Police policy violated multiple times in fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks: Prosecutor

first_imgStewart Trial AttorneysBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(ATLANTA) — The fired Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant violated at least seven police department policies governing the use of force, including kicking the victim after allegedly shooting him in the back and failing to immediately administer medical aid, a prosecutor said Wednesday.Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced that warrants have been issued for former police officer Garrett Rolfe on 11 charges, including felony murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and seven violations of his office. Warrants were also issued for another officer involved in the fatal confrontation, Devin Brosnan, on two counts of violations of oath and one count of aggravated assault. “We’ve concluded that at the time Mr. Brooks was shot, he did not pose an imminent threat of serious injury to the officers,” Howard said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.Howard said there is photographic and video evidence, as well as statements from at least 10 witnesses, that Rolfe allegedly ignored his training and department policies when Brooks attempted to run from him and he opened fire multiple times in a crowded parking lot, hitting the victim twice in the back and sending one bullet into a nearby car occupied by three men.He said Rolfe stands accused of violating numerous rules in the Atlanta Police Department Policy Manuel regarding the use of force, specifically one governing what officers can and cannot do to apprehend a suspect. The rule reads that lethal force can only be used if an officer “reasonably believes that the suspect possesses a deadly weapon or any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in serious bodily injury and when he or she reasonably believes that the suspect poses an immediate threat of serious bodily injury to the officer or others.”The shooting happened Friday night after a Wendy’s employee called police to complain that Brooks was passed out behind the wheel of a car in the drive-thru lane.Brosnan was the first to arrive on the scene and knocked on Brooks’ window but could not wake him up. Body camera video showed Brosnan opening the door and shaking Brooks awake.Rolfe responded to the scene when Brosnan radioed a dispatcher saying he needed a DUI-certified officer.Howard said that prior to the shooting, Rolfe and Brosnan spoke to Brooks for 41 minutes and 17 seconds and that Brooks was cordial in answering their questions and complying with their orders to be patted down, submit to a series of field sobriety tests and a Breathalyzer exam that showed he was “slightly impaired.”The district attorney said the first department rule Rolfe broke was to not inform Brooks that he was being arrested for driving under the influence. He said that at the time Rolfe grabbed Brooks from behind by the arm and moved to handcuff him, both officers were aware that Brooks was not armed.Howard noted that the Atlanta police use-of-force policy clearly states that lethal force can only be used “when there is probable cause to believe that the suspect has committed a crime involving the infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical harm and the employee reasonably believes that the suspect’s escape would create a continuing danger of serious physical harm to any person.”“Mr. Brooks never presented himself as a threat,” Howard said.As Brosnan and Rolfe both grabbed Brooks, a struggle suddenly occurred. Bodycam and patrol car dashcam video shows Brooks fighting with the officers and taking Brosnan’s yellow stun gun when the officer threatened to deploy it on Brooks.The videos captured Brooks breaking free and fleeing while holding the stun gun. Howard displayed a photo of Brooks turning around, aiming the stun gun over Rolfe’s head and firing.He said that before shooting Brooks, Rolfe fired his stun gun twice at the fleeing man in another violation of department rules.“The Atlanta policy says you cannot fire a Taser at someone who is running away. So you certainly can’t fire a handgun at someone who is running away,” Howard said.Howard said that at the time Rolfe aimed and fired at Brooks’ back from 18 feet, 3 inches away, “Rolfe was aware that the Taser in Brooks’ possession was fired twice and presented no danger to him.”Video captured three shots from Rolfe’s 9 mm Glock service weapon. Two of the shots hit Brooks in the back, and a third penetrated a car that was in the drive-thru lane and nearly hit three men inside who were visiting the area from West Memphis.Howard said that after seeing Brooks fall to the pavement, Rolfe uttered the words, “I got him.”Howard said that even after Brooks was shot, Rolfe and Brosnan continued to violate department rules. He showed a photo that captured Rolfe allegedly kicking Brooks on the ground and Brosnan standing on the dying man’s shoulders.The prosecutor said another use-of-force rule the officers violated reads, “Medical aid and/or assistance will be provided in a timely manner or as soon as practical without further endangering the employee or others.”He said Brosnan and Rolfe waited for more than two minutes before they offered Brooks medical attention.Rolfe has been fired from the police department while Brosnan has been placed on administrative leave.Howard said Brosnan has agreed to testify against Rolfe and has admitted to stepping on Brooks after he was shot. But Brosnan’s attorney, Don Samuel, said that the officer has not agreed to testify, but is cooperating in the investigation and “is absolutely not guilty of any crime and will not plead guilty.”Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms earlier this week signed a series of administrative orders to tighten the police department’s use-of-force policies, including requiring officers to immediately report colleagues they witness violating the rules.In an interview on ABC’s The View on Wednesday, Bottoms said Brooks’ shooting came three days after the city formed a task force to explore how to reform the use-of-force policies. The task force was to report back to the city in 15 days and submit a final report in 45 days, but that she decided not to wait before taking action following Brooks’ death.“We don’t have another minute to spare,” Bottoms said. “We’ve got to have action right now and we needed it yesterday.”The shooting came just days after six Atlanta police officers were criminally charged after they were caught on video forcibly pulling two college students out of a car, smashing its windows and using a stun gun in the course of arresting them as protests over the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis continued nearby.Arrest warrants were issued for Lonnie Hood, Roland Claud, Mark Gardner, Armond Jones, Willie Sauls and Ivory Streeter for the caught-on-camera incident. Two of the officers, Gardner and Streeter, were fired and the others were placed on administrative leave.Bottoms said an emphasis will also be placed on continuous de-escalation training for officers.“De-escalation doesn’t start when you are arresting someone, de-escalation starts when you stop someone,” Bottoms said. “There are so many ways [the Brooks shooting] could have gone differently, and it didn’t.”Michael R. Smith, a criminology professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, told ABC News that the Atlanta Police Department’s use-of-force policy is similar to those of other large U.S. police departments.“In terms of what this policy looks like, it’s a fairly standard policy,” said Smith, who is also leading a study on racial disparities in the use of force for the Fairfax County, Virginia, Independent Auditor’s office. “There’s no boilerplate, per se, in the sense that it’s not like there’s some database where police departments go and they pull down policies. All of them vary slightly from one to another, but there’s a lot of commonalities.”He said the administrative order Bottoms signed requiring officers to report colleagues for violations of the policies is “a great idea.”“I think it’s entirely appropriate that the Atlanta Police Department and any other police department for that matter revisit the idea of enshrining in policy a requirement that officers immediately report misconduct by other officers,” Smith said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Northern Ireland set for snap election

first_imgNorthern Ireland is heading for a snap election, after the Irish republican Sinn Féin party declined to nominate a replacement for Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, a move that looks set to collapse the country’s power-sharing executive.McGuinness quit last week after First Minister Arlene Foster, of the Democratic Unionist Party, refused his call for her to temporarily stand aside amid a political storm over a controversial renewable energy scheme.Under Northern Ireland’s power-sharing agreement, the  first minister cannot serve in the absence of the deputy minister. If the positions are vacant for seven days, the U.K. government’s Northern Ireland secretary must call a new election. The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday. The DUP renominated Foster as first minister Monday, but Sinn Féin declined to select a replacement for McGuinness.Barring a highly unlikely U-turn by Sinn Féin before the 5 p.m. deadline, new elections will be called. Also On POLITICO In Northern Ireland, old divisions could have a new casualty: Brexit By Peter Geogheganlast_img read more

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Axl Rose Will Not Be At Guns n’ Roses Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

first_imgAfter months of speculation, we can finally confirm that Axl Rose will be sitting out Guns N Roses induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In a relatively uncontroversial letter published by the LA Times from Axl to “The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern”, Axl explained why he “won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and…respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame”.Axl apparently did his due diligence in making this decision, claiming he “listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N’ Roses, ha discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artist’ comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts”.Ultimately, Axl felt “the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected”, due to “those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in “our” induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make)”, comments apparently directed at the decision to have Green Day induct the band. He continues, “and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things”.In what are probably the most Axl-like statements made in the latter, the front man declared, “I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of “Guns N’ Roses””. Damn Axl. We get it.Check out the entire letter here:To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N’ Roses were to be inducted it’d be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.Since then we’ve listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N’ Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists’ comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts.Under the circumstances I feel we’ve been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N’ Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in “our” induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things… no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It’s their show not mine.That said, I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of “Guns N’ Roses”.This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp’s perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I’m sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I’ll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don’t intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we’ve actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” scenario all the way around.In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite or Illusion lineups, I’ve publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing’s changed.The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of “for the fans” or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and DJ Ashba.Izzy came out with us a few times back in ’06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in ’06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in ’11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that’s enough.There’s a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn’t room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.Maybe if it were you it’d be different. Maybe you’d do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We’re there for each other when the going get’s rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn’t owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another’s, or in this case several others’, expense.But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the “no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn’t care about the fans” crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let’s move on. No one’s taking the ball and going home. Don’t get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we’ve endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court.In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I’d like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns’ induction. More importantly I’d like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we’ve had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N’ Roses music.I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!Sincerely,Axl RoseP.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC IIIlast_img read more

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Watch Bob Weir And Joan Baez Pay Tribute To Ram Dass With “Amazing Grace” [Photos/Video]

first_imgBob Weir and Joan Baez joined together to pay tribute to fallen spiritualist and psychologist Ram Dass, real name Richard Alpert, at a private memorial service on Friday.In a six-minute clip from the ceremony, Baez appears onstage where she invites up Weir to join her on “Amazing Grace”, because she admittedly can’t hit those high notes anymore. When Weir saunters up to the stage, however, they don’t go right into the song. First, Weir takes a few minutes to tell the story of how he came to know Alpert and the way they met all the way back in 1966 when the Grateful Dead were living at the abandoned Camp Lagunitas in California. One day, when Weir was out walking the fields, he noticed a man out by the road and decided to go confront him. It turns out that the man was none other than Richard Alpert, who was in the Haight Ashbury with Timothy Leary “sniffing around” as Weir put it.“He took no time in diving right into it with me,” Weir said as he began to choke up. “I think the point that I’m meaning to make is that before he went to India, before he wrote the books… he was ‘that guy.’ He was a guy who had a lot to give. He gave me the sure, certain understanding that I had a lot to give and he was digging it out of me.”Following Weir’s anecdote, the pair led the congregation in an a capella rendition of “Amazing Grace”. Slowly, the organ in the back of the hall rose to join in while the entire room filled with the sound of mourners, as Baez led with the lyrics to the next line. Finally, when all words had been exhausted, the two reverted to humming as the organ once again gave way to the sound of their voices.Watch Bob Weir and Joan Baez sing “Amazing Grace” as a tribute to Ram Dass.Bob Weir & Joan Baez – “Amazing Grace” – 1/31/20[Video: Deadheadland Films]A gallery of photos from the memorial service is also available courtesy of photographer Jay Blakesberg. [H/T Jambands.com]last_img read more

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Big Data reveals classical music creation secrets

first_imgPinterest Share on Twitter A team of scientists has shed light on the dynamics of the creation, collaboration and dissemination processes involved in classical music works and styles. Their study focuses on analysing networks of composers contemporary to CD publications, using modern data analysis and data modelling techniques.These findings have just been published in EPJ Data Science by Doheum Park from the Graduate School of Culture Technology at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon and colleagues. This work explores the nature of culture in novel ways, as part of a broader movement of applying quantitative methods to music, the visual arts and literature.The study is based on the largest classical music recordings database to date, using online retailer ArkivMusic and music reference site AllMusicGuide. The authors first focused on understanding how fundamental properties of the network of Western classical music composers correlate with the artistic styles and active periods of their composer. They found such network displays the small-world property and a modular structure. LinkedIn Share on Facebookcenter_img Park and colleagues also looked at how a network of classical composers developed over time. Specifically, they studied how different composers are “listened to together” by consumers of classical music CDs–a very important aspect in cultural studies. They, then, demonstrated how consumers relate to different composers and styles. This, in turn, provides useful tools to predict the future landscape of the classical recording market.Specifically, they found that the composer network has evolved by concentrating on top composers while its size grew steadily. In the future, the musical recording landscape is likely to be concentrated around a few composers with an increasing prominence and a greater diversity thanks to a growing number of recorded composers. Email Sharelast_img read more

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Dana Announces Addition of Chief Information Officer

first_imgTOLEDO, OH — Dana Corp. has added a chief information officer (CIO) to its top executive team. Former PepsiCo executive Bruce Carver has joined the company as vice president and CIO. In this new role, Carver will be responsible for the development, coordination and advancement of Dana’s global information systems and technologies. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Carver comes to Dana from leading global food and beverage company PepsiCo, which has annual revenues of approximately $27 billion. At PepsiCo, he served as vice president and division chief information officer for the PepsiCo Beverages and Foods Division, an operating business with $8.5 billion in revenue. In this role, Mr. Carver played a leadership role in the division’s information systems function — an effort that has included the alignment of division and global I.T. strategies, as well as the development and implementation of a successful I.T. integration strategy following PepsiCo’s merger with The Quaker Oats Co. in 2001. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Carver served in several leadership roles at Reynolds and Reynolds, a Dayton, Ohio, provider of automotive-oriented software systems and services. He progressed through positions in business systems acquisition, corporate systems, and information management and technology to become vice president and chief information officer for Reynolds and Reynolds in 2001. For more information about Dana, go to: www.dana.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Haiti’s Foreign Minister calls for collective action amidst coronavirus pandemic

first_img The 23rd Meeting of COFCOR was due to discuss, among other things, the increasing incidence of the COVID-19 pandemic on international relations. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… “To this existing list is added the increasing incidence of the Coronavirus pandemic whose dire consequences on the economic growth of the Caribbean region are already being felt. According to a study recently published by the Inter-American Development Bank, Caribbean tourism-driven economies could face a seventy-five per cent reduction in tourism arrivals during 2020,” the Haitian Foreign Minister stated.  Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Reminding CARICOM Foreign Ministers of the global environment in which CARICOM finds itself, Minister Joseph said: Renewing Haiti’s firm commitment to participating actively in the work of the organs and institutions of CARICOM, he urged his colleagues to seize the opportunity to discuss and strategize the best ways to benefit from existing mechanisms of cooperation between CARICOM and its international partners.    CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 Oct 15, 2020center_img St. Lucia records more cases of COVID At the regional level, he said the Community continues to face a range of development challenges including climate change, the use of GDP as the sole criterion for determining access to concessional financing, correspondent-banking, and blacklisting. Noting the devastating threat the pandemic poses to the Caribbean Community, Dr Joseph said the Meeting was an opportunity to deliberate on critical issues, and to map a way forward. “… It is characterised by deeply divisive and challenging issues which have impeded cohesion which in turn has led to greater uncertainty and unpredictability. More specifically we are being confronted with the escalation of transnational organized crimes and regional conflicts, terrorism, climate change and its attendant problems, geopolitical competitions and issues of governance.” Regional Foreign Ministers meet to coordinate CARICOM’s foreign policy amid COVID-19 pandemicCARICOM Foreign Ministers were reminded of the importance of regional foreign policy coordination in the current uncertain times, as they opened the 23rd Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) via video conference, Thursday. CARICOM Secretariat’s Assistant Secretary-General, Ambassador Colin Granderson in reminding the meeting of the…May 8, 2020In “CARICOM”TWENTY-THIRD MEETING OF THE COUNCIL FOR FOREIGN AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS (COFCOR), VIRTUAL, 7-8 MAY 2020COMMUNIQUÉ The Twenty-Third Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held virtually on the 7-8 May 2020, under the Chairmanship of His Excellency Dr. Claude Joseph, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Republic of Haiti. The COFCOR was attended…May 11, 2020In “CARICOM”COMMUNIQUE – 20th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR)COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTIETH MEETING OF THE COUNCIL FOR FOREIGN AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS (COFCOR), BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS:   18-19 MAY 2017   The Twentieth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) took place in Bridgetown, Barbados on 18-19 May 2017,…May 23, 2017In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency Dr. Claude Joseph, has urged his regional counterparts to take collective action as far as possible in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Minister Joseph chaired the 23rd Meeting of CARICOM’s Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) which opened Thursday via video conference. You may be interested in…last_img read more

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CARICOM Chair Praises Resiliency Of Caribbean People

first_imgBarbados GIS, Bridgetown: The people of the Caribbean have remained resilient, despite the various adversities encountered, including the current COVID-19 pandemic. Highlighting some of those struggles as the slave rebellions that precipitated the abolition of slavery, the popular rebellions of the 1930’s, and the Black Power Rebellion of 1970, the Prime Minister pointed out that there were values produced and lessons learnt. Ms. Mottley told those listening: “Resilience is most certainly not a newfound trait of ours in the Caribbean….  In fact, while our history may feature many struggles and adversity, we have always prevailed.” Oct 7, 2020 [email protected] Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… “I can confidently assert that as our Caribbean region faces the many existential challenges that are currently bearing down on us, there shall be no retreat, there shall be no abandonment of our core values. There will be no deviation from the positive mission of transformation that our history has bequeathed to us! And it is up to us to run our leg of the relay,” she stated. CARICOM Reparations Relay Launched in Barbados – Reparations Baton and Torch Will Travel Throughout the Region in 2016The CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) has launched an International Reparations Relay & Rally Initiative in Barbados that in coming months will take a ‘reparations baton’ and ‘reparations torch’ from one CARICOM country to the other. The baton and torch will be presented to the national reparations commissions across the region…April 19, 2016In “Barbados”CARICOM Flag Raised at Barbados Government Headquarters(Barbados Government Information Service) Barbados now has the CARICOM flag flying “at the seat of power” at Government Headquarters. The flag was raised (30 June) by Barbados’ Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), David Comissiong, during a short ceremony in the presence of a number of representatives of Caribbean associations,…July 1, 2020In “Barbados”2020 must yield optimism, determination to transform Region – PM MottleyMy message, in essence, is that 2020 can and must provide the platform for a positive spirit of hope and optimism and a fierce determination to come together as Caribbean people to purposefully carry forward the transformation of our region into a space that truly values, nurtures, and provides concrete…December 30, 2019In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp PM Mottley Renews Calls for Restructuring of Global… She added that the COVID-19 crisis had caused the postponement of the inaugural CARICOM/African Union Heads of Government Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, next month. CARICOM and UNEP extend cooperation on environment You may be interested in… Ms. Mottley is Prime Minister with lead responsibility for the CARICOM Reparatory Justice Initiative. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley expressed this view last evening, as she addressed the Virtual Launch of Pan African Festival TT, in commemoration of Emancipation 2020 and African Liberation Day, held under the theme: 1970 Remembered: Reconnection and Recommitment. The Prime Minister also thanked the Committee members for their continued contributions and lobbying on the issue of reparations, adding that she looked forward to engaging further on this critical matter. Standards, Quality Still Important Oct 7, 2020 Sep 25, 2020 Prime Minister Mottley said even though the pandemic had caused the postponement of the inaugural CARICOM/African Union Summit in Nairobi, next month, she was still committed to deepening the region’s relationship with Africa. She is pictured with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in December last year. “In addition, I can report that plans are still in train to take up the very gracious offer made by the Government of the Republic of Kenya to provide CARICOM with rent free diplomatic office facilities in Nairobi for an initial period of two years,” she disclosed. Ms. Mottley noted that several CARICOM Member States were forging ahead with plans, even if delayed by COVID-19, to establish embassies in a number of African nations.  Ms. Mottley, who is also Chair of the Caribbean Community, said CARICOM would be reaching out “in an extremely determined manner” to the African Continent. The Prime Minister congratulated the Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad and Tobago for, despite the pandemic, forging ahead to host the virtual launch. She said the Committee had played a tremendous role in developing the Caribbean/ African Union relationship in the sphere of civil society. CARPHA: Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO “I regret that that has happened. But I assure you that this will in no way dampen our resolve to deepen the Caribbean community’s relationship with Africa and to close ranks with the African Union in our battle for a more just and sustainable international social and economic order. Our people must start to trade, our people must start to travel…,” she insisted. The political leaders of CARICOM, she stated, face a multiplicity of threats and vulnerabilities. She added that they must boldly confront the inequities of the existing International Order head on, and in so doing, join ranks with all allies in the developing world, and the nations of Africa. Sep 28, 2020last_img read more

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Dutch Offshore Grid Gets Its Own Website

first_imgToday, TenneT launced a special website where relevant stakeholders can provide feedback on the development of an offshore electricity grid.For some time, TenneT has been consulting stakeholders on technology and planning.The overall goal of this process is to optimize, together with stakeholders, the offshore grid configuration and realization against minimum societal cost. By collaborating from the start with energy producers, suppliers, NGO’s, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and other parties, TenneT ensures transparency and a feasible concept for an offshore electricity grid that can be used to connect future wind farms to the onshore grid.TenneT recently engaged consultancy firm Ecofys to provide support during the consultation process, in order to facilitate a successful first call for tenders by the end of 2015.Relevant stakeholders can register via a dedicated website in order to keep informed on the consultation process.The website will also be used to post information about the topics currently on the agenda, the choices made, and the considerations underlying them. Stakeholders can also consult the website for an overview of scheduled expert meetings.All feedback and information submitted will be documented anonymously and used in the decision-making process.TenneT will organize monthly meetings on topics relevant to the development of wind farms, such as technology and planning. A limited number of experts will be invited to attend these meetings to facilitate a detailed discussion of key issues related to the development of the offshore electricity grid.The list of invitees has been coordinated with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Netherlands Wind Energy Association (NWEA). All information, reports and position papers will be published on the website after the expert meetings have been held.There are three zones where new offshore wind farms are planned to be constructed:BorsseleSouth Holland CoastNorth Holland CoastThe coordinated construction of the offshore grid means that TenneT will prepare and execute these three projects.Image: TenneTlast_img read more

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InterOil: Antelope-4 well re-entered

first_imgInterOil Corporation said that the PRL-15 joint venture has started drilling a side-track well at the Antelope-4 site, as part of its appraisal campaign on the Elk–Antelope gas field in Papua New Guinea.The Antelope-4 appraisal had been suspended in May 2015 at a true vertical depth sub-sea of 2,056 meters, approximately 158 meters above the field gas water contact, the company said in a statement.Well operations, which resumed on August 13, 2015, included the on-site preparation and testing of well-head equipment. Subsequently the operator, Total E&P PNG obtained approval from the PNG Department of Energy to re-enter the well.The side-track was initiated at a measured depth of 862 meters. As at 15:30 (PNG time) the side-track well was drilling ahead at a depth of 895 meters.last_img read more

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