Consultations on CARICOM Gender Equality Strategy begins in Antigua and Barbuda

first_img CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Oct 16, 2020 Women’s issues in focus at Barbados forumDirectors and coordinators of the Women’s Gender Bureaux from Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will meet in Barbados on February 23 and 24. The aim of the meeting is to discuss preparations for the Fifty-Ninth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, scheduled for 9–20 March 2015 in New York,…February 22, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”CARICOM,UN-Women sign MOU on gender equality, empowermentThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UN-Women to support the Community’s work on gender and regional statistics.The signing took place during the official opening of the Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana. The MOU on…January 9, 2017In “Antigua & Barbuda”Antigua/Barbuda to host major CARICOM Development Forum“CARICOM Overcoming Challenges: Pathway to Development”. That is the focus of a major regional forum to be held in Antigua and Barbuda on Tuesday 23 June 2015. Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Gaston Brown will be among the Forum’s list of high level presenters, drawn from the Caribbean…June 17, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 16, 2020 The first of 15 national consultations on a draft Regional Gender Equality Strategy for CARICOM opened on Thursday, in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. Approximately 50 stakeholders representing government, Non-Government Organisations, Civil Society Groups, the Private Sector, and Faith Based Organisations are attending the consultation. They are expected to give their views and recommendations on the strategy as it relates to a situation analysis of gender equality, equity and the empowerment of women and girls in Antigua and Barbuda, examine gaps and assess what could be some of the “quick wins” that could be harnessed to continue to achieve progress in the six priority areas of the strategy. The priority areas identified included equality and social inclusion, freedom from violence, access to health services, access to education, good governance and economic empowerment. According to Deputy Programme Manager, Gender and Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Ann-Marie Williams, who is leading on the consultations, it was also expected that participants would better understand the gains made in gender equality and equity since the Beijing Declaration in 1995, while identifying what needed to be done in order to fast-track progress. Participants at another gender consultation on the 1995 Beijing Declaration in Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 Related Postscenter_img Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Ms. Williams emphasised that the strategy was crafted using a rights-based approach that took into consideration vulnerable groups, particularly the disabled and indigenous peoples. She also outlined that the Strategy’s goal was to accelerate the effective implementation of priority actions through a Regional coordinated approach to achieve gender equality, equity and the empowerment of women and girls in tandem with Goal 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 5 speaks to the empowerment of all women and girls and is the driver of all the other 16 SDGs. The Deputy Programme Manager explained that the SDG framework was the latest that spoke to the empowerment of women and girls since the gender equality strategy had been drafted. She added that the strategy was also aligned with the Convention on the Elimination Of All Forms Of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Samoa Pathway, the Montevideo Consensus and other regional and international frameworks on the advancement of Gender and Development that CARICOM Member States had ratified. As part of the consultations in Member States, key informant interviews will also be conducted in some of the countries. The purpose of those interviews is to find out how key informants can assist with advancing gender equality in those countries. The consultations are expected span the next few months with engagements confirmed in Guyana on March 6, Belize on April 5, as well as Grenada in May and Jamaica in June. It is expected that all 15 CARICOM Member States will provide their input on the strategy after which it will be reviewed and the necessary amendments made for a final document to be produced. Thursday’s consultation was held in partnership with UN Women and the Antigua Gender Affairs Division. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 16, 2020last_img read more

Vyborg: Shipyard Employees Pen Three-Year Collective Agreement

first_imgVyborg Shipyard, based in Vyborg Russia, concluded a Collective Agreement with employees for the next three years. On behalf of the employer the document was signed by General director Alexander Solovyev, on behalf of the employees by Chairman of trade-union committee Oleg Kuzmin.The Agreement came into force on May 21, 2013.“The Collective Agreement is concluded at Vyborg Shipyard not for the first time and is one of the major tools for realization of social policy of the enterprise. Existence of a Collective Agreement in the modern society is indicative of stability of the organization that cares for the personnel potential,” commented Chairman of trade-union committee of Vyborg Shipyard Oleg Kuzmin.The collective agreement signing was preceded by numerous negotiations between personnel and the employer. In the new version of the Collective Agreement all obligations of the parties as well as provisions concerning social privileges and guarantees, labour relations, support of employment, labour discipline, health and safety have been confirmed.[mappress]Press release, May 24, 2013last_img read more

ESC Secretary Calls for Liberalization of Europe’s Market

first_imgThe newly appointed Secretary General of the European Shippers’ Council (ESC), Nik Delmeire, called the new European Commission to reduce existing trade barriers in the European Union at ESC’s general assembly meeting held in Brussels on Monday, October 13th.Delmeire’s said his main goal was to put shippers, who are at the heart of the European supply chain, also at the heart of policy making. To underline this vision, Delmeire made the case for reducing both emissions and trade barriers in order to increase the competitive edge of European trade and industry.Delmeire said that Green Freight Europe (GFE), industry driven program to support companies in improving the environmental performances of freight transport in Europe, can move European industries toward CO2 neutral freight transport by 2050. ‘A key success will be that the industry demonstrates that it has a plan to deliver this and there is an organization to drive it’, Delmeire stated. ‘Europe can only realize CO2 neutral freight transport if we provide a reporting platform that enables companies to report data in a standardized way and benchmark it in order to stimulate improvements. And there is such a platform, so let’s use it.’Delmeire added that it is essential that the new European Commission of President Jean-Claude Juncker eliminates red tape within the Union.The ESC said it wants to see one single European transport market providing the freedom of choice for businesses that contract transport services – which is still not the case.Also, the European guideline for weights and measures should permit goods vehicles of 44 tons for international transport.The ESC also wants a joint European reporting center set up for governments and the business community for complaints about the supervision and differences in interpretation of European legislation.‘If shippers can green Europe’s industries, the Commission can liberalize Europe’s market.’The ESC will present its plans to new EU Commissioners Šefčovič and Timmermans.[mappress]Press Release, October 15, 2014; Image: wsclast_img read more

Ombudsman costs jump £1.8m ahead of 20% increase in workload

first_imgThe Legal Ombudsman’s office says that its spending this year will rise sharply after it admitted underestimating its likely workload.The complaints handler said this week that expenditure is likely to reach £12.5m in 2018/19. A year ago it predicted spending £10.7m over the year.The organisation appears to have significantly misread future demand for its service: its business plan published in 2017 estimated that 7,000 legal cases would be handled in 2018/19; this week that figure was revised upward to between 8,000 and 8,425.Taken together with the cost of handling claims management company complaints, the total budget for 2018/19 is now £14.5m – an increase of 14% on the budget estimate made a year ago.The 2018/19 business plan also reveals that the ombudsman requires £750,000 in capital expenditure over the next two years to complete ‘critical’ changes to its IT systems. In the foreword to the plan, Wanda Goldwag, chair of the Office for Legal Complaints, said the organisation faced pressures creating a backlog of cases. ‘Demand and case complexity have increased, while at the same time we have seen high levels of staff turnover in a highly competitive recruitment market,’ she said. ‘To meet increased demand, mitigate the impact of staff shortages, and tackle the build-up of cases awaiting allocation, we have increased our resource allocation for 2018/19.’Additional resources would create sustainable improvements in ‘productivity, performance and quality,’ she added. ‘The OLC is under no illusion about the scale of the task.’Elsewhere in the business plan, the ombudsman admits high workloads have ‘impacted’ staff morale and turnover – both of these elements are highlighted as weaknesses of the organisation. A new staffing model is now in place, with a new case management system set to go live this month.The ombudsman’s office says it will start to realise the benefits of improved processes and systems as part of its modernisation, informed by more ‘robust’ operational forecasting and modelling. It will also focus on sharing insight, intelligence and feedback from the complaints scheme to providers, and influencing regulators and policy makers.last_img read more

SRA offers accused solicitor £7,500 for tribunal representation

first_imgThe Solicitors Regulation Authority has offered a solicitor facing charges before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal £7,500 for counsel to make a closing statement on his behalf, it emerged today. The SDT was hearing an application for an indefinite adjournment of the case against Alexis Philip Maitland Hudson on the 14th day of proceedings, which have now run into their fourth month. Maitland Hudson, admitted in 1975 and former owner of the now dissolved Maitland Hudson & Co, denies charges of acting where there was a conflict of interest and of misleading the regulator. Appearing pro bono for Maitland Hudson this morning, Peter Cadman, partner at Russell-Cooke Solicitors, said his client had admitted himself to hospital on 31 January and had since been unable to attend proceedings. He told the tribunal that three medical experts had certified that Maitland Hudson was not fit to appear as a litigant in person but that he was fit to instruct lawyers. However, he had been quoted £20,000 plus daily refreshers of £2,500 by Litttleton Chambers for representation in closing statements. ‘The SRA offered £7,500 but there has been no increase in that offer,’ the tribunal heard. For the SRA, Edward Levey of Fountain Court Chambers told the tribunal that the ‘extremely generous’ £7,500 offer had been made without prejudice in order to conclude proceedings. The latest medical evidence, he said, had been served ‘incredibly late’, denying the tribunal the opportunity to hear cross examination. Such cross examination would have probed what Levey called a ‘stark inconsistency’ in Maitland Hudson’s claims that he was unfit to appear while at the same time producing witness statements that were ‘careful, well written, well argued and coherent’.Levey also questioned Maitland Hudson’s claim to be unable to obtain the ‘five, six or seven thousand pounds’ between the SRA’s offer and the cost of junior counsel. ‘This is a man who has access to very, very, large amounts of cash,’ he said. Accusing Maitland Hudson of ‘playing games with the tribunal’, he argued that an indefinite adjournment would ‘effectively leave Mr Maitland Hudson exiting, stage left, and never coming back’.’If that were allowed to happen it would be very damaging to the profession,’ he said. ‘We say, though it is not proven yet, that he is a dishonest man.’The tribunal accepted Levey’s proposal to adjourn until 16 April to allow Maitland Hudson to decide whether or not to make a closing speech. Tribunal chair Alison Banks warned that the hearing would go ahead on 16 April ‘with or without the closing speech’, saying: ‘It is in the interest of justice for this matter to proceed.’ The case continues.last_img read more

Scott Wilson floats

first_imgSHARES in Scott Wilson Group plc began trading on the London Stock Exchange on March 15, following the placing of 43·1 million ordinary shares at 158p, raising £68·1m before expenses for the consultancy.Brokers Brewin Dolphin also placed 2·2million ordinary shares, raising £3·5m on behalf of selling shareholders.Scott Wilson had a market capitalisation of £112m on its admission to the stock market. Chairman Geoff French said ’we believe that the placing and admission will strengthen Scott Wilson’s balance sheet, thereby financing organic growth and facilitating further selective acquisitions.’last_img read more

Profits growing

first_imgMOVARES has reported consolidated operating revenue of k142m for 2006, slightly up on the 2005 figure of k140?8m. Pre-tax profit totalled k6?8m, up from k6?2m and demonstrating that new business is being found to replace the work on the Betuwe Route and HSL-Zuid which is now coming to an end. Last year was the first in which the majority of shares were owned by the employees, with more than half of the staff buying 76% of the shares. Known as Holland Railconsult until May 1 last year, the company has now begun to branch out from its traditional consulting role, taking on works as a subcontractor or consortium partner for projects including the provision of a third platform at Breda.nlast_img read more

Broward County closures for Memorial Day

first_imgCounty government offices will be closed on Monday, May 28th, in observance of the Memorial Day national holiday. Many online services, such as ePay, are still available at Additional exceptions include: – All Broward County Library branches, including NSU-Alvin Sherman Library, will be closed. Customers can visit the website or download the Library’s free mobile app, BCL WOW, to search the online catalog, place holds, and renew selected materials. – All Broward County regional and neighborhood parks, nature centers and natural areas will be open with the exception of Deerfield Island Park and the Target Range at Markham Park, which will be closed per normal operating schedule. The regional parks’ regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect. – Broward County Transit will operate a Sunday service schedule. Customer service representatives will be available to provide trip-planning assistance for fixed and paratransit routes from 8:30AM to 4:45PM at 954-357-8400 (TTY 954-357-8302). The Broward Main Terminal in downtown Fort Lauderdale and the Northeast Transit Center in Pompano Beach will have customer service staff available from 9AM to 4PM. Visit our website for more information.– Broward County’s Animal Care and Adoption Center will be closed. For emergencies only involving animal attacks or bites, injured animals, and situations requesting police assistance, call 911. For non-emergencies, residents can call Animal Care beginning Tuesday, at 8:30AM at 954-359-1313. For lost and found cats or dogs, call 954-359-1313, ext. 9273. Visit our website to search pet license information and adoption online.– The Aviation Department administrative offices at Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will be closed. Calls will be answered 24 hours a day for general airport related questions at 954-359-6100. All terminals and airport facilities will operate normally. For additional Airport information, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.The North Perry Airport administrative office will be closed. Calls will be answered 24 hours a day for general airport related questions at 954-336-2973. The Airport will operate normally. For additional information on North Perry Airport, – Broward County’s Port Everglades administrative offices will be closed; however, the building will remain open during normal business hours for tenants. Port Operations’ marine services will be provided at standard levels without interruption on a 24/7 basis. – The Office of the Medical Examiner and Trauma Services’ administrative offices will be closed, but all family and professional services are available 24/7. Call 954-357-5200 for information and assistance, or visit – The Broward Addiction Recovery Center will be open for triage/detoxification services. Call 954-357-4880 for additional information and assistance. Residential services will continue with no visitors or admissions. Administration, Admissions and Outpatient offices will be closed. – The Nancy J. Cotterman Center will operate and accept referrals for the Crisis Intake Unit and the Child Protection Team on a 24-hour emergency basis. Call 954-357-5778 for emergency intakes. For all other non-intake emergencies, call the 24-hour Helpline at 954-761-7273 (954-761-RAPE) or TTY 954-765-4195. The administrative offices will be closed for the day.– Garbage, bulk and recycling for Broward’s Municipal Services Districts (formerly Unincorporated Broward) will be collected as regularly scheduled. Residents of all other cities should contact their city or hauler directly.– The Broward County Landfill, located at 7101 S.W. 205 Ave., will be closed.last_img read more

UWP candidate reveals ‘big plans’ for Roseau South

first_imgUnited Workers Party (UWP) candidate for the Roseau South Constituency,Joshua FrancisAttorney at law and United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for the Roseau South Constituency, Joshua Francis has revealed big plans for that constituency.Speaking at his campaign launch rally on 9 November 2014 at the Newtown Savannah, Mr Francis announced the construction of a rescue house for the youth, a mall under the build, own and operate model and a mariner in the Roseau South Constituency among his major plans.“In the social area, we will ensure that we reintroduce adult education. We will have a rescue house of our young people throughout the constituency, give them a second chance. We will train our young people, we will send and give more education opportunities,” Francis said.Mr Francis told the huge gathering of UWP supporters, if elected into government; his party will “rebuild sports right here in Newtown and throughout the constituency”.This, he added, includes the construction of netball and basketball courts, improvements to playing fields and “right here in Harlem we will ensure that we have retractable stands on Sesame Street and right here on Kingshill Street”.Mr Francis informed that his party “will ensure that everybody who is willing to work, will get work right here in Roseau South”.“We will ensure that we work to engage private investors to build a Harlem mall. [As] a matter of fact, team Dominica has already started discussion with someone to construct, build and operate a mall right here in Harlem and that area is right opposite Sukie”.“And brothers and sisters this is not a joke, we are in the process of looking for investors to build a mariner right here in Roseau South,” Mr Francis stated.He also promised that the UWP “will improve the Fisheries Cooperative” as well as the baking sector as they “recognize that there are a lot of bakers in Roseau South and as such we will improve baking in Roseau South”. Further, the UWP hopeful informed that his party will provide technical support to hoteliers and ensure that the people of Roseau South get housing.“We’ll provide support right here in Elmshall and Bath Estate with the apartments, we will ensure that the people of Harlem, of Fortune and Roseau South by extension will be located in these houses. “We will ensure that the people of Montego Bay will be relocated from the coastal areas into the Charlotte Valley Housing Scheme- to date nothing has happened after twenty years of promise”.Mr Francis also informed that his party “will ensure that we will build seawalls from Loubiere to Newtown, that we will improve drainage in Bath Estate, improve our resource centers, that we will build a recreational facility for the people of Silver Lake, we will ensure that we support our farmers in Eggleston and Giraudel, we will ensure that we define and redevelop our flower show in Giraudel”. – / 71 644 Views   one comment Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNewsPolitics UWP candidate reveals ‘big plans’ for Roseau South by: Dominica Vibes News – November 10, 2014 Sharelast_img read more

Wärtsilä forms Biogas Solutions unit to speed up adoption of clean…

first_img“Wärtsilä Biogas Solutions offers products for biogas upgrading to biomethane, and the liquefaction of biomethane into bioLNG. Currently, our market share in this field is almost 60 percent, and we expect this to continue to grow as we further develop our capabilities,” says Arne Jakobsen, General Manager, Wärtsilä Biogas Solutions. The market for advanced biofuels is growing in line with efforts regarding the reduction of fossil fuels. The European Union, for example, under its RED II directive, has directed that by 2030, member states must require fuel suppliers to supply a minimum of 14 percent of fuel consumption in road and rail transportation from renewable sources. Additionally, in both Europe and the USA, efforts are being made to de-carbonise the natural gas grid. Wärtsilä’s biogas technology supports this trend by removing carbon from the waste cycle, thereby lowering greenhouse gas effects and reducing the level of carbon intensity. Furthermore, fossil driven natural gas grids may see an expansion towards transporting bio-related gases, such as biomethane or even synthetic methane, in the near future. Wärtsilä has earlier provided the turnkey installation for the world’s largest bioLNG facility located in Skogn, Norway and will, by the end of the year, deliver two more bio-LNG plants to customers in Scandinavia. Interest from both the European and North American markets is high, and Wärtsilä anticipates continued strong growth in this sector. Sea News, July 4 The benefits of Wärtsilä’s in-house developments and offering are considerable. They include the ability to deliver turnkey solutions, easy integration of all systems, a single point of contact throughout the project lifetime, fast delivery time, and full technical and service support. The technology group Wärtsilä further strengthens its commitment to environmental sustainability with the formation of Wärtsilä Biogas Solutions. Wärtsilä Puregas Solutions, specialists in biogas upgrading technology, is now merged with Wärtsilä’s biogas liquefaction team, a unit with expert capabilities in liquefying upgraded biogas for end-customer use. Wärtsilä Biogas Solutions will now be better able to offer customers a one-stop-shop service for advanced biofuel production. Wärtsilä Biogas Solutions supports the company’s vision for a 100 percent renewables future. The energy sector is undergoing a transformation towards the integration of increasing levels of power from renewable sources, and Wärtsilä’s development activities are focused on providing flexible solutions that speed and enable this transformation. Author: Baibhav Mishra Wärtsilä’s biogas upgrading plants utilise its in-house Puregas CA technology, a process that recovers more than 99.9 percent of the biomethane present in raw biogas. The process separates the CO2 from the biogas through chemical adsorption. The process is highly tolerant of variations in the raw gas composition resulting from changes in the feedstock.last_img read more