COMMUNIQUÉ Issued at the Conclusion of the Thirtieth Inter-Sessional Meeting of…

first_imgMultilateral Air Services Agreement –Dominica Grenada, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago You may be interested in… Declaration of Intent to Provisionally apply the Protocol on Contingent Rights Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines APPRECIATION Heads of Government expressed their appreciation for the gracious hospitality and excellent arrangements provided by the Government and People of St Kitts and Nevis for this meeting. Protocol on Contingent Rights Belize, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis OPENING SESSION Chairman of Conference Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, immediate past Chairman, Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness and Secretary-General of the Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque addressed the opening session. The themes of the statements reflected: the need to advance the progress already achieved with regard to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME); closer regional unity in order to respond strategically and decisively to a changing global environment; as well as the Community’s concerns with respect to blacklisting and the situation in Venezuela. The text of their statements can be accessed at www.caricom.org. Jul 6, 2019 Revised Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)–Dominica Communique – Thirty-Eighth CARICOM Heads of Government… CARICOM SINGLE MARKET AND ECONOMY Heads of Government reviewed progress on decisions taken at the Eighteenth Special Meeting, of the Conference on the CSME. They welcomed the fact that all countries party to the CSME have signed the Protocol on Contingent Rights.  In addition, eight countries have decided to apply the measures that would allow their nationals to benefit in those countries from the provisions of that agreement on contingent rights which allows for spouses and dependents of skilled workers who move to another country to access services such as education and health on the same basis as nationals.  The countries involved are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. They welcomed the opening for signature of the Agreement on the Protocol for Public Procurement and noted that the Protocol can be provisionally applied when seven Member States have signed a Declaration of Intent while recognizing that for entry into force, the Protocol must be signed by all parties to the Revised Treaty. Heads of Government, in pursuit of strengthening the consultative mechanisms for engagements with the private sector, labour and civil society agreed to meet with representatives of national Business and Labour Advisory Committees (BLAC) twice every year. They emphasised that this was essential for enhanced regional decision-making, particularly in the context of the CSME. They urged Member States that had not yet done so to give legal effect to the free movement of the 10 categories of skilled persons already agreed by the Conference ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP: UPDATE ON APPLICATIONS FROM ARUBA, CURAÇAO AND SINT MAARTEN Heads of Government considered a report from the Secretary-General on the visit to three countries that have applied for Associate Membership, namely Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, in pursuance of the mandate given to him to begin the process of negotiations. Heads of Government, taking into account the existence of common areas of interest and the mutual benefit that could be derived, mandated the Secretary-General to continue negotiations with those countries, with a view to making appropriate recommendations at the next meeting of Conference. Guyana-Venezuela Relations Heads of Government received an update on the most recent developments between the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. They noted that Guyana had submitted its Memorial on Jurisdiction to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on November 19, 2018, in accordance with an Order of the Court and that the Court had established April 18, 2019 for the submission of the Counter Memorial by Venezuela. Heads of Government expressed support for the judicial process underway which was intended to bring a peaceful and definitive end to the long standing controversy and which was in accordance with the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter and the decision of the Secretary General of the United Nations under the Geneva Agreement of 1966. Heads of Government reiterated their firm and unswerving support for the maintenance and preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Guyana. Agreement on the Return and Sharing of Recovered AssetsBarbados Declaration of Intent to Provisionally Apply the Protocol on Public ProcurementBarbados, St Kitts and Nevis BLACKLISTING Heads of Government recognised that the blacklisting of CARICOM Member States by the European Union (EU) has wrought considerable reputational damage to the Community.  Despite all Member States, with the exception of one, being removed from the EU blacklist, the damage inflicted is irreparable and has consequential implications for building Member States’ economic and climate resilience given their inherent vulnerabilities. Heads of Government emphasised the Community’s commitment to good governance and the drive to enhance Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM) in accordance with the United Nations (UN) Addis Ababa Action Agenda, while recognizing that small, highly vulnerable States also require access to external capital to build resilience. In this regard, Heads of Government viewed the EU’s approach to “tax good governance” as inappropriate. In addition, Heads of Government recall that the appropriate forum to deal with these matters is the OECD Forum for Harmful Tax Practices which is inclusive in allowing other Member States to be present and to be consulted.  This was settled by the global community more than a decade ago.  The OECD has already reviewed the steps taken by Member States and had no difficulty with them.  It is an infringement of their sovereignty, coercive and harmful to the future of a key economic sector in CARICOM for the EU to demand these political commitments.  In addition they have not provided any empirical evidence of instances of tax evasion. Heads of Government agreed that the Community’s strategy against blacklisting will be multi-dimensional and targeted to both the immediate protection of Member States’ sovereignty and their future relations with Europe. Heads of Government have accordingly requested the EU to cease the blacklisting of CARICOM States which have already made commitments to reform their tax structures in good faith. Heads of Government have proposed that the EU should adopt a more collaborative approach which would allow Member States to conduct the required impact and sensitivity analyses to determine how to further align their tax regimes with global standards for tax transparency and governance. Heads of Government noted other EU initiatives to identify countries with strategic deficiencies in their Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) frameworks as well as to monitor investor citizenship and residence schemes within the context of their visa suspension mechanism for visa-free countries. In this regard, Heads of Government welcomed the initiative of the CARICOM Committee of Central Bank Governors to convene a Biennial Caribbean Regional Conference on AML/CFT Risk Management commencing in 2020.  This Conference will allow for the dissemination of information on Member States’ AML/CFT Frameworks as well as facilitate the Community’s engagement with AML/CFT stakeholders internationally. May 9, 2018 The Thirtieth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Frigate Bay, St Kitts and Nevis 26-27, February 2019.  Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, chaired the proceedings. Other Members of the Conference in attendance were: Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable Gaston Browne; Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis; Prime Minister of Barbados, Honourable Mia Mottley;  Prime Minister of Dominica, Honourable Roosevelt Skerritt; Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell; Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness; Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet; Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves; and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley. Belize was represented by the Attorney General Honourable Michael Peyrefitte; Guyana was represented by His Excellency Second Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge; Haiti was represented by Foreign Minister, Honourable Bocchit Edmond; and Suriname was represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Yidiz Pollack-Beighle. VENEZUELA Heads of Government discussed the situation in Venezuela and issued a “Statement on Escalating Tensions in Venezuela”. BORDER ISSUES Belize-Guatemala Relations Heads of Government received an update on the most recent developments between Belize and Guatemala. Heads of Government recalled that in accordance with the Special Agreement to Submit Guatemala’s Claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Guatemala successfully held their referendum on 15 April 2018 to submit its claim on Belize to the ICJ for a final resolution, and that Belize has scheduled the date of 10 April 2019 for its national referendum.  They further welcomed an update on progress of the nationwide public education campaign, which the Government of Belize is undertaking to prepare Belizeans to make an informed decision. Heads of Government reiterated their concern that the undertaking by both countries and the Organisation of American States (OAS) to engage in the design and development of a mechanism of co-operation for the Sarstoon River remains outstanding and urged both countries and the OAS to reinvigorate their efforts to this end. They expressed support for the crucial role of the OAS in the process aimed at resolving the dispute, arising from Guatemala’s claims on Belize; and further called on the international community to continue supporting the OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone. Heads of Government re-emphasised their unwavering support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of Belize. AGREEMENTS SIGNED  TRANSPORTATION Heads of Government met in Special Session on Transportation in keeping with their quest to deliver adequate, fair, competitive, efficient transportation services at affordable costs. Heads of Government recalled that the Multi-lateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) had been opened for signature in February 2018 and acknowledged the assent by all Member States to the MASA would give effect to the Community becoming a liberalised environment for CARICOM air carriers.  In that regard they urged those Member States which had not done so, to sign and ratify the Agreement.  Nine (9) countries have now signed the MASA allowing for provisional application. Heads of Government agreed that Member States should undertake a review of their domestic taxes and other charges related to the air transportation sector, with a view to rationalising the relevant tax structures as deemed appropriate by Member States Ministries of Finance. With respect to maritime travel, Heads of Government agreed to establish a joint private and public sector team to review the findings and recommendations of reports on a regional ferry service. The team has been requested to provide preliminary estimates for the implementation of a ferry services following discussions and negotiations with prospective ferry operators. Heads of Government also agreed that the Directors of Maritime Affairs of each Member State should meet regularly with the intention of coordinating and presenting a holistic approach to addressing the maritime safety and security issues of the Community. Heads of Government further agreed to restructure the Regional Transportation Commission (RTRC) and its programmes to enable greater efficiency.center_img Declaration of Intent to provisionally apply the Agreement on the Return and Sharing of Recovered AssetsBarbados Protocol on Public ProcurementBarbados, St Kitts and Nevis Jul 7, 2017 Declaration of Intent to Provisionally Apply Multilateral Air Services Agreement –Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago STATEMENT ON ESCALATING TENSIONS IN VENEZUELA  ISSUED BY THE THIRTIETH INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY DATE OF THE FORTIETH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF CARICOM (JULY 2019) The Government of Saint Lucia indicated that the Fortieth Regular Meeting of the Conference will be held on 3-5 July 2019. COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE FORTIETH REGULAR… Situation in Haiti Heads of Government expressed deep concern about the situation prevailing in Haiti during the past three weeks characterized by violent protests jeopardizing the political, economic and social stability of the country. Heads of Government recognised that the violent protests violated the fundamental and inalienable rights and freedoms of a large part of the population. Heads of Government call upon all stakeholders to prioritise dialogue as a means to address peacefully and meaningfully all relevant issues and to create the conditions for lasting political stability essential to the sustainable economic and social development of Haiti. Heads of Government also encourage and support the Haitian Government in its efforts and initiatives and call on all Opposition Leaders and other stakeholders to put the national interests and the wellbeing of the Haitian People at the forefront. Mar 1, 2019 Associate Members in attendance were: Bermuda represented by Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, Honourable Walter Roban; and the Turks and Caicos Islands, represented by Deputy Premier, Honourable Sean Astwood. Frigate Bay, St. Kitts and Nevis 27 February 2019 STATEMENT ON ESCALATING TENSIONS IN VENEZUELA ISSUED BY THE… SECURITY Heads of Government reiterated the critical importance to the Region of the national and regional security architectures in combatting crime and violence, transnational crime and other security threats as well as for the effective functioning of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Free Movement Regimes. Heads of Government also welcomed the adoption and opening for signature of the Agreement on the Return and Sharing of Recovered Assets from criminal activity. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is deeply concerned by the recent further escalation of tensions in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the ensuing increase in hardship and suffering of the population exacerbated by the imposition of sanctions. The people of Venezuela must be allowed to decide their own future in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter – non-intervention, non-interference, prohibition of the threat or use of force, respect for the rule of law, human rights and democracy. As CARICOM has ceaselessly advocated, for this objective to be attained, there has to be a meaningful and internal dialogue between the contending parties. This dialogue must determine how best the crisis can be resolved within the confines of the constitution and the rule of law, whether by referendum, elections or any other agreed mechanism. Nothing short of this will lead to the quelling of this crisis or provide the relief that all Venezuelans desire. Pending this, there must be a commitment to the delivery of humanitarian aid in a manner that is not politicised but which uses United Nations mechanisms that have been used over the years for the impartial and effective delivery of humanitarian relief. EXCHANGE OF VIEWS WITH SPECIAL GUEST Heads of Government welcomed Her Excellency the President of Estonia and acknowledged the forging of new relations between CARICOM and Estonia based on shared interests. They agreed to continue to explore areas of cooperation in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and e-government. The President outlined the development of her country as a digital nation emphasising its value to economic growth and development which could be an example for small countries. Heads of Government agreed on the need for cooperation initiatives between CARICOM and the Government of Estonia in order to advance the digital development of the Community and to promote the collective approach to the CARICOM Single ICT Space and the ‘CARICOM Digital Agenda 2025’ initiative. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Frigate Bay, St. Kitts and Nevis 27 February 2019 ………………………………………………………….. See also: Press Conference – 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting CARICOM Heads of Government Bilateral relations matters among COFCOR’s key… COMMUNIQUÉ – 29th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOMCOMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTY-NINTH INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY 26-27 February, 2018, Port-au-Prince, Haiti   The Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 26-27…March 1, 2018In “Anguilla”PM Harris meets CARICOM SG ahead of assuming Community Chairmanship(OPM St. Kitts and Nevis Press Release) Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris met today, Monday, 17 December, 2018, with the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in the Office of the Prime Minister at Government Headquarters. Prime Minister Harris said it was a special privilege…December 17, 2018In “CARICOM”PM Harris welcomes efforts to strengthen CDF(St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service Press Release) Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, says he welcomes efforts advanced at the recent 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Caribbean Community’s Heads of Government to strengthen the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) headquartered in St. Michael, Barbados.…February 21, 2020In “31Intersessional”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Zaza Pachulia agrees to 1-year deal with Warriors

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation LATEST STORIES Police: Venus Williams driving ‘lawfully’ at time of fatal crash Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knickscenter_img LSU title parade draws massive crowds View comments Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins, left, guards Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Warriors won 117-106. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)OAKLAND, California — Center Zaza Pachulia has agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract to stay with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Friday.Golden State’s starter in a three-center rotation last season, the 33-year-old Pachulia averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.1 minutes during the postseason, and scored in double digits four times.ADVERTISEMENT Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Pachulia played for $2.9 million last season, willing to take a lower salary to be part of a team that would chase a championship — and he wound up with his first ring after 14 NBA seasons.Booed early on by the home crowd at Oracle Arena as he found his way with a new team, Pachulia eventually got comfortable with the Warriors and elevated his play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’A native of the Republic of Georgia, Pachulia joins several familiar faces who have committed to the team.Most notably, two-time MVP Stephen Curry is receiving a record $201 million, five-year contract, while Finals MVP Kevin Durant reached agreement on a deal for approximately $53 million over two years. Fresh off his first career championship, KD is expected to decline the second year on his contract in order to sign a max contract next summer. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more

JW Conventioneers Empowered to Imitate Jesus

first_imgThe second of six “Imitate Jesus” conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses ended yesterday at the Assembly Hall in Mount Barclay, near Monrovia with over 2,000 Witnesses and their friends in attendance.The three-day convention began last Friday with both morning and afternoon sessions. A group of 22 deaf students participated in the program through sign language translators.Each of the three days was filled with activities and lectures. Friday’s session began with the examination of the topic ‘Imitate Jesus—Why and How?’ drawing attention on Luke 6: 40, (A pupil is not above his teacher, but everyone that is perfectly instructed will be like his teacher).It was followed by a symposium in which a discussion about the lessons from Jesus’ word pictures ensued, in which they were told to observe the birds and the lilies (Mat. 6:25-30); having salt in themselves (Mark 9: 50) and building their house on the symbolic rock (Luke 6:47-49).Another topic examined thereafter before the keynote address for the session was ‘Follow Jesus’ pattern—keep on asking, seeking and knocking.’ The morning session was concluded with the address: ‘Concealed in Jesus are all the treasures of wisdom.’After a special musical video presentation, the topics, ‘Imitate Jehovah by imitating Jesus’ with specific emphasis on when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples; when Jesus told Satan to go away from him; being peacemakers and paying back God’s gifts to God, were delivered with scriptural references.Next was part one of a drama, “For a certainty God made him Lord and Christ.” ‘He was favorably heard for his godly devotion’ was next discussed and the day’s program ended with a delivery of the topic ‘Jesus came to seek and to save what was lost.’The second day began with two symposiums on: ‘Imitate Jesus, Not Satan’ and it dealt on Jesus’ generosity (Luke 14: 13, 14); on appreciation (Luke 7:44); on truthfulness (Matthew 5:37) on loyalty, (John 13:1), being reasonable (Matthew 23:23, 24), forgiveness (Matthew 18:22) and being impartial (Matthew 11:28-30).The third symposium began the afternoon session on the topic ‘Do the work that Jesus did?’ which dealt on preaching, teaching and healing. It was followed by a lecture for baptismal candidates, who were encouraged to follow Jesus’ steps closely.The afternoon session continued with a symposium, an interactive discussion with selected families and individuals. Next were topics, including ‘following Jesus, but not at a distance; train, trust, and empower others, as Jesus does; a sound drama titled ‘For this I have come into the world’ and concluded with an admonition to the gathering to arm themselves with Christ’s mental disposition.The third day, yesterday, continued with a symposium when they were called on to have love among themselves, with specific points on patience and kindness; avoiding jealousy; repudiating pride and indecency; rejecting selfishness and provocation; not keeping account of the injury; enduring in all things and cultivating love, which never fails.A public discourse titled: Jesus Christ, world conqueror—how and when, was examined, followed by a summary of the Watchtower magazine to end the first session.The afternoon began with the discussion on “True liberation awaits those who imitate Jesus,’ which was followed by the second part of the drama ‘For a certainty God made Him Lord and Christ.’ The final discussion encouraged the gathering to maintain their focus as the storm approaches, in what was said to be the last days of the system of things.The conventioneers were drawn from 10 Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations in central Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pilot Hugh Thompson Jr. halted My Lai massacre

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Early in the morning of March 16, 1968, Thompson, door-gunner Lawrence Colburn and crew chief Glenn Andreotta came upon U.S. ground troops killing Vietnamese civilians in and around the village of My Lai. They landed the helicopter in the line of fire between American troops and fleeing Vietnamese civilians and pointed their own guns at the U.S. soldiers to prevent more killings. Colburn and Andreotta had provided cover for Thompson as he went forward to confront the leader of the U.S. forces. Thompson later coaxed civilians out of a bunker so they could be evacuated, and then landed his helicopter again to pick up a wounded child they transported to a hospital. Their efforts led to the cease-fire order at My Lai. In 1998, the Army honored the three men with the prestigious Soldier’s Medal, the highest award for bravery not involving conflict with an enemy. It was a posthumous award for Andreotta, who had been killed in battle three weeks after My Lai. Lt. William L. Calley, a platoon leader, was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the killings, but served just three years under house arrest when then-President Nixon reduced his sentence. NEW ORLEANS – Hugh Thompson Jr., a former Army helicopter pilot honored for rescuing Vietnamese civilians from his fellow GIs during the My Lai massacre, died early Friday. He was 62. Thompson, whose role in the 1968 massacre did not become widely known until decades later, died at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Alexandria, La., hospital spokesman Jay DeWorth said. Trent Angers, Thompson’s biographer and family friend, said Thompson died of cancer. “These people were looking at me for help and there was no way I could turn my back on them,” Thompson recalled in a 1998 Associated Press interview. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more