A comprehensive review of the main trade instruments of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be undertaken this week during consultation with regional stakeholders.The main trade instruments are the Common External Tariff (CET) and the Rules of Origin.In GuyanaThe consultations to be held at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown Guyana. They will target regional organizations that are interested in or likely to be affected by changes to the CET and the Rules of Origin. This include Academia, Sector Organizations, Industry Associations, Regional Policy Advocacy Organizations, and Institutions of the Community.The Consultation is in keeping with the Community’s Policy to encourage the inclusion of key stakeholders in policy-making processes. It is supported by funding under the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).Approved in 1990The CET and the Rules of Origin were approved by the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) and the Conference of Heads of Government in 1990. Since then, the global and regional trading environments have changed significantly. Among those changes were the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the revision of the Treaty of Chaguaramas, the establishment of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). There was also the negotiation of several free trade agreements including the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union (EU).Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas In the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, Article 82 provides for the Community to establish and maintain a Common External Tariff for goods which do not qualify for Community treatment in accordance with the plans and schedules of COTED.Article 83 (5) provides for COTED’s continuous review of the CET in whole or in part, to assess its impact on production and trade/ The article also serves to secure its uniform implementation throughout the Community.It is against this background that the COTED mandated the Comprehensive Review.
Deadline for Broward express tax payment service is Nov. 30th Broward County’s Tax Collector’s Office will again offer the one-day Express Drop-Off Service for early tax payments on Thursday, Nov. 30th from 10AM to 4PM at the rear entrance of the County’s Main Government Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. This service allows taxpayers to avoid long lines inside the Main Governmental Center.The rear entrance of Broward County’s Main Governmental Center can be accessed from the parking lot on Brickell Ave., on the west side of the Main Government Center. There will be signs to the Express Drop-Off table, where County staff wearing official shirts and badges will be on hand to collect tax payments by check only, along with your current tax bill. Other payment methods are accepted inside the Tax Collector’s Office inside the Main Government Center.To submit tax payments by Express Drop-Off service on Nov. 30th:Payments must be made by check only (personal or certified), no cash or credit card payments can be made at the Express Drop-Off.Payments must be for current 2017 tax bills only. No delinquent tax payments can be accepted.Have your 2017 current tax bill with you. Your bill will be stamped and returned to you as proof of your payment receipt.Only full payment of the amount due will be accepted. No partial payments can be accepted.Taxpayers without their tax bill, making payments by credit/debit card or cash, or making partial tax payments cannot use the Express Drop-Off Service, but can still make payments inside the Tax Collector’s Office on Nov. 30th.For the fastest and most convenient way to pay your tax bill, visit broward.county-taxes.com to make an online payment of your 2017 tax bill by eCheck, credit or debit card. Payments by eCheck are free; payments by credit or debit card are charged an online convenience fee.After November 30th, 2017, the Tax Collector’s Office will continue to accept your current tax payment through March 31st, 2018. Payments can also be made at any Wells Fargo Bank in Broward County with a copy of your tax bill.All property taxes not paid by March 31, 2018 become delinquent and subject to additional interest and fees.For more information, call 954-831-4000, email [email protected], or visit Broward County’s Records, Taxes and Treasury website at broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury.For recent article on property tax, click the link: Broward County property tax bills mailed read more
A Miami bridge, which collapsed on March 15th killing six people including a Jamaican immigrant, had shown cracks from weeks before.The Miami Herald reports that documents from Florida International University show the cracks were found in late February. The structure collapsed March 15, killing six people.Photos show the cracks in a piece of a support truss on the north end of the span where the collapse began.Bridge engineers told the newspaper that the cracks suggest a problem that should have been addressed before the section that failed was moved into place. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the collapse which killed Jamaican Navarro ‘Varo’ Brown, 37. Brown was a bridge worker on the 950-ton span Florida International University, (FIU), pedestrian walkway at Southwest 8th Street and 109th Avenue with Structural Technologies VSL. read more
A High Court judge has ordered former T&T government minister Jack Warner to repay TT$1.5 million to the owner of a local company which was used to finance the 2007 campaign of the United National Congress (UNC).The funds, which was organized by businessman and UNC financier, Krishna Lalla, was paid to Warner by the technology company Real Time Systems Ltd over the period of two months.Warner promised to repayLalla, who also owned Super Industrial Services Ltd (SIS), told the court that Warner had promised to repay him by February 2008 as he was expected to receive US$10 million from the International Football Federation (FIFA), of which he was then vice president.Claims funds were a donation, not a loan However, Warner, who served at one time as national security minister in the UNC-led People’s Partnership government between 2010-15, argued in court that the money was not loaned to him but was donated by Lalla for the financing of the UNC 2007 general election campaign.Proper regulatory framework needed In delivering his judgement on Tuesday, Justice Frank Seepersad called for proper regulatory framework for election campaign financing noting that in a developing democracy, courts should not have to decide whether sums of money received were spoils of campaign financing.“The veil of secrecy and anonymity must be removed and there should be full disclosure of financial contributors, with caps placed on the amounts which can be received by a political party from individuals, companies or institutions.”Justice Seepersad said for far too long election campaign financing has played a central and dominant role in politics. He said taxpayers’ money and resources do not belong to any political party and cannot be used to court a party’s financiers. The judge also ordered that Warner pay interests and costs. read more
Khadijah Robinson, a physiotherapist, has been crowned Miss Jamaica World 2018. Robinson, held off stiff competition from 15 other ladies to walk away with the opportunity to represent Jamaica at the global pageant in Sanya, China, in December.Robinson, 23, also won sectional prizes for most photogenic, best gown and social media favorite. First runner-up was Issia Thelwell and third place went to Catherine Harris, who was also voted the most improved contestant.The Miss Jamaica World 2018 grand coronation show was held on the weekend at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.
A ‘Mexico Chair’ will be established at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona next month, as part of efforts to increase research collaboration and strengthen relations between higher-education institutions in Mexico and the university.Mexico’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Juan José González Mijares, made the announcement at a recent reception to commemorate the 208th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico.The initiative was made possible through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Mexican Foreign Ministry and UWI during the VIII Meeting of the Mexico-Jamaica Binational Commission in Mexico City on May 18, 2016.Ambassador González Mijares said the honorary position of ‘Mexico Chair’ at UWI will enhance knowledge about Mexico within the Jamaican academic community.Dr. Ruben OlacheaLecturer and researcher at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Dr. Rubén Olachea, has been selected as the first Mexico Chair. He will deliver classes in the Department of History at UWI, Mona, for a period of six weeks, from October 1 to November 9, within the framework of the MOU.Meanwhile, Jamaica is expected to host the Ninth Meeting of the Mexico-Jamaica Binational Commission scheduled to take place early next year. At this meeting, the Bilateral Cooperation Program for 2019 will be reviewed and decisions taken on the commencement of projects.Some areas of collaboration to be discussed include climate change and resilience, the teaching of Spanish and the evaluation of social policies. read more
UNITED NATIONS,CMC – The United Nations has issued a new report underscoring what it describes as “the critical importance” of scaling up HIV testing worldwide, including the Caribbean. Step up effortsTitled “Knowledge is Power,” the UN said the report “presents evidence on progress made against AIDS thanks to early detection and treatment and calls on countries to step up their efforts.”World AIDS Day will be observed on December 1.UNAIDS executive director, Michel Sidibé, said, in order to reach the millions who do not know their status, “we need universal access to HIV testing services. “HIV testing should be as widely available as pregnancy testing. Caribbean is second to Africa The UN said the Caribbean is second to sub-Saharan Africa in the prevalence of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.The UN said recent years have seen some successes in the battle against HIV/AIDS. In 2017, it said 75 per cent of people living with the virus knew their status, up from 66 per cent in 2015.“Encouragingly, at least four in five people aware of their condition have access to treatment currently,” the UN said, noting that the number of people with HIV who are “virally suppressed” – meaning that the HIV load in their blood has reached levels so low that the virus is undetectable — has increased from 38 per cent in 2015 to 47 per cent in 2017.But the UN lamented that access to HIV viral suppression remains unequal worldwide. In some parts of the world, the UN said getting tested is “easy and fully integrated into a person’s antiretroviral treatment regime.” But in other places the UN said is close to impossible, with only one viral load testing machine for a whole country.Viral load monitoring needed “To reach the millions who are not virally suppressed, we need viral load monitoring to be as available in Lilongwe as in London,” Sidibé said, adding “HIV testing and viral load testing should be universal”.In 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted a Political Declaration on Ending AIDS. In it, UN Member States, including those in the Caribbean, agreed to review and reform legislation that may create barriers or reinforce stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV or AIDS.Since then, the UN noted that dozens of countries have passed legislation that explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of HIV status.Legal barriers remainYet, the UN said country reports to UNAIDS over the past two years show that legal barriers remain in many countries, including the criminalization of same-sex acts; of sex work; of non-disclosure or transmission of HIV; as well as entry and stay restrictions for people living with HIV.In addition, the UN said breaches of confidentiality in health-care settings still occur with alarming frequency.“When news of one’s HIV-positive status result may lead to rejection, violence or criminal prosecution, the consequences of taking an HIV test or regularly visiting a health facility for medicine refills or viral load testing can appear worse than the consequences of avoiding these services,” according to the new UNAIDS report. read more
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, has expressed concern about one of the ceremonial medals of his office – the British insignia – the Order of St. Michael and St. George. However, recently, the insignia has been compared to the killing of George Floyd, the African-American man who was killed in the United States by a white police officer who placed a knee on his neck. The medal, that is worn by the head of state, depicts a white man – said to be a triumphant archangel, with his foot on the neck of a black man who is deemed to be Satan. The order is also conferred for important or loyal service in relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs. The medal has traditionally been bestowed and worn by Governors-General across the Commonwealth, who have been knighted by the Queen. He also sought to assure fellow Jamaicans that the necessary requests will be made for a revision of the image to the Lord Chancellor of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. CMC It is is awarded to men and women who hold high office or who render extraordinary or important non-military service in a foreign country. The order, that is over 200 years old, was founded on April 28, 1818 and named in honour of two military saints, St Michael and St George. In response to concerns, Sir Patrick, in a statement on Wednesday said he “acknowledges and welcomes the concerns expressed by our citizens and the negative emotions that the image has caused.” read more
Want away Liverpool midfielder, Philippe Coutinho will reportedly go on strike to force his move away from Liverpool to Barcelona.According to Spanish news outlet, Mundo Deportivo, Coutinho is set to go on strike and have told “Jürgen Klopp, that he does not plan to wear Liverpool [Jersey] again. Even at the risk of losing the World Cup next season in Russia.”The 25-year-old Brazilian, who handed in an official transfer request to Liverpool via email last Friday, did not feature for Liverpool in their Premier League opener against Watford last weekend due to injury.Liverpool have rejected two bids of £72million and £90m from Barcelona, reiterating their strong stance that “no offers for Philippe will be considered”.25-year-old Coutinho, who signed a five-year contract extension with the Anfield side in January this year, joined Liverpool from Inter Milan in January 2013, becoming an integral part in Liverpool’s charge for success, scoring 14 goals and providing seven assists for Klopp’s men last season.Related read more
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