Vice Chancellor of the University of West Indies (UWI) Professor Hilary Beckles says regional governments are clearing arrears to the institution.During a press conference on Thursday at the UWI’s Cave Hill campus in Barbados, Beckles said progress is being made in recouping millions of dollars. He revealed the selection made by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders for Prime Minister Timothy Harris of St. Kitts Nevis to negotiate settlement of the receivables with fellow prime ministers was working well. “In the last four months, Prime Minister Harris has spoken to all the Prime Ministers. He has put in place a system where his office is engaging all of them to speak about how to get these receivables made available to the UWI.Significant strides made “So far he has made significant strides. A number of countries, especially in the Eastern Caribbean [have] paid significant blocks of revenue into to us as a result of his shuttle diplomacy,” Sir Hilary disclosed.Beckles noted that although Barbados is experiencing serious economic challenges, it is treating the money owed to the university as a national debt with a pledge never to renege on its financial obligation Performing assets accepted The Vice Chancellor noted that the methodology which the university had presented to the Government leaders proposed that where they could not give cash, performing assets would suffice to strengthen the UWI’s balance sheets and improve future revenues.“After his engagement with the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Prime Minister [Keith] Rowley, who is a great supporter of this… in fact, in that meeting with the heads, Prime Minister Rowley is one of those who said “we have to make good… our financial relations with the UWI.”Sir Hilary told reporters that Rowley also signed an agreement with the university to transfer a brand new state-of-the-art public hospital in East Trinidad as a performing asset.The UWI Vice Chancellor also said that other Caribbean countries are working through other strategies.He also disclosed that the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne has committed to writing a cheque every month for the next six months to the university.
Team Sky superstar Philip Deignan is hosting a meet and greet event at the An Grianan Theatre this Saturday morning.The Donegal cyclist has enjoyed a superb season for Team Sky and a large crowd is expected to engage in a Q&A session with the popular Letterkenny native.Deignan will only be in the county for a very short stop over, as he has to go back to an intense training camp in preparation for the 2015 season. However, organisers of the meet and greet, are encouraging as many cyclists as possible to come out and show your support for a cyclist that has put Donegal on the map.Deignan has enjoyed an incredible season with Team Sky and played a leading role in the major tours and one-day races on the biggest stage in world cycling.Deignan has agreed to ride with everyone on Saturday morning, take photos and will sign jerseys.Deignan has never forgot his cycling roots in Donegal and prides himself as being an ordinary club man. Deignan has been an extraordinary ambassador to Irish and Donegal cycling and equally as impressive is the modesty in which he conducts himself in.This event will take place this Saturday morning, and sign-in opens at 10am in the An Grianan Theatre.Deignan will address everyone from the stage in the theatre before embarking on a questions and answers session.To end the event, Gardaí will lead a bike spin for a short distance to suit all ages young and old on a relaxed pace.Deignan will then return to An Grianan for refreshments and give cycling enthusiasts the personal opportunity to meet the hero himself. #makingdreamsareality.MEET TEAM SKY CYCLIST PHILIP DEIGNAN THIS WEEKEND AT THE AN GRIANAN THEATRE was last modified: November 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CYCLISTmeet and greetnewsPhilip DeignanSportTeam Sky read more