Claudia Pina is one of the pearls of The farmhouse. The forward has drawn attention for her precocity and innate talent that have led her to always be ahead of her generation. At 16 years, five months and two days he debuted in an official match with the Barcelona to be the youngest player to do it. However, despite being in his second year as a professional, Pina is barely having minutes on a star-studded team.Jenni Beautiful, Oshoala, Mariona, Martens, Hansen… Barça’s attackers’ roster has many karats and that’s why the young youth squad is practically not having opportunities. The Catalan has 144 minutes between the three competitions spread over six games. The junk minutes, which are called, in which he has not even been able to see the door. At 18, Pina, although he belongs to the first team, alternates it with matches in the filia of Iberdrola Challenge. A complicated situation for the front. Pina, however, remains one of the pillars of the lower categories. In fact, bronze was hung on the U17 World Cup with only 15 years; the silver in the Sub 20 world with 17 years; and that same year the gold in the Sub-17 World Cup. In 2017 she made her idyll clear with the goal when she was named the best scorer of 2017 for the men’s and women’s teams with 16 goals during that calendar year. A scorer who has yet to explode in professional football.Future. Claudia Pina is one of the most sought-after players in all Europe. Both she and Barcelona know that she needs minutes at the highest level to truly see her projection, but her future is stuck. The azulgrana ends her contract in June 2020 and Barcelona wants to renew it. She is not so clear on top team deals like PSG or Real Madrid on the table. Without renewal, an agreement was not reached for it to be transferred, despite the interest of several Primera Iberdrola teams. Pina looks to the future with uncertainty, although she seems to be far from Can Barça.
Dear Editor,There are 750,000+ of us in the diaspora who are proud to call ourselves Guyanese; cherish the unique shared formative experiences that make us so individual in the world; have supported the country and relatives back home for decades, and flock back “Home” whenever we can. Now the word diaspora is being heard with negative connotations, suspicion and even disdain. Some have found it necessary to vow to give up their second citizenship. And there has been a call by one legal luminary to clean up the house.Guyana does have a somewhat obscure and fuzzy law dating back to 1980 in its books, which states that any Guyanese who acquires citizenship from another country may be deprived of his/her Guyanese citizenship by the President. But not only were most Guyanese unaware of this arcane law, it played no part in their life. Nor did it seem to play any part in the thinking of the current Government itself before the no-confidence passage. For example, it is reported that very senior members of the Government: State Minister Joseph Harmon, Public Service Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, all have foreign citizenships, which if the stipulation was acted upon, would relegate them non-Guyanese status and in violation of the Constitution. Altogether, at least a dozen Members of Parliament, are reported to have foreign citizenships and would therefore also be ineligible to serve in Parliament. The list of non-Guyanese could also reportedly extend to the daughters of the President and the Prime Minister.But benign application of the statute has been the practice for 40 years by successive Administrations. I know of no friend or acquaintance who has been denied Guyanese status because they were also a citizen of another country. Moreover, successive Governments have courted the diaspora for investment capital and for contributions they could make to the country’s development. They have held outreaches and conferences and partnered with the UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to compile a skills inventory in the diaspora and to promote the return of Guyanese-born residents of countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands.Now the diaspora would become “collateral damage” to one of the two arguments in an action promoted by the Attorney General in an attempt to invalidate the no-confidence passage. That argument challenges Charrandas Persaud’s eligibility because of his Canadian citizenship (but not that of the other MPs with additional citizenships). This challenge was brought despite the issues outlined above and despite the fact that paragraph 173 (2) of Guyana’s Constitution clearly states:“…the presence or participation of any person not entitled to be present [Charrandas & some 12 other MPs who have additional citizenships] at or to participate in the proceedings of the Assembly shall not invalidate those proceedings.”And it was brought despite the doctrine of Unclean-Hands which bars plaintiffs from invoking their own misconduct to challenge an outcome from their own misconduct. The point being that Charrandas Persaud was a Government selected and appointed member, and if he was ineligible it was done at the Government’s hands.(The other argument is that 33 does not constitute a majority out of 65)Even if these two arguments fail for obvious reasons – as they should, Charrandas Persaud’s status as a Guyanese has been challenged, and this has huge implications for those of us in the 750,000 strong diaspora who have other citizenships. As I understand it, the Government is not just looking for a ruling on a forward basis. They are looking to retroactively invalidate his past action. By this line of reasoning things that many of us did as a Guyanese in the past are null and void, including athletes who proudly competed for the country, famous personalities we like to call our own, and just plain Guyanese around the world who have been sending back remittances (equivalent to 40 per cent of the country’s GDP) to family for decades.For years I have been telling people from all over the world that I am Guyanese, and in a small way representing the country as having a great education system, wonderful rivers, pristine rainforests, hospitable people, eclectic cuisine, multi-racial melting pot, birthplace of legendary legal luminaries, Shakira Baksh, E R Braithwaite, Eddie Grant, Rohan Khanai, Sir James Douglas (credited with keeping Canada from sea to sea) and so much more. But according to the challenge who would we still count as Guyanese?And What about retirees returning to Guyana, are they to renounce their citizenships and give up their pensions?In August, before this issue arose, eight overseas born “Guyanese by descent” represented Guyana in the 2018 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Soccer Championship in Florida. These players were all granted Guyanese citizenship to represent the country. The only foundation documents required from their parents by Guyanese authorities were their Guyanese birth certificates or passports. There were no questions about their Canadian citizenship. At one point, the entire Lady Jaguars soccer team came from Canada and the USA, where their parents were considered dual citizens.And in 2014/2015 I spent 7 months volunteering in Guyana on an international programme that allows diaspora members to use the base of commonality in their heritage countries’ culture to more effectively transfer skills and professional experience gained abroad to local communities and organisations. The programme’s efforts were directed at assisting social and economic development. As part of the programme, I raised funds from personal donors for the sponsoring organisation’s “pay forward” funding. And this was matched on a 9 to 1 basis by the Canadian Government. It was a rewarding experience all around.Guyana Help The Kids (GHTK) is a registered Canadian charity founded by Guyanese born Dr Narendra Singh with the goal of decreasing the neonatal and infant mortality. They do amazing work at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Burn Care Unit, the only burn and wound care centre in Guyana, was founded by Pamela and Harry Harakh and supported by thousands of Guyanese in Canada. The Doobay Dialysis Centre, located at Annandale, East Coast Demerara, the only low cost dialysis centre in Guyana, was founded by Dr Budhendra Doobay. The list of Canadian charities doing exceptional work in Guyana is long and has one thing in common – Most were founded by and mostly supported by Guyanese with dual citizenship.These are just anecdotes that quickly come to mind, multiply this by the size of the diaspora. Now for political expediency Guyanese with other citizenships stand to be set apart. This could have an irreversible impact on Diaspora relations.In contrast, the following Caricom countries have dual citizenship and some even solicit and promote it: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago.And on the South American continent, The Union of South American Nations (UNASAR) which is modelled after the European Union, is discussing a proposed common citizenship for members which include: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.Clearly there is a disconnect here. Because of narrow political grasping, some are pushing an agenda that implies stripping hundreds of thousands of Guyanese of their birthright by attempting to selectively manipulate a statute which has long been ignored and is ripe to be expunged.Our major Caricom partners allow dual citizenship. We don’t. We have less in common, at least culturally with UNASAR countries but are in the talks on common citizenship. And to cap it all, we don’t reciprocate dual citizenship with close allies, benefactors and trading partners: America, Britain and Canada.Sincerely,Ron Cheong andDanny Doobay
Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raised eyebrows, and concern among current and prospective parents, with a report documenting that the rate of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis in the United States jumped 30% between 2008 and 2010, from one in 88 to one in 68 children. CDC officials don’t know, however, whether the startling increase is due to skyrocketing rates of the disorder or more sensitive screening, or a combination of both. (Forbes gives a nice rundown of the many reasons for this uncertainty).The number of diagnoses “have been steadily climbing” from one in 150 since the CDC’s national surveillance system was put into place in 2000, “so I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised” by the new data, says Sarah Spence, a neurologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. About half of the children diagnosed with ASD in the new report had normal or above-average intelligence, compared with a third of children 10 years ago, suggesting that a significant proportion of the new cases are due to more sensitive diagnostic measures rather than increased incidence, she says. Still, “I think all of us in the field are a little frightened by the numbers.”Huge differences in rates of diagnosis between regions—one in 45 children in New Jersey, compared with one in 175 in Alabama, for example—need to be accounted for before the new data can be properly interpreted, says veteran autism researcher Catherine Lord, a psychologist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. “As a researcher it’s hard to believe” that the increase in cases is as large as the report suggests, she says. “It’s time for the CDC to really put some effort into figuring out why there are these huge discrepancies.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Nonetheless, the new data suggest that more professionals trained to properly diagnose and treat developmental disorders are desperately needed, Spence says. Advocacy groups have jumped on the new study to call for more federal funding for research and better services for families affected by the disorder.