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2017 In Photos

By on October 20, 2020

first_img Oct 2, 2020 Oct 5, 2020 Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… As 2017 ends and we usher in 2018, we take a look back at a challenging year, but one in which CARICOM showed its formidable strength and resilience. Here are some highlights: Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… You may be interested in… Oct 15, 2020center_img Standards, Codes Critical to CARICOM Energy Sector…   President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise welcomes SG LaRocque to Haiti in December President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise at the CARICOM Energy Month Exhibition in Port au Prince in October Participants in the Energy Month Kilo Walk in November in Georgetown, Guyana CARICOM Secretary-General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque and Cuban Ambassador to CARICOM, His Excellency, Julio Cesar Gonzalez Marchante share a warm handshake after signing the Agreement in November Heads of Government at the CARICOM-Mexico Summit in October PM of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon Gaston Browne, CARICOM Chairman, Dr. the Hon Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and others tour devastated Barbuda in September Secretary-General António Guterres walks through Codrington town in Barbuda to see firsthand the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma. (Photo by Rick Bajornas via UN) Stripped trees tell the story the morning after the hurricane hit Dominica Devastation in Dominica CARICOM Secretary-General offers comfort while on a visit to Dominica following the hurricane Hurricane Irma damage in the British Virgin Islands In the wake of the storm Clearing debris in St. Kitts and Nevis What was left of a gas station in the Turks and Caicos Islands after Hurricane Irma Hurricane Irma turned this hillside in Anguilla brown Wood and debris on Ragged Island, The Bahamas, after Hurricane Irma hit Upturned boats on Ragged Island, The Bahamas BVI Premier, the Hon Dr. Orlando Smith and PM of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit greet each other at the Pledging Conference in New York in Nov. 2017 CARICOM SG Amb. Irwin LaRocque, UNDP Administrator Achim Stenier and UNDPDirector for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ms. Jessica Faeita at the Pledging Conference in Nov. Commonwealth SG Baroness Patricia Scotland; CARICOM Chair, PM Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada; PM Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia, SG Amb. Irwin LaRocque in New York, Nov. at the Pledging Conference Representatives of Regional Institutions, CARDI, CCCCC, CRFM at the Pledging Conference in New York in Nov. The formidable strength and resilience of the Caribbean people will be in full cry on the long and difficult road to recovery The Nature Isle becoming green again in November Citizens doing their part to build back better Picking up the pieces in Dominica An elaborate costume displayed by the Haiti delegation during the Parade of Nations at CARIFESTA XIII in August FLASHBACK: Fashion was a big hit at CARIFESTA XIII Former President of Haiti, Michel Martelly performs at CARIFESTA in August The jubilant crowd during the performance at the Grand Market in August Body painting par excellence at CARIFESTA XIII in August A section of the Barbadian delegation at CARIFESTA XIII in August CARICOM SG welcomes then CARICOM Chairman, Pres. David Granger of Guyana (l) to the CARICOM Secretariat for a Meeting of the Bureau of Heads of Government in May A group photo with the Deputy Secretary-General and CARICOM Youth Ambassadors during their Orientation and Capacity-Building Workshop at the CARICOM Secretariat in June CXC launched a new app in July Caribbean Regional Launch of Lancet Series was held at the CARICOM Secretariat The Community observed its 44th anniversary in 2017 CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque congratulates recipient of the CARICOM Triennial Award for Women, Ms. Shirley Pryce Heads of Government pause for a group photo after their summit in Grenada in July (Photo via JIS) Secretary-General LaRocque (left) has a traditional Japanese dinner during his visit to Japan in July IN STEP: Secretaries-General of CARICOM (R) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the UN, H.E. António Guterres (L) at the Ninth CARICOM-UN Meeting in July A gift for the Secretary-General from FIFA head, Mr.Giovanni Infantino who visited the Secretariat in April PM Gonsalves at Guyana’s Bourda Market in February (Photos via GINA) CARICOM Heads of Government and Heads of Delegation after their meeting in Georgetown, Guyana, in February His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, and Chair of CARICOM, extends a warm welcome to newest member of the Conference, President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise Exchanges ahead of the COP Ministerial session (from left) Dr. Gale Rigobert, Saint Lucia’s Minister of Sustainable Dev., Dr. Kenrick Leslie, Exec. Dir. CCCCC; PM Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia, Mr. Crispin D’auvergne Sust. Dev. Officer, Saint Lucia; CARICOM SG Irwin LaRocque Participants at the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum in Nassau, The Bahamas in January Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet (second from left) at the funeral of Sir Derek Walcott who died in March President Rene Preval’s coffin being wheeled away after the funeral service in Port-au-Prince. He died in March (Photo via Miami Herald) Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 1, 2020 CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Canadian Prime Minister to meet with CARICOM Heads of Government in BarbadosPrime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, will travel to Bridgetown, Barbados to participate in the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to build even stronger ties with the region.The Conference will be held 18-19 February 2020. The announcement was made Tuesday 11 February via a press…February 11, 2020In “31Intersessional”CARICOM calls for focused global attention on impact of climate change on small vulnerable states – WTO Ministerial MeetingThis year, many small and vulnerable economies in the Caribbean, including some in CARICOM, notably Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, The Bahamas,  Haiti, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Anguilla, Turks and Caicos suffered massive devastation and absolute destruction of critical infrastructure from two unprecedented hurricanes, fueled by global warming and climate change.…December 12, 2017In “Anguilla”COMMUNIQUE – 20th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR)COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTIETH MEETING OF THE COUNCIL FOR FOREIGN AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS (COFCOR), BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS:   18-19 MAY 2017   The Twentieth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) took place in Bridgetown, Barbados on 18-19 May 2017,…May 23, 2017In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Santa Teaches Kids To Ski On Pajarito Mountain

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgScene of Santa teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Santa (AKA Michael Donnelly) spent time teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Donnelly of Los Alamos was named the Ski Instructor of the Year in 2018 and inducted into the New Mexico Ski Hall Of Fame. Donnelly, 82, enjoys sharing his skiing knowledge with children. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Scene of Santa teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Scene of Santa teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comScene of Santa teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Scene of Santa teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

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Belgium to Get LNG Cargo from Qatar

By on October 6, 2020

first_imgBelgium’s Zeebrugge liquefied natural gas terminal is expected to receive a cargo of LNG from Qatar onboard the 145,602 cbm Milaha Qatar on November 18, according to shipping data.The Zeebrugge liquefied natural gas terminal is situated on a 30ha site in the outer port of Zeebrugge.It has an annual throughput capacity of nine billion cubic meters of natural gas.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, October 28, 2013last_img

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Worldwide success for PCN members

By on September 29, 2020

first_imgThe oversize sections were loaded on the ship Prima Ballerina in the Port of Gdynia and delivered to the Port of Södertälje, from where the units were transported by road to Västberga, ready for erection in 2017.  Meanwhile, PCN member in the UAE, Wilhemsen Ships Service (WSS), and member in Germany, Alexander Global Logistics (AGL), worked together to ship 22 units of ball valve equipment from Genoa, Italy to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.  AGL – which is also a network representative in Mongolia and Russia – also coordinated the movement of four fire trucks from Austria to Mongolia. The vehicles were shipped on a ro-ro vessel to China’s Tianjin port, before being delivered to Mongolia by rail.In a separate project, AGL shipped four diesel engines from the Danish Port of Fredrikshavn to Kaohsiung in Taiwan. Each engine weighed in at 115 tonnes with the dimensions 11.38 m x 3.25 m x 5 m.  Meanwhile in Malaysia, AGL also assisted with its first shipment of cargo to Johor for Petronas’ RAPID project. Overall, AGL will deliver 4,000 freight tonnes of equipment to the project site from South Korea and two condenser units – each weighing 72 tonnes – to Malaysia from Spain.  PCN member in Chile – Integral Chile – began the shipment of 28 industrial fans from Europe to the Port of San Antonio for use in the expansion of the Santiago Metro.   The Chilean network representative also coordinated the transport of a number of transformers for a wind farm project from China to Enel Green Power’s site in Sierra Gorda. Each of the transformers weighed 109 tonnes and had to be delivered 370 km overland from the delivery port to the site.  Another PCN member in Italy, Titan Project & Logistic, handled the delivery of a Caterpillar 6850H wheel loader, weighing 18.4 tonnes, from Livorno, Italy to Montevideo in Uruguay on a Grimaldi ro-ro vessel.  Elsewhere, Gold Star Consulting – PCN representative in Finland and Russia – delivered cargo for a thermal power plant from Estonia to Yekaterinburg, Russia by road. The largest unit weighed 54 tonnes and measured 3.67 m high.  www.scandinavianexpress.com www.wilhelmsen.com/shipsservicewww.alexander-logistics.comwww.integralchile.comwww.titanproject.netwww.projectlogistics.fiwww.projectcargonetwork.comlast_img read more

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2 Hawaii counties under hurricane watch

By on September 28, 2020

first_img SHARE 2 Hawaii counties under hurricane watch HILO, Hawaii (AP) – A tropical storm left parts of Hawaii’s Big Island soggy but intact Thursday as residents of the island state prepare for a second round of potentially volatile tropical weather.Hawaii Island was pummeled with heavy rains and strong waves overnight, but residents woke to blue skies and little damage after Madeline skirted the island.“So, really grateful for this respite today. I saw the sun this morning when I was driving into work,” Kanani Aton, a spokeswoman for the Hawaii County civil defense agency, said Thursday.The National Weather Service dropped the tropical storm warning for Madeline on Thursday.“It has passed south of our island,” Aton said.Several roads and a bridge that were closed because of flooding have reopened, she said. All county and state facilities, including bus and solid waste service, were to resume Thursday.Parks will not reopen until damage assessment teams have a chance to investigate, Aton said. At one park, water has receded after waves crashed into a seawall that surrounds Liliuokalani Gardens Park at Hilo Bay. Water had accumulated on the grass of the gardens, leaving stairs of a pavilion partially submerged.Damage assessment teams will also be in targeted areas, such as places prone to flooding, Aton said.Before the storm brushed by, some merchants had placed plywood on windows facing Hilo Bay. But other windows that hadn’t been covered didn’t show signs of damage at first light Thursday morning.On Oahu, gusty winds continued throughout the night with power lost in some Honolulu neighborhoods. Transformers were seen flaring in one hillside community overlooking the state’s largest city as the lights went dark.Some tree branches were littering the ground Thursday morning, but no major damage was immediately visible.The storm didn’t keep President Obama from visiting Honolulu Thursday on his way to Midway Atoll.Aton said civil defense officials expect heavy rains, winds and high surf to start as early as Saturday from Lester.One business was thinking ahead to Lester as they boarded up windows at Hulakai Store, a surf shop in Hilo, on Wednesday ahead of Madeline. “We’ll probably keep it up till Sunday, waiting for the second one to come through,” said supervisor Renee Balanga.Gov. David Ige has issued an emergency proclamation for both Madeline and Lester, allowing the state to quickly spend money.Hurricane Lester remains on track to impact the islands this weekend.Maui County and Hawaii County are under hurricane watch as Category 2 Lester careens toward the islands.The storm is on a track to pass just north of the island chain and the eye of the storm isn’t expected to make landfall. But meteorologist Ian Morrison from the National Weather Service says if the storm veers to the south, it could have a much greater impact.Lester is expected to slowly weaken and remain a hurricane as it blows by the state. After it passes it’s expected to further weaken to a tropical storm.Morrison says the eastern part of the state could be hit with heavy rains and tropical storm or hurricane-force winds starting Friday night. He says all islands could be impacted as the storm passes.Elsewhere, forecasters say Tropical Storm Hermine could strike the South as a hurricane.A hurricane warning was in effect for Florida’s Big Bend from the Suwannee River to Mexico Beach. And on the East Coast, a tropical storm warning was issued for an area extending from Marineland, Florida, northward to the South Santee River in South Carolina. Published: September 1, 2016 3:43 PM EDT Updated: September 2, 2016 12:42 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

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Rape complainants ‘should be given immediate legal support’

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first_imgA rape complainant contacted more than 40 law firms in six weeks to find someone who could help her with a judicial review, it has emerged. The woman, who recalled her ordeal at a parliamentary event last week organised by privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch, said victims need legal representation and advice from the moment they go to the police.The event, attended by Vera Baird QC, the victims’ commissioner, and Labour MP Jess Phillips, was held to mark the release of Digital Strip Searches, a report by Big Brother Watch on a controversial policy introduced to authorise police access to digital devices in criminal cases.The woman said she ‘felt uneasy’ giving consent to access her phone because she was worried police and prosecutors would search for data ‘to find holes in my character’.The woman said data consent must be given freely. She recalled feeling vulnerable and traumatised at the time, and described giving consent to the police like ‘someone being pressured on their death bed to sign a new will… Victims should be afforded a trauma [and] legally trained advocate, who can provide support from the very moment they report a crime’.Earlier this year the Crown Prosecution Service and National Police Chiefs Council announced they were introducing standardised consent forms for allowing access to phones and other devices because, they say, the approach to explaining why a complainant or witness’s digital device has to be seized and its contents analysed has so far been inconsistent.The Centre for Women’s Justice and Big Brother Watch are challenging the forms, and sent a letter before action this month.Big Brother Watch’s report says the police’s digital evidence technology ‘should be brought up to date so police can collect targeted pieces of evidence from smartphones, rather than entire digital copies’.A CPS spokesperson said: ‘Mobile phones should not be taken as a matter of course and our guidance to police and prosecutors is very clear on this. Devices must only be taken in circumstances where they are a reasonable line of enquiry and the forms aim to give people a clear picture of what may be looked at and why.’Balancing a respect for privacy with the need to make sure investigations are thorough and fair for all is an increasingly complex challenge. The forms mean investigators must specify what information they want to extract in line with the specific circumstances of the case in a bid to cut out unnecessary intrusion. We don’t want fears about how data is used to stop anybody affected by these horrific crimes from coming forward and reporting them.’ Concerned about the impact of ‘further misleading and inaccurate reports’ about how rape cases are investigated, the spokesperson said: ‘It is simply not true that material which is not relevant to the case will be shared with the defence or shown in court. There are well established safeguards which govern the disclosure of such sensitive information.’last_img read more

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Jamaica and Guatemala sign visa abolition agreement

By on September 27, 2020

first_imgA visa abolition agreement has been expanded between Jamaica and Guatemala that will now seen holders of diplomatic and official passports being granted visa exemptions.The agreement was signed in Mexico last  Wednesday by Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith and Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Carlos Raúl Morales Moscoso .Jamaica and Guatemala already have a Visa Abolishment Agreement for citizens who travel between the two countries for tourism purposes.Last month, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic signed a visa waiver agreement for holders of diplomatic and official passports.last_img read more

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Suez Canal to Grant Toll Reductions for Certain LNG Tankers

By on September 26, 2020

first_img Author: Priyanka Ann Saini The Suez Canal Authority has announced toll reductions for LNG tankers that operate between the American Gulf, Arabian Gulf zone, India and its eastern ports. The reductions apply to tankers either loaded or in ballast.LNG carriers operating in the Arabian Gulf and west of India up to Kochi port will be granted a 30% cut. Tankers transiting East of the Port of Kochi west of India up to the Port of Singapore will be offered a reduction of 40% of the canal dues. For Singapore and its eastern ports, a reduction of 50% will be awarded. However, to avail the concessions, the company would need to submit a request through its shipping agency before transit.Additionally, the ship must give a formal declaration stating that it will not call any port in between port of origin and port of destination for commercial purposes. In case of calling at in-between ports for non-commercial purposes, the authorities of these ports have to submit a certificate to the SCA, stating the reasons of calling. Also, the company would need to submit a certificate from the last port of origin stating the date of sailing and a certificate from the first port of arrival stating the date of arrival.It is mandatory for the documentation to be submitted within 60 days from the date of transit.last_img read more

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PSA Container Throughput Performance for 2017

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first_imgPSA International Pte Ltd (PSA) handled 74.24 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) of containers at its port projects around the world for the year ending 31 December 2017. The Group’s volume increased by 9.8% over 2016, with flagship PSA Singapore Terminals contributing 33.35 million TEUs (+9.0%) and PSA terminals outside Singapore handling 40.89 million TEUs (+10.4%).Mr Tan Chong Meng, Group CEO of PSA, said, “In 2017, the global economy saw some recovery and bright spots of growth although the shipping industry continued to face challenges as the huge wave of consolidation and alliancing in 2016 began to manifest its full effects operationally. The word ‘disruption’ has moved from being a buzzword to being the norm for most industries, reflecting the accelerated pace of change and leaving no industry untouched.“As a Group, PSA has demonstrated resilience and performed reasonably well against the challenging backdrop and tough competition. Amid the many business and technological forces and IT security threats buffeting us, we remain unwaveringly committed to our core focus of adapting to and pre-empting the changing needs of our shipping line customers. In addition, we are also preparing for a future where logistics and supply chain needs are transformed by new technology, trade, manufacturing and e-commerce dynamics.“We would like to extend our thanks to our customers and partners for their continuing support and patronage globally. I would also like to recognise and express my deep appreciation to our unions and staff for their sustained commitment and ‘teamsmanship’ in a year of exponential change, that contributed greatly towards the successes of 2017.“As we sail into 2018, we are cognisant that the world will continue to grapple with uncertainty geopolitically, economically and socially. The way businesses and consumers engage, transact and collaborate continues to evolve, and will have further impact on the form and flow of the global supply chain. PSA Management, Unions and Staff will continue to journey closely alongside our customers and partners as we contribute to the shaping of our industry amidst the widening ripples of change. Together, with confidence and for a better future.”As one of the leading global port groups, PSA participates in around 40 terminals in 16 countries across Asia, Europe and the Americas with flagship operations in PSA Singapore Terminals and PSA Antwerp. PSA strives to continue growing its port network alongside its shipping line customers and become the preferred partner to port stakeholders across the world. Employing the finest talents in the industry, PSA delivers reliable and best-in-class service to its customers and develops win-win relationships with its partners. As the port operator of choice in the world’s gateway hubs, PSA is “The World’s Port of Call”.Sea News, January 16 Author: Priyanka Ann Sainilast_img read more

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Farmington Farmers Market season opens May 18

By on September 24, 2020

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market bell will ring in a new 24-week season on May 18 at the Walter Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park in downtown Farmington.City council members on Monday approved the Market schedule, which includes returning special events like the Fit as a Fiddle health fair (June 15), Strawberry Shortcake Day (June 22), the Farmington Elks Corn Roast (August 10), and Polish and Italian markets. The market closes its regular season on October 26, with the Haunted Market.Chef Lois Hennessey created a cake for the 2018 Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market opening day. In addition, market manager Walt Gajewski said, the Power of Produce (POP) program for children ages 6-12 will return with activities on the second Saturday of each month. POP, which offers kids vouchers to shop for fresh produce, drew 240 participants in 2018. Gajewski said that’s about double the attendance at other local markets running the program.“We’re training shoppers for the future,” he said.Farmington Farmers Market growers and kids connect through the Power of Produce.Other 2018 statistics include:35 – average weekly vendors, lower because the city was rehabilitating Riley Park grass2,985 – average weekly attendance, also down from previous years because of the shorter 24-week season8 – rain days, up from two in 201710 percent – increase in expenditures, due to the market’s 25th anniversary celebration22.4 percent – increase in revenues over expenses, thanks to market sponsors supporting the 25th anniversary seasonGajewski said plans for 2019 include a continued emphasis on parking education with vendors and patrons, growing the POP program, resuming inspections of vendor farms, and improvements to the park and pavilion.“A number of things will be coming to council to keep the market vital and attractive for years to come,” Gajewski said.The winter market, typically held in conjunction with downtown Farmington’s Holly Days celebration the first Saturday in December, may be extended. Organizers may test out a “Vintage Market” and are exploring extended hours and expanded activities during Founders Festival weekend in July, Gajewski added.To learn more about the Farmers Market, visit farmingtonfarmersmarket.com. Reported bylast_img read more

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