New CARICOM secretary general to be named later this week

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional New CARICOM secretary general to be named later this week by: – July 20, 2011center_img Share 12 Views   no discussions Caribbean Community chairman and St Kitts and Nevis prime minister, Dr Denzil Douglas, says the new CARICOM secretary general will be named this week BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — The people of the Caribbean from Suriname and Guyana in the south to Jamaica, Haiti and The Bahamas in the north will know by the end of the week the name of the new secretary general of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).CARICOM chairman and St Kitts and Nevis prime minister, Dr Denzil Douglas, who was visiting Grenada on Sunday to address the annual Convention of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), said the CARICOM Bureau met in Barbados on Saturday to interview the five candidates for the position that became vacant following Sir Edwin Carrington’s decision to step down at the start of the year after 18 years on the job.The three members of the Bureau – Douglas, Suriname President Desi Bouterse and Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas – were joined by host prime minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart, to interview the candidates that included the present assistant secretary general, trade and economic integration, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the St Vincent and the Grenadines diplomat Ellsworth John.“The three leaders of the Bureau of the Conference of Heads, together with the prime minister of Barbados, completed the exercise of interviewing five Caribbean people for the distinguished post of secretary general of CARICOM,” Douglas told reporters just before the rally in Grenada.Douglas said he will inform his other regional colleagues during this week, with the intent of completing the screening exercise and announcing the new CARICOM secretary general by the middle of this week.“Over the next few days as I make contact with our Caribbean leaders, we would be able to complete the exercise and by midweek hopefully of this week, we would have identified the new secretary general of our CARICOM Community,” he said.The new secretary general is expected to lead the reform of the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat that the regional leaders at their annual summit in St Kitts earlier this month noted “is the first in a series of initiatives mandated by the Heads of Government towards improving governance arrangements within the Community.”“The review of the CARICOM Secretariat will be followed by a review of all organizations and Institutions established within the Community,” the leaders said in their communiqué.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Firefighters donate $9,000 to West Palm Beach gay bar that got burned down

first_imgFirefighters who helped save West Palm Beach’s only LGBTQ+ bar just donated $9,000 from their own pockets to help rebuild the establishment.In May chemicals ignited a fire that caused H.G. Rooster’s to catch fire, investigators say.On Thursday, the West Palm Beach Firefighters Association presented the bar’s owner, AJ Wasson, with a big check.Firefighters and paramedics each donated $100 of their own money.Courtesy of our news partner WPTV News Channel 5.last_img

Powakaddy continues support of England Golf

first_img30 May 2012 Powakaddy continues support of England Golf PowaKaddy, the number one name in electric trolleys, confirmed today that it has extended its successful partnership with England Golf as the ‘Official Trolley Supplier’ to the nations brightest young golfing stars. The new multi-year agreement saw the Main England Squad presented with a new fleet of electric trolleys ahead of the 2012 season, at a recent training session at the National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa. Each player in the squad was equipped with PowaKaddy’s flagship PK SPORT model, featuring a whole host of innovative design features and performance boosting technologies to ensure they have the very best equipment as they take to the course. PowaKaddy has also customised the trolleys with all-white frames embossed with the striking, new England Golf logo to specifically match the national team colours. The agreement showcases PowaKaddy’s commitment to golf at all levels and Sales and Marketing Director, Simon Homer is looking forward to the next two years of the partnership, “We have enjoyed a mutually beneficial association with England Golf over the last few years. We are keen to support England Golf in a variety of ways, most notably assisting in the development of the stars of tomorrow, so naturally this was a relationship that we wanted to continue and strengthen.” Over the last 2 years beneficiaries of the PowaKaddy agreement have included many young players who have made the leap into professional golf, including the nation’s number one emerging star Tom Lewis. Homer added, “As the most recognised electric trolley brand in the game we enjoy a very strong following amongst young amateur golfers, all looking to reap the health, fitness and performance benefits of our award-winning products. Technology plays a key part in the game at the highest level and I believe our top-of-the-range PK SPORT model will give all the players an added edge to keep them one step ahead of the competition.” Newly appointed England Golf Director of Coaching and victorious 2011 Walker Cup Captain, Nigel Edwards commented, “Our job is to ensure that all of our team members are provided with the necessary tools to help them improve and fitness plays a key part in this, so I am delighted that they will have access to the obvious health and fitness benefits that using a PowaKaddy provides both in practice and in competitive play.” “Golfers need to conserve as much energy as possible during the round as well as avoid injuries that may occur from carrying. The England and England Boys squad members often play 36-holes of competitive golf a day throughout the season so we want them to be at their best physically at all times.” The agreement covers far more than product supply for the England squad players. PowaKaddy will once again be pro-actively involved in England Golf amateur events, most notably as title sponsors of England Golf’s English Champion Club event. In addition, PowaKaddy will be participating in England Golf’s Membership Benefits scheme offering prizes throughout the year to members of the scheme. The award-winning PK SPORT trolley that the players will be using is a state-of-the-art electric trolley that combines strong and lightweight materials with a powerful yet whisper quiet 200 watt motor, for the ultimate in performance and reliability. A host of practical features come together to make the it the market leading brand’s most complete design and the only choice for the UK’s finest amateur players. For further information visit www.PowaKaddy.comlast_img read more

Tim Duncan is Gay, Says Estranged Wife

first_imgNBA living legend Tim Duncan is entangled in a quagmire of a divorce that is getting more and more salacious as the days wear on. The San Antonio Spurs icon is accused of at least being a bisexual, or even gay, by soon-to-be-ex-wife, Amy. An inside source close to the divorce proceedings told Diary of a Hollywood Street King that Duncan had been involved in a gay relationship during his Wake Forest University days. The man Duncan reportedly lived with Duncan and his wife for the first two years of their marriage — and he even bought the man a home, the source revealed.Duncan, considered the greatest NBA power forward of all time by most pundits and fans alike, is looking to place a gag order on the mother of his two children, who he was married to for 12 years, so that she will not be able to to utter one word about his alleged gay relationship.This is what the Hollywood Street King reports:Amy treated Tim like a b—- throughout their marriage because she knew he was f—ing his BFF.  Tim knows Amy was cheating on him but he’s willing to give her whatever she wants, because he doesn’t want Amy to tell the world that he’s bisexual.”Amy Duncan filed for divorce on March 27 of this year, is claiming that her marriage to Duncan, citing irreconcilable differences and discord.Neither Duncan has spoken publicly about this latest news of the player’s sexual orientation. But one of Duncan’s star teammates did.Danny Green, in an interview with New York based radio station 105.1, said “Timmy is Tim. I’m not going to look at him any differently. He’s my teammate regardless of his sexual preferences.”What do you make of this controversy, if anything?last_img read more

Ministry Welcomes New Pipes to Reduce Water Loss

first_imgMinister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, has welcomed the entry of new pipes into the market, which will provide the National Water Commission (NWC), and other agencies with a wider array of ways to reduce losses from non-revenue water.The Minister was speaking on Thursday, May 30, at the launch and exhibition of eZeeflow PPR HDPE Pipes and Fittings, a collaboration of Patrick Commodities Limited, and Gobal Hardware Inc, at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston.Pointing out that some 65 per cent of the water produced and distributed by the NWC is non-revenue, due to illegal connections, leakage, and commercial losses, Mr. Pickersgill said a part of stopping this “haemorrhaging, is a pipe network which is hardy, resistant, and long-lasting.”“I am not in a position to endorse any one product…but I welcome the choices available to our water agencies, particularly the NWC, which is seeking to upgrade and expand its infrastructure this financial year, at a cost of approximately $10 billion,” he told the gathering.Mr. Pickersgill said the expansion and diversification of the market for pipes was necessary, due to the country’s aging water infrastructure.“I am advised that the new pipes being introduced represent a revolutionary new technology that holds the promise of bringing more alternative choices for the water sector as well as the water infrastructure network, which is so critical to the delivery of potable water and sewerage services throughout the island,” he said.The Minister informed that investigations are being done, and measures being implemented to improve distribution, and reduce non-revenue water.“In the future, this will include the implementation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition/Integrated Water Management System (SCADA/IWMS), which will improve NWC’s operations and maintenance capacity,” he explained.He noted that the deterioration of water and sewerage systems and non-revenue water is set against the background of increasing demands in water deficient areas.However, the Minister stressed that Government is addressing these issues, and will continue to strive to meet the growing needs of rural and urban populations, by continuing to improve and expand these water and sewerage infrastructure to increase access to potable water from 73 per cent to 85 per cent by 2017.Pipes, he said, are a crucial element of improving the infrastructure network, to meet this target.Poly Propylene Random Co-Polymer (PPR) is considered ‘food grade,’ lead free material, which can be used in major water distribution networks. These are used in a thermal fusion socket welding technique, which is cost effective, and fully leakage proof.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more