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UK pledges GBP75 million in development support to the region

first_imgNewsRegional UK pledges GBP75 million in development support to the region by: – February 14, 2012 14 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Flag of the United Kingdom. Photo credit: flags.netKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The United Kingdom has pledged £75 million to assist with development projects within the Caribbean region over a four-year period.The UK’s commitment came out of talks at the 7th UK/Caribbean Forum held in St Georges, Grenada, from January 20 to 22.Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator A.J. Nicholson, made the disclosure on Friday, during a statement in the senate on the outcome of the forum, which he attended.Nicholson said the injection of funds will go towards efforts to build resilience through the development of practical mechanisms that will boost growth in investment, employment, production and trade opportunities that would enhance the prospects of the people of the region.“The UK Foreign Secretary (William Hague) underlined the importance that the UK has attached to its relations with the Caribbean and announced a pledge of £75 million, over a four-year period, to assist with the development projects in the region,” he stated.He noted that the pledge of funds was one of the major outcomes of the meeting, which also saw agreement between the delegates from the Caribbean and the UK, to establish strategic partnership to promote prosperity, growth and development.Under the theme ‘Sustainable Growth Toward Prosperity’, the delegates engaged in wide ranging and frank discussions on major areas of cooperation, trade and investment, security, climate change and sustainable development, and foreign policy issues, Nicholson said.In addition to the political dialogue, a significant aspect of the forum was the two parallel meetings on security and trade and investment, both of which identified practical areas for cooperation between the UK and the Caribbean, he informed.“It should be stressed that at the outset of the meeting, the Caribbean insisted that there should be tangible outcomes from the forum, which would have an impact on development at the national and regional levels,” he stated.“We therefore adopted a plan of action that identifies concrete areas of cooperation in this new strategic partnership and areas for joint activities,” the minister added.The UK delegation was led by Hague, and included ministers from the Home Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development, security officials, and members of the private sector. The group represented the largest and highest ministerial delegation to the Caribbean in a number of years.The two-day forum is considered the principal vehicle for political dialogue between the UK and the countries of the region, including Cuba and the Dominican Republic.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Man who threatened to ‘kick the wean out’ of pregnant partner avoids jail

first_imgA Donegal man who threatened to ‘kick the wean out’ of his then pregnant partner has avoided jail.John Latta (33) of Creatland, St Johnston, admitted to assaulting his then partner, Laura Cole, on August 12, 2016. Latta was given a suspended sentence of two-and-a-half years by Judge John O’Hagan at Buncrana Circuit Court.The Court heard that Latta had put an iron bar to Ms Cole’s neck, pushed her to the ground and punched her.Ms Cole, the court heard, was pregnant at the time, and alleged that Latta had pushed her to the ground before punching her in the stomach area.‘He said he was kicking the wean out of me’, she said in evidence to Gardai.Garda McLaughlin said that Laura Cole was ‘distressed, tearful and very shaken and there was still blood on her clothes four hours later’ when she spoke to her on the morning of August 12, 2016.“There was a lot of verbal abuse and she decided to leave the house so she admitted herself to a refuge to escape,” Judge O’Hagan said.Ms Cole received stitches to a wound on her head and a further allegation of an assault, from July 10, 2017, when Ms Cole alleged that Latta gave her a black eye whilst she was taking clothes from the drier, was made.Latta was arrested on August 12, 2016 and taken to Letterkenny Garda Station, where he said that Ms Cole had ‘made this up’ due to ‘some kind of vendetta’.“She was very, very frighted,” Judge O’Hagan said.“When Mr Latta was arrested, he was non-committal and he alleged that she had made it all up, that it was a figment of her imagination. But he has pleaded guilty – in other words, they did happen.“It was suggested to me than these two were back together and that all was hunky dory, but I got suspicious and I wanted to know what was going on. I was not happy and I think that my unhappiness was justified.“Everything is not back to normal, as was suggested.”The case was adjourned at last month’s sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court, when it was claimed that Latta and Ms Cole were cohabiting at an address in County Leitrim.Judge O’Hagan directed that Ms Cole appear to give evidence. Ms Cole was present in Buncrana, where she said that she and Latta, with whom she has an 18-month-old child were apart since June. Ms Cole suffered a miscarriage earlier this year, she said.Counsel for the defence, Peter Nolan BL, said that Latta owned a fuel station in St Johnston that had since closed.Mr Nolan said: “He is seeking work and is attending courses to go back to work. He and Ms Cole have a child and he is happy to support and pay maintenance. The relationship, it would seem, is at an end, but he understands his duties to the child.”Judge O’Hagan said the ordeal had been ‘a very frightening experience’ for Ms Cole.He said: “My main consideration to is protect Laura Cole. I propose that he be sentenced to two-and-a-half years on counts one and two, each to run concurrently, and that he enter to volunteer the sum of €100 to keep the peace for three years and not to assault, cause harm or disturb Laura Cole. If she is not bothered or if he does not live up to that undertaking, she is entitled to go and make a complaint. In which case, he will serve the sentence.”Man who threatened to ‘kick the wean out’ of pregnant partner avoids jail was last modified: July 15th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Buncrana Circuit CourtJohn LattaLaura Colelast_img read more

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