LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 6, 2020 Roque Mesa and Aleix Vidal are being protagonists in Leganés and Alavés respectively, but its performance is far from the necessary to belong to a team that aspires to the Champions League. If it was unlikely that anyone could return to Seville, his season is in charge of confirming it.The loan of Carlos Fernández to Granada is being the exception within the transfer policy of Seville. The canterano is making a name in Primera based on his good performances with Granada, where he has scored three goals and two assists. These numbers are not negligible in a newly promoted as the Nasrid team, especially if you consider that they are better than any of the nine of Seville in LaLiga. Diego Martínez is giving continuity to the work he did with Carlos Fernández when he directed Sevilla Atlético and his performance, at least, It is being worthy to open the debate of whether it should belong to the first squad of Nervión next season or not. Nor are the French Amadou and Gnagnon succeeding. The first, grabbed the title in Norwich after the first month of competition but has disappeared from the Premier League line-ups in the last six games. Gnagnon, meanwhile, played all the Europa League games with Rennes, who fell eliminated in the group stage, while in Ligue 1 he has not started since November 23. Exceeded the equator of the season, the analysis of the performance of the players that Sevilla has given up confirms the success of having detached from them in summer. None of the players borrowed in summer is earning with his performance the return to Nervión, although this means that they are not being revalued and that replacing them next summer is again a problem.Especially bleeding are the cases of Arana and Kjaer in the Atalanta. The Brazilian has practically not played, while the Danish situation is “unsustainable” as his representative has recently stated. Gasperini, a coach of the Italians, points out that the problem of the captain of Denmark is that “he has a hard time interpreting our style of play.” From Italy ensures that Sampdoria, which needs a central, aims to be the new destination of the Nordic footballer, which would still have one more year left in Seville when he returns in June.
Amid the controversy surrounding the proposed increase in tolls at the Berbice River Bridge, outspoken political activist and former Presidential Advisor Ramon Gaskin is suggesting a total buyout of the bridge by Government so as to resolve the issue.Political activist and former Presidential advisor Ramon GaskinGaskin on Wednesday said the situation has reached a point where the Government should seek to buy all the shares within the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) as opposed to allowing the company to impose massive increases on the travelling public, which they can ill afford at this point.On Tuesday, the Chairman of the Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI), Dr Surendra Persaud, who is also the Chairman for the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), announced steep increases to the current tolls at the facility.Guyana Times understands that NIS through its Chairman, was forced to push for the increase in tolls in order to protect its investment. NIS has majority voting rights on the BBCI Board of Directors.Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Gaskin also suggested that an alternative can be for Government and the NIS to solely own the bridge, thus buying the shares from all the other shareholders.“You don’t need to make a profit just cover maintenance and pay the NIS interest on their investment and you could lower the rate to where it was and it could go lower,” he advised.On the other hand, Gaskin also suggested that NIS could put in for receivership. This is a remedy available to secured creditors to recover amounts outstanding under a secured loan in the event the company defaults on its loan payments.“Put it into receivership and get rid of the rest of shareholders… by buying the shares out… but make it a Government owned bridge together with the NIS and reduce the rates. The bridge could be nationalised, and Government could buy it over in the interest of NIS,” he said.Asked whether he believes the Government would make such a move, the political activist said while the Government could show some level of reluctance but added that it is in the best interest of all parties involved and as such it should be done.“The Government don’t understand any of these things… But they must look at protecting the interest of people. If they go ahead and buy the shares and take over the bridge it will be good for everyone,” he added.Further, Gaskin said the Chairman of the BBCI, Dr Surendra Persaud should be questioned by the Police over the non-payment to the NIS. He believes that Dr Persaud who chairs both the NIS and BCCI should be a matter of concern. He is also a member of the Alliance For Change (AFC).Shareholders positionOne of the shareholders told Guyana Times that it recognises that the Berbice Bridge is in serious financial jeopardy given that debts have reached maturity and few options are available to stave off bankruptcy.“The Government should sit down with the bridge company and work out the appropriate subsidy with due reference to the financial model and or the Concession Agreement. This is necessary as a result of Government’s refusal to allow incremental increases, or in other words, refusing to honour its contractual obligations as per the Concession Agreement,” the shareholder said.Another noted that if an agreement cannot be reached, them it is recommended that the Government buy back the bridge and compensate investors in keeping with the financial model and other investment documents.“Once the Government executes a buyback it will be able to lower tolls. If this is approached properly Government might still be able to preserve public private partnerships in Guyana,” the shareholder stated.It added that the investors assumed significant risk to build the bridge. While the bridge has been de-risked for several years, following its successful opening, the ordinary shareholders are yet to receive a single cent in dividends.“We recognise the efforts of the Directors of the bridge company who has a fiduciary duty to preserve the financial integrity of the company in the context of the dire circumstances the company must be facing at this time. We also empathises with commuters who are caught in the middle,” a representative of a shareholder told Guyana Times.BBCI letterIn a letter sent from the BBCI to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson dated Monday, October 15, it stated that there have been four requests for the tolls to be adjusted but to no avail. It expressed disappointment having met with the Minister there was no positive outcome.However, the company having sought legal advice was told that they have to consult with the Minister for the toll increases. “It is by under and virtue of the above provision that the Berbice Bridge Company Inc is consulting with you in relation to the proposals for an adjustment in tolls,” the missive stated while still declaring that the increases will take effect on November 12, , the same day as Local Government Elections.