Use collective strength to push SIDS priorities, CARICOM SG urges

first_img Important Issues for CARICOM SIDS Highlighted at… You may be interested in… Nov 26, 2019 Sep 2, 2020 Today is World Environment Day May 22, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque is urging close collaboration between Caribbean Small Island and Low-lying Developing States (SIDS) and those in the Indian Ocean and Pacific States to achieve greater results when SIDS development priorities   come before a global forum next year  . The Secretary-General made the point during the Opening Ceremony for a meeting of Caribbean SIDS preparing  for a mid-term review of the Samoa Pathway (SIDS Accelerated Modalities  of Action Pathway).  The Samoa Pathway which represents SIDS priorities for sustainable development and poverty eradication, was adopted at the Third International Conference of SIDS in Apia, Samoa in September 2014.  A High Level Review of the  progress made in addressing the SIDS priorities has been scheduled for September next year at UN Headquarters in New York. Jun 5, 2020 Promoting Investment in Sustainable Development Goals for… Ahead of next year’s Review, preparatory meetings are being held to examine the progress made at national and regional levels. Belize is hosting the Caribbean Preparatory Meeting and Regional Partnership Dialogue from 6 – 9 August. There is a further interregional meeting to be held in Samoa in October. Ambassador LaRocque urged participants at the Belize meeting to hone their strategy to collaborate with the other Regions so that the unified strengths of the SIDS can go forward to the 2019 High Level Meeting. “I therefore give my assurance as Secretary-General of this Community, that I will endeavor to reach out to my counterparts in the Indian Ocean and Pacific Regions to ensure that our collective influence is used to give us the best chance of a positive response to our needs as we seek to fulfill the objectives of the Pathway and attain the SDGs,” he said. Participants at the meeting in Belize Op-Ed: Caribbean island states need differentiated treatment… Reviewing the Region’s Development and Poverty Eradication prioritiesPrime Minister of Belize Mr Dean Barrow and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque will address the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the mid-term review of the Samoa Pathway, Monday 6 August 2018, in Belize. The Ceremony begins at 3:00 pm, Belize Time  (4:00 pm Jamaica time, 5:00 pm Eastern Caribbean Time)…August 6, 2018In “Belize”UN Summit on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)By Elizabeth Morgan “SIDS are a special case for sustainable development. They require concerted long-term attention and investment of the entire international community.” UN SG The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ended its week of summits at the start of its 74th Session with one dedicated to the specific sustainable…October 4, 2019In “Jamaica”CARICOM records concerns about pace of SIDS’ development in Samoa meeting(Caribbean Community Secretariat) – As the global community prepares for a Midterm Review of the progress in addressing the priorities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is concerned about the pace of implementing the modalities for SIDS’ sustainable development. CARICOM articulated the concern that SIDS faced…November 14, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Fr. Glenn: Intentional Mediocrity

first_imgBy Fr. Glenn Jones“If the minimum wasn’t good enough, it wouldn’t be the minimum.”I vividly remember that statement from an acquaintance years ago … and not fondly. He was quite happy to perform the very least required of him and, as you can imagine, eventually the minimum wasn’t good enough and, while still in the same profession, his peers have risen in the ranks around him while he remains mired at the lowest level.The result? Complaints of being treated unfairly; after all, hasn’t he been working there much longer than the others? “Don’t I do what is [minimally] required?” One can’t help but wonder:  “Well … what did he expect?”, and it reminds of the scripture: “The soul of the sluggard craves, and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” (Proverbs 13:4)  Undependable … unreliable … his effort spent in seeking every opportunity and excuse to avoid productive labor. Last to work, first to leave, etc.We’ve all probably known such; every office and worksite has them (you’re thinking about some right now, I’d bet!)—those who refuse to go the extra mile—or even the extra inch—for the good of the family, group, organization or goal. In fact, sometimes those who work with them have to drag them to the finish! (think of Wally in the comic strip “Dilbert”… but less witty).  Many times employers simply endure it because it’s more bother than it’s worth to find someone else—especially in our current litigious society. “If they fire me, I’ll sue!” is a laggard’s threat, so the employer makes the inevitable cost analysis: time and $$$ vs. is it worth the trouble. And so, the employer often just tolerates, even though “Like vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard …” (Proverbs 10:26) Not exactly a positive tribute for anyone.Oh, and let’s not forget in families. How often we priests and ministers witness people caring and spending for elderly/sickly relatives, while other family members and ostensible long-time friends—even if locally present and able—hardly lift a finger. One hates to be harsh, but if the neglectors are the neglected’s children, the term “ingrate” comes to mind, I’m afraid … especially remembering “With all your heart honor your father, and do not forget the birth pangs of your mother. Remember that through your parents you were born; and what can you give back to them that equals their gift to you?” (Sirach 7:27-28) Conversely, dutiful attentiveness will no doubt redound to the diligent caregivers’ eternal glory, while the neglectful … not so much. The latter in St. Paul’s time merited one of his most severe admonitions: “If any one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Timothy 5:8)Prison ministers often comment about the ingenuity and industriousness of criminals in committing crimes, and how the same energies applied to legal and productive pursuits would have resulted in an incomparably more honorable result, not to mention continued freedom. Similarly, there is no hiding a dawdling spirit and work ethic, and the slacker’s reputation will always be one peppered with disdain. How much more honorable, then, is diligence in one’s work, occupation, or vocation … to be known as one upon which others can rely, to always seek to put out 110%, to be the go-to person in time of need. The virtuous should be content with humble service and not seek honors, but honor comes nonetheless to the dependable, the reliable, the self-motivated. That principle touches on the contrast between two of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount admonitions which, on the surface, might seem to contradict, but the key lay in intent: “…when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men.” (Matthew 6:2) compared to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)The sincere Christian knows this … not only because of Jesus’ own words (which should be quite sufficient!), but later also through the teaching of St. Paul: “Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” (1 Corinthians 10:24) and “Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men…” (Colossians 3:23) Thus, since fruitful labor helps to build up society and the kingdom of God, sincere service leads toward the final end—the goal—of the Good. This ought be reward enough to the Christian who remembers his fealty to God and the plethora of gifts already received and promised—not seeking his own temporal glory, but remembering Jesus: “…when you have done all that is commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’” (Luke 17:10)I pray that young people especially take note for, in an era in which so much is simply given with little effort required, and young people are often protected from anything that might possibly upset them (“safe spaces”), a distressing sense of entitlement has wormed its way into many a psyche—so much so as to become the object of comedy and ridicule, and bane of both employers and families. Stepping back to take in the larger view, Jesus’ wisdom rings ever more true: “… let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves” (Luke 22:26) … because entitlement takes, while service gives, and “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Act 20:35) “I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man without sense;and lo, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down.Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction.A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. (Proverbs 24:30-34)Rev. Glenn Jones is the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and former pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.last_img read more

Foursome in hotel lobby

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Barcelona v Real Madrid: Our experts answer five key questions for El Clasico

first_img ***Marcos Lopez: What has changed at Barcelona after they lost the first Clasico? If Barcelona impose their authority, it will be a huge injection of confidence for Luis Enrique’s team. In the case of Madrid, a good performance at the Camp Nou will end the crisis which has been taking place at the Bernabeu, and this would be very dangerous. CET ***Abel Rojas: What has changed for Madrid since then? Whatever the result is, I don’t think the league is finished with 10 weeks to go until the end. The maximum difference between the sides can be Barcelona four points up on Madrid; that’s not a buffer solid enough when you consider they have to travel to Sevilla, Atletico and Espanyol, while hosting Valencia.  Without Busquets, Barcelona are different and it’s not better. Mascherano is the king of anticipation, but his style of constructing play is different. He drives the team in a different way to busquets, and if he’s a central midfielder we miss the speed of reaction, like Puyol brought, in defence.  However, circumstances added up – good performances from opponents, increased tension, injuries, Copa del Rey failure… – and in January and February they started to get bad results. At the moment they play without belief, which is difficult for Carlo Ancelotti to solve.  Everything has changed at Barcelona. It’s not the same team and they don’t play the same way. Messi, in particular, is different. It’s better today than before. Barcelona’s shift to a more vertical style of play has made both teams seem more similar and share some weaknesses.  The same for Madrid; they will be one point behind Barcelona with a draw, or two points in front if they win. Madrid have, probably, an easier calendar between now and the season’s end, but they have to go to Sevilla and host Valencia as well. More important for me, is the way the teams feel after the game.  The full-backs can be a problem for both teams. In the Bernabeu, Real Madrid took apart Barcelona on the wings, generating constant superiority, thanks to the little defensive work done by Barcelona in these areas. Both players inspire confidence and create moves. Normally they wou;dn’t be considered decisive because their actions take place at the start and not the end of plays, but whether they are on the pitch or not will change the face of their respective sides.  Upd. at 14:01 ***Santi Gimenez: How decisive will the result of the Clasico be? The team is worse in a few aspects, in terms of stability and balance. There are peaks of madness raised by the vertical style of play, shaking the hearts of fans who, over previous years, are accustomed to patience and tranquility.  ***Marti Perarnau: How will Busquets’ injury and Modric returning affect the game?  ***Didac Peyret: What is the point of weakness for Barcelona, and Madrid? The Italian, knowing the profile of his squad (lots of attacking ability, little defensive) designed a system of play that, when they don’t have the ball, protects their weakness, trying not to let their opponents out of their half.  Barcelona have improved because they have taken on board the plans of Luis Enrique and above all, because Messi, on the right flank, is exercising an almost monsterous influence. It is intimidating to watch.  Modric is the lynchpin of Real Madrid’s midfield and has been for a year and a half. He is someone who generates confidence and balance in his team-mates. His injury has been crucial in Madrid’s drop in performances, and his return is hugely important.  Numerically I don’t think it will be decisive. But another thing is the sensations which will follow the game.  From the instant in which Madrid lost confidence, and stopped doing that, the structure crumbled, and has shown up the deficiencies of the group, the defensive sloppiness of their forwards, the physical deficiencies in the core of the team, etc. Today Madrid are worse than when they first faced Barcelona, in each of their respective departments, in each of their phases of play. Without exception.  After beating Barcelona 3-1 at hte Benrabeu their confidence and happiness rose and they enjoyed a record string of victories. 22/03/2015 Barcelona and madrid have the type of players in midfield that suffer when they have to go after tha ball. This is partly because the defensive work of the forwards is completed only on occasion. last_img read more

Critter-led recovery

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