Daily Archives: April 16, 2019

Belize: Put the National Interest FirstSir Ronald Sanders | Caribbean 360

Belize: Put the National Interest First

Sir Ronald Sanders | Caribbean 360

BELMOPAN, Belize – Narrow party-political ambitions frequently thwart the wider national interest in practically every country.

The world is watching this play-out now as a public spectacle in Britain where the Brexit question continues to be deeply immersed in both personal political purposes and a struggle for the supremacy of one political party over another. At the end of it, Britain will be a much-diminished nation economically. It will also have little clout in the international community.

But it is not in Britain alone that this tragedy of political ambition over wider national interest is being displayed. On April 3, seven days before a referendum is scheduled to be held in Belize to determine if the country should take its border dispute with Guatemala for final arbitration to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the opposition political party, the Peoples’ Unity Party (PUP), obtained an injunction from the Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, to stay it.           Continue reading

Guyana:  What took the Georgetown City Hall so long? – Commentary

City Hall – Georgetown

Apr 15, 2019 – Kaieteur News – Editorial

It is a good step to identify not only who; but how much and how long. For this is a large part of what has crippled fulfillment of the obligations of municipal government.

The whole dreary, enraging delinquent picture should highlight the disdain of those who capitalize on a lucrative presence in the city, and who persist in ways designed to decapitate it. Nothing can be free for so long; a sweet free ride it has been.

Long and costly delays; Decline of services; Resistance to new measures. All about how much to cheat. How much can be squeezed out of a system long lax, long negligent, and long colluding and corrupt.    Continue reading

USA: Lessons From Netanyahu’s Victory for Democrats in 2020 – Chemi Shalev | Haaretz

13 Lessons From Netanyahu’s Victory for Democrats Hoping to Beat Trump in 2020

Israel and the U.S. may be oceans apart, but both are led by wily nationalists-populists who stop at nothing

Chemi Shalev | Haaretz

1. Believe it: Donald Trump can win the 2020 elections. No matter how inconceivable the thought may be to Democrats, it can happen, unless they do things exactly right, it will happen. And even if they do things right, it can still happen.

2. The powers of incumbency: They may be well known but the powers of shameless incumbency are exponentially greater. Netanyahu brazenly gave out IOU’s to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in exchange for grand gestures – the U.S. recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli and the return of the remains of Zachary Baumel’s body – to aggrandize himself in the eyes of the electorate and to wipe the campaign slate clean of the spiraling scandals enveloping him. It worked.         Continue reading

USA: Boeing’s Will Give Way to Safety Reforms if Flyers Organize – By Ralph Nader

USA: Boeing’s Will Give Way to Safety Reforms if Flyers Organize

  By Ralph Nader | April 4, 2019 – Aletho News

To understand the enormity of the Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes (Lion Air 610 and Ethiopian Airlines 302) that took a combined total of 346 lives, it is useful to look at past events and anticipate future possible problems.

In 2011, Boeing executives wanted to start a “clean sheet” new narrow body air passenger plane to replace its old 737 design from the nineteen sixties. Shortly thereafter, Boeing’s bosses panicked when American Airlines put in a large order for the competitive Airbus A320neo.  Boeing shelved the new design and rushed to put out the 737 Max that, in Business Week’s words, was “pushing an ageing design past its limits.” The company raised the 737 Max landing gear and attached larger, slightly more fuel efficient engines angled higher and more forward on the wings. Such a configuration changed the aerodynamics and made the plane more prone to stall (see attached article: https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2019/boeing-canceling-737-max).        Continue reading

Guyana’s Economy: We must demand what’s justly ours – By Lincoln Lewis

We must stand our ground and demand what’s justly ours

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