The Caribbean Bands Together for Haiti

first_img CARICOM The Caribbean Community, or CARICOM, moved into high gear following Haiti’s earthquake to support a member state through the deployment of search-and-rescue missions, military assistance and medical personnel. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, a regional response mechanism for natural disasters, based in Jamaica, coordinated the effort. More than 300 personnel from 11 CARICOM member states and associate members composed the contingent in Haiti, in a united response to the urgent needs of the earthquake victims. Belize offered clothing, food, and military manpower; Barbados sent military personnel; Grenada and Guyana sent monetary donations; Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago sent aid in the form of services; the British Virgin Islands sent a search-and-rescue team; Bermuda placed aircraft at the Community’s disposal; and Jamaica deployed security personnel, searchand- rescue teams, doctors and relief supplies within 48 hours of the earthquake. In an interview with Jamaica’s The Sunday Gleaner newspaper, Jamaica Defence Force commander in Haiti, Maj. Jaimie Stuart Ogilvie, said his troops were making “sure that we have the right persons here for the long haul to continue the relief as long as we can.” Jamaica’s contingent also included medical teams delivering supplies to some of the hardest-hit areas. “We have been able to impact positively on people’s lives,” Dr. Derrick McDowell, head of the medical delegation, told The Sunday Gleaner. “No life has been lost in our care. Whatever we have been doing is being well done and is being done carefully. Were it not for us, more lives would have been lost,” he added. Continuing aid to Haiti includes emergency response coordination, medical assistance, and engineering assessments with relief efforts extended to locations outside the capital. As reconstruction gets under way, CARICOM is shifting its focus to longer-term contributions to assist the health sector and technical assistance for relief distribution systems. During a Mexico-CARICOM summit in February 2010, Roosevelt Skerrit, prime minister of Dominica and CARICOM leader until July 2010, reiterated the community’s commitment to rebuilding Haiti. “First on our agenda is Haiti. We want to ensure reconstruction goes beyond immediate efforts. We have an opportunity to bring about the renaissance of Haiti, not just to return to where we were before the disaster struck,” Skerrit said. Cuba Cuba had a large medical team of more than 300 doctors working in Haiti prior to the earthquake and quickly sent extra personnel to the devastated nation, including Haitian doctors studying in Cuba, in addition to surgical staff and supplies to set up field hospitals. The doctors treated more than 13,000 patients and performed hundreds of surgeries, working tirelessly around the clock during the first days and weeks following the quake. Recognizing the valuable contributions of Cuba, the U.S. State Department offered to provide medical supplies to Cuban doctors working in Haiti. “The United States has communicated its readiness to make medical relief supplies available to Cuban doctors working on the ground in Haiti as part of the international relief effort,” U.S. State Department spokesman Darby Holladay said. During a conference of the Ibero-American General Secretariat in February 2010, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, praised Cuba for working with the United States in providing relief to Haiti. In a rare gesture of cooperation between Washington and Havana motivated by the urgency to save lives, Cuba allowed U.S. planes, including military aircraft, to fly over Cuban air space for medical evacuation flights from the U.S. base in Guantanamo in southeastern Cuba, thus shortening each flight by 90 minutes. Dominican Republic Haiti’s neighbor, the Dominican Republic, played a key role in providing immediate disaster relief. The country, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, spared no efforts and urgently rushed food, water, supplies, rescue teams and medical assistance to the earthquake victims. Relief centers for refugees seeking aid in cities and towns across the border were also quickly established to tend to thousands of people in need. In addition to direct aid to Haiti, the Dominican Republic also helped many countries and organizations that could not gain direct access to Haiti due to the heavily damaged airport, roads and port facilities near the quake-affected areas. The Dominican capital of Santo Domingo and towns near the border with Haiti became the staging grounds and logistical bases for hundreds of relief missions, as well as for the international press corps covering the tragedy. More than 150 troops were deployed along the border to work with a contingent of Peruvian peacekeepers from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, or MINUSTAH, to help ensure the humanitarian relief effort from the Dominican government was sent over. John Holmes, director of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, praised the vital contributions made by the Dominican Republic in ensuring that humanitarian aid reached victims, during a meeting with Dominican President Leonel Fernández in February 2010. CARICOM Member States: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago CARICOM Associate Members: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands By Dialogo April 01, 2010last_img read more

Nicaraguan Crisis Favors Russian Military Interests

first_imgBy Gustavo Arias Retana/Diálogo January 17, 2019 Nicaragua’s instability since April 2018 isn’t coincidental. The Central American country was already an entry point for Russian interests in the Latin American region, as Daniel Ortega’s return to power in 2007 reactivated a close relationship that started during the Sandinista revolution and during Ortega’s presidency in 1979-1990. At first, this was advertised to the people as a commercial partnership, but the Russian government gradually revealed its true intentions. Víctor Hugo Tinoco, former Nicaraguan ambassador to the United Nations (UN) from 1979 to 1980 and vice chancellor from 1981 to 1990, explained that the partnership between Ortega and Russia was seen as normal in the beginning. The turn of events that took place near 2015 raised alarms about Russian military interests and the facilities the Nicaraguan government provided. “At the beginning, Russia tried to maintain the historical bonds that existed since the 1980s, political bonds, and provide continuity, as the Nicaraguan Army only uses Russian technology. To a certain extent, it was normal to think of having a relationship,” Tinoco told Diálogo. “However, in recent years it developed into a position of physical presence in terms of intelligence activities, especially to increase communication capabilities with special constructions in some areas of Managua.” From 2007 to 2014, Russia supported the Nicaraguan public sector with taxis, buses, disaster response equipment, and wheat. That sort of help for the Central American country seized in 2015, and was replaced by military collaboration. The most controversial case was the purchase of 50 T-72 Russian tanks in 2016. After the tanks, the Nicaraguan press reported that Ortega’s government had bought four speedboats, two missile warships, and at least one combat plane from Russia. No official, either Russian or Nicaraguan, confirmed or denied the purchase to the press. In March 2014, Nicaragua—along with Venezuela, Cuba, and a few other countries—supported the Russian annexation of Crimea. “We are grateful for Nicaragua’s ongoing support of Russia in the matters involving Crimea, Ukraine, and Syria, which were debated at the UN’s General Assembly,” said to journalists Valeri Guerásimov, chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, at a get together with his Nicaraguan counterpart, Army Brigadier General Bayardo Rodríguez, within the framework of a UN Security Council meeting, on April 26, 2017. The redirecting of Russian plans was also evidenced by the construction of the Central American Anti-drug Training Center in Las Colinas, Managua. The opposition questions the development of the Russian-funded project, asserting the center is a Russian base for espionage. Controversy also lingers over the construction of premises in Managua to operate 24 satellites of the Glonass Satellite System, the most expensive program of Roscosmos, formerly known as the Russian Federal Space Agency. What does Moscow want? According to Guillermo Barquero, a political scientist at the University of Costa Rica, what happens in Nicaragua coincides with Russia’s main interest in Latin America: military expansion, no matter if it requires partnering with controversial leaders such as Ortega or Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela, who welcomed two Russian Tu-160 supersonic bombers in December 2018. “Russia actively provides political support and decided to advance with military, energy, and technological investments. The latter is of interest to Russia,” Barquero told Diálogo. “In Latin America’s case, exploiting the fragile social situation in Nicaragua and Venezuela helped create an enclave where everything is negotiated under the table.” Barquero and Tinoco agree that opportunities for Russia are increasing. The Nicaraguan crisis, with a death toll of at least 264, left Ortega isolated internationally. Russia is one of the few remaining partners that doesn’t care about civilian deaths in the Central American nation. “Putin’s Russia is taking greater advantage of the current situation. This is, however, a slow process. Russia will reinforce its military strategy and presence, because Ortega thinks he needs it to remain in power. The truth is that Russia is one of the few partners that ignores the terrible violations that the Nicaraguan people are experiencing,” Barquero said. Russian authorities don’t condemn the Ortega government’s actions. On the contrary, they disseminate Ortega’s statements that the protests are organized from outside [of Nicaragua] and have a pro-coup nature. When the United States brought the Nicaraguan issue to a UN Security Council in September 2018, Russian diplomat Vasili Nebenzia said the situation in Nicaragua wasn’t a threat to security. “It’s a sad, telling example of interference by a foreign and destructive external power,” he said, adhering to the words Ortega used in his defense in recent months. Conversely, the United States expressed concern about the situation in Nicaragua and urged other nations to find the truth. “The Security Council cannot be a passive observer while Nicaragua descends into a failed, corrupt, and dictatorial state, because we know where that leads. Daniel Ortega and Nicolás Maduro are cut from the same corrupt cloth; they are both students of the same failed ideology. And they are both dictators who live in fear of their own people,” said Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the UN, at the September 2018 Security Council meeting. In that scenario, and without a solution in sight for the Nicaraguan crisis, Russia takes advantage once more of the problems in the region, so as to extend its influence. Moscow cares not about civil violations. Its focus is to profit from the situation, and Nicaragua has all the ingredients to let them proceed as they please.last_img read more

Ampelmann Upgrades A-Type People and Cargo Transfer System

first_imgAmpelmann has launched an improved version of its A-type system for transferring people and cargo in the offshore wind industry.Available to view at the Offshore Wind Energy Conference in London, the A400 has been redesigned in conjunction with operators to include greater capacity for equipment transportation between vessels and wind turbines. Widened gangways support the use of trolleys that can carry up to 400kg of cargo on Euro-sized industry standard pallets, the company said.In addition, the system can transfer multiple personnel at a time and includes an elevator to support ‘no-step’ policies.The capacity for transferring pallets via the gangway system alleviates the need for operators to install platform cranes.”Providing a full system that includes a gangway capable of transporting a pallet, a trolley and elevator is something we believe will be of great benefit to the offshore wind sector,” Friso Talsma, Ampelmann’s Sales and Business Development Manager for Offshore Wind, said.“We have received a great deal of interest in the system and we would like to invite visitors at Offshore Wind Energy to drop by and see the system. Our staff will be on hand to discuss potential applications and ways it could work for their projects.”At 120cm in width, the new A400 gangway is double the width of earlier versions, has full motion compensation and the no movement gangway operates in a sea state of up to 3 metres, Ampelmann said.A single operator is required to use the system and all cargo and personnel can be transferred using the elevator.The accompanying Cargo400 electric trolley transports equipment weighing up to 400kg between the vessel and offshore structure. The system can be maneuvered by one person, is speed adjustable and includes an auto-brake.last_img read more

Former national goalkeeper seeks N5m to treat heart enlargement

first_imgRelatedPosts Erelu Kuti appeals for peace in Iruland When Pastor Adeboye took ‘God’s Fire’ to Manchester, Ireland Euro 2020: Switzerland revive chances with win, Ireland hopes hanging Paul Obiako, a former national goalkeeper and retired football coach, is now looking for N5 million to deal with his problem of heart enlargement.Obiako, a member of the Christ the King Church team, which won the world schools football competition in Dublin, Ireland in 1977, said he was in need of financial assistance. “The ailment was first diagnosed in 2015, but it was mildly treated then. I managed it until 2020 when it deteriorated and I became increasingly weak,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Awka, Anambra.Obiako, who played for the now Rangers International FC of Enugu between 1979 and 1989, said he now needed surgery to correct the problem.He said: “The surgery needed to correct the heart enlargement requires a sum of N5 million, which I cannot afford, having retired from active service.He said: “I am a retired civil servant, and I don’t have such money.“Neither does my wife too. “So, I need the financial assistance of all Nigerians so that I can come out of this sickness and live a normal life again.“Please, I need help.”Obiako, who is presently admitted at the Heartland Cardiovascular Consultant Hospital in Abuja, was coach of the state football team of Anambra for many years before his retirement.NAN.Tags: Christ the kIng ChurchDublinIrelandPaul Obiakolast_img read more

Heitinga turns down Hammers

first_img Hammers boss Sam Allardyce had spoken optimistically about the prospect of tying up a deal for the 30-year-old Holland international, who has made only two appearances for the Toffees – both in the Capital One Cup – so far this season. But in a statement released by his agents Sport Promotion on Thursday Heitinga said he had not been convinced that transfer would be right for him and had therefore called it off. Press Association He added that he was confident, with the interest being shown in him, that he would be able to join another club before the end of the January transfer window. “At my age it is important to make the right choices,” Heitinga, whose current Everton contract runs out at the end of the season, said. “Then it is not just about money, because that was not a problem at West Ham United. “You must be convinced that you are making a right step and that (thought) was with me, so I cancelled (the move to) West Ham and we now await the interest of other clubs. “There is some, so I’m confident that I can find another club before January 31.” The statement by Sport Promotion made reference to the fact that West Ham are currently 19th in the Barclays Premier League table. It also said of Heitinga: “His future may lie in England, but he is also open to a departure to another top league in Europe.” And the player spoke about his desire to play for his country at this summer’s World Cup. “I want to play in every game again, because I still have a huge appetite for the ball,” Heitinga said. “I am fit and, as a footballer, in the prime of my life. “Moreover, I would like later to go to the World Cup in Brazil. “I know that coach Louis van Gaal more or less has the condition that the players he selects are playing every week. “This is not happening at Everton, so I’m looking at other options for a successful continuation of my career.” Heitinga, capped 87 times by Holland, joined Everton in 2009 from Atletico Madrid and had previously played for Ajax. He made 30 appearances for the Toffees last season, when they were still managed by David Moyes, who was succeeded by Roberto Martinez over the summer. Everton defender Johnny Heitinga has turned down a move to West Ham.last_img read more

Pardew sticking by De Jong

first_img However, the 52 year-old is convinced there is more to come from the former FC Twente frontman as he decides whether or not to include him on his summer shopping list. Pardew said: “It’s important that his all-round game improves from where he is right now, but that will come with confidence and I can see him growing every day here. “I know he likes the environment that he has found himself in, and players flourish when they start enjoying their football. Hopefully he can start doing that again because he had a tough time in Germany. “I am trying to introduce him, trying to give him games where I think he can regain his confidence. “He has had some good displays for us, but there is more to come and I hope between now and the end of the year, he shows that to our fans because we know at this club that we need strikers, and I am hoping he can tick a box for us between now and the end.” De Jong’s next chance to impress could come at Southampton on Saturday with leading scorer Loic Remy missing once again with the calf injury which has forced him to sit out the last three games, although he is scheduled to return to full training on Monday. However, full-back Mathieu Debuchy is unlikely to join him for some time yet with his groin problem ongoing. Pardew said: “We think Remy will train on Monday. He is going to training over the weekend, so he has got a good chance for Manchester United. “Mathieu, we think, will be a bit longer than that, maybe another couple of weeks.” Pardew should have left-back Davide Santon available after a bout of tonsillitis, but his selection problems show few signs of abating with keeper Tim Krul the latest to join the casualty list. The Holland international damaged a knee during Tuesday night’s 3-0 home defeat by Everton and could miss the next three games, with Republic of Ireland squad member Rob Elliot set to deputise. Pardew said: “Tim won’t play, he’s out for these next two or three games for sure, so Rob Elliot will come in. “He’s got a bruise on the bone and we think it’s a minimum of two weeks. But there is no cartilage damage, nothing structural. “Rob has made his international squad and he is keen to stay in that squad and he needs to play, so the opportunity lands at his feet. “Rob is a confident goalie and he will look to take that on.” Meanwhile, Pardew has admitted managers have to accept criticism even when they feel they do not deserve it after West Ham counterpart Sam Allardyce reacted with surprise to his team being booed after beating 10-man Hull on Wednesday evening. The Newcastle manager said: “You just have to live with those days. They do happen on very rare occasions, that you win a game or you have had a great performance and the reaction of the crowd surprises you as a manager. “You just have to accept it.” Press Association Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hoping striker Luuk de Jong can rebuild his shattered confidence to prove he has long-term future on Tyneside. The 23-year-old joined the Magpies on loan from German club Borussia Monchengladbach in January having not started a single game this season at that point and without a goal in club football since April 6. Pardew was ready to take a gamble on a man Newcastle had scouted extensively before being beaten to the punch by Monchengladbach 18 months earlier, although the Dutchman is yet to end his personal drought after eight appearances. last_img read more

The Latest: 6 UConn football players test positive for virus

first_imgMore AP sports: and The school said in a statement only essential game operations personnel and families of the players and football staff will be allowed to attend.West Virginia’s Big 12 home opener is Oct. 3 against Baylor.In-person classes at West Virginia start Aug. 26 for freshmen, graduate and some professional students, while upperclassmen will start classwork online. Masks must be worn on campus.The Big 12, Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference are among six Football Bowl Subdivision leagues proceeding with plans to play this fall. The Big Ten and Pac-12 abandoned their fall season.___ Associated Press UConn canceled its football season this month, but the team still had been practicing on Tuesdays and Thursdays and doing weight training on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The school said other athletes who were in contact with the six players also have been placed in quarantine. It was not immediately clear if any of the infected football players were reflected in the 11 positive tests the university reported Wednesday among the entire student body.___West Virginia’s season opener against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 12. will be held without fans because of the pandemic.Athletic director Shane Lyons said Thursday the goal is “to have fans at Milan Puskar Stadium this season, but right now that is not possible.” August 20, 2020center_img The Latest: 6 UConn football players test positive for virus Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Six UConn football players have tested positive for the new coronavirus, leading the school to suspend all team activities on Thursday. Napoli says forward Andrea Petagna has tested positive for COVID-19.Petagna is asymptomatic and had the test after his brother tested positive.Napoli signed Petagna from Spal in January but he remained on loan at the rival Serie A club until the end of the season.Roma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante said Wednesday that he has the coronavirus and Cagliari announced that three other players had also tested positive.___last_img read more

Chelsea back Terry after charge

first_imgChelsea have reiterated their full support for captain John Terry after the Crown Prosecution Service announced that he will be charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.The charge relates to an alleged racist comment the England defender made towards QPR’s Anton Ferdinand during the west London derby at Loftus Road on 23 October.Terry strongly denies the charge and says he is determined to prove his innocence.AdChoices广告A club statement read: “Chelsea FC has always been fully supportive of John in this matter and there is no question that we will continue to be so.“The club finds all forms of discrimination abhorrent and we are proud of the work we undertake campaigning on this important issue.”Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img

Jamaican Star Footballer Junior Flemmings Helps Keep Phoenix on top in…

first_imgNEW YORK, CMC – Jamaican Junior Flemmings netted his 10th goal of the season as Phoenix Rising thumped Reno 1868 FC in a top of the table clash, to stretch their lead atop the Western Conference in the United Soccer League on Friday night.Playing at Casino Arizona Field, the 23-year-old forward opened the scoring to create the momentum as the home side ran out easy 4-2 winners, to notch their 16th win of the season and extend their winning streak to 14 games.They moved their tally to 53 points, now nine clear of Reno in second, with Fresno FC third also on 44 points.Flemmings was on the scoresheet as early as the 20th minute when he beat two defenders on the left and sent a firm 22-yard drive past goalkeeper Matt Bersano.The strike gave the hosts a 1-0 lead at half-time but eight minutes after the resumption, Daniel Musovski equalized for Reno.However, Phoenix took firm command of the contest through Solomon Asante’s penalty and Mustapha Dumbuya’s close-range finish in the space of four minutes, to lead 3-1 in the 61st minute.Corey Hertzog pulled one back in the 74th but Phoenix proved unstoppable, scoring a fourth five minutes later through Asante, to close out the game strongly.At Providence Park in Portland, Trinidadian defender Mekeil Williams scored as part of a fine comeback effort from visiting OKC Energy as they rebounded from 2-1 down at half-time to beat Portland Timbers 2, 4-2.Giovanni Calixtro had given the hosts a fourth-minute lead before Christian Eissele canceled out that advantage in the 20th minute, but Ryan Sierakowski put them back in front in the 28th.However, Williams sparked the comeback when he nodded in Rafael Garcia’s corner in the 53rd minute and Eissele and Christian Ibeagha netted goals to add the finishing touches.OKC Energy lies seventh in the Western Conference on 33 points, one ahead of Portland on 32.last_img read more

‘Perfect Companion’ Coral launches Connect App

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share In time for the start of a new European football season, UK bookmaker Coral has announced that launch of its ‘Connect App’ available to download in the Apple App and Google Play stores.First launched in 2014, Coral Connect has formed an integral part of the bookmaker’s successful omni-channel initiative bridging customer engagement across its digital and retail assets, which include the operator’s gaming machines, bet stations, digital player rewards programs and in-store terminals.Announcing the launch of the Connect App, Ladbrokes Coral development teams stated that its new release would be the ‘perfect companion’ for new and existing Connect account holders.The app will be able to monitor both over-the-counter and digital bets placed by customers. Furthermore, the new app will also boast a news and features section highlighting current form and it will stream live events, including football, racing and tennis.An account balance will be available at the touch of a button along with any promotions and cash out options.  On a selection of the football coupons there will be updates available on game stats that will include: number of corners, possession percentage and shots on target.Darren Calvia Head of Omni-Channel Product, Ladbrokes Coral commented on the app launch:“The Coral Connect App is a market-leading way for our customers to enhance their shop experience with us.  We know that our customers’ appetite for more flexible and engaging products is greater than ever before and this latest iteration of Connect bridges the gap between retail and online to provide the omni-channel experience they want.” Related Articles Degree 53 ‘UX Review’ reviews operators against latest Apple app guidelines January 15, 2020 Racing Post adds Betfair markets to racing app December 30, 2019 Apple delays igaming ‘Native iOS’ enforcement  March 31, 2020 Sharelast_img read more