Chairman Reaffirms CARICOM’S Commitment to Bringing a Peaceful Resolution to…

first_img CARICOM celebrates Jamaica’s 58th Independence Anniversary “My colleague Heads of Government and I are collectively charged with ensuring the continued security and stability of our beloved Caribbean region,” Prime Minister Harris added, noting that, “This responsibility is our first and foremost priority as we work in unison to safeguard our people’s future.” The Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis continued, “CARICOM has been working earnestly to promote meaningful dialogue and diplomacy, as well as a four-phased process called the Montevideo Mechanism whose aim is an inclusive and lasting solution.  Such a considered approach can only redound to the benefit of the country and people of Venezuela and, by extension, the countries and citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean.” In his capacity as Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Harris has attended several meetings on Venezuela’s political crisis.  These meetings have taken him to Guyana, the United Nations, Uruguay and Ecuador. The Chairman of CARICOM is scheduled to engage in follow-up high-level talks with the International Contact Group (ICG) on Venezuela in Costa Rica next week. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis – OPM:   Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris worked the phones today, Tuesday, April 30th, 2019, staying apprised of the situation in Venezuela, which appears to be nearing a boiling point amid ramped up efforts by the opposition to unseat President Nicolás Maduro. CARICOM’s Chairman spent much of the day in consultation with other Caribbean leaders and also kept in close contact with Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.  The Secretary-General has been updating the Chairman on the emerging developments in Venezuela. “I appeal for calm and peace,” Chairman Harris said this afternoon, while reiterating his pledge that CARICOM will continue to make every effort to help bring a peaceful resolution to Venezuela’s political crisis. Oct 6, 2020 You may be interested in… CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Premier of Bermuda New Haitian Ambassador to CARICOM accredited center_img Aug 6, 2020 ICG discussions on Venezuela productive – CARICOM Chair(St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service) Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris describes his discussions in Costa Rica this week with the International Contact Group (ICG) on Venezuela as “quite productive.” The ICG is comprised of countries…May 10, 2019In “CARICOM”PM Harris’ tenure as CARICOM Chair endsSt. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris is among speakers who will address the opening ceremony Wednesday afternoon of the 40th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), in his capacity as outgoing Chairman. The Meeting will take place…July 3, 2019In “CARICOM”CARICOM-Mexico-Uruguay-led Conference on the Situation in Venezuela to be held Wednesday in MontevideoOPM, St.Kitts-Nevis  –  The Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) – Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis – and members of his delegation touched down early Tuesday morning in Montevideo, Uruguay, where a CARICOM-Mexico-Uruguay-led conference on the situation in Venezuela is set to…February 6, 2019In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Sep 16, 2020 CARICOM congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on its 58th… Aug 29, 2020last_img read more

Wiemann: Practice Makes Perfect When It Comes To Retirement

first_imgTo get into the right mindset, first figure out if you really want to retire and what that may look like. Imagine how you’ll spend your days as well as what a typical day would look like. Ask yourself:What current activities do I want to continue in retirement?What new things do I want to learn or do?Who would I like to see more of and how often?Where would I like to travel?What role does work play in my life?What brings me joy?A change of paceOf course, everyone’s vision for retirement will be different, and any decisions about this important phase of life should be based on your financial situation and comfort level. If continuing to work while dipping your toe into the retirement waters appeals to you, run the idea past your advisor to determine if the idea is feasible. He or she can help you determine if a more gradual approach could help you adjust emotionally and financially, so you can achieve the ultimate reward: a happy, fulfilling new life.Sources: T.Rowe Price; Forbes; The New York Times “Thriving at Age 70 and Beyond”; Employee Benefit Research Institute estimates from Health and Retirement Study (HRS), April 2016; U.S. News & World Report, “How to be happier in retirement”; Hartford Funds/MIT’s AgeLab; By SHELLY A. WIEMANN, CFP®Founder, Wiemann Wealth Strategies, LLCFinancial Advisor, Raymond James Financial ServicesAre you ready to retire? Are you sure? Think about it before you say, “Yes!”Most of us really look forward to the idea of well-deserved, unstructured free time. A time to do exactly what we please when we please – spend time with family, pursue hobbies, volunteer, travel. Until we get there. The 2018 Global Retirement Reality Report found that only 53% of Americans said they were happy in retirement. Some retirees underestimate how long it takes to adjust to what may be a radically different lifestyle; others miss their friends from work; still others find themselves with too much free time on their hands between grand adventures and visits with the grandkids.Like all major life events, transitioning to a retirement lifestyle can be a major adjustment and comes with a few hiccups along the way. One day, you may go from your seat at the top as a powerful executive to a lounge chair in your living room with the TV or Fido for company. The point is, without your career to define you, what will?Finding the answer takes a lot of preparation – emotionally, physically and financially – and a lot of thought. While the financial component is critical to a sustainable retirement, so is your quality of life. Too few people consider the psychological factors, which include letting go of your career identity, shifting social networks and spending more unscheduled time with your spouse, as well as the need to find new and engaging ways to stay active.It’s crucial that would-be retirees invest in their social, physical and psychological needs as well as their financial ones. And that takes planning. Here’s what we mean.All or nothing?It turns out you don’t have to go all-in on retirement. You can transition into it, while still working. In the years before you plan to retire: Practice. Try out different aspects of your proposed retirement and see if they are as fulfilling as you imagined. If traveling is on your agenda, start with extended trips to areas of interest (when the time is right). Pickleball more your cup of tea? Practice now to ensure it’s as fulfilling as you hope. Doing so, while you still have a job, can help with your eventual satisfaction in retirement. You may find you prefer a sort of hybrid retirement that perfectly blends work and leisure into the ideal mix for you.You’re looking for fulfilling activities that also fill up your time in meaningful ways. Having an emotional connection, a purpose, to your activities helps motivate you and creates a sense of contentment. So it’s important to really give some thought to what makes you happy. Allow yourself the luxury of introspection and give yourself permission to enjoy your 60s, 70s and beyond using the money you’ve saved specifically for this purpose.Once you have a good idea of what makes life more meaningful for you, take the time to experiment, explore and reflect on both your leisure and work options (e.g., part-time, consulting, moving to a new industry) to find the right balance of time, money, work and play that will become your retirement lifestyle. This work-and-play approach works best for those near traditional retirement age who are willing and able to work longer in exchange for getting a good read on their retirement readiness.Consider the work perksThere are several benefits of continuing to work, in any capacity, while you try on retirement for size. The additional income can help you:Avoid drawing down your retirement savings, allowing time for potential future growth.Start enjoying the retirement lifestyle that will be most fulfilling for you.Pay down unnecessary debt or splurge on a large purchase.Stretch your retirement savings. Even a part-time salary will reduce the amount you’ll need to withdraw. For example, making $10,000 a year is enough to replace a 4% annual withdrawal from a $250,000 portfolio.Delay taking Social Security, until age 70. Each year you wait adds 8% to your monthly benefits.Reduce out-of-pocket healthcare costs since you’ll still be covered under employer-subsidized insurance.last_img read more

Air Products’ equipment selected for ExxonMobil Texas project

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Important Investments in New Brunswick Harbors

first_imgThe Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, joined by Robert Goguen, Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, announced yesterday that the Government of Canada will invest $ 74.3 million over the next two years to improve safety and working conditions for fishermen at harbors in New Brunswick.“For generations, hard-working Canadian men and women have made their livelihood from our waters. Without question, small craft harbors are the cornerstone of the commercial fishing industry. This announcement is part of our Government’s ongoing commitment to support our fishermen and the harbors where they work, local economies and foster job creation,” said Shea.More than $7.5 million of this total investment will support the following harbor projects:– Botsford – replacement of a deteriorated wharf;– Cap-des-Caissie – upgrades to electrical system;– Cape Tormentine – replacement of a deteriorated wharf;– Cap-Lumière (Richibucto Cape) – repairs to wharf and channel maintenance dredging;– Petit-Cap – replacement of a deteriorated wharf;– Richibucto – replacement of a barricaded breakwater wharf;– Barre-de-Cocagne – repairs to a deteriorated wharf;– Cap-de-Saint-Louis – regular maintenance dredging;– Chockpish – regular maintenance dredging;– Cap-Pelé (Les Aboiteaux) – regular maintenance dredging;– Saint-Édouard-de-Kent – regular maintenance dredging of the harbor basin and channel.[mappress mapid=”20208″]last_img read more

Why shopping really matters

first_imgOnce considered a titan of British corporate success, Tesco recently posted a whopping pre-tax loss of £6.38bn, believed to be the biggest loss ever recorded by a UK retailer. After spending more than a decade battling planners to build stores in every postcode, Tesco has slammed the brakes on new stores and is pulling the shutters down on many more. What is perhaps more concerning is that Tesco is not alone. Of the so-called “big four” supermarkets, which includes Tesco as well as Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda, most are shelving expansion plans or even closing stores.Understandably, much attention has focused on the resultant financial losses – declining sales, lost revenue, tumbling store values and share prices – but what is the societal cost?  What does this mean for hard hit towns which have seen several projects pulled at once? The abandoned £65m plan to redevelop the Wolverhampton Royal Hospital? Or the Tesco-led £200m redevelopment of Kirkby town centre? These are all rather poignant reminders of the vital role that retail centres can play in our society, particularly in times of austerity.Are we therefore facing a missed opportunity?Retail-led development offers great potential for an area’s complete regeneration. If done right they can make a fundamental contribution to the social fabric of a local community by creating greater value than simply the recorded “book value”. Indeed the socio-economic impact on communities is far-reaching through jobs, training, local business opportunities, leisure and recreational outlets, transport links, and so on and so forth. But how do we evaluate this social “value”? Can we measure the life and soul of a place?The concept of a carbon or ecological footprint is now well understood. What is less understood, although immediately recognisable, are comparable impacts on social and economic issues.” (Business in the Community, 2012)Thankfully, as pressure mounts on developers to design places for people, we are likely to see growing interest in capturing the wider social value of retail schemes. Indeed, over the past few years we have seen significant progress in this area, regardless of the intractable challenges it presents. At JLL we believe the “human dimension” of retail development will become as important as issues like energy efficiency are today. After all, sustainable development is about positive growth – making economic, environmental AND social progress. Encouragingly, some of the big players in the property world have already taken steps in the right direction. Just recently JLL helped Hammerson quantify the “total” contribution of its UK shopping centres using a bespoke tool to model 50 socio-economic indicators. The initial research found that over 30,000 people were employed across its centres, 87% of them living locally. This generated an estimated £421m in wages, in addition to £96m in business rates. On top of this, Hammerson’s centres brought £279m in additional consumer spending to their local area; 9% going to independent traders and 20% to high street stores. This is compelling stuff, highlighting the pivotal role that well-managed shopping centres play in society and their positive impact they can have on the local economy. Hammerson now uses this tool to predict the wider impact of its future projects and to unlock further societal benefits at existing sites.Perhaps failing to connect with this “human dimension” is where Tesco went wrong Reassuringly Hammerson is not alone. This month British Land launched its 2020 Sustainability Strategy – Helping to Create Places People Prefer. The company states that this marks a shift from minimising impacts and managing risks, to creating “positive impacts”. It aims to improve the daily lives of the many thousands of people who work, shop and live in its buildings by creating positive, personal experiences with places and enhancing wellbeing. The good news does not end there either. Other companies such as Derwent London, Land Securities and Berkeley, to name just a few, are embracing a similar “human-centred” philosophy.Unsurprisingly the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) also recognises the vital role that retailers play in our society and has recently taken significant steps to promote this. This year, for the first time, it hosted Retail Matters – a week-long exhibition for the retail industry to showcase its positive impacts – especially regarding skills and employment. By highlighting exceptional initiatives, it helped retailers show their stakeholders why retail matters, not just to our economy but to our communities up and down the country.All this progress seems to suggest that things are gathering momentum. But big challenges still remain. Not least in finding new tools and techniques to better understand and measure the impacts on a place, its economy and its people. I’m not telling you it is going to be easy but I am telling you it’s going to be worth it. Retail is rapidly evolving and becoming more competitive than ever. Understanding what value retailers can bring to a local area will be crucial to ensure their success over the long-term. As inconceivable as it sounds, perhaps failing to connect with this “human dimension” is where Tesco went wrong? It may seem like a giant leap but as shown by some of the leading developers, assessing social value can actually be a relatively small step with huge benefits.Laura Jockers is associate director, upstream sustainability at JLL with input from Alex Edds, UK sustainability director at JLLlast_img read more

Sakhalin link proposed

first_imgRUSSIA: Visiting Tokyo on January 14, Transport Minister Igor Levitin issued an invitation for Japanese companies to participate in Russian transport infrastructure projects, highlighting in particular the planned rail link between the mainland and the island of Sakhalin. According to Vice-Minister Andrei Nedossekov, the government has allocated US$370m in its 2010-15 budget for construction of the 582 km line. This would run from Selikhin station near Kosomolsk-na-Amur on the Baikal-Amur Magistral and run to Nysh station near the town of Nogliki on Sakhalin. The crossing of the Neveski Strait would involve either a 12·4 km tunnel or a 6·6 km bridge. In the longer term, Nedossekov says proposals are under consideration for the construction of a rail tunnel connecting Sakhalin with the Japanese island of Hokkaido.last_img read more


first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice in Newton Stewart want to trace a group of youths, male and female, about 14/15 years of age who were seen in Dashwood Square in the town at around 2220 hours on Monday 16 November 2015. Around that time a Stagecoach service bus which was sitting at the bus stance in Dashwood Square came under fire from stones and as a result a window on the door of the bus was smashed. No-one was injured in the incident. The coast to repair the door is estimated to be around £300/£400.Constable Rachael Jackson at Newton Stewart said “this attack could quite easily have caused an injury and was quite reckless. We want to speak to a group of young people, male and female, 14/15 years of age who were seen at the bandstand. It is a male from this group who was seen to throw a stone and smash the window. The group consisted of three males and six females, and anyone who can help in this enquiry is asked to call us on 101.”ENDSGraeme Wellburn18.11.15last_img read more

NCAA defending champ Benilde claims solo lead

first_imgRanya Musa and Jeanette Panaga led the way with 19 points apiece for the defending champion Lady Blazers, which moved up to solo first place in the standings with a 2-0 win-loss slate.After losing the first two sets, Lady Blazers was in danger in the third frame before gaining control at 23-20. Lady Knights came close to 23-22, but a hit by Panaga followed by an error by Lady Knights closed the set.Lady Blazers went on a strong start in the fourth frame to surge to a 13-3 advantage. It widened the lead further behind multiple errors by Lady Knights to force a deciding set.Both teams went on a tight exchange early in the fifth set for a 7-all score. Lady Blazers then began to pull away behind Panaga and Musa for a 10-7 lead. After another run by Lady Knights, Musa ended the match with a powerful hit.“Noong first two sets parang hindi pa gising mga players ko,” said Lady Blazers head coach Macky Carino. “Kaya noong third set, sabi ko maka-isa lang tayo made-demoralize iyang Letran at iyon nga, nagtuluy-tuloy na.”Mikaela Lopez top-scored with 18 points, while Melanie Torres added 12 markers for Lady Knights, which slid down to a 1-1 win-loss slate after starting the season with a surprise win./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’NCAA defending champ Benilde claims solo lead ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers survived a tough challenge from Letran Lady Knights to escape with a 25-27, 23-25, 25-22, 25-7, 15-12 win in the NCAA Season 92 women’s volleyball tournament on Sunday at the San Juan Arena.last_img read more

Ronaldo hits 70th int’l goal to rally Portugal vs Hungary

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Ronaldo hits 70th int’l goal to rally Portugal vs Hungary’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=”]Monday, March 27, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’’ attachment=’101243′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=’yes’ font_size=’15’ appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’pop-up’]A thrilled Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his 70th international goal after leading Portugal against Hungary in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday. SQUAWKA FOOTBALL[/av_image] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]LISBON – Cristiano Ronaldo scored two stunning goals and took his international tally to 70 as he led Portugal to an emphatic 3-0 win over Hungary in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.The Portugal captain scored from 25 meters after he was set up by an outrageous backheel from Andre Silva and smashed in a long-range free kick in the second half. Silva had opened the scoring from a move in which Ronaldo also played a part.The win kept the European champions three points behind Group B leaders Switzerland who earlier beat Latvia 1-0 to maintain their 100 percent record with 15 points from five games.Defeat left Hungary a distant third with seven points and only the slimmest of chances of their first World Cup appearance since 1986.Portugal were nearly knocked out of Euro 2016 at the group stage by Hungary, having to come back three times to force a 3-3 draw. But they had no such trouble this time despite a slow start in which Ronaldo shot over from a free kick and headed wide after Ricardo Quaresma’s cross found him unmarked at the far post. (Reuters)[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Medal count from the 2016 Summer Olympics -All 67 Countries

first_img Related Topics2016 Summer OlympicsRioUnited States RIO, BrazilBelow is the up to the second medal count in the 2016 Summer Olympics.The first number is the total, then gold – silver BronzeUSAUnited States 26 20 20 66 CHNChina 14 13 17 44 GBRGreat Britain 13 15 7 35 RUSRussia 8 11 9 28 JPNJapan 7 3 15 25 AUSAustralia 6 7 9 22 FRAFrance 6 8 7 21 ITAItaly 7 7 6 20 DEUGermany 8 5 4 17 KORKorea 6 3 4 13 CANCanada 2 2 8 12 HUNHungary 5 3 3 11 NLDNetherlands 4 2 3 9 NZLNew Zealand 2 6 0 8 KAZKazakhstan 2 2 3 7 SWESweden 1 4 1 6 BRABrazil 1 2 3 6 DNKDenmark 1 2 3 6 CZECzech Republic 1 0 5 6 ZAFSouth Africa 0 5 1 6 ESPSpain 3 0 2 5 CHESwitzerland 2 1 2 5 PRKNorth Korea 1 2 2 5 UZBUzbekistan 1 0 4 5 BELBelgium 2 1 1 4 THAThailand 2 1 1 4 BLRBelarus 1 2 1 4 POLPoland 1 1 2 4 ROURomania 1 1 2 4 ETHEthiopia 1 0 3 4 UKRUkraine 0 3 1 4 CUBCuba 0 1 3 4 HRVCroatia 2 1 0 3 COLColombia 1 2 0 3 KENKenya 1 2 0 3 SVNSlovenia 1 1 1 3 TPEChinese Taipei 1 0 2 3 LTULithuania 0 1 2 3 NORNorway 0 0 3 3 IRNIran 2 0 0 2 SVKSlovakia 1 1 0 2 VNMVietnam 1 1 0 2 GRCGreece 1 0 1 2 IOAIOA 1 0 1 2 JAMJamaica 1 0 1 2 AZEAzerbaijan 0 2 0 2 IDNIndonesia 0 2 0 2 GEOGeorgia 0 1 1 2 EGYEgypt 0 0 2 2 ISRIsrael 0 0 2 2 ARGArgentina 1 0 0 1 FJIFiji 1 0 0 1 KOSKosovo 1 0 0 1 PRIPuerto Rico 1 0 0 1 SGPSingapore 1 0 0 1 BHRBahrain 0 1 0 1 IRLIreland 0 1 0 1 MYSMalaysia 0 1 0 1 MNGMongolia 0 1 0 1 PHLPhilippines 0 1 0 1 TURTurkey 0 1 0 1 ESTEstonia 0 0 1 1 KGZKyrgyzstan 0 0 1 1 PRTPortugal 0 0 1 1 TUNTunisia 0 0 1 1 AREUnited Arab Emirates Vince McKeelast_img read more

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