Cuban President Raúl CastroThe “VII Summit of the Americas,” to be held April 10-11 in Panama City, Panama, is of particular interest since Latin American and Caribbean states firmly told the Organization of American States there would be no further summits where Cuba was excluded, forcing the U.S. to agree.Although Cuba will attend, including Cuban President Raúl Castro, Prensa Latina reported, “Sources of the Cuban Foreign Ministry insisted over the last few days that attendance of their country to the Panama venue (April 10-11) is ‘dissociated’ from the projected final document titled Mandates for Action.” (April 4)The OAS, which prepared the final document, also credentialled the four official parallel forums: social, youth, business and rectors of universities.As projected by President Barack Obama in his Dec. 17 address, which opened discussions toward normalized diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, the official forums will showcase paid “human rights” agents.“However, groupings such as the National Hostosian Independentist Movement of Puerto Rico, which works for the independence of that Caribbean island associated to the United States, and environmentalists, trade unionists and a wide variety of profiles did not receive OAS approval.“The OAS gave credentials to figures from different Cuban and Venezuelan anti-government groupings financed by the United States and inserted by Washington and the OAS as part of the denominated civil society.“There are about two dozen Cuban counterrevolutionaries (residents in Cuba and abroad and financed from abroad) authorized to participate in the social forum, and others are included in several U.S. nongovernmental organizations opposed to the Caribbean island.” (Prensa Latina, April 4)While the diplomatic promoter of U.S. interests, the OAS and VII Summit get the headlines, Telesur reports a new, special U.S. force to be deployed to the Palmerola base in Honduras. The 250-person combat unit is “designed to intervene in critical situations.” Three thousand U.S. Marines are scheduled for September joint operations in Peru. (April 1)The secretary general for the Union of South American Nations proposed that the summit should call for the removal of all U.S. bases from Latin America. Telesur reported March 31 that “[Secretary-General Ernesto] Samper believes the attention on Cuba-U.S. relations should not overshadow issues such as the U.S. base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and U.S. militarization of the region.” (tinyurl.com/llj65u8)The OAS — headquartered in Washington, D.C. — was formed in 1948 to extend U.S. pro-capitalist Cold War hegemony over Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1962, the U.S. excluded Cuba’s revolutionary government, although maintaining Cuba as a member state.Prensa Latina reported April 4: “Regarding the celebration of the summit, the Cuban President made it clear his country will not ever return to the OAS, considered by Havana as a ministry of colonies under the orders of the United States.” (tinyurl.com/kx9z2o5)A “Summit of the Peoples” will adopt declarations against U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and the continuing U.S. blockade of Cuba, “among other topics affecting the underdeveloped America, like poverty and the rising power of the progressive forces.” Attending will be 2,000 social movement delegates, including Bolivian President Evo Morales and representatives from the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America. The attendees will be treated to a concert by Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez. (Prensa Latina, April 5)U.S. radio collaboration looks at SummitThe National Network on Cuba and the Pan African radio network are collaborating in a weeklong series of online and over the air broadcasts discussing the Summit of the Americas. A resource page is under construction at NNOC.info. Additional programs are welcome. Source material is appreciated. Contact: [email protected] thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Stock Image.KENNEDY – A 57-year-old Frewsburg woman is facing DWI charges after New York State Police said she crashed her car into construction barriers while allegedly driving drunk over the weekend.Troopers responded to the Saturday crash on Route 394 in Kennedy.Through investigation they allege Christine Peterson drove through barriers at the closed portion of Route 394, causing damage. Peterson was uninjured in the accident.Police say Peterson was placed under arrest and transported to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital in Jamestown where she refused to provide a blood sample to determine her level of intoxication. Peterson was issued appearance tickets and released.Police say she is scheduled to appear in the Town of Poland Court on a later date. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
1 Mukesh Ambani 53 , Industrialist*Chairman of the Rs 3,36,000-crore ril got India its single biggest fdi courtesy the $7.2 billion deal with bp.2 Sachin Tendulkar 37, CricketerThe second richest sportsman in India with 17 endorsements worth over Rs 70 crore annually and a middle class icon.3 Ratan Tata 73, Industrialist*Chairman of the Tata Group, his empire of 100 companies in 56 countries has a turnover of Rs 3.1 lakh crore.4 Samir and Vineet Jain 56 & 44, Media Barons* They own the most profitable Indian media company with a turnover of Rs 1,200 crore in 2010.5 Deepak Parekh 66, Banker*He was the man who took on the Government to defend big business post the 2G telecom scam.6 Kumar Mangalam Birla 43, IndustrialistChairman of Aditya Birla Group, his company Hindalco is to set up India’s first aluminium can plant.7 Anand Mahindra 54, IndustrialistMahindra Group md has an empire worth Rs 46,000 crore. His company is the leader in the suv market.8 Sunil Bharti Mittal 53, Industrialist*Despite cut-throat competition, he has managed to retain the top slot in telecom sector with over 126 million subscribers.9 Grandhi MallikarJuna Rao 60, Industrialist He has pledged his 12.5 per cent share in the GMR Group worth Rs 1,540 crore to charity.10 Anil Ambani 50, Industrialist* Chairman of Reliance ADA Group, operates the largest mutual fund in India, worth Rs 1.2 lakh crore.11 Baba Ramdev 46, Yoga GuruHe used yoga as the weapon to launch Bharat Swabhiman Andolan and set up trusts worth Rs 1,100 crore.12 Gautam Adani 47, IndustrialistRanked 81st in the world and 6th in India by Forbes. The chairman of the Adani Group is worth $10 billion.advertisement13 Salman Khan 45, Actor With Dabangg becoming the highest grosser at Rs 150 crore, the Big Boss host is a top notch entertainer.14 Azim H. Premji 64, Industrialist* The chairman of Wipro Technologies managed to generate almost half of its revenues from the US.15 Mahendra Singh Dhoni 29, CricketerCaptain of the Indian cricket team, has won the ipl Season 3 and Champion’s League Season 2.16 Shashikant and Ravi Ruia 67 & 61 , Industrialists* Their Essar Group recorded a revenue of over $15 billion and employs over 70,000 people.17 Amitabh Bachchan 68, Actor*The four time National Award winning actor hosted kbc for the third time getting an average trp of 4.2.18 Aamir Khan 45, ActorAfter hits like Peepli [Live] and Dhobi Ghat, he became the first Indian to be on the jury of the Berlin Film Festival.19 A.R. Rahman 45, Music DirectorBe it composing an anthem for the cwg or singing at the Oscars, he made news.20 Kalanidhi Maran 45, Media Baron*Owner of 20 South Indian tv channels and a dth platform with 4.5 million subscribers, he dominates the tv market.21 Sajjan Jindal 51, IndustrialistHe bought ISPAT after which his $5 billion JSW Group became the biggest steelmaker in India.22 20 Shah Rukh Khan 45, Actor*The actor is getting back on screen with Bollywood’s most expensive special effects film ever Ra.One23 GVK & Sanjay Reddy 74 & 46, Industrialists The GVK Group invested Rs 14,000 crore in infrastructure and has projects worth Rs 62,000 crore in the pipeline.24 Subrata Roy 63, BusinessmanHis interest in sport made him buy an ipl cricket team for $370 million. He also sponsors Indian hockey.25 Raghav Bahl 51, Media BaronChairman of Network 18, his businesses earned $96 million in advertising revenue in 2010.26 Rajinikanth 60, ActorThe hero of Endhiran is all set to play triple roles in his forthcoming film Raana.27 / Vijay Mallya 55, Industrialist*His UBGroup is worth of Rs 50,000 crore and controls 50 per cent of the liquor market.28 Anil Agarwal 57, IndustrialistFounder of the Vedanta Group, he is one of the richest Indians, with a net worth of $6.4 billion.29 J.P. Gaur 80, Industrialist The chairman of the Jaypee Group has doubled his turnover from Rs 5,500 crore to Rs 10,316 crore.30 Subramanian Swamy 71, Politician He compelled the prime minister to take action against the 2G scam’s prime accused, A. Raja.31 Mahendra Mohan and Sanjay Gupta 71 & 48, Media Barons Apart from Dainik Jagran, their other language dailies have a daily readership of 60.6 million.32 Kushal Pal Singh 79, BusinessmanHis DLF Group has housing projects in 30 cities across 18 states, emerging as the largest real estate developer.33 Prashant Bhushan 53, Civil Liberties Lawyer He played an importat role in initiating probes in high profile cases like 2G and the cvc appointment.34 Rajeev Chandrasekhar 46, EntrepreneurHis company Jupiter Capital is worth Rs 4,000 crore. He got the government to agree on the 3G auctions.35 Venugopal Dhoot 57, IndustrialistThe Videocon Group chairman has an asset base of Rs 25,000 crore. But cbi is probing his role in 2G scam.36 Subhash Chandra 59, Businessman*He is the largest distributor of cable television in India. He also managed to increase company sales by 20 per cent.advertisement37 N. Srinivasan 66, Industrialist md of India Cements, bcci Secretary and owner of the ipl’s Chennai Super Kings cricket team worth Rs 224 crore.38 Malvinder & Shivinder Mohan Singh 38 & 35, Industrialists Their Religare Enterprises acquired two funds in the US, taking the total assets to $18 billion.39 Pawan Munjal 57, Industrialistceo of the Hero Honda Group, he backed the Hockey World Cup last year, giving it much-needed support.40 Harish Salve 55, LawyerHe is the man who has an eniviable list of power clients, from Ratan Tata to Mukesh Ambani.41 Chanda D. Kochhar 49, BankerThe ceo of ICICI bank with assets of Rs 63,400 crore. It has grown by over 3 per cent since she took over.42 Parmeshwar Godrej 65, Social Arbiter* The Heroes Project under her has been incorporated in the State Aids Control 2011-2012 action plan in India.43 Rahul Bhatia 48, Owner of Indigo airlines Indigo recorded a profit of Rs 550 crore in 2009-10 whereas other airlines were running losses.44 Ram Jethmalani 87, LawyerHis intervention in the Hassan Ali case made it even more difficult for the tax evader to escape.45 Uday Kotak 51, Banker Executive Chairman and md of Kotak MahindraBank, his business is now worth $7.1 billion.46 Jaggi Vasudev 55, GuruThe founder of Isha Yoga has built a 270-acre ashram in Coimbatore from scratch.47 K. Srinath Reddy 59, DoctorPresident of the Public Health Foundation of India, and the pm’s personal physician.48 Saina Nehwal 21, SportspersonHer No 2 slot in world badminton has made her an icon. She is also a spokesperson of Jat women.49 Jean Dreze 51, Economist A professor at the Delhi School of Economics, he is a member of the National Advisory Council.50 Katrina Kaif 26, ActorShe has earned over Rs 40 crore in 2010, becoming the most successful actress of the time.* In the list since 2003.2010 rankings in brackets; plus, minus signs indicate the number of places moved up or down.the displacedPeople who didn’t make it to the Power List this time12 * Lalit Modi47, Businessman30 * Ramesh and Sudhir Agarwal 68 & 43, Media Barons31 * Abhishek Manu Singhvi 52, Lawyer32 * Rahul Bajaj 72, Industrialist40 * Prathap C. Reddy77, Doctor41 * Naresh Goyal61, Businessman42 * Sameer Gehlot & Rajiv Rattan 37, Entrepreneurs46 * Amit Mitra, 63, Economist47 * Devi Shetty57, Doctor48 * Aruna Roy 63, Social Activist49 * Ramachandra Guha53, Historian50 * Suresh Kalmadi 56, Politician*Last year’s ranking.total recall2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011businessmen 16 16 19 20 24 25 21 23 24media barons 6 10 6 10 9 7 7 5 4filmmakers 4 6 7 6 7 8 4 5 7sportstars 3 3 2 2 3 2 3 2 3social arbiters 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1Politicians 5 6 2 3 1 ‘ 3 2 1GODMEN 3 ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ 1 2 2 2intellectuals 10 8 13 8 5 6 9 10 8significant figures2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 20115 5 7 8 7 4 2 3 3’ 21 20 19 16 16 9 10 1258 53 55 54 51 56 54 54 57
Liverpool legend Carragher: Alexander-Arnold capable of playing in midfieldby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher says Trent Alexander-Arnold is capable of playing in the midfield in the future.Alexander-Arnold’s delivery from the right flank has become a consistent and dangerous weapon for Jurgen Klopp’s side over the past few years, but despite that there is still a belief that the youngster will one day move into midfield.”He’s probably one of the best young players in the world if you think about what he has done,” Carragher told Viasport.“If you talk about [Kylian] Mbappe and he’s won the World Cup, but as a defender and playing at this level and how important he is to the team, he is possibly the most creative player in the team from right full-back.“He has a lot of responsibility at a young age and he’s not going to be a superstar, he is a superstar.“His strengths are that he can handle the ball and he is the most creative player in the team, just look at his assists.“People talk about the future and could he come into midfield and be a Kevin De Bruyne type player.”He has more quality now that Liverpool ‘s midfield players and you think about the crosses that De Bruyne puts in from the right midfield position and maybe that’s a position where Trent could play.“But at the moment you wouldn’t think about moving position because he is playing so well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) is to regularise the activities of handcart operators in the market district of the Corporate Area.This move follows several meetings of the KSAC, the police and handcart owners and operators.Making the disclosure during a KSAC Council meeting at its Church Street chambers in downtown Kingston, on Tuesday, May 14, Deputy Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Andrew Swaby,said the Markets Department “is putting plans in place to register handcart operators who will be required to observe agreed rules and guidelines.”Councillor Swaby informed that the process will comprise the development of rules and guidelines governing the operations of handcarts, both in the markets and on the streets; public sensitisation of the benefits of this process to public order; and periodic workshops for operators to reduce risk and negative impact.“This will allow the police to enforce existing laws within the agreed established guidelines,” he said.Mr. Swaby pointed out that the market district is challenged by the rapid growth of the hundreds of handcarts operating in the area and negatively impacting pedestrian and vehicular traffic, often without regard for the safety of pedestrians, and against many traffic regulations.He emphasized that the KSAC is determined to address all those areas that provide a challenge for security in the municipality.“Accordingly, the activities of the handcart industry can no longer be allowed to go unregulated,” he said.Mr. Swaby noted that while the KSCAC recognises that the growth of the handcart industry has a role to play in the operations of the market district, “this administration remains committed to orderly operations with a regulatory framework.”“We believe that it is important to provide the legal framework for handcart owners and operators as they transport goods within the market district. Of special concern are handcarts selling goods, otherwise known as ‘market on wheels’,” he said.The Deputy Mayor said that under no circumstances should this move to regularise the industry be viewed as a method of earning additional income, noting that “the goal is to bring order to the market district and to regulate a critical operational input, which is an integral part of the business district.”Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwards
Special Olympics has announced that WWE will once again support the Special Olympics mission to change the world through sports by sponsoring the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.Taking place in Seattle, WA July 1- July 6, more than 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 1,000 coaches, 10,000 family members, 10,000 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 spectators will take part in this premier national sports competition, showcasing the power and joy of sports at the highest levels.WWE will promote the upcoming USA Games through its global media assets including the WWE Network, TV, digital and social media, as well as during upcoming WWE live events held throughout the U.S. To support the road to the USA Games, WWE will be highlighting Special Olympics through the eyes of three athletes: Katie Millar, a Powerlifter from Illinois; C.J. Piantieri, a Powerlifter from Florida; and Joshua Oakley, a Track and Field athlete from Connecticut. Additionally, WWE Superstars will be supporting all Special Olympics athletes at the USA Games by conducting daily autograph signings, medal presentations and attending the Opening Ceremonies.“We’re thrilled to partner with WWE and appreciate their commitment to Special Olympics and to furthering the ideals of inclusion,” said Beth Knox, President and CEO of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. “We know how much our athletes admire WWE Superstars and I know meeting them will be one of the many highlights of their week in Seattle.”“WWE is honored to continue our longstanding partnership with Special Olympics and help spread the message of acceptance and inclusion through our global platforms,” said WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon. “The heart, passion and dedication of Special Olympic athletes is truly inspirational and we look forward to supporting them at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.”WWE’s partnership with Special Olympics started with the 1995 World Games in New Haven, Connecticut, and it has continued through the more recent Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey, and an ongoing corporate partnership with Special Olympics Connecticut.Click here to see the announcement that was made on Monday Night Raw.
“Time heals all wounds” is kind of a nonsense saying when it comes to sports. If it were true, rivalries wouldn’t exist and 35-year-olds on the brink of retirement wouldn’t hang on for one last World Cup. More than half the likely starters on the U.S. and Japanese national teams in the Women’s World Cup final this Sunday were there for the agony and ecstacy — depending which team you were on — of the 2011 final game, when Japan defeated the U.S. on penalty kicks. Japan now has a chance to repeat history, and join Germany and the U.S. as the only countries to win two World Cup titles. The U.S. is looking to break its 16-year World Cup drought and secure its place in history as the greatest World Cup dynasty of all time (in either the women’s or men’s game).This championship game might not be the greatest of all time, but it’s one with a lot of still-fresh wounds, so here’s a look at how it’s shaping up.Things are more even than they seemBack in 2011, some betting lines put Japan’s chances of beating the U.S. around 28 percent, not so far from where they are this time around. Coming off a huge semifinal win over Germany, FiveThirtyEight’s model says the Americans should win 67 percent of the time, but the two teams’ performances in this World Cup have been pretty similar. Both teams have created the same number of chances (59) and scored the same number of goals (nine), despite having traveled very different paths to the final.It’s likely that goals won’t come easily for either side. The U.S. hasn’t been scored on since its opening game, and Japan has conceded only three goals in six games (one of which was an egregious keeper error). It may very well come down to who can capitalize on the few good opportunities the defense allows, and which team doesn’t miss early chances like the U.S. did in the 2011 final.A battle of two very different stylesJapan is arguably the most technical team in the world; it has had the highest pass completion percentage of any team at the World Cup (80 percent compared to the Americans’ 74 percent) and its players have touched the ball and attempted almost 1.5 times as many passes as the U.S. players. Japan plays a quick, one-and-two-touch style of soccer that is different from the styles of most teams the U.S. has faced so far. The closest comparison is probably Colombia — and the U.S. struggled a bit to win the ball back in the midfield in that game.Where the U.S. will excel against Japan is with its physicality and speed; by pressuring the defense and surprising Japan by playing the ball in behind. This is how the first U.S. goal came at the 2011 World Cup: The midfield collapsed to win the ball back, Megan Rapinoe played a long ball in behind, and Alex Morgan outran her defender and scored with just two touches. In the semifinal game against England this year, Japan struggled when the Lionesses pressured and stepped to win the ball back, and the U.S. must do the same thing if it hopes to break down Japan’s tremendous organization. The Americans are undoubtedly faster and stronger than Japan, but they’ll also need to be able to win the ball from a team that hardly loses it.Slow and steady wins the race (at least for one team)Both teams’ chances of winning didn’t change significantly throughout the tournament aside from a bump after the semifinal games; the U.S. hovered around 30 percent and Japan around 10 percent for the majority of the World Cup. Neither team looked stellar during the group stage — eyes were on Germany, France and even Brazil’s early dominance — but these are the two teams that have made it to the World Cup final.“These are two talented teams with a lot of history and rivalry, and I think it will be a classic matchup,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said about Sunday’s final. The score in head-to-head matchups is one to one right now — one World cup victory for Japan to one Olympic gold medal for the U.S. — but everyone knows a World Cup trophy tastes sweeter than gold.
A “say hey” to Ohio State’s outfielder Dee Dee Hillman might mean more than just a greeting.Hillman compares her softball prowess to Major League legend Willie Mays.“We have the same mentality that wherever the ball is hit, I’m going to get it,” Hillman said. “That is my outfield mentality. I love to make the plays that seem to be impossible. I love the challenge.”Not only can Hillman play defense like Mays, making only one error this year, but she hits like him as well.In a two-week span from April 21 to May 2, Hillman had a .524 batting average from the leadoff position.The team went 7-1 during this stretch, including a split series over the No. 2 team in the country, Michigan.Batting first in Ohio State’s lineup is an important role, which she considers an honor.“It’s my responsibility to get everybody off to a good start and set a good tone,” Hillman said. “I think it’s my job to break the ice.”Coach Linda Kalafatis has simple expectations for her leadoff hitter when she approaches the plate.“Get on base and challenge the defense,” Kalafatis said. Hillman’s role as the leadoff hitter is enhanced because of her ability to put the ball in play.She has only struck out 12 times all season.“It comes down to being relentless and knowing that (the pitcher) is not going to get me out,” Hillman said.Though Kalafatis has simple expectations, Hillman has had to work hard to fulfill her coach’s wishes.“I know I have been putting a lot of extra work in and all the extra swings in the (batting) cages is really starting to pay off,” Hillman said.Hillman’s work ethic spotlights her versatility. She is the only player listed on the roster as a switch hitter. “I switched over from a righty hitter to a lefty when I was about 14 and it has its advantages,” Hillman said. “The fact that you are two steps closer to first base is really huge. Another advantage is that you can mis-hit and still beat it out.”As the junior’s confidence has been increasing with every game, she has made big strides compared to last year.In 2009, Hillman hit .297, whereas this season she is second on the team with a .361 batting average. Her big strides are evident in the batter’s box, but much shorter on the base paths. Hillman led the team last year with 17 stolen bases. This season, she only has five.One reason Hillman has not been able to “run like Mays” is because of a lingering hamstring injury, but her coach believes there is a bit more strategy to worry about.“We don’t want to open up first base and invite teams to walk Sam Marder,” Kalafatis said. “We don’t want to open the base up.”As the regional tournament approaches, Hillman is already looking to change up her game for next year.“As I am getting older, other teams start to know you a little bit better and start to scout you more.” Hillman said. “So, if it comes to bunting or just working more on power-slapping to hit it more in the gaps, I’ll do whatever.”In the end, Kalafatis is aware of Hillman’s big goal.“She wants to be an All-American,” Kalafatis said.
Quinn Pitcock Dallas Lauderdale Last week: 3-1 Overall: 12-5 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida James Laurinaitis Last week: 3-1 Overall: 12-5 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida Last week: 3-1 Overall: 9-8 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida Zack Meisel Last week: 3-1 Overall: 12-5 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan, Florida Little changed standings-wise last week, as all five participants in the Weekly Picks Challenge correctly predicted three out of the four games. This week, the only game featuring different predictions is Michigan State-Michigan. Justin Zwick remains atop the leaderboard with a 14-3 overall record. A three-way tie for second place has James Laurinaitis, Dallas Lauderdale and defending champion Quinn Pitcock at 12-5. THIS WEEK’S GAMES Indiana @ No. 2 Ohio State No. 17 Michigan State @ No. 18 Michigan No. 14 LSU @ No. 12 Florida Last week: 3-1 Overall: 12-5 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan, Florida Justin Zwick