LETTER TO THE EDITOR: OUR EDITOR’S NEW ROUTE

first_imgOUR EDITOR’S NEW ROUTEBY BILL HAZELIPIn the late thirties and early forties I would pick up my spending money by selling papers. The Evansville Press printed several versions of the Red Streak and Blue Streak plus the regular editions. These special “hot Streaks” sold like war-time doughnuts. The two best two corners were the Greyhound Bus Station at third and Sycamore, the other hot corner was at Fourth and Main in front of the Walgreen drug and coffee store! Back in those days the war time news seemed to be happening everywhere and the people had to rely on the printed media and radio news. For most part the news reports were as accurate as possible and persons working in those areas of communications were highly regarded. Back in those days too were the facts that Journalists felt they had a responsibility to tell the unbiased truth regardless of which political party it might effect.Today, we receive news from many sources and these bits of information come with a price, its called viewer rating and each Journalists will lower themselves to slant any type of story to be first with the news. In 2016 the Journalists are regarded as circus barkers, fast money artists, and in some cases out right liars. So what does this have to do with the two best corners to sell paper? We have two editors, they basically are not needed. The Courier’s “opinion page” now carries stories from New York, Chicago, West coast, and the USA papers. local news for most parts are non-existing! Like the freight train Caboose Engineer, there are no need for editors and soon their Corporate, Gannet Publishing, will be sending out pink slips.The Courier’s two editors, Pate and Ethridge need to stake their claim to these newly rebuilt corners. Selling papers was my start and they can start their new career from these locations….. WISH THEM LUCK!EDITORS NOTE;  THIS LETTER WAS POSTED WITHOUT BIAS, EDITOR AND OPINON.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Barbados and OECS Raise Stakes at Historic 73rd World Health Assembly

first_img Share 51 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img InternationalLifestyleLocalNewsPoliticsRegional Barbados and OECS Raise Stakes at Historic 73rd World Health Assembly by: – June 4, 2020 Share 73rd World Health Assembly was held virtually“This is a crisis therefore that strikes not only at the heart of our humanity but also at the organization of our human societies.”  PM Mia MottleyThe Chairperson of CARICOM, and the prime minister of Barbados, the Hon.  Mia Mottley was one of the 14 Heads of Government who addressed the recently concluded 73rd World Health Assembly. The prime minister in her address on behalf of the Caribbean Community CARICOM recognized they could not fight COVID-19 but instead tried to delay its arrival in the Caribbean.Prime Minister Mottley described ‘the Caribbean region’s economies as the most travelled and tourism dependent in the world, adding that our people and economies are exposed in a way that we have not experienced since becoming independent’. “The closing of our borders and the trebling of unemployment, and the reduction of our government revenues by half, has created grave challenges.”Commending the “intervening hand” of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO) and CARPHA, the Prime Minister said these agencies sought to move the region closer to a level playing field, but lamented that there is still much work to be done.Prime Minister Mottley outlined the need for “moral leadership” that would “recognize that the use of historic per capita income to determine access to concessional funds or grant funds, or to determine fair access to the procurement of goods, is unacceptable”.The World Health Assembly heard that the use of certain criteria did not allow for vulnerable territories in the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific to access funds and that such criteria bore little or no relevance to our current vulnerability and challenges.Mottley thanked WHO Director-General,  Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, for reaching out to the Executive Director of the Global Fund to advocate for the countries in the region that have been excluded from procurement through the consortium of critical COVID-19 medical supplies. Our region, it was said, “urgently needs adequate numbers of the appropriate tests, in particular the rapid tests that are affordable and reliable, if we are to allow our societies and economies to reopen safely.”The Minister of Health and Wellness, for Barbados, Lt Col. Jeffery Bostic, also shared Barbados’ preparedness prior to recording the first cases of COVID-19.  Minister Bostic shared key highlights of the response identified on procurement of urgently needed medical equipment and supplies in an environment of scarcity; and strengthening of the infrastructure of the health care system, including laboratory capacity for the diagnosis of COVID-19. Minister Bostic said “We are cognizant of the on-going health needs of our people and are determined to not be paralyzed by this pandemic”.Speaking on behalf of the OECS, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Health, the Hon. Molywn Joseph, reiterated that “containment works”, stating that “all countries in the region were able to ‘flatten the curve’.”However, Minister Joseph lamented that the response to the public health crisis has resulted in the related economic and social crises, adding that “tourism accounts for over 50-percent of GDP and nearly 40-percent of employment across the region”.As a country still grappling with recovery from hurricane devastation, Minister Joseph told the WHA that Antigua & Barbuda requires global partnerships to address the needs resulting from COVID-19 and beyond. Access to financing and debt, continued support from PAHO and WHO to strengthen health systems, access to supplies to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and development of relevant protocols for reopening of the economies.Dominica’s Minister of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment, the Hon.  Dr. Irving McIntyre, expressed thanks to those who assisted Dominica, including China, the WHO, Venezuela and Cuba.The Minister observed that “as we continue to share the experience of COVID-19, the world should emerge better prepared for future infectious diseases”.He added: “The importance of striking a balance between maintenance of livelihoods and economic activity while preserving our health status and gains made so far is a delicate one, more so as local economies and boarders are reopened in a phased manner.”Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Hon. Robert T.L.V. Browne, said the pandemic has taught his country that “we don’t have a developing world and a developed world; we have one world and we are all in it together.”Minister Browne reflected on challenges faced by his nation. “Our response was affected by the disruption of supply chains and trade restrictions. It took us two and half months to get a PCR diagnostic machine (out of the USA), and even the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for all its good intentions and explosive might seemed powerless to help us on this matter.’’Minister of Health and Wellness of St. Lucia, the Hon. Mary Isaac, advised the WHA that “to facilitate quarantine and isolation of persons identified through contact tracing and those returning from high risk COVID-19 areas, five public health facilities were established in hotels and a hospital was retrofitted as a respiratory hospital,”.St. Kitts & Nevis Minister of Agriculture and Health, the Hon. Eugene Hamilton, had this to say when addressing the WHA. “Global success in winning the war against Covid-19 will be largely dependent on strong leadership at all levels – government, the private sector, and civil society. The focus must be on saving lives, safe vaccine development, and recalibration towards a new normal that includes the rights to health and a life of dignity for all people.”last_img read more

Almir Pliska is the new player of Velež

first_imgFormer Striker – Centre Forward of FC Sarajevo and FC Olimpic Almir Pliska is going to play for FC Velež from Mostar.Pliska signed contract with Velež yesterday and it will expire on 30 June 2014.Before Pliska, Amir Zolj, Senedin Oštraković, Aldin Šišić, Matijas Pejić, Boris Letić, and Admir Vladavić also came and reinforced FC Velež.last_img

Champions of B&H: Basketball Players of Čelik

first_imgBasketball players of Čelik won the prize and became the champions of B&H.Girls from Zenica won the Play off in fourth match in Sarajevo with 60:55 (11:17, 17:16, 13:12, 19:10) and celebrated in the final series with 3-1.Jasmina Bigović with 16 points and 12 jumps, Zvjezdana Gagić with 15 and Aida Kalušićwith 12 points, were the ones who led Čelik to championship. In the Play off, the most effective was Nikolina Babić with 19 points.This is the second title of championship of B&H for basketball players of Čelik, who won the Cup of B&H this year as well.(Source: Fena)last_img read more