You may be interested in… The purpose of the meeting is to advance planning for the fourteenth staging of the Caribbean Festival of Arts in August 2019. The team is also discussing arrangements for a launch of CARIFESTA XIV on Tuesday and a tour of the venues for CARIFESTA events was scheduled as part of the proceedings. CARIFESTA XIV will be held in Trinidad and Tobago from 16-25 August, 2019, under the theme ‘The Tangible and Intangible – Connect, Share, Invest’. The Interim Festival Directorate (IFD) is the Regional advisory body to CARIFESTA and was established in 2006 by the CARICOM Secretariat to manage and provide strategic direction for CARIFESTA until a permanent Board of Directors and Festival Directorate could be established. The IFD has overall responsibility for planning, coordinating and managing the programming and logistical arrangements for the festival, in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat and the host country, which, in this case, is Trinidad and Tobago. The IFD comprises representatives from the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC), the artistic community, the CARICOM Secretariat and specialists in areas such as media, intellectual property and marketing. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jul 28, 2020 CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 Jul 13, 2020 Oct 9, 2020 Market Region as Safe Haven – Business Leader FLASHBACK: Co-chairs of the 16th IFD Meeting meeting Dr. Hilary Brown, and Ms. Susan Shurland pay keen attention as an intervention is made FLASHBACK: Delegates at the 16th IFD Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Trinidad and Tobago FLASHBACK: Delegates at the 16th IFD Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Trinidad and Tobago Photo: Jeff Mayers FLASHBACK: One of the co-chairs of the 16th IFD meeting Susan Shurland, Deputy Permanent Secretary Ministry of Community Development Trinidad and Tobago consults with a member of her staff Photo:Jeff Mayers FLASHBACK: Delegates engaging at the 16th IFD Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Trinidad and Tobago Photo: Jeff Mayers Delegates at the 16th IFD Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Trinidad and Tobago Photo:Jeff Mayers FLASHBACK: Riane DeHaas Bledoeg, Deputy Programme Manager, Culture at the CARICOM Secretariat, Leela Ramotar, Former Staff Member at the CARICOM Secretariat and co-chair Dr. Hilary Brown, Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat during the 16th IFD MeetingPhoto: Jeff Mayers FLASHBACK: Vaughn Walter, Delegate from Antigua and Barbuda at the 16th IFD Meeting Photo: Jeff Mayers FLASHBACK: Delegates at the 16th IFD Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Trinidad and Tobago Photo: Jeff Mayers The sixteenth Interim Festival Directorate Meeting is currently underway at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre on Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Caribbean Leaders Urged to Diversify Creative Economy… Jun 4, 2020 Antigua and Barbuda Still Committed to Hosting CARIFESTA in… Interim Festival Directorate meets this week on CARIFESTAThe Interim Festival Directorate (IFD) – the body responsible for the planning of CARIFESTA along with the host country management team – is currently hosting its 17th meeting in Trinidad and Tobago. The meeting began on Monday morning at the Trinidad Hilton and Conference Centre in Port-of-Spain. As agreed in…March 25, 2019In “Antigua & Barbuda”CARIFESTA XIV preparations in full swingPreparations for the fourteenth hosting of CARIFESTA in Trinidad and Tobago are well underway. The sixteenth meeting of the Interim Festival Directorate (IFD) was convened at the Trinidad Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre where planning for CARIFESTA XIV was the main item on the agenda. The IFD team also…October 23, 2018In “Associate Member States”Preparations for CARIFESTA XIV high on agenda for RCCThe experts responsible for advising technical officers and Ministers on the hosting of CARIFESTA are currently meeting in Trinidad and Tobago. The 27th Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC) began on Wednesday with an opening ceremony at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Center in Port-of-Spain, and will continue until…March 28, 2019In “Associate Member States”Share this on WhatsApp
By RICHARD SKOLNIKWhite RockOur staying safe during a disease outbreak requires that we have clear, science-based information available to us at all times. Sadly, however, we are living in an age in which many people reject science. We are also living in an age when one widely watched news network consistently purveys false information about a range of science related matters, now including coronavirus.Worse than that, however, is that we have a government which demands loyalty over truth and which is muzzling our scientific, medical, and public health institutions. Coordinating communications during a disease outbreak is good. Muzzling communications of our leading disease scientists is bad. Our president is completely ignorant of public health matters and has consistently lied to the public about the timing of prospects for a vaccine against coronavirus. Our Vice-President presided as Governor of Indiana over one of the worst HIV outbreaks in modern US history, part of which was attributable to his failure to follow best public health practice.Testing for coronavirus is central to knowing how the disease is spreading, to tracking infected patients, to tracking their contacts, and to trying to stem the outbreak. Yet, the US lagged badly on getting test kits out and had an overly narrow protocol for who could be tested. To make it worse, CDC has now removed from its coronavirus website the information it was earlier posting about the number of people tested.I encourage everyone to urgently demand of their authorities that all levels of government provide honest, clear, and up to date information about the coronavirus outbreak at all times. We are heading toward the worst of all worlds on coronavirus: federal communications that are not transparent or factual, as in China, and a response to the virus by the federal government that is not as effective or efficient as it needs to be.We should also encourage our authorities to adequately fund pandemic preparedness. As others have said before, we need to stop moving from complacency to panic and back to complacency, whenever we face a disease outbreak. We have now seen – again – that disease outbreaks have enormous economic consequences, in addition to their health consequences. It is much more cost-efficient to stem such outbreaks through good preparedness than to have to address them as they spread more widely in the population.Editor’s note: Richard Skolnik is the former regional director for health for South Asia at the World Bank. He was the director of an AIDS treatment program for Harvard and taught Global Health at the George Washington University and Yale. He is the author of Global Health 101 and the instructor for Yale/Coursera’s Essentials of Global Health.
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GAIL (India) Limited and the Shipping of Corporation India Limited (SCI) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate for transportation of LNG sourced by GAIL from USA. The MoU was signed in the presence of Shri B.C. Tripathi, Chairman & Managing Director, GAIL and Shri B.K. Mandal, Chairman & Managing Director and Director (Finance), SCI. Other senior officials of GAIL and SCI were present on the occasion.Under the MoU, both GAIL & SCI shall cooperate for transportation of 5.8 MTPA of LNG being sourced by GAIL from Sabine Pass and Cove Point terminals in USA. The cooperation would include SCI assisting GAIL in the charter hiring of LNG ships and GAIL assigning step-in right to SCI in the ownership of LNG Ships.GAIL has signed a LNG Sales & Purchase Agreement with Cheniere Energy Partners, LP (Cheniere) to procure 3.5 MMTPA of LNG from the latter’s Sabine Pass Terminal in Louisiana, USA for a period of 20 years. GAIL has also signed a Terminal Service Agreement with Dominion through GAIL Global (USA) LNG LLC for booking 2.3 MMTPA liquefaction capacity in the Cove Point LNG liquefaction terminal project located at Lusby in the state of Maryland. As the agreements are on FOB basis, GAIL is required to make its own arrangements for transportation of LNG from these terminals. The transportation of LNG is expected to begin from mid-2017.Speaking on the occasion Shri B.C. Tripathi, CMD, GAIL said “LNG has become important business vertical of GAIL and the experience of SCI in the shipping business will bring huge synergetic advantage for both the companies. We expect that this partnership will enable faster development of in-house fleet operations capabilities for the Company.”Shri B.K. Mandal, CMD and Director (Finance), SCI said that “With several LNG import projects being conceived in the country, LNG is seen as a key growth area for Shipping Corporation of India. SCI is planning to develop separate vertical within the Company to manage LNG shipping.”[mappress]GAIL, June 7, 2013; Image: SCI Facebook Page
Energy XXI has completed the acquisition of EPL Oil & Gas (NYSE:EPL) for approximately $2.3 billion, making Energy XXI the largest publicly traded independent operator on the Gulf of Mexico shelf.The transaction included the assumption of approximately $805 million of EPL debt, net of cash, payment of approximately $1.02 billion in cash, and approximately 23 million common shares of Energy XXI stock.After closing the transaction, Energy XXI has approximately 93 million shares outstanding (approximately 102 million shares fully diluted).“This transaction begins a new chapter for Energy XXI,” Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Schiller said. “With assets that fit together hand-in-glove, along with the additional professionals who have joined our team, we have formed a stronger company focused on delivering value for our shareholders.”Related: Energy XII to buy EPL for $2.3B [mappress]June 04, 2014
LNG World News Staff; Image: Nor Lines Nor Lines RoRo service between Cuxhaven and Norway was officially launched with the first departure of the MS Kvitbjørn. Cable drums formed part of the cargo on board the freighter “Kvitbjørn”, which is powered by liquid natural gas, the company said in a statement.The newly built freighters, Kvitbjørn and Kvitnos, which are both powered by LNG, will in future leave the German North Sea coast from the Cuxport terminal bound for Norway once a week. The many destinations for the newly established RoRo service range from the Oslo fjord in the south of the country to ports on the west coast like Bergen, Ålesund and Trondheim and even include Hammerfest located north of the Arctic Circle.The ship recently became the first vessel to operate between Asia and Europe solely on LNG as the ship’s bunker fuel. It sailed to Norway from Tsuji Heavy Industries shipyard in Jiangsu, China, via Singapore, and subsequently LNG bunkerings in Cochin, India and Cartagena, Spain. This was the longest voyage ever undertaken by a vessel running solely on LNG and was completed in Bergen on 29 March.
The Geodis Calberson, Geodis Wilson, Geodis BM, Geodis Logistics and Geodis Supply Chain Optimization names will be dropped.Geodis ceo Marie-Christine Lombard said: “The evolution of our new brand will unify the constituent parts of our group and will clarify our common mission. This new brand architecture was designed with our clients’ needs for simplicity, efficiency and consistency at its core.”According to Geodis, the initiative provides an opportunity to reaffirm its ability to offer end-to-end supply chain management service to customers in 120 countries. This will be delivered through its five lines of business: supply chain optimisation, freight forwarding, contract logistics, distribution & express and road transport.www.geodis.com
Earlier this week, Gregory Quérel, the president of Necotrans group since 2013, stated: “With no intention of denying our cash difficulties, induced by the reduction of ocean freight and the general decline in raw materials prices, the opening of receivership proceedings will allow us to keep on searching for a partner while maintaining all of our activities.” The company also made it clear that the administration order is constrained to the legal structure of Necotrans’ businesses in France. with operational subsidiaries located outside France and Necotrans’ international network not being affected by those proceedings and will keep on operating normally. Ultimately the aim of the proceedings is to preserve the company’s activity and employment in Africa, from where the group obtains almost 100 percent of its revenues. www.necotrans.com
A study commissioned from consultancy HTC by rail freight associations ERFA and NEE and combined transport association UIRR has estimated that the economic impact caused by the tunnel collapse at Rastatt in Germany last August was €2·04bn. The tunnel collapse blocked the strategically important Rhein Valley main line for several weeks.DB Cargo UK and Peel Ports are to co-operate to launch a container service from the Port of Liverpool to Mossend near Glasgow on May 8. The three times weekly services will run loaded in both directions, with commodities including Scottish shortbread for export to the USA.UK-based freight forwarder Davies Turner has launched an export-focused less than containerload service between Dartford, southeast England, and destinations in China. The service uses road haulage between Dartford and Hamburg, where the shipments are loaded onto a weekly rail service to a hub at Wuhan which serves as a base for local distribution. Davies Turner says that the service builds n a successful import service also using rail between China and Germany. The forwarder expects the route to offer transit times around 14 days shorter than those offered by ocean shipping.Cemex UK has contracted Victa Railfreight to provide shunting services at its Dove Holes site near Buxton in northwest England.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has started hearing applications for special leave to commence proceedings in a case in which a Jamaican is challenging the immigration laws of Trinidad and Tobago and Belize.Maurice Tomlinson, who is homosexual, claims that the Immigration Act in these two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries violates his freedom of movement as a national within the 15-member grouping.He is arguing that the both countries are contracting parties to the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the regional integration movement and that the Immigration Act includes homosexuals “as a class of persons who are prohibited from entering their jurisdiction”.The two applications were filed on May 31 and July 31 this year, but have since been consolidated. Amended applications were filed on August 5, this year with the Court’s permission.Written submissions from the applicant and the respondents were received between September and October and further written submissions were filed with the leave of the Court on October 28 by the applicant and Trinidad and Tobago to address the ramifications of the case of Shanique Myrie and the State of Barbados.Last month, the CCJ ordered Barbados to pay Myrie BD$75,000 (One BD$ = US$050 cents) in compensation after it found that Bridgetown had breached the rights of the Jamaican when she sought entry into the country in 2011.Caribbean Media Corporation Sharing is caring! Share 17 Views no discussions NewsRegional Gay Jamaican takes Trinidad, Belize to CCJ by: – November 13, 2013 Share Share Tweet