Success of CSME lies at national level – Dominican PM

first_imgIn light of mounting criticisms and talks of it being a fruitless initiative, Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit is of the view that for the Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) integrated development strategy – the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) – to be successful, efforts will have to be taken at the national level.Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritCSME is an initiative undertaken that allows for the free movement of skills, goods, services and labour across the Region. Its establishment was in response to the changing global environment that has led to a loss of preferential markets in Europe several years ago.Prime Minister Skerrit, who is also the Chairman of the 37th Heads of Government Conference held in Guyana last week, pointed out that leaders in the Region need to ensure that when decisions are taken at Caricom level, necessary actions are adopted, especially at the national level, since a number of the policies agreed upon require national implementation.“We need to ensure that our Ministers meet,” he remarked, stating that if regional Ministers of ICT (Information, Communication and Technology) are mandated to examine a particular matter in order to advise heads, then they must make themselves available to meet. He added too that Finance Ministers and Attorney Generals within Caricom must meet to advance a number of the critical legal issues that will advance the integration process.“We have given the Heads of Government Conference assurances that we will ensure that our Ministers avail themselves for consultations on those critical matters,” he noted.The Chairman went on to say that one of the measures that the regional Heads have adopted is not to leave it to their Ministers and others to set the timetables. He said the Heads will now be responsible for setting the timetables and indicating, for example, Ministers of the ICT must meet before the end of September 2016 to consider the new vision for the ‘Single ICT’ space in the Region and prepare to report to the February 2017 Meeting in Guyana.“So, I think it’s a matter of monitor and ensuring that we follow through on some of the actions taken at the conference level,” he posited. However, the Dominican Prime Minister cautioned that at the same time, they have to be careful that they do not attempt to bite too much at one time.Nevertheless, the Conference Chairman said that the Heads are doing a review on the CSME to ascertain “where we are, what are the actions we’ve taken and what are the outstanding considerations to advance in our move towards to greater integration of the Caribbean Community”.A report on the comprehensive review will be presented and considered at the intercessional meeting next February.“Now that review, is in an effort to keep the process forward and not change or revisit any of the actions that we have taken thus far to strengthen the integration process… We are fully committed to implementing all elements of the CSME regime as we remain convinced it is our only option to achieve sustainable growth and development in the Caribbean,” Skerrit posited.While the Chairman is confident about the future of the CSME, there continues to be tension among Member States which are reportedly breaching the agreement with regards to free movement and trade.In fact, only recently, tension intensified between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago over the same issues. There have been reports of Jamaicans being harassed by immigration officers in Trinidad, with many of them even being denied entry into the twin-island republic.The Trinidadian Government had posited that it reserved the right to assert the sovereignty of its country by determining who is allowed in. However, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness during a press briefing on the sideline of the Conference told media operatives that he is looking forward to a “positive” response from the twin-island on the many complaints of Jamaicans being denied entry into Port of Spain.According to the Prime Minister, he is expecting a report from his Trinidadian counterpart, Dr Keith Rowley, when he visits Jamaica later this month.“We’ve had direct discussions, and frank discussions with the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and I believe the Government has responded in a very positive way and I am expecting to have a positive report in a few week’s time when Prime Minister Rowley visits Jamaica,” Holness related last week.last_img read more

Q&A with Mollie McIntyre

first_imgA senior center on the Louisville High of Woodland Hills girls’ basketball team, McIntyre has averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds per game this season. The 6-foot-1 standout has committed to UCSD, where she is expected to make an immediate impact with the Tritons. DN: Although you have had quite a bit of individual success this season, your team (10-16 overall, 2-8 Mission League) has struggled to compete at times. Is it hard to remain positive while the losses pile up? – Kevin Connelly 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MM: It has been difficult at times, because those are some pretty good teams. I’ve seen double and triple teams, but I love the challenge. It has forced me to improve my game. DN: You’re considered one of the top post players in the area this season, but there are many others having impressive seasons as well. Who are the top players you’ve gone up against in your four-year varsity career? MM: Nicole Hung has played really well this year for Harvard-Westlake this year, and she’s only a freshman. Zaina Akeh from Notre Dame (of Sherman Oaks) is also very good. But the best was probably (2005 Chaminade grad) Kelly Cochran, who is now at UC Irvine. DN: You are heading to UCSD after you graduate in June. What are some of the fondest high school memories you will bring with you? MM: Last season, I hit the game-winning free throws in a triple-overtime win over Flintridge Sacred Heart (of La Canada Flintridge). That was a pretty special moment. Other than that, I will remember all of my teammates, coaches and teachers. My experience here has been great. center_img MM: I’m a competitive player, so it can be frustrating to lose. But I still go out there every night with a positive attitude, and I still enjoy the game. I pride myself on putting forth my best effort every night and doing whatever it takes to help my team win. DN: The Mission League is consistently recognized as one of the most competitive leagues in the area. This year is no different, with Harvard-Westlake of Studio City and Chaminade of West Hills both ranked in the Daily News’ top 10. Do you look forward to that challenge? last_img read more

From Red Winter to Indian Summer Drezus ignites with Warpath

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsDrezus said he painted the white hand across his face in the Warpath music video as an act of defiance.Drezus, also known as Jeremiah Manitopyes, a Plains Cree- Saulteaux veteran hip hop artist, said the war paint symbolizes colonizing European power structures that can no longer silence his people.“They did a pretty good job of it,” said Drezus. “Those institutions are trying to silence me, but they can’t and I’m speaking through it.”Drezus released the song Warpath and accompanying video on July 16. The song is from his latest album, due out on Aug. 5, called Indian Summer. The title of the album is tied to his song Red Winter which he released during the height of the Idle No More movement in January 2013. It became one of the unofficial theme songs for the movement which captured the nation’s attention through its flashmob round dances and Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s protest fast on Victoria Island in Ottawa. The video for Red Winter has over 100,000 views on YouTube.“A lot of people say it might have fizzled out or whatever but it still goes strong in a lot of us,” said Drezus, 31.And in his latest release, Warpath, Drezus has taken it to the next level, both politically and aesthetically.The words in the song come loaded with metaphor.“I was almost channeling a spirit in that song. I was channeling my grandfathers and my ancestors,” said Drezus.He traces his genealogy to the renowned Plains Cree Chief Piapot, who made peace with the Blackfoot and led his people through days of hunger and darkness at the dying end of the 1800s.Drezus’ words are laced through a beat composed by 2oolman, a well-known hip hop producer who recently joined A Tribe Called Red as its newest third member, replacing DJ Shub.“When I heard this 2oolman beat, it was crazy, it was booming, with the bass, the strings, the stabbing synth,” said Drezus. “It’s also really sparse so there is room for a lot of content and I started reciting my verse to the new beat and, I was like, ‘this is the one.’”Drezus said Warpath is primarily aimed at First Nation men.“I wanted to represent the Native man and a lot of the ones that fell through the cracks. It’s kind of like a roll call for Native men of who we are and what our roles are as men,” said Drezus. “It is to ignite a spirit in all of us.”He said the song also throws down a challenge to the “Native hip hop world” still fragmented by “petty-ass beefs” leading nowhere.“Never mind this, ‘You looked at me funny I hate you. Oh you made a song with that guy, I hate you.’ There is a lot of that within the Native hip hop community. There are a lot of petty beefs and I have been involved in a lot of that too. I just choose not to get into that, we need to look past that. We need to band together and fight a bigger fight.”Drezus said he can feel something earth-shattering looming on the horizon.“I just know we are in hard times and we are going to face even tougher times,” he said. “I feel really wary about our future as a whole on earth, with the weather. But in particular, what is going to happen when the government decides to really turn on us. It seems like they have been setting us up for something big. We are overlooked, our people are overlooked and we are the people of this land and we’re treated as if we’re nothing. I feel like we are being set up for something bigger, as far as the Harper government goes.”And the times call for a change in the rhymes, he said.“There are a lot of Native hip hop artists out there that not saying a whole lot. They’re talking about their past, the street life, that’s cool. But I think as a culture and even musically we have to move past that message. We beat that horse dead a million times,” he said. “How many times can you say you hustled or lived on the streets? I feel people don’t want to hear that from a Native man. They want to hear the struggle, the pain, the inspiration, the motivation, the growth, the fire.”Then, there is the video. Melding urban-reserve identities, the video, shot across several locations between Edmonton and Calgary, takes the song to a “supernatural” level, says filmmaker Stuey Kubrick, who shot, directed and edited the video.“(Drezus) is basically calling to arms. It seems like a war cry to young men and young people,” said Kubrick, who is also known as Stuart Reaugh. “It is the first time he’s using his voice to call people up. It is almost a war metaphor.”Kubrick said he handled Drezus’ lyrical cocktail with care in crafting Warpath’s video.“I went neutral. Nobody is doing anything aggressive in the video, because it’s an aggressive song,” said Kubrick, who lives in Vancouver and has been filming hip hop videos for about six years. “It’s basically neutral images, with a bit of action. It’s basically a collage of what I saw. I didn’t want to go over the top aggressive.”The video surprises in the end with an appearance by renowned West Coast carver Beau Dick and one of his masks. The sequence was shot at the Fazakas Art Gallery in Vancouver.“It makes the song more supernatural and mysterious in the end,” said Kubrick. “It sends that cool, artistic chill up my spine.”The video was also film on a six-day road trip between Edmonton and Calgary. Parts of it were filmed in Edmonton, Maskwacis (formerly known as Hobbema), the nearby Solomon-Bull ranch and in Tsuu T’Ina Drezus said he rode a horse for the first time in the video.“And it was bareback,” he said.Drezus worked previously with Kubrick, who is known for delivering high-quality music videos, and wanted his talent for the song.“Stuey is not a Native cat himself… I love his visuals, he’s got a crazy mind. He’s a little bit on the dark side. I felt we could capture a little bit of the darkness that I have, that our people have and a lot of Native men have that are going through the struggle,” he said. “But also bringing darkness to the light.”Drezus said he’s hoping to go on tour to promote his new album in September. Plans are in the works to include Lightning Cloud and Inez Jasper on the tour.“It is time, it is heating up, it is heating up for our people,” said Drezus. “I really just wanted to ignite a spark, a fire, whatever you want to call it.”[email protected]@JorgeBarrera WarpathFirst you should know that I have risen through the firein colorful buckskin, the object of my desireis the colour of my skin so divided are my kinwatch me turn the tables ‘til we eating like some kingsin beautiful headdresses the culture is so impressiveI’m just hoping I absorb it when he’s passing me the messagebecause baby it’s depressing, living in this mess we call a homewe should take it back to chokers resting on the collar bone;arrowheads ride along, the enemy’s like Styrofoampiercing through the strongest armor death in genocidal formand still I stand, a singular red manwith Jupiter size heart forever reppin’ my clanthe eagles an old man watching over my plansI’m talking real shit baby, no faking here for the fansI’m shouting out Bobby Jones, my aunties, my Moshom GeorgeI’m drawing all of my strength from my people here before me man.Hook whoh!!! Big chief in the building everybody take your place whoh!!Remove your feelings if you wanna ride with me whoh!!We about to go to war right now, no petty-ass beef whoh!!When it all goes down whose gonna ride with me? Whoh!!When it all goes down whose gonna ride with me? Whoh!!When it all goes down whose gonna ride with me? Whoh!!When it all goes down whose gonna ride with me? Whoh!!When it all goes down whose gonna ride with me?Blessed is the man with sons who walk beside himnot enough leaders out there we should be ridingthey left our people broken but homie don’t play the possumlearn to grow yourself a set because you can bet there’s nothing promised;they saying I’m a problem, they call me public enemybut they don’t understand that, I hold it down for my familyand I hate it when they say that, I won’t be shit cause I’m Nativebecause in my mind we’re the strongestwe were built tough for the ages ( ay ay!!).Give me back mine before I take that,you don’t want that where my braves at?Put’em up high with a braid of the sweetgrass,put a prayer up, if you ain’t gonna ride then get back with your weak ass!No room for the weak or the type of speech that brings us down,We need them soldiers to be strong when the badman comes to town (ride out!)last_img read more