Dominican Irwin LaRoque is the new CARICOM Secretary-General

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Ambassador Irwin LaRoque(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has been selected to serve as the seventh Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) by the Heads of Government. Ambassador LaRocque, 56, a national of Dominica replaces His Excellency Sir Edwin Carrington of Trinidad and Tobago.Ambassador LaRocque is the current Assistant Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat, having served in that post since September 2005.Ambassador LaRocque was educated at Queen’s College, and the New School for Social Research, both in New York and New York University, majored in Political Philosophy, Political Economics and Economics respectively.Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary-General, he served as Permanent Secretary in various Ministries in Dominica for more than fourteen years, including in the Ministries of Trade, Industry, Enterprise Development, Tourism, and Foreign Affairs, where he headed the diplomatic service. He also served as the principal advisor to the Government of Dominica on all matters pertaining to economic integration and regional and international trade.He was Dominica’s senior policy adviser on the revision of the original Treaty of Chaguaramas and served on the CARICOM Inter-Governmental Task Force which drafted the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.Ambassador LaRocque has a wealth of experience in management, public administration, economic development, trade, foreign affairs and diplomacy. During the period when Dominica underwent a structural adjustment programme, Ambassador LaRocque was a member of the Cabinet-appointed Public Sector Reform Task Force, which included the private sector, trade unions and non-governmental organisations, with responsibility for the overall management, planning and performance review of the public sector reform process. He also served as the Chairman of the Consultative Working Group, a public/private sector consultative and advisory committee appointed by the Dominica Cabinet, with focus on the enabling environment for private sector development and growth.He has served on several Boards, including those of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Caribbean Export, the Dominica Agricultural, Industrial and Development Bank, and the Dominica National Development Corporation.As Assistant Secretary-General, he has provided strategic leadership for the continuing implementation and further development of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), as well as the Sectoral Programmes of the Community including agriculture, services, industry and energy.Ambassador LaRocque has managed diplomatic negotiations with third countries and international development partners which required political acumen for successful completion. He has testified, on behalf of the Community, before the US International Trade Commission on trade relations between the Caribbean and the US with emphasis on extending and expanding the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI).He is currently the Co-Chair of the US-CARICOM Trade and Investment Council and is leading the negotiations with the United States Trade Representative Office for a new Trade and Investment Framework Agreement.He has gained considerable experience with the European arrangements through his involvement in developing and negotiating with the Commission of the European Union, development assistance under the European Development Fund.Ambassador LaRocque’s experience in national public sector reform will be critical in the reform and restructuring process of the CARICOM Secretariat, which is currently in progress.Ambassador LaRocque has served and had a close working relationship with several Prime Ministers of his homeland, and also in the Region by interacting with and providing advice to various Heads of Government and Cabinets in his capacity as Assistant Secretary General.CARICOM Chairman Honourable Dr Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis in announcing the selection said: “My colleague Heads of Government and I believe that Ambassador LaRocque possesses the requisite skills of visionary leadership, courage and commitment required to guide the Community at this time of change and uncertainty.”Secretary-General-designate LaRocque in his reaction expressed his deep appreciation for the confidence reposed in him by the Heads of Government.“I am humbled and privileged for this opportunity to continue my service to the Governments and people of the Caribbean Community. As we strive towards the goal of a Community For All, the confidence of the Heads of Government, the support of the people of the Community and the committed staff of the CARICOM Secretariat are vital in achieving that objective.”Press ReleaseCARICOM Secretariat Tweetcenter_img 35 Views   no discussions Share LocalNewsRegional Dominican Irwin LaRoque is the new CARICOM Secretary-General by: – July 22, 2011last_img read more

Students react to new safety plan

first_imgSeveral students said they believe new safety measures announced Tuesday by USC President C. L. Max Nikias are improvements to on-campus safety.The new policies come after four victims sustained gunshot wounds on Oct. 31 in an on-campus shooting. The incident occurred after a suspect, not affiliated with the university, got in an argument with Geno Hall, a former Crenshaw High football star, at a Halloween party promoted by LA Hype in association with the Black Student Assembly.The new security policies include banning outside event promoters and requiring university identification to enter campus between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The university also plans to increase surveillance and the number of security guards on the perimeter of campus.Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Jackson said student groups were consulted and briefed before the changes were announced.Several student leaders said the new changes are likely to enhance on-campus security. Mikey Geragos, Undergraduate Student Government President, said banning promoters should give student groups more oversight of their events.“I think we are all in agreement of having party promoters on campus was probably not a good idea,” Geragos said. “When you get party promoters involved … there is always the risk they could advertise to people who they shouldn’t advertise to and you don’t have control of what’s being put out there.”Molly Russell, a senior majoring in public relations, said she supports the policy for checking IDs to enter campus at night, but is not convinced that banning promoters will solve any safety issues on campus.“The ID thing is huge. I think it’s a logical step that should have been taken years ago. This area is not very safe, and that’s always going to be a challenge,” Russell said. “But I don’t think the promoter thing will really help. USC is supposed to be integrated with the community, so I think it’s weird to go back on that by not allowing them to hold events.”According to Geragos, events will still be open to individuals in the community, but USC will be checking IDs at the door.“We wanted to make sure there was a good way to monitor [events] without excluding those guests,” Geragos said.The university expects all new policies to be fully implemented by Jan. 14, 2013 — the first day of the spring semester.Arya Roshanian, a sophomore majoring in vocal arts, doubts that the Dept. of Public Safety will be able to enforce the new safety measures during times when there is a high volume of students on campus.“I’m not sure how it’s going to work with crowds,” Roshanian said. “During finals week, so many people go to campus at night to study and everything. How will they handle it when a big hoard of people is trying to get on campus?”Nikias also said that the university will increase the amount of DPS officers stationed on campus and at campus and residence hall entrances. The banning of outside event promoters will extend to the Row.Student Affairs consulted the Inter-Fraternity Council before announcing the changes. IFC President Michael Madden noted that the ban on promoters does not apply to party planners.Madden said some fraternities have already started checking student IDs at the door -— a policy IFC hopes to make mandatory for all fraternities.“That’s an idea that has been discussed and will probably be implemented next spring,” Madden said. “We are still in the process of working out the logistics of it.”Some students, such as Sheun Alli, a junior majoring in business administration, said that staying safe is mainly up to the individual.“People just need to be careful,” Sheun said. “The school can do whatever they want, but we’re still in South Central.”last_img read more

New partnership is On Course to grow the game

first_img England Golf and On Course Foundation have announced a partnership to involve more injured, wounded and sick Service personnel and veterans in golf.The Foundation aims to transform lives through golf, by teaching skills which restore confidence and promote recovery, and by creating work experience and employment opportunities. Currently the Foundation has over 450 beneficiaries, proudly referred to as their members, and hopes to reach many more.Now, with the support of England Golf, the Foundation aims to:• Introduce a further 200 injured, wounded and sick Service personnel and veterans to golf by April 2017• Create 45 work experience placements in the golf industry• Find employment in the golf industry for 20 Members of the Foundation.• Introduce 40 women to the gameThe partnership supports the aims of the England Golf strategic plan, Raising Our Game, which calls on all who care about the game to work together to create a brighter future for golf, including more players, more members and stronger clubs.Jamie Blair, England Golf’s Disability Manager, said: “England Golf is working intensively to encourage more disabled people to get into golf and to become club members and we welcome this opportunity to work in partnership with On Course Foundation.“Golf can play a very important role in the recovery of Service personnel and veterans and we are delighted to help to spread this message and to involve them in the sport and all it has to offer.”Steve Holt, Managing Director of On Course Foundation, echoed Jamie’s remarks: “With many of our members lacking self-belief, it’s our aim to help them realise their potential both on and off the golf course.“The golf industry provides the perfect environment for many members to transfer the skills that they have developed at our events, and ultimately allows them to find a fulfilling career.“England Golf are a fantastic partner for us, a perfect natural fit to help us spread awareness of our cause and jointly grow the game. We’re absolutely delighted to partner alongside them and look forward to a long and successful relationship.”Click here for more information about On Course Foundation.Caption: On Course members (image courtesy On Course Foundation) 5 Jul 2015 New partnership is On Course to grow the game last_img read more

Owen ties second in Portugal

first_img Hertfordshire’s Laurie Owen shot 10-under par to finish joint runner-up in the Portuguese International Amateur Championship at Montado.The 26-year-old from Letchworth Golf Club (pictured) led an impressive English performance, with national teams scoring a one-two in the Nations Cup.Owen was in the mix throughout with rounds of 68 70 69 71, and commented afterwards on Twitter: “What a week! Very proud of what I achieved this week competing in Portuguese amateur.“Great start to the season and has motivated me even more to keep getting better.”He was one of six English players in the top ten. Bailey Gill (Lindrick) tied 5th on eight-under while another Yorkshireman, Ben Schmidt (Rotherham), shared seventh place, on seven-under, with Matty Lamb (Hexham).A further shot back was yet another Yorkshire player, Charlie Thornton (Fulford), who held the first round lead after his opening 66. He shared 10th place with Dan Brown (Littlestone).The championship was won by 16-year-old Portuguese player, Daniel da Costa Rodrigues, who was 13-under par.Click here for full scoresImage copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: elite golf, England squads, England teams 18 Feb 2019 Owen ties second in Portugal   last_img read more

South Africa is a top destination for asylum seekers

first_img13 November 2014South Africa has a commendable asylum policy that’s enshrines all the rights provided in the various United Nations conventions on refugees, according to a representative from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Speaking to the South African home affairs parliamentary committee on Tuesday, 12 November, UNHCR Regional Representative for Southern Africa Clementine Nkweta-Salami said South Africa has the third highest number of number of asylum seekers in the world after Germany and the US.Nkweta-Salami said there is an estimated 16.7-million refugees worldwide and 2.3-million of them are African. Among the 1.1-million asylum seekers 329 608 are African. A huge number of 33.3-million people were internally displaced in the home countries with 16.8-million displaced in African countries.Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Iraq, Colombia, Vietnam and Eritrea top the list of refugee-producing countries in the world.South Africa currently harbours more than 70 000 refugees, most of whom are from Zimbabwe, the DRC and Ethiopia. These refugees are afforded all the basic rights such as freedom of movement and access to social services, despite South Africa facing challenges of unemployment, poverty, economic inequality and service delivery, according to Nkweta-Salami.“[This] puts refugees and asylum seekers in conflict with host populations (who are) fuelling xenophobia.“The high numbers of applications, backlogs and abuse of the system by migrants who have no other immigration alternatives affect the quality and efficiency of the refugee status determination process,” Nkweta-Salami said.There are areas where South Africa can improve handling of refugees, though. Nkweta-Salami said there is usually allegations of illegal detention of migrants by South Africa, especially at the Lindela repatriation camp, and unsanitary conditions at Cape Town’s refugee centre.In addition, South Africa can improve on its refugee status determination process and stop the closure of refugee reception centres in some of the major urban centres. Another area of concern was South Africa’s plans to process new arrivals at the border post, according to Nkweta-Salami.Parliament can assist in the protection of refugees in the country, Nkweta-Salami said, by educating the broader public and doing oversight visits to refugee reception centres.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Panjab varsity students start shoe-polishing protest

first_imgRelentless in their demand for roll-back of the fee increase, students of Panjab University started a novel protest on Monday. Members of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), who have been protesting against the fee increase for the 2017-18 academic year through a relay fast, sat outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office, polishing the shoes of bystanders and fellow students to collect money that they said would be sent to the university to help it tide over the financial crisis. “We are on the 21st day of the fast, but our demand has been ignored; today, we are polishing shoes to wake up the university administration,” said Nikhil Rampal, a student of the Economics Department. “By polishing the people’s shoes, we will send across the message that if the administration has no other means of generating funds, we will go to any extent,” he said. Surjeet Bharmouri, who is in charge of the NSUI’s Chandigarh unit, said the protest was meant to get across the message to the Central government that it should consider the students’ demand. “If it cannot do it, we are willing to polish the people’s shoes and give the sum thus earned to our university. We have collected ₹190 and will send it to the Vice-Chancellor’s office,” he said. On April 11, a clash broke out on the campus between the students and the police. The university has justified the 12.5% increase in fees, citing its finances. It is expecting a deficit of ₹244 crore for 2017-18.last_img read more

Khaira warned against trespass bid: Amarinder

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday condemned Sukhpal Singh Khaira for trying to force his way into former Cabinet Minister Rana Gurjit Singh’s factory in Batala and warned that any attempt by the Aam Aadmi Party leader to take the law in his hands would be dealt with as per law.“Mr. Khaira was indulging in cheap street politics to grab media and public attention ahead of Monday’s Shahkot bypoll,” said Capt. Amarinder, adding that Mr. Khaira’s trespass bid amounted to sheer violation of the law, with the potential to trigger violence.“Despite being warned about the serious trouble it could lead to, considering the fact that the move could have provoked the mill workers and staff into retaliation, Mr. Khaira did not desist from moving towards the premises,” said the Chief Minister. He termed it an attempt on the AAP leader’s part to divert public attention on the eve of polling.Capt. Amarinder said the AAP had a history of resorting to theatrics in the run-up to any election and Mr. Khaira’s act had exposed the party’s desperation in the face of their imminent wipe-out in the Shahkot by-election.Meanwhile, Mr. Khaira said he was in Buttar Siviato to inspect the villages adjacent to the sugar factory including Dhardion, Buttar, Gagarbhana, where the villagers had told him about their problems due to pollution caused by the factory.“I had not gone to Buttar Sivia to fight with anybody but to listen to the problems of the people as a public representative so that they could be raised in the Vidhan Sabha,” said Mr. Khaira. He added that he was forcefully stopped outside the factory from examining the ‘drain’ where pollutants from the factory were being thrown. “The police acted as a mute spectator and instead of taking any action against the ‘goons’, they pressurised me to cancel the programme,” said Mr. Khaira.Rana Sugars Private Limited, however, refuted the charges and accused Mr. Khaira of running a malicious campaign against it.“It is so characteristic of Mr. Khaira to resort to theatrics and create a hype and eventually beat a hasty retreat taking one excuse or the other,” Rana Veer Partap Singh, one of the directors of the company and son of Rana Gurjeet Singh, said.Mr. Singh added that the company was running strictly according to the norms of the Environment Ministry and the pollution control board and had obtained all mandatory clearances, which were renewed from time to time after proper scrutiny and examination.last_img read more