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Too late to turn back for KIJHL?

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt a decision the movers and shakers at Kootenay International Junior Hockey League headquarters said would not happen, move into a larger markets like Kamloops or Kelowna.But in 2006 Osoyoos was granted a move to Spoolmak Country and in the spring of 2010, there was the KIJHL announcing the Chase Chiefs were moving south to the red-hot hockey market of Kelowna for the 2010-11 campaign.Nine months later the mighty Chiefs are cruising along in second spot in the Okanagan Division of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.The team has made peace with the WHL Rockets — who held the junior hockey rights in the Central Okanagan City — and have quietly made an impact during season one.“That was the rumour mill at its finest,” Ken Andrusiak, head coach of the Chiefs told The Nelson Daily prior to last week’s game against Nelson at the NDCC Arena. “We started the process of getting a franchise in Kelowna about a year ago and have always had the Rockets on side.”“We had to get the City, we had to get the rink and we had to get KIJHL on side, so we had bigger fish to fry than the Rockets,” Andrusiak added. “So we never had a problem with them one way or another.”Fact is the Rockets are glad to have the Chiefs in town. The junior B league allows the WHL power to groom its two 16-year-olds in preparation for a spot on the Tier I squad.As for the rest of the roster, Andrusiak had more than enough players to choose from.“In the first year at least half of our team came with the team,” Andrusiak explained. “We had to take some of the players from the Chase franchise and mix them in with local players from Kelowna.”“As for the future, there is an abundance of local players . . . we have six right now on our team,” he added.That number should grow next year and the season after. However, the Chiefs gain is a loss for many of the other teams in the league.Nelson, for one, has used Kelowna players to fill out the majority of its roster for the past few seasons. Stats show more than 40 players in the KIJHL originate from Kelowna Minor Hockey.“We’re not going to be able to recruit all of those players, but I believe with our franchise now in Kelowna, we’ll put a major dent in that number, for sure,” said Andrusiak, who has two former Nelson Leafs on the roster, son Landon and winger Dane Rupert.Both younger Andrusiak and Rupert are happy to be able to play before the 300-400 plus family and friends that attend games at the Rutland Arena.”I really like playing at home, so for me it was the right move,” Rupert said.”It’s a good feeling to play at home . . . now I’m going to university and to play in front of family and friends is definitely pretty special,”  said Landon Andrusiak.The Chiefs also bolsters the Okanagan invasion in the KIJHL.The league has gone from a few teams to two divisions of four. That number grows when Chase is welcomed back to the league following a one-year hiatus.Which begs the question, will there be two junior B leagues in the B.C. Interior in the not too distant future?“I hope not, but reading between the lines I think that’s where (KIJHL) is going,” Andrusiak confessed. “You’d lose the characteristics of this league if (Kootenay and Okanagan teams) only played each other in the playoffs.But economically that’s the push coming from out end of the league,” added Andrusiak, hoping the KI never loses its identity and ability for smaller communities to ice teams that can compete.“It’s very expensive to bring a team over here for two of three games and the dollar is probably going to win out in that argument.”Which makes you wonder why the KIJHL ever expanded into the big markets after all.Only time will tell.NOTES: The Kelowna Rockets have made a history of finding players in the KIJHL. Those players who have made their mark with WHL franchise, but started in the KI, include Chuck Kobasew (Osoyoos 1998-99), Shea Webber (Sicamous 2001-02), Clayton Bauer (Sicamous 2003-03), Justin Keller (Summerland 2002-03) and James McEwan (Castlegar 2003-04).sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Coates would be “very surprised” if IOC opts to overturn ban on Russia

first_imgCoates, seen as a close ally of IOC President Thomas Bach, said he would be “very, very surprised” if the IOC overturned the decision of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).”It’s an International Federation’s right to suspend a National Federation and I don’t think we would overturn that at all,” he said.The Australian, who has described the Russian testing system as “rotten to the core”, also welcomed similar investigations now taking place within other sports.This comes after the IAAF Council decided unanimously yesterday against lifting the ban due to a Russian failure to meet criteria required by the body’s Task Force.Only Russians who can prove they have been operating in an “effective testing system” will be permitted to compete as independent athletes – with this essentially meaning only those who have been based outside of the country.The IOC have generally been seen as opposed to the suspension, partly to provide all countries with a right to participate and partly in order to maintain their close political relations with Russia.An Olympic Stakeholders Summit is due to be held in Lausanne on Tuesday (June 21) with the aim of finding a compromise between “collective responsibility and individual justice”.last_img read more

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Jack pummels Cleverly to take light-heavy crown

first_imgView comments National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Cotto punishes Kamegai to win sixth world title A dominant fourth round display saw the 33-year-old rock Cleverly with a thunderous left hook to extend his lead.The fifth round was almost entirely one-way traffic, Jack connecting with a stream of jabs and hooks to force Cleverly onto the ropes.With Jack jolting Cleverly at will, referee Tony Weeks had seen enough, halting the fight to protect the champion from further punishment. ADVERTISEMENT LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: Badou Jack celebrates after winning by TKO in the fifth round of his WBA light heavyweight championship bout against Nathan Cleverly on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPSweden’s Badou Jack blasted aside Nathan Cleverly in the fifth round to claim the Welsh fighter’s WBA light-heavyweight world title here Saturday.Jack, who improved to 22-1-3 with the win, dominated British star Cleverly from start to finish to score a technical knockout after 2min 47sec of the fifth round.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies The bout was one of the scheduled highlights of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor undercard at the T-Mobile Arena.Cleverly, defending his title for the first time, was struggling from the opening bell, with Jack’s piercing jab and right hand finding their target repeatedly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Cleverly looked to be finding his range with a flurry of punches at the end of the first, connecting with a right to the chin.But it was a fleeting rally with Jack firmly back in control thereafter. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titleslast_img read more

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Wawrinka, Muguruza out in 2nd round, heat soars in Australia

first_imgThat left only Maria Sharapova, Aneglique Kerber and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko as Grand Slam winners in the women’s draw.Sharapova and Kerber meet in the third round, meaning only one of the remaining Australian Open winners can reach the second week.Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open winner, beat No. 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (4) to avenge a fourth-round loss to her in last year’s U.S. Open. That was Sharapova’s first major since returning from a 15-month doping ban following a failed test here in 2016.Kerber, the 2016 champion, had a 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic before the Margaret Court Arena crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to celebrate her 30th birthday.“Happy to be playing tennis again like 2016,” said Kerber, who has won 11 straight matches.Still aiming for a first major, top-ranked Simona Halep, a two-time French Open finalist, held off 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2. Halep next plays Lauren Davis.Ninth-seeded Johanna Konta lost in straight sets to U.S. lucky loser Bernarda Pera, who is ranked No. 123-ranked and making her Grand Slam debut. She didn’t even know she had a spot in the main draw until Margarita Gasparyan withdrew.“It feels amazing. I was ready to leave on Monday and then they told me I’m in,” said Pera, who next plays No. 20 Barbora Strycova.U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys opened with four straight aces and won the first 11 games in a 6-0, 6-1 win over No. 92-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova.Also advancing were No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 28 Ash Barty and No. 29 Lucie Safarova. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Benilde outlasts Arellano in shootout for NCAA football title OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments United States’ Tennys Sandgren celebrates after defeating Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Stan Wawrinka left it as late as possible before deciding his knee might just be good enough to get him through the Australian Open, site of his Grand Slam breakthrough.The 2014 champion clearly wasn’t fit enough against No. 97-ranked Tennys Sandgren, though, and made his earliest exit in a decade — 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Warwinka was playing at night when the temperature dropped a few degrees but appeared lethargic and generally didn’t threaten 26-year-old Sandgren, who had never beaten a top 10 player and now has two wins at Grand Slam tournaments.Sandgren appeared to be slightly awkward at how lopsided it was against Wawrinka, who has a clearly visible scar running down his left knee.“I know it’s tough with a former champion,” he said. “I wish him the best on his road to recovery.”Muguruza also struggled with her fitness in the build up to the Australian Open, retiring from a game at the Brisbane International because of cramping, and withdrawing ahead of the Sydney International quarterfinals because of a thigh problem.Blisters from the hot court surface didn’t help her in a 7-6 (1), 6-4 loss to No. 88-ranked Hsieh Su-wei, who has been No. 1 in doubles but had a career-high ranking of 23rd in singles.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases The heat peaked during Djokovic’s 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Monfils. Both players slouched over in the shade between points, earning warnings about time delays from the chair umpire.The win was a relief for Djokovic, who lost in a second-round shocker here last year, but he said officials need to be more considerate about the players in the conditions.Now seeded 14th, Djokovic needed four match points in an eight-minute last game before clinching the win against Mofils, who needed a medical timeout for heat stress and said he had trouble breathing.“It was obvious we both suffered on the court today,” Djokovic said. “Really tough conditions — brutal.”Djokovic, who won five of the six titles from 2011-2016, is a step closer to a possible meeting with fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who had a 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Gojowczyk.It’s supposed to be even hotter on Friday, with a forecast high of 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit).No. 7 David Goffin and No. 13 Sam Querrey won’t have to deal with that after their second-round losses.Among the leading men advancing were 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, No. 19 Tomas Berdych, No. 21 Albert Ramos and No. 5 Dominic Thiem, who rallied to beat 190th-ranked American qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson After a searing day at Melbourne Park when the temperature hit 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), and tempers were tested, No. 9 Wawrinka was one of three seeded players to fall in the men’s draw.Wimbledon champion and No. 3-ranked Garbine Muguruza was one of five seeded players to lose in the women’s side on Day 4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSix-time champion Novak Djokovic survived the round, but complained of the “brutal” heat in a four-set win over an ailing Gael Monfils that extended his record to 15-0 in their career head-to-heads.Djokovic is playing his first tournament since Wimbledon, and has remodeled his serve to take some load of his injured right elbow. 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Snowe: ‘NPA Lied about Gyude Bryant Contract’

first_imgRepresentative Edwin M. Snowe has warned the National Port Authority (NPA) of the danger in releasing “falsehoods” about the tugboat contract with former Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant.Media reports have it that the former National Transitional Government chairman died of frustration after the NPA denied him (Bryant) a ‘lucrative’ tugboat deal.Bryant represented a Dutch company, Damen Shipyard, a business firm that won the contract through a competitive bidding process; the contract was later denied.Responding to said media report, the NPA issued a statement stressing that, “it cancelled the bid through the President’s office, based on a submitted Bill to the Legislature for the ratification of a US$14 million loan agreement between Liberia and the Arabic State of Kuwait.NPA: “The agreement—among other things— provides for the purchase of tugboats that require bidding for, following specific rules that must be preapproved by the Fund. The cancellation was done to avoid the duplication of the purchases of tugboats following the loan agreement with the Kuwait Fund.”However, in reaction to NPA’s assertions, Snowe announced that the port was releasing “false and misleading information to the public about the contract with former Chairman Bryant.”“Let them stop telling lies about the contract,” Rep. Snowe declared. “Some of us know all about the contract and we know exactly what happened. It’s a warning to them to stop issuing lies or else we will be forced to tell the public.I respect former chairman Bryant because he was a quiet and peaceful man; and would wish to remain quiet until he’s buried,” he furthered.Though he declined to state what aspect of NPA’s statement is totally untrue, he maintained that Bryant was not depending on handouts as is being speculated.Snowe then blamed the entire government for the “neglect of Mr. Bryant,” adding: “We all are responsible for neglecting Chairman Bryant.“How our government treats former leaders has become a serious problem. I blame us as lawmakers, for not playing our part to right the wrongs,” Snowe concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Trial date set

first_imgThe trial date has been set for the Essequibo woman Bibi Safora Salim, who is charged for using Facebook to issue threatening and derogatory statements against President David Granger.The date was set by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when Salim, who was charged for attempting to exciteBibi Safora SalimPresident David Grangerhostility on the grounds of race contrary to Section 2 (1) (C) of the Racial Hostility Act, Chapter 23:01 of the Criminal Offences Act, appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. The trial has been set for June 15, 2016.In April 2016, Salim pleaded not guilty to the charge and was placed on $200,000 bail.The 52-year-old mother of three, who hails from Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo, was taken into Police custody for questioning following her Facebook post about shooting the President.She was represented by Attorney Euclin Gomes, who told the Court that his client was “technologically challenged”.This claim was, however, challenged by Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers who strongly objected to bail and told the Court that Salim admitted in a statement to the Police to being the owner of the laptop from which she used a password to access the said account.He also objected to bail on the grounds of the serious nature of the offence, threats posed, and the racial remarks that were used on social media against the President.Salim reportedly sent two photos via whatsapp messenger to her son, which shared similar sentiments.According to Prosecutor Jeffers, the case files are completed and some 14 witnesses are slated to testify in the trial, which should have commenced since May 11.last_img read more

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Sub-regional Customs Training for Strategic Management

first_imgA week-long training for customs authorities in Anglophone West African states began in Monrovia Monday, with the Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, pledging to raise the country’s customs systems to meet modern standards.“Customs has today moved away from the traditional gatekeeper concept to an approach which meets the increasing demands of growing trade facilitation,” said Commissioner Tamba during the opening ceremonies of the World Customs Organization (WCO) – West African Customs Administrations Modernization (WACAM) Project. The LRA Commissioner further emphasized that customs operations today require the implementation of proper border procedures, the operations of border processes and setting the appropriate balance between border control and trade facilitation.“The LRA is fully committed to this process,” she assured participants at the Regional Workshop on Strategic Management.Underscoring the importance of the workshop, she declared that strategic management cannot be ignored in 21st Century customs, general revenue administration and business management, anywhere in the world.WCO representative Philip Wood said the project intends to work with a number of customs authorities in Africa to strengthen their capacities.Strengthening the capacities of these authorities is not about developing new plans but rather in building capacities that lead to developing excellent strategic plans aimed at meeting the requirements of the 21st Century and the WCO’s trade facilitation operations, among others, he said.The head of the Gambian delegation, Yankuba Darboe, and that country’s Revenue Authority Commissioner General, described the workshop as an opportunity for customs authorities to share their experiences in order to make improvements in their respective countries.He underscored the significance of strategic planning, stating, “Without a proper strategic plan, the organization cannot move (in any) direction.”Funded by the Swedish Development Agency, the WCO and WACAM Project seeks to strengthen customs organizations to perform up to global standards.-LINA Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GDF Captain likely to be arraigned on murder charge today

first_imgGuyana Defence Force (GDF) Captain Orwain Sandy, who killed his reputed wife on Saturday in Alexander Village, Georgetown is expected to be arraigned with the capital offence of murder today.Reona Payne and Captain Orwain Sandy in happier timesDetectives confirmed that the file was completed and sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice but according to a well-placed source, the Captain had already given a confession statement when he walked into the Ruimveldt Police Station after shooting the woman 14 times.He will make his first court appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.On the day in question, the Army Captain and the now dead woman were in a motor car proceeding along First Street, Alexander Village when an argument ensued after he reportedly accused her of being unfaithful.It was reported that he stopped the car and as the woman exited, he opened fire thus riddling her body with bullets from his service revolver.He left her lifeless body on the roadway and drove to the Police station where he surrendered after telling Police ranks what he had done.Ever since the shooting, there have been speculations that Payne was seeing two other men while living together with the GDF Captain. Guyana Times was told that after the suspect found out that she was seeing a colleague of his, it angered him, and the shooting seemed nothing but premediated.To date, the woman’s immediate family members have not broken their silence on the matter, but other relatives have told media operatives that the woman was involved in an abusive relationship with the Captain.It was also reported that the mother of two encouraged the Captain to reconcile with his legally married wife.The suspect has since been dismissed from the Guyana Defence Force.In a release issued by the Force a few hours after the shooting, the Defence Force stated that the suspect’s action does not reflect that of the men in the Army and that an independent probe will be launched by the Force to determine what really took place on the day in question.last_img read more

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“Nasty Man” smiles as he’s jailed for 51 years

first_imgFootballer’s murderTwo weeks after a 12-member jury unanimously found him guilty, Delon Henry, called “Nasty Man”, was on Thursday sentenced to 51 years imprisonment by High Court Judge Sandil Kissoon for murdering East Ruimveldt, Georgetown footballer Dexter Griffith. Griffith was murdered on September 29, 2015, near his mother’s home. He was shot six times in the East Ruimveldt warlock area.Henry smiled after he heard the court’s verdict and was even heard threatening persons as he exited court amid heavy security. Nevertheless, Griffith’s mother shouted that she forgave him as Police escorted her son’s killer out of the courtroom. Earlier in the day, the courtroom was packed to capacity with relatives and friends of the Griffiths’ who were all on the edge of their seats as the sentenceDelon Henry, known as “Nasty Man”was handed down.During Henry’s trial, he always professed his innocence and when it was time for him to have his say, he told the court that he was in jail from 2006 to 2014 as a teenager and that he had no knowledge of the Warlock area where Griffith was gunned down. He was represented by Adrian Thompson while Lisa Cave and Orinthia Schmidt prosecuted the case.When he was found guilty last month, the jury required nearly six hours to come to a unanimous verdict. On that day, the 12-member jury emerged at about 15:30h, after being sequestered for deliberations before midday and were deadlocked at a proportion of 6-6. They were sent again and emerged later with the unified decision.During the trial, jurors had been told that five spent shells had been recovered from the scene. However, former Inspector Jackson, who had then been a Sergeant of Police and had tendered the exhibits at the Magistrates’ Courts, had admitted that he could not find the exhibits, after making several checks at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, Eve Leary. The murderedMurdered footballer Dexter Griffithfootballer’s brother, Keshawn Griffith, had testified that while in hiding, he had seen the defendant, Henry, firing a gun moments after his brother was shot. The deceased man’s mother, Lavern Griffith, had recalled running to the Warlock area from her home where she and other relatives saw the footballer lying in a drain.It was reported in September 2015 that after being shot, Griffith had managed to stand and walk a short distance in an attempt to escape from Henry, but he eventually fell unconscious to the ground while his assailant escaped. He was taken to a city hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.last_img read more

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Guyana, Argentina to deepen relations in public security

first_imgThe Guyana and Argentine Governments will be working together to deepen relations aimed at strengthening support in the public security sectors.Argentine Ambassador to Guyana Luis Martino and President David Granger toast at a reception to mark the 200th Bicentenary of the Independence of the Argentine RepublicArgentine Ambassador to Guyana Luis Martino announced that his Government is looking at areas which they can provide support for potential opportunities of development in Guyana.He was at the time speaking at a reception hosted to observe the 200th Bicentenary of the Independence of the Argentine Republic at the Marriott Hotel on Saturday evening.Ambassador Martino said the Argentine Government is currently looking at a project which deals with public security in Guyana, particularly to determine how they can provide support on a range of issues, including criminology, forensic studies, piracy, smuggling, and forensic medicine, among other areas.The proposed package is now under review at the various agencies in Argentina, Martino disclosed.Furthermore, the Ambassador said his Government is discussing with the Natural Resources Ministry and the Protected Areas Commission (PAC) ways in which staff locally can participate in training to upgrade their knowledge in the field.He stated that moves are also underway to develop a programme aimed at restoring historical artworks in Guyana.Other areas for consideration, he said, are with the Private Sector and the sport sector.Ambassador Martino noted that discussions with the various Private Sector bodies in Guyana have recommenced and with regards to sport, engagements are underway with the Education Ministry and the Guyana Olympic Association.He disclosed that Argentina will provide Guyana with a coach for intensive training of a national rugby team for an upcoming championship tournament.Meanwhile, President David Granger in his brief address, wished the Argentine Republic a happy independence anniversary.President Granger outlined that Guyana and Argentina celebrate four years of diplomatic relations; a partnership that continues to grow and improve.He noted that Guyana and Argentina share common values; whereby they do not interfere in internal affairs, they respect various treaties and international laws, and they maintain international peace and security.President Granger posited that the two countries will continue to work together for the betterment of both peoples, all in a shared notion of embracing the Union of South American Nations.last_img read more

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