CARICOM vital to regional development: Grenada’s new envoy

first_img Oct 7, 2020 You may be interested in… Standards, Quality Still Important CARPHA: Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO “As a member you will be expected to assist in advancing the implementation of Community decisions at the national level… providing the necessary link between the regional and the national,” the Secretary-General stated. Secretary-General LaRocque applauded Grenada’s strong commitment to regional integration, exemplified, he stated, by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell’s dedication as Lead of Head of Government for Science and Technology in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet.  Prime Minister Mitchell has also been an advocate for Statistics in the sustainable economic development of the Region, the SG noted. Mr Gill asserted that Grenada’s role and influence in CARICOM has been “distinct and unambiguous”, crystallised by the 1989 Declaration of the Grand Anse Work Programme of the Advancement of the Integration Movement that paved the way for the establishment of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Grenada’s new Ambassador to CARICOM HE Arley Gill signs while Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque looks on See more photos – Accreditation Ceremony He told the Secretary-General that the vision articulated by Heads of Government in 1989 was still relevant today, to which Grenada remained resolute. “In Grenada, we continue to see CARICOM as a channel through which Member States are bolstered in the regional and international community by the positions we take and have taken as a collective on matters of tremendous importance to our development,” the Grenadian envoy stated. He underscored the need for ordinary CARICOM citizens – the coconut vendor on the streets of Roseau, the doubles vendor in Port of Spain, the water taxi operators that ply their trade on Grand Anse beach – to feel the impact of the decisions made in trade, free movement, and climate change. “It is our duty to keep them informed and engaged in our deliberations and decision making, so that they do not feel marginalised by an institution which was established in the first place to benefit them.” Mr Gill said. See video – Accreditation Ceremony Accreditation Ceremony – Grenada’s Ambassador to CARICOM HE Arley Gill from Caribbean Community on Vimeo. Oct 7, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARICOM has been an indispensable force in the development of the Region, the new envoy of Grenada to the Caribbean Community said Thursday, as he submitted his letter of credence to Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. During a brief ceremony at the CARICOM Secretariat headquarters, Georgetown, Guyana, Ambassador Arley Salimbi Gill assured the Secretary-General LaRocque that Grenada “will remain steadfast to the ideals” of regional integration and support the work of the CARICOM Secretariat. In welcoming Mr Gill to the CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors, Secretary-General LaRocque apprised him of his role in ensuring that integration has a greater impact on the lives of CARICOM people. Former CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General Dies Sep 25, 2020 CARICOM and UNEP extend cooperation on environment Aug 25, 2020 Grenada’s efforts to promote Regional integration appreciated – CARICOM SGGrenada’s efforts to promote Regional integration, particularly in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), have been lauded by CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. The Secretary-General expressed his appreciation in a message to Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell on the occasion of Grenada’s 42nd Independence anniversary observed on 7…February 8, 2016In “CARICOM”CARICOM SG congratulates Grenada on 43rd anniversarySecretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has commended the progress Grenada has made as it celebrates its Forty-Third Anniversary of Independence on 7 February, 2017. Grenada’s strides towards a better future, he said, is reflected in the theme of the celebration “Forging ahead together for continued national…February 6, 2017In “CARICOM”Barbados, Suriname diplomats call for more youth involvement in CARICOM(CARICOM Secretariat) Envoys of Barbados and Suriname have stressed the importance of youth participation in the regional integration movement, as they reassured the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) of their commitment to active participation in CARICOM’s success. The sentiments were expressed on Thursday, 8 November, 2018, when new Ambassadors…November 9, 2018In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Peto: values have fallen 10% since July

first_imgRobert Peto, the chairman of DTZ UK, told delegates at the RICS International Valuation Conference today that valuers should be braver about writing down property values in the wake of the market slowdown and the credit crunch.He said deals were being done at 10% below 30 June values – almost five times worse than the 2.2% decline reported last week in IPD’s third quarter index. ‘I’m disappointed….the truth is most investors do not believe the numbers,’ he said of the IPD index. ‘We are seeing transactions being done and we know that deals are 10% down in value on the June numbers not 2%.‘That is evident. Valuers are doing themselves a great disservice with this smoothing of the curve.’There is a hiatus of transaction evidence but our job is to price the market as it is now. If the evidence is historic and we feel the market has changed, we must price accordingly.’last_img read more

ASCO’s 2016: A year of success

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Topsheen and Lianyungang aim for Africa

first_imgThe agreement will allow the two parties to strengthen their cooperation on the shipping of steel products and heavy equipment, say reports.One report adds that the 47,000 dwt bulk carrier Postoina departed Lianyungang on January 8 for the service’s first voyage, and another vessel of the same size, Orion Express, is scheduled to depart the Chinese gateway on January 30.The service is said to call at ports on the West African coast, including Lagos (Nigeria), Takoradi (Ghana), Tema (Ghana) and Douala (Cameroon).A Chinese news report also claims that Topsheen is currently operating with chartered vessels, but placed orders for its first four self-owned general cargo vessels at Nanjing Wujiaozui Shipyard in 2014, the first of which is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2015. Lianyungang port. www.tsl-group.comlast_img read more

The Latest: Kenya’s Kirui wins men’s race at Boston Marathon

first_img SWFL man runs ‘virtual’ Boston Marathon, raising money for St. Matthew’s House BOSTON (AP) The Latest on the 121st running of the Boston Marathon (all times local):12:10 p.m.:Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui (JOFF’-ree key-ROO’-ee) has won the Boston Marathon – his first marathon victory ever.Kirui outran Galen Rupp of the U.S. to take Monday’s 121st running of the race in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 36 seconds.He took seventh in last year’s Amsterdam Marathon and third at Rotterdam.Rupp finished unofficially in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 58 seconds.___11:55 a.m.:Edna Kiplagat (KIP’-la-gat) has won her Boston Marathon debut.The Kenyan policewoman opened up a big lead heading into the Newton hills, and she cruised to victory in an unofficial 2 hours, 21 minutes, 53 seconds in Monday’s 121st running of the race.It’s the first time Kiplagat, a two-time world champion, has raced Boston.She’s won in London, New York City and Los Angeles.Rose Chelimo of Bahrain was second, 59 seconds behind and American Jordan Hasay was third in her marathon debut. Desi Linden, who was second in Boston by 2 seconds in 2011, finished fourth – the first time since 1991 that two U.S. women have finished in the top four.– Bill Kole in Boston___11:10 a.m.The lead women’s pack is starting to drop some big names behind.Defending champion Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia was out of the top 10 and slowing at the halfway point. 2014 champion Buzunesh Deba was also about 2 minutes behind the leaders.The top group of seven runners included Americans Jordan Hasay and Desi Linden. Linden is a two-time Olympian and three-time top 10 finisher in Boston.– Jimmy Golen in Boston.___11 a.m.Those times are now official in the wheelchair races.Manuela Schar of Switzerland finished in 1 hour, 28 minutes, 17 seconds – shattering the world best by more than five minutes. Fellow Swiss Marcel Hug took the men’s race in 1:18:04, also the fastest time ever.The winners’ times are considered a world best and not a world record. The straight-line Boston course doesn’t qualify for world records because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday.– Jimmy Golen in Boston.___10:50 a.m.The women have delivered another world best in the Boston Marathon wheelchair races.Manuela Schar of Switzerland finished in an unofficial 1 hour, 28 minutes, 17 seconds to win the women’s wheelchair race on Monday.It’s the first time ever that a woman has beaten the 1:30 mark.Schar earned her first victory in Boston to join countryman Marcel Hug atop the podium and in the record books. The old best for a woman in the wheelchair race was 1:34:06.The winners’ times are considered a world best and not a world record. The straight-line Boston course doesn’t qualify for world records because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday.– Jimmy Golen in Boston.___10:45 a.m.Marcel Hug (HOOG) has won the wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon in a world’s best time.Hug outpushed 10-time winner Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa down Boylston Street to finish in an unofficial time of 1 hour, 18 minutes, 4 seconds. That’s a course record and the fastest time ever for a wheelchair marathon.The straight-line Boston course doesn’t qualify for a world record, because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday.It was the third straight Boston win for the 32-year-old from Switzerland.The old world’s best was 1:18:25.– Jimmy Golen in Boston.___10:30 a.m.Leading the pack of the men’s race at the Boston Marathon in Framingham, about six miles in, is Emmanuel Mutai, who is going for a unique feat.If he finishes, the 32-year-old Kenyan will be the first professional to complete all six major marathons plus the world championships and the Olympics.Mutai finished second in London and New York in 2010 and won London the next year. He also won Amsterdam in 2007 and has a total of seven major second-place finishes.– Jimmy Golen in Boston.___10:15 a.m.Plans are in the works for memorials to mark the sites where two bombs exploded during the 2013 Boston Marathon.City officials and the families of five people who died in the bombing or its aftermath say there’s also a plan to build a separate, larger memorial to victims, survivors and responders.Pablo Eduardo is a Massachusetts resident and internationally known sculptor. He’ll create the memorial markers on Boylston Street where bombs killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others.Eduardo said Monday his goal is to “embody the spirit of those we lost and the spirit of the city they loved.”– Bob Salsberg in Boston.___10 a.m.The 121st Boston Marathon is on its way from Hopkinton to Boston.The bulk of the 30,000-runner field left at 10 a.m. for the 26.2-mile trek to Copley Square. Along the way, they were expected to be slowed by temperatures rising into the 70s.The women left at 9:32 a.m., and American Desi Linden was an early leader as the lead pack passed through Ashland and into Framingham. Defending champion Atsede Baysa was also in the pack.– Jimmy Golen in Boston.___9:45 a.m.Runners in the Boston Marathon had high temperatures to deal with.But they also got a strong tailwind that could help, too.Temperatures hit 70 degrees under mostly sunny skies when the elite women left the start in Hopkinton. It was 69 and warming at the halfway point in Wellesley and expected to be up to 72 degrees by the time the runners reached the finish in Boston’s Back Bay.A tailwind of 13 mph gave the runners a push at the start on Monday. Gusts were expected of up to 30 mph.A strong tailwind and cooler temperatures in 2011 helped Geoffrey Mutai finish in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds. That was the fastest marathon in history at the time, though not a world record because the Boston course does not qualify for world records.The world record is 2:02:57, set by Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014.– Jimmy Golen in Boston.___9:35 a.m.The elite women are on their way in the 121st running of the Boston Marathon.The field started at 9:32 a.m. They’ll be followed at 10 a.m. by the elite men.Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia is back to defend her women’s title. She’s joined in the field by countrywoman Buzunesh Deba, the 2014 champion.The top U.S. woman is Desi Linden, a two-time Olympian who’s placed in the top 10 in Boston three times.– Bill Kole in Boston.___9:20 a.m.The 121st running of the Boston Marathon is getting underway in waves for the 30,000 athletes.Mobility impaired athletes – the blind and those with prostheses or other challenges – started at 8:50 a.m. Monday.They were followed by the men’s push rim wheelchair athletes at 9:17 a.m., and the women two minutes later.The elite women start at 9:32 a.m., and the elite men and the rest of wave one get underway at 10 a.m.There are three more waves that set up a staggered start: wave two at 10:25 a.m., wave three at 10:50 a.m. and wave four at 11:15 a.m.___8:50 a.m.The 121st running of the Boston Marathon is officially underway with the mobility impaired athletes.Runners who are blind, wear prostheses or have other challenges set off from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, on Monday morning.The rest of the field will follow in waves.Monday’s race is getting started in temperatures of 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius.) That’s ideal for spectators but a bit warm for many runners.The leading men will include Galen Rupp, the bronze medalist in the Rio Olympics, running Boston for the first time, and 2014 champion Meb Keflezighi (kuh-FLEHZ-key.)The top U.S. woman is Desi Linden, a two-time Olympian who’s placed in the top 10 in Boston three times.Security has been extra tight since 2013, when bombs killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others. The Latest: Kenya’s Kirui wins men’s race at Boston Marathon Author: AP Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: April 17, 2017 7:30 AM EDT Updated: April 17, 2017 12:39 PM EDT 2020 Boston Marathon canceled due to coronavirus, will be held virtually Recommended SHARElast_img read more

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first_imgBook reviews,Maghreb Railby Marcel VleugelsThe complex history of the railways of North Africa was influenced by cultural, geographic and economic factors, including the unrealised dream of completing a rail link across the Sahara desert. Following the second world war, phosphate traffic helped revitalise some lines, whilst others disappeared. In 220 pages of Dutch text with copious illustrations, Marcel Vleugels provides a overview of railway history in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, drawing on field research as well as archival sources, with particular emphasis on locomotives and rolling stock. ISBN 90-73280-06-0 Available at 89·90 guilders from ‘T Nijvere Lezerke, Postbus 233, NL-6400 AE Heerlen, Netherlands.Fax +31 43 451 1949marhan@compuserve.comBahn 2000 – Rail 2000by Jean-Pierre Weibel, Philippe Claude and Daniel QuincheThis glossy paperback in French and German celebrates progress on Swiss Federal Railways’ ambitious investment programme, which is now due for completion in 2004. The opening chapters cover the transformation of SBB into a limited company, and set the scene. Subsequent chapters cover individual projects such as the Mattstetten – Rothrist new line, Zürich remodelling, and the IC2000 double-deck trainsets and ICN tilting trains. Les Editions Grands Travaux SA, Rue du XXXI Décembre 42, Case Postale 6204, CH-1211 Genève 6, Switzerland. Fax: +41 22 737 4009Railways: An Integrated Approach to Engineering & OperationsRail Travel: Improving the Passenger InterfaceAdvancement & Integration of Communication SystemsSelected papers from these specialist conferences in 1999 and 1998 are now available at £50, £90 and £70 respectively. ERA Technology Ltd, Cleeve Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7SA, Great Britain.Fax: +44 1372 377927pub.sales@era.co.ukRailway Engineeringby Prof V A ProfillidisFirst published in 1995 (RG11.95 p794), this useful overview of basic railway engineering has been updated and revised to include a synopsis of current technology and scientific analysis. ISBN 0 7546 1279 1 £55·00. Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Gower House, Croft Road, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 3HR, Great Britain.Fax: +44 1252 368595 www.ashgate.comDirect sales from: Bookpoint Ltd, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD, Great Britain.Fax: +44 1235 400454orders@bookpoint.co.uklast_img read more

Products & Technology in Brief

first_imgDB is testing a 300 m section of noise barrier just 760 mm high alongside tracks at Celle-Garßen, aiming to reduce noise in the immediate vicinity of the source. The results of a national programme to test methods of reducing noise are to be presented next year. Trelleborg Industrial AVS has developed a high-temperature version of its Metalastik Metacone mountings, Vee mounts and buffer springs suitable for use in engine compartments. They can take loadings from 200 to 1500 kg, and according to Trelleborg are ideally suited for underfloor engine mountings. Network Rail is using ‘molecular taggent’ from RedWeb Technologies to mark cables and other equipment in northeast England in an effort to catch thieves by linking them to crime scenes. A dye which remains on skin and clothing for several days contains an encrypted tag which can be traced to a specific location.last_img read more

UPDATE: Coastal Airways runs off runway at Canefield

first_imgLocalNews UPDATE: Coastal Airways runs off runway at Canefield by: – February 27, 2014 Coastal Airways aircraft after running off Canefiel Airport runway (photo credit Ronald Abraham Jr)A Coastal Airways aircraft ran off the runway at the Canefield Airport just about 10:40AM on Thursday.The incident, which was confirmed to Dominica Vibes by Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority, Benoit Bardouille resulted in no injuries however a wing of the aircraft was reported damaged.Mr and Mrs. Stanford and Rosa Xavier, passengers on board Costal Air.Coastal Air departed St. Croix approximately 9:15 am and arrived in Dominica about 10:40. The plane which landed safely ran off the runway and into the Airport’s fencing with all the nine passengers and one pilot on board.No one was injured during the accident. Antoine Baptiste a passenger of the plane gave his account of the event.“The pilot landed good, but when he came to stop he said that he can’t stop. When he saw that he was coming to the end of the runway he swung the plane back and it touched the fence post and stopped”.Antoine, who was sitting at the front of the aircraft, said “nothing much was going through my mind I was only concerned about a cargo ship container which was at the back of the fence and I thought if we collide with it we might be in some trouble”.Selma Luke, another passenger on the plane also described the flight.“We had a very good flight, when we arrived in Dominica I started clapping, we landed very well but afterwards I heard somebody said the plane cannot stop, I just look and the plane was in the bush. It didn’t bother me, I’m a Christian,” she said. Stanford Xavier and his wife Rosa described the incident as “an experience of their life” and noted that it may have a negative impact on future travel for them. Airport officials have not issued a statement on Thursday’s accident. (Photo credit: Brent Williams)Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share 1168 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

‘Scales’ pest confirmed in Dominica

first_img Tweet Share Share Share LocalNews ‘Scales’ pest confirmed in Dominica by: Dominica Vibes News – June 18, 2015center_img 138 Views   no discussions (Photo credit: www.gardeningknowhow.com)The Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of a new pest called Scales on the island. The Scale insect, which has been found mostly in the eastern community of La Plaine, is said to be causing serious damage for famers there. Scales, as described by the University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources, are sucking insects that insert their tiny, straw-like mouthparts into bark, fruit, or leaves, mostly on trees and shrubs and other perennial plants. Scales causes damage by removing vital plant fluids from their hosts using their sucking mouth parts. Leaf and needle stunting and yellowing, twig and branch dieback as well as plant death are possible depending on population levels.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit; Agriculture Minister, Johnson Drigo; Head of the Plant Protection and Quarantine Unit, Ryan Anselm; and Parliamentary representative for the La Plaine constituency Petter Saint Jean met with residents there on Monday 15 June 2015 to discuss plans to control the spread of the pest. Head of the Plant Quarantine Unit Ryan Anselm said based on advice given by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Ministry of Agriculture said it will be using natural predators such as beetles to control the spread of the pest. “We have successfully reared four beetles in the lab and from two weeks ago we have been releasing these beetles in the field doing field trials”.According to Anselm, there has been some improvement at one of the farms as a result of the beetles which were released two weeks ago.“We are going to implement what we call an integrated approach where we are going to work with the beetles and work with to FAO to bring what we call parasitoids,” Anselm informed. He explained that the parasitoids are small flies that will puncture the scale insect and lay its eggs in it and kill it, which will “work faster than the beetles”.Anselm said the new disease is a serious concern as it could have crippling effects on the agriculture sector.“I know that situation is very severe. What we are asking is your patience to let the beetles do its work. A month ago I saw the scale insect on celery and bay leaf and these are natural repellant and so we have to work together to solve that problem,” Anselm said. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit called on the residents to work with the Ministry of Agriculture to manage and control the disease.“I believe that we have to treat it in the same manner in which we have been treating the Black Sigatoka having a focused, dedicated team to this, advising on a budget required for this, if we have to engage more people to assist in the management of this situation then we shall provide it,” PM Skerrit said. Mr Skerrit said cabinet will meet to determine what sort of assistance it will give to affected farmers as some of them have already requested compensation.“Legally, the government cannot compensate you for an act of God. What I can say is we can see how we can assist you, but I cannot use the word compensation”.“Legally I cannot compensate anybody for an act of God because I would be going contrary to the laws of the country but seeing the impact on your way of life, we will be discussing in Cabinet what sort of intervention we can provide to the farmers affected,” PM Skerrit said.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister called on the residents to help manage the pest to “bring it to a level where it will not have an impact on your plants; it will not have an impact on your way of life that it has right now”. Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Cultural Preservation to be discussed during E.O. LeBlanc Memorial Lecture

first_img 176 Views   no discussions Share Share Share Tweetcenter_img EducationLocalNewsTertiary Cultural Preservation to be discussed during E.O. LeBlanc Memorial Lecture by: – October 5, 2015 Sharing is caring! Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald, former Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the UWI Open Campus and Professor Emerita of UWIThe issue of cultural preservation will be at the forefront when the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus Dominica and the Cultural Division hosts the Fourth Annual E.O. Leblanc Memorial Lecture on Thursday, October 8, 2015.The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Fort Young Hotel’s Conference Room commencing at 7:30 p.m.Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald, former Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the UWI Open Campus and Professor Emerita of UWI will present the topic: “Cultivating Caribbean Identities: Language, Culture and the Politics of Deprivation.”Simmons-McDonald will examine the importance of safeguarding cultural practices in Dominica and the rest of the Caribbean region. She will discuss ways that identities achieved through language and traditions can be protected from the threat of erosion through inundation of external influences.This public lecture series, one of four presented by the UWI Open Campus Dominica annually, forms part of the National Independence Calendar, and focuses on cultural themes in celebration of the life and work of Edward Oliver Le Blanc, Dominica’s first Premier. He was devoted to culture and was an avid reader and poet.The previous presenters of this lecture series were Dr. Alwin Bully, Dr. Lennox Honychurch and Dr. Irving André.last_img read more