CARICOM, Mexico strengthen diplomatic relations

first_img CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Premier of Bermuda Oct 9, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… New Haitian Ambassador to CARICOM accredited Aug 29, 2020 You may be interested in… Sep 16, 2020 The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Mexican States on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen decades-old ties. Relations between the two parties, which was formalized in 1974 with the Agreement establishing the CARICOM-Mexico Joint Commission, was reinforced on 30 October 2019 with the accreditation of His Excellency Jose Omar Hurtado Contreras, new Ambassador of Mexico to CARICOM. In his remarks during a brief ceremony at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat, Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said that the Agreement has been the framework through which Mexico has supported regional development in a number of areas. CARICOM congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on its 58th… Oct 6, 2020 Mexico has strengthened capacity by offering training courses to CARICOM nationals in agriculture, transportation, disaster management, education, climate change, trade and investment, and tourism. CARICOM Member States have benefitted from Mexico’s Infrastructure Fund for MesoAmerican and Caribbean Countries which has financed the building and restoring of roads, bridges and health facilities, as well as building capacity in utilities. Noting that this support has been highly appreciated, he lauded Mexico’s generous assistance to the countries that were devastated by hurricanes in recent times. “Your ready response was another indication of the solidarity we share,” Secretary-General LaRocque said. He told the new Ambassador that CARICOM is looking forward to Mexico’s continuing advocacy of the concerns of Small Island and Low-Lying Coastal Developing States (SIDs) in the international area on issues including access to concessional financing for development needs. “CARICOM greatly appreciates Mexico’s understanding of the challenges facing our Member States.  We welcome Mexico’s willingness to advocate on issues of utmost importance to us and other SIDS, and to reflect CARICOM’s concerns at the level of the G20, the OECD, the World Bank and the IMF,” Secretary-General LaRocque said. The newly accredited envoy said international cooperation, particularly towards Latin America and the Caribbean, occupies “an important place” in his country’s foreign policy. “…there is much interest in developing the links between Mexico and CARICOM, in areas such as institutional strengthening, public health, climate change, security and organized crime,” Ambassador Contreras stated. Reaffirming that his country is “open to exploring issues in which our experience can help the welfare of CARICOM member countries,” he said Mexico’s objective is to “contribute to the development of sister countries, enhance regional integration, competitiveness and even development.” The CARICOM Secretary-General noted that common interest between the two parties have been reflected both at the regional and hemispheric levels in the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the Organisation of American States (OAS). “Ambassador, the value that your country places on multilateralism, respect for international law and international cooperation is well known.  The Caribbean Community shares the importance your country places on the fundamental international principles of non-interference in the internal affairs of states, non-intervention and prohibition of the threat or use of force,” Ambassador LaRocque told the new Mexican envoy. In that regard, he referenced the establishment of the Montevideo Mechanism in which Mexico played a key role in collaboration with Uruguay and the CARICOM good offices group. “Promoting and facilitating a peaceful internal resolution to the crisis in Venezuela in accordance with the constitution of the country, the rule of law and democracy remains the desired objective of the Mechanism,” the CARICOM Secretary-General stated. CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 CARICOM values close, friendly relations with Mexico – President-elect toldThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) expressed deep appreciation for Mexico’s longstanding readiness to collaborate, as it extended congratulations to President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador on his landslide victory in the country’s 1 July 2018 Presidential elections. “CARICOM attaches great value to the close and friendly relationship that it has forged with…July 13, 2018In “CARICOM”CARICOM and Mexico agree to strengthen ties in disaster risk management; other critical areasCARICOM and Mexico, which both recently suffered devastating natural disasters, have agreed to strengthen cooperation in disaster risk management. The agreement forms part of a Joint Declaration issued at the end of the Fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit held in Belize on Wednesday 25 October 2017 under the joint chairmanship of CARICOM…October 26, 2017In “General”No Plan B for Climate ChangeClimate Change and sustainable development “are vital issues for the planet” according to Belgian Ambassador Guy Sevrin. “There is no plan B for Climate Change,” the Ambassador said in his remarks as he presented his credentials as his country’s Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Wednesday to Secretary-General Ambassador…October 7, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 81 New Cases, Total Now At 26,842 With Zero New Deaths And 14,470 Patients Recovered

first_imgSTATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 81 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Los Alamos County remains at 29 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.Today’s update announces zero new deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases: 22 new cases in Bernalillo County9 new cases in Chaves County1 new case in Colfax County5 new cases in Doña Ana County3 new cases in Lea County15 new cases in Luna County1 new case in Otero County3 new cases in Sandoval County11 new cases in Santa Fe County11 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional FacilityThe Department of Health reported zero deaths today in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 remains at 823.One case previously reported as a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Otero County Prison Facility has since been determined to be a case in Otero County and has been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 26,842 COVID-19 cases:Bernalillo County: 6,077Catron County: 11Chaves County: 956Cibola County: 403Colfax County: 24Curry County: 724De Baca County: 2Doña Ana County: 3,031Eddy County: 625Grant County: 99Guadalupe County: 32Harding County: 2Hidalgo County: 98Lea County: 1,264Lincoln County: 177Los Alamos County: 29Luna County: 372McKinley County: 4,266Mora County: 7Otero County: 240Quay County: 69Rio Arriba County: 374Roosevelt County: 230Sandoval County: 1,292San Juan County: 3,233San Miguel County: 91Santa Fe County: 909Sierra County: 39Socorro County: 78Taos County: 124Torrance County: 64Union County: 31Valencia County: 532County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:Cibola County Correctional Center: 324Otero County Prison Facility: 281Otero County Processing Center: 163Torrance County Detention Facility: 44The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 31Lea County Correctional Facility: 15Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 1Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 472Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4As of today, there are 60 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 14,470 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities:Adobe Assisted Living in Las CrucesAlbuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueAristocrat Assisted Living in Las CrucesAvamere at Roswell in RoswellBear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueBelen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in BelenBloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in BloomfieldBrookdale Santa FeCamino Healthcare in AlbuquerqueCasa de Oro Center in Las CrucesCasa Maria Health Care Center in RoswellDesert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in HobbsFort Bayard Medical Center in Santa ClaraGood Life Senior Living in LovingtonGood Samaritan Society Las CrucesGood Samaritan Society SocorroHarmony Residential Care in Rio RanchoHeartfelt Manor in RoswellHeritage Assisted Living in Las CrucesLakeview Christian Home in CarlsbadLas Palomas Center in AlbuquerqueLifeSpire Assisted Living in AlbuquerqueLovington Healthcare in LovingtonMescalero Care Center in MescaleroMission Arch Center in RoswellNew Mexico State Veterans’ Home in Truth or ConsequencesPacifica Senior Living in Santa FePalmilla Senior Living in AlbuquerquePrinceton Place in AlbuquerqueRed Rocks Care Center in GallupThe Rehab Center of Albuquerque in AlbuquerqueRetirement Ranches in ClovisThe Rio at Las Estancias in AlbuquerqueSagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las CrucesSandia Ridge Center in AlbuquerqueSan Juan Center in FarmingtonSilver City Care Center in Silver CitySunny Day Assisted Living in GallupSunset Villa Nursing Home in RoswellVillage Retirement Community in RoswellWelbrook Senior Living Las CrucesWheatfields Senior Living in ClovisThe Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).The Department of Health strongly encourages the following groups to get tested:Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell;Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of people in their infectious period who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic people who live or work in congregate settings such as long-term care facilities and group homes; andPatients who are scheduled for surgery and whose provider has advised them to get tested before the procedure.New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.last_img read more

L&G buys Bechtel at 9.8%

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PM Browne signs major agreement during official visit to Suriname

first_imgGaston Browne administration inks deal with Robert DeNiroThe Gaston Browne Administration on Friday demonstrated that it is serious about its promise to make the sister island of Barbuda a major contributor to the economic development of the twin island state when Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne and international film star Robert De Niro signed a Memorandum of Agreement…November 30, 2014In “Antigua & Barbuda”Antigua PM to address CDF meeting(Barbados Nation) The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, will be the featured speaker at the CARICOM Development Fund’s (CDF) Seventh Annual Meeting of Contributors and Development Partners in Barbados on Tuesday. Browne, who is also the Chairman of the CARICOM Council for Finance and Planning (COFAP), will…November 12, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat forge closer tiesPrime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Gaston Browne and Premier of Montserrat the Hon. Donaldson Romeo, both months into their first term in office, have pledged to forge closer ties between their governments and peoples. On Monday, Prime Minister Browne, accompanied by Permanent Secretary Ambassador Colin Murdoch, paid…January 2, 2015In “General”Share this on WhatsApp (ABS TV) Antigua and Barbuda and the Republic of Suriname have deepened ties in key areas including agriculture. Prime Minister Hon Gaston Browne signed an agreement today which is expected to provide a further boost to Antigua and Barbuda’s crop and livestock agriculture.The second component of the Antigua and Barbuda Country Assistance Programme under the Caribbean Development Fund will advance the process toward obtaining coconut seedlings and Black Belly Sheep from Suriname. Other products are set to be included under this programme.Earlier, Prime Minister Browne visited the Central Market in Paramaribo as well as the Farmer Field School. He was also taken on a tour of a pineapple and dragon fruit plantation. The Head of Government is leading a delegation on an official two-day visit to Suriname, and has held bi-lateral talks with President Desire Bouterse during a packed agenda.Read more at: ABS TVShare this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Iberdrola First in Electric Utilities “Super-League”

first_imgIBERDROLA, owner of ScottishPower in the UK, has been ranked first in a “Super-League” of European electric utilities compiled by CDP on the basis of their response to the challenges of climate change. The ranking is included in a report ‘Flicking the switch: are electric utilities prepared for a low carbon future’ released recently.The CDP based its findings on the emissions generated by 13 major European utilities, representing around 80% of the electricity produced in Europe and sought to identify those companies that had best adapted to the challenges of operating in a continent where a global objective has been agreed to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030 against 1990 levels.Paul Dickinson, executive chairman of CDP said: “This research provides investors with a specific tool in the form of data needed to engage with these companies on material issues. The top ranking electric utilities companies in the Super-League Table all have much lower exposure to coal, and are focusing their business towards cleaner energy sources. These companies’ shares are held in the portfolios of the world’s largest institutional investors and the way they approach regulation and invest in future technologies has a significant impact on their bottom line.”James Magness, head of investor research at CDP added: “This research, the second in our series, has real value for investors at a time when the utilities sector is going through significant transformation. It is specifically tailored to enable investors to factor emissions data into their individual investment approaches. Investor feedback following the automotive sector report showed they want more of this detailed level of analysis. We will be researching further high emitting sectors over the next year, including materials, metals & mining, oil & gas and consumer goods.”The ranking aims at providing investors with a tool to evaluate the exposure to carbon risk of electric utilities which are held in the portfolios of the world’s largest institutional investors, and the potential impact that exposure could have on their financial performance.This ranking is not intended to define winners and losers for investment purposes, however, it is a proxy for business-readiness in an industry where a significantly higher carbon price is required to meet stringent long term emissions-reduction targets, CDP explained.Sources: Iberdrola; CDPlast_img read more

Ammann’s ‘growing presence’ in North America

first_imgAmmann’s growing presence in North America will be reflected in its product displays at ConExpo. AmmannARX_45-2_Light_Tandem_Roller_jobsiteThose products include the company’s recently launched continuous asphalt-mixing plant with RAP utilisation technology; the latest generation of heavy compactors; and a wide range of light compaction equipment. Ammann will be in the Silver Lot, Booth S5254, at the Las Vegas show.“This past year we’ve opened a new facility in Davie, Florida, to be closer to American customers,” said Gilvan Pereira, managing director of Ammann America. The 70,000-square-foot facility houses staff, a warehouse, a training center and an outdoor area for asphalt plants and compactors.“We’ve also added depth to our product line, which we are eager to showcase,” Pereira added.The company will be displaying its advanced recycling plant, which utilises Ammann’s unique recycling technology, is capable of producing mix consisting of more than 60% RAP. Its patented preheating process also minimises fuel consumption and dramatically reduces the levels of CO2 and other pollutants.The company will also show a range of heavy compaction equipment and lightweight equipment soil and asphalt compactors; light compaction equipment, including rammers and plate compactors (forward-moving, reversible and hydrostatic); and the as1 Control System – the ‘brains’ behind Ammann’s asphalt-mixing plants.last_img read more

Siemens and Gamesa to merge

first_imgSiemens will hold 59 percent of the share capital of the combined company, while Gamesa will hold 41 percent.The new company will have its legal domicile, global headquarters and onshore headquarters in Spain, while its offshore headquarters will reside in Germany and Denmark.The merged outfit is expected to have a 69 GW installed base worldwide, an order backlog of around EUR20 billion (USD22.6 billion) and revenue of EUR9.3 billion (USD10.5 billion).Siemens noted that its wind power business has a strong foothold in North America and northern Europe, while Gamesa is well positioned in fast-growing emerging markets, such as India and Latin America, and southern Europe.As part of the Siemens deal, Gamesa has entered into a contractual agreement with Areva, which will see the two parties waive their existing contractual restrictions in the offshore wind joint venture, Adwen.This merger of original equipment manufacturers (OEM) follows the acquisition of Alstom’s power generation business by GE at the end of last year, which has had a significant impact on some of the project forwarding companies that relied on Alstom’s business.HLPFI wonders what impact this latest merger will have on the wind energy logistics business. If you have any thoughts, please let the editorial team know at read more

Summit: Magna Carta – ‘equality before the law in gestation’

first_imgNobody in their right mind would have ‘put a penny bet on the Magna Carta’s survival’ back in 1215, former lord chief justice Igor Judge asserted today.And yet 800 years on, ‘this wonderful living instrument survives in a healthy, robust and exciting form’.In a lecture ‘Magna Carta – Accident or Destiny?’ Judge reminded delegates at the Global Law Summit in London that Magna Carta was always intended to fail. ‘King John swore an oath that he was acting in good faith and yet even before the wax had hardened, he had asked Pope Innocent III to annul it.’The pope did not mince his words. ‘Magna Carta,’ he proclaimed, ‘would have no validity at any time whatsoever.’But the charter had a life of its own, said Judge. It contains words and principles that have resonated until today, such as ‘liberties’, ‘rights’, ‘law of the land’ and ‘council’, which in time became parliament. The separation of the judiciary from the executive also has its origins in the charter, with the provision that enforcement officers could henceforth not also be judges. ‘It was equality before the law in gestation,’ said Judge.He continued that John died the year after the charter was sealed, passing his throne on to the infant Henry III who reigned under the supervision of an elected regent – the fact of his being elected marking the imminent demise of the absolute power of the monarchy.The regent, in 1216, reissued the charter, which was subsequently reissued another 50 times by successive kings. By the time of the civil war in the 17th century, the charter, Judge said, was being cited to curb the divine right of monarchs and to assert the sovereignty of parliament.Judge, who had compressed this history lesson into a 15-minute address, concluded: ‘The Magna Carta principles didn’t survive by accident. They are a living instrument, revered globally, and in another 800 years our descendants should still be celebrating it.’last_img read more

‘Lackadaisical’ approach to case attacked by family judge

first_imgA family judge has warned family lawyers not to take a ‘lackadaisical’ approach to case preparation after the wrong person was summoned as a witness to attend court in a case involving a seven-week old baby who suffered burns covering her groin area.In a critical post-script, His Honour Judge Kambiz Moradifar states in In the matter of Re K & C (Children: Finding of Fact) that families are the ‘building blocks of our society and in public law proceedings, the courts deal with some of the most vulnerable’.He said: ‘Professionals who work in the family justice system are highly skilled specialists who often work on complex cases involving serious intricate forensic issues. Their skill set and professional standards are essential for those who represent the parties in public law proceedings. It is incumbent on those representing the parties facing serious allegations to ensure they have seen, read and understood all the evidence in the case and to ensure that the party who they represent has been able to participate meaningfully in the court process.’The central issues in the case were how the injuries were caused and who was responsible.The judgment, published this week, states that neither the parents nor their counsel were aware that there were colour photos of the injuries that were commented on in detail in the jointly instructed expert’s written report. Moradifar HHJ said: ‘Until she was partway through giving oral evidence, the mother had never seen the transcript of her police interview. Despite being in possession of Y’s photograph, the mother’s solicitors failed to mention this to the local authority or their own private investigator, resulting in much embarrassment when the wrong person was witness summonsed and attended court.’Counsel for the parents have both informed me that they are immigration specialists, consequently the other professionals have had to work very hard to make sure that the hearing could be fair and effective. The mother’s evidence has taken much longer than necessary, which can only have made it more stressful than it needed to be. There is no room in the family court for such a lack of care and lackadaisical approach to case preparation.’The firms named in the judgment have been approached for comment.last_img read more

Resurgent wagon market boosts Knorr-Bremse sales

first_imgKNORR-BREMSE: Sales grew by 14% to reach €4·24bn in the 2011 calendar year, Knorr-Bremse Group reported on January 12.The Rail Vehicle Systems Division recorded an 8% year-on-year increase in sales in 2011, reaching a total of €2·19bn. This growth was driven by a resurgent North American wagon market and by Europe. The company’s Commercial Vehicle Systems Division reported 22% growth, with business expanding in every region to take sales to €2·07bn; however the European market remained below 2008 levels. The total workforce increased from 18 053 to approximately 20 000 during 2011.last_img read more