Barton Goldsmith: When you think you don't have a future, you live in the past
The pandemic has caused a secondary epidemic of anxiety and depression among most people. Coping with those feelings can be an all-encompassing experience, and that is just not a way to go through life.When you think you don’t have a future, you live in the past and spend too much time dwelling on your mistakes and regrets. A woulda, shoulda, coulda mantra looping through our brains and bodies is destructive to our emotional well-being.One of the ways to cope with this different life is to keep moving. It may sound simplistic, but it does work and it helps you propel your life in a more positi...
Tribune News Service
Weary of Covid-19
I am weary of Covid-19. I want to move on, move forward, build back better, bounce back stronger. I want to, and I believe the rest of the world wants to as well. Almost 8 billion people are weary of Covid-19 and dreaming of recovery. But Covid-19 is not weary of us.That is the problem. Covid-19 is not weary of us. After almost nine months, we have grown weary, but Covid-19 has only become stronger. It is as though it has only begun. In mid-March when we began our quarantine program, you could count the number of infections and deaths from the fingers of our hands. Today, hundreds of thousands...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
The Saudi-Israeli alliance looks set to challenge Biden
Traditional Saudi Arabia, represented by King Salman and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, remains committed to the position that the Kingdom has adhered to since the Arab Peace Initiative nearly two decades ago. This means that comprehensive normalisation between Israel and the Arab world would be in exchange for comprehensive peace with the Arabs and the Palestinians.Parallel Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, has abandoned this under its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, and denies Arab and Palestinian rights as it allies itself with Zionism, not simply with Israel the state. Today, th...
The Middle East Monitor
“This is a matter, not for the OAS, but for the people of Trinidad and Tobago.”
The Trinidad and Tobago government Wednesday criticised the international community, most notably the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees(UNCHR) after 16 Venezuelan nationals, including children, deported last weekend, returned to the island late Tuesday.In a strongly worded statement, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley said his administration was not surprised at the unfolding situation given that the OAS “under its misguided (Secretary General) President (Luis) Almagro has been almost singlehandedly responsible for triggering and fuelling th...
Palace: PNP should have an explanation on illegal mining in Cagayan
Palace: PNP should have an explanation on illegal mining in CagayanAlexis Romero(Philstar.com) – November 16, 2020 – 7:55pmMANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has to explain the presence of illegal mining in Cagayan, which has been blamed for the massive flooding in the region during the onslaught of typhoon “Ulysses,” Malacañang said Monday.Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the illegal mining activities do not have licenses so the issue is “a matter of enforcement.”“If they were given licenses, they (officials) can be criticized. But (Environment) Secretary (Roy) ...
Editorial: Florida's political leaders are doing potentially irreparable damage to democracy
“He’s picked a battle he can’t win. It’s just a matter of time. The only thing we don’t know is how long it will take — and whether it will be peaceful or bloody.”That was Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, speaking in January 2019 of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who was doing everything in his power to stay in office following a national election.Nearly two years later, Rubio and Sen. Rick Scott — also a vocal Maduro critic — are enabling a wannabe strongman who’s refusing to concede an American election, once again sowing chaos and confusion.Rubio and Scott say what they’re really concerned a...
Digital currencies will need to win trust
A lot of central banks have launched their own digital currencies, especially after the Facebook currency ‘Libra’ gained great attention even before its launch. It’s another matter that it was postponed due to the strict requirements imposed by the US administration.Washington believes the launch of digital currencies, especially Libra, will cause the US to gradually lose its dominance and management of global stocks and money markets, as well as central bank issued currencies.The US is not the only country worried about Facebook and other organisations’ issuance of digital currencies. All cou...
Internal memo from Bill Ford offers reassurance, 'no matter who is running the country'
Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co., emailed the Ford team on Friday night “a message on the U.S. Election” as protesters gathered in Detroit and tensions nationally ran high over the presidential election.Ford, 63, is known to send periodic messages when he feels such communication is appropriate. The outcome of the 2021 election remained uncertain though polls closed Nov. 3.He urged calm and reassured employees globally that, separate and apart from the political outcome, the company his great grandfather founded has a clear vision and focus on the future. He emphasized that the ...
Detroit Free Press
'The matter is closed' - Ibrahimovic international return ruled out by Sweden boss Andersson
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s rumoured return to international football appears to be dead in the water after Sweden manager Janne Andersson said the matter is “closed”.Ibrahimovic, 39, retired from international football in 2016 but has been in stunning form since returning to Europe with AC Milan in January.He has scored 19 goals in 27 games, including eight in seven this season, and a post on social media this week sparked rumours that he was aiming to make an unlikely comeback.The forward posted a picture of himself in Sweden kit with the caption: “Long time no see”.Long time no see pic.twitter.com...
Age not cause of Nigeria’s governance challenge, but leadership deficit
One issue that kept reverberating during and after the recent Nigerian youths ENDSARS nationwide protest was the need for leadership change from gerontocracy to young ebullient Nigerians below the age of 50 years. Proponents of this school of thought are of the view that leadership and governance failures in Nigerian post-independence were attributable to the old holding tight to the realms of power.But critical analysis of the Nigerian situation as well as inferences from other democracies indicates that the governance challenge has more to do with leadership deficit than age. As it is popula...