Opinion: The value of partnerships

first_img LIAT to Resume Operations in November? – CARICOM… Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… Related Posts Oct 2, 2020 Aug 31, 2020 We have also explored new opportunities linked to our economic cooperation. Millions of people from our continents live and work across the Atlantic. The European Union is the top foreign investor in Latin America and the Caribbean, accounting for one third of overall investment in the region. We are now raising by 400 million euros the European Investment Bank’s engagement in your continent. Our trade agreements have not only brought economic benefits to our firms: they have also guaranteed our traditional products, raised standards for workers and protected our environment. We want our trade to be free and fair at the same time. We are now modernising our trade and political agreements with Mexico, Chile and Mercosur: we want to expand their benefits to a larger number of people, and particularly to small and medium enterprises, but also to cooperate more on energy and infrastructure projects, on culture and creative sectors, on research and education – including through our Erasmus+ programme. We have opened an entirely new phase in our relations with Cuba, based on frank dialogue and effective cooperation to the benefit of all our people. Our partnership is also one for peace and security. In recent years, the European Union has mobilised unprecedented support to accompany the peace process in Colombia – helping with rural development, reconciliation and the reintegration of former fighters. We will continue to support dialogue towards negotiated political solutions to the crises in Nicaragua and Venezuela. And we are now mobilising a new package in support of Venezuelan refugees across the region. When Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean, we immediately sent support – from humanitarian aid to satellite imagery to help the rescue teams. We know from our European experience that regional integration is a powerful engine for growth, peace and security. Cooperation within Latin America and the Caribbean is proving particularly vital, and we look at it with interest and hope. It is only natural to create new bridges between the European Union and regional cooperation projects such as Mercosur or the Pacific Alliance. In a world where multilateralism and international cooperation are under pressure, we are showing the value of partnership – inside and between our continents. It is a partnership for jobs and social justice, for inclusive democracies and human rights, for peace and security. It is an antidote to the current global confusion, towards a more just and cooperative world order. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… center_img by Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative Strong, deep, inalienable: there are no better words to describe the relationship between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean. We saw it clearly once again on Monday and Tuesday, when the Foreign Ministers from the 28 countries of European Union and the 33 of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States met in Brussels, to invest in the partnership between our two continents. Though far apart geographically, Europe and Latin America are closer than any other continents. We stand on the same side. We believe that international disputes should only be addressed through diplomacy and international cooperation. We believe in the United Nations as the centre of gravity of the international system. We believe that a globalised world can only be governed together – building partnerships to address our shared interests, from sustainable development to climate action. Today, the cooperative world order we believe in is being questioned: the UN system has come under attack, there is a threat of new trade wars, and the most basic rules of our international system are violated. Our democracies are also facing challenges that are similar in our two continents – more similar than many of us realise. Latin America and the Caribbean is the only part of the world where inequalities have constantly decreased since the beginning of this century, but it remains the world’s most unequal region. There is a growing demand for good jobs, better education, and good governance to deliver on our people’s rising expectations. Many of these requests are the same that European people are also raising to their governments. Our democracies have a duty to listen to this call. Cooperation between our continents has a huge potential to address these issues: for instance, we are launching a European facility to support development in transition in Latin America and the Caribbean – moving beyond the old donor-recipient mentality towards a partnership among equals, in cooperation with the OECD and the UN’s Economic Commission for Latina America and the Caribbean. A stronger partnership can help us protect our citizens’ interests, create new opportunities for economic and human growth, and advance a more cooperative world order. At our meeting in Brussels, we have discussed first and foremost our common global agenda: how to continue turning into reality the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate, which we built together in years of coordinated work. Belize economy contracts by 23.3% – CARICOM Business… Oct 12, 2020 Europe, a unique partner for CaribbeanOp-Ed by Federica Mogherini High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy / Vice-President To mark the celebration of Europe Day on 9 May 2019 I have always thought of Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe as two sister regions, united by history and culture. We are…May 8, 2019In “CARICOM”Region to get new funding from the European Unionhttp://c3639e7694de07e5fa73-f016b9572ff77a84c11597148be206c7.r87.cf3.rackcdn.com/e2946f42-1062-11e5-8d2b-bc764e08d9b2.mp4 CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and European Union HR for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini sign a  €346 million new regional funding programme for the Caribbean region until 2020.  This amount represents more than a doubling of the funds that were available in previous years (€165 million…June 12, 2015In “CARICOM”International trade policy issues involving Jamaica and Caribbean partnersBy Elizabeth Morgan As we come to the end of 2018, I wish to provide an update on the international trade policy issues involving Jamaica and Caribbean partners:   1. CARICOM/Caribbean Single Market and Economy The special meeting of  heads of government held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, December…December 19, 2018In “Jamaica”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Government should encourage councils to create innovative ways to deliver affordable homes

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ABICOR BINZEL appoints new staff

first_imgHenderson will work closely with the company’s robotic arc welding and sensor solutions, with a special focus on the automotive manufacturing sector.Morgan’s primary role will be servicing ABICOR BINZEL’s end user and dealer accounts through the Ohio, Indiana and Western Pennsylvania area, as well as providing after sales support.Speaking about the new addition of Henderson, Tom Graham, Key Accounts Group Manager, said, “He brings a great wealth of first-hand knowledge having been in the automotive manufacturing sector, and I look forward to him applying his unique experience to helping facilitate successful outcomes for our key customers.“Speaking about the appointment of Morgan, Larry Cassesa, USA Sales Director, said, “Getting a person of Dave Morgan’s caliber and experience is a tremendous addition for ABICOR BINZEL, and I look forward to him furthering our presence and reputation in a key area for our company.”last_img read more

NRFCC to Spend £24 Million on Flood Defenses

first_imgThe Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (NRFCC) has launched its business plan for 2016/17, which will include more than £24 million for work at Blyth, Killingworth, Hartlepool Headland Walls and Greatham South.It also announced in its 2015/16 annual report that it’s overseen 125 projects costing £27 million over the past year.The upcoming projects include the completion of the Port Clarence scheme at Wilton Engineering’s site in Teesside, the Morpeth flood alleviation scheme’s upstream dam and storage area – which operated for the first time in January – the Fellgate Estate scheme in South Tyneside, as well as the coastal scheme at Skinningrove.NRFCC Chairman Jon Hargeaves said: “On completion of the £27 million program of works from 2015/16, we will see a reduction in flood and coastal erosion risk to 1,458 houses in the region, as well as delivering seven environmental projects.”Currently, a £3 million package of recovery projects to repair flood defenses damaged in the winter flooding is taking place across the region, with a particular focus on the Tyne Valley in Northumberland.Leila Huntington, Flood and Coastal Risk Manager with the Environment Agency in the North East, added: “We’re working hard to carry out permanent repairs to our damaged flood defenses across the region. We’re also continuing to investigate where new or improved defenses can be incorporated into our works program and will be discussing this process in detail with the committee.”The NRFCC consists of elected and independent members and plays an important part in deciding local priorities for the flood and coastal risk management program in North East England.last_img read more

Sub sails with Yacht Exports

first_imgThe 40-tonne submarine, which was valued at USD1.6 million, was first lifted onto a truck in Gothenburg and transported inland to the port of Antwerp, where it was secured onto a flat rack container, and lifted and secured on board a vessel for shipment to Kingston.The submarine, which is owned and operated by Sub See Adventures in Kingston, will be used in an underwater eco-tour of Ocho Rios Bay. The submarine will dive 100 ft below the surface, giving tourists a close-up view of marine life and shipwrecks.”Moving this submarine and knowing it will be used to enhance the tourism industry in Jamaica speaks volumes,” said Yacht Exports managing director, Alon Ezra.”The transport and delivery of this submarine will not only have an economic impact, but it will also make a lot of people happy and boost their vacation experience in Jamaica,” added Vadim Yegudkin, manager at the company.  www.yachtexports.comlast_img read more

Fairmount trio in Knarr tow

first_imgBuilt by Samsung Heavy Industries on behalf of Teekay Corporation, Petrojarl Knarr made stops in Singapore, Port Louis (Mauritius) and Las Palmas (Canary Islands) to take bunkers and for replenishments. For the last leg of the voyage the convoy sailed west of Ireland via Fair Isle towards Norway. Offshore the port of Haugesund, Petrojarl Knarr was delivered ahead of schedule.The 135,000 dwt Petrojarl Knarr FPSO measures 256.1 m long by 48 m wide and is designed specifically to operate in harsh climates. It will soon be mobilised to the Knarr oil and gas field offshore Norway.The entire voyage was under command of lead tug master Kees de Graaff on board of the leading tug Fairmount Sherpa. www.fairmount.nllast_img

JJ Curran completes tandem lift with Grove

first_imgThe project involved hoisting the scrubber, which measured 109 ft (33.2 m) long and had a diameter of 19.5 ft (5.9 m), from a barge that was docked on the Detroit River. Using the two cranes in a tandem lift, JJ Curran moved the component from the barge on to the dock on Zug Island.The gas scrubber will now be transported to its final destination at a steel mill.“The weight of the scrubber and the 75 ft (22.9 m) distance from the centre of the barge to the landing spot were definitely the biggest challenges,” said Chad McComas, crane operator and field engineer at JJ Curran.“An additional challenge was the 2 mph (3.21 km/h) current of the Detroit River. We had to make the lift off the barge that was in the river. The GMK 6400 needed to handle 54 tons (49 tonnes) at 60 ft (18.3 m) radius, and the GMK6300L had to hoist 49 tons (44.5 tonnes) at a 55 ft (16.8 m) radius.”www.manitowoccranes.comwww.jjcurran.comlast_img read more

Barristers set up direct family mediation scheme

first_imgMiddlesbrough barristers have teamed up to offer a family mediation service direct to clients in parts of Yorkshire and north-east England. The ‘collective’, called Divorce Puzzle, will operate ‘lawyer-supported mediation’ at fixed fees starting at £1,350 per party, founder Colette Price said.The service fuses fixed-fee legal advice with family mediation and aims to resolve family disputes by encouraging effective communication when the impulse among separating partners is to fight.Price (pictured, second right) said the aim is to fill a gap in representation left by the government’s cuts to legal aid for private family work – and that mediation offered through barristers would be competitive with solicitors’ prices. ‘Data from government shows eight out of 10 people that begin mediation go on to reach agreement.By providing affordable fixed-fee advice in parallel, we hope to encourage more separating couples to explore mediation,’ she said.‘The reality is that barristers have lower overheads,’ she added. ‘We’re not about going to war with solicitors, we are trying to look at ways of providing services that people can afford and are realistic. It’s not about undercutting solicitors, it’s about the model proving cheaper for people on the street.’She admitted that getting the message out to the public ‘will be interesting for barristers, because marketing is not our strong point. It will be a bit of a learning curve.’last_img read more