Be smart – CARICOM ASG advises Guyana, Suriname animators

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Be smart in the business of animation.

That’s a bit of sound advice that Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat, Mr. Joseph Cox offered animators from Guyana and Suriname.

The animators from the Guyana Animation Network and the Suriname Animation Network visited the CARICOM Secretariat on Friday and interacted with Deputy Secretary-General, Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan PhD., Mr. Cox, Deputy Programme Manager, Information and Communication Technologies for Development, Ms. Jennifer Britton, and representatives from the Human Resource Development Directorate.

ASG Cox told the GAN/SAN that if they wanted to move ahead they had to do so with purpose, dedication and training. He said being successful would require a long-term commitment. He encouraged them to create synergies with other CARICOM countries and to try to access funding from International Development Partners. His final piece of advice to the animators was to pay attention to copyright so that their ideas and work did not get stolen.

“This is a large industry where you can make considerable amounts of money … $220 billion dollars and that was just in 2013,” he said, referring to the value of the animation industry in that year.

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CARICOM partners with UNEP to raise awareness on Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

Hawksbill Turtle (Photo via UNEP)
Hawksbill Turtle (Photo via UNEP)

The CARICOM Secretariat and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are partnering to raise awareness in the Region of the conservation and sustainable use of migratory animals and their habitats.

CARICOM and the UNEP/Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat will host a Regional Capacity-Building Workshop for CMS Non-Parties of the Caribbean Region in Bridgetown, Barbados, 31 August – 2 September.

The purpose of the workshop is to raise awareness about the CMS. This convention is an environmental treaty under the aegis of UNEP, that provides a global platform for the conservation and sustainable use of migratory animals and their habitats. CMS brings together the States through which migratory animals pass, the Range States, and lays the legal foundation for internationally coordinated conservation measures throughout a migratory range. (more…)

Dominicans will never forget Erika carnage – PM Skerrit

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Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has called on Dominicans to pause and remember the many who lost their lives and those who are still suffering from the passage of Erika on 27 August, 2015.

Listen to his remarks on the first anniversary of the passage of the storm:

Guyana seeks technical support for oil and gas take-off

President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger (centre) is flanked by Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Energy and Energy Industries , the Hon Nicole T Olivierre and Deputy Permanent Secretary in her Ministry, Mr. Andre Laveau (Photo via Government Information Agency)
President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger (centre) is flanked by Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Energy and Energy Industries , the Hon Nicole T Olivierre and Deputy Permanent Secretary in her Ministry, Mr. Andre Laveau (Photo via Government Information Agency)

PRESIDENT David Granger on Thursday held discussions with top oil and gas officials of Trinidad and Tobago during a meeting at his Shiv Chanderpaul Drive office. T&T Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, Ms. Nicole Olivierre and Deputy Permanent Secretary in her ministry, Mr. Andre Laveau, met with Mr. Granger and Guyana’s Minister of Natural Resources, Mr Raphael Trotman.

The Head of State said that as Guyana prepares to harness its oil and gas potential, the country is looking forward to technical support and cooperation from its CARICOM sister state.

“There are mutual benefits to be derived. Trinidad has been very friendly to us in the Region, but we must be prepared to extend not just friendship, but concrete arrangements as well, which would benefit our Caribbean people; a new pattern of collaboration,” the Head of State said.

In this regard, Minister Olivierre spoke of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed by the former administration in 2013 for cooperation in the energy sector and said that her Government is looking to continue that cooperation. However, that MoU has since expired and President Granger has asked that it be reconceptualised and expanded to include other areas of cooperation such as agriculture, education, infrastructure and tourism. Minister Trotman gave the assurance that the process of drafting and finalising a new MoU will move swiftly apace and said that this will be done at the level of the two permanent secretaries (Guyana and Trinidad) with a view to having something concrete by October later this year.

Minister of Public Infrastructure,The Hon David Patterson; Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources,The Hon Simona J Broomes; Minister of Finance,The Hon Winston Jordan; Minister of Energy and Energy Industries of Trinidad and Tobago,The Hon Nicole T Olivierre and Minister of Natural Resources,The Hon Raphael G C Trotman (Photo via Guyana Chronicle)
From left, Minister of Public Infrastructure, the Hon. David Patterson; Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Hon. Simona J Broomes; Minister of Finance, the Hon. Winston Jordan; Minister of Energy and Energy Industries of Trinidad and Tobago, the Hon. Nicole T Olivierre and Minister of Natural Resources, the Hon. Raphael G C Trotman (Photo via Guyana Chronicle)

Read more at: Guyana Chronicle

Security boost with refurbishment of RSS aircraft

(From right) Ambassador Luis Arreaga; Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite; Permanent Secretary, PM's Office, St. Kitts & Nevis, Osbert DeSuza; US Ambassador, Linda Taglialatela; Counsellor (Political), Canada's High Commission, Agnes Pust; RSS Executive Director, Grantley Watson; and Captain Harris pose in front of the refurbished and upgraded C-26 aircraft. (Photo by C.Pitt via BGIS)
(From right) Ambassador Luis Arreaga; Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite; Permanent Secretary, PM’s Office, St. Kitts & Nevis, Osbert DeSuza; US Ambassador, Linda Taglialatela; Counsellor (Political), Canada’s High Commission, Agnes Pust; RSS Executive Director, Grantley Watson; and Captain Harris pose in front of the refurbished and upgraded C-26 aircraft. (Photo by C.Pitt via BGIS)

The Regional Security System’s (RSS) second C-26 surveillance aircraft has returned to the island after millions of dollars have been spent by the United States of America and Canada on its refurbishment and upgrade of equipment.

And, Executive Director of the RSS, Grantley Watson, said that with the return of this aircraft, the RSS now had increased capability to act individually and collectively to “sense and see” what was happening in the region’s waters and land spaces in order to stop the flow of drugs, guns and other illicit activity.

Mr. Watson made the comments on Wednesday afternoon during a handing over ceremony at the RSS Hangar to mark the completion and return of the refurbished Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

He told the small gathering: “With these aircrafts, several arms of the RSS and our partner nations will be able to work more coherently together to ensure that the overarching regional security mechanism is provided with timely and accurate surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting data, which is critical to the execution of effective operations.”

According to him, this would assist in the building of stronger relations, communications and trust with the System’s global partner agencies and States.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service