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Remittances: More than just money

first_imgDear Editor,The Caribbean is all of a region of origin, transit, and destination of extra-regional and intra-regional migration flows, and experiences considerable cases of return migration. Migration has constantly shaped the history of this region.It is important to stress the heterogeneity of the region, which is reflected on a composition of both large and small islands as well as mainland countries located in South America (Suriname and Guyana) and Central America (Belize). Due to its enormous geographic, historic, cultural, demographic and socioeconomic diversity, the Caribbean is a challenging region to study when focusing on migration and remittances.The Caribbean countries are primarily receiving countries of remittances. The Dominican Republic receives most remittances by far: US$4.65 billion in total in 2014; then Jamaica received US$2.26 billion, followed by Haiti with US$ 1.9 billion. The United States is the main source of remittances; while, in Europe, Spain (23%) and Italy (21%) are the main European sources of remittances heading to Latin America and the Caribbean (World Bank study Brief 24, 2015). In the Caribbean region, this is mostly destined for the Dominican Republic.For instance, in Haiti, the Caribbean country most dependent on remittances, the World Bank concluded in 2014 that 21.1% of Haiti’s GDP was derived from remittances. Estimates suggest that the total number of Haitians in that diaspora varied from 1.5 million to 4 million, and research conducted by the ACP Observatory on Migration showed that Haitian families depending on remittances can easily fall into poverty when these flows are interrupted.As for Jamaica, the country has been dependent on emigrant labour and remains an emigration country; in 2013, having an official diaspora population of 1.098 million people. According to the World Bank’s data from 2014, Jamaica received about US$2.264 billion in remittances, mostly sent from the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. This represents 15% of Jamaica’s GDP, making Jamaica one of the most highly dependent countries on remittances.Similarly, in Guyana, remittances are significant: a total of 314 million USD in 2014 constituted 11% of Guyana’s GDP. 87% is sent from the U.S. and Canada, and the rest is sent from the UK and other Caribbean nations such as Suriname.According to a study by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), “Migration and Development: the case of Latin America”, there are different incentives for sending of remittances, such as altruism, solidarity, self-interest (savings), payment of debts, and the diversification of household income and security. Some other researches carried out in Central American and Caribbean countries have shown that 72% of remittances are used to cover daily costs, savings 7%, education 6%, and the acquisition of housing 1.8%.Monetary remittances have a direct impact on the socioeconomic and employment structure of the Caribbean region. In fact, on a macroeconomic level, they can generate dependency for the Caribbean families, and can probably, and only partially, compensate for the “brain-drain” caused by massive emigration of skilled professionals.For this reason, it is crucial for this region to develop policies aiming at potentiating the positive impact that remittances can have on development.Gustavo Seguralast_img read more

Dr Cheddi Jagan’s greatest achievement was the return of democracy – PPP

first_img22nd death anniversary…as wreath laying ceremony hosted in Region 2The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Wednesday observed the 22nd death anniversary of former President and Founder of the PPP, Dr Cheddi Jagan.In a statement, the Party said Dr Jagan’s death saw Guyana losing a great fighter, politician, statesman and human being and March 6, 1997, is a day that will forever be remembered as one of the saddest in the history of the country.“Dr Jagan is regarded as the Father of the Nation for his relentless and selfless struggles against the colonial masters for Guyana’s independence. A struggle he led to free our people from colonialism, to improve their lives and to return democracy following the dark, oppressive period when our people were subjected to a brutal dictatorship for almost three decades under the [People’s National Congress] PNC regime,” the Party said on Wednesday.PPP MP Nigel Daramlall among those gathered at the Region Two ceremony in remembrance of Dr Cheddi JaganThe late President’s ideals and principles, it noted, are as relevant today as it was then, especially during this period owing to the total disregard for the Constitution of Guyana. “After about four years in office, the [A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change] APNU/AFC Government is swiftly pushing the country into economic ruin after 23 years of unprecedented prosperity under the PPP Government, started under Dr Jagan in 1992 and dubbed the “Return to Democracy”,” the Party said.Dr Jagan’s greatest achievements, the Party added, would have been the return of democracy and the renewal of hope to all Guyanese, regardless of political affiliation, ethnicity, gender, religion or class. “Unfortunately, today, PNC-led Government impunity has returned, discrimination continues unabated and hope is once again fading into the sunset as it did during those dark ruthless days of the PNC rule.”Dr Jagan was a champion of the working class, the Party said, adding that he truly believed in equal opportunities for all – a fundamental ideal of the People’s Progressive Party. “The PPP will not relent from its responsibility to represent the Guyanese people and to free them from the oppression that the current Government is foisting upon the nation. Dr Jagan led the struggle, and it will be continued by our Party until Guyanese and Guyana can return to progress. There are some who are bent on distorting our history in a calculated effort to diminish the outstanding contributions made by this Guyanese hero, but his work will live on and its relevance will remain firm in the hearts and minds of our people.”Wreath layingMeanwhile, hundreds of persons turned out in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on Wednesday at Anna Regina to pay tribute to the late President and leader of the PPP.To observe his 22nd death anniversary on Wednesday, March 6, the Party held a memorial service at the Cheddi Jagan Play Park in Anna Regina where tributes, prayers, songs, and poem were done as supporters remembered the son of the soil.In attendance were Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt; Regional Vice Chairman Nandranie Coonjah; MPs Cornell Damon and Nigel Daramlall; Deputy Mayor of the Anna Regina Town, Rudolph Williams; and other senior regional and party members. During the ceremony, the speakers called for the upholding of democracy and fight for free and fair elections just as Cheddi Jagan did all his life.A wreath laying ceremony concluded Wednesday’s activity.last_img read more

Henry talks for Bordeaux break down

first_imgSky Sports, the channel for whom Henry worked as a pundit for four years before quitting last month, said late on Monday that he had refused the offer to take his first managerial role since retiring as a player.According to French sports daily L’Equipe, Henry felt that he had not been given sufficient guarantees by General American Capital Partners (GACP), the American consortium expected to take over Bordeaux at the end of September from current owners, the media conglomerate M6.Despite his lack of experience as a coach, appointing the 41-year-old would have been a remarkable coup for Bordeaux, the six-time French champions.They are looking for a replacement for the Uruguayan Gustavo Poyet, whose departure from the club is expected to be made official later on Tuesday.Poyet was only appointed in January and led the club to European qualification at the end of last season, but he was suspended earlier this month after a very public outburst at directors over transfer policy.Henry, who had been working as an assistant coach to the Belgian national team, met GACP in New York at the end of last week having come to an initial agreement with M6.According to reports, however, Bordeaux were surprised by his salary demands given his lack of experience as a coach. Reports say he also wanted three new signings before the transfer window closes at the end of this week.Bordeaux had already been turned down by former coach Laurent Blanc and Remi Garde, another ex-Arsenal player who is now at Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer.As their search for a successor to Poyet goes on, interim coach Eric Bedouet is set to take charge of the team in their next game, the Europa League play-off, second leg at home to Belgian club Gent on Thursday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thierry Henry will not join Bordeax, the French club has confirmed© AFP CHRISTOPHE SIMONBORDEAUX, France, Aug 28 – Thierry Henry will not be the next coach of Bordeaux, with the French club’s president confirming to AFP on Tuesday that negotiations had broken down.“Yes, we can confirm the end of those negotiations,” Stephane Martin told AFP, following earlier reports in France and England that Henry had turned the job down.last_img read more

First Thursday events will get a holiday twist

first_imgBy Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER This week’s First Thursday will be more spooky than usual. The monthly event still will feature plenty of art, food and culture, but the date also marks Dia de los Muertos and the 10-year anniversary of the Art Walk. Merchants are combining the two occasions for a celebration with special activities and promotions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.There will be crafts, music and an Aztec dance troupe to honor the traditional Latin American holiday of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. A mock cemetery will be set up in an empty lot, and there will be a small procession to altars that are set up in some shops. In addition, there will be lots of activities for children, from face-painting to a raffle. “It’s going to be fun,” said Carla Ortega, who works at Our Creations on Sixth Street, where the children’s activities will be held. She said most of the downtown merchants are participating in the event, and some of the art galleries and shops will have special sales or products. “It’s more cultural than anything,” Ortega explained. “Everybody can learn about our celebration and this particular holiday.” First Thursday activities are from 5 to 10 p.m. throughout the downtown area, and Dia de los Muertos children’s activities will begin at 5 p.m. at Our Creations, 416 West Sixth St. rachel.jones@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gunshot hits two, kills one in quarrel

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe dead man was a 20-year-old Lancaster man. His name was not immediately released while authorities tried to find his family. The wounded woman, whose name was also not disclosed, was treated at a hospital and released. The shooting was reported about 1:40 a.m. Tuesday in the Marbella Villas complex in the 43400 block of 30th Street West, deputies said. Several people were in the condo when the shooting occurred, a homicide detective, Pat Tapia, said. Tapia said detectives were told conflicting stories about what happened. LANCASTER – A woman was wounded and her estranged boyfriend was shot to death during a quarrel early Tuesday inside a condominium home, deputies said. The two were quarreling when the woman’s brother confronted the estranged boyfriend and fired a shot from a handgun, sheriff’s deputies said. The bullet first hit his sister’s arm, then fatally hit the estranged boyfriend in the upper torso, deputies said. The brother, identified as 23-year-old Jesse Lee Kerr of Lancaster, was arrested on suspicion of murder and was being held without bail. last_img read more

Donegal man assaulted fiancee just minutes after they got engaged

first_imgA Letterkenny man who assaulted his fiancee just minutes after they got engaged in Derry on Sunday night has been given a suspended jail sentence.Sean Fahey (48), from Slievesnaght Road, was given a two-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, at the city’s magistrates court yesterday. The Belfast Telegraph reports he was also ordered to pay his now former fiancee compensation of £75.A police officer told District Judge Michael Ranaghan that Fahey had a record of 198 reported incidents in the Republic and had 54 bench warrants issued for his arrest.She said Fahey assaulted his then-fiancee outside her home in the Ballymagroarty area by twisting her arm behind her back after they’d had an argument following their engagement just minutes earlier.For full report see https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/donegal-man-fahey-assaulted-fiancee-just-minutes-after-engagement-in-derry-36406237.htmlDonegal man assaulted fiancee just minutes after they got engaged was last modified: December 14th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Christensen’s father delivers January ultimatum to Chelsea

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars JIBE Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Andreas Christensen’s father and agent has issued a public ultimatum to Chelsea by claiming his son will ask for a transfer in January if he’s not back in the club’s first team.The 22-year-old centre-back returned to Stamford Bridge last season after a two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach and quickly found himself playing as a permanent fixture under Antonio Conte. targets OFF shining Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Christensen has developed into one of the world’s most promising young defenders Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star tense center_img REVEALED REAL DEAL Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa 1 gameday cracker “I think, unfortunately, Chelsea have too many players who just go out on loan if [the club] isn’t going to use them and I don’t think Andreas should get caught in that.“I’m of the conviction that we’ll attempt to move Andreas in the winter time [if he’s not playing]. Around Christmas, something else needs to happen.”Christensen has made just three appearances so far this season, two in the Europa League, one in the League Cup. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Latest Chelsea News REVEALED Christensen performed well in 2017/18, however new manager Maurizio Sarri has brought David Luiz back into the fold in his place.Gary Cahill has also dropped out of the side, with Antonio Rudiger now starting instead.Speaking to Danish television, Christensen’s father and agent, Sten, voiced their displeasure at the situation by claiming he will request a January transfer unless his son starts playing more.Christensen Sr explained: “If his situation doesn’t change around Christmas, we’ll obviously schedule a chat with Chelsea and say, ‘Okay, what can we do for Andreas? Can we move him?’“For me it’s not a loan again. Either it’s Chelsea or else he needs to leave. I don’t think a loan is the optimal situation for Andreas. It’s sort of either or. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January punished last_img read more

FITNESS TRAINING WITH A RUGBY TWIST

first_imgLetterkenny Rugby Club have become the first Sporting Club in Donegal to open up their Fitness Training to the General Community.Sessions will be non-contact and will focus on building aerobic fitness and general strength for both males and females. There will be two levels of Training:The  Elite training Classes are for people who keep their fitness levels high and would like a new challenge.  The classes will be designed to build strength, stamina and aerobic fitness. Rugby skills will be incorporated into the classes to make them fun but this session is not for the faint-hearted!Intermediate Classes are aimed at those who undertake light to moderate training on a regular basis and would like to further improve their fitness, while meeting like-minded people. The emphasis will be on aerobic and strength training.This initiative has come about in response to the large number of people who want to train outdoors but don’t necessarily want to play team sports. Andrew Gibson, a professional fitness instructor who is running the sessions, said that you only need to drive around Letterkenny to see how many people are training on their own.  He pointed out that while jogging and cycling are great for aerobic fitness, they really only exercise a couple of muscles and people should try to incorporate some more general training into their fitness regime.‘The aim of the sessions is to provide a fun training environment which will improve overall fitness, strength and stamina’, he said.Classes are being held at Letterkenny RFC at the Glebe at 6.00pm Mondays and Wednesdays and on Saturday mornings at 9.30 am.  Cost is €5.00 per class. There is a free introductory session on the Bank Holiday Monday, August 1 at 6.00pm.For enquiries or to register your interest, send a text to 086 811 9339.FITNESS TRAINING WITH A RUGBY TWIST was last modified: July 24th, 2011 by marieShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fitness trainingLetterkenny RFClast_img read more

Donegal school ‘bee-lieve’ after reaching environmental awards final

first_imgYoung people from Carndonagh Community School are celebrating being shortlisted for the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards, which will be held in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dublin, on May 22nd. The group are advancing to the finals with their inventive project ‘Bee Good’, which aims to bring attention to bee-keeping in second level schools.Earlier this year, the group were tasked with coming up with an action project that would make a real contribution to the environment at a local level. Once this was complete, the intrepid young environmentalists had to pitch their big idea to a panel of experts at the Ulster ECO-DEN – a Dragon’s Den style pitch meeting which they passed with flying colours.The impressive project has been shortlisted with 80 others for the finals of the Young Environmentalist Awards.From over 318 project registrations received across Ireland and Northern Ireland, the successful group will now have the honour of showcasing their project at the Young Environmentalist Awards Showcase and Awards ceremony in Dublin, which will see over 650 young environmentalists from all over Ireland come together to highlight their work.Commenting on the Ulster ECO-DEN, ECO-UNESCO Director Elaine Nevin said “It is always so uplifting to see and hear the fantastic work that young people are doing all across the country through the Young Environmentalist Awards programme. “This year we have met young people who speak with such great confidence and passion about the real impact they have had on their natural environment through their action projects. We are very proud of everyone who took part.“We are inviting members of the public through the Peoples’ Choice award to go online to our website, read the inspiring projects, and show your support to these talented young people by voting for your favourite project.”Although the main objective for the finals is to impress the judges and take home a much coveted award, the young people also need your support for the People’s Choice Award.The public have the power to choose the winner of this category and from May 9th-May 20th you can vote online for your favourite project at www.ecounesco.ie.Donegal school ‘bee-lieve’ after reaching environmental awards final was last modified: May 3rd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardsbeesCarndonagh Community Schoollast_img read more

SA youth get technical skills assistance

first_img31 January 2013 The Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg saw its second batch of students graduate on Wednesday, contributing to its goal of developing 10 000 electronics engineers in Africa by 2015. Established two years ago to fast-track African youths into the job market, the academy currently offers 240 Grade 10-12 students from eight participating technical schools and 320 students from Further Education and Training (FET) colleges with vocational skills training. It also offers opportunities to young people who have matriculated but ended up unemployed or in menial jobs. “Through its partnership with the National Economic Education Trust, the Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy has opened its doors to out-of-school youth who matriculated with good maths and science grades but have been unable to find suitable jobs,” Samsung said in a statement. It involves two hours of basic, intermediate and advanced training after school every week day and is supported by the University of Johannesburg, with plans to get the programme accredited and officially endorsed by the university.‘Driving the economy forward’ “South Africa is faced with an urgent need to fill the supply and demand gap that has emerged between industry’s need for technical skills and the number of students that enter the job market each year possessing these skills,” Samsung Africa’s managing director, Maengdal Bae, said at the graduation ceremony at the Kempton Park civic centre. “So today it is heartwarming to know that these graduates have not only been equipped with the world-class skills to build a better future for themselves, but that they will also play an integral part in driving our economy forward.” The academy also forms part of Samsung’s plan to ensure its sustainability in Africa by building a skilled pool of resources and contributing to a competitive global economy. In line with its goal to improve technical skills continent-wide, Samsung has launched its electronics engineering academies in Kenya and Nigeria too. It will be rolled out in Ethiopia and Cote D’Ivoire in the course of 2013, with more in the pipeline in the next few years. “Technical education is a cornerstone of any aspiring developing country,” said dean of the engineering faculty at the University of Johannesburg, Tshilidzi Marwala. “Through its electronics engineering academy programme, Samsung is capacitating our country’s technical backbone.” Of the academy’s first graduating class in 2012, Samsung reported that 100% of the students were placed in positions at its service centre, knock-down plant and call centre partners in Gauteng. “Our ability to provide graduates with employment is only possible because of the nature of the academy programme, which is focused on preparing students for the world of work,” Bae said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more