Caricom leaders hold wide-ranging discussions with US Vice President

first_imgCaribbean Community (Caricom) leaders met with United States Vice President Mike Pence on the margins of the final day of the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru.Caricom Heads of State and delegation meeting with members of the US CongressSecond Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge told the Department of Public Information (DPI), following the meeting, that Caribbean leaders “took advantage” of the opportunity to dialogue with Vice President Pence.“It was a good opportunity to at least exchange ideas at practically the highest level in the United States,” Minister Greenidge said. Greenidge noted Vice President Pence confirmed that the US remained interested in the Caribbean and Latin America.During the meeting, the Caricom Heads of State and delegations also had discussions with the Vice President’s team, including the new Head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).“It was a wide-ranging discussion. The Caribbean raised many of the problems they would have raised before, but also looked at an ongoing framework of cooperation with the US and setting a scene for the types of discussions that may arise,” Minister Greenidge explained.The discussions, in relation to Guyanese concerns, were along the lines of migration and crime and security. “We share, of course, some of the other things the Caribbean would normally have,” Minister Greenidge added.These include resilience, the problem of de-risking and the disappearance of correspondent banking. The regional leaders also raised concerns over the rigid formulation and enforcement of rules without reference to the so-called collateral damage that they may pose, especially on small States, Minister Greenidge noted.The Caribbean Region is considered the “third border” for the United States. The US State Department notes that the US’s Caribbean 2020 multi-year strategy seeks to engage the Caribbean Region “in the areas of security, diplomacy, prosperity, energy, education, and health”. This will be coordinated by the State Department and USAID.Following the meeting with Vice President Pence, the Caricom leaders were also engaged by several members of the US Congress.The Caricom Heads of State and delegations were participating in the eight Summit of the Americas, which was hosted by the Organisation of the American States under the theme “Democratic Governance against Corruption”.World leaders from the Caribbean, Latin America, the US and Canada adopted the Lima Commitment in line with the theme and have pledged to do more to eradicate corruption in public office.last_img read more

Mourinho, Pogba feud takes spotlight in West Ham trip

first_imgBut United manager Mourinho is embroiled in a clash of egos with France midfielder Pogba that threatens to derail his side’s season.Mourinho and Pogba were filmed in a heated discussion at United’s training ground on Wednesday, just 24 hours after the World Cup winner was told he would no longer be the team’s vice-captain.The volatile Pogba reportedly infuriated Mourinho by making it clear he wants to join Barcelona and poured fuel on the fire when he criticised the manager’s cautious tactics in last weekend’s draw with Wolves.With United players said to be taking sides on the row, Mourinho is facing a toxic situation that could divide the club.There was further woe for Mourinho on Tuesday as United, with the rested Pogba watching from the stands, were dumped out of the League Cup third round in an embarrassing defeat against second tier Derby.United are already eight points behind Liverpool and can ill-afford another setback in an already traumatic campaign.Against that tense backdrop, the announcement of United’s team-sheet at West Ham on Saturday will be eagerly awaited to see whether Pogba will be recalled or be consigned to exile.Regardless of Pogba’s presence, United must raise their effort levels, according to their veteran defender Ashley Young.“I think they had more intensity than we did,” Young said of the Derby defeat.“You have to show that intensity and go further than the opposition. We didn’t do that and I think we got punished.”Once the latest chapter of Mourinho’s row with Pogba is out of the way in east London, all eyes will turn to the west side of the capital where Chelsea star Hazard plans to aims repeat his midweek heroics against Liverpool.Belgium playmaker Hazard came off the bench to knock Liverpool out of the League Cup with a superb solo strike at Anfield on Wednesday.Chelsea’s Eden Hazard celebrates his wonder goal against Liverpool © AFP / Paul ELLISHazard’s stunning late goal capped Chelsea’s come from behind 2-1 victory, making them the first team to stop Liverpool winning this season.That drama finale set the stage for Saturday’s rematch at the Bridge, where Liverpool will put their six-match winning run in the league on the line against unbeaten Chelsea, who are two points behind in third place.If Chelsea are to deal another blow to the Reds, they will surely need another memorable contribution from Hazard.With five goals in his first six league games, Hazard has started the season in fine form, prompting Chelsea team-mate Ross Barkley to hail him as the world’s best.Asked if Hazard compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Barkley said: “They are probably a lot more selfish than Eden is. He is not a selfish player.“He is establishing himself in the top three players in the world now, and at the minute, he’s probably the best player in the world.”Liverpool have failed to win their last four meetings with Chelsea and a victory over Maurizio Sarri’s team would be a major statement of intent as they chase a first English title since 1990.Like Sarri, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp made eight changes in the League Cup tie, but insisted it was still a valuable lesson ahead of the more important match this weekend.“We know much more what will happen on Saturday because we’ve seen it before so we will use the two days to prepare,” Klopp said.“We can do better and now we know more. I think we were well prepared but the game will help massively.”Fixtures (5pm unless stated)SaturdayArsenal v Watford, Chelsea v Liverpool (7:30pm), Huddersfield v Tottenham, Everton v Fulham, Manchester City v Brighton, Newcastle v Leicester, West Ham v Manchester United (2:30pm), Wolves v SouthamptonSundayCardiff v Burnley (6pm)MondayBournemouth v Crystal Palace (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba are at the centre of a clash of the egos © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 28 – Jose Mourinho’s astonishing feud with Paul Pogba will take another twist when Manchester United’s warring duo head to West Ham, while Chelsea’s Eden Hazard bids to inflict more misery on Liverpool.On any other weekend, the showdown between Premier League leaders Liverpool and title rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge would be the centre of attention.last_img read more