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The meaning of Boris – Caribbean News Now



Dear Sir:

The Dark Ages: Europe is a nation of plunder. This nation watches what you have and comes and takes it, with or without your permission. The so-called dark ages testify to this. Norsemen, Vandals, Vikings, the invasion of coasts, the burning of villages, the sacking of towns. They plunder what you have, take back in ships, establish outposts.

Western Imperialism: The last five hundred years of European history has not been different. Plunder of the Americas; then plunder of Latin America, Africa, South East Asia, the Middle East. These are the objective facts of history. The large “humanistic” European projects, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Parliamentary Democracy, the rule of the former serfs, plebeians, peasants, proletarians, have not stemmed this incipient appetite and will to plunder. Divide and rule. Conquest.

Adolph Hitler was the quintessential European plunderer: He said, okay, you are using the Jews to plunder us financially, those parasites sucking the blood of the Germanic peoples, okay, we will get every last one of them. Let’s see what you will do. Then he turned his sword, blitzkrieg-plunder, to Britain, the Soviet Union, and deep into the Mediterranean and North Africa. Modern Europe says it is distancing itself from Hitler, but it is the Fourth Reich. After Hitler, they had the US do their historical genocidal business; and stood behind the arras, colluding.

The monetized economy: After the Second World War, the Europeans tried to stabilize the global financial system by adopting the Breton Woods Gold Standard, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). They then launched genocidal wars in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, North and South East Asia. Right under our very eyes they made Hot War and named it Cold War, over twenty million slaughtered in these subject nations. But in the early 1970s they demolished the Gold Standard. 

Now they print enormous sums of paper, Fiat, call it money. This financialization of the global economy with US greenbacks and British pounds means the following: we establish the standard. You come for it. Borrow. Work your living-daylight to pay back for it. And if you cannot, we impugn and capture you.

The rebels: The solution to Euro – US genocide and war does not lie inside Europe. However, those who stand up to these military and financial empires are soon demonized; or CIA-poisoned or assassinated. Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, Castro in Cuba, Gandhi in India. Muhammad Ali. Martin Luther King. Hugo Chavez in Venezuela; and nation-states crucified: The Axis of Evil, for example. North Korea, Iran, Cuba. Muammar Khadafy, Osama bin Laden, Fundamentalist Islam. Not all the above use lofty means. Some use the selfsame terror of European terror to terrorize.

Donald Trump has put a temporary halt to Euro-American plunder and congenital violence. He has said no more energy wars in the Middle East. We will make our own “clean” energy, really, back to hydrocarbons. He has said Europe will have to pay up for its US military-protection money. He wants to make America great again. He wants to substitute aggressive trade and economic sanctions for genocidal war. And, no more immigration-law freebies. The CNN, MSNBC, BBC, FOX, the gospellers of Euro-American genocide are in a tizzy. They love nothing better than war. They will only be happy if Trump ignites the war machine again.

Our slaves: The bulk of our local mainstream media, middle classes, leadership, economists, the university have become slaves to the CNN and BBC bible, which gospel the edicts of the monetizing economy of the Euro/Americans. My fight with communities, against attempts to monetize Chatham and La Brea with US and Chinese smelters, the fisheries banks in Otaheite with an industrial estate, the commons of Claxton Bay with the NGC industrial estate, an Indian Steel Mill, a US plastics complex, a Canadian-funded chemical factory, the Arima market, the St Augustine nurseries, the revolution against the global monetizing agenda, the fight for demonetization (rather than monetization) of our commons and resources, has earned us vilification of the highest order. Those who enslave the nation to greenback-gas cannot be independent, free.

Brexit: So, our Facebook posting and Rituals-sipping slaves hate Trump. And they hate Brexit, which the bulk of the validating elites in London, Oxford, Cambridge also hate, and the rural and working classes democratically voted for. These elites will not give up their sadistic will to plunder. They are happy with European economic orthodoxy and the dictatorship of a centralized parliament formed to compete with other gigantic trade blocs: the BRICS, China, South East Asia, and Latin America.

Boris: Into this maelstrom drops another pink man with yellow hair, the dog-whistle for the racists. Boris has pledged a sleuth of progressive goodies: Green Energy, animals welfare, re-investment in space and science, the regeneration of towns, the funding of the Police, protection for British health care system, investment in clean foods, global multipolar trade, an independent 5G initiative, reigniting British genius, bulldog grit, trading smart. He wants to make Britain a global leader by 2050. 

He is also Churchillian, the imperialist who hated Gandhi’s guts. Even if, let’s say, he and Trump contain the warmongers, for now, when they eventually go, Europe will fall back on its default position, global war. The lid on repressed Euro/US Puritan neurosis will blow open. Trump and Johnson will go down in history as halts, temporary stoppages, to the incipient European/US will to terror and plunder.

Yours sincerely,

Wayne Kublalsingh

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Prime Minister to oversee Caricom technical committee negotiating elimination of roaming rates




Prime Minister, Dr the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, will have technical oversight of a Caricom Technical Committee that will conduct negotiations to eliminate roaming rates in the region.

This decision was among those taken at the just concluded 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, which was attended by Dr Mitchell and Minister for Trade, Industry, Cooperatives and Caricom Affairs, Honourable Oliver Joseph.

In the communique issued at the conclusion of the meeting, Caricom Heads identified the removal of roaming rates in the Caribbean as one of the key components of efforts being made toward digital transformation and building technological resilience.

According to the communique, “Heads of Government welcomed the efforts of the Rt Hon. Dr Keith Mitchell, Lead Head of Government for Science and Technology who along with Colleague Heads, are advocating for the telecommunications operators to institute a modest fixed single Caricom roaming rate for Caricom nationals. The rate would include local and regional voice calls, data and over time will include more services.”

The removal of roaming rates is regarded as a priority intervention for 2020.

In Grenada’s presentation to the meeting on the subject, the Prime Minister called for unity and the unwavering support of all Caricom leaders in the negotiations with telecommunications providers to remove roaming charges. He noted that “historically, telecoms provision has been used as a subtle tool to attempt to divide the region and we must guard against this, in this round of negotiations.”

Dr Mitchell cited critical information gaps that must be addressed, even before the start of negotiations and he called on fellow Heads of Government to work with their Ministers of ICT and national regulators, to provide any available information as soon as possible and to support the actions of the negotiations team.

The basis for the negotiations will be founded in the development of the Caricom Single ICT Space, which in turn, is at the core of building technological resilience in the region.

The Grenadian leader told fellow Caribbean leaders attending the meeting that, “while the removal of roaming rates is a lynchpin for our digital hopes for transformation of the region — digital transformation is multi-dimensional and therefore, while we have identified removal of roaming and zero-rating government websites — there are many other strands which must be addressed and which will help to improve our negotiation posture and which must be very visible to the watching world.”

Dr Mitchell highlighted the fact that digital transformation starts with digital leadership which will, in turn, facilitate greater awareness among Caribbean nationals. He said, “We have to start talking about digital transformation in our meetings and it should be present in our various utterances to our citizens. Our citizens must be aware of our regional digital transformation goals and how they are given life by what we say and more importantly do, nationally.”

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57-year-old bodybuilder promotes maintaining a healthy body




by Curlan Campbell, NOW Grenada

  • 57-year-old bodybuilder Leslie ‘Strongman’ Hutchinson has the physique of a 30-year-old
  • Competed in several bodybuilding competitions without protein powders and other supplements for muscle growth
  • Outfitted his home gym is with equipment made from readily available materials

Although not having the bulging muscles mass in comparison to the likes of local professional bodybuilders Damion Daniel or Hafid Tyrone James, 57-year-old bodybuilder Leslie ‘Strongman’ Hutchinson has the physique of a 30-year-old. He boasts of being able to compete with the best without the use of protein powders and other supplements for muscle growth.

But what’s even more interesting about Hutchinson, who is from the village of Telescope in St Andrew, is that he was able to maintain his daily training and powerlifting regimen and still be the proud father of 22 children with his wife of over 14 years, Delma.

Hutchinson fell in love with bodybuilding in 1983 and has since gone on to partake in several strongman competitions for which he has trophies and medals to show, despite not being able to afford the expertise of local trainers or specialised professional equipment. Hutchinson did not allow this to stop him and constructed his personal home gym outfitted with equipment made using readily available materials.

In his middle age years, Hutchinson was witnessed bench pressing upwards of 300 lbs, curling dumbbells weighing 100 lbs and leg pressing over 500 lbs. He said, “I still keep the discipline and principle of bodybuilding and I all the time tell guys that a gym is no place for jokers and idlers because when it comes to the gym it is serious business.”

He admitted that bodybuilding was an escape from the temptation of overindulging in alcohol which was and still is quite prevalent within the community. “The time I go and sit down by the block and drink rum with friends, the same friend who may turn around and burst my head after I had the rum with him, I should go to the gym. So when I to the gym and train when 10 pm all rum shops close and in doing so my friends hardly seeing me, because every evening after I finish work, I head straight to the gym,” he said.

Image of bodybuilder Leslie ‘Strongman’ Hutchinson training in the early 90s at his home gym.

During the span of his passion, Hutchinson competed in several bodybuilding competitions including placing 1st in the Return of Legion in heavyweight category; 1st in Mr Grenada Middleweight category in 2009; 2nd place in the St Andrew’s South West Father’s Day Best Talent Competition and 2nd place in Grenada Olympia Clash of the Titans 2015 Lightweight category. While most bodybuilders garner sponsors to assist in preparation for the competitions, Hutchinson said his wife Delma, has been his main supporter and sponsor since as a poor man he is unable to afford the luxuries afforded to bodybuilders who can get cooperate sponsorship. He constantly speaks of being in good health which he attributes to eating healthy foods especially ground provisions in small portions. He also frowns upon the use of supplements to promote muscle growth.

“On mornings, I get a cup of black sage water and roast fig with a tip of salt and I am good for the day. I eat a lot of green fig, yam, breadfruit and tannia. I would tell bodybuilders to eat natural and stay healthy like me. I will have 2 eggs for the morning maybe once a week because I am a poor man and I have never gotten any sponsors. If I need any sponsor I have to call on my wife and I all-time say to her we are not begging anybody, what little we have we will make it do.”

Hutchinson who weighs 170 lbs is closely approaching his 58th birthday and still manages to spend up to 3 hours in his gym every evening while maintaining a full-time job as a security guard for Gravel and Concrete Production Corporation.

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World failing to provide children with a healthy life and a climate fit for their future: WHO-UNICEF-Lancet




As climate and commercial threats intensify, WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission presses for radical rethink on child health

No single country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment and their futures, finds a landmark report released today by a Commission of over 40 child and adolescent health experts from around the world. The Commission was convened by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and The Lancet. 

The report, A Future for the World’s Children?, finds that the health and future of every child and adolescent worldwide is under immediate threat from ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practices that push heavily processed fast food, sugary drinks, alcohol and tobacco at children. 

“Despite improvements in child and adolescent health over the past 20 years, progress has stalled, and is set to reverse,” said former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Co-Chair of the Commission, Helen Clark. “It has been estimated that around 250 million children under five years old in low- and middle-income countries are at risk of not reaching their developmental potential, based on proxy measures of stunting and poverty. But of even greater concern, every child worldwide now faces existential threats from climate change and commercial pressures.

“Countries need to overhaul their approach to child and adolescent health, to ensure that we not only look after our children today but protect the world they will inherit in the future,” she added.

Intensifying climate change threatens every child’s future

The report includes a new global index of 180 countries, comparing performance on child flourishing, including measures of child survival and well-being, such as health, education, and nutrition; sustainability, with a proxy for greenhouse gas emissions, and equity, or income gaps. [Top & Bottom 10 countries; Full Global Index on pp. 35-38] [1]

According to the report, while the poorest countries need to do more to support their children’s ability to live healthy lives, excessive carbon emissions – disproportionately from wealthier countries –  threaten the future of all children. If global warming exceeds 4°C by the year 2100 in line with current projections, this would lead to devastating health consequences for children, due to rising ocean levels, heatwaves, proliferation of diseases like malaria and dengue, and malnutrition. 

The index shows that children in Norway, the Republic of Korea, and the Netherlands have the best chance at survival and well-being, while children in Central African Republic, Chad, Somalia, Niger and Mali face the worst odds. However, when authors took per capita CO2 emissions into account, the top countries trail behind: Norway ranked 156, the Republic of Korea 166, and the Netherlands 160. Each of the three emits 210% more CO2 per capita than their 2030 target. The United States of America (USA), Australia, and Saudi Arabia are among the ten worst emitters.  

“More than 2 billion people live in countries where development is hampered by humanitarian crises, conflicts, and natural disasters, problems increasingly linked with climate change,” said Minister Awa Coll-Seck from Senegal, Co-Chair of the Commission. “While some of the poorest countries have among the lowest CO2 emissions, many are exposed to the harshest impacts of a rapidly changing climate. Promoting better conditions today for children to survive and thrive nationally does not have to come at the cost of eroding children’s futures globally.”    

The only countries on track to beat CO2 emission per capita targets by 2030, while also performing fairly (within the top 70) on child flourishing measures are: Albania, Armenia, Grenada, Jordan, Moldova, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uruguay and Viet Nam.

Harmful commercial marketing preys on children – with childhood obesity increasing 11-fold

The report also highlights the distinct threat posed to children from harmful marketing. Evidence suggests that children in some countries see as many as 30,000 advertisements on television alone in a single year, while youth exposure to vaping (e-cigarettes) advertisements increased by more than 250% in the USA over two years, reaching more than 24 million young people. 

Professor Anthony Costello, one of the Commission’s authors, said: “Industry self-regulation has failed. Studies in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the USA – among many others – have shown that self-regulation has not hampered commercial ability to advertise to children. For example, despite industry signing up to self-regulation in Australia, children and adolescent viewers were still exposed to 51 million alcohol ads during just one year of televised football, cricket and rugby. And the reality could be much worse still: we have few facts and figures about the huge expansion of social media advertising and algorithms aimed at our children.”

Children’s exposure to commercial marketing of junk food and sugary beverages is associated with purchase of unhealthy foods and overweight and obesity, linking predatory marketing to the alarming rise in childhood obesity. The number of obese children and adolescents increased from 11 million in 1975 to 124 million in 2016 – an 11-fold increase, with dire individual and societal costs.

A manifesto for immediate action on child and adolescent healt

To protect children, the independent Commission authors call for a new global movement driven by and for children. Specific recommendations include:

  1. Stop CO2 emissions with the utmost urgency, to ensure children have a future on this planet;
  2. Place children and adolescents at the centre of our efforts to achieve sustainable development;
  3. New policies and investment in all sectors to work towards child health and rights;
  4. Incorporate children’s voices into policy decisions;
  5. Tighten national regulation of harmful commercial marketing, supported by a new Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Dr. Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet family of journals, said: “The opportunity is great. The evidence is available. The tools are at hand. From heads-of-state to local government, from UN leaders to children themselves, this Commission
calls for the birth of a new era for child and adolescent health. It will take courage and commitment to deliver. It is the supreme test of our generation.” 

“From the climate crisis to obesity and harmful commercial marketing, children around the world are having to contend with threats that were unimaginable just a few generations ago,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. “It
is time for a rethink on child health, one which places children at the top of every government’s development agenda and puts their well-being above all considerations.” 

“This report shows that the world’s decision makers are, too often, failing today’s children and youth: failing to protect their health, failing to protect their rights, and failing to protect their planet,” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,
Director-General of the World Health Organization said. “This must be a wakeup call for countries to invest in child health and development, ensure their voices are heard, protect their rights, and build a future that is fit for children.”

Notes to editors

[1] About the index; please see pp. 35-38 of the report, with technical details in the Annex, pp. 19-72

[2] This Commission was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


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