Last week we had established that total stock of debt, which includes both domestic and external debt, stood at US.638 billion, or close to G0 billion.Further, according to the Bank of Guyana’s half-year report 2017, domestic debt service increased by 31.2 per cent, or G7 million, to G.123 billion due to principal payments and interest payments growing by 2.7 per cent to 1million.On the external side, external debt service increased by 8.2 per cent to US million from June 2016 level, which represents 6.4 per cent of Central Government’s current revenue and 4.3 per cent of export earnings. Principal and interest payments amounted to US million and US million respectively. Effectively, this brings total Central Government’s debt servicing close to G.9 billion.Putting these aforementioned figures into context within the economy’s macroeconomic structure, total stock of debt of G0 billion represents 47.8 per cent of GDP (at market price), which stood at G1.7 billion as at the end of December 2016 (BoG Annual report 2016), and total debt service of G.9 billion represents 8.13 per cent of Central Government’s total revenue, which stood at G.1 billion for half-year period ended June, 2017.At the same time, total current expenditure for the same period stood at G.4 billion.Guyana’s debt-to-GDP ratio is relatively low (under 60 per cent) compared to other Caribbean countries, such as Trinidad & Tobago’s debt-to-GDP ratio, which stood at 61 per cent as at the end of 2016. The Bahamas was 74 per cent, and Suriname was projected to increase to 68 per cent at the end of 2016, just to name a few.Despite this, however, the Government of Guyana needs to be careful in debt management, at it seems as though this level of debt is increasing at perhaps not an alarming rate, but certainly at a rate that warrants some degree of heightened monitoring, as could be deduced from the mid-year economic reports. Efforts in this regard need to be engaged to avert a likely unsustainable level of the public debt management structure.Such an assessment at this point is premised on the fact that key economic sectors are performing poorly. We are losing revenues from export earnings, and in the context of public debt management, this means Central Government’s ability to honour its external debt obligations may be weakened.Again, quantifying this assertion, export earnings from rice fell by 12.6 per cent, or US million, below the level in 2016 on account of lower levels in volume being exported. Gold export earnings declined by 0.5 per cent or US.9 million less than June 2016; sugar export earnings also fell by US.0 million; timber fell by 8.7 per cent. But total other exports’ earnings increased by 10.8 per cent for the half-year period ended June 2017.Simultaneously, import value of goods increased by 13.6 per cent; hence, altogether, what these factors indicate is that, as imports increase and external debt service payments increase, the demand for foreign currency will also increase. And this could impose pressure on the Government’s ability to meet these obligations, as this also means it will have an effect on the country’s foreign reserves, which are depleting as an effect of the outcomes of these very factors.A Working Paper on Public Debt in Emerging Market Economies (EMs) produced by the World Bank (2010) sought to address the impact of the global financial crisis on 24 countries and the responses by their public debt managers. It provides a number of positive lessons for policy makers and international financial institutions. Some of these were as outlined in the paper:– Sound and well-coordinated macroeconomic policy during the years before the crisis, leading to much improved fundamentals, was elemental in serving as a buffer and placed Ems in a position for quicker recovery.– In addition to macroeconomic measures, prudent public debt management with a focus on containing risks in debt portfolio was an additional fundamental factor that strengthened EM resilience to the crisis.Notwithstanding the positive developments that most EMs have enjoyed between June 2009 and March 2010, this current period (2011-2017 and onwards) presents more risks than usual. Given this outlook, it is important that policy makers in EMs maintain the prudent approach to macroeconomic management that has served them well over the last decade. Specific policy measures will depend on individual country circumstances. For those with weaker fiscal positions, as growth recovers, it presents an opportunity to reduce debt/GDP ratios by reversing the fiscal accommodation that was implemented to mitigate impact of the global crisis. For others with more significant external surpluses and fiscal buffers, the emphasis should be on stimulating domestic demand and allowing exchange rates to adjust, while maintaining vigilance on inflationary expectations.Returning to our situation: against these backgrounds, policy-makers may argue that with the advent of the oil and gas sector, the economy is expected to hit a ‘booming’ period and foreign reserves are expected to experience significant increases, thus averting a debt management crisis. These expectations are, however, yet to materialise, and will only begin three years from now.So what will happen until then, as other key sectors continue to deteriorate; foreign earnings are lost on account of reduced export earnings; net foreign reserves are depleted; and public debt seemingly keeps on climbing? Is this not a recipe for a debt crisis? How will we mitigate these risks? Shouldn’t there be a review of priorities on spending, and emphasis on value for money as it relates to contracts, just to cite a few suggestions; let alone a stimulus package, as is the call from some private sector agencies?
QPR fans will know in a week if Chris Ramsey is their long-term head coach.The current boss took charge in February and is out of contract at the end of the season with the club facing a season in the Championship.Ramsey wants the job and he is hopeful the recent 6-0 defeat by Manchester City has not scuppered his chances.“We are still in negotiations,” he said. “We are still talking. I am sure the club will make an announcement in the next week or so.“Nothing is 100 per cent but I am hoping I will be in charge for next season.“I haven’t spoken to them (chairman Tony Fernandes and director of football Les Ferdinand) about myself in depth for a week or so. We have brushed on it.“But they have told me they will make an announcement within the next week and I hope it’s me.“Do I believe it will be me? Only as much as football will allow me to.” QPR boss Chris Ramsey 1
Former Southampton striker James Beattie insists the impeccably-run club will already have a replacement lined up for Everton-bound boss Ronald Koeman.Dutchman Koeman is expected to be confirmed as the Toffees’ new manager this week, with the Merseysiders ready to make him one of the Premier League’s highest-paid managers to temp him to Goodison Park.Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe and former Ajax manager Frank de Boer are early favourites to take over at St Mary’s if the deal goes through, while the likes of Andre Villas-Boas and Manuel Pellegrini have also been linked with the south coast job.But Beattie, who played for both Southampton and Everton during his playing career, believes the Saints’ hierarchy will have already made their choice.“Southampton are under great stewardship behind the scenes, so I don’t think the departure of Ronald Koeman will be a surprise to the backroom staff,” Beattie told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Ronald has done so well in charge of the team that he has always been linked with other clubs, so I think even before his departure they would have had people in mind who could step in.“With the way he’s progressed Southampton over the last few years in the Premier League, he’s done a great job. Both clubs have great history, but with Everton under new ownership, I think he’s going to get a big war chest.“Success doesn’t come with money, as we’ve seen before, but he would be a great acquisition for Everton if it all goes through. He’d be someone who can really utilise that money well and push the club forward.”Koeman’s first job at Goodison would be to try and keep hold of the club’s bright young stars, with Romelu Lukaku, John Stones and Ross Barkley all linked with moves away from Everton.And Beattie believes ‘straight-talking’ Koeman will quickly decide on the players he wants to stay and go.The ex-Saints and Toffees frontman added: “Lukaku has made it very clear he wants to leave Everton, although that might all change with the new manager coming in.“But you only want to keep players who want to stay.“If any players want to be somewhere else, than I think Ronald Koeman has proved in the past that he’ll be straight-talking and will get straight to the point with these players whose futures are in dispute.“If they don’t want to be there I’m sure they’ll be able to find another home, and Ronald will go and use his wisdom in the transfer market where he’s been pretty successful.”
1 Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has told the club to go all out to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.Madrid are looking to improve current number one Keylor Navas and have tried to land De Gea in the past.However, it has been widely reported that Madrid have now set their sights on Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga instead.The young Spaniard is out of contract in the summer and is also wanted by both Arsenal and Chelsea.But Spain skipper Ramos, now into his 12th year at the club, has reportedly advised his bosses to go for De Gea.According to Don Balon, the 31-year-old defender believes his Spain team-mate is the perfect candidate to become Real’s long-term goalkeeper as he already knows how to handle top-level pressure.United do not want to sell and it will take an astronomical figure to lure the keeper away from Old Trafford.The 27-year-old, who arrived from Atletico Madrid in 2011, is under contract until 2019. The Spanish keeper has been linked to Madrid for the last few seasons
Los Angeles city officials beefed up security at Los Angeles International Airport as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the city is prepared to respond to any threat. “There has been no specific threat targeting LAX, but in accordance with the federal decision, we are on heightened alert in Los Angeles,” Villaraigosa said. “We are constantly working to be prepared.” Security remained tight this morning at LAX and Bob Hope Airport in Burbank in the wake of news that officials in Britain had foiled a terrorist plot targeting flights between the U.S. and the United Kingdom. “This city works, as well, with other law enforcement agencies. We are prepared for any event of counter-terrorism in this city,” Villaraigosa said at a press conference at LAX. Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton said the city began preparing when the initial reports came in Wednesday night of the activities in London. “If there were questions on whether we were prepared, all you have to do is look at this,” Bratton said. “We are working … to make sure we have seamless operations in events like this.” Alerted to the terrorist threat late Wednesday night, Schwarzenegger deployed additional National Guard troops and CHP officers to airports throughout the state to assist with security. “I have taken immediate steps to enhance the security of California’s airports and protect the people of this state,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement. “These assets include bomb-sniffing dogs, the California National Guard, and the California Highway Patrol, in concert with local and federal law enforcement agencies.” The governor said approximately 300 National Guard troops would be deployed to three airports: LAX, San Francisco and Oakland. He also said the state would use federal grants to reimburse local agencies for some law enforcement overtime costs. A U.S. intelligence official said the plotters had hoped to target flights to major airports in New York, Washington and California. Authorities raised the nation’s terror alert warning level and banned nearly all liquids and gels from flights after Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the terrorists planned to use liquid explosives disguised as beverages and other common products. The ban extended to toothpaste, makeup and suntan lotion. Baby formula and medicines were exempted. At Southland airports, large trash cans were placed at security checkpoints so passengers could discard beverages and toiletries from their carry-on luggage. ”If you can squeeze it or it drips, don’t bring it,” said Bob Hope Airport spokesman Victor Gill. Anne Patterson, 55, of Calabasas, who was flying from Burbank to San Jose this morning, found herself having to check through the bag she had planned to carry aboard. “I feel inconvenienced a little bit, but you have to do it if you want to go anywhere,” she said.Los Angeles’ response came as passengers arrived at airports around the country to find the trickle-down effect of the thwarted terrorist plot. British police said they had arrested 21 people in connection with a terror plot against airlines traveling from Britain to the U.S. which was “intended to be mass murder on an unimaginable scale.” London’s Heathrow airport, the busiest airport in Europe, was closed to most European flights this morning after officials raised Britain’s national security alert to its highest level & suggesting a terrorist attack may imminent. Huge crowds formed at security barriers. Police carried out the arrests overnight in London, its suburbs and Birmingham as part of a major covert counterterrorism operation that had lasted several months, Deputy Commissioner Paul Stephenson said. The identities of those arrested were not immediately released. Police said searches were continuing in a number of locations. In response to the terror plot, the U.S. government raised its threat warning to the highest level for commercial flights from Britain to the United States and raised slightly the alert for all flights coming or going from the U.S. The government said it was banning beverages, hair gels and lotions from flights, explaining only that liquids emerged as a risk from the investigation in Britain.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. Long lines of travelers snaked through Los Angeles International terminals as security checks were ratcheted up to include a ban on liquids in carry-on luggage. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger activated the California National Guard to bolster security at airports throughout the state. Villaraigosa, who ordered the city’s Emergency Operations Center activated at 6:51 a.m., said the Los Angeles Police Department is working to supplement Los Angeles Airport police operations with uniformed and plainclothes officers. It also is working to set up vehicle checkpoints and have canine units on patrol. “We’re serving notice to terrorists,” Villaraigosa said. “We will catch you before you attack our airports and we will put you away for a long time. This is a reminder that the fight against terrorism is one that demands our constant vigilance.” Officials said restrictions on what passengers can take on board planes will continue indefinitely and said travelers should check the Transportation Security Authority Web site for updates at www.tsa.gov. Officials also urged travelers to arrive at the airport up to two hours ahead of time for domestic flights and three hours for international flights.
Rio Ferdinand is the latest footballer to show his appreciation for Cesc Fabregas as the Spain midfielder prepares to leave Chelsea.In emotional scenes at Stamford Bridge, Fabregas was given a standing ovation when he was substituted during the FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Fabregas salutes the Chelsea fans on what looks to be his final appearance for the club 2 David Luiz and Eden Hazard were also among players to pay tribute with the latter saying he was lucky to have played alongside Fabregas.“In five years I can say that I was lucky to play with him,” Hazard told reporters on Saturday.“Since the beginning when he came, we saw it the first year, we won the double together.“Top guy on the pitch, off the pitch, a great friend of mine. I hope he will have a good future.“He’s a bit old now! But he’s still very good and he will enjoy.” 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets IN DEMAND LATEST LIVING THE DREAM targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED Ferdinand and Fabregas in action back in 2007 moving on Latest Transfer News After the match, the midfielder was last to leave the pitch as he stayed behind to tearfully applaud the fans who chanted his name as he his five-year stay looks set to come to an end.The 31-year-old is expected to travel to Monaco and complete a move to the Ligue 1 strugglers, who are managed by his former Arsenal colleague Thierry Henry.During his time with Arsenal, Fabregas regularly crossed paths with Ferdinand and it is clear the Spaniard left an impression on the ex-England defender.Ferdinand shared a picture of himself and Fabregas to his 3.5million followers on Instagram, showing the two as captains prior to a Champions League semi-final between Manchester United and Arsenal in 2009.The message began: “When he 1st came onto the scene at Arsenal this kid played like a seasoned vet…“He was calm, assured, had guile & the belief that he was absolutely ready to play.“Yes he was playing very early but he was also creating chances/goals which was on top of the things I mentioned above that really set him apart from just a young kid playing in the 1st team in the @premierleague…“Went on to have a great career for clubs & country.“I got to spend some time with him off the pitch during this years World Cup & he’s a top guy too.“Good luck in whatever club you decide to go to @cescf4bregas.” Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer
Gary Neville once described David Luiz as defending ‘like he was being controlled by a 10-year-old on a PlayStation’.If that child was playing on Saturday, he would have pressed R1 and square to produce the 50-yard pass he executed with wonderful precision to find Pedro and give Chelsea the lead against Newcastle. 3 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED MONEY no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED At this point, the boy’s mother should have stormed into his room and turned his game off. You’ve had enough, time for bed.It was the kind of showing from Luiz that had the critics licking their lips, questioning his concentration, his ability to play in such a disciplined position.“David Luiz on the ball is fantastic, he has personality, he wants to play and deliver the ball into dangerous areas for his team and he can play those balls but especially places like here, before you think about the ball, you have to get your house in order defensively,” Rio Ferdinand said after that Tottenham match.Famed for his ability on the ball, the former Manchester United centre-back is rightly positioned, literally, to make such points.But Luiz’s Wembley nightmare proved to be a blip. After a strong start to the season alongside Antonio Rudiger, Luiz has set about making amends. Latest Football News Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move A stunning diagonal pass found Pedro and set Chelsea on their way to an opening goal against Manchester City. His header completed a 2-0 win.At Crystal Palace, the scores were level and Chelsea looked bereft of ideas. Not Luiz. Carefully weighted, his ball found N’Golo Kante and the Blues went ahead.These types of defence-splitting passes are nothing new from the maverick defender; what may come as a surprise though, is to see Luiz’s name top the through balls list with 31.The next nine players in the list are all midfielders, and he’s miles ahead of them.Such a statistic tells only half the story. Chelsea are a better side with Luiz in it. Luiz has been a pass-master for Chelsea this season Chelsea centre-back David Luiz. Overall this campaign – the Spurs performance aside – the Brazilian has been an asset to a pedestrian Chelsea thanks his ball-playing ability, as shown against Newcastle.In fact, Luiz has played more accurate through balls than any other player in the Premier League.So, with such creativity coming from an unsuspecting position, it’s surprising the Blues could force out the Brazilian, according to the Guardian, due to their contract policy of only offering those aged 30 a one year extension.It is a medieval way of handling transfers in 2019. How can a backdated approach apply in a world where science and controlled diet means footballers are as fit as they ever have been.A player does not become a bad one as soon as they surpass their third decade and Luiz is a case in point. REVEALED BEST OF Now apply that same console analogy to his performance in November against Tottenham and it would have appeared every single button on the controller was being hit in a disorderly manner.Chelsea were already 1-0 down when Harry Kane collected the ball and shot. Luiz, a defender, sidestepped rather than block or close the striker down. Kane scored.After the break, Heung-Min Son burst past Jorginho to find himself face-to-face with the Brazilian, but rather than halt Son, Luiz ran beyond him such was his lack of discipline.Tottenham were 3-0 up and Luiz was left facing the corner flag. 3 huge blow The Premier League players who have played the most through balls.
Gordon Strachan’s Scotland side pulled off an impressive 1-0 win over Czech Republic on Thursday night, with Ikechi Anya scoring the winning goal.The result provides hope ahead of the country’s looming World Cup qualification campaign, as Scotland marked their first match card of the new year with a win.Of course, it was only a friendly fixture but it was a valuable learning experience for a number of fledgling members of the squad.Strachan handed out a full debut to Kenny McLean in his lineup, with Tony Watt and Paul Caddis also receiving their debuts off the bench. McCormack has scored close to 100 goals in the English Championship since 2010, but this was the first time he has been handed a starting spot for Scotland in five years. Many saw it as long overdue.Nevertheless, McCormack showed plenty of desire and endeavour as Strachan’s lone striker. There wasn’t much in the way of cutting edge, but genuine chances were at a premium for the Fulham man.He provided the pass for Anya’s winning goal and drilled one shot across the face of goal at another opening. There was plenty here to suggest McCormack could press Steven Fletcher for a starting place when the real stuff starts.Bow: Tony Watt came on for Ross McCormack. SNS GroupMore than a few eyebrows were raised when Strachan suggested a few weeks ago that Watt could become Scotland’s very own Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Indeed, there was little to back up that claim in this performance.The former Celtic striker has settled at Blackburn Rovers on loan this season and deserved the chance at international level. He probably warranted more than the 12 minutes game-time he got.There was a late run at the Czech Republic defence which showed what Watt can do as the centre forward in this Scotland team, but he never had the time to really make an impression. He will be given another chance, surely.Impression: Matt Phillips had the chance to impress. SNS GroupThe Queens Park Rangers wide man has been on the fringes of the Scotland squad for quite some time, but was given over half an hour to make an impression in Prague.Phillips gives Scotland something different in terms of drive and a willingness to cut inside off the flank, but it was with his head that he came closest.The problem for Phillips is that Strachan has plenty options to choose from in his position, but he didn’t do his chances of forcing into the reckoning any harm here.Introduction: Paul Caddis came on as a late sub. SNS GroupThe Birmingham City right-back is seen as an alternative to Alan Hutton, and so it was something of a shame that he was only afforded a mere four minutes of game-time as a late substitute.Hutton picked up his 50th cap in Prague, entering the hall of fame for such an achievement, but for all Scotland’s left sided options they lack choices on the opposite flank.Caddis could be that deputy and it would seem Strachan views him as such, only throwing him a few minutes on the pitch. Let’s hope he gets another chance. Ross McCormack – who hasn’t featured much in recent international squads – was also given the opportunity. So how did Scotland’s fringe players do?Starter: Kenny McLean was given a first-team place. SNS GroupThe Aberdeen playmaker was nervous to begin with, which given the gravity of the occasion for the 24-year-old was perfectly understandable.However, McLean settled into the match soon enough. His understanding with Robert Snodgrass down the right side showed promise and will give Strachan something to think about in future.At times he struggled to get on the ball and truly impose himself on the match like he does at club level, but nonetheless this was a solid debut for the former St Mirren man. Full debut: Ross McCormack was handed his first start in years. SNS Group
But Murrayfield bosses are understood to believe clauses relating to “force majeure” measures in the competition guidelines could allow room for manoeuvre.Dodson said: “My view is that we’re not going to let Scotland be the collateral damage for a decision that was taken in haste.“I think there’s alternative (venues) around Japan. The point to me, we are talking about now is not whether the game will take place on Sunday, that will be a purely meteorological issue.“The issue will be if it can’t take place then we’re really, really pressing the point that we need to have to get this game delayed 24 hours later.” Scottish Rugby are looking at “legal options” to ensure Sunday’s vital World Cup clash with Japan goes ahead.World Rugby has been forced to call off two games on Saturday as Super Typhoon Hagibis prepares to wreak havoc across Japan’s eastern coast.A decision on whether the Scots’ win-or-bust final Pool A game with the hosts goes ahead will be made on the morning of the game but Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme that the showdown should either be moved to an alternative venue or delayed until after the storm passes.World Rugby has already said it will not budge on tournament rules which state pool matches can only be played on their scheduled dates. Dodson confirmed the SRU are exploring legal options to ensure the game goes ahead.He said: “The first is and most important is that we look after the safety of the general public. The second thing is for World Rugby to just simply state that the game has to be cancelled goes against the whole sporting integrity of the tournament.“We have been preparing for this tournament now for four years, the guys have had over 100 days in camp, we’ve played games already and the fourth game in this particular case is pivotal.“We’ve had consistent dialogue since the last three or four days around this with senior people at World Rugby, but World Rugby seem to be determined to stick to its plan that the match is either played on Sunday or indeed it is cancelled, and to have it cancelled and have our ability to progress from this group put at peril, we believe is absolutely unacceptable.“World Rugby is pointing us back to the participation agreement. We’ve had legal opinion – from a leading QC – that challenges World Rugby’s interpretation.“We don’t know that (it’s too late) – we have to challenge it. But we should be talking about this from a rugby perspective, this is about the game and the rugby supporters across the world are absolutely astounded at this rigidity from World Rugby.“The common sense approach to this is to play the game 24 hours later on perfect safety where we can make sure that the pool stages are completed, and the sporting integrity of the tournament remains intact.”World Rugby responed with a statement stressing that safety was their primary concern. A spokesperson said: “It is disappointing that the Scottish Rugby Union should make such comments at a time when we are doing everything we can to enable all Sunday’s matches to take place as scheduled, and when there is a real and significant threat to public safety owing to what is predicted to be one of the largest and most destructive typhoons to hit Japan since 1958.” The statement added: “The core principle that could enable us to explore a departure from the terms of participation, is a fair and consistent application of the rescheduling for all teams in a safe environment for teams, fans and essential match services.“The sheer predicted scale and impact of the typhoon, and the complexity of team movements for eight matches, meant that an even-handed application was just not possible without putting safety at risk. Therefore, it was the fair and correct decision for all teams to maintain the position outlined in the terms of participation.”The coaches of England and New Zealand showed little sympathy for Scotland’s position.“We just knew that there was the possibility of a game like this during the tournament so we just wanted to put ourselves in the best position we could,” said England head coach Eddie Jones.“It’s not something you can control. This is the situation. I think it’s a wonderful World Cup. You can’t help typhoons, we would all like to think we’ve got the power above and beyond what’s on the world at the moment, but we don’t and these things happen and you just ride with it.”New Zealand coach Steve Hansen echoed Jones’ comments in saying that Scotland’s predicament was down to losing their opening game against Ireland.“If you want to be really ruthless, then it’s all about making sure you win the games on the way through because everyone knew this could be a possibility,” he said. “That’s pretty hard-nosed, though, because I know if we were in their situation, we’d be disappointed not to have the opportunity to get there.”Italy’s World Cup is already over after their match against New Zealnand was cancelled even though they still had a mathematical chance of reaching the quarter-finals. Their head coach Conor O’Shea beleieves it would be unfair is Scotland’s game was rescheduled.“Yes, there is anger,” O’Shea said. “Sport is sport for a reason. It is unpredictable. We didn’t get the opportunity to take on the All Blacks, the Brazil of rugby, for a chance to go through ourselves.“If there should be games cancelled on Sunday and re-arranged, that’s not right. We must have consistency in that regard.“We all knew the risk was there. People will say, ‘Oh it’s all about the integrity of the tournament that Japan against Scotland has to be played’. Well, what about our game? We were still in there with a sporting chance. That cannot be denied. England, France, New Zealand – it’s OK for them to be considered as certain to go through. Why is it OK for them and not us?”
Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle has urged the HSE and the Minister for Health to prioritise the appointment of permanent second Breast Surgeon for Letterkenny University Hospital.His comments come following a reply to a Dáil question to the Minister for Health.Pat the Cope quoting directly from the Minister’s reply. Minister Simon Harris said “A second breast surgeon has not been appointed on a permanent basis at Letterkenny University Hospital. At present, efforts are being made to recruit a full-time locum consultant surgeon to deal with current demands on the service. Consideration continues to be given to longer-term measures to meet the future requirements of the service and staffing at consultant and other levels will be among the issues to be considered”.Pat THe Cope said this is extremely disappointing that after many public commitments from the Government and their representatives, that no permanent appointment has been made and this is totally unacceptable by any standards – as the service is under huge pressure from service demands, there is a failure on the part of the Government to act and prioritise the service need for a second Breast Surgeon at Letterkenny University Hospital.The Donegal Deputy said he wished to compliment the cancer action groups and the support groups who continue their campaign for increased and better services at Letterkenny as they have for many years.But he added that what is required is for the Government and the HSE to make the appointment without further delay, to properly resource the service within Letterkenny and provide the necessary staff in order to deliver a top class, properly staffed and resourced service equal to any other service available elsewhere within the state. “All we have seen thus far is fake news by way of empty commitments, imminent appointments which never realised and further delays while meantime the service continues to operate under considerable pressure. We demand immediate action on the part of the HSE and the Minister for Health and make the necessary appointments for Letterkenny University Hospital,” concluded teh Fianna Fail Deputy.Anger after failure to yet appoint second breast surgeon was last modified: March 30th, 2017 by StephenShare 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)