CARICOM urges US to maintain duty-free market access

first_img Sep 16, 2020 Oct 6, 2020 Aug 6, 2020 You may be interested in… New Haitian Ambassador to CARICOM accredited CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has expressed CARICOM’s interest in the renewal of legislation for the extension of the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) and the WTO waiver beyond December 2019 to allow continued duty-free access to the US market. The Secretary-General made the case as he accredited the new US envoy to CARICOM, Her Excellency Sarah-Ann Lynch, at the Secretariat’s Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana on Tuesday.  He said the Region also welcomes greater flows of US investments in Agriculture, Tourism and Transportation. Ambassador LaRocque underscored the importance of cooperation in clean and renewable energy, and in security amidst increasing security threats in the current global environment. In that context, he said CARICOM looked forward to collaborating with the United States at the US-Caribbean Security Cooperation Commission in Barbados, and at the Eighth Caribbean-US High-Level Dialogue in Washington next month. Aug 29, 2020center_img CARICOM congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on its 58th… CARICOM celebrates Jamaica’s 58th Independence Anniversary CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Premier of Bermuda He told Ambassador Lynch that her country should now be more sensitive to CARICOM’s concerns about black-listing by the European Union, since the US recently experienced that action itself. “As we seek to diversify our economies through services, some of our Member States which have developed their financial services sector have been labelled as non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.  This is so despite the fact that the countries in question are not designated by the relevant regulatory authorities, such as the Financial Action Task Force and the OECD Global Forum.” “Blacklisted jurisdictions face major reputational damage which has an adverse effect, demonstrated by the “de-risking” strategies of international banks resulting in the withdrawal of crucial correspondent banking relationships.  This development has had an impact on investment flows, on trade and on the financial operations of our economies, not to mention impeding the flow of remittances sent by Caribbean nationals living abroad.  The US itself has the experience of being recently blacklisted and would therefore be now more sensitive to our situation,” Secretary-General LaRocque stated. The US envoy in her remarks lauded the structures of CARICOM integration which have, “successfully dismantled barriers to fair trade, and created the formidable Caribbean Court of Justice.” CARICOM has “impressively coordinated collective approaches to education, public health, disaster response, and development financing,” Ambassador Lynch said. She added that the United States is proud to continue to support the work of CARICOM and envisions a Community that “is an innovative and competitive force in the world’s economy.” The new envoy noted that United States supported and encouraged the single economic space of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). “With this economic integration, we have already seen new opportunities to attract investment and increase economies of scale.  We expect to witness an even greater boost in trade, as well as an increased respect for intellectual property rights and consumer protection regulations.” “We also envision a populace in which every citizen has the opportunity to realize their potential, and contribute to economic, social, and cultural prosperity for themselves and for their society,” the new US envoy stated. She said as the USA strengthens its cooperation with the Region, its Caribbean 2020 strategy provides a framework for focusing U.S. interagency efforts on security, diplomacy, prosperity, energy, education, and health. She lauded the successes of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) which has boosted the capabilities of Caribbean law enforcement and security forces to deter violent crime, reduce the rate of organized crime, and curb illicit narcotics and weapons trafficking. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARICOM-US cooperation hailed for tangible benefitsCARICOM-US deepening cooperation in security, health and energy was underscored Tuesday as Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque received new United States Ambassador to CARICOM Mr. Perry Holloway. The Secretary-General, in remarks at the accreditation ceremony, highlighted the important collaboration on the troubling issue of security, with the Caribbean serving as a…October 21, 2015In “CARICOM”CARICOM SG hosts Annual Breakfast for CARICOM AmbassadorsCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, earlier today told Ambassadors accredited to Third States and CARICOM Member States, that the Community stood firmly behind the territorial integrity of Guyana and Belize. He gave the commitment at his Annual Buffet Breakfast in honour of the Ambassadors at the Marriott Hotel in…July 4, 2016In “Antigua & Barbuda”The Netherlands flags key areas for cooperation expansionClimate change, disaster risk management, security, and sustainable development and employment, are among areas that the Kingdom of Netherlands hopes to expand cooperation with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The Netherlands’ Ambassador to CARICOM, His Excellency Jules Bijl, signalled his Government’s intention when he presented his credentials to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador…January 19, 2017In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados Sign Energy MOU

first_imgBarbados and Trinidad and Tobago to sign Energy MOUOPM, Trinidad and Tobago – Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley departed for Barbados this morning where he will participate in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. The agreement, which will be signed tomorrow (Saturday 24 August, 2019), is related to cooperation…August 23, 2019In “Barbados”CARICOM and UN meeting on crisis in VenezuelaA Delegation from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) led by Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris of St. Kitts and Nevis is meeting today with United Nations Secretary-General  His Excellency Antonio Guterres to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. Prime Minister Harris is accompanied at the meeting by  Dr. Hon Keith Rowley,…January 28, 2019In “Barbados”Energy, agriculture, security high on agenda of Guyana, T&T high-level meeting(Guyana Chronicle) TRINIDAD and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will be accompanied by five of his ministers when he arrives in Guyana this week for bilateral talks with President David Granger. The high-level team from the twin-island republic is scheduled to arrive in Guyana on Wednesday for a two-day…September 17, 2018In “Business”Share this on WhatsApp Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… Sep 29, 2020 CARICOM Energy Ministers Meet CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Sep 28, 2020 The MOU establishes a general framework for both parties to undertake cooperative initiatives, in the areas of energy, energy security and energy exploration, development and production in relation to hydrocarbon resources that extend across their maritime boundary.In describing the push for cooperation in the energy sector between the two countries Dr Rowley said, “It is all good for Barbados and it is all good for Trinidad and Tobago.”He noted that once gas is found in the Barbados acreage and that gas finds its way to the market through the plants in Trinidad and Tobago, it would create a larger resource base for Trinidad and Tobago while allowing Barbados access to a market to sell whatever is found in their acreage.Energy company BHP has made gas discoveries in the North Eastern areas of Trinidad and Tobago’s maritime assets, drilling successful wells that are close to the Barbadian border. The company is also working in Barbados’ waters close to the border.(See highlights of the:  Signing Ceremony)The Prime Minister said the agreement lays the groundwork for the two countries to act as one in encouraging investment in their offshore deep waters. In the coming months it is expected that both countries will sign a unitization and a general framework treaty which will enable the exploration, development and production of hydrocarbon resources.During a bilateral meeting before the signing both Prime Ministers earmarked other areas for cooperation including the fishing industry.Dr Rowley noted that this issue remains of particular interest to the people of Tobago who are closest to Barbados. He said there is a need to find a way forward that is beneficial to all stakeholders while attracting investors from both countries who could penetrate both the local and international markets.Both countries are also advancing discussions with respect to sharing diplomatic missions specifically in Africa and Asia. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… center_img PM Mottley Renews Calls for Restructuring of Global… Oct 1, 2020 You may be interested in… Oct 5, 2020 OPM, Trinidad and Tobago:  Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr the Hon. Keith Rowley and Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon Mia Mottley witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two countries today (Saturday 24 August, 2019) in Bridgetown, Barbados. Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley (left) welcomes Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to Bridgetown for Saturday’s signing The Hon. Franklin Khan, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries and the Hon. Wilfred Abrahams, Minister of Energy and Water Resources for Barbados signed on behalf of their countries.last_img read more

Attorney General Balderas: Man Accused Of Trafficking His Own Children Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

first_imgThe Office of the Attorney General is prosecuting three additional cases against Stewart Sr. in which he stands accused of additional charges of child abuse, human trafficking, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, criminal conspiracy, criminal sexual penetration of a minor and criminal sexual contact of a minor. The victims in those cases also are his minor children. “Protecting New Mexican children from predators is a top priority,” Balderas said. “I am grateful that we partnered with courageous young abuse survivors to achieve justice and I commend them for their bravery in this case.” Attorney General Hector Balderas Jurors found that between 2015 and 2018, Stewart Sr. used his three minor children to panhandle around Albuquerque so he could use that money to buy drugs. All three children courageously testified against their father at trial. ALBUQUERQUE — Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday that James Stewart Sr. was sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Corrections after he was convicted of three counts of human trafficking.  AG News: This case was investigated by special agents from the Office of the Attorney General and prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Brittany DuChaussee and Collin Brennan.last_img read more

New Mexico State Police Arrest Violent Arizona Fugitives

first_imgBreanna Sanchez-ColemanNMSP News:BELEN – The New Mexico State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit received information Tuesday, Feb. 11 from the Tucson Police Department in Arizona that several wanted violent fugitives from Arizona were in Belen.  The fugitives were identified as Maurice Diaz-Casales,16, Breanna Sanchez-Coleman, 20, and Jarrel Diaz-Casales, 18, all of Arizona. They were wanted in connection with multiple robberies that occurred in Arizona.After receiving this information, the New Mexico State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit, which was created by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in October of 2019 to arrest wanted fugitives across the state, began an investigation to locate these fugitives, and coordinate a plan to safely take them off the streets and into custody. Maurice Diaz-CasalesDue to the violent nature of the individuals, the Fugitive Apprehension Unit requested assistance from the New Mexico State Police Special Operations Bureau consisting of Tactical Team, Bomb Squad and Crisis Intervention Team as well as the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau and Uniform Bureau.In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 12, Fugitive Apprehension Unit Agents positively identified and located two of the fugitives at 1200 Court Street in Belen. Jarrell Diaz-Casales After a brief standoff, New Mexico State Police Special Operations executed a search warrant on the house and successfully took Maurice Diaz-Casales and Sanchez-Coleman into custody.  Jarrell Diaz-Casales was not in the house but through investigation agents quickly located him in Albuquerque and took him into custody without incident. A fourth individual, Lucy Sanchez, 21, of Los Lunas who is not believed to be connected to the Arizona robberies, was inside the Belen residence.  She was arrested and charged with Abuse of a Child. CYFD took custody of her 4-year-old child. Maurice, Sanchez-Coleman and Sanchez were booked into the Valencia County Detention Center and Jarrell was booked into the Metro Detention Center. All four fugitives will be extradited to Arizona.  For details on the Arizona crimes, contact the Tucson Police Department. This case remains under investigation by the New Mexico State Police with no additional information available at this time.* Note: A photo of Breanna Sanchez-Coleman was not available.last_img read more

Kirtland Increases Health Protection Condition

first_imgKIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE. – Kirtland has raised its Health Protection Condition (HPCON) level to B-plus in response to the spread of COVID-19.The decision to implement a higher HPCON was taken to stay in step with the Air Force and state and local authorities.There are no cases of COVID-19 on Kirtland AFB.The Installation Commander, Col. David S. Miller, has directed the elevation of the condition level to align with existing precautionary measures, and education of base personnel in preventing a potential widespread outbreak.The HPCON B-Plus increase implements base measures that defines heightened exposure risk. The new recommendations include increasing the measures of HPCON A: vigorous hand-washing, self-monitoring for symptoms and self-isolating, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. HPCON B expands these measures to include: strict hygiene, self-isolation if exposed even if not symptomatic, careful cleaning of common-use items/areas, and staying away from large gatherings.The new condition level also directs maximum use of telework for non-essential personnel, to limit in-person meetings, as well as restriction of movement for individuals who have recently traveled to impacted areas. For Team Kirtland mission partners, the implementation of the measures will be decided by their respective commanders.For the latest information on COVID-19, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. For Kirtland specific information and updates, see the Kirtland Public Web site at www.kirtland.af.mil and download the Kirtland app.last_img read more

All Together Los Alamos Accepting Requests For Assistance For Housebound Residents During COVID-19 Emergency

first_imgOmega Canyon Bridge. Courtesy photoATLA News:All Together Los Alamos is accepting requests for assistance from Los Alamos County residents who are housebound during the COVID-19 public health emergency.The all-volunteer group of local residents is working to provide information on resources and services to people who need assistance during these difficult times. The aim is to supplement where needed the services already being provided by local senior centers and local non-profits.All Together Los Alamos plans to assist homebound residents with:Simple “well-check” phone calls;Directing people to available resources;Providing simple over-the-phone support when possible to help set up communication methods such as video- chatting;Picking up groceries, prescriptions or other essential items and delivering them to homes.The group also will provide information to local online and print newspapers, local social media and KRSN radio.Anyone in need of assistance may register a request for assistance at the All Together Los Alamos website https://sites.google.com/view/alltogetherlosalamos/home or call 505.500.4116 for more information.Volunteers also are invited to register at the same address.last_img read more

Local Senior Centers Support Red Nose Day

first_imgLARSO News:The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) senior centers in Los Alamos and White Rock are supporting Red Nose Day.Red Nose Day is a national campaign with the mission to end child poverty by funding programs that keep children safe, healthy and educated. Since its debut in 2015, the organization has raised $200 million and positively impacted more than 25 million children in America, and around the world.This year, Red Nose Day is Thursday, May 21. In the midst of what LARSO does for seniors, for one week it will be collecting food for local kids for Red Nose Day. Donation boxes are placed at each senior center with the hope that funds will be collected to help lighten the load for community grandparents raising their grandchildren.For information, call LARSO at 505.662.8920.last_img read more

Heinrich Calls For Bernalillo County Sheriff To Resign

first_imgU.S. Sen. Martin HeinrichU.S. SENATE News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement calling for the resignation of Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales, III.“Sheriff Gonzales wasn’t representing Bernalillo County when he opposed body cameras. He wasn’t representing Bernalillo County when he opposed efforts for common sense gun violence reforms. And he isn’t with us now.“Instead of collaborating with the Albuquerque Police Department, the Sheriff is inviting the President’s stormtroopers into Albuquerque. If we can learn anything from Portland, it’s that we don’t need this kind of ‘help’ from the White House. The President is currently using federal law enforcement agents like a domestic paramilitary force. That’s precisely how fascism begins and none of us should ever encourage or accept it.“I believe that it is time for Sheriff Gonzales to step aside and make room for someone who will make maintaining the peace and promoting the safety and protection of Bernalillo County residents our law enforcement’s top priority.”last_img read more

Gov. Lujan Grisham Presents School Re-entry Update

first_imgNew Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham explains during a virtual press conference Thursday afternoon that the hybrid model planned for public school students throughout the state is placed on pause until after Labor Day, Sept. 7, due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Gov. Lujan Grisham said additional time is needed to assure that a safe return to the schools can be achieved for students, faculty and educators. She added that schools have local discretion on when to open and use of online learning. Screenshot/LADP Chart shown during the governor’s press conference Thursday on COVID-19 Myths Vs. Reality. Screenshot/LADP Chart shown Thursday during the governor’s press conference on school re-entry plans. Screenshot/LADP Chart shown Thursday during the governor’s press conference on school re-entry plans. Screenshot/LADP Chart shown Thursday afternoon during the governor’s press conference on school re-entry plans. Screenshot/LADPlast_img read more

Daily Postcard: Luminous Double Rainbow Over White Rock

first_imgDaily Postcard: A luminous double rainbow appears in the sky and colors the clouds about 7:45 p.m. Friday over White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbslast_img