China and the World

first_imgDear Editor,A section of our media has been attacking the People’s Republic of China on several fronts. It is critical of China’s investments in Guyana in the first place; and, more recently, has moved to attack China’s investment in the developing world. China has been accused of having a colonial type of foreign policy.This attitude seems to have been influenced by our own domestic politics; more specifically, politics of the recent past; and also by some international developments.This anti-Chinese position was a main propaganda tool of the PNC/APNU and AFC while in Opposition. At that time, their main efforts were directed at damaging Guyana’s economic progress. To do so, they had to try to influence investors, mainly foreign investors, from investing in Guyana. Their hope was that if the economy was not performing, the Government would be weakened and it would be better for them politically.Despite all their efforts, the PPP/C Government performed will, with an average growth rate of approximately 5 percent per annum. However, the opposition did have some successes, the main one being their influence on the European Union to hold back the twenty-five million euros for the sugar industry. That was after the PPP/Civic Administration had fulfilled its commitments and met all the targets set for the disbursal of the EU money.The sugar industry, up to May 2015, was well on the way to recovery, and that money could have gone a far way to consolidate the gains.The APNU+AFC regime’s real intention became clear after the elections. They have started the process of closing the industry down.The two parties now in power, together with their friendly media — mainly the Kaieteur News — began a big anti-Chinese campaign. The main reason was that Chinese investments were having a positive impact on our country’s economy.That anti-Chinese attitude is still persisting in some quarters even though the situation is different now. It is basically a hangover from the past.In passing, some of the slanders are more a reflection of the persistence of a colonial mentality. This is starkly seen in the vicious criticism of the Chinese construction of the new Skeldon sugar factory.All the blame for the problems experienced in operating that factory are placed on the Chinese company.The main criticism should have been directed at Booker Tate, who were the engineers of the project. It was more their failure than that of the Chinese company. However, the attack is only on the Chinese. It shows that some of our people still have an inferiority complex to the past colonial masters.They should take Bob Marley’s advice seriously and free their own minds from mental slavery. Now let us examine Chinese policy.China has been growing at a rapid rate since the opening up, which began in 1978. It has moved from being probably the tenth economy in the world to now the second largest. Its per capita income has increased from US$150 in 1978 to now almost US$9,000. It has also taken more than seven hundred million people (700M) out of poverty in this same period. This is unprecedented in the world. Not only are its internal achievements impressive, but so too is its international contribution to the world’s economy. China has, since 2013, become the world’s largest trading nation. It is the biggest contributor to global economic growth.In developing countries, China’s investments are leading to assisting those countries from being dependent. The railroads in Africa, Zambia/Tanzania, Kenya have certainly helped Africa to progress.In Latin America and the Caribbean, China’s offer to assist in building infrastructure is actually a dream come true. Many Caribbean countries are taking advantage of this. The infrastructural work that was recently done in Jamaica, for example, has helped that island to overcome its economic problems.Europe and North America are courting China’s investment. Looking at international trade, China’s contribution is great. At the end of January, British Prime Minister Theresa May visited China and was high in praise for China’s Belt and Road Initiative. She signed many agreements to help the UK economy.Why is China being so generous with all its partners? In the first place, China wants to continue growing, so that it can take all its people out of poverty and improve their standard of living to be among the best in the world.To do so, it needs firstly to assist the development of other countries, so that trade could be mutually beneficial to all countries and peoples. It also developed mutually beneficial projects with the developed world.Secondly, China has no interest in war. It has no desire to conquer and control any country. In fact, it needs peace to pursue its goals at home and abroad. China does not have a history of colonial domination. It has a passion to be independent and to assist others in consolidating their economic freedom.Therefore, no one should be afraid that China wants to colonise them. It is alien to China’s philosophy and contrary to its own history.President Xi Jin Ping, in his address to the Davos Global Economic Conference, advocated thus, “…countries should view their own interests in a broader global context, and refrain from pursuing them at the expense of others.” This is a strong statement of China’s policy.Only those who believe that China is becoming too powerful and influential are making the false charges that China wants to colonise the world. That statement is being made mainly to drive fear where none should exist.China is a friend of the developing world, including Guyana. Indeed, the progress of the People’s Republic of China is the best thing that has happened for former colonial countries and the world.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

Dreher shoots four over, 76 on opening round of U.S. Women’s Open

first_imgDreher got off to a great start as she teed off on the 10th hole as nailed a birdie on the par 4. Bogey’s on two of the next three however would bring her to one over, and another bogey on 17 brought her to two over par.She would go on to bogey holes two, five and six as she began the second half of her round but was able to manage a solid finish to her day. A birdie on the 149 yard, par three, seventh was followed by pars on holes eight and nine to conclude the round.Currently, the clubhouse leader is Inbee Park of South Korea who sits at four under after 17 holes. The top Canadian is Nicole Zhang who has a score of three over after 11 holes. Other notables include Natalie Gulbis at two under, Se Ri Pak at five over, and Michelle Wie at nine over par.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Gor hand Nakumatt 4-0 beating in KPL season opener

first_img0Shares0000Meddie Kagere grabbed a hat-trickNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 3 – Mighty Gor Mahia showed a character of a champion after thrashing Nakumatt 4-0 in their season opening Kenyan Premier League match played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday.In other results Tusker FC fell 2-0 away to Chemelil Sugar, new comers Wazito FC introduced themselves in the top flight league with a 1-0 win over 10-man Sony while Kariobangi Sharks were 1-0 winners over hosts Nzoia Sugar. At the Machakos Stadium, Kagere was the hero of the day after notching three goals, two goals in the second half and one in the first half while defender Wellington Ochieng completed the rout.Gor, fresh from lifting the KPL Super Cup, were dominant in the opening half with Francis Kahata, Meddie Kagere and Earnest Wendo combining well to steer the record 16-time champions to a flying start.Kagere found the opener after unleashing a fine shot inside the box, having controlled the ball from a counter attack.Nakumatt could not improve to find the leveller and its Gor who responded first with Kagere scoring the second in the 54th minute, driving a low shot from inside the box into the bottom corner of the net.Debutant Cercidy Okeyo enjoyed a fine form after coming on in the second half to supply the killer cross that was well connected by Kagere.Things turned from thick to worse when Kagere sealed his hat-trick in the 80th minute from an easy tap-in into the bottom left corner of the post with Lucas Indeche well beaten on goal.Two minutes later, Wellington Ochieng’ made it four goal to nill after shooting straight into the net at close range from an assist by Boniface Omondi.-Additional reporting from 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘I don’t want another season like this’ – Cech admits he will consider his Chelsea future in the summer

first_img Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech 1 Petr Cech has revealed he will consider his future as a Chelsea player in the summer, with the veteran insisting he has no intention of remaining the club’s second choice goalkeeper.After a decade as the Blues’ number one man between the sticks, the 32-year-old Czech Republic international has had his place taken by 6′ 5″ Belgian giant Thibaut Courtois this season.Cech has made four Premier League starts to Courtois’ 25 this term, but did play in the Capital One Cup final win over Tottenham at Wembley, in what some have interpreted as a show of thanks from manager Jose Mourinho.“I don’t know what the club’s idea will be,” Cech told the website of Czech newspaper Idnes.“It looks like it works well with me and Thibaut as a duo.“But that can work for one season only. I don’t want another one like this.“There always will be speculation. I leave it for the summer.“It will be important to sit down with the club and with the manager to consider all the pros and cons. We will see what will work out the best.”Cech has been linked with a host of top European clubs, including Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal.Mourinho earlier this month insisted he would not stand in Cech’s way should he wish to leave at the end of the season.But Cech’s status means a big fee will be required to prise him from Stamford Bridge as his contract does not expire until the end of next season.“I don’t waste my time trying to persuade him, because I know nobody can persuade him,” Mourinho said.“If he tells me he wants to leave, I will tell him my opinion and my opinion is one of the three best goalkeepers in the world. Huge money.”last_img read more

‘He’s a gem of a lad’ – Warnock confirms chat with Arter over Keane situation

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The incident occurred during an international break when Arter and Walters did not train due to injury, with Keane going on to call Arter a ‘c***’ and a ‘p****’.Read the full transcript of Roy Keane’s alleged attack on Harry Arter and Jonathan WaltersMartin O’Neill, the Ireland boss, has stood by his number two, revealing that Keane’s version of the story does not tally with the one told by Ward in the leaked message.There have been calls for Keane to step down from his position or be sacked by the Irish FA, while O’Neill is hoping Arter and Keane can reconcile with the former open to returning to the Ireland set-up. Neil Warnock has told talkSPORT he has no problem with Harry Arter after speaking to the midfielder about allegations he was the subject of a foul-mouthed attack from Roy Keane.A leaked WhatsApp message, spoken by Stephen Ward, detailed the verbal assault against Arter and Jonathan Walters, the forward, by Ireland assistant manager Keane. latest whoops Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Arter, the midfielder, joined Cardiff on a season-long loan from Bournemouth during the summer, and Neil Warnock has confirmed to talkSPORT he has spoken to the 28-year-old about the incident.“He’s a gem of a lad for a manager to have,” Warnock told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He’s just so enthusiastic. Every day in training I have to calm him down.“In fairness to Eddie [Howe] he did tell me his biggest problem is getting booked… and he’s had three bookings in three games! Arter is ready to return to the international set-up after making himself unavailable following the row 2 changes Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update revealed Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Most read in Premier League tense 2 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings predicted gameday cracker SORRY Arter joined Cardiff on loan for the season in August “And that’s because that is how he plays, and he trains the same.“I have no problem with him at all. We had a chat about this situation, but no more than what a manager and a player would do in the same circumstances.”last_img read more

Warriors mailbag: Analyzing the Dubs’ post All-Star slump

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — The Warriors’ stars are laughing at the absurdity of it all.Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins all sounded amused over inquiries on whether they felt worried with the Warriors losing three of their past five games since the NBA All-Star break. And why would they be? It is late February and early March. Not April, May or June.It appears Warriors fans are just as calm, at least the ones that sent questions to latest mailbag. But they still wonder what’s going on …last_img read more

Vine Update Adds Absurd 17+ Age Rating To “Fix” The Porn Problem

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Apple#apps#social networks#social video#twitter#video The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos taylor hatmaker Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts After it had an unfortunate bout of hardcore porn top its charts, the social video sharing app Vine has upped its age rating to 17+. By bumping up its age bracket, Vine is trying to remain Apple’s good graces – and in the App Store. The great Cupertino moral arbiter has been on a something of a rampage lately, protecting us from ourselves by blocking apps like 500px, probably the classiest photography app around. Vine version 1.05 also adds the ability to report or block a user, which is a decidedly more useful tool for warding off a phalanx of auto-playing phalluses in your video feed. The age restriction itself is nominal at best. Rather than implementing any actual robust parental controls like those woven into the Kindle Fire ecosystem, Apple is content dotting its i’s and crossing its t’s. Frequent, huh?Apple has a long track record of moral policing and arbitrary, occasionally anti-competitive gestures toward the apps that make their way into its (supposedly) carefully curated stable. With its new 17+ rating, Twitter’s Vine app joins the ranks of “Free Sex Positions Decision Maker,” a 2-star App Store gem and a personal favorite for those times you’re feeling indecisive and need to consult your iPhone. Meanwhile YouTube, Flickr and a host of other content-sharing apps remain friendly for those ages 12 and up. Vine update 1.05 also added the ability to share Vine videos on social networks after shooting them, resolving our main complaint from the time we got a little loopy with Vine on launch day. last_img read more

Slaughter shrugs off matchup with Fajardo: ‘It’s team-on-team’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ “San Miguel’s a pretty complete team and coming into this game, I was saying it’s not about the individual match-ups. It’s team-on-team.”The latest showdown between the Slaughter and Fajardo was the complete opposite of their previous encounter last year where the Gin Kings handily beat the Beermen, 110-86, in what was SMB’s worst defeat of their entire 2016 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis time, it was the Gin Kings who stared at a 26-point deficit in the third quarter before making a run that fell short in the end.Despite the result, Slaughter can take solace knowing that Ginebra never ceased fighting despite staring at a huge lead. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “That’s our calling card, never say die. We play all the way to the last buzzer, and just didn’t have enough time to make that comeback tonight. But I know we’ll probably see them again maybe in the playoffs so it’s just some game we have to learn from,” he said.One factor that has been constantly brought up for the Gin Kings’ lackluster start was fatigue, as they were coming off a 98-81 win over Blackwater last Friday.But rather than dwell on the defeat, Slaughter shared that the loss to San Miguel should be an eye-opener for Ginebra as it sets its sights on the playoffs.“We can’t make any excuse because when it comes time for the playoffs, we’re going to have a schedule just like that, when we play Friday and then we play Sunday. So for us, no excuses,” he said.“We just have to recharge, refresh ourselves, and get ready for these playoffs which are coming up,” said Slaughter.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  PBA IMAGESFacing off against June Mar Fajardo was the least of Greg Slaughter’s concerns on Sunday.“I wouldn’t really think about individual match-ups because we got down pretty big,” Slaughter said, shunning talks about his much-awaited duel with his fellow Cebuano behemoth.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Ross, San Miguel put clamps on Ginebra import Brownlee E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath retires from ODIs, T20Is

first_imgVeteran Sri Lanka cricketer Rangana Herath today announced his retirement from one-day cricket and T20 internationals, but will continue to play Tests. The 38-year-old left-arm spinner had relayed his decision to Sri Lanka Cricket last week.”In the next eight months or so, we’re scheduled to play something like 12 Test matches,” Herath said. “I think retiring from the shorter formats is the right move, because that will allow young players to be groomed for the next World Cup, as well as lowering my workload and letting me concentrate on Tests.”He went on to say “Every cricketer has to stop at the right time, I feel it’s time to make room for fresh talent.”Herath made his ODI debut for the Lankans in 2004 against Zimbabwe while his T20I debut came much later in 2011 against Australia at Pallekele. He has since featured in 71 ODIs and 17 T20I matches. He picked up 74 wickets in the 50-over format with an average of 31.91 while in the shortest format he has got 18 wickets at 20.72.While his ODI stats might not be as impressive, his performances for Sri Lanka in T20 cricket has been exceptional. He played a key role for his side in their victorious campaign at the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh. His most impressive spell came in a virtual quarterfinal clash against New Zealand where he single-handedly won the game for Sri Lanka with figures of five for three.last_img read more

UP to form Yuva Mangal Dal to promote sports: Chauhan

first_imgLucknow, Oct 22 (PTI) The Uttar Pradesh government will form a Yuva Mangal Dal in every village to promote sporting culture in the state, sports minister Chetan Chauhan said today.Chauhan said the aim of the programme is to produce at least five athletes who can win gold medals at international events in the next decade.Speaking at a programme here on the 41st anniversary of Taekwondo Federation of India, Chauhan said: “The state government in order to improve the atmosphere for sports in the state is constituting a Yuva Mangal Dal in every village of the state.”These dals will hold cultural programmes and organise football, volleyball and kabaddi competitions, he said.”MLAs and MPs have started requesting for stadia to be constructed in their constituencies. This signals a change in the atmosphere,” he said. PTI NAV MG ABHlast_img read more