High Commissioner in London, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, today (July 6), hosted two round-table discussions for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar-producing countries. Story Highlights The discussions come against the background of changes made in the European Union (EU) sugar regime in October 2017, which resulted in the erosion of preferences, a sharp decline in the average selling prices for ACP sugar in the EU, and increased competition for ACP producers. The round-table participants were briefed on the latest developments in CARICOM and the ACP on sugar and heard the findings of the Sugar Association of the Caribbean (SAC) from its engagements with regional sugar manufacturers, as well as proposals to address the concerns of industrial sugar users in CARICOM through the use of the CET. High Commissioner in London, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, today (July 6), hosted two round-table discussions for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar-producing countries.The talks focused on ways to create sustainable long-term markets for Caribbean sugar producers through use of the Common External Tariff (CET) in CARICOM, and on the UK’s potential as a market for ACP sugar post-Brexit.The discussions come against the background of changes made in the European Union (EU) sugar regime in October 2017, which resulted in the erosion of preferences, a sharp decline in the average selling prices for ACP sugar in the EU, and increased competition for ACP producers.Countries in the Caribbean export up to 80 per cent of their sugar to the EU, and the removal of this key market poses a threat to the future of the regional sugar industry.Both meetings were organised by the London-based Caribbean Council, which, with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has produced a number of studies looking at different policy options, and conducted an economic impact assessment to assist sugar industry stakeholders and policymakers, especially in the Caribbean.The round-table participants were briefed on the latest developments in CARICOM and the ACP on sugar and heard the findings of the Sugar Association of the Caribbean (SAC) from its engagements with regional sugar manufacturers, as well as proposals to address the concerns of industrial sugar users in CARICOM through the use of the CET.The ACP country representatives were encouraged to see Brexit as “a once in a generation opportunity” to restore value to the sugar industry, through ambitious and creative trade agreements with the UK.Participants included Her Excellency Perla Perdomo, High Commissioner for Belize; His Excellency Christian Nkambule, High Commissioner for the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), and representatives from the High Commissions for Barbados, Fiji, Mauritius and Zambia; the Commonwealth Secretariat, and other sugar industry stakeholders.
BOSTON — The former chief executive of a company that produces a potentially addictive fentanyl spray has admitted to participating in a scheme to bribe doctors into increasing prescriptions to boost sales.Former Insys Therapeutics CEO Michael Babich (BAH’-bich) pleaded guilty to conspiracy and mail fraud Wednesday in federal court in Boston.Babich has agreed to co-operate with prosecutors and is expected to testify against the Chandler, Arizona-based company’s wealthy founder, John Kapoor, when he and other executives go on trial this month.They are accused of scheming to pay doctors kickbacks in the form of speaking fees to get them to prescribe the powerful opioid painkiller to more people and in higher doses.Former sales executive Alec Burlakoff pleaded guilty in November and is also co-operating with prosecutors. The trial begins Jan. 28.The Associated Press
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – On December 4 the Peace River Regional District announced that the Southern Mountain Caribou Program Meeting had been cancelled.The purpose of the meeting, initially scheduled for December 7, was to receive a delegation from Assistant Deputy Minister Jennifer McGuire, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy regarding the current status of the discussions regarding caribou recovery activities west of Chetwynd.In a release, PRRD says the reason for the cancellation was that Provincial representatives were not willing to attend the meeting to provide an update on the program. “Provincial representatives were not willing to attend the meeting to update the Board on the Southern Mountain Caribou. The Province will not deliver any information in an open meeting setting at this time. Provincial representatives have advised that they will reschedule as soon as possible to share information with the Board and the public about caribou recovery efforts in the region. In the interim, the Province has advised that they will deliver a public information bulletin to update the Peace River Regional Districtresidents on caribou conservation.”The Regional District says they are continuing to advocate for an open conversation with the Province and local governments regarding the status of the discussions about caribou recovery activities west of Chetwynd.“The PRRD is very adamant that consultation with local governments, industry, First Nations, and recreational groups is required to fully inform any decisions made to protect caribou populations, with the least impact to local economies and resident lifestyles.”A reschedule date for the meeting has yet to be announced.For more information, you can visit prrd.bc.ca
Kolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim on Sunday urged the voters of the Kolkata North Lok Sabha constituency to cast their votes in favour of Trinamool Congress, as it has taken care of all cross-sections of people.He was addressing a meeting organised by the Hindi Janakalyan Manch at Binani Bhavan, Posta on Sunday afternoon. Sobhandeb Chattopahyay, state Power minister, Malay Ghatak, state Law minister, Shashi Panja, minister of state for Women and Child development and Social Welfare and Smita Bakshi, party MLA from Burrabazar, took part in the meeting. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAddressing the gathering, Hakim said the political parties have to answer the questions raised by the people about the development projects taken up by them in the past five years. “If one asks BJP about its achievements in the past five years, the party leaders will have to answer note ban, hasty implementation of GST, mounting unemployment and inciting one religion against the other,” Hakim said, adding that before coming to power in 2014, Modi had said Rs 15 lakh would be deposited in the bank account of every Indian, 10 crore youths will get jobs in five years and banning of high value notes will stop the inflow of black money in the market. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHowever, in reality, “the note ban has brought economic disaster to the country, 2 crore youths have lost jobs due to note ban and the inflow of black money has not stopped,” he said, adding: “Narendra Modi is a big flop.” On the contrary, Mamata Banerjee has kept all her promises, Hakim said. “Poor people are getting rice at Rs 2/kg, Kanyashree has benefitted 60 lakh girls and Sabuj Sathi has benefitted one crore students who got cycles free of cost. Her schemes have helped people of all cross-sections.”
Serampore (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of converting huge black money into white through demonitisation and spending it to purchase votes. She alleged that the saffron party is importing guns and goons to ensure votes in its favour and said that such a situation will not be allowed to develop in Bengal. “Modi Babu you may forcibly impose notebandi (demonetisation) on people to convert black money into white and spend them during elections to purchase votes, but you can never purchase voters in Bengal,” Banerjee said at a public meeting at Serampore in Hooghly district in support of Trinamool Congress candidates. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “You (Modi) are destined to be dethroned after the elections. Our government will prove what a big scam demonetisation was,” the TMC supremo said. Continuing her attack, Banerjee, who is among the severest critics of the saffron party, said that BJP “goons” are even organising processions with arms and sharp-edged weapons to vitiate the environment and unleash terror. “We must foil such bids to maintain peace and harmony in the state,” she said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Banerjee alleged that Modi had distributed liquor licenses to some handpicked people just ahead of the polls and said that the TMC government will unearth the scam and expose his “real face” to the people. Banerjee reiterated that she will not allow in Bengal and not a single people will be asked to leave the state. Both Modi and BJP president Anit Shah have repeatedly spoken on implementing the citizen’s register in the state to weed out the large number of infiltrators in it. Calling upon people to defeat Modi, she said “If you want to save the country and our Constitution, drive him (Modi) out of power and save the nation from disaster.” Banerjee expressed confidence about the victory of her party’s candidates and said “The BJP will not get a single seat. Trinamool Congress will win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal and will form the government at the Centre together with all like-minded secular parties.” She also addressed another rally ar Krishnagar and participated in a road show at Burdwan town.
I never thought a football game could make me sad. I certainly never expected to have tears in my eyes at the end of one.I’ve experienced various sentiments at games — excitement, boredom, exhaustion, disappointment — but never before have I felt any degree of sorrow, even when my team loses. Instead of crying, punching walls or getting in fights at bars the way that some Ohio State fans do, I get over losses pretty quickly. I like football, but I just don’t think it’s that big of a deal.The game against Iowa was my last as an OSU student and the full realization of this happened to hit me during the fourth quarter of the game.Things started out the same as any other OSU game I’ve attended. A super-drunk frat boy fell flat on his face and had to be picked up by four of his friends right outside the stadium. Everyone sitting around me was drunk, yelling obscenities and being generally ridiculous. And of course, strangers high-fived excessively through the whole game.I got tired of standing after the first quarter, as usual. A drunk kid near us engaged my boyfriend in captivating conversations about John Goodman, hot girls and whether he thought Chinese food could give you AIDS.OSU fans are crazy and have never failed to bring me amusement. It can be annoying at times, like when a drunk kid keeps running in to you or worse, vomits nearby, or when there is a serial farter sitting by you.But Saturday was different for some reason. I wasn’t annoyed, and when the game went into overtime and the cheering in the stadium was at its loudest, I couldn’t help but get nostalgic. I’d never seen an OSU game go into overtime before and I’ve only seen a few close games in my four years here.The four years of college that I thought would never end are about to. I have one quarter left and this exciting game was my last as a student.Looking around and seeing the thousands of people in red not only made me proud to be an OSU student, but grateful for the experience I’ve had at OSU and thankful I made the decision to come here four years ago.The fact that anywhere you go in the country, someone will yell “I-O!” back to your “O-H!” is such an awesome thing. There are things about OSU that can’t be experienced anywhere else, and Saturday I got to really feel that and be a part of one such experience.I didn’t come to OSU because of the football team, and it’s not the most important thing about college for me. But it is one part of it, and Saturday, for one last time, I could get that feeling of pride that can only come from being in the stands at an OSU game.It sounds cheesy, but I couldn’t help but think of other games I’d gone to, and with that, about the rest of my four years at OSU. I’m lucky for the time I’ve had here, for what I’ve learned and how I’ve grown as a person.I found myself tearing up for a split second. It was bittersweet; the win was exciting but the end of the game signaled the last time, at least for awhile, that I would be in the stadium.Drunk, ridiculous fans are all part of an OSU game, just like having to stand for the whole time, paying $50 for a soft pretzel and being crushed by the crowds of people at the end.I wouldn’t trade my time at OSU for anything, and though football doesn’t mean as much to me as it does to some at OSU, the games and all that goes along with them are a big part of the OSU experience.The Iowa game made me realize that and it made me realize I was happy and fortunate to be a Buckeye.
Urban Meyer raises the Cotton Bowl trophy following the end of game against the University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State is one of the most polarizing athletics programs in the country, which makes for some great coverage throughout a year. With 2017 closing, The Lantern compiled nine of the most significant stories or some of the best writing during the year.1) Self-reported NCAA violations prevent Ohio State from recruiting 5-star prospect Micah ParsonsMany who follow the Ohio State football team wondered why the Buckeyes stopped recruiting five-star defensive end prospect Micah Parsons. In documents obtained through a public records request, sports editor Colin Hass-Hill found that Ohio State self-imposed a ban on recruiting Parsons following NCAA infractions during the recruit’s official visit in September.The report garnered national attention with the early-signing period taking place the next day.2) Thad Matta out as Ohio State men’s basketball head coachThis was shocking news that dominated the college basketball news cycle for an entire week. Ohio State fired its winningest men’s basketball coach in school history on June 5, 2017 after 13 seasons. Despite four straight Sweet 16 berths and five Big Ten championships, Ohio State went in a new direction after two straight years of missing the NCAA Tournament.The Lantern published eight articles in the two days after the announcement relating to Matta’s firing.3) Ohio State hires Chris Holtmann as men’s basketball head coachThe coaching search ended with then-Butler head coach Chris Holtmann. Just four days after Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith addressed the media about Matta’s departure, Holtmann signed an eight-year deal to become Ohio State’s next head coach. The change in the basketball program was the biggest story in Ohio State athletics in 2017, and one of the largest college sports stories of the year.The Lantern published eight stories relating to the initial report of Holtmann’s hire and his press conference on June 12.4) Ohio State sweeps BYU, wins NCAA men’s volleyball championshipOSU men’s volleyball captains raise their second-consecutive national title trophy on Saturday at the NCAA national championship game. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe most dominant program in 2017 at Ohio State was the men’s volleyball that ended its historic season with a national championship on its home floor in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes won in straight sets against BYU to win its second consecutive national championship. They also broke the school and conference record for most consecutive wins with 42. Ohio State ended the season 32-2.5) J.K. Dobbins emerging as potential standoutLooking back, this story predicted one of the biggest storylines of Ohio State’s football season. The article foretold the impact freshman running back J.K. Dobbins would have on the Buckeyes’ offense. Running back coach Tony Alford said in August that Dobbins understood the offense “faster than anybody I’ve ever been around in my 22 years.” Dobbins ended up breaking the school’s freshman rushing record with 1,403 and averaging more than 7 yards per carry.6) Hurricane Harvey impacting Houston-native Ohio State athletesHurricane Harvey and the damage it brought about was one of the country’s biggest stories in 2017 — and its impact extended into Ohio State’s athletic department. In this story, Lantern sports editors Colin Hass-Hill and Ed Sutelan explained how, speaking with four Buckeye athletes from the Houston area. The story shed light on the difficulties of witnessing personal tragedies from afar and illustrated that no matter how distant an event might seem, it is likely impacting people in our local community.7) Ohio State’s championship hopes fade away in loss to IowaUrban Meyer paces the sideline during the fourth quarter of the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 24-55. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBefore anyone could figure out how or why it happened, it was clear what Ohio State’s 55-24 meant: the Buckeyes were probably not going to the College Football Playoff for a second straight season. While hope resurfaced, especially after winning the Big Ten title, the 31-point road loss was a key reason — if not the reason — Ohio State found itself on the outside the top 4. In this story, Lantern assistant sports editor Ed Sutelan captures the significance of the loss — and why in the years to come, this game, perhaps more than the Penn State thriller or another Michigan victory, will stand out in any lookback at 2017. 8) Ohio State beat itself, then beat Penn StateWhile the loss to Iowa would tarnish some of the shine Ohio State acquired after knocking off then-No. 2 Penn State, Lantern sports editor Colin Hass-Hill skillfully demonstrates in this story just how resilient the Buckeyes were in overcoming self-inflicted wound after self-inflicted wound. It’s a terrific piece of writing on one of the season’s memorable and entertaining games. 9) Bo Jordan alters training regimen in hopes of staying healthyIn one of the sports sections’ best written stories this year, Lantern reporter Jeff Helfrich chronicles how redshirt senior wrestler Bo Jordan has altered his approach to training in order to avoid the injuries that have hindered him for four seasons so he can go out on top as a national champion. With Jordan boasting a 14-2 record through Dec. 17 and a No. 3 ranking in his weight class, so far, so good.
Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is the top candidate that West Ham have shortlisted to be their coach for next seasonAmid a troubling season at the London Stadium with the club only just two points above the relegation zone, the board have reportedly been carrying out a review into what has gone wrong for them.Current coach David Moyes has had his future at West Ham under constant speculation, since taking over from Stevan Belic in November, and the club supporters have openly accused the board of short-changing the team with cheap options, since their move from Upton Park.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…The Sun has reported that West Ham plan to pursue their interest in Pelligrini at the end of the season and were believed to have enquired about the Chilean’s availability, before appointing Moyes back in November, but could not tempt him to leave Hebei in China.The English newspaper have also reported that the Hammers are intending to recruit Leicester City’s head of recruitment Eduardo Macia as their new director of football.
Referee Felix Zwayer has revealed that he does not have any doubts over his decision to not award Bayern Munich a penalty and, critically, the opportunity to equalise in their 3-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB Pokal finalThe German official controversially denied Bayern a late penalty with the score at 2-1 after Kevin-Prince Boateng appeared to have fouled Javi Martinez in the penalty area.Zwayer took the final decision after reviewing the incident on VAR.“I originally decided to give a corner, despite seeing Martinez fall to the ground. However, the challenge looked odd and it wasn’t clear why. Therefore, I decided to consult Video Assistant Bastian Dankert and he told me that TV pictures showed contact and I should look again myself,” he explained, according to ESPN.“I saw there was contact but, in my view, it wasn’t a serious contact since Martinez put the foot that was hit stably on the ground without changing its motion, before lifting his other leg, flying forward and to the ground.”Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Asked if the contact was sufficient enough to award a penalty: “Not for me because I could not see via the TV pictures any contact that in my view could have caused Martinez to fall. The impact and effect did not match for me. I did not see any contact on the TV pictures to convince me to change my original perception and decision. Even after two days, I stand by this decision.”Frankfurt immediately took advantage of the aftermath of the incident by breaking free and scoring the third goal of the game that ended any hopes Bayern may of had of pulling off a comeback.Frankfurt boss Niko Kovac, who will take charge at Bayern for next season, agreed that it was a penalty.“Kevin [Prince Boateng] wanted to clear the ball but he makes contact with his [Martinez] foot.”He added: “In my opinion, yes, that was a penalty.”
Man Utd goalkeeper Sergio Romero has been removed from this summer’s World Cup.This is because the South American stopper sustained a knee injury while training with the Argentina squad ahead of the tournament which makes him unfit enough to take part in Russia.He represented his country in a friendly against Spain 2 months ago, fought his way back to feature in United’s final Premier League match of the season and impressed by keeping a clean sheet against Watford.“Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero will be removed from the list of 23 players who will participate in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.“The player of Manchester United today suffered a joint blockage in his right knee which requires surgery” according to a statement on the Argentinian Football Association’s website.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Nahuel Guzman has been called up as a replacement.Romero was expected to be Argentina’s first choice ‘keeper at the World Cup.Chelsea’s Willy Caballero and Franco Armani will now battle to be number one, with Guzman providing back-up.Romero was named in Argentina’s 23-man squad last Monday along with other fellow goalkeepers Willy Caballero and Franco Armani.