‘The Wehby Report’ Distributed to CWI Stakeholders UWI Signs MOU with European University Institute Aug 17, 2020 Oct 12, 2020 UWI Vice Chancellor Says Caribbean in Need of Special,… You may be interested in… The UWI, University of St Martin Sign MOU, Marking Historic… In addition to academia, Professor Griffith’s career spans multiple roles, among them: Director of the USAID-funded Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Teacher Training (CCETT) headquartered at The UWI Mona Campus, Pro-Registrar of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), having previously served the Council as Assistant Registrar as well as Head of a Project Unit; Consultant/National Coordinator of a World Bank and Ministry of Education Reform of Secondary Education (ROSE) Project, Jamaica; Director of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and The UWI Institutional Strengthening Project; and Senior Education Project Manager of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Regional Development Office/Caribbean. Read more at: The UWI Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jul 24, 2020 Sep 11, 2020 The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has appointed Professor Stafford A. Griffith as Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of its Five Islands Campus located in Antigua and Barbuda with effect from August 15, 2019 until July 31, 2020. Professor Griffith will lead the Campus for its initial year of operation, which is expected to welcome its first cohort of students in September. An official launch of the Campus with The UWI Executive Management team is also planned in that month. Established to provide a development platform for Antigua and Barbuda, the new Five Islands Campus will also function as a hub for the OECS and serve to expand The UWI’s regional capacity in the delivery of higher education for the 21st century. It will begin with three schools—the School of Health and Behavioural Sciences, the School of Management, Sciences and Technology, and the School of Humanities and Education. Approval of the regional university’s newest campus was announced by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, during a media conference held on Wednesday, 26 June, 2019. Professor Griffith previously served as Regional Director of the University’s Office of Online Learning (OOL) since October 2017, Director of The UWI’s School of Education and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education at the Mona Campus from August 2012 to September 2017. He has spent more than 35 years of his career at the professional and senior management levels in fields covering educational measurement and evaluation, programme planning and management, curriculum development, and teaching. The holder of a Professorial Chair in Research, Measurement and Evaluation, Professor Griffith’s postgraduate qualifications consist of specialised study in research, measurement and evaluation, and curriculum development. He also holds an LLB degree and has completed graduate studies in the areas of Political Science and Development Studies. Share this on WhatsApp
The Law Society marked a week of significant developments in the process of the UK leaving the EU by urging the government against a ‘scorched earth policy’.The Society’s call for a strong transition agreement giving legal certainty came as the European Commission taskforce responsible for Brexit presented a 118-page draft agreement on the UK’s withdrawal and the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill began its committee stage in the House of Lords.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# EU chief Brexit negotiator Michael BarnierThe bill aims to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and incorporate EU law into UK law on the day the UK leaves the EU. It also aims to create temporary powers – so called Henry VIII powers – to make secondary legislation once the UK has left. A record 187 peers took part in the debate.The Law Society said that leaving the EU without a period of transition would damage the UK economy and the rights of its citizens, saying a customs union would be only part of the answer. ‘Now we are leaving we need an interim agreement – and a final deal,’ president Joe Egan said.In another development, the chair of Brexit group Lawyers for Britain challenged a call by constitutional expert Professor Vernon Bogdanor for a codified constitution to replace the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. In a report for the Constitution Society, Bogdanor, professor of government at King’s College, London, said that Brexit is a unique example of a state moving from a ‘codified and protected constitutional system to an uncodified and unprotected one’. This would leave a gap in human rights protection, he said.However retired Court of Appeal judge Richard Aikens said that reliance on a sovereign parliament was the democratic way: ‘I’m happy with that, I would prefer it to being dependent on judges either here or in a sovereign Europe.’
PROMOTERS of magnetic levitation technology in China celebrated the launch of the world’s first fare-paying high speed regular maglev service on December 29 between Shanghai Airport and Pudong. Maglev vehicles formed of five sections depart at 20min intervals, reaching a maximum speed of 430 km/h on their 71/2min journey over the 31 km to Longyang Road in Pudong. Single tickets are 75 yuan in economy class and 150 yuan in first; return fares are double.The service initially operates between 08.30 and 12.30 every day, but during the Chinese New Year celebrations on January 22-28 operations were extended until 17.30. Transrapid says three vehicles are used to run the service, which will be stepped up gradually as more are delivered. The target is to run at 10min intervals for 18h each day.But the promoters’ joy was shortlived. The real prize was always seen as long-distance high speed maglev routes between China’s major cities. Most attractive was the planned 1337 km line from Beijing to Shanghai, where a battle between maglev and steel-wheel technology has been raging for years. The issue now appears to have been finally resolved; the Beijing Times reported that on January 7 the State Council had approved a plan for medium and long term development of the national rail network which envisages that Beijing – Shanghai will be built with steel-wheel technology.Reasons cited for the decision include maglev’s incompatibility with the existing network. Hua Dehong, Deputy Director-General of the High Speed Railway Office at the Ministry of Railways, had pointed out at Eurailspeed 2002 that over 60% of trains on the existing route serve other areas. Also militating against maglev was the difficulty of building stations allowing easy interchange. Perhaps most decisive of all was the cost factor, which at 300m to 400m yuan per km was around twice that of a conventional high speed line. The real fight between high speed train suppliers in Germany, France and Japan can now begin.
FINLAND: Greater Helsinki area regional transport authority HSL has prequalified all seven companies which expressed interest in a contract to operate commuter train services around the capital for 10 years from June 2021.The contract would cover commuter services on the Ring Line serving the airport, on the main line as far as Kerava and the coastal line running west to Siuntio. The Ministry of Transport & Communications is to run a separate tendering process for other regional services.The prequalified companies are state operator VR, which currently provides the services under a contract directly awarded by HSL; Swedish national passenger operator SJ; DB subsidiary Arriva Sverige; MTR Corp subsidiary MTR Nordic; Transdev Sverige, and UK-based bus and rail operators First Rail Holdings and Go-Ahead Group.HSL will now negotiate separately with each of the bidders, with the aim of publishing a final call for bids and a draft contract in May 2019. It hopes to award the contract in April 2020.HSL required the companies to have a rail operating licence in a European country, and experience of operating similar commuter train services. The prequalification process included an assessment of the participants’ financial capacity.HSL said the bidders represented ‘a broad spectrum’ of transport groups operating in the European rail market, with all except MTR also operating bus services.‘We are very pleased with the high number of qualified applicants’, said Executive Director Suvi Rihtniemi. She said HSL was well placed to achieve the goals of the tendering process, which were to improve service quality and reliability, increase integration with urban transport and make cost savings, but stressed that the savings must not come at the cost of quality.
Carmen Bartlett By Garth A. Rose“It’s really unbelievable how time has flown. It has been twenty years already since we began operations in Lauderdale Lakes,” said Carmen Bartlett, South East USA Regional Manager of Jamaica National Money Transfer (JNMS) in an interview with Caribbean National Weekly.During May, the agency celebrates 20 years operating in Florida. When Bartlett came to South Florida in 1996, she had no idea she would be heading Jamaica National for the next 20 years.“I came to South Florida to attend to my daughter Lisa, who was quite ill, and unfortunately passed. While here, I was offered the position to head the JN Money Transfer office which opened in Lauderdale Lakes in May, 1997. I knew very little of the community but although my heart was heavy from losing my daughter I absorbed myself into the community, and did my best to effectively market the agency. And, after 20 years, we have made significant strides.” Bartlett — wife of Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett —said although she has made personal sacrifice, “leaving my husband behind in Jamaica to attend to the business of the Jamaican government,” she has thoroughly enjoyed serving Jamaicans in the Diaspora.“Over the twenty years, JN Money Transfer has grown significantly. From one JNBS-controlled office in Lauderdale Lakes there are now four in South Florida,” she said. “We also have offices in Lauderhill, Miramar and Plantation. In addition, we are also served by 30 agents who have extended our remittance services deep into the region. And, besides providing a service to send remittances from the SE USA to Jamaica, we now remit funds to the general Caribbean region, The Philippines, Ghana, Canada and throughout the US. It has been a very fulfilling experience.”JNBS’20th anniversary includes a series of customer promotions including a special branch promotion at the Lauderdale Lakes office tomorrow; a salute to the agency’s partners; recognition of employees; and a thanksgiving church service at the Merrill United Methodist Church on Sunday.The Bank of Jamaica reports that Florida registers the second largest percentage of remittance to Jamaica, at slightly under thirteen percent of funds remitted from overseas.
Ebola: Spain investigates new Ebola case Ebola: First Case of Ebola in the Us An Ugandan health worker shows an informational flyer on Ebola virus and how to prevent its spread to the community of Kirembo village, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Kasese district, Uganda June 15, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena Health officials in Kenya are on high alert after a suspected case of Ebola was reported in Kericho County.On Sunday evening, health officials said a woman, returning from the country’s border with Uganda at Malaba, exhibited suspected symptoms of the haemorrhagic fever at Kericho County Referral Hospital.The woman was admitted on Sunday and put in isolation.In a statement, hospital officials said there had been minimal contact with other patients by the time of being put in isolation.The hospital has dispatched blood samples to the capital Nairobi, for further analysis.“This patient has been placed in isolation and blood samples sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Nairobi for further analysis. The preliminary test results are expected to be ready within the next 12 to 24 hours,” reads part of the statement.An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 1,400 people.An outbreak of the disease was last week reported in Uganda, with two peopled reported to have died of the disease.Health officials in neighboring countries have been swift to deploy Ebola response measures to curb the spread.There have not been any reported cases near Malaba, close to eastern Uganda. The outbreak in Uganda has been in the west of the country.Ebola is often fatal and causes vomiting, diarrhea, internal and external breeding. It also impairs kidney and liver functions.Kenya has not had an Ebola case before.On Friday, the World Health Organisation said the outbreak does not yet warrant being declared a “public health emergency of international concern”, meaning it would require a “coordinated international response”.Related Liberia investigates new suspected case of Ebola
Xi puts forward 3-point proposal on developing China-African relations Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Osaka, Japan, June 27, 2019. (Xinhua/Ju Peng) Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Osaka, Japan, June 27, 2019. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed here on Thursday that as both countries have entered a new era of development, joint efforts are needed to build bilateral relations that fit the needs of the new era.Noting that the world today is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century with the global governance system being profoundly reshaped and the international landscape evolving at a faster pace, Xi said during a bilateral meeting with Abe ahead of a summit of the Group of 20 (G20) major economies that China and Japan share more and more common interests and concerns.This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and Japan has also entered the Era of Reiwa, Xi said, urging the two sides to make China-Japan relations an important and positive factor for maintaining world peace and promoting common development.The two sides, Xi stressed, should always abide by the principles set forth in the four political documents between China and Japan, implement the political consensus that China and Japan are cooperative partners and not threats to each other, enhance mutual trust, and push forward China-Japan relations along the right track of peace, friendship and cooperation.On the economic front, Xi urged the two countries to deepen cooperation in a wide range of areas, including trade, investment, third-party markets, and scientific and technological innovation, create new growth areas for cooperation, and actively lead regional economic integration.China welcomes Japanese businesses to actively expand cooperation with China and share new opportunities brought by China’s development, Xi said, noting that the joint development of the Belt and Road Initiative has opened up a vast space for mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Japan, and China welcomes Japan’s active participation.On people-to-people and cultural exchanges, the Chinese president said the two sides should strengthen their ties in this regard, enhance youth exchanges, and promote mutual understanding and amity between the two peoples.Xi said he agrees to the launching of a high-level consultation mechanism on people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and Japan within this year.He called on the two sides to manage differences and disputes constructively through dialogue and consultation, strengthen diplomatic and security dialogue, and build a constructive bilateral security relationship.Xi expressed hope that the Japanese side will abide by the consensus it has reached with China so far and honor the commitments it has made so far, properly handle history and other sensitive issues, and jointly safeguard peace and stability in the East China Sea.China and Japan should, Xi said, strengthen communication, coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs to jointly address global challenges and make global governance more just and reasonable.The Chinese leader also said that China supports Japan in hosting the G20 Osaka summit, and anticipates that the summit will make a clear voice in upholding multilateralism and free trade to inject stable expectations and impetus into the world economic development.For his part, Abe said he warmly welcomes President Xi to attend the G20 Osaka summit in Japan and is grateful for China’s support for Japan’s hosting of the summit, adding that Japan is willing to strengthen cooperation with China to push for positive outcomes of the summit.Abe said he is pleased that Japan-China relations have returned to the track of normal development.He said the Japanese side is willing to abide by the Japan-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship and other important political documents between the two countries, and continue to make joint efforts with China to build Japan-China relations that meet the requirements of the new era and ensure their long-term and stable development in line with the consensus of turning competition into coordination and being cooperative partners instead of threats to each other.The two countries should maintain close high-level exchanges and dialogue, Abe said, noting that on behalf of the Japanese government, he would like to invite President Xi to pay a state visit to Japan next spring to take the bilateral relations to a higher level.Japan, Abe said, hopes to expand bilateral cooperation in the fields of trade, investment, finance and innovation, and is willing to provide a fair, open, transparent and non-discriminatory market environment for businesses of the two sides.The two sides should encourage friendly non-governmental exchanges, ensure the success of the ongoing China-Japan Youth Exchange Promotion Year and enhance the friendship between the two peoples, Abe said.Japan, Abe said, stands ready to work with China to properly handle sensitive issues, and effectively manage disputes and differences in the East China Sea issues and other issues.In the face of various problems and challenges regarding globalization, all countries should work together to tackle them, Abe said, noting that Japan attaches importance to China’s important role, and looks forward to strengthening communication and cooperation with China to safeguard a free and fair trading system and assume greater responsibility for promoting world peace and stability.The two leaders also exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula situation and other issues.Abe said the Japanese side highly appreciates President Xi’s recent visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and believes that the visit has played an important and constructive role in promoting peace and stability on the peninsula.After the bilateral meeting, Abe hosted a welcome banquet for Xi.The Chinese president arrived in Osaka on Thursday afternoon. He will attend the G20 summit on Friday and Saturday, and on the sidelines of the event, he will hold a series of multilateral and bilateral meetings with leaders of other countries.Related China, Ghana to further enrich relations China to uphold diplomatic relations with Somalia
Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika addresses guests during his inauguration ceremony in Blantyre, Malawi, May 31, 2019.REUTERS/Eldson Chagara/File PhotoA Malawi high court on Friday granted a temporary injunction against the the government’s 21-day corona virus lock down period due to start on Saturday, pending a judicial review within seven days.Justice Kenyatta Nyirenda set aside the lock down in response to a challenge by the Malawi Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), which argued that more consultation was needed to prevent harm to the poorest and most vulnerable of society.Small-scale traders, often young people, had been staging protests in the three major cities against the lock down plan, carrying placards declaring that it would be better to contract the virus than die of hunger because they are unable to work.Most of those protesting called on the government to provide them with cash and food hand-outs if a lock down went ahead.Presidential Press Secretary Mgeme Kalirani told Reuters that the president’s office had noted the judgment and continued to see the lock down as the way to save lives by minimizing further spread of the corona-virus.“Since the injunction obtained is a temporary relief pending judicial review, our expectation is that our civil, society and the courts will be guided by the law and what is in the best interest of Malawians when the matter finally comes for a hearing and determination, and nothing else,” Kalirani said.“We can only hope that by the time the HRDC and the courts finalize dealing with the matter in court, it shall not be too late for all of us to effectively contain the spread of the virus and save lives.”All non-essential businesses and services were to cease operating during the lock down, which was due to end on May 9.Malawi joined other southern African nations in announcing a three-week lock down on Tuesday, with President Peter Mutharika saying if authorities were not careful, up to 50,000 lives could be lost.Nyirenda’s ruling ran parallel to that of Health Minister Jappie Mhango who announced at a briefing that the number of corona-virus cases had risen to 17 from 16. The latest case is of a 70-year old Blantyre businessman of Asian origin.While African countries have far fewer confirmed cases of COVID-19 than elsewhere in the world, they have little testing capacity and most people have scant access to modern healthcare, meaning the risk of major virus outbreaks is high.Mhango, who chairs Malawi’s Cabinet committee overseeing its response to the pandemic, said three of the 17 coronavirus patients were recovering and could soon be declared curedRelated Malawi President Mutharika loses election court challenge Malawi president takes wage cut to fund virus fight Malawi government says President to return Sunday
Share Share Sharing is caring! Share InternationalNewsPrintRegional We’ve Got Your Back: CARICOM Defies Pressure and Stands With Venezuela by: – May 19, 2017 Tweet 94 Views no discussions CARICOM Council for Foreign and Community Relations’ outgoing chairman Sir Louis Straker, St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.(Caribbean 360 News) BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday May 19, 2017 – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has served notice that no amount of pressure will lead the regional grouping to turn its back on troubled Venezuela, even as at least four member states break ranks on the matter.The issue is a key talking point for regional foreign ministers meeting at the 20th meeting of the CARICOM Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) underway in Barbados.Speaking with reporters yesterday on the sidelines of the two-day meeting, outgoing COFCOR chairman Sir Louis Straker played down dissent raised by St Lucia, Guyana, Jamaica and The Bahamas, saying CARICOM would not abandon Venezuela in its time of need.“There might be one or two countries [that may not go along with the grouping], but overwhelmingly, CARICOM is in support of Venezuela,” said the St Vincent and the Grenadines Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.He reminded those “straddling the fence” that the Bolivarian Republic “has been pro-CARICOM and has done more for CARICOM than some of the big powers, and they should stand by Venezuela”.“It is much to our detriment if we allow ourselves to be manipulated into a situation where we side with the bigger powers who are stirring up things in Venezuela and want regime change. We should not go that way,” he said firmly.Sir Louis charged that some within the Organization of American States (OAS) were pushing for the Nicholas Maduro government to step aside, and CARICOM must take a strong stance on the matter.“There are others who might have ulterior motives in trying to get regime change in Venezuela . . . .There are those who want to impose their will and stir up strife in Venezuela and we will not support that kind of thing, and no amount of pressure can be brought on St Vincent and the Grenadines or on CARICOM.”He specifically condemned the actions of OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, charging that his actions were “totally out of order” and that he had insulted Maduro by going beyond “the normal diplomatic channels and the normal diplomatic norms to express his views on Venezuela”.Just last week, Vincentian Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves blasted moves by what he called a “a small group of powerful nations” within OAS making attempts to dilute CARICOM’s collective strength by dividing the regional states in a bid to overthrow Maduro.“There is clearly a calculated strategy in place by a group of nations to achieve regime change in Venezuela by using the OAS as a weapon of destruction,” Gonsalves said, while accusing Almagro of being a “chosen and willing tool” in the plot.Since April, Caracas has been gripped by violent protests that have resulted in the deaths of some 40 people.Opposition forces have been demanding early elections, freedom for jailed activists, foreign aid to offset the economic crisis, and autonomy for the Opposition-controlled legislature.Sir Louis told reporters he was anxious for peace and stability to return to Venezuela, but he strongly condemned the pressure being imposed on the democratically elected Maduro government.Recently, the Caribbean Chapter of the International Network in Defense of Humanity called on CARICOM leaders to send a fact-finding mission to Caracas for “an informed analysis” about the state of affairs there.However, Sir Louis told journalists there was nothing happening in Venezuela that required fact-finding. Instead, he said, there was need for “some kind of dialogue between the opposing forces”, but that was becoming difficult because “the opposing forces feel they have the secretary general of the OAS on their side, and some large states on their side who are aiding and abetting the kind of turbulence you have in Venezuela.”
Sharing is caring! BusinessLocalNews Mobile Customer Satisfaction Survey Results by: – August 16, 2018 Share Photo credit: PolyU(Press Release) August 14, 2018 — Roseau The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) has finalized the compilation and analysis of the data collected during the first external mobile service customer satisfaction survey. We are pleased to present the same to the public through the local media, the press, and digitally through our website and social media. Post hurricane Maria, the NTRC heard many verbal complaints pertaining to the quality of service being experienced by the public. Whilst very few written complaints were received by the NTRC, there was no denying the impact hurricane Maria had on the quality of service. One of the major objectives of this survey was to capture the level of this impact from the consumer’s perspective. Over 500 persons were surveyed to ensure that our results would be statistically significant.Executive Director of the NTRC, Craig Nesty stated, “This initiative is the first step towards ensuring that the customer’s interests are protected. Poor quality service is a double edge sword for consumers. It causes them to use much more of the service in order to derive the expected benefits and this increase in consumption results in much higher cost being levied on the consumer for the use of the service. To compound matters further, there are no substitute services immediately post disaster”.The Chairman of the NTRC Mr. Curtis Winston said, “I welcome this initiative and believe the results will allow the Commission to adopt new policies that would better protect the consumer post disaster. Most notably, if the supply side of the service is compromised then this should warrant an adjustment of the billing for the service”.The NTRC wants to thank all who participated in the survey and is confident that the information gathered will lead to changes in how service providers deal with consumers overall and not just post disasters. The survey will also serve as a baseline for future comparisons and to assess the level of improvements made by the providers from the consumer’s perspective. It is our hope that key performance indicators from the providers will be collated and compared with this survey to assess how the different measures correlate and whether one maybe used as a reasonable proxy for the other. The results are posted on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ntrcdom and on our website at www.ntrcdom.org. The raw data is also available on request. Should you have any further issues, questions or disputes which have not been resolved with the service providers the NTRC encourages to contact them in order that a path to resolution may be realized. Customer Perception Survey Infographic Tweet Share 140 Views no discussions Share