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“Georgetown we have a problem”

first_imgDear Editor,There is a NASA-produced documentary titled “The Journeys of Apollo” in which the Apollo 13 mission produced the popular phrase “Houston, we have a problem”, as the astronauts communicated their discovery of the explosion that crippled their spacecraft.In Guyana, the Town Clerk has caused all and sundry to produce the phrase “Georgetown we have a problem”, to describe the crippled state of our capital city, due to mismanagement, venality and incompetence.By now it ought to be crystal clear that our style of management of our capital city is not working, and in fact, is a total disaster.What we have now in spite of a significant amount of work that has been undertaken in recent years to review and improve the Local Government sector more popularly known as ‘Local Government reform’, is our capital city being run under very archaic laws dating back to the colonial times, laws that cannot relate to, nor deal effectively with, the current circumstances.What we have now is the Town Clerk of Georgetown cloaking himself with ridiculous powers, scope and authority to completely ignore the views and wishes of the elected Council, of the laws pertaining to procurement, of covenants ascribed to State lands, of accounting and audit regulations, of even answering to the Communities Minister.All over the world city governments are run like businesses, municipalities have become municipal corporations, with executive Mayors and city managers who are given by charter a large degree of control and responsibility. Right nearby we have the likes of the Port of Spain Corporation and the Kingston Corporation.In none of these places do we have a Town Clerk, who is merely the Secretary to the Council, who performs several administrative tasks, running around creating havoc, as this one is doing. In fact none of the previous Town Clerks of Georgetown ever attempted to seize and convert public open spaces into private housing projects, to establish parking meter systems in our city on the basis of a falsehood that the previous Council had approved it, of withholding statutory deductions from the Guyana Revenue Authority, the National Insurance Scheme and the Credit Unions, of granting contracts amounting to billions of dollars without adherence to tender board procedures and of jaunting around the world for no practical purposes.Sincerely,Magagula Jacksonlast_img read more

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US helping Guyana write rules to govern multibillion $$$ transactions – Huffington Post

first_img…ExxonMobil to get 60-65% profitsRex Tillerson, the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ExxonMobil, is now a threat to Guyana’s oil and gas industry as he takes up the post of United States Secretary of State later this month, since he essentially will be writing the rules that will govern the US multibillion-dollar transactions between the two countries, given his connection to the US-based oil giant.In fact, the internationally renowned Huffington Post recently argued that were Tillerson to take up the post of US Secretary of State, he was inarguably poised to position ExxonMobil to further benefit from the Guyana oil find – using the law.Rex TillersonThe Huffington Post article outlines the fact that in the face of the huge oil find by ExxonMobil offshore Guyana, the country has no real framework for regulating multi-national oil companies like Exxon.The article, titled “Conflict: Tillerson would write the rules for Exxon’s major oil find in Guyana”, was written by Jesse Coleman, who the publication listed as a researcher and writer for Greenpeace USA following fracking, the oil and gas industry, and corporate power in politics.The Huffington Post article said Guyana’s foreign partners stood to earn 60 to 65 per cent of profits, a far larger share than what more established nations are willing to offer investors.This makes Guyana a much larger and economically important find than Exxon’s holdings in Russia, at least in the near term.According to the US-based news agency, the Guyanese Government faces the prospect of regulating a company with an annual profit margin that is over five times larger than the country’s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP).“With no technical expertise in offshore oil drilling and no experience handling super-powered corporations, Guyana faces the real possibility of suffering the resource curse, in which a place with massive resource wealth is pillaged and left for broke by bad management and predatory colonial practices.”The article outlines too that the US State Department has recognised this dilemma and under Secretary Hillary Clinton, set up a programme called the Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative (EGCI).The programme aims to both promote fossil development and prevent the “resource curse” by providing “independent oversight” of the oil and gas industry in nascent oil states.The programme is currently helping the Guyanese Government write profit-sharing agreements, environmental regulations, and develop a strong rule of law to counterbalance corporate power.According to the Huffington Post article, “There is righteous critique of this from people who say the main outcome of such a programme would be to help Exxon profit from Guyana’s resources under the patina of rule of law…While that critique may have been valid while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, it will be an inarguable fact if Rex Tillerson assumes the Secretaryship.”Efforts by this newspaper to contact current Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman were futile.Meanwhile, the Huffington Post article further observed, “It seems unlikely, bordering impossible that Tillerson would, or even could, recuse himself from his conflicted role.”It was outlined that in his nomination hearing, Tillerson said he would recuse himself for one year from carrying out foreign policy that deals directly with ExxonMobil.“Considering Exxon has dealings in nearly a third of the world’s countries, a strict adherence to this promise would cripple the State Department…Tillerson’s worldview will be responsible for prioritising environmental and profit-sharing regulations affecting Exxon.”According to the Huffington Post piece, “The unavoidable outcome of this is friendlier rules for Exxon, rules that prioritise production over the environment and corporate comfort over social justice.”The news of the looming conflict of interest scenario when the former ExxonMobil CEO takes up the post of US Secretary of State comes on the heels of a denial of accusations that the oil giant was, in fact, a financier of the David Granger-led coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) campaign.last_img read more

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Anti Site-C tour hits Vancouver

first_imgRepresentatives of this region’s Treaty Eight First Nations and those of the Wilderness Committee, took their Site-C opposition arguments to Vancouver Tuesday.As CKNW’S Alison Bailey reports there wasn’t anything put forward that hasn’t been voiced by the Peace River Dam critics many times before, but apparently it was new, to many in that area. [asset|aid=3590|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f84221442201698df500162bd919dbd8-Site-C Protest-VCR_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -Hydro also argues that the third dam on the Peace would be a source of clean and renewable electricity for the province, for more 100 years.last_img read more

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Mr. Whipple portrayer Wilson, 91, dies

first_imgThe first commercial aired in 1964 and by the time the campaign ended in 1985 the tag line and Wilson, a former Canadian airman and vaudeville veteran, were pop-culture touchstones. “Everybody says, `Where did they find you?’ I say I was never lost. I’ve been an actor for 55 years,” Wilson told the San Francisco Examiner in 1985. Though Wilson said he initially resisted commercial work, he learned to appreciate its nuance. “It’s the hardest thing to do in the entire acting realm. You’ve got 24 seconds to introduce yourself, introduce the product, say something nice about it and get off gracefully.” Dennis Legault, Procter & Gamble’s Charmin brand manager, said in a statement that Wilson deserves much of the credit for Charmin’s success in the marketplace. Dick Wilson, the character actor and pitchman who for 21 years played an uptight grocer begging customers “Please, don’t squeeze the Charmin,” died Monday. He was 91. Wilson died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills, said his daughter Melanie Wilson, who is known for her role as a flight attendant on the ABC sitcom “Perfect Strangers.” “He is part of the culture. He was still funny to the very end. That’s his legacy,” his daughter said. Wilson made more than 500 commercials as Mr. George Whipple, a man consumed with keeping bubbly housewives from fondling toilet paper. The punch line of most spots was that Whipple himself was a closeted squeezer. “It is not an exaggeration to say that the Mr. Whipple character, which Dick Wilson portrayed for so many years, is one of the most recognizable faces in the history of American advertising,” Legault said. During his run as Mr. Whipple, Wilson also performed on the dinner theater circuit, shot occasional stand-up comedy shows and worked on dozens of TV sitcoms. He played the drunk on several episodes of “Bewitched,” and appeared as various characters on “Hogan’s Heroes,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” and Walt Disney productions. After Wilson retired in 1985, he continued to do occasional guest appearances for the brand and act on television. He declared himself not impressed with modern cinema. “The kind of pictures they’re making today, I’ll stick with toilet paper,” he told The Associated Press in 1985. Born July 30, 1916, in England, Wilson moved to Canada as a child. Wilson is survived by his wife, Meg; son, Stuart; and two daughters, Wendy and Melanie. A private funeral will be held Dec. 1.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Shedding new light on a greener 2008

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonOver the century, five other versions of the ball were designed to ring in the New Year. In 1999, the ball was made from crystal to welcome the new millennium. This year, the motif is “Let There Be Light” and features a stylized, radiating sunburst on each of the crystal triangles. The ball was tested successfully Sunday afternoon, making its way slowly up and down the 77-foot flagpole atop 1 Times Square with bursts of color. The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball is celebrating its centennial by going green. The star of the world-famous holiday extravaganza was revamped this year with 9,576 energy-efficient bulbs that use about the same amount of electricity as 10 toasters. Philips Lighting, which created the light-emitting diodes, or LED bulbs, specifically for the event, says they are smaller but more than twice as bright as last year’s lights, which were a mix of more than 600 incandescent and halogen bulbs. And the new lights can create more than 16 million colors for a kaleidoscope of hues against the 672 Waterford Crystal triangles. The ball was first dropped for the New Year’s Eve celebration in 1907. Made of iron and wood, it weighed 700 pounds and was lit with 100 25-watt incandescent bulbs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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WOW! CATHAL’S INCREDIBLE SUNSET AND MOON PIX OVER KILLYBEGS

first_imgWITH apologises in advance to those of you overseas and missing the auld sod back home in Donegal….but this was the sky over our glorious county tonight.Cathal McDaid’s amazing snaps in the skies above Killybegs are simply stunning.Maith thú Cathal…. WOW! CATHAL’S INCREDIBLE SUNSET AND MOON PIX OVER KILLYBEGS was last modified: April 20th, 2015 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:Cathal McDaiddonegalKillybegspicturessunsetwowlast_img read more

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Dungloe, Donegal, and Gaeltacht Marys announced for 50th Mary from Dungloe Festival

first_imgThe Dungloe, Donegal and Gaeltacht Marys from Dungloe have been announced following a lavish ceremony at The Waterfront Hotel in Dungloe last night.Courteney Boyle will be this year’s Gaeltacht Mary, sponsored by Super Valu Dungloe.Rachel Doherty will represent Dungloe this year, sponsored by The Waterfront Hotel. The Donegal Mary will be Kilcar woman Niamh Gavigan, sponsored by The Cope Dungloe.A spokesperson for the Mary from Dungloe committee says “What a great night we had at the Waterfront Hotel last night, at the selection of our 2017 Marys.”“We would like to thank all the sponsors and all the other girls who took part last night. A huge thanks to our judges, Joseph O’Donnell from Social Biz, and to Joseph and all the staff at the Waterfront hotel for a great night.” This year will be the 50th annual Mary from Dungloe International Festival, and it will take place between Saturday the 29th of July until Monday the 7th of August.Across the globe Marys have been chosen to represent their regions in this year’s competition, with Alisha Medford being chosen to represent Glasgow, and Marissa Berry representing Philadelphia.Last year, Gaeltacht Mary Eva Ni Dhoibhlinn won the coveted crown – can another Donegal woman win this year?For more visit the official Mary from Dungloe website by following this link:http://www.maryfromdungloe.com/Dungloe, Donegal, and Gaeltacht Marys announced for 50th Mary from Dungloe Festival was last modified: May 22nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalfestivalMary From Dungloelast_img read more

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VIDEO: The San Jose defence were left red-faced after this own goal v LA Galaxy

first_imgLA Galaxy benefitted from a ridiculous own goal in a match against San Jose in the US Open Cup on Monday.The Galaxy lost the match 3-2, but they were given hope for an equaliser in the last 10 minutes when they reduced the 3-1 scoreline to just one goal.A corner was sent in and pinged around the box, bouncing off a number of defenders before hitting the back of the goalkeeper and going in!Luckily for San Jose, the goal did not come back to haunt them as they held on for the win.You can watch a video of the incident above, courtesy of the official U.S. Soccer YouTube channellast_img read more

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Tynt and Creative Commons: Tracking Content for Good

first_imgAs well, Creative Commons’ Fred Benenson encourages members to consider using the tool. He says, “As a creator and contributor to the commons, you have the right to attribution (all six of our licenses require it), so why not make it easy for your audience to automatically provide it?”To test Tracer, members can register at Tynt. Read more: http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/16060#ixzz0MCiF2lSEUnder Creative Commons License: Attributionhttp://tracer.tynt.com/features-and-benefits-of-tracer#ixzz0MCg9SuUlUnder Creative Commons License: Attribution No Derivatives A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts dana oshiro Tags:#Publishing Services#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Earlier this morning we reported on the AP’s new content tracking system and already we’re seeing the blogosphere light up with cries of nefarious intent. Nevertheless, just to prove that content tracking may not always be about serving DMCA take down notices, Creative Commons featured the Tynt Tracer tool in a morning blog post. Tynt Tracer is a few lines of JavaScript that automatically add license and attribution information to a user’s clipboard when they copy text. This method of attribution is not mandatory, nor is it really enforceable as re-posters can always remove the 3 lines of code. Nevertheless, this tool certainly makes attribution convenient. As an additional plus, Tracer adds, “Our data shows that those pages that users engage with most are not necessarily those with the most page views.” With Tracer, publishers can find out their most sought after information and increase the relevancy of their resources to readers. Creative Commons is already using Tracer to see what readers are highlighting, copying and redistributing. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Factual Friday

first_imgThe National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause for a moment of silence wherever they are at 3:00 p.m. local time on Monday to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.This post was uploaded by Rachel Brauner of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Wounded Warrior Program and is part of a series of Military Family Caregiving posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.last_img

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Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820 will go on sale in select markets

first_imgNokia revealed its first smartphones, Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, to run the next version of Windows, a big step for a company that has bet its future on an alliance with Microsoft. Nokia Corp .’s new flagship phone is the Lumia 920, which runs Windows Phone 8. The lenses on its camera shift to compensate for shaky hands, resulting in sharper images in low light and smoother video capture, Nokia said. It can also be charged without being plugged in; the user just places it on a wireless charging pod.Nokia also unveiled a cheaper, mid-range phone, the Lumia 820. It doesn’t have the special camera lenses, but it sports exchangeable backs so you can switch colors.Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said the new phones will go on sale in the fourth quarter in “select markets.” He didn’t say what they would cost or which US carriers would have them. AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA have been selling the earlier Lumia phones.Apple Inc. is expected to reveal the iPhone 5 at an event in San Francisco next week, which means the holiday quarter is going to be a tough one for competing smartphones.Nokia, a Finnish company, revealed the new phones in New York. The American market is a trendsetter, but Nokia has been nearly absent from it in the past few years. One of Elop’s goals is to recapture the attention of US shoppers.Facing stiff competition from Apple’s iPhone and devices running on Google’s Android software, Nokia has tried to stem the decline in smartphones in part through a partnership with Microsoft Corp. announced last year. It has moved away from the Symbian operating platform and has embraced Microsoft’s Windows Phone software.Nokia launched its first Windows phones late last year under the Lumia brand, as the first fruits of Elop’s alliance with Microsoft. Those ran Windows Phone 7 software, which is effectively being orphaned in the new version. Nokia sold 4 million Lumia phones in the second quarter, a far cry from the 26 million iPhones that Apple Inc. sold during those three months. So far, the line hasn’t helped Nokia halt its sales decline: Its global market share shrunk from the peak of 40 percent in 2008 to 29 percent in 2011, and it is expected to dwindle further this year.For Microsoft, the alliance with Nokia is its best chance to get into smartphones again, where it has been marginalized by the rise of the iPhone and then phones running Google Inc.’s Android software. The launch of Windows Phone 8 coincides roughly with the launch of Windows 8 for PCs and tablets. That launch is set for Oct 26.The new Windows Phones come as Google and makers of Android phones have run into legal trouble, which could slow the momentum of Android devices. Samsung Electronics Co., which has succeeded Nokia as the world’s largest maker of phones, showed off a Windows 8 phone last week. It didn’t announce an availability date either.With AP inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

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With Lahore airport shut, Pakistan Cricket Board shifts PSL games to Karachi

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been forced to shift all its PSL matches from Lahore to Karachi after the broadcaster complained of logistical problems due to the closure of Lahore airport.An official in the board confirmed that all three matches which were scheduled in Lahore would now be played at the National Stadium in Karachi from March 7.”The problem is due to the closure of the Lahore airport and it is not possible for the broadcasters to move around 15,000 tons of equipment to Lahore on time to produce and broadcast the matches from there,” the official said.The Pakistan government had closed its airspace for domestic and international flights in the wake of escalating tension with India. But, on Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered the airports at Karachi and Islamabad to be reopened for commercial flights to ease the travellers’ troubles.PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said: “Due to the recent and prevailing uncertainty, we felt it critical to make a decisive decision at this juncture. Ensuring all matches are played in Pakistan falls in line with our vision to take all eight matches of the HBL PSL 2019 matches to the people of Pakistan.”We had considered the option of shifting the dates of the eight matches in Pakistan, but because the Pakistan cricket team has to leave for the UAE on 19 March for the ODI series against Australia, this was not possible. We also looked at swapping matches between Lahore and Karachi, but the paucity of time would have rendered this option unworkable.advertisement”It is unfortunate that the headquarters of Pakistan cricket will be unable to host the PSL matches in 2019 due to no fault of the PCB, but this is a small sacrifice for a bigger and larger national cause.”Also Read | ICC to BCCI: Severing cricket ties with countries not our domainAlso Read | ICC CEO assures BCCI of security at World Cup, Anil Kumble retained as Cricket Committee headAlso Read | We salute Wing Commander Abhinandan’s courage: BCCI acting president CK KhannaAlso See:last_img read more

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Ashleigh Barty books French Open final place with win over Anisimova

first_img Amanda Anisimova returns against Ashleigh Barty. Photograph: Pavel Golovkin/AP Tennis Australia sport Reuse this content French Open news Share on LinkedIn Having found her range and her speed, Anisimova rallied back and snatched the extra break to serve for the set at 6-5, only for Barty to force a tie-break when the American buried a backhand into the net. This was also a see-saw contest, Barty moving 4-2 up before Anisimova won five points in a row to take the set with a forehand winner down the line.She then raced to a 3-0 lead in the second without conceding a point. But the momentum shifted, again, with Barty taking six games on the spin to level the tie.Barty’s crafty game prevailed in the decider as she went 5-2 up. Anisimova, who will break into the top 30 when the WTA rankings are released on Monday, piled on some more pressure on Barty as she kept saving the match points. But the Australian kept her focus to book her place in Saturday’s finale. Topics Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Facebook French Open 2019 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter Australian Ashleigh Barty weathered the fierce challenge of Amanda Anisimova to end the 17-year-old’s barnstorming run at the French Open and reach the final with a rollercoaster 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3 victory on Friday.The eighth-seeded Barty, the first Australian woman to play a final at Roland Garros since Sam Stosur in 2010, will take on Czech teenager Markéta Vondroušová on Saturday after she overcame Johanna Konta.Anisimova, who had knocked out defending champion Simona Halep in the previous round, rallied from 5-0 down to take the opening set and open a 3-0 lead in the second, only for the momentum to shift again in favour of Barty. Share on Pinterest Ashleigh Barty Share via Email Anisimova, the first player born in the 2000s to reach the last eight or semi-finals at a grand slam event, put up a great fight to save five match points but Barty sealed the win on her sixth in light drizzle.“I fought my hardest, it’s just incredible,” said Barty, who will be looking to become the first Australian woman to hoist the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since Margaret Court in 1973. “I went away from what was working but I am proud of the way I fought and found a way back into that match. It was cold, windy, very tough for the both of us. It’s incredible, it’s an amazing journey that I’ve been on. I can’t wait to see what happens.”Barty took full advantage of Anisimova’s early jitters on a chilly, windswept Court Suzanne Lenglen, allowing her opponent only one of the first 18 points. It was a sobering moment for the teenager, who looked nothing like the fearless player who had beaten Halep on Thursday.But the American sprung into life at 5-0, saving two set points to bag her first game. She went on to steal Barty’s serve as her game finally clicked. Until then, Barty had been unchallenged, spraying the court with winners down the line and cunning drop shots. Since you’re here… Johanna Konta hands French Open semi-final to Marketa Vondrousova Pinterest Share on Messenger Read morelast_img read more

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12 days agoIlkay Gundogan happy with new Man City contract

first_imgIlkay Gundogan happy with new Man City contractby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIlkay Gundogan is happy with his new contract at Manchester City.In August, the Germany midfielder signed new terms to 2023.Gundogan has stated he held talks with Bayern Munich over the summer before agreeing to stay with City.He told BILD: “I am totally comfortable here. “The competitive appeal is extremely high. The Premier League is a huge challenge and in the Champions League we have a lot hopes with City.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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