Caricom’s failure to foster sustained economic growth, development

first_imgDear Editor,At the opening ceremony of the 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of Caricom which was held in Guyana on February 16; Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Caricom Secretary General, and Chairman, David Granger, failed once again to present meaningful and concrete policies and programmes for implementation for the social and economic growth and development of Community Members to enable them to service their heavy debts and provide employment opportunities for their people.Ambassador LaRocque reported that considerable progress was made towards these objectives through execution of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) Agreement which allows for the free movement of skills (people), goods, services and the establishment of businesses within the Community. Since approval of this agreement, however, the facts suggest otherwise as there has been little compliance with its intent, particularly regarding the free movement of people among states and money transfers from one territory to the other without restrictions as Trinidadians recently found. Further, there has been no pooling of resources to tackle the common problems member states share.Over the years, there has been little economic development, while production has been declining in various member states. Trinidad’s economy, the Region’s largest, has been declining due to low oil and gas prices and diminishing production, while in Guyana, the sugar industry, the country’s largest employer, is heavily indebted and with continual operating losses, it could go under anytime with devastating effect to its workers. The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) government is clueless as to what should be done as it struggles to find meaningful solutions for the welfare of its displaced sugar workers. The global/Caribbean Hotel Industry (Tourism Sector) is saturated after a 20-year building boom and therefore it cannot be a primary driver for economic growth and to attract significant investment to create jobs as Ambassador LaRocque depicted.Ambassador LaRocque continues to be a dreamer. He postulated at the meeting that Information and Communications Technology, “is critical to the development and advancement of the Region”. This may well be so, but he failed to state that the Region does not have the infrastructure, nor a pool of trained workforce to support such a sector which will take years to develop. Guyana has no training programme for its best and brightest willing to pursue a career in ICT but as Chairman Granger could have attested, his APNU/AFC government has been lending support for the training of lawyers hopefully to boost Guyana’s economy.Crime and security are indeed critical to the development and advancement of the Region, particularly for tourism areas. Many Caribbean-born criminals living in the United States (US) will soon be returning to the Region in droves as President Trump’s ICE Team rounds them up for deportation to their respective country. The Caribbean Community (Caricom) has no plan to integrate these people back into society so they could once again become useful and productive citizens. Could the Secretariat offer its members guidance to deal with the impending problems the criminals are likely to pose on return to their Caribbean Communities, or will it be satisfied to just identify them and leave it at that?Guyanese should be wary and concerned about their continued membership of Caricom, an organisation which has become costly to operate and maintain, while its bureaucrats lack the expertise to advise members solve their political, social and economic problems in meaningful ways. It was therefore not surprising that the Prime Minister of Trinidad, Keith Rowley, had seen the light of day and decided to take ‘the bull by the horn,’ as he recently contacted President Trump to discuss issues of mutual interest and to strengthen relationship with his country.Yours truly,Charles Sohanlast_img read more

Despite rough start, Fajardo and Beermen still confident ahead of PBA playoffs

first_imgJune Mar Fajardo versus Meralco defender. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Beermen had started to build up steam heading into the quarterfinals for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup with three straight wins in the tail end of the elimination round.Crawling from the brink of elimination, the Beermen have now assured themselves of a spot in the quarterfinals with momentum to boot.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With TNT overwhelming Magnolia in the second game, San Miguel has sealed a showdown with no. 2 NorthPort, which has a twice-to-win advantage.“We can play whoever, it doesn’t really matter,” said Fajardo, the league’s only five-time MVP. “We just have to play at our best and we don’t really have the right to choose.”“We’ll play our best but the good thing is we’re in the playoffs and we’re not eliminated.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to stationcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists PBA: KaTropa tab No. 1; mighty Beermen drops to 7th Benefits of township living But Meralco, which also needed a win to get a playoff for the no.8 spot, changed the narrative and dealt San Miguel a 95-91 loss Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The loss halted San Miguel’s upward momentum and dropped them to seventh place with 5-6 card. Nevertheless, there is still a sense of immense confidence coming from the Beermen as the playoffs begin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We’re still pretty confident, we can do this and win our games,” said Fajardo in Filipino. “We just have to trust the team, trust the system, and we know we can do it. We just have to be positive.”Fajardo, who had 27 points and 13 rebounds, said he doesn’t mind who the Beermen will face in the quarterfinals. View commentslast_img read more

Trump wants to be America’s 1st tin pot tyrant – he wants to jail…

first_imgIn a debate on Sunday night, the Republican Party candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America, Donald Trump, declared that should he be elected President, he would lock up Hillary Clinton, his Democratic Party opponent. He wants to be America’s first ever “tin pot” tyrant. Many Americans were horrified by the declaration, likening the threat to what happens in certain “banana” republics and dictatorships. Locking up political opponents is a lamentable act, but not rare where despots and tyrants reign. Trump threatened to take America down the “third world” realm of dictators and tyrants.Just recently, before the May 2015 elections, APNU/AFC leaders constantly threatened that should they win they will lock up former President Bharat Jagdeo, President Donald Ramotar and many of their cabinet members, including me, Roger Luncheon, Ashni Singh, Anil Nandlall and Irfaan Ally. Those threats were made in Parliament many times and became a staple of virtually every speech made by APNU/AFC leaders during the election campaign. They claimed they had the evidence and given an electoral mandate, APNU/AFC would exercise unfettered power to lock up their political opponents and in their own words “throw away the key”. While some of their supporters reacted with glee, most Guyanese were appalled, just as most Americans are horrified by Trump’s threats.Unfortunately, locking up political opponents is part of our colonial political heritage and part of the modus operandi of dictators and tyrants. Cheddi Jagan and many of the political leaders of the People’s Progressive Party were locked up by the British Government in Guyana. While Burnham, their hand-picked dictator, did not lock up Cheddi Jagan, the People’s National Congress did lock up several leaders of the People’s Progressive Party during the PNC-led dictatorship after Independence. Today, the APNU/AFC is using several different strategies to intimidate their political opponents. The point is that countries like Guyana and too many others around the world with fledgling democracies or still fighting for democracy too often endure the despicable reality that political opponents are imprisoned and intimidated.The ‘tin pot” dictators who threaten and lock up their opponents are not people that leaders in democratic countries emulate. But Donald Trump, the candidate for President of America, has gone there. He wants to be America’s first “tin pot” dictator. After my initial shock that a candidate for the Presidency of America could make such a public threat to lock up his opponent, I realised that Trump is deep down a dictator. The people he admires are all “tin pot” tyrants – Kim Jong-un of Korea, Putin of Russia. He does not seem to recognise that jailing your political opponent takes America to a dangerous, chilling place it has never been, far from making America great. Trump, with his anti-immigration policies, does not recognise that most Americans ancestries are linked to escaping tyrants.Trump places American foreign policy and diplomats in a lamentable place. When “tin pot” tyrants threaten, intimidate and jail their political opponents, America and its diplomats are expected to stand up and reject such violation of democratic principles. For more than 240 years, America has rejected the practice of locking up political opponents and has even gone to war to defend citizens against such dastardly violations of human rights and democratic principles. Electing Trump threatens political leaders around the world because tyrants and dictators will quote Trump that this is the spoils of winning an election.These are present and recent examples of the people he wants to be like: former Ukrainian President Viktor Fedorovych; the military Junta in Myanmar that locked up Aung San Suu Kyi, the present Prime Minister, for almost two decades; Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak; Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni; Zambian President Edgar Lungu; Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei; Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe; Congolese President Joseph Kabila; Cambodian President Hun Sen; Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso; President Maduro of Venezuela; in addition to Putin and Kim Un Jung.Trump speaks with relish about locking up his political opponent, he boasts about sexual assault of women because his wealth and fame provides him with entitlements. His claim of making America great again is really dog whistle for bringing dictatorship to America. His mission is to return America to a monarchy, but worse to install a despot as the head of America and the free world. This is what America must resist. But there are lessons for Guyana. We get what we wish for sometimes.   (Please send comments to doc_ram@hotmail.com)last_img read more

Leicester fire Premier League starting gun

first_imgMidfield lynchpin N’Golo Kante and transfer mastermind Steve Walsh have both left, but the club have signed several new recruits and Ranieri is determined to ensure they do not fall off the map.“We’re building and slowly getting better. It’s important to forget last season and build our squad,” said the Italian, who has signed a new four-year contract.“I am very curious. All the world is curious (about) what will happen with Leicester. I am very curious to see where we finish.“Last season we made something unbelievable. But now the big teams will come back, I am sure.”Ranieri could hand league debuts to several players on Saturday.Leicester’s Ahmed Musa celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2016 International Champions Cup friendly against FC Barcelona on August 3, 2016 in Solna, Sweden © AFP/File / Jonathan NackstrandNampalys Mendy, Kante’s replacement, and 16.6 million pounds ($21.5 million, 19.3 million euros) record signing Ahmed Musa are among those in contention.Ranieri’s men had a mixed pre-season, losing heavily to Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, but Manchester United needed a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal to beat them in last Sunday’s Community Shield.Leicester’s odds of retaining the title are 33-1 and with United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool all strengthening, they are tipped to fall out of the Champions League places.In any case, they could scarcely have asked for better opening day opposition than crisis club Hull.Steve Bruce resigned as Hull City’s manager three weeks ago, reportedly in frustration over the club’s lack of transfer activity © AFP/File / Ian KingtonSteve Bruce resigned as manager three weeks ago, reportedly in frustration over the club’s lack of transfer activity, and Hull approach the campaign with a threadbare squad that does not feature one senior signing.Tottenham, who fell away to finish third after threatening to pip Leicester to the title, open their campaign at Everton.The Spurs team that starts the new season will be very similar to the one that finished the last one, with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm and the first-choice XI largely unchanged.– ‘World championship of managers’ –“When you spend a lot of money it’s because you are worried about your squad and desperate to improve it,” Pochettino said.“I’m very happy with my players and because of that I’m very quiet and relaxed. I trust my squad 100 percent.”It has been all change at Everton, where Ronald Koeman has succeeded Roberto Martinez as manager and Wales captain Ashley William has come in to replace the Manchester City-bound John Stones.Stones could make his debut against Sunderland on Saturday, when Pep Guardiola leads City in a competitive fixture for the first time.Chelsea coach Antonio Conte gives instructions to his team during their International Champions Cup game against Liverpool in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016 © AFP/File / Mark RalstonThe former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach has sanctioned around 150 million pounds in transfer spending, but Stones and Spanish winger Nolito are likely to be the only new recruits at his disposal this weekend.There is an expectation that the season will be defined by the resumption of the rivalry between Guardiola and his former Real Madrid nemesis Jose Mourinho, who takes Manchester United to Bournemouth on Sunday.Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could get their first taste of English league football at the Vitality Stadium.But the game is likely to come too soon for Paul Pogba, who completed his world-record 89 million pounds return to United from Juventus earlier this week.The first heavyweight clash of the season arrives on Sunday, when Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who crushed Barcelona 4-0 in a recent friendly, visit Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.With Klopp, Guardiola, Mourinho, Ranieri, Pochettino and Chelsea’s Antonio Conte all jostling for position on the start line, Wenger has dubbed this season “the world championship of managers”.Former Italy manager Conte begins his Chelsea repair job at home to West Ham United on Monday.All three promoted teams are in action on Saturday, with Championship champions Burnley hosting Swansea City and Middlesbrough entertaining Stoke City.There will be two new managers on show at St Mary’s, where Claude Puel begins his Southampton tenure against Walter Mazzarri’s Watford.Meanwhile, beaten FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace take on West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park.FixturesSaturday (5pm unless otherwise stated):Burnley v Swansea City, Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion, Everton v Tottenham Hotspur, Hull City v Leicester City (2:30pm), Manchester City v Sunderland (9:30pm), Middlesbrough v Stoke City, Southampton v WatfordSunday:Bournemouth v Manchester United (3:30pm), Arsenal v Liverpool (6pm)Monday (10pm):Chelsea v West Ham United0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Leicester City’s Italian coach Claudio Ranieri watches his players during a training session in Carson, California in July 2016 © AFP/File / Ringo ChiuLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 12 – Three months and six days after their glittering coronation as Premier League champions, Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City launch the new season with a trip to promoted Hull City on Saturday.The novelty of their 5,000-1 triumph is still to wear off, but Leicester are already looking to the future.last_img read more

Firm shapes up golf swings

first_imgCOVINA — To some, golf might seem like nothing more than a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.But Body Balance For Performance, a golf-specific fitness company, takes the game seriously. Through a unique program of hands-on body work and customized exercises, Body Balance helps die-hard golfers identify their body limitations and improve their game.“Primarily, we look at the body in relation to the golf swing,” said Larry Carter, president and owner of the Covina franchise of Body Balance. “We’re looking at the physical flaws that may affect someone’s performance.”Old injuries from repetitive motion or weakness is certain muscle groups are just some of the factors that can have an adverse affect on a player’s swing, according to Carter. “We can identify someone’s shot pattern,” he said. “They may be missing the ball because of tightness, and we can pretty much predict what their golf swing could or should look like.”The 3,500-square-foot facility in Covina, at 210 W. College St., will hold its grand opening celebration today. Carter says more locations may be on the horizon.“We have the option to open up two other sites,” he said. “But we’ll see how the activity is here in Covina first.”Body Balance was developed by Paul Callaway, director of physical therapy for the PGA in 1985 and 1986.There are currently 48 Body Balance franchise centers throughout the United States and Canada. Carter said an initial evaluation at his center is $275.“After the evaluation, we design a program for that individual,” he said. “Depending on how many areas we have to work on, the cost be as low as $200 or as high as $2,000.”The end result is designed to improve each player’s accuracy, consistency, power and flexibility — without pain.The center also utilizes some high-tech gear, including the Dynamic Balance System, which monitors a golfer’s center of gravity during the swing, while providing immediate visual feedback.The system allows clients to see, in graphic detail, how they maintain their balance throughout their swing.Arcadia resident Bobby Chang, 36, who hopes to one day play on a professional circuit, has already taken four sessions at Body Balance.“This program works you through areas where you may be lacking in terms of your balance, strength and flexibility — they all relate,” said Chang, who logs three or four rounds of golf a week in addition to practice sessions. “My swing is already more solid and more consistent.”Today’s grand opening will run from noon to 6 p.m.For more information, call Body Balance For Performance at (626) 915-3130 or fax the company at (626) 859-2633.kevin.smith@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2701165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ex-Liverpool man Martin Skrtel in line for shock Man City switch – reports

first_img1 Manchester City are in line for a shock move to try and lure former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel back to the Premier League this summer.The Slovakia international left Anfield at the end of last season, after eight years with the Reds, to join Turkish giants Fenerbahce.However, according to Turkish newspaper Fanatik, the experienced centre-back could well make a swift return to England and link up with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.The report further states that the club are currently in talks with the 32-year-old in the hope of convincing Skrtel to cut short his time in Turkey.A deal worth £3.5m per-season is expected to be discussed and despite the Slovakian’s affiliation with Liverpool, he may well decide to move across cities and join rivals City. Martin Skrtel last_img

Paul Scholes makes incredible start to life as Oldham boss

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oldham full-back Tom Hamer was injured in an aerial collision with Yeovil’s Alex Fisher in the opening 10 seconds.Despite lengthy treatment Hamer was eventually replaced by Rob Hunt – a signal Scholes was exerting his authority as the defender had previously been banned from playing by owner Abdallah Lemsagam.Lang, Gevaro Nepomuceno and Peter Clarke all wasted chances after the visitors’ Jake Gray hit the foot of a post in the 14th minute. 2 RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Mohamed Mouche and Christopher Missilou completed the rout in the final two minutes after Bevis Mugabi had reduced the deficit.Scholes had his issues with one particular Jose in the last few seasons – admitting he expected scrutiny from Mourinho after criticising his Old Trafford reign – but he will have been delighted with the man-of-the-match version he inherited.The new Latics boss, who plans to tap into contacts at his old club, handed a first start to on-loan United academy forward Zak Dearnley after he scored on debut at the weekend. MONEY Paul Scholes couldn’t have asked for a better start huge blow Oldham boss Paul Scholes got off to a winning start on his managerial debut with a 4-1 victory over League Two strugglers Yeovil.The Manchester United legend was indebted to Merseysiders Jose Baxter and Callum Lang for scoring the first couple of goals to kick-start his career in the dugout. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Scholes was appointed Oldham boss last week Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Baxter’s composure from 12 yards in the fifth minute of added time – his first goal in five months – provided the breakthrough with a low, curling finish after Nepomuceno and Johan Branger-Engone combined down the left.When Lang headed in Nepomuceno’s cross six minutes after the break Scholes was high-fiving his backroom staff, although they were wringing their hands when Mugabi pulled one back from close range moments later.The nerves were eased in the final two minutes, however, with Mouche and Missilou firing home from outside the box. ADVICE 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card BEST OF no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade last_img read more

Motherwell sign Russell Griffiths on permanent deal

first_imgMotherwell have completed the signing of goalkeeper Russell Griffiths on a one-year contract.Griffiths spent the second half of last season on loan at Fir Park from Everton and, after being told he wasn’t part of Ronald Koeman’s plans he’s committed to Motherwell next season.The 21-year old didn’t break into the first team until the final four games of last season but with Craig Samson having departed to join St Mirren, Griffiths will be well placed to establish himself as first choice.“I’m raring to go and I’m looking forward to a good pre-season to get me ready for the start of the season,” he told MFC TV. “I’m glad that I’ve got in today and finalised everything so I’m really looking forward to kicking on and trying to seal the number one spot this season.” Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson said: “Russell showed a tremendous attitude towards the tail end of last season and put in some terrific performances for us in an important run of games. “We’re delighted to have secured Russell’s signature and to have that competition for the number one jersey is crucial.”Griffiths is the club’s fifth signing of the summer following the arrival of Alex Fisher, Gael Bigirimana, Craig Tanner and Trevor Carson.last_img read more

Failed Negotiations: YouTube Will Block Music Videos in the UK

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Google#music#news#NYT#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts frederic lardinoiscenter_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App YouTube just announced that it wasn’t able to reach a new deal with the UK’s Performing Rights Society (PRS for Music), which collects licensing fees for musicians and labels in the UK. Because of this, YouTube will now block access to all premium music videos for users in the UK. According to YouTube, the licensing fees that PRS was looking for were “simply prohibitive” and Google would lose a “significant amount of money with every playback.” YouTube also bemoans that PRS was unwilling to provide it with a comprehensive list of songs that were actually included in the license.PRS for Music, on the other hand, also just released a statement that accuses YouTube of simply breaking off the negotiations without any consultation with PRS. According to PRS, Google “has told us they are taking this step because they wish to pay significantly less than at present to the writers of the music on which their service relies, despite the massive increase in YouTube viewing.” YouTube goes out of its way to state that this move has nothing to do with the record labels. Patrick Walker, YouTube’s Director of Video Partnerships, Europe, Middle East and Africa, lays the full blame on PRS for Music – and PRS, of course, blames Google for being too greedy. Walker, however, also says that the negotiations continue, so we might just see a solution in the near future. For now, however, users will have to resort to illegally uploaded videos if they want to watch music videos on YouTube in the UK.last_img read more

Security: Big Data and Machine Learning Poised to Disrupt Legacy SEIM Market

first_imgSEIM is a $5.3 billion market and is expect to grow to $12.9 billion by 2023, according to Research and Markets. That’s nearly a 20 percent annual growth rate. Paula Musich, research director at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), told CSO that “auditors need a way to look at whether compliance was being met or not, and SIEM provides the monitoring and reporting necessary to meet mandates like HIPPA, SOX and PCI DDS. Now large organizations typically look to SIEM as a foundation for standing up the security operations center.” SEIM — Security Information and Event Management — is software that helps businesses identify details behind cyber security threats. SEIM provides real-time data about network activity. It examines log and event data generated by servers, applications and security devices. Possible problems are classified as malware activity or failed logins. SEIM helps businesses identify and respond to cyber-security threats. Next-generation SEIM software will be built from the ground up to take advantage of newer technologies, like big data and machine learning. The market can be due for a shakeup. But there’s a problem with SEIM, or at least a lot of the legacy products still on the market. Tim Matthews, chief marketing officer at Exabeam, said that “if you look at the current market, most of the incumbent players have been in the market for 10 or 15 years. These products were developed pre-big data and before the recent revolution in machine learning. So, they can’t scale, and they don’t actually use machine learning to help you make decisions .”last_img read more