CBSI-Connect Project Vacancies

CBSI-Connect Project Vacancies

CBSI-Connect Project Vacancies

Regional Security System | Friday, July 3, 2020

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), established by the CARICOM Heads of Government, is seeking suitably qualified individuals to fill the following posts for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) Connect Project – the Transferal of the CBSI-Connect Platform to CARICOM IMPACS:

  • Project Officer, CBSI-Connect Project
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Technician, CBSI-Connect Project
  • Frontend Developer, CBSI-Connect Project

All applications should be submitted to CARICOM IMPACS no later than July 15, 2020 and must include the individual’s nationality, work experience, educational qualifications, summary of professional skills, the contact information of three (3) references (at least two of whom are familiar with your work or education), and other relevant information.

Applications may be sent by emailing careers@carimpacs.org or via mail to The Executive Director, P.O. Box 4585, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad And Tobago. Online applications are strongly recommended.

For full details click here.

CARICOM IMPACS

Prayers For Injured BDF Officers

Prayers For Injured BDF Officers

Prayers For Injured BDF Officers

Regional Security System | Saturday, June 13, 2020

An explosion at the Barbados Defence Force base at Paaragon, christ Church, left two officers injured. (Photo: RSS)

Two officers of the Barbados Defence Force were injured in an explosion at the Paragon, Christ Church base yesterday.

The unfortunate incident left a Chief Petty Officer and a Petty Officer nursing injuries about their bodies.

Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS), Captain (N) Errington Shurland, offered heartfelt wishes on behalf of the RSS management and staff and stated that they were “praying for a speedy recovery” of the injured parties.

He noted that staff of the RSS Headquarters, which is also located at Paragon, had to be evacuated, but were not directly affected by the incident.

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Work Of Former CDEMA Head Lauded

Work Of Former CDEMA Head Lauded

Work Of Former CDEMA Head Lauded

Regional Security System | Monday, June 1, 2020

The RSS has had a “hearty and healthy relationship” with CDEMA, during the tenure of former CDEMA head, Ronald Jackson. (Photo: RSS)

The work of former Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson, recently came in for high praise from Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS), Captain (N) Errington Shurland.

Conveying sentiments on behalf of the RSS Council of Ministers, the Security Chiefs and the management and staff of the RSS Headquarters, Captain Shurland lauded Mr. Jackson for his “sterling contribution” to CDEMA and presented him with a plaque to express gratitude for his service. “Your passion, commitment and dedication to disaster risk management in the Caribbean for the past seven years has been nothing short of outstanding,” he affirmed

The RSS official boasted of the “hearty and healthy relationship” which the two institutions have enjoyed under Mr. Jackson’s tenure, and gave the assurance that the RSS would strive to maintain that bond.

Mr. Jackson was appointed Executive Director of CDEMA on April 3, 2013. He has provided sterling leadership of the regional coordination and responses to Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent after the Christmas Trough in 2013; Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica in 2015; Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017; Hurricane Dorian in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in 2019 and in the current COVID-19 Pandemic now affecting the region.

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Prisons Equipped to Fight COVID-19

Prisons Equipped to Fight COVID-19

Prisons Equipped to Fight COVID-19

Regional Security System | Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Members of the Barbados Defence Force transferring sanitizing supplies for shipment. (Photo: RSS)

Prisons in Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are now better equipped to combat the infection and transmission of COVID-19.

Executive Director of the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS), Lt. Col. Michael Jones and Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS), Captain (N) Errington Shurland, handed over various basic sanitation supplies to Superintendent of the Barbados Prison Service, Lt. Col. John Nurse, during a brief presentation at the RSS Air Wing, earlier today. Lt. Col. Jones then made a similar presentation to the Superintendent of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prison Service, Brenton Charles, along with British Resident Coordinator, Steve Moore, at the Argyle International Airport.

Executive Director of CARICOM IMPACS, Major Michael Jones and Executive Director of the RSS, Captain (N) Errington Shurland, handing over sanitation supplies to Superintendent of the Barbados Prison Service, Lt. Col. John Nurse. (Photo: RSS)

The items which were donated include infrared thermometers, cleaning products such as disinfectant, liquid soap, bleach and hand sanitizers, among other necessary supplies, all in accordance with guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation for the prevention and control of the pandemic in prisons.

The Prison Service of Suriname also benefited from the donations, and their supplies were recently airlifted from the Grantley Adams International Airport by Surinam Airways. Nine other CARICOM Member States will also receive supplies over the next week.

The handover of the supplies are a joint effort of CARICOM IMPACS, the British High Commission in Port of Spain and the RSS, which will be transporting the items to the various Member States.

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Regional Secondary School Essay Competition Winners Announced

Regional Secondary School Essay Competition Winners Announced

Regional Secondary School Essay Competition Winners Announced

Regional Security System | Monday, May 11, 2020

Students in the CARICOM region are commended for the high quality of essays the CCC received.​ (Stock photo)

The CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) is pleased to announce the winners of its Inaugural Regional Secondary School Essay Competition, which concluded on March 31, 2020. The competition was a key component of the advocacy drive by the CCC to foster a competition and consumer culture in the region, from the ground up. Students were challenged to think about the importance and benefits of competition and consumer protection laws to the region. The CCC received 50 entries from students across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Students in the CARICOM region are commended for the high quality of essays the CCC received, and for their creativity in the use of pictures and videos in some instances to articulate their views on the benefits of competition and consumer protection laws.

There were two age categories for students: ages 12-15 and 16-19.  They were asked to write on one of two topics:

  1. “How does fair competition among businesses benefit me and my region?” and
  2. “How does consumer protection law benefit me and my Region.?”

It gives the CCC great pleasure to announce the winners of the two age categories as follows:

Ages 12-15 students

First place USD $1000: Hadassah Cuffy, Basseterre High School, St. Kitts & Nevis

Second place USD $750: Hadiah McBean, St Joseph Secondary, Guyana

Third place USD $500: Hayley-Shai Kassie, Montserrat Secondary School, Montserrat

Ages 16-19 students

First place USD $1000: Jerome Samuels, Jamaica College, Jamaica

Second place USD $750: Celeste Samuel, ASJA Girls’ College San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago

Second place USD $750: Simone Ann Cruz, Sacred Heart College, Belize

Given the high level of essays submitted, the Commission also wishes to identify the following students whose quality essays need special mention:

Ages 12-15 students

Kya Knight, Deighton Griffith Secondary School, Barbados

Lorenzo Cuellar, Belize High School, Belize

Darius Payne, Naparima College, Trinidad & Tobago

Jude Mahase, Naparima College, Trinidad & Tobago

Jamal Mosely, Deighton Griffith Secondary School, Barbados

Ages 16-19 students

Toushanae Norris, Campion College, Jamaica

Zachary Ramsumair, Naparima College, Trinidad & Tobago

Raheed Gilzene, St Jago High School, Jamaica

Serena Blair, Black River High School, Jamaica

Jahmari Beecher, St. Mary’s College, Jamaica

The CCC specially thanks our judges and all independent regional experts who contributed in no small way to the competition’s success:

  1. Mr. Bevan Narinesingh- Trinidad and Tobago Fair Trading Competition
  2. Prof. Emerita Hazel Simmonds McDonald – University of the West Indies (recommended by the CXC)
  3. Dr. Brian Francis- Barbados Fair Trading Commission
  4. Mr. Hans Lim A Po – Former CCC Commissioner
  5. Ms. Annmarie Grant from Jamaica Fair Trading Commission

All essays were second marked by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) who are commended for a thorough and timely job:

  • Dr. Dickson Osuala
  • Mr. Antonio Fletcher

This regional essay competition would not have been possible without the partnership of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) who funded the competition and provided the consumer videos used to sensitise students across the region,; the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and Barbados Fair Trading Commission (BFTC) who provided sponsorship; the excellent advocacy by the national competition and consumer authorities in the CSME in promoting the competition in their respective jurisdictions; the Ministries of Education in each participating Member State; and the teachers who ensured that as many students as possible participated in this inaugural competition. Thanks also to Naparima College, Trinidad for hosting live lectures by the CCC and sharing the live coverage on their Facebook page.

CARICOM Competition Commission

RSS 10th EDF Project – Newsletter

RSS 10th EDF Project – Newsletter

RSS 10th EDF Project - Newsletter

Regional Security System | Friday, April 30, 2020

The RSS 10th European Development Fund Project of activities sought to contribute to capacity-building and institutional response to illicit trafficking by strengthening capacities of law enforcement and other border security agencies to address illicit trafficking, and enhance existing rehabilitation initiatives in correctional facilities for inmates. The project also sought to build public support for law enforcement initiatives and promote public understanding of other social and criminal aspects which contribute to the criminogenic environment and remain part of the contemporary regional crime environment by hosting a series of panel discussions on key areas of national and regional security.

Below is the RSS Newsletter highlighting the various programmes and activities executed under the 10th EDF Project.