RelatedJamaica to Receive J$140 Million Grant from China FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China have signed an agreement on economic and technical cooperation under which Jamaica is to receive a grant of J$140 million from China.Vice-Premier Wu Yi also announced that China is to provide approximately J$39 billion worth of loans to Chinese businessmen to invest in Caribbean countries. These were among the highlights which marked the holding yesterday (Friday) in the Chinese city of Xiamen, the 2nd China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum.. Under-Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, Ambassador Vilma McNish, and China’s Vice-Minister of Commerce, Wang Chao, signed the Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement.There were three other agreements: Jamaica Trade and Invest and the Investment Promotion Agency of China, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Two Way Investment Cooperation, Mr.Jason Hall,Jamaica Trade and Invest Manager of emerging markets in the Caribbean and Latin America, signed; The Jamaica Development Bank through its Head, Mr. Milverton Reynolds and the China Development Bank, signed a cooperation pact; and the China-Caribbean Joint Business Council signed a declaration aimed at strengthening and promoting business. Mr. Robert Gregory, President of Jamaica Trade and Invest, signed on behalf of Jamaica. The second forum, which was attended by a number of Caribbean countries, had as its theme, Deepening Trade and Economic Cooperation and Realizing Common Development. In a declaration, the Forum expressed satisfaction with the progress and achievements between China and the Caribbean region in the fields of trade, investment, agriculture and fishery, tourism and transportation, finance and human resource development. The declaration stated the forum’s readiness to further explore potential for cooperation and pursue common development.Addressing the opening ceremony, yesterday morning, Ambassador McNish noted that the forum represented an important milestone in the relations between the Caribbean and China. It was testament to the continuing commitment to further deepen and solidify Sino-Caribbean relations. She said the agreements reached so far since the inaugural forum in Kingston 2005, should contribute to an even more active and dynamic relationship between Jamaica and China. Jamaica also participated in the 11th China International Fair For Investment and Trade (CIFIT) which ran concurrently with the forum. Ambassador McNish described both events as providing an excellent platform to promote Jamaica’s investment environment, and showcase market opportunities including the undertaking of matchmaking opportunities The Ambassador used the opportunity to underscore the va,lue of Jamaica’s relations with China at both the bilateral and multilateral levels. She expressed confidence that the relations would grow from strength to strength. RelatedJamaica to Receive J$140 Million Grant from China Jamaica to Receive J$140 Million Grant from China UncategorizedSeptember 8, 2007 RelatedJamaica to Receive J$140 Million Grant from China Advertisements
Joe Biden and Barack Obama got off to a rocky start in 2007, but they found their way to a mutual respect and good working relationship for the next eight years.Obama showed his appreciation at the end of their second term by rewarding Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award possible. When Biden tells friendly crowds inside stories about their relationship, the former vice president goes out of his way to refer to the ex-president as “Barack,” to better personalize their connection and accentuate the warm familiarity.“I’m an Obama-Biden Democrat, man. And I’m proud of it,” Biden told reporters earlier this month. “I don’t think there’s any one standard-bearer for the Obama legacy in this primary” — Ben LaBolt, former Obama reelection spokesmanNone of Obama’s inner circle of advisers have signed on with any campaign. But other Democratic contenders have snagged top-level Obama campaign talent and tapped its fundraising prowess.While Biden’s campaign manager, Greg Schultz, led Obama’s campaign efforts in swing state Ohio, Beto O’Rourke hired Obama’s 2012 deputy campaign manager Jennifer O’Malley Dillon and has enjoyed the support of Paul Tewes, the 2008 Obama campaign’s director in first-in-the-nation Iowa. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren signed Joe Rospars, Obama’s chief digital strategist in 2008 and 2012, and Emily Parcell, political director for Obama’s 2008 Iowa caucus team. Several top former Obama administration officials contributed to Pete Buttigieg.In the key swing state of Florida, it’s a similar story. Steve Schale, who helped lead Obama to two victories there as state director in 2008 and senior adviser in 2012, is serving as a senior advisor to Biden’s campaign. But California Senator Kamala Harris scored the support of Obama’s top fundraiser in the state, Kirk Wagar, who was appointed ambassador to Singapore by Obama. The Obama campaign’s deputy Florida director in 2008 and state director in 2012, Ashley Walker, is staying neutral.“I don’t think there’s any one standard-bearer for the Obama legacy in this primary. There are multiple candidates who could carry that mantle,” said Ben LaBolt, former spokesman for Obama’s reelection campaign.“A big question looming over the primary is: Is this a moment for the longest record of experience or is this a moment for generational change within the party and a new vision within the party?” LaBolt said, noting that “even President Obama has talked about letting this be a moment for generational change and for others to lead and rise through the party and step up. So I don’t think it will be a completely clean shot if he tries to claim he’s the sole purveyor of his legacy.” Yet despite a legitimate claim to be the standard-bearer of President Obama’s legacy, Biden faces a fundamental challenge as he seeks his party’s nomination for the White House: Convincing the diverse and youthful coalition that elected Obama to two terms that a 76-year-old white man is the right person to carry the mantle.To Biden and his advisers, age and race are inferior to the political realities of his special relationship with Obama. The question is whether primary voters will see it the same way, especially when the former president has indicated he’ll remain neutral in a crowded Democratic field filled with diverse and dynamic candidates.Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks during the National Minority Quality Forum on April 9, 2019 in Washington, D.C. | Alex Edelman/Getty ImagesDavid Axelrod, a top Obama adviser, said the former president’s failure to endorse his former vice president shouldn’t come as a surprise — nor should it be taken as a slight of some kind.“The custom for former presidents is not to endorse presidents. The expectation that he would, I find kind of baffling,” Axelrod said, adding that Obama holds a general belief that “people should compete, the strongest candidate will emerge.”Axelrod described the two as “genuinely friends. That’s not folklore. Unlike almost every other vice president and president, these guys got closer and closer over eight years.”One thing is certain: Obama’s political apparatus is not united behind Biden, whose campaign announcement comes after more than 20 other candidates launched their bids. “You can’t go into some black people’s houses here without seeing a picture of Obama on the wall and in some of them Biden is in the background. It makes a difference,” said Kendall Corley, Obama’s former South Carolina director in 2008 and 2012 who was in talks to work for Biden in the state again.“There’s some love for Joe Biden,” he said, “and it’s because of Barack Obama and how he stood by him. People remember.” Also On POLITICO Joe Biden announces run for president By Marc Caputo Inside Joe Biden’s battle plan By Natasha Korecki and Marc Caputo The generational split is clear in a February POLITICO/Morning Consult poll showing Biden is weakest with voters under the age of 30. But, the poll showed, Biden’s age — he will be 78 on the next Inauguration Day — isn’t a fatal problem for him among Democrats, with 30 percent agreeing that he’s “too old to run for president” while 58 percent disagreed.“There’s some love for Joe Biden, and it’s because of Barack Obama and how he stood by him. People remember” — Kendall Corley, former Obama South Carolina directorAn Obama campaign veteran who had discussed working with Biden’s campaign said there’s a divide among former Obama staffers.“A lot of us don’t want Joe to run. His time has passed and it’s not his moment,” the operative said. “The real Obama legacy is about the future, not the past. And if he runs, it’s going to put that legacy on trial in a Democratic primary where guys like Bernie [Sanders] are going to take shots at it and tarnish that legacy … We want Joe to ride off into the sunset.”Still, nostalgia for the Obama White House in the Trump Era is palpable among Democrats. Not only do white progressives and centrists miss the days of “no drama Obama,” African-Americans revere the first black president and have transferred some of that loyalty to his loyal wingman.Looking at the early state calendar, that support from black voters could be a big boost to Biden in South Carolina, where 60 percent of the primary electorate is black. South Carolina Representative James Clyburn, the highest-ranking African American in Congress, has not endorsed any 2020 candidate but is a Biden ally who speaks favorably of him.
NEDERLAND — A local man is facing 10 years in jail and thousands in fines after authorities linked him to numerous cases of child pornography.Texas Office of the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigators executed an evidentiary search warrant Thursday morning at a residence in Nederland. His bonds total $2.5 million. If found guilty, Simon faces a maximum 10-year sentence and $10,000 fine for each offense. This search warrant was the result of a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline Report involving the upload of child pornography to an online storage account.Evidence was seized, police said, and 26 year-old Zachary Allen Simon of Nederland was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on ten counts of possession of child pornography, all third degree felony offenses.
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Share A large group of supporters turned out for Thursday’s meetingFormer prime minister and leader of the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Edison James has given his party supporters the commitment that his party will address poverty if elected.The party held a meeting in Pottersville on Thursday evening, a continuation of a series of meetings, presenting their plans to citizens ahead of the upcoming general elections.Mr James explained that his party is very concerned about the level of unemployment and poverty which exists here. These will be priority issues on his party’s agenda when elected.“Our business is to create jobs…it is only when you have jobs, when you have work that you can look after yourself, look after your family, put food on your table, have money in your pocket and shelter for your children,” Mr James told the meeting. He acknowledged that there will always be some citizens who are not able to help or care for themselves, and his party will assist them.“We understand that there’ll always be among us, those who are not so strong, and the strong will always have to help the weak”. Thus, his government will significantly reduce the number of weak citizens so that they will be able to help themselves, and hopefully, help others as well. “Our government, ladies and gentlemen, the government of the United Workers Party is deeply concerned about the level of poverty in our country, and I’ll tell you something which you know already, who feels it knows it,” Mr James said.He noted that he has a deep commitment to lift people out of poverty because he grew up from humble beginnings. Mr. James also admonished the youth that they should vote for upliftment and a better life.“You have had 13 years and the question is, are you better off today, than you were when United Workers Party was ensuring that money [was] making money,”. He therefore advised them to research about his party’s performance and record while in office and they will “see that during that time, ladies and gentlemen, that this country moved forward in a positive way”. The United Workers Party, founded in 1988 by Mr James, Julius Timothy, Norris Prevost and Dennis Labassiere, among others, won 6 of 21 seats in the 1990 general elections. In the 1995 general elections, the UWP won 11 seats and won 9 seats in the 2000 elections.General elections was last called in December, 2009 and is constitutionally due in 2015. Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews UWP pledges to address poverty by: – June 28, 2013 137 Views 16 comments Tweet Sharing is caring! Share