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“ENTHUSIASM IS KEY FOR THE DIGICEL ACADEMY,” SAYS CARLTON FAIRWEATHER

Thursday, October 27th 2011 – Kingston, Jamaica: Following several weeks of rigorous training in the Digicel Kick Start Clinics, the eagerly anticipated Digicel Academy is set to kick off next week hosting the “crème de la crème” of the region’s aspiring young footballers. Sunderland AFC’s Academy of Light coach, Carlton Fairweather, spoke exclusively to www.digicelfootball.com about his coaching career and the key attributes he will be looking to bring out in the young footballers at the Academy.

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GLOBAL NGO COALITION URGES LIBYA TO PRIORITIZE RATIFICATION OF THE ROME STATUTE

Ratification would be an important expression of democratic reform and commitment to the rule of law

Amman, Jordan/New York, NY–Libya’s interim leaders should move quickly to ratify key international human rights and humanitarian law treaties, in particular the Rome Statute, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (ICC) said today. The Rome Statute is the founding treaty of the ICC, the first permanent international court capable of trying perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

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USA AND OECS ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

(October 26, 2011, OECS Secretariat Castries)– The USA and the OECS established relations at the diplomatic level on Tuesday October 25th 2011.

OECS Director General Dr. Len Ishmael accepted Letters of Introduction from the United States Envoy to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, Mr. Christopher Sandrolini, at a ceremony which took place earlier today at the OECS Secretariat. The formalization of relations between the USA and the OECS is expected to enhance a longstanding relationship between the United States and the region, signifying, in the words of the Director General. “…the beginning of a new chapter in the long and enduring relationship between the United States and its friends in the Eastern Caribbean.”

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CARIBBEAN SINGER K-VICTORIA HAS HIGH AMBITIONS

ORLANDO (October 20, 2011) - A young, talented and attractive Caribbean singer wants to use her gifts, talents and abilities to promote her hometown and the region which she calls home.

The Orlando-based or Kmisha Counts, has already made waves in her native St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, with recent hits such as "Let Dem Know" and "Girl Power" (a collaboration with Bajan soca queen Alison Hinds), but she wants to elevate her game and go global with her music.

And going global is not unfamiliar territory for the Virgin Islander who was a finalist and talent winner at the 2005 Miss World Pageant in China while representing the US Virgin Islands.

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CALLS FOR COMMONWEALTH TO BE A “MEANINGFUL VEHICLE FOR CHANGE”

Commonwealth People’s Forum provides crucial interface between governments and civil society

Civil society representatives gathered in Perth today for the start of the three-day Commonwealth People’s Forum to discuss and debate key issues facing Commonwealth People. The Forum was officially opened by the Hon. Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia in a ceremony also addressed by Premier of Western Australia, The Hon. Colin Barnett MLA, Commonwealth Secretary-General H.E. Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Foundation Chair, Madam Simone de Comarmond and Commonwealth People’s Forum Chair, Ms Sue Ash.

Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett said the mark of any civil society was how it treats its most vulnerable in society. “Despite Australia’s relative prosperity, there are people in this country and this state who are  vulnerable and they need support. I’m proud of the way we support those most in need but forums like this are important because they provoke debate and remind governments that we can always do better."

Commonwealth Secretary-General H.E Kamalesh Sharma described the Forum as a “vibrant expression of the Commonwealth family in action.”

The Forum continues to be a crucial part of the interface between governments and civil society. Central to these discussions is a powerful statement from civil society representatives of the 54 member association calling on Heads of Government to act urgently to strengthen the role of civil society so that the Commonwealth can become a “meaningful vehicle for change.”

The statement draws attention to the disconnect between the Commonwealth’s stated aims, goals, and high level policy and the realities facing many citizens’ organisations on the ground.

Civil society leader Mr. Phiroshaw Camay of the Cooperative for Research and Education in South Africa said: “The global challenges that Commonwealth citizens experience individually every day, from poverty to HIV and AIDS demand that our governments work together – not just with each other, but with the very citizens’ organisations that are leading the way on so many fronts.”

Over the next three days, 300 accredited delegates from Australia and the wider Commonwealth will debate the issues raised in the statement in preparation for a round table dialogue between civil society representatives and Commonwealth Foreign Ministers on Thursday 27 October in Perth.

 


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