Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Caribbean triumphalist and too optimistic towards the new administracion of President Obama .

"A symptom of the severe economic situation is the cancellation of the opera "Otello" at the Moscow Bolshoi lack of funds, a serious matter if we take into account the seriousness so the Russians are trying to culture. Can read in the news agency Ria Novosti."



The media reflect a review of the Caribbean triumphalist too optimistic towards the new administracion of President Obama and his change of orientation. The reality is, thousands and thousands of workers in China are off and have to migrate to the countryside. In the U.S., thousands of reservoirs are empty, the company behind the smash one another and the banking system is in crisis. But it goes to the Caribbean countries prepare and implement urgent measures of social security, energy consumption and economic reorientation. The European Union, Canada and the United States in global economic crisis, will not do much for the Caribbean countries. Historically, we have not been anything but simple recreation and tourist destinations for the rich. The measures taken by the CARICOM must relate to future scenarios of high unemployment and freezing of the domestic economy. A symptom of the severe economic situation is the cancellation of the opera "Otello" at the Moscow Bolshoi lack of funds, a serious matter if we take into account the seriousness so the Russians are trying to culture. Can read in the news agency Ria Novosti.
Os meios de comunicação reflectem uma revisão do Caribe triunfalista demasiado optimista para a nova administração do presidente Obama e sua mudança de orientação. A realidade é, milhares e milhares de trabalhadores na China são pontuais e têm de migrar para o campo. Na os E.U., milhares de reservatórios estão vazios, as empresas abrem falência e um após o outro, o sistema bancário está em crise. Mas ela vai para os países do Caribe preparar e implementar medidas urgentes de segurança social, o consumo de energia e económico reorientação. A União Europeia, o Canadá e os Estados Unidos na crise econômica mundial, não irá fazer muito para os países do Caribe. Historicamente, não temos nada, mas simples recreação e destinos turísticos para os ricos. As medidas tomadas pela CARICOM devem incidir sobre os cenários futuros de taxas de desemprego elevadas e congelamento da economia nacional. Um sintoma da grave situação económica é o cancelamento da ópera "Otello" at Bolshoi de Moscou falta de fundos, de um assunto sério, se levarmos em conta a gravidade assim os russos estão a tentar cultura. Pode ler na agência de notícias Ria Novosti.
新聞媒體反映了審查加勒比勝利者過於樂觀對新政府的總統奧巴馬和他的變化方向。 現實情況是,成千上萬的工人在中國的起飛,並遷移到農村。 在美國,成千上萬的水庫是空的,這兩家公司倒閉一個又一個和銀行系統正處於危機之中。 但不用為加勒比國家制訂和執行緊急措施的社會保障,能源消費和經濟調整。 歐洲聯盟,加拿大和美國在全球經濟危機,也不會做的加勒比國家。 從歷史上看,我們沒有任何東西,但簡單的娛樂和旅遊目的地的豐富。 所採取的措施必須與加勒比共同體的未來情景的高失業率和凍結國內經濟。 一種症狀的嚴峻的經濟形勢是取消了歌劇“奧泰羅”在莫斯科大劇院缺乏資金,一個嚴重的問題,如果我們考慮到這樣的嚴重性,俄羅斯正試圖文化。 可以閱讀的媒體報導。

オバマ氏は、メディアも大統領と向きの彼の変化の新政権に対する楽観キャリビアtriumphalistの見直しを反映しています。 現実は、何千人も、中国の労働者の何千ものオフして、田舎に移行することがあります。 米国では、何千もの貯水池は、他の企業とは、銀行システムの危機にあると倒産する空になります。 しかし、準備や社会保障、エネルギー消費と経済の再配列の緊急措置を実施するカリブ海の国に行く。 欧州連合、カナダと米国は世界的な経済危機で、カリブ海諸国に大きな貢献をすることはありません。 歴史的に、私たちは何もされてきましたが、金持ちの簡単なレクリエーションや観光の目的地。 CARICOMによって取られた措置は、高い失業率とは、国内経済の凍結の将来のシナリオに関連する必要があります。 培養しようとしている場合には、ロシアの深刻さを取るため、厳しい経済状況の症状は、オペラ" Otelloのキャンセル"資金のモスクワボリショイ不足で、深刻な問題である。 の報道機関ではRIA Novosti読むことができます。

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Caribbean:CARICOM condemns Gaza fighting.

http://www.caribbean360.com/News/Caribbean/Stories/2009/01/12/NEWS0000006794.html
" The Caribbean bloc said that it welcomed the adoption of a resolution by the United Nations Security."

More than 820 Palestinians have died during the two-week Israeli offensive, including 235 children. It has been reported that Israel has warned residents of the Gaza Strip that it will intensify the military action.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, January 12, 2009 - The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has added its voice to those calling for an end to the Israel-Palestine fighting.
A release from the Caribbean bloc said that it welcomed the adoption of a resolution by the United Nations Security Council calling for "an immediate, durable and fully-respected ceasefire" in Gaza that would lead to the "full withdrawal" of Israeli, the passage of humanitarian aid to the Palestinians and an end to the trafficking of arms and ammunitions into the territory.
"The member states of the Caribbean Community express grave concern over the continued violence in Gaza and deplore the attendant loss of life, including that of innocent women and children, as well as the widespread destruction," the statement said. "The Caribbean Community is no less concerned about the continued firing of rockets into Israeli territory by Palestinian militants."
CARICOM has therefore called on all parties involved to respect the international community's ceasefire resolution and humanitarian law in order to facilitate the passage of critical relief supplies to the civilian population in Gaza.
It further encouraged those involved to adhere to the principles of the UN Charter that advocates the peaceful settlement of disputes in order to "bring to an end human suffering and create avenues for peaceful co-existence".
More than 820 Palestinians have died during the two-week Israeli offensive, including 235 children. It has been reported that Israel has warned residents of the Gaza Strip that it will intensify the military action.

CUBA: vaccine against hormone-sensitive prostate cancer.

The Cuban News Agency (ACN) reported that the vaccine to fight the second major cause of death of men in Cuba had been safely administered in the first stage of a clinical trial, concluded on July 23, 2007. (File photo)
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Cuba reports successful trial of cancer vaccine

CAMAGUEY, Cuba, January 12, 2009 - Health officials in Cuba are reporting a successful trial of a vaccine against hormone-sensitive prostate cancer. The trial has been approved by the State Centre for Quality Control of Medications.
The experts said that the vaccine, Heberprovac, can be used in the most advanced stage of the disease and although it is not a cure, it improves patients' quality of life and increases their survival.
The Cuban News Agency (ACN) reported that the vaccine to fight the second major cause of death of men in Cuba had been safely administered in the first stage of a clinical trial, concluded on July 23, 2007.
Experts now have to identify the most effective dose and the best administration programme for Heberprovac, before moving on to the second phase of the trial.
Produced by Camaguey's Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Centre, the vaccine was administered on patients before they were given radiotherapy.
Another vaccine is also under study in the capital, Havana.
ACN said that the territories of Eastern Camaguey and western Pinar del Rio Province have the highest prevalence of prostate cancer in Cuba. According to projections, cancerous diseases will become the leading cause of death in Cuba by 2010.


Monday, January 12, 2009

Jamaica's foreign affairs minister endorses CARICOM passport

"...one of the aspirations is the free movement of people. This passport will give you that privilege as people can now take up their personal interest in different territories," PM'S JAMAICAN.


Prime Minister Bruce Golding (L) with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Jennifer McDonald, as she explains to him the features of the CARICOM passport. JIS PHOTO


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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kenneth Baugh, has said that the introduction of the Jamaican CARICOM passport is an initiative that reinforces the country's commitment to Caribbean integration.

"The CARICOM passport is a welcome initiative because it has been long awaited. This is something that strengthens our Caribbean community, it's a further indication of the integration of CARICOM," he said in an interview with JIS News, at the handing over of the first Jamaica CARICOM passport to Prime Minister Bruce Golding. With the Caribbean Community moving towards a Free Trade Area, Baugh said that the CARICOM passport serves as a means to promote intraregional tourism through hassle free travelling for Caribbean nationals between CARICOM member states. "One of the most important things in terms of establishing a Free Trade Area, is that if we were to move to a common market, (which we are now in a single economy) one of the aspirations is the free movement of people. This passport will give you that privilege as people can now take up their personal interest in different territories," he articulated. Baugh further advised that Jamaica has already put in place measures to eliminate any possible delays that persons are likely to face while travelling across the region. "You have some countries that have not moved very fast and as a consequence people have difficulty moving around, they find themselves subject to delay. We in Jamaica have moved very far in terms of putting in the legislative measures to make sure that everything is okay and other countries have done so as well. We are hoping that we can now iron out those difficulties to ensure that there is easy and free movement of all nationals in the Caribbean from one territory to another," he added. Turning to international trade and economic issues, Baugh emphasised that although CARICOM member states are independent they cannot afford to be isolated. "The world is no longer like that, you can't be isolated anymore, although we may be independent in terms of geo-political nature, in terms of our territory as a small country. But in terms of economy and trade relations we cannot do without becoming a part of larger arrangements not only as the CARICOM territory but even in the region to enter into trading and economic co-operations with other countries in this part of the hemisphere," he said. Continuing, the Foreign Affairs Minister stressed that "the larger the population, the larger the market place, the better the income and the more we will derive from it in terms of benefits and our trading. This is also good for our manufacturers and exporters". He also said, "What we have to do now is develop the discipline of creative and productive industries to have goods and services to export so that we can benefit in a real way from these relationships. We can't continue to look at ourselves as 2.7 to 3 million people and think that we are going to cater for that market place. That cannot hold anymore". "We would not be competitive at all, we have to look for larger market places and we have to develop a new discipline, an outward looking [approach where we] try to embark on processes that can take us into these other markets in terms of our goods and services," he added. Regional Heads of Government agreed on the introduction of the CARICOM Passport as a defining symbol of regionalism. In January 2005 Suriname was the first member state to issue the CARICOM Passport. Belize is the only member state yet to introduce the document.

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The current crisis was predicted 30 years ago. Ria Novosti.


"The concept of a post-industrial society, for one thing, promised a miraculous salvation. It was very similar to the bright future predicted by communist ideologists. "

"Unprecedented technical breakthrough was the sine qua non both for building communism in the U.S.S.R. and for post-industrialized society in the West. It was supposed to produce technology which would resolve a number of environmental and socio-economic problems (for instance, let machines do arduous, dirty work).
As a result, the elites of the industrially advanced countries preferred to live with a due account of restrictions, and grow until they reach the natural limits in the hope of a technological leap which would allow them to go beyond the limits."

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MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti economic commentator Vlad Grinkevich) - The current economic crisis came as a bolt from the blue for most. In the meantime, experts warned in the early 1970s that the world economy was heading for a crisis in the first decades of the 21st century.
In the 1960s, Western countries concluded that oil-stained beaches, smoggy megalopolises, and heavy pollution of major European rivers were too high a price for the benefits of mass production. In 1968, a group of industrialists, politicians, and scientists set up the Club of Rome in the Italian capital. They had enough money to conduct a series of studies with the participation of prominent scientists, and the use of tested methods.
Computer-predicted disaster
The Club's first report, which had the tell-tale title "Limits to Growth," caused a shock. It was compiled by a group of scientists headed by Dennis L. Medows, who decided to create a cybernetic model of global development. Having focused on five global processes: fast industrialization, population growth, increasing shortage of food, depletion of non-renewable resources, and degradation of the environment, they modeled the future on a computer.
The emotionless machine produced an answer that sounded like a verdict: the human race is in for a disaster. Considering that the population was growing at a rate of over two percent annually at that time, while industry was growing at up to five to seven percent, modern civilization was bound to reach the limits of growth in the first decades of the 21st century. Mineral resources will have been depleted; environmental pollution will have become irreversible; a sudden uncontrolled drop in the population and decline in production will have become inevitable. Millions of people will have died as a result of man-made catastrophes, spontaneous economically motivated social conflicts and unknown pandemics.
To prevent the cataclysm, the authors of the report offered a concept they called "zero growth," under which new purchases should only replace used up items. For example, a new car should be purchased only when the old one has stopped running; there should be universal birth control - no more than two children per family, and they suggested restricting consumption.
The report was a bombshell. It called into doubt the foundations of the Western economies. The zero growth concept contradicted the very logic of industrialized society which rested on the principle of supply-and-demand. The concept did not offer a future for the poor people of the non-capitalist world: a resident of a Soviet communal apartment was bound to live in it until he died, while a Chinese peasant was doomed to heat his hut with manure and dead-wood.
Does the truth begin as heresy?
Needless to say, the report was subjected to severe criticism, primarily because its authors did not offer any solutions. They admitted that their model was far from ideal, but the conclusions of their opponents were no less fallacious. Optimistic scenarios were not limited to only good wishes. The concept of a post-industrial society, for one thing, promised a miraculous salvation. It was very similar to the bright future predicted by communist ideologists.
Unprecedented technical breakthrough was the sine qua non both for building communism in the U.S.S.R. and for post-industrialized society in the West. It was supposed to produce technology which would resolve a number of environmental and socio-economic problems (for instance, let machines do arduous, dirty work).
As a result, the elites of the industrially advanced countries preferred to live with a due account of restrictions, and grow until they reach the natural limits in the hope of a technological leap which would allow them to go beyond the limits.
Global self-deception
The talk of the looming global crisis quickly ground to a halt in the latter half of the 1980s. Optimists were bragging about the resolution of global problems, and many analysts were confident that the bright post-industrial future had already arrived.
They seemed to be right but only at first glance. The majority of the European and U.S. middle class were white collar workers, involved in finances, marketing, and research. But in reality, driven by the market's logic, the leaders of the industrialized countries simply followed the path of least resistance. They switched the dirtiest and most labor-consuming industries to the developing countries, and let guest workers from the same countries take the worst jobs at home because they were cheaper than machines.
However, practice has shown that even a very advanced country cannot resolve global problems alone. Indeed, the once lifeless Czech Vltava or the German Rhine now abound with dozens of fish species, but the environmental crisis which the West has overcome is now looming elsewhere. It became clear that it would go beyond the limits of assembly lines several years ago when the Amur River was covered by a huge benzol spill. Resource restrictions are even more obvious - regardless of where a plant or factory oriented to the world market is located, a certain amount of resources is required to produce a commodity.
Finally, to control the production scattered all over the world, a sophisticated financial system had to be construed. With time, it started taking on a life of its own, produced by a fictitious economy with the profits of financial institutions depending not on real production but on intricate financial transactions.
This resulted in a big number of disproportions in the world economy. Investment in the financial market surpassed corporate capital, while the funds accumulated in the financial bubble exceeded the money in the real economy by many times.
As a result, an attempt to mothball the problem ended in failure. Having reached the limits of growth, the financial system collapsed and triggered the current economic turmoil.
The opinions expressed in this article are the author's and do not necessarily represent those of RIA Novosti.
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The global scientific communiy should care about countries tha remain scientifically deficient

"THE BUILDING OF SCIENTIFIC CAPACITY IS A MAIN REASON FOR THE SOUTH'S ECONOMIC PROGRESS. SEVERAL DEVELOPING COUNTRIES -fOR EXAMPLE: BRAZIL, iNDIA, CHINA, AND EVEN RWANDA- NOW SPEND 1 % OR MORE OF THEIR GROSS DOMESIC PRODUCT ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.(...)"
"THE POIN IS, IN OUR GLOBAL WORLD, IMPROVED SCIENTIC CAPACITY IS NOT JUST GOOD FOR THE DEVELOPING WORLD, IT BENEFIT THE ENTIRE WORLD."
"THE GLOBAL SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY SHOULD CARE ABOUT COUNTRIES THAT REMAIN SCIENTIFICALLY DEFICIENT"
"UNITED STATES CONTINUES TO DOMINATED GLOBAL SCIENCES...WITH 30 % OF SCIENTIST ARTICLES PUBLISHED, CHINA IS THE SECOND ONE IN THE WORLD WITH 8 % PUBLISHED."

MOHAMED H. A HASSAN, EJECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF TWAS,TRIESTE ITALY.
IF YOU WANT TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE FROM "SCIENCE" MAGAZINE, CLICK HERE:
http://sciences.blogs.liberation.fr/home/files/edit-10-24-08.pdf

TWAS & UNESCO The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is responsible for the administration of TWAS finance and staff, based on an agreement between the two organizations and the Italian government which provides the Academy with its core funding. TWAS collaborates closely with UNESCO's Natural Sciences Sector. Together with ICSU and UNU/IAS, TWAS and UNESCO co-sponsor the joint visiting scientist programme. UNESCO also provides financial support for the TWAS associateship programme at centres of excellence in the South.

The Caribbean isolated, one-one die in the storm. You can not live on illusions to die of disappointment.


"JAMAICAN OBSERVER"

EDITORIAL.

What's the World Bank up to?
Monday, January 12, 2009
The World Bank, or International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has failed so far - some would say not surprisingly - to adequately support the reform of budget financing and debt sustainability which is at the heart of the macroeconomic strategy of the Jamaican Government.
The World Bank was made aware of the Government's intention to replace expensive bond financing with less costly resources from the multilateral development banks while it was still in opposition. Mr Audley Shaw lost no time after his appointment as finance minister in initiating discussions with the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
As the largest of the three, the World Bank was expected to play the lead role in the consortium. Minister Shaw met with the appropriate vice-president in Kingston and Prime Minister Bruce Golding met with the president of the World Bank in Washington DC. All indications were that the "big bank" would take the lead technically and financially. Inexplicably the Bank has failed to execute the role it is established to perform.
This is all the more regrettable since Jamaica is an ideal case. We are a heavily indebted small vulnerable developing country that is doing all the right things in the extremely difficult circumstances of an unprecedented global financial crisis.
The WB's exposure is so small that the Government of Jamaica has in recent years repaid more than it has drawn down. The other Bretton Wood institution, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed comfort with the government's macroeconomic policies.
The three institutions have the same data on Jamaica yet are proceeding differently.
The Caribbean Development Bank (miniscule compared to the World Bank) has approved US $100 million over three years. The IDB has committed to a multi-year financing programme and since June approved US$370 million, including US$200 million for the private sector.
In January, the board of the IDB is expected to approve a further US$300 million in liquidity support to be allocated to the private banking sector.
The World Bank is to deliberate next week on a one-shot US$100 million loan. This is an outright failure to carry out its mission. If the Bank can fail to support such a deserving case as Jamaica, it is sending a dangerous signal that could cause panic in the developing countries who are now desperately rushing to the Bank for help.
Jamaica made its approach the Bank before the global crisis and should not be short-changed because of the surge in demand following the global financial crisis. The "Big Bank" is not short of resource though we can't but conclude that it lacks heart and vision. Fortunately the IDB has played the lead role from which the World Bank has unfortunately resiled.
All this begs the question why? As far as we are aware, the political level work was properly done and the Caribbean section of the World Bank has been pushing. The problems may be what the Bank is hearing from its office in Kingston.
In these institutions, the outcome at head office can often be undermined by poor work in the country office. The local World Bank office needs to spend less time on public relations and more on strengthening its technical expertise.