18Jan/20

The decline of America

first_imgGuyanese know that the most powerful neighbour in the North is the United States. It is the country to which most Guyanese would like to go to live. Some may prefer Canada. In the pre-independence and post-independence Guyana, it is understandable that Guyanese would have opted for Britain. But the US is still by far the target country for most Guyanese who travel beyond the Caribbean and South American region. Globalisation, the Internet and rapid commute make it possible for people to travel to big cities around the world very quickly.The Republican candidate, Donald Trump, is echoing what seems to be a popular narrative these days. He is arguing that America has been taken advantage of by other countries, such as Mexico and China. Thus, his campaign theme and his promise is to “make America great again”. Trump is arguing that America is so weak today that political leaders are unable to control America’s borders, let alone control its economy and stop its decline. Scholars who support this view point to the post-World War II era when America was a dominant hegemonic superpower with extensive global reach. Military leaders have argued that it is difficult for the US to fight two wars simultaneously because American military might has declined over the years. Some people have adopted a more organic view of American decline – the US, like Rome and Britain, will rise and fall.A closer look at the arguments made by those who argue that America is in decline seems to make sense, at least, initially. It is true that the economic well-being of the average American (measured as median household income) has dropped over the last few decades. The US’s main competitor, in military and diplomatic terms, is Russia and America seems impotent in deciding on a preferred outcome in Syria or the Ukraine; areas where Russia seems to exercise greater influence.And China has gone from being a small fraction of the US economy to being the largest economy on Earth. China has a large and growing Gross Domestic Product (although it is less than the US’s when measured at market exchange rates). And the gap between the two countries is widening. In most American households, everything seems to be “made in China”. Clearly, China’s economic takeoff represents a major shift in global power, particularly when it is flexing its military muscle in the mineral-rich South China Sea area. China’s rise is another economic blow to America’s influence in the important Asian market. Aside from China, the US economy continues to face challenges from other developed countries, including Japan and Europe, countries the US provided with generous economic aid after World War II. The US now has a large trade deficit with other countries.One continuing fact remains constant over the years – America has taken on too much of the world’s burden, ranging from providing economic assistance to fighting AIDS.While there is evidence to suggest that the US is not the economic and military giant it once was, it can be argued that its global power has been eclipsed. The US cannot threaten countries as it has done in the past, nor can it easily use its economic aid to influence countries to behave in an approving way. The world has changed. Communism is dead and even the US is respectful of democratic norms and international laws to a certain extent. However, as Thomas Friedman has argued in his book The World is Flat, it is not that America is in decline, rather other nations are catching up to the US in terms of their and military and economic development. These global changes pose new challenges for the US.The reality is that the United States remains the world leader in scientific and technical strength. The American capability for innovation and its global competitive power, its advanced Science and Technology, higher education, culture of innovation, and military technology still place the US ahead of the race among the almost 200 countries in the world. While not in “irreversible decline”, the US must continue to adapt to the changing world environment in order to remain ahead of the game. To say that the US is in decline is a stretch. (Send comments to BRamharack60@gmail.com)last_img read more

17Jan/20

Disrespect an issue in Warriors’ narrow NBA Finals escape

first_imgWhen the alternative is leaving the ball in the hands of 30-point sharpshooter Stephen Curry, who struck for 23 points, Iguodala didn’t seem so bad a choice.“I’m going to probably live with that,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “It wasn’t like we were disrespecting him and not trying to guard him.“He misses that we call timeout, we go down with a chance to win the ball game unbelievably, somehow.”The Raptors led by 12 in the second quarter, surrendered the first 18 points of the third quarter to fall behind by 13 and nearly battled back to win by silencing Golden State more more than 5:30 until Iguodala’s shot.“He’s just got a lot of experience,” Kerr said. “He has done everything in his career, been in the Olympics, won three rings, one of the smartest players I’ve ever been around.ADVERTISEMENT Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN “It’s kind of disrespectful to leave Andre Iguodala open like that,” Curry said. “He has made big shots like that before.”Raptors reserve Fred VanVleet, who struck for 17 points in the loss, said Toronto was not insulting Iguodala, but he simply was the option they were most willing to have take a long-range shot in the late-game situation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“They found Iggy on the way back out and he got a wide-open look,” said VanVleet. “He knocked it down. So that was a really big shot for him. We would like to have contested that a little bit more.“We don’t disrespect those guys. We know Iggy’s made big shots in his whole career. We’ve seen that movie before.” Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) and teammate Shaun Livingston (34) celebrate their win against the Toronto Raptors following the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Stephen Curry saw it as an insult that the Toronto left Andre Iguodala open for what became the decisive 3-point basket in Golden State’s victory Sunday in the NBA Finals.That made it all the sweeter when Iguodala, who was 1-of-14 from beyond the arc before his crucial shot, sank the bucket to clinch a 109-104 victory that pulled the defending champions level 1-1 in the best-of-seven series.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao View comments For Raptors, a bad 6-minute stretch proved very costly NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think he sensed that we needed his production in that second half and he came alive.Warriors teammate Draymond Green said Iguodala’s shot was simply what the team knows he can do.“As big as Andre’s shot was, we have come to expect Andre to hit big shots,” Green said. “Since he’s been here I’ve seen him hit several game winners. I’ve seen him put the icing on the cake at several wins.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

11Jan/20

Toure insists City will keep chasing Chelsea

first_imgPreviously, manager Pep Guardiola suggested 10 points might be too big a gap to close, but Toure is confident they have what it takes to do just that.“When you look at me, I never give up,” Toure told reporters on Thursday.“But football is not about the talk outside the pitch it is about what goes on the pitch. We have to perform.“It is quite difficult for us. Chelsea have been playing one game a week and we are fighting in a lot of competitions so it is quite hard.“You see the solidity of Chelsea and a win at Liverpool would have made it very difficult for us. But we are not thinking about Chelsea – we are thinking about us.“Just get the job done, keep it going and perform like we did.“We have to do those kind of performances. Normally we play well – but we have to win.”City take on Swansea City in their next Premier League match on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s midfielder Yaya Toure (C) celebrates scoring his team’s fourth goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match against West Ham United February 1, 2017MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 3 – Yaya Toure says the Manchester City squad remains confident of overhauling Chelsea and win the Premier League title.City moved to within 10 points of the Premier League leaders on Wednesday after beating West Ham 4-0, while Chelsea had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Liverpool.last_img read more

06Jan/20

iPhone activation complaints continue

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — While blogs continue to simmer with complaints from people who waited months to buy an iPhone and now are experiencing problems activating it, AT&T Inc. said Sunday that the situation has improved. “We are working on any issues on an individual basis with customers who were impacted,” said Michael Coe, a spokesman for AT&T, the Apple Inc. device’s exclusive carrier. Nearly all customers have been able to activate their phones within five to eight minutes, he said. Without activation, not even the phone’s alarm clock works, leading some unhappy customers to joke that their inactive iPhones are little more than expensive paperweights. AT&T attributed the problems to overloaded servers as large number of customers tried to activate their phones over the weekend. After being hit with the initial onslaught, AT&T made technical adjustments to its activation system so that new users wouldn’t face the same delays, Coe said. Customers with corporate accounts might also experience delays because AT&T needs authorization from the telecommunications manager at their company to switch them to an individual account, he said. Timothy Johnson, 36, of Collegeville, Pa., said his phone was activated Sunday afternoon, about two days after he bought it. “The experience of the activation is unacceptable,” Johnson said. “It all just reeks of ill-preparedness to me.” Johnson said he was happy with the iPhone and credited Apple for acknowledging the problem. But he expressed concerned about the type of service he would get from AT&T in the future. Rob Enderle, an industry analyst with The Enderle Group, said the activation problems probably won’t hurt iPhone sales. “This kind of thing is not unusual when you have this number of people trying to buy something all at once,” Enderle said. Depending on how the companies handle customer’s complaints, it could in fact help, he said. If customers feel the company has treated them well, they are more likely to buy and recommend its products in the future. “It doesn’t matter whether your product breaks or not,” Enderle said. “It matters how well you treat your customers.” The iPhone, which also serves as an iPod media player and a wireless Web device, went on sale Friday evening after months of anticipation. Thousands of people lined up in front of Apple and AT&T stores across the country to be among the first to get one. Apple has been updating its Web site nightly to report which of its stores have iPhones in stock. Nearly all AT&T stores have sold out, Coe said. Apple would not address specifics on iPhone sales figures or customer activation problems, but a spokeswoman said the company was working hard to resolve any issues. “There are a small percentage of iPhone customers who have had a less than perfect activation experience,” said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. Customers can activate the phones by logging on to Apple’s iTunes software from their computers. Although many customers said they experienced no delays, others received a message saying activation “will take some additional time.” Many buyers said their troubles began when they tried to switch from their current cell phone provider to AT&T. The activation problem has affected both existing AT&T wireless customers and those signing up from another cell phone carrier, Coe said. As of Sunday afternoon, eBay Inc. said more than 2,700 iPhones had been sold on the online auction site at an average price of $740.18. The iPhone retails for $499 for the 4-gigabyte version and $599 for the 8-gigabyte model. 160Want 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

30Dec/19

UCLA NOTEBOOK Key injuries kill offense in 1st half

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Receiver Brandon Breazell suffered bruised ribs in the second quarter when he was hit reaching for a pass over the middle. Both injuries may have hampered UCLA’s offense, which was held to single digits for the third time in eight games. “It didn’t help that we lost a couple of big play-makers for us, offensively, early in the game,” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. “We started off offensively pretty well with the early score, but we didn’t have the continuity to win a game like that.” Bell was initially injured on a 3-yard run on UCLA’s second possession of the first quarter. He was helped to the sideline, examined by the trainers and put a neoprene sleeve on his knee and returned on UCLA’s next possession. But after carrying for seven yards on first down, he again stayed down with an injury to his right knee. After being helped to the sideline, Bell was taken the locker room on the back of a cart and was on crutches in the second half. He is expected to have an MRI on Monday. By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER PULLMAN – The litany of injuries plaguing UCLA’s offense claimed its top running back and receiver in the first half of Saturday’s 27-7 loss to Washington State, and the long-term prognosis for both is in question. Tailback Kahlil Bell, who scored on a 50-yard run on the third play of the game, suffered a sprain to his right knee, and he could be lost for the season. X-rays on Breazell’s ribs were negative, but he was so sore after the game he could barely walk through the locker room. “It’s not broken, but it’s a lot of pain,” Breazell said. Breazell was hurt when he was drilled by Wazzu free safety Xavier Hicks Jr. “That’s every safety’s dream shot right there,” Hicks said. P.I. for five Not only did Washington State have 545 yards of total offense, but UCLA also was called for five pass interference penalties. At one point, on back-to-back plays late in the third quarter, Michael Norris and Alterraun Verner were flagged for 15-yard penalties. “There was a little bit of pushing from both players,” said Norris, who, like Verner, was called for two of the penalties. “When the flag comes five or 10 seconds after the play, it may create a little bit of poutiness. I don’t feel there were good calls, but that is their job.” Taking blame UCLA receiver Terrence Austin had the ball go through his hands at the right side of the end zone midway through the second quarter, and took responsibility for the dropped touchdown. “I had the perfect shot for it,” Austin said. “No excuses. The ball should have been caught. It was a clean drop by me.” Odds and ends UCLA linebacker Kyle Bosworth had 19 tackles. It is the most by a Bruin since Eric Turner had 21 against Oregon in 1989. ? Reserve linebacker Josh Edwards suffered a turf toe injury. brian.dohn@dailynews.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

29Dec/19

ROBERT’S EASTER BUNNY PICTURE HAS HIM UP IN THE CLOUDS!

first_imgLook to the centre of the picture for Robert’s Easter bunny!When Robert McClean looked skywards he knew there was a real Easter feeling in the air.Robert was out snapping away in the Co Donegal countryside as he regularly likes to do.But little did he know a perfect picture was about to come ‘hopping’ across his screen as he snapped at Derryreel, Falcarragh. When he looked at his camera there was a great cloud picture of an Easter bunny.‘I’ve showed it to a few people and they all spotted the bunny in the picture. It’s just a great time of year to see such a picture,” he said. ROBERT’S EASTER BUNNY PICTURE HAS HIM UP IN THE CLOUDS! was last modified: March 28th, 2013 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:cloudEaster bunnypictureRobert McCLeam Falcarraghlast_img read more

27Dec/19

Water meet set for Simi

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Striplin said a water board official explained the venue was changed because another item on the meeting’s agenda might draw a larger-than-anticipated crowd. Ronji Harris, an assistant to the water board’s executive officer, John Bishop, refused a request Thursday for a copy of a draft of the board’s July 13 agenda. Draft copies are considered public record, even though the document might change before the final form is released. “We have a municipal storm water permit” for a “variety of cities,” she said when asked for top items to be discussed. Regardless, Santa Clarita reserved Hart High School’s 800-plus-seat auditorium to allow for a larger crowd, but has still gotten no response from the water board. “For us, it makes sense for residents to come and participate and not expect to drive to Simi Valley,” Striplin said. SANTA CLARITA – The Regional Water Quality Board, considering tightening limits on salt in water discharged from the Santa Clarita Valley – and treatment upgrades that would cost taxpayers an additional $400 a year – has moved a planned local hearing on the issue to Simi Valley. So far, officials with the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Board have ignored requests from the city to hold the July 13 hearing locally, as originally planned, Ken Striplin, Santa Clarita’s assistant city manager, said Thursday. “We had a commitment that the meeting was going to be held here, then we got a notice that they felt our venue wasn’t big enough,” Striplin said. Santa Clarita’s City Council chambers hold 150 while Simi Valley’s has 183 seats. Thirty miles separate the two. Bishop was out of the office Thursday and could not be reached for comment. Spokesman Steven Cain and Sam Unger, who is dealing with the chloride issue for the water board, did not return calls. The regional board is one of nine statewide and covers water quality issues in the greater Los Angeles area. The chloride issue is an important one to residents who stand to see their sewage rates on property tax bills quadruple to fund desalination plants at the Santa Clarita Valley’s two treatment plants. Chloride in the treated water flows into the Santa Clara River, which is used to irrigate crops in Ventura County. Some farmers are concerned because chlorides – salts that come from a variety of sources including household water softeners – can damage crops. The water board wants to set a maximum level of 100 milligrams of chloride per liter, a rate local sanitation districts officials say is unreasonable compared with similar situations statewide. A solution is a $300 million desalination system with a 45-mile-long pipeline from the Santa Clarita Valley to the ocean to consistently meet the 100 mg limit. pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251160Want 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

27Dec/19

Noted musicians to teach at Canyons

first_imgVALENCIA – The Community Extension Program at College of the Canyons will offer a wide range of fee-based music classes this fall. Harpist Stephanie Bennett, who has performed with artists such as Celine Dion, Aerosmith and Bette Midler, will teach “Introduction to Celtic Harp.” Bennett has performed for heads of state around the world and has won numerous international harp competitions. Bennett will teach this beginning class from 1:30to 3p.m. on six Sundays starting Oct.1. Professional drummer Chris Armstrong will teach “Community Drumming” from 7:30 to 9p.m. on six Wednesdays, beginning Oct.11. This introductory hand-drumming course will teach basic drum patterns, how to play with a group, the rudiments of improvisation and the drumming practices of other cultures. The class is for all skill levels and requires that students bring their own drums. Armstrong is a professional percussionist and composer specializing in percussion from Africa and India, with an extensive background in ethnomusicology. Other music classes this fall include “Beginning Blues Harmonica,” “You Can Sell Hit Songs,” “Beginning Ukulele” and “Piano Your Teachers Never Taught You.” For more information about classes, fees and registration, call the Community Extension at (661) 362-3304 or visit the college’s Web site at www.canyons.edu.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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsStudents are encouraged to bring their own harps to class or contact the Community Extension office for rental information. “If you have always wanted to learn how to play the harp, the harmonica or the ukulele, the timing has never been better, especially with instruction by noted musicians such as Stephanie Bennett,” said Karen Gorback, associate dean for community and noncredit education. Irvin Caesar will present “Nat `King’ Cole, Timeless,” an evening course from 6:30to 9:30p.m. on Oct.20. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss Cole’s music and its impact on the world, and listen to Caesar perform some of Cole’s most memorable work. A professional vocalist who has toured with Julio Iglesias and Herbie Hancock, Caesar is recording some of Cole’s greatest hits with Peter White. last_img
27Dec/19

Burglar ties up woman in her home

first_img“The last robbery I remember around here was 15 years ago,” she said. “People stay here forever. Everyone’s really nice.” mary.gurton@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461160Want 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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsNeighbor Mary Roper, 32, discovered the victim. “It’s disturbing,” Roper said. “It’s really sad.” Thirty-year Altadena resident Elaine Butler said neighbors now plan to reactivate a lagging Neighborhood Watch group. “We should have a list of phone numbers,” she said, “I don’t want to pry, but we need to connect.” She added the burglary was out of character for the area. ALTADENA – A woman was bound, gagged and left in her garage Thursday night after interrupting a burglar in her Altadena home, a sheriff’s lieutenant said. Deputies were called at 9:30p.m. to the 2700 block of Maiden Lane by a neighbor who discovered the woman after hearing noises from the garage, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Jim Lalli. “The man apparently broke in through a window,” Lalli said, “and was inside the house when she came home. He grabbed her and tied her up and continued the burglary.” The suspect, who wore a face covering, is described as a white man, 6 feet tall and weighing around 190 pounds, he said. The investigation is ongoing, Lalli said. last_img read more

27Dec/19

Datebook

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsScreenwriting seminar, 7-8:30 p.m., Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd. Call (661) 259-8942. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. THURSDAY Los Angeles Fire Department annual Food Faire & Fundraiser, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Oxnard Street between Owensmouth Avenue and AMC Place, Woodland Hills. Breast Cancer Awareness Wine Tasting, 6-8 p.m., Salt Creek Grille, 24415 Town Center Drive, No. 115, Valencia. Reservations: Call (661) 253-8082. Proposition & Candidates’ Forum, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Pierce College Campus Center, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 347-6926. 160Want 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