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Canadian Prime Minister Cancels Trip to Caribbean Amid Protests at Home
OTTAWA, Canada, Monday February 17,
2020 – Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau will not be meeting with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders
this week after all, choosing to remain at home to deal with a protest that is shutting
down train service across the country.
been scheduled to participate in the CARICOM 31st Intersessional Heads of
Government Conference in Barbados to further strengthen his government’s partnership
with the regional grouping and, according to media reports in Canada, make a pitch
for a United Nations Security Council seat.
However, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday evening said he had cancelled the trip and Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne would represent Canada at the February 18-19 meeting instead.
the government’s ongoing efforts to address infrastructure disruptions across
the country, the prime minister will convene the Incident Response Group
tomorrow to discuss steps forward,” the statement read.
“Our priority remains the safety and security of all Canadians and the swift resolution of this issue to restore service across the rail system in accordance with the law.”
opposed to the building of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project through the
Wet’suwet’en nation’s traditional territory in British Columbia have blockaded
rail lines in parts of the country. And Trudeau has been criticized for his
overseas travel while the situation remains unresolved.
to Canada last Friday after spending a week in Ethiopia, Kuwait, Senegal and
During his trip to Barbados, which was to begin today, he had been scheduled to discuss with the regional leaders, challenges of mutual interest, including protecting oceans and the environment in the fight against climate change in a region that is particularly vulnerable to its impacts, as well as creating good jobs for the middle class and sustainable economic growth. He was also to participate in group discussions and bilateral meetings with the CARICOM leaders.
A statement from the regional side stated that Trudeau, who had contacted CARICOM Chairman, Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley, and CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque about the cancellation due to the “pressing domestic matters”, said the Canadian Prime Minister reiterated his desire to strengthen ties between the region and Canada and looked forward to another opportunity to interact with the leaders.
Hypocrisy Unmasked at the OAS | Sir Ronald Sanders
By Sir Ronald Sanders
WASHINGTON, United States, Monday
February 17, 2020 – If
candidates were to get a prize for making the best case for why they are best
suited to be Secretary-General of the OAS, María Fernanda Espinosa would have
easily walked away with it when the three contenders for the post appeared
before the Permanent Council of the Organization on February 12.
the competence, knowledge and experience that come from holding high
ministerial offices and the Presidency of the UN General Assembly, Ms Espinosa
handled, with remarkable grace and aptitude, difficult interrogations from the
representatives of the US and governments supporting the re-election of the
incumbent, Luis Almagro.
objective of the interrogations from this group of countries, which included
Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia, was to try to paint Ms Espinosa as an ideologue
who would act against decisions and declarations of the OAS, engineered by a
majority of 18 delegations, against the Maduro and Ortega governments of
Venezuela and Nicaragua and the Presidency of Evo Morales of Bolivia which was
ended by a coup d’état, however else it is portrayed.
of governments strongly support Mr Almagro because, in the abuse of his office,
he has been their most enthusiastic standard bearer against the Maduro and
preoccupied is this group of governments with trying to ensure that Mr Almagro
remains in position, that they have, so far, refused to recognize that Ms
Espinosa is not an ideologue and is, in fact, a realist; a pragmatic leader who
fully understands that the success of any organization depends on its capacity
to build consensus among all its stakeholders.
Incidentally, the regime in Bolivia is still to hold credible elections
to legitimize the government it seized.
deaf, or those who deliberately blocked their ears, would not have heard her
say with passion and commitment that she will “strengthen human rights bodies”
and “promote an initiative for the universalization of inter-American human
rights instruments”. If they were listening, they would also have heard her say
that, as Secretary-General, she would be more “Secretary” than “General” (a
failing of Mr Almagro’s), and that she would carry out the mandate and
instructions given to her by Ministers.
would only be the malicious who would deliberately misrepresent Ms Espinosa’s
undertakings. Yet, the Brazilian Ambassador, in a later public session treating
with the candidate for the post of Assistant Secretary General, and with Ms
Espinosa unable to respond, completely misrepresented her remarks, saying that
she had stated she would not be guided by decisions of Ministers and the
Permanent Council of the OAS. It took, another woman, Lou-Ann Gilchrist, the
Ambassador of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with great diplomatic restraint,
to point out the Brazilian Ambassador’s misrepresentation.
who are so desperate to retain Mr Almagro as their attack dog, would
acknowledge that it is that posture that has led to the polarization and
ineffectiveness of the OAS, they might see in Ms Espinosa an experienced and
capable diplomat who, as she herself has publicly declared, “will not promote
personal ideologies or the interest of any group”. It is precisely because Mr
Almagro has been so ready to be partisan that the OAS is now a fractured and
weak organization, recognized not for its achievements but for its contentious
accepted by most delegates at the February 12 presentations that Mr Almagro was
the worst performer. He should have been the best. The debate was taking place
on his ground – inside the headquarters of the OAS – and on his agenda, the
role of the Secretary-General which post he has held for nearly 5 years. Yet,
he was clearly not in control of his brief; he answered questions badly; and in
some cases, did not know answers that should have come to him easily. Perhaps,
this is because he has been a one-item Secretary-General, focused on events in
Venezuela to the near exclusion of everything else.
No one could
have derived any pleasure from Mr Almagro’s poor performance. As I have written repeatedly, he is a very
bright and able man. Somehow, he has lost his way, and was hoisted by his own
petard. Not least, because he could not give to questioners a valid reason for
seeking re-election when, in his first campaign to be elected and for most of
his term, he had categorically stated that he would not run again.
contender for the OAS stewardship is Hugo de Zela of Peru. On the general view,
he achieved second place, after Ms Espinosa, in the effectiveness of his
presentation and the content of the answers he gave to questions. His Achilles
heel is his central and pivotal role in the creation and operation of the Lima
Group, a gathering of a few countries dedicated to regime change in Venezuela.
Mr de Zela’s
smooth veneer was dented by the Ambassador of Grenada, Yolande Smith, who
inquired how he planned to build consensus in the OAS when he was the planter
of the seeds of division by creating the Lima Group (not an official or recognized
group of the Organization) that ignored the official regional groups and operated
in an exclusive process.
The OAS is
at the crossroads. It can continue the business of the last five years, in
which case countries will withdraw and the Organization will become an
unrepresentative body with no hemispheric legitimacy, or it can choose sound
management, transparency and greater effectiveness through the inclusion of all
in genuine dialogue that takes account of every view. The latter would not be
seeking a lowest common denominator consensus; it would be based on guidance by
established rules, principles and international law.
Of the candidates who spoke on February 12, María Fernanda Espinosa offered the best course for every member state to achieve the latter objective – and that was the general belief.
Sir Ronald Sanders is Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the US and the OAS. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and at Massey College in the University of Toronto. The views expressed are entirely his own.
CARICOM Heads to Tackle Wide-Ranging Agenda at Barbados Meeting
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday February
17, 2020 – When Caribbean
Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government meet in Barbados this week, issues
ranging from current public health concerns to strengthening ties with Africa will
be on their agenda.
31st Inter-Sessional Meeting, under the Chairmanship of Barbados’ Prime
Minister Mia Mottley, is expected to deliberate on a regional approach to the
Corona Virus (COVID-19) as well as the continuing challenges posed by
non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
During the February 18-29 talks, the Heads are also scheduled to examine the status of implementation of provisions of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). In this regard, they are expected to have an engagement with representatives of the region’s private sector, labour and civil society.
pressing economic development matters, the meeting will discuss digital
transformation in CARICOM and an action plan for elimination of regional
roaming charges. The need for ongoing advocacy against the challenges of
blacklisting, de-risking, and withdrawal of Correspondent Banking Services is
also expected to get the Head’s attention.
Also on the
agenda is a discussion on a proposed CARICOM African Summit, among a number of foreign
and Community relations matters.
The leaders are also due to address crime, violence and security issues affecting the region.
Isolated Patient in Jamaica Tests Negative for Novel Coronavirus; Third Person Isolated
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday February
17, 2020 – The first
patient who was placed in isolation in Jamaica after returning from China and
having elevated temperature, has tested negative for the novel Coronavirus
results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) are pending for a
second person who was isolated; and a third Jamaican has been placed in
The latest individual,
who had travelled from China, arrived at the Donald Sangster International
Airport last Tuesday, February 11 and underwent the relevant protocols in
keeping with the current travel restrictions.
was discovered to have had a fever and was immediately isolated, according to a
statement from the Ministry of Health.
patient has been isolated in keeping with our protocols, whereby anyone who has
travelled from China in the last 14 days prior to arrival and has symptoms will
be isolated and investigations carried out,” the ministry said.
steps for this patient will include management of the fever and any other
symptoms that develop. A sample has already been sent to the Caribbean Public
Health Agency, where it will be tested for the novel coronavirus, (COVID 19),” Chief
Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie said.
reminded that the quarantine and isolation procedures are in place to detect
and investigate early, all persons who may have been exposed to the virus.
It also advised that precautions such as frequent hand washing; coughing and sneezing in tissue and discarding it, as well as, avoiding contact with ill persons be practiced by everyone.
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POPCAAN NUMBERS DON’T LIE [OFFICIAL AUDIO]
NUMBERS DON’T LIE TRACK LIST
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