Culture and Sports – centre-stage at CARICOM Heads Meeting

first_img You may be interested in… Feb 25, 2015 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… “Caribbean nations must capitalise on our phenominal cultural and creative output, so much of which is attributable to our rich ethnic mix and the variety of indigenous folklore and innate skills. The creative industries offer the larger Caribbean feasible options to leapfrog into high growth areas of the global economy by showcasing to the world its distinctive cultural content,” the former Prime Minister told the Meeting. Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, The Bahamas, Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson  (r) presenting a gift of publications on Bahamian culture and sports to the Most Honorable P.J Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, after the opening session of the Twenty-Sixth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of  CARICOM Heads of Government. Sharing in the moment are the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Chairman of CARICOM and  Prime Minister of The Bahamas and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador  Irwin LaRocque. Mr. Patterson, on the invitation of the CARICOM Chairman, made a special presentation to the Inter-Sessional Meeting on Thursday on “Leveraging CARICOM’s Human, Cultural and Natural Assets for the Economic Development of the Community”. Barbados Prime Minister for CARICOM Inter-sessional Meeting Former Jamaica PM urges new development pathways for RegionFormer Prime Minister of Jamaica Hon. P.J. Patterson said there was an urgent need for CARICOM Member States to discover new development pathways that encourage creativity and innovation in the pursuit of inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and development. Mr. Patterson was giving a presentation to Regional Leaders at the two-day 26th Intersessional…February 27, 2015In “Anguilla”CARICOM places emphasis on sports tourism, cultural industriesCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have decided to place emphasis on developing their cultural and creative industries and sports sectors to boost their economies. The announcement was made at the closing press conference of the two-day 26th Intersessional Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government on Friday afternoon by Chairman…February 28, 2015In “Anguilla”CARICOM Heads to meet US President in JamaicaCARICOM Heads of Government will hold discussions with US President Barack Obama on Thursday, 9 April 2015, during  a State Visit by the President to Jamaica. Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, in making the announcement in Parliament Tuesday, said the discussions will focus on issues…March 18, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Dual PRS push in east London

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On The Beat

first_imgSteven Palmer of Medford is charged with raping a Southampton teenager.Alleged Rape In SouthamptonSteven Palmer, an Uber driver, allegedly raped a 16-year-old several times in December, according to Southampton Town Police.Detectives said Steven Palmer, 33, who lives in Medford befriended the alleged victim, a 16-year-old girl, back in December. She had called for a cab and police said she was “distraught” when Palmer arrived. They spoke at some length, and agreed to meet up again. Police said the pair met daily for three more days, and had sex on each occasion.Police were called not by the girl but by another “agency” she was dealing with. Police declined to furnish specifics.On February 4, Palmer was picked up at his home and charged with one count of third-degree rape. The felony charge can be levied if a victim is incapable of consent, or is age 16 or younger. Palmer was held for arraignment and eventually remanded to the Suffolk County Jail, where he posted bail in the form of a $40,000 bond two days later.Lieutenant Susan Ralph said the charge was statutory rape.An Uber spokesman said any kind of inappropriate sexual conduct by its drivers is strictly prohibited.At Gunpoint In RiverheadA woman reported being robbed at gunpoint by two unknown men in the parking lot of the Laundry Palace on Route 58 in Riverhead at about 12:45 AM Sunday. The victim, 35, was sitting in her own vehicle when a black man approached her. According to Riverhead Town Police, the man opened the passenger side door and flashed a pistol.He then grabbed her pocketbook and took cash from her purse. A second man appeared at the scene and the two fled on foot, eluding a subsequent police search that included a canine unit.This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Riverhead Detective Division at 631-727-4500, ext. 326.Felony Drug ChargeNew York State Police arrested two Greenport men on drug charges early Thursday morning. Troopers said they stopped a 2011 Hyundai Sonata on Sound Avenue after observing the vehicle speeding and crossing the center line near Pennys Road at about 2:35 AM.The driver, identified as Karon D. Grant, 32, and a passenger, Fredrick D. Grace, 28, were both allegedly carrying—cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, was seized in the course of the arrest. Both men were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree with intent to sell (b felony), and fourth degree, possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, two counts: for cocaine (c felony), and heroin. There were several other drug-related misdemeanors and violations and numerous traffic violations issued.Both subjects were held for arraignment in Riverhead Justice Court. Sharelast_img read more

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CPS updates its code for Crown prosecutors

first_imgThe Crown Prosecution Service has issued an updated edition of its code for Crown prosecutors to make it easier for the public to understand how decisions are made. The document, which follows a 12-week consultation, includes a clearer explanation of the public interest factors in making prosecution decisions, and a fuller section explaining out of court disposals. It sets out the discretion for prosecutors to halt a prosecution in exceptional circumstances where it becomes clear that it would not be in the public interest to proceed, even before all the evidence is available. The revised code also outlines the ability of prosecutors to conduct pre-trial witness interviews when required, to assess the reliability of witness evidence or better understand complex evidence. This is the first edition of the code issued by Keir Starmer QC (pictured) since he became director of public prosecutions. It reflects changes to legislation and practice since the previous code was issued in 2004. Starmer said the role of the prosecutor is ‘constantly evolving’ and it is ‘critical that the code is kept as relevant and clear as possible to assist prosecutors in their increasingly diverse roles and specialities’.last_img read more

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Needless long hours

first_img Kieran Fielding, Pearson Fielding, Liverpool I read the comments of both Nick Herbert and in relation to magistrates sitting at unsocial times and hours. I have little respect for Mr Herbert’s opinion that ‘swift justice is currently the exception…’. Is he unaware of the Criminal Justice: Simple, Speedy Summary (CJSSS) process? As an advocate in the magistrates’ court, I know that many cases are dealt with on their first appearance. I am aware of the reluctance of magistrates to adjourn CJSSS cases. In Merseyside we have also had a scheme piloting early guilty pleas in the Crown court. Defendants are often sentenced within two weeks of a committal to the Crown court. It is difficult to see how these magistrates’ courts sitting outside normal hours would have any impact upon the speed that cases are dealt with. I am not sure that I can respect Mr Thornhill’s view that the main concern here would be costs. Solicitors would end up working longer hours, probably for less money. Perhaps I have misjudged both gentlemen and it is in their minds that the legal aid fund would pay enhanced rates for those of us who have the misfortune to appear in the late-night and weekend sittings. Finally, in our area we have seen a drop in the number of cases appearing in court due to a combination of falling police numbers and the reluctance of the Crown Prosecution Service to charge. This begs the question, why would we need such courts?last_img read more

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A much needed boost for affordable housing

first_imgThe dust has now settled on the £1.4bn new money announcement to deliver 40,000 homes over the next five years. This means that there will be a total of £4.7bn for affordable homes. Government has confirmed that recipients will be able to build homes of any tenure, including a return to rents at below the 80% of market rents, which is a characteristic of the current programme.The distribution of the programme across the country is eye-catching. London will get at least £3.15bn to deliver 90,000 homes. It has already pressed the starting gun on its new programme, and it’s open to providers of all types, including housing associations, developers, local authorities and public/private partnerships and joint ventures.The GLA has also published an Affordable Housing Supplementary guidance, which provides guidance on affordable housing and tenure splits. It builds on an existing borough viability protocol and aims to provide stronger and more consistent review mechanisms. Schemes with at least 35% affordable housing will receive less scrutiny and hopefully faster progress through the planning system. This is all good news and has been welcomed by the private and public sector alike.The distribution of the programme across the country is eye-catching. London will get at least £3.15bn to deliver 90,000 homesThe sting in the tail is if there is less than 35% proposed. In these circumstances, there will be a full viability assessment; scrutiny by a new GLA viability team; the percentage of the affordable housing enshrined in the section 106; and a review mechanism applied at a number of stages. Not such good news.Registration for the new programme has now opened and the system will be open for new bids from the end of January 2017. There is an ambition to make allocations by May 2017 and to have all contracts signed by June 2017.It is an ambitious programme, but well crafted to ensure the best chances of delivery. The contracts are to be streamlined and there will be less prescription on delivery. If ever there was a statement of intent – this programme sets out its stall.Steve Douglas is a partner at Altairlast_img read more

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Air Partner and An-225 join Japan relief efforts

first_imgThe Paris office of charter broker Air Partner chartered the aircraft to carry 145 tonnes of including blankets, food, water, medicines and respirators from Chateauroux in France to Tokyo Narita Airport, as part of France’s relief effort for Japan. The flight was organised by Antonov Airlines. Additionally, the load comprises a range of specialist equipment for relief teams such as pumps, compressors, generators, dosimeters (which measure an individual’s exposure to radiation), and radiometers (to measure the power of electromagnetic radiation).Richard Smith, Air Partner’s freight director, said: “The aircraft was ideal for the task as it allowed us to move the entire payload in one airlift which was commercially beneficial for the client. Following the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, Air Partner has been involved in assisting the Japanese relief effort from the outset. We flew one of the first relief and medical support teams into the region, as well as their equipment, and this latest flight is part of our on-going operations on behalf of governments, corporate companies and international charities.”Adds Antonov Airlines’ commercial director Valery Kulbaka: “Through our business, Antonov has longstanding relationships with Japan. We share everyone’s concerns for the wellbeing of those affected by these events. The An-225 (pictured below) will play its part in the relief effort.last_img read more

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Not just the budget

first_imgThe Indian government’s plan to abolish the annual railway budget is a welcome move which could facilitate more wide-ranging reforms, suggests Raghu Dayal.,Reformers have been campaigning for many years for the scrapping of India’s separate railway budget, and at long last the idea has been accepted by the Modi government. A formal proposal to merge it into the general budget has been issued by the Niti Aayog (the National Association for Transforming India, as successor to the former Planning Commission) and referred to the Finance Ministry, having been endorsed by Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu. The first combined budget could be presented next January.Railway finances were separated from the general budget in 1924, after the Ackworth Committee recommended in 1921 that the railways should ‘assume responsibilities for earning and expending their own income’. The expanding rail network was the backbone of India’s economy, and it was felt that this should be insulated from general budgetary constraints. At the time, railway revenues accounted for almost a third of total government turnover.After more than 90 years of huge economic and societal change, IR’s annual expenditure is today a small fraction of the national budget. Its revenues accrue to the Consolidated Fund, from which grants are provided on the approval of Parliament. Several state-owned and private companies now have a larger turnover than IR. At a time when the government is sweeping away many other shibboleths, a separate railway budget is clearly an anachronism.The current model blurs the line between policy-making and implementation, and nowhere more than in tariff policy. The convention of seeking Parliament approval for tariff changes has been a key factor behind the current irrational rate structure and cross-subsidy of passenger losses, to the detriment of the economy as much as the railways’ own financial health.Ministers could have used their annual budget statement to promote a greater understanding of how railways can be an enabler of economic development, informing parliament about global transport trends, and the role of rail in tackling environment, safety or land use issues. Instead, the budget all too often became a catalogue of micromanagement initiatives as successive ministers sought popularity by supporting projects that would benefit their constituencies, whether remunerative or not.However, it is not just the budget that needs to be questioned but also the justification for a separate railway ministry. The global transition towards integrated logistics and seamless supply chain underlines the imperative of intermodal co-ordination and complementarity, suggesting that rail, shipping, roads and aviation should be grouped under a single ministry, as was briefly trialled 30 years ago. That is how most countries now administer their transport sectors.Coupled to other reforms currently being discussed, the abolition of the railway budget should be part of a process to split up the railways’ political, regulatory and management functions. Parliament and the transport ministry should set the broad objectives, leaving a more business-focused railway with a professional management team to operate the network under the oversight of an independent regulator to protect the wider public interest. As the adage goes, the old order must yield its place to the new.Read more about proposals for reforming Indian Railways in the October 2015 issue of Railway Gazette International, available to subscribers in our digital archive.last_img read more

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Jamaican Prime Minister Holness defends his administration

first_imgAndrew Holness Just hours after Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips labelled the current Jamaican government the most corrupt administration in independent Jamaica, Prime Minister Andrew Holness retaliated. Phillips accuses govt of corruption Phillips, president of the People’s National Party, PNP, addressing the party’s convention on Sunday, said, “The government has more scandals than Riverton City (dump) has scandal bag, and then we have the super scandal, the Petrojam scandal,” Phillips told supporters.Holness says PNP more corruptBut as he addressed a gospel concert in the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) Area Council Two, later that day, Holness said the PNP leader was being hypocritical and that the PNP’s list of corrupt activities dates back to 1989. “There is no point to be scored on corruption. You can’t curse me when you are also corrupt, that is called hypocrisy,” Holness said, adding that Phillips should not be trusted. “We already know that him bad-mind,” Holness said, adding that the Opposition Leader does not like to see people prosper.Can’t manage Phillips in his address outlined controversial issues affecting the country under the Andrew Holness led administration. He said these included, the acquisition of used police cars, massive bills and a debushing program. “Lack of accountability is bad, the corruption is bad, the false promises are bad. But what is even more threatening to our very existence is that they just can’t manage. They don’t know what they are doing and because they don’t know what they are doing, they are putting every single Jamaican at risk,” Phillips told supporters.But Holness insisted that his JLP administration is the only government that has taken serious action to deal with corruption and put in place the necessary mechanisms to fight it.He reminded supporters of the establishment of the Office of the Contractor General by former prime minister Edward Seaga and the recent passage the Integrity bill.Making institutional changes “We are the administration that is making the institutional changes to ensure that we tackle the issue of corruption,” Holness said, acknowledging that in every government, there will always be people who break the rules.However, he said, the mark of a good government is when there is no cover-up of wrong-doing.“When we face our challenges there is no one who can criticice this Government to say that we have covered up corruption… We are taking a strong stance against corruption. The Jamaica Labor Party stands firmly against corruption and we have put in place and have been putting in place the measures to address it,” Holness added.last_img read more

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Minister urges solidarity in fight against gender-based violence

first_img Sharing is caring! Minister of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, Gloria Shillingford has called on all citizens to stand in solidarity for an end to all forms of gender based violence.Minister Shillingford said in an address to mark the launch of 16 days of activism campaign against gender violence on Tuesday 25 November 2014, this is essential because a national registry has revealed that over seven hundred cases of domestic cases have been reported here since 2011.The 16 days of activism campaign, an initiative of the United Nations, is being observed under the theme “Challenging Stigma and Discrimination; Let’s End Violence in Dominica.” Gender based violence is any act or conduct, based on gender, which causes death or physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women (and men and boys) whether in the public or the private spheres.Minister Shillingford said gender violence represents a violation of human rights, a serious health problem and an obstacle to socio-economic development which cuts across class, income, age and cultural divides, impinging on and compromising the fundamental rights and freedoms of the victims.The Minister noted that gender–based violence comes with high social and economic costs to the individual, family, workplace and society.“A National Registry for Domestic Violence, which was established in July 2011, has since housed statistics of 717 reported cases of domestic violence”. “Of these 620 (86.5%) were women while 86 (12%) were men. In additional, the National Registry also has a recording of 468 cases of child victims (65.3% of the total number of cases) comprising 403 girls and 60 boys,” Mrs Shillingford said. The Minister added that these statistics “are most alarming” for a small population like Dominica and “unreservedly, add my voice to the urgent call for an immediate end to all forms of violence against men, women, boys and girls in Dominica and the wider world”.Minister Shillingford called on all citizens to participate in activities planned by the Bureau of Gender Affairs with its partners – the Social Welfare Division, the Dominica National Council of Women, the Dominica Planned Parenthood Association, Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities, and CARIMAN.Among these are a number of radio programs on various related topics, a church service for the elderly on December 2 and a debate by students from the Dominica State College on December 10. 256 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share LocalNews Minister urges solidarity in fight against gender-based violence by: Dominica Vibes News – November 26, 2014last_img read more

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