The Bahamas Elected to United Nations Human Rights Council

first_imgThe Bahamas was elected by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on 12 October, 2018, to serve on the Human Rights Council (HRC), The Bahamas Information Service (BIS) has reported. The Bahamas will serve a three-year term on the HRC, commencing 1 January, 2019, along with the other countries that were elected. The BIS has reported that this is the first time a CARICOM Member State has attained a seat on the Council. Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture The HRC was created by the UNGA in 2006, replacing the former UN Human Rights Commission, and is the UN organ responsible for promoting and protecting human rights worldwide. Also elected from the Latin American and Caribbean Group were Argentina and Uruguay. Fiji, a fellow member with The Bahamas in the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), was also successful. The other countries elected on 12 October were Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Denmark, Eritrea, India, Italy, Philippines, Somalia, and Togo. The Bahamas, Bahrain, and Fiji are the only Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the 2019-2021 cohort and, of these, The Bahamas and Fiji will be first-time members. During its term on the Council, The Bahamas has pledged to ensure that the interests of CARICOM States, SIDS, and the other Small States are well served, as well as to draw greater attention to the nexus between human rights and issues such as climate change and sustainable development. The Bahamas will continue to underscore the importance of technical assistance and support for capacity building in the promotion and protection of human rights. The HRC membership comprises 47 elected Member States, on the basis of equitable geographical distribution as follows: the African States, 13 seats; the Asia-Pacific States, 13 seats; Eastern European States, 6 seats; Latin American and Caribbean States, 8 seats; and Western European and other States, 7 seats. (Adapted from The Bahamas Information Service Press Release) Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 1, 2020 UWI Vice Chancellor Says Caribbean in Need of Special,… UNGA – Statement by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis of The BahamasMadam President, Excellences, I congratulate you Madam President on your election to the Presidency of this 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. 1 wish to assure you and members of the Bureau of the support of my Delegation. I commend Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who continues to guide…September 28, 2018In “Indepth”Grenada PM appointed President of SIDS DOCK AssemblySmall islands elect a ‘dynamic duo’ from Grenada Dr. The Right Hon. Keith C. Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, was appointed President of the fourth SIDS DOCK Assembly. The appointment was made on 29 September, 2018, during the organisation’s fourth session held at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters, on the margins…October 19, 2018In “General”UN Summit on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)By Elizabeth Morgan “SIDS are a special case for sustainable development. They require concerted long-term attention and investment of the entire international community.” UN SG The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ended its week of summits at the start of its 74th Session with one dedicated to the specific sustainable…October 4, 2019In “Jamaica”Share this on WhatsApp CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… center_img Oct 15, 2020 You may be interested in… Oct 7, 2020 Sep 11, 2020 On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… last_img read more

The market in minutes – Midtown, Euston and King’s Cross

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Crowd Favorites

first_img Share Indy picks its top four local summer findsQuogue Shop Mr. Q Flip Flops, $85Wm. J. Mills & Co Sailmakers Classic Giftbox Tote, $155Fleurs de Prairie Cotes de Provence 2017 Rosé, $17Hampton Chocolate Factory “The Hampton 6” Chocolate Bar Collection, $45Quogue Shop Mr. Q Flip Flops, $85Wm. J. Mills & Co Sailmakers Classic Giftbox Tote, $155[Click to enlarge image]As the long summer days begin to fade, it’s important to maximize your beach time spent basking in the sun. To do that properly, you’ll need these locally sourced supplies.From the perfect bag crafted with reclaimed sailcloth to Quogue-centric flip flops, these items are some of the crowd favorites we’ve featured throughout this past summer — including a large bottle of this season’s wonderfully affordable, must-have rosé.last_img read more

North Fork Heroin/Fentanyl Dealer Sentenced

first_imgThe Greenport man who sold heroin laced with fentanyl to a Riverhead resident who overdosed and died in August 2018 was sentenced to four to six years in state prison on the charge of manslaughter October 3, as well as a concurrent four years on a felony narcotics sale charge.Before New York state Supreme Court Justice Anthony Senft pronounced the sentence on John Brophy, 50, inside his Riverside courtroom, he allowed a relative of the victim, Lawrence Yaccarino, to address the court.“You are a demon,” Vincent Martinelli said looking into the eyes of Brophy, who then looked down.District Attorney Tim Sini said at a press conference that followed that the sentence should act as a warning to drug dealers across Suffolk County.“If you sell drugs in our community, and you cause death, we will charge you with homicide,” he said. “Such drug dealers must be dealt with as murderers.”Sini said that Brophy, who lived in Riverhead for some time with family members and sold heroin out of an auto repair shop in the town, “was put on notice a number of different times that his product was killing people.” Sini called on the state to pass tougher drug laws including a “death by dealer statute, so that we can hold the dealers more accountable for the death and destruction they are causing in our community.”“I wasn’t doing this to make money,” Brophy told the court before sentence was pronounced. “I was doing this to support my habit.”In his post sentencing press conference, Sini did not dispel the doubt that lingered that the drugs Brophy sold to Yaccarino were the actual cause of his death. Last month, a codefendant of Brophy’s, LaShawn Lawrence, was found not guilty of the same charge Brophy had pleaded guilty to in August. The bench trial was also before Senft. The court justice, himself a former prosecuting attorney in the Suffolk County DA’s office, as well as having served as a federal prosecutor, an officer in the U.S. Military Intelligence Corps, and judge advocate for the U.S. Army, found Lawrence guilty of a criminal conspiracy charge, but not on the more serious charge of manslaughter.Senft was given reason to doubt the nexus between the heroin Brophy was pushing, and Yaccarino’s death, when Suffolk County’s lead medical examiner, Michael Caplan, testified in Lawrence’s trial that there was cocaine in Yaccarino’s body at the time of death, and that the cocaine he found could, in and of itself, have triggered the fatal overdose. Neither Lawrence nor Brophy were selling cocaine.Cocaine is mixed with heroin by some addicts in what is called a “speedball,” which can put the user in a euphoric state.It is a standard part of the instructions that a judge will give a jury instruction at the end of a trial that the prosecution must prove guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” In Lawrence’s trial, Senft was both judge and the decider of fact.Neither Lawrence nor Brophy were accused of selling cocaine.Colin Astarita, Brophy’s attorney, explained the decision to take the plea. His client was facing three counts of possession with intent to sell narcotics, three more for the actual sale of narcotics, two possession charges, and a criminal conspiracy charge in addition to the manslaughter charge. With a prior felony conviction for grand larceny in 2012, Brophy was staring at an extended stay in upstate prison of a decade or more.Brophy took the plea on the manslaughter and conspiracy charges.Lawrence will be sentenced next week on the conspiracy charge. Bryan Hale, out of whose auto repair shop in Riverhead Brophy sold heroin, pleaded guilty to the attempted sale of narcotics, and is to be sentenced next month. When Martinelli concluded his victim impact statement, which he had handwritten on two pieces of paper, before Brophy’s sentencing, he said of Yaccarino, “You shined like the sun. Shine on, Larry. Shine on.”t.e@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Linde helps improve air quality

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Peter Jacobs

first_imgPeter Jacobs became president of CIOB in June 2013. He has spent forty years working in the construction industry at every level from site engineer to managing director.A chartered builder and chartered civil engineer, Peter graduated from The City University and has spent the majority of his career working in the capital. He is currently managing director for Morgan Sindall in London.Peter spent 25 years at Bovis where he was involved with many high profile projects including the ‘Armadillo’ in Glasgow, Paternoster Square in London and the Athletes Village for the 2012 Olympics.He is passionate about developing greater professionalism in the construction industry.last_img read more

Holy smoke! Wilhelmsen ships Indian temples

first_imgThe temples, shipped in sections, are loaded at Chennai. They require specialised packing and purpose-built crates, which are loaded into containers. Wilhelmsen Ships Service also took responsibility for obtaining the various government approvals for archaeological clearance, Customs clearance and actual loading onto the vessel.last_img

2 sailors from Florida, 1 from Louisiana die in crash

first_img2 sailors from Florida, 1 from Louisiana die in crash SHARE Author: AP Published: November 25, 2017 11:35 AM EST Updated: November 25, 2017 11:44 AM EST center_img MIAMI (AP) The U.S. Navy says two sailors from Florida and another from Louisiana died in an aircraft crash in the Philippine Sea.In a news release, the Navy’s 7th Fleet said the families of Lt. Steven Combs and Airman apprentice Bryan Grosso of Florida and airman Matthew Chialastri of Louisiana were notified of their deaths following the Wednesday crash.The C-2A “Greyhound” transport aircraft was traveling to the USS Ronald Reagan when it crashed. Eight people were rescued. U.S. and Japanese ships searched for the three missing sailors.“Their service and sacrifice will be lasting,” said Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of the 7th Fleet.The release didn’t provide hometowns for the men, but all three were assigned to the Ronald Reagan.The Navy is investigating the cause of the crash. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

CN announces C$2·1bn capital investment plan for 2014

first_imgCANADA: CN has announced a C$2·1bn capital investment plan for 2014, slightly up on the C$2·0bn which it spent last year. The 2014 plan allocates: C$1·2bn for infrastructure on the 32 000 km network in Canada and the USA, including track renewals, bridge improvements and various branch line upgrades; C$300m for locomotives and rolling stock, including the acquisition of 45 more high-horsepower locomotives; C$600m for terminals, distribution centres, IT and completion of the Calgary Logistics Park; funding to enhancing flaw detection capabilities, and completion of training facilities in Winnipeg and Chicago. ‘Investments in our network and distribution capability, the acquisition of new locomotives and equipment and the enhancement of information systems and technology will help support our agenda of operational and service excellence’, said President & CEO Claude Mongeau. ‘They will help us achieve our goal of becoming a true supply chain enabler and help our customers compete better in their markets. They will also position us to take advantage of business opportunities in intermodal, energy and other resource and manufacturing markets.’last_img read more

Pakistani court bans the celebration of Valentine’s Day countrywide

first_imgThe Islamabad High Court in Pakistan’s capital ordered a ban on celebrating Valentine’s Day across the country ‘with immediate effect’ after a petition was submitted by a citizen called Abdul Waheed claiming that ongoing promotions of Valentine’s Day were “against the teachings of Islam and should be banned immediately.”The petition argued that the festival promoted immorality, nudity and indecency under the cover of spreading love.The court order banned all Valentines adverts displayed on electronic and print media, also prohibited selling merchandise associated with Valentine’s Day and banned all people from celebrating the Day in “any public space or government building.”In 2016, the local government in the city of Peshawar in the country’s Northern Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhua also banned Valentines celebrations.Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain, made a statement in February 2016, asking Pakistan’s not to celebrate the day since it was “not a part of Muslim tradition, but of the West.”last_img read more