Cuba and US Hold Dialogue on Migration in New York

first_imgBy Dialogo July 16, 2009 NEW YORK, 14 July 2009 (AFP) – The United States and Cuba, which have shown timid signs of a thaw in their relations since President Barack Obama took office, resumed a dialogue on migration issues that had been suspended since 2003 in New York on Tuesday. During the meeting, the United States and Cuba committed to promoting “safe, orderly, and legal” migration, as the State Department and the Cuban chancellory indicated in separate statements. The diplomatic talks that were held twice a year at a technical level — alternating between the United States and Cuba — had been suspended since the period of tension with George W. Bush’s administration. The dialogue was broken off by the United States. At the time, Cuba was also afraid of an American military invasion, as President Raúl Castro later revealed to the Nacional Defense Council. After arriving at the White House, Obama sent a friendly signal to the island in April when he authorized U.S. citizens of Cuban ancestry to travel and send money to Cuba. Subsequently, the State Department indicated that representatives of both countries had opened unofficial discussions with the aim of trying to relaunch the dialogue on migration issues. Nevertheless, despite this rapprochement, both Washington and Havana continued to signal their mutual distrust, each side waiting for gestures from the other before moving forward. The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, recently reiterated that the United States will not lift the embargo it has imposed on the island for almost half a century if Cuba does not release its political prisoners and respect human rights. The anti-Castro exile community in Florida, the influence of which has declined in recent years, calls on Washington to keep up pressure for democratic change in Cuba and considers the migration dialogue to be an incentive in the opposite direction. According to the State Department, upon resuming the migration meetings on Tuesday, the United States reaffirmed its interest in “pursuing constructive discussions with the government of Cuba” on matters of common interest. Regular talks began in 1995 to coordinate measures intended to avoid mass Cuban emigration to the country to the north. The United States committed to granting around 20,000 annual visas to Cubans, and Cuba agreed to take back and not take reprisals against individuals who attempted to escape from the island and were captured at sea by the American coast guard. In New York, the Cuban delegation indicated in a statement that it “presented a proposal for a new accord to the American side,” without specifying the proposal’s content. The Obama administration, for its part, specified that it addressed with the Cuban representatives not only points of “successful cooperation,” but also the “obstacles to the full implementation of the accords.” Washington identified assurances for the full functioning of its interests section in Havana, access to a deep-water port for repatriating migrants, assurances of their welfare, and the ability to return migrants with a criminal background as among its priorities. “The United States views these talks as a venue to achieve practical, positive results that contribute to the full implementation of the accords and to the safety of our citizens.” The U.S. delegation was headed by the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Craig Kelly. The Cuban delegation was headed by the Vice-Minister of Foreign Relations, Dagoberto Martínez. “We had a productive working session that validates the usefulness of the mechanism,” Martínez said.last_img read more

Director of Sport hands over gear to Victoria Community

first_imgDIRECTOR of Sport, Christopher Jones,last Tuesday made a stop at the Victoria Community Centre where he handed over a number of Sports equipment and gear to members of the community.In making the presentation,the head of the National Sports Commission declared that it was a small contribution and promised more in the future.“I want to assure you, here (and)now, that this here is what I consider very minor, a very minute donation…so you can rest assured that the National Sports Commission (NSC) and by extension the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture will make further contributions to the development of your Village through the year.I understand that there is a proposal to enhance your ground to the tune of $3.5m GY…I want to say this now, that once that proposal is submitted to me,that would be on the priority list for 2017”, Jones promised to loud cheers from the villagers gathered.“Our aim at the NSC is to do everything possible to ensure that every village throughout the length and breadth of this country, the young people have a recreational space that they can go run, frolic, learn a particular sport and of course have an enclosed environment that is safe;so we are working on ensuring that these facilities are available in every community and village. Be assured that support will always be forthcoming from the NSC in the development of your community,” the Director reminded.Junior Minister within the Ministry of Health, Dr. Karen Cummings,who hails from that village thanked the Director for the kind gesture and urged the members to “care the equipment and make good use so that Victoria can move from one level to the next…think big,the sky is the limit.”Long-standing Club official of the Community’s pride – Victoria Kings FC – Calvin Marks introduced the Director and told the gathering that it was a historic moment for the village as it is the first time any Government official came to present any sport equipment to the village and that he was thankful.Marks also mentioned the exploits of the Victoria Kings FC and reminded that without the support of the Community there would be no Victoria Kings.The equipment received were for: Cricket, Lawn Tennis, Basketball, Football, Volleyball and Chess. (Ras Wadada)last_img read more

Girls softball regional has been postponed until Wednesday

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Class 4A Softball Regional at Worden Park has been postponed until Wednesday, May 18. The bracket will remain the same.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more