before the semifinal before him Real Madrid in the morning (20:00 Spanish time). It will be for an hour, from 18:30, on a very dry grass. Celades and Gayà will attend the Press. Maybe there the young Saudi could access to have that photo he was looking for last night closed. That of Valencia. Today so close, always at 4,000 kilometers. Another fan last night did it in the Ritz dressed in the che shirt. He did get permission from the minister. The Closed night received the Valencia when he landed in Jeddah at 00:30, 22:30 in Spain. He was waiting for him Ritz-Carlton, your concentration hotel. In the charter, all 26 players, including the five injured. They passed 02:00 when your Bus arrived at the hotel. In the hall just five people, all Saudi … And hotel workers. If I had wanted to enter an amateur, impossible. The scrupulous security at the door of the complex, surrounded by high walls, prevented access. It is the ministry of the country that should allow it. A young Arab tried. DeniedThe Ritz-Carlton It’s one of the most luxurious hotels in Jeddah, with 30 of its rooms equipped to accommodate members of the family of the Saudi prince, all luxury and some of the best views of the city: to the King Fahd’s fountain, Monument of the city, with a spectacular stream of water illuminated by 500 floodlights at night. It reaches 312 meters high to form a mist curtain over the Red Sea.last_img read more

Cristiano, authorized to return to Italy by direct flight

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has made a lightning trip to Portugal. The Juventus forward has traveled to celebrate his sister’s birthday in the company of his family. At the meeting will also be her mother, who recently suffered a stroke from which she has already recovered. Cristiano is expected back tomorrow in Turin, despite the prohibitions on direct flight to Italy that Portugal has dictated, as Spain has also done, since the transalpine country has decreed isolation measures due to the situation of the coronavirus. However, as Tuttosport explains, Cristiano has received special permission to return to Italy on a direct, private flight from Portugal. This will circumvent the air blockade that Italy suffers. According to the Italian newspaper, the player is expected tomorrow Thursday to resume training with Juventus. Serie A has suspended all its matches, so the next match for Vecchia Signora will be the second leg of the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday March 17. In principle, it will be behind closed doors and at Juventus Stadium.last_img read more

Robinson: “When I arrived I just said hello, bye, thanks, beer and I counted to five”

first_imgMichael was used to putting the world by montera, which is reflected in another famous phrase: “I am very lucky: I am 52 years old and I have never hit the water.” “When they asked me in the final of the European Cup to throw a penalty I thought of my parents who in my house would be saying … my son is going to screw up.” Of Spanish football he went on to say: “It is the most beautiful, but perhaps it is one of the most tricky.”When he hung up his boots, he exchanged the ball for the microphone, with which he conquered all of Spain. He left shocking phrases like this: “Mourinho is like a sniper, I don’t want to call him a hitman, but one day he received a brown envelope with a lot of money and pictures of those he had to liquidate.”His humor and offbeat generosity applied them like no other to accommodate the criticism: “Carlos and I see Twitter when we return to the hotel, and they give us every host … it never coincides who is the culé or the merengue, only that we have no fucking idea. I am from Liverpool.” And he did not hesitate to pour them with humor, not even in his debut in El Día After, when he criticized the set of the program, an old stadium stands, with its personal humor. “Everything is fine, except for the scenery,” replied Lewin, host of the program. “Nothing sticks, but last season it was even worse because there were cans, scarves, newspapers … It looked like garbage, huh? I saw the stands with people. I never realized how dirty it was, “he said. One of the last games he attended was in Anfield with Carlos Martínez, with whom he formed an inseparable couple in broadcasts for decades. His stadium, in which he played so many matches in red, always moved him. “You leave the locker room, go down some stairs, go up others and you are in the field. The last thing you see is the This is Anfield. Everyone played it and then people sang the You’ll never walk alone. During all my youth, I sang it to my idols and now they sang it to me. I get very excited every time I go. ” Michael Robinson, genius and figure, with that English accent of his own that he never abandoned. “I have managed not to speak either of the two languages ​​well” He said. Or, at least, that made us think because they say that his employers prohibited him from learning to speak Spanish well. Of all the phrases for posterity, we must keep one above all: “Cancer may kill me, but what it is not going to do is kill me every day.” A whole lesson in optimism and courage that he gave us until the last of his days. “I am 60 years old and I have lived in Disneyland”, he assured in the Window with Carles Francino in Cadena SER. Because this Leicester-born Englishman arrived without knowing a word of Spanish, but it was in this language that he uttered his most ingenious and fun phrases. “When I arrived in Spain I only said hello, goodbye, thank you, beer and I counted up to five”. He came to joke about his passion for Spain and an alleged relationship of his mother with our country: “My mother was the funniest woman I ever knew. After a year in Spain, I remember saying,” Hey, mom, you wouldn’t have anything with a Spaniard, would you? “He arrived in Spain in 1986, when he signed for Osasuna. From his playing days he often remembered his funniest episodes … and his drinking fame: “The drink is very stigmatized. I had a reputation as a drinker when I played. But I never drank alcohol 54 hours before a game. Although it is true that I do not remember very well every Monday of my life.” He looked for Osasuna, that not Pamplona, ​​in a map to know where he was going before arriving, he confused Zabalza the day of the first training and was surprised when before going to the field in San Mamés for his debut, his teammates began to pray. “What caught my attention the most was that before leaving, the team prayed. I knew we weren’t very good but …” he assured Esquire with a laugh.last_img read more

The crisis in the Ecuadorian Federation endangers Jordi Cruyff’s project

first_imgA more extreme case in Latin America has been that of the Argentine Galician Americo, here in the Panamanian Football Federation fired, together with the technical staff of their national teams due to the financial crisis.In the case of Cruyff, the storm for Egas was consolidating when his opponents in the FEF Board argued that the “reduction” was actually a debt “restructuring”.This is indicated at least by the resolution by which Egas He was deposed, and he argues that there was no such reduction but that the technical team would collect the next 2021 the reduced salary difference in the period March-July of this year.That drop filled the glass and decanted the support of several members of Egas to his hitherto vice president, Estrada, in what the former called a “coup d’état”.Despite the apparent legality of the process, at this time both claim ownership of the FEF and a legal dispute is not ruled out.“Article 1 (of the Federation Statute) says that we are an entity under private law, article 7 indicates autonomy, and we acted because statutory offenses were committed”Estrada assured in a virtual press conference this Tuesday.Among the alleged faults, the violation of an expense resolution to hire the technical team, although they also accuse the former president of little transparency in hiring.In an interview with the newspaper Guayaquil ExpressHe assured that in a meeting in December he warned “very clearly” the cost of hiring the new technical team: “Between four and five million dollars.”He also assured that he was already negotiating spending reductions.“We were having a fruitful conversation about how to make up the difference, we were talking about bonuses, a prize for classification and a part that would be reduction,” said Egas.The internal storm calls into question the future of the project, which, to top it all, is affected by an unprecedented global economic crisis.“I will meet with Cruyff for the first time today, first to reassure him, second (to discuss) the economic issue”, said Estrada, who did not want to anticipate the results of the conversation.At first it would seem that there is a predisposition in the new directive to try to preserve Cordón and Cruyff, but with empty coffers everything seems to be going through a delicate rethinking of the rules of the game. The turbulent situation in Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) due to the unexpected change of president in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic puts in check a project for which the Spanish-Dutch was recruited Jordi Cruyff with the challenge of changing local football from the grassroots.The struggle between Francisco Egas, deposed president, and Jaime Estrada, incoming president after passing a motion of no confidence on Friday against the first, dates back to December, when the FEF Board of Directors announced a national transformation project that required money.But the then approved amount of four million dollars for the coaching staff has become a trap for Egas after learning that with taxes they were transformed into six million.Estrada said at a press conference on Tuesday that this amount “was not approved at board meetings.”, and it was what led him to request the removal of the position of Egas, approved by six votes in favor and one against.For the ambitious national restructuring project, presented to hype and cymbal in early January, the Spanish were recruited Antonio Cordón, as sports director, and Cruyff as coach.Cord arrived in December and Cruyff in January, although being in preseason they had little time to see the locals at stake and put together a team, beyond starting the organizational work and observe those eligible in foreign leagues.And when they were preparing to make the first call for the start of the South American qualifying rounds for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, last March the health crisis that stopped soccer and with it income broke out.In any case, little could any of them know of the traditional disagreements that characterize the FEF, nor of the amounts approved or disapproved. Cordón and Cruyff have not spoken about the crisis in the body that employs them.In the epicenter of the decision that led to the dismissal of Egas, a salary reduction to the ‘Spanish’ technical team of about 70 percent is mentioned, as he himself announced, for the period March-July, in order to alleviate the lack of income.It is a circumstance that splashes the entire world of football, and thatn Chile led to a 50% reduction of the Colombian coach’s salary Reinaldo Rueda.They have also accepted reductions the selector of Colombia, the Portuguese Carlos Queiroz and that of Uruguay Óscar Washington Tabárez.last_img read more

Political end to Olympics: North Korea offers talks with US

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Also watching was an equally extraordinary, if motley, crew. Deployed in a VIP box together were Moon, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s envoy sister, Kim Yo Jong. The latter two, at loggerheads over North Korea’s nuclear program, didn’t speak, and the world watched the awkwardness.What followed was a strong dose of athletic diplomacy: two weeks of global exposure for the Korean team, particularly the women’s hockey squad, which trained for weeks with North and South side by side getting along, taking selfies and learning about each other.On Sunday night, though K-pop megastars EXO claimed center stage, leaders rejoined athletes as a primary focus.Kim, President Donald Trump’s daughter and Moon sat in close proximity as the Olympics’ end unfolded before them and the statement was released in Seoul. Also seated nearby was Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. forces Korea. Unlike Pence, Ivanka Trump was smiling as she turned in the North Koreans’ direction. It was not clear what she was smiling at, but a White House official said it was not the North Koreans.The developments Sunday both inside and outside the VIP box were particularly striking given that Kim Yong Chol, now vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, is suspected of masterminding a lethal 2010 military attack on the South.Outside the stadium, North Korea was not welcomed as much.More than 200 anti-Pyongyang protesters, waving South Korean and U.S. flags, banging drums and holding signs like “Killer Kim Yong Chol go to hell,” rallied in streets near the park. They denounced the South Korean government’s decision to allow the visit. There were no major clashes.That wasn’t all when it came to these odd games. Let’s not forget Russia — or, we should say, “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” the shame-laced moniker they inherited after a doping brouhaha from the 2014 Sochi Games doomed them to a non-flag-carrying Pyeongchang Games.Two more Russian athletes tested positive in Pyeongchang in the past two weeks. So on Sunday morning, the IOC refused to reinstate the team in time for the closing but left the door open for near-term redemption from what one exasperated committee member called “this entire Russia drama.”Away from the politics, humanity’s most extraordinary feats of winter athletic prowess unfolded, revealing the expected triumphs but also stars most unlikely — from favorites like Mikaela Shiffrin, Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn to sudden surprise legends like Czech skier-snowboarder Ester Ledecka and the medal-grabbing “Garlic Girls.” Rangers retire Hall of Famer Jean Ratelle’s No. 19 Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea02:31Palace ‘not bothered’ by Trump OK on US ban vs De Lima jailers01:09Trump: Don’t feel like I’m being impeached02:14Carpio 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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Other Olympic trailblazers: Chloe Kim, American snowboarder extraordinaire. The U.S. women’s hockey team and men’s curlers, both of which claimed gold. And the Russian men’s hockey team, with its nail-biting, overtime victory against Germany.What’s next for the games? Tokyo in Summer 2020, then Beijing — Summer host in 2008 — staging an encore, this time for a Winter Games. With the completion of the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, that Olympic trinity marks one-third of a noteworthy Olympic run by Asia.For those keeping score at home: That means four of eight Olympic Games between 2008 and 2022 will have taken place on the Asian continent. Not bad for a region that hosted only four games in the 112 years of modern Olympic history before that — Tokyo in 1964, Sapporo in 1972, Seoul in 1988 and Nagano in 1998. Japan and China will, it’s likely, be highly motivated to outdo South Korea (and each other).As signs came down, shipping boxes were loaded and the area emptied out early Monday, the departing Olympians left behind a Korean Peninsula full of possibility for peace, or at least less hostility.The steps taken by North and South toward each other this month are formidable but fluid. People are cautiously optimistic: The governor of Gangwon, the border province where Pyeongchang is located, even suggested Sunday that the 2021 Asian Games could be co-hosted by both Koreas.It probably won’t happen. But it could. That could be said about pretty much anything at an Olympic Games, inside the rings and out. Corporate and political and regimented though it may be, that’s what makes it still the best game in town for an athletic thrill every other year — and yes, sometimes a political one, too. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It was all an extraordinary bookend to an extraordinary Olympics that featured athletic excellence, sideline surprises and unexpected lurches forward toward a new detente on the Korean Peninsula. Thrilled athletes marched into the arena around the world’s flags, relaxed after showing their athletic best to themselves and to the world.“We have been through a lot so that we could blaze a trail,” said Kim Eun-jung, skip of the South Korean women’s curling team, which captured global renown as the “Garlic Girls” — all from a garlic-producing Korean hometown. They made a good run for gold before finishing with runner-up silver.That these games would be circumscribed by politics was a given from the outset because of regional rivalries. North Korea, South Korea, Japan and China are neighbors with deep, sometimes twisted histories that get along uneasily with each other in this particular geographic cul-de-sac.But there was something more this time around. Hanging over the entire games was the saga — or opportunity, if you prefer — of a delicate diplomatic dance between the Koreas, North and South, riven by bloodshed and discord and an armed border for the better part of a century.The games started with a last-minute flurry of agreements to bring North Koreans to South Korea to compete under one combined Koreas banner. Perish the thought, some said, but Moon’s government stayed the course. By the opening ceremony, a march of North and South into the Olympic Stadium was watched by the world — and by dozens of North Korean cheerleaders applauding in calibrated synchronicity.ADVERTISEMENT Even as dancers performed cultural stories to music before an enormous crowd, South Korea’s presidential office released a brief statement saying that Pyongyang had expressed willingness to hold talks with Washington.The North has “ample intentions of holding talks with the United States,” according to the office. The North’s delegation also agreed that “South-North relations and U.S.-North Korean relations should be improved together,” Moon’s office, known as the Blue House, said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkInternational Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, just before declaring the games closed, addressed the two Koreas’ cooperation at the closing ceremony, saying, “The Olympic games are an homage to the past and an act of faith for the future.”“With your joint march you have shared your faith in a peaceful future with all of us,” Bach said. “You have shown our sport brings people together in our very fragile world. You have shown how sport builds bridges.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours From front row left, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, his wife, Kim Jung-sook, and Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter, watch the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics along with Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, standing third from back row left, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity’s finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them shared a VIP box — and a potential path away from conflict.Senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. presidential adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump sat in two rows of seats behind the Olympic rings, meant to represent a competition of peace and international unity. In close proximity — though with no apparent communication between Trump and Kim — they watched a spirited, elaborate show that concluded the Pyeongchang Games.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingslast_img read more

‘Megastar’ Sharon Cuneta shines, brushes off social media hate

first_imgManny Pacquiao lists the top 7 boxers he’s fought Forward Marc Pingris snaps a selfie with Magnolia Hotshots muse Sharon Cuneta and teammate PJ Simon during the opening ceremony of the 44th PBA Season at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBULACAN, Philippines—Sharon Cuneta may not be the youngest of the muses that paraded in the opening ceremony of the 44th PBA Season, but the “Megastar” can transcend her superstardom into any spectrum.The 53-year-old multi-awarded actress was Magnolia’s muse in the opener for the 2019 PBA season and was diligently met with mixed reactions on social media.ADVERTISEMENT She said that she was looking for Rafi Reavis, Marc Pingris, and Alvin Patrimonio all of whom have become close to her on a personal basis.“I was looking for Rafi because he’s like a step brother to me, also Ping because he’s Danica’s [Sotto] husband, and of course captain Alvin because the last time I was a muse for Purefoods he was the player,” said Cuneta.“It was really an honor for me to be here but it’s just unfortunate Captain wasn’t here.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Cuneta, who rose to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, was part of a muse lineup that included Ms. Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Ms. International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, and other younger television actresses.No amount of hate, however, could dim the brightness of Cuneta’s timeless star power.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“They don’t mean anything to me because I’m the one in here and chosen by Magnolia and I’m the major endorser,” said Cuneta Sunday at Philippine Arena.Cuneta added she was surprised that players from other teams asked her for pictures but she remained committed to the Purefoods franchise of which she had already represented in the 90s. Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs LATEST STORIES Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan02:14Carpio 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Feasibility of VAT reduction to be assessed by IMF

first_imgA team comprising experts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is due in Guyana next month to assess the Value Added Tax (VAT) and recommendations made by the Tax Reform Committee.This is according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who during an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA) said, “notwithstanding what the Tax Reform Committee said, and notwithstanding the clamour for the reduction in VAT, I have asked the IMF and they have agreed and the team is to come in August to do an assessment of the Value Added Tax.”Minister Jordan said after they would have completed their assessment “we will take a look, and we will make a determination what reduction is feasible and when this reduction can take place.”The Tax Reform Committee, headed by Dr Maurice Odle, was set up late last year and mandated to examine the country’s taxation system and make recommendations for fixing it. Among the recommendations of the Tax Reform Committee were an income tax threshold of 0,000 with progressive rates of taxation from 20 per cent to 35 per cent, reintroduction of estate duties and levies on tobacco and alcohol. Further, the Minister said the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has been approached for its input on the recommended tax reforms.“What I have caused GRA to do is to go through the report with a fine tooth comb, split it up into the various sections and come up with recommendations of the feasibility of some of what have been recommended so that we could have a discussion in Cabinet and make a determination, whether or not they get into the 2017 budget. The Tax Reform Committee did recommendations that span two years… not just 2017.”Among the recommendations of the Tax Reform Committee were a reduction of VAT from 16 per cent to 14 per cent, the introduction of an intermediate rate of seven per cent, a reduction of the number of items on the VAT exempt list and a widening of the tax net by reducing the minimum taxable amount from million to million, Minister Jordan said.Meanwhile President David Granger on an edition of the programme “the Public’s Interest” had said it was perhaps hasty on the part of the then Opposition (APNU+AFC) to promise a reduction on the VAT rate during their first year in office when they had inadequate information on what they would find when they assumed office.last_img read more

Illegal Venezuelans terrorising Guyana’s Indigenous peoples – President

first_imgWhile Guyana holds steadfast to commitments to accept Venezuelans wanting to move from their crisis-ridden country on humanitarian grounds, Government has raised concerns of Guyanese being “assaulted” by persons from the neighbouring country.Speaking on the weekly televised programme – The Public Interest – which aired on Friday, President David Granger pointed out that migration is currently a “ticklish” problem, especially in light of the events in Venezuela.President David GrangerThe President said he does not want to have people who are guilty of any wrong doing or involved in terrorism coming into Guyana, as he highlighted the troubles already existing at the border with the Spanish-speaking State.“There are groups called “syndactylous”, which simply means gang or syndicates, which have been terrorising some of our indigenous people in the Cuyuni/Mazaruni Region, particularly in the Wenamu and Cuyuni areas. So we have to be very careful,” he remarked.The Head of State noted that while Guyana is willing and prepared to accept people from Venezuela, or of any nationality in general on humanitarian grounds, the protection of Guyanese citizens comes first.“Re-migrants who are fleeing economic or political persecution and who are prepared to abide by our laws, we are prepared to give favourable consideration. We are not simply going to open our borders to a flood of re-migrants – people who are casually drifting in and out. But if there is evidence of political persecution or economic deprivation we are prepared to give favourable consideration to this,” President Granger posited.The Head of State concerns come in light of recent attacks on Guyanese citizenry. Earlier in July, Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier Mark Phillips, had confirmed that the army is working along with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to investigate reports of a Venezuelan gang attacking Guyanese in the Arau and Mango Landing areas, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), along the Wenamu River in the Cuyuni Mining District and close to the Venezuelan border.Meanwhile, in May 2016, Venezuelan soldiers opened fire at a vessel that was transporting mines officers of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) in Guyanese waters. According to reports, about 19:20h May 30, 2016, a chartered boat was ferrying three GGMC officers from Arau located in the Essequibo Region, when they came under fire from the Venezuelan military.No one was injured in the attack which occurred one mile from the Eteringbang Police Station. It was reported that the captain of the boat was known to the neighbouring army and it was after he identified himself to the officers that they were allowed to proceed freely.Venezuela is experiencing economic turmoil following the decline of oil prices on the world market over the past months. The situation had escalated to the point where President Nicolas Maduro had declared a 60-day state of emergency in May.Reports out of the Bolivarian State reveal that there is massive food shortage and limited access to basic health care and basic amenities such as electricity. Reports of rampant outbursts of looting and violence are also emerging from the neighbouring country.With the situation in Venezuela deteriorating rapidly with no evidence of a turn-around, it was predicted that there will be a refugee crisis in the region, as persons from that country are likely to flee to neighbouring nations.The Guyana Government had posited that it will accept Venezuelans coming here in search of better lives but maintained that they should not do so illegally. (Vahnu Manickchand)last_img read more

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NGO to offer tertiary scholarships in 2020

first_imgThe founder of local non-profit, non-governmental organisation Give another Chance Foundation (GACF) stays focused on providing basic education from pre-school to university, and healthcareFounder of Give Another Chance Foundation, Miranda Thakurdeento underprivileged children in rural and urban communities.As such, the NGO is taking another step towards providing greater education opportunities to tertiary level students.In the New Year, the organization, through a collaboration with an overseas university, will offer scholarships for three students entering into the tertiary education level. They will be selected from Demerara, Essequibo and Berbice.In a recent interview with the GACF founder, Miranda Thakurdeen, it was explained that the new initiative is set to hand out three scholarships per year.According to Thakurdeen, with the basic cost to kick start the initiative already worked out, students will now be selected by a team from the organisation once they fit the criteria set out by the NGO.“It’s more like we’re starting off back with some bursaries, we’re working with an organisation overseas that will grant a scholarship. We are trying to offer three scholarships per year for students from Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice…We are going to have a team selecting these persons for the three counties. Specifically, students who are going into tertiary education because we want to assist them, and were hoping to start off in January…even though it’s free you know we will have to pay the basic cost, so we worked out what we will have to pay here in Guyana to get that done, ” the founder stated.Nevertheless, it was noted that students can pursue any study field once the scholarship is granted.“We will have to set a Board to decide but you will have to be qualified first. It doesn’t entail religion, bias or race….what I can tell you is that it’s not just medicine they can study but also management etc so based on that [qualifications] we will be selecting,” she said.After being founded seven years ago, the GACF to date has extended its services through the provision of education materials and lessons from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) to Regions One (Barima-Waini), Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Five (Mahaica-Berbice), assisting scores of children.last_img read more