Barbados and China pledge to maintain close ties

first_img Share NewsRegional Barbados and China pledge to maintain close ties by: – June 18, 2012 Sharing is caring! 17 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel StuartBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Barbados and China have pledged to strengthen the already good relations that exist between the two countries. Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and the Member of the Political Bureau and Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Zhang Gaoli, gave this assurance on Friday during a meeting. Stuart said there was evidence of the more than three decades old fruitful relationship between the two countries across Barbados, and he alluded to projects such as the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development Complex and the Garfield Sobers Complex as proof of such collaboration. “So, there is evidence that this relationship has been fruitful. I was very pleased to be hosted by China last year where I experienced a warm hospitality of your great country,” he added.The prime minister also mentioned the twin interests of renewable energy and pointed to the economic and technical agreements in place to effect this.In turn, Zhang, who is also the head of the Chinese delegation, also praised the harmonious relationship between Bridgetown and Beijing and described Stuart as “a precious friend of China”. He also mentioned the need for closer collaboration between the two countries in areas such as renewable energy and economic cooperation.Barbados and China established diplomatic ties on May 30, 1977.Caribbean News Now Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Zamora dismayed by Redknapp rumours

first_img He was originally signed by Mark Hughes and was at QPR as they underwent a major overhaul of their playing squad, with a number of high-profile players brought in on bumper contracts. The plan failed to project Rangers to new heights and Hughes’ sacking was followed by relegation as Redknapp could not turn the tide having been appointed 12 games into a season where QPR had yet to win a game. Those times are not remembered fondly by anyone associated with the club and Zamora revealed he enjoyed being away from the training ground as the environment became increasingly toxic – something Redknapp has remedied this time around. He said: “There were times when you were wishing that you didn’t have to go to training for a week and you could just turn up for Saturday because when game time comes, everyone is fighting for the same cause. “During the week tempers can flare. We are all desperate to do well – two seasons ago – and on a Saturday everyone knows they have to do their jobs. This season they have been spot-on. “We are in a better position all around, the players, the club everything. There are 31 games to go, there is plenty of time to get out of this. “Everything from two and half years ago to now, the club has come on from. The management, the squad, the facilities are different. “There are only four or five (players) left from that time; there has been a big turnaround. There’s a good togetherness, the lads all get on now. Rio (Ferdinand) has come in and he has been impressed with how the lads are together. “He was at Man United for a long time and he can’t believe the togetherness of the lads and the spirit that’s here.” With Rangers currently bottom of the Barclays Premier League and with a tough run of games approaching, Redknapp’s position is reportedly under threat. But Zamora, whose last-gasp play-off final winner secured a top-flight return for QPR last season, does not see the sense in replacing Redknapp – who he says has built a team with the spirit to survive. Bobby Zamora believes it would be “crazy” if Harry Redknapp lost his job as QPR manager. Having taken just four points from their opening seven league games and with Liverpool visiting Loftus Road on Sunday before matches against Aston Villa, Chelsea and Manchester City, Redknapp will know he needs to turn things around. QPR owner Tony Fernandes has publicly backed his manager but may start to develop an itchy trigger-finger in the coming weeks if results do not show signs of improving, although Zamora believes such a move would be unwise. “It is crazy,” he said about the growing speculation over his manager’s future. “Harry has a wealth of experience and has seen it all; relegations, promotions, finals – he’s seen it all. It really is crazy with so many games to go. You can win two games and you’re right back up there. “We are all behind him. He brought most of us in. Harry has supported us and wanted us here. Everyone is behind him and now we have just got to do our part on a matchday. “The press are perhaps making more of this and we are all asked the same question. It hasn’t come to the point where it’s panic stations – far from it. It really is so early.” The 33-year-old Zamora has yet to start a league game for the Hoops this season after penning a new contract with the club over the summer. The former West Ham, Tottenham and Fulham striker was keen to extend his stay at Loftus Road and is believed to have taken a 50 per cent pay cut to do so. Press Associationlast_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Clean Up Their Communities on Labour Day

first_imgStory Highlights Jamaicans are being encouraged to come out and clean up their communities on Labour Day, which is being observed on Tuesday, May 23. “Bring back volunteerism to Labour Day,” she said, while urging citizens to engage in meaningful projects in their respective areas. Jamaicans are being encouraged to come out and clean up their communities on Labour Day, which is being observed on Tuesday, May 23.Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Dr. Janice Lindsay, made the call while speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank on Thursday (May 18) at the agency’s head office in Kingston.“Bring back volunteerism to Labour Day,” she said, while urging citizens to engage in meaningful projects in their respective areas.She said that persons can be involved in the beautification of parks, painting of murals, or the planting of trees.“Whatever it is that is distinctively unique to your respective communities, whether it is something related to your tangible heritage, we are saying come out on Labour Day to restore, preserve and beautify,” she said.Noting the recent heavy rains and damage to the nation’s infrastructure, she said it was an appropriate time for Jamaicans to come together and work to improve their communities.“With the rains that we have been experiencing…it was a disaster but it’s an opportunity for us to really mobilise our people and to get our communities back up and running again,” Dr. Lindsay said.However, the acting Permanent Secretary warned citizens to seek guidance from the relevant agencies, with regard to the cleaning and restoring of monuments in their communities.“If you are undertaking any work on a monument or site, you really ought to work closely with the Jamaica National Heritage Trust to undertake those restoration works,” she emphasised.Labour Day is being observed under the theme ‘Restore…Preserve…Beautify’, with the emphasis on two National Projects – the Ward Theatre and the Central Police Station in Kingston. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Dr. Janice Lindsay, made the call while speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank on Thursday (May 18) at the agency’s head office in Kingston.last_img read more