Communiqué – 37th Regular Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government

first_img Sep 25, 2020 TRIBUTE TO MR. PATRICK MANNING  Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community expressed their deep sadness at the passing of the former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr Patrick Manning, who died on Saturday 2 July 2016 just prior to the Meeting of Conference. Mr. Manning displayed the finest qualities of regionalism and had an unswerving commitment to building his country and the wider CARICOM.  His progressive ideas for strengthening the regional integration movement led to many initiatives which redounded to the enhancement of the sense and spirit of community among our Member States. Mr Manning’s genuine desire to create a more equitable Community led to such initiatives as the Petroleum Stabilisation Fund which he established as a facility to provide Member States with financial assistance.  This was a tangible demonstration of goodwill to and solidarity with Member States faced with high oil prices from which his country benefitted. His view of Trinidad and Tobago’s role in CARICOM went beyond the financial as he routinely rendered unselfish and immediate support to Member States in times of natural disasters. As Lead Prime Minister for Security in the CARICOM quasi-cabinet, he oversaw the security arrangements for the Cricket World Cup 2007 and his proposals led to the formation of the CARICOM Task Force on Crime and Security.  The implementation of its recommendations improved the nature and quality of co-operation in that area leading to the establishment of very important agencies and institutions which continue to serve and protect the Community’s security interests.  It also resulted in Security Co-operation being adopted as the fourth pillar of our integration movement. Mr Manning’s deep concern about the ravages of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases, as highlighted by the Region’s experts, led to the historic regional summit on the issue. As we approach the 10th Anniversary of the Port-of-Spain Declaration on NCDs, we recall that his vision of the dangers posed by these scourges spurred the Community to be at the forefront of a successful proposal for a United Nations High Level Meeting on NCDs. His humanity and personal interest in the well-being of others were outstanding attributes of his character and were highly appreciated by all, both within and outside the Community.  His invaluable contribution to our Community stemmed from his conviction that integration was the most viable option for the sustainable development of our small states and the improvement of the lives of our people. Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean Community have lost a truly remarkable person and statesman whose legacy of committed service to country and Region left an indelible mark on the history of this Region and will remain a treasured memory. Heads of Government expressed their deepest condolences to the family of Mr Manning and the Government and People of Trinidad and Tobago You may be interested in… ATTACHMENT I ATTACHMENT IIGUYANA-VENEZUELA RELATIONSHeads of Government received a report on recent development in the relations between Guyana and Venezuela.  They also received a report on the current efforts of the SG of the United Nations proposing a way forward to the two countries towards a decisive end to the controversy.Heads of Government noted with appreciation that the SG of the United Nations attaches the highest priority to finding a solution to the controversy which arose out of Venezuela’s contention that the Arbitral award of 1899 which definitively settled the land boundary between Guyana and Venezuela is null and void.In that regard they signalled their full confidence in the Secretary-General to exercise urgently his authority under the 1966 Geneva Agreement for a choice of options that would bring the controversy to a definitive and judicial conclusion that would be beneficial not only to Guyana but the Caribbean Community as a whole.Heads of Government reiterated their full support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all CARICOM States and their entitlement to rights regarding maritime zones under international law.Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARPHA: Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO Standards, Quality Still Important COMMUNIQUÉ – 29th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOMCOMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTY-NINTH INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY 26-27 February, 2018, Port-au-Prince, Haiti   The Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 26-27…March 1, 2018In “Anguilla”PM Harris: St. Kitts and Nevis will support The Bahamas, HaitiBASSETERRE, ST. KITTS  (PRESS SEC)  — Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris has pledged approximately EC$1 million to Haiti and the Bahamas, as the two countries work to rebuild and recover in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Prime Minister Harris’ weekend announcement came after the Cabinet of Ministers received…November 22, 2016In “CARICOM”COMMUNIQUÉ issued at conclusion of 27th CARICOM Intersessional MeetingThe Twenty-Seventh Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Placencia, Belize on 16-17 February 2016.  The Prime Minister of Belize, the Honourable Dean Barrow, chaired the proceedings.  Other members of the Conference in attendance were:  the Prime Minister of Antigua…February 19, 2016In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp CARICOM and UNEP extend cooperation on environment FACILITATION OF TRAVEL WITHIN THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITYHeads of Government discussed the issue of facilitation of travel. They noted that the overwhelming majority of travelling citizens were moving throughout the Community without hindrance.They however urged Member States to comply with the relevant decisions taken by the Community and the rulings of the Caribbean Court of Justice and take all appropriate measures to give full effect to the free movement regimes. They reaffirmed the principle that persons were to be treated with dignity at ports of entry.Heads of Government mandated the CARICOM Secretariat to convene a meeting of Chief Immigration Officers, CARICOM Ambassadors, and other relevant officials by 30 September 2016, in order to address the challenges being experienced by Community nationals travelling throughout the Region.Heads of Government reminded Member States to submit statistics annually to the Secretariat on the refusals of entry and the operation of the free movement regimes and that these statistics must be submitted by 31 January of the following year.CORRESPONDENT BANKINGHeads of Government reviewed the latest developments with respect to efforts to resolve the issue of de-risking severely affecting Member States. They emphasised that correspondent banking was an important global public good and the current de-risking strategy was discriminatory and counterintuitive to good public policy. They re-iterated that CARICOM’s trade, economic welfare and the transfer of remittances were gravely affected by the de-risking strategies of foreign banks.In expressing concern that there was little progress on resolving the issue, Heads of Government agreed that CARICOM would continue its robust and unrelenting advocacy on the issue and that the Committee of Ministers of Finance on Correspondent Banking should maintain the current high level engagement.Heads of Government also agreed to host a Global Stakeholder Conference on the Impact of the Withdrawal of Correspondent Banking on the Region which would include banks and regulators from the region, the United States of America, Canada and Europe, international development partners and representatives from civil society.INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY FOR DEVELOPMENT (ICT4D)Heads of Government received a presentation on the Draft Roadmap for the Single ICT space and agreed that their Ministers responsible for ICT would meet in September, 2016, in order to make appropriate recommendations to the Conference.BORDER ISSUES: Belize was represented by the Honourable Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs.  Haiti was represented by Prime Minister, His Excellency Enex Jean-Charles. Montserrat was represented by Hon. Delmaude Ryan, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Health and Community Services. The Associate Member in attendance was Turks and Caicos Islands represented by Mr Ronlee James, Head of Secretariat at Office of the Premier. Also in attendance as an invited guest was Her Excellency Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile REGIONAL SECURITYIn light of the continued threats to the Region’s security, Heads of Government agreed on ways to deepen and strengthen co-operation in this area.  In that regard, they approved a review of the CARICOM Crime and Security Strategy (CCSS).They emphasised the importance of aligning national security plans to the CCSS in order to avoid duplication in intervention support.Heads of Government also stressed the important role IMPACS continued to play in the Community’s effort to address crime and security and reaffirmed their commitment  to strengthen the Institution.Heads of Government agreed that urgent steps should be taken for completion of a number of critical regional security agreements. They prioritised the completion of the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty,  an essential instrument to address cross-border crime.They agreed that this Treaty should be finalised before the end of the current year.center_img CARICOM Heads of Government, representatives of Heads of Government and Secretary-General at the opening ceremony of the 37th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government, 4 July, 2016 The Thirty-Seventh Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Georgetown, Guyana, on 4 – 6 July 2016.  The Prime Minister of Dominica, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings. Other members of the Conference in attendance were Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable Gaston Browne; Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Rt. Honourable Perry Christie; Prime Minister of Barbados, Rt. Honourable Freundel Stuart; Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell; President of Guyana, His Excellency Brigadier (Ret) David Granger; Prime Minister of Jamaica, Most Honourable Andrew Holness; Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris; Prime Minister of Saint Lucia,  Honourable Allen Chastanet;  Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves; President of Suriname, His Excellency Desiré Bouterse; and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley. Oct 7, 2020 CARICOM SINGLE MARKET AND ECONOMY Heads of Government received an update on the status of the CSME and agreed that a comprehensive review would be considered at the Inter-Sessional Meeting next February.  They also agreed that there should be an intensified public education campaign in Member States aimed at all levels of the society.  The education programme should highlight the benefits and provisions of the CSME.Heads of Government received an update on the work of the CARICOM Commission on the Economy which focussed on fiscal sustainability, private sector stimulation, business regulatory environment, transitioning to sustainable growth and resource mobilisation. Heads of Government also approved continuing initiatives in these areas.Heads of Government received a report of the economic performance of Member States in 2015 which showed mixed results. They noted the technical support given by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Caribbean Export, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America (UNECLAC) to the work of the Commission.Heads of Government reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of all elements of the CSME regime. Oct 7, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 ACTION PLAN FOR STATISTICS IN THE CARIBBEANHeads of Government endorsed the importance of statistics to the Region’s efforts to attain sustainable development, continuous improvement in the standard of living, empowerment of Community nationals, governance, planning and policy making and progress towards the CSME.Heads of Government considered and endorsed the Action Plan which among other things seeks to strengthen national statistical systems. The Plan enables the upgrading of the Information and Communications Technology infrastructure and provides overall support to human resource development.Heads of Government also agreed that the UN Secretary General should be advised that with regard to the statistical work carried out by the United Nations statistical system, the Community should be viewed as a distinct grouping within the Latin America and Caribbean area. They viewed this distinction as fundamental as it was based on the unique challenges that are faced particularly by Small Island Developing and low lying coastal States (SIDS) which constitute this grouping.HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTHeads of Government addressed health related issues affecting the development of the Region, specifically Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs),” the regional response to HIV and AIDS, and the Every Caribbean Girl, Every Caribbean Woman Initiative (ECGECW)As the Tenth Anniversary of the historic Port of Spain Declaration “Uniting to fight the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) draws near, the Heads of Government recognised the progress made in addressing the issue. They acknowledged, however, that progress was variable and agreed to adopt a more holistic approach. In this regard, they pledged to address issues such as the banning of smoking in public places; trade related measures; banning advertisement of potentially harmful foods which specifically target children; and elevating taxes on foods high in sugar, salt and trans-fats.Heads of Government endorsed the ECGECW initiative intended to address key sexual and reproductive health concerns of girls and women in the Caribbean. The objectives of ECGECW are to reduce teenage pregnancy, prevent cervical cancer, and eliminate Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.Heads of Government noted the 2016 UN Political Declaration on Ending AIDS: On the Fast-Track to Accelerate the Fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030. Recognising the contraction of external funding to support the regional response to HIV and AIDS, Heads of Government committed to taking collective advocacy to fill remaining gaps in funding to support ending the AIDS epidemic in the Region.RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR THE MEETINGS OF THE CONFERENCEIn their continuing efforts to reform the operations of the Community as agreed in the Strategic Plan, Heads of Government considered and adopted the Draft Rules of Procedure for Meetings of the Conference.POLITICAL SITUATION IN SURINAMEHeads of Government were briefed about the recent political developments in Suriname by His Excellency, the President of Suriname Desiré Bouterse, in relation to a ruling by the Military Court of 9 June 2016, whereby the legislative powers in the Republic of Suriname were affected.Heads of Government were informed about the decision of the Government of Suriname to apply Article 148 of the Constitution of Suriname, whereby the Public Prosecutor was ordered to cease the legal procedure in a particular case so as to allow the constitutionally legal mechanisms to fulfil their tasks in an orderly manner.Heads of Government noted the information provided by the President of Suriname and expressed their view that the matter was an internal one.CARICOM AND CUBAHeads of Government recalled the Community’s longstanding relationship with Cuba and recognised the need to seize the trade, business and investment opportunities, including those in tourism, presented by the evolving situation in Cuba.Heads of Government agreed that every effort will be made to conclude negotiations for a Second Protocol to the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement to allow for signature before the end of 2016.Heads of Government expressed satisfaction with the ongoing normalisation of relations between Cuba and the United States and took note of the consequent changes in the geopolitical and geo-economic environment of the RegionHeads of Government reiterated their call for the lifting of the USA trade and economic embargo against Cuba.RELATIONS WITH THE DOMINICAN REPUBLICHeads of Government reiterated their deep concern about the human rights situation of Dominicans of Haitian descent rendered stateless by the Constitutional Court ruling on nationality.  They agreed to continue the Region’s advocacy in international fora and bilateral meetings to alleviate the plight of these persons some of whom have been deported to a country with which they have no links.Heads of Government also expressed concern over the humanitarian situation of Haitian migrants deported from the Dominican Republic and other Haitian returnees.Heads of Government further agreed to engage directly, as appropriate, with the Dominican Republic on the matter of statelessness and the required remedies.EXCHANGE OF VIEWS WITH SPECIAL GUESTHeads of Government welcomed the visit of Her Excellency President Michelle Bachelet of Chile.  They noted the visit symbolised the renewal of longstanding political and cooperation relations with a country which has been long supportive of the Community through its institution and capacity building projects in a wide diversity of areas.The two parties observed that they share common interests and concerns.  These include the importance of economic growth as a means to equitable and sustainable development, poverty eradication, the adverse impact of climate change, and the need for resources to address the resulting burdens, vulnerability to disasters, and protection of the seas.Heads of Government were of the view that strengthening the relationship between CARICOM and Chile was of mutual interest.  To this end, it was proposed to bolster the framework for political dialogue and to pursue further projects of South-South cooperation as well as trade and investment links.Heads of Government agreed to heighten political engagement and expand technical co-operation  to include Climate Change, the Sustainable Development Goals and trade co-operation.BREXITHeads of Government viewed Britain’s exit (Brexit) from the European Union (EU) as a watershed event in in current world affairs whose geopolitical and geo-economic repercussions would be far-reaching and long-lasting.They received a detailed brief on the political, diplomatic, trade, economic and financial implications of Brexit for the Region as well as recommendations for addressing them.Heads of Government agreed that CARICOM should continue to monitor developments as the exit process unfolded and underlined the importance of a common and structured approach that married the technical, political and diplomatic.Heads of Government emphasised that the United Kingdom and the European Union remain strong and valued partners of the Community.DATE OF THE TWENTY-EIGHTH INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE (February 2017, Guyana)The Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community will be held on a date to be announced in February 2017 in Guyana. BELIZE-GUATEMALA RELATIONSHeads of Government received an update on the most recent developments between Belize and Guatemala.Heads of Government expressed their full support for the Government of Belize as it enters the process of dialogue and welcomed the decisions of the Government of Belize and Guatemala to engage in the design and development of a mechanism of cooperation for the Sarstoon River, which marks Belize’s southern boundary.  They urged them to complete this at the earliest opportunity.Heads of Government expressed support the continuous and critical role of the Organisation of American States (OAS) in the process aimed at resolving the dispute arising from Guatemala’s claims and further calls on the international community to continue supporting the OAS office in the Adjacency Zone.  The Conference of Heads of Government also supports the efforts of Belize and Guatemala to move deliberately to fully implement the special agreement of 2008 between Belize and Guatemala to submit Guatemala’s territorial, insular and maritime claims to the International Court of Justice.The Heads of Government emphasised their unflinching support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of Belize. OPENING CEREMONY  The Opening Ceremony was addressed by the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness; Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Honourable Allen Chastanet; Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves; the President of Suriname, His Excellency Desiré Bouterse; Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley; and the Chairman of the Conference, the Prime Minister of Dominica, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit. All the speakers paid tribute to the former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Patrick Manning, who passed away on 2 July 2016, just prior to the Meeting of Conference. In his remarks, the Secretary-General said that as the Community celebrated 43 years there was “ample evidence over the four decades of the value and benefit of pooling our skills and resources.”  He also outlined some of the areas that the Conference would address including correspondent banking, crime and security, non-communicable diseases, free movement, the regional economy, the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and on the foreign affairs front the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union The President of Suriname His Excellency Desiré Bouterse called for swifter action on diversification of the regional economy.  He proposed that the services industries be developed to the point where they became “solid foreign currency earners” characterised by sustainability.  He urged Member States, particularly those dependent on the extractive sectors, to come together and brainstorm on solutions to the myriad challenges confronting them. The Prime Minister of Jamaica the Most Honourable Andrew Holness called for the movement of labour throughout the Caribbean Community to be made as easy as that of the movement of goods.  Prime Minister Holness emphasised that for many, including the man in the street, freedom of movement represented a tangible benefit of regional integration.  He also advised that Jamaica would be pursuing increased bilateral relationships with its CARICOM counterparts. The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia the Honourable Allen Chastanet said that the promise of regional integration is “slowly starting to put some flesh on our bones in some areas.”  He added that policies and structures that were languishing needed to be reviewed so that new and more effective ones could be put in place.  He challenged the Region not to be afraid to do more as it had already demonstrated its ability to punch above its weight in the international community. The Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves said that CARICOM needed to deepen the integration process.  Further, he stressed the need to acknowledge the achievements and “see how we can build on them rather than beating up on ourselves needlessly.”  He warned against pessimism and a learned helplessness.  Notwithstanding all the challenges of regionalism, Prime Minister Gonsalves reaffirmed the primacy of completing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy for continued progress in the Region. The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley affirmed the importance of CARICOM to his country. He pledged to continue the legacy of former Trinidadian Prime Minister, the late Patrick Manning, whom he described as “a Caribbean man who was committed to excellence and to the Caribbean Community. He pointed out that security was central to the economy, well-being, progress and quality of life of the Community. Chairman of the Conference, the Prime Minister of Dominica Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit reminded the audience that CARICOM was a primary community built on empathy and caring for each other. He said that at the individual level this is continuously being reinforced, whenever or wherever people interact. The Prime Minister called on all to work together to strengthen cooperation and collaboration so as to create a stronger, more vibrant community. “Let us therefore focus more closely on what needs to be done to strengthen CARICOM, to make it more economically competitive and generate resources to sustain our togetherness.  Our resilience is being tested more than before, but we have proven time and again that we are strong”. the Chairman said. CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Belize-Guatemala RelationsHeads of Government received an update on the most recent developments on the Belize – Guatemala border dispute and agreed to issue a statement which is attached to this Communiqué.Guyana-Venezuela RelationsHeads of Government received an update on the most recent developments between Guyana and Venezuela on the border controversy and agreed to issue a statement which is attached to this Communiqué.CRICKETHeads of Government decided to reconstitute the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Cricket with the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, as the Chairman.  They agreed that the other members would be the Prime Minister of Barbados and the Prime Minister of Jamaica. Membership of the Sub-Committee will be open ended as is the case with all CARICOM Prime Ministerial Sub-Committees. The Committee will address all matters related to West Indies cricket including those that were being addressed by the Cricket Governance Committee.Heads of Government expressed appreciation to the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr the Honourable Keith Mitchell, for his untiring efforts in furtherance of the development of West Indies cricket.last_img read more

Argentina edge past Chile to grab the third place in Copa America in a…

first_imgAdvertisement cpesxNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsb332yWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eck( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3e7Would you ever consider trying this?😱3k7Can your students do this? 🌚9tczRoller skating! Powered by Firework Argentina edged past Chile to grab the third position in the Copa America. It was a dramatic encounter where both the captains were sent off following a violent conduct. Argentina took a lead of two goals after the end of the first half. Chile tried to make a come back with a penalty successfully converted by Arturo Vidal. However, they failed to get another goal in the remaining minutes of the match.Advertisement Sergio Aguero scored the first goal of the match at the 12th minute of the match. Lionel Messi passed the ball towards Sergio Aguero and the star centre forward of centre forward Manchester City scored the first goal of the match for Argentina. Paulo Dybala scored the second goal at the 22nd minute of the match. However the first half got fired up with the headbutt of Gary Medel and Lionel Messi. Both the players were shown red cards by the referree. Argentina took the lead of 2 goals after the end of the first half.Advertisement Arturo Vidal scored from the spot at the 59th minute of the match. However they failed to score one more to take the match into the tiebreaker. Argentina finished at the third position in the tournament with this result.Liverpool ease past Porto to storm into the semisAdvertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Condemned with Drug Addicted Parents

first_imgSavior, a ten-year-old boy who’s been taking care of his younger siblings and himself for the past five years feels he’s now on the verge of depression and wants help.Dressed in an over sized t-shirt stained with specs of blood from a recent circumcision cut, Savior is filthy, unclean and a pitiful sight to see.“Aunty, let whoever wants me take me,” he offered.Saviors mother, who says she has serious problems of her own, including a drug addiction, has asked the media to find an alternative living location for her six children, including Princes who we featured in a recent article ‘Breaking away from a place called home’Savior, who fidgeted near his mother who was too busy to notice because she was cutting marijuana that she had just purchased, described to this paper what his little life has been like.“A lot of people feel sorry for me because of the way my mother takes care of me. Recently she beat me and placed very bad marks all over my body and kept me hungry for a couple of days. On a daily bases I have to go around and beg, some people in our community ban me from their yard because they say I can steal,” He saidWhile describing his surprising life, Savior lifted his shirt to reveal beating marks similar to that of slaves from the 1800’s.“My ma beats me a lot and because of the marks on my skin people say that I look like a criminal,” he shared.Saviors mother, Mommy, says she has her hands filled with so many children and cannot take care of them all. Most recently she had her seventh child, a baby boy.‘Savior is hard head and where I am right now, I’m not able these children. If you can find someone to take him I will be too happy,” she mumbled while inhaling the smoke from her cigaretteMeanwhile, the past history of Savior is a long one. According to the family, five years ago a bishop from the Catholic Church in Taylor Miller compound took Savior in. Because of the Pastor’s sympathy, Savior spent a year in school, had a regular allowance that included food, school supplies, clothing and a place to stay, complimentary of the Pastor and his church.“No child should be condemned to the life of misery because a hopeless drug addict brought it into the world. It’s almost unthinkable that this level of neglect is part of the story of life in pockets of our country these days. These mothers have these children while taking drugs and on drugs,” stated a member of the Catholic Church who asked not to be named.“I helped take care of that boy when he was here with us, very smart child. But, his mother had the problem and that’s why we had to give him back to her just as hastily as we did when we took him in,” they added.Meanwhile, Savior is a smart kid who shows the enthusiasm to learn and have better life. I learned a lot about his dreams during our time together and also saw the hope in his eyes when he described his dream life.“I can imagine myself living in a house that doesn’t have smoke and bad people in it. I can see myself going back to school because I miss it so much. I wish I had someone to love me, that’s all,” he wished.Anyone wishing to help this family should contact our office at 0777472772.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Everton team news: Predicted Toffees XI v Middlesbrough – live on talkSPORT

first_img 11 22. Maarten Stekelenburg (goalkeeper) 17. Idrissa Gueye (central midfield) 11 5. Ashley Williams (centre back) 11 6. Phil Jagielka (centre back) Everton v Middlesbrough is live on TalkSPORT at 5.30pm on Saturday, 17 September. Click here for live commentary. Everton take on Middlesbrough in the Saturday evening clash this weekend and will be looking to continue their fine run of form.Should the Toffees secure victory against Boro, it will be the first time in their Premier League history they have won four of their opening five games.Darron Gibson and James McCarthy will miss out on the clash, as they both look to continue their comeback from injury.So who will Ronald Koeman start with on Saturday evening?Take a look at our predicted line-up, in the gallery above. 11 11 11 11 3. Leighton Baines (left back) – Click the arrow above to see the predicted XI in squad number order 18. Gareth Barry (central midfield) 11 11 10. Romelu Lukaku (striker) 11. Kevin Mirallas (left wing) 8. Ross Barkley (attacking midfield) 11 23. Seamus Coleman (right back) 7. Gerard Deulofeu (right wing) 11last_img read more

New Entertainment Offering for Pandora – The World of Avatar

first_imgShare This!Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is getting a brand new form of entertainment in for form of a Pandora Utility Suit, which is inspired by the Amplified Mobility Platform (AMP) suits of power armor from the film AVATAR.Take a look at what this new agile suit will look like in action:According to the story, while the AMP suits that were found in the movie were created for missions of destruction, the Pandora Utility Suit is designed for restoration and it makes the perfect tool to collect plant samples, study flora and survive Pandora’s wild terrain. Guests will be able to interact with its pilot who will share details about the land’s landscape, and highlight the importance of preserving nature.The Pandora Utility Suit continues the collaboration between Disney and Lightstorm Entertainment and it will debut on April 22 as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.last_img read more

Houses for everyone

first_imgHousing is at the forefront of the national agenda for delivery and the government is taking overall responsibility for providing houses to all. (Image: Department of Human Settlements)The government inherited a critical housing shortage, with the 1996 Census reflecting a housing backlog of 2 202 519. Since coming to power in 1994, the state has built 1,4 million housing units, providing more than 5 million people with secure homes. For indicators on the progress of housing delivery since 1994, click here.Home ownershipThe government’s goal is to create sustainable housing developments whereby people own their properties. This engenders a sense of pride in their homes, streets and areas and advances the entire community. At least 2 million people have benefited from the transfer of ownership of 398 000 houses to their residents since the government came to power. In the past 8 years, the percentage of home-owners has risen from 66 to 77 percent of all household dwellers, despite the fact that the number of households has also increased by 1,5-million since then.Housing subsidiesThe National Housing Subsidy Programme aims to stimulate both rural and urban development. Since 1994, 1 323 205 housing subsidies were allocated, 36 percent of these to women-headed households. National housing policy specifies that all housing subsidies offered be met with a contribution from the recipient – either in the form of funds or labour – to encourage a culture of responsibility and saving for housing. The Housing Subsidy Scheme gives six different funding options for those who are eligible and who earn R3 500 or less per month.Finance for the poorFor housing developments to be sustainable, contributions are required from all sectors of society – government, communities, NGOs, the private sector and individuals. Access to finance remains the biggest obstacle to housing delivery. Since 1994 the government has attempted to work out solutions with banks on issues like red-lining, bad debts and subsidy-linked bonds. Servcon was established as a public-private partnership to tackle the problem of bond defaulting and has so far cleared 15 000 bad loans worth R612-million. The National Housing Finance Corporation was also set up (in 1996) to give banks access to capital for subsidy-linked and lower income housing. So far the NHFC has given out R1,5-billion to finance institutions for housing.Job creation and skills developmentThe government’s low cost housing programme creates jobs by promoting labour-intensive methods, employing local labour and small-time contractors. It also supports those who prefer to build their own homes and provides technical, financial and other support to them.Human settlementAround 53,6 percent of the population live in urban areas. The Human Settlement Redevelopment Programme, initiated in 1999, aims to improve the quality of the urban environment and address the imbalances and backlogs inherited from the apartheid government. This involves yearly roll-on housing development plans spanning all three tiers of government. So far the government has spent more than R40-million in 15 areas in all 9 provinces in human settlement programmes.Source: Department of Human SettlementsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Photo library: Business and industry 24

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Business & Industry contact sheet (1.8MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Northern Cape province: The primary crusher structure at the new Kumani Mine, near Kathu.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Fruit packing at the Bavaria fruit farm where the lemons, oranges and mangoes packaged are destined mostly for the export market. Photo: Chris » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Fruit packing at the Bavaria fruit farm where the lemons, oranges and mangoes packaged are destined mostly for the export market. Photo: Chris » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Fruit packing at the Bavaria fruit farm where the lemons, oranges and mangoes packaged are destined mostly for the export market. Photo: Chris » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Fruit packing at the Bavaria fruit farm where the lemons, oranges and mangoes packaged are destined mostly for the export market. Photo: Chris » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Fruit packing at the Bavaria fruit farm where the lemons, oranges and mangoes packaged are destined mostly for the export market. Photo: Chris » Download high-res image Carletonville, North West province: Jumbo drill rig working in a development end underground at Mponeng Gold Mine, part of the west Witwatersrand operations of mining multinational Anglo Ashanti’s Western Deep Levels. Photo: Anglogold Ashanti » Download high-res image Orkney, North West province: The twin shafts – and topside headgear towers – of mining multinational Anglogold Ashanti’s Great Noligwa Gold Mine. Photo: Anglogold Ashanti » Download high-res image Orkney, North West province: Mining multinational Anglogold Ashanti’s Tau Lekoa Gold Mine, part of the company’s Vaal River operations. Photo: Anglogold Ashanti » Download high-res image BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 24: {loadposition business}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

The Gift of Today

first_imgThis video was shared, post my Gratitude Challenge last month.   An important reminder to look and listen for the reminders of the gift of today.Take a moment to stop and reflect on this day, and possibly re-set your day.To my Human Resource community: remember, it is our people who transform our work. Never forget that there is a story behind each and every face we meet.  How can we make a difference the teams we lead, the staff who look to us for example, our family and friends who seek our counsel, our time and our spirit?Spend today well.last_img

Personality Analytics – The Next Must-Have Feature for Social CRM?

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Analysis#enterprise 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Here’s a method that could have a profound impact on social CRM strategies: using personality types to match customers up with representatives. Fast Company reports on how eLoyalty is using the Process Communication Model (PCM), the same personality test used by NASA to evaluate astronauts, to match customers who call support with customer representatives that match their personality type. But is this a valid method or just junk science?According to Fast Company, here’s how it works:In call centers, eLoyalty’s system uses the PCM framework to compile a personality profile of each caller from the moment they first contact the center. The system, which is automated, analyzes the caller’s language patterns and other behavioral cues to identify their personality type. (A team of 250 linguists, behavioral scientists, and statisticians have compiled a massive set of linguistic libraries and behavioral algorithms to parse callers’ every word and mode of expression.)Can you really learn someone’s “personality type” by analyzing a short speech sample? Do personality types even exist?Personality tests such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator have historically faced much criticism. All personality tests much be able to avoid the Forer Effect, “the tendency of people to rate sets of statements as highly accurate for them personally even though the statements could apply to many people.”However, according to Fast Company, the PCM method is showing results. “A banking client saw the attrition rate among customers struggling with the most serious issues drop from 7% to 1%,” according to the magazine.If eLoyalty can truly analyze a customers personality based on a single voice call, and we’re certainly not saying that it can, the applications for social CRM could be huge. eLoyalty could gather much more information from a customers social graph and make more intelligent matches with customer service reps. It could also be used as a method for assigning customers or potential customers to particular sales reps.This is just another example of how analytics is being applied in the enterprise. We expect to see more of this, whether it works or not. Social media consultant Theresa Doyon recently blogged about the possibility of survival analysis being applied in the enterprise to make predictions about employee turnover and customer attrition.Photo by Kioan klint finleylast_img read more

How to Take Action with Healthcare Big Data

first_imgWe all want to use big data effectively, especially if it leads to better patient outcomes. In the above video, Paul Grabscheid, vice president of strategic services at InterSystems, talks about how healthcare CIOs have invested greatly over the years to capture data, but are still struggling to find solutions to share that data effectively. He says breakthroughs are coming through understanding the data and being able to act on it.Watch the clip and let us know how you are taking action with big data. What suggestions do you have?last_img