Joseph Mariathasan: The bad news and the good news

first_imgIndia, with its traditions of democracy and tolerance, is likely to be one of 2016’s ‘good stories’, writes Joseph Mariathasan“The world is on fire” declared Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former NATO secretary general, in the opening speech of the 2015 IPE Conference & Awards. For him, four key stories will drive geopolitical movements and the global economy in the coming decades.   The “extremely bad story”, he thought, was the Middle East, and few would dispute that, although they may dispute both the trigger for the current chaos and what the steps towards establishing a stable solution would be.The “bad story”, he said, was Russia. As a former head of NATO, perhaps one could argue there was a hint of bias there. But as he argued, the current Putin-led leadership is obsessed with restoring the idea of Russian greatness. This can be seen in the concept of EuroAsianism, the idea a Christian Orthodox Greater Russia can stride the world alongside the US, Europe and China. That philosophy can be evidenced in the links Russia is cultivating with its fellow Orthodox country, Greece. But, as Rasmussen added, the falling oil price has meant a Russia in decline. That creates a more unstable environment, which does not bode well. But moving onto a positive note, Rasmussen argues that China is a good story. Despite the negative headlines in the press over disputes in the South China Sea, China, Rasmussen argues, prefers peaceful co-operation. The regime’s survival requires economic growth, which is dependent on an effective global trading system. Moreover, the persistent Beijing smog is a powerful reminder China needs transfer of new technology to tackle the severe challenges it faces such as heavy pollution.The very good story Rasmussen sees is the US, which he predicts will maintain its global leadership for decades to come. Unlike Europe, Russia and China, it has secure borders and faces no threats from hostile neighbours. Indeed, the mega companies of tomorrow are more likely to arise from the US than anywhere else in the world.Rasmussen, though, may have left out another good story, which is likely to have a major impact on geopolitical and economic trends in the years going forward. That is India. To appreciate the context, it is worth remembering that, prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, India was far closer to the USSR than to the US, which had instead backed Pakistan as a counterweight to Soviet influence in India. During the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war that led to the liberation of Bangladesh, the US under president Richard Nixon supported Pakistan.That experience coloured relations until the dissolution of the Soviet Union. US president Bill Clinton imposed sanctions on India in 1998 following its nuclear tests, although only Japan joined the US. Meanwhile, India during the whole period post-independence in 1948 had also fallen far behind China in growth rates, and anyone who has visited both countries can see the contrast in the state of the infrastructure. It may still take a generation for India to catch up.The remarkable change that has occurred, though, was from 2004 onwards, when after the sanctions, US policy reversed with the creation of what amounts to an almost strategic partnership between the world’s most powerful democracy and the world’s most populous. Relations between the two have become so close that some have argued US foreign policy in the region has been delegated to India.But if that is the case, India has not yet risen to the challenge. It lacks an effective, long-term strategic foreign policy towards its neighbours in the region, or a well-staffed foreign service, along with the paraphernalia of think tanks focused on foreign policy able to contribute to the formulation of policy in the US. That, however, may change, particularly as India strives to achieve its objective of a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.To achieve success requires economic clout. But, in the last couple of years, India’s growth rate has also increased to be comparable with that of China and may even surpass it in the years ahead, as the country’s demographic advantage starts kicking in more powerfully. India’s rise, with its traditions of democracy and tolerance, should be a positive force for good despite its many and well-publicised problems. Hopefully, if Rasmussen gives his talk in another decade, there will be more good stories than bad.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPElast_img read more

Michael Blackburn resigns as head of LIAT pilots union

first_img Tweet 26 Views   no discussions Share LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel Michael Blackburn resigns as head of LIAT pilots union by: – December 23, 2011 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Captain Michael Blackburn said he does not believe his resignation would negatively affect negotiations between LIAPA and the airline management.ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Friday December 23, 2011 – Captain Michael Blackburn has resigned as Chairman of the Leeward Islands Pilots Association (LIALPA) as he prepares to file a lawsuit against regional carrier LIAT challenging his summary dismissal earlier this month.Captain Blackburn said his resignation Thursday would prevent possible conflict of interest since he may have to call on association members to aid his defense.The senior pilot said he will file the challenge by the first week in January, the latest.He is also aiming to clear his name following allegations he compromised flight safety during a trip to St Lucia.The former union boss denied being pressured into making the decision and expressed full confidence in the current LIALPA leadership.“We have a very effective executive council remaining in office and a new chairman would be elected within 60 days. There is no amount of persuasion by members who support me fully that could make me to stay on,” he said.“LIAT has made some allegations regarding my professional conduct recently and I have to exonerate myself and I would take whatever steps I have to, to do it. That would place me in a compromising position because the position of chairman of the association is very powerful so that I would be in a position to exercise undue leverage or the appearance thereof, which is equally important to me and therefore I have no choice but to step down.”The former chairman stated he does not believe his resignation will negatively affect the position of LIAPA, which along with other unions are involved in an industrial dispute with the management of the Antigua-based airline.“It might even strengthen the resolve of guys who will realise they can operate without me,” he said of his resignation.“If the company is under the belief that because I’m not there they can do whatever they would like or they can take advantage of the situation, then the Caribbean people would pay a serious price.”The trade unionist denied reports of serious disunity within the association, saying “there is no big division.”He also urged LIALPA to proceed with changes to the constitution to ensure there is collective leadership rather than centralized power for the chairman.Captain Blackburn was employed with LIAT for 34 years, and served 32 of them on the LIALPA executive.His sacking led to days of industrial action by pilots, which left thousands of regional travelers stranded.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Romeo and Juliet tonight at Liberty Park-Rain or Shine!

first_imgBatesville, in. — Tonight the Rural Alliance for the Arts welcomes the public to the presentation of Romeo and Juliet at Liberty Park by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at 7 p.m.If rain moves in officials say the show will be moved to the pavilion.last_img

Big Eagle jets to first night Can-Am checkers

first_imgWILLISTON, N.D. (Aug. 7-8) – Jett Big Eagle wasn’t quite sure on the date of his career first Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature win.You can bet he won’t forget the date of his second.The 15-year-old from Manor, Sask., started on the pole and led every lap of Williston Basin Speedway’s Can-Am Shootout opening night main event on Friday. He held off older brother Masen for the $1,200 checkers and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth.“Masen got close on that last lap but I was able to close the door on him,” said Big Eagle, pumped at the prospect of being elected to the 2016 All-Star field. “It was great to get this win with him second and my other teammate, Joey Galloway, third.”The only caution of the 25-lap contest flew on the opening circuit. Big Eagle was slowed by lapped traffic but still beat his brother across the stripe by about a car length.“I got the better of him coming out of the final turn,” said Big Eagle, who’d won for the first time in an IMCA Modified on May 24 at Nodak Speedway. “He was better coming in, but I was better getting out of the corner.”Travis Hagen started ninth and won Saturday’s Modified feature, also earning $1,200 and a spot on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Travis Peery was the runner-up while Masen Big Eagle sewed up two-day championship honors with his third place showing.Other Friday winners were Jeremy Swanson in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Ryan Wolla in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Jason Olsen in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Also taking Saturday checkers were Chris Ellis in the Stocks, Matt Lizotte in the Northern SportMods and Brad King in the Hobbies.Modified Feature ResultsAug. 7 – 1. Jett Big Eagle; 2. Masen Big Eagle; 3. Joey Galloway; 4. Chris Schroeder; 5. Mike Hagen; 6. Travis Peery; 7. Jamall Wold; 8. Eric Sinness; 9. Travis Hagen; 10. Hank Berry; 11. John Flory; 2. Wayne Johnson; 13. Tyler Wagner; 14. Joe Flory; 15. Ed Conlin; 16. Pete Bradley; 17. Tommy Lee; 18. Jeremy Sorenson; 19. Mark Neu; 20. William Kinden; 21. Darren Schatz; 22. Troy Heupel; 23. Robert Hellebust; 24. Justin Medler; 25. Nick Fuchs.Aug. 8 – 1. Travis Hagen; 2. Peery; 3. Masen Big Eagle; 4. John Flory; 5. Hank Berry; 6. Conlin; 7. Johnson; 8. Schroeder; 9. Jett Big Eagle; 10. Donavon Sorenson; 11. Heupel; 12. Joe Flory; 13. Wold; 14. Jeremy Sorenson; 15. Sinness; 16. Tim Sorenson; 17. Wagner; 18. Neu; 19. Brad­ley; 20. Lee; 21. Schatz; 22. Andy Clingman; 23. Mike Hagen; 24. Hellebust; 25. Medler; 26. Gallo­way.30last_img read more

Local restaurant needs help finding individuals involved with missing golf cart

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN— Recently, RiverWatch in Lawrenceburg purchased a golf cart to transport customers to and from the restaurant. Unfortunately, two individuals decided they needed it more as the golf cart was stolen Sunday afternoon from the restaurant. The people of interest were caught on camera and appears to be one male and one female. The cart in a Black 2020 EZ GO cart with a tan top and tan seats. If you have any information, you can contact the Lawrenceburg Police Department at 812.537.2284.last_img read more

FIFA ethics body clears Infantino from criminal case

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available FIFA president Gianni Infantino can continue in office while under criminal investigation in Switzerland, the soccer body’s ethics committee ruled on Wednesday.Preliminary investigations into Infantino’s conduct – relating to his undisclosed meetings with Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber and taking a private flight on FIFA business from the Caribbean to Geneva – have been closed. In a statement published by FIFA, chief ethics investigator Maria Claudia Rojas noted: “The evident lack of a prima facie case regarding any alleged breach of the FIFA Code of Ethics.”Rojas ruled that not even a provisional suspension from duty was required.The decision was published just three weeks after a criminal proceeding was opened against Infantino by a Swiss special prosecutor.He assessed several complaints about the FIFA leader’s meetings in 2016 and 2017 with the attorney general, Michael Lauber, and possible abuse of public office.Still, the ethics ruling was expected after FIFA defended its president in a robust and at times testy way in recent weeks. Infantino was cleared in the internal investigation hours after FIFA published the agenda for its remote congress he will chair online from Zurich on September 18.It also came on the day a Swiss parliamentary commission confirmed Lauber would leave his job on August 31.Lauber offered his resignation last month after a disciplinary sanction was not overturned on appeal.Tags: Criminal InvestigationFIFA president Gianni Infantinolast_img read more

Jose Mourinho under scrutiny as Keith Hackett calls for summit with referees

first_img Press Association Jose Mourinho faces a crucial period as Chelsea manager after being hit with another misconduct charge by the Football Association, prompting calls for an urgent summit to address his relationship with match officials. And Keith Hackett, the former general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, believes Mourinho and Chelsea must be invited to a meeting to discuss recent events. “It’s my firm belief that there needs to be an urgent summit meeting between Jose Mourinho, Bruce Buck, the chairman of Chelsea, Richard Scudamore, the chief executive of the Premier League, and Mike Riley, general manager of PGMOL,” Hackett wrote on you-are-the-ref.com. “The public spats involving the manager of Chelsea need to be dealt with immediately in a face-to-face meeting.” Mourinho had a similar summit meeting last season, following the dismissal of Nemanja Matic for his reaction to a challenge by Burnley’s Ashley Barnes. However, it appears to have done little to repair his fractious relationship with match officials. The Blues play at Stoke on Tuesday night in the Capital One Cup fourth round, after which Mourinho may comment on the latest FA charges. He has more pressing matters to deal with, notably the need to get results to ensure he remains Chelsea manager. Four games prior to November’s international break – two trips to Stoke take place either side of matches with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Dynamo Kiev – could determine whether Mourinho has a future with the Blues or not. Mourinho signed a new four-year contract on the eve of the season-opener with Swansea, but 59 days later, after the home defeat to Southampton, he was subject of the first vote of confidence in a manager in Roman Abramovich’s 12-year ownership. The club’s October 5 statement expressed support in the Portuguese, but stressed results had to improve and he had the squad to do it. Chelsea have won one of their three games since, against a free-falling Aston Villa, and are 15th in the Premier League after losing half of their 10 league games. The 52-year-old Portuguese has until Thursday at 6pm to respond to the charge, which relates to his half-time dismissal by referee Jonathan Moss at West Ham last Saturday. Mourinho is already appealing against a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments made about referee Robert Madley following the October 3 loss to Southampton. last_img read more

Ronald Koeman replaces Quique Setien as Barcelona manager

first_imgBARCELONA: Ronald Koeman has been appointed Barcelona manager on a two-year deal, the club announced on Wednesday. The 57-year-old Dutchman will take over from Quique Setien, who was sacked following Barca’s 2-8 defeat to Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.”FC Barcelona and Ronald Koeman have reached an agreement for the Dutchman to take over as first team coach until June 30, 2022,” the club said in a statement. Koeman comes to Barcelona after coaching in the Premier League, LaLiga, the Dutch league, the Portuguese league and also on the international stage with the Netherlands. In his six seasons as a Barca player, Koeman made 264 official appearances, scoring 88 goals, many of them from his trade mark free kicks on his way to becoming the highest scoring defender in the club’s history. Koeman claimed 10 trophies in his time as a blaugrana: four LaLiga titles, a European Cup, a Copa del Rey, a European Super Cup and three Spanish Super Cups. Koeman was one of the leaders of the ‘Dream Team’ under coach Johan Cruyff and after his six seasons with the blaugranes, he finished his career back in his native Holland playing for Feyenoord. After retirement in 1998, he returned to Barca as a member of the coaching staff before leaving for Vitesse in 1999 to begin his coaching career. He began his coaching career at Barcelona as first team assistant coach and then as coach of Barca B in the 1998-99 season. (IANS) Also Watch: Tai Ahom Yuva Parishad Assam burns CM’s Effigylast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe 85-year-old Bess fought health problems the last few seasons and said he didn’t have the energy level to do what he needs to do to excel as a coach.Bess was 1,300-416 in 50 seasons at Three Rivers – 143 more victories than NCAA Division I leader Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEHF’-skee) of Duke. Bess led the junior college team to national titles in 1979 and 1992.NHL-DUCKS-CONTRACT EXTENSIONSDucks extend Guhle, CarrickANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Brendan Guhle (GOO’-lee) to a two-year, $1.6 million contract extension. Guhle has four goals and eight points in 30 games this season for the Ducks this season. He was acquired by Anaheim from the Sabres in February 2019. The Ducks also signed forward Sam Carrick to a one-year extension worth $700,000.SOCCER-MORGAN-BABYUS soccer star has babyUNDATED (AP) — U.S. national soccer team star Alex Morgan has become a mom just in time for Mother’s Day.Morgan announced Saturday on social media that she gave birth to daughter Charlie Elena Carrasco at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Just 0.7% of MLB employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19. Results were based on about 5,600 completed records from employees of 26 clubs. Samples were obtained on April 14 and 15.The start of the baseball season has been delayed because of the virus outbreak. There’s no timetable for when the season might begin.Sixty people tested positive in the raw data, and adjustments were made for false positives and false negatives.One of the study’s leaders says the survey had a 0.5% false positive rate and demonstrates MLB employees have been less affected than their surrounding communities have been.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: Update on the latest sports May 10, 2020 — Chinese Basketball Association president and former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming says his league has three options for resuming a season that has been on hold since Feb. 1 over the pandemic. Yao says the league might play out the full schedule, play a shortened season with some games dropped, or end the regular season and go straight to the playoffs based on teams’ current rankings. Yao told state broadcaster CCTV that he hopes as much as the season can be played as possible, but that public health and fairness are the key considerations.— The president of the French Tennis Federation says holding the French Open without fans later this year is an option. The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7 but has been rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4. Bernard Giudicelli tells a French newspaper (Le Journal du Dimanche) that organizing it without fans would allow a part of the economy to keep turning.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-THREE RIVERS-BESSCollege hoops’ all-time coaching leader retires.POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — College basketball victory leader Gene Bess of Three Rivers College has retired and has been replaced by his son, Brian.center_img — The president of the University of Virginia says he hopes college football can be played this fall, but he doesn’t expect it to seem like “normal football seasons.” James Ryan told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that athletic director Carla Williams and football coach Bronco Mendenhall are committed to a safe return to play. But Ryan says nothing will proceed until medical officials say it’s safe to resume workouts. Ryan says school officials are taking things day by day. He says students need to be back on campus before football can begin.— The British government says tennis courts and golf courses in England can reopen starting Wednesday, but people can only play with members of their own household. Gyms and swimming pools remain closed, although swimming in the sea or lakes will be allowed. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave no indication when professional sports can resume competition. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can set their own stance on tennis courts and golf courses, and they have already indicated a more stringent version of the lockdown will be maintained.— The Spanish soccer league is not changing its plan to resume competing after five players from clubs in the first and second divisions tested positive for COVID-19. The league confirmed the positive tests on Sunday but said it was not going to alter the practice protocol that got underway last week. Players from most clubs began individual training sessions on Friday after nearly two months of confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic.— A player for English Premier League team Brighton has tested positive for the coronavirus as clubs prepare for talks on how to resume competition during the pandemic. The southern England club told The Associated Press there is no need for other members of the squad or coaches to self-isolate since players have only worked in isolation when at the training base. The Premier League has government support for “Project Restart” and will try to secure agreement among the 20 clubs on the plans during a conference call with them on Monday.— America’s Cup teams are returning to the water in varying degrees nearly two months after the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of what would have been an impressive global road show for sailing. Defending champion Emirates Team New Zealand has returned to training on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbor with its half-size test boat after a mandatory lockdown was lifted. By Monday or Tuesday, the New York Yacht Club’s yacht Defiant will be headed from Pensacola, Florida, to Auckland on a 500-foot ship. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMLB has low percentage of employees test positive for coronavirus antibodiesUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball appears to have successfully handled the first wave of the new coronavirus. Morgan was on the U.S. team that won the World Cup last summer in France. She hopes to return to the team following her maternity leave in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

The Latest: UEFA postpones executive committee meeting

first_imgThe Latest: UEFA postpones executive committee meeting ___Soccer players in Italy will have to wait at least another 24 hours before restarting full team training.Italian clubs resumed training on an individual basis on May 4 when lockdown measures in the country started to ease. They were slated to return to training together on Monday but they have not yet been given the green light to do so by the Italian government’s scientific panel.The medical protocol for the resumption of Serie A has proved contentious but a revised document was delivered to Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora on Sunday and is expected to be given to the scientific panel on Monday.Serie A plans to resume on June 13. Club Brugge was awarded its 16th Belgian title last week after the league announced the end of the season with the current standings declared final.___The Spanish soccer player who threatened to quit his team rather than risk being infected by the coronavirus has returned to training.Cádiz defender Fali Giménez rejoined his teammates at the second-division club about a month after saying he wouldn’t play again unless there was a vaccine for COVID-19 or if he was assured 100% that he wouldn’t get infected after being back on the field.Giménez did not practice last week as the rest of the squad returned to training nearly two months after soccer was halted. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The 24-team tournament was pushed back a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is scheduled to use 12 stadiums in 12 nations.UEFA wanted the host cities to confirm they could still stage games.The governing body of European soccer says its executive committee will meet on June 17 instead of May 27 “due to the existence of some remaining open points regarding a small number of proposed venues” for Euro 2020.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said Euro 2020 can be staged without all 12 stadiums.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___UEFA says it has postponed an executive committee meeting by three weeks because of issues regarding the venues for the rescheduled European Championship in 2021. ___Belgian soccer clubs have been allowed the possibility to designate three teams they don’t want to host in empty stadiums next season.The league says it will try to accommodate the club’s wishes amid the coronavirus pandemic.The measure could be used by clubs to avoid playing famous clubs or bitter rivals in front of empty stands for matches that usually draw many fans and generate big ticketing revenue.All sporting competitions in Belgium will remain suspended until July 31 because of the health situation and all mass events have been banned until Aug. 31. The first round of soccer matches for next season will likely be played without fans when the league resumes on Aug. 7. Premier League clubs have agreed on the measures that will allow non-contact training sessions to resume this week amid the coronavirus pandemic.The protocols for socially distanced training in small groups were signed off by the clubs during a conference call following a government decision to ease lockdown restrictions in England.Contact training and matches have yet to be allowed by the government.The Premier League season was suspended in March with Liverpool leading by 25 points with nine games remaining.Coronavirus testing is due to take place twice each week at clubs on up to 40 players, coaches and support staff. The 26-year-old Spaniard had said it didn’t make sense to play soccer while people were dying because of the virus. He said he would not forgive himself if he got infected and passed the virus to a family member.Cádiz lauded Giménez’s return and published photos and videos of him training with his teammates. He underwent alternative drills because he missed last week’s sessions.___Celtic has been declared Scottish champion after the country’s top soccer league was cut short because of the coronavirus outbreak.It is Celtic’s ninth straight title. The Scottish Professional Football League says clubs expressed a unanimous view that there is no prospect of completing the season.The SPFL says it has accepted their decision and is now able to pay out $8.5 million in fees “to help clubs stay afloat.”There have been no games in the Scottish Premiership since March 13 because of the pandemic. Final season placings have been determined by points per game up to that point.Celtic had 80 points from 30 games so has 2.66 points per game. Rangers finished second with 2.31 points per game.Hearts has been relegated. ___A soccer player in Germany for third-division club Chemnitz has tested positive for the coronavirus.Chemnitz did not name the player but the club says he is “completely symptom-free.” That player and two other players who had contact with him will spend 14 days in isolation.Chemnitz says the player tested positive in a sample taken Saturday but had tested negative in a sample from two days before that. The club says it can still return to full team training on Tuesday.The first and second divisions in Germany returned to play Saturday but the third-division restart was postponed last week from its planned date of May 26. Some clubs have still not received clearance from local authorities to play or hold full training sessions. Associated Press May 18, 2020last_img read more