The Thirtieth Meeting of the Regional Census Coordinating Committee (RCCC) was held in Trinidad and Tobago from 29-30 July. The Meeting was held as preparations heighten for the start of the 2020 Round of Housing and Population Census. CARICOM has traditionally adopted a regionally coordinated approach to Census activities. This has led to benefits including greater harmonisation of the census results; knowledge-sharing; adoption of best practices; functional and technical cooperation; cost-savings through the availability of regional public goods; and regional training. The Census is part of an integrated programme of the CARICOM Regional Statistics Work Programme and from the 2010 Census Round, the RCCC has met on a continuous basis in acknowledgement of the importance of the Census to the body of statistics being produced in the National Statistical Systems. CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… Pandemic highlights importance of statistics – CARICOM… You may be interested in… Special Topic Statistical Bulletin – COVID-19 Issue… Oct 12, 2020 Regional statisticians meeting in Georgetown to prepare for 2020 CensusRegional statisticians are currently in Georgetown, Guyana, working to ensure that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States are ready to undertake the 2020 Round of Population and Housing Census. Member States begin their census exercises from next year until 2022. The statisticians and other stakeholders began a week-long meeting at…July 25, 2018In “CARICOM”Statistics must play vital role in reconstruction of hurricane-hit islands – Dr. Philomen HarrisonThere is a vital role for statistics to play in the reconstruction of Caribbean islands that were severely damaged by the recent hurricanes that swept through the Region, Project Director, Regional Statistics, Dr. Philomen Harrison said last week. At the opening of several regional Statistics events in the Cayman Islands,…November 1, 2017In “Anguilla”Preparation for 2020 census continues in CARICOM with GIS workshopAs the Caribbean ramps up preparation for the conduct of the 2020 Round of Population and Housing Census, the CARICOM Secretariat hosted a workshop on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the exercise. The workshop was held in Barbados 3-6 December, 2018, for National Statistics Officers who are…December 13, 2018In “Agriculture”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 14, 2020 Statistical agencies across @CARICOMorg are planning for 2020 Censuses and more. T&T’s9 Central Statistical Office hosts the 30th Meeting of the Regional Census Coordinating Committee, July 29-30. pic.twitter.com/0pfezYzymA— Min of Planning T&T (@PlanningTT) July 29, 2019 Oct 2, 2020 Sep 29, 2020 In brief remarks at the opening of the Meeting on Monday, Project Director, Regional Statistics, Dr. Philomen Harrison, pointed to the importance of the Census to economic and social development, and the necessity for the exercise to be effectively resourced, managed and the results dissemination in a timely manner. “The Census provides data central to the economic, social and environmental planning of countries. Apart from answering the questions ‘How many are we?’, the Census also provides rich and valuable information to guide the development of a country, and specifically the people of a country on issues that relate to: Children, Youth, Economic Activity, Education, the Health Status, Gender, Persons with Disability, Indigenous populations, Migration, the Elderly, Geographic information for disaster mitigation, the housing stock, agricultural holdings and related facilities and infrastructure,” she said. The Census is supported by a number of development partners including the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UNECLAC and PARIS21. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator…
Jazz takes on a different tune when Judy Carmichael takes the stage. A true virtuoso, Carmichael got into the genre in her 20s and has since mastered the art of stride piano and swing — such a talent that Count Basie nicknamed her “Stride” — which landed her Grammy nominations.The California native moved to Sag Harbor in 1992, where she resides when she’s not touring the nearly 200 days a year. Carmichael debuted as Bay Street Theater’s first musician to play the 299-seat professional theater. “They weren’t focusing on that at all in the beginning, which is hard to imagine because they present so much music now,” Carmichael said of the theater that originally focused on plays.Now, part singer, part pianist, part comedian, and all parts entertaining, Carmichael will return to Bay Street Theater, her “home gig” on Friday, October 4, at 8 PM for her one-night only show of “Let’s Swing!” She will play alongside clarinetist/saxophonist Dan Block, bassist George DeLancey, and longtime collaborator, guitarist Chris Flory, in an evening of ballads. “Chris is my stand-by guitarist. He’ll be the only one in the band who’s not a new player. Anytime you get new musicians together, because it’s all improvisational, different things happen. That’s what’s so great about jazz. That’s what I’m really looking forward to.”As with all things Carmichael, it’s hard to predict what’s in store for the evening. She will present fresh compositions, a special surprise, and a lot of singing.As for the future, it’s important to keep the vibe alive, she noted. In a recent conversation with the famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on her national NPR show “Jazz Inspired” (airing locally on Tuesday nights on 88.3 WPPB FM), the two discussed ways to intrigue the public on disciplines that can be intimidating to the masses.“It’s all about framing the music in a way that brings the audience in. The performers need to be conscious of unfamiliarity,” Carmichael said, and need to keep things humorous and accessible. Continuing being the Renaissance woman she is, Carmichael also authored a book in 2017, “Swinger! A Jazz Girl’s Adventures from Hollywood to Harlem.” But her live shows still offer plenty of anecdotes.“I try to tell the stories about some of the artists I play, stories that people will relate with, funny stories,” she said. “We frame the songs in a way that that makes them fresh, and brings people into the music.”Bay Street Theater is located at the corner of Bay Street and Main Street in Sag Harbor. Call the box office at 631-725-9500 or visit online at www.baystreet.org. Learn more about Carmichael at firstname.lastname@example.org Share
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Swiss container line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is adding three European ports to its Angola Express service as of September 18.The 2,000 TEU MV Nicholas will be the first ship in the revised service to call at the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Bassens.The new service now also includes a direct call from Casablanca to destinations in West Africa.MSC will deploy six 2,000 TEU boxships on its upgraded service which will have the following port rotation: Rotterdam-Antwerp-Bassens (Bordeaux)-Sines-Casablanca-Las Palmas/Las Palmas-Conakry-Luanda-Dakar-Rotterdam.
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The service, which carries general cargo, ro-ro, heavy lift and oversize project cargo, deploys two multipurpose vessels and calls at Uddevalla (Sweden), Vlissingen (The Netherlands) and Bilbao, before heading to Callao (Peru), Iquique and Arica (Chile).In addition, the service offers inducement calls at Buenaventura (Colombia) and Valparaíso (Chile), as well as other ports.Uniport Bilbao also noted that Vasco Shipping Services (as representative of Cosco Shipping) has begun a weekly service from Bilbao to the ports of Alger (Algeria), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Jebel Ali (UAE).The Spanish port also saw NordikMaritime celebrate its 45th call at Bilbao, with the arrival of the multipurpose ship Karion.Bergé Marítima Bilbao has reinforced its operating capacity with the acquisition of a new 140-tonne capacity mobile harbour crane, which will be used for the handling of heavy project cargoes. Meanwhile, Toro y Betolaza has received the last six of 12 Mafi trailers, which are used to load project cargoes onto ro-ro vessels in Bilbao. Toro y Betolaza adds the new trailers to its 104-tonne capacity mobile harbour crane, which became operational in January.Bilbao port has also witnessed Asta Logistik coordinate the shipment of project cargo to South Africa for Volkswagen Uitenhage. The consignment comprised of ten parts, weighing 480 tonnes in total. www.uniportbilbao.eswww.sdwshipping.comwww.vascoship.comwww.nordikmaritime.com www.berge-m.eswww.torobe.com
LocalNews Dominica to host risk communication workshop by: – February 19, 2013 Share Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! A four-day workshop geared at encouraging and facilitating improved risk communication for public health emergencies among public health authorities is scheduled to commence in Dominica on Wednesday February 20th at the Fort Young Hotel.The workshop which is dubbed ‘Risk Communication for Public Health Emergencies’, the first of its kind, is a partnership between the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).It is expected that participation in the workshop will enable public health officers to build risk communication core capacities as part of best practices in surveillance and response. A press release from the Ministry of Health indicates that the core facilitators of this workshop are specialist communication professionals from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, USA. It also notes that Dominica “is pleased to partner with PAHO to host this high level workshop and views this activity as an important milestone in accomplishing our obligation to the vision of the International Health Regulations (IHR)”. According to the World Health Organization, IHR are an international legal instrument that is binding on 194 countries across the globe, including all the Member States of WHO. Their aim is to help the international community prevent and respond to acute public health risks that have the potential to cross borders and threaten people worldwide.The IHR, which entered into force on 15 June 2007, require countries to report certain disease outbreaks and public health events to WHO. The IHR also require countries to strengthen their existing capacities for public health surveillance and response. WHO is working closely with countries and partners to provide technical guidance and support to mobilize the resources needed to implement the new rules in an effective and timely manner. Timely and open reporting of public health events will help make the world more secure.Dominica Vibes News 12 Views no discussions
Tweet LocalNews Parliament debates supplementary estimates by: – May 27, 2015 Supplementary estimates of expenditure for the financial year ending 30 June 2015 in excess of over $14.3 million was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday 27 May 2015 during the second meeting of the first session of the ninth Parliament at the House of Assembly in Roseau.The estimates of fourteen million three hundred and seventy nine thousand, eight hundred and fourteen dollars and sixteen nine cents is in respect to advances made from the contingency fund for the period July to December 2014.“Eighty eight percent (88%) or twelve million seven hundred and two thousand nine hundred and twenty three dollars was from local resources, three percent or four hundred and sixty eight thousand nine hundred and thirty six dollars was met from loan funds and eight percent or one million, two hundred and seven thousand nine hundred and fifty give dollars was from grant resources,” Prime Minister Skerrit told Parliament.Mr Skerrit reported that the largest of these funds, nine million eight hundred and sixty seven thousand two hundred and nineteen dollars was in respect to the ministry of public works and ports. He informed that one million, two hundred and ninety seven thousand, eight hundred and four dollars was approved to meet obligations to the Public Works Corporation for road works in the village of Morne Prosper.“These works included and involve drainage improvement, the installation of culverts and road resurfacing. This intervention was deemed critical for the enhancement of road safety and protection of property, the sum of four hundred and sixty eight thousand, nine hundred and thirty six dollars was approved for the purchase of weight scales,” Mr Skerrit said. One million three hundred and fifty two thousand five hundred and twenty three dollars was appropriated to the Electoral Office meet expenses related to the December 2014 House of Assembly general election.In respect to the Office of the Prime Minister, the sum of one million eight hundred and forty one thousand one hundred and seventeen dollars was approved.“As part of this sum, the allocation of one million, five hundred thousand dollars was provided for funding of social commitments under the public support program,” Mr Skerrit said. It is anticipated that at that Parliamentary meeting, the Finance Minister will also introduce a Bill for an Act to provide for the regulation of banking business, the establishment of a single banking space and for the incidental and related matters and the repeal of the Banking Act no. 16 of 2005.Debates on the supplementary estimates will continue from 3PM. Share Sharing is caring! 99 Views no discussions Share Share
Trefren: “Too many people do rely on law enforcement and feel like it’s their responsibility to protect and defend them. The problem is that violent confrontations happen in 7 seconds, or less even. There isn’t time for law enforcement to come and defend you. Especially for a woman or a young person, it’s very unlikely that they can defend themselves against a grown man without a firearm.” Hughes added that the President’s approval rating has suffered in connection with his response to these recent acts of terrorism, again reaching its 2015 low of 45%. It took just twelve days for the government gun buyback scheme to pass through parliament after the attack. Trefren: “With these mass shootings, unfortunately, they’re happening so much in our country that we now have statistics about these. In America, not only do we need to get comfortable with our firearms, but we need to have a mentality that we’re going to fight.” In the original version of House Bill 69, Chenault suggested making it a felony to enforce new federal gun laws in Alaska if they interfered with the second amendment. The threat of a felony was later removed. Mike Crawford, with the Safari Club in Alaska, was recently visiting his uncle in Australia when he witnessed the far-reaching impact of these new gun laws… Of the five worst shooting massacres in history, only one occurred in the United States. Ranking fourth was the Virginia Tech tragedy of 2007 in which 32 people were killed and 25 wounded. In third place was a massacre in Australia nearly 20 years ago which has had an impact on other western nations as they debate gun control. A 29-year-old white male opened fire in a café full of tourists, killing 35 people and wounding at least another 20. ABC’s Ben Coles reports… At least one sheriff is telling his city to start carrying a firearm for self protection. ABC’s Scott Goldberg reports from upstate New York… The bill was signed into law by Governor Sean Parnell, along with a suite of other protections, including a bill clarifying that federal laws which contradict the Alaskan Constitution will not be enforced and a Stand Your Ground Law. Hughes: “The ABC News/Washington Post Poll was conducted after the San Bernardino attack. It shows just 45 percent of Americans favor banning assault weapons-that’s down 11 points from two years ago and a peak of 80 percent support in 1994. The poll also showed people felt a better response to terrorism than gun control is having more people carrying guns legally.” President Obama: “I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings, this just doesn’t happen in other countries, and yet in the United States we have the power to do more to prevent what is just a regular process of gun homicides. My hope is that, once again, this spurs a conversation and action and I will continue to present those things that I can do administratively, but in the end of the day, Congress, states, local governments are going to have to act in order to make sure that we’re preventing people who are deranged or have violent tendencies from getting weapons that can magnify the damage that they do.” Trefren: “So in Alaska it is not required that somebody over 21 have a permit to conceal in the state. That’s what makes Alaska unique. There are just a handful of states with that type of legislation.” Trefren: “When your firearms skills become second nature or subconscious, you’re not worried about your gun. You’re not worried to think, ‘Can I pull the trigger? Is it going to work? Is it loaded? Is there one in the chamber?’ You’re freeing your mind from those stresses to be able to think clearly in a circumstance like that.” Dunlop: “No more gun free zones. If people were allowed to protect themselves, maybe there’d be less chaos.” Goldberg: “Reactions to the San Bernardino massacre have ranged from prayers, to calls for more gun control, to a Facebook post by Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum in Ulster County, New York, telling anyone with a license to carry a gun – to carry it – whenever they leave home. (I’m reminding people that they went through the process to get that right to carry a firearm and reminding them they should carry it if they so choose) Especially active duty and retired cops… (I just felt that I had to take a step to be proactive.) Mass shootings often are followed by spikes in gun sales. Scott Goldberg ABC News” Crawford: “We were sitting there having a glass of wine, about an hour before dinner. Knock on the door and he answered the door and there were two officers coming in the house with him. Had to take them right to the gun safe, had to show them that all his firearms were in there. One of his firearms was actually at the gunsmith’s but he’s got to have his receipt from the gunsmith in his safe. I’m okay with people following the rules, but they’re not going to check the bad guys’ house, because they don’t know where the guns are.” Australia’s former-Prime Minister John Howard authored an opinion piece published by the New York Times in January 2013, urging Americans to follow his lead on gun laws, saying how “Australia, correctly in my view, does not have a Bill of Rights, so our legislatures have more say than America’s over many issues of individual rights, and our courts have less control.” He describes how he persuaded individual states to agree to the buyback of hundreds of thousands of firearms, which he said would be equivalent to “40 million guns in the United States.” The Alaskan law stands in contrast to other states where potential victims are required to flee if possible and not use deadly force. Coles: “April 28, 1996 and a lone gunman killed 35 people in the seaside town of Port Arthur. The government reaction was swift. Prime Minister John Howard’s bipartisan deal introduced a massive gun buyback scheme… 600 thousand semi automatics and rifles were traded in for cash and private gun sales prohibited.” In his piece for the New York Times, Mr. Howard did not cite specific statistics on the impact of his new Australian gun laws, only that “there is a wide consensus that our 1996 reforms not only reduced the gun-related homicide rate, but also the suicide rate.” But the Australian Institute of Criminology shows that homicide rates overall continued to increase as steadily after the ban as they did before, while armed robbery nearly doubled from 1995-97. When the President visited the site of the Oregon shooting last October, he was met with a crowd of gun rights activists like Sara Dunlop, demanding a change in the nation’s laws to allow for self-defense… Trefren says that while the Alaskan laws are among the best in the nation, there’s little point to protecting the right to keep and bear arms if it isn’t regularly used… The Stand Your Ground law was sponsored by Valley Republican Mark Neuman… Rep. Neuman(R-Susitna Valley): “Today the House took a step forward again in making sure Alaskans’ rights are protected, that we clarify in our statutes that you do have the right to defend yourself, your family, and your loved ones in any place you have the right to be. That you take the same rights that you have in your home, to protect your family, and when you’re out on the street, if you’re approached by a criminal and if you feel that you’re in imminent danger of your life or injury, that you do have the right to protect yourself.” At least for now, American gun owners are voting with their wallets. ABC’s Kayna Whitworth reports that gun sales continue to spike after mass shootings. Last week, some California gun stores sold out of 9mm pistols… Trefren: “People are frozen with fear or panic when it just takes one person to break that freeze. These perpetrators are reloading their firearms and citizens do not know what to do and I tell our women that even as a woman, if one person will rush that shooter, you will have a crowd of men behind you.” Nationwide, ABC’s Megan Hughes says Americans don’t want to ban so-called ‘assault weapons.’ She reviewed statistics from a recent poll, which showed that for the first time in 20 years, most people are against further gun control. Whitworth: “Gun store owners across the country reporting a surge in gun sales. We’ve seen it before in the wake of mass shootings – after the Tuscon rampage in 2011 – after the Newtown massacre. The demand for guns stronger than ever. For some it’s the fear one day those guns will be taken away – for others, it’s all about protection.” But the statistics don’t agree. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development ranked the United States 6th for total fatal rampage shootings since 2013 (adjusted for population), behind other countries with more restrictive gun laws like Norway, Finland, Slovakia, Israel, and Switzerland. The statistics on gun violence In Australia are hotly debated. Gun deaths had already been falling prior to the buyback in 1996 and few researchers confidently say what impact the scheme had on homicides overall. Trefren says if just one person had been carrying a concealed weapon in the these tragic incidents, they could have broken the “freeze” phenomenon… In 2013, Nikiski’s Speaker of the House Mike Chenault sponsored legislation which would prevent federal interference in Alaska’s gun laws, declaring that firearms kept within the State of Alaska are not subject to the federal government’s interstate commerce authority. The bill also forbids state or local agencies from enforcing any federal rules seen as infringing upon the second amendment.… Rep. Chenault(R-Nikiski): “Well I think it’s important that we push back when we can on any federal law or any talk of a federal law. That, one, is it passed by Congress? And two, it affects Alaskans. So we think we do have the right to keep and bear arms, we think we do have a right to decide whether we have carry concealed in our state and we’re pretty adamantly opposed to anything that takes gun rights away from law-abiding citizens.” In order to legally own a firearm, Australians must have a license and store the gun in a tightly-regulated manner. No licenses are granted for self-defense purposes, but Crawford says they’d be useless in an emergency anyway… The program cost roughly $500 million Australian Dollars, $362 million US Dollars (not adjusted for inflation), and was funded through a 0.2% increase in the nation’s Medicare levy. Brenda Trefren and her husband Joe own Majority Arms, teaching self defense and concealed carry classes. She says Alaska’s concealed carry permit allows the holder to carry a concealed weapon in 37 other states. She always travels with a firearm in her luggage. Crawford: “Here at my house, I have a firearm near my bed. I have critters that go through my yard. In Australia, I would be, I guess probably a felon, because I had that fairly accessible, instead of having to go to the safe and open it up to get it out. If it was a bad guy, he’s already in my house and I’m never going to get it out of the safe, or if it’s a bear that pushes through my front window, which almost happened twice…” Speaker Chenault says he’ll continue the fight at the legislative level, within the boundaries of the law… Last April in Chicago, 48-year-old John Hendricks was carrying a concealed weapon and permit when 22-year-old Everardo Custodio began shooting into a crowd of people. Hendricks fired six shots from his handgun, wounding Custodio and ending the attack before calling 911. Of the recent mass shootings in the United States, virtually all occurred in places where victims would not have expected to be carrying a firearm: this year at a health facility in San Bernardino, California; at Umpqua Community College in Oregon; and a Charleston church in South Carolina. In 2012, there was the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and the Aurora movie theater in Colorado. President Barack Obama was visiting Paris this month and told reporters, just 18 days after an ISIS shooting attack which killed 130 people in the city, that gun violence is a uniquely American phenomenon. Obama was responding to the shooting at Planned Parenthood. Rep. Chenault(R-Nikiski): “The Constitution gives us the right and it shall not be infringed upon. The more rights that we take away from Americans, the worse shape we’re in.” Similar stories can be told of a Philadelphia barber shop in March, in 2014 there was a construction site in Texas and a Utah hospital,in 2012 a South Carolina church and an Oregon mall, and a house party taken hostage in Atlanta in 2009. Part of the difficulty in tracing these incidents lies in the fact that a crisis which was avoided rarely makes the news while mass tragedies are spread across every front page. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In light of an increasing number of events meant to terrorize western countries, the right to own and carry a gun is under the microscope. Alaska’s concealed carry rights were ranked among the best in the nation by Guns & Ammo magazine. In Alaska, any adult age 21 or older who can legally possess a firearm can carry it concealed with or without a permit anywhere that guns are allowed. She insists the right to bear arms isn’t given by the Constitution, it’s given by God, but 27 words in the Second Amendment ensure the government can’t overstep its bounds… Amendment IIA well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.