Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… (BBC) Indian people have been living in the Caribbean for more than 180 years, but Chandani Persaud, founder of Indo-Caribbean London, says that their contribution to the West Indies is overlooked, and they are often excluded by the Asian community. Fearing that young British Indo-Caribbeans are turning away from their culture, she is single-handedly organising the UK’s first Indo-Caribbean festival. CTO Names Gilman Figaro, Founder of the Sunshine Awards, as its 2019 Distinguished Caribbean CitizensBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (14 March 2019) – The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) will present its “Distinguished Caribbean Citizen Award” to Gilman Figaro, founder and chairman of the SUNSHINE Awards, for promoting the Caribbean’s culture around the globe by gripping audiences with exciting and entertaining art forms, including dance, music and poetry.…March 14, 2019In “Business”Caribbean culture too diverse to be labelledThis is one in a series of articles, photographs and videos from our archives that we will share over the next few weeks as we continue the countdown to CARIFESTA XII in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 21-30 August. The pieces will showcase our multi-faceted cultural heritage, the faces and the voices of our icons,…August 12, 2015In “CARICOM”Caribbean fashion designs set Niger ablazeNIAMEY, Niger (CMC) — Outfits, handbags, shoes and accessories from a number of Caribbean designers and a self-taught Nigerien designer generated a buzz at a fashion show here on Saturday night. The show was held as part of the fifth meeting of Ministers of Culture from the 79-member African, Caribbean…October 21, 2019In “Business”Share this on WhatsApp
The Young Democrats of New Mexico State Convention is an opportunity for Democrats between the ages of 17 and 35, as well as “Young at Heart” allies, to come together to discuss common goals and elect leaders for the following year. NMDP News: “I am excited to visit and collaborate with our Young Democrats as we build a shared vision for the future of our State,” Balderas said. “It was fantastic to welcome so many Young Democrats from across the state,” Young Democrats President Vince Sandoval said. “We’re thrilled that our elected officials could see how much energy there is among Young Democrats in New Mexico, and we can’t wait to bring that enthusiasm to the table in 2020.” “As a former Young Democrat, I understand exactly how important it is to invest in young people as both the future and current leaders of our party,” Porter said. “Today’s convention showed that Democrats are making that investment, and we’re going to see the results in 2020 and for years to come.” “It was great to see so much enthusiasm from Young Democrats,” Elliston said. “Everyone at the convention was fired up about electing leaders who will invest in our future and create equal opportunities for all Americans. That kind of energy and unity from our young people shows a strong future for Democrats in New Mexico.” “People across this country and across New Mexico are looking to our Democratic Party to deliver victory in 2020 to address the climate crisis, to end the wars, for health care, and to take on inequality and division,” Morales said. “It’s often said, but truly, this feels like the most important election of our lives coming up. We are counting on all our Democratic organizations, including Young Democrats. Our future depends upon it.” BELEN ― Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, Attorney General Hector Balderas, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Marg Elliston and Democratic Party of New Mexico Vice Chair Marcus Porter met with future leaders of the Democratic Party last weekend at the annual Young Democrats of New Mexico State Convention. Rep. Ben Ray Luján also attended and participated in a Q&A. As well as the in person speakers, several elected Democrats sent in videos or statements to address the convention, including Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver. New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón also accepted the Mentorship Legacy Award through a video.
It’s the end of a Long Island supermarket era. Stop & Shop, which has locations already around the East End, announced on January 4 that it will acquire the King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc. The agreement includes King Kullen’s 32 supermarkets, including locations in Bridgehampton, Cutchogue, Wading River, and Hampton Bays; five Wild by Nature stores, including one in Hampton Bays, and the use of its corporate offices in Bethpage. “King Kullen is a well-respected grocery chain in the Long Island market that has an 88-year tradition of excellent customer service,” said Mark McGowan, President of Stop & Shop, in a press release issued by the brand, which has its headquarters in Quincy, MA. “We look forward to bringing our quality, selection, and value to more communities in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.” The acquisition is currently expected to close during the first quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions. “In 1930, Michael J. Cullen opened the first King Kullen and ushered in the era of the great American supermarket,” said Brian Cullen, Co-President of King Kullen Grocery Co. “As a family-owned and operated business, we are very proud of our heritage and extremely grateful to all of our associates and customers for their support over the years. We are confident the Stop & Shop brand will carry on our legacy of service in the region.” The Food Partners, LLC served as the financial and strategic advisor to Stop & Shop. JP Morgan served as the financial and strategic advisor to King Kullen.firstname.lastname@example.org Share
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DP World Chairman HE Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem met with the President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni at DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali port in Dubai yesterday to discuss areas of future cooperation and mutual interest between Dubai and Uganda.The meeting provided an opportunity for the global marine terminal operator to share with Mr. Museveni recent developments across its portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals spanning six continents.DP World Chairman HE Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said: “It is an honor to be able to share our experiences in port and ‘beyond the gate’ development with a country as filled with potential as Uganda. Our success stems from a sound foundation of a far-sighted vision of our leaders combined with economic policies and investment incentives that encourage growth, as well as a keen focus on superior infrastructure development.“Hinterland connectivity is vital in today’s complex and modern logistic networks and the Dubai Logistics Corridor (DLC) that provides seamless connectivity across sea, land and air is testament to this, significantly shortening transit times for our customers. This is another area of expertise we are happy to share, which can provide valuable insights to landlocked countries like Uganda.”The presidential visit concluded with a tour of the Jebel Ali port, which also comprises the world’s largest semi-automated container terminal, Terminal 3, and ranks ninth in world’s top ten largest ports – the only port outside the Far East on the list.DP World has been a significant investor in African ports, operating eight terminals on the continent. In Djibouti, for example, it built the 1.2 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units) capacity Doraleh Container Terminal and contributes around 12 per cent to Djibouti’s GDP.The company has doubled capacity in Dakar, Senegal to 600,000 TEU and increased volumes by more than a third, and has expanded its facilities at Maputo, Mozambique.[mappress mapid=”19500″]Press Release
Masood Ahmed, Birmingham City University Rolf illustrates two significant points. The first and most obvious is that the courts will expect litigants to seriously consider and engage in mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution. The second point is that the courts now consider small building disputes as suitable for settlement rather than continuing to trial. Thus, a party (especially one who is party to a small construction dispute) who succeeds in his claim or defence but who has failed to engage in mediation without a legitimate excuse will be found to have behaved unreasonably by a court and is, as a consequence, likely to have an adverse costs order made against him. Mediation as an effective dispute resolution method for civil disputes is well established. Therefore it was not surprising that Lord Justice Jackson reinforced the important role of mediation in chapter 36 of his Review of Civil Litigation Costs Final Report: ‘The most important form of ADR… is mediation. The reason for the emphasis upon mediation is twofold. First, properly conducted mediation enables many (but certainly not all) civil disputes to be resolved at less cost and greater satisfaction to the parties than litigation. Second, many disputing parties are not aware of the full benefits to be gained from mediation and may, therefore, dismiss this option too readily.’ The Court of Appeal in Rolf v De Guerin  EWCA Civ 78 considered various issues including the defendant’s refusal to mediate. The claimant entered into an agreement with the defendant for the construction of an extension to the claimant’s house. The day-to-day control of the building works was left in the hands of the claimant’s husband. The claimant’s failure to make payments to the defendant and, as the trial judge found, the claimant’s husband’s aggressive and interfering role, led to the defendant ceasing work and treating the contract as repudiated. The claimant issued proceedings against the defendant. Before and after issuing proceedings the claimant made various invitations to the defendant to enter settlement discussions and, later, mediation which the defendant rejected. The defendant won at trial. However, the claimant appealed on a number of grounds including the costs order which the trial judge had made in favour of the defendant. The claimant argued, inter alia, that the defendant’s refusal to take part in mediation amounted to unreasonable behaviour for the purposes of Civil Procedure Rule 44 and therefore the defendant should not be awarded his costs. On appeal, when asked by the court why he had been unwilling to mediate, the defendant stated that if he had participated in mediation he would have had to accept ‘his guilt’ and that he would not have been able to demonstrate to a mediator what the claimant’s husband was like, which could only be done at trial. In any event, he wanted his ‘day in court’. Rix LJ did not hesitate in dismissing these reasons and found that the defendant’s refusal to mediate was unreasonable behaviour for the purposes of CPR 44(5) and, as a consequence, the court was entitled to exercise its discretion and make no order as to costs. Rix LJ held: ‘As for wanting his day in court, that of course is a reason why the courts have been unwilling to compel parties to mediate rather than litigate: but it does not seem to me to be an adequate response to a proper judicial concern that parties should respond reasonably to offers to mediate or settle and that their conduct in this respect can be taken into account in awarding costs.’ Rix LJ drew heavily upon the judgments given in Dunnett v Railtrack Ltd  1 WLR 2434, Halsey v Milton Keynes General NHS Trust  1 WLR 3002 and related cases in arguing that a party’s refusal to engage in mediation would be a relevant factor when assessing costs. Rix LJ also observed that particular cases, such as small building disputes, should use the courts only as a last resort and would, therefore, benefit from mediation: ‘In particular, as I will develop below, the nature of the case, namely a small building dispute between a householder and a small builder, is well recognised as one in which trial should be regarded as a solution of last resort, and one which is likely to give an unsatisfactory outcome to the parties at disproportionate cost, to which should be added the cost of disproportionate anxiety.’ Despite acknowledging that mediation may not have produced a solution in this matter, Rix LJ was of the opinion that it was suitable for mediation nonetheless: ‘It is possible of course that settlement discussions, or even mediation, would not have produced a solution; or would have produced one satisfactory enough to the parties to have enabled them to reach agreement but which Mr Guerin might now, with his hindsight of the judge’s judgment, have been able to say did him less than justice. Nevertheless, in my judgment, the facts of this case disclose that negotiation and/or mediation would have had reasonable prospects of success. The spurned offers to enter into settlement negotiations or mediation were unreasonable and ought to bear materially on the outcome of the court’s discretion, particularly in this class of case.’
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For those hypersensitive to twitches in the housing market the latest batch of data will not be comforting.Today we see the housing survey results for April from the surveyors’ body RICS, which its economists interpret as revealing a broad-based improvement, albeit within a market that remains fragile.This is interesting given that the results suggest that, while fewer estate agents are seeing prices fall, the direction of prices remains downwards. The RICS’s headline prices index in the month shifted from -23 to -21 and in many regions outside London a very large majority of agents are still reporting prices down rather than up.But it must be remembered that from an estate agents perspective, while house price rises are normally good news, numbers of buyers and sellers tends to be more important.The survey does show signs that more people are now putting homes on the market. Sadly for estate agents there’s no rise in the numbers of buyers coming onto the books.For those that are concerned about triggers that might precipitate a house-price fall this is not good. The general rule is that if the number of sellers grows significantly and there is no corresponding rise in the number of buyers house-price growth is likely to ease if no turn negative.This is a point well explored by Richard Donnell of Hometrack. Here’s a lovely graph (see right) he put in his latest release which shows the shift in supply and demand within the market over recent years.The Hometrack house price index for April actually showed prices flat after falling in consecutive months since June 2010.Despite this, Donnell sees the balance of supply and demand pressing down on prices from here, with a slowdown in buyers coming to the market and an increase in homes coming up for sale.He points to the slight fall in the Hometrack measure of the proportion of asking price being achieved as a possible early indicator of the market softening for sellers.Meanwhile, the Halifax house price index released this week will be playing on the minds of house sellers. The latest figure suggested prices dropped 1.4% in April and are 1.2% down over the past three months.Halifax’s housing economist Martin Ellis saw the figures as further evidence of a steady but slow decline in house prices.A similar albeit slightly more positive take on the market was provided by Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist, with the release of its latest index. This showed falling house prices in April, albeit a more modest fall of 0.2% and off the back of an earlier pick up.He suggests that a slight improvement in the labour market combined with low interest rates will result in some support for demand in the market, but with the effect that prices will move sideways or drift modestly lower this year.These modest falls in prices will have some impact on the propensity of house builders to open up sites and start building, but probably only a very marginal impact.But the reality is that house sales remain stuck at about half the pre-credit-crunch level, as the latest transaction figures show, and it is market liquidity that tends to be a big determinant of how many private homes get built.On the ground builders will tend to look to secure sectors of the market and secure locations. That broadly translates into a bias in where builders will most probably target – towards the South and towards the more affluent – equity rich – buyer.Outside of this they will probably be looking to markets where there is a much higher than average turnover of stock.But as things stand there seems to be little incentive for most house builders to pump up their volumes.
However, EBITDA calculated using constant currencies demonstrated a 1.6 percent year-on-year improvement over 2015 levels.”Ceva’s forward momentum continues in line with our strategy. Our half-year performance demonstrated stable net revenue in the first half driven by above-market growth in air and ocean freight and resumed growth in contract logistics,” said Xavier Urbain, ceo.The company’s freight management arm posted an EBITDA of USD30 million, reflecting an increase of 32 percent year-on-year in constant currency. Airfreight volumes increased 6.6 percent year-on-year in the second quarter; ocean freight volumes were 2.2 percent higher year-on-year in Q2 2016 over 2015 levels.www.cevalogistics.com