Zlatan Ibrahimovic assisted the opener before scoring the winner Zlatan Ibrahimovic hailed Paris Saint-Germain’s ‘patience’ as they knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League.The Swedish forward assisted the opener before scoring the winner as the Ligue 1 side won 4-2 on aggregate to advance to the last eight of the competition – read the full report here.The 34-year-old told BT Sport: “We did a good game, we did a very stable game. We had a lot of patience in our possession.“When we had a chance to strike we were creating the chances. We scored two goals and had more chances but it was enough to win the game.“I think we wanted to control the game and let’s say they were letting us control the game and they were striking when we did our mistakes, and that’s how the goal came for Chelsea.“But it was a solid game. We’re happy, we’re through. We’re doing good things, let’s continue to work hard and give our best.“Where we end up we don’t know. We’re happy at the moment but we’re not satisfied, so hopefully we can continue.”CHAMPIONS LEAGUE REACTION: ‘An act of betrayal!’ – Chelsea fans slam Eden Hazard, who swapped shirts at half-time 1
- Norway agreement still alive, well – Harmon
State Minister Joseph Harmon has declared that the Norway agreement with Guyana is still “alive and well.” In fact, he noted that Government has been receiving funding under the agreement for its ICT Access and e-Services for Hinterland Poor and Remote Communities project.Per Pharo, Director of the Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative during a recent visit to GuyanaAccording to Minister Harmon, the GRIF (Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund) Steering Committee, which is co-chaired by Norway, has approved funding for the project to the tune of US$17 million.The ICT project, he said, will focus on three main pillars: policy development; capacity development; and access to both ICT and public e-services in the areas of education, health, business and security. The project will be executed in over 160 communities and villages.Guyana will be partnering with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in implementing the project. The UNDP will be responsible for quality assurance and for providing and incorporating social, fiduciary, and environmental safeguards and best practices into the design and implementation of the project.A Needs Assessment was carried out last year, and provided strong evidence for the development of this project. A German firm, Detecon International GmbH, was awarded the contract and produced a Baseline Report, a Technical Report and an E-Service Readiness Assessment Report, as well as a final report from the study.Building on information from the baseline and needs assessment study, the project document was subsequently developed.Meanwhile, Minister Harmon also revealed that Guyana is expected to benefit from more funding for similar projects, including the improvement of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission.“We (also) expect that there is going to be some other projects relating to our Green State Development Strategy (GSDS); and this project with the United Nations Environment Programme as a partner entity was also approved to a tune of $1.5 million. Our strategy advocates for low emissions as articulated in the Green State Strategy will now be consulted on and taken into consideration – the feedback and views of the citizens of Guyana will be incorporated,” the State Minister said.According to Harmon, some of the funds under the GRIF agreement have already been disbursed, while others are in the pipeline to be released.Moreover, the State Minister said, additional details on the status of Norway agreement will be outlined in his presentation during the 2018 Budget debates which kick off next week.The climate and forest agreement between Guyana and Norway was signed in 2009 and the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), which along with the National Development Strategy were absorbed into the GSDS, was developed with targets outlined for economic and social development.Norway had set aside funding to support Guyana’s economic and social development without compromising the forest and the vital ecosystem services.Initially, Norway had committed to contribute up to US$250 million if the country keeps its deforestation rate low and reaches key forest governance targets.As at June last year, Norway had disbursed about US$150 million, of which US$70 million had been transferred to GRIF, which is administered by the World Bank, and the other US$80 million had been placed in an account with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to cover Guyana’s equity share in the controversial Amaila Falls Hydropower project.However, the Coalition Administration has expressed concerns and reservations about going ahead with the project. In fact, Finance Minister Winston Jordan, on Monday last during his presentation on Budget 2018, said in addition to unresolved technical, cost, environmental and other issues, the main sponsor, Sithe Global, has withdrawn from the project.However, Opposition Leader and former President Bharrat Jagdeo, under whose regime the Norway agreement was entered into, pointed out at press conference following the budget presentation that government’s reasoning for scrapping the Amaila Falls Hydro Project cannot stand up “rigorous analysis”.Back in March, Special Envoy and Director of the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative, Per Fredrik Pharo, had stated that Norway remains committed to its partnership as long as the commitment is matched by the Government of Guyana.Pharo noted that once such a plan is finalised and the new Green State Development Strategy is adopted by Guyana’s Parliament, Norway would be in a position to both transfer the US$40 million to GRIF for results that Guyana achieved in 2013, and to put the US$80 million currently placed in a holding account in IDB to good use to reach Guyana’s energy transition goal.
- Inconnu swimmer nets bronze medal at BC Summer Games
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Twenty one athletes from the North Peace Region are heading back to Fort St. John after an exciting weekend of competition at the BC Summer Games in Abbotsford over the weekend.The athletes were competing in seven sports at the Games, which began official competition on Friday and wrapped up on Sunday. Though the group’s athletes didn’t manage to nab a gold medal, they did help the Zone 8 Cariboo-North East team to 6th in the medal standings.Golfers Jesse McArthur and Isaac Wagner from Charlie Lake had a bit of a rough first round at the Ledgeview Golf Club on Friday, shooting a 94 and 92 respectively. McArthur improved on Saturday to shoot 91, while Wagner shot a 94 finish in 33rd and 34th place in the two-day tournament.- Advertisement -At the athletics field, Emma Lang and Chase Hennessey competed in a number of events. Lang placed 13th in the Girls High Jump, 12th in the Long Jump, and managed 21st in the Girls 200m dash. Hennessey ran in both the 100m and 200m races, finishing 18th and 14th in those two events. The pair also ran on their respective Zone 8 4x100m relay teams. The girls relay team edged out the Zone 1 and Zone 7 teams to come 6th, while the boys relay squad finished 7th.On the soccer pitch, Kenzie Chilcott, Emma Close, Leigh Hedges, Jordynn McPherson, Claire Turner, Quinlan Snider, and Alexander Fowler represented the North Peace on the two Zone 8 squads. After an intense two days of round robin action, both Zone 8 teams ended up placing in 6th.The Zone 8 box and field lacrosse teams also ended up placing 6th in those two tournaments. Travis Domeij, Max Dobson, and Kyle Robertson helped the box lacrosse team against two incredibly difficult opponents, and the eventual tournament gold and silver medal-winning teams from the Fraser Valley and Thompson Okanagan regions in their Pool. The team lost those two games before bouncing back and beating the Kootenay team in Game 3 by the score of 9-7. The Zone 8 field lacrosse team featuring Fort St. John players Peter McAdie and Cayden Frenett sadly went winless over the weekend.Advertisement Daelyn Jeffers was the North Peace Region’s lone representative on the Girls Indoor Volleyball team, helping the Zone 8 team to a 6th place finish on the volleyball courts.In the pool, Inconnu swimmers Kiara Semeniuk, David Shipalesky, Nicolas Eyles, Cameron Louie and Griffin Ternier-Smith faced some incredibly tough competition in their events. Semeniuk had arguably the toughest schedule of the quintet, swimming in five events over the three days of competition, placed 30th in the 400m Individual Medley, 43rd in the 800m Freestyle, 41st in the 400m Freestyle, and helped the Zone 8 relay teams to 12th and 13th spots in the 4x50m freestyle and medley relays. Shipalesky swam in both the 400m I.M. and the 800m Freestyle, notching impressive 17th and 10th place finishes. Louie placed 12th in the Boys 800m Freestyle, while Eyles placed 21st in the 400m Free. Ternier-Smith ended up as Fort St. John’s most-decorated athlete at the games with a bronze medal finish in the 100m Freestyle. Ternier-Smith also placed 16th in the 400m I.M., and 6th in the 100m freestyle. The four boys also comprised the Zone 8 4x50m Medley Relay team, which finished 9th. Shipalesky, Louie, and Ternier-Smith were joined by Prince George’s Mackenzie Lewington in the 4x50m freestyle relay, and ended up with a 5th place finish.