Declaration of the people of the Caribbean

first_imgThe following declaration was authored by Pan-Africanist and Socialist popular forces of the Caribbean nation of Barbados on Jan. 13 and submitted to the people and civil society organizations of the Caribbean for their endorsement and adoption. It was endorsed and supported by 200 organizations and individuals. See full list at President Donald Trump has been declared “persona non grata” in the CaribbeanWe, the undersigned representatives of the sovereign people of the Caribbean, hereby declare that President Donald Trump of the United States of America is “Persona Non Grata” in our Caribbean region!We further declare that as a “Persona Non Grata” President Donald Trump is NOT welcome in any territory of the Caribbean, and we hereby confirm that we — the Caribbean people — will petition our Governments, vehemently protest against any Trump visit, and engage in popular demonstrations designed to prevent President Donald Trump’s entry into any portion of the sovereign territory of our Caribbean region.As sons and daughters of the Caribbean, we hereby affirm that the continent of Africa is the revered Motherland of a sizable majority of our people and that the Republic of Haiti — the seminal architect of the destruction of the system of chattel slavery that held our ancestors in bondage — is the foundational cornerstone of our Caribbean Civilization, and we therefore consider that any insult or attack that is directed at the African continent or at the Republic of Haiti is intrinsically an insult and attack that is directed at us as well.We further affirm that we Caribbean people — in light of our history of experiencing, resisting and surviving the most horrendous forms of enslavement and colonialism — consciously regard ourselves as champions and defenders of the dignity and fundamental human rights of all Black or African people, and that we are guided by an overarching and non-negotiable principle of zero tolerance of any manifestation of anti-Black or anti-African racism or discrimination.It is against this background that we, the people of the Caribbean, have determined that by describing the nations of Africa, the Republic of Haiti and the Central American nation of El Salvador as “shithole” countries, U.S. President Donald Trump has committed a despicable and unpardonable act of anti-Black, anti-African, anti-Brown racism that has served to further energize and fortify the vile White supremacy system that the said President Trump has self-consciously sought to champion and lead.We — the sovereign people of the Caribbean — hereby declare to the entire world that we vehemently and unreservedly denounce President Donald Trump and the evil and inhuman White supremacy value system that he represents!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Moyes: I never expected this

first_img “You need a little bit of creativity and a bit of variety at times to open [teams] up. “It was partly straight forward. “We know that we had to be more compact and tight in wide areas because United would cross the ball a lot.” Moyes defended his decision to pump so many balls into the box even though it was clear that the tactic was not working. “It wasn’t always one way. One of the big things about Manchester United is that they do play with width, they do cross the ball, its in their genes here,” the Scot said. There was a downbeat answer from Moyes when he was asked whether his team could finish in the top four. “We will do our best,” Moyes said. “We have a good team and there will be very few teams desperate to play Manchester United, that’s for sure.” It is hard to believe that Arsenal, who face United on Wednesday, will share Moyes’ point of view after this latest underwhelming display from the champions. Press Association United have now dropped 18 points at home this season, and with away defeats to Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Stoke, bookmakers have the Red Devils down as 6-1 outsiders to make the top four. Those same bookmakers were offering odds of 23-1 on Fulham to beat Moyes’ side before Sunday’s match. Fulham were rock bottom of the Barclays Premier League with the worst defensive record in division. Five days earlier they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Sheffield United, who are in the League One relegation zone. But the Cottagers took just 19 minutes to open the scoring and they then survived an onslaught from United to eventually come away with a 2-2 draw thanks to Darren Bent’s 94th-minute equaliser. United flung a record 81 crosses into the Fulham box, but with 6ft 7in centre-back Dan Burn in the away side, visiting head coach Rene Meulensteen said his team were well prepared for everything the hosts threw at them. “When I saw Manchester United today I thought the game-plan was quite straight forward – get it wide, get it in,” said Meulensteen, who walked away from Old Trafford last summer following a long spell among Ferguson’s backroom staff.. “If you’re well organised and the goalkeeper is in good positions to come and collect the ball it can be easy [to defend against]. United now stand nine points behind fourth-placed Liverpool following their latest disappointing result – a 2-2 home draw against Fulham. Moyes never thought replacing Sir Alex Ferguson would be easy, but when asked whether he ever thought it could have gone as badly as this, the former Everton boss replied with a very frank: “No, probably not.” David Moyes admits he never expected his debut season as Manchester United manager to go as badly as it has done so far.last_img read more

Other Sports Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, Jinson Johnson Crash Out Of World Athletics Championship

first_imgDoha: India’s Asian Games gold medallist duo of shot putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor and 1500m runner Jinson Johnson crashed out of the World Athletics Championships in the qualification round in Doha on Thursday. The 24-year-old Toor produced season’s best effort of 20.43m to finish eighth in the qualification round Group B and 18th overall out of 34 competitors while Jinson ran a below par 3 minutes 39.86 seconds to end 10th in his first round heats and 34th overall out of 43 runners. Toor was the first to take the field but with eight shot putters from Group A having already touched the automatic final round qualifying mark of 20.90m, it was a difficult task for Toor, who has a personal best — also national record — of 20.75m, to make the cut.  He opened with a 20.43m, bettering his earlier season’s best of 20.36m, but fouled his next attempt.Pressure mounted on him as three competitors from Group B touched the automatic qualifying mark in their first attempt while another shot putter did the same in the second round. That meant Toor will have to touch 20.90m and rewrite his own national record in his third and final attempt if he has to qualify for the finals.   Also Read | Avinash Sable Enters 3000m Steeplechase Final After Dramatic Appeal In World Athletics ChampionshipBut it was too tough a task for Toor as he could only come up with a 19.55m effort to crash out of the championships. Those who touched 20.90m or at least 12 best performers were to make it to the final and eventually 12 shot putters from Group A and Group B combined were able to cross the automatic qualifying mark for the finals. Reigning world champion and 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medallist Tomas Walsh of New Zealand led the finalists with a throw of 21.92m.  Also Read | India’s 4X400 Relay Team Enters Final To Seal Olympic Berth, Dutee Chand Crashes Out Of World Athletics ChampionshipToor had won a gold in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta with his national record setting effort of 20.75m. He also won a gold in the Asian Championships at the same venue in April with a throw of 20.22m. It was more disappointment for India as the 28-year-old Jinson, who broke his own national record just last month with a time of 3:35.24, failed to preserve enough energy for the home stretch as he was overtaken by one competitor after another to run more than four seconds outside his best timing.  He was among the leading five till the final bell but he fell behind towards the end. The top six from each of the three heats and the next six fastest advanced to the semifinals. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

NMPF offering decision-making tools for the Margin Protection Program in 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Milk Producers Federation has updated its Margin Protection Program website – – with new materials to assist dairy producers considering enrollment in the third year of the federal dairy safety net program. The enrollment period officially opened July 1 and ends September 30, 2016, for coverage in calendar year 2017. Farmers already participating in the program can change their coverage level during this three-month enrollment window.The Margin Protection Program (MPP) provides financial assistance to participating dairy producers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below a coverage level selected by the producer. Dairy farmers can insure their farms on a sliding scale between $4 and $8 per hundredweight, deciding both how much of their production history to cover, and the level of margin to protect. The program, created in the 2014 farm bill, offers more extensive coverage for low-margin conditions than previous programs.“The poor margins in the first half of 2016 demonstrate that the Margin Protection Program can play an important role in helping America’s dairy farmers manage their financial risks,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF.  “While we continue to examine ways to improve the program in the future, farmers need to carefully consider their risk management coverage options in 2017.”To better inform producers as they enroll in MPP, or choose different supplemental coverage levels, NMPF offers the following materials on the website’s Resources page:Overview of the Margin Protection Program A link to the MPP online calculatorHow to use the MPP online calculatorInformative PowerPoint presentation on MPPFrequently Asked QuestionsMPP Margin Spreadsheet of Milk and Feed Prices, 2007-2015At the request of NMPF, the USDA has made several improvements in the MPP program in the past year. One change announced by USDA in April ensures that farms enrolled in the program will receive catastrophic coverage at the basic, $4 per hundredweight margin level on 90% of their production history, even if a farmer purchases additional, supplemental coverage at a level of less than 90% of their production base. This should improve the flexibility of the program in offering effective risk management options to dairy farmers.The USDA also announced earlier this year that a farm’s production history can be restructured to accommodate new family members joining the dairy operation. This will accommodate the intergenerational transfer of production history for children, grandchildren and their spouses to join a dairy operation. Any dairy operation already enrolled in MPP that had an intergenerational transfer occur will have an opportunity during the 2017 annual coverage election period to increase the operation’s production history up to 4 million pounds per year.Those dairy farms that have already signed up for the MPP will remain in the program through 2018, as long as they pay the $100 administrative fee each year. Producers have the option of selecting a different coverage level during open enrollment each year.  Those enrolled in the MPP as of the start of 2015 will receive a 1.3% increase in their production history for 2017, reflecting the overall national increase in the nation’s milk supply since last year.According to the USDA, 54% of America’s 43,000 dairy farms are enrolled in the MPP, representing 80% of the nation’s milk supply.  The USDA also has its own website on the MPP.last_img read more

Date With A Glasshole: Google Glass Dating 101, A Report From The Field

first_img Still, my date — who I have taken quite a shine to — sounds game for further interactions in the three-dimensional world. (And I mean, how cute is it that she put up with all of this experiential tech-journo bullshit to begin with?)I have to admit: The world beyond Glass does have its perks.All photos by Rebecca Barron and Taylor Hatmaker. I am a pioneer (ahem, Explorer) tasked with testing the developer edition of Google Glass, arguably technology’s biggest quantum leap forward since the advent of the tablet. The start of Google I/O today will no doubt bring a critical mass of Glass wearers into San Francisco, making its social implications more relevant than ever — especially come happy hour.But since hardware benchmarks, unboxings and rigorous teardowns are so 2012, I to set out to review Google Glass with one noble (if amorous) goal. I wanted to wear the device on a full-fledged, real-life, real-stakes date and see what happened. This is that story.Glasshole examinedWhose Idea Was This, Anyway?Sure, a romantic evening on the town wearing a Star Trek-remixed smartphone on your face might ward off your average weirdo, but I like to live well beyond the doldrums of social custom. Which is to say that my editors suggested the idea and I blame them for everything. They may have been joking – I’m not actually sure. Everything began innocently enough on our weekly over-caffeinated Skype call. The rest is history, especially the bivalves. This is how it goes: I propose that a cute girl of interest (her name is Rebecca) accompany me to dinner and drinks… and mention my one wearable, Bluetooth-enabled caveat. As it turns out, she’s game for the experiment, curious about Google Glass and accepts my invite. Cue nerd panic.Google Glass On The Half-ShellMy frantic pre-date self pep-talk logic goes like this:Glass is more interesting than it is obnoxious.My natural charm, good looks and modesty will provide a diversion.Working theory: Glass will actually prove less obtrusive than a smartphone in a social setting.Okay maybe in a distinct minority, but I think Glass looks super rad. Date has some warning and is partially familiar with Glass. Date has expressed positive possible romantic interest in prior social scenarios sans Glass.Oysters, not through GlassPre-date risks, social, romantic and otherwise:I own the only Google Glass in Portland (at the time of shipping, anyway). Here, it makes for a lot of awkward, enthusiastic and inescapable extended social interactions.Date is a suspected technophobe.Date could take privacy concerns very seriously and literally flip table, walk out of restaurant.Date may think I am surreptitiously taking photographs of her (true) and get creeped out.Normal date risks (bad hair days, epic failure) amplified by social risk of full documentation via Internet.A Date With A Glasshole, Documented In RealtimeFor dinner, we agreed on an authentic cajun place/oyster bar in North Portland with stiff drinks and plenty of exits.Paying really close attentionTaylor: Do you generally like technology? How do you use your mobile devices?Rebecca: Sure, I like technology. That said, I’m not crazy in love with it. I do use my iPhone 5 almost constantly. I listen to podcasts and stream music all day at work. I text up a storm every 15 minutes… at least. I check my email, Instagram and Facebook every hour or so.T: What’s the first you heard about this whole Google Glass thing?R: I first heard about it about five months ago. I thought it would be a great for people who need to be available all of the time for work. But I knew it [wasn’t] for me.T: So what do you do for work? R: I am a vintage dealer and leather craftsman.T: That’s pretty old school. You make like… non-virtual 3D objects? Whoa.T: Were you nervous at all when I told you that we were going on a formal “date” with me wearing Glass and I was going to write a story about it?R: I wouldn’t say nervous. A little apprehensive, but overall excited and curious.T: A lot of people probably would have been weirded out. If I wasn’t already a major weirdo, I would have been weirded out. Cheers to that!A toast #throughglass#GlassgumboThe Full-Disclosure Glasshole Date DebriefA day after the date, I check in to see how she thinks things went. You know, for the story. At some point she called Glass a “breakup-inducing cyborg face device,” so I was a little nervous about this part, I admit.T: So, like, why did you agree to do that? Was it weird?R: It was kind of weird. But the face that Glass was attached to is so damn charming. And it was promising oysters and tequila. Who could resist? T: Fair enough. Flattery will get you everywhere. R: I was also curious to see the general public’s first reaction to it. People looked for any excuse to come up and talk to you about it. It was the first thing our server asked us, remember? “I’ve gotta ask: What’s up with that glass visor thing?” Everyone sitting near us was staring. You might as well have been wearing a huge squirrel costume.T: Next time I will wear my huge squirrel costume. That’s more of a date 2.0 thing, I think.T: Squirrels aside, do you think there are rules around technology and date etiquette?R: There are most definitely unspoken rules around dating and phones. And, yes, I tend to obliviously violate them.T: Okay so maybe I got mad at you for texting back and forth with a friend while we waited for our entree. Was that hypocritical?R: Well, yeah… at least a little. You were also on your Android phone too. We were both on our phones on that date – not just on Glass. I have pictures to prove it. T: Oh. Er… my bad.OystahhhsR: There are rules. No phones on fancy date night. It’s a time to connect with a person that’s important to you.T: Oh, so you’re saying that I’m important to you? The truth comes out! Maybe this was all a ruse to get you to say that you liked me?R:[Possibly creeped-out silence]T: So, uh, let’s get down to brass tacks. Do you think Google Glass is going to turn us all into zombie cyborgs who don’t care about other humans? There are apps for virtual kissing, you know.R: I think Google Glass is going to turn the people who are already predisposed to being zombie cyborgs into zombie cyborgs. I think it’s easy to own and use Glass with respect and class to the people around you. It really depends on the person wearing them.T: What about how I used Glass during our date? Was it distracting or rude?R: I thought you were super classy. You only talked to it (to send texts) when you needed to. And I love that you could take candid pictures of our experience, that part was great. But in the back of my mind I worried I didn’t have your full attention.T: You did… I swear!R: But the fact of the matter is there was a thing on your face that also had that attention. I had trouble seeing my way around it, literally. A phone in a bag wouldn’t get checked [until] the date is over. Not that mine was in a bag… Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#dating#Google#Google Glass taylor hatmaker Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces T: How much did you enjoy our landmark social experiment on a scale of 1 (total catastrophe) to 10 (impromptu marriage in Vegas)? R: I’d give the outing a 7. I definitely wouldn’t want you to wear it to my birthday dinner or anything. But it was a fun to see other people react to a thing that they really didn’t understand… especially during Happy Hour.T: So how did you think the end of the date went? Did Glass affect that? R: You mean when I lifted Glass from your face and with one careful motion slid it into its specialty Japanese microfiber case with a hardshell bottom?T: You had me at “microfiber”.T: So, um, do you want to get drinks this weekend?R: I would love to go on another date with you. But will Glass be coming?That Wasn’t So Bad, Now Was It?As for delicate, at-times technophobic Portland, I may have unraveled its gossamer social fabric in ways irrevocable. After drawing a lot of stares, I’m a little embarrassed to go back to the same oyster place in my North Portland neighborhood. (Which sucks, because they have a kick-ass special on Tuesdays.) What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Countrys textile export remains flat at $40 bn in FY16

first_imgMumbai, Apr 21 (PTI) Indias textile export remained flat at USD 40 billion in the last fiscal, as compared to USD 41.4 billion in 2014-15, Union Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said here today.”Despite poor market conditions, the textile industry did well as compared to other sectors on export front. Our textile exports remained at USD 40 billion in 2015-16,” the Minister of State for Textiles told PTI after the inauguration of Technotex 2016 conference here.In 2014-15, textile export stood at USD 41.4 billion.Export during last fiscal was however lower than the target of USD 47.5 billion set by the government for textile and clothing. The subdued trend in export was due to recessionary trend in Europe and the US markets, industry experts said.About the technical textile sector, he said the country sees a huge growth potential in the sector.”This (technical textile) sector is still at its nascent stage but it has been recognised as the fastest growing segment of the textile sector by the government and industry stakeholders alike.”These functional textiles are used for their inherent performance enhancement properties in various field ranging from protective services, steel manufacturing, construction, agriculture, sports, nation security, food security etc,” he added.Gangwar pointed out that the growth rate of technical textile sector is expected to be much higher.”Based on past trends of growth and estimated end user segment growth, the Working Group on Technical Textiles for 12th Five Year Plan (FYP) has projected the market size to Rs 1.58 lakh crore (USD 28.82 billion) for the year 2016-17 with a growth rate of 20 per cent,” the minister added.advertisementAccording to the minister, Technotex exemplifies the immense potential for trade and investment between India and foreign countries in technical textile sector. (More) PTI AP NRB ANUlast_img read more

StealthGas Offloads Two Oldies

first_imgzoom As part of its fleet renewal strategy, LPG shipping company StealthGas has sold two of its oldest vessels, the 1992-built Gas Moxie and the 1996-built Gas Nirvana.Both ships were sold for further trading and at a very good premium above their scrap values, 78% and 220% respectively, Board Chairman Michael Jolliffe, commented.Harry Vafias, StealthGas CEO, said that these ships were destined to go for scrap if the market hadn’t recovered, but instead, they fetched really good prices.“So that means that there’s a shortage of good ships, and that people that have the cargoes need to get ships of any age to move their cargoes,” Vafias said.The sales come on the back of the disposal of two other older vessels, which were sold in the second quarter of the year, the Gas Emperor and the Gas Icon, both built in 1994. According to Jolliffe, they were both sold at about 150% premium above scrap value.“These sales took place in order to further boost our liquidity and ease our operating cost base. We still maintain strong earnings visibility and have a strong fleet coverage of 63% for 2018.As our market fundamentals are improving and look promising for the future, we hope to further improve upon our performance – increase our revenues, strengthen our profitability and continue to contain our costs,” Joliffe added.In the third quarter of the year, StealthGas saw a 12 percent increase in revenue when compared with the last year’s Q3, reaching USD 38.5 million. The company’s adjusted EBITDA amounted to USD 15.3 million for the quarter.This increase was attributed to the high utilization of the fleet, with the company’s operational utilization coming close to 96% compared to 88% for the same period of last year.The company managed to secure 16 new charters and charter extensions, the majority of which were booked at rates about 15% higher than where the market was six months ago, Joliffe said.“Currently, the average duration of our charters is around nine months, as we strategically do not want to commit our vessels for long periods now that the market fundamentals and day rates are finally improving. We have strong period coverage, which currently stands at about 90% for the remainder of 2017 and 63% so far for 2018,” he added.The market fundamentals look good when considering demand-supply balance.In terms of scrapping activity, since the beginning of 2017, 10 LPG vessels were scrapped, including some small semi-ref vessels.“Taking into account the 22% of the small LPG fleet is above 20 years of age, it’s anticipated that scrapping will accelerate further in the years to come. As per published orders, there are six vessels on order that is only 1.7% of the total fleet to be delivered in the period 2018-2019. The limited order book of our segment is another positive factor for rates and existing tonnage demand,” Vafias noted.Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, amounted to USD 115.9 million, an increase of 8.6%, compared to revenues of $106.7 million for the same period a year earlier.Adjusted nine-month net income was USD 4.7 million, compared to the adjusted net loss of USD 3.8 million for the same period of last year.last_img read more

DP Sean Astwood responds to arrests from within his ministry

first_img Related Items:#DPrespondstoministryarrests, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 28, 2017 – Providenciales – “The arrests are a police matter and I do not want to give any comment that may influence the outcome in anyway.   I can confirm that persons were arrested and released on bail and that my Government supports a corruption free public service and any activity that would lead to the accomplishment of this state of being.”Further, that I want to encourage the many honest and hard working men and women under my Ministry to continue to uphold the principles of integrity without fail and will cooperate fully with the RTCPF and Integrity Commission.  We are working tirelessly to address all customer service issues in the Department of Border Control and Employment Services.   We are undergoing a vigorous restructuring exercise in terms of the quality of services offered and the customer service experience.We have a customer service department that will receive some additional manpower and we are computerizing and streamlining processes to reduce the wait time for birth certificates, death certificates, work permits, Labour clearances, and other essential documents.  This is an ongoing process and the public should see improvement in these services in the very near future.”#MagneticMediaNews#DPrespondstoministryarrests Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more