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

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

Logic of working together must continue – Ken Gordon

Mr. Ken Gordon
Mr. Ken Gordon (Photo via St. Lucia News Online)

(Montego Bay, Jamaica April 15, 2017)- Kenneth Gordon, veteran media mogul from Trinidad and Tobago, delivered a riveting and insightful lecture at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the UWI Western Jamaica Campus’ annual public lecture on 11 April, 2017.

Under the theme ‘Get It Together: The Role of Media In Caribbean Integration’, Mr. Gordon said, “the logic of working together must continue, as unlike 1961 when the Federal experiment was politically driven now the links are being driven between Caribbean People and their organisations. People who today know more about each other than they did 56 years ago”, shared Gordon.

The event which was chaired by President of the Western Jamaica Media Association, Janet Silvera, was also the avenue through which the book, ‘A Guide to One Caribbean’ was launched. This book contains information on 16 English Speaking Caribbean countries. The content includes: national symbols, Language, Geographic Location and more. A download of the entire book compiled by the final year Communication Analysis and Planning (CAP) class is available on the schools online news page at (more…)

Trinidad and Tobago ready to advance collaboration on oil with Guyana – PM Rowley

TnT_Dr. Rowley
Dr. Keith Rowley

Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley in a Statement to Parliament on Wednesday about his recent visit to Houston, USA, stated:

On March 31, 2017 we met with a number of key executives of ExxonMobil to discuss the potential of a relationship with Trinidad and Tobago.

Exxon is responsible for leading the discoveries of substantial oil reserves in Guyana over the last two years and is also a shareholder which owns a sizeable portion of the oil in these fields.

It was emphasized that TnT is ideally positioned to play a key role in assisting with Guyana’s hydrocarbon future: “Our location, refinery, deep water harbours, access to markets and expertise in the energy sector all make us the best candidate for partnership with our neighbor.

We discussed T&T’s oil production and refinery position. Exxon was advised that Trinidad and Tobago had opened these discussions with the President and Government of Guyana and our two CARICOM countries are currently engaged in finalizing a memorandum of understanding against which T&&T stands ready to assist Guyana.

See full statement:   Statement – TnT’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley – 28th Sitting of the House of Representatives – 12 04 2017


CARICOM heightens preparation for UN oceans Conference

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CARICOM Secretariat – Small Island Developing States (SIDS) including those of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are heightening their preparations ahead of the United Nations (UN) Conference on the sustainable use of the oceans (SDG14), scheduled for June 5-9 in New York.

CARICOM Member States and the CARICOM Secretariat participated in a forum from 29-31 March 2017, in Jeju, Republic of Korea, as the Community continued to enhance its capacity to adequately respond to the complexity of issues surrounding sustainable oceans governance.

The Meeting, hosted by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), was organized by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in collaboration with the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). It drew extensive representation of SIDS throughout the hemisphere, experts from capitals, embassies and Permanent Missions to the UN in New York. (more…)