Oct 15, 2020 On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… (SKNIS): Staff from the Department of Statistics in St. Kitts and Nevis used Caribbean Statistics Day (CSD), observed on October 15 under the theme: “Building Resilience of the Caribbean Community”, to engage in a one-day retreat aimed at increasing efficiency and enhancing the working environment. “The idea is to promote the use of statistics and heighten the interest of public on the use of statistics. So as a department, we decided to use the day to kind of do some stock-taking, some reflection on our processes, how we are doing things, how we can improve on what we are doing, and some self-reflection, as well as build team work, techniques and professionalism in the workplace,” said Gaile Gray-Phillip, Senior Director of Statistics in the Ministry of Sustainable Development. She added that the time will also be used to reflect on the objectives of the department. May 4, 2020 You may be interested in… In St. Kitts and Nevis, Commonwealth SG talks of helping SIDS build climate resilienceBASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 2ND, 2018 (PRESS SEC) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, met with Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland QC today, Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018, at Government Headquarters. The Prime Minister’s discussion with the Commonwealth Secretary-General was informed by their shared values and…May 2, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”St. Kitts and Nevis hosts successful OAS Model AssemblyOfficials at the Organization of American States (OAS) have thanked the government of St. Kitts and Nevis and several private entities for the close partnership that resulted in a successful 33rd Model OAS General Assembly for Universities of the Hemisphere. Yadira Soto, Senior Advisor to the OAS Assistant Secretary General…March 27, 2015In “Belize”EPA to benefit Departments of Statistics, Bureau of StandardsBasseterre, St. Kitts – The Launch of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)/CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Standby Facility for Capacity Building Projects, held on Thursday morning at the Ocean Terrace Inn, has been described as a momentous occasion by the Minister of International Trade, Commerce and Consumers Affairs, the Honourable…February 29, 2016In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Special Topic Statistical Bulletin – COVID-19 Issue… Oct 12, 2020 “We are going to be looking at our vision as a department, the mission, our goal, and different strategies that we need to use to accomplish this vision and some lay performance indicators. So hopefully at the end of the day, we will have a draft of that to present to our permanent secretary in the Ministry of Sustainable Development,” she said, describing the draft of the vision as a life-long dream of the department. Mrs. Gray-Phillip noted that an important initiative of the department is the launch of its website, which will be used to share information with the general public. This she said will be launched in the next few weeks. The observance of CSD by National Statistics Offices and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat was agreed to by the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS) at its 33rd Meeting in Barbados in October 2008, where it was agreed that CSD would be commemorated annually on October 15. According to CARICOM, the rationale for the observance of CSD is to highlight statistics and its crucial role across a wide spectrum of activities from daily decision-making faced by individuals, businesses, students, to planning, policy-making and analysis and research activities of governments, academia and other uses. Expectations are that the observance of CSD would garner a greater profile for statistics across CARICOM. Caribbean Statistics Day was first observed in October 2009. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 14, 2020 Tracking COVID-19 Pandemic in CARICOM Pandemic highlights importance of statistics – CARICOM…
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Jeremy Denton has been promoted to director of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association Management Services Group (MEMA MSG). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “I am pleased to announce Jeremy’s new role within MEMA MSG,” said Brent Hazelett, MEMA vice president of operations. “I know that Jeremy will continue his excellent track record of superior service to our members.” In his expanded role, Denton’s responsibilities will include oversight of the Filter Manufacturers Council (FMC), the Motor Vehicle Lighting Council (MVLC) and the Transportation Safety Equipment Institute (TSEI). His duties will also incorporate membership recruitment and development of programs and services for MSG. Denton previously served MEMA as the executive director of the Filter Manufacturers Council (FMC) and also worked closely with the Motor Vehicle Lighting Council (MVLC). He will continue to assist with client services for all MEMA product-line councils and independent associations managed through MSG. Before joining MEMA, Denton worked for PCIA as the director of industry affairs. He holds an M.A. degree in public policy from The George Washington University and a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Arkansas. For more information about MEMA, go to: http://www.mema.org
Hats off to all of you! The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos wishes to thank all those who helped to make our recent Breakfast with Santa successful. Special thanks go to Del Norte Credit Union for their continued generous support of this event. To the hundreds of attendees who came to see Santa and to donate food to LA Cares and money for the Foster Children program, thank you for reminding us that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Los Alamos. Good weather and spirits brought out an enthusiastic crowd. The Los Alamos Flute Choir provided lovely renditions of our favorite Christmas carols. And lastly, without the help of the Key Club, Builders Club, K Kids,and Kiwanians who worked tirelessly throughout the morning, we would not be able to continue holding this event. By ANN HAYESChairpersonKiwanis Breakfast with Santa
Hellwig Suspension Products, a manufacturer of towing, hauling and performance suspension products, has announced that veteran mechanical engineer Andrew Nosé has joined the staff as its new R&D engineer.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementHellwig says it strives to constantly introducing the most innovative and well-engineered aftermarket suspension and load control products available. Keeping up with the demand for the constant research and development needed for its ever-expanding product catalog called for another experienced enthusiast to aid Director of Engineering Ben Knaus. Now, with the addition of Nosé as its new research and development engineer, Hellwig says it has the talent needed to continue expanding its product line and grow into new markets.“We are excited to have Andrew Nosé join the Hellwig Suspension Products family,” said Hellwig Vice President Melanie White. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the engineering, process control and project management fields as well as strong passion for the automotive industry. Andrew will work to develop and tune performance sway bar kits, air spring kits and leaf helper spring kits as well as work directly with our OE and private label customers to assess their needs and to deliver solutions.”Nosé’s background in engineering began at Santa Clara University, where graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. After college, Nosé went to work at a ductile iron pipe foundry, where he managed capital projects for new business, expansion, cost reduction, replacement and environmental projects. In addition, Nosé designed and implemented new machinery and conducted Kaizen events and standardized the manufacturing process to improve the process capability and reduce waste in the operation. The next stop in Nosé’s career path lead him to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, where he designed, fabricated and assembled interactive exhibits for the hands-on learning museum. When Nosé isn’t working he enjoys wrenching on his 1972 BMW 2002 and a 1971 Honda CB500.
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A circuit judge has set out guidance on how the proportionality rule should be applied in flight delay claims to ensure the process is ‘clear and transparent’.The ruling in Senior v Blue Air should see an end to district judges slashing down flight firms’ costs on the basis of proportionality without giving any explanation. It will apply to tens of thousands of low-value flight delay claims, which are eligible for recoverable costs as they are brought under the European Small Claims procedure (ESCP).In Liverpool County Court on 11 September, Judge Graham Wood QC ruled in an appeal against a costs decision made by District Judge Baldwin last December. The claimant firm had sought costs of £1,401 including court fees, but the district judge assessed ‘necessarily incurred and proportionate costs’ at £205. As is common among judges specialising in airline work, he gave no further explanation.Judge Wood upheld the claimant’s appeal against DJ Baldwin’s decision on the basis that, following the Court of Appeal’s landmark proportionality ruling in West v Stockport NHS Foundation Trust  EWCA 1220 in July, this ‘short form of decision’ must now be considered ‘unacceptable’.He said: ‘When proportionality is engaged as an issue, the judge carrying out the assessment must be able to show that he has followed the approach advocated by Sir Terence Etherton MR [in West].’Judge Wood added that in Senior, the substantial costs reduction ‘ought to be scrutable by a reviewing court’. He added that a proportionality reduction may occasionally not need any reasoning, for example where there had only been a ‘modest reduction’.Judge Wood went on to provide guidance on how low-value flight claims under the ESCP should be dealt with post-West. He said any costs schedule provided ‘should be considered first of all on a line by line basis’, before the judge considers whether the total figure is disproportionate, ‘having regard to the factors set out in CPR 44.3 (5) and CPR 44.4 (1).’ If so, the judge should revisit the various stages of the litigation to see if a proportionality reduction can be made, excluding ‘unavoidable’ elements such as court fees.Judge Wood said the resulting figure would be the ‘final amount of costs to be allowed’, and the way it was arrived at would be ‘clear and transparent’. He said there should be ‘no further stepping back, or the making of any further deduction for proportionality, because that, as the court in the West case indicated, would amount to double counting.’The judge acknowledged that the exercise might impose an ‘onerous burden’ on district judges undertaking flight claims, and ‘precisely how’ it was done would depend on the ‘a number of factors’. He added: ‘How any judge deals with his/her decision on the recoverable costs in a successful ESCP claim is down to individual preference, provided that it can be clearly established that an exercise has been undertaken, and that the reasoning is scrutable.’The judge remitted the costs back down to DJ Balwin for re-assessment. He allowed the claimant firm £6,557 for the costs of the appeal itself, acknowledging that ‘this was an important appeal which dealt with a point of principle and in respect of which guidance has been provided’.Andrew Hogan, costs barrister at Ropewalk Chambers in Nottingham who acted for the successful claimants, told the Gazette: ‘This is the first decision by a circuit judge on the application of proportionality to costs in low value claims since the Court of Appeal judgment in West/Demoulpied, and gives guidance on how that principle is to be applied.‘There are tens of thousands of such claims, and the case illustrates how, by using the European Small Claims procedure instead of the domestic small claims court, a solicitor is able to recover costs – in a profitable alternative to low-value personal injury litigation after 2020.’
The Nigerian government has proposed that Islamists militant group Boko Haram pick a non-governmental international to represent it in talks on the release of about 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from the northwestern village of Chibok in 2014.President Muhammadu Buhari last year said that his government was willing to enter negotiations with the militants to secure the release of the girls, but the group has not responded to the proposal.Now, Buhari has said his government would let Boko Haram, pick an NGO to represent it in the talks if it doesn’t want to engage the government directly.Boko Haram kidnapped about 270 girls from their school in Chibok in 2014. More than 200 are still missing.Earlier this month, Boko Haram published a video apparently showing recent footage of dozens of the girls and saying some were killed in air strikes.
The Moroccan King’s visit to Mali has been postponed to an undecided later date, with no reasons given for the cancellation.The announcement was made via a tweet posted by the Malian presidency on Tuesday, saying that the postponement was “due to a decision on the part of Morocco.”King Mohammed VI’s was scheduled to visit Mali in his tour around Africa.Morocco is on a mission to strengthen South South partnerships and revamp mutual ties with the rest of the African countries.The North African country was re-admitted into the African Union earlier this month after King Mohammed VI conducted a strong campaign across the continent to rally nations to help re-admit it into the continental body.On Monday, King Mohammed VI and his counterpart President of the Republic of Zambia, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, chaired the signing ceremony of 19 governmental and economic partnership agreements between the two countries.
Tweet 60 Views 12 comments Sharing is caring! Share Share LocalNews Truckers at ‘wits end’ due to non payment by: – July 11, 2013 Share The Melville Hall road project commenced in 2011The Dominica Tipper Truckers Association (DTTA) is expected to hold an emergency meeting soon to discuss the next course of action for unpaid salaries. The truckers who are employed on Phase two of the Pond Case to Melville Hall road project claim that they have not been paid for seven months. The DTTA met with government on June 17th where they were told that new payment arrangements would be implemented to allow for tranches of money to be sent from the funding agency and logged in a bank in Dominica. In that way, the payments would be made directly to the truckers. The truckers were also asked to wait until June month end to begin receiving payment. Previously contractor Jacques Ghardakhan was charged with the responsibility to pay to the truckers and not the government.However, last month to facilitate payment and resolve the issue, the government indicated that new payment arrangements would be made. The truckers have now accused the government of “fooling them” because to date, they have not received any payment.“I believe that government fooled truckers; that’s my belief. We had a meeting with the government department, they spoke at the meeting, I really thought that they understood the plight of truckers,” President of the DTTA Earl Laudat told an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes on Thursday 11th July. According to Laudat, the situation has worsened because all attempts to get a favorable response from government have been unsuccessful, while the truckers are frustrated and need urgent answers. He said further that government officials promised to discuss the outstanding payment with the funding agency during a geothermal meeting in France last month.“They got back to Dominica, we heard all talk about geothermal but the minister has not seen it fit to call us in a meeting to tell us what was done,” he said. He has called on government to be honest with them about their attempts for the new payment arrangements with the funding agency, because every time they call to inquire, they are told that the money will be in their accounts on “Friday”.The truckers have stayed away from the job for several weeks now and this has contributed to the further set back of the project.Laudat said the situation is now unbearable as it has created problems for truckers with financial institutions and the truckers are “fed-up and have reached the end of their rope”.“There was the storm this week and while everyone in the supermarkets buying stuff, not one trucker you could see there, we have to wait for when the wind throw down the coconut tree to eat dry coconut,” he noted. Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore, in response to the truckers concerns, told Dominica Vibes; “I don’t have time for that. Do your own investigation; the government is not responsible to pay the truckers. I really don’t have time for that story”.Dominica Vibes News
Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews Bioche announces its 1st reunion 2015 by: Dominica Vibes News – May 6, 2015 The Bioche Enhancement Committee Wednesday 6 May 2015 announced that the village will be holding its first-ever reunion, carded for Sunday 5 July to Sunday 12 July 2015.There are many fun-filled activities and functions planned over the course of this one week event, including a dance party with live music on Saturday night, July 11th; a Fish Festival featuring our local and delicious fish prepared several ways; a health fair with medical students from Ross University; meeting with the Diaspora; an early morning hike on Segment 10 of the Waitukubuli Trail; a tour of Cabrits, Fort Shirley and other sites; a Gospel Concert in Reunion Park; and sports, games, boat races, etc.; just to name a few.The Committee is also announced that LIME Dominica has become its key ‘Platinum’ sponsor and supporter, along with several other kind organizations and businesses on the island.Additional information on the reunion is expected to be provided at a press conference planned for late June at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau. Share 105 Views no discussions Share Share