Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders met with United States Vice President Mike Pence on the margins of the final day of the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru.Caricom Heads of State and delegation meeting with members of the US CongressSecond Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge told the Department of Public Information (DPI), following the meeting, that Caribbean leaders “took advantage” of the opportunity to dialogue with Vice President Pence.“It was a good opportunity to at least exchange ideas at practically the highest level in the United States,” Minister Greenidge said. Greenidge noted Vice President Pence confirmed that the US remained interested in the Caribbean and Latin America.During the meeting, the Caricom Heads of State and delegations also had discussions with the Vice President’s team, including the new Head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).“It was a wide-ranging discussion. The Caribbean raised many of the problems they would have raised before, but also looked at an ongoing framework of cooperation with the US and setting a scene for the types of discussions that may arise,” Minister Greenidge explained.The discussions, in relation to Guyanese concerns, were along the lines of migration and crime and security. “We share, of course, some of the other things the Caribbean would normally have,” Minister Greenidge added.These include resilience, the problem of de-risking and the disappearance of correspondent banking. The regional leaders also raised concerns over the rigid formulation and enforcement of rules without reference to the so-called collateral damage that they may pose, especially on small States, Minister Greenidge noted.The Caribbean Region is considered the “third border” for the United States. The US State Department notes that the US’s Caribbean 2020 multi-year strategy seeks to engage the Caribbean Region “in the areas of security, diplomacy, prosperity, energy, education, and health”. This will be coordinated by the State Department and USAID.Following the meeting with Vice President Pence, the Caricom leaders were also engaged by several members of the US Congress.The Caricom Heads of State and delegations were participating in the eight Summit of the Americas, which was hosted by the Organisation of the American States under the theme “Democratic Governance against Corruption”.World leaders from the Caribbean, Latin America, the US and Canada adopted the Lima Commitment in line with the theme and have pledged to do more to eradicate corruption in public office.
…walks free as time served on remand compensated for sentenceAfter spending the last 11 years on remand for murder, Rayon Dick called “Bushes” on Wednesday confessed to the lesser count of manslaughter before Justice Navindra Singh, during the case hearing at the Demerara High Court.Dick was initially slapped with a murder charge detailing that on November 11, 2007, in the county of Essequibo, he murdered 55-year-old Hubert Albert called “Uncle Bertie”, however, his guilty plea was accepted for the lesser count of manslaughter.After accepting the plea, Justice Singh considered the years Dick already spent on remand and noted that those years would have been the duration of his initial sentence for the lesser offence, as such he was allowed to walk a free man.The state’s case was presented by Prosecutor Teriq Mohammed in association with Tuanna Hardy, while the former accused was represented by Attorney Mark Conway.According to Police reports, the deceased of Port Kiatuma, Region One (Barima-Waini), was a cook at a mining camp in the North West District (NWD). On the day in question, Albert was murdered at about 08:30h at White Creek Backdam, NWD.Investigations had revealed that Albert was in the camp preparing a meal when Dick had entered, and being armed with a knife, dealt the deceased several stab wounds about his body. “Bushes” was later arrested and the murder weapon recovered.