COTED must position itself to address rapidly-changing trade environment – Chair

first_imgThe rapidly-changing trading environment demands that the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) of Caricom find an “appropriate mix of methodologies and strategies” to address the Council’s expanding agenda.This is according to Antigua and Barbuda’s Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration Minister, Chet Greene, who is chairing the 46th Meeting of COTED.In remarks at the opening session of the meeting at the Caricom Secretariat on Wednesday, in Guyana, the Minister referred to both internal and external trade matters that could impact the Community’s progress towards sustained economic prosperity.These include the implementation of the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME); market access for products; the review of the Common External Tariff (CET); the CARIFORUM-European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA); the future of trade with the United Kingdom after Brexit and the impasse between the US and China.“Colleagues, there are a number of other issues that will impact on our respective industries, which we must pay particular attention to. These include the impasse between the USA and China, reports of Turkish imports (particularly flour) into the Region, and the importation of fake goods from various countries,” Greene stated.He further said that geopolitical decisions were causing changes within the external trade and manufacturing environment, which would certainly have an impact on our industries and market.‘The Council must position itself to examine the real and potential impact of these matters, and take proactive concrete steps to remedy them. Colleagues, we cannot afford to be reactive, our respective industries and businesses are depending on us to confront and deal with these issues in a decisive way.“Who else is best suited to safeguard our interest,” the Minister queried rhetorically. He pointed out that the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas mandated COTED to promote, evaluate, establish, and develop policies, programmes, and measures that protect and preserve the Region’s trading environment.In his remarks, the Minister urged the Meeting to find mechanisms to settle longstanding issues and to address the new and emerging matters on the agenda. He said that the rules of procedures of COTED – which would have been discussed at the meeting – would help to deal with the longstanding matters.“Colleagues, if we are to seriously settle these longstanding issues for the benefit of our respective Private Sector, we must consider the provisions of the Treaty outside of a Member State’s right to take those matters to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). I am reminded of an old adage, “it’s the Private Sector that trade, and we create the enabling environment and set policies”. Let us not, therefore, create obstacles or prevent the free flow of trade between our respective countries,” the Minister said.“Let us not hand this over to anyone, but work within the provisions of our Treaty, and other foreign and domestic relations to address these issues,” he said.The meeting of regional Ministers with responsibility for trade concluded on Thursday.last_img read more


Shawsheen Valley Technical High School High Honors and Honors For Quarter 3

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — Below is a list of those students who achieved high honors and honors in Quarter 3 of the 2018-2019 school year at the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School. This list includes students from Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Tewksbury and Wilmington.At Shawsheen Tech, to be eligible for high honors a student must receive no grade lower than an “A” (90) for every course in which he/she is enrolled. To be eligible for the Honor Roll, a student must receive a minimum grade of “B” for every course in which he/she is enrolled.High Honors:Grade 9:Kayla Braz, Michael Broderick, Nicholas Cella, Madison DeChiara, Ryan Dusablon, Cadence Fitzgerald, Tyler Foskitt, Delaney Freitas, Emily Freitas, Tyler Kopacz, Cameron Kubiak, Seamus Lowney, Russell MacMillan, Ella Malvone, Samantha Morris, Angela Palino, Katrina Realejo, Karissa Rogato, Lee Singer, Kevin Stevens, Ashley Talbot, Sangeeth Thayaaparan, Madison Valente-Lovasco, Julianna WiitalaGrade 10:Riana Aberle, Jorielle Arlock, Sarah Chaffee, Derek Costello, Kelley DeLosh, Ella Dillon, Jason Donaher, Madison Fusco, Rachael Halas, Mohammadali Khalifa, Abigail Lavallee, Mackenzie Lavigne, Daniel Lee, Trevor Lindsey, Dylan Maher, Jacqueline Megna, Paige Mesropian, Nicole Metivier, Jenna Nelson, Stephen Papsedero, Eric Pratt, Anthony Prezioso, Cameron Rich, Andrew Santana, Cecilia TaucherGrade 11:Jason Alagna, Celina Barczak, Dustan Bere, Kimberly Calvoni, Emily DiBona, Rocco DiGiambattista, Sarah Doyle, Tianna Doyle, Andrew Farrell, Kyleigh Ferrari, Brooke Gerry, Zachary Langlois, Shayla Lee, Colin Lennon, Zachary Morris, Nathan Patz, Cole Privetera, Connor Rich, Haley Spinale, Jessica Stevens, Jennifer Tucci, David Williams IIIGrade 12:Brittney Ananian, Joseph Aucoin, Stephen Basler, Samantha Bates, Melissa Bazarian, Veronika Bazzinotti, Taylor Bellavia, Samantha Blaney, Zakary Brenner, Katherine Burke, Mackenzie Cassidy, Michelle Chen, Kara Cormier, Samuel Dalke, Jacob Freeland, Corrina Jarzynka, Nicole Krueger, Isabella Marcello, Joshua Marsi, Skylar McGarry, Jessica McLaughlin, Emily Morris, Shayne Noone, Amaan Shaikh, Michael SteenHonors:Grade 9:Ryan Alleca, Madelyn Allen, Jake Amato, Harry Apgar, Amanda Avery, Caitlin Balestrieri, Ava Barresi, Daedon Bere, Jessica Brooks, Soren Brown, Alexandra Bruno, Sara Buckley, Michael Carroll, Aydan Churchill, Madison Chute, Alessandra Colarusso, Mackenzie Coles, Daniel Conde, Christina Conti, Samira Cook, Bianca Corso, Theresa Costa, Shane Costello, Maxwell Crocker, Samuel Dagenais, Thomas Dalton, Aaron Dancewicz, Michael DeChiara, Brandon DeLuca, Dillon Donovan, Kirk Donovan, Edward Edgerly, Johann Ferrer, Isabel Fiasconaro, James Forbes, Tony Francis, Kaylee Gaffney, Christopher Gagnon, Heather Gallant, Bianca Garofalo, Andrew Gattineri, Michael Gavin, Crystal Gerry, Megan Geyer, Kaylee Giles, Jack Glennon, Mason Glover, Alyssa Gray, Bryam Guevara, Edward Guiney, Connor Halko, Karmella Humphrey, Vincent Hussey Cerqueira, Evelyn Johnson, Angelina Johnson, Kaitlin Karlberg, Melissa Keegan, Jeffrey Kelly, Braedon King, Hannah Kinscheck, Toby Lage, Victor Lam, Rebecca Langone, Cameron LeDoux, Tyler Leeds, Alexa Leone, Isabella Luongo, Robert Magill, Jeffrey Mahoney, Logan Manupelli, Cailey McDevitt, Kasey McFadden, Scottie McGarry, Joseph McLaren, Jada McNair, Matthew Medeiros, Ryan Murray, Anthony Naimo, Grace Nashawaty, Sydney Neault, Analisa Nicosia, Julia O’Connell, Gabriela Ortiz, Destinee Papile, Lily Pare, Jeremy Perez, Julia Postoronka, Connor Pyles, Austin Quattrocchi, Ruth Ricard, Emma Richard, Emily Rizzo, Olivia Roya, Michael Ryan, Xavier Santiago, Ryan Santini, Monica Scabin, Isabella Schena, Thea Schiavo, Isabella Seuy, Aislinn Simonelli, Mariah Small, Caitlyn Smith, Jack Sovie, Grace Steinmetz, Adam Sulick, Devin Sweeney, Maxwell Tempesta, Madelyn Tiberi, Tayla Tildsley, Joshua Tompkins, Brian Vitale, Laila Walton, Sandra Watne, Darielle Wilson, Joseph Zannelli, John ZembeckGrade 10:Devin Almeida, Kaitlyn Amidon, Timothy Annino, Jessica Bartholomew, Dhimitri Bellame, Shelby Bourdeau, Rosemary Brady, Timothy Brogan, Mia Cafaro, Rian Callahan, Bridget Callahan, Patrick Callahan, Haylee Canadas, Paige Carpenter, Jarrett Ciano, Kayla Coutu, Katie Crawford, Nathan Dahlquist, Alyssa Daigle, Nicholas DeLuca, Katrina DiBona, Maya DiMino, Conner DiPietro, Hailey Donovan, Lucas Dos Santos, Donald Ducharme, Harrison Fanikos, Neal Ferrera, Ryan Fraser, Susanna Gillis, Nicole Graham, Hanna Griffin, Damien Hadden, George Helmer, Amanda Howell, Adam Kearns, Lillian Kelley, Stephanie LaFond, Grace Leone, Kaylee Liang, Madelyn Lipski, Kathryn MacElhiney, Jared MacLauchlan, Rachel Maffeo, Connor Maguire, Keith Major, Emily Mancini, Caitlyn McCarthy, Alex Newcomb, Tyler Newhouse, Antavious Nordquist, Kate O’Neil, Jared Palmer, Ashley Pelletier, Abigayle Perry, Alexandria Pinto, Hailey Poirier, Aaron Preziosi, Samuel Quattrocchi, Jordan Quick, Rebecca Quigley, Richard Raso, Cole Reardon, Celine Reynolds, Cyrus Rich, Ethan Sanders, Jack Scharn, Lana Slowe-Changelian, Alex Smith, Julie Snook, Grace Steed, Katherine Toner, Brittany Torro, Sara Walsh, Eryn Ward, Catherine Ward, Nathan Williams, Michael Wilson, Calie ZimmermanGrade 11:Kiana Aguila, James Ahern, Michael Alicandro, Katlyn Athanas, Isabella Baglio, David Bechakian, Brooke Bicknell, Ashlyn Bisso, Matthew Bonanno, Jenna Boudrot, Benjamin Bradley, Eric Burdick, Nicholas Campbell, James Candeloro, Grace Clark, Mitchell Connors, Andrew Corbin, Luciano Costantini, Hendrick Couvee, Sydney Craig, Alyssa Dagenais, Rory Dawson, Elizabeth DeMole, Emily DeMole, Julia Derochers, Alanna DeSalvatore, Dominic Duprez, Jason Elias, Grace Farrell, Chance Fitzgerald, James Fulciniti, Danielle Grabowski, Travis Gray, Allyson Haley, Amanda Hamilton, Jenna Hensley, Connor Hogan, Joseph Igoe, Kyle Imbody, Jenna Interrante, Amber Kelly, Meghan Kenney, Benjamin Kingston, Delaney Kraus, Alexa Krogstie, Brianna Larffarello, Rachelle Lequin, Matthew Limoli, Vincent Lopez, Brian Lynch, Cora MacGregor, Bryce Machado, Abigail MacLauchlan, Alanna MacMillan, Rybekah Marsh, Madeleine Matzke, Liam McCaffery, Daniel McGaffigan, Maddi McKenna, Eli Michaud, Jason Moore, Annie Myers, Madalena Navarrete, Jordan Nott, Madison Nunes, Olivia Pangraze, Alison Pereira, Richard Pollander-Bibeau, Collin Powers, Liam Powers, William Richardson, Aaliah Rivera, Conor Rooney, Michael Rosa, Sarina Rosa, Tyler Rose, Kara Salvi, Michael Schena, Katelyn Slaney, Trevor Smith, Kylee Souza, Karlie Strong, Robert Tello, Andrew Theodos, Jordan Toews, Sierra Tran, Leah Veloz, Hunter Verduga, Kimberley Vincent, Brianna Vio, Jacob Ward Sarantos, Bryan Willett, Natalia YailaianGrade 12:Brooke Amato, Ryan Anderson, Bianca Araya, Alexander Barry, Brooke Bartholomew, Hannah Blake, Joseph Bova, Marissa Brangiforte, Megan Brown, Kate Calvoni, Maxwell Caso, Elaina Cobb, Samantha Collins, Dylan Cormier, Christa Davis, Anthony DiCesare, Alexandria DiPerri, Nicolas Doherty, Joshua Donaher, Shaunna Ford, Samantha Fusco, Audrey Gendall, Mark Giordano, Nathan Helmar, Zachery Hogan, Tamara Hyppolite, Frank Irizarry, Jaclyn Kenney, Mackenzie Kennison, Jessica Kozlovskis, Rylie Lage, Owen Lavallee, Olivia Leeds, Rilee Lindsey, Danielle Liscio, Kyle MacDonald, Margaret Majeski, Amber Matsas, Zachary McLaren, Dylan Melanson, Thomas Mesropian, Sarah Michaud, Kathryn Morrissey, Carly Mota, Caitlyn O’Hearn, Matthew Ortiz, Emily Ovesen, Alivia Pelka, Cassidy Phillips, Gavin Pigott, Jonathan Pilla, Julianna Pizzo, Shawn Powderly, Rylee Pratt, Beau Ramsey, Michael Reppucci, Angelina Roberts, Julia Ryan, Logan Salvi, Dylan Schissler, Sydney Sciortino, Jarred Sevene, Ryan Smith, Carli Spada, Jamie Stockton, Madison Strob, Taylor Thurell, Cameron Tomaselli, Garret VanDyke, Joseph Voto, James Ward, Hailey Winn, Ivana Wisky, Dawn Witham, Marcella Young(NOTE: The above Honor Roll List is from the Shawsheen Tech.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Shawsheen Tech Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll With 76 Wilmington StudentsIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech Announces First Quarter Honor Roll with 106 Wilmington StudentsIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech Announces First Quarter Honor Roll with 91 Wilmington StudentsIn “Education”last_img read more


Scottish MPs debate new independence referendum

first_imgScottish lawmakers on Tuesday begin a two-day debate on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s call for an independence referendum — a major headache for Prime Minister Theresa May as she prepares to launch Brexit.The Scottish parliament’s vote on Wednesday is widely expected to endorse Sturgeon’s campaign to get the British government to agree to a second vote after a 2014 one in which Scots voted to stay in Britain.The semi-autonomous Scottish government wants to ask the people of Scotland to reconsider their vote against independence with a new referendum before Britain is expected to leave the EU in 2019.Sturgeon, leader of the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP), intends to use the Edinburgh parliament’s voice to assert Scotland’s “sovereign right” to choose its own future.She said her Brexit compromise for Scotland to be allowed to remain in the European single market even as the rest of Britain leaves had been met with “a brick wall of intransigence” in London.The Scottish parliament cannot hold a legally-binding referendum without London’s consent — and Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted that “now is not the time” for a vote.But Sturgeon has said it would be “democratically indefensible” to block a referendum, although she has signalled she is willing to negotiate on a date.”This crucial decision over our future should not be made unilaterally by me, or by the Prime Minister,” she said.”It should be made by the people of Scotland, and I call on parliament to give the people that choice.”The SNP does not have an outright majority in Edinburgh, but it has already secured the support of the Green party for another independence bid.Patrick Harvie, leader of the Greens, said: “I think Theresa May will be taking a huge risk… if she refuses to acknowledge that we have a right in Scotland to have a say about our future.”- ‘No public or political consent’ -Scotland voted against independence by 55 percent in 2014, but the campaign left the unionist camp politically divided while nationalists flocked to the SNP in their droves.The SNP won all but three Scottish seats in the British parliament in 2015 and Sturgeon stood for re-election to the Edinburgh parliament in May 2016 on a pledge to hold another independence referendum if Scotland was “dragged out” of the EU against its will.The SNP gained twice as many votes as the other parties, and Scotland was indeed outvoted by England and Wales in the Brexit referendum the following month, sparking a fresh constitutional crisis.But Sturgeon has yet to convince a sceptical electorate, with a series of recent polls showing support for independence has barely moved since 2014 — including a Panelbase poll concluded on Friday which found it stood at 44 percent.”We believe a referendum cannot happen while the Brexit process is being played out,” said Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson — May’s most senior representative in Edinburgh.”We believe a referendum should not happen when there is no public or political consent for it to happen.”John Curtice, professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde, suggested May’s intransigence and the current lack of public support for another referendum may actually work in Sturgeon’s favour.”The ‘Yes’ side still has considerable ground to make. More time to argue her case might, in truth, be just what Nicola Sturgeon wants,” he said.last_img read more


Harvey Forced The Relocation Of 1200 Texas Foster Children

first_imgGabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUT NewsThe Texas Department of Family and Protective Services says 1,200 foster children were safely relocated as a result of Hurricane Harvey.Spokesperson Patrick Crimmins says they began to prepare as soon as they knew the storm was coming, noting that residential treatment centers that provide in-house counseling and mental health services for foster children were located in the Corpus Christi, South Texas and Houston areas.Crimmins explains that all of those facilities are required to have an emergency disaster plan that outlines what they would do if they needed to evacuate their sites for several days. About 24 facilities actually did have to evacuate.Most providers relocated the kids to other facilities they have in the state.“Some of them went to churches … as part of their disaster plan,” Crimmins says. “We had one residential facility that had to go to a Motel 6. And then one … they were apparently not able to go to their backup facility, so they actually went home with some of the facility staff members.” In that case, there were apparently a couple of large houses where the children could stay.He adds that it’s not clear yet when the foster kids will be able to return to the residential facilities. Sharelast_img read more