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The Global Covenant of Mayors was launched in the Caribbean - Jun 19, 2019 - 10:26:15 AM

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) was launched in the Caribbean region in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago), during the Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF 2019). The GCoM is an international coalition of city leaders committed to raising the global ambition for climate action.  The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean (GCoM-LAC) aims to support the efforts of local governments in the region   to  reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and make their communities more resilient toward the effects of climate change...
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Fisheries Ministers underscore need for urgent response to Sargassum scourge and IUU fishing - Jun 18, 2019 - 7:00:11 PM

Caribbean Fisheries Ministers who met for two days last week in Saint Kitts and Nevis have underscored the need for the region to take urgent action to address the ongoing Sargassum scourge, as well as Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing—two of the most pressing challenges responsible for multimillion-dollar losses to the regional economy.

Honourable Eugene Hamilton, Minister of Agriculture, Health, National Health Insurance, Human Settlements, Community Development, Gender Affairs, Social Services, Land and Cooperatives...
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Caribbean Entrepreneur Challenge - Jun 17, 2019 - 11:00:44 AM

Over the past 5 months young entrepreneurs have been battling it out to secure a place in the final of the Caribbean Entrepreneur Challenge (CEC), a component of the Trade Enhancement for the Eastern Caribbean (TEECA) project, hosted by the Martinique Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the CTM, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and supported by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), with funding by the European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG Programme...
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Fourth Sitting of the OECS Assembly - Jun 17, 2019 - 9:20:52 AM

Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet is currently attending the Fourth Sitting of the OECS Assembly at the Parliament Building in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda.

Today’s session will include statements on the occasion of its accession to the Revised Treaty of Basseterre by Guadeloupe and on the election of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations Security Council...
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Duke of Sussex presents innovation awards at Commonwealth 70th anniversary garden party - Jun 15, 2019 - 5:05:52 PM

Duke of Sussex presents innovation awards at Commonwealth 70th anniversary garden party

The Duke of Sussex has today presented special prizes to innovators in international development at a garden party celebrating the Commonwealth’s 70th anniversary.

A campaigner against gender-based violence, an inventor of life-saving medical devices and the boss of a pioneering recycling company...
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Caribbean Export continues to support trade - Jun 12, 2019 - 10:45:23 AM

Supporting regional trade is central to the work of the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export).  Caribbean Export in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH or GIZ in short, supported the participation of four CARIFORUM companies to exhibit at the recently held Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from May 30 to June 1, 2019.

“Participation in the JIE enabled us to gain meaningful feedback on our new product line and promote our existing teas with various key players in the Jamaican market...
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OAS Secretary General Condemns Antisemitic Attack in Rosario, Argentina - Jun 11, 2019 - 1:20:21 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, today condemned the attack against Rabbi Shlomo Tawil in Rosario, Argentina.

The Secretary General denounced the attack and expressed his solidarity with Tawil and his family. "From the OAS we strongly condemn antisemitism in any form," said Almagro...
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Government of Saint Lucia - Sitting of the House of Parliament - Jun 11, 2019 - 8:15:36 AM

A Sitting of the House of Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 with Papers to be laid by the Honourable Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, the Honourable Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, the Honourable Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, the Honourable Minister for Tourism...
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Island Yogurt Earns Top Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence - Jun 8, 2019 - 12:30:17 PM

Freeport small business recognized by the world’s largest travel platform for customer service excellence.

Island Yogurt co-owners, Paul and Kimberley Brown were elated to receive a 2019 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.  The certificate is awarded to businesses based on consistently great reviews received on Trip Advisor.  Kimberley Brown exclaims, “We are very humbled to be recognized because we pride ourselves on delivering the best customer experience to everyone who walks into Island Yogurt...
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Nomad, by UWI-Barbados professor Yvonne Weekes, published in St. Martin in time for Book Fair 2019 - Jun 6, 2019 - 10:50:49 AM

Nomad by Yvonne Weekes was just published here by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), in time for the 17th annual St. Martin Book Fair, said HNP president Jacqueline Sample.

Nomad is a poetry collection of “stubborn grit,” said New York-based scholar George Irish. Hot off the press, Nomad—and the novel Plastered in Pretty by Vincentian Natasha Marks—is a featured book at the opening ceremony of the literary festival on Thursday, June 6, said Sample.

Dr. Weekes, one of 26 guest authors and workshop coordinators of the St. Martin Book Fair, is a theater arts lecturer at The University of the West Indies in Barbados...
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Caribbean Records Robust Growth in the First Quarter of 2019 - Jun 6, 2019 - 10:20:29 AM

Spurred on by a 24 per cent rise in arrivals from the United States, the Caribbean recorded a healthy 12 per cent increase in tourist arrivals during the first quarter of 2019, according to statistics compiled by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). In updating the media on the region's performance at a news conference this morning hosted at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel as part of Caribbean Week New York (#CWNY2019), CTO chairman Dominic Fedee revealed that between January and March...
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Caribbean Countries agree to protect endangered largetooth sawfish - Jun 5, 2019 - 6:47:16 PM

Today, on World Environment Day, the critically endangered largetooth sawfish gained a lifeline as Caribbean countries unanimously agreed to add the species to Annex II of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol under the Cartagena Convention. Seventeen member governments are thereby obligated to impose strict national protections for the species and cooperate regionally to recover populations...
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St. Lucia's Prime Minister is Panelist for CDB high level discussion on Vulnerability and Resilience - Jun 5, 2019 - 12:00:23 PM

Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet continues to lead the charge for the Caribbean when it comes to sustainable development and the impact of Climate Change. The Prime Minister will participate in a high-level panel discussion under the theme “Vulnerability to Resilience: You Choose” at the Caribbean Development Bank’s 49th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors.

The June 5th to June 6th meeting is being held at the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, with the panel discussion being led by Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis, Trinidad’s Minister of Planning and Development...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
ViaSat and the OAS join efforts to reduce the digital divide in the Americas - Jun 4, 2019 - 4:56:40 PM

The satellite services company ViaSat officially joined today the 2030 ICT Alliance, an initiative led by the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL) of the Organization of American States. This alliance seeks to connect 1.5 billion people globally by 2020, connect all public schools to the internet to by 2030, promote digital training, develop talents for the digital economy, and strengthen democratic participation through new technologies.

During the signing of the agreement, the Vice President and General Manager of ViaSat Inc, Prakash Chitre, highlighted the company´s work in operating community Wi-Fi services “in thousands of previously unattended communities...
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Commonwealth Secretary-General outlines robust framework to stamp out corruption - Jun 4, 2019 - 12:52:36 PM

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has outlined a framework to help member countries investigate and prosecute corruption offences, which cost the global economy around $2 trillion a year.

The Commonwealth Anti-Corruption Benchmarks framework is currently being developed by the Secretariat in consultation with member countries. The framework would provide clear steps to promote integrity and combat graft within public and private sectors...
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The Natural Disaster Risk Management Program participates in Barbados regional risk management conference - Jun 4, 2019 - 10:44:11 AM

The Natural Disaster Risk Management Program (NDRM), an initiative founded by the European Union to promote adaptation to climate change and manage climate risk in CARIFORUM member countries, is currently participating in the Understanding Risk Caribbean Conference, a regional meeting on risk management held at the University of the West Indies in Barbados from May 27th to June 1st.

Organized by the World Bank's Caribbean Disaster Risk Management team with support from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the European Union, and hosted by the Government of Barbados...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS to Provide Training to University of Sao Paulo on Electoral Observation - Jun 3, 2019 - 10:50:21 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the University of Sao Paulo (USP) today signed a cooperation agreement to assist the study center in the development of tools and training for observing the upcoming electoral processes in Brazil.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, recalled that on May 15, the USP, in coordination with the OAS Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO), inaugurated the first National Electoral Observatory in Brazil...
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OPIC Acting President and CEO Bohigian joins Presidential Delegation to El Salvador - Jun 1, 2019 - 7:30:53 PM

Joining the U.S. Presidential delegation to El Salvador marking the occasion of the inauguration of His Excellency Nayib Bukele, OPIC Acting President and CEO David Bohigian issued the following statement:

“Congratulations to the people of El Salvador and Nayib Bukele on his recent election as President. Today’s event symbolized El Salvador’s commitment to democratic values, including free and fair elections...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS to Advise Paraguay on Electoral Matters - Jun 1, 2019 - 7:30:32 AM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Superior Tribunal of Electoral Justice (TSJE) of Paraguay today signed an agreement for the provision of technical cooperation in electoral matters during a ceremony held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, DC.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, explained that the agreement will allow the Organization to provide technical support to the TSJE in the reforms it is carrying out. "The OAS and the Tribunal have a long history of collaboration, both in terms of electoral observation and cooperation," said the Secretary General...
News : International : Caribbean News
Guest authors of Plastered in Pretty and St. Maarten Strong for St. Martin Book Fair, June 6 – 8, 2019 - May 31, 2019 - 10:40:18 AM

When a group of young people make arrangements months ahead to secure seats for a book presentation at the St. Martin Book Fair, you know something exciting is coming.

That’s what happened when one of the island’s largest book clubs contacted Shujah Reiph early in 2019 about the workshop for Plastered in Pretty by N.C Marks, said Reiph, coordinator of the island-wide literary festival...
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