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Some Caribbean has earned the wrath of the US. They dared to vote
their conscience on a UN resolution.
The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly defied U.S.
warnings and voted to
condemn President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as
Israel's capital and move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv. The
resolution passed with 128 member states voting in favor of the
resolution, 9 voting against, and 35 countries abstaining.
Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, the
Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo.
abstentions included U.S. allies Canada and Australia, as well as others
like Mexico and Argentina. However,
Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago were among
the 35 countries that abstained during the vote.
countries that voted in favour of the resolution were Barbados, Belize,
Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname.
Lucia and Haiti did not register a vote and it is not known whether they
were among the 21 countries that stayed away from that UN General
vote came after U.S. Ambassador Nikki
issued a stern warning United
that the United States "will remember" countries that voted
for the measure.
Haley continued the
intimidation by warning that the U.S. would be "taking names"
of member states that voted to condemn moves to recognize Jerusalem as
if that threat was not bad enough, days later in a meeting Trump said,
according to the Washington Post, "Why are we having all these
people from shithole countries come here?"
The New York Times later reported the same comment, citing
unnamed people with direct knowledge of the meeting.
president was referring to African countries, El Salvador and Haiti, and
then suggested the United States should welcome immigrants from places
Jamaica, land of my birth, there is a saying: “ What do you expect
from a hog but a grunt”. Well Trump has grunted again. Trump has
established his obvious racism a long time ago, so why the hubbub about
his insulting of Haiti and African countries. Some even call for an
apology. For what? For saying racist things? He is only doing what
racists do and we can expect him to continue doing just that.
as a white racist president of the United States, we can expect racism
to be part of his foreign policy especially when dealing with the
non-white world. When dealing with North Korea, Latin America, the
Caribbean, Africa and all non-white countries, racism is bound to play a
role. Should these countries, or, the entire world for that matter,
trust a racist United States president with issues that could involve
the destruction and death of thousands? Could this be why more than one
half of Puerto Rico is still without electricity several months after
destruction by hurricanes? Is this why he has imposed sanctions on
Venezuela? Is this why he announced the moving of the US embassy to
Jerusalem, creating protests from most of the world including US
own allies? Is this why he also defies these allies in seeking to
withdraw from the Iran nuclear treaty?
not only in foreign policy. The Justice Department under his fellow
racist Jeff Sessions is well on its way to reflect their racist bias.
Trump’s decision to kick out of America, the 700,000 DACA (Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals) kids, over 60,000 Haitians and more than
200,000 El Salvadorans on Temporary Protected Status (TPS), reeks of
racism. Not a single one would be kicked out if they were Norwegian.
Let us realize that Trump will not stop until his racist bias permeates every department of the US government. Although the American public is now aware of the racism of Trump, they seem to be unaware of its dangerous implications. The bottom line is, we can’t expect justice from a racist. We can expect a grunt. So to quote Trump, “Grunt! Grunt!”
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executive order on Venezuela threatening Jamaican economy
Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley, informed
the House of Representatives that
Jamaica is being affected by sanctions issued under an executive order
imposed on Venezuela in August by US President Donald Trump. He stated
that as a result of the
executive order (EO 13808), payments to and from Petrojam, Jamaica's
only petroleum refinery, which is jointly owned by the Petroleum
Corporation of Jamaica(PCJ) and Venezuela's PDV Caribe, a subsidiary of
Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), have been subjected to increased due
diligence by primary financiers/suppliers of lines of credit, as well as intermediary
banks, pending clarification on whether the EO is applicable to Petrojam.
has also made it clear that Petrojam is neither wholly owned nor
controlled by the Venezuelan government, and is a public company
registered in Jamaica and controlled by the government of Jamaica.
far, the sanctions have cost the Jamaican Government $12.6 billion, or
14 per cent of what it is spending on public debt.
The news from Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria continues to get
worse. Not only does the majority of the island remain without power
nearly 40 days after Maria made landfall, but the government
response remains completely inept and negligent. People still don’t
have money to buy the food and supplies they desperately need, and many
are dying from contaminated water and a collapse of the health care
system. Yet government officials (both in San Juan and in Washington)
are awarding and then canceling fraudulent $300 million contracts
to random, suspicious companies to rebuild the power grid. All of this
does not bode well for improving conditions when it comes to the health,
well-being, and safety of the millions of residents living on the
Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz was scheduled to meet with FEMA in order
to discuss recovery efforts. She made it all the way to Washington, DC,
only to have her meeting “suddenly” cancelled.
Yulín Cruz said she was supposed to meet with FEMA Administrator Brock
Long to discuss the agency response to the September 20 hurricane, which
to this day has left 75 percent of the island without power—only to
discover the meeting had been scrubbed and not even been rescheduled
after she landed in the U.S. capital.
“We can’t fail to note the dissimilar urgency and priority given to the emergency response in Puerto Rico compared to the U.S. states affected by hurricanes in recent months,” said Leilani Farha, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on adequate housing.
Rico population to drop 14% after hurricane
Rico's population is set to decrease by 14 per cent to 2.9 million
inhabitants by 2019 due to an exodus of residents fleeing the
devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in September, a study has found.
Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York estimated
in a report released last month that about 114,000 to 213,000 Puerto
Rican residents will leave the island annually "as a result of
Hurricane Maria." Between 2017 and 2019, the US territory stands to
lose 470,335 residents, it added.
Violence against women most prevalent in Latin America, Caribbean
New United Nations report says Latin America and the Caribbean make up
the most violent region in the world for women.
The UN Women and the UN Development Program (UNDP) found assaults on
women persisted in the region, despite severe laws aimed at curbing the
rate of sexual violence against women outside of relationships is the
highest in the world in the region, and the second-highest for those who
are couples, the report noted, adding that three of the 10 countries
with the highest rates of rape of women and girls were in the Caribbean.
” in Central America and that two out three women murdered died
because of their gender.
report noted, too, that while 24 of the 33 countries in Latin America
and the Caribbean have laws against domestic violence, only nine have
passed legislation that tackles a range of forms of other violence
against women in public or private.
blacklists 17 nations as tax avoidance havens
European Union has put 17 non-EU countries on a blacklist of those it
deems guilty of unfairly offering tax avoidance schemes.
These include Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and St. Lucia. EU
Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said that beyond the 17 nations, over
40 more were put on a “grey list” to be monitored until they are
fully committed to reforms. The EU said those blacklisted had refused to
cooperate and change their ways after almost one year of consultations.
seventeen countries are: American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Grenada,
Guam, South Korea, Macau, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Namibia, Palau,
Panama, St Lucia, Samoa, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, and United Arab
ends temporary permits for almost 60,000 Haitians
days before temporary status for the Haitians was set to expire the
Trump administration declared that it
was ending a temporary residency permit program (TPS). This program has
allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United
States since a 2010 powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation.
cane production falls to 27-year low in Guyana
output in Guyana is expected to fall by nearly a quarter from last year,
as the Caribbean trade bloc's largest sugar-producing nation struggles
with a decline in demand from the European Union.
Guyana Sugar Corporation, known as Guysuco, said Sunday that the nearly
140,000 metric tons produced in 2017 are the lowest in 27 years.
decline comes as Guysuco struggles with a debt load of more than $500
million and prepares to permanently shutter three of its six industry
facilities and fire about 4,000 of its 15,000-member workforce by
which was run by Bookers Corp. in the United Kingdom before it was
nationalized in 1976, said most of its sugar cane plants have already
been harvested and production won't climb significantly higher during
the last week of the year.
was once the country's largest source of foreign exchange, with an
average of around 300,000 tons produced yearly up to the early 1990s.
the crop has been in steady decline over the last decade due to
crippling labour strikes, manpower shortages, unseasonal weather and the
massive decline in demand of the European Union.
The company said it will sell about 60,000 tons of sugar to the bloc next year, down from 170,000 tons five years ago. Earlier this year, Europe eliminated its system of sugar production quotas and minimum pricing, opening up the sugar beet market and reducing dependency on raw cane sugar from Guyana and other Caribbean countries.
not letting US 'off the hook' in WTO case
The Antigua and Barbuda government says it has no intention of
letting the United States “off the hook” for its
internationally-binding obligation to allow internet gaming into the
country until fair compensation is paid for the 14 years of damage done
to the island’s economy.
Antigua and Barbuda’s lead negotiator, Sir Ronald Sanders, made the
statement as he addressed the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute
Settlement Body (DSB. Sanders told the DSB, comprising over 100
countries, that “it continues to be most unfortunate that, despite 14
long years of deprivation, Antigua and Barbuda has to appear before this
body, year after year, to report that the United States has not seen it
possible to offer fair and equitable terms to my small country for the
significant losses in trade revenues that it has suffered as a result of
US violation of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)”.
He also rejected a US submission that it had offered Antigua “a
broad range of useful suggestions to settle this dispute in November
2013” but that the government ignored it “before finally indicating
that it was not acceptable”.
out that successive Antigua and Barbuda governments had refused the
offer because it did not add up to two million US dollars when the trade
losses to the country in the matter totaled well over US$200 million.
medical tourism facility in Jamaica
to Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness, “Jamaica is ideally
poised for this growing market, which was valued approximately US$20
billion in 2016 and is estimated to reach approximately US$47 billion by
new facility for that purpose, the GWest Centre is located
in Fairview, Montego Bay. GWest has put the Jamaica in an ideal
position to capitalise on that market. In short, this is a shopping mall
for medical services and in a quality internationally accredited
GWest Centre was established by a group of Jamaican medical and business
professionals. It is housed in a modern multi-purpose commercial complex
and provides a wide range of high-quality medical services in the same
the building houses the second location of Kirlew's Radiology West
imaging practice, Dr Doon Quah's Facial and Oral Surgery Associates,
Zierlich International Dialysis Centre operated by UK-trained dialysis
practitioner and Jamaican businesswoman Dainty Powell, the Heart Smart
Centre operated by cardiologist Dr Claudine Lewis, the GWest General
Medical Practice suite for resident and visiting doctors, and North
Coast Imaging offering MRI services.
use & sex
study by investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine
indicates that, despite concerns among physicians and scientists that
frequent marijuana use may impair sexual desire or performance, the
opposite appears more likely to be the case.
findings, published online in the Journal of Sexual Medicine in October,
are based on an analysis of more than 50,000 Americans ages 25-45. And
they're unambiguous, a recent release said.
marijuana use doesn't seem to impair sexual motivation or performance.
If anything, it's associated with increased coital frequency,” said
the study's senior author, Dr Michael Eisenberg, assistant professor of
urology. The lead author is Dr Andrew Sun, a resident in urology, the
overall trend we saw applied to people of both sexes and all races,
ages, education levels, income groups, and religions, every health
status, whether they were married or single, and whether or not they had
kids,” he is quoted as saying in the release.
study is the first to examine the relationship between marijuana use and
frequency of sexual intercourse at the population level in the United
suffer losses due to powerful hurricanes
trail of death and destruction left across the region following the
passage of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, have had a devastating
impact on the financial results of international reinsurers.
to the Association of Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Companies (ATTIC),
local insurers should anticipate being faced with significantly higher
reinsurance costs, which will in turn have an impact on local market
a statement ATTIC noted that most of the reinsurers are major
providers of protection in the Caribbean, and based on the significant
financial losses attributed to the hurricanes as well as earthquakes in
Mexico, leading international experts have indicated that there will be
a global increase in premium rates and not just for loss-affected
company, Munich Re, the world's largest reinsurer, recently reported
overall losses of US$3.8 billion for the third quarter from the
hurricanes and other natural catastrophes. The three hurricanes made up
the bulk of the losses for the quarter, with losses expected to be
US$3.2 billion. The global reinsurer posted a loss of US$1.65 billion
for the period July to September 2017, and further noted that recent
catastrophe losses will jeopardise its profit target for 2017.
Re, the world's second largest reinsurer, also reported losses of US$3.6
billion, and realised a net loss of US$468 million for the first nine
months of 2017.
Another top five reinsurer, reported overall losses of US$310 million
for the same period, with combined losses of US$696.0 million
hotel insurance rates to increase by 40%
national soccer coach deserves better
Whitmore has been
among the best football coaches Jamaica has had. The bias towards
foreign coaches is shameful. The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)
makes all sorts of resources available to foreign coaches, but not so
for Whitmore. I remember how he was unable to get a friendly match with
World Cup game imminent. He lost his whole backline for that game and
still produced a competitive performance against a strong US team.
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