St. Vincent PM Ridicules US Over COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

first_imgKINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has described as “hilarious… like it’s Comedy Central”, the recent travel advisory issued by the United States advising its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries including St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Speaking on the state-owned NBC radio, Gonsalves also noted that the bulletin also advises against travel to Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, “all these countries which are doing quite well”. “He said, ‘No, no, no, no, no, no; that’s not a proper measurement.’ Why is it not the proper measurement? ‘Everybody knows it’s not a proper measurement.’ So says the president of the richest country in the world.” “It doesn’t mean because the United States is powerful that if they do something, which doesn’t make any sense for logical people, that as a leader of an independent country I can’t say that,” Gonsalves said. “Only 11 of them out of the 200 are in level one and level two, which either you can go with normal precautions, or just take a little bit more precaution? He said that there are 192 countries in the United Nations in addition to some non-independent jurisdictions in the world. “But you don’t have to ask me that. People send you university, they pay for you to go university, you mean to tell me your brain is so vacant that you can’t see that what the fellows write there as an advisory is bare foolishness?” Gonsalves said. He told radio listeners that there have been no COVID-related deaths here and that two persons who were placed at the state-run isolation facility were so warded because of recalcitrance rather than severe illness. “What is laughable though, is that the United States put out an advisory, the thing is … hilarious. I mean, like it’s Comedy Central. Imagine the United States of America, their authorities said you must have an advisory to all the CARICOM countries that you must go only if it’s essential travel; all except Haiti and Guyana and I think Suriname,” said Gonsalves, who also chairs the 15-member regional integration grouping. “But the number he’s using in the rest of the world in the aggregate,” Gonsalves said, adding “there are 7.5 billion people in the world. So, 7.2 billion is the statistic which is used in the aggregate against 3.2, 3.3 billion — that means million in the United States. As I say 4.2 per cent of the population as against 95.8 per cent”. Gonsalves made the comment after noting the impact of COVID-19 on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which, as of Saturday, had recorded 57 cases of the viral infection, 55 of whom have recovered.center_img “Well, if we are level three, with our numbers, you have to get a different category for America,” he said, referring to the US rank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in its three-scale level in which three is the worst. Gonsalves said that when the United States puts out an advisory “like that, any other advisory, any other report they put out, people will say, Well, this is a joke. Because when you impugn your credibility with such an absurdity…” Gonsalves said that the journalist, however, pointed out that this was not the case. Gonsalves said that the journalist pointed out to Trump that infections and death per 100,000 population is a better measurement. “And they are now on to five million. The United States of America has 4.2 per cent of the world’s population; they have 25 per cent of all the COVID deaths in the world,” Gonsalves said, adding that he had seen an interview in which US President, Donald Trump, had claimed that his country was doing well in the management of the illness. “There must be level five, where they don’t have a level five,” Gobsalves said, adding that some of his critics had cited the US ranking in questioning the island’s handling of the illness. He contrasted this to the United States, which took 99 days to reach its first million cases and another 16 days to record four million cases. “So President Trump says, ‘But we are doing the best. I have the documents.’ And he’s flipping through … and as he’s flipping through, he comes to a page, he said, ‘Look it here: the rest of the world, so many cases, the United States, so many cases, you see, I tell you, we are better than the rest of the world. CMClast_img read more


WWE Summerslam 2016 – quick reactions and recap

first_img Vince McKee NEW JERSEY, New York – It was an interesting card, kind of predictable at times, but still few surprises along the way. Here are some quick reactions to what we saw.American Alpha (Jason Jordan and Chad Gable), The Hype Bros (Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley) and The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) defeated Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango), The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) and The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch.This was one of the few matches of the night where a face team / or singles superstar actually won, and it was smart to do so. It is clear, the WWE creative team have no interest in doing anything important with The Ascension or The Vaudevillians,Sami Zayn and Neville defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley.It was cool to see two former NXT champions working so well together for the victory. Speaking of victories, since The Dudley Boys came back to the WWE, have they won a match?Sheamus defeated CesaroThe first of seven matches that will do nothing to advance either mans career.Jeri-KO (Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens) defeated Enzo Amore and Big CassInteresting that they would have the heel team win when the face team was red hot coming in. This may be a good thing however because it pretty much guarantee’s this feud is long from being over. Charlotte defeated Sasha Banks (c)I have no idea why they would give Sasha the title only for her to lose it so quickly, it as if they need to take the belt off of Charlotte long enough so she didn’t break Nikki’s record, just to give it right back to her? And, why are they making Sasha turn heel at the height of her popularity?The Miz (c) (with Maryse) defeated Apollo CrewsThey are wasting a true talent with Apollo Crews. That is all I can say. The backstage heat on him is pretty bad, but they still owe more to him then this.AJ Styles defeated John CenaAt 23 minutes this was the longest and the best match of the night! It should do wonders to get AJ Styles over even more and allow Cena to disappear for awhile to film some more television shows. Cena leaving his arm band in the ring was no accident. They are setting up story line for him to take a short break.Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson defeated The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) (c) (with Jon Stewart) by disqualification.The New Day reaches a full year as champs, this also did nothing to hurt the strength of the Bullet Club, and it was a colorful way to bring back Big E, however the John Stewart appearance was un needed hot garbage.Dean Ambrose (c) defeated Dolph ZigglerDid anyone really think Ziggler was going to win? How is the WWE Heavyweight Championship not the last match of the night?Nikki Bella, Natalya and Alexa Bliss defeated Becky Lynch, Naomi and CarmellaThis was a cool way to welcome back Nikki Bella, nothing more, nothing less. Eva Marie was not missed.Finn Bálor defeated Seth Rollins for the Universal Title Excellent match, these two represent the future of WWE very brightly!Rusev (c) (with Lana) vs. Roman Reigns ended in a no contestHow neither one of the title matches was not the main event, and this horrendous affair was the co-main event is mind boggling to me. It made no sense, and the fans aren’t going to cheer Reigns in New Jersey, maybe that is why they did it this way.For a full recap of in depth analysis of the Main Event between Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton click here………… Related TopicsAJ StylesBrock LesnarDean AmbroseFinn BalorJohn CenaRadny OrtonSeth Rollinslast_img read more


Why I was totally wrong about Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Opinion

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Ian Cruise explains why Manchester United’s super Swede is proving his worth, and proving his doubters completely wrong.Diego Costa is the Premier League’s top scorer and Alexis Sanchez continues to prove why Arsenal simply have to break the bank to keep him. (Or why Arsenal have to convince Arsene Wenger he has to break the bank to keep him. Anyway, you know what I mean…).Elsewhere, Sadio Mane’s sparkling form at Liverpool marks him out as one of last summer’s best bits of transfer business, while the remarkable statistic that surfaced last week showing N’Golo Kante has amassed more points since his arrival in England, with Leicester and Chelsea, than any other TEAM bears out both his contribution and importance.But still, for me, the player of the first half of the Premier League season is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. And, again for me, that has come as a surprise.I can’t have been the only one (although maybe I was?) who thought that, at the age of 35, after three years as the self-proclaimed ‘King of Paris’ bossing the less than competitive French Ligue Un, he would find the English top-flight a much tougher nut to crack and quite possibly a bridge too far.How wrong I was.Not only has he scored 13 Premier League goals so far, his all-round contribution to Manchester United has been little short of sensational.His work-rate is second to none, and the example he sets his younger team-mates surely can’t help but rub off on them. Already, despite his pre-eminence during his breakthrough season last year, you can see an improvement in Marcus Rashford, albeit in a predominantly cameo role, while Anthony Martial also seems to be rediscovering his mojo. I don’t think that’s a happy accident.Jose Mourinho clearly knew what he was getting when he signed the veteran Swede – the pair worked together at Inter Milan, of course – and his judgement in bringing him into the hurly-burly world of English football has been proven overwhelmingly correct. I don’t think any individual has been more influential on his side.His impact has been likened to that of Eric Cantona, and there’s no doubt he’s well on the way to achieving similar cult status as that attained by the mercurial but volatile Frenchman. (And if he can continue in that vein and usurp that frankly dreadful ’12 Days of Cantona’ festive terrace anthem, he will be doing us all a favour!)It’s not going to be enough for him to continue his remarkable record of winning the League title in his first season with every club he has played for, but it might just be enough to earn United a Champions League spot next season, a feat that looked highly unlikely not that many weeks ago.Mourinho has already stated publicly he intends to take up the option of keeping Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford for another year, and there’s every chance a genuine title tilt will follow next term.I certainly won’t be making the same mistake of writing him – or them – off. 1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic last_img read more