Min Greenidge, Canadian, Ecuadorian counterparts meet

first_img…on sidelines of Summit of the AmericasForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge engaged his ministerial counterparts from Canada and Ecuador on the sidelines of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG) meeting yesterday.Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, in discussion with Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia FreelandHe explained that the bilateral meeting with Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland builds on the “close and good relationship” between the two countries.In his first meeting with Minister Freeland, Minister Greenidge noted that the issue of Guyana’s territorial integrity and its progress was discussed, along with trade cooperation with CARICOM (Caribbean Community) and other areas of cooperation.“I got the impression that we saw eye to eye on a lot of things. Canada has a young Prime Minister, bringing with him his own initiatives and history, and we thought that that was a great opportunity for Guyana, that we could perhaps do a lot in that regard,” Minister Greenidge explained.Minister Carl Greenidge and Ecuador’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, María Fernanda Espinosa, in discussionThe Minister noted that this is a preparatory meeting, which is a precursor to the meeting between President David Granger and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Minister Greenidge said this meeting is expected to happen during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London next week.Discussions were also centred around issues affecting the Guyana diaspora in Canada. “We spoke also about raising the level of activity both in Toronto and in Ottawa,” Minister Greenidge said.The Guyanese diaspora in Canada is estimated to be around 200,000, according to the High Commission of Canada to Guyana and Suriname.Diplomatic relations between Guyana and Canada predate independence. The Canadian Commission was opened in Guyana in March 1964. Guyana’s High Commission to Canada is also Canada’s Plenipotentiary Representative to CARICOM.The two countries have good bilateral relations, resulting from political ties through the Commonwealth, commercial links, development assistance, and immigration.Meanwhile, Minister Greenidge summed up his meeting with Ecuador’s Foreign Affairs Minister, María Fernanda Espinosa, as interesting.“The major issue, of course, is that they have changed government, and it’s just to make sure we have the same interests that they want to pursue,” Minister Greenidge said.Minister Fernanda Espinosa has commended Guyana for the conservation of its forestry, Minister Greenidge noted. Guyana is expected to participate in the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (OTCA) Heads of Government Summit later this year.Guyana and Ecuador established diplomatic relations in 1974.last_img read more


first_imgA DONEGAL man who bit the nose off an Algerian man during an unprovoked drunken attack has been jailed for four and a half years.Savage attack – Carrigans man Barry Fitzgerald.Barry Fitzgerald, 23 and from Carrigans, pleaded guilty to the attack on 35-year-old Ali Halimi outside a chip shop in Derry’s Waterloo Street on April 14 last year. Mr Halimi was sitting in his car outside the takeaway when crazed Fitzgerald, who was in the Irish Army at the time, grabbed him, bit off the tip of his nose and spat it out onto the floor of the car.The Donegal man then continued his attack, biting his victim on the back before dragging him from the car and beating him with his fists.Fitzgerald was based at Finner Camp at the time, having joined the Defence Forces five years earlier. He had resigned from the service after the case.A defence barrister said the Carrigans man apologised to his victim.He alos said Fitzgerald had “a deep sense of shame” at having let down his family and his former colleagues in the Irish Army.Judge Brian Sherrard said people who were socialising or working in the city centre needed to be protected from this kind of “barbaric violence”.He jailed Fitzgerald for four and a half years, with half of that to be spent on licence.JAIL FOR DONEGAL MAN WHO BIT OFF VICTIM’S NOSE was last modified: September 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

Argentina vs Venezuela: Messi magic set to unfold in Kolkata

first_imgIt might be just an international friendly, but both Argentina and Venezuela mean serious business going into Friday’s encounter at the Yuba Bharati Kriranagan in Kolkata.While Argentina would want to give Alejandro Sabella a winning start to his coaching campaign, Venezuela would once again want to prove to the world that their feat at the recently concluded Copa America was no fluke but a result of sheer hard work.Lionel Messi’s first match as captain would only raise the level of expectations from the player often considered only half as effective in his national colours compared to what he does while playing for Barcelona.The fact that these two teams meet on October 11 in a World Cup qualifier match only raises the significance of Friday’s game.As stated time and again by Sabella, Argentine fans want nothing but a win every time the national team takes the field and the level of expectation would be huge going into the much publicised as friendly.If the pressure from staunch supporters back home wasn’t enough, they will have the majority of the football fanatics present here gunning for them. After all, the city follows only two national teams in the world. One is Brazil and the other Argentina.Having made the bold decision to leave out striker Carlos Tevez on grounds of lack of match fitness, Sabella will be banking on the likes of Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.Sabella will most likely hold Messi back in the role of an attacking midfielder as he excels in the role of a playmaker.advertisementVenezuela coach Cesar Farias feels the team is doing really well and they were looking to finally make it to the coveted World Cup. Venezuela will bank on their talismanic captain Juan Arango.The 31-year-old midfielder is their most capped player. Getafe’s Nicolas Fedor and Salomon Rondon will also keep the Argentine backline on their toes.For Venezuela, it’s a win-win situation as they have nothing to lose. Not only are they the underdogs, but even the vociferous crowd would be supporting the Argentines. But one thing is for sure, considering the recent form shown by the side, Argentina wouldn’t dare to be complacent.Shops make a killingEveryone seems to be enjoying the Messi mania in Kolkata. If the roadside walls and billboards aren’t enough indication that Argentina is in town, a look at the BC Roy market – the biggest sports goods market – confirms that the football crazy city has gone berserk. The moment one enters the market, blue is all one can see. Not just Lionel Messi jerseys even Argentina flags and bandanas are selling like hot cakes.Shankar Agarwal, owner of Agarwal sports, feels Messi’s visit is a blessing in disguise for the sports shops as “prior to Durga Puja seldom one buys sports stuff but this time it’s different.”last_img read more

Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer clinches spot as All-Star Game coach

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer, right, yells from the sideline during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)TORONTO — Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer and his staff are heading to the All-Star Game.The Bucks’ 105-92 win over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night clinched the spot for Budenholzer, who will coach in the All-Star Game for the second time in five years. He also coached in 2015, when he was with the Atlanta Hawks.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Anthony Davis picked as an NBA All-Star reserve; 4 first-timers make it MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img Milwaukee improved to an NBA-best 37-13 with the win. Toronto fell to 37-16, and the loss means its first-year coach Nick Nurse now cannot overtake Budenholzer in time for the All-Star job. It goes to the coaches of the teams with the best record in the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference through Sunday’s games.“It’s a great honor,” Budenholzer said. “It says a lot about our team. The players are the ones who put the coaching staff in that position. I’m incredibly grateful to our entire roster and all those guys.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBudenholzer will coach Team Giannis — the one captained by Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton is also heading to the Feb. 17 game in Charlotte as a reserve. Middleton will find out which team he’ll play for on Feb. 7, when Antetokounmpo and LeBron James, the other captain, select their teams.Budenholzer is only the second Bucks coach to earn the All-Star nod — Larry Costello coached in the 1971 and 1974 All-Star matchups. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “It’s a huge statement, honor and compliment to the assistant coaches,” Budenholzer said. “What these guys do for me is pretty special. We’ve been together a long time, so I love that as a staff you get to go and enjoy it. It’s a real honor and I’d say it’s a special weekend to be around players like that and just enjoy it.”The West coach will be either Golden State’s Steve Kerr or Denver’s Michael Malone.Kerr would be the All-Star coach for the third time in the last five seasons, and he faced off against Budenholzer in the 2015 game. Malone has never been the All-Star coach, and would be the first Denver coach to have that job since George Karl in 2010.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more