– Ramjattan introduced as AFC Leader, not PM candidate– as APNU/AFC coalition launches campaignA Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Presidential Candidate David Granger on Friday evening pleaded with Guyanese to give the incumbent coalition another five years in office.ANPU Leader David Granger and AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan joined by Mrs Granger and APNU General Secretary Joseph Harmon at Friday’s campaign launchHe made this request to Guyanese at D’Urban Park Stadium where the coalition launched its 2020 elections campaign ahead of the upcoming polls set for March 2.Granger noted that five years ago, Guyanese put their faith in the coalition and it did not let them down. As such, he asked for another five years so that his Administration can continue the progress it started in 2015.“We have a plan for the next decade. Five years ago, you put your faith in us [and] we did not let you down. We are asking you for five more years to complete what we started,” he pleaded, which was met with roars from supporters.The APNU Leader noted that he is a “see-far” man and with Guyana embarking on a new era of development, the coalition has established a “Decade of Development” (2020-2029) work plan.AFC Youth Leader Juretha Fernandes“I’m thinking 10 years ahead because I have a vision for the good life for all Guyanese – happy households, happy families, a happy country… We are building back the economy. We have a plan… We spent five years fixing things that they broke up that is why we need five more years to develop this country,” Granger asserted.He went on to talk about the newfound riches offshore Guyana, noting that massive transformation awaits the country. The Head of State told supporters that he named December 20 as National Petroleum Day to remind Guyanese of the development that is awaiting the country – something which he promised to ensure that they benefit from.Supporters at D’Urban Park on Friday evening for the Coalition’s elections campaign launch“Guyanese will never be poor again. The oil wealth belongs to you and this Government will make sure that you benefit from that oil wealth… We are going to ensure that the oil wealth goes to the people who need it the most, the people like, people from Regions One to 10, ordinary people… APNU/AFC like ordinary people that’s why we’ve come into Government to give you the benefit of this bountiful harvest – the petroleum…,” the APNU Leader posited.According to Granger, a Government decides what goes to the people and how much, and it will be no different when it comes to the oil riches.“We have decided that you will get benefits of oil and you will get it over the next 10 years during this Decade of Development. We are your best guarantee to ensure that oil money is well spent… Your country is in good hands with the APNU/AFC. Trust me, trust the coalition,” he declared.The APNU Leader reflected on projects his Administration undertook over the past years such as the establishment of four new towns throughout the country. He noted that they plan to continue this until all 10 Administrative Regions are run by towns so that they have better services and development. He further outlined plans the coalition has to continue the work it started such as fixing the country’s electricity woes and completing constitutional reform.“Give us the chance to make this country develop to benefit all of you and you’ll see the transformation. What you saw over the five years, you ain’t see nothing yet. My friends, you have good reasons to vote for APNU/AFC… We find out what the people need and what they want, and we solve their problems and satisfy their needs. In short, APNU/AFC deserves another chance,” Granger contended.Don’t stop the progressMeanwhile, also addressing supporters was Granger’s running mate at the upcoming polls, AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan, who reminded supporters that Guyana is sitting on the threshold of greatness and endless possibilities, and noted that only the coalition has the leadership the country needs to enjoy a “good life”.Ramjattan, who was not introduced as the coalition’s prime ministerial candidate posited that come March 2, Guyanese will renew their faith in the APNU/AFC coalition and the progress it has made since 2015. However, Ramjattan noted that while they have managed to outperform the previous Administration in just five years, they still have lots more to do and as such urged supporters not to let this progress stop.“We have invested $3.2 billion for new and improved hospitals and health facilities, don’t stop the progress. For education, in 2019 alone we have invested $5.4 billion for new and improved schools and colleges, don’t stop that progress. We have looked after the situation of our pensioners who today get $20,500, don’t stop the progress. We have reduced corporate tax from 40 per cent to 20 per cent, don’t stop the progress. We have instituted VAT [value-added tax] exemption for small businesses earning less than $15 million annually and we’ve established a revolving fund for small businesses, don’t stop the progress,” Ramjattan stated.The AFC Leader went on to outline that since 2016, the coalition Government has spent $43 billion on expanding roads and bridges while also building and strengthening capacity to boost the public security sector.“Comrades, your choice in this election is clear… The APNU/AFC coalition represents the best choice for Guyana. It represents hope, opportunity and prosperity for all and not just a few. It represents the possibility of every Guyanese having a good life… We can do great things when we work together and four APNU/AFC coalition for the last four years is proof of that and so I ask for your support, your vote on March 2,” Ramjattan stated.Also speaking at the launch was AFC Youth Leader, Juretha Fernandes, who urged young people to grab the opportunities that are available with the budding oil and gas sector so they can claim their place in the country’s history in building a new Guyana.“Ten years from now, we will now be able to point fingers at our current leaders and ask “what are you doing for us”. Ten years from now, we will be leaders. Ten years from now, fingers will be pointed at us. Therefore, I urge you here today to stand up for yourselves and grab every opportunity that this has provided to you,” she posited.Fernandes went on to underscore the importance of the upcoming General and Regional Elections, telling her peers that they cannot take their votes for granted.“Your vote is not just a vote for today, your vote is for the future of your children, the future of our nation,” she posited.
By: Tales Azzoni, AP Sports WriterMADRID (AP) — It’s not a good sign that nearly every time Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari is asked about Marcelo he mentions the player’s great past with the club.Clearly, it has become harder to talk about the player’s current achievements.Marcelo was an indisputable starter for more than a decade with Real Madrid, considered by many the best left back in the world. But this season, the Brazilian’s performances have come in for criticism.The clamor for dropping Marcelo only increased after a lackluster display on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey semifinal against Barcelona. He struggled on defense and added little in attack.Solari again avoided talking about Marcelo’s performance.“Marcelo is our second captain (after Sergio Ramos), he is 100 percent committed to Real Madrid, always puts the club first,” Solari said briefly. “We always work to make sure that all of our players are at their best.”Marcelo’s fitness is often brought up by his critics, who say the 30-year-old player hasn’t been able to keep up with opposing attackers like he used to. Some blamed him for not doing enough to keep Barcelona from scoring the second-half equalizer at Camp Nou Stadium. He didn’t follow Malcom into the area and the forward was free to pick up a loose ball and score.Marcelo never seemed comfortable against Malcom and had trouble containing him. He also made little impact on attack, which has been one of his greatest attributes.Marcelo’s struggles aren’t new. Last year, Solari didn’t hide his frustration with the player’s performances, saying he wanted to see “greater effort,” especially on defense.It seemed a vote of confidence by Solari to pick Marcelo for Wednesday’s clasico, but the Brazilian wasn’t able to make the most of it. He hasn’t played as often since the coach took over and started giving more minutes to young left back Sergio Reguilon from the youth squad.Marcelo has played only three league matches this year, with most of his appearances in the Copa del Rey. He was ordinary against Girona in the Copa round of 16, where Madrid conceded three times in the two-game series.Not long ago there were widespread rumors about Marcelo joining his friend Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus, and talks about him trying to move to midfield, where his physical condition wouldn’t be so crucial and he would be able to make better use of his great skills with the ball.Marcelo joined Real Madrid from Brazilian club Fluminense in 2007 and quickly became the obvious substitute to fellow Brazilian left back Roberto Carlos. Marcelo helped Real Madrid win four Spanish leagues and four Champions Leagues, in addition to four Club World Cups. He played in two World Cups for Brazil, being one of the captains in the 2018 tournament in Russia.Solari gave no hints about whether he would keep Marcelo in the lineup on Saturday for the league derby at Atletico Madrid. Real Madrid can pass Atletico for second place with a win at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. The club then travels to the Netherlands to face Ajax in the round of 16 of the Champions League.“We are going step by step,” the coach said. “We just finished this match and now we will have a few days to work and start thinking about the league match.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
Borussia Dortmund We know it’s difficult now, admits Dortmund boss Bosz following Champions League draw Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 07:00 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Borussia Dortmund APOEL v Borussia Dortmund APOEL UEFA Champions League The BVB head coach conceded his side’s hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout round are fading Peter Bosz acknowledged Borussia Dortmund face an uphill struggle to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League after they failed to beat APOEL on Tuesday.The Bundesliga side are still searching for their first win in Group H following a 1-1 draw in Cyprus that leaves Dortmund still six points behind titleholders Real Madrid and Tottenham in the standings.BVB 15/2 to beat Frankfurt 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ towering header cancelled out an opening goal from Mickael Pote that was gift-wrapped by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki, who compounded a stray pass by spilling a shot from Lorenzo Ebecilio straight into the scorer’s path.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a wonderful chance to win the game at the death, only for the forward to see his close-range header kept out by a combination of substitute keeper Raul Gudino’s body and a post.”The result is disappointing. We started well, but did not go on. Then we played more slowly and worse,” Bosz told UEFA.com.”We have to look at ourselves. We did not get the ball forward quickly enough, we tried to improve that but did not manage to do so.”In such a game it is important to score the first goal. We had the chances in the first half, but failed to do so.”The result in Madrid was not good for us. We know it’s difficult now, but we will have to win the home game against APOEL and then see what the two last matches bring.”Bosz was also quick to defend Burki, who came in for criticism earlier in the European campaign after conceding twice at his near post in the 3-1 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley.”Roman has often helped the team this season,” he added.”This happens in football, he has to carry on. The team will not blame him.”Dortmund – who saw defender Omer Toprak forced off in the second half through injury – now go on the road for their next three matches before hosting APOEL in a must-win European fixture on November 1.