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By Tim HanlonBarcelona striker Neymar had talks with Premier League side Manchester United but no offer was made, the player confirmed on Friday.The Brazilian hitman, part of Barca’s devastating attacking trio that hit 122 goals last season as the club won the treble, was linked to a move to United who needed a striker and went on to sign Anthony Martial.“There were talks but nothing came of them,” Neymar told ESPN Brazil. “There were rumours but I never received an offer.”The 23-year-old added his aim is to stay at the Catalan club.“I hope we have a dream season. I want to have consistency with my work along with my colleagues and continue to win titles,” he told ESPN Brazil.“I want to keep giving my all and evolve season to season,” he added. “I hope I will be on the Ballon d’Or podium this year.”Barca aim to bounce back from their 4-1 La Liga defeat by Celta Vigo on Wednesday when they entertain Las Palmas on Saturday.They are in fifth place in the table, level with Atletico Madrid, on 12 points from five games, a point behind Real Madrid, Celta and Villarreal who are in a three-way tie for the top spot.
There is currently a draft policy framework entitled “National Youth Policy of Guyana”, which speaks to the commitment by the Guyanese Government to honour its pledge made to the Commonwealth Youth Programme through the Commonwealth Youth Ministers’ meeting held as far back as 1994 to develop, along with other Caribbean countries, a national youth policy.The draft document acknowledged that a constant refrain was that the education system needs reform – yet, specific policy initiatives were not forthcoming. To this end, the authors of the document having examined trends in educational programmes at the international and regional levels – the policy seeks to ensure that the following initiatives be pursued:* That existing internship programmes be strengthened and in particular a specific youth attachment and internship programme at the secondary school and university level phases of education be designed;* Competitions that focuses on literary, creative writing and animation skills for young people and that the products of such competitions be used to enhance the marketability of the creators;* Wider exposure to technical and vocational training tied to enterprise development be an ongoing responsibility of the Ministries responsible for youth and education;* A special youth agricultural programme that provides certification and attachment functions and be tied to existing agricultural projects;* A programme that connects agriculture and care of the environment for youth at school and youth in business be developed as an ongoing activity; and* Training in customer care, service and network building.Moreover, it is noteworthy to highlight that the document also acknowledged the notion that not much is available to young Guyanese in respect of business development programmes and assistance – noting that other Caribbean countries provide enterprise development assistance programmes directed at young people including business advice, preparation of business plans, grants and soft loans. Though some of these services are provided by various agencies across Guyana, the policy recommends that existing programmes across the region be examined and a model that can satisfy the uniqueness of Guyana be developed in consultation with the youths of Guyana.Against these backgrounds, education is critical to creating a competitive economy. Nelson Mandela once said, “Without education, your children can never really meet the challenges they will face.” Therefore, it is important to consider whether the educational system is aligned with the current and future needs of the economy.Many young people in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union (EU) cannot find employment. This has become particularly acute since the onset of the 2008 global financial crisis. Evidence shows that the unemployed are unhappier, more likely to experience a range of health issues, and face difficulties integrating back into the labour market. Evidence also suggests that a spell of youth unemployment increases the likelihood of poorer wages and unemployment in later life (Blanchflower and Oswald, 1998). Such outcomes also have pronounced social costs. It represents a loss of potential output and leads to increased costs to the taxpayer. Henceforth, one potentially good way of integrating young people into the labour market is to increase youth entrepreneurship. Becoming an entrepreneur potentially offers benefits to the young people through deepening their human capital attributes (self-reliance, skills development) and increasing their levels of happiness (Blancfflower and Oswald, 1998).Entrepreneurs create jobs, increase innovation, raise competition and are responsive to changing economic opportunities and trends – in addition to offering positive externalities.The way forward: Education* Countries need to target skills development through improving the quality of education and training systems;* There is a need for better training programmes and Private Sector incentive schemes that help to fill the skills gap and to improve employability among youth;* Better tailored programmes are more successful in meeting the needs and abilities of specific groups;* A combination of subsidised work experience and vocational training is a good strategy to deal with youth unemployment* A degree of obligation is desirable to maintain attachment to the labour marketThe way forward: EntrepreneurshipWork more closely with the Private Sector to support programmes to disseminate entrepreneurship skills and to assist marginalised people to become entrepreneurs:• Create incentives for the Private Sector to integrate youth entrepreneurs into value chains• Improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem:1. Entrepreneurship training2. Simplify procedures for starting and doing businesses3. Make national policies more youth oriented, including labour market regulations4. Support innovation5. Better access to financial market (innovative financial products)The way forward: Macroeconomic levelCountries should adopt new industrial policy that could promote global competitiveness and labour-intensive growth. In order to do so, the creation of effective engines for higher sustainable growth becomes necessary to create adequate jobs for youth. And, finally, invest in the key areas and underprivileged regions could, address regional inequality, release pressure on the big cities, and improve labour market efficiency (UN, 2017).
It sounded like a shock on Facebook when international Liberian artist Peter Barchue Cole announced that he was retiring from music.“Loyal and royal fans,” Cole posted on his Facebook timeline, “it is with great regret that I announce my retirement and retreat from the music scene after many years of reflection and depression. I know I’m letting a lot of you down but this move is necessary for me to regain my sanity and reinvent a new direction in the face of major life changes I have had recently.” This post brought mixed reactions from his fans. Aristotle Guweh did not buy it. “Good to know that this is the month of April,” he commented.Theresa Tylers said, “Come on Peter you just kidding?”And later when his fans realized that Peter Cole was just kidding, Georgia Gwolyee Teah wrote, “You got me scared.”“You almost got me on my neck,” Lucan Dian Sonii, said.Cole later replied, “I’m counting on your support, love and understanding as always. The storm will be over and you’ll get the trick. Happy month of April and wait for the next single coming soon.” Though he did not disclose any details about the theme or style of the up-coming single, the “April Fool’s Day” stunt was no doubt a clever move to create buzz about what’s coming up next for the musician.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Commonwealth Day 2017Tuesday marked the launch of activities, including a panel discussion, in celebration of Commonwealth Day 2017. But while the body was lauded for the work it has done, there were firm reminders that local cases of constitutional turmoil, the rule of law and youth empowerment must be confronted by the organisation.A section of the gathering with MPs, students and other officalsThe panel discussion, hosted at the Umana Yana to celebrate the day, featured presentations from British High Commissioner Greg Quinn; Canadian High Commissioner Pierre Giroux; Indian High Commissioner VenkatachalamMahalingam; Australia’s Deputy Head of Mission, Tracey Haines; former Attorney General Anil Nandlall; Junior Public Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson and University of Guyana student Philippe Walker.This suggestion, however, was put forward particularly by Nandlall in a bid to warn against discussions becoming extraneous. He noted that while the Commonwealth Charter was crafted in a noble and idealistic manner, discussions should zero in on specific, worrying situations in member states like Guyana.“When we have these discussions, we must be able to interlink what is going on in the particular society in which we are having these discussions, lest our discussion becomes sterile,” Nandlall warned.The Member of Parliament cited cases such as the imbroglio involving President David Granger and the appointment of a chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). Differences in interpretation of the Constitution have seen Granger reject every nominee proposed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.“Fundamental to democracy in Guyana is free and fair elections. Fundamental to free and fair elections is the appointment of a chairman of GECOM. And we are unable to do that with the requisite speed.”In addition, the Court of Appeal is functioning with only two Judges, one of whom – Justice of Appeal BS Roy – is approaching retirement. Nandlall has been vociferous in calling on the President to act on the recommendations of the Judicial Services Commission, which he said were made since last year.“Right next to us is the Guyana Court of Appeal. One of the fundamental tenets of this (Commonwealth) Charter is the rule of law. Fundamental to the rule of law is a functioning and independent judiciary.”“And then we live in a country where there are serious separations of power breaches. And that is a fundamental part of the Charter, (which recognises) the role of the Executive and the Legislature and the integral parts that they have to play in a fluent democracy.”In further commenting on the issue after the panel discussion, Nandlall expressed concerns about the status of both acting Chancellor Yonette Cummings-Edwards and acting Chief Justice Roxane George.According to Nandlall, neither of the women has been sworn in, despite the fact that their appointments were ‘effective’ from March 1, 2017.YouthsWalker, a former Youth Parliamentarian and the final panellist to speak, advocated for more inclusion of youths. He noted that while there was relative peace in the Region, social issues affecting youths were all a catalyst for a disruptive society, if not addressed.“Peace is not just the absence of war. There are so many other issues affecting our society that we need not paint a picture of (the absence of) violence and bloodshed to be a peaceful society. There are problems affecting our youth such as unemployment, abuse, suicide and drugs.”“So, I look forward for fruitful discussions and not just the discussions, but the after-discussions to see (results) coming out of it that we can implement.”High Commissioner Quinn noted that the Commonwealth was more relevant than ever. Quinn noted that it was a force for good around the world in matters of democracy and human development – fulfilling one of its goals.“It is the British Government’s intentions to work with our friends and allies in the Commonwealth in the global trading environment.”Quinn noted that the United Kingdom would be looking to build on the 24th Heads of Government meeting in Malta in 2015, in order to ensure the Commonwealth was reformed and reenergised to perform better.“As the host of the next Heads of Government meeting in 2018, there will be an ambitious and dynamic gathering and we want to make the most of all the Commonwealth has to offer.”Meanwhile, the Indian and Canadian High Commissioners pledged their countries’ continued support for the Commonwealth. In addition, Junior Minister Ferguson emphasised the importance of peace being maintained in the Region, for the sake of economic progress and human development.The discussion was planned by Guyana’s National Assembly, with Speaker Dr Barton Scotland playing a key role. Scheduled activities for Commonwealth Day celebrations included poster and essay competitions for participants between the ages of seven and 11; and poster and essay competitions for participants between the ages of 12 and 17.Under the theme “A Peace Building Commonwealth”, Commonwealth Day was celebrated on March 13 in several parts of the world. Fifty-two Commonwealth countries celebrate the Day, with 2017 marking 40 years since it became a global celebration.
0Shares0000LONDON, October 13- Arsenal winger Theo Walcott returned to full training on Monday after 10 months on the sidelines with a serious knee injury, the Premier League club announced.The 25-year-old England international has not played since rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Arsenal’s 2-0 FA Cup victory at home to Tottenham Hotspur in January. “Good to have you back, @theowalcott!” Arsenal wrote on Twitter, alongside a picture of Walcott training with the rest of the squad ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game at home to Hull City.German forward Serge Gnabry also returned to training on Monday, having been out of action since March due to a knee problem.Walcott’s return to fitness is a timely piece of good news for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has lost German playmaker Mesut Ozil to a knee injury during the international break.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
While that is a $700 million increase from last year, state transportation officials had expected an additional $1.3 billion from a special gas tax fund, known as spillover. Spillover money is generated when gas prices rise faster than inflation. It was created in 1971 to provide money for the state to pay for public transit projects. This year, the windfall was siphoned off to help wipe out the state’s multibillion-dollar deficit. What it means for Los Angeles County is that regional transportation officials will be out about $336 million – its share of the $1.3 billion spillover. Without the $336 million, Metro officials said some transportation projects planned for the county are now in jeopardy, including widening the Golden State Freeway at the Orange County Line, bus operations and the Exposition Light Rail project – an 8.5-mile route to run from downtown to Culver City that’s already under construction. The budget adopted by state lawmakers this week yanks $1.3 billion from California’s public transit pot, forcing officials to consider fare hikes, service cuts and project delays to make up the gap, transportation advocacy groups said. The decision essentially eliminates 40 percent of the money transportation officials thought they would have to spend this year. It takes money from projects to widen roads, develop rail systems and expand bus fleets to meet the needs of the state’s 33.8 million residents and prepare for the 26 million more forecast to be living here by 2050. “This budget will mean more single-passenger cars on the road,” said Emily Rusch, transportation advocate with the California Public Interest Research Group. “We need more transit, not less, to keep our cities moving.” The $145 billion budget expected to be signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week will give $1.9 billion to public transit, said H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the state Department of Finance. To fill the holes, transit officials may lean on public investment bonds that voters approved last November, including Proposition 1B, a $20 billion bond for transportation projects to relieve congestion, improve the movement of goods and air quality. “They’re basically saying to us that since you got Prop. 1B money, you can use that money instead,” said Michael Turner, Metro government relations manager. “We have to use the money from the transportation bond to backfill the holes created by the state.” Meanwhile about $455 million worth of bike paths, street repairs, signal synchronization, bus improvements and other county transit projects can now be considered by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which is responsible for allocating federal, state and local transportation money. The board last month postponed these recommendations until September as they waited for lawmakers to agree on the state budget. Tuesday’s budget agreement arrived 51 days past its June 30 due date. Projects include a grade separation in Palmdale for a railroad crossing along Rancho Vista Boulevard and Sierra Highway; widening the westbound Ronald Reagan Freeway off-ramp at Tampa Avenue; building a bike path along the Pacoima Wash and improving pedestrian walkways in downtown San Fernando. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 It’s been a long old campaign for Chelsea, but Loic Remy made sure it ended with yet another bang earlier today.The newly crowned Premier League champions have been putting in the air miles since they got their hands on the most important trophy in English football by expanding their brand in Southeast Asia and Australia.Manager Jose Mourinho fielded a strong line up against Sydney FC, who finished runners up in the A-League this season, and a wonderstrike from the French striker, plus a typically shrewd defensive display, wrapped things up for the Blues in a 1-0 win.Is this the best goal the 28-year-old has scored during his career for the south west Londoners? It’s definitely up there in our book. Loic Remy
Radamel Falcao 1 Premier League champions Chelsea have completed the season-long loan deal for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.The 29-year-old Colombian international endured a miserable spell on loan at Manchester United, scoring just four goals, but Blues boss Jose Mourinho has handed him another chance to make an impact in the Premier League.The Colombian enjoyed success throughout Europe after initially moving to Porto in 2009, however he’s looked a shadow of the player since he suffered a serious knee injury in 2014 forcing him to miss the World Cup.Is Mourinho right to hand Falcao a lifeline at Stamford given his ineffectiveness at Old Trafford? Or should the Portuguese have looked elsewhere?Chelsea fans have discussed Falcao’s arrival and you can see the best reaction to his loan deal below…
Jordon Ibe in action for Liverpool 1 Raheem Sterling has upped and left for Manchester City but the good news is Liverpool could have a readymade replacement in their ranks already.Brendan Rodgers has already coughed up a few quid to sign attacker Roberto Firmino, but they might not have to spend much more if they choose to promote from within.It just so happens they have a tricky winger who looks like he could make an impact on the first-team.Jordon Ibe had a breakthrough, of sorts, last season, making 14 appearances across competitions, and he could make even more this year.He’s already impressing in pre-season and you can see how he got on against Adelaide United below…