ECCU Students Engage in Discussion on Economic Growth and National Debt

first_imgOver 230 students aged 14 -19 from the eight member countries of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) engaged in a debate and discussion on 28 February on economic growth and debt key issues related to the topics for the 2012 OECS Essay Competition, being hosted by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB).Photo credit:antiguaobserver.comThe event, which was held via videoconference, sought to heighten the students’ critical thinking and expose them to techniques for organising their ideas and presenting strong, logical arguments in their essay writing. It also was designed to give students the opportunity to exchange ideas and increase their understanding of ECCU economic issues, challenges and opportunities and their role in national and regional development. In presenting their arguments in favour of the topic: A debt free society adds no value to the economy, the students of the St Vincent Girls High School noted that if the projects for which debts were incurred did not increase the country’s productive capacity significantly, such debt would hinder rather than increase economic growth. On the other hand, the students of the Clare Hall Secondary School, Antigua and Barbuda were of the view that a country could not grow its economy without incurring debt and highlighted some of the infrastructural developments and positive spin off effects that resulted from countries contracting debt. The other debate topic was: Young people have a critical role to play in the growth and development of the OECS countries. The proponents, who represented the Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School, Anguilla and the Gingerland Secondary School in St Kitts and Nevis, outlined some of the areas where young people can have a positive impact on the OECS economies. The opponents, the students of the Beacon High School, Grenada and the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College of Saint Lucia, strongly believed that young people did not possess the experience or the power to influence growth and developmental policies.The OECS Essay Competition, which began in 2001, is part of the ECCB’s community outreach programme. The topics for the 2012 competition are:• What viable steps should OECS countries take to stimulate their economies and significantly reduce their national debts?• Discuss the role of young people in shaping the future of the OECS countries.The deadline for submitting the essays is 30 March.Press Release Share LocalNews ECCU Students Engage in Discussion on Economic Growth and National Debt by: – March 2, 2012 Share 51 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

FC Cincinnati 2019 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more

first_img Projecting Cincinnati’s lineup is tricky for a variety of reasons. For starters, there are injuries heading into the season, with Greg Garza sidelined and Kendall Waston having battled injury. Then you have late arrivals, such as the looming addition of Kenny Saief. Then you have Alan Koch’s affinity for trying different systems, both 3-4-3 and 4-4-2 are possible options.The position battles to watch for are in defensive midfield and at right back. The Deplagne-Powell battle could be resolved by shifting Deplagne into a centerback role, but if Cincinnati  trots out a four-man defense then one of them must sit. Anyone who watched FC Cincinnati play in USL, where the team drew crowds larger than many MLS teams, knew that the move to MLS would be an exciting one.Getting the team’s quality to catch up to the strength of FC Cincinnati’s support is the real challenge, and it won’t be easy in year one. Central midfield has a wealth of options for Koch, from MLS veterans like Ulloa and Eric Alexander, to a sturdy newcomer in Caleb Stanko, and the dynamic Allan Cruz, who can play in a deeper role or box-to-box role.The pressure will be on Adi to produce, because if he doesn’t then Mattocks could give Koch a decision to make. Koch can also play Adi and Mattocks together in a 4-4-2 or 3-5-2.FC Cincinnati national TV coverage FC Cincinnati has already reached the 20,000 season ticket mark, ensuring the kinds of passionate crowds that supported the team during its USL days. That fan base will need to be patient, because their team won’t be ready-made to compete right away like 2017 Atlanta United, but Cincinnati has added enough quality to potentially avoid a rough debut season like 2017 Minnesota United.The emphasis on building a strong defense was clear early on and the result is a potential back-line that can keep Cincinnati in matches. Landing Kendall Waston and Greg Garza, as well as a defensive midfield options like Allan Cruz,  Victor Ulloa and Caleb Stanko should help give head coach Alan Koch the pieces to put together  either a four-man defense, or five-man unit.The attack is where there are questions, and the lack of a true playmaker is a lingering question. Cincinnati is closing on U.S. national team midfielder Kenny Saief, who would help address that need for a playmaker.If Saief is signed and delivers, and if Fanendo Adi, Roland Lamah and Kekuta Manneh can give Cincinnati the kind of attacking threat to give Saief good passing options, then Cincinnati could wind up being much more competitive than first thought. The pressure will be on Koch to get the formula right, both defensive and in midfield, and even though expectations shouldn’t be overly high in Cincinnati, a terrible first half of the season could pile the pressure on.FC Cincinnati’s key offseason additions Goalkeepers: Jimmy Hague, Ben Lundt, Spencer Richey, Przemysław TytońDefenders: Mathieu Deplagne, Greg Garza, Logan Gdula, Nick Hagglund, Justin Hoyte, Forrest Lasso, Hassan Ndam, Alvas Powell, Blake Smith, Kendall WastonMidfielders: Fatai Alashe, Nazmi, Albadawi, Eric Alexander, Frankie Amaya, Leonardo Bertone, Corben Bone, Allan Cruz, Roland Lamah, Tommy McCabe, Jimmy McLaughlin, Caleb Stanko, Victor Ulloa, Forwards: Fanendo Adi, Rashawn Dally, Kekuta Manneh, Darren Mattocks, Emery WelshmanFC Cincinnati projected starting lineup Seattle Sounders vs. FC Cincinnati, March 2, at 10 p.m. ET on FS1Atlanta United vs. FC Cincinnati, March 10, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPNFC Cincinnati vs. Portland Timbers, March 17, at 5 p.m. ET on FS1FC Cincinnati vs. Sporting Kansas City, April 7, at 3 p.m. ET on ESPNMinnesota United vs. FC Cincinnati, June 29, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNFC Cincinnati vs. D.C. United, July 18, at 8 p.m. E.T. on ESPNFC Cincinnati vs. Columbus Crew, August 25, at 8 p.m. ET on FS1 Securing the services of Kendall Waston was a big step, with the towering Costa Rican defender giving Cincinnati the perfect anchor to build around. Cincinnati paid a hefty price to bring in hometown product Nick Hagglund, who will be expected to start. He had a rough 2018 in Toronto, but could be motivated to regain his top form by playing at home.Costa Rican midfielder Allan Cruz was added as a designated player and brings quality to the Cincinnati midfield, though he is more a box-to-box presence. If Cincinnati adds Kenny Saief, the USMNT midfielder will be a good fit in the attacking midfield role, and can also work on the wings.Cincinnati added some considerable speed with the trio of Roland Lamah, Kekuta Manneh and Darren Mattocks, which along with USL holdover Emmanuel Ledesma, should allow FCC to play with wide forwards in a 3-4-3, or traditional wingers in a 4-4-2.Another player to watch is MLS number one overall draft pick Frankie Amaya. The USMNT Under-20 midfielder should see some minutes as a rookie, but Cincinnati won’t rush him, not with all the veteran midfield options on the roster.Atlanta’s fullback options are also solid, with Greg Garza and Alvas Powell bringing MLS Cup-winning experience, and French veteran Mathieu Deplagne pushing Powell for the right back spot, if he isn’t deployed as a central defender.Full FC Cincinnati roster entering 2019 seasonlast_img read more

UCF’s Josh Heupel on McKenzie Milton: He will play again on the same level

first_imgMcKenzie Milton’s gruesome leg injury at the end of the 2018 season was one of the worst college football has seen in recent history, which left his football future up in the air.More than half a year removed from the emergency surgery the starting quarterback endured, UCF coach Josh Heupel said that not only does he think Milton will return to football, but he will return to his previous form. He was rushed off the field and to the hospital, where a CAT scan revealed he had a torn popliteal artery. Milton underwent surgery immediately.With Milton out this season as he recovers, Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush likely will get the nod to start, especially with Milton’s backup, Darriel Mack Jr., being out indefinitely after he broke his ankle last week.It’s been a rough turn of events for UCF, which had a perfect season in 2017 and was undefeated in the regular season before it lost the Fiesta Bowl to LSU in the postseason. Despite the turn of events, the Golden Knights believe they can continue being college football’s dark horse and compete at an elite level. Big 12 says ‘Horns Down’ symbol only OK in certain situations “There’s still things that he’s got to get back to make it all the way back,” Heupel told Yahoo Sports. “I really do believe he’s going to play again and play at the same level, if not better, than he already was.”It was during Central Florida’s regular season finale against South Florida when a USF player hit the quarterback in the leg with his helmet. Milton crumpled with his leg dangling awkwardly at an unnatural angle. Related News “We’re going to build a monster in Orlando at UCF, and we’re going to be a major player in college football,” UCF athletic director Danny White said. “Whatever college football looks like.”Milton addressed his recovery in April and said it’s been hard to go from completely mobile to being able to walk just a few steps at a time. However, he said he felt he was going to take the field again, too.”As for playing again, it’s going to take divine intervention, which has already taken place, considering the best-case scenarios,” Milton wrote for ESPN. “I tore only two of the four ligaments that usually get torn when you dislocate your knee. My blood’s flowing great. The nerve’s coming back, so that’s already happening. But what it’s going to take from me is busting my butt, listening to our medical staff. It’s going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s worth it.”last_img read more