Advance Digital Transformation – Prime Minister… Prime Minster of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Hon, Keith Rowley, hailed Mr. Seaga as a “Caribbean political stalwart” who was instrumental in the drafting of the Jamaican Constitution, and who served as Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition on two occasions. This period of service, he said, spanned 43 years of dedication to public service, particularly to the people of Jamaica. “As Caribbean people while we are poorer for his passing we can take comfort in being richer for his unstinting dedication and service to all of us,” PM Rowley said. Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon Roosevelt Skerrit highlighted the late Prime Minister’s legacy in “academia, sports and culture, including his direct involvement in helping develop the reggae art form in post-independence Jamaica.” “Dominicans will remember the close bonds he had with our own former Prime Minister the late Dame Eugenia Charles, and the admiration he shared for our country. Jamaica has lost one of its champions, and the Caribbean has lost one of its most central figures of the last years of the 20th century,” PM. Skerrit said. The late former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, opens the 1983 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives. To his right is the late former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Hugh Shearer. (Photo via JIS) Grenada Prime Minister, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, pointed to Mr. Seaga’s status as the longest serving parliamentarian in Jamaica and as a friend of Grenada. “Mr. Seaga was a personal friend and a friend of Grenada and of the New National Party. I recall him being one of the regional leaders who favoured the United States intervention in Grenada in 1983, which led to the return of democracy. Whichever side of the fence we sit on, we must appreciate that as our brother’s keeper, we do what we believe is in their best interest. In politics, there will always be supporters and detractors, but it is only fitting that we recognise the invaluable contributions made by those who devote themselves to public life. We know that in life, we must be prepared for death, but it is still unnerving when we are brought face to face with our mortality. Today, Jamaica lost a son and the region lost a supporter of regional integration who has advocated for changes to improve the process,” PM Mitchell said. Jamaica has lost a statesman, a builder and giant, and the Region will miss Mr. Seaga’s thoughtful commentary on matters of importance to its people, Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. Mia Mottley said in her tribute. Grenada Govt. Clarifies Leaked Internal Circular on… Oct 15, 2020 Tributes Pour in for Former Barbados Prime MinisterTributes began pouring in via social media following the death of former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur on Monday 27 July, with many recalling his intellect and passion for regional integration. Mr Arthur, 70, was Barbados’ longest serving Prime Minister. Leading the tributes, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, current Prime Minister…July 27, 2020In “Barbados”PM Harris calls for repositioning of CARICOM to address challenges(Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, has urged his fellow regional Heads of Government to take the necessary steps to reposition CARICOM in order to face the…February 26, 2019In “Associate Member States”Jamaica, Community have lost a towering figure – CARICOM SG on SeagaIn a message of condolence on the death of former Jamaica Prime Minister Edward Seaga, CARICOM Secretary-General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque said that Jamaica and the Community had lost a towering figure. The condolence message was dispatched to Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica who announced the former Prime Minister’s passing…May 31, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 1, 2020 President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger also extended sympathy to the government and people of Jamaica. “Mr. Seaga served as Jamaica’s Prime Minister from 1980 to 1989, and was the last surviving framer of the Jamaican constitution. At the age of 29, the former prime minister became the youngest person to be nominated to the Legislative Council (later the Senate) where he served for two years before becoming a Member of Parliament until his retirement in January 2005,” the President’s sympathy message read. Former Prime Ministers of Jamaica, PJ Patterson and Bruce Golding also paid tribute to Mr. Seaga. On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… Sep 29, 2020 Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon Andrew Holness, who announced the sad news on Tuesday afternoon, said he considered Mr. Seaga his political father. “He has been a great mentor, friend and guide in imparting the skills on strategic leadership and in building a nation. I owe him and indeed Jamaica owes him a debt of gratitude. He will forever remain in our hearts and minds,” he said in a Facebook post. In the House of Representatives, PM Holness said that for the former Prime Minister served this country for most of his life. “He was in this Parliament for over 40 years. He is truly, a great Jamaican. He participated in the framing of the Constitution and the development of so many institutions which now define Jamaica,” Mr. Holness said. He said a special sitting of the House would be held where Members could pay their respect to the late Prime Minister. See more Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jamaica PM calls for Global Plan Similar to Marshall Plan You may be interested in… Current and former heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are among those paying tributes to former Jamaica Prime Minister the Most Hon. Edward Seaga who died on Tuesday 28 May 2019, on his 89th birthday. “A strong sense of both regionalism and responsibility permeated the Rt. Hon. Edward Seaga’s leadership style and politics, resulting in him being widely admired and respected as an influential force within the Caribbean Community,” CARICOM Chairman, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis said. “My Colleague Heads of Government and I will always carry Edward Seaga’s hopeful message in our hearts as we strive to maintain the standing of our region as a zone of peace and stability buttressed by respect for human rights and democracy. These are guiding principles from which we shall never depart, and we will long remember the crucial role that Edward Seaga played in establishing them,” he added. Jamaica Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen, hailed Mr. Seaga as one of the principal architects of Jamaica’s post-independence governance structure. Sep 30, 2020
FSRU specialist Excelerate Energy has completed studies for the implementation of the Moheshkhali floating LNG terminal in Bangladesh, following the execution of a contract with Petrobangla. Completion of the geotechnical and geophysical activities allows the project to remain on schedule to receive its first LNG delivery in early 2018, with financial close targeted for early 2017, Excelerate Energy said in its statement on Tuesday.These studies are significant components of the project and provide the technical path forward to final engineering and detailed design.The studies performed confirmed the viability of the project site location, Excelerate’s FSRU and offshore mooring designs, and the overall project cost.Moheshkhali floating LNG is a joint effort between Excelerate and the International Finance Corporation (IFC, and a member of the World Bank Group) under a joint development agreement.Under its contract with Petrobangla, Excelerate will fully develop, design, permit, construct, install, finance, and operate the terminal.Excelerate will provide a FSRU, an offshore subsea buoy system to anchor the FSRU, and a subsea pipeline to interconnect into the onshore natural gas system.In addition, Excelerate will provide full operational services, including the provision of port service vessels and overall facility management. The FSRU will be capable of delivering natural gas at a base regasification rate of 500 million standard cubic feet per day, with peaking capacity substantially in excess of this.The project is expecting to achieve financial close on the project in early 2017, which will allow for the construction and installation of the terminal to commence. IFC is mandated to provide and arrange the financing for the project.Excelerate said it is in final negotiations for the major project contracts including EPC, O&M, and Port Services.
A London council is bringing legal work back in-house from a panel of external firms, bucking the national trend towards public sector outsourcing.The London Borough of Islington will handle its own insurance legal work from August as part of a wider programme of insourcing services. The work is currently outsourced to a panel of firms which is shared with other London councils.Deputy monitoring officer Peter Fehler said the council’s insourcing strategy led to more work for the legal team. ‘We would have seen a decrease in employment work because of the introduction of tribunal fees,’ Fehler said. ‘Because we have insourced services, our work has remained steady, if not increased.’Fehler said legal services would remain within the council and there were no current plans for an alternative business structure. Meanwhile the council has set up business arm iCo, which plans to start trading in June with an initial focus on consulting on energy and regeneration.Over the past five years the council has had to make £95m worth of cuts, including shrinking the legal team from 90 in 2010 to 65 today.Fehler said a shared legal services arrangement was considered last year but the council decided to keep legal services in-house.Islington has also set up a legal services marketing group to generate income. This has seen Uma Mehta, chief lawyer, community services, providing training on childcare reforms to family judges.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (CMC) – Sloppy West Indies were stunned by Afghanistan for the second time in the ICC World Cup qualifiers, as the Caribbean side slumped to a shock three-wicket defeat in their opening match of the all-important Super Sixes here yesterday.The form team of the tournament following their unbeaten campaign in the preliminaries, West Indies could muster only an inadequate 197 for eight off their 50 overs, after electing to bat first at Harare Sports Club.Shai Hope top-scored with a painstaking 43 off 94 balls without a single boundary while veteran Marlon Samuels chipped in with 36, captain Jason Holder, 28, and opener Evin Lewis, 27.Sixteen-year-old off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, handed the new ball, admirably led the attack with three for 33 to claim Man-of-the-Match honours while Mohammad Nabi, also an off-spinner, ended with two for 43.Having stumbled into the second round with just one victory in the preliminaries but with a win over the Windies in the official warm-ups, Afghanistan put aside their struggles to chase down their target with 14 balls remaining in the contest.Rahmat Shah struck a composed 68 to spearhead the run chase while Mohammad Nabi completed a solid all-round performance with 31, but West Indies hurt themselves in the field with as many as four dropped catches.Pacer Holder finished with three for 39 while debutant 20-year-old seamer Keemo Paul picked up two for 29.The defeat left West Indies second in the standings, one point behind leaders Scotland on five and one ahead of hosts Zimbabwe in third place, with the two top following the full complement of matches advancing to the final and securing the remaining two berths at next year’s World Cup in England.West Indies had a less than convincing start when superstar opener Chris Gayle (1) was comprehensively bowled, playing back to one from Mujeeb which spun past his defensive prod to remove off-stump, with 12 on the board in the fourth over.However, Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer (15) combined to steady the innings in a measured second-wicket stand which yielded 34.Hetmyer never quite settled and eventually perished lbw in the 12th over missing a forward defensive push, to give Mohammad Nabi his 100th One-Day International wicket.In the next over with just seven runs added, tragedy struck again when Samuels pushed to point for a sharp single and an ambling Lewis failed to beat Najibullah Zadran direct hit at the striker’s end.In desperate need of a partnership, the Windies were propped up by Hope and Samuels who put on a crucial 55 for the fourth wicket. The stand, however, was a slow one, requiring 91 deliveries and the Caribbean side were labouring at 83 for three at the half-way stage of the innings, with a run rate hovering at just over three.After facing 64 balls and counting just two fours, Samuels attempted to jump-start the innings but succeeded only in picking out Gulbadin Naib running around to wide long-on off Mohammad Nabi in the 31st over.Holder belted a couple of fours and a six in a 26-ball cameo as he added 50 for the fifth wicket with Hope. Even then, the Windies were still scoring at under four an over at the end of the 40th, on 156 for four.Left with little choice, Holder chanced his hand and holed out to long-on off Mujeeb three balls later and Hope’s struggles finally ended in the 43rd when he was taken in the same position off the same bowler.They were two of four wickets to fall for 11 runs before Paul (16 not out) and Ashley Nurse (10 not out) added 28 at the end to get West Indies closer to 200.West Indies struck early to hurt the Afghan run chase, removing Javed Ahmadi (1) and Mohammad Shahzad (8) with just 17 runs on the board in the fifth over.But Rahmat put Aghanistan in command, pioneering a 66-run, third-wicket stand with Samiullah Shenwari (27) and adding a further 49 for the fourth with Mohammad Nabi.Dropped on 44 in the 32nd over by Rovman Powell on the follow-through, Rahmat went on to strike five fours and a six in a 109-ball stay at the crease.Shenwari, meanwhile, put down on 19 in the 15th over by Gayle at slip off left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, faced 51 balls and counted two fours, before falling to the same combination in the 21st over.Mohammad Nabi, who survived a straightforward chance to wicketkeeper Hope off Paul, perished in the 36th over to a catch by Hetmyer at square leg off Holder, leading to a slide which saw three wickets tumble for 36 runs.With the game in the balance and 16 needed for victory off 27 balls, Powell put down captain Rashid Khan (13 not out) on five at third man off seamer Carlos Brathwaite in the 46th over, and the 19-year-old made the most of the reprieve to see his side home.Scores in brief (Super Six):Scotland beat UAE by 73 runs, Queens Sports Club, BulawayoScotland 322-6, 50 overs (Matthew Cross 114, Calum MacLeod 78, Kyle Coetzer 43, Richie Berrington 37 not out, George Munsey 30; Rohan Mustafa 4-56)UAE 249 all out, 47.4 overs (Mohammad Usman 80, Ahmad Raza 50, Rohan Mustafa 32, Ashfaq Ahmed 30; Chris Sole 4-68, Safyaan Sharif 2-36, Brad Wheal 2-45)Player-of-the-Match – Matthew Cross (Scotland)Nepal beat Papua New Guinea by six wickets, Old HarariansPNG 114 all out, 27.2 overs (Dipendra Airee 4-14, Sandeep Lamichhane 4-29)Nepal 115-4, 23 overs (Dipendra Airee 50 not out, Aarif Sheikh 26, Paras Khadka 20; Norman Vanua 2-25)Player-of-the-Match – Dipendra Airee (Nepal)The Netherlands beat Hong Kong by 44 runs, Kwekwe Sports ClubNetherlands 174 all out, 48.2 overs (Max O’Dowd 62, Peter Borren 31, Bas de Leede 29; Nadeem Ahmed 3-20, Ehsan Khan 2-30, Tanwir Afzal 2-36)Hong Kong 130 all out in 43 overs (Babar Hayat 52, Kinchit Shah 22; Roelof van der Merwe 4-18, Fred Klaassen 2-30)Player-of-the-Match – Max O’Dowd (the Netherlands)WEST INDIES innings Gayle b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 1 Lewis run-out 27 Hetmyer lbw b Mohammad Nabi 15 Samuels c Gulbadin Naib b Mohammad Nabi 36 Hope c Najibullah Zadran b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 43 Holder c Najibullah Zadran b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 28 Powell c Mujeeb Ur Rahman b Rashid Khan 3 Brathwaite c Rahmat Shah b Sharafuddin Ashraf 4 Nurse not out 10 Paul not out 16Extras: (b-1, lb-3, w-8, nb-2) 14Total: (8 wkts, 50 overs) 197Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-46, 3-53, 4-108, 5-158, 6-161, 7-166, 8-169.Bowling: Dawlat Zadran 8-1-44-0, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 10-1-33-3, Gulbadin Naib 3-0-11-0, Mohammad Nabi 10-1-43-2, Sharafuddin Ashraf 9-1-31-1, Rashid Khan 10-1-31-1.AFGHANISTAN inningsMohammad Shahzad c Powell b Holder 8Javed Ahmadi lbw b Paul 1Rahmat Shah c Paul b Nurse 68Samiullah Shenwari c Gayle b Miller 27Mohammad Nabi c Hetmyer b Holder 31Najibullah Zadran c Miller b Paul 19Gulbadin Naib c Powell b Holder 10Rashid Khan not out 13Sharafuddin Ashraf not out 7Extras: (b-4, lb-1, w-9) 14Total: (7 wkts, 47.4 overs) 198Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-17, 3-83, 4-132, 5-152, 6-168, 7-190.Bowling: Holder 10-0-39-3, Paul 8.4-1-29-2, Miller 9-0-41-1, Brathwaite 9-0-39-0, Nurse 9-0-39-1, Powell 2-0-6-0.Points: Afghanistan 2, West Indies 0.