first_imgIt is believed that a larger number of Guyanese citizens are settled outside of Guyana than those residing in the country. Guyanese can be found in some of the unlikeliest places all over the world. This mass exodus started in the early 1960s under the Forbes Burnham dictatorship, when the economy was facing total collapse. There were no proper jobs, social services were almost non-existent, and there was a sense of hopelessness all over the country. And, of course, that pattern continued under successive PNC and, to a lesser extent, PPP regimes.Months after the APNU+AFC Coalition Government took office, it has recommenced a series of engagements which had been started under the PPP Administration — to woo the diaspora to return and contribute to the development of their homeland both with their newly-acquired skills and investment dollars. Unfortunately, only a few returned, and it is still not clear what kind of impact they have made on the local economy. In essence, we have not seen the kind of results we had hoped for.There are many Guyanese in the diaspora who are willing and ready to return and invest or work, or even retire, in their homeland, but they do not know where or how to begin the process. For example, there is no central agency from which they can easily access the necessary information; they get the ‘royal run-around’ in the process of seeking this information.Additionally, when Government ministers visit abroad, even though they encourage persons to return and invest here, the necessary follow-up measures are usually lacking; support systems for persons are very few. Nearly one year ago, during the heavily promoted ‘Guyana Investment Conference’ in the United States, the APNU+AFC Government made a number of promises to the diaspora with the aim of convincing them to investment in various projects.Coinciding with the country’s jubilee independence anniversary, the Conference was intended to promote Guyana as an investment destination for diaspora and non-diaspora investors. Additionally, many investors with proposals in hand queued in long lines to meet with ministers and officials of the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest) to discuss their projects and proposals.Among the commitments made by Government ministers during the conference were to establish clear strategies, policies and incentives for investment; implement better communication channels and integration between relevant authorities; and foster a deeper connection with the diaspora.However, so far, very little follow-up action was taken to ensure Government delivered on these promises. Based in information received by this newspaper, many of the investors have not been contacted by the authorities in Guyana to do any follow-ups.In fact, Project Director of the investment conference, Salaudeen Nausrudeen, was quoted in this newspaper as saying: “The incentives, policies, strategies they promised did not happen; Government needs to stop talking and start doing”.Certainly, the onus was upon the Government to follow-up with the investors who expressed interest in investing their hard-earned cash on various projects here.The Administration continues to urge the diaspora and foreign businessmen to invest in Guyana, yet it fails continuously to create a business-friendly climate and to walk the talk by putting the necessary systems in place to ensure that the support systems are in place to encourage same. For example, we have noted that President David Granger, who recently visited the United Kingdom, met with businesspersons there and encouraged them to invest in Guyana, after regurgitating the same assurances given to the diaspora in the U.S.There is much the diaspora can do to help in moving our country forward, once the necessary systems are put in place for them to do so. The PPP Administration had already started to lure the diaspora with house lots in the new Remigrant Housing Scheme. Also, other incentives such as duty-free concessions, etc. have been offered. This is a good start; and, hopefully with time, other forms of support would be provided to ensure that those who are willing to return can do so with little or no hassle.More importantly, it is hoped that the Government would follow up with solid measures to show that it is serious about attracting more investors here and opening up the economy to create opportunities for citizens.last_img read more

first_imgRombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race PLAY LIST 01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race02:28’Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year00:50Trending Articles02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian But the yellow that counted most was the iconic jersey that fit so snugly on the slim shoulders of Egan Bernal.His crowning Sunday as the Tour de France’s youngest post-World War II champion, and its first from South America, heralded the birth of a new supernova in the cycling universe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWinning a Tour for the ages at the unusually young age of 22 immediately prompted the question: How many more might he win?Get this: He’s younger than the Tour’s greatest champions — five-time winners Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain — all were when they were first crowned. Pity those in the peloton who also hope to win future editions of cycling’s greatest race: They could be in for quite a wait. “I am the most happy guy in the world. I just won the Tour de France, and, yeah, I can’t believe it,” Bernal said, looking bemused on the podium in the race winner’s jersey and silhouetted by the splendid sunset.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsThe slightly built Colombian with a killer instinct on the road proved to be the strongest of the 176 strong men who roared off from the start in Brussels, Belgium, on July 6 on their 3,366-kilometer (2,092-mile) odyssey that delivered the most absorbing, drama-packed Tour in decades and confirmation that the prodigy Bernal is the real deal.Riding a yellow bike, and cheered by Colombian fans who were partying even before he rattled up the cobblestones of the Champs-Elysees, Bernal crossed the line with his teammate Geraint Thomas, the 2018 champion who this year finished second. Steven Kruijswijk completed what Tour organizers said was the tightest podium in the 116-year history of the race, with just 1 minute, 31 seconds separating first and third places after three weeks of racing.The 21st and final stage was won in a sprint finish on the famous avenue by Australian Caleb Ewan, the dominant sprinter of his first Tour with three stage wins. Keeping with race tradition on its final day, the 155 riders who survived the Tour rode at a pedestrian pace and in a joyful atmosphere before hitting the Champs-Elysees. Bernal chatted with French rival Julian Alaphilippe and raised a glass of champagne as he rode.At the finish, Bernal fell into the arms of his family.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia’s Egan Bernal stands on the podium after winning the 2019 Tour de France cycling race in Paris, France, Sunday, July 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — The skies over Paris were yellow, ignited by a glorious golden sunset.The partying fans’ shirts were yellow, Colombians making themselves at home on the Champs-Elysees.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ MOST READ Vaccinated but still infected with polio? What happened? Duque explains “I cannot believe it. It’s just incredible. I am sorry. I have no words,” he said through a translator. “I still can’t understand what is happening to me.”Tearful Colombians celebrated their new hero.“When I saw that he won, I said, ‘I need to go with my music to support him,’” said clarinet-playing Colombian fan Sebastian Cortes, who traveled from Strasbourg in eastern France for the celebration.But millions of French fans who had lined the roads through east, central and southern France, and up into the thinning air of the Pyrenees and Alps, were ruing a bitter-sweet Tour.First, their hearts soared with fabulous racing from French riders Alaphilippe, who held the iconic yellow jersey for 14 days, and Thibaut Pinot, who won on the first of seven 2,000-meter-plus (6,500-feet) peaks scaled by the highest Tour in history.But joy turned to sorrow when Alaphilippe and Pinot’s prospects of becoming France’s first winner since Hinault in 1985 were cruelly dashed just two days before the grand finale in Paris, on an epic Stage 19 where Mother Nature became a party-pooping guest. An almighty dump of torrential rain and hail severed the Tour route just as Bernal was succeeding in ripping the race lead off Alaphilippe, who’d clung to it like a kid with a favorite toy.“Julian Alaphilippe made us dream,” said Celestin Simon, a Parisian who cheered his hero on the Champs-Elysees in a pointy hat of French red, white and blue. “Unfortunately, there’s no victory at the end.”Alaphilippe, more than anyone, first ignited and then stoked what will long be remembered as a Tour of fireworks . With his goatee beard and can’t-catch-me attacks that rivals couldn’t match, Alaphilippe embodied “panache ,” the old-school class so cherished by Tour fans.Alaphilippe’s enterprise first put him in yellow in Champagne country on Stage 3 and then, after he lost the lead on Stage 6, got him the jersey back on Stage 8, which he held through the Pyrenees and into the Alps.And it was there that Bernal, raised at altitude in Colombia and at home in thinner air, struck. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summercenter_img Bernal flew up the Tour’s highest climb, the dizzying Iseran pass at 2,770 meters (9,088-feet) above sea level, demolishing what remained of Alaphilippe’s lead on Stage 19 and building a sizeable one of his own .The watch was then stopped, with Bernal way ahead, when the hailstorm suddenly coated the route with ice, amid fears that riders on tires barely wider than their thumbs could skid off into the rock- and ravine-scarred Alpine décor.Compounding the misery for France, Pinot abandoned the race in tears, hobbled by a left-thigh muscle tear .And that was that. The Tour that had been careening to a rock ‘n’ roll finish instead had the plug pulled on it. Landslides also truncated the last Alpine Stage 20, which still proved too long for the by-now exhausted Alaphilippe, who slipped off the podium entirely, despite getting words of encouragement in a call the previous night from French President Emmanuel Macron.Thomas used the last Alpine climb to secure the runner-up spot in Paris, giving the Ineos team a podium 1-2 with Bernal. Third-placed Kruijswijk, a Dutch Mr. Steady, pulled off the feat of being wholly unremarkable during the three weeks, while Alaphilippe, Pinot and Bernal and others rocked.Quite remarkably, none of the top four riders won a stage. Alaphilippe, in fifth, won two.“Honestly, I prefer having won two stages and 14 days in yellow than doing nothing and finishing third,” Alaphilippe said Sunday.So instead of a red-white-and-blue celebration, Paris got painted in Colombian red, blue and yellow.Lots and lots of yellow. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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first_img…operations to commence soonThe Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) will soon be commencing the repossession of unoccupied house lots that have been issued to persons but have remained vacant.This is according to Chairman of the CH&PA Hamilton Green, who said that the repossession of the lands will commence immediately after the completion of an analysis of the situation.The CH&PA has finalised the list of defaulters and has commenced sending out letters to landowners, informing them of Government’sCH&PA Chairman Hamilton Greenintention to repossess the house lots and encouraging them to occupy their land. It has been disclosed that thousands of persons are to be affected by this move given that only 60 per cent of all the land allocated has been occupied.Green explained that the analysis is necessary as there are some several inconsistencies in the paperwork possessed by the Housing Authority in terms of lands that have been issued.“The records at Housing seem to be very incomplete so in the analysis we will have persons go on the ground to see what is happening, because I found that what is in the office may not necessarily reflect what is on the ground,” he related.Green went on to say that the Housing Authority would “not tolerate defaulters” within the housing sector, especially those who have been in possession of the Government issued lands for a number of years, but are yet to begin construction on them. “If you gave a house lot to an individual and it’s been there and he is not using it for a number of years without good reason…let somebody else get it,” he stated.He further related that those persons who no longer wish to have these plots of land or build on them can return the land to the CH&PA and they would be reimbursed for it. “We already have some people who have come into us and said ‘look, we no longer want to build and we have returned their money…we have reimbursed them,” he stated. “Those who haven’t come into us will have to explain why they haven’t built because we don’t want … lands idle.”Green revealed that those persons who were unable to begin construction owing to serious financial constraints would be given some amount of leniency, and consideration would be made for them. Reference was made to those persons who were in possession of a house lot, but continued squatting on Government reserves. “All they need to do is come in and talk to us and once we accept that they are genuine cases of hardships, we will make the appropriate considerations. This Administration is not out to punish anybody or dispossess poor people, but at the same time we need to have some sort of order and discipline in these areas,” he stated.The Chairman posited that failure by landowners to occupy their house lots often times caused inconvenience to those persons that occupy theirs.He explained that if several persons failed to occupy and maintain their lots in a street, the unoccupied land would provide a safe haven for vandals as well as a breeding place for insects and reptiles.Earlier in March, CH&PA Director of Operations, Denise King-Tudor had announced that landowners would be given an opportunity to make some progress in building their homes, but if they failed to comply, then harsh measures must be taken. King-Tudor had stated that persons who were issued land years ago and failed to occupy them would have their allocations rescinded without hesitation.last_img read more

first_img– invites expressions of interest for consultancy As part of its Sustainable Energy Programme, Government is looking to rehabilitate the Moco Moco Hydro Plant. Accordingly, it is inviting expressions of interests (EoI) from both local and overseas firms for consultancy services.An advertisement placed by Project Coordinator of the Hinterland Electrification Company Inc, Horace Williams, in today’s edition of the Guyana Times details that Government is looking to have geotechnical investigation of the Moco Moco Hydro Plant site done, and this will inform the designs for the rehabilitation of the plant, to reduce the likelihood of landslides and the associated risk of damage to the plant.A landslide damaged this penstock in 2003, causing a cessation of operations at the Moco-Moco Hydropower StationThis project would in part be funded by finances received from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)’s Global Environment Facility (GEF). Williams outlined that the main objective of the consultancy is to carry out the necessary site investigations to obtain the required geological and topographical information in order to facilitate rehabilitation design of the Moco-Moco Hydropower Plant, particularly as it relates to the penstock alignment which was destroyed by a mass soil landslide in 2003.The services will include geological survey and engineering, geological mapping, topographic mapping, geophysical surveys, and excavation of test pits. In order to be considered for shortlisting, interested consultancy firms from the Bank’s member countries that have the relevant resources, qualifications and experience are required to submit their Expressions of Interest. This document should carry no more than 15 pages, and must include: legal name of the consulting firm; name of legal representative of the firm; address; telephone numbers and fax; email address of contact person and website; information about the consulting firm as an entity and its principal areas of expertise and activities; description of general experience relevant to the assignment undertaken by the firm within the last ten years.Applicants are also required to submit a description of the activities and the level of responsibility held by the company in each of its previous projects (technical, supervisory or administrative).Consultants will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the IDB’s Policies for the Selection and Contracting of Consultants financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the policies.The Moco-Moco Hydropower Station was developed as a run-of-the-river project in the mid- 1990s. The penstock was damaged by a landslide in July 2003, resulting in a cessation of operations. The Lethem Power Company has since been providing power by way of Diesel generators.The Government of Guyana desires to have the plant rehabilitated and put back into operation. In this regard, consultancy services are being sought to provide a detailed geotechnical investigation of the site prior to the development of the Moco Moco Rehabilitation Project.This project falls under the Sustainable Energy Programme of which the general objective is to improve institutional capacities of the Public Utility and Ministry of Public Infrastructure through the training of said institutions’ staff and promotion of the use of nonconventional Renewable Energy Technologies (RET) in the urban areas and the Hinterlands, with the aim to: implement sustainable business models for operation and maintenance (O&M) of Renewable Energy (RE) projects; increase quality energy access in Guyana; reduce the long-term operational costs of on-grid and off-grid electricity service; and contribute to sector sustainability and reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GhG) emissions.The programme has three components: strengthening of the policy and institutional framework to implement RETs in Guyana; strengthening of the public utility’s capabilities to improve electricity supply and promote the use of RETs; and contribute to sector sustainability with the implementation of cost-effective RETs for on-grid and off-grid electricity generation.last_img read more

first_imgThe New York Red Bulls striker, 35, scored twice during his seven-game loan spell last season, including a storybook winner against Leeds United in January in the FA Cup on his return to the club he served from 1999 to 2007.Henry is currently on holiday after returning to London to see his family and watch Arsenal’s 5-2 victory over Tottenham.Wenger said he would make a decision in January but admitted it was a tempting prospect given Henry’s qualities and the fact Arsenal will be ‘short’ of strikers in the new year owing to the Africa Cup of Nations.The Arsenal manager said: “You know what Thierry gives you: he gives you hope, especially when he comes on (as a substitute). That is the most important thing.He is a communicator, an extrovert and very intelligent. I had always resisted (bringing him back). Last year I did it because we lost Gervinho. This year we lose Gervinho again as they are playing the Africa Cup of Nations two years in a row. So we will be confronted with a shortage – particularly if (Marouane) Chamakh should go. Then we will be short.”David Beckham, who will play his final game for LA Galaxy on December 1, has trained with Arsenal before but Wenger ruled out a move for the former England captain.“To sign Beckham, Thierry Henry and Sol Campbell?” said the Arsenal boss. “We had a staff game today: they could have played with us!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, November 21- Arsene Wenger may bring Thierry Henry back to Arsenal for a third spell.The club’s all-time leading goal scorer has been training with the Gunners during the MLS off-season and Wenger said: ‘Will I sign him in January? I don’t rule it out. I don’t know if he would be interested. He is sharp. He has practised with us three times.’last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool Players celebrating after advancing to the quarter-finals of Europa League.PHOTO/courtesyUNITED KINGDOM, March 17 – Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho’s stylish goal earned Liverpool a 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Thursday as Jurgen Klopp’s men eliminated their arch foes from the Europa League.Trailing 2-0 from last week’s one-sided first leg, Louis van Gaal’s United claimed a foothold in the last-16 tie when Anthony Martial won and scored a 32nd-minute penalty to restore hope at Old Trafford. But Coutinho’s goal on the stroke of half-time knocked the wind from the hosts’ sails and sent Liverpool through with a 3-1 aggregate victory, leaving the FA Cup as United’s last chance of salvaging a piece of silverware from their troubled season.United are due to face West Ham United in an FA Cup quarter-final replay, but in the meantime must switch their attentions to preventing Liverpool from overtaking them in the battle for a top-four finish in the Premier League, starting with Sunday’s trip to Manchester City in the derby.Liverpool advance revitalised, having become the first English team to eliminate United from European competition, with the memory of last month’s penalty shootout loss to City in the League Cup final fading fast.United were outplayed from start to finish at Anfield, but seemed determined to assert themselves in the return by fair means or foul — Marouane Fellaini catching Roberto Firmino with an early elbow.After an enterprising start, they created a cluster of chances around the 20-minute mark.Jesse Lingard, suspended in the first leg, met Marcos Rojo’s deep cross with a firm header that Simon Mignolet palmed away and when Liverpool failed to clear the resulting corner, Juan Mata saw a mishit volley dribble wide.Moments later, Marcus Rashford fed Martial wide on the left and the Frenchman skipped past Nathaniel Clyne before blazing over.– Rojo chance –Only a clutch of saves by United goalkeeper David de Gea had prevented Liverpool from running away with the tie in the first leg and he proved his worth yet again with a stunning one-handed save to repel a drilled effort from Coutinho.Four minutes later United halved the aggregate deficit, Martial drawing an untidy challenge from Clyne and then sending Mignolet the wrong way from the spot.Suddenly the ground was rocking, but Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson both came close to silencing the home fans, the former hitting the bar with an ambitious free-kick from the right, the latter wastefully hoisting Adam Lallana’s pass into the Stretford End.United should have levelled the tie before half-time, Marcos Rojo slamming wide from Fellaini’s cut-back, and Coutinho took full advantage by breezing past Guillermo Varela and coolly chipping De Gea at his near post.The away goal left United needing to score three times to progress. They began the second half with Antonio Valencia on in place of Varela, the Ecuadorean making his comeback after five months out with a broken foot.Their control of the tie restored, Liverpool took a step back, Mamadou Sakho authoritatively marshalling their defence, and restricted United to half-chances.Rashford volleyed wide, Fellaini put a header straight at Mignolet and shot over, and Martial also failed to hit the target.But it was Liverpool who to a soundtrack of gleeful taunts from the away fans who finished on top, with De Gea twice denying Coutinho a second goal and also thwarting substitute Divock Origi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgPALMDALE – A 19-year-old Palmdale man has received an apology from county officials, who admit they made a mistake when they said he owed child support for four youngsters – including one born seven years ago. Jason Ellis had received a letter from the Department of Child Support Services, ordering him to pay $650 a month for four children who live in Torrance. Ellis, an Antelope Valley High graduate who aspires to be a firefighter, has never been married and has no children. An investigation by county officials revealed that they were seeking a different Jason Ellis. Lisa Garrett, the agency’s chief deputy director, said the Ellis case – one of 475,000 cases handled each year – was an anomaly. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s really nice to put this behind me,” Ellis said. “It’s one thing gone, and hopefully it stays gone.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesPrior to the strike, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo sought a restraining order to keep about 200 of the union’s workers on the job in critical posts related to health and safety. All but 20 of those workers obeyed the order and showed up for work. EAA Executive Director Robert Aquino had said those workers were never served court papers ordering them to work and therefore shouldn’t be punished by the court. Nevertheless Delgadillo initiated contempt-of-court proceedings last week, which led to Friday’s settlement. Aquino said earlier this week, however, that the EAA still is unhappy with its contract. The City Council voted earlier this month to impose a contract on the EAA that calls for no raise the first year, but subsequent hikes totaling 6.25 percent – an agreement accepted by the 17,000 other city workers. But EAA members are insulted by the fact there is no raise in the contract’s first year. They are seeking parity with Department of Water and Power workers, who received increases of 3.25 percent a year. Aquino has said the two-day strike could be an appetizer to future actions, though he has not said whether that means another strike. He said he intends to speak to the City Council when members return from a two-week break. “If the city’s position stays the same, there will be follow-up events.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Twenty city workers who violated a court order and took part in a recent strike by the Engineers and Architects Association will not be punished, according to a settlement Friday between the union and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. As part of the deal, the union agreed that about 200 of its members at the airport, police dispatch center and sewage treatment plant would be deemed “essential workers” in any future strike and would be barred from participating. “Today’s agreement is a fair resolution to a peaceful disagreement between the city and EAA employees – one which codifies our shared commitment to the health and safety of the people for whom we work,” Villaraigosa said in a statement. The EAA called the Aug. 22-23 strike to try to pressure the mayor for larger raises for its 7,500 members. The effort ended with no movement on either side. last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system The pope told the bishops that as they continue to deal with the problem, “it is important to establish the truth of what happened in the past, to take whatever steps are necessary to prevent it from occurring again, to ensure that the principles of justice are fully respected and, above all, to bring healing to the victims and to all those affected by these egregious crimes.” Benedict mentioned only the crisis in Ireland, but his comments were likely to resonate in other nations where the church has been plagued by sex abuse scandals, such as the United States. In Ireland, the church’s moral standing, Mass attendance and applications for priesthood have plummeted since 1994, when the first major scandal involving a pedophile priest triggered the collapse of the government of then-Prime Minister Albert Reynolds. Since then, both church and state in the country, where nearly 90 percent of its 4 million residents identify themselves as Catholic, have struggled to come to terms with the scale of abuse committed by priests. The pope said, however, that “the fine work and selfless dedication of the great majority of priests and religious in Ireland should not be obscured by the transgressions of some of their brethren.” VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday that clerical sex abuses were “egregious crimes” that had damaged the standing of the Catholic Church and its clergy, in his first explicit remarks on the subject since becoming pontiff. Speaking to a group of bishops from Ireland – an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country where all but one seminary has closed after repeated scandals – Benedict said it is urgent “to rebuild confidence and trust.” “In the exercise of your pastoral ministry, you have had to respond in recent years to many heart-rending cases of sexual abuse of minors,” the pontiff told the bishops. “These are all the more tragic when the abuser is a cleric.” “The wounds caused by such acts run deep,” Benedict said. He added, “I am certain that the people understand this, and continue to regard their clergy with affection and esteem.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img 20-year-old Brazilian Allan spent last season at Hertha 1 Hertha Berlin have no intention of taking Liverpool youngster Allan on a new loan deal, despite the Reds dropping their financial demands.The 20-year-old Brazilian spent last season at the Bundesliga side, making 16 appearances in all competitions.However, despite Liverpool dropping all demands for another loan stint, Hertha are not interested in the Reds youngster.So much so that, according to Bild, they would even refuse to keep Allan on loan if Liverpool completely subsidised the deal, meaning the midfielder cost the club nothing to re-sign.Hertha are intent on giving their homegrown youngsters more opportunities within the first team, with 18-year-old Arne Maier starting to impress.As such, Liverpool will have to make alternative arrangements for Allan this summer as they look to again send the midfielder out on loan.last_img read more