Jamaican PM calls for special regime for indebted middle income countries

first_imgPrime Minister Bruce Golding (second right), receives a warm welcome from US Senate Foreign Relations committee member, Senator Robert Mendez (right), on his arrival at the US State Capitol on June 9, where he held talks with eight US senators. Sharing in the occasion (from left) are: Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks and US senator, Christopher Coons.By Derrick ScottWASHINGTON, USA (JIS) – Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding has emphasised the need for multilateral financial institutions to create a special regime for indebted middle income countries.Addressing a high powered team of United States senators at a special meeting called in his honour on Capitol Hill, on June 9, the prime minister said it is a long-standing concern of the government that Jamaica be accorded more “space” by the multilateral institutions, given its inherent vulnerabilities as a small, heavily indebted country.“Although being one of the most highly indebted countries in the world, Jamaica is classified as a middle income country, which meant that it is not eligible to receive many of the concessions or considerations available to countries which are classified as poor, even though the combined effect of the high indebtedness and the vulnerabilities, create many of the same effects as those experienced by ‘poor’ countries,” Golding told the senators.He said that Jamaica is not asking to be included in the Least Developed Country (LDC) category; rather, “We have been making the case at the international level, for middle-income countries like Jamaica not to be penalised for their successes.”The prime minister also raised with members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as the Vice Chair of Homeland Security, Senator Frank Lautenberg, a proposal he made to both President Barack Obama during the G8 Summit last year and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, which urged the US to come up with creative ways to effectively stem the flow of weapons into Jamaica.Golding told the meeting that the illegal gun trade has contributed to the major challenges of security in Jamaica and the region.Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey noted the concerns highlighted by the prime minister and enquired how the US could assist with the other challenges related to security.The prime minister welcomed the request and noted that due to resource limitations, the government is in need of assistance in a number of areas, for example, satellite tracking technology, which could improve the country’s anti-narcotics efforts.He said this assistance would facilitate more information being shared on the movement of drug traffickers, particularly in Jamaican waters.While agreeing that this concern needed further consideration, Democratic Senator, Tom Udall of New Mexico asked whether the tourism sector had been negatively affected by the security concerns being discussed.In response, the prime minister pointed out that the sector had performed well, in spite of the recession and security concerns. The prime minister also noted that approximately 70 percent of stop-over tourists to Jamaica came from the US, followed by Canada and Europe.The prime minister explained that tourism had significant scope for investment and singled out heritage tourism for particular mention. He also noted that the government has embarked on an investment drive in this area, and expressed a desire for more US investors to take advantage of the opportunities in the sector.Menendez, who is current Chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired the meeting.Among the senators of the Foreign Relations Committee in attendance were Senator Christopher Coons (D, Delaware); Senator Marco Rubio (R, Florida); Senator Benjamin Cardin (D, Maryland); Senator Robert Casey (D, Philadelphia) and Senator Udall. Senate majority leader, Harry Reid (D, Nevada) also attended the meeting.Golding, who was in Washington on a five-day visit, held talks with president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Moreno; president of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick and the deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Naoyuki Shinohara. He also held bilateral talks with Clinton.The prime minister presented a lecture at the Brookings Institute, held talks with several high-level US-based investors, and attended a reception in his honour, hosted by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks. Golding also launched the IDB’s art exhibition, which featured works of nine Jamaican artists.Caribbean News Now Share Share Tweet 17 Views   no discussionscenter_img NewsRegional Jamaican PM calls for special regime for indebted middle income countries by: – June 15, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Poyet hails departing Gerrard

first_imgSunderland boss Gus Poyet has hailed the “unmissable” talents of Steven Gerrard ahead of the Black Cats’ home clash with Liverpool on Saturday. West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham stand between Liverpool and Southampton in fourth but Rodgers remains confident they can get there. “It’s going to be tough but I am looking forward to the challenge,” he said. “We have a great spirit at the moment and footballing ideas are returning to our game and will push very hard in the second half of the season to bring success here. “The players are improving and we can see how seven points may seem a lot but it certainly can be whittled away. “You just have to consistently win games and perform well and that is our idea.” Gerrard will be making potentially his final appearance as a player in the north east when he steps out at the Stadium of Light for the lunchtime kick-off – and he will do so with the glowing endorsement of Poyet. Poyet said: “If I was a football fan I would want to be at the stadium because I would not want to miss the chance to watch Steven Gerrard live for maybe the last time in the north east. “He is worth buying a ticket for because there are not many like him and he is going to be missed. He is different and it is great to get the opportunity to watch him live.” Poyet has told his players they must start turning their recent glut of draws into wins if they are to put breathing space between themselves and the bottom three in the new year. Last weekend’s FA Cup third-round win over Leeds provided signs of a turning point with Dutchman Patrick van Aanholt returning from injury to grab the only goal of the game. Poyet said: “We had a difficult month against lots of top teams and although I don’t think we did fantastic we did okay. “Now we go into the second part (of the season) knowing we need to win more games and we need to be more clinical at home. Everything starts against Liverpool and the challenge is clear.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will not have any of his injured players back. Midfielders Adam Lallana (thigh) and Joe Allen (knee), defenders Glen Johnson (thigh) and Jon Flanagan (knee) and goalkeeper Brad Jones (thigh) all remain sidelined. Striker Daniel Sturridge is back in the country but still a fortnight away from a long-awaited return from a thigh problem while defender Kolo Toure is on African Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast. Press Associationlast_img read more

Mark Hughes backs wantaway forward Jonathan Walters to refocus on Stoke

first_img “His immediate future and his future at the weekend is that he will be involved with our game against Arsenal,” the Welshman said. “Jon’s not the only player that’s gone through a similar situation during the transfer window. Once the window closes you have to refocus and get on with the job in hand. “Jon’s a very, very good professional. He’ll get his head down. He’s had a couple of weeks away with the international squad, did really well and scored a goal so it shows his focus was total for his international team. It will be similar for Stoke City; I’m absolutely certain of that. “The transfer window is not easy for players, for managers, for football clubs. It is a distraction. Once the distraction is out of the way then you focus on what’s important which is playing football.” Hughes is keen to keep Walters but the length of contract offered to the forward is believed to be a bone of contention. His current deal expires at the end of the current campaign and while he could conceivably walk away then, Hughes is hopeful he is not in the midst of his final season for the club. “I’ve said that until I’m blue in the face – yes, we want Jon to stay,” Hughes added. “There’s a club view in terms of the length of the contract but, from a football point of view, what’s important to me is that we keep Jon here if we can. Press Association “If we can’t come to any agreement contract-wise then at the end of the year he’s out of contract and I’m sure he’ll have lots of options. But I’d like to think we’d still be in the mix to keep him here even at the end of his contract. It’s our intention that we want to keep him here.” Many of the Potters’ squad returned to training on Thursday following the international break but neither Mame Diouf or Marko Arnautovic were involved. Both are doubtful for the Gunners clash with respective hamstring and ankle injuries, while full-back Glen Johnson is also nursing a slight groin problem. Hughes is already without suspended duo Charlie Adam and Ibrahim Afellay after they were dismissed in the home loss to West Brom. The 31-year-old was the subject of two bids from Barclays Premier League rivals Norwich, both of which were rejected, and the Potters managed to hold on to the forward despite reports he had handed in a transfer request. Walters was left out of the squad against West Brom at the end of last month as speculation over a move intensified, yet Hughes is ready to call upon him again for the trip to Arsenal this weekend and can see no issue with the Republic of Ireland international’s mental state now he has to remain with Stoke. Stoke boss Mark Hughes is confident Jonathan Walters’ professionalism will shine through now the transfer window has closed with him still at the Britannia Stadium.last_img read more

Byron Scott: Lakers guard Nick Young is ‘not having a good year’

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. >> As Nick Young strolled down a hallway near the entrance tunnel, an arena security official told the Lakers forward something that made his eyes light up like a Christmas tree.“You’re the next Kobe (Bryant)”, the security official said. But no matter how much he smiles and offers entertaining quotes, Young cannot camouflage an uncomfortable reality. Young remains on pace to finish with his worst season of his eight-year NBA career, hardly what the Lakers envisioned when they signed him last summer to a four-year, $21.5 million deal. He has averaged 13.4 points on a career-low 36.6 shooting percent clip, a mark that dipped in January (32.2 percent) and February (32.4 percent). “He’s not having a good year,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Young. “He’d be the first to admit that this hasn’t been the year he expected.” Young reported that trend caused plenty of Lakers fans to call him “Swagless P” on Twitter, an obvious insult to his self-given nickname “Swaggy P.”“It’s like basketball is my girlfriend and she is mad at me,” said Young, who averaged a team-leading 17.9 points on a 44 percent clip last season under Mike D’Antoni. “I came to the house too late. She kicked me out. Then I fell down the stairs and hurt my leg.”Young actually does hurt. He sat out of Friday’s contest against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum, marking the sixth consecutive game he’s missed because of continued swelling in his left knee.“It’s getting better,” said Young, who plans to work out on Saturday for the first time since suffering the injury 1 1/2 weeks ago. “Hopefully I’ll return sometime this week.”Will Young improve his shooting then? Scott, who shot 48.2 percent in his 14-NBA career, including 11 with the Lakers, admitted feeling “surprised” about Young’s struggles. Scott observed Young has lacked both confidence and great shot selection. “He has to do a better job moving without the ball. It can’t be catch, then 18 dribbles and then he gets a shot,” Scott said. “When he does it that way, there’s one of two things. It’s a home run or a strikeout.”A reporter joked Babe Ruth thrived under those circumstances. “Babe Ruth was probably one of the best players in baseball history,” Scott said. “Nick thinks he’s up there with Reggie Miller and Larry Bird from a shooting standpoint. But if you look at their shooting percentage and you look at his, he’s not there.”The difference in shooting percentages between Young (42.3), Miller (47.1) and Bird (49.6) are striking. When informed about Scott’s criticism, Young joked, “I got no take. That’s the coach.” Young then turned serious.“I’ll always have confidence. It’s just my first time I’ve been on a stage like this and having a funk,” Young said. “The more I hear about missing shots, the more I’m trying to get back into it too quickly. I just got to let it come to me more.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more