Irma is history and what a history!

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first_imgHigh level of responsibilityThe high level of responsibility displayed by the majority of South Florida residents with Irma was due in no small part to the leadership of the region’s elected officials. Negative factorUnfortunately, the passage of Irma exposed a negative factor; the flaws in the region’s tele-communication system. Most of the large cell companies were unable to provide their customers with cellular service when electricity was lost, and extended periods after. Despite some of these companies advertising prior to the storm they would operate WIFI Hotspots during the storm several customers were unable to access service. Notably, some smaller companies that charge monthly fees as low as $50 for comprehensive cell-phone service were accessible.It’s really poor customer service for cellular phone providers that charge exorbitant fees for their services to be unable to serve customers in a crisis. If the region was hit by Category 5 Irma as originally forecasted, one could understand the loss of cellular service as likely cellular towers would be damaged. But, the region experienced a tropical storm, or at worst a Category 1 hurricane, so why were customer of companies like T-Mobile and ATT without service, some from early Sunday morning, when people needed to communicate urgently with each other. These companies owe an explanation to their customers. They should readily credit their customer’s accounts for lost service.In general, thanks must be given that the history of Irma will not record serious personal or property loss to South Florida. Taught positive community lessonsHowever, the threat, passage, and aftermath of Irma taught some very positive, racist and ethnicity blind, community lessons. Prior to the impact of Irma several neighbors could be seen in various communities giving a helping hand securing homes.On Monday morning, neighbors of various races were seen helping each other clearing fallen trees and debris, and inspecting property for damages.In one South Florida community, a street divides a mostly white and Hispanic neighborhood from another that’s mostly African-American populated. On Monday, the white/Hispanic neighborhood lost electricity, but some residents were provided with hot water for morning beverages, and ice, by residents from the African-American community which had electricityIn Coconut Grove, the homeowner in a home with electricity placed a sign of his front porch inviting neighbors needing to charge their cell-phones to do so.The community spirit displayed over the course of Irma’s saga, is again indicative people are not born with hatred, or as bigots. Bigotry and racism are unfortunately acquired characteristics that people tend to shed when community crises like the threat and/or impact of a natural disaster arises. For some ten-days Hurricane Irma became a part of South Florida’s history. It was on Friday, September 1 that the National Hurricane Center issued a forecast indicating the storm could be a possible threat to South Florida. On Monday, Labor Day, the threat seemed more likely. Some residents took advantage of the holiday to begin stacking up on water, groceries and other normal hurricane supplies. Then on the next day when the storm flared to a mind boggling 185 mph approaching the Leeward Islands, more residents went into hurricane proactive mode than noticeable when prior storms threatened.center_img Special praiseSpecial praise must be given to the mayors of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties. They were relentless in their efforts to coordinate evacuation procedures, organize hurricane shelters, and keeping the public generally informed of steps to enhance their safety as the storm approached.Only the extremely cynical would criticize the region’s officials of over-planning for the impact of the storm.Up to Friday afternoon, the consensus of several hurricane forecast models, had Irma approaching South Florida’s eastern-coast urban regions. Although the storm eventually shifted to the west of the tri-county region, the impact felt all-day Sunday, late into Sunday night was still significant.In the aftermath of Irma, the majority of Florida, Light and Power customers in South Florida were without electricity. Residents dread losing electricity, especially being without air-conditioning in the regions heat and humidity. Why not consistent?But then there’s the question. If people of various races and ethnicities can live collaboratively during the impact of a community crises, why can this not be consistent?last_img read more

LIAT committed to serving the Caribbean

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first_imgThe cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, Monday says it remains committed to serving the region as it moves to return flights to pre-hurricane levels in affected territories.In a statement, the airline gave no indication of its financial position, but said despite the major challenges from the recent hurricane season, it continues to provide a vital service in connecting the region.To improve on-time performanceThe airline, which is owned by the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, said that for 2018, the emphasis will also be on improving its on-time performance.“We recognized that there was a major need to work towards improving our on-time performance so our passengers could get to their destinations on time,” said chief executive officer, Julie Reifer- Jones.The airline said it recorded on-time performance of 68 per cent last year, which it described as a “major improvement over the 2016 figure of 49 per cent.”Reifer- Jones said that performance in January 2018 was 81 per cent, adding “this means that today at LIAT, most flights are on time. LIAT continues to work towards the industry standard of 85 per cent and this is one of our highest priorities.”The chief executive officer acknowledged that the airline industry is very challenging and from time to time, operational issues especially aircraft technical issues will occur and may result in delays and cancellations.last_img read more

CDB to fund Jamaica’s agricultural sector

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first_imgThe Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says it is providing a 974,000 pound sterling grant to Jamaica to prepare a feasibility and design study for the development of an agriculture project for communities in the parishes of St. Catherine and Clarendon.The St. Catherine and Clarendon Agricultural Development project is being funded through a grant from the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF), which is administered by CDB.Large areas of land underutilized“The agriculture sector plays a significant role in Jamaica’s socioeconomic development, and provides employment opportunities for rural residents. In St. Catherine and Clarendon, there are large areas of land which are being underutilized, and which could provide opportunities for expanding the sector. The plans and designs developed under this feasibility study will lay the groundwork for a project to enhance the productivity of farmers in these parishes,” said Andrew Dupigny, Head of Infrastructure Partnerships, at the CDB.The feasibility study will establish capacity for an agriculture project, including an irrigation system and associated production and marketing systems.Challenges for the agriculture sector in Jamaica include irregular rainfall patterns and an increase in the frequency of droughts. The central parishes of Clarendon and St. Catherine were among six areas identified for the development of major irrigation systems in Jamaica, of which three have been completed. One is being financed through a previously approved UKCIF grant.UKCIF provides grant financing to eight Caribbean countries eligible for Overseas Development Assistance, and UK Overseas Territory, Montserrat.last_img read more

US group wants slain St. Lucian Botham Jean named a national…

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first_imgA Brooklyn, New York-based group is urging the Prime Minister of St. Lucia  Allen Chastanet to name slain St. Lucian national Botham Shem Jean a national hero.Jean, 26, was killed by white female police officer Amber Guyger in his home in Dallas, Texas on September 6.Symbol for justiceIn a letter to Chastanet, the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) said –  “Botham is a hero who was killed senselessly by a coward with no value for the lives of different human being. He will forever be a symbol in America for justice against police violence, and for equality, human rights and dignity,” the letter says. “He, therefore, deserves a place in the pantheon of St. Lucian and Caribbean icons. Consequently, CGID strongly urges, Honorable Prime Minister, that your government and the Parliament of St. Lucia, to name Botham Shem Jean a national hero of St. Lucia.”  Four days later,  Caribbean community leaders and members of the clergy in New York demanded justice for Jean, the Dallas police chief fired Guyger.Police officer terminated “Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall terminated Police Officer Amber Guyger, #10702, during a hearing held September 24, 2018,” said the Dallas Police Department in a tweet. “An Internal Affairs investigation concluded that on September 9, 2018, Officer Guyger, #10702, engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for manslaughter,” it added. Guyger was charged with manslaughter after turning herself in to the Texas Rangers. In its letter to Chastanet, signed by CGID president, Guyanese-born Rickford Burke, CGID said the organization “became convinced that Botham was a victim of the epidemic of white law enforcement officers killing innocent blacks.” It says, “Prima facie evidence established that officer Guyger was negligent, reckless and demonstrated depraved indifference to human life; resulting in Botham’s murder.” “Decency and success characterized Botham’s life,” CGID writes, stating that he was “the top student of his high school, earning the Spirit of St. Lucia Academic Award.”Jean attended the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, in Castries, before migrating to the US in 2011 to study accounting and management information systems at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.  After a brief internship, and graduation from college, CGID says Jean accepted a permanent job in the Dallas office of Auditing Firm, Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2015. At the time of his death, he was a risk assurance associate at Price Waterhouse Coopers.last_img read more

Most Commodity Prices to Drop in 2020 Due to COVID-19

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first_imgMonthly average crude oil prices plunged 50 percent between January and March. Prices reached a historic low in April with some benchmarks trading at negative levels. They are expected to average $35 per barrel in 2020, a sharp downward revision from the October forecast and a 43 percent drop from the 2019 average of $61 per barrel. The downward revision reflects an historically large drop in demand. The decline in crude oil prices has been exacerbated by uncertainty around production agreements among the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other oil producers. Energy prices overall (which also include natural gas and coal) are expected to average 40 percent lower in 2020 but see a sizeable rebound in 2021. Agriculture prices are less tied to economic growth, and saw only minor declines in the first quarter of 2020, except for rubber, which is used in transportation. Prices are expected to remain broadly stable in 2020 overall as production levels and stocks of most staple foods are at record highs. However, agricultural commodity production could face disruptions to the trade and distribution of inputs such as fertilizer, pesticides, and labor availability. Disruptions of supply chains have already affected emerging market and developing country exports of perishable products such as flowers, fruits, and vegetables. An analytical focus examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on commodity markets. Mitigation measures taken to control the virus have resulted in an unprecedented collapse in oil demand, and supply chain disruptions could cause dislocations in the consumption and production of other commodities and imperil food security. The pandemic has the potential to affect commodity demand and supply for an extended period, the analysis finds. Energy and metals commodities are the most affected by the sudden stop to economic activity and the serious global slowdown that is anticipated. Commodities associated with transportation, including oil, have experienced the steepest declines. Despite only moderate impact on the outlook for most agricultural commodities, supply chain disruptions and government steps to restrict exports or stockpile commodities raise concerns that food security may be at risk in places, the report says. Metal prices also fell in early 2020. The biggest declines were in copper and zinc, which are particularly associated with global economic activity. Metal prices are projected to drop 13 percent overall in 2020 as slowing demand and the shutdown of key industries weigh heavily on the market. “This enormous shock to commodity markets and low oil prices could deliver a serious setback to developing economies and jeopardize the necessary investments in critical infrastructure that support long term growth and create quality jobs,” said Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for Infrastructure. “The international community must rally together to address these setbacks by advancing interventions in diverse sources of energy, sustainable transport and access to digital infrastructure and services that allow people to stay connected during these uncertain times. This will be key to delivering vital social services, protecting jobs, supporting business and saving lives.”center_img The plunge in oil prices provides policymakers in emerging market and developing economies with an opportunity to undertake energy-subsidy reforms. These reforms can help free spending for urgent pandemic-related purposes, discourage wasteful energy consumption, and reallocate spending to programs that better target the poor. . “In addition to the devastating human toll, the economic impact of the pandemic will dampen demand and cause supply disruptions, negatively affecting developing countries that rely heavily on commodities,” said Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, World Bank Group Vice President for Equitable Growth, Finance & Institutions. “Policymakers must resist the urge to impose trade restrictions and actions that put food security at risk, as the poor would be hit the hardest.” WASHINGTON, April 23, 2020 – The global economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic has driven most commodity prices down and is expected to result in substantially lower prices over 2020, the World Bank said in its April Commodity Markets Outlook.last_img read more

Nahki Wells Reaches 20-goal Mark After Hitting Brace

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first_imgCharlton led Middlesbrough to top-flight promotion in his first managerial job 46 years ago. MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Nahki Wells of Bristol City celebrates scoring his second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Bristol City at Riverside Stadium on July 11, 2020 in Middlesbrough, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors.? (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images) Wells has now scored five goals for City to add to the 15 he netted earlier in the season while on loan at Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers before being sold by Burnley, his former Premier League parent club, for £4 million (US$5 million) to City in the January transfer window. Wells put the icing on the cake, stabbing home from close range in the 79th minute after a Jamie Paterson rocket had given the visitors a 2-0 interval lead. Britt Assombalanga scored a late consolation goal for the hosts, who have not won at the Riverside in 2020 and remain in a scrap to avoid relegation following a third successive home defeat. The win – the second for City’s caretaker boss Dean Holden following the sacking last week of head coach Lee Johnson – left the Robins in 11th place but only three points out of the play-offs with three games remaining. “We scored three fantastic goals. All in all, I don’t know how many chances we created, but we created enough to warrant the victory.”center_img Wells, 30, opened the scoring with a sixth-minute gem, curling the ball into the net from outside the box via a post, after being found by Andreas Weimann, who provided the assist for all three of his side’s goals. LONDON – Bermudian striker Nahki Wells took his season tally to 20 goals on Saturday after bagging a brace that lifted Bristol City to an emphatic 3-1 away victory over Middlebrough at the Riverside Stadium and kept alive their slim English Championship play-off hopes. Said Holden afterwards: “I enjoyed the performance, the boys have gone out in the last couple of games and the pressure has been lifted really. CMC Before kick-off tributes were paid to Jack Charlton, the former World Cup-winning England defender, who has died aged 85.last_img read more

Italian Serie A Wrap: AS Roma Edge Milan In Huge Clash; Champions Juventus Lose…

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first_imgAS Roma strengthened their top four credentials with an impressive 2-0 win at the San Siro against 10-man AC Milan.After a goalless affair in the first half, the away side struck twice in the space of five second half minutes through Edin Dzeko and Radja Nainggolan before Turkish playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu was given his marching orders with two yellow cards.Defending champions Juventus were not at their very best defensively after they lost a two-goal lead at Atalanta with the UEFA Europa League (UCL) campaigners bouncing back to earn a creditable 2-2 draw. Federico Bernardeschi and Gonzalo Higuain got the goals for Juventus and they could have won it in the end but the always reliable Paolo Dybala missed from the spot.Still in Italy, Nigerian player Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo was on target for Crotone in their 1-1 draw at SPAL.Matchday 7 Results:Atalanta 2-2 JuventusAC Milan 0-2 AS RomaUdinese 4-0 SampdoriaSPAL 1-1 CrotoneNapoli 3-0 CagliariLazio 6-1 SassuoloTop Five:Napoli 21 pointsJuventus 19 pointsInter Milan 19 pointsLazio 15 pointsAS Roma 15 points RelatedSerie A Review: Napoli Regain Summit With Slim Win Over SPAL After Brief Juventus AscentFebruary 19, 2018In “Europe”Italian Serie A: Juve Strengthen Title Bid With Bologna Win As Milan Continue Indifferent FormDecember 18, 2017In “Europe”Italian Serie A Review: Napoli, Juventus Strengthen Title Bid With Wins As Inter Falter AgainDecember 24, 2017In “England”last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup Wrap: Ghana, Mali Secure Second Round Spots

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first_imgAfrican teams Ghana and Mali have qualified for the next round at the ongoing FIFA u-17 World Cup after respective wins over hosts India and New Zealand on Matchday 7.Ghana thrashed India 4-0 to finish as Group A winners ahead of Colombia and United States of America (USA) despite the fact that the three teams finished on 6 points apiece.Ben Ayiah scored two goals in addition to other strikes from Emmanuel Toku and Richard Danso.Fellow West African side Mali are also through to the second round following a 3-1 win over New Zealand with Djemoussa Traore getting one of the goals for his second goal of the tournament.Results:Group A:Ghana 4-0 IndiaUSA 1-3 ColombiaStandings:Ghana 6 pointsColombia 6 pointsUSA 6 pointsIndia 0 point Matchday 8 gamesGroup C:Costa Rica vs. IranGermany vs. GuineaGroup D:Niger Republic vs. BrazilSpain vs. North KoreaRelated Group B:Mali 3-1 New ZealandTurkey 1-3 ParaguayStandings:Paraguay 9 pointsMali 6 pointsNew Zealand 1 pointTurkey 1 pointlast_img read more

EPL: September Player Of The Month Winner Revealed

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first_imgTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has been rewarded for his impressive form after he was named the recipient for September Player of the Month in the English Premier League (EPL).Kane weighed in with three braces in four games in the month of September as he helped his London club stay in touch with the top two teams (Manchester City and Manchester United).He started the month with two goals for Tottenham in a 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park before adding two more goals in the feisty 3-2 derby win over hosts West Ham United.Harry Kane then took his tally to six league goals courtesy a brace in the 4-0 away win over Huddersfield Town on the final day of last month. His league tally puts him in second joint-top behind the leading scorer Romelu Lukaku (7 goals).Related’You’re Very Disrespectful’ – Pochettino Blasts GuardiolaOctober 13, 2017In “England”Stat Attack (Weekend Review)December 24, 2017In “England”Danny SimpsonJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

Italian Serie A Watch: Napoli Regain Summit After Narrow Win At Udinese As Juventus…

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first_imgNapoli have gone back to the top of the Italian Serie A after their narrow 1-0 victory at Udinese in a week 14 clash on Sunday.Midfielder Jorginho was the matchwinner for the away side following his 33rd minute goal.Maurizio Sarri’s side had earlier lost top spot on Saturday after Inter Milan secured a 3-1 victory over Cagliari but that proved to be a brief time off the summit due to the win over Udinese.Italian champions Juventus face a big battle to retain the title they have won for the past six seasons but they showed all is not lost with a convincing 3-0 win over Crotone at home.Second half goals from Mario Mandzukic, Mattia De Scglio and Mehdi Benatia ensured that Juventus moved within two points of Inter Milan in second position and are four points off Napoli at the summit.Week 14 Results (Sunday)Juventus 3-0 CrotoneLazio 1-1 FiorentinaGenoa 1-1 AS RomaUdinese 0-1 NapoliAC Milan 0-0 TorinoTop 5 (Standings):1. Napoli 38 points2. Inter Milan 36 points3. Juventus 34 points4. AS Roma 31 points5. Lazio 29 pointsRelatedSerie A Review: Napoli Wrestle Top Spot From Juventus With Bologna Win As Milan Edge Lazio In Big ClashJanuary 29, 2018In “Europe”Serie A Review: Juventus Secure Summit As Napoli Slip Up Against InterMarch 12, 2018In “Europe”Serie A Review: Juventus Open Four-Point Lead With Big Win Over AC Milan As Napoli Slip UpApril 1, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more