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Trinidad PM calls for stronger regional integration efforts

first_imgNewsRegional Trinidad PM calls for stronger regional integration efforts by: – March 10, 2012 Trinidadian Leader, Kamla Persad BissessarPARAMARIBO, Suriname — In a statement at the opening of the first plenary session of the 23rd inter-sessional meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Paramaribo, Suriname, on Thursday, Kamla Persad Bissessar, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, called for more, not less regional integration.The prime minister extended greetings and congratulations to newly elected heads of state and heads of government, including Donald Ramotar, president of Guyana, and newly elected prime minister of St Lucia, Dr Kenny Anthony. She also made special mention of the newly elected prime minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller, whilst citing the historical context of this being the first time in the history of CARICOM there were two sitting women prime ministers, particularly on the commemoration of International Women’s Day.CARICOM’s rocky roadPersad Bissessar spoke on the views offered by consultants who undertook an organisational review of CARICOM, and publicly reiterated her commitment made at the heads of government retreat in St Kitts, stating, “Let me at the onset categorically indicate that Trinidad and Tobago is for CARICOM and for regional integration. Let me also indicate that Trinidad and Tobago understands its role in CARICOM and its responsibility to the region and is committed to cooperation.” Trinidad and Tobago’s follow-through on last meeting’s commitmentThe prime minister recalled her statement made at the last heads of government meeting, where “substantial progress” was made. She stated that on that occasion reference was made to the achievement of a working free trade regime. The prime minister emphasised that every effort to balance trade relations must be actively pursued, with the full implementation of the Single Market, particularly as it deals with trade in services, movement of capital and in particularly, free movement of skilled persons among the member states of the Community.Persad Bissessar went on to advise that it was against this background that Trinidad and Tobago has committed to, and is in the process of establishing the Caribbean Public Health Agency [CARPHA], with the government spearheading the construction of the CARPHA facilities.The prime minister also advised on Trinidad and Tobago’s commitment relating to the fast ferry within the Southern Caribbean, citing that the matter was at a stage where it is nearing commencement of service. She stated that the general matter of the intraregional transport to facilitate further trade and people interface needs to be strengthened, citing the Caribbean Airline’s collaboration with Air Jamaica, and its increased flights into the Eastern Caribbean were steps moving in the right direction.The prime minister spoke on two critical elements in the regional development initiative relating to agriculture and energy, stating that the Brazilian offer of a model farm was still very much on Trinidad and Tobago’s agenda. She stated that Trinidad and Tobago was willing to enter into consultations with Antigua and Barbuda, who also expressed interest in exploring the development of the large farms. The prime minister also cited the issue of a pipeline from Trinidad and Tobago up the Eastern Caribbean, with the latest advice being that the linkage with Barbados seems most feasible at this time. More work was cited as necessary to deal with certain undersea volcanic formations which call for further study and analysis to facilitate extension to other Eastern Caribbean countries.Persad Bissessar concluded her statement by recalling the collaborative conversations at the recently concluded CARICOM-Cuba summit, the China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum and the CARICOM-Japan joint economic mission. The prime minister expressed pleasure at the discussions emanating from the 7th UK-Caribbean Forum and the outcomes therein – save and except for the outstanding issue of the air passenger duty [APD]. She closed stating that CARICOM’s present road may be rocky, but advised however that a page should be pulled from the book of the EU, which has shown that the way out of such “crisis” is more, and not less integration.Caribbean News Now 16 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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Infantino Speaks of ‘Unforgettable Memories’ from Nigeria Visit

first_imgFIFA President, Mr. Gianni Infantino, has written to the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, to express delight about “a host of unforgettable memories” during the recent two-day visit of himself and Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, to Nigeria.In a letter personally addressed to Pinnick, the world’s number one football administrator wrote: “The FIFA delegation has now returned to Zurich with a host of unforgettable memories and having made many cordial new friendships. On behalf of the entire FIFA delegation, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for affording us such warm welcome. We all will keep wonderful memories of it forever in our hearts.“In just two days, we enjoyed so many memorable moments, culminating in the meeting with your head of state, H. E. President Muhammadu Buhari, and the visit to your headquarters and technical centre.” The FIFA President also recalled the Under-13 football match at the main-bowl of the National Stadium in Abuja and “the evenings we shared together with the Honourable Minister of Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung, the members of the diplomatic corps present, the football community and the Nigeria corporates.“Finally, let me congratulate you on your engagement in developing football in Nigeria and all projects realised, creating a solid base for a positive future. Wishing you full success in the coming matches in Brazil at the men’s Olympic Football Tournament,” concludes Infantino’s letter.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Kotoko remain undefeated after match day 9

first_imgFootball champions Asante Kotoko remain undefeated in the ongoing premier league season after recording a goalless scoreline against New Edubiase at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi on Wednesday.The Porcupine warriors missed the chance to close in on the top of the standings as the game ended in their sixth draw of the season. Kotoko are now 6th with 15 points, 3 points behind the league-leading Aduana Stars.SC Medeama head coach Bashir Hayford must have breathed a heavy sigh of relief after his team’s 1-0 victory over AshantiGold at the Len Clay Stadium.The Medeama coach has been under pressure following after a three game winless streak. This latest win will keep his side in second place, one point behind the leaders, and will likely ease the pressure on him.The situation in Obuasi is rather different as AshantiGold coach Yaw Acheampong comes under intense pressure from fans who had initially called for him to step aside during the next two matches.Amidaus Professionals offered the Accra Hearts of Oak stiff competition as they tied 2-2 at the Tema stadium. Amidaus midfielder Yahaya Mohammed continued his impressive showcase, grabbing a brace in the game. The 23-year-old midfielder, who is on loan from Kotoko, has now increased his goal tally to 8 and moved two clear of Liberty Professionals’ Kennedy Ashia.Liberty Professionals managed a 1-0 win against Tema Youth at the Carl Reindorf Park in Dansoman.Ebenezer Assifouh scored in the 64th minute, leading to a Liberty victory that would lighten the sting of their derby defeat by Hearts of Oak last Sunday at the Accra stadium.Berekum Chelsea defeated All Stars 1-0 at the Golden City Park. Dwarfs finished off RTU 2-0 at the Accra stadium while Heart of Lions tied 1-1 with Arsenal at the Kpando Park. Aduana Stars defeated King Faisal 1-0 at the Dormaa Park.last_img read more

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Dodgers and Angels trades upon further review

first_imgBut Grandal is here, in exchange for Matt Kemp, who goes to San Diego, where Logan White has joined the front office.White was the Dodgers’ scouting director. In 2003 he was scouting Michael Rogers, a Del City, Okla., outfielder, but he noticed a Midwest City High outfielder instead. He hung around later to watch Kemp hit in the cage and didn’t even tell Kemp’s father he was there. At the time, Kemp was an accomplished basketball player who competed with Shelden Williams, who had an All-American career at Duke. But the Dodgers drafted Kemp in the sixth round, and Kemp nearly won the Triple Crown in 2011.Kemp has struggled with injuries in recent years, and not just hangnails either. But when he moved to right field he flourished, and his home run gave the Dodgers their only playoff game victory.It seems odd to send off the Dodgers’ most consistent righthand power source and make Yasiel Puig seem even more indispensable. Especially since Kemp’s $21.5-million-a-year contract, through 2019, seems almost manageable in today’s climate. And especially for such an unproven quantity as Grandal, who was made expendable by Rene Rivera and the up-and-coming Austin Hedges.But Kemp really wasn’t traded for Grandal. He was traded for Joc Pederson, the Dodgers’ top outield prospect who is now only a couple of trades away from playing in Dodger Stadium. Certainly he’s too good to spend one more day in the minor leagues. He has a five-year OPS of .929 in the minors, has stolen at least 24 bases for five teams, and only turns 23 in April. And it never really matters what you gave up in a trade. It matters how your team looks when the smoke clears, which is why nobody should judge the Dodgers until they figure out where to dispose of Andre Either and/or Carl Crawford.In one of Andrew Friedman’s few illuminating comments in San Diego, he said he didn’t really care how many runs the Dodgers scored as long as they maintained their differential over their opponents. The new brass didn’t trust Dee Gordon defensively, and they felt Howie Kendrick was a more trustworthy player in all areas.In effect, the Dodgers swapped Gordon for Kendrick, using Andrew Heaney as the middleman. Kendrick and new shortstop Jimmy Rollins both can become free agents a year from now, and the Dodgers aren’t afraid of that either.The Angels must have been, because there’s no other explanation for trading Kendrick. There was no heir apparent at second base, although they quickly plucked Josh Rutledge from Colorado. They needed a starting pitcher and they got Heaney, who eases the absence of Tyler Skaggs.But when manager Mike Scioscia was asked about his team’s MVPs last September, he cited Kendrick and shortstop Erick Aybar. And, yeah, he knows who Mike Trout is.Give both teans an incomplete, but the Dodgers’ homework is easier to read. Your first reaction is that Yasmani Grandal had better be good.He did hit 15 home runs last year, fourth in the N.L. for catchers, and hit eight of them in the Big Valley also known as Petco Park.And, in 67 starts for the Padres, Grandal threw out seven basestealers and failed to throw out 49.It’s extremely doubtful Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke would rather throw to Grandal than to A.J. Ellis, the control panel for the Dodgers’ pitching staff.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Tony Becca: Gayle guilty as charged, but …

first_img My experience West Indies Board members and others knew about these and other things that were done by West Indies players, but nothing was ever done or said about them, not to anyone’s knowledge. They happened and they were brushed aside without even a word of caution, or remorse. Gayle’s action was poor, to say the least, but had some attention been paid to similar or other indiscretions in the past, it may not have happened this time around. Ian Chappell, the legendary Ian Chappell, has called for a ban on Gayle, and he may be right in doing so, but he is the last one who should make such a call. Ian Chappell was the Australian captain who hit Guyanese Vic Insanally on the steps of the members pavilion at Bourda one early morning during the Super Test in 1979. Ian Chappell even appeared before the court to answer charges for assault. I was there, and I reported on it. I was one of the few people who saw it. Gayle’s behaviour on Australian television was outrageous and appalling, but I dare say, not criminal, not by any means whatsoever. It was simply the sort of behaviour not expected from any well-thinking young man, and certainly not one coming from a co-educational school as Gayle does, certainly not one coming from a family, including a mother and a sister, and not coming from a sportsman and from one who has been so good and so great that he has travelled the world, or a great part of it, many, many times. Gayle’s problem, it seems, is that, as a cricketer, he is great, he is famous and popular, he is rich and attractive, and he knows it. More than that, however, he probably feels that he has a right, or the right, because of who he is, to behave like he is better than other ordinary mortals. Probably, when all is said done, Gayle believes, based on my experience with many cricket stars, that cricket is so important to the West Indian people and to the world that, because of their prowess in the game, because of their contribution to victories from time to time, they are not only sports stars of the people, but heroes of the people. Sometimes this leads to obnoxious behaviour by those who are treated in this way because they know no better, or simply because they feel they have a right to act that way. Maybe both reasons apply to Gayle, maybe sports stars move to a different beat. While Gayle is guilty of conduct contrary to good behaviour, however, or to accepted good behaviour, and must pay the price, he is not alone in soiling his name, his family’s name, his school’s name, and his country’s name. Cricket West Indies should share some of the fallout of the Gayle issue. West Indies cricket has always been, or mostly been, controlled by the territories who have the big boys on the team. It has oftentimes been a case where the respective politician moves to the music of the big boys, and it has always been a case where the big boys get away with almost anything, and whatever they want. Remember when a West Indies captain did not take his place in the field one morning during the Test match against England in Antigua, remember the time, late in the evening, when a West Indies captain ran down the pitch and bellowed an appeal for a leg before wicket decision in a Test match against England at Kensington Oval? Remember when Courtney Walsh, captain of Jamaica and the West Indies, refused to spin the toss at Chedwin Park with another territory’s player who was the captain of his team and wanted the captaincy of the West Indies team, and do you remember the final of the regional four-day competition, when a Jamaican player did not play the match between Jamaica and Guyana at Kensington Oval because he played a benefit match in Antigua? Remember also the time when the West Indies team went to South Africa, went back to London, and called the president to a meeting over fees? There were many other times when West Indies cricketers played the wrong stroke without correcting it, and got away with it. There was also the time during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, on a morning flight from Kimberley to Johannesburg, with the Kenya and West Indies teams on board, and a West Indian player opened up, loud and clear for all to hear, against the West Indies manager. It was nasty. I was sitting beside the manager. For years now, some other journalists and I have been talking about grooming potential territorial and West Indies cricketers, talking to them about things they are likely to expect on and off the field, and how to deal with them. From my experience, some West Indies players have always behaved like they are better than the people who pay to watch them play and their attitude has been way below expectations, some West Indies players’ behaviour, their language, in public places like airports, have been embarrassing, their appearance, their dress, in restaurants at home and abroad, have been disgraceful, and their general behaviour, their attitude, towards women, have sometimes been deplorable. West Indies players, some of them, have always behaved like they should dress how they want to dress, speak how they want to speak, go where they want to go, and do whatever they want to do whenever they want to. Not expected Respective politician Indiscretions There are two kinds of people in this world: there are those who think of others in whatever they are doing, and there are those who simply do not. Recently, Chris Gayle got himself in hot water way Down Under, in far-away Australia, when, during an interview with a beautiful television reporter, he misread the situation, the time and the place, spoke too openly, too flirtingly, and too invitingly to her, and got scalded for doing so. Almost every woman, every man, and every child took on Gayle for his lack of respect to the woman, a professional woman; and he did so while she was doing her job, and on the air, and in public at that. Gayle’s timing was impeccable, as usual, on that day, and he got what he deserved for his atrocious behaviour. What is a joke to one man is something else to another man. On another day, and in another setting, it may also have been complimentary. On that day, however, it was totally disrespectful, regardless of Gayle’s popularity, or of his own inflated ego, and whether he realised it or not. It was not funny at all. For whatever it was worth, and whether he meant it or not, Gayle apologised for his flirtation with Mel McLaughlin. Following reports of previous transgressions, or like transgressions, however, some people followed up the so-called apology and a fine of US$10,000 with calls for him to be fired from his job as a member of the Melbourne Renegades Big Bash T20 cricket team. As a man, a son of a woman, a brother of sisters, a husband, and a father of daughters, I do not and cannot condone Gayle’s behaviour. I, however, would not go as far as to try and interfere with his employment as Ian Chappell has done, not for this blunder.last_img read more

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USA advance with Sweden win, Cameroon snatch dramatic last 16 spot

first_img0Shares0000Horan stabbed the Americans in front early on © AFP / DAMIEN MEYERLe Havre, France, Jun 20 – The United States made it a perfect three wins out of three at the Women’s World Cup on Thursday by beating Sweden 2-0 to top Group F, as Chile missed a late penalty to lose out on the knockout stages at the death.The Americans will continue their bid to defend their world title against Spain in Reims on Monday after a win that saw them make it 18 goals for the tournament and break the 24-year-old record for the number of goals scored in the group stage held by Norway. Lindsey Horan opened the scoring when she tapped home Samantha Mewis’ flick with two minutes on the clock, and Tobin Heath made sure of the points by firing past Hedvig Lindahl four minutes after the break.Heath’s strike somehow survived a VAR check from referee Anastasia Pustovoytova despite substitute Carli Lloyd looking to be offside in the build up.Sweden started with a team with seven changes from the side that beat Thailand 5-1 last time out and four players making their World Cup debut, and offered very little attacking threat.However their defeat means that they face Canada next in Paris on Monday and are in an easier side of the knockout draw from the States, who have hosts France, England and Norway as potential opponents further down the line.The only truly top draw side lined up for the Swedes is Germany, who they could meet in the quarter-finals if they beat Canada, who lost 2-1 to Group E winners the Netherlands earlier on Thursday.There was heartbreak for Chile meanwhile, who needed to beat Thailand by three goals in order to pip Nigeria into the knockouts.They were 2-0 up with five minutes left when they were awarded a penalty via VAR, only for Francisca Lara to crash her spot-kick off the bar and see her side knocked out. – Lionesses roar –Cameroon players celebrate after Ajara Nchout’s last-gasp goal saw them beat New Zealand to qualify for the last 16 of the women’s World Cup on Thursday © AFP / Pascal GUYOTJust 10 seconds of the allotted five minutes of added time remained in Montpellier when Nchout curled her team into the next round as one of the best third-placed teams after a slaloming run.Nchout, who plays club football in Norway, had earlier given Cameroon the lead in the 57th minute, controlling with her shoulder before slotting home.However, when Aurelle Awona sliced a Katie Bowen cross into her own net with 10 minutes left, it looked as though both teams were heading out.Instead, Nchout’s last-gasp goal means Cameroon go through as one of the best third-placed sides, while New Zealand return home without a point.The Netherlands will meet Japan in the last 16 after Lineth Beerensteyn turned in a Desiree van Lunteren cross in the 75th minute in Reims to seal their win over Canada and advance as Group E winners.Canada thought they had won a penalty inside two minutes in Reims only for French referee Stephanie Frappart to overturn her decision following a VAR review.The Dutch took the lead early in the second half when Anouk Dekker headed in from a free-kick, but Canada drew level soon after as Christine Sinclair converted at the back post from an inviting low cross by Ashley Lawrence.It was the veteran Sinclair’s 182nd goal for her country, leaving her just two shy of Abby Wambach’s international record with the United States, but wasn’t enough to beat their opponents to first place.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Takeaways from the Giants’ 2-1 victory over Miami on Sunday

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants still are scuffling to score runs, but Johnny Cueto delivered another pitching performance that made everyone feel better.Cueto pitched his second straight scoreless start since returning from Tommy John surgery last summer, and the Giants closed out their homestand with a 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.The Giants have scored just seven runs the past four games, but they took two of three from the National League’s worst team as they embark on a trip …last_img read more

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Mercury Orbital Science Begins

first_img This is a historic year for exploration of Mercury.  The three prior flybys already tantalized planetary scientists, but now floods of images and data can be expected for three years.  It’s been a long time since Mariner 10 visited in 1971 with a few brief passes.  Readers should applaud the designers and operators of this successful spacecraft. Note the difference between the discovery and explanation phases of science.  Discovery does not always follow a method.  Discoveries can come by mistake, by accident, by a dream, a hunch, tacit knowledge, abductive reasoning, or planning new ways to get closer to a target of investigation.  The latter might include a ladder, climbing a higher peak, venturing farther into inhospitable environments, or sending better robotic observers where human senses cannot go, as in planetary exploration. Explaining the observations is a different matter entirely.  Observations may suggest explanations, may falsify or confirm predictions, but do not explain themselves in a vacuum.  Remember to keep discovery and explanation distinct when reading articles such as these.  Scientists and their reporters often mix them together, giving the impression there is only one explanation.  That may be the case, but must be demonstrated, not assumed. Often the surprises and anomalies are the most interesting parts of the story.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Now that the MESSENGER spacecraft has settled into its orbit, systematic detailed observations are coming in.  The Carnegie Institution has posted preliminary findings from the orbital science tour, rejoicing that “Tens of thousands of images reveal major features on the planet in high resolution for the first time,” and confessing that the data are confirming some predictions and revealing surprises.  Among the surprises, “Mercury’s surface composition differs from that expected for the innermost of the terrestrial planets, and Mercury’s magnetic field has a north-south asymmetry that affects interaction of the planet’s surface with charged particles from the solar wind.”  Embedded in the review are links to instrument descriptions at the MESSENGER website, where photos and presentations from a press conference have been posted. The mission is managed by the Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins University. Update 06/20/2011: Live Science posted a list of “The Greatest Mysteries of Mercury.”  It concerns the planet’s density, magnetic field, and atmosphere.last_img read more

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South Africa’s National Treasury

first_imgSouth Africa’s National Treasury seeks to advance economic growth and job creation through appropriate macro-economic, fiscal and financial policies.The Treasury supports the government’s macro-economic policy by determining macro limits on expenditure by departments, in line with affordability and sustainability of services. The departments include agriculture and small business development. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa’s National Treasury manages national economic policy, is responsible for managing South Africa’s national government finances and preparing the annual national budget.It falls in the portfolio of the Minister of Finance, as does the South African Revenue Service and Statistics South Africa.Its role is defined by the Constitution and in the Public Finance Management Act.Roles and responsibilitiesThe National Treasury plays a pivotal role in the management of government expenditure, setting financial management norms and standards for state departments, monitoring their performance and reporting any deviations to the Auditor-General.The Treasury also acts as a banker for national government departments; sets and maintains treasury norms and standards to ensure transparency and expenditure control in each sphere of government; and oversees logistical control of stocks and assets.The Treasury supports the government’s macro-economic policy by determining macro limits on expenditure by departments, in line with affordability and sustainability of services. These limits guide and are matched with departments’ budget proposals for the following financial year.Managing of public financesTransforming public-sector financial management is one of National Treasury’s key objectives. To this end, National Treasury has been implementing the Public Finance Management Act since April 2000.The Act has changed the approach to the way in which public funds are managed by introducing a less rigid environment for financial management, with a stronger emphasis on the prudent use of state resources, improved reporting requirements and the use of management information to enhance accountability.Find out moreVisit the National Treasury’s website, which includes information on the Ministry of Finance as well as the budget and links to important legislation.Read our article about South Africa’s Constitution.Sources: National Treasury, South African Revenue Services, Statistics South Africa, and Auditor-General South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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Western bean cutworm: Final adult moth update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John Schoenhals, Mark Badertscher, Lee Beers, Bruce Clevenger, Sam Custer, Tom Dehass, Allen Gahler, Jason Hartschuh, Ed Lentz, Cecilia Lokai-Minnich, David Marrison, Sarah Noggle, Les Ober, Eric Richer, Garth Ruff, Jeff Stachler, Alan Sundermeier, Curtis Young, Megan Zerrer, Chris Zoller, Andy Michel, Kelley Tilmon, Ohio State University ExtensionAs Western bean cutworm (WBC) adult trap monitoring comes to an end for the 2018 season, we would like to thank everyone for their participation including land owners and farm cooperators who allowed us to place traps in their fields. The week ending August 25, 2018 was our final week monitoring WBC adult moth catches in Ohio as very few adult moths are being reported in the bucket traps. Overall, 23 counties monitored 69 traps and resulted in a statewide average of 0.7 adult moths per trap (51 total captured). This is a decrease from an average of 1.2 moths per trap (76 total captured) the previous week.last_img read more

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