Greater Cohesiveness Needed Between the Region and the United States – Senator Hylton

first_imgGreater Cohesiveness Needed Between the Region and the United States – Senator Hylton UncategorizedMay 13, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Anthony Hylton has said that the Conference on the Caribbean to be held in Washington from June 19 to 21 is timely as it comes at a time when the Caribbean is “grappling with a raft of challenges arising from rapid globalization.”Senator Hylton, who was speaking at the opening of a two-day seminar on ‘Jamaica’s (CARICOM) Future Trade Relationship with the United States of America’ at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus on May 9 explained that, “the Caribbean is operating in an environment driven by competition, information and technology and requiring major adjustments in education and values and attitudes.” As a result he said “the region is confronted with the need to forge a new set of relationships with the United States, its main trading partner in the global economy, as well as with Europe, Canada and key developing countries”.The conference, he said, “provides a unique opportunity for the Caribbean and the United States to jointly review, assess and redirect the relations between the two regions as well as their cooperation in the international community.”According to the Minister, the Caribbean and the United States have a long history of mutually supportive and beneficial relations, sharing common values, common borders and common challenges.The recognition of these common interests has traditionally shaped the policies and perspectives of the two regions towards each other, Senator Hylton noted. However, he noted, critical indicators have suggested that this relationship has weakened significantly since the 1990’s.“There is a seeming disconnect between the objective need for greater cohesiveness in the relations between the two regions and the tensions from the increasing disadvantageous or insensitive treatment of the Caribbean in several aspects of US policies,” he explained.“We do not think that these are deliberate actions against the Caribbean, they are more likely the result of a stable relationship wearing thin from lack of specific attention,” he continued, adding that based on the importance of the relationship, there is an urgent need to establish a framework for continuous attention.The conference will see the 15 CARICOM Heads of State/Government in talks with the United States President, George W. Bush and Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.The meetings will highlight a wide range of issues affecting the Caribbean and is intended to establish the highest political commitment on behalf of the United States and CARICOM Member States to a consensus-based programme to stimulate growth, development and enhanced security in the region. The two-day seminar at the UWI was aimed at garnering information from members of the private sector, which will help to guide Jamaica’s position on trade issues at the conference. RelatedGreater Cohesiveness Needed Between the Region and the United States – Senator Hylton Advertisementscenter_img RelatedGreater Cohesiveness Needed Between the Region and the United States – Senator Hylton RelatedGreater Cohesiveness Needed Between the Region and the United States – Senator Hyltonlast_img read more

VA accreditation training CLE seminar set for Tampa

first_imgVA accreditation training CLE seminar set for Tampa VA accreditation training CLE seminar set for Tampa August 15, 2009 Regular Newscenter_img The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Military Affairs Committee will present a three-hour CLE seminar on veterans law on Saturday, September 12, at the Tampa Airport Marriott.Pulling together a faculty of experienced attorneys and veterans service officers, the committee offers Florida attorneys and others an opportunity to meet accreditation requirements recently promulgated by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition to the federal CLE requirement, a three-hour elder law certification credit has also been approved.In 2006, a federal statute opened widely for the first time the opportunity for attorneys to provide representation to veterans having claims and causes before the Board of Veterans Appeals, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. 2008, final rules were published in the Code of Federal Regulations and the accreditation process was opened to attorneys, including those in Florida.The Military Affairs Committee has taken the lead within the Bar and has worked to assemble a faculty having many years experience in both VA administrative and judicial adjudications. Jacksonville Judge James A. Ruth, committee chair, will introduce the program, which will include each of the subjects required for VA re-accreditation.Subjects include remarks on practice before the VA, disability compensation, claims processing, dependency and indemnity compensation, pensions, and judicial appeals of administrative decisions. Current federal requirements call for a CLE on these subjects within one year of VA general counsel accreditation and once every three years thereafter.This seminar is being held in conjunction with The Florida Bar’s General Meeting. Registration is now open. Seating is limited. If you have any questions, contact either the Bar’s Tracy Brim at (850) 561-3188 or seminar Chair Harold W. Youmans at (813) 671-8852.last_img read more

Rebuilt snow blower on the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn

first_imgSWITZERLAND: Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn is keeping its Oberalp Pass route open this winter using a snow clearing vehicle which has been completely rebuilt by Schmidt.The metre-gauge vehicle which was previously used on the Rhätische Bahn’s Bernina route is more than 50 years old. After being acquired by MGB it was transported to Schmidt’s St Blasien site in Germany, where it was completely dismantled and rebuilt with only the frames, cab and parts of the power unit retained.The new telescopic clearing head has maximum clearing width of 4·6 m and a maximum clearing height of 3·0 m. A new 682 kW diesel engine was fitted and the control systems replaced, with the drive system for the clearing head converted from overhead electric to diesel-hydraulic power. The control console was completely overhauled and redesigned to offer significantly more control functions than before, with the clearing head now operated by joysticks. The vehicle was also retrofitted with Abt rack braking equipment.last_img read more

RSPB Scotland steps back from Galloway Kite Trail

first_imgcredit Ben Andrew (rspb-images.com) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInWith red kites now thriving across Dumfries and Galloway, RSPB Scotland is stepping back from the Galloway Kite Trail and handing over its on-going management to local businesses.Founded in October 2003, The Galloway Kite Trail was set up by RSPB Scotland in a partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland and Bellymack Hill Farm. It was created as a community-based wildlife viewing initiative to help raise public awareness of red kites and promote Dumfries and Galloway as a visitor destination.Red kites were locally extinct in Dumfries and Galloway until 2001 when they were brought back through a re-introduction programme that ran until 2005. There are now around 130 pairs breeding throughout all vice-counties in the region, and over 1000 chicks have fledged in the wild since the project began.Across the UK, where other successful re-introductions have also taken place, the red kite has gone from a red-listed bird, the highest level of conservation concern, to a green listed bird, the lowest level. Incidents of illegal persecution against kites are still recorded, but their population is stable and growing, and it is hoped that they will continue to spread.RSPB Scotland’s Calum Murray worked as a community liaison officer on the project for over 12 years. He said: “The Galloway Kite Trail has been a huge part of my life, and it’s been a privilege to be involved in something so worthwhile, with so many tangible and knock-on benefits for wildlife and for people. It’s also been a pleasure working with the businesses and landowners involved, who have all contributed to the trail’s success as a visitor attraction and will, I’m sure, continue to support it.“It’s definitely sad to be stepping back, but as a conservation charity, the RSPB has to prioritise its efforts based on the needs of species and habitats. We’ll continue to monitor the red kite population in Dumfries and Galloway, and we’ll help to support nature-based tourism through other projects, such as our work at Mersehead and the Mull of Galloway.”One of the aims of the Galloway Kite Trail was to use nature-based tourism to support local businesses and land owners following the devastating impacts of the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak.An economic survey carried out annually by the RSPB between 2004 and 2015 found that visitors to the trail spent an estimated £54.6m in Dumfries and Galloway, with £8.2m directly attributable to people visiting the area to see the kites. In the same period, the trail attracted over 100,000 visitors and supported, on average, the equivalent of 19 full-time jobs every year.The Galloway Kite Trail will continue to operate through a leaflet – which can be picked up at local venues – signs, and interpretation at sites around the trail.last_img read more

Cagliari fire Maran, hire Zenga

first_imgCAGLIARI (AP):Cagliari fired Rolando Maran yesterday amid an 11-match winless streak in Serie A and hired Walter Zenga as their new coach.The move came two days after a 4-3 loss at home against Roma left the Sardinian club in 11th place.Zenga, the former Inter Milan and Italy goalkeeper whose most recent job was at Venezia, was given a contract through next season.Cagliari had exceeded expectations with their strong start to the season, which had them contending for the Champions League places with a 13-match unbeaten streak from the third through the 15th rounds. But the squad has been in a downward spiral since December.Maran was in his second season in charge of Cagliari.It’s the 13th coaching change in the 20-team Italian league this season.last_img

John sprints to third win in a row

first_imgJamaul John did it again! The Team Coco’s wheelsman kicked off the month of October in fine style, winning his third consecutive race yesterday, underlining his sublime late season form.On the heels of sprinting away with the spoils of the Victor Macedo Memorial Road Race title outside the National Park two weeks ago and the feature 35-lap event of the Laparkan Holdings multi race programme last week inside the Park, John returned to the venue yesterday and picked up right where he left off.This time it was the feature 35-lap event of the Hand-In-Hand Insurance Company multi-race programme which was staged in perfect conditions for racing. John stopped the clock in a brisk one hour, 15 minutes and 48 seconds in a thrilling five-man sprint to complete back-to-back-to-back victories on the local circuit.He earned four of the six sprint prizes en route to leading breakaway mates, Paul DeNobrega and Briton John onto the podium. The prize winner’s, organizers and sponsors of yesterday’s event pose for a photo opportunity. (Orlando Charles photo)Christopher Griffith and Curtis Dey finished closely behind in fourth and fifth while Michael Anthony who missed the break, out sprinted the remnants of the 36-man peloton to round out the top six. The top five, arguably the best riders in Guyana established a lead in the fourth lap and the strong unit rode together until about 200m from the finish line, lapping most of the starters in their path.At close to 200m for the finish, Briton rose from his saddle and attacked. Jamaul and the others changed gear to counter Briton’s heroics, but only Jamaul had enough left in the tank to surge ahead of his fellow national rider.Other winners of the 15th edition of the event included: Junior Niles (Under-50), Ian Jackson (O-50), Sherwin Sampson (Juveniles), Nigel London (Mountain Bikes), Darius Ramsammy (Novices) and Lennox Jackman (BMX 6-9). Following yesterday’s fixture, representatives of the company, Shannon Yan and Shafeena Juman presented the cyclists with refreshments, hats and other prizes.Three BMX cycles and helmets were also gifted to three young riders, William Green, Aditya Deokarran and Jackman.John will be looking to continue his fine form next Sunday when the eight edition of the Kadir Mohamed Memorial Ounce of Gold road race is staged from Homestretch Avenue to Linden and back.last_img read more

King of the Bullants’ colony

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER WGCA DISTRICT DIVISION REVIEW – ROUND 7 (Day 1) HE MIGHT be known as Prince Singh, but…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img