Boss Mark Hughes said at his press conference on Tuesday: “We are hopeful. It’s fair to say it progressed significantly this morning. We hope at some point we will be able to announce a big signing for us.” Despite seemingly missing out on Berahino, Newcastle continued to reinforce their squad with the loan signing of Seydou Doumbia from Roma until the end of the season. The Magpies had already spent nearly £29million on Andros Townsend, Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet before deadline day arrived. Meanwhile, Ayoze Perez has committed his future to Newcastle by signing a new five-and-a-half-year contract which ties him to St James’ Park until the summer of 2021. Also in the north-east, Middlesbrough bolstered their Championship promotion push by signing Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes from Blackburn on a four and a half year deal, as well as bringing in defender Ritchie de Laet on loan from Leicester. Boro’s promotion rivals Hull also strengthened their squad as they landed Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell on loan from Old Trafford, and Dusan Kuciak from Legia Warsaw for an undisclosed fee. Arsene Wenger released Mathieu Debuchy and Yaya Sanogo on loan to Bordeaux and Charlton respectively, while across north London Tottenham have sent Alex Pritchard on loan to West Brom. Spurs defender Federico Fazio has joined his old club Sevilla on loan while Serbia Under-21 midfielder Milos Veljkovic has moved to Werder Bremen on a permanent deal. Watford have paid in the region of £8million to lure 23-year-old midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure from French club Rennes – and immediately sent him to La Liga Granada on loan. The Hornets have also signed Venezuelan forward Adalberto Penaranda, who will also stay on loan at Granada until the end of the season. Swansea have brought in Leroy Fer on loan from QPR and loaned Eder to Lille for the rest of the season, while Bournemouth have re-signed Welsh left-back Rhoys Wiggins from Sheffield Wednesday. Despite rumours of a move for Charles N’Zogbia, Sunderland’s only activity on deadline day appeared to be the loaning of midfielder Jordi Gomez to Blackburn and striker Steven Fletcher to Marseille for the rest of the season. Oumar Niasse sealed a £13.5million move to Everton but Saido Berahino appeared resigned to staying at West Brom as a largely underwhelming transfer deadline day limped towards its conclusion. Toffees boss Roberto Martinez swooped to capture the 25-year-old Lokomotiv Moscow striker on a four-and-a-half-year deal after completing formalities at the club’s Finch Farm training complex earlier in the day. The Senegal international told evertontv: “It’s a great day for me, a big dream to play in the Premier League and a big dream to play for Everton. “Everton is one of the best teams in the Premier League and the Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world.” Niasse becomes the club’s third most expensive signing after Romelu Lukaku (£28million) and Marouane Fellaini (£15million) and could make his debut in this weekend’s Barclays Premier League match at Stoke. The Toffees have loaned Aiden McGeady to Championship play-off hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday. Meanwhile Berahino took to Twitter to apparently rule out the possibility of a deadline day move away from The Hawthorns. Referencing his social media outburst in January when he was denied a late move to Tottenham, Berahino wrote: ” Everyone waiting once again for the silly little spoilt boy to make same mistake so here you go. Goodnight all and thanks for the support.” Earlier, the Baggies had rejected a £21million bid from Newcastle and stressed there was no chance of Berahino being allowed to move before the end of the transfer window. In one of the biggest potential deals still brewing, Stoke were closing in on £18million-rated Porto striker Giannelli Imbula. The Potters are believed to have agreed a deal for the 23-year-old which will comfortably outstrip the £12million they spent to lure Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter Milan. Press Association
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As uncertainty spreads across the world and with a number of countries gearing up to receive theBritish High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinnrepercussions of the BREXIT fallout, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn, is reassuring that nothing will change in Guyana; however, he indicated that avenues may pop up for the local sugar industry.During an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, the UK Diplomat guaranteed that whatever consequences will follow the relationship between Guyana and Great Britain will remain undefiled.“Looking to the longer term, I don’t see any change in the UK’s approach to Guyana. I don’t see any less a commitment and I don’t see any less support coming here,” he said.He explained that the United Kingdom is awaiting a new Prime Minister to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty since David Cameron has resigned and refused to lead this process.Until Article 50 is invoked, the process of leaving the EU will not commence.“The rights and responsibilities and obligations that the UK has as a member of the EU and that the EU has to the UK remain exactly the same. And even when that process is launched, it is going to take at least probably two years. We are talking about a long and complicated process,” he outlined.When further prompted, Quinn agreed that BREXIT may open opportunities for stakeholders in the local sugar industry to capitalise on but he cautioned that it is rather difficult to predict how events will unfold during these initial stages.“I don’t honestly know. I haven’t spoken to Tate and Lyle since the result. I don’t know and I’m not sure that they might know the actual impact of that change so at the moment, I can’t really comment… Tate and Lyle are probably thinking about it but to say what it exactly means, I don’t think anyone has come to a concrete conclusion,” he explained.UK Tate and Lyle Sugars had complained in the past of the negative impacts of the EU regulations on their operations.Guyana’s sugar which had been shipped to Britain to the Tate and Lyle Sugar (TLS) on the Thames for refining was incorporated into the EU regime in 1973 and modified accordingly in the following years.Cane sugar has been treated as a stepchild and TLS has seen its refineries gradually decrease from six to one.In 2012, TLS launched a “Save our Sugar” campaign and asserted, “If current and proposed EU policies continue to unfairly restrict access to raw sugar, cane refiners will not survive as part of the supply mix in Europe’s sugar sector”.In the next two years, according to Article 50 of the EU Charter, Britain and the EU will be negotiating the terms of the former’s exit. The EU’s entire sugar regime which addresses three main areas: quota management, a reference price and a minimum guaranteed price to growers, and trade measures, will have to be replaced by Britain with a new regime.Because beet farming in Britain has never been on a scale as say France and Germany, and British farmers never received subsidies on the scale of their European counterparts.TLS has been leading the charge for renegotiation of cane sugar trade arrangements before the old arrangement expired in 2017. It can be a potent ally with countries such as Guyana.Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge had already pronounced that Guyana will not face any immediate impact as a result of BREXIT.Jamaican Tourism Minister Edmund Barlett had announced that steps to secure UK market in light of Brexit were taken, given its significance to the tourism industry.On the other hand, concerns are abound that Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries may follow the example set by the UK, and initiate a process to exit Caricom.Already, authoritative voices in Jamaica placed on their national agenda the question of whether their country should follow the example of Britain, the former “Mother Country”, and leave Caricom.In fact, the former Foreign Affairs Minister in Jamaica, Oswald Harding, is insisting that the Jamaican Government should follow the UK’s referendum on the EU and hold a similar one on whether Jamaica should remain in Caricom.Over the years, several Member States have publicly subscribed to the view that the institution has been incapable of addressing the challenges facing the Caribbean.With the Caricom Summit to be hosted in Guyana next month, Government has not pronounced on whether or not it will consider exiting Caricom.