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Trade Councils launched to improve international trade relations

first_imgThe Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) on Monday revealed that three councils would be assembled to monitor trade relations with three of Guyana’s bilateral partners.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin flanked by the Cuban, Canadian and Indian Ambassadors along with representatives from GCCIThe three countries – Cuba, India and Canada – recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Guyana to boost and monitor trade relations.As such, the councils namely the Guyana-India, the Guyana-Cuba, and the Guyana-Canada Councils – are expected to be established soon, GCCI President Deodat Indar announced.The councils will consist of representatives from the GCCI, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Business Ministry, GO-Invest, Guyana Bar Association, representatives from the respective country’s High Commission to Guyana, and officials from the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA).According to Indar, the Councils “will operate in their own right, have their own meetings; have their own Terms of Reference that they agree on and they will deal with that, they will approve that, change that as they see fit; and they will run it independently, but there will also be some form of reporting mechanisms for it, so that we know that work is being done.”Moreover, he posited that the Chairperson of each trade facilitation council would be expected to report to the statutory meetings, which would be held at the Chambers once a month.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin expressed eagerness to support the endeavour, noting that trade facilitation was not just the work of the Government or Private Sector as a collective body.He further highlighted that the Business Ministry was “willing to participate” in any way that would ensure the success of the initiative involving Guyana and the three countries.Cuban Ambassador to Guyana, Narciso Reinaldo Armador Soeorro indicated that this launch and signing of the MoU collectively was an important step to improving bilateral relations.In addition, Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Mahalingam Venkatachalam told media operatives that the launch of the Councils was one of the most anticipated steps towards fulfilling the mandate of the MoU.Canadian Ambassador to Guyana, Lilian Chatterjee related, “The Councils are only going to help things in a more organised way to ensure that both parties can realise the full potential of our countries and counterpart Private Sectors.”Further, Indar explained that owing to reports of a fluctuating export sector, the GCCI took up the task of improving it.“Over last year, this Chamber decided that the local scene we were seeing some downturns and some upswings in different sectors and strategically what we said is that we need to try to start building on the export markets for our members, so we took the initiative and we first went to Cuba … they actually drafted the MoU between the Cuba Chamber of Commerce and us … to strengthen ties bilaterally between Guyana – not just Georgetown Chamber of Commerce – but between Guyana and Cuba”.Subsequent to this, Indar said that similar MoUs were signed with India and Canada respectively.last_img read more

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Where Leicester’s points total would place them in the past 10 BPL seasons

first_imgLeicester City find themselves deservedly five points clear at the top of the Premier League this season, with Tottenham chasing them in second place.However, despite this seemingly miraculous situation, some critics have suggested that the Foxes owe their lead not only to their own brilliance, but also the poverty of challenge from the so-called big clubs.So how much truth is there in this? Where would Claudio Ranieri’s side be in the season where Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United dominated? Or when Sergio Aguero broke the hearts of the red half of Manchester and wrote himself into the history of the blue half? Or when Steven Gerrard infamously let the title slip?talkSPORT looked at the last ten Premier League seasons to see where Leicester would sit with seven games to go, based on their points tally at this stage and the points achieved by other clubs after 31 matches of each season. 2009/10: Leicester would be down in FOURTH PLACE – Leicester drop down to fourth this season, three points off Manchester United in first, two behind eventual champs Chelsea, one behind third-placed Arsenal, but 11 clear of Tottenham in fifth. 2008/09: Leicester would be THIRD – Leicester are again third, but just a point behind Liverpool in second and five behind leaders Man United. 10 2006/07: Leicester would again be in THIRD PLACE – The Foxes would be six points behind second-placed Chelsea and 12 adrift of eventual winners Manchester United. 10 10 2011/12: Leicester would be in THIRD PLACE – Leicester drop down to third again this season, 10 points behind then-leaders Manchester United, and five behind the team who eventually finished top, Man City. Based on Leicester’s points total of 66 after 31 games in 2015/16, the Foxes would have been in THIRD PLACE at the same stage of the 2005/06 campaign, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea and three behind second placed Manchester United – Yes, after 31 games of the Premier League a decade ago, Leicester City’s current points tally would put them well behind runaway leaders Chelsea. Click the arrow above, right, to see where Leicester’s stunning 2015/16 form would put them in the Premier League over the previous nine seasons… 2012/13: Leicester would be SECOND – Leicester would sit second in the league, one point ahead of Manchester City but a whopping 11 points behind Manchester United in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge. 10 10 10 2007/08: Leicester would be FOURTH! – After 31 games, Leicester’s total of 66 points would put them a point behind Arsenal, two behind Chelsea and seven behind eventual Premier League and Champions League winners Man United. 2014/15: Leicester would be SECOND – The Foxes would be seven points behind leaders Chelsea, three ahead of Arsenal, four in front of Man United and five in front of Man City. 2010/11: Leicester would be SECOND – Leicester would be level on points at the top with Manchester United but behind the Red Devils on goal difference (+36 compared to +23), but seven clear of Arsenal in third. 10 10 2013/14: Leicester would be FOURTH – The Foxes would be four points behind Manchester City after 31 games, three behind Chelsea and two behind Liverpool, with Arsenal in fifth three points behind Leicester. 10 10last_img read more

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first_imgThe McGeehin brothersDONEGAL students have picked up top honours at the BT Young Scientist of the Year awards.Top of the class goes to Letterkenny brothers Ronan and Eóin McGeehin from Coláiste Ailigh who scooped two awards.They came first in the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical sciences category. They were also given the special Intellectual Ventures Award.The teenagers wanted to develop an early warning system to tell motorists when the road surface becomes icy.There was another first for Donegal when the Science Foundation Ireland Special Award went to Mulroy College student Chloe Bradley with her project to investigate the nutritive value of gorse and heather as a food source for mountain sheep!Coláiste Ailigh student Odhrán Mac Fhionnghaile took silver on his study of Irish attitudes to global warming in the social and behavioural sciences section. And Ultan O’Fearail, Conor Logue and Mikey Sweeney – also from Coláiste Ailigh – took runners-up spot in their category with the plant science project in the biological and ecological sciences section. DONEGAL STUDENTS SCOOP TOP GONGS AT BT YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARDS was last modified: January 10th, 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) Tags:BT Young ScientistDONEGAL STUDENTS SCOOP TOP AWARD AT BY YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARDSlast_img read more