Caribbean leaders to send strong message to US

first_imgLocalNews Caribbean leaders to send strong message to US by: – December 12, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img CARICOM flag. Photo credit: flags.netBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders ended their one-day summit with Cuba expressing outrage at the decision of the United States not to grant a licence that would have allowed the summit to have been held at the Hilton Trinidad hotel.In a “Special statement” issued at the end of their deliberations in Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday night, the regional leaders, together with Cuba, said they were “affronted by the intrusion of the United States against the sovereignty of Trinidad and Tobago.“This is a unilateral and unwarranted extra-territorial application of the United States Helms Burton law, which is contrary to the United Nations Charter and to international law. It also flies in the face of the annual overwhelming rejection of this policy by the United Nations General Assembly,” the statement said.The Helms Burton law is a United States federal law that strengthens and continues the decades-old United States trade and economic embargo against Cuba.The act extended the territorial application of the initial embargo to apply to foreign companies trading with Cuba and penalized foreign companies allegedly “trafficking” in property formerly owned by US citizens but expropriated by Cuba after the Cuban revolution. The act also covers property formerly owned by Cubans who have since become US citizens.The Hilton Trinidad hotel had first been named as the venue, but that became impossible after the hotel’s general manager Ali Khan read a statement from Hilton Worldwide, indicating that it is subject to US law, which restricts certain activities as a result of the trade embargo with Cuba.“The US/Cuban assets control regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the US Department of the Treasury generally prohibits US-based companies from providing any services that benefit the Cuban government unless specifically licensed. Violations are subject to significant civil and criminal penalties.“While we have worked with the appropriate governmental agencies in the US and Trinidad and Tobago to secure a licence, we have been informed that one will not be granted,” the statement read.But the acting public affairs officer Alexander McLaren at the US Embassy told the local media that, to his understanding, the licence is pending and the only reason the Hilton did not get it is because they applied late.He said the application was dated November 23 and the Office of Foreign Assets Control — a department of the US Treasury — received the application on November 28 and as a result hosting the Cubans at the hotel “will likely take time to resolve.”Trinidad and Tobago’s Foreign Affairs Minister Suruj Rambachan said, “The US, I suppose, are within their rights to carry out what they have done in terms of the Helms-Burton law, having their tentacles stretching out here in Trinidad and Tobago as well as the Caribbean.”Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar said she would not get involved in United States foreign policy.“They seem to have some kind of regulation. On our enquiries, I am advised that they have some kind of regulation which prevents any US-owned asset or partly-owned asset from accommodating Cubans. It is clearly a foreign policy of the US and I will not comment on their foreign policy. They are a sovereign nation and they are entitled to govern as they see fit,” Persad-Bissessar said.But in their statement, CARICOM and the Cuban leaders said they rejected “the intervention of the US authorities which prevented the hosting of the CARICOM-Cuba summit at the Hilton Hotel.“This was one more demonstration of the injustice of the United States embargo and its harmful impact on the daily life of the Cuban people.“On this occasion extra-territorial action could have impacted on the success of the summit, but thanks to the commitment and solidarity of the member states of the Caribbean Community we can celebrate an outcome which reflects the strong fraternal bonds between CARICOM and Cuba,” the statement said.CARICOM chairman, Dr Denzil Douglas, who is also the prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that the statement would be sent to the State Department.He said the Helms-Burton law attempts to “stifle the sovereignty and the rights of sovereign nations to associate and do business and also to a large extent it speaks to the continued the commercial, economic and financial embargo that has been instituted against Cuba which the world basically has been saying has to come to an end”Douglas said that he does not expect a “backlash” from Washington as a result of the position adopted by the leaders.“The United States is a grown up country, The United States knows there are certain policy actions that she takes from time to time that will not be accepted.“That does not necessarily have to attract animosity and negative reaction. We believe it is the right of the members of this organisation to express their views as to how they have seen the interpretation of what has happened here in Trinidad in what we call the ‘Hilton fiasco’,” he told CMC. Caribbean News Now 6 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Candidate accuses USC of disinviting him from forum, USC responds

first_imgRepublican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ose claims USC disinvited him from the gubernatorial candidate town hall that was held in Bovard Auditorium on Jan. 13.Six candidates debated an array of issues including homelessness, immigration, single-payer health care and the prison system. Ling Luo | Daily Trojan.According to the former California representative, he had initially been invited to the candidate forum when he spoke on the phone with community engagement director Meghan Ginley from the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics on Jan. 5.He said the disinvitation was “unworthy of the institution of USC’s history of tradition.”Ginley said that there had been no intention of presenting him with an invitation to the town hall when they spoke, and they had only discussed the event’s details and qualifying factors for a candidate to be invited to the event.“We did not extend him the invitation,” she said. “We were collecting data, we were collecting information [about his candidacy].”Additionally, Ginley said she did not have the authority to invite him to the forum. The decision to not extend an invitation to Ose was that of her partners, including those from the Unruh Institute of Politics, the Empowerment Congress and media sponsors.In response to Ose’s claims, USC said in a statement to the Daily Trojan, “The Gubernatorial Town Hall held at USC on Saturday Jan. 13, includes six candidates who met the objective, established criteria.”The disqualifying factor for Ose was the Jan. 8 cutoff date. Though he had filed papers the morning he spoke to Ginley, Ose had not made a formal announcement about his candidacy before that date, Ginley said.Those planning the event expected formal announcements from potential candidates to ensure that they were running because in the past, people have launched open exploratory campaigns, she said.Ose did, however, meet other criteria, which stated that he either had to have previously served in a position of government or had to have raised $100,000 for his campaign. Six other candidates along with Ose were also excluded from the event for not meeting the aforementioned criteria, Ginley said.Ose said he had been under the impression that Ginley intended to invite him to the candidate forum after speaking with friends from the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times.Ose expressed frustration with the cutoff date, saying three days was enough time to make and finalize accommodations. However, Ginley said that adding him to the town hall past the date would affect set up for the event as well as technological aspects of it.“Frankly, it would have been nice to have another person in the debate, but he didn’t meet the criterion,” said director of the Unruh Institute of Politics Bob Shrum, who was involved in putting together the candidate forum. “It wouldn’t’ve been fair to the other candidates. We had set a cutoff of Jan. 8 and we held to it.”Another gubernatorial town hall will take place at USC in late March, hosted by the USC Price School of Public Policy. This is a potential opportunity for Ose to expand on his campaign, Ginley said.last_img read more

‘Super-human’ Kipchoge busts mythical two-hour marathon barrier

first_imgThe course included a 4.3 kilometre-long straight alley, which the Kenyan ran up and down several times amid dry but foggy weather.Throngs of fans cheered on Kipchoge whenever he passed by.William Magachi, 33, from Nairobi, was one of many Kenyans watching.“It’s amazing. He is a super human being, the positivity, what he has been able to achieve.“It’s a record breaking moment. It never happened and may never happen again in my lifetime… I’m a lucky man.”Another fan, Markus Parzer, 32 and from Vienna said: “It’s absolutely amazing. I’m a runner as well, a hobby runner. Just running his pace for a few hundred metres, I can’t do it longer.“This really shows the magnitude of what he achieved today… It’s really history made here in Vienna.”His number one fan, his mother Janet Rotich, was watching from her home in a village close to Babsabet in Kenya.“I am happy today because he has won…I thank him so much for this, for me, for Kenya and the world,” she said.Kipchoge already tried in May 2017 to break the two-hour barrier, running on the Monza National Autodrome racing circuit in Italy, failing narrowly in 2hr 00min 25sec.But this time he said before the race that he was mentally stronger and more confident.The course had been prepared so that it should take Kipchoge just about 4.5 seconds more than on a computer-simulated completely flat and straight path, according to analysis by sports experts at Vienna University.In total, he only had to descend 26 metres in altitude and climb 12 metres, the experts said.The world marathon record has, for the past 16 years, been contested uniquely between athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia. The two nations are also fierce rivals for distance medals on the track.Kipchoge’s record was almost beaten last month in the Berlin marathon by Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, who ran 2:01.41, just two seconds short of the official world mark.Share on: WhatsApp Eliud Kipchoge. PHOTO via @EliudKipchogeVienna, Austria | AFP | Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge on Saturday made history, busting the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon in the “best moment” of his life on a specially prepared course in a huge Vienna park.With a time of 1hr 59min 40.2sec, the Olympic champion became the first ever to run a marathon in under two hours in the Prater park with the course readied to make it as even as possible.“I’m the happiest man today. The message that no human is limited is now in everybody’s mind,” an elated Kipchoge told reporters after the run, adding he expected more athletes to reach his feat in the future.“From the first kilometres I was really comfortable. I have been training for it for the last four and a half months, and above all I have been putting in my heart and in my mind that I’ll run an under two-hour marathon.”The 34-year-old already holds the men’s world record for the distance with a time of 2hr 01min 39sec, which he set in the flat Berlin marathon on September 16, 2018.But accompanied by a posse of 41 pacemakers, who took turns to support him, and a car in front of them setting the pace, Kipchoge bested his mark, making good on a failed attempt two years ago in Monza, Italy.Maintaining a very regular pace at around 2:50 minutes per kilometre, he passed the finish line gesturing and smiling, describing his approach to the finish as “the best moment of my life”.The founder of the main sponsors, Ineos, British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, took a personal interest in the challenge and himself competes in Ironman triathlons.“That last kilometre where he actually accelerated was super human,” Ratcliffe said.Kipchoge had been 11 seconds in advance at mid-race as fans lining the course, many waving Kenyan flags, loudly cheered him on.Kipchoge’s coach, Patrick Sang, said the Kenyan had “inspired all of us that we can stretch our limits in our lives”.“Records are meant to be broken, so down the line someone will try again, but history has been made. It’s unbelievable,” Sang added.Kipchoge told reporters earlier this week that his attempt in the Austrian capital was about “making history in this world, like the first man to go to the moon”.– ‘It’s amazing’ –Because of the way the run was set up and paced the International Association of Athletics Federations will not validate the time as a world record.The running surface had been partly retarred and readied with other features such as a banked corner that could save time and avoid injury.Pacemakers took turns to support him throughout the 42.195-kilometre (26.219-miles) race. They included 1,500-metre Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz and former world champion Bernard Lagat.last_img read more

Kootenay Ice gain series split against North Island Silvertips

first_imgBrandon Sookro of South Slocan has two helpers for the Ice.Harrison Whitlock of Fruitvale earned the shutout for Kootenay.Sunday the Silvertips received goals from Joe Surgenor of Courtney and Curtis McCarrick of Nanaimo to dump the Ice.Kootenay now improves to 3-17-2.The Ice host Vancouver Northeast Chiefs this weekend in Castlegar.Saturday’s opener is at 4 p.m. with game two going Sunday at 10 a.m. The Kootenay Ice won its third game of the season by stopping the North Island Silvertips 3-0 in B.C. Hockey Major Midget League action Saturday in Nanaimo.The Silvertips rallied back Sunday to grab a series sweep with a 2-0 win.Cranbrook’s Trevor Van Steinburg scored his first of two in the game less than a minute into the opener to spark the Ice attack.Ryan Neil of Fruitvale also scored for Kootenay.last_img read more

Derby 1-0 QPR: Highlights from Rangers’ defeat at Pride Park

first_imgQPR missed the chance to go second in the Championship table as a below-par performance saw them beaten by fellow promotion hopefuls Derby County.See also:QPR beaten by promotion rivals DerbyQPR eye loan deal for West Ham’s MorrisonDerby v QPR player ratings Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Keep COOL NFU says

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Trump Administration this week released a list of 24 trade practices, including Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), that trade negotiators should prioritize in future negotiations. National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to keep COOL on the list, and to ensure a reinstatement of COOL would be allowable under any renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).“For thirty years, NFU has championed Country-of-Origin Labeling, and we strongly believe the issue is important to American producers and consumers alike,” said Roger Johnson, NFU president. “American producers raise the best beef and pork in the world, and they believe consumers should be able to know where the meat at the grocery store came from. The President should stick up for American consumers and producers by ensuring COOL is a priority for his administration’s trade negotiations.”Mandatory COOL, first passed in 2002 and then again in 2008, required that muscle cuts of meat and some vegetables, nuts and fruits sold at retail must contain a label informing consumers about the country where the product was sourced. A May 2013 opinion poll showed more than 90% of consumers supported the law.“COOL provided consumers with information they care about, and it allowed American family farmers and ranchers to differentiate their product,” Johnson said.The COOL law was repealed by Congress in December 2015 after a lengthy World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute with Canada and Mexico and pressure from multinational meatpackers. Faced with either making the law compliant by switching it to a voluntary system, paying more than $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs, or repealing the law, Congress chose to repeal the law. And when doing so, they even removed COOL labels from meats like ground beef and ground pork that were never at issue with the WTO.“The U.S. Congress kowtowed to threats from an international tribunal and foreign governments, even as one of those foreign governments maintained a country-of-origin labeling system in their own country,” Johnson said. “The current administration has an opportunity to right an important consumer right to know and serious sovereignty issue here, and that is the ability of foreign governments or institutions to dictate the laws of our land.”The administration’s priority list came just days after Brazil’s largest food-processing giants JBS and BRF were raided by government authorities for allowing rotten meat to be distributed in Brazil and exported to Europe.“Without Country-of-Origin Labeling, cases such as this Brazilian rotten meat scandal can affect consumer confidence in the entire beef industry, harming American producers’ bottom line,” Johnson said. “American consumers prefer meat from the U.S., and they used and preferred COOL to draw inferences related to a food product’s safety, taste and freshness. We’re hopeful Trump stands with American consumers, family farmers and ranchers, and negotiates a path forward for Country-of-Origin Labeling in the U.S.”last_img read more

London Olympics: Ronjan Sodhi crashes out of double trap qualifiers

first_imgRonjan Sodhi disappointed the large Indian gathering at the Royal Artillery Barracks as he succumbed under pressure and shot a 134/150 to finish 11th in the double trap event on Thursday.On a day when the elements had a say, with the light conditions changing, a strong breeze blowing across from the left and crowds cheering loudly, Ronjan began superbly by busting 48 out of the 50 orange targets.People had already begun speculating if he would be shooting in the final at 3 pm local time. However, in the eventual analysis, Ronjan’s inability to make the final was more than the proverbial miss by a whisker.As one who shoots with a cool head and does not let pressure affect him, Ronjan fumbled repeatedly on Thursday when he was on the first shooting station.”I don’t know what went wrong on station one as I repeatedly missing from there,” said Ronjan.With Britain’s Richard Faulds also shooting in the same group as Ronjan, the crowds were vocal. Shooting range etiquette demands that when the action is on, there is silence.Perhaps, in the name of cheering the local man, the Britons were a bit too loud. Despite the big ear plug, Ronjan was getting distracted.But the worst came from him in the third series where he slumped and shot a mere 42 out of 50. Had Ronjan been able to shoot two points more, he would have aggregated 136 and made the final.What was distressing on Thursday was how Ronjan dropped a double on the 23rd series. After that he again missed two singles and was done in.advertisementFrom sports minister Ajay Maken to former international shooter and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary general Randhir Singh, everyone was disappointed.What was baffling on this day was how on eight occasions in the first station at the A, B and C ranges, Ronjan bungled. It’s a jinx which he alone can explain.Trap shooter Manavjit Sandhu was also watching the event from the sidelines. “This is a sport and it boils down to what happens on that day. I think Ronjan missing birds repeatedly on the first station was an indicator something was amiss,” said Manavjit.Manavjit will be shooting the trap event on August 5 and 6.Speaking to Mail Today, Ronjan’s personal coach Moraad Ali Khan said: “It was a day when Ronjan began well. But once you start missing targets, there is little you can do.”Moraad also said that as it was Ronjan’s first Olympics, the pressure was understandable.In the rapid fire event, where half course was completed, Vijay Kumar shot 293/300 and was placed fifth. The remainder 30 shots and the final will be held on Friday.last_img read more

10 months agoSteven Davis pushing to leave Southampton for Rangers return

first_imgSteven Davis pushing to leave Southampton for Rangers returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteven Davis is set to leave Southampton for a return to Rangers.Davis is in the final six months of his contract and Steven Gerrard is keen to bring him back to Ibrox, says the Daily Mail. Gers will try to sign him for a small compensation fee this month.The 33-year-old, who has started just two times this season, is understood to be keen on the idea of returning to Ibrox to gain more regular playing time. The experienced Northern Ireland international is a firm favourite with the Rangers fans having made over 140 appearances for the club during a four-year spell between 2008-12. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Did the PMO sideline WilsonRaybould on failed framework negotiations This chief believes

first_imgNation to NationAs the scandal involving the Prime Minister’s Office and former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould continues to grow by the day, everything that led up to it erupting last week is now getting a closer look.That includes Wilson-Raybould’s involvement in the failed Indigenous rights framework that fell apart late last year.Or more so, her apparent lack of involvement in what was supposed to be a game-changer for First Nations and the dismantling of the Indian Act.“I feel the Prime Minister’s Office held (Wilson-Raybould) back on this work,” said Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Indian Band in British Columbia. “We were dealing mostly with Minister (Carolyn) Bennett who, as you know, rolled it out very terribly.”Allegations surfaced last week that the PMO pressured Wilson-Raybould to intervene in a criminal case involving SNC-Lavalin. The Globe and Mail newspaper suggested in its report this was the reason why she surprisingly demoted from justice minister to veterans affairs last month.Wilson-Raybould resigned earlier this week from her role as minister of veterans affairs.It’s a scandal that doesn’t appear to be going away.As for work Wilson-Raybould was doing as justice minister, chiefs in B.C. couldn’t understand why she wasn’t more involved in developing the framework. Rather, Bennett, as minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, took the lead.“I think she was more or less sidelined in that work,” said Wilson on Nation to Nation Thursday. “We couldn’t understand why those two ministers weren’t working better together.”The framework was promised exactly a year ago on Feb. 14 when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood in the House of Commons delivering a speech that came with big promises. One of those included tabling legislation by last December.It never happened as chiefs and Indigenous leaders pushed back against the process saying it was flawed from the get-go and never seemed to get any better.Now the government is rolling the framework out in pieces, including the Indigenous Languages Act that was tabled earlier this month and the proposed Indigenous child welfare bill that still hasn’t reached the House of Commons.“We have serious work before us with child and family legislation and language. This takes away from that work,” said Wilson.Grand Chief Joel Abram of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians said a draft of the child welfare legislation is weak.It doesn’t respect First Nation jurisdiction or the need for proper funding in order for nations to take back control of child welfare.In fact, the government is proposing First Nations or groups interested in controlling child welfare first have to make a deal with the federal government and another with provinces.“It’s not true recognition of First Nation authority if you require ministerial agreements with the province or the feds,” said Abram.Trudeau promised to table the legislation by the last week of January but as of Thursday there is still no word on when, or if it [email protected]last_img read more

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for BC Peace and Pine Pass

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the B.C. Peace and Pine Pass.The watch says that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that could produce strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.  The forecast says Fort St. John could receive 10 to 15 mm or rain.See the full warning below. 10:59 AM PDT Friday 28 June 2019Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverConditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.10:59 AM PDT Friday 28 June 2019Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for: Highway 97 – Pine PassConditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.center_img Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more