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Newest CCJ Judge Sworn In - Jan 22, 2019 - 1:00:59 PM

The Hon. Mr. Justice Andrew Burgess, formerly a Justice of Appeal in Barbados’ Court of Appeal, became a Judge of the CCJ in a dignified ceremony at Government House in Barbados on Friday, 18th of January 2019. Mr. Justice Andrew Burgess was sworn in by Her Excellency, Dame Sandra Mason, the Governor-General of Barbados.  The President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the Hon. Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders, also gave remarks welcoming the newest CCJ Judge to the Bench.

Mr. Justice Saunders speaking of Mr. Justice Burgess’ appointment, noted that from “rigorous, competitive...
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A human-centred agenda needed for a decent future of work - Jan 22, 2019 - 6:00:36 AM

The ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work has called on governments to commit to a set of measures in order to address the challenges caused by unprecedented transformational change in the world of work.

Co-chaired by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, the commission outlines a vision for a human-centred agenda that is based on investing in people’s capabilities...
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OAS and El Salvador Sign Agreement for Electoral Observation Mission - Jan 18, 2019 - 6:30:45 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and El Salvador today signed an agreement for the deployment of an Electoral Observation Mission to the February 3 presidential elections.

The Permanent Representative of El Salvador, Carlos Alberto Calles, highlighted the contribution of the Observation Missions to the strengthening of democracy in the country. “The participation of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission is very valuable for El Salvador for the learning process they bring, because we are improving the electoral process election by election,” said Ambassador Calles...
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Bahamian recognised as Leading Young Peacebuilder by European Commission - Jan 18, 2019 - 12:08:24 PM

Jasper has been named a One Young World and European Commission Peace Ambassador – an initiative developed to accelerate the efforts of young leaders in preventing and countering violent extremism, building peace, and promoting conflict resolution globally.

Jasper is a programmes Director for Rights Bahamas, she promotes individual rights and the rule of law, educating young people in building campaigns that support human rights and gender equality...

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Outsource to The Caribbean Conference to take place in Curaçao in May 2019 - Jan 17, 2019 - 6:49:17 AM

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in partnership with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion agencies (CAIPA), has set its sights once again on increasing its share of the growing US$140 billion outsourcing industry, with the hosting of the biennial Outsource to the Caribbean Conference (OCC2019)  in Curaçao during the period 6-10th May 2019. The event is expected to attract over 300 business process outsourcing (BPO) industry leaders from the Caribbean, Mexico, Colombia, the USA, the Netherlands and Canada, which are the target markets for the event this year...
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Joe Boschulte nominated as U.S. Virgin Islands Tourism Commissioner - Jan 16, 2019 - 5:00:45 PM

Joe Boschulte, a U.S. Virgin Islands businessperson and tourism specialist, has been nominated as Commissioner for the Department of Tourism.

At a press conference Tuesday, Virgin Islands Governor Albert A. Bryan, Jr. appointed Boschulte to lead the Territory's major economic driver.
Boschulte brings to the tourism department vast experience in business and in government as well as a track record of improving organizational performance and growth...
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CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Kerry Jordan named to BAFT’s Future Leaders Program Class Of 2019 - Jan 15, 2019 - 1:59:10 PM

BAFT, an international financial services association, recently announced its Future Leaders program class of 2019 and for the first time an employee of a regional bank has landed a place in the prestigious programme.   

Kerry Jordan, Manager, Trade Finance with CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank was one of 32 individuals selected to participate. The program – now in its fourth year – recognizes upcoming leaders in the transaction banking industry...
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OAS to Send Mission of Experts to the January 27 Primaries in Bolivia - Jan 15, 2019 - 1:05:52 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and Bolivia signed an agreement today for the deployment of a mission of experts to the January 27 primary elections that will determine the presidential tickets for the general elections of October 2019.

The Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the OAS, José Gonzáles, highlighted that this is the first time that his country has organized primaries, and thanked the Organization for its support in the electoral process. "For us it is a learning process, it is the first time we have this kind of experience...
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St. Lucia's Prime Minister New Year Address 2019 - Jan 13, 2019 - 8:05:32 PM

I have chosen to address you at this time for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it’s a brand new year and traditionally, we look to every New Year with renewed hope and expectation.

I also wanted to say thank you to the many people who continue to believe and pray for my Government, who recognize the gravity of the problems we are grappling with and to offer you all assurances that we are beginning to turn the corner in our plans to put our country back where it belongs...
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St Lucia's Prime Minister to deliver New Year’s Address - Jan 10, 2019 - 7:30:37 PM

Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet will deliver his New Year’s Address to the Nation on Sunday 13th January 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

The Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation and External Affairs will speak on the state of the nation and on varying issues, including security and justice, health care and investments for 2019 and beyond.

The Address will be carried simultaneously by local television stations at 8:00 p.m...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
El Salvador Assumes Chair of the OAS Permanent Council - Jan 8, 2019 - 4:10:51 PM

The Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Carlos Alberto Calles, today assumed the Chair of the Permanent Council -which rotates every three months- analyzing the challenges that the region still faces and that must be addressed in the debates of the political entity.

"I assume this responsibility under a mandate characterized by the philosophy of my government, which is to make broad policies to strengthen development and cooperation...
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OAS General Secretariat greets new President of the National Assembly of Venezuela - Jan 7, 2019 - 10:40:33 AM

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) greets Juan Guaidó as the new President of the National Assembly of Venezuela.

President Guaidó has our respect earned as a Venezuelan politician, belonging to a generation of young people who have maintained their coherence in struggles for fundamental freedoms and democracy in their country. Today, at the head of one of the legitimate powers of the State...
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Zuiderdam makes Inaugural Call at Port Castries - Dec 31, 2018 - 2:48:39 PM

On Sunday, December 30, 2018 Saint Lucia welcomed the inaugural call of the Zuiderdam at Port Castries. The Zuiderdam is the first of the Holland America Line Vista-class ships which started sailing some seventeen years ago.

Officials of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA), along with representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA), and Cox and Company Limited greeted the arrival of the vessel with an exchange of plaques and pleasantries onboard...
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A Life-changing Christmas Gift: Surgery Repairs Guatemalan Baby's Heart - Dec 30, 2018 - 10:16:25 PM

A toddler from Guatemala celebrated Christmas with a new chance at a normal life after surgery in a Cayman Islands hospital to correct pulmonary valve stenosis, a congenital heart defect.

Nicolás García-Granados was admitted at Health City Cayman Islands with the serious heart condition, and immediately underwent a six-hour open-heart surgery that was highly successful...
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Secretary-General Calls For Free, Fair, Inclusive and Participatory Elections In Bangladesh - Dec 28, 2018 - 5:09:49 PM

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, who recently visited Bangladesh for discussion with government and opposition parties, called on the Government and the Election Commission to provide a conducive environment for free, fair, inclusive and participatory elections on 30 December 2018...
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A New Year's Message from President of Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) - Dec 28, 2018 - 4:07:11 PM

As we look back over 2018 and look forward to the New Year, I am reminded of the C.S. Lewis quote: "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."
Our region's rich tourism past and our many successes have served us well, providing a sound foundation for the future.

Looking ahead, I have a real sense of optimism about our opportunities if we learn from the past, stay clearly focused on the future and appreciate the critical importance of reinventing and improving our businesses...
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New Year Message from Hugh Riley Secretary General of CTO - Dec 28, 2018 - 12:59:39 PM

As the Caribbean tourism sector prepares to welcome the New Year, we look forward to 2019 with a sense of optimism, excitement and much hope. We are optimistic because we are seeing signs that the lows which Mother Nature imposed upon us during the latter part of 2017 into 2018 are being reversed. We are excited about our prospects because of the incredible turnaround that we are seeing in the most impacted destinations. And we hopeful that the progress of our member countries and supporters can continue unabated...
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Special Needs Children and Teachers enjoy Christmas at Government House in St. Lucia - Dec 24, 2018 - 2:53:16 PM

The Annual Prime Minister’s Christmas celebration for children with special needs was held at a different venue this year, much to the delight of students and teachers as they got to experience Government House in a different light.

On Monday December 10, 2018, His Excellency Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac, Governor General of Saint Lucia, warmly opened up the Official Residence of the Governor General, Morne Fortune, where the event was held for the first time...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS General Secretariat Rejects Expulsion of GIEI and MESENI from Nicaragua - Dec 19, 2018 - 7:29:37 PM

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) rejects categorically the decision of the Government of Nicaragua to expel from the country the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI, by its Spanish acronym) and the Special Follow-up Mechanism for Nicaragua (MESENI) of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)...
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Labour Overview 2018: Unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean down slightly in 2018 - Dec 19, 2018 - 4:22:32 PM

The unemployment rate in Latin America and the Caribbean fell slightly to a forecast 7.8 in 2018, from 8.1 per cent in 2017, reversing a three-year trend of rising unemployment, the ILO said in its Labour Overview 2018 regional report.

“In a context of slow economic growth, the improvement in the unemployment rate has been modest,” said ILO interim Regional Director Carlos Rodriguez...
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