15 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet NewsRegional Caribbean leaders concerned about Turks and Caicos Islands by: – July 6, 2011 Some of the CARICOM leaders present at the recent summit in St KittsBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government have expressed concern on the situation in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) where Britain resumed direct administration of its overseas territory in August 2009.The communiqué issued at the end of the 32nd regular meeting of the Conference of Caribbean Heads of Government in St Kitts on Monday noted that “the constitutional reform process had been completed though not to the full satisfaction of the Islanders.”The TCI has associate membership within the 15-member regional grouping, and citizens there have been demanding an end to British rule and a return to parliamentary democracy.London resumed direct administration of the affairs of the British Overseas Territory, disbanded the locally elected government and suspended the legislature after a Commission of Inquiry said it found widespread corruption under the administration of former premier Michael Misick.Misick, who resigned in March 2009, after the commission made its findings public, has called on all Turks and Caicos Islanders, churches and political parties to put differences aside and “unite to fight the common enemy — the British.”Misick accused London of staging what he termed a “modern-day coup” in the Turks and Caicos Islands while the rest of the world was not watching.In its communiqué, the regional leaders said that the citizens are expecting that elections will be held in the shortest timeframe possible, “in order to lead to a return to self rule and democratic and representative governance’.The leaders said that have requested the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) “to continue to monitor the situation closely, in order to keep them informed.”Caribbean News Now Share
The Undergraduate Student Government presidential candidates discussed several issues during Tuesday night’s presidential debate, but varied most in their views about how USG should change the way it represents and connects to students.Be heard · Alex Fadil (left), Eric Burse and Monish Tyagi (right) debated important campus issues for more than an hour and a half last night. – Emily Tat | Daily Trojan The debate, held in the forum room of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, was moderated by Paresh Dave, deputy editor of Neon Tommy, Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Grace Wong, news editor of the Daily Trojan.This year, the debate allowed vice presidential candidates to pose questions to the presidential candidates, and the presidential candidates got to pose questions to their opponents.“The candidates know the most important issues for the elections so they can ask the deeper and more relevant questions to each other,” said Barb Solish, co-director of USG Elections and Recruitment.Presidential candidate Monish Tyagi, who currently serves as USG director of campus affairs, said he believes USG should serve as an advocacy group to the administration.“My job is to be the primary advocate for students,” Tyagi said. “If you look at all the student organizations on campus as spokes of a wheel, we want USG to be the center of that wheel.”Presidential candidate Eric Burse, current president of the Black Student Assembly, said he feels USG should focus on ensuring collaboration between organizations, especially in regards to publicity of events.“Oftentimes, we suffer from students who don’t care about what USG does or what Program Board does, and we need to change that culture,” Burse said.Presidential candidate Alex Fadil, the executive vice president of judicial affairs of the Interfraternity Council, said he believes USG should serve as the information center for students on campus to help student organizations work together.“The issue is communication and publicizing events properly,” he said. “We have 600 organizations on campus. We want to advocate for them and increase participation within USC.”The candidates also took different stances on key issues such as sustainability, dining dollars and USG discretionary funds.Fadil said he feels sustainability should be addressed by increasing hybrid car usage, and that USG should push for dining dollars to be accepted at places like The Lab.Burse said USG should work to add recycling bins in all dorm rooms and work with nearby businesses to accept discretionary funds.Tyagi said he believes USG should work with the Office of Sustainability and other on-campus experts to improve sustainability. He also wants to talk to businesses in Tuscany and Gateway that already have closer relationships with USG about accepting discretionary dollars.For some students, the relationship between the candidates on each presidential ticket is important in the upcoming election.“It is more than just the platforms,” said Dylan Steinman, a junior majoring in economics political science. “The friendship and relationship between vice president and president is super important.”Students were impressed overall by the preparedness of the candidates and the ideas they put forward.“The candidates did a really good job, and they were well prepared with their answers,” said Makhala Greene-Robinson, a sophomore majoring in political science.David Lowenstein contributed to this report.For more election coverage, check out the latest USG news here.
Chinese company Xiaomi on Tuesday slashed the price of its Redmi Note Prime phablet in India by Rs 500. The Redmi Note Prime which was originally launched at a price of Rs 8,499 in December last year can now be purchased for Rs 7,999. The phone will be available for buy from Amazon.in and Mi.com/in.The Redmi Note Prime is notably Xiaomi’s second smartphone to be ‘Made In India’ and first went on sale in December 2015. It is essentially a slightly upgraded version of the company’s Redmi Note 4G offering 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor and is equipped with dualSIM 4G capabilities.”Since its launch, Redmi Note Prime has received a great response from Mi fans for its amazing camera, and responsive UI. Now, lower costs have enabled us to reduce the price of Redmi Note Prime, and this translates into savings that Mi fans can enjoy,” the company said in a statement.The Redmi Note Prime is a 5.5-inch phablet boasting of a 720p resolution. It sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The device is backed by a 3,100mAh battery.Additionally, the company announced that its Mi4 and Mi 4i phones will be available at a price of Rs 12,999 and Rs 9,999 between February 16-19 as part of Mi Week on Amazon.in.