__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook Hurricane Cristobal passed by hundreds of miles out to sea, but the storm’s 75 mph winds sent some great surf to Ocean City on Thursday.Surfers awoke Thursday morning to an overhead swell groomed by light offshore winds, and all of Ocean City’s best breaks were crowded through the morning.The storm is traveling quickly on a track over the open water of the Atlantic Ocean, and the swell is not expected to last into Friday.The gallery above includes images from Thursday in Ocean City. Feel free to add you own images by using the upload buttons below:[ngg_uploader id=31]
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Tweet 27 Views no discussions Share NewsRegional CARICOM civil society-government forum agrees on structure for improved interaction by: – November 14, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share CARICOM flag. Image via: flags.netPARAMARIBO, Suriname — Representatives of civil society and regional governments have endorsed a structure for improved interaction among decision-making organs and bodies of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), governments and civil society. The endorsement came at the conclusion of a technical meeting of civil society and government representatives in Paramaribo, Suriname, 7-8 November. The meeting was the last activity of the CARICOM Civil Society Project. The project, which was supported by the European Union (EU) and executed by the CARICOM Secretariat, began in 2010, and was aimed at promoting civil society participation and engagement in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The two-day meeting was a follow-up activity to national and regional consultations that were held as part of the project. Delegates at the meeting included social and economic partners in the region and senior officials of various government ministries of member states. Its objective was the consideration of a regional strategic framework (RSF) and plan of action. Participants got the opportunity to exchange views on how best CARICOM stakeholders could work together to achieve common development goals.Delegates adopted the new structure for dialogue and partnership based on one of the options set out in the RSF. The options were widely seen as attempts to fulfill the mandates of the conference of heads of government of CARICOM as articulated in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, the CARICOM Charter of Civil Society, and the 2002 Liliendaal Statement of Principles on Forward Together. Of particular importance, was the latter’s recognition that “the establishment of mechanisms for continuous dialogue between the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community and civil society is an essential way to complement relevant programmes to ensure social reconstruction, cohesiveness, peace, poverty reduction and equity that could enhance regional integration and make the community more economically viable.”The highlight of the forum was a break-out session on the first day, where participants were split into working groups to brain-storm on three dimensions of the emergent framework, namely: (i) outcomes desired from the engagement process; (ii) a proposed structure to facilitate the achievements of these outcomes; and (iii) modalities for financing the operationalisation of the model. An outcomes document generated at the technical meeting takes into account elements of the outcomes, structure, and financing of the framework. The framework will be brought to the attention of the relevant councils of the Community.Caribbean News Now