Guyana passport drops in visa-free access rankings

first_img… Index shows country retained gains while others improved, declinedThe Guyana passport can still get Guyanese travellers to 88 countries without the need for a visa, but the progression of other countries has seen Guyana drop in the 2019 rankings of the Henley and Partners Passport Index.According to the 2019 statistics, Guyana is now ranked at number 58, a reduction of three spots from the 55th ranking it received from the Index in 2018. The highest-ranked Caribbean country on the Index is Barbados, which is ranked at 24Guyana has dropped three places in the world of visa-free travelwith 159 visa-free destinations.Barbados last year was ranked at 21. It also declined in terms of destinations. Barbados is followed by The Bahamas (26, 154); St Kitts and Nevis (27, 151); Trinidad and Tobago (30, 148); St Lucia (31, 145); St Vincent and the Grenadines (32, 144) and Grenada (33, 143).The Henley Passport Index has historical data spanning 14 years. The Index and its contents are based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA). It is updated using in-house research and open source online data.The Index includes 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations, and is updated in real time throughout the year when visa policy changes come into effect.With Guyana’s oil and gas sector, there is much expectation that the local passport will increase in power and usability. Indeed, the Guyana Government has said that it wanted the country included in the list of countries that can travel to 26 countries in Europe, known as the Schengen area, without a passport.There have also been moves to give Guyanese business owners and frequent travellers the option to choose a 46-page machine-readable passport, at a cost of $10,000 as compared to the country’s current 32-page passport.During his Budget 2019 presentation in the National Assembly last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced the new passport. The Minister explained that the new passport would reduce both the cost and the time spent to renew the document once it has expired.The Department of Public Information (DPI) spoke to persons at the Central Immigration Passport Office about this new measure. Collin Chung, a Venezuelan by birth with Guyanese parentage, said as a frequent traveller, this new passport would be quite convenient for those persons who were too busy to undertake the renewal process and should be embraced.“I think the 46 pages passport would be beneficial, because we are entering industrialisation through our exploitation of petroleum in the country, so it would open a lot of doors and break down barriers to expand on tourism within the country.”In expressing her views, Gloria Giddings said that although she was simply visiting the country, she could appreciate how the new measure would benefit the regular air traveller.It was only last year that Guyana’s passport had increased in value according to the Henley and Partners Passport Index. The Index had shown that Guyanese can travel to 88 countries visa-free/visa-on-arrival, moving the country up four places on the Index’s rankings, to 55 in the world.According to the 2017 index, Guyana’s passport allowed Guyanese to travel to 81 countries without requiring a visa or with a visa granted on arrival.last_img read more

College football: Lucky details scarce

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska running back Marlon Lucky, a former North Hollywood High standout, was in fair condition Tuesday with an undisclosed problem, though his family said his hospitalization was not caused by alcohol or “illicit drugs.” The Daily News contacted Lucky’s uncle, Stanley Joseph, on Tuesday, but he declined to go into details. “Everything will be fine,” Joseph said. “But I can’t say anything more at this point.” Lucky’s health has been shrouded in mystery since he was taken Sunday night to BryanLGH Medical Center West. The Lincoln Journal Star reported that Lucky was unconscious when rescue workers arrived at the apartment he shares with teammate Jordan Picou. Lucky’s family issued a statement through the NU athletic department that did not address why emergency personnel were called to his off-campus apartment. “Marlon’s condition continues to improve. He has been removed from the intensive care unit, and his condition has been upgraded to fair,” the family said. “We would like to make it clear that Marlon’s medical emergency did not come about as a result of the use of alcohol or any illicit drugs.” Lucky, from North Hollywood, was slowed by a back injury and shared playing time with three other I-backs as a sophomore in 2006. He started six games and was the team’s second-leading rusher, with 728 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught 32 passes for 383 yards. He averaged 19.1 yards on eight kickoff returns. Cornhuskers head coach Bill Callahan told HuskersIllustrated.com the past few days have been tough on everyone associated with the Nebraska football program. “I have spent time with both Marlon and his family at the hospital over the past couple days,” Callahan said. “Marlon knows that he has the full support of our football team, coaches and entire athletic department.” last_img read more

Moses helps Nigeria thrash Cameroon 4-0

first_img0Shares0000Victor Moses was the star of the day in their 4-0 victory over rivals CameroonUYO, Nigeria, Sep 1 – Chelsea ace Victor Moses and Chinese-based Odion Ighalo starred as Nigeria trounced Cameroon 4-0 on Friday to take a big step towards qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.The Super Eagles moved up to nine points from three matches in Group B in Africa zone qualifying, while Cameroon remain on two points. Both teams clash again on Monday in Yaounde. Zambia and Algeria have a point each and meet on Saturday in Lusaka.After a rather tentative start by the home team, Ighalo marked his return with the opening goal after 29 minutes.He overpowered his marker after he received a clever assist from skipper Mikel John Obi before he fired past a diving goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa.The Eagles doubled their lead in the 43rd minute, when Mikel turned scorer by poking a Victor Moses corner from the left beyond the Cameroon goalkeeper.In the 55th minute, Moses made it 3-0 when he initiated a quick counter and then released Moses Simon, who did well to pass back to his namesake, who fired the third goal.A fourth goal from a flying header by substitute Kelechi Iheanacho off an Onazi Ogenyi cross in the 76th minute crowned a very satisfying outing for the hosts.Both teams went into the attack from the first whistle with Cameroon threatening through Moumi Ngamaleu, but his effort from inside the box missed narrowly as Ikechukwu Ezenwa was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the early minutes of the game.The Indomitable Lions took the game to Nigeria rather than sit back in their defence.The Egyptian referee struck off a Nigerian goal by Ighalo for offside after 24 minutes, before Victor Moses header off a Moses Simon cross missed target four minutes later.However, the home fans celebrated the first goal of this bruising contest just before the half hour with Nigeria never looking back to seal an important win.Cameroon had their chances. In the 48th minute Ezenwa did well to save a low drive by Zambo Anguissa.Ezenwa then kept out a tricky shot from distance in the 64th minute before Nigeria again surged forward to create two more goals and complete the demolition of the Indomitable Lions.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

HUGE Everton blow! Martinez fears Barkley could be out for up to FIVE months

first_imgEverton boss Roberto Martinez fears for the fitness of Toffees star Ross Barkley, after admitting the injured midfielder could be out for up to five months.The England international suffered a knee ligament injury during training on Friday, meaning he was absent for the Toffees’ 2-2 draw with Leicester City on the opening day of the Premier League season.It was initially thought Barkley would be facing between six to eight weeks on the sidelines, but Martinez admitted he may be without the dynamic midfielder for a larger chunk of the campaign.The Spaniard said: “He had a scan but it was a bit difficult to determine the extent. With the swelling we don’t really know how bad the injury is.“We know it’s a partial tear but that could be anything between seven weeks and I’ve seen injuries like that that take four or five months.“It’s frustrating because Ross was at a phenomenal level, he worked so well during pre-season and I knew it was going to be an impressive start for him.”“Ross Barkley is an outstanding footballer and we’re going to miss him, there’s no doubt about it. He was so sharp in pre-season, I thought he came back with a different approach.“He was very unfortunate to [sustain the injury] through an innocuous challenge in training and now he’s going to be out for a long, long time.“The squad should be big enough to be able to cope with losing a player and be able to perform well, but it’s a disappointing moment when Ross Barkley was going to have a really big start to the season.“Now it’s coping with the frustration and allowing him to come back when he’s fully fit and ready for whatever’s left in the season.”Record signing Romelu Lukaku, on the other hand, managed to play the entirety of Everton’s opening Premier League fixture, something Martinez sees as a major positive.“To see Romelu complete 90 minutes after arriving great from the World Cup was positive. I thought it was incredible for him to be able to push himself for the whole game.“It didn’t feel like he couldn’t go on, which is really important. Rom needs those games, he’s going to get sharpness and fitness through 90 minutes, so it’s a real positive.”The Toffees boss was disappointed by the late goal Everton conceded however, resulting in two points dropped against the Foxes.He added: “We feel disappointed because the hardest thing was to get in front and we did that twice.“We controlled the game well enough in the second half, you couldn’t see Leicester scoring. When you concede six minutes to go, when a lapse in concentration goes against you, it’s really disappointing.”last_img read more

Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar Best Bits – December 12

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Man Utd hand Phelan permanent deal

first_imgPhelan took up the role on a temporary basis when Solskjaer was appointed caretaker-manager on December 19.When Solskjaer signed a three-year contract as manager on March 28 after winning 14 out of his first 19 matches, Phelan did not immediately do the same as assistant manager. Reports at the time suggested he could become technical director and lead a change in direction to the club’s scouting and recruitment.However, the former Hull manager, who was under contract to Australian club Central Coast Mariners as sporting director when he initially joined Solskjaer at Old Trafford, has now agreed a deal.“I think he’s fantastic at his job. I’m very pleased that it’s finally been agreed,” said Solskjaer, whose side have suffered an alarming dip in form since his appointment was made permanent.“When Ed [Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman] rang me, Mick was my first port of call to assist me.”Phelan has a long history with United, having signed as a player in 1989, spending five years at Old Trafford, then returning to the coaching staff for a 12-year spell under Sir Alex Ferguson from 2001.Solskjaer, who played for United during that time, suggested that Phelan’s experience and in-depth knowledge of the club were invaluable.“I played here under him. He has the knowledge, the experience, the demeanour. Everyone in the club enjoys talking to him and discussing football with him.“If you walk around Carrington, the players really respect what he can do. He’s worked with the best and for me, as a young manager, it’s really useful that Mick has experience in a few more eras than I have.”A 1-1 draw at already-relegated Huddersfield last weekend ended United’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season after a run of two wins from their last 11 games in all competitions.A summer of big changes is expected at Old Trafford and Solskjaer refused to confirm reports that the club are close to signing James from Swansea, having failed in an attempt to bring in England international Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.The Norwegian did acknowledge that the 21-year-old fitted the profile of players United want to sign, with the manager keen to bring in young talent that can serve the club for the long term.“I think I’ve been quite honest that challenging for the title next year would be a miraculous season, because we’re so far behind at the moment,” added Solskjaer. “So next season we’ve got to close that gap.“If we manage to get to February, March and be close, that’s fantastic. If not, this summer will be about signing players who can last for many years here.“I don’t think this club has ever been about bringing in ready-made players. Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t ready-made. Wayne Rooney wasn’t ready-made. Loads of players have come here and then developed into the top superstars that they’ve become. That’s always going to be the model here.”Solskjaer hinted that midfielder Ander Herrera will feature for the final time in a red shirt against Cardiff on Sunday before he is expected to complete a move to Paris Saint-Germain on a free contract.“Ander might play,” Solskjaer said. “I don’t know yet, because we haven’t picked the team. And he will probably announce later on where he’s going to continue his career.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mike Phelan (right) has been confirmed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s (left) assistant manager on a three-year contract © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 10 – Manchester United confirmed Mike Phelan as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent assistant manager on a three-year deal on Friday, ending speculation he could become the club’s technical director.Meanwhile, reports linked the club to Wales winger Daniel James.last_img read more

McHUGH URGES SUPPORT FOR NEW DONEGAL RAILWAY INITIATIVE

first_imgThe only train in Donegal is the fun railway in FintownFine Gael TD for Donegal, Joe McHugh, has expressed his support for the West Ulster Rail Initiative, which was launched today in Letterkenny, saying he hopes private operators may one day provide services in Donegal.“The West Ulster Rail Initiative is a significant step forward in the campaign to re-establish rail connectivity in the northwest region. It makes sense for Donegal, Derry, Monaghan, Tyrone, Cavan and Fermanagh to come together to promote railway development in our region, both in the Republic of Ireland and in the North,” he said.“The disused pre-Independence rail lines that criss-cross this province provide the foundations for substantial cross-border rail infrastructure. It is significant that the Northern Ireland Executive has this year published ‘The Future Railway Investment Consultation Paper’, which projects extensions of the Northern Ireland Rail Network across the Border into the Republic of Ireland. “The 2014 European Parliament elections are an important opportunity for progressing rail development in the northwest. I encourage the people of the region to make rail connectivity an election issue for the 2014 European elections. Enormous credit is due to people like Canon David Crooks of Carrigans who aims high in consistently promoting the rail agenda in Donegal. All citizens of the north-west should similarly aim high in asking European Parliament candidates to commit to the West Ulster Rail Initiative, and to pledge to work in the European Parliament for political agreement and financial resourcing for cross-border rail development.“I encourage the West Ulster Rail Initiative to be ambitious in engaging with private rail companies from across Europe who may see an opportunity for investment in rail infrastructure in our region. Capital costs associated with rail development are obviously very substantial; a partnership approach between Government and private enterprise may be the best way forward.” McHUGH URGES SUPPORT FOR NEW DONEGAL RAILWAY INITIATIVE was last modified: August 29th, 2013 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:Donegal railwaysJoe McHughwest ulster rail initiativelast_img read more

DD LOCAL – LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES

first_imgLifford Clonleigh Resource centre Local Notes• Young parents Pathways programme Start date to be confirmed: This programme is open to Young parents that would like to learn: Parenting Advice, Personal Development, Health Awareness, Paediatric First Aid and IT Qualification. Also enjoy Fun days out for parents & children, Visits to health spas. All expenses are covered by this programme at no cost to the individual. There is also childcare supplements and free travel available. For further information or to receive an application form Contact 04882 250 962 /0749141773.• KITCHEN GARDENING COURSE: Runs on Friday mornings from 10.30-12.30 in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. Course content: How to Sow Seeds, When & What to Sow Now, How to Plan & Layout a Kitchen Garden, Growing Herbs & Salads in pots, Growing Tasty Fruit. There are still a few places available for the course. If you are interested in joining please contact us on 074 91 41773 to book a place. • WRITER’S GROUP: Have you stories, poems or memoir pieces waiting to be written? Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre holds a creative writing session on Wednesdays from 2.30 – 4.30. Explore your creativity within a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The sessions are led by an experienced facilitator. The group is open to anyone with an interest in writing. The nominal fee of €2 is charged for each afternoon. For further information contact 074 91 41773 or just pop in on Wednesday.• Art Classes: Art classes runs on Monday mornings from 10.30-12.30 in Lifford Clonleigh resource centre. For more information contact reception on 074 91 41773! Everyone Welcome• Clothes Appeal: Are you doing a spring clean? Blossoms charity shop is appealing for donations. We are looking for clothes, shoes, belts, bags, bric-a-brac, toys and books (in good condition). Items can be dropped into the Resource Centre when the shop is closed. “Many thanks”• “Blossoms” Charity Shop: We are currently looking for volunteers for our local charity shop “Blossoms”. This shop generates much needed income to help the running costs of the Lifford Clonleigh resource centre. Without the help of volunteers we would not be able to open the shop. The new opening hours of the shop are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12-4pm. If you have any free time to spare and would like to help out please contact reception on 074 91 41773. • CHILDREN’S ARTS AND CRAFTS: Every week 1 hour 30 minutes per session. To find out more please contact reception on 074 91 41773!• A woman’s knitting class: Runs every Wednesday night from 8.00-9.30.Still On-going. EVERYONE WELCOME!        DD LOCAL – LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES was last modified: May 15th, 2013 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) Tags:Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre noteslast_img read more

Relief as new driving testers recruited for Donegal

first_imgThe Road Safety Authority has confirmed they have commenced the recruitment of new driving testers in Co. Donegal.At least one believed to be based in Letterkenny.The announcement was made by the RSA in response to a motion moved by Cllr Adrian Glackin in Letterkenny Municipal District. Speaking after receiving the correspondence, Cllr Glackin said he was delighted by the move.“This is very welcome news, particularly for the Letterkenny area where I have been contacted regularly by people who are frustrated with excessive delays in sitting their driving test.“These delays have been adversely impacting people’s ability to gain employment and go to college, not to mention the costs associated with additional lessons.“In a vast county like Donegal, with limited public transport, access to a car is not a luxury but an essential part of life. “I have been working on this issue for quite some time and I moved a motion to this effect at the Letterkenny Municipal District Committee to gain support for this demand.“I am happy that the RSA have recognised the importance of these concerns and have moved to recruit more testers. I am also hopeful that they will be based in Letterkenny where current waiting lists are far, far too long.Cllr Glackin concluded by stating that he understood the new staff would be in place by autumn.Relief as new driving testers recruited for Donegal was last modified: August 2nd, 2018 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) Tags:cllr adrian glackindonegaldrivinglearner driverstesterslast_img read more

Leeds United boss bemoans lack of options

first_imgLeeds United manager Neil Redfearn bemoaned a lack of options from the bench after his side’s 1-0 home defeat to Fulham.Redfearn brought on striker Billy Sharp and Wales Under-21 midfielder Chris Dawson in an attempt to take the game back from the visitors’ grasp, after Hugo Rodallega’s goal on the hour mark.But although they probed and produced a couple of saves from Whites keeper Gabor Kiraly, they were unable to muster an equaliser.Redfearn said: “There was too many off-days. We lacked that cutting edge, we looked reluctant to shoot. At the other end, they got in our box too easy.“The squad needs a bit of help, sometimes off the bench. If you’ve got more options you can think about playing differently.”Redfearn also revealed that midfielder Rudolph Austin was ruled out of the match after a “freak accident” during the warm-up.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more