Americans learned serious lessons in those first 100-days

first_imgSome people can hardly be blamed if they question: if the term of a US president is approximately 1,460 days,  why is so much attention being placed on a new president’s achievements in the first 100 days of his tenure?With a job as vitally important, and far ranging as the US presidency, some expect the first 100 days would be more of a probationary period allowing a new president to become acquainted with the demands and technicalities of the office. However, over the past several presidencies, Americans have been weaned to expect significant achievement from new presidents in their first 100-days in office.Unfortunately, in the first 100-days of the incumbent president nothing significant was achieved. In fact, there are those who are surprised that the incumbent even succeeded in reaching this questionable 100-days milestone.However, over these 100-days all has not been lost. There have been lessons learned over the period.It was learned that the incumbent is extremely disillusioned. He reminds many of the story of the Emperor who was so vain he walked around his empire naked, firmly believing those who told him, he was wearing the most beautiful robe.  It’s difficult to find another comparison for the incumbent president referring to the ‘achievements’ of his first 100-days as the most successful of any US president in US history.The first 100 days revealed the unwillingness of Americans to sit behind walls and complain about their government. More American may have taken to streets in cities across America since January 20 to protests various policies, or demand policies not being considered, than in any other 100-day period.The period has also revealed the nation is even more divided than was originally envisaged on November 8 last year. Approximately half of the country have indicated their willingness to support the policies of the incumbent president and administration regardless of the negative effect of those policies on the majority of the population. Meanwhile the other half remain firm in opposition to the policies and the administration.Regardless of the efforts of Republicans to repeal or rewrite it, these past 100 days revealed the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, is entrenched in the American system. Americans want the affordable healthcare program President Obama offered them. They want the program to be improved on, to be more affordable, not repealed.Americans learned since January 20 that the nation’s judicial system is a strong foil to a president and administration who seeks to by-pass checks-and-balances implicit in the US Constitution. Without a strong US judicial system, an absurd immigration system based on bigotry might have been implemented after January 20.Significantly, despite almost daily criticism of it as “fake” and “dishonest” over these 100-days the American media has stood firm. Because it has stood firm pointing out the flaws and inconsistencies in the White House it has been chastised. But through the media’s relentless effort, Americans are apprised of various incidents and types of behavior that have made them aware and alert for any potential eventuality.The past 100-days has starkly borne out that America has a serious leadership gap not only in the White House, but in the Democratic Party. Where is the new leadership of that Party that can earnestly unite the party, and prepare to take back the Senate, the House and the presidency?This may be the greatest revelation of the first 100 days of the incumbent administration currently in Washington. Through a plethora of false starts, questionable attempts at legislation, blatant mendacious statements, Americans with potential leadership quality seem to have grown more disenchanted with Washington and its ability to function favorably for the nation. This is a situation that needs urgent remedy. Despite all the modern technological advances, Americans cannot be led by robots. America needs quality men and women to step into leadership roles before matters get even worse.last_img read more

Caribbean Airlines now flying to Cuba

first_imgTrinidad and Tobago-based international carrier Caribbean Airlines (CAL) started flying to Havana, Cuba last Friday.The announcement was made on Thursday by TNT’s Finance Minister Colm Imbert during a post-Cabinet news conference.Twice weekly serviceAccording to Imbert, the service will operate twice weekly and would allow people from surrounding Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states the opportunity to travel to Cuba if they so wanted.He said the route also opens the possibility of tourism and trade linkages with Cuba as a Chinese airline has a route from Beijing to Havana, with an intermediate stop in Montreal, Canada. He explained, this could provide the opportunity for Chinese tourists and business people to visit Trinidad and Tobago.Best use of JetsThe Finance minister disclosed that based on information from CAL, its fleet of jet aircraft is currently underutilized, and pilots may also be underutilized on certain routes. Explaining this has to do with take-offs, landings and the amount of time spent in the air, Imbert said CAL’s consultants have said this is the best use of the aircrafts at this point in time.He said, “the new route will not affect CAL’s jet schedule in any adverse way.”CAL’s Boeing jets could accommodate approximately 160 passengers travelling between Havana and Port of Spain in either direction, he said, and the same jet aircraft used to fly to Havana would be used to return passengers to Trinidad and Tobago.last_img read more

Peoples National Party welcomes resignation of Science and Technology minister

first_imgJamaica’s Opposition party, the People’s National Party (PNP) has welcomed Monday’s resignation of Dr Andrew Wheatley as Science and Technology Minister. But, the party warned that the resignation would not put to an end the controversy surrounding the corruption and nepotism at the state oil-refinery, Petrojam, as well as deepening controversy surrounding National Energy Solutions (NESOL) and the Universal Service Fund (USF).Long OverdueIn a statement, the PNP said it welcomed “The long overdue removal of Dr Andrew Wheatley from the Cabinet of Jamaica.”It urged criminal investigations by the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, the Financial Investigations Division, the auditor general and Integrity Commission into the activities at Petrojam, NESOL, must be pursued to their final conclusions.The party, which last weekend called for the sacking of the chairman of the Spectrum Management Authority, Trevor Forrest, said in its statement it wanted the “chips (to) fall where they may.”The PNP said Forrest made a ”vulgar attempt” to improperly influence the Authority to hire former head of NESOL, Carolyn Warren who resigned from NESOL last week, after it was revealed that she had an undisclosed drug conviction dating back 25 years.Prime Minister’s dutyThe opposition party indicated the prime minister has a duty to ensure that these agencies receive the necessary resources to complete their investigations and provide their reports in a timely manner to the people of Jamaica.Prime Minister Andrew Holness has not named a replacement for Wheatley even as the Office of the Prime Minister confirmed his resignation.All too latePresident of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), Howard Mitchell, also expressed the view that Wheatley’s resignation was welcomed, albeit too late.“This is not the end; it is the beginning, and it should be used as an example of a point of departure for the wider society for us to understand that we cannot build a nation, we cannot have the development that we so badly need, and the growth, without all of us living by the rules, not only the public sector,” Mitchell said.Professor Trevor Munroe, head of the National Integrity Action (NIA), said, “We regard his resignation as appropriate, but belated. It should have happened some time ago. It vindicates the tradition recently established and sustained by successive administrations to have ministers either resign or tender their resignations in a context such as we have in relation to Petrojam.”last_img read more

CARICOM made “significant advances” in 2018- LaRocque

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque, Monday said the 15-member regional integration grouping had made “some significant advances” during the past 12 months and was looking forward to the final year of the strategic plan to re-position CARICOM.Commitment to strengthen movementIn an end of year message, LaRocque said that CARICOM member countries had demonstrated a willingness and commitment to strengthen the integration movement in 2018 by signing various agreements and legal instruments.“As is to be expected the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) has been at the forefront of our activities, culminating in the St Ann’s Declaration on the CSME issued following a Special Meeting of the Heads of Government in Port-of-Spain in December,” he said of the initiative that allows for the free movement of goods, skills, labor and services across the majority of the 15-member grouping.LaRocque said in June he had convened a broad-based consultation with stakeholders including the private sector, labor, non-governmental organizations, youth and the media here to get their views on the CSME.“Their positive and constructive views on how to improve the operations were much appreciated and factored in to the plans for advancing implementation,” he said, noting that so successful was the session that the regional leaders have requested that such a consultation be convened annually.He said to maximize the potential of the event, it is expected that national consultations will be held with the same purpose.“A vital aspect of both the CSME and the entire integration process is the access to efficient and affordable transportation,’ LaRocque said, noting that “a huge step was taken in that regard with the approval and opening for signature of the new CARICOM Multilateral Air Services Agreement (MASA)”.Eight-member states signed He said so far eight-member states have signed the agreement, which is aimed at improving connectivity and facilitating movement of people in the region as well as increasing trade in goods and services.LaRocque said steps are also being taken to reinforce the operation of the region’s security mechanisms “as, among other things, we seek to ensure the integrity of the regime allowing the free movement of CARICOM nationals.”He said the issue of crime and security has also engaged our youth who have been working assiduously on the Youth Advocacy and Action Agenda on Violence Prevention.“They have conducted internet-based discussions and live workshops as well as surveys and interviews to create this agenda. It represents what they believe needs to be done to tackle the issues of crime and violence in our communities,” LaRocque said, noting that “his is a very significant initiative on a most relevant issue which will be presented to a Youth Summit in Guyana in January.”The region’s top public servant said in 2018, CARICOM resumed its leadership role in the fight against chronic non-communicable diseases with the six priorities on which the region advocated during the United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs finding favour and being part of the Outcome Document.  These included implementing policies geared towards preventing childhood obesity which is of serious concern to the region.The youthHe said the region’s young people have also drawn to his attention an often overlooked NCD – that of mental health – when he had an interactive session with them from across the region, organized by the CARICOM Youth Ambassador corps last July.“Mental illness is another NCD that we have to confront,” he said, adding that as CARICOM approaches the last year of the five-year Strategic Plan, the reform process to help re-position CARICOM is moving on apace.“We have instilled a results oriented culture complete with tools for measuring and evaluating our progress and a strategic business plan for the Secretariat is being finalized.  We are seeking to review our Regional Institutions to optimize the benefits that could be obtained from those specialized bodies.  The imperative is to improve the service to our citizens and ensure they feel the positive impact of integration in their daily life,” LaRocque added.last_img read more

Antigua Confident of Establishing Own Law School

first_imgST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin says he will use this weekend’s meeting of the Council of Legal Education (CLE) in Jamaica to continue making the case for Antigua and Barbuda to establish a law school.“I shall be making my case to the Council that we need the law school here in Antigua and Barbuda to serve the OECS (Organization of Eastern Caribbean States) and other persons who are unable to …attend laws schools around the region,” he said on a radio program here prior to his departure for Kingston on Friday.Lobbying since 2017Antigua and Barbuda has been lobbying for the establishment of a school here since 2017 and Benjamin said he is confident that once he presents his findings and research on the issue, the Council, will eventually rule in his favor.“This Attorney general has the ability of persuading people, he was part of the negotiating team that led to the establishment of the (Fourth campus of the University of the West Indies) here. I have no doubt that when he presents our legal arguments, our capability and our ability to have the school here in Antigua then common sense will prevail.“Remember that these decisions aren’t taken lightly. The University and in this case the law school will have to be persuaded that we are in a position in terms of infrastructure, demands and capability to have the school here.“I am satisfied that once I present my arguments to the School that they will be looked at fondly,” Benjamin told radio listeners.Antigua and Barbuda is not the only CARICOM country up in arms about its students not being able to study law at the prevailing campuses.Guyana seeks own law school tooIn 2017, Guyana signed an agreement with the University College of the Caribbean (UCC) and the Law College of the Americas (LCA) as it moved to establish its own law school and ease the difficulties being experienced by Guyanese students wishing to attend the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago.Attorney General Basil Williams said the establishment of the Law School will ensure that local law students no longer have to worry about gaining acceptance to continue their legal education at the Trinidad-based facility.But the CLE and the government have been at odds over the establishment of the school and last month Williams said the government will be moving ahead with plans to establish a local law school “one way or the other”“We have a plan. I just told you with oil and gas we’ll have a law school,” Williams told a group of local law students, who had visited his office.As a result of several issues encountered with the CLE since the signing of an agreement for the feasibility study for the local law school in 2017, the Attorney General indicated that the government is mulling a law school which does not come under the CLE.“We could also model it after [The] Bahamas. They built and then they went under the umbrella of CLE,” he added.last_img read more

Ozil Wants To Discuss Arsenal Future After Pre-Season Tour

first_imgGerman Midfielder, Mesut Ozil, has declared his desire to remain at Arsenal beyond the 2018 season despite exit rumours.The 28-year-old midfielder is in the final year of his current Arsenal contract and has now shown his readiness to discuss his future.“Once everyone is back in London, we will sit down and discuss the future. I have always said that I feel very good at Arsenal.”“It is definitely my preference to stay,”“It is such a great club and I have always said that I feel very good at Arsenal,” “For now the most important thing is our pre-season and getting through the tour, training and getting fitness,” he told Arsenal’s official website.Ozil signed for Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013 for £42.4m and is currently on a pre-season tour of Australia and China with the Emirates outfit.RelatedArsenal FC vs Burnley FCJune 30, 2017Similar postArsenal Manager, Unai Emery Calls Out Mesut OzilFebruary 20, 2019In “England”REVEALED: Reason For Ozil’s Comfort At ArsenalFebruary 19, 2019In “England”last_img read more

Bournemouth Sends Ivorian Max Gradel On Loan To Toulouse

first_imgMax Gradel did not start any Premier League game for The Cherries last season, making just 13 appearances.Related Ivory Coast international, Max Gradel has joined French club Toulouse on a season long loan from Bournemouth, without the option to buy.29-year-old Gradel, who could make his Toulouse debut against PSG this weekend, moved to Bournemouth in 2015 from St Etienne on a four-year deal but have failed to nail down a first team spot in Eddie Howe’s team.last_img

LA Lakers To Retire Kobe Bryant Jerseys

first_imgNBA outfit, Los Angeles Lakers will retire Kobe Bryant’s number 8 and 24 jerseys later this year.39-year-old Bryant, who played his entire 20-year career with the LA Lakers 1996 to 2016, retired from basketball in April 2106.Lakers Chief Executive, Jeanie Buss said: “Kobe’s jerseys are taking their rightful home next to the greatest Lakers of all time,”Kobe Bryant won five NBA title with the Lakers becoming their all-time point scorer with 33,643 points and also third on the NBA’s all-time list.“I always dreamed of my jersey hanging in the Lakers rafters, but I certainly never imagined two of them,” a delighted Kobe explained.The ceremony to retire the jerseys will take place on 18 December during the half time of Laker’s NBA game against Golden State Warriors.RelatedKobe Bryant: NBA Icon Mourned By Wife Vanessa, NBA Legends At Emotional MemorialFebruary 24, 2020In “BasketBall”Kobe Bryant: All You Need To Know About Legendary NBA StarJanuary 27, 2020In “BasketBall”Coronavirus: Lebron James “Ain’t Playing” Without Fans As NBA Contemplates Closed ArenasMarch 7, 2020In “BasketBall”last_img read more

Bayern Coach Ancelotti Cracks Joke About Nigerian People (Video)

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  1. Bayern Coach Ancelotti Cracks Joke About Nigerian People (Video)

Video Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti was in buoyant mood during his pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s huge UEFA Champions League (UCL) clash at French side Paris Saint Germain (PSG).When asked by Nigerian journalist Oma Akatugba if his job was on the line if he loses the game, the former Chelsea, AC Milan and Juventus manager surprised everyone in the press room by asking where the reporter was from.In his words, Ancelotti said: “Strong question. Where are you from?”When Oma Akatugba responded to the question, the Italian thereafter joked about the Nigerian people as he said: “I am happy Nigeria people take care of my life. “ However his buoyant mood would have gone south on Wednesday night after his Bayern team were totally outclassed by their hosts. They were thrashed 3-0 courtesy goals from Daniel Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar. Relatedlast_img read more

Paying The Price!  Bruce Arena Leaves Role After World Cup Failure

first_imgUnited States of America (USA) coach Bruce Arena has left his post after the team failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The team failed to book a place in Russia after a shock 2-1 loss to lowly Trinidad and Tobago when a point would have been good enough for at least a playoff spot.The country fail to make the World Cup for the first time since 1986.On the team’s failure to qualify for next year’s tournament, Bruce Arena said:“We didn’t get the job done, and I accept responsibility.”66-year old Arena left Major League Soccer (MLS) side LA Galaxy to succeed Jurgen Klinsmann in November.The previously mentioned Klinsmann was sacked with the US bottom of the six-country qualifying group and fortunes thereafter changed under Arena only for all the optimism to qualify for Russia to evaporate in the final game.Relatedlast_img read more