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

PAHO Chief Urges Caribbean to Expand Mental Health Services

first_img“Today, I ask countries to take the steps required to ensure everyone can receive the care they need and deserve,” she urged. During the pandemic, she said “many of us have felt fearful of infection or anxiety if we are sick; grief as our loved ones have succumbed to the virus; uncertainty about the future, as jobs and life as we knew it came under threat; overwhelmed by the news and misinformation; and lonely or isolated after weeks or even months of social distancing. “After months of operating in crisis mode, our health professionals are facing burnout, anxiety and depression,” she added. WASHINGTON– The director of the Pan American Health Organization Director (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, is urging Caribbean countries to expand and invest in mental health services to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr Etienne noted that coronavirus cases in the Americas have reached almost 11.5 million and over 400,000 people have died. “We are all suffering – especially those affected by pre -existing mental health conditions. We must step up so those living with mental health conditions, as well as survivors of violence, have the resources and support they need. She said patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 also experience insomnia, delirium or even depression, adding that “many persons are overwhelmed with fear of developing severe illness; others are understandably worried for their lives”. “With reduced contact to friends and family or barriers in access to services and shelters, we’re leaving survivors with nowhere to go. The costs of violence are extraordinarily high, so support to survivors cannot be put on hold.” Dr. Etienne said PAHO has been helping countries to strengthen policies and services, and expand online learning for health workers, “so they know how to identify and support survivors of violence during the pandemic, and some places using novel approaches to ensure survivors of violence can ask for help discreetly, such as through code words or hand signals.” The PAHO director said the real extent of domestic violence during COVID-19 is likely under-estimated, “as survivors are stuck at home and support and outreach services are interrupted. Dr. Etienne said the most effective steps are to hire and train more health workers, and integrate mental health and psychosocial support within primary health care systems, “so they’re easily accessible to those who need them most. “It is urgent that mental health support is considered a critical component of the pandemic response. Mental health and domestic violence services are essential services, and we must place emphasis on addressing the gaps that have been laid bare by the pandemic. CMC She said mental health illness is a silent epidemic that has affected the Americas well before COVID-19, with depression and anxiety listed as two of the leading causes of disability. “This pandemic reminds us, like never before, that good mental health is necessary for the wellbeing of individuals and societies,” the PAHO director added. Dr. Etienne said initial research indicates that “as much as a third of patients recovering from COVID-19 can have enduring changes in their mood and suffer from anxiety or depression.” “The Americas have approximately 13 per cent of the world’s population, but 64 per cent of officially reported global deaths,” she said, stating that the pandemic is having a serious impact on health workers, “who are working longer hours than ever before and risking their own lives as hospitals struggle to maintain sufficient Personal Protective Equipment. In addition, Dr. Etienne said the region also has the second-highest level of alcohol consumption in the world, stating that emergencies can worsen these conditions. “Everyone who needs mental health support should feel comfortable asking for help. No one should have to suffer alone and without professional support, especially now. “Naturally, some of the same concepts apply to domestic violence.These services must be accessible and integrated at the local level; we need innovations to reach and support survivors, and it is paramount to fight stigma. Violence is never acceptable, and survivors of domestic violence should not be blamed.” “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a mental health crisis in our region at a scale we’ve never seen before,” the Dominican-born Dr. Etienne said, adding “it’’s a perfect storm in every country, as we see growing needs and reduced resources to address them.last_img read more

Constitutional Court in Zimbabwe outlaws child marriages

first_imgZimbabwe’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that marriage before the age of 18 is illegal.This is a development that has been described as a victory in the campaign for gender equality and it also means that sections of Zimbabwe’s Marriage Act are rendered unconstitutional.The unprecedented ruling by the court followed an application by two women, Loveness Mudzuru and Ruvimbo Tsopodzi, who sought to have the legal age of marriage moved to 18 for both men and women.The two young women were just girls when they were married and gave birth for the first time.Ruvimbo Tsopodzi, now 20, was 15 when she had to get married. She was forced to leave the marriage and return to her parents’ home after suffering emotional and physical abuse, she told the court in a signed affidavit.“My life is hell at the moment and cannot be wished on anyone else,” Tsopodzi’s testimony said.“Raising a child when you are a child yourself is excruciating and painful,” said Loveness Mudzuru, who was also married at 15, and had two children by the age of 19.The landmark court case was spearheaded by former Finance minister Tendai Biti, now an independent practising lawyer. It generated much interest among activists across the country who have pinned their hopes on eradicating child marriages“It is a great day for women and the girl child,” said Tendai Biti, the lawyer who represented the two women. “Parliament should now legislate for tougher jail sentences.”Part of the ruling says: “No person, male or female, in Zimbabwe may enter into any marriage, including an unregistered customary law union or any other union, including one arising out of religion or a religious rite, before attaining the age of 18.”“The progressive decision is a mark that the Zimbabwe Constitutional Court is building up a body of constitutional jurisprudence which will also be quoted in other jurisdictions and should assist the Africa-wide campaign against child marriage,” Veritas said in a statement after the Court ruling.Veritas, a non-governmental organisation that monitors parliamentary activities, said the ruling was a major milestone in Zimbabwe’s legal history.Zimbabwe has a high number of child brides through marriages contracted under customary norms. Such underage marriages are also common among religious sects.A third of Zimbabwean women aged 20 to 49 told the Zimbabwe’s National Statistics Agency that they married before the age of 18, a Human Rights Watch report said in November last year. Girls as young as 12 were married off due to poverty or religious and customary practices, the group said.Sometimes children are married off supposedly to appease “avenging spirits” in some local traditions.According to reports, 31 per cent of girls in Zimbabwe are married before they reach 18 years.Other reasons for child marriages include poverty in a country where only 11 per cent of the population is gainfully employed.Malawi’s parliament also recently passed a law that makes it illegal for people to marry before the age of 18.Similar legal interventions are being discussed in Zambia where child marriages are prevalent.last_img read more

Meet Farmington Hills gallery featured artist November 1

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) A November 1 reception at Farmington Hills City Hall honors a local artist whose work features portraits of endangered animal species.The Rotating Exhibits Gallery at Farmington Hills City Hall will host painter Patrice Donnelly in a solo show from October 22 through November 16. The gallery, located at 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd., is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Donnelly will speak about her work during an Artist Talk held on Thursday, November 1, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.“Red Wolf” by Patrice Donnelly (City of Farmington Hills)With a theme of “Once Upon A Time,” the exhibit features nine oil portraits that include the Rhino, Red Wolf, Orangutan, and Gorilla.“This is a touching collection that hopes to bring public awareness. Without our involvement in protecting endangered species, they have no future,” she said in a press release. “Will they become simply a tale we tell our children? We will say ‘Once Upon a Time’ these nine beautiful creatures were part of our world.”Donnelly began her artistic career in 1986 and has works displayed at the Flint Institute of Arts, TLC Center Gallery in Davisburg, as well as Farmington Hills City Hall. She teaches for VSA (Very Special Arts) in school classrooms through its Artists-in-Residence Program. VSA offers students with moderate to severe disabilities a chance to express themselves through the arts.The Cultural Arts Division is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Public Art Program. Learn more about the program at http://bit.ly/PublicArt2019. Reported bylast_img read more

Photo gallery: Benton vs. Minden

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Picks and Comment – Super Bowl XLVII

first_imgHere are this weekend’s picks as The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will pick every NFL game this season.Drew Forrester finished 2-0 in conference championship weekend and Luke Jones was 1-1. Forrester is now 168-80 and Jones is 159-89 overall. Their postseason marks are locked, however, with Forrester and Jones each holding a 7-3 record. Official standings are only kept based on the NFL picks.With the WNST.net crew in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII coverage this week, Glenn Clark joined the Friday segment as a guest prognosticator.To hear their full explanation, click HERE.Ravens vs. 49ers: Baltimore 27-17 (Drew), Baltimore 27-24 (Luke), Baltimore 27-23 (Glenn)last_img