Archive for March 7th, 2011

March 7, 2011

Sehr gut! Britain gets a walloping from the Germans

Germany is the world’s most popular country it seems and Britain is in 2nd place . The Telegraph reports that according to the BBC World Service Country Rating Poll which took place this year, when around 29,000 people from all over the world had been asked to rate the good and bad things about 16 major countries, Britain came 2nd and was pipped to the top spot by Germany.   Pakistan and Mexico had terrible ratings and US voters were the most complimentary about Britain accounting for some 80% of the positive views.

Canada came third and was followed by Japan, France and Brazil. The US was seventh and in front of China, South Africa and India. Unfortunately for Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran‘s president, his country was at the bottom of the poll.  Time to give up the nuclear plants it would seem!

[UK Contributor]

March 7, 2011

USA in love with Latvia

[Aldis Pasrosky, Baltics Contributor]

Latvians Online: With praise for Latvia‘s booming democracy and resilience in times of trouble from non-else than America‘s Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, ringing in their ears, Latvians have a lot to be proud of these days.

Mrs Clinton is reported to have said after a meeting with Latvia’s Foreign Minister, Girts Valdis Kristovkis: ‘….the sky is the limit’ now for Latvia…it is a democracy that is demonstrating by its actions how it can build a better future for its own people… The United States has maintained an unbroken friendship with Latvia throughout its modern history, when it was at war and under occupation and since it acquired its independence from the Soviet Union, and we have long admired the Latvian people’s resilience throughout very difficult times,” (transcript of the press conference as distributed by the State Department and reported by Latvians Online).

The minister had met with Mrs. Clinton during his recent visit to Washington, D.C. for discussions concerning economic development and world-wide security issues.  Latvia’s membership of NATO, its continuing support for America in the missions in Afghanistan, the diversification of its energy resources, its efforts to deal with the current economic crisis and its firm support for the democratic movement in Belarus had also been discussed.

While the meeting with Clinton may not have delivered any firm commitments regarding aid, or economic co-operation with Latvia, Mr. Kristovskis was hopeful of the United States’ interest in making investments in Latvia. He also said that the US-backed ‘Northern Distribution Network‘ – a project for the transport of supplies to Afghanistan which involves the port of Riga, would engage Latvian entrepreneurs.

Latvia is a country of around 2.2 million inhabitants. Its national langauge is Latvian, but Russian and English are widely spoken. It is in the Baltics and borders Estonia in the north and Lithuania in the south. The Russian border is in its east. In 2004, it became a member of the European Union and is currently one of EU countries hardest hit by the financial crisis. It’s capital, Riga, the largest city in the Baltic region, is a major transhipment port.

March 7, 2011

“I’m sorry”, says doctor after aborting a 4 month old baby in error

The Gleaner reports that a Jamaican couple  is taking the Princess Margaret Hospital, a Jamaican public hospital, to court after one of its doctors, they claim, abruptly and without warning, terminated  the wife’s pregnancy which was in its 4th month.

Although the couple are claiming the doctor apologised to them after the incident, they are understandably angry over the event.

The 26 year old married mother had gone to the hospital as she had felt unusual pain in her stomach and had wanted it stopped. The nurses had attended the mother and she had felt better afterwards, but then the doctor intervened and it seemed all went wrong thereafter when he allegedly performed the abortion.

The mother’s husband, 28 year old Mr. Josephs, had gotten worried about her treatment by the doctor and asked the doctor to explain what was going on.  However, Mr. Joseph says, the doctor seemed surprised when he had told him that Mrs. Joseph had not come in for an abortion and had allegedly apologised to Mrs. Joseph after the termination.

The hospital is denying the claim made by the Josephs and say that the whole incident was a miscommunication between the patient and the doctor, possibly because of the doctor’s accent.

[Caribbean Affairs Contributor]