CARICOM Heads of Government, the Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and other CARICOM Representatives are participating in a number of engagements on the sidelines of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week.See photos of some engagements: Secretary-General with Ibrahim Thiaw, Exec Sec of UNCCD CDEMA’s Ronald Jackson updating CARICOM SG on situation in The Bahamas, at CGI private Round-table CDEMA’s Ronald Jackson talks with former US President Bill Clinton at the CGI private Round-table SG in conversation with PM of Aruba Evelyn Wever-CroesShare this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Greater visibility for CARICOM’s interests as strategic position strengthensThis strategic position of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the globe is strengthening as the international community seeks opportunities for engagement, providing platforms for greater attention to CARICOM’s interests and concerns. This was underlined during CARICOM’s participation in the recently-concluded 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and…October 22, 2018In “CARICOM”Caribbean Energy Security Initiative to get US funding(CMC) – The United States says it will provide two million US dollars to the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative (CESI) to identify projects aimed at strengthening and promoting mutual interests to pursue “a shared vision of a secure, prosperous and democratic Western Hemisphere together.” A US Department of State statement,…October 3, 2018In “CARICOM”First CARICOM-India Summit to be held WednesdayCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque anticipates that diplomatic political cooperation between the Community and India will deepen when the two sides meet on September 25th in New York. Heads of Government of CARICOM will have discussions with Honourable Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, in the first CARICOM-India…September 24, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp
LAPS Foundation Treasurer Louise O’Brien, left, LAPS Foundation board member Stephanie Archuleta and LAPS Foundation President Melanie McKinley. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Jill Cook uses her savvy auctioneering skills during the live auction. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com The Taste of Knowledge: An Afternoon in Provence featured live and silent auctions, a multi-course lunch paired with a variety of wines. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Los Alamos County Councilor Randall Ryti and his wife, Wendy Swanson, left. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com An integral part of the LAPS Foundation’s Taste of Knowledge: An Afternoon in Provence, Saturday at the Pig+Fig Cafe in White Rock, this quartet calls themselves K2L2 because their group comprises two Karens and two Lauras. From left, Taste of Knowledge organizers Karen Hawkins, Karen Easton, Pig+Fig owner Laura Crucet and LAPS Foundation Executive Director Laura Loy. The Taste of Knowledge is an annual fundraiser for the LAPS Foundation, which benefits students, teachers and classrooms. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com From left, Susan Roach, LAPS Foundation Secretary Morris Pongratz, Jeffrey Roach and LAPS Foundation Finance and Operations Coordinator Krystal Roach. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Los Alamos Fire Chief and LAPS Foundation board member Troy Hughes and Karen Easton, one of the organizers for the Taste of Knowledge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Los Alamos Fire Department and Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation board member Troy Hughes talks about the Firefighter for a Day event, which was one of the live auction items featured at the event. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Los Alamos Public Schools Board President Ellen Ben-Naim gets ready to bid during the live auction. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com School board candidate Julia Baker, left, and Municipal Judge Elizabeth Allen. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz and his wife Terry. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
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Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC St. Lucia records more cases of COVID May 12, 2020 also has enhanced historical significance because it is the 200th anniversary of the birth of the legendary nurse Florence Nightingale. The theme for the celebration of this year’s international day is “Nursing the world to health”. In a sense this was prophetic, as it was chosen long before nurses and other health workers were thrown into increased prominence and yes, danger by the pandemic of Covid- 19. Oct 15, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 Read more at: GOFAD Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak By Sir George Alleyne Oct 16, 2020 Three years ago, I was a co-author for a publication that analyzed the major problems for which the world should prepare – pandemic influenza, antimicrobial resistance, the noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and of course climate change. It is pertinent to highlight the role or rather roles nurses must play in nursing the world through these challenges. It was not pandemic influenza – at least not yet – but Covid-19 that has shown into the sharpest possible relief one of the most critical roles of nurses that sometimes seems to be taken for granted in the discussions of the technical advances in the profession and the loud and proper cries for them to take leadership roles in for example primary health care and universal health coverage. UWI a CARICOM integration leader(Barbados Today) In order to assert themselves in the forefront of CARICOM integration, University of the West Indies academics must make their messages clear and easily understandable for both regional decision-makers and ordinary Caribbean citizens. This is the view of Chancellor Emeritus, Sir George Alleyne, who has said that the…September 24, 2018In “CARICOM”Leadership in nursing education takes spotlight after RNB conferenceLeadership in nursing education took the spotlight in a meeting the day following the conclusion of the Forty-Fifth Annual General Meeting of the Regional Nursing Body (RNB) at the headquarters of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), in Guyana, 7-9 August, 2018. The group of Chief Nursing Officers, representatives of Nursing Councils,…August 13, 2018In “Associate Member States”CARICOM Chair addresses 73rd World Health Assembly”The Caribbean region’s economies ranks among the most travel and tourism- dependent economies in the world. This has exposed our people and our economies in a way that we have not experienced since becoming independent nations more than fifty years ago in some instances.” Read full address: ADDRESS TO THE 73rd…May 18, 2020In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp (Global Frontier Advisory and Development Services) When Lord Nigel Crisp who is co-chair of the global movement “Nursing Now” asked me to write a comment for the international day of the nurse and midwife – May 12, I accepted with alacrity. This was not only because I had agreed a couple years ago to be one of the champions of Nursing Now and its three-year campaign (2018 to 2020) to raise the profile and status of nursing worldwide, but because of a long-held conviction that the critical role of nursing and nurses in our society was not promoted often and loudly enough. I am grateful to Professor Edward Greene for giving me the opportunity to include these comments in his GOFAD blog on this important day. You may be interested in… Oct 16, 2020 More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,…
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Siem Offshore and Birch Hill Equity Partners Inc., together the “Parties”, have entered into an agreement whereby Siem Offshore today has acquired 50 percent ownership in Secunda Canada LP at a purchase price of CAD 16.25 million paid in cash.Secunda has more than two decades of offshore experience in serving the oil and gas industry and currently owns and operates a fleet of six offshore support vessels on Canada’s east coast.Secunda has a total of 170 employees (onshore and offshore) and has offices at St. John’s and Halifax. The management team is represented by: Idar Hillersøy, President & Chief Executive Officer Sam Amendola, Chief Financial Officer Darrell Sheppard, Vice President Operations Colleen Alexander, Director Human Resources Chris Pitts, Director Business DevelopmentThe current Board of Secunda is represented by: Paul Henry, ChairmanJohn MacIntyre, DirectorBill Stedman, DirectorDean MacDonald, Director Johan Koss, DirectorThe Parties have agreed that each party shall have an equal Board representation in Secunda.Birch Hill established Secunda in March 2012 following an asset transaction. The 2012 financial statements for Secunda, covering the period from March – December 2012, includes revenues of CAD 33.4 million and an operating margin of CAD 7.8 million. Total asset was CAD 60.6 million at 31 December 2012. Shareholder equity was CAD 27.8 million.The ownership in Secunda will give Siem Offshore a strategic position in Canada’s east coast offshore sector. The aim is to grow the business of Secunda and also to develop Siem Offshore’s current business through the position represented by Secunda.[mappress]Siem Offshore, September 9, 2013
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USA: Congress must act to extend the ‘unattainable’ December 31 2015 deadline for the roll-out of Positive Train Control, rail industry associations reiterated in response to the release on September 16 of a Government Accountability Office report which says the Federal Railroad Administration needs to develop an adequate and comprehensive plan for overseeing progress with installation.The GAO interviewed a representative sample of 29 railways, including the four biggest. Five expect to complete PTC installation by the deadline, 20 expect completion within five years, and three have no estimated date; one is exempt owing to limited speeds. Problems include development complexity, supply industry and regulatory review capacity, funding and lack of access to the required radio spectrum. Concerns were expressed about interoperability, with one railway required to determine which of 260 other operators using its tracks would require PTC. Association of American Railroads President & CEO Edward R Hamberger said ‘freight rail operators have always contended that the Congressionally-mandated 2015 deadline for having PTC fully functional and being used coast-to-coast by passenger and freight rail alike was not realistic.’ Hamberger said the rail industry believes ‘PTC is an extremely complex technology that requires more time to install and safely test’. The ‘arbitrary’ deadline set by Congress had not reflected the ‘unprecedented challenges’ required to deploy it on 96 000 route-km which carry passengers or certain hazardous materials. AAR expects just 14% of this total to be covered by the deadline, with 31% of locomotives equipped, 69% of wayside units and 63% of base station radios installed and 33% of 114 515 employees trained. ‘Railroads are beginning to notify their customers of the possibility of an impending rail shutdown’ in ‘a worst-case scenario’, Hamberger warned. ‘Congress can’t wait until November or December when the clock is about to run out. If lawmakers want to avert a massive disruption of passenger and freight transport this fall, which will inflict significant hardships on businesses and passengers alike, it must take action now to extend the deadline.’ Michael Melaniphy, President & CEO of the American Public Transportation Association which represents passenger operators, said the commuter rail industry has spent $950m on PTC, and conservative estimates say $3·48bn will be required to complete the roll-out. However Congress has only appropriated $50m. APTA also called on Congress to make the required radio spectrum available to operators. ‘The time is now for Congress to act to extend the PTC deadline’, said Melaniphy. ‘This action is crucial to avoid the disruption of millions of Americans who rely daily on commuter rail service as they commute to and from work.’ Read more about the status of PTC implementation in the September issue of Railway Gazette International.
LocalNews Dominica to host workshop to establish national CIRT by: – July 25, 2014 Share Sharing is caring! (Photo: dailymail.co.uk)The Ministry of Information, Telecommunications and Constituency Empowerment in collaboration with the Ministry of National Security, Immigration and Labour and the Establishment, Personnel and Training Department will next week host a Training Workshop on “Forensics, Strategy Development and Establishment of a National Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT).This training workshop will be jointly facilitated by experts from the Organisation of American States (OAS) through its Cybercrime Unit, the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO). The objectives of this Workshop will primarily be focused on understanding Cybercrime Forensics, Strategy Development and the process involved in the Establishment and Management of a Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT). The Workshop will begin with an Opening Ceremony at 9:00am on Monday July 28th 2014 at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau, Dominica with short presentations from the acting Minister of National Security, Immigration and Labour and of the Public Service, Senator Alvin Bernard and the Minister of Information, Telecommunications and Constituency Empowerment, Ambrose George and representatives of international partner organizations.The Workshop will run on two parallel tracks; Track 1 will focus on National Cyber Security Strategy Development while Track 2 will examine Cyber Forensics and CIRT Establishment.The Workshop targets specific stakeholders to include Law Enforcement personnel from the Police, Financial Intelligence Unit, Financial Services Unit, Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Judiciary and members of the National Cybercrime Working Group whose mandate is to develop and establish the Country’s National Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy leading to the establishment of the Dominica CIRT. In addition to the international team of experts, there will be other regional and International personnel who will be providing support to the Workshop whether as Observers or participants with cybersecurity expertise. These organizations include, but are not limited to, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), CARCIOM’s Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) and the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL).The Workshop runs from Monday July 28th 2014 to Wednesday July 30th 2014 at the Palisades Conference Room at the Fort Young Hotel beginning at 9:00 am daily. Share Tweet Share 55 Views no discussions