first_imgIS IT TRUE that the Afghanistan war has costs the US taxpayers over $714 billion dollars during the last 16 years?  …that over 2,200 US troops have been killed so far?  …around 20,000 US troops have been wounded in this conflict?  …so far 10 US troops have been killed so far this year?IS IT TRUE that given the statements of the month made by President Trump about the events in Charlottesville, Virginia that resulted in a riot and the death of a young woman, many Americans are loudly calling for the President to be impeached?…one British publication even published that the United States Senate is just 6 votes shy of have enough vote to impeach him and the amen chorus in the USA has seized on it?…it is clear that the British publication and the US Citizens who are buying the story need to go back to the 9th grade and take a civics class because they do not even have a clue what they are talking about?…since we seem to have forgotten as a country President William Jefferson Clinton was impeached but not removed from office?…that the process worked and much to many peoples surprise at the time impeachment did no mean removal from office? Todays “READERS POLL” question is: How do you rate the job performance of Present Trump since he’s been in office? IS IT TRUE that Brad Ellsworth, President of Vectren South did an outstanding job as the event Master of Ceremonies and Chuck Knoll the Evansville Police Department Lead Academy Instructor also did a great job in helping to make this worthily event successful? …we appreciate the good work of event Communications Director, Jess Powers? …thanks are in order to Tony Ricketts of D-Patrick, Mark Acker the Commander of the Veterans Council of Vanderburgh County and the “Testimonials” speakers Justin Elpers, Janet Douglas and Vicki Hubiak for a job well done? IS IT TRUE that Mayor of Evansville Lloyd Winnecke did a masterful job in his opening remarks?  …the”Keynote” speaker, Dr. Theresa Tobin the Assistant Police Chief  of the New York Police Department and 9-11 Survivor delivered an emotional speech?…big thanks goes to the Vanderburgh County Public Safety Foundation Board of Directors and the 2017 Planning Committee members for doing an oustanding job in planning this event?IS IT TRUE that next years Vanderburgh County Public Safety Foundation event will be held on 9-11-18?IS IT TRUE it was reported on THE FIVE Program, FOX News that ESPN pulls announcer Robert Lee off of broadcast of a College game because of his name?    …Robert Lee is  Asia-American ? FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IS IT TRUE a lawsuit alleges that Poland Spring Water is deceiving consumers with evergreen labels that say their bottle contains “100 percent natural spring water” that hails from Maine?  …a class-action lawsuit filed recently in federal court in Connecticut claims that parent company Nestle Waters North America is bottling common groundwater that doesn’t meet the federal definition of spring water?  … a Nestle Waters representative alleges that the water meets all relevant federal and state regulations for spring water?…that Nestle Waters settled a 2003 Connecticut lawsuit claiming Poland Spring’s water was not sourced deep in the Maine woods?IS IT TRUE we appreciate Saint Vincent Hospital Public Relations Department for sending us news of interest concerning the happenings at their facilities system wide? IS IT TRUE that the only house of congress that has anything to do with impeachment is the House of Representatives?…to impeach a President requires that charges be filed in the House of Representatives which then holds a trial and votes either to impeach or not impeach?…that is not a sufficient action to remove a President from office?…what impeach really means is that an impeached President will then stand trial in the Senate to determine if removal from office is appropriate?…if the house votes to impeach, then the Senate conducts a trial?…at then end of that trial, a vote of senators is held to determine if the President who was impeached shall be removed from office?…that is how it works and believing the British press or making deals with oneself will not change that?…it seems that the words of the month are intolerance, impatience, and outright ignorance?IS IT TRUE since a child’s brain is still developing, lead can lead to intellectual disability and symptoms may include behavior problems, low IQ, poor grades at school, problems with hearing, short- and long-term learning difficulties, and growth delays?…a high, toxic dose of lead poisoning may result in emergency symptoms including severe abdominal pain and cramping, vomiting, muscle weakness, stumbling when walking, seizures, coma, and encephalopathy, which manifests as confusion, coma, and seizures? Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] or call 812-454-1713.EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted by our readers in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers. We hope that todays “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we as responsible citizens of this community need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE the Vanderburgh County Council will vote this coming Thursday on a proposal to raise excise surtax and wheel taxes to $20 each for all vehicles?  …the reason why the Vanderburgh County Council members are planning to increase the excise surtax and wheel tax is because they need more money for road improvement projects? …the Vanderburgh County Council will meet this coming Thursday to discuss and vote of this issue at 3 p.m. at a “special called” meeting in Room 301 of the Civic Center?IS IT TRUE that yesterdays Vanderburgh County Public Safety Foundation event that honors our “First Responders” held  at Veterans Memorial Coliseum was successful?  …we would like to thank the Evansville Police Department, Evansville Fire Department, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Office, Indiana State Police, members of the Vanderburgh County Veterans Council and our local EMS for all the work they did to help make this event successful?last_img read more

Speech: Speech by FCO Minister of Asia and the Pacific at the City of London Singapore Bicentennial Business Summit

first_imgWe are very much looking forward to the opportunities this will bring to expand and deepen our bilateral cooperation with Singapore, across a wide range of sectors.At the same time, we are also continuing to develop and strengthen our relationships right across South East Asia, and to build on our cooperation with ASEAN.That cooperation already ranges from scientific research to counter terrorism, and from climate change to economic reform.As we prepare to leave the EU, we look forward to strengthening these ties even further.I know that Her Majesty’s first Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, Natalie Black, will be at the forefront of this work, together with our new UK Mission to ASEAN in Jakarta, the latest addition to our network of diplomatic missions in every ASEAN country.In conclusion, Senior Minister, ours is a partnership of equals, rooted in a shared history and the trust and understanding that come with true friendship.Your bicentennial year is an opportunity to celebrate and strengthen those bonds of friendship.And it is an opportunity to build our Partnership for the Future – a partnership that makes the most of our mutual strengths – in education, in science and in technology – to position us as leaders in the economy of the 21st Century.It’s an exciting prospect, and one I look forward to pursuing with you. In the meantime, I offer my warmest congratulations, to all our Singaporean friends, on your anniversary. Senior Minister, Mr Tharman Shanmugartanam, Ministers, Lord Mayor, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen.As Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific, the Member of Parliament for the Cities of London and Westminster, and the son of parents who married in Singapore, it is a particular pleasure for me to be here and to reflect on the abiding relationship between our two nations in this, Singapore’s bicentennial year.We may be separated by 7000 miles, but we are close in so many ways: among them, our shared values and perspectives on many issues, our shared commitment to peace and prosperity, the rule of law, and free trade; our use of the English language, and our membership of the Commonwealth, whose seventieth anniversary we also celebrate this year.Crucially, we are also connected in many personal ways, as I am – through family, friends, or time spent living in each other’s country.In fact I am told that around 1 in 100 Singaporeans are in the UK at any one time, and I am pleased to say that 8,000 Singaporeans are studying at our excellent universities.Likewise, the 45,000 Brits in Singapore make up a substantial part of your expatriate population.These ties between our people not only mean we have a deeper understanding of each other’s culture and values; they also underpin and strengthen our close economic relationship.The UK’s total trade with Singapore is worth £15 billion – we export more to Singapore than to the whole of India.Our economic ties go far beyond trade. Our collaboration in science, technology and innovation is also prospering, and genuinely changing the world.Last year we launched a £10 million space programme, to build and fly a quantum key distribution test bed – I won’t try to pretend I fully understand the science but suffice to say it’s about using quantum mechanics in cutting-edge secure communications.We have established the world’s first FinTech Bridge, to help UK firms and investors access Asian markets and vice versa.We are also working together to deliver on the Commonwealth Cybersecurity declaration – the world’s largest inter-governmental cybersecurity agreement.Together, we are promoting international standards and boosting the capacity of Commonwealth countries to respond to cyber security incidents.Of course, in addition to our trading links and our collaboration in science and technology, the UK and Singapore remain close security partners as parties to the Five Power Defence Arrangements.I think you would agree that this impressive range of cooperation demonstrates a close and thriving bilateral relationship.However, we are not resting on our laurels. We know that we can and should do even more together.That is why, in January, our respective Foreign Ministers launched the Singapore-UK Partnership for the Future, an exciting new framework that will guide and stimulate our ongoing cooperation in four key areas: The Digital Economy Sustainable Business and Innovation Security and Defence Education, Culture and Youth.last_img read more

Auditor wants GuySuCo to repay $4B loan to Govt

first_img– as Agriculture Ministry denies making such agreementThe cash-strapped Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is being asked to repay a loan of almost $4 billionAgriculture Minister Noel Holderwhich it received from Central Government as part of its $12 billion subsidy last year.Auditor General Deodat Sharma, during an audit of the nation’s accounts for last year, found that Cabinet in June 2015 had agreed that the sum of $3.8 billion, which was transferred to GuySuCo be treated as a loan.Amounts totalling $12 billion were released to GuySuCo during the period June to December 2015 and according to Auditor General Sharma, “An examination of Cabinet decision number, CP (2015) 6:3:BB dated 16 June 2015, indicated that the sum of $3.8 billion be treated as a loan.Sharma found, however, “no loan agreement was provided, as a result, we are unable to determine the terms and conditions of the repayment of this amount”.The Agriculture Ministry, in response to the auditors, claimed that GuySuCo never entered into a loan agreement for that amount.The Auditor General is adamant, however, that the Ministry complies with the CabinetDecision and enter into a loan agreement for the repayment of the $3.8 billion transferred to GuySuCo.This past week, Head of State, David Granger had bemoaned the state of affairs, with GuySuCo pointing to its $89 billion in local and international debt.The President was at the time addressing Parliament and said the most grave financial problem when his Administration took office in May 2015 was the bankruptcy of GuySuCo, which owed the aforementioned amount.“Your Government was forced to divert money from economic development and social projects to rescue the ailing corporation with an immediate injection of $12 billion. An additional $11 billion had to be provided the next year, 2016, making a total of $23 billion bailout in 18 months.”The President noted, “These transfers exclude the servicing of GuySuCo’s debts in respect of the Skeldon Estate Modernisation Project – a monstrous and monumental US$200 million mistake and, probably, Guyana’s single most costly industrial catastrophe of all time.”There has already been an indication too that GuySuCo will be looking to Central Government for yet another bailout before the end of the year.Chairman of the Board of Directors, Professor Clive Thomas is on record saying that the entity had initially requested $11 billion, but had only received $9 billion in the 2016 Budget and, as such, would have to approach Government before the end of the year to gain another $3 billion in subsidy.GuySuCo has already recorded a whopping $6 billion deficit in its accounts for the first half of 2016, but this has been masked by the $9 billion subsidy that was handed to the beleaguered entity by Government.In fact, while the $9 billion transferred was earmarked for the Corporation to be disbursed for the entire year, all of the money has already been transferred.Finance Minister Winston Jordan had documented in his 2016 Mid-Year Report that the reason the allocation was disbursed in its entirety by the end of June 2016 was “because of a deterioration in the Corporation’s cash balances that was due to a severe shortfall in production”.The subsidy that was transferred to GuySuCo has in fact allowed the company to record on its books an operating surplus of $2.9 billion, down from an operating surplus of $3 billion for the corresponding period last year.Jordan had earlier this year also complained bitterly about the lack of alignment between production costs and market prices which has resulted in the destabilisation of revenues and the eventual need for Government support packages.“This is exemplified in the case of GuySuCo, where constant demands for transfers continue to crowd out other priority Public Sector expenditure.”The inefficiencies, he said, compromise GuySuCo’s ability to compete globally, while facing growing competition from alternative sweeteners and sugar substitutes.According to Jordan, “In the short run, GuySuCo, in particular, poses a large risk to the Government’s fiscal position.”He said if sugar production failed to improve in the second half of 2016, GuySuCo may face financial strain that would lead to requests to the Government for further transfers, on top of the $9 billion it has already received.last_img read more

Latinos to hold congress in L.A.

first_img“While you want to mobilize, you don’t want to create a countermobilization, and that is very difficult not to do,” said Fernando Guerra, director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. Still, he said a Latino congress, modeled after similar ethnic and civil-rights conventions held during the 1970s, would be a turning point in Latino politics. “Latinos have done a tremendous job in electoral politics, but I think you are, in 2006, seeing a watershed moment for nonelectoral political organizing in the United States.” Organizers are inviting Latino leaders – now about 5,000 – from government and chambers of commerce, as well as from the National Council of La Raza. Its success and impact will depend, in part, on who turns up. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been invited but his office did not return calls to say whether he planned to attend. Organizers aim to have the country’s largest gathering of Latino power assembled. “We are inviting the whole family,” joked Antonio Gonzalez, president of the William C. Velasquez Institute, a nonprofit Latino voter research group. “(Latinos) control cities, we have people in the Senate and we are going to only get more prominent, but on the other hand (Latinos) are not giving the policy benefits to the community we should.” Latinos have achieved political clout in Los Angeles, but they have less access to health care and are poorer than the general population. Nearly half of Latino students drop out of high school. [email protected] (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In fact, a number of groups favoring tighter controls on illegal immigration from Mexico and Central America count Latino residents among their members. Joe Turner, founder of Save Our State, a group that has been picketing against undocumented workers at day-labor sites in Glendale and around the region, said efforts like forming the Latino congress help to strengthen groups like his. “Any call for amnesty this supports is only going to create a backlash,” he said. More than half a dozen immigrant-rights advocacy groups, including the League of United Latin American Cities and the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, will sponsor the four-day conference Sept. 6-10 to set a long-term agenda and action plan to improve the lives of immigrants. But observers say organizers need to be careful not to further divide Americans on the red-hot issue of immigration. Inspired by the millions of immigrants who took to the streets to demand legal residency, Latino advocacy groups and politicians have called for a national Latino congress to keep the issue in the political spotlight. Organizers are inviting leaders from across the political spectrum to Los Angeles – the country’s Latino epicenter – to draft an agenda for strengthening immigrant rights, health care and education. “These mobilizations have shown that the immigrant community and the Latino community have political potential in impacting public policy,” said Angela Sanbrano, president of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities. “But we cannot assume that we are unified.” last_img read more