Croatia’s Luka Modric front and teammates are greeted by French players after their defeat by France in the final match at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)MOSCOW — The rain hid Croatia’s tears.After Luka Modric collected his Golden Ball award in a downpour, he shared an emotional embrace with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, both wearing the country’s red-and-white checkered uniform.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao victory unites nation anew 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “I wish we are now 24, everyone and Luka especially,” Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said. “There is a time when something needs to end.”Among a crowd of men in dark suits on the World Cup podium, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Grabar-Kitarovic’s team shirt showed her passion for Croatia, a country of barely 4 million people.While some of the players shed tears on the field, fans at home celebrated in the thousands despite the loss.“Overall, we’ve been better,” Lovren said, critical of the way France played. “They did it the other way. They didn’t play football. They waited for their chances and they scored. They had their own tactic and you need to respect that. They played the tournament like that every game.”Croatia went down with the same grit that had taken it through three extra-time matches, all won after conceding the opening goal. When Ivan Perisic scored in the 28th minute after Mario Mandzukic’s own-goal had given France the lead, Croatia looked ready to do it again.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Croatia knows Sunday’s 4-2 loss to France in the World Cup final was a chance that may not come again anytime soon.“We were so close and we played the best soccer. We deserved more,” said Modric, who at 32 may have played in his last World Cup match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: France wins 2nd World Cup title, beats Croatia 4-2Croatia’s first golden generation lost to France in the 1998 World Cup semifinals, and its second went one better. Besides Modric, goalkeeper Danijel Subasic will be 38 at the next World Cup in Qatar, midfielder Ivan Rakitic will be 34 and forward Mario Mandzukic will be 36. Then came a penalty, called after a video review, which Antoine Griezmann converted.Trailing 2-1, Croatia conceded two more goals but kept fighting. Mandzukic then took advantage of a goalkeeping error to make it 4-2, becoming the first player to score for both teams in a World Cup final.“When you want to be the best then you need to win, simple as that,” said Lovren, who lost the Champions League final with Liverpool in May. “It’s not easy to accept that. It’s something that I will carry for my life.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West
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Dear Editor,Warren Buffet said: “You cannot produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.” Agreeing to more oil agreements will not compensate Guyana for the unpatriotic and seemingly treasonous Petroleum Agreement with Exxon, Hess and CNOOC. What we need is to renegotiate the June 27, 2016 Petroleum Contract – posthaste.Thus, the Stabroek News article dated March 4, 2018 and captioned “Chevron, Petrobras among nine seeking remaining oil blocks -Trotman says direct engagements, bidding to determine selection”, should give us grave pause at this abominable suggestion that we enter into other oil agreements before renegotiating the Exxon Petroleum Agreement for 10% Royalty and Removal of the asylumatic US$460 million charge for pre-contract cost.Paraphrasing Roman General Mark Anthony: “Friends, Guyanese and countrymen, lend me your ears; we do not seek to bury Guyana, only to make her citizens wealthy.” This should be the mantra of our Government.The Government is not the enemy of the people. There are many astute and admirable leaders in our Government. These officials should act as “servant” leaders. We all know that the contract with Exxon is lopsided, asymmetric, and has striking features of mental madness or suchlike deformities. Comparatively, there is no Petroleum Production Agreement in the world that is so absurd and silly.Each member of Parliament in Guyana should be questioned by our journalists for their views on the Exxon contract, and have their response recorded and published for future generations. I suspect shame or contrivance will invariably cause them to provide crutch answers, and hide behind the party line if access or answers are obtained. Though silence does speak volumes!Exxon has announced oil discoveries at eleven wells so far: Liza-1, Liza-2, Liza-3 Payara-1, Liza Deep, Snoek, Liza-4, Payara-2, Turbo-1, Ranger and Pacora in the Stabroek Block of 6.6 million acres, the crème de la crème of oil blocks in Guyana, producing the world’s largest and most valuable oil find in the 21st century. Resulting in Exxon’s conservative announcement on February 28, 2018, of 500,000 barrels of oil production per day in Guyana by an undefined date.It is obvious to many that by that undefined date, Exxon can produce 1,000,000 barrels of oil per day from the Stabroek Block; or, in my opinion, within five years, without any further “discoveries”.Exxon published their last announcement as their seventh oil discovery, which is obviously not true. Not surprisingly, Exxon no longer provides specifics or barrels of oil reserves discovered, as they did for the initial oil discoveries. It appears that the oil bounty is too plentiful for Guyanese to assimilate.Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive! – Walter Scott. In the days of Scott, whose life spanned 1771-1832, and who lived in a period of state executions in Britain, Scott is also quoted as saying, “One or two of these scoundrel statesmen should be shot once a year, just to keep the others on their good behaviour.However, we in Guyana have no such scoundrel statesmen! Therefore, it is best to again embrace the reworded thoughts of the Roman General Mark Anthony: For Guyana has an Honourable Government, thus our Ministers are also Honourable”.It is good that ExxonMobil is our major oil contractor; being the undisputed king of the integrated oil industry – where Exxon leads, others in the industry follow. We in Guyana, with a relatively small and poor population of between 750,000 and 800,000, now appeal for Exxon’s compassion, mercy and kindness to renegotiate the June 27, 2016 agreement, signed three days before Exxon’s June 30, 2016 announcement of 1.4 billion barrels of oil discovered at another Liza well in the Stabroek Block.Whether the representatives of Guyana knew of this 1.4 billion barrel find on that fateful day of June 27, 2016, when the Petroleum Agreement was signed, would undoubtedly have made no difference to the contents of the agreement, as our Government has defended the Petroleum Agreement; strenuously, hoarsely and ad nauseum.Mr. Darren Woods, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, kindly heed the pleas and prayers of the Guyanese people.SincerelyNigel Hinds
Dear Editor,According to the media, “Officials within the school system are suspected to be culprits in the emerging issue of students using illegal drugs, says Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan”. Does he really have no clue?Surely the Minister is aware that drugs are becoming a big business in Guyana with a number of gangs operating in various parts of Guyana and being responsible, to a significant degree, in getting drugs in schools. Is he not aware that these gangs coerce kids, especially from rich families, to push the drugs in schools after either getting them hooked or taking pictures of them in very compromising positions and then blackmailing them?Perhaps the Minister needs to talk to members of the Police Force who have their fingers on the pulse on communities or researchers from the University of Guyana student and staff population or even senior students in schools.Even if it is true that a few school staff are involved, they would be insignificant cogs in the wheel. So Minister Ramjattan, please do get the facts. The whole issue is an open secret really.Sincerely,Annan BoodramThe Caribbean Voice
The Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) showcased talent and patriotism as its officials and students joined in celebrating Guyana’s Golden Jubilee of Independence with a flag-raising ceremony and street parade.The parade, from the school’s compound on Friday into the Cummings Lodge/North Sophia area, saw the attendance of the Principal, Viola Rowe; Vice Principal (Administration) Noella Joseph; Vice Principal (Development) Deowattie Arjun, students, as well as a number of residents of nearby communities.The flag-raising ceremony was held prior to the parade and saw the Golden Arrowhead being hoisted by one of the second-year students. This was followed by recital of the National Anthem and a march past by uniformed students.Tokens were presented by the campus king and queen and the dorm president on behalf of the entire student body to the CPCE top officials.The CPCE Principal led the singing of the national song “Let Us Cooperate”, which the students enthusiastically belted out while clapping and marching along the parade route.
File poto: Doc Lawson, president of DonamiSports and Henry Browne technical director of the LFA review a grassroots programIt is good news that the Liberia Football Association has appointed Coach Henry Browne to resume his previous position as the technical director of football development in the country.Coach Browne and Coach Kaetu Smith developed a five-year football development program that did not get the support of the previous administration.Now with his return as the technical director, Coach Browne will now have the opportunity to work freely, without anybody calling the shots and dictating to him how to manage and handle what he knows best.LFA President Mustapha Raji is a man who knows the men who can deliver the goods. And his support to Coach Browne is commendable.I recall when Coach Browne held the technical director post, he held discussions with Mr. Doc Lawson, president of the grassroots development United States-based not for profit organization, DonamiSports.Back in 2014, Coach Browne’s outfit and DonamiSport collaborated to complete a selection of the best young soccer talents that could have traveled to Dallas, in the United States to participate in the Dallas Cup.But the plan was sabotaged by the deadly Ebola Disease. Now, according to Doc Lawson, he has received an invitation for the 2020 Dallas Cup to prepare a team of a U-14 soccer team from Liberia to participate in the tournament. And so Coach Browne’s return to the LFA is a perfect time for the LFA and DonamiSports to work together towards the selection of a national U-14 team for 2020.The Dallas Cup is the most prestigious youth soccer tournament in the United States and it is widely regarded as one of the most competitive in the world. It was founded by the Texas Longhorns Soccer Club in 1980 as a way for the club to return the friendship shown to their teams that had traveled throughout Europe, according to its website.Held every spring during Easter Week, the invitation-only Dallas Cup selects the best teams out of the hundreds of qualified applications the tournament receives each year. Although there have been several iterations over the years to the format, the Dallas Cup currently comprises eight age groups from U-13 through U-17, U-19 and the U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group.The tournament traditionally consists of approximately 40% international teams, 40% state-side teams and 20% Dallas area teams. Each year more than 100,000 spectators watch teams from all over the world participating in intense games where only the best return home with the Dallas Cup Champion’s prize, the coveted Boot and Ball trophy.The long list of players that have gone on to have professional and international careers is an impressive one. A partial list includes David Beckham, Clint Dempsey, Chicharito, Landon Donovan, Raul, Michael Bradley, Wayne Rooney, Kleberson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Giovani dos Santos, and Brian McBride. In fact, Dallas Cup alumni have gone on to play in over 430 World Cup matches.Coach Browne and Doc Lawson are passionate about grassroots football and with their collaboration, Liberia could send a representative to Dallas, Texas, the United States in 2020.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Days after reports surfaced that Panama had rejected some 20 containers of rice from Guyana, another shipment is expected to leave these shores soon for that country.This was related to Guyana Times by President of the Guyana Rice Exporters and Millers Association (GREMA), Rajindra Persaud, following a meeting with rice millers held at the John Fernandes head office on Water Street, Georgetown.Persaud said that in approximately two weeks’ time, Guyana would be required to resend some 20 containers of rice to Panama, since the last shipment had failed to meet the specification.Guyana’s rice was rejected on arrival in Panama since it did not meet the stipulated specification as was outlined by that country.“The containers are being reshipped to Guyana…the contract was for white rice, and parboiled was shipped; that is the issue,” Persaud explained.He pointed out that, as of now, the impact of the faulty rice being shipped does notGREMA President Rajindra Persaudseem to be detrimental to the relationship between the countries, but he did say that this will be determined in another two weeks, when the rice arrives.“I don’t think there is any concern there…we just have to replace the stuff,” he noted.Several calls made by this publication to the Managing Director of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), Nizam Hassan, went unanswered. He was, however, reported in sections of the media as saying that the matter was being addressed by the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), since it is unclear what actually had transpired in Panama.The GRBD has come in for some harsh criticism from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Alesie Group of Companies, Turhane Doerga, who questioned the rationale for shipping the rice to Guyana’s most lucrative market without an inspection being done.Back in 2014, Guyana had signed a five-year agreement with Panama, under the previous administration, to have its product marketed.With the collapse of the lucrative PetroCaribe (rice for oil) Venezuela market in 2015, the challenges faced within the rice industry have been significant.The PetroCaribe deal was set to expire in November 2015, but Venezuela axed the rice deal months before the official due date. However, Government had said that the Spanish-speaking nation may still be purchasing Guyana’s rice, but through neighbouring Suriname.The PetroCaribe deal was sealed by then President Bharrat Jagdeo and late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. Under this deal, Guyana was required to pay upfront a percentage of the cost of fuel acquired from Venezuela, with the balance, which was placed in the PetroCaribe Fund at the Bank of Guyana, being treated as a loan repayable over 23 years with a two-year grace period and two per cent interest.
Green economy…to bring 2M hectares of forest under conservationA few months after President David Granger pledged to allocate two million more hectares of land and waterways for conservation, in keeping with his Government’s commitment to the development of a ‘green economy’ and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, there may be some uncertainty regarding this.President David Granger has made a commitment to allocate two million more hectares of Guyana’s land and waterways for conservation (Essequibo River, Guyana. Conservation International photo)Opposition Leader and People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo has questioned whether this will be delivered as the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Foreign Affairs, which met on August 3, 2018 and heard that reclaimed forestry concessions could be considered for protected status.He was referring to comments made by Head of Planning at the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), Pradeepa Bholanauth, who hinted to the committee that 1.4 million hectares of land which have reverted to the state forests estate after initially being allocated for forestry concessions under the former administration in areas in the south of Guyana may be considered for protected status.The lands reclaimed include 680,000 hectares which had been allocated to the Chinese investor Baishanlin International Forest Development Inc, as well as Simon and Shock Inc, and some 392,000 hectares that had been held by another foreign investor, the GFC had revealed.In a presentation on Guyana’s National Determined Contributions (NDCs) that reflected on Government’s forest sector commitments, Bholanauth said the contributions were categorised in unconditional commitments to be met from existing resources and capacities, and conditional commitments that will be supported by new resources.Included in the unconditional commitments were improved sustainable forest management and compliance with the code of practice for forest operations, which is provided for in the Forest Act. The code and forest regulations had been tabled in the National Assembly at the end of June.Meanwhile, the Committee also heard that other conservation areas under Local Government instruments and not only standing forests could potentially make up the two million hectares of forests Granger had committed in 2016 to the global Emissions Reduction Programme (ERP).To date, Guyana has already committed 8.5 percent of its land space to the ERP. To proceed, extensive consultations with communities, Government agencies, civil society and external donors, among others will be conducted. The entire process, which will involve various assessments, among other things, will be done in stages.Granger had said Guyana’s proposed commitments, through avoided emissions, can contribute the equivalent of up to 48.7 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide to the global mitigation effort. He said Guyana is prepared to sustainably manage conserve and protect the national patrimony.Jagdeo has however taken note of the President’s silence on the issue in the past months. He said that he would like to hear from the Guyanese Head of State himself, whether he has any real intention to allocate the two million hectares. The Opposition Leader has also argued that the green economy is not the same as conservation.“How are they going to get that done? It could mean they are going to take back lands from the people who have forest leases, from miners; and even if they don’t, that would be two million hectares more of our land that we can’t bring into productive use,” he opined.On that note, the former president blasted the coalition, stating that those responsible for the natural resources sector are incompetent. He claimed that they cannot handle or manage the sector, and may not be able to deliver on the commitment to fight climate change.In pointing out that Guyana has one of the lowest rates of deforestation, Jagdeo argued that there was no need to convert more of Guyana’s forest. He feels that it could have been utilised in an environmentally friendly way to boost production and ultimately generate revenue for the country and its people.He recalled that the coalition had criticised the PPP for its Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), but they are now finding it hard to accept the globally lauded initiative.
…Chairman slams action as “ridiculous”Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Chairman David Armogan has said he is to be blamed for some of the mismanagement in that region as it relates to residents getting value for money.Regional Chairman David Armogan addressing the RDC meeting. Also in photo is REO Kim Williams-StephensArmogan, who was at the time addressing the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) on the poor performance of machines that are assigned to the Drainage and Irrigation (D&I) system in Region Six, disclosed that several of the equipment are down only because the air conditioning system is not working.“I don’t know since when an air condition is a big problem for a machine to work. Since when operators have to get the air conditioner to work a machine? Every private machine that is working in this county doesn’t have air condition. I think we are a tolerating a lot of nonsense in the public system. Some machines are sitting down because the air conditioning is not working. It is as bad as that. Our operators are not working because they have to be in an air-conditioner system,” the Chairman said.While referring to what the administration has been accepting as “ridiculous”, Armogan added that many of the operators do not give a day’s work for a day’s pay. This is so because the administration has not put systems in place to ensure it gets value for money.“Nobody is checking to see what is the production coming from these machines. So we are losing production hours from the machines. You check and see if we are paying $5000 per hour for a machine and that is putting it at a ridiculously low level; at the end of the day we are losing $40,000 on each one of these machines. That is how economics work; every time you lose time, you are losing money. That is how business operates and the Government has to go that way,” Armogan pointed out.He also noted that the administration has been spending money on fuel for work that has not been done. The Chairman added that it is time to go back to the drawing board so that taxpayers get worth for their tax dollars.“The time has come for the REO [Regional Executive Officer] and myself to sit down and look at this whole thing. We cannot blame anybody else; we have to blame ourselves for some of the bad things that are happening within the region. We must be responsible enough to go back to the drawing board and look at this thing.”Armogan noted that Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) in which D&I machines are scheduled to work, should give the administration a weekly update as to the amount of work completed.Armogan is suggesting the operators be paid for measured work and sighted instances where operators would have only worked for a mal portion of the day but would have been paid for the entire day. (Andrew Carmichael)
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