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Coast returns Sept. 15

first_imgHomeLifeEntertainmentCoast returns Sept. 15 Sep. 10, 2019 at 6:00 amEntertainmentEventsFeaturedNewsCoast returns Sept. 15Madeleine Pauker2 years agoCarfreecoastSanta Monica Santa Monica’s open streets celebration will return Sept. 15, turning two miles of streets into a car-free haven.COAST will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature live music, food, art and activities, including the creation of a communal mural highlighting car-free mobility, a roller rink and skate workshops. The festival will close Ocean Avenue from Wilshire Boulevard to Colorado Avenue, Colorado Avenue from 5th Street to Ocean Avenue and Main Street from Colorado Avenue to Pier Avenue.“COAST creates a car-free public space that allows the community to experience our streets as places for community and creativity, not just for cars,” said city of Santa Monica spokesperson Constance Farrell.Big Blue Bus will offer free rides on all routes all day Saturday so attendees can get to the event more easily, and bike rentals will be available at multiple locations along the festival route. A free bike valet will be provided at the Farmers Market at Ocean Park and Main Street.Car-free days across the United States, including Los Angeles’ CicLAvia, have been inspired by Ciclovia, a program in Bogata, Colombia, that closes 76 miles of streets every Sunday and holiday. Ciclovia is believed to be the biggest and most frequent mass recreation event in the world, requiring about a thousand volunteers every week to orchestrate.COAST takes six months, hundreds of city staffers and about $400,000 to plan and implement. Almost 200 city employees volunteered at the event in 2017.While only 15% of Santa Monica residents went to the festival, according to a city survey, it drew more than 40,000 people that year. The city has not yet released attendance data for the 2018 festival.For the first time this year, attendees can create or decorate their a realistic or fanciful car-free way to get around and show it off at the festival to win prizes in six entry categories around innovation, creativity, teamwork, and how people-powered it is.Winners will receive gift certificates to some of Santa Monica’s Most Loved Businesses. Judging will take place from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in front of the Civic Auditorium at 1855 Main St.See below for a list of other programming highlights.Join visual artist Molly Allis in the creation of a large communal mural highlighting car-free and imaginative forms of mobility.Location: Ocean Avenue at the intersection of BroadwayTry skate course workshops with Keen Ramps Skateboard Zone, or watch demonstrations and tricks performed by professional skateboarders.Location: Main Street between Pico Boulevard and Bay StreetDragon Knights ensemble wows with their imaginative street and circus performances on stilts and human-powered conveyances.Location: Strolling Ocean Avenue between Wilshire Boulevard and Colorado AvenueOcean Avenue will feature two strolling groups: Mariachis Lindas Mexicanas, one of Southern California’s top mariachi bands, and California Feetwarmers, masters of ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing.Location: Strolling Ocean Avenue between Arizona Avenue and Colorado AvenueRoll into the disco lifestyle at the free COAST Roller Rink complete with disco, funk and groovy music. Free skate rentals available.Location: Ocean Avenue between Wilshire Boulevard and Arizona AvenueObserve or participate in the Giant Puppet Parade led by artist Beth Peterson and created by the community. The parade will feature live music by the Los Angeles-based Latin folk group Cuñao.Location: The parade will begin at 11 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium and return at 12:30 p.m. to the Civic Auditorium. Second parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. and return at 3:15 [email protected] :CarfreecoastSanta Monicashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentWhat’s The Point? – Eve Of DestructionMark J. Benjamin Community Impact Award WinnersYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoEntertainmentLifeNoteworthyTales of Two DaughtersCharles Andrews13 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agolast_img read more

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COVID-19 and the Russian Military: Internal Cases and Role in the State’s Response

first_imgThe government of the Russian Federation, like the authorities in most other countries, proved slow to respond and initially mostly downplayed the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic. But as cases of COVID-19 have begun to soar in the densely populated parts of the country, with the Russian capital hit especially strongly by the virus, Moscow has sought to utilize the military in wide-ranging efforts to contain and prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. For the Armed Forces, this divides into two areas: their use as an emergency support mechanism to aid the civil response to the crisis, and the implementation of measures within the military to protect service personnel. President Vladimir Putin turned to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu with a request to involve the military directly in the fight against the health crisis, ordering the development of a set of proposals by April 22. While the Armed Forces have conducted a number of exercises aimed at rehearsing and improving ways of delivering such support (1pnz.ru, April 20; see EDM, April 15, 21).The challenge the defense ministry faces in protecting military personnel is certainly complicated by the timing of the pandemic affecting Russia, coinciding as it does with the spring drafting of 155,000 conscripts aged 18–27, which began on March 30. It is not as simple as mass screening these recruits, as they can test negative but still carry the coronavirus or prove to be asymptomatic; there will also be issues linked to implementing social distancing in their living quarters and how to conduct training. After defense ministry denials that military personnel were testing positive, steady reports have emerged indicating that there are cases affecting military facilities within the country (see EDM, April 15).For example, on April 16, an outbreak of coronavirus was identified at the Tyumen Higher Military Engineering School. Though the educational facility hosts 1,000 cadets, the size of the outbreak was not disclosed. In addition to these cases at the engineering school, workers from subcontracted organizations involved in providing services there were also infected with the disease. The deputy governor of Tyumen Oblast, Olga Kuznechevsky, described this as a “serious outbreak,” but she avoided offering any figures. Officially, by April 16, there were 112 positive tests for coronavirus in the region (Gazeta.ru, April 16).With the reported numbers of COVID-19 cases identified across Russia spiraling, the Kremlin finally agreed to postpone the May 9 Victory Day Parade on Red Square, which, this year, would have marked the 75th anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War (the term Russia uses to refer to the Soviet Union’s war against Nazi Germany). Meanwhile, preparations for the parade continue in the context of the emergency measures against the coronavirus spreading within the Armed Forces, with tests for personnel assigned to the event, orders not to allow leaves of absence prior to attending, as well as frequent monitoring by doctors. Moreover, the defense ministry is taking additional steps to reduce close contact between military personnel. In effect this isolates commanders due to COVID-19. All meetings involving representatives of units and remote headquarters are now conducted exclusively by video conferencing using the military intranet. Officers can no longer be sent on professional off-base trips, and violations of these rules by commanders will result in disciplinary punishment up to dismissal from service (Izvestia, April 2).While video conferencing is now standard at the level of the National Defense Management Center (Natsionalnogo Tsentra Upravleniya Oboronoy—NTsUO), in Moscow, it is less well tried and tested at lower levels of command. During meetings at the NTsUO, the participants mainly involve the defense minister and chief of the General Staff, with the commanders of military districts and fleets participating remotely. Some experts argue this may benefit the military in the long term by forcing this level of video conferencing and autonomous work further down the chain of command, thus allowing the defense ministry to better monitor its progress (Izvestia, April 2).The defense ministry is additionally involved in the provision of medical services to fight the coronavirus pandemic in Russia. As well as offering frequent health checks for military personnel, it is establishing 16 anti-coronavirus clinics within a network of military hospitals across Russia. The Kremlin ordered these to be fully functional by May 15. Eight of these clinics will be built by April 30: in Odintsovo, Podolsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Orenburg, Ulan-Ude and Ussuriysk. The first was already opened in Nizhny Novgorod on April 15. On April 20, the main military prosecutor’s office inspected the defense ministry’s new medical center in Nizhny Novgorod and found no violations of emergency rules and procedures (Izvestia, April 20). While the medical side of the Russian military is actively supporting the state-level response to the crisis, it appears that the search for a Russian vaccine against the coronavirus lies with the leading civilian research establishments. These are the Vektor scientific center in Novosibirsk, the Faculty of Biology of Moscow State University, the Shemyakin and Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, and the Nikolai Vavilov Institute of General Genetics (Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye, April 3). Russian military personnel will also face economic consequences from the pandemic crisis, not least as the Russian Central Bank has refused to cut its 6 percent interest arrangements on loans (Voyenno Promyshlennyy Kuryer, April 14).Russia’s military is helping to speed up some processes, such as the decontamination of vehicles. One such system has been established at a checkpoint in Penza Oblast. Lieutenant General Andrei Kolotovkin, the commander-in-chief of the 2nd Combined Arms Army (Volga Oblast), explained that modern outposts appeared at the checkpoint in the Penza region, allowing the disinfection of vehicles automatically, without involving people, and four times faster than before. New technology has reduced sanitation time from 2 minutes to 30 seconds. Moreover, if previously one person with a DK-4 decontamination kit participated in the process, now the disinfection of vehicles is carried out without the participation of people at all. According to the general, the technology was prepared by specialists of radiation, chemical and biological protection at the Chapaevsky training ground. Similar checkpoints have been established in Samara and Orenburg oblasts. Whether these technologies will be used for processing civilian transport is not yet known (1pnz.ru, April 20).Russia’s Armed Forces evidently face multiple challenges linked to the COVID-19 crisis. Its economic impact, both on the country and potentially the defense budget, combined with efforts to maintain combat training and readiness, will undoubtedly remain ongoing concerns for Moscow.last_img read more

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Staff Scientist

first_imgSummaryThe Mass Spectrometry Proteomics Core (MSPC) at Baylor College ofMedicine is offering a Staff Scientist position to a motivated andskillful professional with expertise in proteomics technologies.The Staff Scientist will perform biochemistry and proteomicsexperiments, oversee daily operations of high-end Orbitrap massspectrometers, actively participate in development and adaptationof new protocols and technologies, and communicate project progresswith the customers.Job DutiesOperates, maintains, and troubleshoots performance of hybridand tribrid Orbitrap mass spectrometers.Performs core service experiments requiring biochemistry,molecular biology, and proteomics expertise.Organizes project data and participate in data analysis. Reviewand evaluate literature independently to survey the field foremerging techniques of interest.Develops and adapt new methods and protocols to address theneeds in customer research.Trains junior core personnel in new protocols andtechnologies.Assists with other communal laboratory duties as needed. Preferred QualificationsFive years of experience as a Postdoctoral Fellow, ResearchAssociate, or Research Scientist.Experience in the mass spectrometry proteomics field,demonstrating proficiency in biochemistry approaches, proteinsample processing, operation of Orbitrap mass spectrometers, andfamiliarity with proteomics data processing software (e.g.,Xcalibur, Mascot, Proteome Discoverer, Skyline).Ability to demonstrate excellent communication skills. Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.6539CA; CH; PDcenter_img Minimum QualificationsDoctoral Degree. Experience may not be substituted in lieu ofdegree.Three years of post doctoral research experience.last_img read more

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Statement from Governor Phil Scott on 9/11

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement:“Nineteen years ago, this morning, I was at work when a report came over the radio that a plane had hit one of the Twin Towers in New York. I stopped what I was doing and turned on the television. I watched as another plane flew into the second tower and it soon became clear that our nation was under attack. I watched as we learned a third plane had hit the Pentagon and then a fourth went down in rural Pennsylvania. And I watched as the towers came down and sat in disbelief seeing the images of smoke rising from New York City. We all watched, in real time, as the world was changed forever. “Like every American who lived through September 11, 2001, I remember everything about that day: The shock of what was unfolding right before our eyes. The pain we felt for those we lost, those who were missing and those they left behind. The bravery of first responders who ran into the wreckage, and the valor of servicemembers who stood up to protect us from future attacks. And, today, as we remember and honor those we lost, that grief remains in our hearts. “As we now face a once in a century crisis that has taken the lives of almost 200,000 Americans, it is also important to remember the determination and resolve we found in the days, weeks and months following September 11.“Our country desperately needs to find that unity again. We need to harness the same care and compassion that allowed us to move forward then, to help us move through the deadly emergency we face today.“Nineteen years ago, we saw that when we work towards a common purpose, the capacity of the American people is nearly limitless. As we seek answers to how we can possibly get through these unprecedented times, we need look no further than to the humanity and courage that got us through the events we’re remembering today.”Source: Montpelier, Vt. – Governor, September 11, 2020last_img read more

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NEWS SCAN: Promising Ebola treatment, Salmonella outbreak tied to dog food, plague in New Mexico, anti-measles funding

first_img Socioeconomic factors of plague in New Mexico show recent shiftHuman cases of plague in New Mexico are now more often associated with affluent urban areas compared with the 1980s, when they were more commonly linked to poor housing conditions, according to a study yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases. CDC and New Mexico researchers analyzed data from 123 plague cases in the state from 1976 through 2007 and compared them with census data throughout the years. They found that in the 1980s, plague tended to occur in areas with old homes that had incomplete plumbing, but beginning in the 1990s plague cases began to be associated with areas of higher median income and home values. By the 2000s, this relationship was statistically confirmed, with cases associated with more affluent areas concentrated in the Santa Fe–Albuquerque area. The researchers also found a higher proportion of cases in homes that burned wood, which likely means that wood piles harboring rodents may be a factor, they said. They speculate that climatic conditions may play a role in the change but could not determine what exactly caused the shift.Jun 13 Emerg Infect Dis study Antibody combo treatment for Ebola promising in primate trialCanadian researchers yesterday in Science Translational Medicine reported using monoclonal antibodies to treat Ebola infection in macaques. Currently, there are no vaccines or therapies for Ebola infection, which has a mortality rate of up to 90%. The researchers used three neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) made in mice directed against the Ebola envelope glycoprotein. All four primates survived when given three doses 3 days apart 24 hours after a lethal challenge with the deadly Zaire strain of the virus. When the treatment was given after 48 hours, two of four monkeys recovered. Follow-up blood tests suggested that the survivors showed humoral and cell-mediated response against the virus. Researchers noted that the strategy is promising, because earlier therapy trials were only fully effective when given within 1 hour of infection, well before most people come to a clinic with symptoms. The group noted that it’s unclear if protection would be sustained against a second exposure to Ebola virus or to different strains of the virus. In a Canadian Press (CP) story on the study, researcher Heinz Feldmann, MD, PhD, chief scientist at a biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) National Institutes of Health lab, said that monoclonal antibody treatment might be safer than a vaccine but perhaps more expensive.Jun 13 Sci Transl Med abstractJun 13 CP story GAVI Alliance announces $162 million to combat measlesThe GAVI Alliance will provide up to $162 million in additional funding to help control and prevent measles outbreaks in developing countries, the organization announced yesterday. Of this, $107 million will go toward anti-measles efforts in Afghanistan, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Another $55 million will be offered through the Measles & Rubella Initiative for rapid response vaccination campaigns as outbreaks occur. The increased funding follows a decision in November to provide more than $500 million to combat rubella through a combined measles-rubella vaccine. Dagfinn Hoybraten, chair of the GAVI Alliance board, said in a press release, “This strategic investment is critical for the countries where children are at highest risk of infection.”Jun 13 GAVI Alliance news release Jun 14, 2012 Salmonella outbreak linked to dog food grows to 22 cases in 13 statesThe Salmonella outbreak caused by dry dog food has now grown to 22 cases in 13 states and Canada, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday. The outbreak has grown by five cases and four states (California, Illinois, New York, and South Carolina) since the last CDC update on May 11. Two of the current cases are in Canada. Among the 17 case-patients with available information, 6 (35%) were hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. The outbreak is caused by a Salmonella Infantis strain. Multiple brands of dry dog food produced by Diamond Pet Foods at a plant in South Carolina have been linked to some of the cases, and the company has recalled 11 brands of its dog food. A CDC “Note from the Field” in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) notes that this is the second US Salmonella outbreak linked to dry pet food. The first, involving cat food and dog food, occurred in 2006 to 2008.Jun 13 CDC updateJun 15 MMWR Note from the Fieldlast_img read more

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Jimenez: Bankrupt Oil And Gas Companies Leaving Behind Orphaned Wells And Unpaid Bills For New Mexicans To Pay

first_imgBy JAMES JIMENEZExecutive DirectorNew Mexico Voices For ChildrenThe end of this year’s extended tax season gives us another chance to consider where our tax dollars are going and if they directly benefit our communities via our schools, health care, public safety infrastructure, and more. As a parent, grandparent, and New Mexican, I understand how important taxpayer dollars are for putting books in our classrooms, improving our hospitals, and supporting new infrastructure projects. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is squeezing New Mexico’s already tight state budget, as vital tax revenue drops during the recession. At the same time, oil and gas companies in New Mexico and across the West are filing for bankruptcy, leaving behind orphaned wells and leaving New Mexicans with the unpaid bill for cleaning them up.  These well sites often have decaying infrastructure that can threaten the health of our families by contaminating our drinking water and leaking dangerous methane pollution into the air we breathe. Oil and gas operators in New Mexico already emit more than 1 million tons of methane annually; while the state is trying to address the problem of methane waste and pollution, more bankruptcies and orphaned wells will only make the problem worse. Taxpayers are stuck, while our money goes to fixing messes created by oil and gas companies when those dollars are desperately needed elsewhere.   In New Mexico, 708 orphaned wells have been identified, and that number will likely increase with the ongoing economic collapse. Considering each well costs around $35,000 to clean up, we are looking at a potential $24 million bill. The state has launched an effort to strengthen state bonding requirements, which will help drive down the number of future orphan wells. But, the state can only do so much, as New Mexico is the largest producer of oil on public lands in the country and roughly half of the state’s orphaned wells are on federal and tribal lands.   At the federal level, leaders like U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland, Ben Ray Luján, and Xochitl Torres Small have called for federal assistance in plugging our 708 orphaned wells. More must be done to reform the system for ensuring the industry pays for cleaning up its pollution going forward so taxpayers are not facing a massive bill every time a company goes bankrupt. Under the federal government’s current bonding system, companies are supposed to set aside funds before they begin drilling to cover clean-up costs in case of bankruptcy. Yet, federal bonding rates are so egregiously inadequate and outdated they often fall well short of covering actual clean-up costs. These ineffective rates have not been adjusted in decades, putting an undue burden on New Mexicans.Taxpayers should not be forced to foot the bill to clean up after oil and gas companies go bankrupt, especially when oil and gas CEOs are cutting themselves huge checks on their way out the door. But there is a path forward: Congress can update federal bonding rates so American taxpayers are not forced to pay for oil companies’ reclamation costs and to ensure that communities are never stuck in this position again.   As we continue to grapple with the pandemic’s impacts on our society and economy, we must do everything we can to protect our health and put badly needed government resources toward the right priorities. Oil companies should not be allowed to get away with contaminating our air and water, jeopardizing our health, and pushing the clean-up costs to taxpayers – all while lining their executives’ pockets. I encourage our elected officials in New Mexico, at the federal and state level, to fix the orphan well problem for the short- and long-term. That will require dedicated funds to clean-up New Mexico’s 700-plus orphan wells, as well as a commitment to stronger bonding requirements, so that our children are not dealing with the very same problem.last_img read more

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COVID-19 Update Trinidad and Tobago

first_img CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 15, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 15, 2020 St. Kitts And Nevis Confirms Two COVID-19 CasesNATIONAL STATEMENT ON COVID-19 By the Hon Wendy Colleen Phipps Minister of State with Responsibility for Health March 25, 2020 In my capacity as Minister of State with Responsibility for Health, it is my duty to inform you that as of 11:03 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Federation…March 25, 2020In “CARICOM”CARICOM SG commends regional response to COVID-19CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has commended the health emergency response mechanism engineered by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to keep the Community free of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Secretary-General LaRocque said the inter-agency collaboration that was taking place was another example of the co-ordination required to address the…February 18, 2020In “31Intersessional”CARPHA Now Testing for Novel CoronavirusThe Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) now has the ability to do testing for the Novel Coronavirus, which the World Health Organisation has named Covid-19. The CARPHA Laboratory is accredited to internationally recognised standards and provides testing services for national laboratories, not for individuals. It takes between 24 and 48…February 13, 2020In “Associate Member States”Share this on WhatsApp Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 St. Lucia records more cases of COVID You may be interested in…last_img read more

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Fairmount Marine doubles up

first_imgAyang 2 is an accommodation and work barge owned by the offshore division of South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. The barge measured 115 m long by 32 m wide and can accommodate more than 350 people. It had undergone upgrading work at DSME’s Romanian shipyard in Mangalia, located on the Black Sea coast.Fairmount Sherpa hooked-up with Ayang 2 and towed her a distance of 9,817 km over the course of 30 days, travelling at roughly 8.5 knots.Elsewhere, two of the company’s other tugs, Fairmount Summit and Fairmount Alpine have delivered a floating, storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU), the FSRU Toscana, safely offshore Livorno, Italy. The Toscana was towed from Dubai via Malta where final equipment was installed. After delivering the Toscana, both Fairmount tugs assisted in mooring the unit to its six pre-installed anchors.The Toscana will be used as a terminal and export point for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and is a converted LNG tanker, Golar Frost. The conversion took place at Drydock World in Dubai for contractor Saipem and client OLT Offshore LNG Toscana SpA.www.fairmount.nllast_img read more

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Dominica to benefit from Britain aid programme

first_img 210 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominica to benefit from Britain aid programme by: Dominica Vibes News – November 19, 2014 Head of the Department for International Development (DFID) Caribbean, Hugh Walker (www.gov.uk)Dominica is among five Eastern Caribbean countries that will benefit from a new set of development programmes which will run until 2020, through the UK.The Department for International Development (DFID) Caribbean says it will work closely with Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica “to help them return to economic growth while managing the risks from external shocks”.Head of DFID Caribbean Hugh Walker has signed a joint letter of intent with St Vincent and the Grenadines on behalf of Desmond Swayne, Britain’s minister for international development. “The United Kingdom is committed to the long-term development of the Caribbean,” Walker said and added that DFID has “listened carefully” to what Eastern Caribbean countries have said are the key challenges for the region.“Our projects will focus on supporting economic growth and job creation, increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage, and reducing the risks posed by climate change and natural disasters,” Walker said. The UK has already committed to spend up to £75 million in the Caribbean from 2011 to 2015 and DFID will now invest a similar amount in the Caribbean from 2016 to 2020 to achieve shared development objectives.DFID will work closely with Eastern Caribbean countries to build programmes better tailored to their individual needs. It is anticipated that the new programme will build on the successes of DFID’s current regional support. “The strong personal, cultural and institutional links between the UK and the Caribbean will help deliver results for the people of the Caribbean”.“DFID will continue to work regionally to support Caribbean integration and tackle regional issues which are essential to the Caribbean’s long-term development”. “It will continue to play an important role through other institutions such as the EU and Caribbean Development Bank (to which the UK is a significant contributor),” DFID said. Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more