Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 19th 2015 Contents Cuban migrants sleep on the floor at a border post with Nicaragua in Penas Blancas, Costa Rica Monday.
Nicaragua on Sunday closed its border with Costa Rica to hundreds of Cubans headed for the United States,
stoking diplomatic tensions over a growing wave of migrants making the journey north from the Communist-
ruled island. REUTERS PHOTO
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Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training
Technology Transfer for the Caribbean Region
The Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean (BCRC-Caribbean) is a
regional institution established under a Framework Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and
Tobago and the joint secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and provided with its legal status
through Act #2 of 2008 of the Laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The institution assists countries in the
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specifically with wastes and chemicals management.
The BCRC-Caribbean's core functional areas include technology research, development and Implementation; training;
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ices to its Caribbean Member States, the BCRC-Caribbean maintains a small national staff complement of four persons
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Applications for the following position within its National Staff complement:
Research Analyst (1 position)
Reporting directly to the Director of the BCRC-Caribbean, the Research Analyst will be responsible for the provision of
technical and administrative support in order to facilitate the objectives of the Centre and its fulfilment of its regional roles.
o Organize and create programmes of research including
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wastes and chemicals management.
o Assist in the assessment of training needs for member
countries in the Caribbean through research and
collaboration with relevant parties and stakeholders.
o Plan, organize and coordinate surveys and in-depth
investigations into Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm and
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under the Basel Convention and other relevant MEAs.
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the work of the BCRC, the Basel Convention and other
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on behalf of the BCRC.
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related discipline with post-graduate qualifications in
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o Five (5) years' experience in a research field. Preference
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field of Waste and Chemicals Management.
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Office Suite software.
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HAVANA---Cuban officials blamed
the United States late Tuesday for
instigating a surge in the number of
Cuban migrants attempting to reach
the US through Central America amid
ongoing efforts to normalise relations
between the former Cold War foes.
In a statement aired on the govern-
ment s nightly broadcast, Cuba s Min-
istry of Foreign Relations said US policy
allowing nearly all Cuban migrants who
reach US soil to stay contradicts ongoing
efforts to renew relations between the
"This policy encourages illegal emi-
gration from Cuba to the United States
and constitutes a violation of the letter
and spirit of the migration accords,"
the statement read.
The statement marked Cuba s first
official response to the swell of migrants
fleeing the island since Presidents
Barack Obama and Raul Castro
announced plans to restore diplomatic
ties nearly one year ago.
The situation intensified Sunday
when Nicaraguan troops forcefully
pushed Cuban migrants trying to cross
the border en route to the United States
back into neighbouring Costa Rica.
Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel
Gonzalez said in a radio interview Tues-
day that there are nearly 2,000 people
currently at the border being blocked
by Nicaraguan soldiers from entering
the country. He proposed the creation
of a "humanitarian corridor" for Cubans
transiting Central America.
"We have to do something with
them, give them a solution," Gonzalez
said. "They want to continue. Even
though a government sends the army
after a peaceful migrant population,
they are going to find a way to go."
More than 45,000 Cubans arrived
at US checkpoints along the border
between Texas and Mexico in the fiscal
year that ended in September. Many
migrants from the island fear that the
reestablishment of diplomatic ties
between Washington and Havana may
bring an end to the "wet-foot, dry foot"
policy permitting most Cuban migrants
Those who flee Cuba on raft and are
caught by the US Coast Guard at sea
are usually returned.
US officials have stated they do not
have any intention of changing current
immigration policy toward Cuba. The
US and Cuba have held regular meet-
ings on migration accords since the
Cuban officials have repeatedly asked
that Washington rescind the "wet-foot,
dry foot" policy, saying it encourages
Cubans to attempt perilous trips that
have claimed an untold number of lives.
Costa Rica announced Friday that it
was issuing special seven-day transit
visas for Cuban migrants. The proposed
humanitarian corridor would seek to
protect their rights as they travel north
through Central America.
Ecuador does not require Cubans to
obtain visas, so many begin their jour-
Immigration authorities in Costa Rica
say another group of 1,500 Cubans who
crossed into the country Saturday from
Panama are making their way north.
About 300 Cubans are expected to
arrive at Costa Rica s southern border
each day. (AP)
Cuban migrants sleep on the floor at a border post with Nicaragua in Penas
Blancas, Costa Rica, Monday. REUTERS PHOTO
Cuba blames US
surge of migrants
from islandIn a statement aired on the
government's nightly broadcast,
Cuba's Ministry of Foreign
Relations said US policy allowing
nearly all Cuban migrants who
reach US soil to stay contradicts
ongoing efforts to renew
relations between the countries.
"This policy encourages illegal
emigration from Cuba to the
United States and constitutes a
violation of the letter and spirit
of the migration accords," the
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