Guyana reiterates ‘open arms’ policy to Chinese nationals

first_img Sharing is caring! InternationalNewsPrintRegional Guyana reiterates ‘open arms’ policy to Chinese nationals by: – September 30, 2011 15 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Flag of Guyana. Image via: mapsofworld.comGEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — Chinese nationals pursuing investment ventures in Guyana have been assured of the same level of respect as others by President Bharrat Jagdeo, who views China as a key ally in Guyana’s development.These sentiments were expressed by the head of state on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China celebrated on Wednesday evening.Guyana shares a bilateral relationship with China that dates back 39 years and maintains the reputation as the first Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state to establish ties with China.Speaking in the presence of Chinese Ambassador to Guyana Yu Wenzhe and other Chinese nationals, Cabinet colleagues and members of the diplomat corps and the private sector, Jagdeo said the Guyana/China relationship began with the arrival of the indentured labourers.“That bond has been strengthened over time to include many others who have come here and who are coming now to work and to live here and to enrich our country and we welcome their presence in our country,” Jagdeo said.The industrious and progressive nature of Chinese people and the contributions of such achievements to their families and society were hailed by Jagdeo.“Our people… will always have a welcoming arm for Chinese people,” Jagdeo assured the Chinese ambassador.Guyana is at present examining three major projects in the tourism, power and transport sectors that have potential for major transformation. Support from the Chinese government in these areas is important.“China has always been friendly and has supported us in tangible ways… we are very happy with the access we have gotten to the finances from China,” Jagdeo said. By year-end, two new roll-on, roll-off ferries will be arriving in Guyana, donated by the Chinese government. The project is moving according to schedule according to the Chinese ambassador.The Chinese government is also a main partner in the one laptop per family (OLPF) programme with Haier Electrical Appliance Limited winning the bid to supply the laptops.Wenzhe reflected on the recent China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum in Trinidad and Tobago, which led among other things to US$1billion of preferential loans to support the local economic development of the region and a promise to deepen China-Caribbean cooperation in such areas as finance and investment, capacity building, environmental protection, new energy, culture, education, health, trade, tourism as well as agriculture and fishery.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Women’s water polo takes national title

first_imgYou’d be hard-pressed to fault graduating seniors and members of the USC women’s water polo team Tumua Anae, Kami Craig, Forel Davies, Alexandra Kiss and Kally Lucas for feeling a little frustrated.Champions – The USC women’s water polo team took home the 2010 NCAA Championship after beating Stanford 10-9 in the final. The title comes after two consecutive championship round losses in 2008 and 2009. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Info After all, the players came to USC with the hope of capturing a national championship, but for one reason or another, postseason success had seemingly eluded them. And much to their chagrin, it was primarily crosstown rival UCLA that contributed to their downfall.In 2007, the Bruins handed the No. 3 Women of Troy a heartbreaking 7-6 semifinal loss that kept them out of the championship game. A year later in 2008, it was a similar script, as UCLA once again defeated the No. 2 Women of Troy when it mattered most — in the NCAA championship game.But despite the exasperating finishes of 2007 and 2008, 2009 looked rather promising. Experienced two-meter Craig was back after taking the previous season off to train for the Olympics with the U.S. national team, and the rest of the group had gained more experience as well. They entered the postseason on a 14-game winning streak after just one loss during the regular season, and were even given the No. 1 seed by the NCAA selection committee.However, the stretch run proved to be the latest version of Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day, as the Women of Troy suffered another agonizing championship defeat at the hands of the Bruins, losing 5-4.In three years, despite three consecutive top-three finishes, the slipper didn’t seem to fit; the senior quintet had no postseason hardware to show for all their hard work and various accomplishments.But that all changed on May 16.Faced with the opportunity to end their collegiate careers on a positive note against conference rival Stanford in the NCAA championship game, the seniors guided the Women of Troy to a heart-thumping 10-9 victory, earning them that long-awaited national title.“I can’t believe I’m even holding this trophy in my hands,” said Craig, who was named tournament MVP immediately after the win. “A lot of effort went into it this. It was about time.”In the early moments of the contest, however, it didn’t appear as if it would take much effort for Craig and co. to finally get over the hump.Despite an early Kelly Eaton goal that gave the Cardinal a 1-0 lead, USC would take advantage of several Stanford miscues. On its first 6-on-5 opportunity, junior two-meter Kristen Dronberger capitalized on the advantage, powering a shot through the net to knot the score at one apiece. Just moments later, teammate Patricia Jancso, a freshman two-meter, broke the tie and gave USC a 2-1 lead with a goal of her own. Before Stanford could seemingly make any adjustment, the Women of Troy’s lead ballooned to a three-goal margin in large part to a relentless offensive attack.“We knew we were going to stay calm, composed and take it just one pass at a time, one play at a time, one quarter at a time,” Craig said. “Our game would then come together.”With the team holding a 6-3 halftime lead, Craig’s proclamation appeared remarkably accurate, but as in past years, the journey to the top wouldn’t be particularly smooth.As the third quarter began, USC slowly watched Stanford catch fire as driver Kim Krueger got a lob shot past goalie Tumua Anae just 48 seconds in, lowering the deficit to two. A minute later, Stanford cut the USC advantage to just one following a goal from driver Kelly Eaton.With their lead suddenly in flux, the Women of Troy elevated their play on both ends of the pool. The defense, forced to stop a potent Stanford offense threatening to thwart the team’s title hopes, shut down the Cardinal when it mattered most, creating multiple Stanford turnovers. On the offensive end, USC took advantage of those miscues, scoring four consecutive goals to build a nearly insurmountable 10-6 lead midway through the fourth quarter.“We needed to stay and play a smart game,” Anae said. “We still had a few minutes left so our focus was on defense and patience on offense. You don’t want to back down, but you don’t want to start playing bad water polo.”But once again, Stanford dug its heels into USC’s four-goal lead. Following two quick goals, the Cardinal capitalized on a 6-on-5 opportunity, as two-meter Annika Dries netted her first score of the game to cut the deficit to just one with 45 seconds remaining.“I couldn’t even watch,” Craig said. “At one point, I was just holding hands with my teammates on the bench, just waiting for the buzzer to go off. That last possession was the longest of my life.”Yet for once, the stars aligned for Craig and her fellow seniors, as they held onto their narrow lead and avoided what could have been another postseason disaster.“It was honestly one of the best feelings in the world,” said driver Kally Lucas, one of the team’s five seniors, after the win. “The best part about it is that I am doing it with my best friends. This is my last water polo game ever and to go out with a win is so exciting for me.”The win also gave coach Jovan Vavic, who coaches the men’s team in the fall, his third national championship on the women’s circuit and eighth overall. But as usual, he was quick to deflect any praise.“This was a 100 percent team effort,” Vavic said. “We had so many players play well. Our seniors played a great game. They played with lots of fire, lots of heart. I am so happy to see them end their careers with a win.”last_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott contract: Jerry Jones preaches patience; Cowboys prepare for long wait

first_imgOf course, they’re plugging along right now without Elliott, one of the NFL’s best running backs. He reportedly is in Mexico training and staying in shape as he waits out a new contract.Elliott is set to earn a base salary of $3.9 million for 2019, and the team last month picked up the fifth-year option of his rookie contract that will pay him $9.1 million for 2020.He earned his second rushing title in three years with 1,434 yards on a league-high 304 carries with six touchdowns last season, while adding 77 receptions for 567 yards with three touchdowns.Part of plugging along is plugging the hole Elliott’s absence creates in Dallas’ offense.That, Jones said Thursday, was what signing free agent back Alfred Morris was about, filling the void not sending a negotiating message to Elliott.Morris, 30, played with the Cowboys in 2016 and ’17 and rushed for 547 yards and a touchdown in 2017, a season in which Elliott missed six games because of an NFL-mandated suspension. “You recognize Morris has made some big plays for us in Zeke’s absence. Morris did a good job, so you go get Morris,” Jones said. “In no way is it addressed towards, directing toward a negotiation stance, that’s not the point. What you should be doing is developing an offense. … We have to do this in case Zeke might not be here, period. Without a contract issue and we all know that can happen.”Cowboys executive vice president and CEO Stephen Jones and coach Jason Garrett have fielded questions about their running back’s absence, insisting Dallas is focused only on the players who showed up to training camp. “We are focused on the guys who are here,” Garrett said. “We’re not going to focus on the business of football.”Stephen Jones said: “It’s going to do no good to address this situation every day, but we will be working on (a contract) behind the scenes.”Meantime, Jerry Jones on Thursday said he is confident that Elliott is working hard in his conditioning, which adds to the Cowboys owner/GM’s calm about not if but when his star returns.“Zeke is in my mind, very conscientious about his preparation to play,” Jones said. “I’m not even giving it a second thought to his conditioning which is part of his ability to step right in. Saints’ Michael Thomas on record-breaking deal: ‘I’m trying to earn every penny of it’ “All of that is very easy for my mind to deal with.”The Cowboys open their preseason schedule Aug. 10 at the 49ers. Their regular-season opener is Sept. 8 at home against the Giants. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, a famously impatient man, says he’s ready to play the long game on holdout running back Ezekiel Elliott’s contract.Jones was asked Thursday at the team’s training camp in Oxnard, California, about whether he has a timetable for getting the deal done, if there were a point of no turning back or a deadline as Elliott holds out.center_img “I don’t see it that way. I don’t see a point months into the season,” Jones told reporters (via “I don’t see a point. I’ve done it a lot more than these players have, I don’t want to seem trite or cavalier about it, but I have a little more patience about how things are going to get done and the necessity to have angst when you have it.”Instead, the Cowboys will “just keep plugging along,” he said. Related News NFL Hall of Fame Game 2019: Three takeaways from Broncos’ win over Falconslast_img read more