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US pledges millions for Caribbean security initiative

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional US pledges millions for Caribbean security initiative by: – October 14, 2011 Image via: usaid.govGEORGETOWN, Guyana — Come next year 2012, the Caribbean is to benefit from another injection of US$77 million, which the United States said it would be using to develop projects to fight crime and violence in the Caribbean region under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) launched last year. The CBSI is a shared regional security partnership between Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states, the Dominican Republic and the United States. The partners identified three core objectives to deal with the development threats facing the Caribbean: reduce illicit trafficking through programs ranging from counter narcotics to reducing the flow of illegal arms/light weapons; advance public safety and security through programs ranging from reducing crime and violence to improving border security; and promote social justice through programs designed to promote justice sector reform, combat government corruption, and assist vulnerable populations at risk of recruitment into criminal organizations.The CBSI Commission is currently holding its second meeting in Guyana on Thursday and Friday. It is at that meeting that Julissa Reynoso, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean, Bureau of Western hemisphere Affairs, United States Department of State, announced to security officials and international development partners that the 2012 budget of US$77 million would be used to support greater coordination and control of border and maritime routes, training and capacity building for law enforcement and justice sector, even while continuing previous efforts in education and workforce development for vulnerable youth and at risk populations.Reynoso, who is co-chairing the meeting with St Kitts and Nevis, announced that in the next few months, her country would be delivering to the Eastern Caribbean high-speed interdiction boats and relevant equipment as part of the US Secure Seas Effort. Those boats would complement ones provided to The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica as part of a broader regional maritime security program. Guyana and Suriname will also receive riverine patrol boats and related equipment in 2012. “We are proud of the accomplishments of the past year under the CBSI, she said. “We have encountered many challenges but we believe that the CBSI provides a useful and necessary framework for coordination and collaboration with our partners in the region.” Reynoso was of the firm opinion that the partnership to date had spawned measurable results in the three priority areas. In the area of law enforcement information sharing, she reported that surveys of fingerprint processes, equipment, recordkeeping and training in six member states and that automated fingerprint identification system equipment were now being purchased for those six member states. In the area of justice reform, she explained that the CBSI had agreed to dedicate a regional legal advisor to develop a task force to address critical crime issues including homicides and to advise on legal reforms. In addition, the US and the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) were working through the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) to screen passengers into Caribbean ports of entry. Training on integration of information into national databases, regional border interdiction exercises and border enforcement training for fifty CARICOM customs, immigration and police officers were also planned for the coming months. In the area of promoting social justice, Reynoso stated that the partnership was supporting education and youth workforce development including youth entrepreneurship. “We are expanding our youth workforce development projects in the six OECS countries and in Suriname,” she added. The US is also working with its CBSI partners to promote effective prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of financial crimes, including money laundering terrorism financing and public corruption. Preliminary assessments have been conducted in Trinidad and Guyana with technical financial crimes assistance and training would begin in November. Amidst concerns that the CBSI partnership had not made the impact that it should have, Reynoso noted that in its first year there might have been challenges but in the coming year, things would be better. Caribbean News Nowcenter_img 30 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more

Williams sold to Dorilton Capital, to retain name & identity

first_imgLONDON: Iconic British Formula One constructor Williams have been acquired by Dorilton Capital. The team will continue to race and compete under the Williams brand, with the chassis name remaining unchanged.”Dorilton has no plans to re-locate the team from Grove, its traditional home,” said Williams. A statement from the team said the acquisition had “unanimous support from the Williams board, which includes Sir Frank Williams”. Importantly, the team said that the private investment firm “recognises and appreciates the importance of respecting and retaining Williams’ heritage and culture and is committed to maintaining its identity”. “The strategic review was a useful process to go through and proved that both Formula One and Williams have credibility and value,” said Team Principal Claire Williams. “We have now reached a conclusion and we are delighted that Dorilton are the new owners of the team. When we started this process, we wanted to find a partner who shared the same passion and values, who recognised the team’s potential and who could unlock its power. In Dorilton we know we have found exactly that. “People who understand the sport and what it takes to be successful. People who respect the team’s legacy and will do everything to ensure it succeeds in the future. As a family we have always put our team first. Making the team successful again and protecting our people has been at the heart of this process from start. “This may be the end of an era for Williams as a family owned team, but we know it is in good hands. The sale ensures the team’s survival but most importantly will provide a path to success,” the statement added. IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: The Baghjan Sagalast_img read more

King says Pelosi doesn’t appear to be resistant to USMCA

first_imgLE MARS — Republican Congressman Steve King says it’s up to Republicans to reach across the aisle and get more Democrats in the U.S. House to support the United States Mexico Canada Agreement.“Let’s just work the political situation,” King says. “…In the end, it’s an up-or-down vote, non-amendable and a take-it-or-leave-it situation, so I think we’re going to end up taking it.”Mexico has already ratified the deal and Canada’s government has started the ratification process. King says during a recent meeting with President Trump’s top trade adviser, he got the impression House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supports the USMCA.“First I thought that she would be resistent and delay because I didn’t think that she wanted to see President Trump get a win…until the time I sat down with Ambassador Lighthizer who had not even an inflection in his voice that he was frustrated with Speaker Pelosi,” King says.King, though he’s a “yes” on the USMCA, suggests keeping the North American Free Trade Agreement in force would be good for Iowa’s economy.“I never would have opened that trade agreement up…NAFTA was good for Iowa agriculture and good for Iowa manufacturing, but not so good for other states across the country,” King says.Mexico and Canada are Iowa’s top two trading partners.King made his comments during an interview at the Plymouth County Fair.last_img read more

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