Successor Cotonou Agreement must take into account Region’s vulnerabilities…

first_imgACP/EU Post Cotonou Negotiations: Towards the Finish LineBy Elizabeth Morgan With its conclusion delayed from 2019, the post Cotonou Negotiations between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU) was scheduled to conclude this March and reviewed at a meeting of the ACP Council. When the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, the…June 17, 2020In “Indepth”Caribbean 2020 Foreign Trade Policy AgendaBy Elizabeth Morgan As work resumes, the Caribbean will have a full international trade policy agenda for 2020. As of January 1, Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados assumed the Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for six months. St. Vincent and the Grenadines continues its year as Chair of…January 8, 2020In “CARICOM”CARIFORUM Ministers meet in Guyana todayThe Twenty-Third Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) will be held in Georgetown, Guyana today, Thursday 17 March 2016 under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Haiti, H.E. Lener Renauld. The Opening Ceremony,…March 17, 2016In “Guyana”Share this on WhatsApp EU AML/CFT Listing of Countries Among Priority Issues of… The successor agreement must, inter alia: The successor to Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States and the European Union must take into account the inherent and exogenous vulnerabilities of the Caribbean Forum of the ACP States (CARIFORUM) as critical elements in the negotiations. A Statement of the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers said that successor agreement also had to the take into account the development priorities of the ACP, including CARIFORUM’s priorities, and must aim at sustainable, inclusive and resilient development of the ACP regions. The Council of Ministers met in St. Kitts and Nevis, 26-27 March, 2018. CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 take into account the inherent and exogenous vulnerabilities of CARIFORUM States as critical elements in these negotiations;secure continued access to development financing for CARIFORUM States;take into account the development priorities of the ACP, including CARIFORUM’s priorities, and must aim at sustainable, inclusive and resilient development of the ACP regions.CARIFORUM States will remain actively engaged in the ACP preparatory process leading up to the adoption of the ACP negotiating mandate. Statement of the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jun 26, 2020 CARIFORUM States share common values and common interests with the African and Pacific States of the ACP Group and remain committed to further building the partnership with the EU. Short-Term Digital Transformation Plan to be Ready by July… Jun 18, 2020 The successor agreement must be a legally binding agreement built on the acquis and negotiated with the EU at the all- ACP level.  In this regard, CARIFORUM has agreed its negotiating positions within the context of the ACP negotiating framework. Oct 16, 2020 With my #CARIFORUM Colleagues in St.Kitts for critical discussions on #Brexit and #ACP #PostCotonou pic.twitter.com/D8aQCrEbES— Hon. Kamina J Smith (@kaminajsmith) March 27, 2018 At the opening ceremony, CARIFORUM Director General, Mr. Percival Marie, said that the meeting was timely and extremely vital. “The meeting is held at a crucial time when post Cotonou negotiations between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of States and the European Union are about to commence. This meeting is also held when the European Union and the United Kingdom are in discussions on the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union,” said the Director General. “We are also in discussion with the United Kingdom in a rollover agreement between the Caribbean region and the United Kingdom to ensure that there is a smooth transition without any loss of trading opportunities between the Caribbean and the United Kingdom when the United Kingdom would have left the European Union,” he added. You may be interested in… CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Please see Statement below: THE CARIFORUM COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING IN SPECIAL SESSION IN ST. KITTS AND NEVIS ON THE 26th and 27th  MARCH 2018: RECOGNISING the changing global context in which negotiations for the successor to Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the ACP and the European Union will take place; FURTHER RECOGNISING the fundamental importance and relevance of recent global agreements including Agenda 2030, the Paris Declaration on Climate Change and International Agreements on development financing; AFFIRMED THAT:  The Intra ACP and ACP-EU relationships are important, meaningful and valuable for CARIFORUM States. Oct 9, 2020last_img read more

New compact analysers for food packaging

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Toll Global Forwarding completes BALtrans integration

first_imgToll Holdings of Australia acquired BALtrans Logistics in early 2008 and completed the re-branding of the company as Toll Global Forwarding on 27 February 2009. Toll is active in project cargo movements through its Perth-based Toll Project Services which specialises in project management and execution of moving difficult oversize, overweight and dangerous cargoes. Toll and BALtrans had highly complementary businesses in terms of strategy, capability, customers and industry segments with minimal network overlap, said a company statement.last_img

TBS International completes change in place of incorporation

first_imgThe transaction was previously approved by TBS’ shareholders and announced on December 4, 2009. TBS International plc, the Irish incorporated company, will be registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and be subject to the same SEC reporting requirements as before the transaction. The company’s shares will continue to trade on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “TBSI.” TBS is a fully-integrated transportation service company that offers customers ocean transportation, operations, logistics, port services, and strategic planning. It offers liner, parcel and bulk services, supported by a fleet of multipurpose tweendeckers and handysize and handymax bulk carriers, including specialised heavy-lift vessels. TBS has developed its business around key trade routes between Latin America and China, Japan and South Korea, as well as ports in North America, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East.last_img read more

Capital launch for The Freight Company in Yangon

first_imgThe office is is a venture between The Freight Company (Thailand) and Injynn Development Company, Burma. Established in 1994 Injynn, TFC’s local partner, provides logistics, marine and aviation services for the oil and gas Industry and is also active in the power and telecommunication business. TFC in Burma will provide turnkey logistics services focusing on oil, gas, petrochemical, power, mining, steel, cement, and infrastructure projects. Heavy and oversized transport services will be offered by land, sea, river and air. Services include delivery across Burma including positioning on to foundations. TFC is part of the Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN), a non-exclusive professional projects logistics network of independent companies specialising in international projects movements by air, sea and land as well as specialised lifts and the special handling of oversized, out-of-gauge and heavy lift cargo. TFC in Yangon/Rangoon, Burma can be reached at the following address: 19/B, Sein Lai May Avenue Kabaaye Pagoda Road, Yankin Yangon 11081, Burma Tel.: +95 (1) 657 018-21 Fax: +95 (1) 662 920 project@the-freight.comlast_img read more

Northwestern professor, Oxford staffer jailed in stabbing

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Deputies respond to Murphy USA gas station in Lehigh Acres SHARE Immokalee man arrested, faces second-degree murder for shooting death Published: August 6, 2017 10:07 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Far from their prestigious campuses, a Northwestern University professor and a University of Oxford finance officer were jailed in the San Francisco area on Saturday after eight days as fugitives in the death of a young hairdresser in Chicago who was repeatedly stabbed until the knife broke, police said.The Northwestern microbiologist, Wyndham Lathem, had a personal relationship with the victim, although the nature of it wasn’t clear. While on the run, Lathem had sent a video to family and friends apologizing for his involvement in the crime he called “the worst mistake of my life,” according to investigators.Lathem, 42, was being held without bail in Alameda County and faced a Monday court appearance in the city of Pleasanton. Lathem was under intensive observation Saturday in jail, Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said.The other suspect, Andrew Warren, a treasury assistant at one of Oxford’s residential colleges in England, was being held at the county jail in San Francisco.Both men surrendered separately and peacefully on Friday evening in the Bay Area.They had been fugitives since the body of 26-year-old Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau was found in Lathem’s Chicago apartment July 27.Police said Lathem had a relationship with Cornell-Duranleau, who moved to Chicago from the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area after receiving his cosmetology license. Investigators have not elaborated on how Cornell-Duranleau or Lathem knew Warren, or if Warren knew them before he arrived in the United States.Chicago police said Warren was 56; he was booked into jail as age 49.A deputy U.S. marshal said Lathem’s surrender came after fast-paced negotiations through an attorney that led to the fugitive turning himself in at the federal courthouse in Oakland.Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Frank Conroy told The Associated Press the telephone negotiations began late Friday afternoon and by evening, Lathem arrived by car at the courthouse. No guns were drawn, but Lathem was ordered to carefully step out of the vehicle and was taken into custody in a courtyard area, Conroy said.According to Conroy, Lathem stated that he would not answer questions on the advice of a lawyer, and no questions were asked.Investigators talked with Lathem’s friends during the week, including people from his graduate and undergraduate days, along with his colleagues.“They knew the seriousness of the charges, the seriousness of the case and how important it was that he be brought into custody, not have to live a life on the run,” Conroy said. “He knew that.”Conroy said he believed some of the friends were in contact with Lathem while he was a fugitive, and that the attorney probably became involved through a recommendation.Conroy didn’t have any details on Warren’s surrender because “he wasn’t our primary target, Mr. Lathem was.”Police said Lathem’s video to friends and relatives had raised concern among investigators that Lathem might kill himself.“We are also thankful both men are safely in custody and this did not end in further tragedy,” a police statement said.Warren arrived in the United States three days before Cornell-Duranleau’s death. He and Lathem were seen in surveillance video leaving Lathem’s high-rise apartment building the day of the stabbing.In a bizarre twist, police said that on that same day, before the body had been discovered, Lathem and Warren drove about 80 miles (128 kilometers) northwest of Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where one of them made a $1,000 cash donation to the local public library in Cornell-Duranleau’s name. Lake Geneva police said the man making the donation did not give his name.“I’ve never seen where suspects in a homicide would make a donation in the victim’s name,” said Lake Geneva police Lt. Edward Gritzner.On the night of the slaying, police said the front desk of the building where Lathem lived in Chicago’s trendy River North neighborhood received an anonymous call from a person who said that a crime had been committed in Lathem’s 10th floor apartment. When police opened the door, they found Cornell-Duranleau’s body.Police also said that by the time they found the body on the night of July 27, Cornell-Duranleau had been dead for 12 to 15 hoursCornell-Duranleau’s mother, Charlotte Cornell, didn’t immediately reply to an email requesting comment on the arrests. Northwestern professor, Oxford staffer jailed in stabbing Recommended Author: AP last_img read more

Interpreters lose MoJ race bias challenge

first_imgThe Employment Tribunal did not ‘misdirect’ itself when it dismissed two interpreters’ claims for racial discrimination against the Ministry of Justice, the Court of Appeal has ruled.Lord Justice Underhill restored a 2013 Employment Tribunal decision to dismiss proceedings brought by Dr Windle, of Czech origin, and Mr Arada, of Algerian origin, against the ministry for racial discrimination contrary to part 5 of the Equality Act 2010, which prohibits discrimination against ‘employees’.The Court of Appeal was asked to consider whether the Employment Appeal Tribunal was right to find that the Employment Tribunal had ‘misdirected itself’ by treating the absence of an ‘umbrella’ contract as a relevant factor in the assessment of the claimants’ employment status.The judgment states that although Windle and Arada had done ‘a good deal of work’ for HM Courts and Tribunals Service, they did so only on a case-by-case basis.HMCTS was under no obligation to offer them work; nor were they obliged to accept it when offered. The interpreters were paid simply for work done, with no provision for holiday, sick pay, or pension. They considered themselves self-employed and were treated as such for tax purposes.Windle and Arada claimed that ‘in various respects’ their terms were less generous than those accorded to British Sign Language interpreters. The judgment states the background to the claims was HM Courts & Tribunals’ decision in 2011 to outsource the provision of interpreter services under a ‘framework agreement’ with Applied Language Services, but that it ‘does not affect the legal issue’.The ministry ‘took a preliminary point’ that the claimants were not its employees within the meaning of the act. However the interpreters argued that they were under a contract ‘personally to do work’.The Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled in 2014 that the tribunal had ‘misdirected’ itself and remitted the case to the Employment Tribunal.Allowing the ministry’s appeal against the EAT decision, Underhill said it seemed to him ‘a matter of common sense and common experience that the fact that a person supplying services is only doing so on an assignment-by-assignment basis may tend to indicate a degree of independence, or lack of subordination, in the relationship while at work which is incompatible with employee status even in the extended sense.’Of course it will not always do so, nor did the [tribunal] so suggest. Its relevance will depend on the particular facts of the case; but to exclude consideration of it in limine runs counter to the repeated message of the authorities that it is necessary to consider all the circumstances.’Lord Justice Lindblom and Lord Justice Jackson agreed with Underhill’s decision to allow the appeal.Underhill also praised barrister Mark Humphreys for representing the interpreters pro bono, through the Free Representation Unit, at the Employment Appeal Tribunal and in the Court of Appeal. The claimants were unrepresented at the Employment Tribunal.Underhill said: ‘The court is most grateful to him for doing so, as I am sure the claimants are also.’last_img read more

Direct London – Bordeaux trains could start in 2022, suggests SNCF

first_imgJourney time saving International greenhouse gas emissions reduction £162m Annual benefits delivered by HS1 Bordeaux Saint-JeanHS1 Ltd said it was ‘working with international partners to connect direct services to Bordeaux, along with other new international destinations including Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Köln and Genève’.Taken together, such services could generate up to 1∙6 million more passenger journeys a year on HS1.Proposals for a direct London – Bordeaux service have been under discussion over the last two years with Eurotunnel, SNCF Réseau and French infrastructure concessionaire Lisea. HS1 Ltd predicts that up to 200 000 passengers a year would use the route. The service would initially be seasonal, according to Crowther, similar to the summer Eurostar service between London, Avignon and Marseille. Journey time would be less than 5 h.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# International High Speed 1HS1 Ltd used the occasion to announce details of an analysis prepared on its behalf by consultants Steer outlining the socio-economic benefits of HS1 and the environmental advantages of high speed rail.Steer calculates that HS1 generates £427m of economic benefits a year, amounting to £4∙5bn since the line opened fully in 2007. In 2010-17, demand for domestic high speed services rose by 93% to 15 million trips a year.‘We have reduced CO2 emissions by the equivalent of 60 000 short-haul flights every year’, wrote Dyan Crowther in her foreword to the report, noting that ‘this study is an invitation to look forward … We have capacity on our tracks and with our partners, we can deliver more of the benefits outlined here.’The report says there is ‘currently capacity available to provide more domestic and international services on HS1 which could result in more than £101m of additional economic benefits and 0∙5 million tonnes less carbon emissions each year’. £23m  £7m 15 million Crowding, reliability and quality improvements Tourist spend EUROPE: Commemorative boards were unveiled at a ceremony at London’s St Pancras station on March 5 to mark a twinning agreement with Bordeaux Saint-Jean. The event was attended by UK Minister of State for Rail Chris Heaton-Harris and Diego Diaz, President of SNCF International, who suggested that a direct London – Bordeaux service could be launched in 2022.Dyan Crowther, Chief Executive of High Speed 1 Ltd, operator of the high speed line between London and the Channel Tunnel, said that ‘today we celebrate the power of high speed rail’. More people are switching to rail as the most environmentally-friendly way of travelling between the UK and a growing list of destinations in mainland Europe, she said.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Productivity improvements Journeys £33mcenter_img Output £2bn £169m £66m £66m £129m £7m Domestic 11 million Total 26 million UK environmental benefits £86m £83m £2bnlast_img read more

Bring back our girls or resign, Chibok families tell Buhari

first_imgBring back our girls or resign, Chibok families tell Buhari (Photo by Reuters)Relatives of the abducted Chibok girls have accused the Nigerian government of abandoning their daughters to suffer in captivity, and have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign if he cannot rescue the girls.In a second protest match this week, the relatives spoke on Thursday after they were stopped by security operatives from reaching the Aso Rock presidential villa to see the president.Relatives of the missing girls accused the president neglecting them after repeated unfulfilled promises.Enoch Mark, father of two of the girls, said President Buhari had failed the Chibok people who voted for him in 2015 with the hope that he would ensure the return of the girls.  Premium Times reports.“Many Chibok parents voted you because we believed that you would ensure the return of our daughters. You promised us that you are a military man and that you cannot lie. You said the war will not be over until the girls are back,” Mr. Mark is quoted saying.“Now we hear shouts of victory. And you turn around and say you do not know how to get out daughters. Former President Sani Abacha told us that no country can fight war for up to 24 hours without its government knowing about it. If the president lacks intelligence to bring back the girls let him resign.“We have men who can do the job. There is nothing that Nigeria does not have. What is stopping the president from giving the orders?” he queried.The mother of Dorcas Yakubu, the girl who spoke in the recent Boko Haram video, said the Federal Government should exchange detained terrorists for her daughter if the government has no better option.“Because it is obvious that no serious effort has been done to ensure the rescue of our daughters, otherwise we would have heard some good news.” she said.Source: Premium Timeslast_img read more

Cavs Assign Guard Joe Harris to Canton

first_img Related TopicsCavsJoe Harris CLEVELAND – The Cavaliers have assigned guard Joe Harris to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today.Harris has appeared in two games for the Charge this season, averaging 26.0 points on .487 shooting, 9.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 38.5 minutes per game.Harris has played in five games for the Cavs this season. Matt Loedecenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more