Trade matters likely to dominate CARICOM summit

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Trade matters likely to dominate CARICOM summit by: Caribbean Media Corporation – June 29, 2017 44 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) — Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders will discuss future trade relations with the United Kingdom as it prepares to leave the European Union when they meet here next week for their annual summit.Acting Foreign Affairs Minister, Nicholas Steele, briefing reporters on the July 4-7 summit here, said that trade relations between the 15-mrember grouping and the United Kingdom after Brexit would most likely dominate the talks here.“How we interact with a United Kingdom that is not part of the European Union is very important and as CARICOM there is need for a united approach,” he said.British Prime Minister Theresa May has started the process of pulling Britain out of the EU single market even as critics said the talks should be suspended because it could not be delivered by a Government “lacking in strength and stability, unclear on its objectives, unlikely to survive”.Last July, the regional leaders began their summit in Guyana in the shadows of the vote taken by Britons to exit the 43-year-old European Union.While the leaders made reference to the vote and urged Caribbean people not to harbour any such thought as it relates to the regional integration movement, the St Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, while he welcomed the opportunities that Brexit — as it is popularly known — may have for the region, also noted that it has “put the survival of our integration into focus”.Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said that the summit provided the leaders with “a wonderful opportunity to seriously consider the effect that Britain’s exit from the European Union will have on CARICOM to demonstrate real leadership by showing the way forward.Steele told reporters that there are “many treaties with the EU that will have to be re-negotiated for CARICOM member states because it will not be the same common approach as exist presently.“These treaties were EU treaties but now it we will have negotiate UK treaties,” said Steele, noting that the discussions will be led by the CARICOM Office on Trade.The summit is expected to be attended by at least 13 CARICOM leaders and Alva Browne, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that there will be a high representation from China, the World Bank and special surprise guest whose identity has to be concealed due to security reasons.The Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat said that the leaders are also expected to deliberate on outstanding matters related to the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) following the comprehensive review of the CSME’s performance presented to then at the last Inter-Sessional Meeting in February.There is also expected to be an update on the preparations for CARIFESTA XIII to be staged in Barbados from 17th to 27th August under the theme “Asserting our Culture, celebrating ourselves.”The work on the Commissions on Reparations and Marijuana is also expected to come under the spotlight. So too, the progress made with implementing the specified actions, agreed a decade ago, under the 2007 Port of Spain declaration to stop the epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases (NDCs). Regional security issues are also expected to receive attention.Besides these issues, the regional leaders are expected to discuss the political situation in Venezuela where opposition protestors have been taking to the streets demanding the removal of President Nicolas Maduro.The issue has split the 15-member grouping with St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves urging his colleagues not to fall prey to the machinations of countries that want to see the downfall of Maduro.Steele said that while the plenary sessions will be held at the Radisson Convention Centre on the outskirts of the capital, the regional leaders will meet on the privately owned Calivigny island which is only accessible by boat for their caucus.The meeting here will be chaired by Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, who is taking over the chairmanship of the regional integration movement from Guyana’s Head of State, David Granger.The Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat said that the opening ceremony on July 4 will take place at the Grenada Trade Centre.The summit will be attended by the region’s two newest leaders, President Jovenel Moise of Haiti and Bahamas Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.A highlight of the opening ceremony would be the presentation of the Triennial Award for Women to the latest recipient.The ceremony will be addressed by the two Moise, Minnis as well as President Granger, Prime Minister Mitchell and CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin la Rocque.last_img read more

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Lukaku ruled out for “weeks”

first_img Manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed the Belgium international did not sustain a serious injury in the 4-0 defeat in Tuesday night’s Merseyside derby at Anfield. Lukaku was carried off on a stretcher after colliding with team-mate Gareth Barry as they tried to prevent Steven Gerrard scoring the first goal in the 21st minute. “There is no ligament damage and the injury is not as bad as we first thought,” Martinez told evertonfc.com. “It will be a case of weeks rather than months.” Lukaku has scored nine goals in 20 appearances since joining on loan from Chelsea in the summer. He joins the likes of Bryan Oviedo (broken leg), Arouna Kone and Darron Gibson (both knee) and Seamus Coleman and Sylvain Distin (both hamstring) on the injury list. Everton will contact Liverpool after a number of concerns were highlighted by visiting fans about access problems to Anfield. “We are aware of a significant number of complaints regarding queue management from supporters waiting to enter Anfield at last night’s derby match,” said director of communications Alan Myers. “The club will make contact with Liverpool Football Club to raise these matters.” Press Associationcenter_img Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is likely to be out for “weeks rather than months” with an ankle injury.last_img read more

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Simpson, Kendricks Shine Under the Lights at Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays

first_img Results (HTML) Morning Photos Results (TXT) Notes Night Photos Afternoon Photos center_img Story Links Mixed Zone Interviews Results (PDF) DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa native Jimmy Simpson broke the American record in the 2-mile while Sam Kendricks broke the Drake Relays and Drake Stadium record at Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays on Friday in front of an energized Drake Stadium.  Simpson, the bronze medalist in the 1,500 meters at the 2016 Olympics, shattered Shannon Rowbury’s old American record as the Webster City, Iowa, native crossed the line in 9:16.78, topping Rowbury’s previous best by almost four seconds. Simpson used a final lap of 63 seconds to add the American outdoor 2-mile record to her list of accolades that includes the American indoor two-mile record.It marked the first time an American record was broken at the Drake Relays since the quartet of Brianna Rollins, Dawn Harper-Nelson, Queen Harrison and Kristi Castlin ran the shuttle hurdle relay in 50.50 in 2015.Sam Kendricks defended his Drake Relays title in the invitational pole vault with a Drake Relays and Drake Stadium record jump of 19-1 ½, topping Jeff Hartwig’s best jump of 19-0 3/4 at the 2007 Drake Relays. The bronze medalist at the 2016 Olympics, Kendricks now ranks No. 4 in the world in the event. Finishing second was South Dakota sophomore Chris Nilsen, who soared 18-11 ½.In the women’s elite high jump, Vashti Cunningham cleared 6-4 ¼ to win her first Drake Relays title as her clearance ranks No. 2 in the world.The men’s pole vault record was one of five Drake Relays records to fall on Friday as a Relays record fell in the first minute of action. Waukee’s Sydney Winger broke the girls’ 100 hurdles record, crossing the line in 14.19 in the prelims before finishing the finals in 14.31 to win the white flag.The Linn-Mar sprint medley relay squad of Chana Northrup, Olivia Hubler, Jill Bennett and Payton Wensel ran an all-time Iowa best time of 1:44.07, a time that ranks No. 2 in the country this year.The Cedar Rapids Jefferson quartet of Josue Bokoyo, Mitch Hall, Ezeki Leggins and James Baugh not only broke the Drake Relays record in the 4×200 in the morning with a time of 1:27.14, but hours later they ran the fastest 4×100 time in relays history of 42.02 in the prelims Friday night.In collegiate action, Purdue and Iowa State won three titles on Friday while Iowa and Ohio State each won a pair of crowns.For the Boilermakers, senior Micaela Hazlewood won the women’s discus with a school-record toss of 188-1, All-American sprinter Brionna Thomas won the women’s 200 meters in 22.99 and freshman Rahman Minor won the men’s high jump with a mark of 7-1.The Cyclones swept the men’s and women’s 4×800 relays, marking the third time the feat has occurred at the Drake Relays. The ISU quartet of Festus Lagat, Roshon Roomes, Frank Hayes and Jaymes Dennison finished the men’s 4×800 in 7:27.98 after the group of ­ Evelyne Guay, Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Larkin Chapman and Jasmine Staebler won the women’s in 8:36.51. Jhoammy Luque repeated as the Drake Relays women’s long jump champion, soaring 20-11 ¼.Iowa became only the third school to sweep the men’s and women’s shot put at the Drake Relays. Reno Tuufuli won the men’s shot put in the morning, launching the shot 60-8 1/2 before Laulauga Tausaga won the women’s shot put thanks to a school-record toss of 54-11 1/4 on her final attempt.OSU picked up a win in the men’s 200 meters as freshman Eric Harrison crossed the line in 20.59 and Julie Rizk claimed the women’s 1500 meters title in 4:25.22.The final day of the 2018 Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee start on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with the girls’ shuttle hurdle relay. Fans can watch the meet live on NBC Sports Network starting at 2 p.m. CT. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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WISHH Attends Manufacturing Partner Open House

first_imgInsta-Pro CEO Kevin Kevin Kacere making opening comments. Photo credit: Insta-ProThe American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) recently attended the open-house of Insta-Pro, an extruder manufacturer and important partner to the WISHH program.Extruders, a type of soybean processing equipment that is well suited for human food and animal feed companies in emerging markets, are an important link in the soy value chain, allowing small and medium sized companies to add value to soybeans close to the source of demand.Insta-Pro partners with WISHH by hosting trade teams from Africa, Asia and Latin America, speaking at ASA/WISHH organized conferences and answering questions about extrusion. When a market increases its capacity for processing whole soybeans, the U.S. gets increased opportunity to compete for export market share.WISHH Asia Division Director Alan F. Poock, along with WISHH Committee Member/Iowa Soybean Association Board Secretary Tim Bardole, attended the open house of the new 63,000 square-foot facility in Grimes, Iowa in August. The new headquarters is double the size of the previous plant and contains a research and development area, assembly, warehouse and office space.“The partnership between Insta-Pro and ASA/WISHH has helped WISHH connect trade and development with potential soy customers in Africa, Asia and Latin America,” Bardole said.last_img read more

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