Guyana’s debt-to-GDP ratio records another increase

first_img…country expected to breach IMF benchmarks in 2019 – analystGuyana’s total public debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has increased from 45.7 per cent, in 2016 to 46.2 per cent in 2017, according to the Public Debt Annual Report of 2017, recently released by the Finance Ministry and made available to Parliament.Finance Minister Winston JordanBy comparing what a country owes with what it produces, the debt-to-GDP ratio indicates its ability to pay back its debts. A high debt-to-GDP ratio may make it more difficult for a country to pay external debts, and may lead creditors to seek higher interest rates when lending.The higher the debt-to-GDP ratio, the less likely the country will pay back its debt and the higher its risk of default. A specific debt-to-GDP ratio demonstrates an ideal position has not been agreed to, but instead, it is typically focused on the sustainability of certain debt levels.In Guyana’s case, while debt-to-GDP has seen slight increases over the years, this number continues to grow, and local economists have warned that Guyana’s increased debt could complicate things. Guyana’s total public debt has moved from $317.7 billion in 2015 to $344.9 billion in 2017.According to the Report, the increase in the debt-to-GDP ratio was mainly caused by an increase in public debt stock as a result of increased disbursements from Guyana’s external creditors such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); International Development Association (IDA); Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and China Eximbank.“Of total public debt to GDP, external debt and domestic debt represented 34.3 per cent and 11.9 per cent respectively, in 2017,” the Report revealed, adding that the total debt service to revenue ratio increased from 7.2 per cent in 2016 to 7.6 per cent in 2017.This increase was the result of an increase in debt service payment. The Report also pointed out that the cash debt service payments to Venezuela recommenced, in 2017. There was also new debt service payments made to Republic Bank Limited for the Marriott Hotel.Meanwhile, it was noted that in 2017 the debt service ratio increased to 3.8 per cent from 3.4 per cent in 2016. The ratio, according to the Report, increased on account of higher levels of debt service for payments again to Republic Bank Limited and Venezuela.“This ratio is considered to be a key indicator of a country’s debt burden. The increased debt- service-to-exports ratio over the last year shows that the country’s debt is growing faster than exports, but would need to be reversed in the medium and long term.”BreachAccording to Washington DC-based financial analyst Sasenarine Singh, the core issue with respect to Guyana’s debt profile remains the breach of the external debt threshold construction after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) crunched its gathered numbers during its annual Article IV Consultations. He said given the state of the foreign currency inflows from the sugar sector, Guyana was now exposed to unexpected adverse shocks.“As the debt continues to rise, because of what was done to the sugar industry, the ability to pay back these debts, most of which is in foreign currencies, has now declined and this state of affairs will remain so in 2019 and 2020,” he told Guyana Times.Of note, Singh said, Guyana is expected to breach the IMF benchmarks in 2019. A significant breach is classified, according to the IMF, as one that is five per cent above the benchmarked percentage. Guyana, he said, will break those macro-economic boundaries adversely in 2019.“This breach is expected to continue until 2022 if we have favourable conditions in the oil sector. But what happens if the oil prices (like today) remain low until 2020? Would the developer harvest the raw crude at a lower-than-expected level because of the lower price?”The financial analyst said that could cause the breach to extend to as far as 2024-2025, noting that there was nothing good in making the Guyanese economy totally dependent on one sector (oil) to save it. “That is why this 2019 Budget must demand prudence in how we borrow before oil production really starts to add value to Guyana,” he added.Singh said he would strongly recommend to the Government that it eased up on all the reckless borrowing and focused on the efficient disbursement of what was in the pipeline. “Focus on getting the right value for money out of the big projects like the Airport Expansion Project.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL STARS TO APPEAR ON BBC TV SHOW TONIGHT

first_imgTomaí Ó Conghaile, Máire Bhreathnach, Moya Brennan agus Daithí Murray who will appear on tonight’s show.The new series of I Lár an Aonaigh starts tonight at 10pm on BBC Two with a strong Donegal influence.The first episode, which starts at 10pm, features Moya Brennan, the First Lady of Celtic Music.Moya lets us in on her exciting new animation project, which has just been unveiled, and reveals the details of her yet-to-be-announced tour dates – including a gig in Derry City. The show also feature the new Acadamh Ceoil Caoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh (The Caoimhín Ó Dochartaigh Music Academy) that has opened at Derry’s Cultúrlann, including interviews with Cultúrlann CEO Gearóid Ó hÉara and Liz Doherty, Buncrana’s renowned fiddler & Doctor of Traditional Music at University of Ulster, Magee.The Acadamh Ceoil is a bespoke music academy specialising in traditional music, build in the renovated former Great James Street Presbyterian Church and manse.The former church is an atmospheric performance space (where Other Voices has been filmed), while the manse is a learning space where traditional instruments and singing are taught for all ages and abilities, along with masterclasses and workshops for more accomplished musicians and music teachers. Other exciting projects on the horizon include a foundation degree in music accredited by the University of Ulster and programmes with Musicians Without Borders.Nora ‘Frank’ Ní Raghallaí from Rannafast, County Donegal allowed the cameras into her home to explore food waste in the kitchen of her adoptive home in Cullyhanna, County Armagh, and offered some tips on the things she does to cut down of food waste. Beidh I Lár an Aonaigh, irischlár Gaeilge BBC NI, ag teacht ar ais don tríú sraith Dé Luain 2 Samhain ag 10 i.n. ar BBC Two NI. Beidh Máire Bhreathnach agus Tomaí Ó Conghaile, láithreoirí an chláir, ar ais le tuilleadh comhrá bheoga, scéalta spéisiúla agus an chuid is fearr den cheol áitiúil.I gcuideachta Mháire agus Thomaí, beidh Lynette Fay, Dáithí Ó Muirí agus Conall Ó Máirtín agus beidh siad ag cur meascán de scéalta, de chomhrá agus de léirithe i láthair don lucht féachana. Beidh aíonna sa tsraith sé seachtaine seo fosta, mar shampla Moya Brennan ó Chlannad, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, tráchtaire CLG, agus Seán T Ó Meallaigh, aisteoir i Vikings.Chomh maith leis sin, beidh seisiúin cheoil in I Lár an Aonaigh, seisiúin a taifeadadh ag stiúideonna Start Together san Oh Yeah Music Centre i mBéal Feirste. Tá léirithe eisiacha taifeadta ag bannaí ar nós Rainy Boy Sleep, New Portals, Breaking Trad, Inni-K agus bannaí eile nach iad faoi choinne I Lár an Aonaigh, agus beidh siad seo ar fáil ar BBC ar líne ag bbc.co.uk/gaeilgeMar a dúirt léiritheoir na sraithe, Michael Fanning: “Tá an-áthas orainn sraith eile de I Lár an Aonaigh a thabhairt ar ais. Tá réimse leathan scéalta spéisiúla sa tsraith seo, ó Chogadh Cathartha na Spáinne go mórcheist na cibearbhulaíochta. Tá cuma iontach maith ar na seisiúin cheoil agus ní taise don fhuaim é. Chomh maith leis sin, beidh muid ag roinnt seisiúin eisiacha ar líne ó na bannaí atá againn – mar sin de, bí cinnte iad a sheiceáil ag bbc.co.uk/gaeilge agus ar leathanach Facebook BBC Gaeilge!”Is léiriú teilifíse de chuid Below The Radar é I Lár an Aonaigh do BBC NI, le maoiniú ó Chiste Craoltóireachta Gaeilge Scáileán Thuaisceart Éireann.Series producer Michael Fanning said: “We are delighted to be bringing back another series of I Lár an Aonaigh. This series features a wide range of interesting stories from the Spanish Civil War to the issue of Cyber Bullying. The music sessions look and sound great. We’re also sharing exclusive online sessions from our bands – so make sure you check them out at bbc.co.uk/gaeilge and on the BBC Gaeilge Facebook page!” I Lár an Aonaigh is a Below The Radar TV production for BBC Northern Ireland with funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Irish Language Broadcast Fund.DONEGAL STARS TO APPEAR ON BBC TV SHOW TONIGHT was last modified: November 1st, 2015 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:BBCdonegalMoya BrennanTV showlast_img read more

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International Champions Cup head responds to Jose Mourinho’s criticism

first_img possible standings REVEALED And, speaking after the 4-1 loss to Liverpool in Michigan at the weekend, which had an attendance of over 100,000, the Portuguese said: “I wouldn’t spend my money to see these teams.”Regarding that comment, Charlie Stillitano, executive chairman of the ICC’s organisers Relevent Sports, told ESPN: “I understand his point.“He wants even his players who have personal commitments to be here. And I read into that he wants the best for the fans and the best for us and of course the best for him. He wants his full team.“There are challenges in a World Cup year. It gets later and later, the season seem to get earlier and earlier and it’s really a challenge for everyone. I think he was just voicing that frustration.“We are looking at changing the format next year, but it’s a bit cyclical anyway. We might tweak the format, but it’s not a World Cup year, everyone is excited to come and I don’t think we will have anything near the same problem.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Anthony Martial was another to miss out, having returned home from the tour to attend the birth of his second child, and his inability to return swiftly appeared to irk Mourinho.Mourinho was quoted saying at his post-match press conference: “The atmosphere is good, but if I was them I wouldn’t come.”He added at his press conference: “I wouldn’t spend my money to see these teams. I was watching on television Chelsea against Inter (Milan, another game in the competition) and the people in Nice decided the beach was better.“They didn’t go to the game, the stadium was empty.“I think the passion many Americans have for soccer deserves more. They deserve the best teams and invest to bring the best clubs to the US.“But we, and some other clubs, were not able to give to the people the real quality football that can attract even more passion in this country.” The organiser of the International Champions Cup has suggested he knows where Jose Mourinho is coming from following the Portuguese’s criticism of the competition.United have had a somewhat depleted line-up throughout the tournament due to post-World Cup breaks and injuries. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade RANKED who plays? REVEALED 3 How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Stillitano added: “I feel like I am president of the Jose Mourinho fan club. There’s probably not a lot a members today.“I understand the manager, he is frustrated. It was a tough game (against Liverpool) – 100,000 people there to see you lose to your biggest rival.“Jose has been one of the managers, maybe the top manager – him and Sir Alex Ferguson – to propel this tournament to a new level. I have nothing but admiration for him and what he does.“Not just Jose, but all the managers will be happy to have their full team with them.”For the weekend’s game, Mourinho was without the likes of Nemanja Matic, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Diogo Dalot because of injury and Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini, plus England quartet Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, due to holidays being taken after the World Cup.center_img smart causal silverware gameday cracker Latest Manchester United news United were well-beaten by Premier League rivals Liverpool on Saturday 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Mourinho has been forced to play a number of young players this pre-season Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3 Ander Herrera appeared to agree with Mourinho’s comments on the competition United midfielder Ander Herrera echoed Mourinho’s views, liking the Red Devils’ pre-season tour to that of a “Christmas period.”Herrera said to the club’s website after the defeat to Liverpool: “The least important thing is the result right now.“We are playing with the same players every game.“It looks like a Christmas period to be honest rather than a pre-season, but it is what it is.“We have to be all together, to try to have minutes in our legs, to not think too much about the results and let’s try to keep improving because the most important thing is Leicester.“Of course it is never nice to lose. But pre-season is pre-season.”last_img read more

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Carragher’s brutal put down of Man United star

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won smart causal Lindelof joined United from Benfica in 2017 and played 17 Premier League games, but it appeared Jose Mourinho, his manager, was easing him into the first team.The 24-year-old then played for Sweden at the World Cup, but is part of United defence in need of drastic improvement, according to former Old Trafford right-back Gary Neville. gameday cracker boost Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Man United news Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade United conceded three goals at home to Tottenham possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Jamie Carragher believes it’s not even possible to criticise Victor Lindelof because the Manchester United defender is so far out of his depth.The £30m centre-back didn’t start the 3-0 defeat to Tottenham, but replaced Phil Jones in the final 30 minutes and made an immediate impact when he gifted Spurs’ Dele Alli a goal scoring opportunity.Luckily David de Gea reacted quickly enough to save the effort, but former Liverpool defender Carragher simply feels sorry for the United man.Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: “I can’t criticise Victor Lindelof because it has got to the stage where he is just out of his depth. I actually feel a little bit sorry for him. He should not be playing at this level.” Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED center_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won deals Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED 2 2 “The individual errors – you have no chance if you give away goals like that,” he told Sky Sports.“And its the fact that they conceded such bad goals. Defensive errors put trepidation throughout the whole team.“You lose that confidence and belief – and it’s destroying the spirit of the team.” Lindelof and his Man United team-mates had a night to forget at Old Trafford IN DEMAND Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED silverware last_img read more

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IN-FORM ENGLISH CONFIRMS HE WILL BE AT TOP ATHLETICS MEET IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgMark English will complete in Sunday’s international race meeting in Letterkenny on Sunday.Ireland’s hottest athletics talent will be on show against some of the world’s best athletes next Sunday 13th July at the Letterkenny AC Sub 4 Minute Mile Challenge Event.One of the main talents on show will be Letterkenny’s own world class performer Mark English, who will line up in the Letterkenny Credit Union Mens 400m.English has been in scintillating form at various meetings all over the world in the past few weeks, with a 2nd place at the Diamond League Grand Prix over 800m in New York, finishing just behind World and Olympic champion David Rudisha. Added to this, he took victory at the European Team championships 800m in Estonia, and on Tuesday night had a big victory over 800m in Lignano, Italy. English’s busy schedule will take him to the Morton Games over 800m in Dublin on Friday, and he will toe the line over 400m in Letterkenny on Sunday.Having run 46.56 for 400m for victory at the Belfast International last week, it will be interesting to see how much faster Mark can go over 400m in the Letterkenny race as he fine tunes his preparations for the European Athletics Championships in Zurich in August.The 400m race in Letterkenny will also feature Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio and Kenya’s Carvin Nkanata. Cedenio ran 45.23 seconds for 400m last month in the Cayman Islands Invitational, and he was a 4th placer at the 2011 World Youth Championships.Nkanata competed for Kenya in the 4 x 200m in the IAAF World Relay championships, is the Kenyan record holder for 200m, and will be heading for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow at the end of the month. Nkanata will also double up in the Donnelly Foley Mens 100m and will go up against USA’s Philip Redrick with a personal best of 10.18. Shercock’s Craig Lynch will lead the Irish sprinters, himself doubling up in the 100m and 400m. Two North-West athletes just recently selected for the World Junior Championships in Oregon, Tirchonaill’s Karl Griffin and Sligo’s Zak Irwin will also compete in the 400m and 100m respectively. The Arena 7 Mens Mile is set to feature seven sub 4 minute milers in a world class field, along with seven other athletes who are all within one second of breaking the magical four minute barrier. Mexico’s double Olympic finalist Juan Luis Barrios, New Zealand’s Hamish Carson, Belgium’s Ali Hamdi, and Kenya’s Vincent Mutai are taking on the might of America’s best milers in Tommy Schmitz, Matt Elliott, Eric Finan, Jon Peterson and Kyle Merber who won the Cork City Sports Mile on Tuesday in a time of 3:56.Commonwealth Games bound and another one of Letterkenny’s middle distance stars, Danny Mooney will be hoping to cause an upset and steal a victory in front of his home crowd, and in the process dip under the 4 minute barrier, and record the first sub 4 minute mile on Donegal soil. It is interesting to note that less people have run a sub 4 minute mile than have climbed Mount Everest so it gives an idea of how remarkable this feat is.The Voodoo Lounge Womens 800m is loaded with Commonwealth Games stars heading for Glasgow, and it will be interesting to see if any athlete can get close to breaking 2 minutes for the two lap distance. New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin is a double Commonwealth Games silver medallist and has a personal best of 1:59. Northern Ireland’s Katie Kirk, the Scottish duo of Emily Dudgeon and Hannah Tarver, USA’s Emily Lipari, Canada’s Celia Peters, and Ireland’s Ciara Everard will all be chasing fast times and will make a very exciting race of it.In the Hickey, Clarke & Langan Mixed 3000m, Lifford’s Anne-Marie McGlynn will be going up against American’s Clerc Simpson and Addie Bracy. McGlynn has been having a wonderful season so far with representing Ireland at the European Team championships in Tallin, Estonia last month, and will be looking to lower her personal best even further, and the Americans will no doubt push her on. The Mens field will include Kenya’s Freddy Stuk, winner of this year’s Belfast Marathon.Multi-event Irish superstar Kelly Proper, who has been smashing records in many events, will be doubling up in the 200m and Long Jump. In the Glencar Spar 200m, Proper will be aiming for a European Championship qualifying time, which she only narrowly missed out on last week by three hundredths of a second in running 23.37. Proper will be aiming for a second victory of the day in the Donegal Daily/County Seat Womens Long Jump which she won at last year’s event with a jump of 6.03m. The Four Lanterns Mens Javelin is set to feature the best of the Irish throwers, with Strabane’s Aaron Crawford and North Down’s Matthew Martin doing battle, both with personal bests of over 60 metres. European Junior Champion Patrick Zwicker from Germany will be the athlete to beat in the Tobin’s Mens 800m. Zwicker took the title in Rieti, and he will also be joined on the startline by fellow German athlete, Patrick Schoenball. Kenya’s Reuben Bett has a personal best of 1:44.79, will ensure that this will be a race not to be missed, along with several Irish athletes who will be looking to post fast times, including Letterkenny’s own Ruairi Finnegan. The opening ceremony for the event will take place at 1:45pm, with all the international action kicking off at 2:00pm at the Danny McDaid Athletics Track at the Aura Leisure Centre. With such a high calibre of athletes competing from all over the World, it is a great opportunity to come and see world class athletics, and hopefully the first sub 4 minute mile to be run in Donegal.IN-FORM ENGLISH CONFIRMS HE WILL BE AT TOP ATHLETICS MEET IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: July 10th, 2014 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:athleticsdonegalletterkennymark englishlast_img read more

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Bryce Harper’s capital faux pas a hoot but not unprecedented — just ask Lance

first_imgBryce Harper, baseball’s newest $300 million man (give or take), pulled a rock in his introductory news conference with the Philadelphia Phillies.This recap brought to you by Brinks Armored Transportation, for when you have so much stinking cash you couldn’t spend it all if you tried: Harper, after seven years with the Washington Nationals, decided to throw himself on the free agent market during the offseason. It took a while, but late last week he and the Phillies agreed on a 13-year, $330 …last_img read more

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Hand Gesture Video Editing with FCPX and Leap Motion Controller

first_imgEdit your Final Cut Pro X video projects in mid air with a swipe of your fingers – wave of the future or simply a gimmick?A while back we shared a video editing workflow that was based on hand gestures and an Apple Trackpad. The video below takes it one step further, touch-free video editing through hand motions and finger gestures. Can we expect this to be a viable method of video editing in the future?For those unfamiliar, the Leap Motion Controller is (from Wikipedia):a small USB peripheral device which is designed to be placed on a physical desktop, facing upward. Using two cameras and three infrared LEDs, the device… is designed to track fingers (or similar items such as a pen) which cross into the observed area.Early users of the device report it’s astonishingly accurate and some industry analysts are wondering if it will “change the way we use computers“. Post production device manufacturer Editors Keys have jumped on the bandwagon, designing the first application to support video editing with the Leap controller.The finished app should support over 50 unique gestures for video editing and retail for 99 cents. Check out the video below for a sneak peek.Although it’s certainly neat teach, we can hardly imagine editing like this day-in and day-out. How precise can it actually be? Could it actually be faster than using a mouse/computer? How long until your arms give out?!Share your thoughts in the comments!  Thanks for the tip, FCP.co.last_img read more

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Returning Romeo still re-adjusting to physicality in PBA

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I’m still adjusting to the PBA game because when I was out the only workout routine I did was jogging,” said Romeo in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after the Batang Pier lost to Phoenix 104-100.“Now that I’m back on the floor, I’m bumping against other guys who are really strong so my body was surprised with all this physicality.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt can be noted that, prior to the game against the Fuel Masters, Romeo’s last official PBA game was still under the commissionership of Chito Narvasa who tried to limit the physicality in the game.Current commissioner Willie Marcial has given more leeway to physical play when he was named as the PBA’s boss at the start of the 2017-2018 season. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Romeo, despite finishing 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting, said he was at odds when he threw his shots up.“I’m quite shocked because this is the first time that I’ve seen the defenses again, the traps and all that, before I already knew what to do but now I’m still adjusting,” said Romeo who shot 1-of-7 from deep. LATEST STORIES Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Read Next MOST READ ‘Siklab Atleta’ looks to help make Olympic gold dream a reality GlobalPort’s Terrence Romeo. PBA IMAGESIt took four months for Terrence Romeo to get back to a PBA court again, and he admitted that he wasn’t prepared for the physicality in his return.Romeo was sidelined due to a knee injury since the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup and only returned to action in Globalport’s final elimination game in the Philippine Cup last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuslast_img read more

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Thai playmaker Chanathip Songkrasin raises profile in Japan

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Thailand’s midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin controls the ball during the AFC Asian Cup round of 16 soccer match between Thailand and China in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. With soccer booming in Southeast Asia, Chanathip’s move to Japan has been a win-win situation for both the Thai playmaker and the J-League. The 25-year-old Chanathip signed with first-division club Consadole Sapporo in 2017 and has been a hit both on and off the field. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)TOKYO — With soccer booming in Southeast Asia, Chanathip Songkrasin’s move to Japan has been a win-win situation for both the Thai playmaker and the J-League.The 25-year-old Chanathip signed with first-division club Consadole Sapporo in 2017 and has been a hit both on and off the field.ADVERTISEMENT In his second season in Japan, the 5-foot-2 (1.58-meter) attacking midfielder scored eight goals, helping Consadole to a fourth-place finish in the top flight — a record high for the club.He was selected to the J-League XI, becoming the first Southeast Asian player to earn the honor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Indian Wells: Serena Williams, Simona Halep win; Sloane Stephens ousted Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting With the recent signings of players such as Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Fernando Torres, the J-League is bidding to raise its international profile in the region after a period when the Chinese Super League grabbed most of the headlines for its record-breaking signings and transfer deals.During the 2017 season, the Chinese authorities introduced a 100 percent tax on the signing of foreign players for a fee of more than $7 million in a move to increase opportunities for young local players. At the same time, the limited on the number of foreign players that could be selected for a game was reduced from four to three for each team.While Chinese soccer appears to be inching back from a foreign influx, the J-League, long considered the most professional competition in the region, is stepping forward.“We want to create interest in our league not only in Japan but in Asia and around the world,” J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai said. “With players like Chanathip we feel we are well on the way to achieving those goals.”Since 2017, the J-League has permitted each team to sign one player from an Asian Football Confederation nation outside of the existing foreign player quota.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Japanese football is very fast and physical,” Chanathip said in a recent interview. “Players here are very disciplined, so if more Thai players come to Japan, they will be able to learn a lot and become better football players.”While playing in a more competitive league has helped Chanathip raise the level of his game, it has also helped promote the J-League overseas. Nearly 1.5 million people attend soccer matches every year in Thailand and Japanese soccer officials are eager to gain a foothold there. View comments Last year, Chanathip’s Thailand teammates Teerasil Dangda and Theerathon Bunmathan played in the J-League with Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Vissel Kobe.Thailand captain Teerasil returned to Muangthong following the completion of his loan deal, but Theerathon is continuing to play in the J-League with Yokohama F Marinos.Newly promoted Oita Trinita, meanwhile, has acquired Thai midfielder Thitipan Puangchan on loan.Chanathip has given the profile of the Japanese league a huge boost in his homeland, where he was a star at Thai powerhouse Muangthong United.Thai TV viewership of J-League broadcasts hit an all-time high in 2017 when a match between Consadole and the J-League’s Kawasaki Frontale drew an estimated 400,000 Thai TV viewers, outperforming a broadcast of popular domestic side Buriram United.The J-League hopes its success in Thailand can be duplicated in other Southeast Asian countries, where broadcasts of the top European leagues dominate ratings.Murai has praised Chanathip for his success with Sapporo and promotion of the league in Thailand.“I was surprised when a video of Chanathip’s first practice in Sapporo attracted 3 million viewers, more than the entire population of Sapporo,” Murai told local media. “He has made a huge impact on the J-League.”While he’s completely focused on helping Sapporo achieve its goals, Chanathip said he’s keeping an open mind about his future prospects, including the possibility of one day playing on soccer’s biggest stage.“If I get a chance to play in Europe, I’d be happy to take on a new challenge,” Chanathip said. 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Michael Hunter Called up from New York Giants Practice Squad

first_imgFormer Oklahoma State cornerback Michael Hunter, who spent one year in Stillwater after transferring from Indiana, has been called up to the New York Giants active roster from the practice squad as first reported by Dan Duggan of NJ.com and later confirmed by the Giants in a tweet:#Giants Safety Mykkele Thompson has been placed on IR; CB Michael Hunter called up from the Practice Squad. pic.twitter.com/j4q1zbRTjM— New York Giants (@Giants) September 20, 2016 Giants safety Mykkele Thompson will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury, which opens up the spot for Hunter to be promoted.Hunter signed with the Giants out of college as an undrafted free agent, and was released as the team made their final roster cuts, but has been on the practice squad since. He has yet to play in a regular season game in the NFL, but did have two tackles and a pass break up in the preseason against the New England Patriots.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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