Guyana on Friday marked the 48th anniversary of Republicanism with President David Granger saying the country has lived under the shadow of threats to its territory since Independence in 1966.“Guyana moved closer towards a juridical settlement of the territorial controversy this year. The United Nations Secretary General in January indicated his choice of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as the means to resolve the controversy,” Granger said in a nationwide radio and television broadcast.Taking Venezuela border dispute to ICJHe said Guyana intends to pursue the border dispute with Venezuela before the ICJ in coming months “with the same determination as we rejected the unwarranted claim to our territory in past years.“We are confident that our cause is just, and our case is sound. We are committed to defending our motherland.”He told citizens that the Guyana Constitution stipulates that: the State’s defense and security policy shall be to defend national independence, preserve the country’s sovereignty and integrity and guarantee the normal functioning of institutions and the security of citizens against any armed aggression.State’s objective – citizens safety“Our citizens’ safety is the State’s paramount objective. Our people must be safe in their homes, villages and places of work. Their property, must be protected against crime,” he said.In his broadcast, Granger said that the independent state of Guyana assumed the title ‘Cooperative Republic’, 48 years ago when the country severed vestigial constitutional bonds with the United Kingdom.“Guyana became fully sovereign, no longer subject to external authority. The Republic vested sovereignty in our people. It charged Guyanese with exercising this sovereignty by assuming responsibility for defending their motherland and developing the economy.”Granger said the country is looking forward to the intensification of cooperation with friendly, foreign states, especially in building capacity for the Defense Force’s technical corps to improve the national infrastructure in every part of the country, to defend our territorial integrity, to protect our citizens and to respond to emergencies.International cooperation essential“International cooperation is essential to preserving this continent as a zone of peace; to preventing and interdicting transnational threats such as drug-, gun- and human-trafficking, the spread of contagious diseases, terrorism and to mitigating the adverse effects of climate change and natural hazards,” he said.
Mats Zuccarello signs $30M, 5-year deal with Wild.— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) July 1, 2019Clearly, Wild general manager Paul Fenton took notice.Zuccarello, 32, should be able to upgrade the Wild’s power play, which finished 14th in the league last season. Prior to the 2018-19 season, Zuccarello led the Rangers in scoring for three consecutive seasons. The diminutive winger is best known for his fearlessness on the ice, his vision and his knack for setting up his linemates. Over the last three seasons, Zuccarello’s 0.82 primary assists per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 ranks 42nd in the league among forwards who have played at least 1,000 minutes. Generally speaking, the winger’s play away from the puck has been underrated during his career. Zuccarello proved himself to be a proficient penalty killer in New York but was seldom on the ice when the Stars were down a man in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. Before being traded, Zuccarello was clearly one of the Rangers’ most influential forwards when he was on the ice. He had a 3.28 Corsi For percentage (Rel CF%) and a 4.27 Expected Goals For percentage (Rel xGF%) relative to other Rangers’ forwards last season. Free agent forward Mats Zuccarello has signed a five-year deal worth $30 million with the Minnesota Wild on Monday. The veteran winger’s contract will carry a $6 million cap hit.Despite the fact that he broke his arm shortly after the Dallas Stars acquired him from the New York Rangers, Zuccarello’s vision and creativity made a big impact for Dallas in the playoffs. He clicked well with Roope Hintz and Jason Dickinson on the second line and provided some much-needed scoring depth. Zuccarello finished the postseason with 11 points in 13 games, sharing the scoring lead on the Stars with Tyler Seguin. With all of that being said, it’s surprising to see Wild GM Paul Fenton give Zuccarello this amount of term. With the Norwegian winger on the books, the Wild now have over $22 million tied up in four forwards who are 32 or older. Make no mistake, Zuccarello can move the needle for Minnesota both at even strength and on special teams, but he will be 37 when his contract comes off the books on July 1, 2024.Minnesota needs to get younger; they did add a young right winger in Ryan Hartman, 24, on Monday at two years, $3.8 million. All contract information from CapFriendly.com, all data from NaturalStatTrick.com.