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Peace as the new normal – Caribbean News Now

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Dear Sir:

In the words of the Beatles’ song A Day in the Life: “I read the news today, oh boy…”

North Korea shoots off more missiles, ships are seized in the Strait of Hormuz, countries worldwide are facing political chaos, and immigration crises abound as people flee intolerable conditions in their homelands, all brought on by conflict and violence. 

Has this become the New Normal, and if so, is this the new normal we truly want? We think not.

No sane human being wants conflict and violence. However, over time, we have created a culture in which conflict and violence are seen as the only solutions to irreconcilable differences.

Fortunately, there are better ways to solve social problems. One proven way to resolve differences is by utilizing a ground-breaking and effective means for ending conflict and violence: Invincible Defense Technology (IDT).

Invincible Defense Technology: A non-religious, humane and beneficial approach

The practical components of IDT are the non-religious Transcendental Meditation (TM) and the more advanced TM-Sidhi programs. When large groups of experts practice these programs together, a powerful field effect of coherence and peace is generated that spills over into the surrounding population, thereby raising the collective consciousness to come up with more humane solutions to social problems.

Extensive peer-reviewed scientific research repeatedly confirms measurable decreases in war deaths, terrorism, and crime when IDT is utilized. A recent study published in May 2019 in Studies in Asian Social Science, 6(2), 1-45, found that IDT implementation by students was associated with a 96.2 percent decline in sociopolitical violence in the war-torn country of Cambodia as compared to violence in the preceding three years.

Due to the extensive research, the non-profit organization Global Union of Scientists for Peace (GUSP) advocates IDT as a simple and cost-effective approach for reducing the societal stresses thought to be the underlying cause of such social problems (see: https://www.gusp.org/global-peace-summit).

Invincible defense technology is cost-effective

Any military is capable of training and maintaining groups of experts in the advanced IDT strategy. This prevention wing of the military would practice IDT programs twice a day in large groups, defusing social tensions. The collective consciousness of all populations would rise through the influences of greater harmony and peace. Those who have engaged in violence will no longer do so. Studies have shown repeatedly that this method works – and will continue to work as long as the peace-creating groups are maintained.

Implementation

IDT is not restricted to the military. Any large group of experts trained in the advanced IDT techniques can accomplish the same goals of alleviating terror and violence by practicing this approach in groups twice a day. These groups could be comprised of congregations at places of worship, prisoners, the elderly in retirement homes, even students such as documented in Studies in Asian Social Science. Theoretically, immigrants awaiting processing could volunteer to be trained in the advanced IDT techniques and placed on cruise ships parked offshore from trouble spots for the duration, thereby alleviating immigration crises as well.

The important factor is for the advanced IDT techniques to be performed by trained experts consistently in groups twice a day. Simply by doing this, violence and conflict would be eradicated, according to the numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies summarized on the GUSP website.

Nothing else has worked

Up until now; violence has historically been the response to national differences, despite its costs both in financial and human terms. Thankfully, in the words of Nobel Prize-winning songwriter Bob Dylan: “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” Currently, militaries are utilizing IDT training for their personnel, with positive societal results for their countries.

Give peace a chance

Time is ripe for the creation of a Department of Peace to utilize IDT as a means of creating lasting peace.

As early as 1979, a bill was introduced in Congress to create a US Department of Peace; this bill has been re-introduced in each session of Congress from 2001 to 2011. In 2013 it was re-introduced as H.R. 1111 and is currently supported by 40 cosponsors.

Creating a US Department of Peace is also a leading campaign issue for one of the current 2020 US presidential candidates, with the intent of co-coordinating the international peace-building agencies that already exist as well as local peace-building efforts in a way to transform society from one of violence to one of peaceful resolution. IDT is a powerful field-tested tool to facilitate this transformation.

What the world needs now

What is needed now is for all leaders worldwide to recognize the benefits to their nations in utilizing a peaceful, more effective proven way of resolving differences without creating conflict and violence. IDT is that proven way; and now is the time to utilize IDT to resolve tensions and eliminate political chaos globally once and for all.

By Arlene J. Schar and Dr. David Leffler



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UK tourist 'shot dead' in robbery in Argentina

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One man was killed and another injured during a suspected robbery in Buenos Aires, according to local media.



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Claudette Joseph receives pre-action protocol letter from PM Mitchell

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by Linda Straker

  • Seven days from 13 December 2019 to respond to pre-action protocol letter
  • Letter demands cease and desist from repeating the claim; apologise and pay compensation of EC$350,000

Claudette Joseph, the Public Relations Officer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has seven days from 13 December 2019 to respond to a pre-action protocol letter from Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell. If she fails to comply with the demands, a defamatory lawsuit will be filed against her in the civil court.

The letter to Joseph said that on 2 December in a live news conference from the headquarters of the NDC, she uttered words that can have negative effects on the Prime Minister who is the Minister for Finance and is also the person under whose ministry the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme falls.

“You made certain statements on behalf of the NDC about our client which we believe are defamatory in nature, and geared to impugn on his good name, his standing and reputation,” said the letter from the law firm of Nigel Stewarts and Associates. “These statements are therefore completely false and malicious in all respect and were intentionally made by you to cause damage to our client’s reputation.” The letter demands that Joseph, who is a lawyer by profession, cease and desist from repeating the claim; apologise and pay compensation of EC$350,000.

In the news conference whose speakers were former Political Leader and Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas, and Joseph — who was elected to the PRO role in early November 2019 — they expressed concern about the recent Al Jazeera production called “Diplomat passports for Sale.”  The documentary is claiming that several Caribbean islands with citizenship by investment programmes are selling diplomat passports.

The segment on Grenada focused on the failed Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture project which was to be located in St Mark. While speaking on the matter, Joseph said that the Prime Minister was also an investor in the project and directed members of media to watch a Youtube video where he is disclosing the information.

“Our client denies uttering those words but merely to say that he has invested in the parish,” the letter informed Joseph.

The Prime Minister is known to own a historic house in St Mark which is undergoing significant refurbishing and upgrading.

As for the project, in October 2018, government placed a notice on its CBI website announcing the suspension of applications in respect of the project until further notice. In March 2019, the Prime Minister announced that an investigation was been conducted. An update is yet to be provided.

The letters ended by informing Joseph that failure to comply with the demands of the letter will give the firm no choice to proceed with legal action.

Calls to Joseph for a comment on the development proved futile as her telephone went unanswered.

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Request for Pension Certificate | NOW Grenada

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All government pensioners and ex-gratia recipients and advance payment recipients are reminded that the deadline for submission of Pension Life Certificates for the period 1 January to 30 June 2020 is 31 December 2019.

Pensioners who have not yet submitted their Life Certificates are asked to do so immediately so that their pension payments can be processed.

Kindly ensure that the correct information is included on the Life Certificate and that it is signed and stamped by an Official Certifier: a Justice of the Peace, Medical Practitioner, Minister of Religion, Barrister-at-Law or Permanent Secretary.

Additionally, pensioners who are able to present themselves in person to the Ministry of Finance can have their certificates, certified, by the Permanent Secretary or Deputy Permanent Secretaries, with proper national identification, such as passport, driver’s licence or voter’s registration card.

Pensioners residing in a foreign country are to be attested by a Notary Public, Head of Overseas Mission or Consulate Office of Grenada.

Ministry of Finance

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