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, 2020 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 WhatsApp
With credit to a great sportswriter named Jimmy Cannon, who first wrote a “Nobody Asked Me, But” column . . .Nobody asked me, but . . .I bow to no one in my dislike of Donald Trump and his idiotic policies.However, and this is a big HOWEVER:Am I nuts in thinking that for nearly seven years the little fat kid from North Korea has been testing nuclear weapons and rattling sabers and threatening to kill us all?So, Trump, showing that he’s just as crazy as Kim Jong-un, has somehow pulled off a coup and has met with Kim Jong-un. He had a friendly lunch with the little twerp and made some sort of peace with him.They each issued a cockamamie proclamation, which may or may not mean anything. But we have gone from threats of war to a feeling that we just might work together.So how has The New York Times, CNN, and the rest of the media treated this?They’ve made light of the meeting, with headlines saying this was a great big non-event and a waste of time; with “analyses” that Trump had been made a fool of by Kim Jong-un; with liberal pundits harrumphing that the fat kid got us to stop our “war games” with South Korea — as if the pundits ever gave a fig about war games anywhere, and with a general derision of the process, which makes his critics appear to want to go back to the good old days when we were about to annihilate each other.This is not fair. It’s false and it’s no way to treat the millions of people who rely on the media to tell them what and how to think.So, I propose a new way to handle any events where the media’s hatred of Trump gets in the way of their telling the truth.It’s a simple test.In the future, before writing a word or saying a word on television, why don’t they ask themselves this question?HOW WOULD I HAVE FELT AND REPORTED THIS IF OBAMA HAD DONE IT?**********If Donald Trump gets us into a war with Canada, I’m on Canada’s side. I’m ready to run guns, bombs, hockey sticks to Canada — anything it takes to help them win.**********May Donald Trump and his evil elf attorney general burn in hell forever for taking little children from their parents in an attempt to blackmail this country into giving them a wall between Mexico and the United States.**********This comes out of the column I wrote last week about cell phone madness:We need a new holiday.Call it DID Day.Close schools . . . close businesses . . . give everyone a three-day holiday.What does DID stand for?It stands for Dead Idiot Day. A day when we honor all these idiots who died because they crossed the street with their cell phones on their ears and paid no attention to traffic. These are people whose last sight on Earth was the screen on their iPhones. People whose last words were, “I just saw a wonderful pair of shoes, they had these cute little bows . . .” or “Did you see that play Judge made in the Yankees game last night?”To these people, these were important thoughts that had to be said immediately — thoughts that couldn’t wait until they got to the safety of a sidewalk. So, they died. The least we can do is honor those dead idiots with a holiday for all of us to enjoy.**********Tell me this isn’t the fastest spring/summer of your life. I admit I’m a downer and I start my end-of-summer countdown when the Kentucky Derby is over. But for crying out loud, Memorial Day shot by like a flash. There’s been one rainy bleak day every weekend in this so-called spring. The Fourth of July is just a few weeks away. In a few minutes, the stores will begin their back-to-school ads.And don’t tell me that September is the best month of the year in the Hamptons. September is to winter what May is to summer. September is f*ing September. It’s when you have to go back to school.**********If you want to read a good mystery in what’s left of this summer, read Chris Bohjalian’s The Flight Attendant, a novel featuring a promiscuous flight attendant named Cassie who wakes up one morning in a hotel in Dubai next to a dead hedge fund manager, the victim of a grisly murder. Promiscuous flight attendants and dead hedge fund managers — who can ask for anything more?Want to do a nice thing? Call BookHampton in East Hampton or Harbor Books in Sag Harbor and order The Flight Attendant and a few other books. Then you’ll have the satisfaction of reading a good book while supporting one of our great local bookstores.**********What follows is a joke that made me laugh, which I’ve printed in this column before. The truth is, it is not a politically correct joke. But then again, I’m not a politically correct guy. If you are politically correct, stop reading this column now. In fact, if you’re politically correct, what the hell are you doing reading this column any time? Go fret and wring your hands someplace else.And now the joke:ITALIAN VIRGINITY TESTMario is planning to marry and asks his family doctor how he could tell if his bride-to-be is still a virgin.His doctor says, “Mario, all the Italian men I know use three things for what we call a ‘Do-It-Yourself Virginity Test Kit’: a small can of red paint, a small can of blue paint, and a shovel.”Mario asks, “And what do I do with these things, doc?”The doctor replies, “Before you climb into bed on your wedding night, you paint one of your balls red and the other ball blue.“If she says, ‘That’s the strangest pair of balls I’ve ever seen,’ . . . you hit her with the shovel!”**********Finally, NOBODY ASKED ME, BUT . . . HAVE A GREAT REST OF THIS SO-CALLED SUMMER. STAY SAFE.If you wish to comment on “Jerry’s Ink” please send your message to email@example.com. Share
Sub-Saharan Africa’s leading industrial gases and welding company attributed its increased revenue to volume growth in certain sectors of the business and successful recovery of cost inflation from effective pricing management.Adjusted for the impact from the change in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market prices of R96m ($6.27m), total revenue growth was 2.3%.Earnings before Interest and Taxes (EBIT or Group Operating Profit) at R867m ($56.6m) increased by 45.5%.This increase in EBIT resulted from growth in the Healthcare business, recovery of cost inflation via pricing, efficiencies from restructuring and improved plant performance.After adjusting for the 2018 non-recurring item, Afrox’s EBIT increased by 23.3% as a result of growth in strategic markets, solid price cost inflation recovery, continued productivity gains from various efficiency projects and the positive impact of the restructuring activities.Despite the deterioration in the socio-economic environment, load shedding in late fourth quarter and a shortage in supply during the second quarter, the company showed its resilience during the year.Within its Atmospheric Gases operating segment, Afrox benefited from the additional Healthcare business during the reporting period.Afrox invested a total of R143m ($9.35m) by the end of 2019 in order to meet the requirements of the tender awarded to Afrox for the public hospital business.Afrox delivers medical gases and regulators in all nine provinces within the public healthcare sector of South Africa.Reduced levels of South African business activity led to a continued volume erosion in the Hard Goods segment, lower volumes in the Industrial Packaged Gas business and a reduction in the LPG Bulk volumes at industrial customers.However, with growth of more than 3% from the LPG cylinder business, the total EBIT of the operating segments increased 19% to R1.09bn ($71.25m).Afrox said its corporate cost has decreased by R45m due to a R28m ($1.83m) reduction in employee share scheme expenses and other non-trading income.The subsidiaries have contributed with satisfactory results from better pricing and growth in the LPG cylinder business despite continued subdued economic conditions.Operating cash flow of R1.4bn ($91.47m) increased by 56.4%. Afrox said the increase was a result of a decrease in trade and other working capital due to R124m ($8.1m) increase in trade and other payables; a reduction in inventory of R38m ($2.48m) partially offset by a R97m ($6.34m) increase in trade and other receivables.Atmospheric GasesRevenue increased by 7.9% compared to 2018, reflecting growth in the Healthcare business and the impact from higher prices in order to recover cost inflation.Afrox said most market sectors have improved compared to 2018. Volumes reduced marginally; however, Afrox said this was countered by effective pricing in line with inflation.Healthcare revenue increased significantly due to an increase of 33% largely from higher volumes of liquid oxygen.Afrox said this growth was achieved despite challenging economic conditions. The company experienced improved plant performance delivering higher efficiencies and better plant utilisation, with only limited buy-in of product being necessary for the security of supply to our customers.Afrox Atmospheric Gases supplies a diverse and broad portfolio of products to the sub-Saharan industry.The business has demonstrated high levels of resilience with positive nominal growth in most sectors which demonstrated Afrox’s ability to successfully compete in its core segment.Within Industrial Gases (acetylene, oxygen, nitrogen and argon) the demand for the company’s bulk products was above the prior year with good volumes in CO2 supplied to a major beverage producer across sub-Saharan Africa and higher demand at South African refineries. On-site revenue improved the pass-through of higher electricity costs and volume growth from various customers, mainly stainless steel.Afrox benefited from its new installations at public hospitals in the additional four provinces.Afrox now supplies all public hospitals in South Africa for at least another four years as part of the Government tender awarded, with an estimated R1bn ($65.35m) revenue over the term.Afrox will invest in ‘high-tech’ equipment and its installation to meet the growing demand within the sector.Afrox’s Industrial Packaged Gases volumes were slightly below prior year levels. The marginal volume erosion was, however, offset by improved recovery of cost inflation due to effective pricing.EBIT increased by 28.1% to R587m, which Afrox attributes price cost recoveries, higher volumes in Healthcare and the 2018 non-recurring R55m plant impairment.Hard goodsRevenue in the Hard Goods operating segment decreased by 4%, which Afrox said was as a result of lower volumes in the welding consumable business despite effective recovery of cost inflation from imported products via pricing.The continued lower demand from mining, steel and manufacturing resulted in this top line reduction.The overall trend in reduced business activity in the South African mining sector and lower output levels in the manufacturing industry mainly affected this business segment.Whilst Afrox experienced reduction in volumes in welding and gas equipment, the Self-Rescue Pack business, reported growth in sold units due to increased take-off from the mining sector.The continued growth in sub-Saharan Africa was encouraging, the company said.Afrox aims to embark on a strategic partnership to strengthen the manufacturing hub north of Johannesburg.Continued focus on cost containment, efficiencies in our factories and improved, just-in-time delivery and price management in line with cost inflation assisted the business overall to mitigate the underlying negative market trends.EBIT decreased by 15.5% to R109m as a result of lower volumes due to the continued contraction in demand across most sectors and products.
Searcher Seismic has announced plans for Phase 2 of the Silver-Eye Broadband 3D survey in the Barents Sea, Norway.Following the successful acquisition of Phase 1, comprising 2,663 square kilometers, Searcher is now acquiring additional broadband 3D data in the area.Phase 1 of the acquisition was completed in September 2015 with data processing revealing exciting results for both conventional and unconventional play models, supporting the need for Phase 2, the company said.Acquisition of Phase 2 is scheduled to start in April 2016 with a PSTM data volume being made available in November 2016.Phase 1 PSTM data will be available in April 2016 with PSDM available in Q3, 2016. Phase 2 final data in both time and depth is expected in early 2017, the company added.Jan Gunnar Opsal, Country Manager for Searcher Seismic, Norway, said the survey extension covers existing discoveries and vacant acreage within the APA area.“Searcher is excited to be expanding our 3D library in the Barents Sea and to offer high quality data for evaluating this area of the Hammerfest Basin in the APA, 2017,” Opsal added.
If you can bear to tear yourself away from contemplation of justice cuts in the UK, here is a story of justice cuts in the richest country on earth. We are becoming poorer in the West, loaded with debts from living beyond our means, while countries in the East are growing richer. Even the US has justice troubles. The current president of the American Bar Association has set up a Task Force on the Preservation of the Justice System as one of the four core initiatives of his presidential year. He has asked two legendary US litigators to chair it, David Boies (Democrat, who represented Gore in Bush v Gore) and Theodore B. Olson (Republican, who represented Bush in the same case). The US courts system has been under-funded for some time, but matters are now critical. I shall start with two pieces of constitutional background, which may be well-known to you. First, the courts are one of the three branches of government in the US, along with the executive and the legislature. There is a feeling that the other two branches are starving the third branch of funds – which in any case takes up a tiny percentage of the budget, usually between 1% and 2% – to increase their own power. Second, the courts which are really suffering are the state (not federal) courts, which are funded by the state governments. Just for information, in 2001, there were 37 million filings in state courts, while the number of filings in federal courts totalled only 1.49 million bankruptcy cases, and 317,996 civil and criminal cases. Federal courts are suffering, too – from judicial vacancies and the politicisation of the confirmation process – but nowhere near as much as state courts. There is a very interesting table and map showing the effects of the budget squeeze. Here are some of the consequences, with the number of states affected in brackets after each activity: reduced hours of operation (15 – for instance, the courts were closed one day per month in California in 2009-2010); increased filing fees and costs (22); judicial vacancies not filled (26); furlough – what we would call reduced days of working with consequent pay reductions – for judges (9) and support staff (16); salary freezes (29). The list of measures goes on and on: resources diverted from civil adjudication (jury trials suspended); increased number of self‐represented litigants; lengthier time for cases to be heard (prioritising criminal and child welfare); and consolidation of courts. There is an interesting by-product to the gloom, which is an increased use of technology, for obvious cost-saving reasons. Nearly every state reports a steep increase in the use of technology, from e-filing, e-payment of fees and fines, videoconferencing for court hearings, and (maybe not so justifiably) remote court interpreting by video or phone. What are the consequences? Here are some of them taken from an interview with the two chairs: ‘They are closing whole courthouses in Los Angeles so now a juror has to drive an hour and a half to get to jury duty… ‘Judges are saying, “We are being asked to do more, we want to do the right thing and we are not able to do the right thing because we don’t have the resources to do the right thing. ‘”We are being asked to work more cases, longer hours under more difficult circumstances, we don’t have interpreters in our court, we don’t have court reporters in our court, we don’t have bailiffs to preserve security in our court and we’re not being paid enough. So what are we going to do? We’re going to quit. We’re not going to be there any more.” … ‘This is not a conservative or liberal issue, this is not whether you like a particular court decision or dislike it. It’s not a Republican or Democratic issue. ‘This is an issue for everybody who believes in our constitutional system. It’s for everybody who cares about justice. It’s for every individual who cares about having a predictable, safe place to go to get disputes resolved when other aspects of our society fail them.’ From a distance, it does look like a Republican or Democrat issue: why don’t they raise taxes? But that is to begin a debate which has echoes here in the UK, and will bring down an avalanche on my head.
Building readers will know it’s now only months before the much-heralded government deadline for introducing so-called “Level 2” building information modelling (BIM) for all centrally procured public sector work. The BIM roll-out may not stop there, but either way, there will soon be billions of pounds of procurement at stake.It’s widely held that building services design and installation, and most notably the mechanical and electrical activity, can typically account for around 40-50% of the cost of a building project. So, with vast sums of public-sector contracts in the offing, the ECA embarked on a major building services BIM readiness survey to find out how prepared the sector is, and what its issues are. The survey, developed with major partners CIBSE and BSRIA and with active support from a range of sector bodies, asked 30 key questions, and the results are now in. Interestingly, out of nearly 350 respondents, just under half were building services contractors, meaning that just over half were others associated with the sector – but who clearly felt strongly enough about BIM to complete our survey. These “significant others” included building services consultants, main contractors and manufacturers. Noting that even now, there are various takes on what Level 2 BIM means, we were keen that all the survey respondents had a common view of what BIM is. So, for the purpose of the survey, we gave a working description of Level 2 BIM as: “The process of working with digital building information, including data-rich objects, effectively shared between those who are building and/or maintaining the building and its services.” This level of BIM, we added, “involves using tools such as COBie, BS/PAS 1192, Soft Landings and the BIM Protocols”. We then asked the respondents if they agreed with this working description. We were pleased (and somewhat relieved) to find that two in three (67%) “broadly agreed”, and only 12% thought we were off beam.One conclusion we draw from the initial findings is that those who talk about BIM Level 3 need to be mindful that those who can handle BIM Level 2 are still in the minorityHaving set the tone, we have first set about reviewing the response from building services contractors (BSC). What stands out was that fewer than one in six BSCs (16%) say they are “fully ready” to use BIM. Furthermore, many BSCs are struggling with key elements of Level 2 BIM: when asked about a common data environment (CDE), 31% said they were “broadly ready” but 20% responded with stunning honesty to tell us that they did not know what a CDE was. Around one in three BSCs said they already had a grip on “employer’s data requirements” and the “BIM Execution Plan”, but some 40% did not know what these elements were. For those who like their glass half full, over 30% of BSCs say they are in good shape, right now, to deal with BIM. Similarly, 54% of BSCs believed that BIM is “the future for building services”, while 47% thought BIM was “the future for project information”.But when over one in three BSCs (35%) also say they are “not ready at all”, it seems that many respondents are telling us that they need help. On the subject of help, despite all that has been said and written about BIM, 67% of BSCs told us there is not “enough practically useful and publicly available information on using BIM”. The most useful sources of information were cited as “a BIM task group” (32%), followed by “CAD vendors”, “BIM consultants” and “company colleagues” (all around 20%), with the ECA and a number of trade and professional bodies close behind. Of course, contractor size and capability plays a big part in BIM engagement. Our survey confirms that most of the larger building services contractors are in good shape, or expect to buy in what they need, should they need it – but that the picture changes dramatically for smaller contractors. Some BSCs feel that BIM is not coming their way any time soon: yet contractors will be receiving BIM project tender documents if they want to work on centrally funded projects in the near future.One conclusion we draw from the initial findings is that those who talk about BIM Level 3 need to be mindful that those who can handle BIM Level 2 are still in the minority. BIM Level 3 – the “really hard” version of BIM – needs to go to the back of the queue. There are plenty more findings from our BIM readiness survey and we will be releasing new data in the coming weeks. We are working with our key partners, and others in the industry, to address the survey findings, and to produce targeted outputs to help the sector better understand and become engaged with Level 2 BIM. The first output is likely to be a practical “BIM ready?” checklist, this November. There are some big gaps to fill as the government’s BIM roll-out approaches, but ready or not, the only place to start from is right here, right now.Paul Reeve is director of business services at the ECA
You can read a detailed focus on this project on page 123 of HLPFI’s November/December 2014 edition.The scope of Coordinadora’s work included coordination of the towing operations in Cartagena; planning and executing the flo-flo loading plan; supervision of the weight spreading and securing arrangements; transport via chartered semi-submersible vessel; flo-flo unloading operations in Invergordon; and towing to the final delivery place using three tugs.Coordinadora explained that there were few vessels able to carry the structures, due to their maximum respective drafts of 10.5 m and 10 m, as well as the geographical conditions and timing of the project. The larger module had to be fitted with air lifting bags in order to reduce the draft below the required operational limits.The concrete gravity-based structures were shipped onboard Cosco Shipping’s semi-submersible heavy lift vessel, Xia Zhi Yuan 6. www.coordinadora.eu
Ferguen rejoins Intermarine from Nordana and will be based in Naestved, Denmark, with responsibilities for developing and maintaining commercial chartering relationships throughout Europe.Additionally, he will manage the negotiation of contracts for vessels and cargoes; and oversee the training of commercial employees and trainees.He has plenty of international experience in the heavy lift and project cargo chartering markets having begun his career with Scan-Trans, prior to its merger with Intermarine.While with Nordana he led the European chartering department by managing all commercial activities for the European market.www.intermarine.com
A Rwandan doctor convicted on genocide charges has been suspended by a French public hospital following a protest by a Rwandan government commission, the Associated Press news agency reports.The protest which was issued on Monday by the Rwanda National Commission for the Fight against Genocide came after Dr. Charles Twagira started working at the Paul Doumer Hospital outside Paris last month. The commission says his hiring trivializes the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which 800,000 people were killed.According to the Paris regional hospital authority, the hospital learned of the accusations against Twagira only a week after he started working there.The hospital in a statement says they sought clarification from the Paris prosecutor’s office and decided to suspend him “to ensure the good functioning of the public hospital service.”Twagira, who was a former regional health director in Rwanda, was convicted in absentia in 2009 of crimes related to Rwanda’s genocide. Twagira received a life sentence.He is also under investigation in France, where he was handed preliminary charges of complicity to genocide and crimes against humanity in 2014. That investigation is ongoing.Twagira denies any wrongdoing and according to his lawyer Arthur Vercken, the Rwandan case against Twagira was politically motivated and driven by a government that is “using genocide (investigations) for political ends.”Vercken said Twagira told the hospital about his legal problems when applying for the post.“What is wrong … if someone who is under preliminary charges and presumed innocent gets a job while he is preparing his defense?” the lawyer asked. “He’s a good doctor. That’s it.”Relations between Rwanda and France are increasingly strained over Rwanda’s accusations of French complicity in the genocide, which France denies.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe Usual Place a community cafe, and flexible training rooms which provides an excellent, fully accessible facility for the entire community in Dumfries is delighted to announce that Amy Wright Chairperson and Heather Hall CEO have been invited to attend the Royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May the 19th 2018 at at Windsor Castle in England. The pair pair will be there to represent the work of The Usual Place in enabling young people with additional support needs achieve their civic and economic potential.Amy Wright told DGWGO “This is a very great honour for The Usual Place. The Hollywood Trust has supported the work of The Usual Place from its inception following the Youth Matters Conference funded by The Hollywood Trust in 2011.“The Hollywood Trust have generously offered to provide the funds required by Amy and Heather to attend.Amy Wright Continued “This invitation has received a great deal of public interest highlighting the potential of young people with additional support needs. We know that when young people with additional support needs have access to individualised strengths based developmental support they are able to contribute equally to their communities. The Usual Place will continue to focus on working to achieve equality of opportunity in partnership with our partners in the public, third sector and local business.”