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November 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Meanwhile, the WHO released several updates today on aspects of avian flu and pandemic preparedness. “There is still a window of opportunity for substantially reducing the risk of a human pandemic evolving from H5N1 by controlling the virus at its source, in animals,” said Joseph Domenech, the FAO’s chief veterinary officer. A report by the Asian bank envisions two potential scenarios, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday. Both scenarios assume that 20% of the region’s population would get sick in a pandemic lasting about a year and that 0.5%, or 3 million, would die. WHO statement on Geneva meetinghttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2005/pr56/en/index.html WHO statement on the role of antiviral drugshttp://web.archive.org/web/20110411140209/http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/antivirals2005_11_3/en/index.html In one scenario, a pandemic would seriously affect economic demand for 6 months, reducing consumer spending, trade, services, and investment by $99 billion, the AP reported. In the other scenario, a pandemic would restrict economic activity for a year, leading to $282 billion in losses. In addition, the agency said H5N1 can survive for “at least one month at low temperatures,” which means that freezing and refrigeration will not kill the virus or reduce its concentration in contaminated meat. Also, in countries with outbreaks, eggs may have the virus on both the outside and inside, so eggs should not be eaten raw or partially cooked. In an update on vaccine research and development, the WHO said one of the several companies developing H5N1 vaccines plans to present the results of its clinical trials to the WHO by early December. “However, if a pandemic were to begin within the next few months, no company would be ready to move immediately into commercial production,” the agency said. “The Geneva meeting will first consider how to contain the H5N1 virus in birds,” the WHO said in a statement today. The agenda will also include strengthening of disease surveillance systems, development of vaccines, and access to antiviral drugs. The statement also said current trends indicate that most developing countries “will have no access to a vaccine during the first wave of a pandemic and perhaps throughout its duration.” The meeting is being organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Bank, along with the WHO. It comes on the heels of US President George W. Bush’s release this week of his administration’s strategy for addressing the pandemic threat. WHO vaccine research updatehttp://web.archive.org/web/20110214224324/http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/vaccineresearch2005_11_3/en/index.html Nov 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The Asian Development Bank estimated this week that an influenza pandemic in Asia could kill 3 million people and possibly trigger a world recession, as the World Health Organization (WHO) geared up for a major conference on global strategy for limiting the pandemic threat. The WHO said today that the M2 inhibitors “could potentially be used against pandemic influenza, but resistance to these drugs may develop rapidly and this could significantly limit their effectiveness. Some currently circulating avian H5N1 strains are fully resistant to the M2 inhibitors, while others remain fully susceptible.” On food safety issues, the WHO emphasized that the H5N1 virus does not spread to humans through properly cooked food. However, the agency also said that H5N1 and other highly pathogenic viruses spread to nearly all parts of an infected bird, making proper handling and cooking imperative. The bank’s report emerged as the WHO was completing plans for a meeting of more than 400 health experts, policy makers, economists, and industry representatives in Geneva next week to work toward a “global consensus” on how to control the H5N1 avian flu virus in domestic animals and prepare for a possible human flu pandemic. In a statement on the role of antiviral drugs in combating a pandemic, the WHO suggested that two older antiviral drugs, amantadine and rimantadine, could still be of some use. Researchers reported last year that H5N1 viruses in Vietnam and Thailand were resistant to amantadine, leading to a belief that M2 inhibitors would be of little use if H5N1 leads to a pandemic. The second scenario would nearly stop Asia’s economic growth and could also mean a 14%, or $2.5 trillion, reduction in global economic activity, the AP reported. WHO food safety statementhttp://web.archive.org/web/20110214224033/http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/foodrisk2005_11_03/en/index.html See also: Transcript of Nov 2 press briefing on the US government’s HHS Pandemic Influenza Planhttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2005pres/20051102.htmllast_img read more

October 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

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October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHe added that the government and the House were also expecting input from labor unions.The omnibus bill is aimed at creating jobs, improving the ease of doing business and stimulating economic growth, but it has triggered an outcry from law experts and the public.Indonesian Parliament Watch (Formappi) researcher Lucius Karus highlighted Article 170 of the bill, arguing that Jokowi must have an authoritarian spirit if the article had been proposed by the President himself.“If Jokowi proposed this concept, then this is proof that the President does have an authoritarian spirit and wants to gain power more,” Lucius told Kompas on Monday.Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said on Tuesday that there had been “a typo” in Article 170.“Yes, it’s actually a typo, which means that it’s a mistake. We all agreed, if we [refer] back to the basic theory of law, only laws can revoke laws, while government regulations can only regulate laws. That’s the principle,” he said.Political observer Jeirry Sumampow expressed doubts over Mahfud’s claim, saying if the article contained typographical mistakes, points in the article would not have been arranged coherently.Topics : Jokowi asked the public not to worry about the draft.“This is not yet a law, it’s just a draft bill,” he said.He also assured that the draft, which had been submitted to the House for deliberations, could be changed based on public input.“The point is that the government and the House are open for suggestions and to hear the wishes of the people. It is still too early, we still have three, four or maybe five months to finish it.” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has shot down allegations of him having the power to override laws thanks to an omnibus bill on job creation, saying that the president could not revoke laws through government regulation.“It’s impossible,” Jokowi told journalists at the Ritz Carlton Pacific Place in South Jakarta on Thursday, referring to Article 170 of the omnibus bill that stipulates such a provision for the government.The contentious article permits the government to revoke laws simply by issuing government regulations and consult with the House of Representatives in drawing up such regulations.last_img read more

October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHe went on to say that the contraction was expected to continue in the third quarter of this year, but at a much better rate, before a recovery would begin in the fourth quarter. Several regions have started to gradually phase out PSBB policies this month.The easing restrictions was hoped to encourage more mobility among the public and drive economic activity, Bank Mandiri industry and regional research department head Dendi Ramdani added.“Given such reasoning, we project that the contraction in the third quarter will reach 0.95 percent, before [the economy] bounces back to grow by 1.62 percent in the fourth quarter,” he said.The recovery in the fourth quarter, however, would only be possible if there was no second wave of the outbreak in the country, as another increase in the number of confirmed cases would only lead to a second period of PSBB and slow down the economy again, he said.Should the recovery go smoothly, Dendi projected the country’s economy would grow by 0.02 percent this year and by 4.43 percent in 2021. This compares with the government’s baseline scenario of 2.3 percent economic growth and a 0.4 percent contraction under the worst-case scenario.Indonesia has recorded 41,431 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, officially cementing its position as the country with the highest number of confirmed cases in Southeast Asia and surpassing that of Singapore, which recorded 41,216 cases. Topics : Major lender Bank Mandiri expects Indonesia’s economy to contract in the second and third quarter of this year following restrictions imposed on social and economic activities since April to contain the spread of the coronavirus.The state-owned bank’s chief economist, Andry Asmoro, said on Wednesday that he predicted the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) to contract by 3.44 percent in the second quarter of this year, more than the government’s projection of a 3.1 percent contraction.“The biggest contraction will happen in the second quarter, because during that time, the government started to impose restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19,” he said, referring to the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) enforced in several regions across Indonesia.last_img read more

October 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Frenchman has endured a difficult third season at the north London club (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are prepared to sell Alexandre Lacazette this summer with Atletico Madrid reportedly poised to reignite their interest in the Frenchman as they look for a replacement for Diego Costa.Former Lyon striker Lacazette enjoyed two promising seasons at the Emirates when he first arrived, scoring 36 goals in all competitions across his first two years and was particularly prolific at the start of 2019.However, he has not come close to his goal hauls back in France – netting 37 times in his final campaign with Lyon – and has struggled this season. Mikel Arteta makes decision on Alexandre Lacazette’s Arsenal future amid interest from Atletico Madrid Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 15 Apr 2020 3:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares Comment FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/fifa-team-five-ways-tackle-spread-coronavirus-2131812/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Lacazette has been in and out of the side through a mixture of injury and tactical decisions, competing with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to play through the middle, and has netted just seven times in the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to Spanish newspaper AS, Atletico have been alerted to Lacazette’s interest in testing himself in Madrid and believe Arsenal would put up little resistance.The Frenchman, one of the club’s highest earners, only has two years to run on his current contract with the Gunners and they would be prepared to cash in now rather than risk him entering the final year of his deal when he can leave for nothing.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMore importantly, AS claim manager Mikel Arteta is no great fan of Lacazette and is willing to let him leave if a significant offer is made.While the Spanish coach has praised Lacazette’s attitude and work rate in matches, saying he has not scored as many goals as his play deserved, he nevertheless did not start the Frenchman in the side’s last three Premier League matches before football was suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.center_img Lacazette has found goals hard to come by this season (Picture: Getty)Lacazette is tempted by the offer of moving to La Liga having come very close to joining Atletico in 2017, but the deal fell through when Diego Simeone’s side were handed a transfer ban and he moved to Arsenal instead.Like many clubs around the world, though, Atletico do not expect to spend big this summer and cannot make a massive offer for Lacazette, while they also need to offload Costa first before pursuing the deal.MORE: Bacary Sagna defends ‘amazing’ Alexandre Lacazette after criticism from Arsenal fansMORE: Alexandre Lacazette responds to rumours he has agreement with Arsenal over exitFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

October 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgOf those who would buy healthy options, 68% said they would buy fresh fruit & veg and 64% wanted healthy snacks. This is where the gap between demand and reality kicks in. Only 29% felt there was a wide range of fruit & veg in their local store, for example, and an even smaller 18% had access to a wide range of healthy snacks. Harris Interactive’s head of research Lucia Juliano believes this indicates a need for change. “There is clearly a market for healthy options to be offered by c-stores,” she says. “However, consumers say the current range of healthy foods on offer is limited.”Heidi Lanschuetzer, head of insight & innovation at retail research consultancy Him, admits the convenience channel has “some catching up to do when it comes to when it comes to healthy options”. On the plus side, she has noticed the Co-op and certain symbol groups starting to up their game of late.Nisa is one of these symbols. Retail director Nigel Gray has noticed “a definite shift towards consumers wanting healthier options” as Brits become more savvy about what they’re putting into their bodies. “More consumers are starting to look at the product ingredients and nutritional fact labels before they make a purchase with the aim of being ‘healthier’,” he explains. Nisa is keen to respond to this changing mindset. At its annual trade show last month, the group demonstrated how fruit & veg could work as a centrepiece and showcased a comprehensive salad bar (see The Real Life Healthy Retailers, below). Retailers are also shaking up what they are putting in these aisles. “Stores are starting to offer more healthy options across food to go such as fruit pots, eggs with spinach and protein-packed salads, and there is also a definite shift to more locally produced food (home-cooked style), that is seen as healthier,” says Gray. “More stores are producing their own products, from sandwiches and salads to ready meals.” That would certainly address the lack of healthy lunch options, which shoppers felt were sorely missing from their local stores (see below). What these consumers are looking for is hardly surprising. Top of the list were essentials such as bread, milk and cheese, cited by 68% as among their top three reasons for visiting a c-store, followed by 45% who were looking for snacks. Fruit & veg was a distant third, cited by 32% of respondents.You could assume punters just aren’t interested in healthy options. It turns out the opposite is true: shoppers want the more virtuous stuff, but doubt their local store will meet that demand. Just over half (51%) of shoppers said they would buy healthy options if they were available. That figure rises to 58% among the core demographic of 25 to 34-year-olds, and women are also more likely to buy into salads and the like (see below). Watch: Are convenience stores a desert for healthy options? Plenty of other groups are taking the same tack. Spar appointed its first UK format proposition manager, Cat Worsfold, last year. She is tasked with making store formats “more representative for the customer” – and part of that includes highlighting healthy options. Worsfold admits there has been something of an image problem in the convenience sector; there remains a perception they are primarily just “crisps and chocolate”. Spar is tackling this misconception head on. “We’ve been doing a lot of work in terms of how stores are laid out with food to go and encouraging consumers to choose healthy options,” she says. Examples include its Pwllheli store with a food-to-go section packed full of healthy options, and the ‘fresh and hearty’ made-to-order sandwiches at its Donegall Road branch in Belfast (see The Real Life Healthy Retailers, below). “Changing the whole image of the convenience market isn’t going to happen overnight,” stresses Worsfold. “But there’s been a real trend in the marketplace of people putting more space on to food to go and healthy options.”Lack of space shouldn’t be an insurmountable obstacle, she argues. In some cases, it’s not about adding new products to the range, but effectively merchandising what you do have. “We make our stores an easy format by highlighting healthy options in one place so it can help consumers see what options there are.”Being healthy doesn’t necessarily mean a full store overhaul to fill your aisles with quinoa salads and fruit compotes. Just revamping existing lines can be a start, as Spar has shown. It has removed 2.9 tonnes of salt from its crisps and snacks range to meet demand for healthy snacking. The Co-op has taken a similarly evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, approach to health with the launch of its Well and Good brand. The range includes better-for-you versions of “basket favourites” such as curries and fish pies, as well as some more hardcore healthy options such as nourishment bowls and wheatgrass shots.Costcutter stresses that the concept of health means different things to different demographics. There are “busy mums and dads” looking for primarily for healthy meal solutions, while younger people expect a “large fresh food range” and older consumers put more of an emphasis on locally sourced products. “Responding to these diverse needs is vital for convenience stores and this begins by understanding their local shoppers and their diverse needs when it comes to healthy food and drinks options,” says Sean Russell, director of marketing at Costcutter Supermarkets Group.And this is the crucial point behind all this drive to be healthy. A concept such as Raw Store – a Nisa retailer that stocks almost exclusively organic, diet-specific or local produce – may work in trendy Shoreditch. In other areas, it would be unthinkable to start selling three different varieties of apple from an organic local producer. So, just as in all areas of retailing, the key is understanding the consumer. That also means recognising that, as much as we try to be healthy, there will also be times when we fall off the wagon. “I think it’s important to highlight that while interest in healthy eating is growing, people still leave room for the occasional treat – so there really is, and always will be, demand for both healthy and more indulgent products,” says Him’s Lanschuetzer. So don’t ditch the crisps and chocolate just yet.Mindful Foodoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2 It wasn’t long ago we had convenience stores actually named ‘Fags & Booze’. As shocking as the title of the former West Midlands establishment may sound to today’s consumer, it did what it said on the tin. Convenience retailers were somewhere to pop in for cigarettes, alcohol, crisps or chocolate. The chances of picking up a healthy, balanced meal were slim to zero.Since then, many players have upped their game to offer healthy meal deals, snacks and fresh fruit & veg. Yet research suggests convenience stores haven’t quite shaken off the ‘fags and booze’ image in the eyes of the consumer. So should c-stores be doing more to appeal to the health-conscious shopper? What are they doing already? And do these efforts risk alienating their core clientele? How can c-stores really hammer home the health message? We challenged Conran Design Group to devise a bold new concept. The result is Ark, the ‘mindful’ health food store.Stores that sell a bit of healthy food are 10 a penny. Ark is different. The concept of health is enshrined in everything it does: from the design of its premises to its choice of products. The modular prefabricated units that make up the stores are created entirely from recycled or reclaimed materials. Solar panels provide an eco-friendly source of energy, and rainwater is harvested to make sure nothing goes to waste. All food is “mindfully” chosen. That means produce is of a high quality with traceable ingredients, all with the aim of supporting ”a healthier lifestyle and healthier mind”. There will be a range of options to suit every time of day: from freshly prepared breakfast and lunches to healthy snacks, and meal packs for a quick yet healthy evening meal. But Ark aims to sell far more than food. Each franchisee can choose exactly what services to offer their local community. Add-on options include a Wellness Studio – designed for mindfulness sessions, yoga, pilates or mother and baby groups – or an allotment for growing of veg, herbs and grasses. And just to prove it practises what it preaches, Ark will put profits into outreach programmes such as pop-up cookery classes in more deprived areas of its locality.Priced on a par with Whole Foods Market, the store aims to attract professionals who are concerned with wellness and where their food comes from, and are willing to pay a bit more for a business with the right values. ”The concept is grounded in retail spaces that provide a community gathering point of like-minded people,” says Conran. “It’s a destination with thoughtful product ranging, offering customers the pint of milk, the perfect lunch and so very much more.”The real-life healthy retailers Simply FreshBranches of this health-orientated chain include ‘kitchens’ with fresh, healthy options and it is set to launch a store in Reading with a home-cooked seasonal menu of hot boxes.center_img First, the good news. As ‘little and often’ shopping habits begin to replace the weekly shop, the majority of consumers visit their local c-store regularly. An encouraging 62% of people said they made a trip at least every week in a poll of 2,090 consumers by Harris Interactive conducted on behalf of The Grocer. Numbers were even higher among the younger generation, reaching as many as 76% of 18 to 34-year-olds (see below). SparFreshly-made orange juice and healthy food-to-go options aim to tempt in the lunch crowd at the Spar store in Pwllheli, North Wales.  NisaSalad bars and wide-ranging fruit & veg aisles featured at Nisa’s annual trade exhibition, when a mock store showcased its latest innovations in format. Raw StoreThis Nisa store rebranded last year to sell organic, local produce and meet demand for “something a little bit different in the area”. Eat 17The four London Eat 17 stores have launched a 72-strong range of homemade meals including sandwiches, dinner options, sides and desserts in a bid to tap into the growth of healthy eating in convenience.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDamen Shiprepair Oranjewerf (DSO) of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, recently completed extensive conversion of the sand barge Kreeft.The sand barge – which is owned by Boskalis – spent last three months at DSO undergoing major works in preparation for her next project.As Damen reported, the 96-meter by 12.5-meter barge has been active for many years, and the first order of business was extensive repair work on her double-plated hull. The inspection revealed that part of the hull required repair or replacement.The second stage of the project was to give the barge new capabilities, in this case the ability to manoeuvre independently when being on site. This required the fitting of a bow thruster and all the associated systems.To achieve this, a generator room was created inside the forepeak space. There, two generators and pumps for handling the cargo compartment were installed along with all the necessary pipework and electrical components and cabling, plus connections to the bow thruster itself.A range of deck and hold modifications were also made, including adding a drainage system in the hold with a pump connection overboard.“This was a major undertaking and involved a wide range of skills,” said Jeen van der Werf, commercial manager at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf. “With the works completed and with over 50 tonnes of steel added or replaced, the entire barge was blasted and repainted, leaving her looking as good as new.”After the completion of project, the Kreeft left DSO and was towed to the land reclamation project currently taking place in North Amsterdam. This requires a total of 15,000,000m³ of sand to be transported to the site and offloaded, and so involves the support of many barges.last_img read more

September 27, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Federalist 9 January 2015 As a former child transgender, my heart goes out to parents whose boy says, “I’m a girl” or whose girl who says, “I’m a boy.” The medical diagnosis is gender dysphoria—distress that comes from feeling one’s physical gender doesn’t match one’s internal perception. A flood of questions come with the revelation: What causes it? What treatment will help? What should parents do or not do?…..Transgender Children Typically Need Treatment for Other DisordersStudies indicate that two-thirds of transgenders suffer from multiple disorders at the same time, or comorbidity. The top three disorders evidenced in transgenders are depression (33 percent), specific phobia (20 percent) and adjustment disorder (15 percent). A child who states a desire to identify as the opposite sex has a two-thirds chance of having a co-existing disorder….What Causes the Comorbid Disorders that Exist in So Many Transgenders?After receiving hundreds of emails over the last several years, it became evident to me that comorbid disorders develop in childhood. ……The key for parents to helping young transgenders is to work with a professional to identify the cause of the stress the child faces and correctly diagnose any comorbid disorder that exists concurrently with the gender dysphoria. Parents are in the best position to identify the cause of the stress the child faces…..READ MORE OF THIS SUPERB ARTICLEhttp://thefederalist.com/2015/01/09/heres-what-parents-of-transgender-kids-need-to-know/Walt Heyer is an accomplished author and public speaker with a passion for mentoring individuals whose lives have been torn apart by unnecessary gender-change surgery.last_img read more

September 26, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img 12 Views   no discussions NewsRegional NEW PARADIGM: Efforts to ease insecurity affecting Caribbean economies by: – May 26, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The Board of Governors of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) began a two-day meeting here on Wednesday against the background for a new growth trajectory to help ease the insecurity affecting Caribbean economies.Newly appointed CDB president, Dr. Warren Smith said economic conditions in the region remained depressed, with only seven countries – The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Guyana, St. Lucia and the Turks and Caicos Islands – reporting growth in 2010.But he said demand for CDB financing was sustained, with approvals of loans and grants reaching approximately US$300 million compared with US$167 million in 2009. Net transfer of resources- which is  disbursements of grants and loans less repayments of principal, interest and charges – between CDB and its borrowing member countries amounted to US$180 million n in 2010, considerably in excess of net resource transfers of US$70 million in 2009.Smith, the fifth president of the region’s premier financial lending institution, said he expects most Caribbean countries to return to economic growth this year.“However, the weak fiscal position will continue to be challenging and will require sustained emphasis on fiscal consolidation and careful debt management.  Additionally, many of the gains made in the past decade in poverty reduction have been undermined or reversed.  There will be increased emphasis on restoring these gains,” he said.But Smith said that while the Caribbean has witnessed impressive improvements in socio-economic performance over the past five decades, issues about the quality of the education system remain a major concern; sustained growth and development continue to elude many countries; and poverty remains unacceptably high. He said the region is “displaying a distinct lack of agility in side-stepping the confluence of development challenges that give rise to anxiety amongst our people, that is,  a generalised sense of losing control of their destiny in a number of critical areas of social and economic life.“We can further classify this anxiety under the broad rubrique of “insecurity” – insecurity about their economic situation; insecurity due to the impact of climate change on their lives; and personal insecurity due to rising crime and violence”.The Jamaican-born CDB official said that the principal economic insecurities currently facing the region  have been exacerbated by structural weaknesses and extreme vulnerability linked especially to small size, openness, narrowness of the production base and proneness to potentially devastating natural hazards. “The economic structure has been further undermined and industry competitiveness challenged by volatile oil prices since the 1970s and the deeper integration of Caribbean economies into the international financial and economic systems through globalisation.“The signing of the 2008 Economic Partnership Agreement signalled the end of unreciprocated preferential access by Caribbean exports into the European Union (EU) market.  New insecurities were created as agriculture production, farm incomes and employment declined; small farmers, especially in banana and sugar producing countries were displaced; and poverty levels rose, and dramatically so, in rural communities.”Smith said that as the 2008 global economic and financial recession unfolded, and the Caribbean experienced its impact, vulnerability increased. He said the recent collapse of the Trinidadian conglomerate, CLICO and its subsidiary BAICO reverberated through the region, and resulted in major losses to both institutional and private investors despite rescue efforts of regional governments.Smith said the impact of climate change is another contributor to insecurity for many Caribbean countries, noting “it is perhaps our single most important environmental and developmental challenge, with worry-some implications for economic growth, development sustainability and our poverty reduction goals.“Its economic impact is already visible, with damaged and destroyed infrastructure being only one of the casualties.  We do not have the luxury of ignoring climate change, for the consequences of inaction are projected to far exceed our income-generating capacity by the start of the next century.”The CDB president said that another contributor to anxiety in the Caribbean, and which should be  given high priority on the development agenda is crime and violence, which he labelled “a growing and seemingly intractable problem.“The incidence of violent criminality has reached almost epidemic proportions in too many Caribbean countries,” he said, recalling figures cited by a World Bank that murder rates in the Caribbean, at 30 per 100,000 population annually, are higher than for any other region in the world. “The international trade in narcotics seems to be at the root of the upsurge in violent crimes.   Also, the economic and social consequences are enormous as rising crime levels generally demand an increase in public expenditures to strengthen the security forces; have a dampening effect on tourism as visitors begin to fear for their safety; stifle business development as new investment and access to financing become constrained; and decimate established communities abandoned by families escaping the effects of gangs, drugs and illegal arms.”.Trinidad and Tobago’s Finance Minister, Winston Dookeran, who also addressed the conference, said that the region should realize that it is no longer “business as usual” when it comes to socio-economic development.He said there was need for a “quantum leap” into the new global world in which changes are taking place and where economic space is now being fought over by countries that in the past felt they were outside that space.He advocated the need for a new paradigm in development, describing it as “drilling down” and that the old institutions may have lost their relevance, as he called for a “new realization between public, private and civil society sectors”.“The real challenge we face will be demonstration that development can’t be imported and a realization we must unearth the entrepreneurship talent of our people,” he said, adding that “drilling down for development forces us to find the right chapter to empower the capacity of our people and executing what has to be done”.Dookeran, a former Central Bank governor here, said that the much talked about Caribbean integration has become “somewhat elusive on two counts” including the inability to converge the various economies and confronting the new global space.“The limits of Caribbean integration in its orthodox definition may have been reached,” he said, urging the region to find the mechanisms to meet the challenges of the new regional and global environment.last_img read more

September 24, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgVolleyballEast Central defeated Lawrenceburg 25-22, 18-25, 25-21, 25-16.East Central vs. Lawrenceburg (9-23)Submitted by Var Vee.Waldron 7th Grade won against St. Louis 18-25, 25-19, 15-11St. Louis 8th Grade won 25-15, 25-14.STL vs. Waldron (9-23)Submitted by STL Coach Jill Reidy.Middle School Cross CountrySouth Dearborn Middle School Meet.Batesville Boys place first and Greensburg second.Greensburg Girls finish first and Batesville second.South Dearborn Invitational MS CC (9-23)Submitted by Batesville Coach Derek Suits.Jac-Cen-Del Middle School Boys and Girls victorious over Greendale.JCD vs. Greendale (9-23)Middle School SwimmingSunman-Dearborn Aqua Trojans Boys winners over Centerville 133-28.Sunman-Dearborn Girls also won 123-59.SDMS vs. Centerville (9-23)Submitted by SDMS Coach Brandon Loveless.FootballBatesville JV won against East Central 28-13.Submitted by Batesville Coach Terry Nobbe.TennisMilan Varsity and JV winners against South Dearborn.Milan vs. South Dearborn (9-23)Submitted by Milan Coach Zach Wade.last_img read more