Barbados disappointed at level of support for CCJ

first_img Jun 11, 2020 PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Feb 28, CMC – Barbados has expressed its disappointment that only four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have joined the appellate jurisdiction of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that was established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court.Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who attended the 29th CARICOM Inter-Sessional summit that ended here on Tuesday, said that it is unacceptable that, to date, only four Member States have joined the Court.“We contend that it is a disgrace that after the Caribbean Court of Justice has been in existence for so long, that only four countries have signed on to that court in its appellate jurisdiction.“I do not buy the argument that there is a division of opinion in the countries that have not signed on to the Court in its appellate jurisdiction, because the biggest decision that CARICOM countries have had to make has been on Independence,” Stuart said.Via CMCWhile most of the CARICOM countries are signatories to the Original Jurisdiction of the CCJ that also functions as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the 15-member regional integration movement, only Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana have signed on to the Appellate Jurisdiction.Stuart said that if “we’ve all decided that we want to be independent and we were able to unite the population on those issues, I cannot see why on matters relating to how our disputes are handled and how our grievances are addressed that we still believe that the former colonial master is better than people here in the Caribbean.”Prime Minister Stuart said that Barbados is of the view that, “you can’t have one foot in and one foot out” in terms of the jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice.He expressed optimism that the matter would be addressed at the next CARICOM summit to be held in Jamaica in July and that more definitive answers would be taken on what steps Members States proposed to take to correct the situation.Meanwhile, the regional leaders, have adopted a tourism marketing plan that is designed to place regional countries on an upward trajectory.Prime Minister Stuart said the initiative was important since there were predictions that the upcoming hurricane season was forecast to be just as active as last year’s.“And, if that forecast holds true and there are any casualties in terms of CARICOM members [states], we have to be ready to spring into action to indicate that even though we may have had reverses in terms of a natural disaster, the Caribbean is still open for business,” he stated.Against the background of diminishing market share, Stuart noted that Barbados agreed in principle to the new tourism marketing initiative.The plan was presented by the Bahamas government,  which has lead responsibility for tourism in the CARICOM quasi-cabinet. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… CDB hails Arthur as Steadfast, Passionate Defender of… CCJ Takes Lead in Assisting Justice Sector To Adjust to… Mar 18, 2020 Opinion: Caribbean Court of Justice VS the Privy Council(Kaieteur News Editorial,12 July, 2018) The recent ruling against presidential term limits in Guyana by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is revealing. The CCJ is the final court of appeal, replacing the Privy Council. Guyana is not the only country to be proud of the CCJ. Other CARICOM nations…July 12, 2018In “CARICOM”Referendum Day in Antigua/Barbuda and GrenadaThe people of Antigua/Barbuda and Grenada are voting today on whether or not to replace the London-based Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice as their final court. In both cases, a two-thirds majority of the total number of ballots cast is required to make the switch to the…November 6, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Antigua and Barbuda moving to join CCJST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – The Antigua and Barbuda says it is moving towards joining the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), as the island’s final court. Cabinet has accepted a recommendation from Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Steadroy Benjamin, on the issue. The CCJ was established in 2001…August 5, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp COVID-19: CCJ takes safety measures CCJ Upholds COTED Decision on Cement Tariff Increase Jul 29, 2020 May 11, 2020last_img read more

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CARICOM team visits TnT as preparations for CARIFESTA XIV heighten

first_imgPreparations for CARIFESTA XIV are in high gear, so much so that members of the organising team from the CARICOM Secretariat went to Trinidad and Tobago to meet with the Host Country Management Committee and observe preparations for the event which is in less than three weeks! Oct 16, 2020 This ultimate regional cultural festival will take place in Trinidad and Tobago 16-25 August 2019. Speaking to the current state of preparations, Deputy Programme Manager, Culture, at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Riane DeHaas-Bledoeg said there was a very good team in Trinidad and Tobago. She said that the Grand Market was being set-up and that based on her observations, it was going to be impressive. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Machel Montano one of CARIFESTA XIV’s Brand AmbassadorsMachel Montano is one of the Brand Ambassadors for CARIFESTA XIV, which was launched in fine style on Tuesday night in Trinidad and Tobago. The launch event happened in the Ballroom at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre. It was a cultural explosion fitting for the commencement of preparations for…October 24, 2018In “Anguilla”Trinidad and Tobago puts on spectacular show for CARIFESTA XIV openingThe Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain Trinidad and Tobago came alive on Friday night with a spectacular display of elaborate performances paying homage to the culture and customs of each Member State and Associate Member of CARICOM. This was the nucleus of the opening ceremony for the fourteenth staging of…August 17, 2019In “Associate Member States”Interim Festival Directorate meets this week on CARIFESTAThe Interim Festival Directorate (IFD) – the body responsible for the planning of CARIFESTA along with the host country management team – is currently hosting its 17th meeting in Trinidad and Tobago. The meeting began on Monday morning at the Trinidad Hilton and Conference Centre in Port-of-Spain. As agreed in…March 25, 2019In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp The public can look forward to Signal and Niche events, four Community Festivals, the Grand Market hub, Children and Youth Village, Workshops and Symposia, and the Super Concert featuring the likes of Machel Montano, Shaggy, Kassav, Calypso Rose and Ricardo Drue. CARIFESTA XIV is a cultural melting pot that brings delegations representing the dance, music, craft, visual arts, theatre, film and food from the entire Caribbean to one venue for 10 days. If you are interested in following the events for CARIFESTA XIV, there’s and App for that! Check it out here. CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Related Posts Oct 16, 2020 “You will indeed feel like you are walking the streets of the Caribbean,” she said.   Members of the Host Country Management Committee for CARIFESTA XIV Minister Gadsby-Dolly (right) and Dr. Hilary Brown from the CARICOM Secretariat in conversation as a member of the HCMC observes the proceedings The CARICOM Secretariat representatives meet with the Host Country Management Team The CARICOM Secretariat team and Members of the Host Country Management Committee Trinidad and Tobago Culture Minister Hon. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly , a member of her team and the host from Tempo Networks pose for a quick photo Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Hilary Brown, being interviewed by Tempo Networks Locals and guests will have an opportunity to experience the Caribbean’s many cultures in one mega arts festival via 150 events throughout the twin-island state. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 16, 2020 More information on the event can also be accessed at the CARIFESTA website. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… last_img read more

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Letter To The Editor: What Pride Means To Me…

first_imgBy KEN NEBELLos AlamosThere has been some controversy as to whether or not PRIDE, the commemoration of historic steps toward the LGBTQ+ community stepping out into the mainstream and the celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, is still a current need.As we celebrate Pride month and host our 2nd annual Pride festival today here in Los Alamos, I’d like to tell you what Pride means to me.Pride is an affirmation that I live in a supportive community when, even in todays culture, I don’t always find acceptance or tolerance. Pride is a place to learn more about something that makes each of us so fundamentally unique. Pride is a place where, for once, it doesn’t feel like opening my mouth to say something trivial or benign is an act of coming out.This year I had the honor of helping award scholarships to LGTBQ youth and young adults, and the spectrum of experience that these individuals had related to their sexual identities broadened my horizons, and the various levels of acceptance in their communities and families was astounding to me.I feel very strongly that it is our duty as a community to band together in support of the LGTBQ+ community, to teach about identity, and to celebrate that we as a community can learn and grow.last_img read more

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Business Owner Shoots At Burglars In Velarde

first_imgThe business owner who was armed with a handgun confronted the male suspect. The male suspect pointed an object at the business owner. The business owner fired his handgun at the male suspect. It is unknown if the male suspect was injured during the incident. The business owner retreated outside the gas station and waited for State Police officers to arrive.  Officer’s reviewed surveillance video and learned there were two male suspects who broke into the gas station. Both fled the scene through a skylight on the roof of the gas station. New Mexico State Police Crime Scene Unit assisted in this investigation.  NMSP News: Initial investigation shows at about 5:30 a.m., officers responded to a burglary in progress at Mike’s Mini-Mart Gas Station in Velarde. When officers arrived on scene, they encountered the owner of the gas station. Officers learned the business owner, who lives on the property, heard his alarm sounding from his gas station and went to investigate. When the owner arrived at his business, he encountered a male suspect inside the gas station. This investigation is ongoing and no other information is available. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the New Mexico State Police Office in Espanola at 505.753.2277 option 1. The New Mexico State Police investigated a shooting Tuesday involving a business owner in Velarde in Rio Arriba County.last_img read more

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Ken Uher Wins White Rock Car Show Competition

first_imgWhite Rock Car Show competition winner Ken Uher, right, poses Saturday with his family and White Rock Senior Center Coordinator Annie Bard, second from right. Uher and the other half of his team, his 1939 Buick, which he named Lucille, were selected for the People’s Choice Award from the majority of 108 votes cast Saturday at the event. The People’s Choice Award winner graciously donated his $50 prize money back to the White Rock Senior Center. Chef Mike Mason, with the help of Aliki and Romaine, fed 60 guests homemade cat fish, cornbread and coleslaw as an end to the White Rock Senior Center 24th birthday celebration. Courtesy photolast_img read more

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‘Murder, She Danced’ At Smith Auditorium Oct. 6

first_imgA detective from the ‘Murder, She Danced’ performance set for 4 p.m. Sunday Oct. 6 at Duane Smith Auditorium. Courtesy/YMCAScene from a previous performance by Dance of India students. Courtesy/YMCA The Family YMCA’s Dance of India performance of ‘Murder, She Danced’ is 4 p.m. Sunday Oct. 6 at Duane Smith Auditorium. Courtesy/YMCA By DIANA MARTINEZThe Family YMCAA student’s suggestion that this 13th year’s performance of The Family YMCA’s Dance of India classes center on something other than a universally known theme, got the instructor to thinking.What should pop into the mind of instructor Alina Deshpande but a a ghost-murder mystery where the ghost makes its presence known through the tinkering of bells. It is a fitting theme for the month of October. The performance is 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Duane Smith Auditorium.“Nileena gets the credit for coming up with the title of our production,” Deshpande said.Deshpande is the Group Leader of the Biosecurity and Public Health Group in the Bioscience Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She began teaching Kathak at the Y in 2003 when her daughter was 6 years old because she wanted to share her culture with her.“She was one of my first students along with three other little girls who were around 4 at the time. They danced with me until they left to go to undergradate school in California, Texas and even Ireland!” Deshpande said. “I was encouraged by my friends to start this class so that other members in the Indian community in Los Alamos could get exposed. I have been continuously delighted and gratified to have diverse members of the Los Alamos community join the class, as it is not restricted to student with Indian origins. This goes to show how welcoming and open our Los Alamosites are!”Deshpande said her class has students that range in age from 5-70.“I have students who have Indian roots as well as those who want to learn a new culture,” she said. “I guess the students love the preparation for these annual shows as well as other performances that we do throughout the year. They enjoy dressing up, too.” Each year Despande supports a charity located in another part of the world.“We started with supporting primarily charities in India, but over the years, it became clear that there are needs all over the world, so it was just something that I realized – why are we restricting ourselves to just one country when we could help so many more,” she said, adding that dollars go much further in other parts of the world and have a very large impact.The one-day performance of “Murder, She Danced!” is supported by parent volunteers who help with stage management.“Mary Beth Stevens, Gauri Prasad and Chris Frankle are so helpful,” Despande said. “I really appreciate their willingness and commitment. I would also like to give a big shout out to my friend Dr. Madhavi Garimella, who in addition to helping with stage management, arranges the intermission sales of snacks and Indian jewelry and clothes, and handles other logistics.”“And I would like to acknowledge my good friend Nileena Velappan, who is also a senior student in class and keeps me energized and inspired! She will do it all from getting costumes for various students, finding sponsors, getting banner permits and being the publicity rep. These are the folks who we don’t all see on stage, but have a big hand in the success of the program. They do it all selflessly and with no expectation of credit or fanfare.”While there is no formal charge, donations are strongly encouraged to support charitable work. This year’s production benefits the YMCA Chiang Mai in Thailand and their Women’s Empowerment program. Suggested donations are $10 for ages 12 and older; $5 for children ages 5-11.Deshpande encourages everyone to come to this fun and colorful event with Indian dances woven into an interesting theme.“We have some serious local acting talent that will be showcased, so this should make for an entertaining evening!” Deshpande said.last_img read more

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New Mexico Delegation Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort In Project ECHO To Expand Telehealth Care

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) led a group of 39 lawmakers Wednesday in calling on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to support Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a telehealth mentoring model developed in New Mexico that enhances health care and workforce capacity in underserved areas. Project ECHO provides community-based primary care teams with the evidence-based knowledge and training needed to manage patients with complex conditions. Specifically, the New Mexico delegation encouraged HHS to use existing authorities under Medicare and Medicaid to expand Project ECHO’s reach nationwide. “The Department of Health and Human Services has identified value-based care as one of four core priorities to improve the health and well-being of the American people. In order to achieve that worthy objective, we must identify and support new and emerging health care delivery models in Medicare and Medicaid,” wrote the lawmakers. “We believe that Project ECHO, and technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity-building models more generally, help to move us closer to this goal.” In addition to being a successful tool for tackling hard-to-treat diseases, the Project ECHO model has been used to treat behavioral health issues, improve patient care and satisfaction, increase knowledge and reduce isolation for providers, and improve retention rates for physicians in rural, underserved areas. Project ECHO is also looking for innovative ways to democratize information so medical professionals can get the support and professional development they need to keep up with the rapidly changing world of medicine. “Despite growing interest and some financial support from the federal government and specific states, no ongoing funding streams exist to support Project ECHO, and technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models more broadly.  We respectfully request your consideration of the below actions—using existing authorities—that could accelerate ECHO’s integration into the health care delivery system, and, in doing so, advance federal and state efforts to provide value-based care,” the lawmakers wrote. The full letter can be found below and HERE.center_img “We’re grateful for the bipartisan support from Congress for using technology enabled collaborative learning to get better care to people in rural and underserved parts of the country who need it most,” said Dr. Sanjeev Arora, founder and director of Project ECHO. “Guidance from CMS on financing strategies through Medicaid and Medicare will make it easier for states to start up or expand existing ECHO projects. It will help keep people in their communities getting good care from providers they know and trust.” Congressional Delegation News: Project ECHO is a telehealth model that was developed in New Mexico and connects primary care physicians in rural or underserved areas with specialists to provide coordinated care and improve outcomes for patients, particularly in communities with limited access specialty care services. Originally designed to combat the Hepatitis-C epidemic in New Mexico, Project ECHO now enables patients to get treatment for a diverse array of disease conditions from various levels of health care providers, and it has grown to serve communities nationwide and internationally. The letter was also signed by U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Angus King (I-Maine), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), & Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), David McKinley (R-Ore.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Pete Stauber (D-Minn.), Josh Harder (D-Calif.), Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), Kim Schrier (D-Wash.), Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah), Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), Kevin Hern (R-O.K.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), & Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)last_img read more

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On The Job In Los Alamos: Uli’s New Store Manager

first_imgOn the job in Los Alamos Tuesday is new Manager Daphne Renee Harris at Uli’s Clothing Boutique at 800 Trinity Dr. Ste. G. Uli’s is a women’s and children’s boutique with distinctive gifts, books and toys. They are known for their ability to dress specific body types and personal styles to their best look. They have a loyal following of clients from all over the country that fly to meet with Uli’s staff  for wardrobe and style development. Visit www.ulislosalamos.com. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

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On The Job In Los Alamos: Warner Waving At Motorists

first_imgOn the job in Los Alamos is Larry Warner, 87, spotted Tuesday morning on his ‘geriatric jog’ as he likes to refer to his daily two mile walk on North Mesa. A reader contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post about Warner and expressed gratitude for the fact that he smiles and waves at every car that passes by him during his walks. Photo by Jennifer Bartram/ladailypost.comlast_img

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Topper Girls Basketball Picks Up Big Win Over Demons

first_imgNatalie Gallegos tries to get a shot in the second quarter as Maci Cordova is all over her. Gallegos was the leading scorer for the Toppers with 27 points for the night. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comTopper Jenae Montoya, Michaela Gonzales and Anna Abeyta try to block a shot by Gabby Malczeski in the third quarter. Photo by John McHale/aldailypost.com Natalie Gallegos brings the ball down court through traffic in a game played Friday night against the Santa Fe Demons in the 2019 Lady Horseman Christmas Tournament at St. Michael’s gymnasium. The two-day tournament hosted eight teams from around the area. The Toppers lost their first game to Pecos 39-52, which placed them in the consolation side of the bracket. The second game was played against the Santa Fe High School Demons, which was a big win, 54-50.  This was the highest number of points scored by the Toppers this season. The game was close throughout with both teams playing a hard and aggressive game. The Toppers played the Taos Tigers in the final game for fifth place and won 34-25. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Topper Hannah Sanchez goes in for a shot in the first quarter and is closely guarded by Ari Hernandez. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comLoose ball near the Topper basket as Angie Malczeski, left, Hannah Sanchez, center, and Anna Abeyta, right, all reach to grab the ball but Abeyta ended up with it. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comcenter_img Jenae Montoya looks for a teammate to pass the ball to as Maci Cordova covers her in the second quarter. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

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