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            [post_content] => Through a US$10.39 million grant, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says that Caribbean countries will be able to increase their recoil to climate change by means of raising the adaptive capability across the region. The funds were said to be approved with support from the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) of the Climate Investment Funds.

The project which will be implemented by regional organizations working on climate change in the region will be executed by the Mona Office of Research and Innovation (MORI) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Jamaica, alongside  the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre; Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology, Climate Change Studies Group of UWI, Caribbean Public Health Agency, Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism.

"The project is the implementation of the PPCR...and it will help the Caribbean region improve regional processes of climate-relevant data acquisition, storage, analysis, access, transfer and dissemination, and pilot and scale up innovative climate-resilient initiatives directly in PPCR countries - Jamaica, Haiti, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines," the IDB stated. "However, it is expected that the region as a whole will benefit from the improved capacity and increased information and services related to climate change."

Aims and focuses of the project will include improving geospatial data and management for adaptation planning, sea level rise and storm surge impact analyses; consolidating and expanding the regional climate network and global platform linkages; as well as downscaling and expanded climate projection models and high-resolution maps.

The IDB then noted that the programme's result will the build the Caribbean on its historical regional approach to addressing the impacts of climate change and strengthen adaptation efforts across the region.

"There will be a strong emphasis on disseminating the lessons learned and information generated from the implementation of the project activities, as well as the information related to the benefits of the PPCR approach in building climate resilience to countries in the Caribbean," the IDB said.
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US$10M Granted To Caribbean By IDB To Increase Resilience To Climate Change

May 29, 2015
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Through a US$10.39 million grant, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says that Caribbean countries will be able to increase their recoil to climate change by means of raisin...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => In a recent indictment by a United States court, Trinidadian politician and former FIFA official, Jack Warner, as well as the CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb and 12 other people, which included high ranking officials of footballs world governing body, was accused for racketeering and bribery. Among the accusations, the 72-year-old who now faces extradition to answer the charges, is now voicing that he is innocent.

In a 47-count indictment which was unsealed early this morning in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, the former president of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and the 13 other defendants were charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, among other offences, in connection with their involvement in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer.

A statement issued by the US Department of State shared that Warner and Webb, as well as US and South American sports marketing executives are alleged to have systematically paid and agreed to pay well over US$150 million in bribes and kickbacks to obtain lucrative media and marketing rights to international soccer tournaments.

Warner in his own defence said, "I have been afforded no due process and I have not even been questioned in this matter. I reiterate that I am innocent of any charges."

He continued with insisting that his sole focus at this stage of his life was on the people of Trinidad and Tobago and he has "fought fearlessly against all forms of injustice and corruption."
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US DoS Indicts Trinidad Politician Jack Warner For Racketeering & Bribery

May 27, 2015
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            [post_content] => In what he calls the first annual presidential pardon, the president of Guyana, David Granger will be pardoning 60 young people convicted of minor non-violent crimes today, as the country celebrates its 49th anniversary of Independence. The youths that are expected to benefit today have ages ranging from 18-25, as he stressed and specified that people convicted for crimes of violence would not be eligible for pardon.

"I believe that young people should be in school, not in jail, and I have asked that emphasis be placed on young persons, and for petty non-violent offences, and sentences of short duration," the president said yesterday during an interview with some sections of the media. "I hope they get back in school, get work, and get on with their lives."

Granger shared that he was willing to give them a second chance as he wants the youths to "be happy" at home with their families.

"... Go your way and sin no more," he advised those who will be pardoned.

Granger said that initially the pardon was suppose to stand for only females convicts in particular, but he discovered that "the females have not been misbehaving at the same rate as the males". The pardon was therefore expanded to included the males. When he was questioned about the absence of a reintegration programme for those who will be pardoned, Granger said, "most of them are young, most of them are misdemeanors, which are non-violent, and I do hope that we can reintegrate them by ensuring that we get them training programmes."

"The longer they stay in prison, the more difficult it would be to rehabilitate them," he continued.

Granger was also questioned about the decision that was made by his predecessor, Donald Ramotar, which included the pardoning of a man who killed an eight-year-old boy 21 years ago. Initially, the released convict, Ravindra Deo, was sentenced to death but he was later commuted to life in prison. Ahead of the May 11 general elections, Ramotar subsequently pardoned him.

Granger said "theres should there should be something in his conscience which should have told him that this is not the way to go", while there was nothing in the Constitution preventing Ramotar from doing so.

"That’s a crime of violence. The crime for which the person was convicted was one of violence, so there will be none of that in my administration," he added.

Today, Granger who led the coalition of A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) into victory at the elections earlier this month, will be inaugurated at a ceremony at the Guyana National Stadium at Providence, East Bank Demerara. On the 20th of May, Granger officially took oath of office, the same day the Guyana Elections Commission announced the final results of the poll.
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Guyana President Proposes To Pardon 60 Convicted Youth On Independence Day

May 26, 2015
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In what he calls the first annual presidential pardon, the president of Guyana, David Granger will be pardoning 60 young people convicted of minor non-violent crimes today, as the ...Continue reading