Daily Archives: 12/05/2013

Jamaica and Trinidad sign trade and movement agreement

Jamaica and Trinidad sign trade and movement agreement
Published on December 5, 2013
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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator A.J. Nicholson (left), and Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Winston Dookeran, sign an agreement outlining the path to be taken in improving free trade and free movement arrangements between the two countries. JIS photo

By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker – Caribbean News Now – December 3, 2013

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago have signed an agreement outlining the path to take in improving free trade and free movement arrangements between the two countries.

The signing of the agreement follows two-days of talks between Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, A.J. Nicholson, and his Trinidad and Tobago counterpart, Winston Dookeran, stemming from a recent incident in which 13 Jamaicans were refused entry into the twin island republic.    Continue reading

New York: At de Blasio’s City Hall, Expect an Outsize Role for His Wife

At de Blasio’s City Hall, Expect an Outsize Role for His Wife

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 Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray. Their marriage has drawn comparisons to the Clintons.
 
By MICHAEL BARBARO and MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM – December 3, 2013
New York Times Report

Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, was fed up. An ad for her husband’s political opponent was running on her favorite radio station, and she wanted the de Blasio campaign to respond.

“How much money do I have to raise this week to deal with this affront?” she wrote in a blunt email to her husband’s top aides in 2009, mischievously warning that if the ad interrupted a cherished R & B show, “I might get road rage.”   Continue reading

Women Lead the Way in Sustainable and Organic Agriculture

Women Lead the Way in Sustainable and Organic Agriculture

Sunday, 17 November 2013 00:20By Eleanor J BaderTruthout

Locally grown(Image: Locally grown via Shutterstock)According to the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, the number of women-operated farms more than doubled in the 25 years between 1982 and 2007. In fact, female farmers now make up the fastest-growing sector of the country’s changing agricultural landscape and nearly 1 million women – approximately one-third of total domestic farmers – list farming as their primary occupation. TheNational Women in Agriculture Association calls it “breaking the grass ceiling.” It’s that and more.

Some are choosing to farm as a way of maintaining continuity, tending land that has been in their families for decades. Others, however, are choosing farming for many different reasons, among them the desire to do something concrete, constructive and quickly gratifying; to tweak gender norms; or simply to have better control over their work lives. Many see their efforts as overtly political.  Continue reading

Transparency International ranks Barbados as least corrupt Caribbean country

Transparency International ranks Barbados as least corrupt Caribbean country

image Transparency International has ranked Barbados 15th out of 173 countries with a score of 75, down one place from the 2012 figure of 76.

BERLIN, Germany, Wednesday December 4, 2013, CMC – Barbados is among the least corrupt countries in the world according to the latest figures released by the German-based Transparency International (TI) on Tuesday.

According to TI, Barbados heads the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries on the Corruption Perception Index that ranks countries based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.

Transparency International has ranked Barbados 15th out of 173 countries with a score of 75, down one place from the 2012 figure of 76.   Continue reading

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