Security guards and agricultural workers are expected to have an easier time moving across the Caribbean for work in the near future.According to the Caricom Secretariat, Caricom’s Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) on Labour is doing its part to move the process forward by having a special meeting this week to further discuss the matter.This meeting of Ministers of Labour from across the Region will be held via videoconference, today.Assistant Secretary General, Directorate for Human and Social Development at the Caricom Secretariat, Dr Douglas Slater, and Chairman of the meeting, Minister of Labour and Small Enterprises and Development, Trinidad and Tobago, Jennifer Baptiste Primus, will give brief remarks at the opening.According to the Secretariat, this special meeting of the COHSOD will seek to advance efforts towards implementing the mandate from the Caricom Heads of Government for agricultural workers and security guards to move under the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME). The COHSOD is to advise on the avenues that can be used to facilitate the movement of Community nationals in these categories. In particular, the meeting will determine definitions of these categories and the mechanisms to be used to assess who is an agricultural worker or security guard. A definition of household domestics will also be considered.The Council will be guided by proposals from consultations with stakeholders in the agriculture and security sectors held on January 15, 2019. Delegates will also be guided by discussions that took place in September and November of 2018 regarding the definition of household domestics at the Twentieth Meeting of Officials on the Free Movement of Skills and the Facilitation of Travel and the Forty-Seventh Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), the release added.The Caricom Heads of Government, at their Eighteenth Special Meeting on the CSME (December 3 – 4, 2018) agreed to extend the categories of nationals entitled to move across the Region to include agricultural workers and security guards under the CSME. The conference agreed that these additional categories are to be facilitated administratively by the end of February 2019 and implemented into legislation by Member States by the end of July. The conference had agreed previously that household domestics with a Caribbean Vocational Qualification were eligible to move under the CSME.
Before dating Roan, Williams had never ridden in a small plane, much less had any experience flying one. “When I first came here, I didn’t know what they were talking about,” Williams said. “It was like a foreign language.” The couple met through a mutual friend at an Arcadia Senior Center dance about a year ago. Williams approached Roan and asked him to take her on a flight. Williams began taking flying lessons one to three times a week, and the couple take trips on Saturdays. “I go flying and he goes ballroom dancing with me,” Williams said. EL MONTE – Mary Williams got a new perspective on the world a couple months after her 83rd birthday. The Arcadia resident and pilot flew solo for the first time in her life on Wednesday, soaring about 3,000 feet above ground in a Cessna 152 two-seater plane for about 30 minutes for three takeoffs and landings. “The view was so nice,” Williams said in an interview the next day. “I never, ever thought I would be flying a plane.” Williams began taking lessons in August at El Monte Airport, encouraged by her boyfriend, Temple City resident Lee Roan, 77, a longtime recreational pilot. He wanted to make sure she could land the plane if he ever “conked out,” he explained. “Once a week,” Lee was quick to add. The first question on Saturday mornings is about where to go for breakfast. With their aviation buddies, the couple have flown to Chino, Riverside, Lancaster and Apple Valley. It’s about 30 minutes by air to Catalina Island and about 40 minutes to Big Bear. While flying in a two-seater plane may be stomach churning to some, Williams said she feels at ease when she flies. “I feel more safe in a plane than in a car,” Williams said. “If you understand the plane, there’s no fear.” Flying solo for the first time is a milestone achievement for any student, said Darlene Kellogg, Williams’ instructor at Universal Air Academy in El Monte. “You never forget your first solo,” Kellogg said. Williams logged about 70 hours of instruction before she took off on her own. “I just talked myself through it,” Williams said. Operating a plane involves procedures that come easily enough with practice, Williams said. On the dashboard is an assortment of switches and throttles, as well as a bevy of instruments monitoring air speed, attitude, bank and pitch and vertical speed, among other things. “She’s more full of life than people half her age,” said Kellogg. “She’s such a pleasure to fly with. She’s very sharp, she’s very smart, and she really loves to fly.” Plane rental costs about $70 an hour, and instruction about $30 an hour. Williams has a student’s license, which means she has passed a medical exam – her eyesight is perfect – and needs an instructor’s endorsement to fly. She also must undergo flight review every two years. Williams studied physical education at USC and was the first in her family to attend college. She raised three children and was a high school teacher and counselor for 39 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District. After retiring at age 60, Williams stayed busy with hobbies including line-dancing, sailing and golf. “I’ve always been active,” she said. “I think if you are active, you stay young at heart.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!