Athletes compete for CARICOM 10K title on Sunday

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The twelfth Annual CARICOM 10K race is happening this Sunday at 6:00 am in Georgetown, Guyana, under the Theme ‘Promoting Healthy and Peaceful Societies’.

The CARICOM 10K race is held to coincide with the Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM each year. This year, the Meeting will be held at the Pegasus in Georgetown, Guyana, 5-6 July. The opening ceremony on July 4 will be at the National Cultural Centre at 5:00pm.

The race begins at the CARICOM Secretariat. Athletes will proceed along the Railway Embankment Road, turning left at Ogle Junction until the Rupert Craig Highway. Runners will then make a left onto the highway up to JB Latchmansingh Road then right onto Thomas Lands and continue where the course turns right into the National Park ending at the Children’s Monument.

In addition to the 10K race, there will be a 5K event which will start at Pump House Road turning left onto the Rupert Craig Highway and follow the same course as the 10K race.  A 1,500M Children’s Race, which will be run on the lower track of the National Park, will also form part of the proceedings.

There will be cash prizes for the first, second and third place winners of the male and female 10K races. All other participants will receive a medal of participation. Support for this event, including prizes, has been secured from Digicel Guyana, Courts Guyana, Demerara Distillers Limited, Eureka Laboratories and CARICOM Rice Mills Limited.

Building the CARICOM Communications Network

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Communications professionals representing (l-r) : Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) – Cleveland Sam; Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) Shireen Cuthbert; CARICOM Secretariat (CSME Unit), Salas Hamilton; Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Klao Bell-Lewis; CARICOM Secretariat, Kendol Morgan; Caribbean Export , JoEllen Laryea ; Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDEMA), Clive Murray; and United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP) Penny Bowen.

As efforts continue to develop a network of CARICOM Communications professionals, a sub-group mainly from Caribbean Community Institutions in Barrbados and the CARICOM Secretariat recommitted to closer collaboration during a recent lunch-meeting at CDB Headquarters, Barbados.

The get-together was a spin-off from an earlier on-line meeting of professionals across the Community, in which the Communications operatives agreed, among other things, that:

  • There is a case for improving coordination and collaboration.
  • We need to move to a point where Communications Operatives see themselves not only as taking on communications responsibilities for their Institutions but are in some way linked to a larger CARICOM Brand.
  • We need to direct the public’s mind to the fact that the services delivered by Institutions are in fact delivered by CARICOM. This helps to create brand awareness and positively addresses the issue of the value of CARICOM to the citizens of the region.  We need to ask are these services  being identified in the public’s mind with the existence of the regional entity that is CARICOM.

Professionals at the Barbados -based Institutions and the Secretariat have agreed to maintain regular exchanges. Similar engagements are envisioned for the other Member States with clusters of Institutions.

Agreement to improve Meteorological collaboration in the Caribbean

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Signing by Tyrone Sutherland (CMO) and Jean-Marc Lacave (France), witnessed by the Secretary-General of WMO, Prof. Petteri Taalas

The Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO) and the Meteorological Service of France (Météo‑France) signed an agreement on 21 June 2016 to formalize the working arrangements between their two institutions.

The Caribbean Meteorological Organization, which is a specialized institution of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), coordinates the joint scientific activities of the National Meteorological Services of its sixteen Caribbean Member States, provides, among other things, training, research and specialized facilities in meteorology and applied sciences, and collaborates with other nations in the Caribbean for the delivery of a reliable severe weather warning system to safeguard the region.

The Meteorological Service of France, with Headquarters in Paris, is one of the world’s most advanced and active national weather services.  It maintains major operations in its Caribbean Overseas Departments of Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guiana.CMO_signing2

Over the years, Météo-France and the CMO have collaborated on various activities in the Caribbean, but these have been on specific projects or on ad-hoc activities of common interest.  One such example of the collaboration between the two agencies is the creation and operation of a regional weather radar composite, by integrating data and imagery from the CMO and French weather radar networks in the Caribbean. (more…)

Jamaica’s PM launches CARICOM Review Commission

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre) is seen with (from left): Mr Bruce Golding, former Prime Minister and newly appointed Chairman of CARICOM Review Commission, Damien King, Economist, Professor Alvin Wint, and Andre Mariott-Blake, CARICOM Youth Ambassador. The Prime Minister launched the Commission on Tuesday, June 28 at the Office of the Prime Minister. (Photo via JIS)

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuessday launched the CARICOM Review Commission at Jamaica House. The Chairman of the Commission is Mr Bruce Golding, former Prime Minister.

In his address, Prime Minister Holness said, “We cannot preempt what the commission will say, but it was never the intention to lay any groundwork or chart any path out of CARICOM. This is about strengthening Jamaica’s position within the regional integration process, which is absolutely important for Jamaica’s economic growth and development for the next 50 years”. (more…)

UWI, CaPRI host BREXIT Symposium Wednesday

Brexit symposium 29 June 2016The Office of the Vice-Chancellor in collaboration with the Department of Economics at The UWI Mona Campus and Caribbean Policy Research Institute will host a one-day symposium titled, Brexit Implication for the Caribbean on Wednesday, 29 June, 2016.

The symposium begins at 8:30 am at the| UWI Regional Headquarters Jamaica

Admission is free.

The Forum will also be livestreamed via http://tv.mona.uwi.edu/brexit-symposium