With the Christmas spirit lingering around and inhaling the weekend vibe, I take a glance at the calendar and that’s when it strikes me that the month and the year-end in barely a few days…!! As I lean on my window sill heaving a sigh, my mind drifts off to replay mode – a replay of an entire year..!Excited like a school kid, I remember welcoming 2020 with celebration and joy. Hardly a month into the year, I found myself being a part of the rat race, reading about the pandemic and just like that, the next month, I find myself at home… While the initial days of the lockdown went by with work deadlines, taking care of my plants and spending time with family, slowly anxiety begins to creep in – the anxiety of the uncertain..!In the blink of an eye, days whizzed through and all of us began to sail the same ocean; handling the anxiety of the uncertain and having to pause their dreams.It was during this phase of the lockdown that got me to realize the value of something I’m given – LIFE!!! Because it was at this phase of the lockdown that got me to read about families losing their own. It was this phrase which reiterated the fact that I gain nothing running behind a dream I had when I was younger; and just when I was slowing down, the year is coming to an end…Every year, we celebrate our teachers but this year, we need to celebrate 2020 as well, for teaching us a huge lesson the hard way (quite literally..!)It’s okay to slow down and breathe because that’s when we get to see the skies above us and the ground beneath. It’s okay to pause our dream and heave that sigh so we get to plan better to achieve it.There is always light at the end of any tunnel and on that note, let’s welcome 2021 with a safe cheer…!!!
Some starry stage favorites are set for this week’s episodes of Stars in the House, a daily online series from SiriusXM On Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley. The series goes live daily at 2PM and 8PM ET on The Actors Fund’s YouTube channel. A schedule of this week’s appearances can be found below.Wednesday, July 88PM ET: Bernadette Peters and Tom Viola.Thursday, July 98PM ET: Rosie Perez.Saturday, July 118PM ET: Guest host Andréa Burns and friends.Sunday, July 122PM ET: Plays In The House Teen Edition presents Winter Break by Joe Calarco. Benefitting Red Eagle Soaring.Stars in the House features live performances (from home) to promote support of The Actors Fund’s services for those most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. During each episode, guests sing a mix of their favorite songs paired with an interview. Bernadette Peters Star Files Andréa Burns Bernadette Peters(Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) View Comments
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(Antigua Observer) The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has approved a decision that would allow CARICOM countries the right to reject free movement status to certain classes of workers without reciprocity.The CCJ decided that it was lawful for Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts-Nevis to request an opt out of the obligations to accept agricultural workers and security guards, as part of the category of workers who are allowed to move and seek employment freely within the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).“Member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), under Article 27 (4) of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC), can opt out of a decision once the fundamental objectives of the Community, as laid now in the Treaty, are not negatively affected,” the court decided last Wednesday.The court noted that prejudice to a fundamental objective could be determined using principles of “proportionality” and by balancing a number of competing considerations, importantly the extent of the prejudice.It also decided that nationals of Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts-Nevis, who are security guards and agricultural workers, are entitled to enjoy the benefits of the enlargement decision. This means that while these two countries will not accept the two categories of workers as being regional citizens under the CSME agreement, their citizens can move and work in other member states.Less than six months ago, the court had promised to deliver its decision on whether countries within the CARICOM could lawfully choose to opt out of obligations set out in the CSME agreement.CARICOM heads of government had asked for advice after the body decided to give special consideration to Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts-Nevis. Both countries had requested to opt out of facilitating the movement of agriculture workers and security guards for a period of five years.Subsequently, the question arose over whether it was in fact lawful for a member state to opt out of a conference decision and whether the ‘principle of non-reciprocity’, could allow nationals of any member state opting out to gain the benefits of that decision.The CCJ explained that certain conditions are needed for the effective implementation of an opt out to include a request by one or more member states to opt out; that the decision maker must be a competent organ of the Community; and that the Conference of Heads of Government must agree to the request of the member state to opt out of the relevant decision.An opt out, it stated, is only permitted if the “fundamental objectives” of the Community, as laid down in the RTC, are not prejudiced or undermined by the opt out.The CCJ therefore concluded that in the cases of St Kitts-Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda, there was no fundamental breach of the objectives of the RTC and that the opt out was made available to two member states, each of which is categorised as a less developed country; and secondly, the duration of the opt out in each case was temporary. 161 Views no discussions Share Share BusinessLifestyleLocalNewsRegional CCJ Gives Approval for CARICOM Countries To Opt-Out Of Certain Free Movement Arrangements by: – March 28, 2020 Share Tweet Sharing is caring!