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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Award nominee Roche moving on

first_img Press Association According to the website of local newspaper Le Tarn Libre, Roche cited being “homesick and the difficulties in adapting due to the language barrier” as cause for her decision to leave. She left behind family and boyfriend Dean Zambra, a Bray Wanderers midfielder, to strike out on her own in the professional French league. Roche will learn on Monday at the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich whether she lands the prize for the world’s best goal in the qualifying period which ran from October 3 2013 to September 26 2014. Her spectacular turn and volley for Peamount United against Wexford Youths Women on October 13, 2013 was witnessed by just 95 fans but has since been seen by over six million YouTube viewers. World Cup goals from James Rodriguez and Robin van Persie present the competition for Roche. Albi team manager David Welferinger told the French newspaper: “This departure is linked to what is happening to her at the moment. “She has been in high demand in recent weeks. “I understand her decision even if it’s sad.” FIFA Puskas Award contender Stephanie Roche is to leave her French club after a six-month spell. center_img The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland women’s international joined southern side ASPTT Albi, newly promoted to the French top flight, last summer. However as a non-French speaker Roche recently admitted it was proving tough to settle in her adopted home town. last_img read more

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Jamie Vardy joins elite company of strikers as Leicester defeat Crystal Palace

first_img In the build-up to the match Palace manager Alan Pardew spoke of his admiration for Vardy, who like himself reached the top flight relatively late in his career after progressing through non-league football. By his recent standards it was a relatively quiet afternoon for the busy striker but there was much to admire about the finish from Vardy that won the contest. However, Pardew would have found little to like about his team’s defending which presented him with the chance to score his 10th goal of the season. Press Association The England striker had to make sure the ball reached the net, blasting it home from inside the six-yard box. Kasper Schmeichel preserved Leicester’s lead with a superb reaction save with 12 minutes remaining to keep out a header from substitute Patrick Bamford. Home hearts were in their mouths in the final minute when another Palace sub Wilfried Zaha went down inside the penalty area but referee Mike Dean booked the winger for diving. Leicester had to survive some late Palace pressure but a first clean sheet of the campaign in the week he celebrated his 64th birthday was a welcome present for Ranieri. TWEET OF THE MATCH ”Hands up if you’ll be celebrating lcfc’s win with pizza tonight” – official Leicester City Twitter account on Ranieri’s promise to get the pizzas in should his side get a clean sheet. https://twitter.com/LCFC/status/657949830766067713 PLAYER RATINGS (Out of 10) Leicester Kasper Schmeichel – 8 Danny Simpson – 7 Wes Morgan – 7 Robert Huth – 7 Christian Fuchs – 7 Marc Albrighton – 7 Danny Drinkwater – 6 N’Golo Kante – 8 Jeff Schlupp – 7 Jamie Vardy – 8 Riyad Mehrez – 6 Subs Shinji Okazaki – 5 Nathan Dyer – 5 Crystal Palace Wayne Hennessey – 6 Martin Kelly – 7 Scott Dann – 7 Brede Hangeland – 6 Adrian Mariappa – 7 Yannick Bolasie – 6 Jason Puncheon – 6 James McArthur – 6 Yohan Cabaye – 6 Bakary Sako – 6 Frazier Campbell – 5 Subs Patrick Bamford – 6 Wilfried Zaha – 4 Mile Jedinak – 4 STAR PLAYER Ngolo Kante: Ranieri said last month that Kante could be as good as Claude Makelele and performances like this from the Frenchman make it easy to see why. Kante was a rock in front of the defence, breaking up Palace attacks, retaining possession and setting his team on the offensive. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Vardy’s goal saw join Ruud van Nistelrooy, Daniel Sturridge, Mark Stein, Ian Wright, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Emmanuel Adebayor in becoming only the eighth man to score in seven successive Premier League matches. The England striker also became the first Leicester player ever to score in seven straight top flight fixtures. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Ranieri recalled Mahrez but started him behind Vardy rather than out wide, preferring to trust Albrighton to do the defensive side of the job with the threat of Puncheon and Bolasie in the Palace attack. Mahrez struggled to get on the ball as Leicester bypassed him with direct passes up to Vardy. Ranieri changed it as half-time approached but we still did not see the best of the little Algerian, although some credit for this must go to the visitors. MOAN OF THE MATCH Zaha’s dive in the final minute was not good to see. WHO’S UP NEXT? Hull v Leicester (Capital One Cup, Tuesday October 27) Manchester City v Crystal Palace (Capital One Cup, Wednesday October 28) Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game and created a little piece of history in the process as Leicester edged to a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. In reaching double figures, Vardy found the back of the net for the seventh successive Barclays Premier League fixture, adding his name to an elite group which includes Ruud van Nistelrooy, Daniel Sturridge, Mark Stein, Ian Wright, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Emmanuel Adebayor. While manager Claudio Ranieri will be delighted for his fifth-placed side, a first clean sheet of the season – at the 12th time of asking – will please the Italian most. Given the attacking talent on display in both teams, the first half was surprisingly low on action. Leicester went close after seven minutes. Marc Albrighton cut inside from wide on the right and hit a shot with his left foot. It was a tame effort but the way Wayne Hennessey casually left it had you believe it was well off target – it was not. The ball struck the inside of a post, much to the goalkeeper’s relief, and Riyad Mahrez put the rebound wide as Jeffrey Schlupp lurked at the far post. Palace threatened for the first time in the 19th minute as Robert Huth made a vital i nterception to prevent Bakary Sako from laying on a tap in for Fraizer Campbell inside the six-yard box. Another timely tackle from N’Golo Kante shortly before half-time snuffed out a dangerous-looking counter-attack from Palace which was led by Campbell. Vardy struck the decisive blow in the 59th minute. After a loose defensive header, Brede Hangeland then mis-hit a clearance straight to Mahrez, who sent Vardy racing through on goal for a lovely lofted finish over Hennessey. last_img read more

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