A South Carolina victory was seen as crucial to Biden’s hopes of challenging Bernie Sanders, the 78-year-old senator from Vermont, for the Democratic nomination and the spot on the ticket in November against Republican Donald Trump.Sanders has been the clear frontrunner in the race having won both New Hampshire and Nevada after finishing in a virtual tie in Iowa with former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg.Biden finished fourth in Iowa, fifth in New Hampshire and second in Nevada and he desperately needed a win in South Carolina ahead of next week’s “Super Tuesday,” when 14 states go to the polls.One-third of the delegates who formally choose the Democratic nominee at the July party convention will be up for grabs on Super Tuesday.Topics : Former vice president Joe Biden won the South Carolina primary on Saturday, reviving his flagging campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.All of the major television networks projected the 77-year-old Biden as the winner just minutes after polls closed in South Carolina at 7:00 pm (0000 GMT).The networks did not provide any vote totals but the early projections were an indication that Biden had scored a decisive win in the state where he was counting on heavy support among African-American voters.
Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet NewsRegional Canada signals interest in strengthening security in CARICOM by: – October 4, 2011 Mr. David Devine yesterday presented his credentials to President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana. Image via:guyanachronicleonline.comGEORGETOWN, Guyana — A secure Caribbean region was a strategic priority for Canada, especially in the context of the important contribution a vibrant Caribbean Diaspora makes to Canadian society, said David Devine, newly accredited Canadian ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Devine signalled Canada’s “strong interest” in strengthening public security across the Caribbean region during a ceremony held at the headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat on 29 September 2011 for him to present his letters of credence to the secretary-general of CARICOM, Irwin LaRocque. He said that Canada was advancing security cooperation with CARICOM countries through the anti-crime capacity building programme (ACCBP) which spanned areas such as drugs, human trafficking interdiction, combating violent organized crime, and police and judicial reforms. Canada will continue to favour and support regional integration by ramping up of a CAN$600 million ten-year development cooperation package that was announced by the country’s prime minister in 2007, he added. In reaffirming his country’s commitment to the region, Devine said that the Caribbean remained “a foreign policy priority for Canada.” “We will continue to build on the historical, friendly partnership that our countries have sustained in both the economic as well as political and security arenas.” On the economic front, he said Canada was keen on continuing the advancement of trade and investment opportunities in the Caribbean Region, as economic development was the key to prosperity. He noted his government’s satisfaction with “the seriousness” demonstrated by CARICOM negotiators in the third round of talks on the CARICOM-Canada trade and development agreement. Canada desired a conclusion on “this major regional issue,” he said. “We anticipate the continuation of the fruitful nature and cordial spirit that has characterized the negotiations, which will eventually lead to an agreement that replaces the 20-year-old CARIBCAN trade agreement.” The newly accredited ambassador pointed to substantial investments Canada had in CARICOM member states, particularly in the mining and offshore financial sectors and said he was looking forward to promoting reciprocal trade linkages. “I look forward to working on promoting not only Canadian investment in regional markets, but also the expansion of trade linkages emerging from out of CARICOM towards Canada, for the mutual prosperity of our countries,” Devine said. He revealed that part of his tenure as Canada’s plenipotentiary representative to CARICOM would be dedicated to building upon the successful cooperation between the two parties on important issues at multilateral fora such as the Commonwealth, the Organisation of American States and the United Nations.Caribbean News Now 16 Views no discussions