CARICOM Chair wants concrete action from US-CARICOM Summit

first_img Apr 10, 2015 Defining the Summit, held on the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, as “a real live working relationship,” Prime Minister Christie said it reinforced the symbiotic bond that existed between the US and the Region. The meeting, Co-chaired by Prime Minister Christie and President Obama, is the third between the two parties. It is however, the first specifically dedicated to discussing common challenges in a dedicated place, the CARICOM Chair observed. Previous encounters took place in the margins of Summits of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009 and Colombia in 2012. Thursday’s Summit follows on the heels of another high level engagement between Caribbean leaders and US Vice President Joe Biden, late January in Washington DC at the Caribbean Energy Security Summit. The key areas of focus of this engagement: Competitiveness, Security, and Energy, could not be more relevant as crime and security ranked high among the principle threats and obstacles to growth, Prime Minister Christie stated. He said CARICOM was dedicated to building competitiveness which would maintain the progress it had made it the areas of human and social development, and employment, particularly for the youth. “As small states, we have long recognized the value of pooling our resources. We have adjusted our priorities to rebound from the crisis of 2009. However, it is clear that the magnitude of the issues often overwhelms the resources which CARICOM can collectively bring to bear,” PM Christie said. Against that backdrop, he said CARICOM was pleased with the shift in US policy with respect to supporting concessional development financing for the Region in three defined areas: energy, climate change and disaster management. Noting the high value CARICOM placed on its co-operation and the collaboration with the United States in security, Prime Minister Christie stressed the urgency of addressing transnational crime, illegal migration, and the importation of guns. “More must be done in a practical way to stop the crime. Let us work together to build a zone of peace; to stop crime; to end the violence; promote our young and ensure our common futures.” “Our resolve to build a better world in peace and prosperity is reinforced by this visit and these discussions,” Prime Minister Christie told the US President. In this regard, he noted CARICOM’s support of the Nuclear Framework Agreement with Iran in which the US played a major role under President Obama, and the normalization of relations between the US and Cuba. Energy, Security, Competitiveness commitments: CARICOM-US… CARICOM says new US$70M initiative could spur youth… The encounter between the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the President of the United States (US), Barack Obama, should mark a new and positive beginning for CARICOM-US relations, according to Chair of CARICOM, the Hon. Perry Christie. In his address to the opening ceremony of the CARICOM-US Summit on Thursday 9 April, the Prime Minister of The Bahamas said: “The outcome of our discussions today will no doubt strengthen the partnership between us. Let build on these discussions, seeing them as part of a continuing conversation, and leaving here with a concrete set of actions which we mean to accomplish.” You may be interested in… Apr 10, 2015center_img Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… President Obama’s Town Hall Meeting with young leaders… CARICOM Chair advocates for youth development at CARICOM-US Summit[su_pullquote]“Let there be no mistake today. Our mission is as great an opportunity as we can have in our time, to review the important issues of our time. At the core of the mission is that of the development of our people, to make their lives better, free from crime…April 9, 2015In “CARICOM”Stage set for CARICOM talks with US PresidentCompetitiveness, energy and security will be the focus of the highly anticipated Summit between the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. The event takes place on Thursday 9 April in Kingston, Jamaica. Co-chaired by Chairman of CARICOM…April 7, 2015In “CARICOM”‘We have to act now’ – President Obama on energy, climate changePresident of the United States of America Barack Obama said a key focus of the CARICOM-US Summit would be to discuss issues related to energy. He said the CARICOM Region had some of the highest energy costs in the world and noted that Caribbean countries were particularly vulnerable to the…April 9, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Apr 23, 2015 Apr 13, 2015last_img read more

Allen & Overy slashes £15m from staff costs

first_imgMagic circle firm Allen & Overy saved almost £15m last year through outsourcing and staff cuts, published accounts have revealed.The firm’s highest-paid members received £1.67m. The international firm reduced personnel numbers in 2013/14 from 4,628 to 4,439 and cut costs by outsourcing back-office work to Belfast.The Northern Ireland office opened in July 2011 and last year pledged to recruit up to 100 people over the coming five years.Accounts filed today with Companies House show that staff costs fell despite staff bonuses across the group increasing by 9.6% to £31m in 2013/14.Profit before tax for the year ending 30 April 2014 was £532m – an increase of 7% year on year. Average profit per full partner increased 6.7% to £1.12m.Turnover grew 1.6% to £1.2bn. Profit distribution ranges from £669,000 for a partner with 20 profit-sharing points to £1.67m for a partner with the maximum of 50 profit-sharing points. ‘Our banking and litigation business grew strongly but the volatile market provided a challenge to our capital markets and corporate businesses,’ the firm stated.‘We continue to see intense competition, pricing challenges and pressure from clients to reduce total legal spend.’The accounts reflect the increasingly international nature of the London-headquartered firm.By April 2014, Allen & Overy had 526 partners in total of which 347 (66%) were based outside the UK capital.Ten years ago this proportion was 55%. The firm now has 45 offices around the world, having opened in Barcelona and Toronto in the past year.In 2012/13, profits at the firm rose 2.2% to £496.7m on turnover little changed on 2011/12.last_img read more

LASPO review: MoJ issues terms of reference to gather evidence

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has issued details of how it will gather evidence for its review of controversial legal aid reforms a day after the lord chancellor admitted that the exercise is unlikely to be completed by the summer as promised.The Ministry of Justice is required to look at the operation of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act within three to five years of implementation. The act, which cut vast swaths of law from the scope of legal aid, came into force in April 2013. David Gauke told the Commons justice select committee yesterday that he wanted to look at whether the ‘ambitious’ summer recess deadline for the review was deliverable. However, he stressed that he did not want it to ‘slip into next year’.Today, the ministry published terms of reference for its ‘post-implementation review evidence gathering exercise’.The two-page document states that most of the data that will inform the ministry’s assessment is held internally. However, the ministry insists it is keen to engage with interested parties, who will be grouped into consultative groups covering four sectors: civil, family and criminal justice and the advice sector. The ministry will consider the experiences of people who have received state-funded advice and representation through individual engagement. Interested parties will be able to submit data and evidence.The ministry will also consider, more widely, the future of legal support. The document states: ‘The consultations that preceded LASPO were published over seven years ago, and since this time there have been significant developments in our justice system. This includes the processes through which people can access legal advice. We have seen changes in our courts and tribunals service, which are also apparent more generally in the rapid technological advancements seen across society over the past seven years.’The Law Society welcomed the ministry’s decision to look at the future of legal support. Richard Miller, the Society’s head of justice, said: ‘As we outlined in our review, Justice Denied: LASPO Four Years On, the act has caused significant barriers to people faced with having to enforce and defend their rights, which need to be addressed urgently. The loss of early advice has been particularly significant in seeing people’s problems worsen when they could have been nipped in the bud.’We agree that new systems may change the nature of the advice and representation people need, but it will not change the fact that they need such advice and representation, in addition to any assistance they may need using new digital platforms. Any reforms to the system must prioritise the needs of those who have to rely on the justice system.’last_img read more

Police Scotland launches Festive Safety Campaign 2015

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn“This Christmas, Keep Safe”With Christmas little more than five weeks away, Police Scotland is asking people around the country to take steps to keep themselves safe throughout the festive period, and also to make sure criminals aren’t having a Merry Christmas at their expense.The force launched its annual Festive Safety Campaign today (Wednesday 18 November 2015) at Silverburn Shopping Centre in Glasgow, offering advice to shoppers on the four key areas to ensure people across Scotland have a happy and safe festive season, which are:• Online Safety• Shop Safety• Party Safety• Home SafetyEach week of the campaign will highlight the issues faced around Christmas and New Year by people in Scotland, as well as offering top tips to prevent you falling foul of criminals’ Christmas schemes, and ensuring you have a merry and bright yuletide season. The campaign is supported by a range of partner organisations.The Festive Safety campaign’s key crime prevention tips including:• Ensure your bag is closed and your purse or wallet is not easily accessible when you’re out shopping or partying.• Don’t leave any purchases on display in your car and park your vehicle in a secure, well-lit area.• Think before you post photos or check-ins on social media; you may be advertising your home as being empty. If in doubt don’t post it online – it could also cause someone serious embarrassment.• Only use trusted sites when shopping online – look for the ‘padlock’ in the address line before entering details.• Plan your journey home from a Christmas night out, don’t leave drinks unattended, stay with your friends and look out for each other.• Don’t use drugs or New Psychoactive Substances – why risk your life?• Keep your home secure, lock all windows and doors, and switch on the alarm if you have one.• Protect any gifts you’ve bought for your friends and family. Get them to register mobiles, tablets, laptops and cameras at Don’t give them a good quality bike without giving them a good quality lock, and register bikes at Ross Aitken, Police Scotland Safer Communities, said:“Communities across Scotland become busier day and night over the festive period with shoppers and people out celebrating. Police Scotland wants to ensure people have a great time this Christmas by providing some basic prevention advice – whether shopping, socialising, within the home or online.“Unfortunately there are those who exploit the festive period for the wrong reasons. Prevention is essential in removing opportunities for criminals.“On the run up to Christmas everyone is busy making preparations, whether out shopping, buying gifts online or out celebrating with friends and family. We are asking you to take a moment to think about the simple preventative measures you can take to discourage criminals and to stay safe. Our message is simple ‘This Christmas, Keep Safe’.”Trading Standards Scotland Chief Officer, Fiona Richardson, said: “We would urge consumers to be careful when shopping online in the run up to Christmas. Take simple steps to protect yourself – use secure sites and payment methods, look for physical contact details on the site so you know where to go if you do have an issue and be wary of buying designer goods from social media sites and online markets. Most importantly remember that if it looks too good to be true it probably is.”Dr Richard Stevenson, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, said: “This is the time of year when many people are out in the city centre celebrating with family and friends.“It should be a happy and enjoyable time but it can also be a time when you can put yourself at risk of serious harm by drinking too much and not paying attention to you and your friends’ safety.“Alcohol and the cold are a dangerous combination, because contrary to popular belief going out into the fresh air does not sober you up. Neither does alcohol “heat you up” when you are cold. When you drink alcohol your face may get flushed and your skin gets warm but your body is actually losing heat more quickly because the blood is rushing to the skin. The body’s normal protective response to cold is inhibited by alcohol, allowing your body temperature to decrease more quickly, bringing an increased danger of hypothermia. Your body temperature may decrease without you actually realising it.”Deputy Director of the SBRC, Chief Inspector Ronnie Megaughin states:“Christmas should be an enjoyable time for all and part of the tradition for many people is going out and buying presents. Unfortunately busy City and Town Centres and Retail Parks are often targeted by criminals seeking to exploit every opportunity. I would urge everyone who is out and about to follow the simple advice provided by Police Scotland and take the necessary steps to safeguard their purse or wallet, ensure they are safe when withdrawing money and that they give careful consideration to where they park their car. Taking a little time to prepare will hopefully ensure that everyone has a wonderful Christmas.”Mark McGeever, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, said: “The festive season brings a significant increase in the number of house fires and we all need to act to prevent tragedies. Cooking and alcohol are a potentially lethal mix and unattended cookers, candles and overloaded sockets all pose a serious risk of fire.“Simple precautions significantly reduce the chance of a fire starting but if one does happen then early warning is vital. Working smoke alarms are absolutely crucial devices for every home and people should also consider having a heat alarm fitted in their kitchen.“Anyone who thinks they, or someone they know, could use some help to stay safe should call us on 0800 0731 999, or text ‘FIRE’ to 80800, to arrange for a free home fire safety visit.”Police Scotland’s Festive Safety Campaign runs from 18 November to 25 December 2015.last_img read more

Farmington Hills clothing store donates during ‘Suitember’

first_img Joni Hubred Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Reported by A Farmington Hills men’s clothing store has launched a fundraiser that will benefit two metro Detroit charities.David Elkus, owner of Baron’s Wholesale Clothiers and Todd’s Menswear in Royal Oak, founded Suitember, a national partnership of men’s suit shops, in 2019. Customers who mention either The Friendship Circle or Henry Ford Health System’s Game on Cancer will have 10 percent of their purchases donated to the organization.David Elkus, right, is pictured with his father, Phil. (Contributed)According to a press release, Suitember is designed to highlight both the benefits of dressing well and helping local charities in each store’s community. Baron’s and Todd’s customers say that wearing a suit helps men think at a higher level, feel more professional, and represents who they strive to be. In short, suits project a powerful image.Benefitting charity The Friendship Circle’s goal is to create friendship in the lives of individuals with special needs and those facing isolation. Its biggest success has been introducing hundreds of high school and college volunteers to those with special needs.Henry Ford Health System’s Game On Cancer program is designed to help patients overcome expenses that get in the way of their treatment such as cab fare or help with a utility bill. Every dollar received goes directly to help patients.Baron’s Wholesale Clothiers, located on Orchard Lake Road, is a wholesale supplier of high quality men’s suits, sport coats, top coats, trench coats, dress slacks, leather jackets, and tuxedos. It is closed to the public; however, access will be granted for this event upon mention of the Friendship Circle or Henry Ford West Bloomfield.Learn more at read more

2.5 Gbps Compact, Outdoor High-Capacity Backhaul Solution from 70 to 80 GHz

first_img 500 MHz channel – 2.5 Gbps at 64 QAM 250 MHz channel – 1.6 Gbps at 256 QAM 125 MHz channel – 920 Mbps at 512QAM 62.5 MHz channel – 500 Mbps at 1KQAM 1+0 SFP+ port for single cable connectivity Multi-band (E-band and microwave) RFU-E Interoperability The link also provides high throughput capacity: The PTP 820E supports multiband configurations with PTP 820C or PTP 820S licensed microwave solutions and can share a single multiband antenna. The multiband configuration enables operators to benefit simultaneously from the high capacity of E-band and the high reliability of microwave while optimizing capital investment and operating expenses.This new backhaul solution shares the same UI and similar features as the PTP 820 series and is easy to use. Installation is easy with a connectorized solution with direct mount, and an optional integrated flat panel antenna. Network operators can rapidly design high-reliability links with the LINKPlanner software, and monitor performance and manage the network with the cnMaestro™ end-to-end management system. Cambium Networks, a leading global provider of wireless networking solutions, has announced the PTP 820E E-band Radio, a compact full outdoor high-capacity backhaul solution operating in the E-band (70-80 GHz). Enterprise, industrial and service provider network operators now have more choices in the spectrum to leverage in their network.Approved by the FCC and ETSI, the PTP 820E supports 62.5, 125, 250, and 500 MHz channels and delivers up to 2.5 Gbps Ethernet throughput. An attractive feature of the PTP 820E is its Multi-band ability to combine E-band and microwave transmissions in the 11 to 24 GHz bands using a single antenna for high throughput; which results in lower operating costs for the network operator by reducing tower rental and antenna procurement costs; and higher network availability. The PTP 820E extends the wireless connectivity options for backhaul infrastructure in Cambium Networks’ Wireless Fabric portfolio of connectivity solutions.The PTP 820E supports a variety of configurations:last_img read more

Ceres stuns UFL defending champ Global

first_img[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Ceres stuns UFL defending champ Global ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – The Ceres-La Salle Football Club scored a stunning 5-0 victory over rival Global Football Club during the 2016 United Football League on Sunday night at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.Adrian Gallardo-Valdez fired two goals, while Jeffrey Christiaens, Olapido Okunaiya and Bienvenido Maranon added one each for the Bacolod City-based Ceres-La Salle, which is at second place with 41 points on a 13-3-2 win-loss-draw slate.Both teams had a shaky start with both sides misfiring from close range. Ceres-La Salle finally scored the match’s first goal as Gallardo-Valdez smashed one from close range via a corner kick.Just before the halftime break, the defending champion Ceres-La Salle doubled up the score as Christiaens eluded the defense of Global’s keeper for a conversion from the wing.Ceres-La Salle continued to widen the lead at the onset of the second half as Okuniaya drained one from close range. Two more conversions from Maranon and Gallardo-Valdes ended the match.Despite the defeat, the reigning UFL Cup titlist Global remains on top of the standings with 47 points on a 15-2-2 win-loss-draw slate and will likely clinch the crown at the close of the double-round eliminations on Sunday.Meanwhile, Iloilo City-based Stallion Gilligan’s Football Club got back on the winning column with a 3-1 victory over the Green Archers United Globe Football Club. Stallion Gilligan’s is currently at sixth place while Green Archers United Globe is a slot behind.The Stallions jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first half on goals by Ilonggo Ruben Doctora and Park Bo Bae. The Green Archers United Globe got one back in the second half behind Ronnie Aguinsada but the Stallions sealed the win behind a Fitch Arboleda hit./PNlast_img read more

ACL tear takes Gonzaga off 2018 PSL Grand Prix

first_imgPascua added that the magnetic resonance imaging procedure on the national women’s volleyball team mainstay was delayed as the doctors had to let the swelling go away first.“This is a major blow to us as we prepare for the Grand Prix,” Pascua told Volleyverse. “We know Jovelyn plays a crucial role in our rotation, and we have to be very creative in filling the void left by her absence.”“She (Gonzaga) works so hard in practice and in games,” Pascua added. “But more than that, she’s mentally tough. She’s very positive and remains optimistic that she can get back in shape sooner than expected.”The Ilongga opposite spiker sustained the injury in the third set of HD Spikers’ 25-22, 25-13, 25-21 defeat to Grand Prix champions F2 Logistics Cargo Movers on Nov. 21.Aside from Gonzaga, other who could not play for HD Spikers in the upcoming season were Janine Marciano, who also sustained a knee injury, Mylene Paat, and Maica Morada, who left for Australia.“We have no solid plan yet but we are looking at hiring an opposite and an open spiker as imports,” Pascua said.“Let’s see. Anything is possible,” he added. “Despite all these injuries, we will make sure to come up with a fighting unit on the floor.”/PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’ACL tear takes Gonzaga off 2018 PSL Grand Prix ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]MANILA – Cignal HD Spikers star Jovelyn Gonzaga was set to miss time after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on her right knee during the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix last month.HD Spikers head coach George Pascua said the Jordan, Guimaras native will miss three to four months – effectively ruling her out in the early part of the 2018 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix season in February.last_img read more

Iconic Filipino sports moments 2019

first_imgAs 2019 was an iconic year for Filipino sports, let us revisit some of the biggest sports stories we have covered, witnessed and enjoyed. The fourth part series covers the months of November and December.  November: * Creamline Cool Smashers repeated as champions in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference after sweeping Petro Gazz Angels in the finals. * Ceres-Negros FC clinched the 2019 Copa Paulino Alcantara championship after defeating regional rival and last year’s champions Kaya Futbol Club-Iloilo in the gold medal match. * National University Pep Squad retained its throne and reigned supreme in the UAAP Season 82 Cheerdance Competition. Far Eastern University Cheering Squad and Adamson University Pep Squad finished second and third, respectively. * Phil Younghusband, one of the key players in the resurgence of Philippine football, has announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 32. * Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights captured the NCAA Season 95 Men’s Basketball Championship after dethroning San Beda University Red Lions in three matches. * Ateneo Blue Eagles nailed its third straight UAAP men’s basketball championship and completed a rare season sweep. They defeated University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers in two games in the finals. * National University Lady Bulldogs clinched its sixth consecutive UAAP women’s basketball tiara after sweeping University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses in the best- of-three finals December: * Filipino boxer John Riel Casimero resurges world champion after clinching the WBO bantamweight belt with a third round stoppage win over Zolani Tete of South Africa on December 1 at Birmingham, England. * Filipino boxer Jerwin Ancajas easily retained his IBF world super flyweight belt after a sixth round stoppage win over Chile’s Miguel Gonzales on December 8 at the Auditorio GNP Seguros in Puebla, Mexico. * Philippines emerged as the overall champion in the 30th Southeast Asian Games after finishing the 11-day competition with record-setting 386 medals– 149 gold, 117 silver and 120 bronze.last_img read more

Honoring Flag Day

first_imgIn the early morning, on any given patriotic holiday, a group of individuals convene behind a small strip mall on East Maxan Street in Port Isabel where a modest storage facility houses hundreds of American Flags, neatly, carefully and properly stored and hung on metal poles. This group of volunteers are Rotarians representing the membership of the Rotary Club of Port Isabel, and they repeat this ritual year in and year out, on every patriotic holiday, whether that day is Independence Day, Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Patriot’s Day (9-11) or Flag Day, and the citizens and visitors to the area have come to expect the display of Red, White and Blue to ornament the roadways, storefronts, medians and even a number of residences from Laguna Vista through South Padre Island.Again, the Rotarians, are not personally compensated for their effort, but the “flag program,” as it’s come to be known, is fund-raising activity for the club, which raises around $14,000, making it the chapter’s most profitable fundraiser, according to current club president Jaqui Dempsey. She went on to add that proceeds earned through the effort go towards the club’s numerous community projects, such as it’s well known scholarship fund, and book and dictionary program, in which local school children receive a book and later a dictionary early in their careers as PI-ISD students.Dempsey said the program was initiated in 2006 by then club member Shelly Hulse and club president Rick Ridolfi. The program’s first year encompassed between 80-100 flags. Today, closer to 400 flags are displayed throughout the greater Laguna Madre area. The program works by residents or business owners or managers contacting a local Rotarian and asking to be billed to have any amount of flags displayed in front of their home, businesses, building or office on every patriotic holiday. Prices range from $25 to $75 per flag, depending on the number of flags ordered per customer. Residential flag displays start at $50.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Volunteer group observes patriotic holidayBy PAMELA CODYSpecial to the PRESS Sharecenter_img Related9/11 flag display nixed due to rainBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press The threat of severe rain kept the Rotary Club of Port Isabel from setting over 300 American flags out for display in honor of Patriot’s Day Friday. “It’s just bad flag etiquette, if there’s not a light on the flag, to just leave…September 19, 2015In “News”Shrimp & Fish Fry with a twistBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press February 5, 2015 Tie on a bib and bring your appetite because it’s time again for the annual Shrimp & Fish Fry hosted by the Rotary Club of Port Isabel. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday…February 6, 2015In “News”Patriotic Parade: Revelers don red, white and blue for beachside holiday processionBy PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS Waving flags and wearing the good old red, white and blue, hundreds gathered on the Gulf shores of South Padre Island Wednesday morning to march in the Annual Independence Day Parade. This year’s event enjoyed a record turnout, with many who were taking…July 6, 2018In “News”last_img read more