Negotiations Launched for CARIFORUM Regional Protocol

first_imgStory Highlights This will form an integral part of an African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)/European Union (EU) post Cotonou Agreement. Negotiations have been formally launched for a Caribbean Forum of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (CARIFORUM) Regional Protocol. The Cotonou Agreement currently governing ACP-EU relations is due to expire in 2020. Negotiations on a new ACP-EU partnership were launched in New York on September 28, 2018, in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. Negotiations have been formally launched for a Caribbean Forum of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (CARIFORUM) Regional Protocol.This will form an integral part of an African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)/European Union (EU) post Cotonou Agreement.The Cotonou Agreement currently governing ACP-EU relations is due to expire in 2020. Negotiations on a new ACP-EU partnership were launched in New York on September 28, 2018, in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.The Regional Consultation on Post-Cotonou negotiations opened at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on April 15.In her remarks, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, noted that the long-standing Cotonou Agreement, “which defines the political, economic, and development parameters of the partnership between our group of states, must now also be modernised to the benefit of both the (ACP and EU)”.She said that in the context of an evolving global environment, the new agreement that is now being negotiated will need to be aligned with the current realities of ACP developing countries and anchored in the implementation of Agenda 2030 and its sustainable development goals.“We should not lose sight of the fact that this regional consultation is the start of the ongoing wider ACP negotiations with the EU. Over the last six months the ACP has completed two rounds of negotiations with the European Union on the foundation of the post Cotonou Agreement,” Senator Johnson Smith said.“It is our expectation that the eventual agreement will be forward-looking and aspirational in outlook. Forming a new partnership with the EU with the interest of developing countries will be placed squarely at the forefront,” she added.Senator Johnson Smith further said that, more importantly, “we continue to advocate for an agreement that maintains a sustainable and predictable financing mechanism, thereby ensuring the continuity of viable projects within member countries of the ACP that are instrumental in sustaining the economic viability of the small states of the region”.For his part, Secretary-General, CARICOM and CARIFORUM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said that the EU is one of the Region’s most valued partners.“We are embarking on an ambitious programme which involves two sets of simultaneous negotiations. While it is important that we progress equally on both fronts, it is equally important to note that the Regional Protocol cannot be finalised before completion of the Foundation Agreement. This is to ensure consistency and policy coherence,” he explained.“These negotiations present us with an opportunity to forge an agreement to reflect changing times, new challenges and current developments. In so doing, we must take into account global realities and developments. These include the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” he added.Ambassador LaRocque said that negotiations must take into account the increasing economic, social, climatic and environmental vulnerabilities of CARIFORUM states; their high level of per-capita debt; the difficulties they continue to experience in financing their own development; and their desire to build resilience to those vulnerabilities.“The negotiations will be centred on a number of strategic priority areas. One of those will be regional integration and cooperation, which is a fundamental element of our development policies,” he noted.The CARIFORUM group represents the Caribbean in the ACP, and the EU is a major trading partner of many ACP states, including Jamaica, as well as a main source of grant funding.last_img read more

Carnival Expects Fuel Cost Currency Headwinds in 2019

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Miami-based cruise ship major Carnival Corporation expects its fiscal 2019 earnings to be hit by fuel cost and currency headwinds.For the full year, Carnival Corp’s earnings guidance now reflects USD 155 million from fuel price and currency moving against the company. Operationally, the cruise major continues to expect revenues and adjusted earnings per share improvements in line with its December guidance.“We expect adjusted earnings per share to be higher than the prior year, despite a USD 45 million year-over-year drag from currency and the price of fuel,” Arnold Donald, Carnival Corporation & plc President and Chief Executive Officer, said.Carnival Corp explained that cumulative advanced bookings for the remainder of 2019 are currently ahead of the prior year at prices that are in line with the prior year on a comparable basis.Based on current booking trends, the company continues to expect full year 2019 constant currency net cruise revenues to be up approximately 5.5 percent, with capacity growth of 4.6 percent, and net revenue yields in constant currency expected to be up approximately 1.0 percent compared to the prior year.Carnival Corporation unveiled the lowered expectations as part of its first quarter earnings report. The company. During the three months ended February 28, 2019, the company’s net income reached USD 336 million, compared to a net income of USD 391 million recorded in the first quarter of 2018. Revenues for the first quarter of 2019 were USD 4.7 billion, higher than the USD 4.2 billion in the prior year.For the second quarter of the year, the company expects constant currency net revenue to be in line with the prior year. Changes in fuel prices and currency exchange rates are expected to decrease earnings by USD 0.08 per share compared to the prior year. Based on these factors, the company expects adjusted earnings per share for the second quarter 2019 to be in the range of USD 0.56 to USD 0.60 versus 2018 adjusted earnings per share of USD 0.68.last_img read more

National employment numbers for January from Statistics Canada at a glance

first_imgOTTAWA – A quick look at January employment (revised numbers from the previous month in brackets):Unemployment rate: 5.9 per cent (5.8)Employment rate: 61.7 per cent (62.0)Labour force participation rate: 65.5 per cent (65.8)Number unemployed: 1,153,400 (1,139,100)Number working: 18,557,100 (18,645,100)Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 10.9 per cent (10.5)Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 5.2 per cent (5.2)Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 4.8 per cent (4.7)last_img

Senators to resume debate on postal legislation after taking a day to

first_imgOTTAWA — Senators are to resume a special sitting today to examine a back-to-work bill that would force an end to rotating strikes at Canada Post as the walkouts enter their sixth week.Bill C-89 was debated in the upper chamber on Saturday after the Liberal government fast-tracked the legislation through the House of Commons.But despite an initial plan to continue debate — and possibly hold a vote — on Sunday, senators chose instead to give themselves an extra day to digest hours of witness testimony on the labour dispute.A Senate official says final debate on the legislation is expected to begin by mid-afternoon (2 p.m. ET), likely followed by an early evening vote.The bill could receive royal assent and become law a short time later, which would force striking postal workers back to work by noon on Tuesday.However, the legislation could be delayed by a number of factors, such as amendments.Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers said their negotiators remained at the bargaining table Sunday, hoping to reach contract agreements in advance of the bill’s passage.Negotiations have been underway for nearly a year, but the dispute escalated more recently when CUPW members launched rotating strikes Oct. 22.Those walkouts have led to backlogs of mail and parcel deliveries at the Crown corporation’s main sorting plants in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.Picket lines were up Sunday at Canada Post facilities in northern Ontario, as well as in parts of British Columbia.CUPW vowed to continue the walkouts Monday to back its contract demands.The union wants better pay and job security, guaranteed hours for its 8,000 rural and suburban carriers, and equality for those workers with the corporation’s 42,000 urban employees.CUPW also wants Canada Post to adopt rules that it says would cut down on workplace injuries — an issue the union has said is now at a “crisis” level.The union’s national president has called the back-to-work bill a slap in the faces of Canada Post employees and accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of turning his back on postal workers.“We condemn this hypocritical act by a government that promised to defend workers’ rights, claimed to stand for equality for women, and claimed to stand for expanding and defending the middle class,” Mike Palecek said in a weekend statement on the union’s website.“It’s unacceptable for any government to violate workers’ charter rights.”Palecek said the union would decide this week how to fight the back-to-work bill once it becomes law, adding “all options” were on the table.The former Conservative government forced an end to a lockout of postal workers during a 2011 dispute by enacting back-to-work legislation, which was later declared by a court to be unconstitutional.But the Liberal government’s bill is “different,” Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said shortly after the legislation was tabled in the Commons, in that it does not impose immediate outcomes affecting postal contracts.The legislation would give a mediator-arbitrator appointed by the government 90 days to try and reach contract settlements. Failing that, a settlement could be imposed either through a decision from the arbitrator or by choosing from one of the final proposals put forward by Canada Post or CUPW.Once enacted, Bill C-89 would impose fines of between $1,000 and $50,000 per day on anyone found in contravention of the Act, and up to $100,000 per day against Canada Post or the union if they are found guilty of violating its terms.Canada Post said it expected to make about 30,000 deliveries of parcels to Canadians over the past two days — a far cry from the 500,000 deliveries that a company spokesman said was normal for a late-November weekend.“Weekend deliveries occur during the holidays to keep pace and balance the workload through the week,” said Jon Hamilton.“In 2017 we delivered 3.6 million parcels on holiday weekends.” Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kohli blasts match referee over no ball gaffe

first_imgBengaluru: A livid Virat Kohli on Thursday stormed into the match referee’s room and hurled abuses at him following Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) home defeat against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which was marred by a glaring umpiring blooper that cost RCB dear, reports said. According to a report, right after the presentation ceremony, a furious Kohli barged into match referee Manu Nayyar’s room and used abusive language to let his displeasure known. As per the report, Kohli even told the match referee that he didn’t care if he was penalised for violating the code of conduct. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhNeeding 41 runs from 4 overs, RCB looked to be cruising against MI at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru before Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga tightened the screws on the home team and won the game for MI by 6 runs. But the game will be remembered for umpire S. Ravi’s failure to spot a no-ball off the final delivery of the match. With RCB needing six runs from the last ball to tie the game, Lasith Malinga bowled a dot ball, but replays showed it should have been a no-ball as he overstepped. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterRCB skipper Virat Kohli made his displeasure known at the end of the game, saying that the teams were not playing club cricket and the officials needed to be more careful. During the presentation ceremony, Kohli said: “We are playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have had their eyes open. That is a ridiculous call (last ball). If it is a game of margins, I don’t know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there.” MI skipper Rohit Sharma too backed Kohli and said that these mistakes shouldn’t happen as they were game changers. “I just got to know when we crossed the rope. Somebody told me it was a no ball. These kind of mistakes are not good for the game of cricket, it’s pretty simple. In the over before that, Bumrah bowled a ball which wasn’t a wide. Those are game changers. There’s a TV up there, they have to watch what’s happening. It is as simple as that. “Players can’t do much. The only thing they can do is walk off and shake hands because it was the last ball. It’s disappointing to see that. I hope they rectify their mistakes like we do when we make mistakes,” Sharma rued. A senior official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India said the howler in Thursday’s match was waiting to happen since there have been no proper assessment and judgement. “What you saw (yesterday) was a symptom and not the disease. It has been two years since the Umpires’ Committee functioned. The process that was followed earlier was that the umpires were assessed during the year by a panel of former umpires who were on the Umpires’ Committee. “The committee members were also free to visit and see the assessment being done. All of that went out of the window once the Committee of Administrators (CoA) moved in lock, stock and barrel. Mistakes happened then too, but there was a system because of which the umpires were apprehensive since they were being judged,” the official said.last_img read more

Proponents of ideologies of hate need to be ‘constructively engaged’: Naidu

first_imgHa Nam (Vietnam): Voicing concern over the growing menace of terrorism, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday that the proponents of ideologies of hate need to be “constructively engaged” to avoid mindless death and destruction. In his keynote address at the 16th UN Day of Vesak here, Naidu said the genesis of conflict among nations has roots in the idea of hate and violence originating from an individual’s mind-space. Vesak, also known as Buddha Jayanti, is traditionally observed by Buddhists as ‘Buddha’s Birthday’. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”The growing menace of terrorism in the world is a manifestation of this destructive emotion. The proponents of ideologies of hate need to be constructively engaged to avoid mindless death and destruction,” Naidu said at the event attended by Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Myanmar President Win Myint and Nepal Premier K P Sharma Oli among others. Naidu said Lord Buddha’s message of peace and compassion provides an ideology and effective answer to overcome sectarian and ideology-driven violence all over the world. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”The global leadership more than ever needs to work together to promote dialogue, harmony and justice, based on compassion and wisdom. We need to create a more positive environment of peace by agreeing to work together to uphold the ideals of Lord Buddha and promote values of peace, accommodation, inclusiveness and compassion in the policies and conduct of the global community,” he said. The Vice President said India’s vision has been of a world as one large family and its dreams have been woven around the theme of peaceful co-existence. He said there is a clear recognition that there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development. Noting that Buddhism’s great contribution is its balanced approach, Naidu said if global leadership can adopt this approach, it is possible to avoid conflict, reconcile different viewpoints and achieve consensus. It can also steer individuals away from bigotry, dogmatism and fanaticism to a more balanced view of life essential for peaceful co-existence, he added.last_img read more

Report Mancini agrees twoyear deal with Italy

first_imgRoberto Mancini has reportedly agreed a two-year contract to become the new head coach of Italy, reports Sky SportsThis new development comes in light of Zenit St Petersburg announcing yesterday that their Italian boss has left after just one year into his three-year deal with the Russian Premier League side.“Zenit and Roberto Mancini have reached an agreement over early termination of his contract,” read a club statement, via Sky Sports.“The contract was cancelled by mutual consent of the parties without any indemnity payments.”It has now emerged that the former Manchester City and Inter Milan manager has agreed on a two-year deal with the Italian FA to take charge of the national side and will sign the contract tomorrow.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….BREAKING: Roberto Mancini agrees two-year deal to take over as Italy head coach and will sign tomorrow. #SSN pic.twitter.com/B1D44BP5jn— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 14, 2018Italy has been without a permanent head coach since they fired Gian Piero Ventura in November after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.last_img read more

Cardiff to be active in January window says Warnock

first_imgCardiff manager Neil Warnock has revealed that the club will bring in reinforcement in “two or three positions” when the transfer window opens in January.Warnock has been playing Callum Paterson, a right back in the striker role in recent games, and has identified the center forward position as one of his priorities.“We’re looking at two or three positions,” Warnock told Sky Sports.“We’ve made offers for strikers but it’s not as simple as that. Not only is it the offer that’s got to be accepted but is they better than what you’ve got in January? Are the teams going to let good players go in January?AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“We’re not the market where we can go and spend anything like the top half of the Premier League. We’ve got a certain market and we’ve got to try and get the best out of it.“I don’t think we will be spending silly money – well, I know we won’t. Mehmet Dalman, the chairman, he’s been working hard to bring a striker in. He knows how difficult it is now because it is a bad time to try and get one in.“They’ve always been supportive but for me, if they’re not better than what we are or if it’s ridiculous money I’d rather stick with what we’ve got. I know it sounds silly but I’d rather stick with what we’ve got, because we’ve got a great group.”last_img read more