UN Secretary-General’s remarks at meeting with leaders of Caribbean…

first_img UN Summit on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sep 27, 2019 Sep 25, 2019 CARICOM Member States continue to be active on many prominent issues, including climate change, the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Financing for Development. …Your Governments have already taken significant steps to meet the vital challenges ahead, including through the adoption last July of the Strategic Plan for CARICOM over the next five years. I look forward to hearing your views in how to strengthen the already strong partnership between the United Nations and CARICOM to advance our common goals.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki -moon speaking to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Leaders on the margins of the General Assembly debate at UN Headquarters, New York, September 27, 2014. Thank you for coming here today.I saw some of you earlier this month in Samoa. I wanted to also have the opportunity to meet with you at the outset of the General Debate.CARICOM Member States continue to be active on many prominent issues, including climate change, the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Financing for Development.During his year as General Assembly President, Ambassador John Ashe was a steadfast advocate for UN values and for CARICOM.And Ambassador Sandra Honoré has provided outstanding service as my Special Representative for Haiti and Head of MINUSTAH.I wish to take this opportunity to pay a special tribute to two visionary leaders of the Caribbean who passed away recently.The Honourable Arthur Robinson, former Prime Minister and President of Trinidad and Tobago, played a critical role in the establishment of the International Criminal Court.  Professor Norman Girvan, one of the most distinguished Caribbean scholars of his time, served as my Personal Representative.Both left an important legacy for the region and the world.I look forward to continuing to hear the voice of the Caribbean.An immediate challenge is how to integrate the particular vulnerabilities of the Caribbean into the Post-2015 Development Agenda, whilst retaining the focus on the remaining MDGs as well as the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway Outcome Document.Addressing social development needs and building economic and environmental resilience will be central to the implementation of sustainable development goals in the Caribbean.Your Governments have already taken significant steps to meet the vital challenges ahead, including through the adoption last July of the Strategic Plan for CARICOM over the next five years.I look forward to hearing your views on how to strengthen the already strong partnership between the United Nations and CARICOM to advance our common goals.Thank you. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonvia http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=8069 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… CARICOM engagements on sidelines of the UN General Assembly center_img Oct 4, 2019 Oct 3, 2018 ‘Developed Countries Should Pay For Disasters Linked… Treat climate crisis with ‘greatest urgency’, Bahamas leader… UN SG lauds CARICOM leadership on global issues  As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and United Nations (UN) meet in New York, USA, to discuss how the international body can better support the Region’s strategic goals, UN Secretary-General, His Excellency António Guterres, has lauded CARICOM’s leadership on many pressing global issues. Speaking at the opening of the 9th…July 21, 2017In “Antigua & Barbuda”Slovenia, CARICOM forging closer relationsThe Republic of Slovenia and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are moving to further deepen relations. New Ambassador of Slovenia to CARICOM, His Excellency Stanislav Vidovič, in a ceremony for the presentation of his credentials to Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Wednesday, pointed to several areas for closer cooperation including sustainable development,…March 22, 2018In “General”CARICOM, Serbia formalise diplomatic relationsThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Serbia on Wednesday formalised diplomatic relations with the first Ambassador accredited to CARICOM from the south eastern European country. CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, accepted the credentials of His Excellency Djerdj Matković at a simple ceremony at the Headquarters of the CARICOM…January 11, 2017In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Linde’s on-site fluorine sees growing uptake

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New president named by Airgas

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Castolin Eutectic’s clean plug and braze equipment

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Global appointment for attachment specialist

first_imgSpecialist attachment manufacturer Hill Engineering has appointed a new head of global business development.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Head of global business development John Lines has joined Hill Engineering for the second timeThe United Kingdom-based developer of the Tefra hydraulic quick coupler has recruited John Lines to head up a major drive to further develop its growing sales business.John has extensive experience in the excavator attachment business including a previous role with Hill as sales and marketing director nine years ago.In that time Hill has continued to develop attachments and the company said it now requires a dedicated focus to capitalise on to take it truly international, and to break into new, emerging markets through OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and end users.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Hill aims to internationalise the brand by breaking into new, emerging marketsJohn said: “I am delighted to be back working with the team at Hill. The company has developed hugely since I worked here last and has rightly won awards for both its products and its operations.“Our portfolio is now in great demand in many key global markets and I will be working hard to support the efforts of the entire Hill team to satisfy the needs of our worldwide customers and partners.”last_img read more

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Dirty laundry

first_img David Endicott, Spratt Endicott, Banbury I cannot be the only practising solicitor who finds the various and vastly different money laundering requirements within the financial industry to be utter nonsense. In one particular estate, I am one of three executors. The other two are my senior partner and a long-standing client. We have a grant of probate issued and sealed by the High Court. The deceased had a modest investment with Legal & General worth less than £2,000, which we are seeking to cash. To do so the three executors must sign a form and add their dates of birth, home address and time at that address. In addition, Legal & General requires identification from them in the form of a passport, bank statement, driving licence or utility bill; there is a two-page list. This is unacceptable. Perhaps the Law Society might do me and my fellow practitioners a service and get together with the financial services industry with a view to stopping this waste of time, resource and money.last_img read more

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Refurbishment funded

first_imgPAKISTAN Railways’ efforts to modernise its operations received a boost at the end of April, when the government approved a national investment package totalling Rs10bn. This included several railway projects identified as a priority by PR Chairman Javed Ashraf, notably the refurbishing of 240 coaches and 55 diesel locos. PR is to relay 85 track-km with new rail, and resleeper another 185 km of track. A batch of 320 redundant tank wagons will be dismantled and the components used to build 680 general freight vehicles, and a further 574 wagons will be fitted with air brakes. The Lahore – Khanewal main line is to be resignalled and the telecommunications network upgraded.During April PR took delivery of its second locally-built 3000hp diesel loco assembled at Risalpur works, which has built 23 locos of 2000hp since 1993.Ashraf wants to rehabilitate a further 36 diesel locos using a DM40m loan from Germany’s KfW. This is part of a DM60m loan originally agreed to fund the purchase of coaches, which was re-allocated by the previous government: DM20m was spent on non-rail projects. Pakistan’s Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz has also started discussions with China’s Trade Minister Wei Jianguo over the possibility of Chinese assistance in revitalising PR operations.last_img read more

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Netherlands: Hanze Line construction ready to start

first_imgThis winter work will begin on the Hanze Line, a 50 km link shortening the route from Amsterdam to the northern Dutch provinces. Peter Badcock describes the project, which under current government strategy will be the last new-build railway until 2020,TRAVELLING between Amsterdam and the provinces of Groningen and Friesland currently takes much longer by train than by car, because of the need to follow a circuitous route via Amersfoort. This will change in 2013, with the completion of the 50 km Hanze Line between the existing terminus at Lelystad and the railway junction at Zwolle.Passing through low-lying polders with a relatively low population density, the €901m line will cut 9 km and 15 min from the rail trip, as well as easing congestion on the existing route and avoiding the need to ease a restrictive 1 000 m radius curve at Harderwijk. Netherlands Railways will run two Intercity and two stopping trains in each direction per hour on the Hanze Line, which the Ministry of Transport, Public Works & Water Management expects will carry 32 000 passengers a day, with 40% being new rail users. There will be no level crossings and the infrastructure is being designed to permit 200 km/h operation, although NS does not currently posses any domestic rolling stock suitable for more than 160 km/h.Although the line is intended mainly for passenger services, the need to carry freight traffic was accepted after a decision was made to cancel the northern branch of the Betuwe dedicated freight route. This means that capacity on the existing rail network must be freed up between the centre of the country and the northern and eastern regions, and so the Hanze Line will have daily paths for up to 30 freight trains in each direction.The routeThe line is being built under a series of design and build contracts, which began with an agreement signed on January 20 2006 covering the construction of the Drontermeer tunnel by Ballast Nedam Infra. The route starts at Lelystad Centrum, where the existing terminus is to be extended with two additional tracks and an island platform to cope with an expected 14 000 daily passengers. The line will then curve away from the present stabling sidings to the north of the town, reaching an isolated greenfield site where two loops will allow freight trains to be overtaken by faster passenger services. Flevoland province has recently decided that the new N23 road between Lelystad and Dronten will be routed along the same corridor as the new railway. The line will be carried on embankments and viaducts through the small town of Dronten, where 3 000 daily passengers are expected to use a planned four-track station with cycle storage and an integrated bus station. Continuing east, a 790 m long tunnel will take the line 4·2 m below the Drontermeer waterway. The two parallel single-track tunnels will be equipped with water pumps, ventilation and fire mains, as well as a series of cross-passages to provide emergency escape routes.The town of Kampen will gain a new station, which is expected to see around 2 800 passengers daily. A site in the new south-western suburbs of the town has been chosen after studies suggested that a route under the historic centre with a connection to the existing Kampen – Zwolle branch line would cost an additional €200m. The chosen alignment features a tight curve which will restrict trains to 160 km/h, but allows the railway to run in the same corridor as the N50 road.The plans for the area west of Kampen were amended this year to accommodate new flood-prevention measures, including a viaduct over an proposed extra channel from the river IJssel and the provision of extra dykes to prevent flooding of the Drontermeer tunnel. Introduced at a late stage in the design work, this revised policy has added at least €30m to the overall cost of the project.A viaduct will take the new railway over the A28 motorway junction, and from here the line will continue on embankments to reach a grade-separated junction with the main line from Amersfoort and a new bridge across the River IJssel. The design of this 150 m bridge is at the consultation phase, with construction due to start in 2008. The original proposal for a visually less intrusive tunnel under the river costing an additional €100m proved too costly, but local inhabitants should find train traffic quieter than on the present steel bridge. The tracks will be 13 m above water level, avoiding the inconvenience to shipping caused by the existing low-level lifting bridge.The Hanze Line has become even more important to passengers since the government announced in April that it was finally abandoning plans for the €10bn Zuiderzee Line between Amsterdam and Groningen, on the grounds that it would offer poor value for money. It has since been suggested that the €2·7bn earmarked by the government for that project might instead be used to build a rail cut-off parallel to the A1 motorway to bypass the bottleneck at the junctions at Weesp. This would yield improvements for services from Amsterdam to the large dormitory town of Almere as well as Hanze Line destinations including Groningen.The Hanze Line is now expected to open in 2013. The first serious plans date from the early 1990s, but the poor economic climates of 1998 and 2002 led to the planned 2009 opening date being postponed, and at one stage it seemed possible that the Hanze Line would be sacrificed in favour of improvements to suburban services between the Randstad municipalities. Under the current Benutten en Bouwen policy of getting the maximum use out of existing assets before turning to expensive new-build projects, the Hanze Line will be the only new railway to be built in the Netherlands until 2020.last_img read more

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Abandoned farms causing ‘major headache’ in Black Sigatoka control

first_img Share 69 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Coordinator of the Black Sigatoka Disease Management Unit in Dominica, Carol Abraham and Acting Head of the Plant & Quarantine Department, Joseph BlanfordAgriculture officials have disclosed that abandoned farms are posing a serious challenge in efforts to control and manage Black Sigatoka disease on the island.Black Sigatoka, a fungal disease which affects the leaves of banana and plantain crops, was confirmed here in May, 2012. The first sign of the disease is usually seen underneath the leaf and then moves through the leaf and eventually surfaces on top the leaf.At a press conference on Friday, 30th August, coordinator of the Black Sigatoka Disease Management Unit in Dominica, Carol Abraham revealed that besides the movement of infected material from one farm to another, abandoned farms are a cause for concern.“In terms of the abandoned fields, those are becoming a major headache. We had a number of acres given based on a survey that was done; people had turned their backs and gone into something else”.Although the land/farm owners have abandoned these farms, because the crops keep growing; the farms are taken over by weeds which are breeding ground for the disease to germinate.“We want to advise people if they want to take care of their abandoned fields, the process is not to cut first. The process is to inject the trees with a little bit of round-up, two millimeters of the pure round-up liquid while the tree still has its leaves, and within five days the trees will die,” Mrs Abraham explained. To date, the disease has moved from the south of the island to Concord, Marigot, Wesley, Bense, Picard, Fond Canie, Elmshall, Goodwill, Bath Estate, Castle Bruce, Carholm, Layou Valley, Belles and Warner.Mrs Abraham noted that she is not surprised that the disease has spread because squally weather; wind and rain, are the two main ways in which the fungus spreads.“We have no control over the weather in terms of the rainfall, in terms of the wind; that we can deal with,” acting head of the Plant and Quarantine Department, Joseph Blanford stated.He explained that the last couple of weeks have been very hectic, in terms of getting farmers and hucksters to comply with the regulations and not transport infected material from one farm to another or to the market.“It has reached a point whereby we are engaging the Hucksters Association and the police in an effort to stem the movement of contaminated material from one point to another because if something is not done urgently it will affect all sectors of the society”.He noted that plantain is a serious crop of economic importance to us, considering the state of the banana industry and it has played a key role in maintaining the livelihoods of farmers.Farmers are urged to continue de-leafing; that is removing the infecting leaves from the trees, de-sucking; keeping one main plant and one follower and ensuring that their farms are properly sanitized to help control the disease.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share LocalNews Abandoned farms causing ‘major headache’ in Black Sigatoka control by: – August 30, 2013 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Mas Domnik 2016 ‘a counterpunch’ against TS Erika

first_img Share Sharing is caring! EntertainmentLocalNews Mas Domnik 2016 ‘a counterpunch’ against TS Erika by: Dominica Vibes News – December 4, 2015 1227 Views   3 comments Tweetcenter_img Share Share Minister for Tourism and Urban Renewal, Senator Robert TongeMinister for Tourism and Urban Renewal, Senator Robert Tonge has described this year’s carnival, Mas Domnik, as a counterpunch against Tropical Storm Erika.Senator Tonge made the comments at the official media launch of Mas Domnik 2016 on Thursday 3 December 2015 at the Windsor Park Stadium. This year’s theme is ‘The Spirit of the Real Mas’.He noted that Dominica has been rattled by Erika however, “we are now counterpunching as we all seek to bounce back in a vigorous fashion from the late set back”.Senator Tonge pointed out that increased tourism arrival, along with the various activities to be held across the country, will be beneficial to the various sectors. “The service and tourism industries, inclusive of custom builders, hoteliers, caterers, transportation agents, and venders, among others, will welcome the increased economic activity during the season considering that the World Creole Music Festival 2015 was not staged this year,” he said.Senator Tonge noted that the many artiste, musicians and song writers, who are not protected by the copyright legislation, are now expected to benefit from their hard work in a significant way during this season.He called on all Dominicans to rally together to ensure that Mas Domnik 2016 will be a memorable one.“The successful staging of Mas 2016 will necessitate all hands on deck. The Ministry can’t do it by themselves, the organizers can’t do it by themselves, everybody have to put their hands together because many hands make light work,” Tonge said.The government of Dominica, Tonge said, is “committed to continue supporting not only Carnival but our culture and will continue to do all in its power to take it to the best levels”.He called for a violence free carnival, noting that violence against any person will not be tolerated.“We will work closely with the police and other stakeholders to ensure this carnival is a safe one and free from violence,” Senator Tonge said.– / 18last_img read more

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