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Gas Pro championing LPG use for Motor Vehicles - Sep 14, 2018 - 11:27:43 AM

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With 2018 seeing record fuel prices in Jamaica, Massy Gas Products Jamaica Limited (Gas Pro) is promoting Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) as an alternative fuel for motor vehicles. The LPG supplier is partnering with Excel Motors located in Savanna-La-Mar to offer the solution (also called Autogas) to companies and individuals in Jamaica. After years of planning, the companies now have a robust offering that provides savings, improved mileage and improved performance.

“Gas Pro is excited to lead the introduction of Autogas in Jamaica. We are always looking for ways to add value to customers and to innovate...
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New IAEA Report Highlights Nuclear Power's Role in Mitigating Climate Change - Sep 14, 2018 - 11:15:25 AM

Nuclear power can make a vital contribution to meeting climate change targets while delivering the increasingly large quantities of electricity needed for global economic development, according to a new IAEA report.

Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2018, published this week, has been updated from the last report released in 2016 to include the latest scientific information and analyses on the link between energy production and climate change...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
The OAS will collaborate with the Superior Electoral Tribunal of the Dominican Republic to implement an election certification system - Sep 10, 2018 - 1:31:18 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of the Dominican Republic will collaborate to implement a quality management system under the ISO standards applied to the electoral process system, in order to provide greater transparency.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, indicated that countries of the region that choose to do a certification of their electoral standards have higher levels of trust in their systems...
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U.S. Embassy Announces 2018 Finalists for the YLAI Professional Fellows Program in the U.S. - Sep 5, 2018 - 12:22:30 PM

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U.S. Embassy Nassau is pleased to announce the three Bahamians selected to participate in the prestigious Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Program. The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funds the initiative and implemented by Meridian International Center.  The program will bring 250 business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States in September 2018 to collaborate with counterparts in businesses and organizations in 20 cities across the United States...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS and other Multilaterals will collaborate to support Lima's Summit of the Americas pact against corruption - Sep 5, 2018 - 11:54:25 AM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the international organizations of the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG) signed an agreement today to harmonize their work and make available to the countries their technical, political and financial resources to face the problem of corruption.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, highlighted the agreement reached by the countries of the region at the Summit of the Americas, which took place in Lima in April, whose objective is to join efforts in the fight against corruption...
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UWP: Hilaire continues to manipulate the truth - Aug 29, 2018 - 2:07:00 PM

The events of the past week have once again proven that the Saint Lucia Labour Party continues to manipulate the truth in their own narrow pursuits to engineer confusion and chaos. It is evident that ahead of their so-called march of shame, the Labour Party is trying to garner support by shamelessly misleading the public.

At a press conference on August 28th 2018, Dr. Ernest Hilaire, Saint Lucia Labour Party rep for Castries South, made a statement where he referred to a Government Minister as a liar...
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Caribbean Food Innovations with Truly Tumeric and Caribbean Cure Teas Recogised at SIAL, Paris - Aug 29, 2018 - 10:49:27 AM

Two Caribbean companies have been selected as finalist in the SIAL Innovation Awards 2018 for their product innovation.  They are Caribbean Cure Ltd of Trinidad and Tobago and Naledo Belize Ltd.

SIAL is regarded as the world’s largest food innovation exhibition and hosts the SIAL Innovation Awards each year to recognise those who help to shape what we eat both today and tomorrow.  Taking place in Paris from October 21-25, 2018...
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“A Caribbean plant kingdom” in Ti Koko and Kush Kush, a book review by N.C. Marks - Aug 27, 2018 - 11:34:03 PM

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There is a place where the land curves into the wide smile of a bay. A place where lush, green, tropical vegetation thrives next to a white sand beach, which is gently licked by blue waves of the sea.

In this paradise of a seascape unfolds the story of Ti Koko and Kush Kush by Patricia G. Turnbull. In this storybook the vibe is peace, love, and harmony in the friendly ecosystem of yam, coconut, mango, avocado, “tea bush,” and “Peas and peppers … well behaved,” just to name a few of the plants in “Garden Bay.”

Then suddenly, “Brogudoosh! Brogudoosh!”, an unexpected disaster disrupts the equilibrium of the happy, magical bayside community...
News : International : Caribbean News
CHTA engages on recovery plans at Clinton Global Initiative - Aug 27, 2018 - 7:26:51 AM

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The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) was out in full force recently for the second formal meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery.

As this year's hurricane season approached its peak months, a number of the Association's senior officials were among more than 350 leaders from government, business, and civil society who participated in the important discussions convened by President Bill Clinton on August 7 amid various Caribbean nations' continued revival from hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
The MESECVI salutes and participates in the commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the San Salvador Protocol - Aug 22, 2018 - 2:22:59 AM

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The Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI) salutes the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, better known as the San Salvador Protocol. The international event was organized by the Working Group of the Protocol of San Salvador (WGPSS), with the cooperation of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Department of Social Inclusion of the Organization of American States (OAS)...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
New Permanent Representative of Brazil to the OAS Presented Credentials - Aug 21, 2018 - 6:29:07 PM

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The new Permanent Representative of Brazil to the Organization of American States (OAS), Fernando Simas Magalhães, officially presented today the credentials that accredit him as Ambassador to the hemispheric institution.

During the ceremony at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., Ambassador Simas said he would follow the same path that his country has followed historically at the Organization. “Brazil is a country that has had an ongoing commitment to the values, principles and objectives of the OAS that are reflected in its constitutive documents, and I mean to move ahead with this policy,” said the Ambassador...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Venezuela: General Secretariat Urges Countries to Ignore Extradition Requests from the Dictatorship - Aug 21, 2018 - 6:16:44 PM

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) calls on the competent authorities of the hemisphere to ignore all attempted acts by the illegitimate supreme court of justice operating in Caracas under the dictatorial regime, and in particular to dismiss extradition requests made by this body as contrary to the law.

Today the only democratic institutions in Venezuela due to their constitutional origin, their composition in accordance with constitutional procedures and their functions are: the National Assembly (a result of the elections of December 2015)...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Electoral Observation Mission visits Brazil to learn about preparations for the Oct. 7 Elections - Aug 21, 2018 - 12:11:00 PM

The Chief of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) to the October 7 general elections in Brazil, the former President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla, arrived today in Brasilia to learn about the advances made in the organization of the election. This is the first time that the OAS has observed an electoral process in Brazil.

In the context of this preliminary visit, the Chief of Mission will meet tomorrow with the President of Brazil Michel Temer in Planalto Palace...
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NASA to host media briefing on mission to return asteroid sample to Earth - Aug 20, 2018 - 2:58:55 PM

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NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 24, to provide an update on upcoming activities related to the agency’s first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth.

The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft, which launched on Sept. 8, 2016, started asteroid science operations last week...
News : International : Caribbean News
Tourism Enhancement Funds can benefit all, says Caribbean Hotel Executive - Aug 19, 2018 - 11:11:22 PM

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The establishment of a private sector-driven Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has the potential to be a "game changer" as Dominica rebuilds its vital tourism industry.

Addressing last week's open session of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association's (DHTA) Annual General Meeting, Immediate Past President of the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) Sanovnik Destang said if implemented effectively, the TEF resources collected from visitors could generate nearly EC $1 million to bolster tourism-related initiatives...
News : International : Caribbean News
Saint Lucia: Nation’s emergency response and support to region focus of NEMAC - Aug 15, 2018 - 2:16:13 PM

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Saint Lucia’s readiness for an emergency, particularly during the hurricane season, was the focus of the National Emergency Management Advisory Committee (NEMAC) meeting on Tuesday August 15th 2018.

The meeting, held at the Ministry of Infrastructure and chaired by Cabinet Secretary Benjamin Emmanuel, was attended by Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives Honourable Ezechiel Joseph, Leader of the Opposition Honourable Philip J Pierre...
News : International : Caribbean News
The Caribbean’s finest food and drinks to inspire at SIAL 2018 - Aug 13, 2018 - 10:25:05 AM

The Caribbean is widely known for its impeccable beaches, rhythmic music and tantalizing food, not to mention the rum!  At this years’ SIAL, Paris from October 21-25, 2018 visitor will get the opportunity to sample first hand a collection of the Caribbean’s finest food and beverage producers at the Caribbean Kitchen’s debut staging.  Twelve different producers from six Caribbean islands will exhibit a range of exotic authentic sauces, natural food products, herbal teas and a range of liquors and alcoholic beverages including rum...
News : International : Caribbean News
Nominations open for 2019 Commonwealth Young Person of the Year - Aug 13, 2018 - 9:44:23 AM

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The Commonwealth is offering exceptional young people who are making a difference in their communities a chance to win a Commonwealth Youth Award. Nominations are opening for the 2019 edition of the awards, which includes a cash grant and a trip to attend the awards ceremony in London next March, during Commonwealth Week.

The awards have been running since 1985 and are delivered in partnership with the Commonwealth Youth Council and the Commonwealth Youth Networks. Layne Robinson, Head of Social Policy at the Commonwealth...
News : International : Caribbean News
U.S. Virgin Islands Student tops FCCA Poster Competition - Aug 12, 2018 - 9:15:09 AM

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Tyrone Lake of the U.S. Virgin Islands is the winner of the Junior Division of the 2018 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Foundation Children's Environmental Poster Competition.

The 11-year-old Alexander Henderson Elementary School honor roll student topped the regional competition with a poster entitled 'Present and Future', which focused on disaster preparation and environmental preservation...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Permanent Council celebrates First Inter-American Week of Indigenous Peoples - Aug 10, 2018 - 6:35:28 AM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today commemorated the First Inter-American Week of Indigenous Peoples, with the participation of representatives of the indigenous peoples of the entire region.

The Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the OAS, Rita Hernández, highlighted the struggle of indigenous peoples for the recognition of their rights, and the steps taken by the OAS in this area....
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