TT President says Region should replace Privy Council

CCJ Headquarters, Trinidad and Tobago
CCJ Headquarters, Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago President, Anthony Carmona, has expressed frustration that his country and other CARICOM states have not replaced the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their final authority in legal matters.

Though 12 of the 15 CARICOM territories have signed the agreement establishing the CCJ, which was launched in 2005 as the final arbiter in legal disputes among and within regional members, only Barbados, Guyana, Dominica and Belize have accepted this court as the end decision-maker.

Carmona, who served as a High Court Judge before being appointed as President in 2013, expressed his frustration during a presentation on Thursday to University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, undergraduate organisation, ‘Students Today Alumni Tomorrow’.

“Why have we yet, not all, subscribed to the jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice?” he asked in the Henry Fraser Lecture Theatre while delivering a presentation on, ‘Redefining Caribbean Pride for the 21st Century Youth’.

Read more at: Barbados Today

Tradewinds to address security threats

From left to right: Assistant Commissioner of Police, William Yearwood; Chief of Office of Security Operation in the U.S. Military Liaison Office, Lt. Col. Jorge Jaramillio; Host nation Co-director, Major Carlos Lovell; Host nation Co-Director, Kerry Hinds; and RSS Director of Training, retired Captain Brian Roberts at today’s media launch for Exercise Tradewinds 2017. (Photo by C.Pitt via BGIS)
From left to right: Assistant Commissioner of Police, William Yearwood; Chief of Office of Security Operation in the U.S. Military Liaison Office, Lt. Col. Jorge Jaramillio; Host nation Co-director, Major Carlos Lovell; Host nation Co-Director, Kerry Hinds; and RSS Director of Training, retired Captain Brian Roberts at today’s media launch for Exercise Tradewinds 2017. (Photo by C.Pitt via BGIS)

Barbados’ emergency forces will grapple with staged situations dealing with the threats of transnational organised crime, terrorism and natural hazards when Exercise Tradewinds 2017 takes place across the country from June 6 to 12.

Under the theme: Seamless States Partnership for a Secure Region, the length and breadth of the island will be tested during Phase One of the regional exercise.

The plans for Exercise Tradewinds 2017 were rolled out during a media launch at the Hodgson Hall, St. Ann’s Fort today.

Host Nation Co-Director of the regional exercise, Major Carlos Lovell, said this year’s scenario will feature transnational organised crime, terrorism and natural hazards causing national and regional crises.

Firing at sea. (Photo via BGIS)
Firing at sea. (Photo via BGIS)

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service

In emotional service, Jesuits and Georgetown repent for slave trading

“We express our solemn contrition for our participation in slavery, and the benefit our institution received. We cannot hide from this truth, bury this truth, ignore this truth. Slavery remains the original evil in our republic, an evil that our university was complicit in.” – President, Georgetown University, John DeGioia
(CNN) There is wide gulf, Frederick Douglass wrote in 1845, between Christianity proper and the “slaveholding religion of this land.” One is “good, pure and holy,” the other corrupt and wicked, the “climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds.”

“We have men-stealers for ministers, women-whippers for missionaries and cradle-plunderers for church members,” Douglass wrote in “Life of an American Slave.”

For Douglass, as for other African-Americans, the sin of slavery was intolerable; the complicity of Christians unforgivable.

On both counts, the Jesuit order, one of the Catholic Church’s most powerful group of priests, (Pope Francis is a member) was guilty. In the United States and elsewhere, the Society of Jesus owned and sold slaves.

 

Read more at: CNN

Mega shopping mall for CARIFESTA XIII

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A composite photo of some of the items expected to be showcased at the CARIFESTA Grand Market and Buyer’s Shopping Mall. (Photo via Barbados Today)
A composite photo of some of the items expected to be showcased at the CARIFESTA Grand Market and Buyer’s Shopping Mall. (Photo via Barbados Today)

Local and regional entrepreneurs will have a rare opportunity to showcase their products to international buyers as well as shoppers from the Caribbean when the new CARIFESTA Grand Market and Buyer’s Shopping Mall opens at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC) on August 17.

Described by coordinator Andre Hoyte as a ‘Shopping Mall’, the traditional grand market of CARIFESTA has been redesigned specifically to attract retail buyers. In addition to those from the Region, buyers have been invited from the USA, Canada, Colombia and Europe.

The Caribbean Export Development Agency has also invited a number of buyers who will be seeking Caribbean products for world markets.

Read more at: Barbados Today

Guyana to field contingent of 60 to CARIFESTA XIII

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Guyana dancers perform at the closing ceremony of CARIFESTA XII in Haiti.
Guyana dancers perform at the closing ceremony of CARIFESTA XII in Haiti.

(Georgetown, March 07, 2017) – Even as efforts continue on the road to the Caribbean being showcased, domestic plans are moving apace to make Guyana’s participation at CARIFESTA XIII as broad-based as possible.

CARIFESTA XIII is slated for staging in Barbados during the period August 17-27, and the Ministry of Education, Department of Culture, Youth and Sport proposes to field a 60-strong contingent. Guyana has already registered to field a contingent to the event and to ensure the broad-based participation idea is realised, on Tuesday, 11 April, Hon. Minister Nicolette Henry is set to chair a CARIFESTA Planning meeting in the boardroom of the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport, Main Street.

At that meeting, members of the respective planning committees will be issued Terms of Reference of Guyana’s proposed plans.

Further, that gathering should feature participants’ presentations of their plans with specific reference to their area of expertise. Additionally, they are expected to share proposed plans for the commencement of National auditions and or judging of works to shortlist what will be Guyana’s presentation for CARIFESTA XIII in Barbados.

Guyana to field 60 member contingent to CARIFESTA (Photo via Nicolette Henry)
Guyana to field 60 member contingent to CARIFESTA (Photo via Nicolette Henry)

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