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Share Share Sharing is caring! Share 56 Views no discussions NewsRegional CARICOM advances relations with Sweden, Netherlands by: Caribbean 360 – May 13, 2016 Tweet CARICOM SECRETARY-GENERAL, AMBASSADOR IRWIN, LAROCQUE (THIRD FROM RIGHT IN BACK ROW) AND MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF CARICOM AT THE 19TH MEETING OF COFCOR.KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Friday May 13, 2016 (Caribbean 360) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Foreign Ministers have put measures in place for closer cooperation with Sweden and the Netherlands even as they seek to place issues impacting the development of Small Island Developing and Low-lying States (SIDS) in the spotlight.The Ministers, at their just concluded 19th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, met their counterparts from the two European Union (EU) Member States.Aware of Netherlands’ strategic position as the current President of the EU, COFCOR engaged the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders on climate change, particularly its impact on SIDS and low lying States. While acknowledging the diplomatic success of COP21, the urgency of operationalisation of the Agreement was stressed. The concerns of the Community over blacklisting by EU Member States, and the withdrawal of correspondent banking services, both of which had an adverse impact on CARICOM States, were also presented to the Minister.Discussions with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom centred on issues such as climate change, renewable energy, water management, ocean security, citizen security, as well as a proposal by Sweden and the Nordic countries to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate cooperation in a range of areas.According to the Communique issued at the end of the Meeting, Foreign Ministers also considered CARICOM’s relations with a number of other Third States, and regional groupings, as well as with important development partners with whom the region enjoys long-standing ties.In acknowledging that many of these relationships were undergoing dynamic changes, they considered how best to position CARICOM to take advantage of these changing realities. They also deliberated on the Region’s priorities and challenges within key regional, hemispheric and multilateral bodies including the United Nations, the ACS and CELAC.Given the importance of the maritime environment to the sustainable development of SIDS, the Ministers discussed the Region’s response to matters relating to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ). In this regard, they called for greater representation of CARICOM Member States at the annual meeting of the International Sea Bed Authority (ISA).The Ministers pledged the Community’s continued commitment to the work of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). They welcomed Cuba’s appointment as Chair of the Executive Board of the ACS, and their hosting of the Seventh ACS Summit scheduled for June 4 in Cuba, and reaffirmed the importance of CARICOM’s participation at the highest level.
College Football Betting Lines Week 4Iowa vs. RutgersIowa -13Iowa lost last week to a FCS school but North Dakota St. could beat a lot of FBS teams. They have enough respect that they are just outside the AP Top 25. While the loss doesn’t look great on paper it is not as bad as it seems. On the other hand Rutgers is a really bad team. Iowa should be able to rebound this week and take care of Rutgers.Florida State vs. USFFlorida State -5Yes I saw how bad Florida State got beat last week by Louisville. Louisville is that good of a team and Lamar Jackson is the real deal. USF has played nobody close to the caliber of team Florida State is. They have top recruits year after year. They did beat a pretty good Ole Miss team in week one. They need to prove themselves to America again after last week and they will want to make a statement this week.Wisconsin vs. Michigan StateMichigan State -4.5Both of these teams have an impressive win already in the young season over a non-conference opponent but I really like Michigan State in this one. The Spartans have the better defense and finally got the offense going a little bit last week. Wisconsin is dealing with some injuries including to both running backs that could stop them from scoring against that Sparty defense.Central Michigan vs. VirginiaCentral Michigan -3Central Michigan needs to try and avoid a trap game here after starting off the season strong and going to a 0-3 opponent. While Virginia is not as good as a lot of the other power schools, they are still a power school. I really like Central because of Senior QB Cooper Rush. He’s putting together a solid season for himself.Stanford vs. UCLAStanford -3This is a game that intrigues me. UCLA has one of the best QBs in the country in Josh Rosen but the offense has been pretty hit or miss all season. Meanwhile they get a break in being at home against Stanford. The Cardinals might be one of the best coached football teams there is and are always ready for the big game. Christian McCaffrey doing it all is a nice help too that UCLA can’t overcome.East Carolina vs. Virginia TechOver 57Here are two offenses certainly capable of putting up over 30 points each and maybe over 40 in this one. Neither defense is that strong either with Virginia Tech allowing 45 to Tennessee in its main game and NC State scoring 33 against ECU for its best opposing offense. This one should hit the 30s on both sides. Pages: 1 2 Related TopicsNCAA LinesNCAA OddsNFLNFL LinesNFL Odds Brandon Urasek While a pharmacy major at Toledo by day, Brandon Urasek is now making his mark in the journalism scene specializing in fantasy football and all things Cleveland sports. A five time fantasy football league champ and two time runner-up in ten tries, Brandon strives to help people with their lineups each week in both personal and weekly fantasy leagues in addition to covering the other various Cleveland teams. Follow Brandon on twitter @burasek10
WASHINGTON – The national economy is smoothly motoring into the second quarter, although a yellow flag signals a warning on inflation. Factories have cranked up activity, builders have boosted construction spending to a record high and consumers have opened their pocketbooks ever wider, according to a trio of economic reports Monday that suggested that the economy possessed strong momentum. But inflation picked up, too. “Households and corporations are still very active and are creating economic momentum, which is tremendously encouraging news for the economy,” said Carl Tannenbaum, chief economist at LaSalle Bank. “The only dark cloud comes from the news on prices, which are going up.” In a second report, the Commerce Department said total construction spending in March climbed to $1.199 trillion, on an annualized basis, surpassing the previous record high set in February. That marked a 0.9 percent increase. Private builders ramped up spending on a variety of projects in March, including residential construction and factories. The government also spent more on big public-works projects, including power plants. “The construction engine was firing on all cylinders,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist of The Associated General Contractors of America. In another report from the department, consumer spending rose 0.6 percent in March, an improvement from February’s 0.2 percent increase. Consumer spending plays a key role in shaping overall economic activity. Incomes, the fuel for future spending, advanced 0.8 percent in March. That was up from a 0.3 percent increase in February and was the largest gain since September. Income includes government payments as well as wages. Payments from the new Medicare prescription drug plan had the effect of helping to boost overall income in March. Wages, meanwhile, grew by a moderate 0.4 percent for the second month in a row. The spending and income figures are not adjusted for inflation. When adjusted for inflation, consumer spending looked more subdued, rising by 0.2 percent in both February and March. An inflation gauge tied to the consumer report revealed inflation accelerated. The measure showed that prices – excluding energy and food – went up 0.3 percent in March, compared with a tiny 0.1 percent increase in February. Over the past 12 months, these “core” prices rose by 2 percent – considered the upper boundary of the Fed’s comfort zone for inflation. The inflation reading didn’t include the big run-up in oil prices seen two weeks ago. At that time, oil prices topped $75 a barrel, a record high. Prices have retreated a bit since then. To fend off inflation, the Fed is expected to boost a key interest rate to 5 percent at its May 10 meeting. After May, some economists believe the Fed will move to the sidelines for a while to assess how its rate increases are affecting economic activity. Others, however, predict that the Fed will be forced to push up its key rate to 5.50 percent in the months ahead to prevent inflation from taking off. Thus far, the economy is zipping ahead despite rising interest rates and energy prices.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventA report from the Institute for Supply Management showed manufacturing activity grew briskly in April. The group’s manufacturing index jumped to 57.3 in April, from 55.2 in March, for the strongest showing in six months. The report also showed prices are rising not only for energy but also for other commodities, such as aluminum and copper. “The indicators of prices … are beginning to point more clearly toward inflation pressures,” said Stephen Stanley, chief economist at RBS Greenwich Capital. Moreover, the sinking value of the U.S. dollar – which fell to a seven-month low against the Japanese yen – also raises some inflation concerns. A weaker dollar can increase the prices of imported goods flowing into the United States. That in turn can give U.S. companies more leeway to boost their own prices. On Wall Street, stocks finished lower. The Dow Jones industrials lost 23.85 points.